In Search of the Northern Lights

5 days from $2,145 per person*
  • Sip hot chocolate and grill sausages over the fire as the Northern Lights dance above you.
  • Head out into the wilderness on a reindeer sledding excursion.
  • Snowmobile across dramatic frozen lakes, stopping for ice fishing.
  • Dinner cruise under the aurora borealis.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Embark on a true Nordic adventure and immerse yourself in Sami culture on this this journey inside the arctic circle. Try your hand at reindeer sledding, embark on a snowmobile safari along far-flung snow trails and spot the elusive and world famous Northern Lights in a region few get to visit.

Behold Nature at her finest with this active northern adventure through the Norwegian archipelago. Experience an otherworldly winter wonderland as you enjoy reindeer-driven sleighs rides, dog sledding, ice fishing and snow mobile trips followed by a traditional Sami meal in a Sami tent. Tromsø is right in the middle of the planet’s Northern lights belt, and any flare of solar storms on the surface of the sun will be spotted here.

This trip is generally available from December through the end of March each year, to align with the environmental conditions needed for the Northern Lights. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Tromso
    Tromso
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Norway - Welcome Package
    Clarion Collection Hotel With (B) (Standard Room)
  • Day 2 Tromso
    Tromso
    • At Leisure
    • Shared Tour - 1/2 Day Northern Lights at the Tromsø Wilderness Center (with Dinner, 4 hrs) - Coach/Guide
    Clarion Collection Hotel With (B) (Standard Room)
  • Day 3 Tromso
    Tromso
    • Shared Tour - Snowmobile Safari (7 hrs) - Coach/Guide
    • Excursion Break - Tamok Base Camp
    • Shared Tour - Sami Culture & Reindeer Sledding under The Northern Lights (7 hrs) - Coach/Guide
    Clarion Collection Hotel With (B) (Standard Room)
  • Day 4 Tromso
    Tromso
    • Small Group Tour - Northern Lights Cruise (with Dinner, 3 hrs) - Boat
    Clarion Collection Hotel With (B) (Standard Room)
  • Day 5 Tromso
    Tromso
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Tromso

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful, will be provided to you on your first day in destination.

Accommodation: Clarion Collection Hotel With (B) (Standard Room)

Clarion Collection Hotel With is centrally located right by the quayside in Tromso harbor. Here, you can enjoy magical views of the harbor, sea, boats, mountains and the Arctic Cathedral. Storgatan with its selection of shops, restaurants and cafés is just around the corner. Additionally, the main attractions of Tromso such as Tromso's Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden, the Arctic Cathedral, aerial tramway and historical Skansen area are all nearby. The hotel's 76 modern guestrooms offer all the amenities one needs for a pleasant stay, and guests are encouraged to slip away to the relaxation corner on the top level for magical views of the harbor, Arctic Cathedral and the aerial tramway. 

In Search of the Northern Lights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tromso
Tromso
In Search of the Northern Lights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Clarion Collection Hotel With
Clarion Collection Hotel With

Day 2: Tromso

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Meeting in downtown Tromso, you'll depart by coach on a shared excursion to the Tromso Wilderness Center, 30 minutes from the downtown area, where you can discover the Northern Lights in the presence of 350 husky friends! Visit the dog yard and puppies, and enjoy the darkness of the remote area, offering a magnificent vantage point to view the Aurora. You'll be served hot drinks and a light, hot dinner of Bacalao (local stock fish prepared with tomato sauce) as you gather around the fire inside the traditional Sami tent, waiting for the lights. Outside you can lie down on reindeer skins or sit on chairs while you scout the dark sky for their appearance. The Northern Lights are never guaranteed to be visible, but the Wilderness Center is well situated to spot the lights if the conditions are favorable. The ambiance, camaraderie of the hunt, and the husky puppies make the adventure well worth it, no matter the outcome!

