Day 2 (Wednesday): Tromso
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour. This tour will be the perfect introduction to Tromso where you will visit the world’s most northern Botanical gardens. Here you can enjoy the views of the mountains to the east and south. Tromso enjoys a subarctic climate, its location corresponding to the northern coast of Alaska. Visit the Tromso University Museum where you will learn fascinating facts on nature and culture in northern Norway. Learn about the indigenous Sami people, their traditional culture and recent history. Following this, you will continue on a tour around the island, passing Lake Prestvatn where the Meteorological Institute is situated. Travel across the bridge to the Arctic Cathedral for a visit to this masterpiece by Jan Inge Hovig. Built in 1965, the cathedral reflects north Norwegian nature, culture, and faith with a monumental stained-glass window.
Be ready for a pick-up right outside your hotel at 18:30 where you will be met by a representative from Tromso Villmarkssenter and taken on a 25-minute bus ride to the Aurora Camp. At the camp you will be equipped with thermal overalls and boots to keep you nice and warm all evening. 300 friendly Alaskan huskies are waiting to greet you and enjoy some cuddles, followed by an affectionate and playful visit to the puppy enclosure. Once you have filled up on puppy love, it is time to enjoy a traditional Norwegian dinner in our cosy Gamme-hut (turf home). You will be served Norwegian Bacalao, prepared with locally sourced cod and tomato sauce, and for dessert their savoury signature chocolate cake.
As it is impossible to predict when the Aurora will appear during the evening, your guide will keep a close eye on the sky for you and the program will be adjusted accordingly. For those of you who wish to sit outside and wait for it to appear, a bonfire will set the mood and keep you toasty.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 (Thursday): Tromso - Alta
Breakfast at the hotel. The ride from Alta to Tromso is breath-taking regardless of the time of year. Stunning scenery and magnificent nature. This trip will be something that stay with you just a little longer. The distance between Tromso and Alta is about 300 km, the journey takes approximately 8 hours and include two ferry crossings. The tour will make a stop to enjoy lunch (not included) at the Bios Café in Storslett. Arrival in Alta and check in at your hotel. Evening at leisure.
Optional Tour: Northern Lights Tour - Storytelling
This adventure begins with a pick up from the Scandic Hotel and a 20-minute bus ride into the countryside. The family owned Sorrisniva adventure facility is perfectly located to maximize your chances of seeing the magnificent Aurora Borealis in the time between September and March. In the company of a knowledgeable local guide you will take on the Northern Lights chase. Along the way you will have an excellent opportunity to learn more about the natural phenomenon as well as the local history of Alta. Your guide will also be very happy to help you catch some beautiful images with your own camera. During the trip you will be served sweets and a warm drink. You will return to Scandic Hotel around midnight. This tour requires pre-booking.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 (Friday): Alta
Breakfast at the hotel before departing for the prestigious EMYA award-winning Alta museum. The museum is situated at the site of early settlement of Finnmark dating from around 11,000 years ago and presents exhibitions on local culture and historic industries. A must-see for anyone visiting the area. Afterwards we will pay a visit to the modern Northern Lights Cathedral located in the central part of town. Experience the Northern Europe’s largest and richest rock carving site, inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Here you can walk on pathways arranged around the rock carving area while having a fantastic view over the Alta Fjord. The 2000 to 6200 years old rock carvings show the life of hunters and fishermen. You will have a guided tour at the museum with some free time afterwards to walk around in your own pace.
The impressive Nordlyskatedralen is a result of an architectural competition launched in 2001. Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in collaboration with architect Kolbjorn Jenssen of Link Arkitektur, the elegant and modern construction features concrete and wood with external cladding of titanium sheets. The central feature being the towering spiral with belfry. Inside the church you will find art work by Danish artist Peter Brandes.
Optional Tour: Sleigh Ride Under The Northern Lights
This tour offers you an evening of cozy adventure. You will be picked up in Alta and driven to a farm in the nearby countryside where you will climb aboard a sleigh and get bundled up in warm blankets. Your sleigh is then pulled by a Norwegian Fjord Horse through the forest and along the Alta River, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the peace and beauty all around you. Near the end of the ride, you will stop at a wilderness shelter where a light dinner will be served around a warm fire. Under the right conditions you might also be able to captures some beautiful images of the Northern Lights. This tour requires pre-booking.
Day 5 (Saturday): Alta - Departure
Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your transfer to Alta airport in good time for your departure flight.
Note: Arrival transfer from Tromso is by a regular (public) airport bus service Flybussen. Departure transfer for Alta airport is by City Bus. For passengers who require private transfers – for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved.
Escorted Package Includes:
- 4 Nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
- 4 Breakfasts, buffet style
- 1 Dinner as mentioned in the program
- Arrival transfer in Tromso by public service Flybussen
- Bi-lingual Tour Escort (English & Spanish or Portuguese) from Day 1 to Day 4 inclusive
- The long-distance coach from day 2 – 4 offers WIFI
- Departure transfer in Alta by City Bus 100 m from hotel
- Guided 3-hour city sightseeing in Tromso
- All tours and transportation, as mentioned in the program
- Visits, excursions and entrances as mentioned in the program
- Outdoor clothing for winter activities/safaris mentioned in the program. For further information please consult the general conditions.
- Beverages or any extras
- Porter Service
- Any services not mentioned in the program
Highlights & Experience:
- Activities everyday
- Husky farm visit with sledge drive
- A visit to the award-winning Alta Museum & the Northern Lights Cathedral in Alta
Hotels (or similar):
- Hotel Radisson Blu Tromso ****
- Scandic Ishavshotel Tromso ****
- Clarion the Edge ****
- Thon Hotel Alta ***+
Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (vh)