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Tysfjord Turistsenter
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Storjord
Paris, France
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34 reviews
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“Orca trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

Seeing Northern lights and orcas in the sea is far from granted. We met people who were still looking for it after many days / weeks spent in Tysfjord. It depends upon migration, weather, luck etc.
Staying at the Turistsenter was a very good experience for us. The staff (Edmundas+Anthony) is super friendly, the food is good (specially their local fishsoup) and the place quite nice. During our first orca trip, we saw a sea eagle diving for a fish. No orca but still worth it.
For our last day (January 7th) we went further north and saw orcas and humpback whales after hours of searching around. It was an amazing show.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Buckinghamshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2010

We visited Norway in December 2010 to see the killer whales and the Northern Lights. This is our second trip to this destination, the first time being in 2004.

The hotel is cosy and warm. The reception is warm and welcoming. The food is hot and fresh. Norway is typically expensive though. The shower was piping hot, the bedding and room clean.

We have no hesitation whatsoever to recommend this hotel and would go back time and time again. The killer whales are usually in the Fjords in Tysfjord from October to January to feed on the herring. However, since 2008 the Fjords have not had so much herring and killer whale sightings down to a 30% chance. We will be back once the killer whales return.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2010

There is little choice of where to stay at Tysfjord and therefore this hotel charges healthy Norwegian prices for accommodation and food (and so does the attached shop). The location is excellent for the fjord, the rooms are a little pokey and their idea of vegetarian food is an offering of fish. Dinner was expensive. We attended some enthusiastic talks on herring and learnt a lot.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tysfjord Turistsenter
Address: Storjord i Tysfjord, Storjord 8275, Norway
Region: Norway > Northern Norway > Nordland > Saltdal Municipality > Storjord
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Storjord
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Tysfjord Turistsenter 3*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tysfjord Turistsenter Hotel is located 250 km above Arctic circle. We are a base camp for wildlife/killer whale safaris in Norway, and offer modern hotel rooms with all conveniences. The hotel also has lecture and conference rooms, and a large, pleasant reception area with an open fireplace where flames burn most of the day. The complex is in a picturesque setting, looking onto the idyllic Storjordpolden and facing Norway's national mountain, the Stetind. Some of the world's most beautiful rock carvings are close by. The Tysfjord Tourist Centre is a hotel big enough to meet most requirements, but small enough to ensure personal contact and good service. ... more   less 
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