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Tromsø: All Inclusive Northern Lights Chase Minibus Tour

1. Tromsø: All Inclusive Northern Lights Chase Minibus Tour

Journey outside of Tromsø, away from the city's light pollution, in search of the Northern Lights together with an experienced guide. Marvel at the immense majesty of the Arctic as you share stories with your companions by a crackling bonfire. Depart from the meeting point in the center of Tromsø and embark on a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Arctic wilderness. Your experienced guide will then lead you in the pursuit of the spellbinding natural phenomenon that is the Aurora Borealis. As you search the skies in multiple locations, take in the rugged beauty of your surroundings. Listen to local myths and stories about the lights, as well as a scientific explanation about why they exist. After finding the best spot to watch the lights, crunch through fresh snow surrounded by towering mountains and deep fjords. Take the time to really admire this incredible natural display of light, where colors dance in the air in beautiful, mesmerizing patterns. Keep your energy up with hot drinks and snacks, cooked over the campfire. Then be taken back to memories of summer camp as you roast marshmallows on a smoky bonfire. Take lots of great photos throughout the night with the tripod provided. Your guide will offer advice to set up your camera properly, and also take photos of your group with the Northern Lights in the background. After a memorable evening, you will be dropped off at your accommodation in Tromsø".

From Tromsø: Aurora Borealis Tour

2. From Tromsø: Aurora Borealis Tour

Increase your chance of seeing the dazzling northern lights on this bus tour from Tromsø. Keep warm with a thermal suit and hot drinks. Ensure you get great pictures on your tour with camera help from your guide. Depart from Tromsø in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus and hunt for the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis. Relax in the comfortable bus on your way to wherever meteorologists have predicted the lights will be at their best. Get an honest assessment of the likelihood of spotting the lights from your guide for that evening. To get stunning views of the sky, head for areas with good solar activity and clear skies. Enjoy flexibility regarding stops, activities, and decisions on the length of the trip. Your guide will assist you with the camera settings and use of a tripod for the best pictures. After the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Tromsø: Reindeer Sled, Dinner, and Northern Lights Day Trip

3. Tromsø: Reindeer Sled, Dinner, and Northern Lights Day Trip

Experience the magic of the artic on this nighttime reindeer sledding day trip with a bus or van transfer Tromsø. Enjoy a traditional Sami dinner with reindeer herders while they tell you about their culture and their beliefs. Have the chance to spot the northern lights dancing above you.  Board your bus or van in Tromsø and embark on your artic adventure. Stop at a Sami camp and have a chance to feed the herd of around 300 wild reindeer who will eat from your hands. Feel the thrill of riding on a sled pulled by majestic reindeer. Be invited for a cup of hot tea, coffee, or hot chocolate and warm up around the fire inside a candle lit gamme (traditional Sami hut). Taste a three course meal including bidos (a traditional Sami stew which is often served at Sami weddings and other special occasions) cooked over the open fire. Join your hots in a lavuu (Sami tent) and gather round the fire to listen to stories about Sami culture. Learn what it is like to be a reindeer herder. Watch as your guide performs a joik (traditional Sami song).  Step outside to see if the northern lights appear above the reindeer camp. Return to your meeting point in Tromsø at the end your tour. 

Tromsø: 4x4 Small Group Northern Lights Photography Tour

4. Tromsø: 4x4 Small Group Northern Lights Photography Tour

Go in search of the magnificent Northern Lights on a guided photography tour by a custom-built 4x4 van. Discover remote scenery within the Arctic Circle as you try to capture this spectacular natural phenomenon. Meet in central Tromsø and set out into the wilderness in search of the Northern Lights. Upon reaching suitable skies, set up camp for the evening. Most of the time this is a shorter drive to the surrounding coastal islands of Tromsø, or if needed, a longer drive into Finland. Some nights the Northern Lights are visible en route to the camp location, and can last throughout the evening. Other nights require patience and positivity, for you to witness a faint glow across the horizon. Enjoy the serene surroundings of the camp in warm thermal clothing. Gather around the roaring campfire, and enjoy a hearty homemade organic soup, cookies, and hot beverages with your fellow travelers. You guide will help you capture vibrant moments of you and the Aurora. If you choose to bring your own camera they can offer help and advice on how to get the most out of your photographs. All images will be shared with you the very next day after your excursion.

From Tromsø: Northern Lights Guided Bus Tour

5. From Tromsø: Northern Lights Guided Bus Tour

Join this northern lights chase to maximize your chances of seeing the world’s most spectacular light show. Travel by comfortable bus to the best location to view the aurora.  The guide will tell you all about this magnificent natural phenomenon. Get tips on camera settings, so when the lights appear you can capture the perfect photo. The guide will also take pictures during the excursion so you can have a souvenir to bring home.  During the trip you will be served hot drinks and cookies. The bus is always nearby, so if you get cold during the chase you can return to the bus to warm up. It is recommended that you wear several layers.  The destination for the chase depends on the latest forecast. Sometimes the driver will take you out to the coast, and others times inland. The guide and driver will use their local knowledge to find the most scenic places, where you will have the best chance of experiencing the magnificent aurora.

