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Your Northern Lights Adventure

5 day holiday south of Tromso on the island of Senja, 300 or so miles above the Arctic Circle in the middle of the Aurora Arc. The 'Arc' is a 3 to 6 degree latitudinal span either side of the Arctic Circle within which you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Tromso is architecturally a mix of weatherboard buildings and uber modern ones such as the Arctic Cathedral and Polaria Museum and a Uni City in which to pretend you're young again. Senja, often referred to as ‘Norway in Miniature’, is an island to its south whose western coastline is dotted with fishing villages against which rugged mountains literally rise straight from the sea. Critically its fjords are feeding grounds for whales and its record for Northern Lights lightings second to none.

The Edge Hotel

on the edge of the harbour, with an edgy design and (probably) on the edge of displacing the Ishavshotel as the luxiest hotel in Tromso (enough puns), the Edge is the place for some serious tlc after the rigours of a day on safari, or a night out spotting the Northern Lights. Our upper level rooms have serious views out to the ocean or the mountains, are a good 24sq m with stylish charcoal grey, arctic blue, aurora green or fire red fabrics and furnishings. Perfectly located for our airport transfer & safaris pick up/drop off point and Storgata if you want some retail therapy at any point. Clients rave about the breakfast: the local produce used, the menu and the chef staffed waffle station.

1st Day (Monday) UK – Tromso

Fly direct to Tromso from Gatwick, transfer by Flybuss and check in at the Hotel Edge (or similar). The city has a plethora of restaurants & bars dishing up everything from simple local grub to Rick Stein like cuisine.

2nd Day (Tuesday) Tromso to Finnsnes

After breakfast you’ll have the better part of the day to take in the city dubbed ‘The Paris of the North’ or enjoy an optional morning safari. In the late afternoon embark (at 16.15) for Finnsnes sailing alongside the exquisitely indented Fjord coastline. Disembark at the boat terminal and transfer through the exquisitly beautiful scenery of Senja Island to Mefjord Brygge and check in to your apartment room. Take supper at Mefjord's maritime-style restaurant where Yttersida-mat, the local North Norwegian cuisine focuses on Halibut, Cod & Haddock. Afterwards a small walk may yield up a sighting of the Northern Lights.

3rd Day (Wednesday) Whale Watching & Northern Lights

After breakfast meet up with your local guide who having regard for both the actual and forecast weather conditions will plan out your next two days . In daylight you'll set off for a boat/bus fjord safari to spot for whales, sea eagles and wildlife. Lunch en-route or upon return to Mefjordvær. Rest up in the afternoon before a traditional Norwegian dinner served in the early evening before a guided Northern Lights search. You'll be taken to remote locations known only to locals and where light pollution free vantage spots give you the best chance of catching the Northern Lights.

4rd Day (Thursday) Wildlife Safari & Northern Lights

After breakfast your guide will have a different plan from the previous day’s depending on the weather but still with the focus on wildlife and possibly some easy snow-shoeing. (In case of bad weather he or she will always have a contingency plan). Lunch en route or on your return to Mefjordvær. Traditional Norwegian dinner in Melford Brygge’s restaurant and then set off for some more night time exploration (walking or by minibus). Spot for the Northern Lights again, listen to your guide’s local tales (tall and otherwise) with plenty of photo opportunities along the way. Finish off the day by relaxing in the sauna if you fancy.

5th Day (Friday) Senja – UK

Valedictory breakfast before transferring to Finnsnes for your ferry to the mainland and return flight to the UK.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Direct return scheduled return flight(s) from London Gatwick to Tromso.
All airport departure taxes and passenger service charges
CARRIAGE OF LUGGAGE (1 pc Cabin & 1pc Checked)
Complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks & Pay on Board food service
Return hotel/airport transfers in Tromso
Internal transport by High Speed Catamaren, Hurtigruten Steamer & Private Group Bus as per itinerary
4 nights accommodation in hotel (Tromso) & Cabin Apartment (Senja) 
Lodging in twin room with private WC/ shower (Hotel Edge) & Cabin with private WC/Shower ( Melfjord Brygge)
Board:4 Buffet Breakfasts, 2 light lunches & 3 Buffet Supppers
1 x Whale Watching Safari (approx 3 hours) & 1 x Wildlife Safari (approx 3 hours)
OR 
2 x Wildlife Safaris ( approx 3 hours depending on season) 
2 x Guided Northern Lights Searches

Departure Dates & Prices:


Tuesdays October 3rd - December 22nd 2017
Tuesdays & Saturdays January - March 31st 2018
NB Included Whale Safari available only in December & January
Guide Price £1295pp
Guide prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are variable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don’t do fancy lead in prices and at the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available. This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price, in which case a proportionate reduction/supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays.

Snowshoe Trek

explore the spectacular winter landscape of Tromso’s surrounds, on a self-guided trek trip. We supply you with snowshoes, an easy to read map of the area and suggested routes. You’ll catch sight of the fjords surrounding Tromsø and perhaps get a close look at some Arctic Wildlife. Coffee brewed over an open fire Norwegian style with lefse (traditional flatbread) rounds off the day. Pick up from Radisson SAS Hotel at 0945hrs. 3½ hours £65pp Price per person £86 (5-course dinner), wine menu to accompany the dinner £60 per person.

Orcas surfacing off Mefjord by Senja | ScanAdventures Northern Lights Holidays

  • Unique 5 day Northern Lights Holiday to Norway
  • Direct flights from Gatwick
  • Whale Watching & Wildlife Safaris included
  • GUIDED NORTHERN LIGHTS SEARCHES
  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 Suppers