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Norwegian Northern Lights & Orcas

Break Available: Mid Oct - Mid Feb
4 Nights
Departures: Monday or Friday

Price Per Person: From £1395 (Inc Flights)

A 4 night short break to Northern Norway to search for the Northern Lights and whales. See Tromso and the beautiful island of Senja on this trip. Each day on Senja offers possibilities of seeing whales which have migratory routes through the area and follow the shoals of herring. Please note that this can vary from season to season so seeing whales should be viewed as a bonus.

If the whales are not in the vicinity then the guides have alternative activities in place to ensure your time on the beautiful island of Senja is well spent.

The Northern Lights in this part of Norway can be spectacular and especially so as they are framed by the towering peaks of the mountains that soar out of the sea.

Highlights

  • 1 Night in Tromso – the Paris of the North
  • 3 Nights on the Beautiful island of Senja
  • Accommodation in Comfortable apartments by the sea
  • Boat trip out of Tromso
  • Day to Explore Tromso’s highlights
  • Daily day and night guided activities in Senja
  • Full board in Senja and meals served in Marine themed atmospheric restaurant
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 
 
 

Day 1
Fly to Tromso. Overnight

Day 1
Fly to Tromso. Overnight

Fly from your choice of airport to Tromso in Northern Norway.

Tomso is commonly referred to as the Paris of the North. On arrival catch the flybus transfer to your hotel, the perfectly located Scandic Ishavshotel, your base for tonight.

Settle in and explore the local area and either choose to eat at the hotel or one of the excellent local restaurants around the quayside.

Meals Included: None

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Day 2
Fjord Sailing Trip. Boat trip to Senja Island

Day 2
Fjord Sailing Trip. Boat trip to Senja Island

After breakfast explore the magnificent fjords onboard a traditional sailing ship. This trip takes you sailing out of the beautiful Kaldfjorden.

Search for wildlife  on land and sea, wild eagles, reindeer and with a spot of luck wild orcas and humpback whales! If the weather allows it you can take part in hoisting the sails or just enjoy a wonderful day out at sea.

Schooner Hildur was restored as a traditional two-mast schooner from the remains of an old oak fishing boat and provides a magnificent means of experiencing the wildlife and landscapes that you are unlikely to forget.

Don’t forget to bring a camera, warm footwear, hat and gloves.

Return to port in time for your onward boat transfer to Finnsnes. The journey by boat takes about 75 minutes and lets you experience coastal nature.

A driver will pick you up at the boat terminal in Finnsnes and transfer you through the beautiful Senja island to Mefjord Brygge your base.  Check into your sea-facing apartment before Dinner is served in the maritime-style restaurant.

After a short briefing and introduction to our activity program, it will be time to relax, go for a small walk in the evening or finish off the day in sauna.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

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Day 3
Day of Seasonal Activities. Northern Lights Hunting

Day 3
Day of Seasonal Activities. Northern Lights Hunting

Breakfast will be served at 9.00 after which you will meet with the guide who will present your plan for the next couple of days with regard for current season and weather conditions. Typically, during daylight hours you will go for an Arctic Boat Safari to see wildlife and marine landscape. Lunch will either be on the safari or upon your return to the hotel. The afternoon might be spent at leisure or you can go for a small snowshoeing trip on your own.

Traditional Norwegian dinner will be served in early evening and after that you will get ready for the night time session. The guide will take you to some remote spots for a Northern Lights chasing experience. You will also visit scenic vantage points where it is possible to admire the Aurora Borealis without any light pollution.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 4
Day of Seasonal Activities. Northern Lights Hunting

Day 4
Day of Seasonal Activities. Northern Lights Hunting

After breakfast you will do a different activity to the day before – depending on the season and preferred activity, it may be on a minibus sightseeing, a snow-shoeing or hiking trip to see different types of Senja’s nature and in case of bad weather there would be a special trip to show you the harsh Arctic coast and power of Norwegian Sea.

After  dinner you will again set out for an evening activity focusing on experiences on Senja and the northern Lights.  Hopefully you will admire the beauty of Aurora Borealis reflected in the sea and with mountains in the foreground while visiting some remote spots in the nearby fjords.

The creative guides will surprise you by telling some old local stories, showing you some interesting places and introducing you to traditions linked with north-Norwegian culture.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 5
Fly Home or Extend Your Trip to Lofoten or Oslo

Day 5
Fly Home or Extend Your Trip to Lofoten or Oslo

Depending on whether you chose to return home or continue your journey south to see more of Norway you will have breakfast and then transfer by minibus to the ferry terminal to catch the boat either back to Tromso for your flight home.

We have an extended version of this holiday which includes the Hurtigruten day ferry to the Lofoten Islands with 3 nights in Svolvaer. Alternatively extend your trip to see Norway’s capital city.

Meals Included: Breakfast

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Mini City Break in Oslo
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Mini City Break in Oslo

This is a 2 night extension to your holiday staying at the Thon Hotel Opera in Oslo Norway’s capital city. The hotel is well located near the city centre and transport links.

