Winter in North Norway

Winter in North Norway

Time your visit to Norway with the ideal period for observing the Northern Lights. Your adventure begins in the charming dynamic city of  Tromso, the perfect starting point for snowmobile and dog sled trips in the nearby Lyngen Alps. After thoroughly enjoying the winter lights of the city and the spectacular Lyngen Alps, you journey to Senja. This beautiful wild island is a fantastic rural destination for increased chances of seeing a truly beautiful display of the Northern Lights.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Welcome to Norway

    Rendez vous at your accommodation in Tromsø. This cultural city, north of the arctic circle has an interesting history and is renowned as a viewing point for the Northern Lights. Dinner and evening at leisure.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse or hotel
    Meals not included

  • Days 2 to 3 Optional Excursions

    Optional Excursions Explore the surrounding area or enjoy the charming small city of Tromsø which is very lively during the winter. There are lots of museums to visit like the Polar Museum which retraces tge history of Arctic Explorers. We recommend taking a detour to the Arctic Cathedral and riding the Fjellheisen cable car up to Mount Storsteinen (420m) where you can admire panoramic views of the city, waterways and surrounding mountains.

    We have a variety of possible excursions to enhance your stay in Tromso

    - Safari at sea, by boat or zodiac
    - Reindeer safari with sami lunch
    - Aurores Boréales : Shorter and longer excursions possible
    - Northern Lights encampement experience
    - Snowshoe rental (without guide)
    - Snowmobile Safari
    - Dog sledding

    You can find more information about these activities under the 'PERIOD & BUDGET' tab. Please note that all excurions options are weather dependant and, although Tromso is a fantastic place for observing the Northern Lights, there is no guarauntee that you will be able to observe this natural phenomenon.

    Warning: cetacean sightings in the area of ​​Tromsø and Senja are not guaranteed. In the past year, whales have remained further north making it very difficult to observe them in the Tromsø and Senja areas.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse or Hotel
    Breakfasts included

  • Day 4 Tromso / Finnsnes / Mefjordvaer

    Tromso / Finnsnes / Mefjordvaer It is a 75 minute crossing from Tromso to Finnsnes on the island of Senja (Saturday at 3pm or Tuesday at 4:15pm). From here, is is a hour scenic drive to your accommodation passing some of Senja Islands most beautiful features.

    Accommodation: Apartment
    Breakfast and dinner included

  • Day 5 Senja Island

    Senja Island After breakfast, you join your guide and a small group of travellers to make the most of the daylight hours and enjoy a snowshoe outing exploring the fabulous surroundings.
    If you want to discover Senja Island with sled dogs, then you can opt for the husky version of this outing** (150 € extra / person)
    At the end of the day, after a hearty Norwegian dinner, your guide create a poetic moment immersing you in the wild arctic environment. Then, you can join your guide on a magical outing in search of Aurora borealis on this Northern island without any light pollution...

    3 hours of daylight snowshoeing or hiking depending on the conditions
    2-3 hours Northern Lights outing
    Accommodation: Apartment
    All meals included

  • Day 6 Senja Island

    Senja Island After breakfast, you leave by boat to further explore the island and its coast with the group and your guide. This unusual exploration showcases how the landscapes appear to vary dramatically with the changing light conditions. This afternoon, enjoy a relaxing moment in a Nordic bath or sauna and connect to the peaceful secluded environment around you. After dinner, your guide will propose a bus journey or hike to enjoy the surrounding landscapes and tell you about nature on Senja Island. Possibility to relax in a sauna upon your return.

    3 hour boat trip
    Accommodation: Apartment
    All meals included

  • Day 7 Mefjordvaer / Tromso

    Mefjordvaer / Tromso After breakfast (10am) we leave for Finnsnes (1 hour). From here, you board a Hurtigruten boat which arrives at Tromso at 2;30pm. Make your way to your accommodation and enjoy a final evening in this intriguing city.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse or Hotel
    Breakfast included

  • Day 8 Farewell Norway

    Make your way to the airport by bus or taxi for your return flights.

    Breakfast included

The details in this programme are regularly updated but imponderables and unpredictable circumstances may result in inaccuracies. In order to provide the adventure which is best suited to your demands, the weather and the operational conditions, changes to the itinerary may be made. For safety reasons, we reserve the rights to interrupt your participation at any time if your technical level or fitness is deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger to yourself or to those around you. This will in no case give rise to refunds or compensation.

Period & budget

When to travel?

The best period for travelling is during the following months:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Price

From €1395 per person for 2 travellers

The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.

