Aurora borealis, North Norway
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In Pursuit of the Aurora

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  • Itinerary

  • Prices & Dates


  • Price

    From £1,497

  • Duration

    7 nights

  • Departures

    Sep - Apr

This multi-centre holiday combines hotel stays with coastal cruising. Finnmark is a wild and wonderful area of northern Norway which boasts spectacular scenery, from rugged island seascapes to vast mountain plateaus. This coastal adventure starts in Tromso and travels northwards the top end of mainland Europe, throughout which endless skies provide ample opportunities for aurora sightings.

Who for? Northern lights and Arctic enthusiasts and photographers

Highlights

  • experience a Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage
  • with luck view the northern lights
  • King Crab Safari in Batsfjord
  • Kongsfjord Guesthouse is a hidden gem in the Arctic
  • the ephemeral Kirkenes Snow Hotel (20 Dec to 20 Apr only)

Fly far above the Arctic Circle to the city of Tromso, a perfect base from which to try one of the optional excursions on offer, such as dog sledding or snowmobiling. 

From Tromso, set sail on the Hurtigruten coastal voyage for Finnmark. As you voyage north, winding between islands and fjords, you’ll swear it gets darker each night, the ‘big skies’ lending themselves perfectly to keeping watch for the aurora.

Honningsvag is your first port of call where we highly recommend the optional excursion to Nordkapp (North Cape). The snow covered landscape en route is empty, except for herds of reindeer which provide a glimpse of true Arctic scenery. 

In Batsfjord experience a King Crab Safari before a scenic drive to Kongsfjord where you stay at Kongsfjord Guesthouse, a lovingly restored 19th century farmhouse in an enviable location boasting sweeping views over the fjord. Activities here include snow-shoeing, ice fishing, bird watching boat trips and king crab fishing.

Fly from Berlevag and enjoy the magnificent views from air before arriving in Kirkenes. Whilst staying here you can try your hand at a winter activity and see the Kirkenes Snow Hotel (open 20 Dec-20 Apr, additional cost) - you can even opt to spend a night there!

Please note that sightings of the northern lights cannot be guaranteed.

 

Day 1 arrive Tromso fly from UK to Tromso via Oslo. Tromso is the largest city in northern Norway and the 'gateway to the Arctic'. Spend 2 nights at the Thon Hotel Tromso or upgrade to the Rica Ishavshotel.

Day 2 Tromso time to explore Tromso, a city steeped in history. Perhaps visit the Arctic Cathedral, Polar Museum and Polaria Centre or soak up the atmosphere at one of the vibrant cafés in the city centre. There are many optional excursions on offer.

Day 3 Hurtigruten enjoy optional activities or have time at leisure before joining the Hurtigruten which sets sail at 18:30 - dinner and overnight onboard. This northern region of Norway lies along the same latitude as Alaska to the West and Siberia to the East. Although inland temperatures can dip well below zero, the Gulf Stream ensures the coastline and, more importantly the harbours, do not ice over meaning that this remote Arctic region can be fully explored.

Day 4 Honningsvag-Batsfjord arrive in Honningsvag at 11:45. Time to explore the town or take an optional excursion to North Cape. The Visitor Centre at the top of the 307m cliff includes a super widescreen film presentation of a helicopter flight over the area - not to be missed! Outside is the much-photographed steel globe at the end of the promontory. The ship will set sail again at 15:15, time to relax and enjoy the dinner on board before arriving in Batsfjord at 00:30. Transfer to Polar Hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 5 Batsfjord - Kongsfjord morning King Crab Safari before a scenic drive to Kongsfjord, where you can have the King Crab prepared and cooked for your enjoyment. Check in to Kongsfjord Guesthouse for a 2 night stay. With next to no light pollution in this area, Kongsfjord offers good chances to star gaze and view the aurora borealis.

Day 6 Kongsfjord time to relax and explore the area or take one of the optional excursions. Perhaps try out one of the kicksleds that are provided free of charge at the guesthouse.

Day 7 Berlevag-Kirkenes  Fly from Berlevag to Kirkenes and enjoy the magnificent views from air. Transfer to Thon Hotel Kirkenes. Afternoon with optional excursions or visit the Russian border, a mere 10km away. From 20 December you can visit the Kirkenes Snow Hotel, just a 15 minute drive from Kirkenes. If you are tempted to experience a night in the Snow Hotel, please contact us for details.

Day 8 depart Kirkenes Transfer to the airport for your flight from Kirkenes to London Heathrow via Oslo.


Please note this itinerary is also available in reverse, starting in Kirkenes and heading south along the coast to Tromso. London Heathrow or Gatwick flights available. We advise booking optional excursions in advance to secure availability.

Per person from

Twin £1,497
Single £1,682
Child* £1,149

*Child price for when a child aged 2-11 shares with two adults

Prices include scheduled flights between London Heathrow and Tromso, and between Kirkenes and London Heathrow - flights operate via Oslo; Hurtigruten from Tromso to Batsfjord with all breakfasts and 2 dinners onboard ship; unspecified inside cabin on board the Hurtigruten; 2 nights at Hotel Thon Tromso on a breakfast basis; 1 night at the Polar Hotel in Batsfjord; 2 nights at the Kongsfjord Guesthouse on a full board basis; 1 night at Thon Hotel Kirkenes or Hotel Rica Arctic on a breakfast basis; flight from Berlevag to Kirkenes; transfer from Hurtigruten to the Polar Hotel; King Crab Safari in Batsfjord and transfer Kongsfjord; transfer from Kongsfjord Guesthouse to Berlevag Airport; return transfer between Kirkenes airport and your hotel in Kirkenes; a visit to the Kirkenes Snowhotel (please note that the Snowhotel visit is only available from 20th December 2014)

Prices exclude transfers in Tromso

Please note 

  • Kongsfjord Guesthouse will be closed 3-31 January 2015
  • Scheduled flights are based on the lowest available airfare and should this be unavailable a supplement will apply, which will be advised at the time of confirming your booking
  • Hurtigruten has a dynamic pricing system, it is therefore advisable to book early in order to obtain the best prices for the voyage part of this holiday

Accommodation upgrades (per person)

Upgrade from Thon Hotel to Rica Ishavshotel in Tromso £40 twin / £77 single
Upgrade from Thon Hotel Kirkenes to Kirkenes Snow Hotel (includes dinner) £185 twin / £152 single (available from 20th December 2014) 

Departures

Scheduled flights operate between London Heathrow and Tromso via Oslo (outbound) and Kirkenes and London Heathrow via Oslo (inbound) - flights operate on a daily basis (except Saturdays).

Flights between London Heathrow and Tromso (Outbound)

DeparturesDaily (except Saturday) mid Nov to mid Apr
AirportHeathrowAirlineSAS
Terminal3Airline CodeSK
ViaOsloFlight TimeApprox 4hrs


Flight Timings
Depart London Heathrow 07:00 / Arrive Oslo 10:30
Depart Oslo 11:10 / Arrive Tromso 13:00


Flights between Kirkenes and London Heathrow (Inbound)

DeparturesDaily (except Saturday) mid Nov to mid Apr
AirportKirkenesAirlineSAS
Terminal Airline CodeSK
ViaOsloFlight TimeApprox 4.5hrs


Flight Timings
Depart Kirkenes 11:30 / Arrive Oslo 13:40
Depart Oslo 15:05 / Arrive London Heathrow 16:25

Please note there may be other flights available, please ask one of our travel specialists for details.

All holidays and prices are subject to availability



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