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The Adventure

A 4 or 5 day holiday in Tromso, the Norwegian port city lying on Tromsöya Island, 350 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. Architecturally a mix of weatherboard buildings and uber modern ones such as the Arctic Cathedral and Polaria Museum,Tromso became known in the 19th century as the start point for the legendary Polar explorers Amundsen, Nansen & Nobile. Today it's still a place to go to but to get out and see the Northern Lights from Tromso Sound, the Lyngen Alps or Camp Tamok. And also being a Uni town you can pretend you're young again; safari by snowmobile, husky, reindeer, snow shoe or catamaran (sic)  and eat sea food to die for.

Our Plus

You can enjoy any of our Tromso holidays without the need to buy special clothing you’ll likely never use again. We kit you out with a windproof, water resistant thermal suit with inner and outer pockets and hood; non-slip Arctic boots with removable inner pocket, deer flapped tight knit wool hat and wool lined leather gloves.

The Hotel Edge restaurant in Tromso by ScanAdventures
Standard twin bedroom in Hotel Edge Tromso
The Hotel Edge restaurant in Tromso by ScanAdventures
Restaurant food at Hotel Edge in Tromso by ScanAdventures

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.

Early evening Buffet supper at Hotel With ScanAdventures
 Hotel With Tromso twin room by ScanAdventures
Complimentary afternoon coffee at Hotel With by ScanAdventures
 Hotel With Tromso superior twin room by ScanAdventures

Hotel With

The Hotel With is down close to the quayside in the city centre with Tromso Sound on one side and the city’s historic centre on the other. Close by are the Arctic Botanical gardens, Mack Brewery, Arctic Cathedral and several restaurants and bars. All 76 rooms have air conditioning, telephone, cable TV and private WC/shower. Wherever availablity allows we upgrade Clients to harbour view rooms. Trivia note: it's called the With after a Captain Richard With who started the Hurtigruten.

1st Day UK – Tromso

fly from the UK direct (Ex Gatwick) to Tromso and transfer by Flybuss to the Hotel Edge or other selected hotel. Collect your protective clothing pack on arrival or first thing next morning depending on your arrival time. Our Aurora Cruise's 8pm departure gives you plenty of time to check in, chill out and have a chance to see the Northern Lights.

2nd Day Safaris Day or Night

breakfast in your hotel before your chosen safari of the day, or take things easy with a ride on the Cable Car up Mount Storsteinen for a waffle at the upper station's Fjellstua café. If you didn’t have the chance to do an Aurora Search or see them the night before, tonight’s the best time for a second chance if you're staying for just 4 days (see the Safaris tab for our different ways of doing so).

3rd/4th Day Safaris Day or Night

take the safari or safaris of your choice, and particularly think of one out to Camp Tamok where you can mush huskies, go reindeer sledding or do boy racer stuff on snowmobiles.

4th/5th Day Tromso – UK

check out, return your thermal clothing and transfer to the airport for your return flight(s) to the UK via Oslo.

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
3/4 nights hotel accommodation at selected hotel (Hotels Edge or With)
Lodging in twin room with private WC/ shower
3/4 Scandinavian Buffet Breakfasts; 3/4 light buffet suppers (at Hotel With)

Departure Dates & Prices:

Fridays November 10th - March 18th [4 days/3 nights] Mondays November 16th - March 19th [5 days/4 nights]
Guide £659pp
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.

Northern Lights Spotting

escape the city’s urban lighting out at the Tromso Villmarkssenter where in between spells lying on reindeer skins staring skywards for the Northern Lights, you can enjoy the warmth of a Sami Lavvo’s open fire around which you can grill sausages and sip hot local berry juice. In between aurora sightings you can also visit the centre’s husky kennels and/or have an optional traditional supper of Bidos (stewed reindeer). Departs from Radisson SAS Hotel at 1815hrs. 4 hours – 3 hours at Villmarkssenter £65pp.

Blue Light Cruise

cruise in Tromsø Sound and catch surrounding landscapes in the clear blue light of an Arctic afternoon on board the custom built catamaran ‘Havcruise’. See the island of Sammaroy on one side and the majestic Lyngen Alps on the other. Departs from the harbour quayside close to Hotel With at 1330 (Oct 1st to Nov 26th & Jan 2nd to March 31st) or 11.00 Nov 27th – Jan 2nd).2 hours £129pp.

Northern Lights Search

our trip is as close to an Aurora guarantee as we can give. Our local guide picks you up from the city centre at 18.30 hrs. and, depending on the level of cloud cover, heads North to a spot with the Atlantic to one side of you and the LyngenAlps the other or East as far as the Finnish border. The emphasis is firmly on hunting Aurora where they are most likely to occur, so the trip can last for anything up to 8 hours. During the evening you move location two or three times to provide different backdrop settings, avoid light pollution and hunt out the best aurora experience. Ideal for photographers whatever their competence, we provide tripods and our guide helps you with your camera settings to produce memorable shots. We provide thermal suits, hand warmer, hot meal and drinks. NB We point out in this litigious age that we use the word ‘guarantee’ here as a simile for ‘best chance you can get’. Departs from Radisson SAS Hotel at 18.30. 6-8 hours £170pp

Husky Safari

mush your own team of huskies, or be pulled in a sled, alongside Tromso’s indented coastline in snow covered terrain framed by mountains with ever present wildlife to keep an eye out for. When your mush is over you can visit the kennels where depending on the time of year there may be some cute puppies to cuddle. Hotel pick-up (0945hrs or 1815hrs) protective thermal clothing and light meal of bidos (reindeer stew), cake and coffee served in a traditional lavvu (Sami tent) included. 3½ hours £185pp.

Snowmobile Safari

through the Finn valley along a 15km trail from Camp Tamok (a commune of Sami tents and hospitality cabin) to Lake Tamok where you can try your hand at ice fishing. Driving in pairs you can swap round half way so each person can drive. The contrast between tundra, lake and mogul like terrain provides the ultimate snowmobile experience from speeding to crawling. A hot meal round an open fire in nomadic Sami style is served en-route. Rica Ishavshotel pick-up at 0930hrs or 1700hrs, transfers to Camp Tamok, protective clothing and ‘Davy’ helmet and hot meal. 7 hours (4½ hours at Camp Tamok) £189pp.

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.

Arctic Feast Treat

with a sort of Rick Stein like following & reputation locally Anne Brit Andreassen’s ‘Emma’s Drommekjokken ( Dream Kitchen) is an Arctic treat dishing up grilled scallops with parmesan, pepper-roasted king crab, cod Carpaccio, whale sushi, reindeer fillet and the like. The restaurant is opposite the old cathedral with the ‘Dream’ kitchen in the upper half of the building traditionally furnished with button back chairs and tables set with crystal glasses and china tableware. The gastronome meal runs to 5 or 6 courses and is a surprise menu based on what’s good in the markets that day. PS Rumour has it that Norwegian gourmets visit Tromsø, they reserve a table at Emma’s before booking a flight.

Snowmobiling in the Finn Valley | Tromso Northern Lights Holidays

  • Direct flights from UK twice weekly
  • 4/5 dayTrips (Mondays & Fridays)
  • Breakfasts included
  • Optional Northern Lights Search Safaris