Hunting the Northern Lights in Norway
Hunting the Northern Lights in Norway
Independent Tour-Land Only
6 Days/ 5 Nights
Daily-January 1-April 20
Join an Arctic adventure which travels to remote regions along the dramatic coastline and to the most northerly part of Norway. Although your journey you will be at the same latitude as Siberia and Alaska, the influence of the Gulf Stream creates the longest ice free polar coast. The entire duration of this tour is spent above the Arctic Circle, increasing your chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis. During your stay it is possible to choose several fantastic activities. Visit the Russian border, try the Husky Safari, enjoy a taste of Sami life or join the enormously popular Northern Lights Safari.
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Package Includes:2 nights superior tourist class/first class hotel accommodation all with private facilities
2 nights on board the Hurtigruten in a 2-berth outside cabin
1 night in the Snow Hotel
Breakfast each morning
3 dinners-drinks not included
Snowmobile excursion with dinner (with 2 persons per snowmobile)
Excursion to the North Cape
King crab safari with lunch
Hotel taxes and service charges
Day 1 Tromso
Upon arrival to Tromso self transfer to your centrally located hotel. Tromso is often referred to as the "Arctic Capital" and is the largest Norwegian city above the Arctic circle. The arctic city of Tromso is the world's most northern university town and the largest city in the Nordic countries north of the Arctic Circle. The city lies between the sharp craggy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, and combines wild scenery with urban life. Tromso is known for having the most Northern Lights in the world! It's located in the middle of the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) zone, and is in fact one of the best places in the world to observe this phenomenon. Because of the planet's rotation, Tromso moves into the aurora zone around 6 pm, and moves out again around midnight. The Northern light does not appear every night but the chances to experience it in Tromso are definitely big! Overnight at the Clarion Collection Hotel With or similar.
Day 2 Snowmobile adventure under the Northern Lights
Breakfast at the hotel, and morning at your leisure to discover the Arctic's Capital, including the visit to Polaria. This museum is just five minutes walk from the center of Tromso and you will discover more about the Arctic Nature. In the afternoon departure for your excursion, which includes fun and adventure on a snowmobile! The snowmobile safari winter adventure goes through the valley of Finn, to the lake of Tamok, a distance of 15 km one way. You will be driving in pairs, one driver and one passenger on each snowmobile, with opportunity to switch places half way. A thorough safety introduction will take place ahead of starting up. Due to the dramatic topography reduced speed is held during parts of the tour. On flat land and frozen lakes you can speed up. A hot meal will be served during the adventure. During the safari you will also have a great opportunity to spot the Aurora Borealis. Overnight at the Clarion Collection Hotel With or similar.
Day 3 Tromso-Overnight Cruise
Breakfast at the hotel, day at your leisure for a new safari maybe with Huskies or sightseeing tour of the Arctic capital before check in for your next adventure, on board Hurtigruten (self transfer to the pier) Enjoy a beautiful north cruise along the spectacular Norwegian coastline. As the journey to Kirkenes hugs the coastline you visit remote settlements which rely on the Hurtigruten ships to maintain contact with the rest of Norway. Departure from Tromso at 6.30pm. Overnight and dinner on board Hurtigruten in outside cabins.
Day 4 To the North Cape
5.15am arrival in Hammerfest. Hammerfest was the first town in Norway to have electric street lighting. As early as 1891, residents could enjoy fully lit streets during the winter darkness. After a short stop your journey continues in a Northern direction to Honningsvag. Breakfast on board Hurtigruten. At 11.45am arrival in Honningsvag, from here you will join an excursion to mainland Europe's most northerly point, North Cape. This is a wild and windswept headland where the cliffs rise dramatically 300 meters from the sea, and you gaze out with nothing but water between you and the frozen wastes surrounding the North Pole. (Excursion to North Cape included) Sailing on, you bear east, and eventually reach the sheltered harbor of Kirkenes, a mere 10km from the Russian border. Overnight and dinner on board Hurtigruten in outside cabins.
Day 5 Arrival in Kirkenes King Crab Safari & Snow Hotel
Breakfast on board the Hurtigruten. While you sleep, the ship continues sailing east along the Varanger peninsula, past Batsfjord and Vardo. At breakfast time, you will pass by Vadso, the administrative center of Finnmark. It was from here that the Arctic explorers Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth began their flights over the North Pole in the airship "Norge". At 9.45am you will arrive in Kirkenes. This is the turning point for the Hurtigruten voyage, and this fascinating little town allows a tantalizing glimpse into life in this remote region of Norway. At 1pm you are met by a fisherman, you will be provided with warm clothes, boots and mittens before you set out to be a fisherman of king crabs for the day. The big catch, the king crab will be served as lunch at a home of one of the fisherman. The duration of the tour is four hours. After the tour, you will be met and transferred to the Kirkenes snow hotel. Overnight and dinner at the Kirkenes Snow Hotel.
Day 6 Kirkenes-End of Tour
Breakfast at the hotel and self transfer to the airport. You can extend your stay in the north of Norway or continue to Oslo, Bergen, the Fjord area, Lillehammer, Stockholm or Copenhagen.
Additional nights available.