NORWAY

In Pursuit of the Aurora

Aurora borealis, North Norway
from £1,462 7 nights | Oct - Apr Inc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Overview

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.

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, snowmobiling and northern light chases.

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 a guided snow-shoe trip and arctic bird photography, with snowshoes and kick sledges readily available for guests use.

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.

 

Nothing we have ever done comes close… One life, live it!

Alan Holley, Great Nordic Odyssey

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary 1 (all months excluding January)

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 Scandic 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 during the daytime and evening.

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 11:15. 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 14:45, time to relax and enjoy the dinner on board before arriving in Batsfjord at 00:15. 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.
Itinerary 2 (January only)

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 Scandic 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 during the daytime and evening.

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: Hurtigruten
Spend the day on board your Hurtigruten ship. Take part in one of the optional activities or relax on deck, taking in the stunning scenery.

Day 5: Kirkenes
Arrive in Kirkenes at 09:00 where you will take a transfer to Kirkenes Snow Hotel (20 min drive) Check into Gamme Cabins for a 2 night stay. With next to no light pollution in this area, the snow hotel offers good chances to star gaze and view the aurora borealis.

Day 6: Kirkenes
Today you will have an unforgettable experience on the frozen fjords on a King Crab safari. You will have an opportunity to catch a King Crab, learn how to cook, and most importantly eat this mysterious creature. You will help to saw a hole in the ice and bring up the catch. You will see how the crab is prepared by the guide and taken by snowmobile sledge to a beautiful farmhouse by the lake. Sit by a cosy log fire and wait for the delicious king crab to be served.

Day 7: Kirkenes
Time to relax and explore the area or take one of the optional excursions. If you are tempted, tonight you can experience a night in the Snow Hotel.

Day 8: depart Kirkenes
Transfer to the airport for your flight from Kirkenes to London Heathrow via Oslo.
Notes
  • Both itineraries are available in reverse, starting in Kirkenes and heading south along the coast to Tromso.
    London Heathrow or London Gatwick flights available.
    We advise booking optional excursions in advance to secure availability.
  • Please note: The weather in Norway can be unpredictable and therefore can cause substantial delays which can result in the need to re-arrange or extend your holiday itinerary. Whilst we and our contacts in Norway will do everything possible to minimise any disruption, it is important that you check the details of your travel insurance and allow for some flexibility in your plans.

Accommodation Options

Kongsfjord Guesthouse

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Guesthouse / B&B

A small and cosy guesthouse set in a peaceful area of br…

Polar Hotel, Batsfjord

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Located on the magnificent Varanger Peninsula, Finnmark,…

Thon Hotel Kirkenes

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Only opened in May 2010, the 144-room Thon Hotel Kirkene…

Thon Hotel Tromso

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

The newest addition to Tromso's impressive collection of…

Excursions

Aurora Watching & Snowshoe Trekking (Tromso - Villmarkssenter)

Tromso - Villmarkssenter: You will head out into the night …

Chasing the Northern Lights (Tromso - Kjetil Skogli)

Tromso - Kjetil Skogli: Kjetil Skogli is an expert on findi…

Dog Sledding Safari (Tromso - Lyngsfjord Adventure)

Journeying out from the northern hub of Tromso, you will jo…

Engraving Introductory Workshop (Kongsfjord)

Kongsfjord: Engraving has been an integral part of northern…

Guide Gunnar’s Aurora Chase (Tromso)

Tromso - Guide Gunnar. Join a guided aurora chase by bus to…

Husky Sledging (Kirkenes)

Kirkenes: The jangle of dog harnesses, the panting pink ton…

Husky Sledging Expedition - 1 Day (Tromso - Villmarkssenter)

Tromso - Villmarkssenter: An expedition for those who seek …

Husky Sledging Expedition - 2 Days (Tromso - Villmarkssenter)

Tromso - Villmarkssenter: A journey for those who wish to m…

Ice Fishing with an Expert (Kirkenes)

Kirkenes: A unique experience that is for more than just re…

King Crab Safari (Kirkenes)

Kirkenes: A delicacy for any lover of seafood

Northern Lights Husky Sledging (Kirkenes)

A single rider driving a team of huskies over the frozen la…

Northern Lights Snowmobiling (Kirkenes)

Exploring the wilderness by snowmobile is a common means of…

Overnight Aurora Camp & Dog Sledging (Tromso - Villmarkssenter)

Tromso - Villmarkssenter: The ultimate northern lights expe…

Snowmobiling (Kirkenes)

Kirkenes: You will be given basic instruction in the safety…

Snowmobiling with lunch (Kirkenes)

Kirkenes: An extended journey by snowmobile.

Snowshoe Arctic Walk or Cross Country Skiing (Kirkenes)

Kirkenes: An introduction to a traditional method of winter…

Snowshoe Trekking with Lunch (Tromso - Villmarkssenter)

Tromso - Villmarkssenter: Snow-clad in the winter months, t…

Snowshoeing along the Arctic Sea (Kongsfjord)

Kongsfjord: A mid-length journey by snowshoe

Snowshoeing at Camp Tamok (Tromso - Lyngsfjord)

Tromso - Lyngsfjord Adventure: This invention makes moving …

The Northern Lights Bus - (Tromso Safari)

Tromso - Naturinord: One of the North's most popular sights…

Visit to the Snow Hotel (Kirkenes)

Kirkenes: Kirkenes' Snow Hotel features individually crafte…

Visit to the Snow Hotel with dinner (Kirkenes)

Walk around the hotel and marvel at the decorative snow sui…

Prices & Dates

Per person prices from Oct to Apr
Twin £1,462
Single £1,666


Twin price is based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double room. Child prices on request

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 outside 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 on a breakfast basis; flight from Berlevag to Kirkenes; transfer from Hurtigruten to the Polar Hotel; King Crab Safari in Batsfjord and transfer to Kongsfjord; transfer from Kongsfjord Guesthouse to Berlevag Airport; return transfer between Kirkenes airport and your hotel in Kirkenes and Northern Lights Bradt guide. 

Prices exclude transfers in Tromso; additional meals other than stated above, optional excursions and personal expenses.

Please note 

  • 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 Scandic Ishavshotel in Tromso £34 for a twin and single room.

Upgrade from Thon Hotel Kirkenes to Kirkenes Snow Hotel (includes dinner) £160 twin / £132 single (available from 20th December 2015) 

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)

Departures Daily (except Saturday) mid Nov to mid Apr
Airport Heathrow Airline SAS
Terminal 2 Airline Code SK
Via Oslo Flight Time (excl transit)
Approx 4.5 hrs


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)

Departures Daily (except Saturday) mid Nov to mid Apr
Airport Kirkenes Airline SAS
Terminal   Airline Code SK
Via Oslo Flight Time Approx 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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