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North Norway Winter Adventure

- Northern Lights in Tromso & the Lofoten Islands

from £1,220 pp - 7 days / 6 nights

(5/5) based on 1 review
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This tour starts in Tromsø, a city also referred to the Gateway to the Arctic, with the most Northern Lights in the world. Enjoy a variety of winter activities, surrounded by beautiful Arctic landscape. From Tromso you will board the renowned Hurtigruten cruise ship and depart for Lofoten islands. Experience and explore a unique area with attractions such as the Northern lights, sea Eagles and breathtaking beauty on this North Norway holiday! Explore one of the world’s most outstanding archipelagos.

Package price is £1,220 per person based on availability and two people sharing double or twin room.

2016 Departure Dates:

Departure dates
15 Oct - 31 Mar London  Tromso/Bodo Daily  Daily 
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Package includes

Flights from London to Tromso and Bodo to London 
(we can arrange flights from other UK airports upon request)
Transfer upon arrival in Tromso
2 nights accommodation Clarion Collection Hotel With, Tromso
Overnight cruise Hurtigruten Tromso - Svolvaer 
(outside cabin incl. breakfasts)
3 nights accommodation at Svinoja Rorbu, Svolvaer
Breakfasts at the hotels
Lofoten Winter Panaroma Tour
Northern Lights Tour
Ferry: Svolaver - Bodo
  • Flights from London to Tromso and return from Bodo (we can arrange flights from other UK airports upon request)
  • 1 piece of check-in luggage per traveler
  • Airport transfers in Tromso
  • 2 nights' accommodation in Clarion Collection Hotel With or Clarion Hotel The Edge, Tromso
  • Overnight cruise Hurtigruten Tromso - Svolvaer (outside cabin incl. breakfast)
  • 3 nights' accommodation at Svinoja Rorbu, Svolvaer
  • Breakfast daily
  • Full day Discovering the Archipelago Tour
  • Northern Lights Tour
  • Ferry: Svolaver - Bodo
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • ATOL protection
  • All taxes



Day 1: Arrival in Tromso

Arrival at Tromsø Airport. Shuttle bus transfer from the airport to the city centre. Check in at the hotel, and if you have enough energy, have a look at our supplementary options for an evening excursion to ‘kick start’ the tour. Check in at the Clarion Collection Hotel With or Clarion Hotel The Edge.

Day 2: Tromso your own way

Enjoy a Scandinavian breakfast at the hotel. The day is free to discover the Arctic Tromsø known as ‘Paris of the North’.  Tromsø is the largest city in the Nordic countries north of the Arctic Circle and is home to the world’s northernmost university, brewery and cathedral. We recommend a visit to the Arctic Cathedral that, with its large, angular form and light colour, can easily be associated with an iceberg. Overnight at the Clarion Collection Hotel With or Clarion Hotel The Edge.

Day 3: Tromso – Lofoten on board the Hurtigruten

Breakfast at the hotel. Another full day to explore all that Tromsø has to offer.  We have requested a late check out at the hotel for you today.  Today you can enjoy the city and the optional activities. At midnight, board Hurtigruten for your departure to Svolvaer.  Accommodation onboard the Hurtigruten (outside cabin incl. breakfast).

Day 4: Arrival in Svolvaer, Lofoten Islands

Breakfast onboard Hurtigruen, where you continue travelling south until you reach the islands of Lofoten. Arrival in Svolvær at 18:30 – check in at the Svinoja Rorbu Hotel. 

Day 5: Lofoten - Discovering the Archipelago Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. On this full day excursion you will discover Lofoten islands - you will not only visit some of the characteristic fishing villages which have made these islands famous and are appreciated all over the word, but also explore the un-spoilt nature, the most genuine and extraordinary part of this beautiful archipelago. Head towards Kabelvåg, and enjoy a visit to an ancient fishing village. There is time to take many beautiful photos. Continue your journey towards the western part of the islands, in the direction of Eggum. Eggum faces the ocean and here nature expresses herself with all her extraordinary strength and beauty. Eggum has become famous in the last few years for its amazing light. It is the best location to catch the authentic atmosphere of the North Sea. You then continue to the stunning Utakleiv and its unforgettable views with the mountains, the crystal sea, the white sand and silence of “genuine” nature… It will be difficult to believe that you are 200 km above the Arctic Circle as you gaze upon nature of such lush and varied colours. The beaches of Haukland were defined in the “Times” magazine as one of the most beautiful locations in the world. You’ll then carry on to Unstad, a small town with a handful of little houses perched at the foot of the mountain, from where you will be able to admire the striking seascape. After you’ve enjoyed the beautiful view, you’ll journey on towards the famous beaches of Ramberg, where we will stop for a brief snack. You’ll then depart for the stunning village of Nusfjord. Nusfjord is a small fishing village on the Nus Fjord. This ancient village is a UNESCO world heritage site and all of its wooden buildings date back to the 18th century. Nusfjord is an original and picturesque village, surrounding a narrow and imposing inlet. Tour finishes in the evening.

