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“Fantastic Northern Lights viewing” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ersfjordbotn Kystferie

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Ersfjordbotn Kystferie
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Fantastic Northern Lights viewing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014 via mobile

We visited the Tromso tourist office and booked the northern lights trip to Ersfjorden on Monday 27 January. Henry picked us up at the tourist office at 17.30. There were just the 2 of us and he only caters for small groups on this trip. We drove out of Tromso and headed to the fjord. Took about 30 mins and when we arrived, wow, so many stars! Henry runs several holiday chalets and we were able to use his nice warm office as a base. He had laid on bread, cheese, smoked salmon, tea ,coffee and fresh fruit for us. He was keeping an eye on a geo-magnetic website monitoring aurora activity and was sure it was on the way. We watched and waited. For hours. Then at about 22.30 the aurora arrived and treated us to a fantastic show of swirling green and white lights for about 45 minutes. Then it was gone and Henry drive us back to our hotel. It was absolutely fantastic. So much so that we went back again tonight! Just 3 of us this time and Henry was sure we would see the lights again. There were some good bursts on and off from about 18.00 and from just before 23.00 we got another amazing display of lights for about a half hour. Beautiful dancing white lights. We watched it with 4 Chinese girls staying in the chalet and their enthusiasm was infectious. Henry's photographer friend took amazing pictures of us all and promised to e-mail them to us. Unbelievable trip. If you just want to see the lights with no mucking about, do this. It was very good value for money. Henry was extremely charming and hospitable and took very good care of us!

  • Stayed January 2014
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Long Eaton, England, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014

I booked this as a suprise trip just for me and my husband. We had been to Norway before but we really wanted to see the Northern lights and experience the arctic conditions. Henry picked us up from the airport, as planned, and took us back to the cabin via a supermarket. We were gald that we had got some food in because once we arrived we did not want to leave the cabin. We were lucky to have cabin 5 which is at the village end of the fjord, 20 feet from the water. The cabin was spotlessly clean and well stocked and the electric heating, in the living area, kept us very warm and cosy. We used the main bedroom downstairs which was kept warm with underfloor heating, as was the bathroom. We walked around the village at least once a day, visited the lovely cafe, watched fish and star fish in the clear water of the fjord. The rest of the time we just sat watching the incredible view from the living room. I cannot remember ever being so relaxed and at peace as I was in this cabin. Our only problem was staying asleep at night as we were determined to catch sight of the aurora. On our last full day Henry told us that the lights would probably come at around 1am. We stayed up and he was right! At 5 minutes to 1, dressed in pyjamas, 2 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of gloves, scarf, hat and winter coat, I stood on the deck and watched the green lights appear. They were dancing in the sky for 2 hours, not as strongly as some people might have experienced, but they were the most wonderful thing we have ever seen and this cabin was the perfect place to view them from. As for Henry, he is quite righlty a bit of a legend, lovely and cheerful and friendly and very prompt.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Ella B
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

A group of 6 of us stayed at Cabin 2 for 3 nights in December 2013 and we had a fantastic experience.

The cabin overlooks a fjord and we enjoyed breathtaking views. In the mornings, we were able to catch glimpses of whales in the fjords. And at night, we were able to watch the northern lights right at our doorstep. This saved us a lot of money from northern lights tours and we were able to enjoy it in a more comfortable setting. The cabin is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city so it is very peaceful, quiet and serene. That being said, it is just around a half an hour drive from the city centre and around a 20min drive from the airport, so it is still in a very convenient location.

The interior of the cabin is very spacious, clean and comfortable and there is very good heating. The kitchen is also well equipped with the basic cooking equipment (e.g. pots, frying pans, oven, electric kettle, dishwasher, etc) and utensils. Towels were also provided.

Transport was also not a problem. Our host, Henry, generously provided us with 2-way transport to the airport, to and from our winter activities as well as to the nearby bus stop when we wanted to visit Tromso city centre, for only a total of 100NOK per person. He was always very punctual and reliable.

Lastly, a big thank you to Henry. He was very friendly and patient and always went the extra mile, be it helping us to book our dog-sledding tour or calling us when the northern lights and whales could be seen, to make our visit a truly pleasant and enjoyable one.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Coventry, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2013

I booked this cabin for my partners 50th who wanted to see the northern lights. I hate the cold and snow so was very reluctant. However I am a convert!!! Henry picked us up promptly from the airport and took us to the supermarket and then on to the cabin. Despite our cabin having only small radiators it was always warm and cosy and we had everything we could need. We went to tromso once but really liked just walking round the fyord and having hot chocolate and brownies at the cafe. Being December there was only 4 hours of light a day but the village is beautiful in the dark also. We saw the northern lights on our second night, sitting on our balcony under a duvet for 2 hours! The snow is dry and powdery, not like our slushy wet English snow and so was a pleasure to walk in. Henry is always there should you need him and was forever clearing snow from paths, balconies and steps. He found our enthusiasm for the snow bewildering I think!! Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bakewell, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2013

Just had a lovely time in this great little village. Great place to relax and rejuvinate. The best views across the fjord and mountains. Henry is very genuine always helpful and very hard working. We will definately return!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Harry H
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013

Right from the start of our liaison via email, it was a wonderful experience. Viktoria who was replying my emails was extremely helpful and accommodated to our many requests which I even felt was troublesome.