Accommodation: Clarion Collection Hotel With (B) (Standard Room)
In Search of the Northern Lights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Northen Lights
Northen Lights

Day 3: Tromso

Embark on a group snowmobiling safari today at the Lyngsfjord adventure center, 75 minutes southeast of Tromso, zipping along through 18 miles of beautiful winter trails - 9 miles each direction. As you transition from 800 to 2,800 feet above sea level, your guide will lead your group through dramatic topography where reduced speed is held during certain stretches. The top point of the trail is a frozen lake, where you can speed up, and even try out ice fishing if time and weather permit! You’ll ride in pairs, and for those with a valid driver’s license, you’ll get your chance to switch between the passenger and driver positions. No previous experience is needed, and a warm meal and insulated clothing will be provided for you, in addition to coach transportation.

Rather than traveling back to Tromsø between your daytime and evening excursions today, you’ll remain at the wilderness center during a mid-day break starting around 2:30pm. Help yourself to a coffee or tea in the main traditional Sami tent, and enjoy the campfire within. If you want to stay active, borrow a free pair of snowshoes and try out some independent snowshoeing around the basecamp before an included cold meal is served around 4:00pm. For dog lovers, under the supervision of a basecamp guide, you can even make a visit to the dog yard at the camp to meet the husky puppies. Your break comes to an end around 6:30pm when your evening activity starts up, and you’ll return to Tromsø around midnight.

In Lyngsfjord, 75 minutes from Tromso, you'll get to experience Sami culture first hand, and go reindeer sledding! Reindeer sledding is the oldest form of transport in the north, and an ancient part of Sami culture. You will be driving in pairs, with one sled for each reindeer. People of all ages can participate in this very soft adventure. You'll learn about Sami culture and history, and even get to try lasso-throwing, the way the Sami people still today catch their reindeer when they are rounded up for marking. If the conditions cooperate, from November to March, a clear night sky will give you a good chance to experience the majestic Northern Lights during your excursion! For your comfort, a hot meal and insulated clothing will be provided for you, as well as group transportation.

Accommodation: Clarion Collection Hotel With (B) (Standard Room)
In Search of the Northern Lights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Snowmobiling
Snowmobiling
In Search of the Northern Lights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Reindeer Sledding
Reindeer Sledding

Day 4: Tromso

Hunt for the Northern Lights from a unique and beautiful vantage point; the deck of a specially-outfitted polar catamaran. As a small group of up to 12 passengers, you'll depart from the downtown Tromso harbor and cruise in protected sea waters on a hunt for the most perfect spot for viewing the majestic Northern Lights. Be sure to dress warmly so you can spend some time gazing at the sky from the deck of the catamaran, hopefully catching sight of the Aurora! Also view the Tromso area in the beautiful Arctic winter night while you're served a traditional fish dinner on board, made with the best locally-sourced ingredients, served with warm drinks and fresh desserts. While there's never any guarantee that Mother Nature will cooperate, your experienced hosts will do their utmost to put you in an ideal position to spot this stunning spectacle of nature before returning back to harbor.

Accommodation: Clarion Collection Hotel With (B) (Standard Room)
In Search of the Northern Lights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Northern Lights from the Sea
Northern Lights from the Sea

Day 5: Tromso

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) ( )

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Clarion Collection Hotel With (B) (Standard Room): Tromso

Clarion Collection Hotel With is centrally located right by the quayside in Tromso harbor. Here, you can enjoy magical views of the harbor, sea, boats, mountains and the Arctic Cathedral. Storgatan with its selection of shops, restaurants and cafés is just around the corner. Additionally, the main attractions of Tromso such as Tromso's Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden, the Arctic Cathedral, aerial tramway and historical Skansen area are all nearby. The hotel's 76 modern guestrooms offer all the amenities one needs for a pleasant stay, and guests are encouraged to slip away to the relaxation corner on the top level for magical views of the harbor, Arctic Cathedral and the aerial tramway. 

Depart (Int`l Airport) ( ): Global Location

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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