Website cookies Besides essential cookies, if you agree, we’d like to set optional ones that remember your wishlist for your next visit and that provide analytics for us to improve the site and our advertising. A cookie will remember your choice. If you change your mind, click on the ‘cookies’ link at the foot of the page. Learn more

 

Tromsø Northern Lights Break

Deep within the Arctic Circle 
 
Tromsø offers some of the best chances to see the Northern Lights in mainland Europe. By day, explore the historic city from your waterfront hotel or take your pick of the many winter activities available, and by night search for one of nature’s great miracles with our expert guide.
Tromsø Northern Lights Break. 3 nights
Tromsø Northern Lights Break. 3 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A Northern Lights break in Tromsø

Nothing can quite prepare you for the staggeringly beautiful natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis. Elusive and hard to predict they may be, but witnessing the Northern Lights in all their mesmerising glory is an experience never to be forgotten.

Located deep within the Arctic Circle – on the same latitude as Alaska and Siberia – the historic island city of Tromsø offers some of the best opportunities for seeing the Lights in Northern Europe.
This ‘gateway to the Arctic’ also makes an excellent base for a varied winter break: by day you can explore the city’s iconic cathedral and fascinating museums or take your pick from the variety of thrilling snow-based activities on offer – including dog-sledding and reindeer safaris. And then when darkness falls, it’s time to head out on a hunt for the Lights with our experienced and enthusiastic guide, who will do all he can to ensure you see those surreal swirls of light dance across the inky night skies.


10 things you need...
...to successfully photograph the Northern Lights. Our Northern Lights guide, Dan Steinbakk, is an accomplished nature photographer. He has taken some incredible shots of the Aurora over the years, so we asked him how he does it.
Dan's top ten requirements >
 

Book with confidence

Our flexible booking arrangements, commitment to safety and financial protection mean that you can book with confidence. More details >

Your holiday experience: what to expect >
Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
 
Gallery
 

Winter activities

Besides the included Northern Lights excursion, there’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you.
  • Arrival in Tromsø
    Depending on your time of arrival, you may like to take a stroll around town or just settle into the hotel.
  • Hunting the Lights
    While the highlight of your day will undoubtedly be the evening excursion in search of the Lights, you have plenty of time beforehand to explore Tromsø. Occupying the eastern edge of the small island of Tromsøya, this is a fairly compact city and one which is easy to navigate on foot – we provide notes for a self-guided walking tour to help you find your way. There are several small but fascinating museums, including the Polar Museum and the Northern Lights Observatory – both of which are well worth a visit – and not one, but two cathedrals: the Domkirke, with its tall spire; and the 20th-century Arctic Cathedral, an iconic structure which resembles an iceberg. Tromsø is also home to the world’s most northerly university and northernmost brewery.

    As dusk falls, you will be collected by our guide and driven out of Tromsø to begin an atmospheric excursion in search of the Northern Lights. Although they are a completely unpredictable phenomenon, you will be taken to where the prevailing conditions are most promising – often as far as the border with Finland – and, if you are lucky, you will be able to enjoy the ‘show’ with a hot drink around a campfire.
    Hunt the Lights ©Dan Steinbakk
  • Dog-sledding & more
    After a late night, you may decide to take it easy today, although that would mean missing out on the wide range of winter activities available from the city (all of which can be arranged locally). For a real thrill, you could join a dog-sledding trip across the tundra, while more sedate options include the chance to learn about the life of a Sami reindeer herder followed by a reindeer safari into the forest.
    Dog-sledding ©Bård Løken, www.nordnorge.com
    Enjoy a reindeer safari ©Bård Løken, www.nordnorge.com
 

Where you stay

Tromsø is a small and friendly city, set on an island with a beautiful mountain backdrop. Largely saved from damage during World War II, its centre is made up of differently coloured wooden houses, which today jostle for position with the more modern developments. As befits a university city, there is a good choice of restaurants, bars, cafés and shops, all within easy walking distance of the hotel.
Hotel With

Bedrooms

 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel
All prices are in £ sterling (GBP). If you'd like to see what they equate to in your currency, use the converter. For general information on pricing, see the 'your holiday price explained' page.
Currency converter
We can only accept payment in GBP, but you can use this converter to find out how much the holiday equates to in your own currency.
Please enter an amount Please enter a valid amount British Pound Sterling (GBP)
Currency is required
NB: this should be used as a guide only. Fluctuations in exchange rates could result in significant variation by the time you come to pay.
  • 3 nights: 01 November 2020 - 20 December 2020 & 01 January 2021 - 31 March 2021

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    01 Nov - 09 Dec 2020 £860
    10 Dec - 17 Dec 2020 £895
    01 Jan - 19 Jan 2021 £860
    20 Jan - 02 Mar 2021 £895
    03 Mar - 28 Mar 2021 £860

    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 (6h50) (out dep 1020, home arr 1830; hold luggage included)

    A supplement is payable for a single room – see 'Additional prices' below

    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)

    Hotel With, Tromsø
    Deluxe with harbour view: 01 Nov - 20 Dec 2020 £50
    Deluxe with harbour view: 01 Jan - 31 Mar 2021 £50
    Superior with harbour view: 01 Nov - 20 Dec 2020 £44
    Superior with harbour view: 01 Jan - 31 Mar 2021 £44

    Extra nights

    Hotel With, Tromsø (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Nov - 20 Dec 2020 £86 £158
    01 Jan - 31 Mar 2021 £86 £158
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Tromsø (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via an airport not listed here. 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
    Birmingham - Tromsø (via Copenhagen & Oslo) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Tromsø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) SAS 
    Edinburgh - Tromsø (via Stockholm & Oslo (Gardermoen)) SAS 
    Edinburgh - Tromsø (via Stockholm) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Tromsø (via Copenhagen) SAS 
    Heathrow - Tromsø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) SAS 
    Heathrow - Tromsø (via Stockholm) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Tromsø Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Tromsø (Stockholm) SAS 
    Manchester - Tromsø (via Copenhagen & Oslo) SAS 
    Manchester - Tromsø (via Helsinki) Finnair 
    Manchester - Tromsø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) SAS 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via an airport not listed here. 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 breakfasts
  • Northern Lights guided excursion
  • detailed documentation with notes for self-guided city walking tour
  • notes for self-guided city walking tour
  • flights from Heathrow (regional flights available)
 
Reviews

If you've experienced this holiday first hand, why not write a review?

We are keen for as many customers as possible to review their holiday. To make it easier to do so, we include a specific review section on our post-holiday questionnaire, and this is what we publish here, unedited. Read our full review policy >

 

FAQs

  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – activities such as winter walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • 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.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • 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 travel insurance 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 – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • 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 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 for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. 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.
  • 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.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.

    When the UK withdrew from the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, it entered an 11-month transition period that will last until the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) 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.
Last fetch time is : 9/19/2020 1:56:02 PM