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Elements Arctic Camp

Tromso, Norway
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About Elements Arctic Camp
Get closer to nature with Elements Arctic Camp. We provide accommodation at our unique yurt camp on the beautiful island of Rebbenesøya combined with our speciality year-round kayaking, and other activities. From our wilderness camp, located at the seashore, with no road acces and no electricity you will experience a spectacular Arctic coast, by land or at sea, at all seasons.
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Kat D wrote a review Sep 2020
Loughborough, United Kingdom67 contributions35 helpful votes
This is your chance to have a personal guide whilst kayaking in the Arctic Circle. It is 100% worth it. Got in touch with Lise to book myself and three friends in for an 2 day 1 night kayaking trip during the Arctic night. She was able to pick us up and drop us off from the centre of Tromsø, which gave us a beautifully scenic drive to the campsite, in which we witnessed a fair bit of wildlife, before enjoying a short boat ride, and some showshoeing to get to the yurt, which was our palace for the night. We got to go out for a night paddle, which was surreal, before settling in to our cosy yurt with a lovely home cooked meal and great conversation. I have never seen such a thick down duvet, and it felt like sleeping wrapped in a cloud. The following day allowed us a longer paddle in the twilight in the strait between the outer islands of the Norwegian coast, with some views of sea eagles fishing around us and otters. We were entranced, not just by the beauty of our surroundings, but also by the way the light felt ethereal around us, which it turned out was an effect of the northern lights. We realised that if Lise asked if you'd like to try something, it was going to be an interesting experience, and over the two days tasted dried fish, Norwegian doughnuts, and warming our hands by pouring hot water into our neoprene gloves (admittedly that last one sounds weird, but super useful to know if paddling in the cold again). She was a wonderful guide with amazing knowledge of the local area, flora and fauna, and we might just book this trip again to see the midnight sun in future.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from lisehaugh, Owner at Elements Arctic Camp
Responded 8 Oct 2020
Hi KJ, thank you so much for your lovely review. So nice that you liked the trip. I hope you wil be able to visit us again, in meanwhile take care. Kind regards Lise
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_tessh191 wrote a review Mar 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands8 contributions
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We had a fabulous time at Elements Arctic Camp. We were collected from our hotel in Tromso and enjoyed the scenic drive to the camp. We were able to see reindeer and moose on the way, enjoyed Lises' stories about the area, and had some tasty local treats and hot chocolate. We snow-shoed to the gorgeous camp and enjoy nice soup and bread. We loved the Yurts which were super cosy and had very comfortable beds, and that evening had a nice kayak in the crystal clear water before having dinner. The following day was snowing and quite windy so after a relaxed breakfast where we were able to watch an otter play in the bay, we went cross-country skiing for a few hours rather than kayaking. Cross-country skiing was super fun, and we were able to see some lovely views. After a nice lunch we headed back, arriving in Tromso at 6pm. It would have been lovely to spend an extra night there to enjoy the tranquility for longer... we may just have to come back again! Thank you Lise for the great memories.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from lisehaugh, Daglig leder at Elements Arctic Camp
Responded 10 Mar 2020
Thank you so much for the nice review. We are very happy that you enjoyed the trip, and it is very nice to hear that you like to come back again. You are always welcome. Kind regards Lise
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Sara wrote a review Feb 2020
Redmond, Washington16 contributions2 helpful votes
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We booked the 2 day arctic experience at the end of November, when the snow was starting to pile up. This is a private tour, just me and my husband very excited to live the short experience of being in the arctic. Lise picked us up at the hotel and drove us to the camp. There were beautiful views along the way, we even came across a herd of reindeer in the road! After a short hike we got to the camp leaving civilization behind us. The camp is located right by the fjord, with breathtaking views. We arrived in the afternoon and tried our luck with night kayaking. There was snow/hail/wind so we got to experience true arctic weather while in the water. In spite of the harsh weather, we spent couple of hours kayaking. The water in the fjord was crystal clear. Once back, we enjoyed a delicious halibut dinner cooked by our super versatile host Lise and spent the evening chatting. Next day, after breakfast and tried our luck again with day kayaking in the presence of beautiful views and calm water. After a delicious lunch we did snowshoeing. Because of the physical activity, we were burning a lot o energy, and Lise made sure we stayed well nurtured/hydrated to cope with the energy loss. The views from the camp were incredible. The yurt was super comfortable and modern, which was a relief after being outside in the cold weather. Lise is a fantastic, super versatile host! She's also a super professional kayaker which was extremely helpful when I struggled controlling my kayak. I learned a lot of kayaking tricks from her! An unforgettable experience, in summary, a beautiful place, yummy local food/snacks and a reassuring feeling of being under great hands while trying new adventures. Lise has very detailed information on the clothing needed on her site, so its important to adhere it!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from lisehaugh, Daglig leder at Elements Arctic Camp
Responded 4 Feb 2020
Hi, Thank you so much for you nice review. Yes you really had some true arctic weather experience. We are very glad that you enjoyed the trip and our Camp. You are always welcome back. Kind regards Lise
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WJ288 wrote a review Oct 2019
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Amazing Adventure - Arctic Kayaking + Spectacular Aurora + Beautiful Hiking My wife Erin & I had the most amazing adventure with Elements Arctic Camp and Lise, (an owner) as our guide & cook. The scenery was spectacular and beautiful. The kayaking and hiking brought us in close to many beautiful sights and sounds as well as provided us with much needed exercise in light of the abundance of good food. Lise was a great guide, cook and host. She is extremely pleasant, knowledgable and energetic. Lise tailored the activities to suit our desires. Daytime temperatures were in the 40s and nights in the 30s. We weren’t cold but we brought and wore the right gear that Lise recommended. Our gear fit in our 48 and 46 liter backpacks while we wore our warm coats and hats. The yurt accommodations were very nice and comfortable. Beds were great. Charging available for cell phones from solar powered battery in yurt. We viewed an amazing 4 hour Aurora Borealis light show on our first night. It began at about 8:30 pm while we were kayaking and continued until about 12:30 when it became cloudy. The stars were abundant and beautiful but they were often overpowered by the Aurora. On our second day we did a long kayak paddle with a nice lunch on-shore in a cove. On day 3 we packed up, toured the island by car and hiked in several locations. We hiked along a the path of a lovely waterfall all the way to the top. So many colorful and unusual plants cover the otherwise rocky terrain. We then returned to Tromso by car with Lise. Overall, we had an amazing adventure with Lise/Elements Arctic Camp and with nature’s splendor! We hope to visit Elements Arctic Camp again. Don & Erin Chappel
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from lisehaugh, Daglig leder at Elements Arctic Camp
Responded 28 Oct 2019
Hi Don and Erin, Thank you so much for your lovely detailed review. We are so happy that you enjoyed the trip. You are of course very much welcome back. Kind regards Lise
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Par801 wrote a review Jun 2019
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom45 contributions17 helpful votes
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We organised this trip to be the most memorable experience we could imagine to celebrate a 50th birthday. We weren’t disappointed. Lise is an amazing host and kayak leader. The yurts are amazing, the kayaking equipment is excellent. It’s hard to imagine a better kayaking area with so many small islands close together and incredible unspoilt wildlife. We hardly saw another human in the whole trip. And the food! You will not go hungry. Traditional local menus and endless snacks. It took us all day with two flights from the UK to get here, but it is worth it and we will be back. Maybe a winter trip next time. Thanks Lise.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from lisehaugh, Daglig leder at Elements Arctic Camp
Responded 27 Jun 2019
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are very glad that you enjoyed the trip. You are very much welcome back to the camp.
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