When we got there, it was even better. Henry, the host, picked us up from the airport and made a stop for us to grab some groceries, knowing that the area we're staying in is not particularly busy and populated for supermarkets to settle there.

It was rainy the whole day and everything looked gloomy and sad. but when we arrived at the cabin it was like "omg is this spot of heaven where we're staying". it was SO GORGEOUS. sure it was cloudy and rainy but i can imagine how beautiful it would be on a clear day. The fjord was literally right at our doorstep and autumn was in full swing, giving the leaves that magical hue to match. Our cabin (cabin 4) proved just as amazing. The kitchen was perfectly equipped with everything you could possibly want, there was a veranda looking out to the fjord, and the lounge upstairs had a huge tv and big glass windows which I believe lets you see the northern lights from the inside on a clear day with strong activity. Bathroom on the second floor was really basic but did the job. The bigger bathroom had a washing machine and even washing powder for you to do laundry. There was even a clothes rack! Basically, what you would want in your house, it was there. It was truly the best stay I've ever had in a foreign country.

Henry made it even better. So kindly and optimistic, his jolly attitude made me leave Tromso with a little less regret despite being unable to see the northern lights. Everyday, he would update us with the weather and activity level and even though he (and us) knew we wouldn't be able to see it, he would always be saying "we shall see we shall see!" and then laugh his signature laughter. He even helped us find out how to get to the city on a weekend with no buses in the area and drove us to the bus terminal (at no charge) to catch that bus! Because of the bad weather, we couldn't really go very far out anywhere but his suggestion of climbing up a hill in the area was really good. the view was really breath taking. but take note though, it's not as easy as he said it was! Norwegians are, after all, fitter than the average person.

Would definitely go back to Tromso again, and most definitely would be staying with ersfjordbotn kystferie again!! thank you so much for making our otherwise disappointing trip so much better!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank whatahazyday
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Singapore
Level Contributor
26 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

Absolutely love this place! My partner and I stayed in Cabin 2 for a week in February 2013 during a trip to see the Northern Lights, and had such a good time we didn't want to leave.

The instructions given by Viktoria made it extremely easy to find the cabin, especially with the help of our GPS. The location is truly unbelievable - right at the edge of a beautiful fjord at the end of a small lane in a small suburb. In February, it was snowy wonderland which made for a truly picture postcard setting. As it is situated in a suburban area with families, with a school nearby and kids playing in the snow, it was like staying in someone's warm, comfortable home.

It was only 20 mins drive to the city centre, but what a picturesque and lovely drive it was. The drive was honestly one of the highlights of our trip - we stopped at different scenic spots every day to take photos. There is also a lovely supermarket about 5 mins from the cabin, which made stocking up on groceries really convenient.

The best thing about the place - you can see Northern Lights right at your doorstep. Many photos of Northern Lights in Tromso were taken at Ersfjordbotn, and many of the Aurora tours bring tourists here. We saw some of the most amazing lights here. And the funny thing was the one day we decided to take a tour rather than drive around on our own, Ersfjordbon was one of the spots the tour brought us too! Henry who runs the place is a huge wealth of information about the area and especially about the Northern Lights. He pointed us to all the best areas to view the Lights, even gave us tips on how to read the satellite images and which areas were good to go to on a particular day.

Whilst the cabin is not ultra luxurious, it was extremely comfortable and had all the creature comforts one would need. The large picture windows meant you could sit on your sofa in the comfort of a nicely heated room, with a cup of coffee whilst overlooking the fjord and mountains - heaven!

The heating was good, even in the dead of winter for two Asians who live in the tropics. I love self-catering accommodation which allows me to cook during holidays, and found the kitchen here to have some of the best appliances and all the equipment one would need to cook a full meal. We slept really well in the beds every night as well.

I can't stop waxing lyrical about this place and hope to go back there someday.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Rach212
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Property: Ersfjordbotn Kystferie
Address: Nisevegen 93 | Kvaloysletta, Ersfjordbotn 9100, Norway
Region: Norway > Northern Norway > Troms > Ersfjordbotn
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Ersfjordbotn
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Three small cabins in modern Norwegian style with lounge, kitchen, bathroom and 1-2 bedrooms. Boat hire (18ft. 40 hp engine) available. Pick-up from Tromso by prior arrangement. Ersfjordbotn is located 15km from the airport and 20km from the city centre. Activities winter:A legendary Northern Lights photo location, as the lights contrast magnicently with the rugged peaks. Skiing, snowshoeing. Activities summer:A well-known rock climbing location. A fjord rich on fish. Mountain hiking. ... more   less 

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