Norway : In Pursuit of the Aurora

Departures: Sep - Apr (ex. Jan) Duration: 7 nights Price: from £1,497

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 takes you up to the top end of mainland Europe, throughout which endless skies provide ample opportunities for aurora sightings from land or whilst at sea.

 

Introduction

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, the largest city in Northern Norway and Gateway to the Arctic. Steeped in history, this vibrant city provides a perfect base from which to visit many attractions or try one of the many optional excursions such as dog sledding or snowmobiling.

From Tromso, set sail on the Hurtigruten coastal voyage for Finnmark. This region 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.

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. The next day Honningsvag is your 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.

Enjoy dinner on board the Hurtigruten before arrival in Batsfjord. Overnight at the comfortable Polar Hotel, morning King Crab Safari before a scenic drive to Kongsfjord. Here 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, boat trips for bird watching and king crab fishing.

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

Please note
sightings of the northern lights cannot be guaranteed – to read more about this naturally occurring phenomena click here »



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