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Duration: 8 Days
Accommodation: Well equipped traveller hotels.
Quiet for a thousand years since the sailing days of the Vikings and with the reputation of being marauders; Norway often seems remote to outsiders, even mysterious. Progressive, forward thinking, eco sensitive and naturally rich are some of the phrases one can use to describe modern day Norway. Beyond Oslo and the famous fjords, Norway is a treasure trove of natural wealth, rich cultural history and beautiful landscapes; remarkable given its proximity to the colds of the Arctic Circle.
Norway is at its most magical: vast stretches of serene, postcard-perfect landscapes where it is at times possible to travel for hours without seeing a single soul. There is nothing tame – in this wilderness where everything is on a grand scale, from the deep blue fjords, rich sea life and rearing snowy peaks to jagged forested hills and seemingly limitless expanse of Arctic tundra that beckons the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). The people and culture add a whole new perspective for the traveller who is inquisitive to dig deeper into their Viking history and progressive way of life.
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The Chasing the Lights tour is of easy intensity and is for anyone who is willing to explore the route of a traveller via unique experiences. There will be some physically intensive activities like dog sledding which may tire you a bit, other wise you must be ready to brave the cold in the nights while we chase the lights. You will be given snow suites but some tolerance and be well equipped to face the cold weather is advised. An openness to try out new cuisines and interact with local people and a curiosity to ask questions and learn more about local will make you an ideal Unventured traveller.
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The Northern Lights bring with them many legends, stories and mythical meanings to the string of sun that plays magic in the sky for nights on nights. Come March we dwelling deep into the Northern Norwegian lands to chase the elusive warrior women or the Valkyries who take the fallen soldiers to their final resting place at Valhala. Well, that is just one of the legends and we have many more to explore as we go Dog sledding, Visit a Sami home and soak in the local Norwegian culture, try a local meal at the pub, visit the beautiful Munch and Veigeland Museums and cruise by the Norwegian Fjords.
The highlight of the tour is the lights and hence more time will be spent in Tromso chasing the lights through the night. Mornings are a little laid back to start later in the day and activities like Dog sledding and visit to a Sami reindeer farm are experiences you can pick and choose to indulge in.
We arrive in Oslo you can choose to arrive via Heathrow or Dubai. We spend the evening walking around hopping to micro-breweries or settling in for some live music and dinner around the Grünerløkka area. Its best rest up and get past being jet lagged. Overnight at a comfortable traveller hotel.
Today we spend the morning acquainting ourselves with the works of Edward Munch and walk in the Sculpture park designed by Gustav Veigeland. A tram ride to an art café and walk about in the Royal Palace gardens. Think picnic lunch in the park and browsing through the markets of beautiful Oslo city. Evening at leisure, Dinner at an old timer’s Norwegian restaurant serving up some authentic Norsk cuisine.
We start the day post breakfast heading out on a cruise to the fjords, the UNESCO protected fjords are iconic to Norway and its history. This half – day cruise starts from Oslo and takes you through some of the fjords all the way to Bygdoynes to explore the Viking museum, we spend the afternoon browsing through Bygdoy which holds within itself stories from distant to recent past through its many short hike trails and walks by the sea side. We head back on the cruise to Oslo city post lunch. Evening at leisure.
We take the flight from Oslo to Tromso, a quaint little town in northern Norway closer to the Arctic circle. Here is where our lights chase will begin. Our first of the 3 night light chase evenings will begin from 6:00 PM onward till late into the night, enjoy a warm meal by the bon fire and gaze away at the lights. Our stay is at a comfortable traveller hotel in central Tromso.
We start the day late post an evening of Chasing the lights. We have an exciting day today, starting with Dog sledding, huskies are friendly and excited about sledding, after a initial interaction we take to the ropes with the help of an instructor and sled up to 10KM and return back for a warm meal in a Lavvu (Sami herdsmen’s tent). We return to the hotel and head to another evening of chasing the lights with some warm soup and hot chocolate.
A rest day for those of you who want to laze about in Tromso taking the rope way across for a 360º degree view of the mountains and visit the Arctic cathedral. Alternatively you can choose to visit a rein deer farm for a first hand insight into the Sami way of life (Optional). Evening lights chase for a last glimpse of the dancing Valkyries.
Today we take the flight back to Oslo, Evening at leisure for last minute purchases for souvenirs or savor some waffles and coffee at a café.
Return to your home destination. Airport transfers in accordance to your flight will be coordinated.
The Chasing the lights tour is set against the back drop of Oslo and Tromso in Norway. Oslo is a city of green spaces and museums. Parks to walk about in or simply laze and people watch. Tromso is famed as a viewing point for colorful Northern Lights, a quaint suburban town with centuries old wooden houses and mountainous skyline is a perfect back drop to watch the Aurora Borealis. An Unventured experience goes beyond taking a touristy route to experience a space, we will be visiting some hidden, lesser known spaces through Oslo and Tromso, local interactions, local cuisine and off the beaten path experiences is what we look at in curating a tour.
Our Chasing the lights tour is a good blend of food, nature, culture, history and real world experiences of Norway giving you a unique experience of the Norwegian way of life on foot and via off the beaten path experiences. You should be prepared to bare the cold as nights can go up to 0º and below, you will be given snow suites, still its always good option to layer up. Information with regard to people, culture, currency and introducing Norway’s political, historical and cultural structures will be via detailed emails well before the tour begins. This tour is graded easy in terms of a physical activities, nevertheless dog sledding can be a physically demanding activity. We will be walking some medium distances.
Our food menu is based on fresh food that locally sourced to give you an insight into Norwegian cuisine.
Breakfast on most days is a buffet with a choice of eggs, cereals and bread. Dinner on the nights of chasing the lights will be packed meals that will be warmed by the bon fire. We will be carrying some marsh mellows and easy snacks.
A full sized first aid kit will be carried during the trip. Our tour leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are experienced in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. We also recommend that you bring your own personal medication as prescribed by your physician.
We are obsessed with the safety of our guests and as an adventure expedition and we are prepared for emergencies. Travellers are requested to follow the lead of the tour leaders who will make decision keeping in mind the well being of the group. We are well versed with the challenges faced by travelers on this stretch and also have in-depth information on possible places to reach out to for medical aid in the event of an emergency. You will be informed each day on what to expect, do’s and don’ts so you do not put your lives at risk and affect the fellow travellers’ tour experience.
Although we indemnify ourselves and our staff from the legalities of any life threatening events through a “Declaration” document. We genuinely are worried about your safety and security, we want you to follow the safetly guidelines and leave your other worries with us and take to the land of Happiness.
Our crew comprises of professional guides mostly locals dedicated to providing the best experience. Tour crew will provide you with essential support and insight. It is very likely that the times you spend with them – walking, talking, playing games – will be among the most memorable memories on the tour.
Accommodation will be in traveller hotels which have all the amenities like attached bath rooms, clean towels and sheets. We are not luxury accommodation but our stay is in comfortable hotels well rated on TripAdvisor and are traveller friendly where you can interact with fellow travellers from various parts of the world, which adds to the experience of travelling in a foreign country.
Transport is mostly through local transport; we will be using local transport wherever possible and cabs alternatively. The intention of using local transport is to get an insight into the local way of life and it’s a fun way to know the city and its people given the time.
|03rd March to 10th March 2018||Available|
|03rd Nov to 10th Nov 2018||Available|
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