From Tromsø: Camp Tamok Ice Domes Hotel Overnight Stay

6. From Tromsø: Camp Tamok Ice Domes Hotel Overnight Stay

Stay at the Tromsø Ice Domes overnight and take a guided tour to learn about its construction. A guide will be at your disposal from the moment you arrive at Tromsø Ice Domes until you depart the following morning. Start with pickup from Tromsø city center for a 90-minute drive to the ice hotel. Upon arrival, take a guided tour and learn about the construction process of the ice hotel and the impact the snow has for the survival of arctic animals. There will be time to walk around freely and ask the experienced guide questions, as well as admire the unique snow and ice art carved by professional artists. Be escorted to your ice suite, where you will spend the night. The double beds in the ice rooms are surrounded by an ice frame and you will sleep in expedition sleeping bags on a comfortable mattress covered by reindeer skins. Embark on a guided walk through the wilderness on snowshoes. Away from the city, in the darkness of the valley, you will have a much better chance to spot the Northern Lights. Whilst searching for animal tracks, learn more about local wildlife. Arrive at the nature camp where the guide will show you how to make a fire and you may help to grill dinner. Spend the night in the Ice Hotel and awake next morning to a traditional Norwegian breakfast, followed by a dogsledding tour where you will have a chance to drive your own team of huskies. Upon completion, you will be served a hot meal and will be ready for a drive back to Tromsø.

Tromsø: Northern Lights Chase with Free Photos

7. Tromsø: Northern Lights Chase with Free Photos

Join this expert-led, small-group excursion to see nature's finest light show. Take part in a chase where the destination changes depending on the best chance of seeing the lights. Sometimes the drive will be out to the coast, sometimes inland, and other times past three fjords up to the Finnish border. The final decision is left as late as possible to maximize your chance of seeing the majestic lights dancing in the sky. Hop in the van and meet your group and expert guide. After finding the perfect spot, settle in and wait for the brilliant colors of the Northern Lights to appear. Your guide will help you adjust your camera so you can take the best photos of them. Enjoy some hot drinks and biscuits while keeping an eye on the sky. Enjoy an exclusive chase with a maximum group size of 16 guests. Your guide will be happy to answer all your questions and will take high-resolution photos to share with the group after the tour.

Tromsø: Northern Lights Day Trip with Campfire and Snacks

8. Tromsø: Northern Lights Day Trip with Campfire and Snacks

Increase your chances of seeing the northern lights with a guide that has seen over 1000 sightings of this stunning natural phenomenon on this tour from Tromsø. Get camera tips on how to best capture pictures of the northern lights from a photographer.  Meet your guide in Tromsø and travel to a location that is outside the city with excellent viewing conditions. Know that your guide will take you as far away as Finland to ensure you get the optimal viewing conditions.  Once on location, sit in a camping chair and enjoy a cozy bonfire with traditional knekkebrød (crispbread) and gulrotcake (carrot cake). Keep your hands warm with a piping hot drink and wear a cozy thermal suit. If you still get too cold, stay warm on the heated bus.  Make use of the camera tripod and get tips on which camera settings to use from your guide, so you can share photos of the dazzling aurora borealis with your friends and family back home. Return to your hotel in Tromsø.

Tromsø: Northern Lights Photo Cruise

9. Tromsø: Northern Lights Photo Cruise

Join an evening cruise to escape the city lights of Tromsø. Watch as the city lights fade into the distance and enter the serene darkness of the Arctic Circle. Cozy up in an outdoor jacuzzi under the Northern Lights or in the sauna onboard (subject to availability). Your cruise course depends on the weather forecast and Solar Storm disturbance in Earth’s Magnetic Field. Once the course is set according to the highest possibility of seeing the Northern Lights, your guide will show you the amenities, spaces, and safety equipment of the ship. Once the conditions are right, the captain will slow the boat to lightly drift along with the current. Witness the dancing Northern Lights and learn tips from your guides to catch the best photo. Your guide will also offer to take portraits of you and the Lights in the background with access to download them. Visit different locations, each one offering a different view of the northern lights. Experience the magic of the aurora borealis– the colors, the movement, and as northerners say, the sounds.

Tromsø: Overnight Trip to Lavvo with Reindeer Sledding

10. Tromsø: Overnight Trip to Lavvo with Reindeer Sledding

Enjoy a Sámi adventure with this overnight trip from Tromsø to a Sámi camp in Lavvo. Sleep in a tent surrounded by untouched nature. Ride a reindeer-pulled sled into the artic wilderness. Learn about Sámi culture and try to see the aurora borealis. Meet your guide and hop on a bus to Breivikeidet. Be greeted by your Sámi guide and meet a reindeer. Feel the thrill of riding a sled through the forest. Take advantage of the low levels of light pollution are and try to view the northern lights.  After the sled tour, head to a traditional Gamme (Sámi housing) which is decorated with reindeer antlers. Taste bithos, a dish that is very dear to the hearts of the Sami people. Hear about Sámi life and listen to a joik (folk music).  Next, settle down for the evening in your own tent where a toasty fire is waiting. Return to Tromsø after eating a hearty breakfast. 

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What people are saying about Troms County

Got a beautiful view of the lights in Finnland! Nicolas was very friendly and an amazing guide!He made as a camp fire and told as a little story about the Aurora Ana dhow it is created. The feeling being out in the mountains in the middle of the night was exciting! A very nice experience just to drive out of Tromso into the mountains and of course seeing the beautiful Aurora!

It was lovely to be surrounded by so many friendly dogs. We stood by the fireplace(outside) eating marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate hopping for some activity on the sky, no Aurora that night but a lot of shooting stars ✨ Diner was interesting.

Super awesome northern lights tour with a guide who was clearly an expert at finding the lights. My two children (10 and 13) and I will remember this tour always! Highly recommended.

great tour the guide gave everything and even extended it by 2 hours

It was a great experience :) I would definitely do it again.