Day 6: Northern Lights Safari

Enjoy a Scandinavian breakfast at the hotel. Chance to explore Lofoten, perhaps enjoy some cross country or downhill skiing. In the evening we will maximize your chance of seeing the Northern Lights at the Polar Light Center based in Laukvik - Lofoten. During this evening excursion there will be an interesting multimedia-presentation with beautiful colorful pictures. Explanation of aurora and everything you want to know about it. Night excursion to the beach. Coffee & tea is served during the evening. Return to the hotel and overnight stay.

Day 7: Departure from Lofoten Islands

Breakfasts at the hotel and early departure by ferry from Svolvaer to Bodo (06:30 - 10:00). Upon arrival in Bodo, make your way to the airport for your return flight.


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  • Photo by Tromso Tourismboard
  • Photo by Ole C Salomonsen
  • Photo by Terje Rakke
  • Photo by Martin Blir
  • Photo by Robin Sjohus
  • Photo by Terje Rakke
  • Photo by Marten Bril
  • Photo by Yngve Saebbe
  • Photo by Tromso Tourismboard
  • Photo by Visit Norway
  • Photo by Andrea Giubelli for Visit Norway

October 2021
Overall rating: (5/5)

I want to say a big thank you for your impeccable organisation of our Norway trip. From our first contact with you to arriving back in London, all the arrangements went like clockwork. The hotels you chose for us were excellent with comfortable rooms, charming staff and great locations. The Clarion in Tromso is delightful, and they certainly look after guests in a very special way, especially the waffles in the afternoon!  In Bergen, the Bristol was great too, and being just two minutes from the airport bus stop, five minutes from the waterfront and a very easy walk to the railway station, the location was perfect.

Our cabin in Svolvaer was really cosy with gorgeous views over the water. We expected a one bedroom cabin, but we had two, so plenty of space to make ourselves at home.

Hurtigruten was a good experience too and we were extremely lucky to reach Trollfjord just as the sun was setting.  It was one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen.

And of course a very special thank you for checking out the availability of vegetarian food at Borsen Spiseri on our second Lofoten night and for arranging for us to eat there.  When we checked in, we booked a table for that night too, as we didn't feel like walking back over the bridge to look for an alternative.  What a beautiful restaurant it is, with its old wood, candlelight, delightful staff and delicious food. They cooked me two excellent veggie dinners.
Lofoten Lights was a great choice for our tours.  Claudia and Maurizio are a charming couple, so friendly and very knowledgeable about their adopted home.  They took us to a perfect vantage point for the Aurora, which started just as we got out of the car, lasted for over an hour, and was still on the go when we got back to Svolvaer, so they stopped to take even more photographs, which I now have - I've attached a couple for you to see.  They were just as delighted as we were to see such a wonderful Aurora.

In addition to the holiday you booked for us, we also went on a Fjord boat trip from Tromso, to the concert in the Arctic Cathedral, and we took the Norway in a Nutshell tour from Bergen.  We visited the Polar Museum in Tromso, the Second World War Museum in Lofoten and the Hanseatic Museum in Bergen - all were extremely interesting and gave us a good insight into Norway's history. Despite packing all those things in, it still felt a relaxing trip, and what made everything so easy was that you had prepared us a great itinerary and taken care of so many details that many travel companies do not. All we had to do was enjoy ourselves.

Most special moments: for me, the sunset over Trollfjord; for Andy, the Northern Lights.  

As for the future, I'm sure we'll be booking with you again and I'm already recommending you to friends!



For your holidays to Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia or Ukraine, you will not need a visa if you have a valid passport from any EU country, Australia, Canada, USA, Japan (there are more, so check with us to make sure). Please note that your passport should be valid for at least six months after the date of your return.

