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Northern Lights

5 days / 4 nights
or
6 days / 5 nights

UK • Tromsø • Kirkenes • Tromsø • UK

Since humankind first experienced the natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis, their extraordinary beauty has mesmerised all who witness them.

To give yourself the best possible chance of experiencing the Northern Lights, experts recommend spending as long as you can above the Arctic Circle, far away from artificial light.

Hurtigruten's fleet of 11 ships sail through the calm sheltered waters along the Norwegian coast beneath the pitch black sky, the perfect setting to experience the breathtaking Aurora Borealis.

As well as the sights provided by Mother Nature, Hurtigruten also offer an exciting range of winter activities and experiences: visit a snow hotel, lead a team of Husky dogs on an unforgettable dog sledge safari, or speed across the frozen landscape on a snowmobile. Whatever you choose the spectacular winter scenery creates an authentic and stunning back drop to the Arctic adventure of your dreams.

 

Starting and ending in Tromsø, Arctic Norway's lively capital and perfect winter activity location, your voyage goes beyond traditional cruising, taking you closer to breathtaking environments, fascinating people and spectacular scenery. At this time of year the landscape is covered in white snow and the air is fresh, pure and crisp making winter a special time to explore Norway's remote northern coast. The Hurtigruten ships have been an integral part of Norwegian coastal life for over a century, still operating as working ships, they deliver freight as well as passengers to remote communities along Norway’s coastline.

 

With a choice of direct flights from London Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh or Belfast to Tromsø, it is even easier to access the wonders of Northern Norway and go in search of the elusive, magnificent Northern Lights.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 : Tromsø, the Gateway to the Arctic

Fly from the UK to Tromsø, the Gateway to the Arctic, and perhaps enjoy the sights of the famous, compact city before boarding your Hurtigruten ship in the afternoon to begin your voyage north. Keep your eyes peeled to the skies to look for the Northern Lights as you head towards Honningsvåg. (D).

 

Day 2 : Honningsvåg and the North Cape

Following the scenic sailing through Magerøysund and after an early morning stop at Hammerfest, you arrive in Honningsvåg mid morning. This small port is the gateway to mainland Europe's most northerly point - the North Cape (optional excursion). At 71° 10' 21" N it puts you a mere 2,000 kilometres from the geographic North Pole. This is a wild and windswept headland where the cliffs rise dramatically 300 metres from the sea and you gaze out with nothing but water between you and the frozen North Pole. This evening, you pass Finnkirka, a rock formation that is sacred to the indigenous Sámi people and now the site of an impressive light show. (B, D).

 

Day 3 : Kirkenes, the voyage turning point

Sailing on, you turn east to reach the sheltered harbour of Kirkenes, only 10km from the Russian border and the turning point for your voyage. At longitude 30° E, you are actually further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. This fascinating town allows a tantalising glimpse into life in this remote region of Norway. In Kirkenes you can visit the border with Russia, try your hand at snowmobiling or enjoy a visit to the Snow Hotel. Later in the day you depart Kirkenes returning south towards Tromsø. (B, D).

 

Day 4 : Hammerfest and Tromsø

Hugging the coastline you revisit remote settlements which rely on the Hurtigruten ships to maintain contact with the rest of Norway, particularly in winter. Hammerfest, the world's most northerly town is your first major port of call where you can enjoy an optional excursion (2012 only) including a visit to Hammerfest's UNESCO World Heritage site, the Meridian Column, commemorating the conclusion of Struve's historical measurement of the globe. Your next major stop will be Tromsø late in the evening where your voyage comes to an end. Transfer to your centrally located hotel for an overnight stay. (B, D ).

 

Day 5 :

After breakfast in your hotel this morning, a choice of optional excursions is available before transferring back to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B).

 

Extend Your Itinerary and Take in More of Tromsø

Extend your stay in this lively and colourful city, surrounded by the dramatic Lyngen Alps. Tromsø has many sights to offer, including Arctic history, architecture, culture and exciting excursions. Try the Aurora Safari with Dinner excursion by cable car, visit a coastal farm and enjoy reindeer sledging or perhaps visit the Polaria centre. An extra day in Tromsø will give you time to enjoy this beautiful city and more time to watch out for the Northern Lights.

 

Day 5 :

A full day in Tromsø with excursions available. (B)

 

Day 6 :

Further excursions are available before your flight back to the UK. (B)

 

 

Key: B = Breakfast; D = Dinner

 

 

 

Fares :-


 

Excursions

Level 1 : Suitable for everyone.

