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TOH002 - Autumn Auroras on Norway's Coast

Experience the incredible wilderness of Norway and take in the amazing beauty of Norwegian coast. Considered the best season by locals for visiting Scandinavia, autumn delivers up the first Auroras of the new season. Without snow on the ground, you can enjoy this quieter, milder season for hiking, berry picking & beach foraging and in the evening, wait patiently for the streaks of Northern Lights against the pale blue, not quite dark, Arctic sky.

Spend time in the high Arctic Norwegian town of Tromsø before heading out of town to a small traditional Norwegian fishing village. Fingers crossed, you can watch the Northern lights in a new custom-built glass pavilion on the water's edge. This is an independent tour, that can be modified to suit your requirements.

See several more Northern Lights tours here.

Highlights

  • Guided day tour in Tromsø and in the evening, a guided Aurora Chase by minibus, led by an experienced local guide.
  • Instruction on camera settings and use of a tripod during the Aurora Chase plus a link to download guide images.
  • Stay in a remote fishing village away from articifical light
  • Beach comb during the day along pristine white beaches, enjoyed included dinners and meet the locals with a guided walk through this small village

Inclusions

All internal ground transport
  • All accommodation in a shared double/twin room, single supplement available
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Private guided Tromsø city walk
  • Private guided village walk
  • Two included Aurora Chases - 5 - 7 hrs
  • Return transfer from Tromsø - Sommarøy
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
Tour Provider 50 Degrees North
Number of Days
6
Price From
AUD $2,645
Start Location
Tromsø, Norway
End Location
Tromsø, Norway
Age Range
Avg. 55+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Adventure, Nature and Wildlife, Polar
Physical Rating
Easy
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
01 Sep 201931 Oct 2019On requestAUD $2,645
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - Welcome to Tromsø, the capital of Arctic

Tromsø is a city packed with culture, polar history and fresh locally sourced food in its numerous restaurants. Mountains, fjords and islands also surround it, making it a great base for exploring the winter landscape.

If it is a clear day, experience Tromsø’s best view! On the outskirts of Tromsø (it is a very small town) a cable car runs from Solliveien in Tromsdalen up to the mountain ledge Storsteinen (421 m above sea level) in just four minutes. From the viewing platform at the upper station, you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Tromsø and the surrounding islands, mountains and fjords. At the fully licensed Fjellstua restaurant, you can enjoy a delicious dinner based on local produce or select light meals from the café menu, while you take pleasure in the view. In winter, it's an ideal place for hunting the magical Northern Lights.

Day 2 - Tromsø & Northern Lights

After breakfast, explore Tromsø on a walking tour including a visit to the Polar Museum. In the evening join a guided Aurora Chase by minibus, led by an experienced local guide. This trip is in a small group, with a minibus (15-16 seats), which makes it a more personal experience. The guides use the weather forecast, current weather reports from the district around Tromsø, and their experience to bring you to the best spots to view the magic Northern Lights.

Duration: 5 - 7 hours, inclusions: transport by comfortable minibus, knowledgable English speaking Northern Lights guide/driver, thermal suits, tripods and advice about camera settings and how to take Aurora photos, free access to link to download pictures (if) taken that night, local sweet snack and hot drink.

Day 3 - Transfer from Tromsø to Sommarøy

With beaches reminiscent of the Riviera, fantastic coastal views and vibrant fishing villages, the islands of Sommarøy is a great getaway destination from Tromsø, a short transfer away.

With its 300 inhabitants, Sommarøy is one of the busiest fishing villages in the county of Troms. The main produce here is herring, which is processed and packed in a state-of-the art processing plant where it is frozen for global export. This fishing community is thus an important contributor to the national economy, and the export value per capita is substantial.

On arrival, check into your room and explore the village. Dinner is included tonight at this friendly hotel.

Day 4 - Guided local walk and exploration of this fishing village

After breakfast, meander around the white beaches, exploring the many shallow coves on Sommarøy. The water temperature can't exactly be called inviting, so it is much more common to take long, pleasant walks along the beach, picking up shells and just taking in the scenery.

Get to know this small fishing village with a guided tour through the community, visiting the local museum, the handicraft society and the art studio. Be sure to ask directions at the end of the tour for climbing the Hillesøya peak. Be on the look out for late autumn berries during your walk.

Day 5 - Lighthouses, boating, hiking and then an evening Northern Lights Hunt

Today is free to enjoy optional activities, depending on what is available, bearing in mind that this is a quieter time of year in this region. Bikes can be hired or you can join a kayak tour. Just let us know what you are into! Be on the look-out for the magnificent Sea Eagles, above the cliffs to the south as you explore the area.

In the evening, you will join a Northern Lights Hunt which includes transport, hot drinks and snacks plus a local guide. Open seas to the west, this region is famous for the Northern Lights images that have the lights reflecting on to the sea before speading across the sky. No high mountains are close, so nothing hides the experience, only the small mountains, Haaja, Kvaloy and Senja, framing the shots.

Day 6 - Transfer back to Tromsø

After breakfast, transfer back to Tromsø.