- Rental Car: based on 2 people sharing a VW Polo/Toyota Auris or similar, including unlimited miles (upgrade available)
- Accommodation: all in standard rooms as follows: 1-night stay at Clarion Hotel The Edge, 1-night wilderness glamping in Kvaløya, 1-night stay at Hamn I Senja, 1-night stay at Sommaroy Arctic Hotel
- Meals: 4 breakfasts and 1 dinner (half board upgrade available)
- An online roadmap with route description will be provided
What's not included
- Flights are not included in your holiday, but our Travel Experts will happily make arrangements on your behalf, please just ask for a quote
- Ferry tickets, road tolls and car parking charges are not included and need to be paid for locally
The areas of Northern Norway covered in this wonderful four-night, self-drive holiday, are far above the Arctic Circle. This means that from the end of May until the end of July, they are bathed in 24-hour light under the Midnight Sun. So, if you really want to make the most of your days here – this is the ideal time to come!
The summer months really showcase some of Norway’s finest scenery, and during this holiday you will discover the beauty of some of the white sandy beaches, crystal clear fjords, remote islands, and mountain peaks on offer. You will also see some of the quaint fishing villages which sit perfectly in their waterside settings. Drives in the area can take longer than expected as you always want to pull over to take a photo or two.Read more
We start things off in Tromsø, often referred to as ‘The capital of the Arctic’. It is an ideal gateway to the Arctic and offers a great mix of modern comforts and Nordic culture. There is a fantastic range of restaurants and we would highly recommend arriving early and sampling some local cuisine. If you wish, you can also visit the world’s most northerly aquarium, Polaria, which has some fantastic exhibitions and wildlife to enjoy. We also offer visits to a local husky farm and Midnight Sun RIB tours, please see our ‘Personalise’ section for more details.
From Tromsø, you then visit a wilderness camp on the island of Kvaløya for a night of glamping. This remote site offers an incredible experience amidst some truly breath-taking scenery. The heated tents are charming and offer rustic luxury, with comfortable double beds and windows overhead so you can enjoy the views. It is a fantastic location for enjoying the light of the Midnight Sun.
Your next stop will be on the island of Senja, a hidden gem in Northern Norway which is known locally as the ‘fairy-tale’ island. It is difficult to find the words to describe the scenery, but you will certainly understand why it has been given this nickname. Senja is a particularly good spot for enjoying the Midnight Sun and if you wish, a guided kayaking tour can be added to your holiday and you can take to the water and enjoy this incredible light. See our ‘Personalise’ section for further details.
Sommarøy, which is known locally as 'Summer Island' will be your final stop. The white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters are stunning, and the small fishing community still adheres to age-old traditions. It is a fascinating place in which to simply enjoy wandering around, but there is a range of activities which you can book locally, such as kayaking and electric bike rental.
In short, this self-drive holiday is a fantastic introduction to Northern Norway and you will experience some of the world’s most jaw-dropping scenery. The long daylight hours and range of additional activities allow you to tailor your holiday and get the most out of each day. You can also extend your stay should you wish to explore further. Either way, the dramatic scenery alone, is enough to ensure an unforgettable summer holiday.
©Hamn I Senja, Reiner Schaufler, Frank Andreassen, Tromsø Adventure & www.Nordnorge.com
Arrive in Tromsø
Tromsø, which is often referred to as the 'capital of the Arctic', is your first destination on your five-day self-drive holiday. This lively city which is located on the island of Tromsøya offers a beautiful natural setting, modern architecture and a range of museums.
On arrival, you will collect your car from the airport and make your way to Clarion Hotel The Edge which is your accommodation for your first night. Here in Tromsø you can view the 19th Century colourful wooden houses and learn about the city’s heritage in one of its many museums. As your hotel is only 10 minutes away from the Arctic Cathedral you could venture to one of the famous Midnight Sun concerts (tickets available at the venue). Or, you could experience a cable car ride which takes you up to Mount Storsteinen.
The hotel has a fantastic restaurant, however, there are plenty of other options within easy walking distance.