Level 2 : Suitable for most guests, requires some physical effort.

Level 3 : Suitable for guests in good physical condition.

 

 

6A - The North Cape - Honningsvåg : Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as you cross the 71st parallel on your journey towards the North Cape, the northernmost point of the continent. Visit the North Cape Hall where you can see an impressive 180° panoramic film about Finnmark and the North Cape.

 

Level : 1           2014 : £102
Operating Dates : All Year   Duration : 3 hours   Price per person : 2015 : £118

 

 

 

6D - Snowmobile Trip in Lapland - Kjøllefjord–Mehamn : Join an unforgettable snowmobile trip to one of Europe's most extreme and exciting natural areas. Experience the snow-clad valleys, the fresh winter air and perhaps the mesmerising Northern Lights in the clear, starry sky. Driving licence required. Price based on two sharing.

 

Level : 3           2014 : £237
Operating Dates : 15/12 - 10/05   Duration : 2 hours 15 mins   Price per person : 2015 : £252

 

 

 

7A - The Russian Border, Kirkenes : The only town in Norway where east meets west, Kirkenes represents the turning point of your Hurtigruten voyage. You start with a short tour of the town, before the bus takes you deep into the surprisingly fertile landscape. You make a stop at Storskog – the border station between Norway and Russia.

 

Level : 1           2014 : £43
Operating Dates : All Year   Duration : 2 hours   Price per person : 2015 : £51

 

 

 

7C - Snowmobile Safari, Kirkenes : Enjoy an invigorating ride by snowmobile across ice-covered fjords and the serene landscapes of Arctic winter. Guides will explain the fascinating history of the indigenous Sami people and welcome refreshments will be served in the warmth of the lavvo. Price based on two sharing.
(Driving licence required)
.

 

Level : 3           2014 : £148
Operating Dates : 15/12 - 05/05   Duration : 2 hours 30mins   Price per person : 2015 : £156

 

 

 

7D - Kirkenes Snow Hotel, Kirkenes : A short drive through Kirkenes brings you to the Gabba Reindeer Park where the Snow Hotel is situated. A guided tour of the beautifully decorated snow suites is followed by a drink in Norway's largest ice bar and a visit to the reindeer.

 

Level : 1           2014 : £55
Operating Dates : 15/12 - 01/05   Duration : 2 hours 30mins   Price per person : 2015 : £61

 

 

 

7F - Husky Adventure, Kirkenes : Experience the real feeling of wilderness during this adrenalin fuelled ride! You can have a go at driving the sledge yourself, or simply sit back and enjoy the trip. You also have the option to visit the Snow Hotel or the reindeer enclosure.

 

Level : 3           2014 : £129
Operating Dates : 01/12 - 01/05   Duration : 2 hours 30mins   Price per person : 2015 : £149

 

 

 

8F - Snowmobile Trip in the Polar Night, Mehamn - Kjøllefjord : Drive through the beautiful Arctic landscape during the polar night. You might see the Northern Lights in a clear, starlit sky. Welcome to the polar night and the wilderness! Price based on two sharing.
(Driving licence required)
.

 

Level : 3           2014 : £288
Operating Dates : 15/12 - 10/05   Duration : 2 hours 30 mins   Price per person : 2015 : £302

 

 

 

CENTOS1* - Dog Sledging at the Wilderness Centre, Tromsø : Complete your holiday with a thrilling ride by Husky dog sledge across the open plains of Tromsø. Eager Huskies are harnessed to your sledge waiting to transport you across the frozen landscape. At the end of the trip a warm Sámi meal followed by coffee and homemade cake will be served in the lavvo (Saami tent). An exhilarating trip!

 

Level : 3   Duration : 3 hours 30 mins     2014 : £199
            Price per person : 2015 : £199

 

 

 

CENTOS2* - Reindeer Sledging at a Coastal Farm, Tromsø : Join this excursion to Risvika for a visit to a Sámi lavvo where you will hear more about Sámi people whilst enjoying coffee made on the fire. Afterwards, sit back and experience the traditional Sámi way of transport through the Arctic landscape. A traditional Sámi meal, Bidos, will be served afterwards to warm you up after your ride in the sledge.

 

Level : 3   Duration : 4 hours     2014 : £188
Operating Dates : Jan - Mar         Price per person : 2015 : £188

 

 

 

CENTOS3* - Aurora Safari with Dinner by Cable Car, Tromsø : Ride up the famous cable car and take in the breathtaking view of Tromsø. Away from any light pollution this is the perfect spot for seeing the Northern Lights. Enjoy a delicious 3 course dinner in the mountain lodge and learn more about the Northern Lights, Tromsø and the surrounding area.

