Norway in Winter
Stretching high into the arctic circle, a winter trip to Norway offers spectacular snow-covered landscapes. There are a range of exciting winter activities and, to top it off, a chance of seeing the Northern Lights. This magical display of coloured lights swirling through the sky is one of the north’s great experiences. Combine it with whale watching, snow-shoeing and husky sledding and you have a wonderfully exciting family break.
Whale watching from Tromsø
Dog-sledding in the wilderness
Search for the Northern Lights
Snow-mobiling or snow-shoeing
6 days from £1,250 pp
Plus international flights starting at £200
A 6-day winter holiday in Norway for a family of four usually costs from £5,000 plus flights, depending on exactly what you want to do and where you visit.
There’s no two ways about it, Norway is an expensive country to visit. On the plus side, it can be quite cheap to get to from the UK, but once you are there, hotels, transport, activities, food and drink are all pricey. There are things you can do to try to keep costs manageable (picnic lunches work well, for example), but you do need to be realistic about what to budget.
As a general guideline, an 11-day summer trip will start from £9,000 for a family of four, excluding your flights. This is based on good mid-range accommodation and includes some activities. If you want to upgrade to more luxurious accommodation, expect prices to start from £12,500.
If you are travelling in the winter and want to enjoy a range of activities, a 6-day trip will usually cost from £3,995 excluding flights. There is however huge variation in cost in the winter, depending on exactly what you want to do, and where you will visit.
You should expect to pay £15-£20pp for an evening meal, not including drinks. Alcohol is very expensive; a beer will usually cost around £8 and a bottle of wine upwards of £40.
All prices exclude international flights. There are regular flights to Norway from many UK airports, including regional hubs. Olso, Bergen and Tromsø are all popular start/endpoints.
There are no age limits on any of our holidays. We will tailor the itinerary to the ages of your children and can accommodate everyone!
All you need to do is let us know a few key details about you and your family and we will do the rest. We will produce an itinerary that we think will suit you but you can review this as many times as you need to until we get it just right.
6-day Norway in Winter day-to-day-itinerary
When you arrive in Tromsø you will make your own way to your hotel. After checking in, the rest of the day is free to explore.
Situated high above the Arctic circle, Tromsø is surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands with majestic views in all directions. The best of these can be found from the top of the cable car (Fjellheisen), where there is also an excellent café that is famous for its Norweigan waffles
This evening perhaps head to Vertshuset Skarven, a restaurant that has long been popular with Arctic seafarers and which offers superb fresh seafood.
Day 2 Tromsø
Today you will head out on a wildlife and fishing boat trip through the fjords off the coast of Tromsø. Provided with a toasty warm thermal suit, you can enjoy the picturesque scenery from the deck and enjoy a spot of fishing. If you catch anything, the crew will incorporate this into a delicious freshly cooked lunch.
There are wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities throughout. The mineral-rich waters off the coast of Tromsø are filled with huge numbers of herring and plankton. During the winter this attracts humpback and killer whales which you may spot if you are lucky. There are also seals, sea eagles and wild reindeer.
Alternatively, you can spend the day skiing or snow-shoeing in the Lyngen Alps or exploring Tromsø.
Day 3 Tromsø – Malangen
After breakfast, you will be transferred into the countryside, for three nights in a breathtaking location on the edge of a fjord. Leaving the city lights of Tromsø behind maximises your chances of seeing the Northern Lights in the evening, as well as being the ideal base for a range of winter activities.
The afternoon is free to enjoy the incredible views. Alternatively, you can take part in one of the many activities locally. These include an afternoon ‘fat-biking’ (a fat bike is a bike with very wide tyres that are suitable for snow), snow-shoeing, cross country skiing or joining a Sami storyteller to learn more about these reindeer’s herders’ traditional lifestyle.
This evening keep watch for the Northern Lights from your balcony.
Day 4 Malangen
A wonderfully exciting day spent dogsledding with a team of eager huskies. The morning starts with a full briefing in which you will be split into teams of two and will then be introduced to your dogs. Having learned some of the simple commands you will set off sledding, taking it in turns to drive the dog team. At lunch, you will gather together for a delicious hot meal served around an open fire.
All equipment (including thermal suits) is provided.
The evening is devoted to trying to catch a glimpse of the northern lights. Your hotel is situated in an area with almost unparalleled aurora activity. The very best sightings are from ‘basecamp’, located in the hills behind the resort. This has the lowest level of cloud activity in the area and the northern lights can be seen 6 nights out of 7 during the winter.
Unlike other northern lights tour, in which you ‘chase’ the lights in a minibus, the isolated base camp location means that you can keep watch for the lights, whilst relaxing around the fire inside the cosy lavvu. Hot chocolate and pancakes are on hand as you enjoy the spectacular show.
Read More Day 5 Malangen If you have younger children, you can follow in the footsteps of renowned Norwegian explorers and head into the wilderness on a guided snow-shoe excursion. The landscape here is extraordinarily peaceful, with endless vistas of snow-covered mountains dipping down into the sea. Stop for a campfire and enjoy the views whilst keeping your eyes peeled for a willow grouse or red fox. If you prefer, you can alternatively spend the day cross-country skiing. Your guide will take you into the forest, through thick snow, before stopping around the fire to toast marshmallows and enjoy fresh apple cake. Day 6 Malangen – Tromsø
Today, families with older children (15+) may like to go out on a snowmobile expedition. All drivers must be 18 or over, but children aged 15-17 can be passengers on board a parent’s snowmobile. Your expedition starts with a drive by minibus high into the mountains to a pristine valley, around 1.5 hours from your resort. Here you will enjoy a hot meal before boarding your snowmobiles and heading up the mountain, to a remote location accessible only by snowmobile. The views are stupendous.
Take the transfer back to Tromsø for your flight home.
Day 5 Malangen
If you have younger children, you can follow in the footsteps of renowned Norwegian explorers and head into the wilderness on a guided snow-shoe excursion. The landscape here is extraordinarily peaceful, with endless vistas of snow-covered mountains dipping down into the sea. Stop for a campfire and enjoy the views whilst keeping your eyes peeled for a willow grouse or red fox.
If you prefer, you can alternatively spend the day cross-country skiing. Your guide will take you into the forest, through thick snow, before stopping around the fire to toast marshmallows and enjoy fresh apple cake.
Day 6 Malangen – Tromsø
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Norway in pictures
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