Agents' Choice 2019

‘Off the Map’ Introduces ‘Floating in Tromso’ Excursion

Arctic travel experts at Off the Map Travel have introduced a new “Floating in Tromso” program in which guests stay on and search for the Northern Lights from a new luxury floating lodge this winter off the Arctic coast near Tromso, Norway.

Built on a ferry from the 1960s, officials say the VOLDA floating lodge has been renovated to the highest luxury specification using classic Scandinavian design. Its location, moored off the coast of Tromso Island, Norway, makes it well located to use as a base for local land activities by day and as a home for an evening Northern Lights search.

“The lodge offers an incredibly generous space that you wouldn’t expect from a floating lodge. It’s comfortable and relaxing, and you can choose to search out the Northern Lights indoors or outdoors as you stay in one place,” noted Jonny Cooper, founder of Off the Map Travel.

The floating lodge sleeps up to 14 guests in seven bedrooms and comes with an open plan living room and kitchen area, two open lounging zones and one private lounge in the officer’s cabin.

Cooper adds, “The Arctic is a dream destination for anyone looking for a bit of adventure including a hunt for the Northern Lights. But a trip north of the Arctic Circle doesn’t mean you need to compromise on luxury and comfort. We’ve created a program for you to have it all.”

A sample four-day, three-night “Floating in Tromso” itinerary is priced from US$2,429 per person, based on a family of four, and includes three nights at the floating home with all meals, a personal hostess on board, dogsledding and a Northern Lights hunt. All programs can be customized. The program is available from through March 2019.


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