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Northern Lights in Tromsø, Norway


Tromsø Winter Escape

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    Holiday Duration

    4 nights

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    Best Time To Go

    November - March

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    Price From

    £1445 per person

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    Wild Rating

    3 out of 5

Holiday Idea

Tromsø may be well inside the Arctic Circle in the far north of Norway, but it’s a surprisingly lively place with a wealth of activities and experiences. The setting, on an island surrounded by mountains, is glorious. This winter escape allows time to explore the city with it quaint wooden buildings and includes thrilling Arctic adventures, from silent whale watching to northern lights chasing.


Tromso on the water during winter, Norway
The northern lights over Tromso in Northern Norway

Day 1 | Arrive in Tromsø

Fly to Tromsø and transfer to a hotel. Take some time to wander around the city in the evening. Perhaps opt to dine at Mathallen, one of the best restaurants in the city. The kitchen here is run by sought-after chef, Gunnar Jensen who always works with the best, arctic ingredients of the season. 

Aerial view of brim explorer in tromso norway

Day 2 | Silent Whale Watching

Meet at Tromsø Harbour at 7:45am. You will travel out on a non-polluting catamaran to where the whales are in time to enjoy the short hours of daylight. On the journey take in the breathtaking views of frozen landscapes from the comfortable, panoramic lounge. Return later in the afternoon and enjoy dinner in Tromso.

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Aurora basecamp safari in Tromso, Northern Norway

Day 3 | Explore Tromsø & Evening Aurora Search

Enjoy a leisurely morning and after breakfast take the short bus ride (number 26) to Fjellheisen, the cable car which runs from Solliveien in Tromsdalen up to the mountain ledge Storsteinen (421m above sea level). Here you have a wonderful birds-eye view of the city spread over the islands. During the evening, head out by custom built 4X4 van with your guide - a professional photographer - to search for the northern lights. Help is provided with your own camera settings, plus you can download your guide's photos from the evening.

Max Lander For Pukka Travels(4) Snowshoe Hike

Day 4 | Snowshoe Hike on Tromsøya

Enjoy a morning guided hike by snowshoe in the wonderfully scenic birch and spruce forests just outside Tromsø. The landscape opens up to reveal fantastic views of the surrounding islands and is a great  time for photos and a stop for hot drinks and lefse - a delicious local snack. The remainder of the day and evening is free for you to explore this wonderful Arctic city. Perhaps head to Polaria, the fascinating museum focussed on all things Arctic. During the evening, why not let us book a table at Emma's Drømmekjøkken for either their 6 or 9 course gourmet dinner?

Northern lights over Northern Norway

Day 5 | Departure Day

Transfer back to the airport for your departure plans.

Where will I rest my head?

What's included

  • Return airport transfers by airport bus
  • Four nights at Clarion Hotel The Edge based on a superior double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast
  • Guided silent whale-watching safari aboard the hybrid-electric Brim Explorer including a hearty stew served onboard. Duration approx. 8 hours
    NB! The silent whale watching operates from 1 November to  25 January when the whales are expected to be feeding in the herring-rich fjords. After this date, an Arctic scenery fjord safari is included.
  • Return tickets for Fjellheisen cable car (duration 4 minutes one-way).
  • Guided northern lights hunt by custom-built 4X4 minivan. Includes locally made food, biscuits and hot beverages and use of pro tripods & headlamps. Professional photos from the tour available to download free of charge. Duration 5½ - 9 hours
  • Guided snowshoe hike on Tromsøya including return transfer from Tromsø, hot drinks and lefse (local sweet snack) and rental of winter boots for the snowshoes. Duration 2 hours
  • All Where The Wild Is customers have free access to their holiday details via our mobile travel app. All travel documents, detailed travel itinerary, flight information (when supplied), packing lists, resort information, and dining recommendations are stored in our easy-to-use app - an excellent tool for travelling.
  • Access to our dedicated 24-hour emergency assistance telephone line, giving you peace of mind that should you need help while you are away, we are just a phone call away.


This holiday is based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. Please ask us for other combinations.

Tromso Winter Escape In Pictures

Picture of Reindeer in Tromso, Norway
Orcas in Tromso, Norway
Picture of Reindeer in Tromso, Norway
View of Tromso in the winter from the cable car
Pink skies over Tromso, Norway
Aurora Lights Over Vesterålen, Norway
Dog Sledding near Tromso, Norway

Interested in our Tromso Winter Escape? Get in touch to find out more or to book.