Northern Lights Winter Adventure Tour

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Winter, Multi Activity Level 1 3 days 4-8 participants

 Overview

Highlights

  • 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 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. 

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 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 as a tailormade trip, please e-mail us directly at [email protected]. Dates available from December to March.

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • Meals as described in itinerary
  • Professional nature guide
  • Transport within itinerary

See more of what's included under the "details" tab

Contact

Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

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Details

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. Relevant outdoor winter clothing and boots will be provided on site. Dress warm!

How to get there?

Wondering how to get from the airport to Oslo city? Read more here. Flights daily from Oslo to Tromsø.

Accommodation

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

Baggage

We ask that you bring one piece of luggage (we recommend a duffel bag, which is easier than a rolling bag to transport on this tour) with your clothes, toiletries and items necessary for when we are not hiking. We require you bring a day pack (hip belt strongly recommended) to use when hiking for food, water, cameras and layers.

Insurance

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

Languages

The guide will speak 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: 3 people; Maximum: 7 people.

Included:

  • Transportation to/from Tromsø to Tamok Wilderness Camp
  • Meals as described in the day to day program
  • Activities as described in the day to day program

Not included in the price:

  • Flights to Tromsø.
  • Drinks and snacks.

Day by Day

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1

Tromsø to Tamok

Accommodation Lavvo
Meals D
Transportation 1-2hrs
Duration 3hrs

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!

 

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2

Dog sledding, ice fishing and northern lights

Accommodation Lavvo
Meals B, L, D
Duration 8hrs
Distance 12km

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. 

 

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3

Snowmobiling and transfer

Meals B
Transportation 1-2hrs
Duration 2hrs

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). 

 

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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 you're 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. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.

The video below is for SUMMER gear, but you can get a lot of great tips for winter hiking as well! Welcome to Norway!

Advice on other essentials to pack in your pack from Hvitserk of Norway on Vimeo.

How to pack for your trip to Norway from Hvitserk of Norway on Vimeo.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions and check out our gear page to learn more.

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 - 2 SETS

Two sets of wool long-sleeved top and bottom. Warm, Extra Warm or Expedition thickness is recommended. 

MID-LAYER

A medium thickness wool or fleece top to go over your base layer. 

INSULATED JACKET

A thick, warm, insulated jacket to put on during breaks. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. 

SHELL JACKET

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

MEDIUM INSULATED JACKET

Use a synthetic or down jacket that fits over your base layer and mid layer, yet underneath your rain shell. Should be comfortable with full range of movement when all layers are on.

EXTRA TOP LAYER

Bring an extra medium thick layer to add underneath your medium insulated jacket in case you get cold quickly. 

GLOVES & MITTENS

1 thin pair of wool gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth with windproofing. 1 extra pair of thick mittens in case yours get wet. 3 in total. 

HATS

2 warm hats. 1 thick, 1 thin. Make sure at least one has a windproof lining. 

HIKING SOCKS

4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle or higher. 2 thin. 2 thick. We recommend a 5th pair that is extra thick for evenings. 

BOOTS

Warm boots comfortable for snowshoeing all day. 

BACKPACK

Day pack- 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 BOTTLES

Insulated water bottle, 2-liter capacity. Do not bring a camelback bladder, this will freeze in cold temperatures. 

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. 

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

Waterproof shell pants. Gortex is best. We recommend heavier duty pants to keep you warm with zips for ventilation. 

HEADLAMP

Make sure you bring extra batteries as they die faster in the cold. 

Recommended:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

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

COMPRESSION SACKS FOR GEAR

Recommended for storing your gear, keeping it dry, and compressing your down jackets to create more space. 

BALACLAVA OR BUFF

A wool layer to protect your neck and face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day. We suggest a large, 1-liter thermos.

FIRST AID KIT

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

CAMERA

Be prepared for the cold. Insulating your camera will keep it working for the entire trip. We suggest bringing an extra battery pack. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

Cozy clothes to wear when we are not participating in activities. 

SITTING MAT

Strongly recommended to insulate you from the ground.

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 you're a light sleeper.

JOURNAL AND PEN

 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.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights. All the equipment specific to the activities will be provided.

Dates & booking

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Fri 21. Feb 2020 Sun 23. Feb 2020
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USD 1,043
Fri 6. Mar 2020 Sun 8. Mar 2020
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