Seeing the Northern Lights is at the top of many travellers’ bucket lists. This amazing natural phenomenon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and an absolute must for those passionate about night-time photography.
Tromsø is the capital of the Norwegian Arctic and is located directly beneath the Northern Lights belt. The city has a wide range of accommodation options, museums, festivals and cultural events, as well as a buzzing nightlife. From here, Wandering Owl offers a variety of day tours to the Arctic wilderness, just outside the city.
During winter, visitors can get involved in nightly Northern Light chases and choose from a host of different daytime activities. The wilds of Norway are always just around the corner, and on all excursions guests will be fully immersed in the wonders of nature. All winter tours include equipment, warm overalls and boots and are led by environmentally conscious guides as well as professional photographers. Homemade food served around a roaring bonfire is among the highlights of several tours.
While winter leaves the city in complete darkness for two months, in the summer the sun never sets. This opens up numerous possibilities for sightseeing, and night, as well as daytime, tours are available. Beachside dinners are particularly special, and guests can enjoy delicious food looking out at spectacular sunsets.
For those who enjoy being active, Wandering Owl offers a range of hiking tours during the day and at night, all year round. During the summer months, hikers can walk in the light of the midnight sun, while in winter, snowy landscapes can be explored underneath the swathe of dancing colours that sweep across the sky.
For travellers seeking an out-of-the-ordinary experience, the wilderness sauna isn’t to be missed. It’s on wheels, so can be moved to different locations, from mountain valleys to fjords. All locations have one thing in common, however — incredible views across untouched landscapes from every window. After warming up, the bravest guests can jump in the nearby Arctic Ocean or roll around in the snowdrifts for an extra thrill.
A visit to the traditional sauna in the middle of the wilderness, including a jump in the Arctic Ocean or a roll in the snow
Need to know
• Northern Lights chases
• Night-time photography workshops
• Midnight sun experiences
• Sightseeing and guided hiking
• Sauna in the wilderness
• In-house kitchen