Norway Northern Lights vacation, Senja Island

“Stay on Senja, among the best places in Norway for viewing Aurora Borealis, and take the iconic Hurtigruten coastal steamer cruise to Tromsø on a sublime Norway Northern Lights vacation.”

Highlights

Senja | Norway Northern Lights | Ersfjorden | Wildlife boat safari | Snowshoeing | Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer | Tromsø |

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Traveling in your own group

To classify as a group, we would require a minimum of 6 clients. The maximum number can be around 40 depending on activity and accommodation choices in particular destinations. Our advice to groups is to book as early as possible to make sure that you get exactly what you want for the most competitive price.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Hamn i Senja encourages environmental sustainability firstly through its commitment to preserving the cultural heritage of the area and supporting the local economy. Senja has existed as a fishing base and location for tin mining since 1800s, but this was to decline by the 1980s. In creating accommodation here, the owner of Hamn I Senja not only utilised and recycled old buildings but encouraged tourism to the area and thus boosted the local economy. Whilst its original buildings were sadly destroyed by fire in 2005, the newly renovated Hamn I Senja was designed to be unobtrusive and in keeping with the local harbour front. The hotel promoted excellent environmental policies, encouraging guests to use water responsibly, using renewable lighting and encouraging recycling. Its dedication to environmental responsibility is also shown through its respect of local wildlife. On whale and wildlife safaris, guests are encouraged to respect local wildlife and see them in their natural environment also.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Hamn I Senja supports the local community in encouraging responsible tourism and supporting the local economy. As a year-round destination it is encouraging people to visit in seasons that in the past have been a time which is quiet for the region. With its guided tours, it also helps to promote the history and culture of the region and guests will visit local communities and fishing villages. The hotel restaurant strives to promote local food and dishes and supports local fisherman in serving freshly caught fish. The staff that work at the hotel are international, but there is a focus on hiring local and Norwegian guides who are trained to be knowledgeable about the region and wildlife. The hotel offers good working conditions and a fair wage also.

Overall the hotel strives to create good relationships between tourists and the local community and promote a region of the world which showcases natural and untouched beauty.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing the Northern Lights.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go slightly later in the year than we did to ensure longer daylight hours After Jan 21st is when sun rises above the horizon. Don't expect to see whales, they haven't been seen in the seas around Senja for some years.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Employment of drivers, hotel staff and guide.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Interesting and unique experience, travel arrangements were faultless, hotels were excellent and staff were courteous and caring.

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