Tromso and the Lofoten Islands Northern Lights Holiday
We flew from Manchester to Oslo for a night, then to Svolvaer for 3 day, 1 day on a Hurtigruten ship into Tromso and then 4 day.
We flew from Manchester to Oslo on Norwegian Airlines, which is low cost airline, but perfectly OK. Then flew SAS from Oslo to Bodo and then Bodo to Svolvaer with SAS. There was a electrical problem with the SAS plane, which meant we where late getting into Bodo, but SAS gave us an amended flight to Svolvaer albeit late.
On our arrival Angela at Magnetic North (MN) let us know what of the trips we had booked had been cancelled due to lack of numbers. We where able to ring Angela from Oslo and talk through options, Angela then took it away and looked at options and emailed with additional information, which allowed us to make an informed choice - it meant we did not need to waste time of our own holidays.
As where where going to be late to arrive into Svolvaer we rang Magnetic and they let the accommodation know and changed the time the taxi was going to pick us up, which was excellent as the flight arrival time changed 3 times!
Our accommodation in Solver was at the Svinoya Rorbuer which is basically a large collection of cabins overlooking either the port or the mountains / fjords. The views where excellent either way and whilst we booked the basic one bedroom cabin, it was warm and the kitchen was clean and tidy with utensils.
Only comment was the nearby town was not that nearby to walk. It was a 15 to 20 min walk and a bit more when it was snowing, so I would suggest that you might want to get food as you get the taxi from the airport. The town itself has a fair bit to see and do - in particular the pizzeria in the town was very good.
The Hurtigruten was OK - it was 17 hours on a boat, but the scenery was to die for.
When we got to Tromso, the hotel that MN had booked was the Scandic hotel on the port. It was excellent and again the window looked straight out on the scenery of the mountains opposite, the arctic cathedral and the port.
Magnetic also booked also of our trips and all of them delivered exactly as booked.
Overall, we where very pleased with Magnetic, Angela helped us through the booking process and gave us lots of options as to trips, to allow us to make good choices.
Norway and Tromso in particular was excellent - and hope to go back very soon.