If you’d like to explore the coast around Tromsø and experience the Midnight Sun in all its glory, we offer a RIB safari which will take you out to the islands surrounding Tromsø. The Midnight Sun is visible from 16th May to 26th July in Tromsø, however, the tour can operate outside of these dates as well. Please see the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page for details.Included Meals: None
Tromsø to Kvaløya (Approx. 55 Minutes’ Drive)
Following breakfast, you will make your way to Kvaløya, which is a picturesque island on the outskirts of Tromsø. It’s only a short drive and so you may want to further explore Tromsø before setting off.
Alternatively, we can arrange for you to enjoy one of two husky encounters at a sled dog centre en-route. There is a choice of either a guided tour of the farm or the opportunity to spend time hiking with the huskies. Details of both options can be found on the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page.
Your journey to Kvaløya will end at a wilderness camp surrounded by jaw-dropping mountain scenery. You will spend the evening in a luxury tent with comfortable beds and windows over-head which provide fabulous views of the wilderness outside. You can really embrace the silence of the surrounding nature and will hopefully enjoy good weather so you can make the most of the Midnight Sun.
A home-cooked dinner will be served in the evening before you relax in your tent for an unforgettable nightIncluded Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Kvaløya to Hamn I Senja (Approx. 2 Hours and 40 Minutes’ Drive)
Following breakfast, you will head towards the ferry terminal in Brensholmen before crossing to Botnhamn ferry stop and making for the Island of Senja, undoubtedly one of Northern Norway's hidden gems.
Known as the ‘fairy-tale island’ Senja is wild and beautiful and offers an array of stunning hiking trails with extraordinary vistas over mountainous peaks and pristine bays.
An optional kayaking tour is a fantastic way in which to explore the crystal-clear waters and admire the dramatic landscape. This is all the more amazing if you are travelling during the time of the Midnight Sun. Please see the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page for details.
During your hour-long drive from the Island ferry terminal, you will be guided along some spectacular coastal roads and enjoy some of the best panorama views the island has to offer. Alternatively, you may choose to take the longer, overland option which offers some equally stunning vistas along the way!
Your accommodation at Hamn I Senja which is located in a former fishing hamlet. Breakfast is included and if you wish, you can upgrade to half board and enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant.Included Meals: Breakfast
Hamn I Senja to Sommarøy (Approx. 2 Hours and 20 Minutes’ Drive)
Sommarøy which is also known as 'Summer Island' will be your next destination and as the name suggests it is something of a Norwegian paradise.
White sandy coral beaches are surrounded by emerald green, clear water and bordered by a striking landscape. You can either drive to Sommarøy by retracing your steps from Hamn I Senja, taking the ferry or if you like, you can take the longer, overland route; the choice is yours.
There are several optional activities, such as kayaking and electric bike hire available here, all of which can be added locally. Alternatively, you may wish to simply enjoy your surroundings and relax.
Your accommodation for your stay will be at Sommarøy Arctic Hotel which includes breakfast.Included Meals: Breakfast
Sommarøy to Tromsø for Departures (Approx. 1 Hour Drive)
Your final day will see you depart from Sommarøy and drive back to Tromsø in time for your flights back home.
For those who have a late flight, you may wish to visit the Villmarksentret Husky Centre on your way to the airport, where the same husky activities as noted on Day two, are once more an option.
If you simply don’t feel like you want to leave today then we can, of course, arrange for you to extend your stay at the time of booking. Tromsø has so much to offer and we can add on a variety of activities; details can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section and our travel experts will happily provide you with a quote.
If you are heading home today, then you will drop your car at the airport and catch your return flight home.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
Meet the much-loved animals of the Arctic when you visit a sled dog centre just outside of Tromsø.
You will have a guided tour of the centre with an expert musher who will tell you all about their dogs. You will learn about the history of dog sledding and how important it is to the culture here as well as enjoy a short film from Finnmarksløpet, the famous sled race.
Of course, you will also spend some time with the dogs and will meet any puppies if they are here! You will have plenty of time during this insightful 3-hour tour to ask any questions you may have and meet many of these professional dogs.
Please meet at 14:15 at Booking Point, Roald Amundsens Plass 1A, just a short walk from your hotel.
