The Arctic City of Tromso (Northern Lights / Midnight Sun)
This tour will take you far beyond the Arctic Circle to experience the vibrant city
of Tromso, the stunning mountain and fjord landscape in the surrounding area and,
with a little luck, the amazing sight of the Northern Lights in winter or the midnight
sun in summer.
The city of Tromso in Northern Norway is sometimes called the "Paris of the North"
is an ideal base from which to experience life in the Arctic. Tromso occupies a dramatic
location on an island with spectacular coastal and mountain scenery in all directions,
including the Lyngen Alps not far away. There are several excellent museums of arctic
wildlife and polar exploration, you can visit the Arctic Cathedral, and you can take
part in the numerous outdoor activities both winter and summer (cross country skiing,
dog sledding, glacier walking, hiking, kayaking and fishing are just some examples).
There is an excellent afternoon / evening excursion by scheduled bus through the
Lyngen Alps and up the coastal road to the town of Skjervoy, returning to Tromso
on one of the Hurtigruten coastal voyage ships.
May to September:
In the summer months the days are long and from late May to late July the sun is
above the horizon 24 hours a day.
October - April:
This is the time to visit if you want to see the ‘aurora borealis’ or Northern Lights.
This is a natural phenomenon which can only be seen with clear skies and the right
atmospheric conditions, but with a little luck you will experience this extraordinary
sight. November to March is generally reckoned to be the best time. Activities dependent
on snow such as dog-sledding or cross-country skiing are best done in January or
later. February or March offer the best combination of good snow conditions, and
a good balance of darkness and daylight for activities, sight-seeing and viewing
the Northern Lights.
Travel to Norway: Daily flights with a choice of times from Gatwick via Oslo with
fares from under £200, or from Heathrow via Oslo with fares from approx. £250 return.
Flights are also available from other UK airports via Oslo, including Manchester
and Edinburgh. We are always happy to advise or research flight options for you.
Travel in Norway: Only a short transfer from the airport is necessary, either by
airport bus or taxi. Car hire is not essential, but we can quote for this if you
want to explore the area independently.
Hotels: We recommend the Clarion Collection Hotel With on the waterfront in the centre
of Tromso as a result of many good comments from our guests. Cost is approx. £70
per person per night in a double room. This rate includes a light evening meal and
free coffee, tea and waffles during the day as well as the usual buffet breakfast
which makes it very good value for money. Alternatives are the Clarion Bryggen or
the Rica Ishavshotel which are also on the waterfront and have more extensive facilities.
Duration: We recommend at least 4 nights to give 3 full days in Tromso to explore
the city and to enjoy some of the activities or excursions offered. Stay longer if
possible, especially in winter as it will increase your chances of seeing the Northern
The city of Tromso in the ‘blue light’ of winter.
The Northern Lights stretching high into the night sky are one of nature’s most breathtaking
The Arctic Cathedral is well worth a visit during the long hours of twilight in midwinter.
The Hotel With on the waterfront is frequently recommended by guests.
Tromso and the surrounding mountains in full daylight and late winter snow.
All photos above: Destinasjon Tromso.
Variations: A similar itinerary is possible to the large town of Alta, further north
and east of Tromso. The Northern Lights can be seen more often here, but the town
itself and surrounding scenery is less attractive than Tromso. Snow condtions are
more reliable and so there are some great winter activities including dog-sledding
and snowmobile safaris. Norway’s famous ‘Igloo Hotel’ is built here every year entirely
of ice and snow and its possible to stay in it from January until it melts in April.
If you are using flights via Oslo it is very easy to combine a visit to the Arctic
with a stay in Norway’s capital city.
All our tour suggestions can be varied to suit your own requirements. Prices vary
according to the dates of travel, standard of accommodation and many other factors.
We do not quote headline prices 'from £xxx' which can be very misleading. An indication
of costs is given above. We can normally prepare a costed itinerary to suit your
requirements free of charge.
If you would like us to prepare a tailor-made tour to suit you please contact us.
We will need to know your preferred dates of travel, number of passengers and your
most convenient UK airport.
Activities: The Visit Tromso website has lots of information in English, including
activity programmes for both summer and winter, and a detailed page about the Northern
Lights. We can pre-book activities for you, or you can make your own arrangements
while you are there.
The following links will give you lots more information about what is on offer. We
will be happy to give you some advice about which activity to choose and we can book
at the same price shown online with no booking fees.
Very detailed web site offering day or evening trips as well as longer adventures,
mainly in the spectacular Lyngen Alps area inland from Tromso. Dog-sledding in daytime
or under the Northern Lights by night, snow-mobile trips and reindeer sledding,
and a night in a log cabin are just some of the trips available
Ivar Haugen specialises in small group trips to experience at first hand the unique
nature of arctic Norway, mainly in the coastal fjord area around Tromso. With Ivar
you will experience the infectious enthusiasm for life and good humour so typical
of northern Norwegians. If you are fit, his ‘crash’ course in cross-country skiing
is not to be missed. The ‘Northern Lights Bus’ will enable you to search out the
Lights if views are limited by the weather, or you can spend an evening at the Ramfjord
farm in spectacular mountain surroundings and with a little luck the Northern Lights
in the sky. A special meal of locally sourced food is served in a traditional Sami
Joanna Lumley’s film about Norway for the BBC in 2008 featured some very moving scenes
the Northern Lights. Tromso based photographer and Northern Lights enthusiast Kjetil
Skogli was the man responsible. Anyone can now join Kjetil for an extensive tour
by minibus which will maximise your chances of seeing the Lights, and enable you
to capture them to best effect.on your camera. His website has many wonderful photos
of the Northern Lights taken on his trips.
Spectacular natural scenery and traditional ‘lavvu’ tents at Lyngsfjord Adventure
Dog-sledding is an exhilarating and unforgettable experience. (Tromso Villmarkssenter).
While reindeer sledding is rather more sedate and romantic (Lyngsfjord Adventure).