Autumnal Aurora displays equal those of winter, particularly when you view them from somewhere such as Sommarøy. On this island in Northern Norway, the lights can suddenly appear from behind the mountains before reaching out and dancing above the sea. A strong Aurora can even cast a reflection on the water’s surface, giving you two displays for the price of one.
Your holiday begins in the city of Tromsø, which is often referred to as the ‘Capital of the Arctic’. Tromsø is no sleepy town; it is a vibrant hive of activity and offers many attractions. There are some seriously good eateries, a thriving cafe and shopping culture as well as the world’s most northerly aquarium and the imposing Arctic Cathedral which dominates the city skyline.
Tromsø is predominantly built on a large island linked to the mainland, and the city’s boundaries are marked by the fjords and mountains which surround it, meaning that the wilderness is always within easy reach. During your stay, you’ll have time to explore the city and will be treated to a thrilling RIB wildlife tour. In September and October, the boat will stay closer to Tromsø from where the views of the area will have you reaching for your camera. There is a rich marine life in this area, including seals and various seabirds. For those travelling in November, it is possible to upgrade your RIB wildlife tour to a RIB whale safari*. November heralds the start of the whale migration season and this tour will take you further out to try and track down the orcas and humpbacks which travel through Norwegian waters.
As most Aurora hunters know, city lights do not allow for the best Northern Lights viewing and so we have also included a dedicated Aurora hunt by minibus on your second night in town. Your expert local guide will lead the chase using the latest weather forecasts and solar activity readings to determine your route.
From Tromsø you continue to the island of Sommarøy where a mix of white sandy beaches (think tropical bays but with less heat), charming fisherman’s cottages and rugged hills and mountains await you. The bright colours of the buildings tone wonderfully with the vibrant colours of autumn.
Sommarøy is about getting away from it all so your time here will be spent at a relaxed pace. You’ll enjoy a guided walk on the island and a visit to an Aurora Camp on your first night here. There will also be some free time for you to soak up your surroundings and hunt for the Aurora on your second day. Famed for its Northern Lights displays, you don’t have to venture far to witness the lights here if conditions are favourable.
In short, this Autumn break gives you the chance to take in a cosmopolitan Arctic city and the wonderfully peaceful island of Sommarøy, whilst enjoying some carefully chosen activities and dedicated Aurora hunts.
*Please note: the whale migration season begins at the end of October. For those travelling in November, there is an option to upgrade your RIB boat trip to a RIB whale safari. A supplement will apply. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts for details.
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