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Overnight Stay in Lavvu, Northern Lights, and Reindeer Sledding in Tromso

Tromsø, Norway

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  • 17 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Stay overnight at a comfortable camp on the island of Kvaløya during this overnight tour from Tromso. Stay in a traditional Sami lavvu (tent), and have excellent viewing conditions if the Northern Lights come out. Take a ride on a reindeer sled, try a traditional dish, and learn about indigenous culture from your Sami guide.
  • Overnight tour with reindeer sledding and Sami culture from Tromso
  • Ride on a reindeer sled and feed the reindeer
  • Taste a traditional stew and learn about Sami culture
  • Get a great view of the Northern Lights if they're out
  • Sleep in a cozy lavvu (traditional tent) at a remote location

What's Included

  • Afternoon tea
  • Afternoon meal
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide
  • Local guide
  • Overnight accommodation

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromsø
    Sjøgata 7, 9259 Tromsø, Norway

    At the entrance of the hotel

Start time

06:00 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Make your own way to the meeting point in Tromso to meet your guide and drive to the quiet location on the island of Kvaløya where you stay overnight.

Begin with a ride on a sled pulled by reindeer, and feed the reindeer a treat at the end. Then get warm inside the lavvu as you eat a traditional stew that is typically made for weddings and other special occasions. Your meal is accompanied by a hot drink such as coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, and your Sami guide shares stories about Sami culture, history, and reindeer herding.

Afterward, you can continue to chat with your guide, or take a look outdoors to see if the aurora borealis is lighting up the night sky. This location has few artificial lights, which makes it a prime place to see the Northern Lights. When ready, head to your lavvu for a cozy night of sleeping on reindeer hides in winter-insulated sleeping bags.

In the morning, breakfast is served before you are transferred back to Tromso where your tour ends.

Tromso Lapland

Enjoy the peace and quiet from the nature around.

