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“Tough luck - bad weather with no aurora activity!”
Review of GuideGunnar

GuideGunnar
Ranked #28 of 67 Outdoor Activities in Tromso
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: One of Norway’s most innovative and experienced tour guides, GuideGunnar is known for his energy and enthusiasm, sharing generously his in-depth, local knowledge of heritage and country. Educated mountain guide, GuideGunnar was one of the first in Arctic Norway to give global travelers a unique experience under the northern lights. Always a forerunner and quality conscious, GuideGunnar presents new tour concepts that combine outdoor activities in Norway’s amazingly pristine environment with the very best in local, nordic food and acccommodation.
Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

We were out on a night of heavy snow storm. Gunnar drove us very far towards the Finnish border, but it just kept snowing all the way. After around 3-hour drive, we drove back as Gunnar told us that the weather was so bad that there might be avalanche, plus there was no aurora activity anyway. So it's another 3-hour drive back to the hotel and we didn't even get off the van for the whole tour! We did appreciate the long drive to try and catch a piece of clear sky. But with the weather and aurora forecast it seemed quite impossible to catch the light that night. It might be better to cancel the trip or at least give us an option for rescheduling in terms of safety and all.

The good thing about the tour was that Gunnar offered a more competitive price as compared to other companies. So if you are lucky with the weather and aurora activity, going with Gunnar does save you some cash.

3  Thank DizzyMoss
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

Many Thanks Gunnar for a fantastic Northern Lights sight seeing tour.
From start to finish you showed professionalism.
Tour started off being picked up outside the Tromso Church situated on main high street.
Mini bus is very comfortable and spacious.
Your running commentary throughout the drive was great, very informative and sometimes funny.
Having reached the viewing point, approx. 2 hours drive North-West out of Tromso, we eventually arrived at a coastal point with a prominent hillside located behind. This helped alot to stop the biting wind eating into our bones.
Gunnar made sure that we were all kept warm, setting up a fire pit and collecting tree branches. The roaring fire was a God send.
Gunnar also made sure that we all had hot drinks and snacks. Making sure everyone was informed that more hot drinks were available near fire pit.
The Northern Lights - 10 out of 10. Gunnar gave the Lights a 9 out of 10. Saying that the only thing missing was Coronas. We did have a fantastic intense vivid green show of dancing, swirling clouds. Naked to the human eye, we didn't need a expensive 35mm camera.
Gunnar was fantastic on the night, constantly shouting out the camera settings for everyone to achieve maximum picture quality.
Forget you small compact cameras, they dont work. You need a 35mm digital camera to show the greens, reds, blues and yellows of the Lights.
Our trip/tour lasted approx 7 hours from start to finish. The Lights started approx. 21.20hrs and lasted until around 1am. Gunnar did say that if we were to stay and see the return of the Lights then the show would be even better.
So my question is this - Do you rent a car and spend the whole evening out?
Just make sure you've got plenty of hot fluids, blankets, petrol/diesel and well wrapped up.
Approx. Location - Asheim, road number - FV57.
Once agian, thanks Gunnar for great night. Cheers for Photographs even though I waited approx. 3 months. If your ever in Liverpool, drop us a line, I'll show you around.
Steve and Jackie. Liverpool. UK

2  Thank doyley196
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

For the second consecutive year I went with friends to northern Norway for an adventure holiday - part of which was with Guide Gunnar. He is such a funny guy that you are glad you are with him even if you don't see the lights! He is incredibly thoughtful of his guests' needs: he knew we had to walk down an icy bit of road to our accommodation so he went the day before and sprinkled gravel down it to make a safe track for us. This is 5 star service indeed. Our ice fishing yielded lunch out on a frozen lake which was fun and delicious. We did a northern lights chase and Gunnar also booked us for adventures with colleagues for husky sledding, snowmobiling and reindeer sledding and we had a lovely trip across Norway on the famed Bergen to Oslo train. It was a fabulous holiday once more.

2  Thank TuscanVillaBuzz
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

This is stye second year I have taken friends to Tromso and booked Gunnar to help us experience Norway.
This year we went snow shoeing and ice fishing which was brilliant fun, well organised and resulted in a delicious lunch on the ice of what we had just caught.
We also did a Northern Lights chase. There is no limit to where Gunnar will take you and how far he will drive in his quest for you to experience this natural phenomena.
He also recommended two other places that we booked on his word - also both great. Hav og Fjell for beautiful cabin accommodation on the waters edge and Lyngsfjord adventures just shout of Tromso for dog sledding, reindeer sleighing and snow moiling. Gunnar is the expert - don't use anyone else!

Thank LovelyLinda_12
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

What a thrill, trucking around the remote Norwegian-Finnish border at all hours in -18 cold! The chase was very exciting and the result was fantastic - surreal even!

From the start we didn't know what to expect and what the night would look like but we just went with the flow and Gunnar was very friendly and jovial encouraging us all along.

The bus was very comfortable, which is essential as we were on it from around 6pm until 4am. It was a very long trip and we were wrecked the next day but seeing the northern lights is really a once-in-a-lifetime thing.

Advice: take lots of snacks with you for the road and even a travel pillow/ blanket to sleep on the bus and warm warm warm layers of clothes! Research and, if you can, buy the type of camera needed for capturing the lights (I naively showed up with my iPhone!) Gunnar will help you with the settings and take your picture anyway but it is important to know what you are doing with your camera in advance as when you are outside the conditions can be harsh and it's not the time to mess with your camera.

I believe that Gunnar was Joanna Lumley's guide, when she was making a travel programme, so he is well known and you should book well in advance.

Thank mdjezar
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