Included

  • Accommodation in double or twin rooms
  • Your Hurtigruten boat transfer Finnsnes-Tromso
  • Vehicle transfers between Finnsnes and Mefjordvaer
  • Breakfasts in Tromsø
  • Full board in Mefjordvaer from dinner Day 4 to breakfast Day 7
  • All activities detailed in your programme, lead by a qualified, English-speaking, guide

Not included

  • International flights
  • Registration fee: €18 (free for under 12s)
  • Airport transfers
  • Transfers to Tromso Port
  • Boat transfer Tromso / Finnsnes (320NOK~35€/pers)
  • Drinks, tips and meals not included/mentioned in the programme

Additional Options
Please let us know if you would like to reserve any of the following optional activities
  • Snowmobiling: Explore the Skibotn Valley by snowmobile and enjoy alternating views of the Lyngen Alps and the Arctic Sea...
                - 7 hour excursion - from 195 € / person (2 people / 1 snowmobile)
  • Dog-sledding: Drive your own dog-sled and become a Norwegian Musher through simply stunning landscapes...
               - 7 hour excursion - from 195 € / person (2 people /1 sledge)
  • The Northern Lights Excursion: Leave the city and increase your chances of seeing the dancing lights under expert supervision...
               - 5-6 hours from 105 € / person OR 6-10 hours from 170 € / person
  • Northern Lights Encampment: Leave the light pollution of the city behind and spend the night in a charming Lavvu tent with a fire beneath the northern lights...
               - Overnight from 210 € / person (2 people)
  • Reindeer safari with sami lunch: Discover sami traditions in the heart of the mountains among the peaceful reindeer of the Lyngen Alps...
                - 4-5 hours from 165 € / person
  • Self-guided snowshoeing: Further explore the arctic world around Tromso on snowshoes and hike up to stunning viewpoints...
               - 4 hours from 70 € / person
  • Whale-watching boat trip: Explore Norways famously dramatic coastline and cruise through waters where whales frequent...
               - 5 hours from 130 € / person

Notes

Explanantion of difficulty level


LEVEL 2 Easy
Pace: Easy to moderate 
Daily walking time: 3 to 5 hours 
Daily elevation: 500 m 
Preparation: One month before departure, you improve your stamina by training once a week. 
Experience: Good physical condition
You are in good physical condition. You like to walk several days in a row, at an average of 3 to 5 hours per day (6 to 14 km) with vertical differences of up to 500 meters. You prefer simple accommodation, even rustic or short camps in base camp.

Please note: As this is a self-guided trip, this active adventure can be adapted by yourself to be as challenging or relaxing as you wish.

Terms and conditions

Please see our terms and condition and information about insurances by clicking the following link: norway.altaibasecamp.com/en/terms

Practical info

Staff

Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of knowledge our professional Altai Norway team know the country inside out. Our activities are lead by our qualified guides who are all English-speaking, all practicing outdoor practitioners and all incredibly passionate about Norway, the country they are based in for several months a year.

Food

Breakfasts are included and served at your accommodation, in Tromso.

Full-board is provided throughout your time in Mefjordvaer. You will have the chance to sample traditional Northen Norwegian cuisine in a local restaurant.

Accommodation

Tromso
Guesthouse
5 minutes walk from the city centre with views of the city.Friendly atmosphere and simple rooms with shared bathrooms or a private bathroom. A typical Scandinavian style breakfast buffet is served each morning. You have access to a fully equiped shared kitchen so that you can cook and prepare your meals as you wish. There is a living room where you can watch TV and benefit from other luxuries like WiFi.

Hotel
Tromso has several 3 and 4 star hotels in the city centre. Scandinavian style, standard double or twin rooms with modern comforts. A typical Scandinavian style breakfast buffet is served each morning. 

Mefjordvaer
Stay in a comfortable apartment facing the sea. Each apartment includes a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchenette and a living area.

Transportation

Airport transfers are not included in the trip price. Tromso airport is around 10-15 minutes from downtown Tromso. Transfer possible by bus or taxi.

Budget & exchange

The currency is the Norwegian Krone (kr)
Visit http://www.xe.com for the latest currency converter and exchange rates.
You can withdraw the local currency from in-country ATMs and payment by card is widely accepted. Please budget for meals and transport as necessary, drinks, tips, museum entry fees and other personal expenses.

Tips

Although the custom is not widespread here, if you are satisfied with the services of your guide, tipping is always appreciated - it is not obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual.

