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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 the mesmerising aurora borealis.
Tromsø Northern Lights Break. 3 nights
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Holiday information

 

A Northern Lights break in Tromsø

For some of the highest chances of seeing the Northern Lights in mainland Europe, head to Tromsø, deep within the Arctic Circle and on the same latitude as Alaska and Siberia. Often referred to as the ‘gateway to the Arctic’, this historic island city is the perfect setting for a memorable winter break. By day, you can explore Tromsø’s iconic cathedral and fascinating museums, or take your pick of the wide-ranging activities available locally, which include dog-sledding, snowshoeing and reindeer safaris. When darkness falls, go in search of the aurora borealis, accompanied on your second night by an experienced and enthusiastic local guide. They are elusive and hard to predict, but witnessing the colourful swirls of light dancing across the inky black sky is an experience you will never forget.
 
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 >
 
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Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you. 
  • Cathedrals, museums & more
    Nestling on an island against a mountain backdrop, Tromsø is unusual in that its old, brightly painted wooden buildings survived WW2. It also boasts the world’s most northerly brewery and university as well as not one, but two cathedrals: the Domkirke, with its tall spire, and the 20th-century Arctic Cathedral, an iconic structure which resembles an iceberg. There are several small but fascinating museums, too, including the Polar Museum, which is well worth a visit, and the Northern Lights Observatory, all within an easy walk of your accommodation.
  • Good range of activities
    To make your break all the more special, we recommend that you take full advantage of the wide range of winter activities that can be arranged locally. For a real thrill, join a dog-sledding excursion across the tundra. For something more sedate, head out on snowshoes or cross-country skis, try your hand at ice-fishing, join a reindeer safari into the forest or take a leisurely horse-drawn sleigh ride round the city. (Pay locally in all cases.)
  • Head out of the city with a local guide
    The highlight of your holiday comes on the second night, when you venture out of the city on an atmospheric six-to-eight-hour excursion in search of the Northern Lights. They are an elusive and completely unpredictable phenomenon, but this makes the experience all the more exciting if you do get to see them. Your experienced and enthusiastic local guide will drive you to where the prevailing conditions for the aurora are most promising – this can sometimes lead you as far as the border with Finland – where, with luck, you can marvel at this colourful miracle of nature.
 

Where you stay

Tromsø is a small, friendly city set on an island against a mountain backdrop. 
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  • 3 nights: 01 November 2019 - 22 December 2019 & 02 January 2020 - 28 March 2020

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

    Starting Adults
    01 Nov - 11 Dec 2019 £890
    12 Dec - 19 Dec 2019 £935
    02 Jan - 21 Jan 2020 £890
    22 Jan - 25 Feb 2020 £935
    26 Feb - 25 Mar 2020 £890

    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)

    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
    Single room: 01 Nov - 22 Dec 2019 £80
    Single room: 02 Jan - 28 Mar 2020 £80
    'Standard' with harbour view: 01 Nov - 28 Mar 2020 £24
    Superior with harbour view: 01 Nov - 28 Mar 2020 £36

    Extra nights

    Hotel With, Tromsø (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Nov - 22 Dec 2019 £94 £174
    02 Jan - 28 Mar 2020 £94 £174
  • 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 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
    Birmingham - Tromsø (via Copenhagen & Oslo) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Tromsø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) SAS 
    Edinburgh - Tromsø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian 
    Edinburgh - Tromsø (via Stockholm) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Tromsø Norwegian 
    Gatwick - Tromsø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian 
    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 (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian 
    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 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 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)
 
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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.

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  • 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 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 www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/before-you-travel and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). 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 when the UK withdraws from the European Union (EU).

    It currently seems highly likely the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will take place on 31 January 2020, at which point the UK will enter a minimum 11-month transition period through to 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 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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