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Autum 2018: Photography and observation to northern lights in Norway

  1. Departure place: Madrid o Barcelona | Destination: Tromso
  2. Start date: 22/10/2019 | Finish date: 27/10/2019
  3. Species to observe: Aurora borealis and arctic wildlife
  4. Seats: 10
  5. PRICE: 1360 € / £ 1180 / $ 1560 (VAT included) | BOOKING PRICE: 408 € / £ 354 / $ 468

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Our extensive experience guiding trips for observation and photography of the aurora borealis on the Scandinavian coast makes us to re-propose a trip to enjoy these natural wonders this autumn. And it is that this kind of observations are those from which it is impossible to get tired; each visit and each aurora are different to the previous ones, so you always see something new in each issue.


The dates chosen are a good time to travel to the arctic circle with the aim to observe and photograph northern lights since we have a reasonable number of hours of light, that allow us to explore and enjoy the beautiful corners of the Scandinavian coast, as well as even many hours of darkness for the northern lights.


We are going to travel back to the arctic circle from 22h to 27th October 2019, guided as always by Alex Martinez, one of the people with more experience in auroras and who better know the scandinavian countries.

For northern lights watching and photography is so important de activity and the intensity of lights as the landscapes where we will enjoy of this phenomenon. The landscape is very important for the quality of photography and one of the most beautiful artic landscapes can be found here, around the coastal islands nearby to Tromso city.

Here we are going to travel to contemplate all a mosaic of channels, fjords, boreal forest and tundra that will allow us to enjoy one of the most beautiful spectacles of the nature.

Our daily routine therefore will be to take maximum advantage of the hours of light, in which in addition to photographing and observing wildlife, we will go by locating suitable locations for our waiting for the aurora borealis.

During our daily departures we at every step with reindeer, moose, owls, partridges, eiders... Without a doubt we will have the opportunity to capture unique moments and very interesting of the fauna of the area.

We will have dinner on a daily basis early to later move and take advantage of the last hours of the afternoon and in the evening to contemplate the purpose of our trip: the northern lights.

Programme


Itinerary

October 22th

Departure from Madrid and, after a brief stopover in Oslo, arrival to Tromso during the afternoon.
Collection of the vehicle and lodging in the city of Tromso. If the weather conditions allow it, the first exit for observation and photography of auroras on the outskirts of the city.

October 23th

After breakfast, we will prepare a picnic and take the vehicle to move up to Tromvik, stopping in Grotfjord and Ersfjord to photograph the landscape. During the tour we will make stops at different locations to observe and photograph the wildlife that we will find in our way.

The whole area is dotted with picturesque fishing villages with colorful wooden houses. So we will have the opportunity also to enjoy with these small populated areas, bringing us closer to their culture and customs.

In the afternoon we will travel to Sommaroy to rest and dinner. We will take the vehicle back to move later to another point on the coast, away from the village, where to carry out our second session of auroras. We must always have on hand a cup of coffee or a hot tea to make us more enjoyable night waiting and more bearable the coolness of autumn.

Return to accommodation after a fascinating meeting.

October 24th

After breakfast, we will prepare a picnic and visit the western part of the island, paying special attention to the coast in search of sea eagles. Also sure that we can count with the presence of moose and wild reindeer in the nearby mountains.

As always we will confine ourselves to the locations before going out for dinner, to return later our activity with the photographic equipment ready to work.

October 25th

After the breakfast, served at the hotel, we will collect a picnic and we will visit the Bakkejord sailor village, in the south of the island. There we will go through a picturesque maritime road, again stopping from times to times that we need in order to enjoy the views and the photography of wildlife. We spend the day in the south zone and, as the previous days, we will find the best places to prepare the session of auroras at night.

Return to Sommaroy, rest for several hours and night out in search of the aurora borealis.

October 26th

After breakfast and the collection of a picnic, return to Tromso. Half way we will spend the last hours of daylight in the coastal town of Grindoysundet Nature Reserve, where we spoil you with its stunning landscapes and its rich wildlife.

Upon arrival at the Hotel of Tromso. As not everything is going to be to seek auroras, tonight we will dedicate to chat about the wonderful experience while enjoying dinner at a restaurant in the city.

October 27th

Departure of the flight to Madrid or Barcelona from the airport of Tromso.

Meeting Point


Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez or El Prat-Barcelona airports, according to need.

Accommodation


Hotel in Tromso.

Arctic Hotel in Sommaroy.

In double shared room basis, contact with us for single room options and prices.

Meals


Included in the price, typical escandinavian cooking, with soups, saladas, fish and some meats.

Transfers


All the transfers during the tour will be done with the help of cars adapted to local weather conditions.

Equipment


Tripods, cameras and wide angle lens will be required for northern lights photography.

Binoculars and telescopes will be useful for fauna and landscape observation.

About clothing thermic panst and jackets will be required as well as gore-tex boats, gloves and caps.

Guide


ALEX MARTINEZ ESCANCIANO


Guide specialised in high mountain expeditions, and polar tours.

High mountain qualified guide 1st level. 

With a great experience in countless trips to remote areas, aware of the great mountain ranges in the world, Rocky, Alps, Andes, Himalayas…With different expeditions to mountains of 5000m and 6000m and a lover of culture hidden in the high valleys of the Himalayas.

Alex has a wide experience in uncountable tours in the most hidden places of the world. Conosieur of all of the higest mountain ranges, Alps, Rocky Mountains, Andes, Himalayas.....taking part in many expeditions, being a lover of the culture and customs of local population.

Alex born in the Cantabrian Mountains but at the moment he is living in Aran valley, in the Catalonian Pyrenees.

Observations


Weather

The average temperature in Tromso area in mid October is around 4ºC, and the weather conditions use to be very variable.

The best of this trip


The aurora borealis is one of the beauties of nature, and we be able to watch and photograph them during the next autum in the most one lonely and wild corner of Norway.


Group size


Maximum 10 clients, minimum 5.


¿ What is included in the price?


Accommodations and meals during the trip.

All the transfers except flights.

WWS guide.

Basic insurance.


¿ What is not included in the price?


Madrid-Tromso flight tickets (other departure airports are posible), WWS can reserve without cost the flights for the clients.
Travel insurance.
Any type of personal expenses like personal medicines, tips and portage at airports, restaurants, hotels, drivers, guides, naturalists, escort... 
Any other meals than those mentioned in the itinerary. 
Any type of drinks like mineral water alcoholic beverages & cold drinks during sightseeing or during trekking, except the drinks included in picnic lunch.
Additional cost resulting from delays due to landslides, sickness, flight cancellation... 
Anything not mentioned "included in the price".


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