Supplied equipment

For the guided section of this trip, will provide you with:
  • Snowshoes
  • Warm snow boots (Sorel)
  • A quality winter jacket and overtrousers (to wear in addition to, not instead of, your warm clothes)

For additional activities:
  • For snowmobiling and dog-sledding: Warm over-layers (jacket with hood, trousers, boots and helmet)
  • For the Northern Lights Camping excursion: Sleeping bags and reindeer skins are provided

Vital equipment

  • Several sets of good thermals - tops & long johns (it is useful always have spare dry thermals at hand)
  • A ski mask
  • Sunglasses (high quality protection)
  • A warm wind and waterproof jacket
  • Suitable warm  trousers - windproof ski style, soft shell or fleece lined mountaineering trousers are ideal
  • Suitable underwear, t-shirts and walking trousers
  • Warm jumper(s) and jacket(s)
  • Sun cream for face and lips (not water based, water freezes)
  • A headtorch and spare batteries
  • Warm thick socks
  • Gloves - multiple pairs of under and over gloves - think warm, waterproof and windproof
  • A warm hat
  • A balaclava
  • Appropriate neck wear like a warm buff
  • Any personal medication
  • Towel & toiletries
  • A thermos/suitable water bottle
  • A sleeping bag liner
  • Warm snow boots

Material

We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and it does not dry fast. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

Our advice for keeping warm
Winter in Norway can be very cold, please think carefully about what clothes you bring, although we will provide warm outer layers, the layers you wear next to your skin make the biggest difference. We recommend:
  • No cotton
  • Bring dry spares of everything, even underwear and gloves
  • Wear multiple layers including:
    1. A warm breathable base layer
    2. A second thermal layer
    3. Wind and waterproof protective out layer (we provide an additional quality jacket and over trousers.

Helpful equipment

You may also consider packing
  • A pair of warm comfortable shoes for evenings in town
  • Your swim stuff
  • Extra gloves/overgloves
  • An extra jumper/fleece jacket
  • Wetwipes
  • Blister plasters
  • A suitable camera
  • Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
  • Tissues

Luggage

Please bring a small rucksack to use as a day bag. You can bring this as hand luggage on the aeroplane. You will carry your lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day in this bag. You will also need a larger bag to store your other clothes and belongings in, please ensure that this is a soft bag like a rucksack or holdall rather than a hard cased suitcase because it is more practical to transport. We recommend packing all of your clothes in plastic bags so that they stay dry in the event of wet weather.

Medicine

Your companion has a first-aid kit during the tour. However, we recommend that you bring your medications: 
  • Personal medication
  • Anti pain medication Paracetamol 
  • Diarrhoea drugs 
  • Intestinal dressing 
  • Sun screen with strong protection for the lips and the skin 
  • Eye drops for the eyes 
  • Moisturizing cream for the treatment of superficial burns (blisters and sunburns) 
  • An adhesive elastic banda box of adhesive plasters and disinfectant compresses 
  • Double skin for blisters

Passport

Most travellers require a passport that is valid for at least three months after the return date. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific passport requirements and please be aware that proof of onwards travel may be required. You can check your requierements on the website provided by the Norwegian government: www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/persons-who-do-not-need-a-visa-to-visit-norway-/#link-709

Visa

Most travellers of EU states do not need a VISA to visit Norway, as Norway is part  of the Schengen agreement. This does not apply to travellers of other nations. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific visa requirements. You can check the following web site of the Norwegian government: www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/persons-who-do-not-need-a-visa-to-visit-norway-/#link-709

Mandatory vaccines

There are no specific health risks.

Weather

In winter, the weather in Northern Norway is subject to frequent changes. This part of Norway, the Arctic Zone, benefits from a surprisingly pleasant micro climate. At a latitude of 68° North and 300km North of the Arctc Circle, summer here is relatively mild with average temperatures of around 14°C (57°F). However, it is humid and does rain regularly. Good quality (breathable with sealed seams) rain clothing, jacket and trousers are paramount.

Keep in mind this Norwegian proverb when packing: 'There is no bad weather, only bad clothing'

Electricity

In Norway, the standard Europlug (Type C & F) with two round prongs is used and most of Scandinavia uses 220 volts.

Local time

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/ Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +1. Daylight Savings Time (DST) is observed.

Sustainable tourism

As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously.

We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...
  1. Be prepared
  2. Stick to trails and camp overnight right
  3. Stash your trash and pick up waste
  4. Leave it as you find it
  5. Be careful with fire
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates.

Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.


If you have any questions regarding how to be a responsable traveller or concerning any other subject, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Region
Senja Island Tromsø and the Lyngen Alps
Activity
Snowshoeing The Northern Lights Winter
Duration
8 days
Code
ENORL18VA
Price
From €1,395
Level
2/5
Comfort
4/5

Strengths

  • Discover the magic of Winter in Northern Norway
  • Explore Tromso and Senja Island
  • Excellent locations and opportunities for observing the Northern Lights
  • Group activities on Senja Island with a professional guide included

Required level

LEVEL 2 Easy
As this is a self-guided trip, this active adventure can be adapted by yourself to be as challenging or relaxing as you wish.
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