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Northern Lights Winter Adventure Tour

Northern lights, Reindeer Sledding, Dog Sledding, and Ice Fishing on this Arctic adventure will give you a glimpse into a hearty culture of Northern Norwegians as well as the experience of a lifetime!

"First time I saw the Northern Lights I cried... its a special experience to have especially somewhere quiet and serene."— Guide

Northern Norway is a unique, quiet and isolated part of the country and truely special. In the winter months, its dark almost 24 hours a day, with a dusky twilight just above the horizon midday, and dancing Northern Lights. During the summer, its 24 hours of sunlight, and the kids in school sing songs to the sun, thanking it for appearing come Spring. 

This tour is a great introduction to Northern Norway, encompassing some traditional aspects of Sami lifestyle. The Sami People are the indigineous people of Norway, most well known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle as Reindeer herders. They are adept in the harsh environment and have been living in the far north for thousands of years, first recorded in 98AD. On this trip you will:

  • Learn to steer a team of dogs on a sled through mountains and forested valleys. 
  • Learn about Sami culture, lasso throwing, and visit a Sami Herdsman Lavvu (nomadic tent).
  • Experience the Sami way of travel by being pulled by a Reindeer sled team. 
  • Sleep in a warm Lavvu at Tamok Wilderness Camp, one of the most stable locations for Northern Lights viewing. 
  • Snow mobile through vast landscapes. 
  • Snowshoe on a frozen lake to catch your own dinner! Ice fishing for an afternoon with hot cocoa to keep you warm and toasty!

This is a fun, incredibly unique and variable tour that combines adventure with education! The activities are interactive and hands-on, and you will learn a lot about how people of the North have been staying warm, dry and healthy for thousands of years in such a isolated and cold environment. The Northern Lights are one of the most majestic wonders of our planet, and this trip is a sure opportunity to gaze upon them. Join us this winter up North!

If you would like to book this tour with us, please e-mail us directly at [email protected]. Dates available from December to March.

DIFFICULTY           

Level 1 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. 

WHAT TO BRING?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above.  Check out our equipment video here. This is a video made for our hiking tours in the summer, but a lot of it is still relevant to our trip. Relevant outdoor winter clothing and boots will be provided on site. Dress warm!

ACCOMMODATION

You will stay in a Lavvu or Gamme in Camp Tamok Wilderness Camp.

BAGGAGE

There is no weight limit, other then what your airline has imposed, but, as the group and luggage will all have to fit into our means of transportation, we do ask you not to bring more than one main item of baggage and one daysack. You will only have to carry your daysack on this trip.

Food

You will be served traditional Norwegian three course dinners, warm breakfast and lunch. Vegetarian food available upon request. 

INSURANCE 

You need a travel and health insurance, that also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

LANGUAGES         

The guide speaks English.

CHANGES MAY OCCUR

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS              

Minimum: 5 people; Maximum: 8 people.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?          

  • Professional nature guide.
  • Activities listed.
  • Accommodation as described in the day by day program.
  • Breakfast, packed lunch, and three-course dinner.
  • Local transportation on the tour.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • International transportation
  • Transportation out of Tromso
  • Drinks and snacks.

DAY 1: Tromsø to Tamok with Reindeer

The bus/minibus departs from/arrives at the Ishavshotel by the quayside in downtown Tromsø. From here its a 1.5-hour drive to Tamok Wilderness Camp, where you will stay the next two nights in a traditional accommodation of a Lavvu or Gamme. These are authentic Sami accommodations: the Lavvu is a shared space with your own bed space and can house up to 12 guests. The Gamme is a private Sami Tent for two with a small oven to keep it nice a toasty. This option is a more private setting while still experiencing traditional Sami housing. 

This evening you will enjoy Reindeer Sledding with your Sami guide and try and learn to lasso a Reindeer before a late three course dinner and a cozy sleep!

Accommodation Lavvu Meals  one hot meal Time 3 hrs sledding Transport 1.5 hrs

 

DAY 2: dog sledding, ice fishing, and northern lights

This day begins with a warm breakfast before meeting your team of dogs and learning to mush! After a morning with the dogs speeding across the wilderness, you will enjoy a warm lunch and some downtime in camp. Then, its time to bundle up for ice fishing (after Jan. 1st due to ice conditions) and attempt to catch your own dinner! If you're lucky, your fish will be cooked on site or in the kitchen at camp. A warm evening snack will be brought with you as you depart again to chase the Northern Lights. Tamok valley is an incredible place to view the Aurora due to its stable climate and clear skies. This evening ends with a hot, three-course meal around 21:30 (9:30) before drifting off to sleep. 

Accommodation Lavvu Distance 12 km dog sledding Meals Breakfast and two hot meals Time 8 hrs activities

DAY 3: SNOWmobiling and transfer

Another warm breakfast to prepare for snowmobiling! This adventure takes you out into the mountains on a fun adventure. (If you wish to drive a snowmobile alone, its an extra charge of 700 NOK and you need a general drivers license). After a hot lunch, say goodbye to Tamok Valley and you will be driven back to Tromsø, arriving around 16:00 (4 pm). 

Distance 30 km Meals B Time 2 hrs snow mobile Transport 1.5 hrs

You will be provided with an insulated body suit, boots, gloves and headware in Camp Tamok. Dress warm!

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if youre missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

1) Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip. 

2) Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.

3) Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather.

The video below is for SUMMER gear, despite the snow in the background. Welcome to Norway!

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

 

REQUIRED:

BASE LAYER

Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.

MID-LAYER A medium thickness wool or fleece top.

INSULATED JACKET

A warm jacket for breaks and before after hiking. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. Something equivalant in warmth is also okay.

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 

HIKING PANTS

Hiking pants comfortable for all day wear. Should fit your long underwear beneathe and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is option. 

HIKING SHIRT

Bring 1-2 shirts for daily hiking. 

GLOVES / MITTENS

1 thin pair of gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth.

HATS

1 sun hat, 1 warm hat.

HIKING SOCKS

2-4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle, in your preferred thickness. If your footwear is not waterproof consider a gortex sock option.

HIKING SHOES

Bring footwear you know fits you and is comfortable. Trails can be wet and rocky. We recommend waterproof hiking boots. 

BACKPACK

Daypack for warm layers, food, snacks, water and needed items. 20-40 liters.

SUNGLASSES

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost.

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 

WATER BOTTLE / CAMELBACK

2 liter capacity. 

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

 

RECOMMENDED:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra for hiking. No cotton.

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

We recommend having a water proof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy the hiking more when warm and comfortable.

SCARF OR BUFF

A layer to protect your neck or face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.

SWIMWEAR

A bathing suit and small towel if you would like to swim, hottub or sauna depending on your trip. 

TREKKING POLES

Most guests prefer hiking with poles. Helps with challenging terrain and to maintain energy over long days. 

HEADLAMP

Important item to always have in your pack. Emergency back up and useful for long days. 

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

Its important to be present while hiking, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

A reminder to bring a set of clothes for transfers, relaxing in the evenings, and non-hiking time. An extra, dry pair of shoes is recommended for after and before hiking.

 

OPTIONAL:

ANTIBAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.

EAR PLUGS

If youre a light sleeper.

JOURNAL

 In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

SLEEPING MASK

To cover your eyes when sleeping in 24 hour light. You can aslo use your buff.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights. All the equipment you need for supplemental activities will be provided.