WHALE WATCHING & THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Experience winter in the far north - an environmentally-friendly whale watching experience around Tromsø, stay on a free-roaming Reindeer Farm in Finland, and enjoy the silence of of an e-snowmobile tour.
5 nights / 6 days
Northern Norway & Finland
For individuals, self-guided
Wildlife & Northern Lights
from 1259 EUR
HOW TO GET HERE & BACK – TROMSÖ, NORWAY & LEVI, FINLAND
Arrival by Air The tour starts in Tromsö, served by Tromsö international airport
Departure by Air The tour ends in Levi, Finland, served by nearby Kittilä airport, well connected via Helsinki.
WHAT’S INCLUDED – AT A GLANCE
Tromsö airport to city transfer by Airport bus
2 nights accommodation with breakfast in Tromsø
6-8 hour hybrid boat whale watching excursion, Tromsø
Arctic Bus ticket, one way, Tromsø to Kilpisjärvi
1 night accommodation with dinner and breakfast in Kilpisjärvi
Guided tour of reindeer farm
Arctic Bus ticket, one way, Kilpisjärvi to Levi
2 nights accommodation in standard room with breakfast in Levi
2 hour electric snowmobile tour, Levi
Route Information via exclusive Google My Map
OUR DONATION TO CHARITY
We donate 10 EUR for every person booked on this tour to the John Nurminen Foundation, a charitable organisation protecting the Baltic Sea and its cultural heritage.
Travelling beyond the Arctic Circle to an exotic combination of snow and aurora, our tour starts in Tromsø, a certified Sustainable Destination in Norway. To receive this award, the local travel industry cooperated with the local municipality to ensure that that your environmental footprint stays as low as possible. End point for the tour is Levi, a similarly certified destination which holds Finland’s Sustainable Travel label. Travel between your overnight stops we take care of your tickets on the wonderful Eco-Lighthouse-certified Arctic Bus route which is a great sustainable way to link cross-border communities.
We have chosen activities for you which maximise your holiday experience but minimise your impact on the environment. Included in the package is a super-sustainable fjord cruise by hybrid-electric boat on a search for orcas and humpback whales in their natural habitat. Crossing the border into Finland you overnight in comfort amongst free-roaming reindeers. Continuing deeper into Lapland, end your tour in Levi, where both your overnight accommodation, complete with your own private sauna, and the local ski resort, both hold Finland’s Sustainable Travel label. We’ve included an eco-conscious electric snowmobile tour to get you out into the nature. All along the way, you have some of the best chances in the Nordic region for viewing the Northern Lights.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
DAY 1 : Arrival to Tromsø, Norway
Personal arrival to Tromsø (served by flights to Tromsø airport), a certified Sustainable Destination city on Norway’s north-western coast. Your package includes a seat on the city’s Airport Express Bus which will drop you a short walk from your hotel. You have a great chance to see the Northern Lights here on your 2 night stay. Enjoy the city’s Arctic Cathedral, and a extensive choice of local bars and restaurants.
Overnight in Tromsø centre (breakfast included)
Day 2 : In Tromsö
An electric start to the day
After enjoying a Scandinavian buffet breakfast, its just a couple blocks walk to the harbour to begin your whale-watching cruise. The 6-8 hour* excursion by well-appointed modern environmentally-friendly hybrid-electric boat, includes local guides who will share their knowledge of local culture, history, and nature, whilst on the look-out for orcas and humpback whales. Once the whales have been spotted, the boat switches to silent electric engines, which minimises and disturbance to the whales. The boat has comfortable warm lounges with panoramic windows ideal for viewing whales in their natural habitat.
Note: the duration of the tour varies depending on the exact locations of the whales on the day, which can vary. Whale sightings are usual, but cannot be guaranteed.
The remainder of the afternoon and evening are free to explore Tromsø. Check our exclusive Google My Map for suggested sights and dinner venues.
Overnight in Tromsø (buffet breakfast included)
Day 3 : Tromsø to Kilpisjärvi
An early start by boarding the Arctic Bus which follows a scenic route alongside the Lyngenfjord before heading south-east and across the border into Finland. In the small Sami village of Kilpisjärvi, enjoy a very special overnight stay on a reindeer farm, where the animals roam freely.
Despite the remote location, experience a relaxing night in your own aurora cabin, comfortably furnished with own private bathroom, and a glass-rooved view to the sky – and hopefully a beautiful aurora display.
Overnight in Kilpisjärvi – dinner and breakfast included at the reindeer farm
Day 4 : Kilpisjärvi to Levi
After breakfast, the owner will take you on a guided tour of their ranch, where you can learn the secrets of the traditional way of reindeer herding.
Continue your journey with the Arctic Bus with destination today the sustainably certified ski resort of Levi. Downhill and cross-country skiing are possible here, but so are a whole range of other activities.
Enjoy dinner in one of the many high quality local restaurants in the village.
Overnight in Levi (buffet breakfast)
Day 5 : E-snowmobile in Levi
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, its a short walk to the Safari House where you put on a full thermal outfit in preparation for your eco-friendly snowmobile tour. Enjoy a silent snowmobiling experience driving unique, Lappish-designed, electronic snowmobiles. Follow an experienced wilderness guide along a snow-covered route.
The afternoon is free to explore the village on your own, or take another activity such as skiing or snow-shoeing.
Overnight in Levi (buffet breakfast)
Day 6 : Depart for home - or extend your stay
Depart for home of extend your stay in Levi with some extra nights. You can also combine this tour with a stay in Helsinki, where you likely will need to change planes.
ROUTE & GALLERY
DATE & PRICES
DEPARTURE DATES IN 2022
PACKAGE PRICE IN EUR (euros)
per person sharing twin/double
1814 € per person in single
- Tromsö airport to city transfer by Airport bus
- 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in Tromsø
- 6-8 hour hybrid boat whale watching excursion, Tromsø
- Arctic Bus ticket, one way, Tromsø to Kilpisjärvi
- 1 night accommodation with dinner and breakfast in Kilpisjärvi
- Guided tour of reindeer farm
- Arctic Bus ticket, one way, Kilpisjärvi to Levi
- 2 nights accommodation in room with sauna and breakfast in Levi
- 2 hour electric snowmobile tour, Levi
- Route Information via exclusive Google My Map
What’s NOT included
- Flights from your home country
- Personal travel insurance
- Meals not outlined in programme
BOOK THIS TOUR
We have chosen accommodations that match our sustainable principles.
In Tromsø we stay at the Thon Hotel Tromsø, part of the Norwegian hotel group Thon Hotels who strive to operate responsibly and sustainably, and are part of the Eco Lighthouse sustainability label.
In Kilpisjärvi our partner is the Arctic Land Adventure Reindeer Ranch, which has a detailed approach to sustainable values, in particular highlighting the Sámi way of life and living in harmony with nature.
In Levi the Crazy Reindeer Hotel was one of the first accommodations to be awarded Finland’s Sustainable Travel label.
WHY BOOK WITH NORDIC PURO?
| Experienced – 20 years+ experience handling tours across Scandinavia
Local, on-the-spot expertise, specialists in Scandinavia tours
24 hour emergency service so in case of need, you have a local number to call
Knowledgeable – First-hand up-to-the-minute knowledge of suppliers across our region
Sustainable – Commitment to provide programmes with sustainable partners
Constant education of our staff with local sustainable development
All our tours come with a unique exclusive Google My Map access, showing you our personal tips and suggestions for range of sights, bars and restaurants
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