Both the Norwegian Parliament and the Royal Palace are in Oslo, the latter being situated at the end of Karl Johan Street Oslo’s main street.

The city limits encompass wilderness areas as well as an array of restaurants and nightlife as such. In winter, the city has an artificial skating rink nearby the National Theatre and the University.

Oslo’s City Hall is located in the city centre only a few hundred metres from the city’s main street and overlooks the Oslo Fjord.

The Aker Brygge pier with all its restaurants and shopping is in close vicinity of Oslo City Hall.  You can also catch the ferry to the main islands in the Oslo Fjord. Oslo abounds with sights of interest, and most of these sights are within walking distance of each other.

Norway’s maritime history is represented by 3 unique museums, The Viking Ship Museum, The Fram Polar explorer museum and the Kon Tiki Museum.

For those interested in culture and art there is the Akershus Fortress, The Munch museum or the Norwegian Museum of cultural history

Cost: £250 per person to include private airport transfers and 2 nights bed and breakfast in the Thon Hotel Opera

OperaHouse Oslo - copyright dedrick Stenersen
Sculpture on the quayside, Oslo
Snowy streets in Oslo Copyright Deichmann
Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Scandic Ishavshotel Tromso

Scandic Ishavshotell Tromso
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Scandic Ishavshotel Tromso

The Scandic Ishavshotel is on a picturesque waterside location in Tromsø, which is often referred to as the Paris of the North, and offers stunning views of the harbour and city. It is located only 50 metres from the Hurtigruten ferry and 4 minutes from the Polar Museum. It has easy access to the pier where most boating trips depart from.

Almost all rooms at the Scandic Ishavshotel are located at the very end of the quay and provide panoramic views whilst there are excellent Restaurant and Bar facilities.

For a relaxing drink visit the Roast Bar, located right by the water and offering views of the Tromsø Bridge and a famous architectural landmark, the Arctic Cathedral.

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Mejford Brygge

Room in Cabin at Mejford Brygge Senja Norway
Mejford Brygge Senja Norway
Senja Island Norway
Cabin accommodation Mejford Brygge Norway

Mejford Brygge

Mefjord Brygge is surrounded by mountains in the picturesque fishing village of Mefjordvær on Senja Island. Accommodation is in modern style cabin apartments which face out to the sea and offer plenty of space.

A well-equipped kitchen, private bathroom and a balcony or patio feature in all apartments and cottages at Mefjord Brygge. They also include a seating area and flat-screen TV. All cabins are en-suite

Relax options at Mefjord Brygge include a sauna, hot tub and solarium.

The guides at Mefjord Brygge run a daily programme of activities for clients which focus in Autumn and Winter on the sea and the northern lights. They have their own boat which is ideal for whale watching.

Meals are served in a very traditional and atmospheric marine style restaurant a short walk from the cabins.

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Optional Extras
Mini City Break in Oslo
OperaHouse Oslo - copyright dedrick Stenersen

This is a 2 night extension to your holiday staying at the Thon Hotel Opera in Oslo Norway’s capital city. The hotel is well located near the city centre and transport links.

Both the Norwegian Parliament and the Royal Palace are in Oslo, the latter being situated at the end of Karl Johan Street Oslo’s main street.

The city limits encompass wilderness areas as well as an array of restaurants and nightlife as such. In winter, the city has an artificial skating rink nearby the National Theatre and the University.

Oslo’s City Hall is located in the city centre only a few hundred metres from the city’s main street and overlooks the Oslo Fjord.

The Aker Brygge pier with all its restaurants and shopping is in close vicinity of Oslo City Hall.  You can also catch the ferry to the main islands in the Oslo Fjord. Oslo abounds with sights of interest, and most of these sights are within walking distance of each other.

Norway’s maritime history is represented by 3 unique museums, The Viking Ship Museum, The Fram Polar explorer museum and the Kon Tiki Museum.

For those interested in culture and art there is the Akershus Fortress, The Munch museum or the Norwegian Museum of cultural history

Cost: £250 per person to include private airport transfers and 2 nights bed and breakfast in the Thon Hotel Opera

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Reviews & Feedback

We had an amazing time. The team who looked after us was awesome and the lodge was very comfortable. All activities were well planned and very enjoyable. It was a great experience. Loved it !!!

Fiona

We have been using Weekend a la Carte for several years now and yet again they failed to disappoint!
Activities organised, and locations suggested, were superb. Flexible and easy booking coupled with fantastic organisation of timings meant it was a flawless travelling experience. Would thoroughly recommend.

James

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Price Per Person: From £1395 (Inc Flights)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • All flights
  • 4 night’s accommodation with breakfast
  • 3 Dinners and 3 Lunches
  • Fjord Tour in Schooner searching for Wildlife and Whales  (in season)
  • Day and night Activities at Mefjord Brygge with whale watching in season
  • Airport and Boat Transfers

Break Available

Mid October – Mid February

Departure Airports

  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • Manchester
  • Stockholm
  • Oslo

Please note this break is restricted to Monday and Friday Departures.

For clients wishing to travel from the USA, Australia and Asia we can advise of best options.

If you have booked your own flights we can organise ground plans only.

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