However, if you plan to travel to Russia, you will need a visa, which we can help organise for you.

Will I see the Northern Lights?

Please scroll down to see the specifics for the country you wish to visit:

The Northern Lights are in the Northern sky from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many of natures wonders, it’s ephemeral – they may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone. But it’s worth it to be patient. Because they’re a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside, while looking for them. It’s best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else will make you comfortable while you await this truly amazing event. The Northern Lights can be pretty spectacular, and for the best photos we recommend using a tripod. Much of Iceland offers a very a good chance to see the Northern Lights when conditions are right. Remember – the Northern Lights are natural phenomena, not guaranteed, but appreciated all the more for their elusive qualities.

Northern Norway is one of the world's best places to experience the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). In Northern Norway, Northern Lights occur in up to 90% of every clear night in the period from late September to late March. Most Northern Lights occur in the time span from 6pm to slightly after midnight, with an absolute peak at around 10-11pm. 

In Norway, the area north of the Arctic Circle is prime aurora territory. The various destinations in the High North have a distinct personality, and are well worth exploring. Major places in Northern Norway are Tromsø, Kirkenes, Alta, Bodø, Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands and Svalbard.

The best place to see the Northern Lights in Finland is in the Northern Lapland region, which is almost entirely located within the realm of the Arctic Circle. During the dark winter months here, when the sun rarely peaks its head over the horizon, you can expect to see the Finland Northern Lights with regularity, and other peak seasons include February through March and September through October. The most common colours of the Northern Lights are greenish-yellow and red.

The Finnish term for the Northern Lights, Revontulet, meaning fox fire, comes from an old tale where the fox was believed to swish its bushy tail on the snowy fell landscapes, throwing sparks into the air.

As mentioned, Lapland is the best place to see the Finland Aurora Borealis, with the Kilpisjarvi area offering the most abundant opportunities. The best time of the day to see the Finland Northern Lights is between 9 pm and 11:30 pm, though they are certainly not restricted to this time frame.

In Northern Sweden, the Northern Lights usually occur during the winter months through late March or early April, but they can be spotted as early as September in the Northernmost parts. Your best chance of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights is on cold winter nights when the sky is clear and cloudless. You need to be away from city lights, which dilute the effects of these natural phenomena, so head out into the countryside. On clear nights, the Northern Lights can be visible from most locations in Swedish Lapland, occurring between 6 pm to and 2 am, with the strongest shows happening between 10 pm and 11 pm. For those willing to brave the cold on winter nights, here are some of the best locations in Swedish Lapland for viewing these phenomena:

Abisko National Park
Abisko National Park, a couple of kilometers north of Kiruna, is a prime location for viewing the Northen Lights. The scientifically proven “blue hole” — a patch of sky over the Torneträsk lake that usually remains clear despite overcast weather in surrounding areas — gives Abisko its own micro-climate, which is suitable for catching the lights.

Jukkasjärvi and the Torne Valley
Not only does the village of Jukkasjärvi (population roughly 541) boast the world’s first ice hotel (rebuilt ever year from Torne River ice), it’s also one of the best regions to view the Northern Lights. ICEHOTEL organizes guided tours for guests which takes the to the Esrange Space Center located 30 minutes from Kiruna. You can dine at a wilderness camp and get the chance to scan the Arctic winter sky for aurora borealis.

Other regions in Swedish Lapland
As mentioned earlier, if weather conditions are just right (clear, dark, cold, and cloudless), you might catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights from any location within subarctic and arctic Sweden — even close to larger towns such as Luleå, Jokkmokk, Arvidsjaur, and Gällivare.

The northern lights - or Aurora Borealis as it is officially known - actually occur all year round, but cannot be seen during the summer months in Greenland due to the midnight sun. The phenomenon is often seen around midnight and is best experienced on a dark, clear night in the period from September to the beginning of April. If you are travelling during this period, you can see the Northern Lights from anywhere in the country, whilst in South Greenland the northern lights can be seen from as early as the end of August.



Travel insurance is required and also advisable. If you do not have a valid policy, please check our Insurance link on the bottom of our homepage or http://www.baltictravelcompany.com/insurance. We can offer quotes for all nationalities.

Our recommended partner is FS Ball who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


You will be able to communicate quite well with the locals, as most people in the service industry are quite adept at speaking English. If English doesn't work, then try Russian (if you can), or German. The further you go from the major cities, the less English you will hear. However, do not let the language barrier keep you from exploring the beauty of the country side. We can always arrange English speaking guides to accompany you wherever you wish to go.

