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6 days - Northern Norway Wildlife Safari, Northern Lights and Tromsø

Never heard of Northern Norway's Senja region? Picture steep, majestic mountains diving straight into the sea, and pearly white beaches of crushed sea shells lining the islands in the clear turquoise waters. Nestled on one of these tiny islands, is the lovely Hamn i Senja, a small hotel looking out over a secluded bay. Private, quiet and picturesque!

Winter is a magical time at Hamn i Senja. During your stay, become accustomed to the beautiful Arctic moods, snow covered mountains and the aurora borealis dancing across the sky.

During your wildlife safari, you can also get close views of seals, majestic sea eagles and sea birds. Though the views are almost Caribbean-esque, the temperature will likely remind you that you're actually North of the Polar circle.

Day 1
Welcome to Tromsø, the capital of Arctic
Day 2
Day in Tromsø to explore the town and its surroundings
Day 3
Express boat to Finnsnes and transferring to Hamn in Senja
Day 4
Wildlife Safari - incredible chances to see sea eagles, seals and other birdlife
Day 5
Northern Lights snowshoe walk
Day 6
Departure day
Start Place
Tromsø, Norway
End Place
Finnsnes, Norway
Country Visited
Norway
Duration
6 Days
Start Date
Flexible
Travel Style
Independent
Suitability
Independent holiday with moderately active activities and no porterage included
Code
50DN0835

Please note that all our itineraries, inclusions, dates and prices displayed on this website may change at any time. If you book an itinerary today and have this confirmed it will be the itinerary that is delivered to you. However, the online itinerary on our website may change in the meantime.

As a Certified B Corporation, 50 Degrees North has designed this tour using handpicked local hoteliers and suppliers who share our ethos of delivering services and activities of high social and environmental standards.

The CO2-e per person per day of all tours is carefully measured following each season. We fully offset all emissions of our tours on your behalf, and we constantly look at ways to reduce emissions where possible.

Details

Transportation

Shuttle transfers, express boat and tourist boat.

Included
  • Accommodation 5 nights
  • Daily breakfast and 3 dinners
  • Return transfer from Tromsø - Hamn in Senja, express boat and taxi/minubus (shuttle)
  • Fjordsightseeing and wildlife safari
  • Northern Lights Snowshoe safari
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
Not Included

International flights, lunches and dinners not detailed in the program and items of personal nature. Optional tours you might like to add include deep-sea fishing, Arctic ocean bathing, ski touring and the outdoor hot tub by the sea. These activities have a minimum number and are dependent on weather conditions.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Tromsø, the capital of Arctic

Tromsø is a city packed with culture, polar history and fresh locally sourced food in its numerous restaurants. Tromsø is often called "Paris of the North" and "City of Lights", and it is rare to have such a lively town located so far past the Arctic Circle. Mountains, fjords and islands surround it, making it a great base for exploring the winter landscape.

Accommodation
Clarion Hotel The Edge.

Day 2 - Day in Tromsø to explore the town and its surroundings

This day is free for exploring Tromsø or trying many of the winter activities available in its vicinity. Ask us for information about guided walking tours including a visit to the Polar Museum, dog sledding through the beautiful winter landscape, guided northern light tours and other possible activities.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Clarion Hotel The Edge.
Restaurants
Skarven

Day 3 - Express boat to Finnsnes and transferring to Hamn in Senja

Take the express boat (approx. 1h 20min) from Tromsø to Finnsnes, from where you will have a transfer to Hamn in Senja, an idyllic holiday and activity hotel spectacularly set between fjords and mountains on the west coast of Senja, Norway's 2nd largest island.

Senja is the perfect place to view the northern lights with minimum amount of light pollution, and the mountains and fjord serve as a stunning backdrop for the Aurora, just outside your doorstep.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hamn i Senja.

Day 4 - Wildlife Safari - incredible chances to see sea eagles, seals and other birdlife

Prepare for an exciting day, as you take off to the sea to explore the arctic waters. Dress warmly in the provided windproof overgear, hot drink in hand and be on the look out for possible encounters with bigger marine animals such as seals, harbour porpoise and pilot whales which have been spotted in these waters. Look skyward for majestic sea eagles and other birdlife.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hamn i Senja

Day 5 - Northern Lights snowshoe walk

A free day to take in the magnificent views surrounding Senja. Try arctic bathing in a survival suit, try your hand at winter fishing, summit to sea off piste ski touring or just relax in the resort, ask us for more information on the optional activities as some of these options need to be organised before you arrive.

In the evening, you will be escorted on a 3-hour Northern Lights snowshoeing tour. Walk with a guide in areas with no light pollution. Hear the sound of silence, feel the darkness and fingers crossed, be amazed by the dancing Aurora. This tour includes snowshoes & poles, hot drinks and evening snacks.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hamn i Senja

Day 6 - Departure day

After breakfast, transfer back to Finnsnes, from where you have the option to take the express boat back to Tromsø, or the Hurtigruten ferry further north.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

Prices listed are per person, twin share. Upgrade to the new Aurora Cabins (superior option dbl share).

Prices are indicative due to the current uncertainty across Europe with increasing energy and volatile fuel costs.

Dates
Valid From
Valid To
From Price
Status
Accommodation
1 Nov 2024
20 Apr 2025
1 Nov 2024
20 Apr 2025
NZD 3,341
On request
Standard
1 Nov 2024
20 Apr 2025
1 Nov 2024
20 Apr 2025
NZD 1,907
On request
Extra for Single
1 Nov 2024
30 Apr 2025
1 Nov 2024
30 Apr 2025
NZD 3,851
On request
Superior
1 Nov 2024
30 Apr 2025
1 Nov 2024
30 Apr 2025
NZD 2,372
On request
Extra for Single

Important Information

Whales no longer visit Senja on a regular basis. They have moved further up the coast.

SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL:

Tromsø, also known as the Arctic Capital or the ‘Paris of the North’, is the gateway to the Arctic and Northern Norway. It has been awarded as a ‘Sustainable Destination’, which is the Nordic region’s only national labelling scheme for travel destinations. It is a “tool for sustainable development of businesses and destinations when it comes to the environment, the local community, the cultural heritage, and the economy” Nordic regions awarded this title are not perfect, but they are working collaboratively to achieve a long-term goal. These regions are evaluated every three years to ensure they continue to adhere to these standards.

When staying in Tromsø you will stay in a hotel renowned for its’ environmental efforts. The hotel is ISO 14001 certified (which is given to enterprises that have a high-quality environmental managing system for organizational performance), has launched plastic free initiatives in partnership with WWF, where possible is powered by renewable energy and are taking great strides to reduce water consumption and reduce the use of chemicals. Even though access to water is not an issue in Norway compared to other parts of the world, this hotel is conscious of the energy consumed for heating, and chemicals required for purification, so reduction makes up part of their overall environmental policy. In addition to this they provide sustainable, organic, fair-trade food, and only use sustainably produced palm oil. Your hosts also encourage guests to eat less meat and substitute this for plant-based alternatives.

Senja, your main location for this trip, is also going through the process of becoming an accredited ‘Sustainable Destination’. Visit Norway in recent years named your accommodation in Senja as one of the most attractive accommodations in Norway, and it’s not hard to see why. The beautiful location of the site, nestled in the wilderness high above the Arctic circle, offers a unique diversity and a deep experience in nature throughout the year. Your activities for your stay have been selected as low carbon options which allow our visitors to appreciate their time in nature, such as our Northern Lights snowshoeing walk through light-pollution free wilderness, or our guided wildlife boat safari to learn more about the wildlife of the region and support its conservation efforts.

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