17 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Overnight Stay in Lavvu, Northern Lights, and Reindeer Sledding in Tromso?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Overnight Stay in Lavvu, Northern Lights, and Reindeer Sledding in Tromso?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Overnight Stay in Lavvu, Northern Lights, and Reindeer Sledding in Tromso?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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The night when a dream came true! (but don't expect to have your best sleep ever)
Marcos_P, Jan 2022
We went for the Lavvu tour to have a great night. The short trip with the Raindeers sledding was super cool, and we did under the Northern Lights! The lights were beautiful, crossing the sky from North to South, in two beautiful curved stripes. After the sledding, we fed the raindeers, and that was much nicer than I would expect. And right after that, a dream I had since I was a kid came true. We were looking to the sky, contemplating the northern lights, and then they were getting stronger and stronger. They got thick and the green strips became strong white masses dancing in the sky. That was the first time I saw what the northern lights really are. It was so beautiful! We were there just watching the lights for the next minutes until they got a bit weaker, and then we went to have a great time with a Sami explaining to us about their culture, and we had a great meal together! After that, we went to our Lavvu, which was super cozy! It was a great night! But don't expect to have your best night of sleep, given that it gets cold kinda fast and we have to feed the fire ourselves every 1 or 2 hours. I strongly recommend the tour!
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Thank you so much for your kind feedback. We are so glad you are happy with your stay here in the cold north. Having the opportunity to get so close to the reindeer during feeding is fun, and a night in the Lavvu gives you an impression of what it takes to survive in the north. After around three days the body begins to adapt the temperatures, and then you also will sleep better. But we try to make it as comfy and warm as possible for our dear guests. I am so glad your dream came true, and that you finally got to see a dancing northern lights. Hope to see you again on your next stay in Tromso. Kind regards Ingvild
Unique
Arthur_K, Jan 2022
It is simply a unique experience what you will remember for ever. Absolutely suitable for small kids we went with our son who will become 4 next week
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Hi, thank you so much for your honest review! We are excited to hear that you had a memorable experience with us. Hope to see you again on your next visit to Tromsø Kind regards Ingvild
Best night of my life.
Luke_O, Dec 2021
Last night I had the best experience of my life. A dream come true. Everything it promised to be. And the hosts are wonderful. Great energy. There were 11 of us sledding with the reindeer and eating listening to sammi history/culture and then I was the only person who stayed on in the tipi for the night! Which was also amazing to experience the solitude. Just me, the campfire, the reindeer and Aurora. Paradise!
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Hi! Thank you so much for your review! We are excited to hear that you had a pleasant stay with us, and thank you for coming to see our little piece of paradise in the North ☺️ Ingvild
Hot water all night and Toilet...
Pikul_C, Mar 2020
If time allow I will be back. The staff are so kind and helpful. We are lucky the night was clear sky and aurora are coming. 👍💚
Response from Host, Sep 2020
Dear Pikul, Thank you for your kind feedback. We are glad you had a great experience. The Aurora has already returned this season, will you return too? :) Best, Bernhard
Fabulous experience
Karen_E, Mar 2020
Fantastic experience. Spent time with the reindeers being taken round on a sled and then feeding them. Learnt about the Sami culture and had a lovely meal. The best of all was the overnight stay in the tent. Tent was cosy with a wood burner which kept me warm all night. Didn't see the lights but enjoyed the experience and the place anyway. Beautiful views of the mountains. Our hosts were so nice and friendly and there was lots of food on offer.
Response from Host, Sep 2020
Dear Karen, Thank you for the great feedback. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us and it was great having you visit us! We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to us. Hopefully you got enough sleep. Maybe next time the Northern Lights will show themselves? The season has already begun. Best, Bernhard
Glamping in Sami camp
Janet_B, Feb 2020
Loved this trip ! Tents were warm and cozy . Loved learning about Sami culture and feeding reindeer and going sledding . We didn’t see the Northern lights but it was well worth it anyway . Made new friends that we shared a lavvu with . We enjoyed the camp even more when the day visitors left . It was very peaceful. We are vegan and the food was a little sparse (veg soup and bread ) and fruit, jam and bread for breakfast . Suggest adding nut butter or bring snacks .
Response from Host, Sep 2020
Dear Janet, Thank you for the great feedback. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us and it was great having you visit! We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to us. Thank you for suggesting more vegan options, I will make sure to pass this on. Maybe next time the Northern Lights will show themselves? The season has already begun. Best, Bernhard
Unforgettable Night!
Jacob_P, Dec 2019
This trip was absolutely amazing. The staff was so nice and passionate about what they are doing. 10/10
Response from Host, Nov 2020
Dear Poffja01, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. We appreciate the kind words and feedback! Best regards, Team Tromsø Lapland
Reindeer extravaganza
Curious12162351899, Jan 2019
Unforgettable night. Raindeer pulling sleds, feeding the raindeer, getting fed, and hearing about the great rich culture of raindeer handlers was worth every cent. We opted to stay over night, we were greeted by a raindeer handler who told us stories, set up a fire inside the tent and out, told us when the best times to see the lights were, and most importantly allowed us to feel at home inside a tent. I’ve been to great places before but this experience make this trip a hard one to beat. I definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone. Thank you very much for a great experience.
Amazing experience with wonderful...
sophie c, Mar 2017
Amazing experience with wonderful sami host ! we learn about this fabulous culture, the night in the lavvu was a bit cold but unforgettable :
trop cher, assez déçu
romainj216, Jan 2020
Rencontrer les Samís , partager leur culture et les écouter nous expliquer leur traditions était super! J'ai aussi beaucoup aimé nourrir et caresser les rennes. Mais J'ai trouvé cela assez cher (300€) pour ce que c'est. Le repas était assez maigre et on mange ce ragout de renne dans tout les tours autour de Tromso, rien d'exceptionnel. De plus, hormis les Samís, le personnel n'était pas très sympa. La fille responsable des groupes qui dorment sur place se plaignait tout le temps qu'elle était tres occupée et qu'elle travaillait trop. On a aussi trouvé qu'il n'y avait pas grand chose à faire après le diner, et que la balade en traineau de rennes n'était pas très intéressante car en pleine nuit on ne voit rien. En détail: Nous avons commencé par un tour en traineau tiré par des rennes. Nous sommes assis dans le traineau et les rennes font tous le boulot. Il y a bien 6 traineaux qui se suivent. Avec la nuit noir on a absolument rien vu du paysage, et l'on ne pouvait pas toucher les rennes. Ensuite nous avons été dans un enclos de rennes on l'on a pu les nourrir et les caresser, et c'était vraiment très sympas! Puis nous avons été diner, un simple ragout leger de légumes et de viande se rennes. Pas très copieux à mon goût, on avait encore faim en sortant de table. Une samí nous a expliquer l'histoire et la culture de son peuple et a répondu à nos questions. Une autre Samí nous a chanté un "yoy". Tres intéressant d'en apprendre plus sur leur culture et de pouvoir les rencontrer. Puis malheureusement, dès 9hrs après le diner, il n'y avait plus d'autres activités, ni grand choses à faire , donc après une petite balade autour du camp nous sommes allé nous coucher dans la tente lavvu. La tente lavvu est assez confortable mais n'a pas l'air tres traditionnelle , et ne ressemble en rien aux tipee des photos. Il y avait des termos d'eau chaudes, du thés et cafés. des biscuits et une bouteille d'eau. Un duvet bien chaud et des couvertures. Un poêle à bois au milieu de la pièce chauffe la pièce, il chauffe très vite et refroidi tout aussi vite ce qui rend la gestion de la température de la pièce assez difficile et j'ai du me réveiller 6 ou 7 fois la nuit pour remettre du bois. On a malheureusement dû partager la tente avec un autre couple. Le matin on a pris le petit-déjeuner, assez bon , et pris le bus vers 10h pour Tromso.
Response from Host, Sep 2020
Thank you foryour balanced and honest feedback. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us. We are sorry to hear that we did not meet your expectations, even though the experience you describe is exactly how the tour is described on the booking page. We are however sorry to hear that you were unhappy with one of the staff members. The person in question is no longer working with us. During the reindeer sled ride it is supposed to be dark, to allow for an unobstructed view of the night sky. Best, Bernhard
Bien mais un peu cher...
INGRID_L, Jan 2019
Excursion ou l'on est dépaysé. Nous n'avons pas vu d'aurore boreale mais c'est la nature qui le décide. Les guides sont accueillants et très gentils Maintenant l'excursion nous paraît un peu chère ..

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