Tromso - Northern Lights & Arctic Adventure Break
- Duration: 4 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99757
- Travel Type: Air
3 nights. February 2020 - March 2021. From £729.00.
Norway's Arctic Capital
Discover pristine, captivating Northern Norway, and search the skies for the magical Aurora Borealis in one of the places they're most often seen. Journey 200 miles above the Arctic Circle to compact, colourful Tromsø. Crowned by its towering cathedral, and home to welcoming bars and restaurants that warm the winter days, Tromsø is both a vibrant city and an ideal base from which to explore the vast wilderness that lies beyond its streets. Explore the city and its surroundings, and go in search of the Northern Lights - the celestial phenomenon that completes the wonder of a visit to this fascinating corner of Europe for anyone lucky enough to see it.
What's IncludedThree nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the Thon Hotel Polar
Return flights to Tromsø
Coach travel and transfers throughout
The services of a Newmarket representative
Holiday HighlightsSpend three nights in the sparkling Gateway to the Arctic
Experience the wonders of the Arctic winter
Go in search of the Northern Lights at an Aurora Base Station
Visit Tromsø’s Polar Museum to learn about Arctic exploration through the ages
See the city's futuristic Arctic Cathedral and cutting-edge Kunstforening gallery
A winter-warming welcome in Tromsø’s colourful bars, restaurants and cafés
The chance to choose from an exciting range of optional excursions including husky dog-sledding, snowmobiling, a coastal Fjord and Wildlife Cruise, and the chance to meet the indigenous, reindeer-herding Sami people
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly to Tromsø, where you will be met and transferred to the hotel in the heart of the city. Depending the time you arrive you may want to head out to exlore your surroundings and enjoy a first evening in the city. Tromsø is renowned for the warmth and welcome of its cafés and bars, and for its range of restaurants serving both Arctic specialities and international food.
Day 2The largest settlement beyond the Arctic Circle, Tromsø, is a delightful city to wander around, wrapped up against the cold. Breathe the pure Arctic air and soak up the atmosphere as you discover how the city compensates for the short days of winter. Explore the market held daily in the Stortorget main square, and enjoy the sight of fresh Arctic fish being landed on the busy quayside. Elsewhere on the waterfront, Tromsø's aquarium, Polaria, which also shows films exploring Arctic life and nature, and Mack, the world's northernmost brewery, draw fascinated visitors. Take the cable car to the summit of Mount Storsteinen for unsurpassed views of Tromsø and its surroundings, and the chance to enjoy a snack - or even dinner - at the top station. During your stay in Tromsø you'll have time to choose from an exciting range of optional excursions, each of which is available to book on whichever day you choose. Options include: an exciting husky safari, gliding over the frozen landscape on a sled pulled by a team of willing dogs; a snowmobile safari, driving a tracked vehicle along marked trails through a natural wonderland beneath the Lyngen Alps that surround Tromsø; a Sami Reindeer Experience during which you’ll meet local herders and their animals, and enjoy a short sleigh ride; and a memorable fjord and wildlife cruise aboard a near-silent hybrid-electric catamaran. Probably the highlight of your visit, though, will be this evening's included excursion to an Aurora Base Station, one of several locations that offer the best chances of glimpsing the extraordinary sight of the Northern Lights as they flicker across the skies. After a comfortable coach carries you to the Base Station you'll have time to scan the - hopefully clear - skies and horizon and await the arrival of the magical dancing lights that form as solar particles enter earth’s atmosphere. With an introductory film shown on the coach, the expert knowledge of a local Northern Lights guide, a warm shelter, blankets (and - weather permitting - a campfire), hot drinks and traditional sweet cakes to enjoy, your Aurora Base Station visit promises to be a unique experience, hopefully capped by views of the amazing Aurora. At the end of the excursion, you'll return to the hotel by coach.
Day 3Today you'll be free to explore the city some more, or join more of the exciting optional excursions on offer. Over the winter months, the city’s indoor attractions come into their own. The Polar Museum pays tribute to intrepid Arctic pioneers, trappers and explorers, including the Norwegian heroes Amundsen and Nansen. East of the city centre stands the stunning, strikingly modern Ishavskatedralen (Arctic Cathedral) with its vast stained-glass window and organ built in the shape of a ship. The compact Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum features works by Norwegian artists, including Edvard Munch, while lovers of modern art will find much to admire in the striking contemporary collection at the gallery of the Tromsø Kunstforening (Art Association).
Day 4Your wonderful visit to Tromsø comes to an end today, though you'll still have time to enjoy one last exciting optional excursion from everything that's available before you transfer back to Tromsø Airport, and board your flight home at the end of a memorable Arctic adventure. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour and 30 minutes from Girona Airport and two hours and 30 minutes from Barcelona Airport.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
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