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Tromso travel

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Tromso travel

My partner has always wanted to see the northern lights and this year for Christmas I was thinking of booking our own trip travelling from Lonodn UK in early March 2014 ( 5th March) for 4 days. I know its not an exact science but is this generally a good time to go for the northern lights on terms of chances to see it? Can anyone recommend a good trip to do perhaps while we are there and is 4 days enough?

Not sure yet what else there is to see or do in Tromso.. or how expensive it is.. although I hear it is hidiously expensive and we will be on a relatively tight budget! We have winter jackets etc from our skiing trips but would this be enough to keep warm, or do we need to buy more specialist gear? Anyway advice, tips recommendations welcome, thanks

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March is good as rest of the season who goes from September to April, and you should get a fair chance to get a good one during four nights.

From Gatwick you can fly directly to Tromsø with http://Norwegian.com

For all info about Tromsø, please check http://www.visittromso.no

For clothes rental, please check http://www.tromsooutdoor.no who has office and shop in the city.

Edited: 01 November 2013, 08:35
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Also please take time to read through the top questions on the Tromsø forum (top right hand cormer).

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Vist the tourist office site for much more info as suggested by GG is a great start.

Ski jackets will probably keep your tophalf warm but layer up underneath with a good pair of walking shoes/boots for round town as it's likely to be icy and snowy underfoot. A pair of those strap on ice grippers could come in handy too.

If you book a tour make sure you get one that provides you with all the necessary clothing, so you don't have to hire any.

Eating out is expensive though there are pizza and burger places which cost less.

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Just to add from a UK point of view on the clothing - on the high street, Uniqlo tend to do some pretty decent thermals, and Go Outdoors is a great place to go if you're looking to stock up on a Tromso wardrobe in advance - from experience, both offer the chance to keep warm on a budget - which is what we did when we went in December 2012. Crampons for shoes are a must though, and if you stay at one of the cheaper hotels, you'll probably be a little further out of town, so reflective clothing / little reflectors that you can attach to clothing are well worth the investment, as pavements are a bit of a 'novel' concept away from the centre.

Personally, I'd say get all of these here rather than renting in Tromso - it's a false economy imo - the climate in Tromso isn't too dissimilar to a cold winter in the UK, so you can easily get use out of sensible purchases back here.

On a budget, you may need to plan to self-cater where possible. Even what we'd consider budget offerings here in the UK, e.g. Burger King, will work out at £25-30 for two people on standard 'value' meals (as we learnt to our peril one day when we were making what we thought would be a quick stop for generic food).

Can be done though, so long as you're sensible - the main cost of Tromso is usually the excursions, as there's not so much to spend money on in the city itself. We saved our money for a really good Northern Lights chase, and were content with having that as our major 'experience' of the holiday, and enjoyed pottering around and having a vacation from 'life' for the rest of the time.

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Some good advice there, but note that "crampons" in this context does not refer to climbing crampons, rather to light type for city use

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Can be useful, but sturdy boots will usually do for young people.

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I don't understand crampons are a must, especially if you are reasonably young. I have never used crampons in my life. Yeah, you fall sometimes on the ice, but it's not a big deal. You just stand up right away, unhurt.

I have never been hurt by falling on ice or slippery snow.

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Just a short input here; the Aurora chaser tourists are coming from whole the world and many of them see snow for the first time.

Then the icy pavements can be quite scary.

Also if the tourists have to walk over a snow drift few meters from the road for join the camp fire, it can be a huge challenge.

So, for guides who earlier was selling hiking, have to change the tour name to walks, if they want to have with people out in the nature from whole the world, and not only Scandinavians...

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thank you all for your helpful posts, a lot more research needed before I make any firm decisions but at least I have been pointed in the right direction now to find out more to make our trip perfect!

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