PRIVATE V.I.P. TOUR'S
PRIVATE V.I.P. TOUR'S
I am Marianne and for the last 40 years i have lived here in Tromso directly under the auroral oval.
My passion for the aurora came at a very early age ,as far as i can remember our parents would tell my friends and i, not to look at the aurora or to wave , if we waved the aurora would reach down from the sky and grab you , and you never be seen again .
But some how i knew this was not true and i just staired in an awestruck trance looking at this natural phenomenon watching it change shape and colour and sometimes woundering did i just hear it call me there ? .
I'm sttill waiting and waving but it never did take me away, but some how i always new that some day ,this would be a very passionate part of my life .
So now i would love to share this genuine passion with you and the rest of the world.
I'm a native of Tromvik, a small fishing village west of Tromso.
My family have lived and worked this land since the early 1700s .
Its now time for me to share with you the astounding natural beauty that surrounds us here in tromsø, which we call Heaven on Earth.
Come and join us in our very own Garden of Eden and see the fjords and landscape the way I do.
Far, far away from the main tourist trails , hear the tales about trolls and why they turn to stone.
See an old stlye Norgwegian home and listen to the ancient folklore stories from the region.
Enjoy a relaxing photo shoot or just take in the stunning landscape that surrounds you.
Jaw dropping fjords, beautiful scenic trails, breath taking scenery... this is my garden, this is my Heaven on earth.
Look no further for the ultimate northern lights and nature photography experience.
With over 40 years of local knowledge and experience you won't be disappointed .
We welcome iphone snappers and professional photographers alike.
We are a small company with a massive heart and will do all we can, and a little bit more, to make your aurora hunt satisfactory.
We have a great track record of viewing the aurora , with a very high %, see our reviews on trip adviser and web page.
What makes us different from the rest is, that it’s not just a job... it’s a Real Genuine lifetimes Passion.
We have guides with over 40 years experience and knowledge who have chased the aurora world wide.
And others who have gave up there old life for a taste of a new one under the aurora.
So come and meet us and join our small group of passionate aurora hunters and let us share our knowledge and passion with you.
Both my guides and I are professional photographers.
We specialise in both natural and low light photography of all things rural, including flora and fauna, but especially the amazing natural beauty of Aurora Borealis... The Northern Lights.
If required we will help you to set your camera for maximum quality and show you various shooting angles, how to frame and fill the frame, set up to photograph with vivid colours, consider composition, background etc etc, all in all to catch the aurora in all its glory. In short, we will show you all the night photography settings you need for an unforgettable night’s photography with us under the arctic circle, weather and aurora permitting of course.
V.I.P. Group size should be no more than 2-6 persons.
Max 6 persons on private small group tour's.
Larger private hire tours available on request.
We will supply you with the following items:
• A professional monfrotto tripod with Manfrotto 324RC2 Horizontal Grip Action Ball Head.
• Warm all in one High Visibility Synthetic Snow Suit with Hood and Reflector Vest for your SAFTEY.
• Headlamp or torch.
• Heat pads for feet and hands, gloves, hats, socks if required.
• Boots with professional 8 to 12 spike ice crampons if required.
• We have a cable release (i.e. a remote control for most DSLR cameras) if required.
USING YOUR OWN CAMERA EQUIPMENT
A Digital DSLR with detachable lens is best but some cameras are not suitable. You must have full control over all camera settings and be able to shoot in manual mode, or have aurora settings.
Cameras that we have found that were not suitable for capturing the aurora were some Lumix cameras and some compact cameras with fixed lens so please avoid these if possible. DSLR cameras with detachable lenses are best.
HELP & ADVICE
We provide full night photography tuition to best enable you to catch the aurora and the northern nightscape in all its glory and, in order to have the best chance of finding the northern lights we have live updates on the current state of the auroral oval:
• Planetary KP Index. This is the level of activity based on numbers 0-9.
• Interplanetary Magnetic Field. This is a shield that opens and closes letting the aurora in or blocking it altogether.
• Live link to the Tromsø Weather Forecaster up until midnight.
• Meet and chat with other aurora guides on aurora hunts.
• Two way radio contact with various other aurora chasing photo groups.
FOOD & REFRESHMENTS
• We have both hot and cold food most nights and seek to prepare it over an open fire where possible.
• Included in the tour price are:
• Vegetarian meal option. (Please state, when booking).
• FREE complimentary drink.
• Bottled drinking water.
• Selection of hot and cold drinks.
• Selection of treats to enjoy while relaxing on synthetic rugs or mats while exchanging stories around a camp fire about past auroras and other adventures.
We will pick you up at your place of residence and drop you off there when the tour is done.
Private tour only.
We will bring you back to your hotel or place of residence at the end of each nightly session. We have no limits on the time involved in hunting the aurora, 6 to 12 hours at Marianne’s discretion. We find it no problem going as far as Karesuando on the border of Finland and Sweden or, in extreme circumstances, Kiruna, which is deep inside northern Sweden, in our quest to find the magical aurora for you, so please bring your passport in case the above situation occurs on your night of aurora hunting.
We are usually first to leave Tromsø and last back so, if you plan to return earlier, (i.e. around midnight ), we may not be the most suitable tour guides for you as we are real aurora hunters with a genuine passion and not simply tour operators.
We have a 2am minimum limit. Most times the aurora can be out until the early hours and if aurora is special, or we need to travel further afield for viewing or hunting, then we could be much later.
All time after 2am is free as aurora chasing is our passion. We’d rather stay out longer, free of charge, to ensure you have the best possible experience then head back at a previously agreed time and risk not seeing the northern lights as their most spectacular best.
We will provide you with the following:
• Warm snow suit to be worn over your clothes for everyone to wear, (due to past experience its very very advisable), please state size when booking (usally slighty larger than normal).
• Head lamp.
• Synthetic fur lined boots with extra socks and crampons when required.
• Reflector vests for your safety.
The start of the season is usually not so cold, but can be, and the rest of the season can be very cold indeed. Especially the further inland we go, so you’ll need to dress up well as the weather can change at any time. You are under the arctic circle after all!
Please wear two sets of thermal underwear with lots of layers of clothes and have good warm boots, woolen socks, gloves and a hat as they are all essential.
Please wear good footwear as this is the first part of your body to get cold and can be very difficult to warm up again. Please don’t wear trainers or dress shoes if you can help it. For your own comfort and safety, good, tough boots are best.
We have some fur lined boots for use in extreme circumstances in case your footwear is inadequate and ice and snow grips (crampons) are provided to be worn over your shoes if the ground is very slippery.
We hunt as far as we possibly can on any given night to find clear skies for viewing, somtimes Finland, Sweden etc. So please bring your passport in case we have to travel further afield to look for clearer skies in order to view the northern lights, if they are active.
We do not and cannot guarantee the aurora as they are a natural phenomenon.
We cannot and do not cancel a night’s aurora hunting because it’s snowing, raining, windy or cloudy in the Tromsø area.
There has been the very odd occasion where the skies are crystal clear but no aurora. This is very unusual but it can happen.
If we do have to cancel for any other reason (avalanche, vehicle breakdown or other situations outwith our control) we will offer you a full refund or another night’s hunting. We will explain in great detail the situation and your options when and if these nights occur.
It’s up to us to choose if and when the situation is safe for everyone on any given night.
We do not give up easily, but always try to play safe.
We have toilets available on most nights depending on area of aurora hunt although the great out doors also provides many toilet options.
Valid travel or outdoor winter sport insurance is recommended before you travel.
We carry full public liability insurance.
Please let us know if you have any special needs or requirements and we will help in every way we can.