The Estonian language is similar to Finnish and is unrelated to Latvian, Lithuanian or Russian. Latvian and Lithuanian are two of the oldest languages, with roots traceable to Sanskrit. This makes them quite challenging to learn, but attempting a few words will put a smile on the local faces. Russians use the Cyrillic alphabet, so reading street signs and tube maps will be a challenge in St Petersburg .


You can get local currency from ATMs at the airport where you land or in the major cities. Be aware that your bank will charge you a service fee and exchange rate fee for the transaction, but this is likely to be less than exchanging money in the UK before you depart. Please note that in Russia exchange bureau's and banks will not except Scottish bank notes.

We suggest choosing the right credit card for spending abroad. Most credit cards will have an additional cost (about 3%) to the bank exchange rates. You can avoid it by obtaining a specialist overseas card that does not add this % and will give you good exchange rates that are better than money exchange bureau rates. 

Credit cards charge you interest rates, but some debit cards (bank account cards) could have fees that could add up to £ 1.50 every time you spend.

We recommend checking with your bank what fees/interest rates will be applied to your card when using it abroad in order to make an educated decision on what card to use.

Most restaurants and shops will take credit/debit cards like Visa and Mastercard, however, many places will not accept AMEX. 

Traveller's cheques are difficult to cash, so we recommend not to use them.

Airport or ferry terminals in most cases will have the worst money exchange rates, so if you must get it from the airport, pre-order money for pick-up to get a better rate.

The local currencies are (alphabetic order):

Denmark - Danish Kroner
Estonia - Euro
Finland - Euro
Greenland - Danish Kroner
Iceland - Icelandic Kroner
Latvia - Euro
Lithuania - Euro
Norway - Norwegian Kroner
Poland - Polish Zloty
Russia - Russian Ruble
Sweden - Swedish Kroner
Ukraine - Hryvnia


Dining opportunities are plenty, from ethnic to exotic. We would suggest you to try some national dishes and get a real taste of the region. Note that most traditional dishes contain meat and are fairly heavy, but very tasty.

Reservations in advance are recommended for up-market restaurants, especially for Friday and Saturday evenings.

Tipping - many of the up-market establishments will let you know how good their service is by including it on the bill. Rounding up the bill is usually sufficient, unless you feel your server deserves an extra bit of recognition.


Railway mostly serves domestic routes and is used as an easy and quick way to get from the capital to major cities of the country. There are some international routes, like to Moscow and St. Petersburg, but time spent on the way will be quite long.

Buses are one of the most convenient ways to travel between the Baltic States. Eurolines will get you between Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn. One way tickets will cost £ 15 - £ 20 and approximate travel time is 5 hours between the cities. Ticket reservations in advance are recommended.

Taxis are the quickest and most convenient way of travelling round the city. You'll find them located close to the main hotels. Usually it's quite easy to catch a taxi on the street, however, it's much better and safer to order one by phone. Taxi costs in all of the Baltic countries and Poland are approximately the same and a ride in the centre of the city will cost you approx £ 5 - £ 7.  Taxis in Finland and Russia are considerably more expensive.  It is always a good idea to get your hotel to book a taxi for you and ask approximately how much the trip will cost before you get in.

We would not recommend you to take public transportation within the city, as it's usually crowded and it may cause you unnecessary anxiety about where to stop.

Mobile Phones

There are several mobile operators in each Baltic country, the Nordics ( Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland incl. Iceland and Greenland as well as Poland, Ukraine and Russia.  If you have an international connection, there shouldn't be any problems with your incoming and outgoing calls.

In case your phone doesn't work, please check in the local mobilephone shops and you can buy Calling cards etc. or ask in your hotel, they should be able to advise you too.

Internet Access

Internet access is available at Internet Cafés, which mostly are located in the central part of the city. Most hotels have internet access.

Postal Services

Stamps are available in the post offices and in most newspaper kiosks. Approximate price for a stamp to European Union countries will vary but between appx. £ 0.30 to £ 0.70. You'll see post boxes on the streets or you can ask hotel representative to send your post card, they'll gladly help you.

Emergency Numbers

Emergency telephone number for the police, ambulance services or fire department in Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine and Poland - 112.

Greenland uses 911 and for mobile phones only 112.

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