This tour is conducted by Basecamp Senja. Welcome to the ultimate Christmas expedition with everything included at the fairytale island of Senja Tuesday 21. December - Saturday 25. December 2021.
This five days and four nights package include whale watching tour from Tromsø, dogsledding, Northern Lights safari, fjord cruise, Scenic Route Senja, accommodation, all meals, lecture, coffee/tea during your stay, transport Finnsnes-Senja-Finnsnes, and ticket to Hurtigruten from Finnsnes to Tromsø.
Not included: meal on the whale watching tour, ticket for the express boat Tromsø Finnsnes (duration 1 hour, 15 minutes) approx. NOK 300 per person. Tickets can be bought onboard.
Through the expedition in Senja, you will go out on two activities every day; one in the morning and one in the evening. You will also receive several lectures along the expedition.
Three nights we go out hunting for the magic of the Northern Lights. Senja has very good locations to get the ultimate Northern Lights experience from spectacular view points. The first evening you will get information on how to photograph the Northern Lights.
You will have three meals a day including warm lunch and dinner consisting of homemade North Norwegian food. Furthermore, you can have so much coffee/tea as you want throughout your stay.
Accommodation at Posthuset or Bedehuset: Posthuset has cabins in the attic, with curtains in front of the door. Shared bathroom. In addition accommodation is a new lodge (Bedehuset), 150 metres from Posthuset with double rooms and private bath rooms. You can choose where you want to stay/sleep. lunch, dinner and lectures will be arranged at Posthuset.
Tuesday 21st of December: Whale watching in Tromsø followed by express boat to Finnsnes/Senja.
The expedition starts in Tromsø with whale safari to Skjervøy. Departure from a dock in Tromsø city centre in the morning. The last two seasons the whales have arrived north in the fjords of Skjervøy. Both humpback whales and orcas come in to the fjord to feed on herring. The traditional season for whale watching is from November to the end of January. The boat is a big catamaran with a warm lounge inside. You will be back in Tromsø no later than 03:00PM (15:00). Note, meal on the whale safari is not included.
The expedition goes on in Senja - the fairytale island, with spectaculare nature, just south of Tromsø.
04:15PM (16:15): Departure express boat ("hurtigbåt") from Tromsø Havn Prostneset (Tromsø harbour) to Finnsnes. Duration of the tour is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remember to be at the boat in good time. The catamaran usually leaves the harbour on schedule, and does not wait if you are delayed. You can buy the ticket on board.
05:30PM (17:30): We meet you at the arrival terminal in Finnsnes, and continue by car to the island Senja, along the National Scenic Route Senja to Posthuset Expedition Lodge. We arrive at Posthuset Expedition Lodge after one hour. There will be an experienced and friendly guide/host with you almost all the time. The first evening you will get information on how to photograph the Northern Lights, before we head out on the first out of three Northern Lights hunts.
Wednesday 22nd of December: Dogsledding.
We take you to Senja's own dog farm, where you are greeted by 35 eager huskies who are looking forward to take you on a sled ride into the nature. The trip is calculated about four hours from arrival of the dog farm to the end of the tour (including preparing the dogs, get dressed with warm thermal suits etc.). You may choose if you would like to drive the sled yourself or have a ride with someone else. You will get a thermal suit for the dog sledding, but remember to wear warm inner layers.
In the evening we hunt the magic Northern Lights.
Thursday 23d of December: Scenic Route Senja!
We take you to the fantastic view points along Scenic Route Senja. Perhaps the roughest nature in Northern Norway. Bring your camera!
In the evening we hunt the magic Northern Lights.
Friday 24th of December: Fjord cruise in the beautyful Bergsfjorden, and Christmas evening.
During daytime, we go out on a fjord cruise in the beautiful Bergsfjorden in an open Zodiac boat, and we look for the great white tailed eagles and the cute seals. We will also share the history of Senja. Wear warm inner and mid layer, and we will provide a floatation suit for you at this fjord cruise. Warm lunch is served at the lodge after the tour.
Christmas evening: We serve traditional christmas dinner; salt and dried lamb ribs, pork ribs, rotmos, poteto and christmas salad. Vegetarian food can be fixed. In the evening we hunt for the magical Northern Lights.
Saturday 25th of December:
08:00AM (08:00): Breakfast
09:30AM (09:30): Departure from the lodge
11:30AM (11:30): Departure Hurtigruten from Finnsnes – the world's most beautiful voyage
02:15PM (14:15): Arrival Tromsø
Note, we may change the days of the different experiences - in terms of weather and wind.
incuded in the expedition:
4 x breakfast 4 x lunch 4 x dinner and dessert
4 x accommodation
1 x whale watching (Tromsø)
3 x northern lights safari
1 x fjord cruise i Bergsfjorden
1 x Scenic Route Senja
1 x dog sledding
Coffe/tea during your stay.
Transport round trip dog sledding
Transport Finnsnes – Tromsø with www.hurtigruten.no
Not included: Ticket for the express boat Tromsø – Finnsnes (approximately NOK 300 per person). You can buy the ticket on board. Meal at the whale safari on day 1 is not included.
Please bring: warm clothing, warm inner layers, footwear, hat and mittens
Level of difficulty: easy
Number of participants: 1-14
Duration: the expedition starts on Tuesday December 21st and ends on Saturday December 25th 2021.
The expedition starts with a whale watching tour in the morning from Tromsø. We will send you in good time information by e-mail on exact meeting time, place, name of the boat etc. for the Whale watching tour. Please check your inbox for information from us.
When we receive your booking, we will send you a list of what you should pack, and complementary program day by day. In addition to information about the express boat from Tromsø Havn Prostneset, departure from Tromsø Havn Prostneset at 04:15PM (16:15) Tuesday afternoon. Price per person is around NOK 300.
Welcome to a spectacular winter expedition on Senja - Norway's second largest island!
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