We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, what to pack for your holiday and useful information about the activities that are included during the tour.
Please note that there is an age limit for this tour, 7 years. Families travelling with children under the age of 12 cannot stay overnight at Camp Tamok, due to low temperatures, and will therefore be booked at a hotel in Tromsø.
INFORMATION ABOUT OUR NORTHERN NORWAY TOURS
All accommodations and planned activities (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor. This is a self-guided tour, with no dedicated tour guide for the duration of your stay. For each planned activity, you can expect a different tour operator and guide, and you will have free time between activities. Nordic Visitor works with a small group of handpicked suppliers that are highly rated and deliver excellent service that meet our high standards.
FITNESS LEVEL AND ADVENTURE PACKAGES
You should have moderate to good physical fitness to take part comfortably in this tour. This is because packages set in the Arctic are considered adventure travel due to the specific conditions you’ll experience. Arctic travel can sometimes involve extreme weather conditions as well as vigorous activity and animals (like huskies and reindeer) on many excursions.
STAYING AT CAMP TAMOK
We offer an overnight stay at the Camp Tamok in an Aurora Chalet. The Aurora Chalet is a small heated cabin without running water or electricity. Please note that all toilet/shower facilities are located in another building. Part of the roof has a window in the direction of the northern lights. Maximum 2 persons per cabin. For the overnight stay, we recommend bringing a small backpack, a bottle with water and some snacks. We also recommend bringing a head lamp. Luggage can be stored in the dressing room during the stay.
Please note that the Aurora Chalet has limited availability and if it is fully booked we will offer you an alternative accommodation at Camp Tamok. If all the accommodation options at Camp Tamok are fully booked, we will book our guests in a hotel in Tromsø. Please bear in mind that the transfer duration between Tromsø and Camp Tamok for the activities is 75 minutes each way by bus.
MEALS AT CAMP TAMOK
After the activities at Camp Tamok, you will be served a hot meal in the Sami tent (Lavvo). For the daytime activity, the meal will be served at 13:15, and for the evening it will be served at 21:15. The meal consists of traditional Norwegian soup/stew due to the limited access to a kitchen. The meals include lamb, reindeer, elk, and dried meat of sheep or fish. All meals contain vegetables and we also serve "Polar bread" on the side. Coffee, tea and water will be served with the meal. After the meal you will be offered a traditional Norwegian cake called lefse.
Vegetarian food will be provided if notice is given in advance.
The tour starts with a 75-minute bus transfer between the hotel and Camp Tamok. The dog sledding itself takes about 2 hours, travelling 10-12 km, where you will be driving in pairs, one driver and one passenger, switching places half way. No experience is required, but you should be in fair physical condition to take part. Warm clothing and equipment will be provided on location for the activity.
Warm clothing and equipment will be provided on location for the activity. A valid driver’s license is required for the snowmobile tour. Participants under the age of 18 are not allowed to drive a snowmobile and will sit on the back.
You will drive in pairs during the tour, with one driver and one passenger on each snowmobile. Those with a valid driver‘s licence will have the opportunity to switch places during the trip. The tour will bring you past scenic mountains and through the dramatic snow-covered Finndalen valley, starting at 250 m above sea level and climbing up to 900 m. The distance of the trail is 15 km each way, 30 km in total. You will be on the snowmobile for approx. 2-2.5 hours.
NORTHERN LIGHTS & WINTER TRAVEL
Travelling in the winter season in Norway is highly recommended and very enjoyable. You will get a chance to see the snow covered landscape, and it‘s not as cold as one would think. For more information about weather conditions, please refer to our Norway travel guide.
In northern Norway, northern lights activity is strongest between mid October to early April. Auroras can only be seen at night if the sky is clear and there is solar activity. Please note that sightings cannot be guaranteed. For more information about northern lights, please refer to the travel guide.
Some of the optional activities are dependent on weather conditions. In the unlikely event that an activity is cancelled due to weather, an alternative will be offered.
WHAT TO PACK
Warm winter parka and waterproof pants
Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip, preferably insulated
Mid-layers such as a fleece jacket/wool sweater
Insulated gloves, hat and scarf
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.
AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.