Arctic Odyssey


Tromso and the Lofoten Islands Northern Lights Holiday

Combine the Arctic city of Tromsø with the traditional fishing villages of the magical Lofoten islands for your winter vacation. Each night look skywards for appearances of the Northern Lights and join us for autumn and winter activities tailored to your choices. This holiday is available from September through April with the onset of snow arriving from November.




DAY 1:

Arrive in Tromso and transfer to your hotel in the centre of the city. You'll stay at one of the four star hotels which include Clarion Hotel Edge, Scandic Ishavshotel and Radisson Blu Tromso. Private airport transfers are included.

Enjoy exploring the city with our recommendations for places to visit and eat. In the evening try and catch your first glimpses of the Northern Lights in the dark skies.

DAY 2:

During the daytime, enjoy one of our excursions departing from the city. Choose from a menu of options including dog-sledding, snow mobiling, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and much more.

Between November and the end of February, we can recommend taking a wildlife and whale-watching excursion departing from the harbour. An exciting RIB safari gives you the chance to see the mammals up close. Or for a slower pace, we can recommend one of the larger boats.

Overnight in Tromso.

DAY 3:

You’ll have another day either at your own pace or perhaps try another excursion in the wilderness or an overnight trip to remember.

If you're interested in the Sami culture of Northern Norway, we can arrange a visit to a local reindeer herder where you can help him feed his herd. After dark, why not depart in search of the Northern Lights. Join a photography tour and have the chance to learn how to capture the lights on camera. Or for a chance to see them at sea, an evening dinner cruise on a cosy catamaran may be a good choice. We'll help you to decide upon the many options available from the city.

DAY 4:

You’ll have the day at your own pace before boarding the Southbound Hurtigruten Coastal Express ship. You’ll enjoy a private cabin on board the ship for your overnight journey to the Lofoten Islands - one section of the famous North to South voyage. Enjoy the Arctic coastline you pass and if you're lucky you may view the Aurora Borealis at sea.

DAY 5:

Today will be spent on board the ship as you draw close to the Lofoten islands skirting around this spectacular Arctic coastline comprising of islands and mountains. Enjoy the wintry light and atmosphere during the journey as you arrive in the early evening. On arrival in Svolvær, settle into your traditional Rorbu fisherman's cabin overlooking the coastline.

DAY 6:

Wake up in the Lofoten Islands and enjoy the coastal culture of Svolvaer. Enjoy our recommendations for places to visit and eat in this lively town with the backdrop of jagged peaks. You can also opt for a guided excursion today. Why not join a local guide for a road trip to visit nearby fishing villages and to learn more about the history and culture of the Lofoten Islands. When darkness falls, we can recommend on of our Northern Lights hunts - by road or snow shoe. We'll help to tailor your holiday in the Lofoten Islands based on your wishes.

DAY 7:

Another day to relax or fill with adventure. A winter sea-kayaking trip will give you an extraordinary experience and a unique view on the islands - just magical in winter time. You can also join a wildlife RIB safari for an exhilarating opportunity to see bird life including sea eagles. If you'd prefer to stay on land, we can arrange cross-country skiing or snow shoeing.

Staying at: Svinoya Rorbuer

DAY 8:

Today your Arctic holiday comes to an end. If you're not ready to leave, we can arrange extra nights or you can continue your holiday on board the south-bound Hurtigruten to Bergen and the fjords. Or perhaps you'd like to visit the capital city of Oslo for a city-break end to your holiday. Please get in touch with us and we'll put together a programme and price quotation for your travel dates and group.


From £1095 per person (excluding flights) based on two travelling

£1095.00 GBP roughly converts to: 1,259 EUR | 1,434 USD

We accept payment in GBP, USD, EUR and NOK. You will receive a final trip quotation in the currency of your choice. Prices on the website and currency conversions are indicative only.


Price Includes

  • Airport transfers in Tromso 
  • Three night’s four star hotel accommodation in Tromsø including breakfast
  • Overnight voyage on the Hurtigruten Coastal Express to Svolvær  including cabin and breakfast
  • Three night’s Rorbu cabin accommodation in Svolvær including breakfast


All our trips include:

  • 24/7 emergency line and concierge service
  • Personalised travel documents
  • Exclusive access to our client travel app where you'll find your travel documents, destination guides, maps, practical tips, Arctic Library and pre-trip inspiration 

Price Excludes

  • Flights to Norway
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • Activities and excursions - we'll tailor your holiday to your exact requirements. Please get in touch with the team at Magnetic North Travel to receive the full list of options available in Tromso and the Lofoten Islands.

Additional Info

This trip has flexible daily departures

Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.


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Tromso and the Lofoten Islands Northern Lights Holiday


A sincere thanks to Elin of Magnetic North Travel for such a smooth and fantastic arrangement. We love it ????. She is very responsive and reliable and will recommend their services to my friends..

by Doris Chinasa, Singapore on Apr 04 .


A sincere thanks to Elin of Magnetic North Travel for such a smooth and fantastic arrangement. We love it ????. She is very responsive and reliable and will recommend their services to my friends..

by Doris Chinasa, Singapore on Apr 04 .


It was a fantastic arrangement. All went smoothly. Thank u for the great arrangement.

by Ng Bee lian, Singapore on Mar 17 .


On our trip we spent our first few days in Tromso. They had a massive fall of snow so snowshoeing and Reindeers were very appropriate and enjoyable. We then caught the Hurtigruten boat from Tromso to Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands. We left Tromso in a bizzard on the Lofoten which is the oldest boat in the fleet. A real treasure a true heritage boat, all wood panelling and very comfortable. The Lofoten Islands were beautiful and the E10 the road through the islands has to be one of the most scenic routes. Svolvaer had loads of trip to do especially seeing the Sea Eagles was special. We travelled to the end of the islands to Reine which was really pretty and got a wonderful view of the Northern lights from near our Rorbuer. We had an unforgettable trip and will certainly be going back.

by Sue Winkworth, Bristol on Mar 16 .


High appreciated for exellence arranged trip for us. I have a bit concern but may not related you directly. It would be came from my friend who cooperate with you since begining. It's cost calculation per person, since our group 3 persons but average cost was divided by 3 persons. My friend he enjoy to stay 1 sigle room with our extra cost. I and my nother friend felt that was unfairness. This matter was from my friend he don't ask you to breakdown cost for one person who stay alone. I would like to suggest programe day trip should be arrange more longer time. We appreciated to have big room on the cruise but we prefer twin beds morethan double bed Explore the Arctic guide name is Mr.Marcus Åhlund was exellent , he is northen lighting professional. Overall your arrangment was excellent, we had fantastice vocation in Norway.

by Arunsri Thongweraprasert, Bangkok on Jan 13 .


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.

by Andrew Marvin, Wakefield on Jan 28 .


I would like to thank your for organising our recent holiday in Norway. The accommodation was very comfortable and just what we wanted. On the 25th October we took the sightseeing trip of Lofoten in the morning. Despite the rain we visited many wonderful places. Nothing was too much trouble for the young lady guide and the driver. I am sure they let the trip run well over the agreed time. The food at Svolvaer was spectacular. We had not expected anything like that in the fishermens’ huts complex. The dinner cruise in Tromso harbour was great fun and gave us some glimpses of the northern lights. On the final night the weather forecast was very bad, but we went out all the same and were rewarded by clear skies and wonderful reflections of the northern lights in flat calm water. The photographer was very friendly, helpful and instructive. He showed me how to get some really great photographs and sent one, of the three of us, he took under the northern lights.

by John, Stroud on Nov 24 .


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