Available: 1 May - 31 October
Minimum numbers: 2 people
Duration: 3.5 hours including transfers
Image Credit: Tromso Villmarkscamp
Spend some time with the Arctic’s favourite animals while exploring the wonderful surrounding nature during this husky hike activity. There is nothing quite like experiencing the breathtaking nature just outside Tromsø than with a four-legged companion leading the way.
You will transfer to the husky centre where you will receive rubber boots (and rain clothes if necessary). Then, it’s time to head into the surrounding nature with your guide and energetic huskies. You will rotate handling the dogs as they are strong and trained to pull.
Along the way, (if the weather conditions are favourable) you will stop for a campfire lunch of Bacalao - a traditional Norwegian fish dish made from locally sourced ingredients. A vegetarian option is available upon preliminary request. The meal will finish with a piece of delicious chocolate cake.
You will then make your way back to the centre after this reinvigorating back-to-nature experience. Upon your return, you will have a guided tour of the sled dog centre and learn all about the lives of the dogs and the traditional racing. You will even have the opportunity to cuddle some puppies if they are here!
Please note, you must have a moderate fitness level and be able to trek over uneven terrain while handling a dog.
Please meet at 09:15 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, just a short walk from your hotel.
Available: 1 June - 9 September on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Minimum numbers: 2 people
Duration: 4.5 hours in total including transfers. The hike and lunch will last approximately 1.5-2 hours.
Sea Kayaking (Tromsø)
Get a unique vantage point of the stunning Arctic scenery as you take to the water on a sea kayak.
You will meet with your local guide who will show you all the techniques needed for kayaking. This will be a steady paddle and you will usually travel in a double kayak so you don’t need any previous kayaking experience, although single kayaks may be arranged upon request.
Following your guide, you will make your way to Grindøya island where the water is so clear you will be able to spot crabs moving along the sea bed. You will also be able to see flocks of sea birds as you silently move towards their nesting area. Kayaking is a relaxing way to get out onto the water and experience the wonderful nature here.
The guide will also provide a home-made sandwich and chocolate cake - vegetarian options available upon prior request.
Please meet at 09:15 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, just a short walk from your hotel.
Available: 1 June - 31 August on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
Minimum numbers: 2 people
Duration: 4.5 hours including transfers
Please bring: Warm clothes, sunglasses, sneakers and a dry change of clothes
Dates & Prices
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Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices
To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £250pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2 people, maximum 5 people (approximately)
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum and maximum age
If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.
Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com
The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.
Medical History and Advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
The UK Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Booking activities locally
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
Brexit information for British Passport holders
For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Terms and Conditions
Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.artisantravel.co.uk/booking-conditions
Full details of the car hire provided during your holiday can be found in the ‘what’s included’ section of the holiday page. Upgrades are available for an additional cost. All car hire includes ‘Supermax’ insurance as standard and one named driver, additional drivers can be added for a supplement. Please contact one of our travel experts if you have any questions or would like an upgrade cost. THE NAMED DRIVER MUST HAVE A CREDIT CARD REGISTERED IN THEIR NAME WHICH THEY CAN PRESENT WHEN THEY COLLECT THEIR CAR ALONG WITH THEIR DRIVING LICENCE AS A DEPOSIT WILL BE HELD ON THE CREDIT CARD.
An Economy car is included in your holiday. These vehicles are 2/3 door manual cars without air-conditioning. Examples include: VW Lupo, Citroen C3, Toyota Aygo or similar
You can upgrade to the following vehicles for a supplement.
Compact/Midsize: These vehicles generally have 2 to 4 doors, seat 4 to 5 passengers, and have luggage capacity of up to 3 suitcases (luggage capacity varies by luggage size and vehicle model).They are manual and have air-conditioning. Examples include: VW Golf or similar
Fullsize/Standard: These vehicles generally have 4 doors, seat 4 to 5 passengers, and have luggage capacity of up to 4 to 5 suitcases (luggage capacity varies by luggage size and vehicle model).
They are manual and have air-conditioning. Examples include a Volvo V40 or VW Passat or similar (estate cars can be requested).
Premium: These premium and luxury vehicles generally have 2 to 4 doors, seat 4 to 5 passengers, and have luggage capacity of up to 4/5 suitcases (luggage capacity varies by luggage size and vehicle model
These estate cars are manual and have air-conditioning. Examples include Volvo V60 or similar.