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“Northern Lights, Reindeer & Huskies”

Lyngsfjord Adventure
Ranked #16 of 83 Tours in Tromso
Certificate of Excellence
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Bucks
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35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“Northern Lights, Reindeer & Huskies”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

We visited two days running, once for Reindeer Sledding and Lights, and then the following night for the Husky Sledding. The Sami guide 'Roar' started by lighting a fire in his Lavvu (tent) and chatting about his life, then he took us out to the sled and the reindeer attached - it was very sedate, but we enjoyed it. We then had great hospitality from Lloyd whist we waited for our evening Northern Lights event. The evening started cloudy, and Roy gave a talk. The sky cleared, reindeer soup was served in the large sami tent, but we were more interested in seeing the display (which was amazing). Unfortunately unlike the bus tour types these guys have a timetable, so in the middle of a fabulous display, we had to get on the minibus to come back to Tromso, we could easily have stayed another couple of hours watching the lights.
The following day we again boarded the minibus for the 80 minute trip to Camp Tamok, and when we arrived we were kitted out with the thermal suits etc. The snow was really thick already, and falling quite heavily (it was raining in Tromso). The Huskys are ready and howling, the quick breifing by Nora was fine but quiet difficult to hear over the hounds racket! Once on the move the dogs are quiet, and you can only hear breif panting as the team behind you catch up. We drove the sleds oursleves 7km out - change driver, and 7km back - Superb fun, and loved every second - even when I missed the sled runner and fell head first into the snow. Back at the camp once more we had a meal of soup again (which was delicous), but again the timetable problem arose, when we were told we had to be back on the bus in 3 minutes. A rush ensued to get all our stuff together.
All in all I would recommend them as the staff and animals are brilliant, but the journey out and back and the toilets and the rush is a bit of a downer.

Visited November 2012
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“An Unforgettable Experience”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

We wife and I did the night dogsledding in October 2012, and had a wonderful time. As this was early in the season there was no snow on the ground, however the upside was we were the only customers. Tom Frode (manager) collected us from Tromso and we drove for about 75 minutes through some beautiful landscapes to the camp, En route he explained the schedule for the night, and answered all our questions. He did happen to mention (as evidenced by some of the negative reviews) the main challenge for the company was coping with the rate of growth in the business, and they were working hard to increase resources (human and otherwise) to provide a quality product. On arrival at the camp we were introduced to our guides for the night, Nora and Johanna. We then donned the thermal suits provided and helped harness the (very friendly) dogs, although this is optional - the guides will do all the harnessing if necessary. I was then shown how to drive the "sled", although as there was no snow, it was the wheeled variety. Despite the cold wet weather and lack of snow, dogsledding through the Norwegian wilderness in pitchblack night was a great buzz. There is a requirement for the driver to provide an element of assistance to the dogs when going uphill, and to ensure the dogs stay behind the sled in front. After what seemed like a couple of hours we were back at the camp, and the girls prepared dinner (reindeer stew). Nora and Johanna were great - competent, concerned with the welfare of dogs and clients, but relaxed and funny also. (Johanna does make terrible coffee though - lol) We plan to return and do a day dogsledding trip in winter as soon as we can.

Visited October 2012
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Ry, Denmark
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“So worth it”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

I went dog sledding during the day time and snowmobiling by night. I think it was good we choose not to go dogsledding by night - the landscape and the experience were so much more impressive, then snowmobiling at night but it was still fun going snowmobiling

Visited February 2012
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Newcastle Upon Tyne
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“Amazing Experience”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

Myself and my girlfriend visited Tromso in Jan 2012 for a short holiday (4 nights) and decided to include a dog sledding trip and overnight stay in a Lavu as part of the experience.

I'll start with the positives and then explain why I didn't give it the full 5 stars in a bit... Ok, so the camp is around 1hr away from the centre of Tromso and a very comfortable coach collects you from near the harbour area. On the particular evening we visited the camp we were unbelievably lucky with both the weather and more specifically, the auroral activity. We had the most crisp, clear evening for aurora watching and we were treated to the most unreal displays... it really was unforgettable. From the moment we arrived in the camp we could see huge amounts of the sky covered in auroral activity, it really was magical. We were very quickly ushered towards a changing room where we given good quality snow suits, warm clothing and snow boots. This gear is essential at the best of times but we were informed that due to the clear night, it was particularly cold..and boy could you feel it once you were outside for any period. We met the dogs and we got a very brief description of how to drive / steer and then we were off. The dog sledding was quite frankly breathtaking. Racing through a valley in the pitch black with aurora all around was truly unforgettable. It was incredibly hard work however and quite scary at times so this is something to think about. I was perfectly fine with it, but if you are infirm, unfit in any way, you really need to tell them upfront. We just seemed to be let loose with very little explanation and I could imagine the less adventurous would feel uncomfortable with this. With the dog sledding complete (lasts about an hour i think) we returned to a really nice camp area and sat in a main tent where we were served some excellent warm broth, bread and hot drinks..which were needed after being outside for so long. I got a chance to take some pictures at this point (you wont be able to do this while sledding).

The people who were just doing the sledding were ushered off to their transport and we were then shown to our Lavvu. So...this is where there the main negatives come in. Maybe it was just me reading the website wrong and expecting a sort of upmarket, premium lodging but we were pretty disappointed with how it turned out. The first thing to say is that it was unbelievably cold. We had all of our gear still on, there were thick sleeping bags, reindeer hide and obviously a small fire/stove thing in the centre but it was still completely freezing. To cut a long story short, I had to stay up all night and keep the fire going as it went out once, and the temperature plummeted from very cold, to unbearable. The toilet block was also without hot water / heating (it looked like it had just stopped working that night...so maybe it normally works?) and that really didn’t help things either. Not that you could go outside easily anyway...I couldn’t spend more than a minute or so outside as it was so so so cold. But, we survived the night and in hindsight, it is a very fond memory, although it didn’t feel it at the time, it was a good laugh and it’s something I will never forget.

So I guess the 4 stars is really more emotional than anything. It’s worth the money purely for the experience, if you’re lucky enough to see the aurora like we did, then it’s priceless really in my opinion. The dog sledding is also the most exhilarating thing I’ve ever done. If you’re averse to the cold or you’re injured/infirm in any way, I’d call them and let them know prior to turning up. The communication was generally poor and they seemed to be running on a very tight schedule so if you have any concerns get in touch early.

Visited January 2012
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London
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“Can't recommend at this price”
Reviewed May 6, 2012

Hey,

Great tour company, the people and guides involved were lovely and very friendly, dogs kept well and the equipment (i.e. the suits and other warm weather clothing) was abundant and in fine condition. So why 2 stars?

Everything in Norway is expensive, the dog sledding trips especially so. That's just the way it is. However this experience at 200 Euros a person (approx) just didn't live up to our expectations and there were several other things that we did that will live on in our memory for longer. You really don't get to see much of the Lyngen alps save for the valley L.A. operate in; the sami tent dinner was nice but again nothing special. Also you do tend to just follow the group often stop starting and we never got a chance to build up speed and test our dogs out. Instead i would recommend hiring a car and some snow shoes and just driving round the Lyngen Alps stopping off wherever you find a beautiful spot (especially the Northern parts) and going for an explore. We did that and had a superb day, really good fun at half the price. Snow shoeing surprised us by being just a great time. Also surprisingly good was the boat-bus trip (Rundtur) if you get the boat with the hottub on the open deck, take a couple of bottles of wine and your swimstuff.

So company was excellent and the trip organised well and was as advertised. I can not though say it is worth the money unless it is something that you are extremely keen to do.

Visited March 2012
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