 

Level : 2   Duration : 3 hours 30 mins     2014 : £167
            Price per person : 2015 : £167

 

 

 

CENTOS4* - Tromsø Arctic Panorama, Tromsø : The cable car will take you up the mountain to the mountain lodge. Your guide will show you the spectacular view over Tromsø, the mountains and islands. You will have the opportunity for a short walk and of course picture taking. Afterwards, coffee, tea and delicious cakes will be served by the fire in the mountain lodge whilst your guide tells you more about Tromsø and the vast Arctic landscape.

 

Level : 2   Duration : 2 - 3 hours     2014 : £76
            Price per person : 2015 : £76

 

 

 

CENTOS5* - Snowmobile Safari, Lyngen - Tromsø : Join this snowmobiling adventure of a lifetime into the wild Arctic landscape around camp Tamok, just under 90kms from Tromsø. After a thorough introduction you will set off on a 2 - 3 hour trip on the snowmobile through valleys and frozen lakes. On your return warm up with hot coffee, a traditional local hot meal and Lefse (traditional Norwegian pastry) in the Sami lavvo.

(Driving licence required)

 

Level : 3   Duration : 7 hours     2014 : £213
            Price per person : 2015 : £213

 

 

 

CENTOS6* - In the Footsteps of Amundsen, Tromsø : 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of Roald Amundsen's successful race to become the first to reach the South Pole. Your guide will take you for a fascinating walk around Tromsø's busy streets, the starting point for many polar expeditions. You will stop at the statue of Roald Amundsen before ending the walk at one of Tromsø's most popular pubs, with beer from the local Mack Brewery, the Northernmost brewery in the world.

 

Level : 2   Duration : 2 hours 30 mins     2014 : £40
            Price per person : 2015 : £40

 

 

 

 

* Must be pre-booked

Excursions in Kirkenes are not combinable.

In Tromsø due to excursion timings you will be unable to combine all options. Please ask for details.

 


 

Arctic Highlights - Prices 2014/15

Departures from London Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol, Dublin and Newcastle

 

 

Itinerary - 5 Days 2014
Departure
Airport
Date   Price per person from
  Inside Outside
Manchester Dec 14 Twin £999 £1,100
Single £1,169 £1,300
 
Itinerary - 5 Days 2015
Bristol Feb 2 Twin £999 £1,127
Manchester Feb 9
Mar
9
Gatwick Mar 16 Single £1,170 £1,330
 
Dublin Feb 16 Twin £1,019 £1,147
Newcastle Feb 28
Gatwick Mar 2 Single £1,190 £1,350
 

 

 

 

All prices are in £s per person based on two people travelling together sharing a twin cabin/room. Please call for single traveller rates.

 

Prices Include :

  • Return Economy class flights from specified UK airports to Tromsø including current taxes and charges
  • Hurtigruten voyage in an unspecified twin cabin including half board as described in itinerary
  • 1 night at a centrally located hotel in Tromsø including breakfast
  • Transfers as applicable

 

Not Included :

 

Departures from London Gatwick, Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow, Stansted, East Midlands, Jersey, Cardiff, Bournemouth and Bristol

 

 

 

Itinerary - 6 Days 2014
Departure
Airport
Date   Price per person from
  Inside Outside
Gatwick Nov 29.
Dec 2*, 4*, 9
Twin £1,099 £1,200
Manchester Dec 7*, 12 Single £1,316 £1,447
 
Itinerary - 6 Days 2015
Gatwick Jan 28 Twin £1,099 £1,227
Manchester Jan 30*
Mar 18*
Glasgow Mar 13 Single £1,300 £1,460
 
Gatwick Feb 4, 11, 18*, 25*
Mar 4*
Twin £1,119 £1,247
Stansted Feb 6
Jersey Feb 13
East Midlands Feb 20 Single £1,335 £1,495
Cardiff Feb 23*
Bournemouth Mar 6*
Manchester Mar 11
 


 

* These departures include one night pre and one night post voyage in Tromsø.

 

 

All prices are in £s per person based on two people travelling together sharing a twin cabin/room.

 

Prices Include :

  • Return Economy class flights from London Gatwick or as specified to Tromsø including current taxes and charges
  • Hurtigruten voyage in an unspecified twin cabin including half board as described in itinerary
  • 2 nighs at a centrally located hotel in Tromsø including breakfast (depending on your itinerary)
  • Transfers as applicable

 

Not Included :