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Hamn i Senja Northern Lights Break

Norway's awe-inspiring north-west coast
 
The focus of this break is a guided evening snowshoe hike in search of the Northern Lights, but you can also join a boat safari in search of the dolphins and other wildlife which can be found in the waters off this dramatic Arctic island. You stay in spacious suites, and eat at the excellent restaurant.
Hamn i Senja Northern Lights Break. 3 nights
Hamn i Senja Northern Lights Break. 3 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A Northern Lights break on an Arctic island

Even in this day and age, when we know the science behind it, the sight of swirls of green, pink, yellow and blue light pirouetting across the night sky is still enthralling and awe-inspiring; no wonder seeing the Northern Lights is on most people’s wish list.

On the enchanting Arctic island of Senja off Norway’s astonishing north-west coast, a sighting of the Northern Lights is not the only possible natural encounter you may have. 
With pine forests, precipitous cliffs and jagged mountain peaks, this richly diverse island is a veritable ‘Norway in miniature’, whose waters attract iconic wildlife such as dolphins and white-tailed sea eagles. Staying in the beautifully refurbished buildings of a former bustling fishing village, you can fully appreciate the tranquillity of this idyllic yet dramatic island, with options to explore all it has to offer by land or by sea.
 
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Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you. 
  • Travel by express boat
    In Tromsø, you hop aboard the express boat for a thrilling 80-minute journey through the dramatic channels that divide the mainland from myriad rocky islands. (You return the same way at the end of your break.) 

    Arriving at Finnsnes, you are collected for the 30-minute drive across the island of Senja – Norway's second largest island – to a tiny coastal hamlet set on a narrow spit of land. This is Hamn i Senja, once a bustling fishing village dating back to the 1880s, though today the refurbished buildings house beautiful accommodation where you can relax and admire your spellbinding surroundings.
  • Snowshoeing, wildlife safaris & more
    To discover your immediate area, you could hire snowshoes for a hike into the nearby coastal pine forests and mountains which rewards with spectacular views across this alluring island. Alternatively, you can take to the water and try ocean body rafting (floating in the current in an insulated survival suit).  Another option not to be missed is to join a wildlife boat safari out into the ice cold waters off Senja which are home to white-tailed sea eagles and dolphins. (Pay locally in all cases.)
  • Enjoy an evening of snowshoeing
    The Northern Lights are elusive and hard to predict (although there are certain conditions that make it more likely), which makes seeing them in all their glory such an exciting and tantalising prospect. When – and if – you do, it is an experience never to be forgotten: explosions of iridescent greens, pinks, yellows and blues flash and soar across the night sky in an incredible – almost surreal – display of celestial pyrotechnics.

    During your stay, we include a Northen Lights snowshoe excursion. You will first be given expert tips on how to capture this elusive phenomenon on camera, before heading out into the wilderness. (Equipment hire and hot drinks are included.) If you prefer, you can keep watch for the Northern Lights from a restored lighthouse, enjoying coffee and hot waffles.
 

Where you stay

Hamn i Senja is a very special place to stay, comprising a collection of superbly converted village buildings that are scattered along a narrow spit of land overlooking a small, sheltered harbour.
Hamn i Senja

Bedrooms

 

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  • 3 nights: 06 January - 27 March 2020

    Start Monday, Tuesday or Friday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    06 Jan - 21 Jan £1215
    24 Jan - 28 Feb £1245
    02 Mar - 24 Mar £1215

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    Included travel: SAS Heathrow-Tromsø via Oslo (5h30) (out dep 0705, home arr 1830; hold luggage included), express boat (1h35), transfer (0h30)

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hamn i Senja, Senja
    'Aurora' on ground floor: 06 Jan - 27 Mar 2020 £215
    'Aurora' on upper floor: 06 Jan - 27 Mar 2020 £275
    Single room: 06 Jan - 27 Mar 2020 £80

    Extra nights

    Hamn i Senja, Senja (with lunch & dinner) Double room Single room
    06 Jan - 27 Mar 2020 £174 £254
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Tromsø (latest flight arrival time: 1400; earliest flight departure time: 1345)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Tromsø (via Stavanger & Oslo) SAS 
    Aberdeen - Tromsø, (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Tromsø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) SAS 
    Edinburgh - Tromsø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Tromsø Norwegian 
    Gatwick - Tromsø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Tromsø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) SAS 
    Heathrow - Tromsø (via Stockholm) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Tromsø Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Tromsø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian 
    Manchester - Tromsø (via Copenhagen & Oslo) SAS 
    Manchester - Tromsø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) SAS 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 3 nights
  • 3 dinners
    2 lunches
    3 breakfasts
  • detailed documentation
  • guided Northern Lights snowshoe excursion
  • flights from Heathrow to Tromsø via Oslo
  • boat & transfer between Tromsø and Hamn i Senja
 
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FAQs

  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport with at least three months' validity to travel to Norway, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The most widely spoken language is Norwegian. The currency is the Kroner. Norwegian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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