February 2018

Norway Magical Northern Lights

February 16 - February 25
10 Days
RM 7100
17 Pax

Price

Date: 16/2-25/2/2018 (10 Days)
Fee: RM 7,100
Register before: 15/10/2017
Travel style: Nature backpack tour
Tour status: Recruiting


Terms & Conditions

  1. Fee includes:
    • Accommodation (in Oslo, stay in budget hotel, 2-sharing basis; in Tromso, 6 persons in one wooden cabin)
    • Airport – hotel transfers
    • Dog sledding package
    • Tromso Fjellheisen cable car
    • Oslo half day guided tour fee
    • Travel insurance (only for Malaysia-based tour members, the point of embarkation and return must be Malaysia. Overseas based members, please acquire own policy, the charges included in LevArt’s costing shall be deducted from tour fee)
  2. Fee excludes:
    • Airfare (round trip Kuala Lumpur-Oslo, estimated price from RM 3,500 - RM 4,500, air carrier to be decided later; round trip Oslo-Tromso by Norwegian Air, estimated cost 200-250 Euro. Once the trip is confirmed ON, LevArt shall provide flight details for members to buy own tickets online via airlines’ official website)
    • Meals (in Tromso self-catering)
    • Tourist sites entrance fee (selected sites according to individual preference)
    • Cost incurred during free & easy session
    • Optional activities
    • Additional cost due to unforeseen calamity (acts of god)
  3. Group size: minimum 11 pax, maximum 17 pax.
  4. Booking fee: a non-refundable deposit of RM 3,100 per pax is payable to secure tour booking. The deposit can be returned if the tour is canceled due to insufficient number of participants, or unforeseen calamity (acts of god).
  5. Balance tour fee settlement: full payment upfront upon registration deadline or when the tour is fully booked.
  6. Tour Cancellation: Fully paid tour members who pull-out due to unavoidable circumstances with valid reasons, may get partial refund based on a case-to-case review. RM 200 administrative charges applied.
  7. LevArt reserves the right to alter the fee in the event of a significant spike in fuel prices, airfares and foreign exchange rates.
  8. Itineraries subjected to change due to unforeseen circumstances beyond LevArt control. Every effort will be made to operate tours as planned, but alterations in accommodation arrangements and itinerary may occur when deem necessary.

Reminders

Reminders

  • It’s bitter cold winter, keep warm with the right attire.
  • Northern lights is a natural phenomenon, there’s no guarantee you will see it even at the right spot during the best possible season. We have allocated 5 days to wait by a bayside with little light pollution to increase the chances of northern lights sighting. Lots of leisure time, please bring things that could keep you entertained and occupied, such as books, mobile devices, board games, etc.
  • There’s no guarantee northern lights will appear during our stay in Tromso, please be mentally prepared.
  • During our stay in Tromso, we’ll be based at bayside cabin in the countryside. We’ll do self-catering, and we’ll buy provisions from the supermarket. All team members are required to share the tasks, like cooking, washing dishes, and cleaning up. Team spirit is very important.

Hardship Level

  • Extremely cold weather.
  • Require patience to wait for northern lights sighting.
  • During the stay in Tromso bayside cabin, all members require to help up in cooking and cleaning.

Tour Map


Tour Leader

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Kae Chong

Kae is passionate about music, photography, and travel. Composing music aside, Kae also makes a living out of filming weddings and events; whereas travel, is his on-going “career”. He once made a non-stop journey for more than half a year in Asian countries. He is infatuated with high-altitude places, making frequent trips to plateaus and mountains.

In recent years, he has developed a keen interest in cycling, he now dreams of traveling around the world on two wheels. Be it journeying on foot or on wheels, he believes places must be experienced first-hand to gain insights.

Itinerary

In Norse mythology, the immortal Valkyrie warriors would come galloping across the night sky upon their horses, equipped with helmets and amour that would shimmer in the darkness. These lights radiated in red, blue, violet and green, would spread in curtains from horizon to horizon, stunning the mortals below. That was how the Vikings explained what we now call the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights. Tromso in northern Norway is ideally located in the zone where aurora borealis is most likely to appear. Aside from hunting for the elusive lights, Tromso is also a popular place for winter activities, such as skiing and dog sledding.


DAY 01 : Kuala Lumpur – Oslo

Depart from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at night (air carrier to be decided later), heading for Norwegian capital city Oslo via a transit point in Europe or Middle East.


DAY 02 : Oslo

Arrive in Oslo around noon, catch a local train from airport into city center, later walk a few minutes to the hotel for check-in. Afternoon free and easy, suggest to take a stroll along the main commercial district. If lack of severe winter gears, one may consider buying locally.


DAY 03 : Oslo

Half-day walking tour in Oslo city center under the guidance of a local. Later in the day, free time, one may explore other sights of interest or go for shopping.


DAY 04 : Oslo – Tromso

Morning take a train to the airport, board a domestic flight to Tromso, upon arrival transfer to bayside cabin in the countryside, on the way, stopover at a supermarket to shop for provisions for self-catering. The countryside cabins are facing the sea and surrounded by hills, a peaceful isolated spot with little light pollution, an ideal place for northern lights sighting.


DAY 05 : Tromso

After breakfast, take a car ride into Tromso city center and have a walking tour. First take the Fjellheisen cable car up to Storsteinen Hill for impressive panoramic view of the city. After descending from the hill, will pass by the Arctic Cathedral, which is an iconic building in Tromso. After lunch, free time, members could explore other sights of interest, such as Polar Museum. Before returning to the bayside cabin, grocery shopping. At night, stay up late for northern lights sighting.


DAY 06 : Tromso

Free and easy day, enjoy idling and relaxing at the bayside cabins. You may also explore the surrounding hills and forest, or hike to a vantage point to admire the Norwegian Sea. You may also enjoy optional sauna bath, nothing beats getting a hot steam bath in winter.


DAY 07 : Tromso

Today’s highlight activity is dog sledding, a unique winter transport in the Artic. Members will learn how to control the traditional vehicle and enjoy racing across snow land. After the activity, return to bayside cabins, and anticipating the fourth night of waiting for northern lights sighting.


DAY 08 : Tromso

Free and easy day. One may enjoy free time in the cozy wooden cabins, show off cooking skills, or catch up with reading, or sleep in. For those who love the outdoor, some of the optional winter activities include snow shoeing, sea fishing, skiing. This is also the last night in Tromso, stay up late for one last chance to spot the northern lights.


DAY 09 : Tromso – Oslo – Kuala Lumpur

Early morning depart from bayside cabins, transfer to Tromso airport, and catch a morning flight to Oslo. Upon arrival, change to an international flight bound for Kuala Lumpur in the afternoon via a transit point in Europe or Middle East.


DAY 10 : Kuala Lumpur

Arrive in Kuala Lumpur. End of tour.

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