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N4S001 - Arctic Light & Hurtigruten - Escorted Tour

Join our 50 Degrees North exclusively escorted voyage & tour of Norway and Northern Finland. One of our Scandinavian staff will host this journey, taking care of all services throughout the tour program and providing insight into the local culture and history.

With just 10 - 16 passengers, be assured that you will be travelling as a small like-minded group.

Our experienced host & thoughtful itinerary will provide the perfect balance between structure and freedom to explore on your own. All travellers, whether travelling solo or as a couple, will enjoy social get togethers and dinners at night around the fireplace, sharing the day's stories.

New 2019 Date has been released. It has slightly different accommodation so has been listed as a new tour, Arctic Light, Auroras and Hurtigruten - Escorted tour.

See other Northern Lights tours here.

Highlights

  • Oslo to Bergen scenic train journey
  • Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage - P or U class (Arctic Superior) MS Trollfjord
  • Bergen fishmarket & harbour
  • Overnight stay in a Gamme cabin at the Snowhotel in Kirkenes
  • Guided King Crab Safari
  • Snowmobile, reindeer & husky safari in Finnish Lapland
  • Cosy log cabin stay in Kakslauttanen with your own private sauna
  • Stay in a Glass Igloo
  • 9 days within the Aurora Zone

Inclusions

All internal ground transport
  • 50 Degrees North escort throughout the voyage & tour: Part tour guide, part confidante, part concierge, and part friend, our professional escorts are with you throughout your travel experience.
  • Daily breakfast
  • Oslo to Bergen train with seat reservation
  • Walking tours of Oslo and Bergen
  • Oslo & Bergen city pass valid 24-hours
  • Overnight in comfortable hotels in Oslo, Bergen (Superior room with harbour view)
  • Welcome dinner in Oslo
  • Overnight in a Gamme cabin at the Kirkenes Snowhotel including dinner
  • Two nights in a traditional log cabin with your own sauna including dinner
  • Overnight in Glass Igloo
  • Farewell dinner
  • Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes MS Trollfjord 6 nights in a twin superior U or P Class (Arctic Superior) outside cabin with kettle, water package, amenity kit, TV, toilet & shower (Pre-booked cabin upgrades available on request subject to availability)
  • Full board on board the Hurtigruten ship (buffet breakfasts and lunches, tea & coffee with meals, and a 3 course sit down dinner in the evening + water package)
  • Transfers: Kirkenes to Kakslauttanen via Inari, Kakslauttanen to Ivalo Airport
  • Winter activities included: King Crab Safari, Guided tour at the Sami Siida Museum, Reindeer Safari, Snowmobile Safari, Husky Safari and visit to Santa's Resort. (Please note that the Hurtigruten optional activities are not included.)
  • Warm outer gear for the King Crab Safari, Snowmobiling Safari and Husky Safari
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
Tour Provider 50 Degrees North
Number of Days
14
Price From
AUD $10,245
Start Location
Oslo, Norway
End Location
Oslo, Norway
Age Range
Avg. 55+
Group Size
16
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Adventure, Polar, Solo
Physical Rating
Easy
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
07 Jan 201920 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $10,245 
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - Arrive Oslo; meet your escort & group for the welcome dinner

Arrive Oslo and make your own way to your central hotel in the heart of Oslo. The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer the discerning traveller. If you arrive early, we can recommend a walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle & the Harbour area. Check in will be between 10am - 3pm. Close to the hotel, climb the new Opera House for a chance to orient yourself to this small capital. Within 20 metres of the hotel reception is the super helpful Oslo tourist information booth with maps and information for your exploration. Snuggle up in some of the lovely cafes, try ice skating or visit the art museums close by.

Your escort will meet you this evening in the hotel lobby at 6pm and then enjoy a welcome dinner with your group.

Day 2 - City tour of Oslo: Vigeland Park, Viking Ship, Fram and Folklore museums

After breakfast, enjoy a city tour including some of the Oslo highlights: the local harbour, the distinctive town hall, the Vigeland Sculpture Park and more.

The afternoon is free in Oslo, and you will still have a valid Oslo Card on hand to catch the sights you haven’t already experienced.

Day 3 - Oslo to Bergen train journey

After breakfast walk to the Oslo Central Railway Station and depart Oslo by train across the Hardanger Plateau, with its highest point at Finse (1222m), and then travel down to the Western fjords & Bergen.

The journey is considered one of the most picturesque in Europe - 7 hours of beautiful scenery. Starting through gentle snow covered countryside landscapes dotted with quaint farmhouses, the journey just keeps getting better with fjords, waterfalls, barren mountain peaks and classic Norwegian forests. Comfortable classy trains with free Wi-Fi, free coffee & tea and large seats will make the day comfortable. There is a small cafe on board or bring your own packed lunch (like the locals do).

Arrive in Bergen and transfer to your hotel on the wharf.

Day 4 - Bergen - fish markets & Bryggen Harbour walking tour

After breakfast enjoy a 2-hour walking tour of Bergen, including a visit to the popular Fish and Flower Market, the famous Bryggen Harbour with its gabled pack-houses, and the old Hanseatic Quarter.

The afternoon is free in Bergen - be sure to enjoy the indoor & outdoor fish markets with their platters, sushi & paella options. Ride on the funicular to Mt. Fløien for the best views of the city and fjords way below. Keep an eye out for your Hurtigruten vessel that arrives into Bergen during the afternoon.

In the early afternoon you will transfer to the Hurtigruten terminal for check-in. Settle into your cabin & then meet your escort for your first meal on-board the Hurtigruten ship.

Day 5 - Winter Journey on the Hurtigruten

A winter expedition along the coast of Norway is a beautiful experience. The landscape is covered in pure white snow; the air is fresh, pure and crisp. Clusters of cosy houses glow on the shores like embers, and the stunning backdrop of snow-clad mountains reflects the polar twilight.

Voyage Highlights:

  • Cross the Arctic Circle and hopefully see the Northern Lights.
  • Explore the gateway to the Arctic, Tromsø.
  • Enjoy a wide selection of exciting and interesting excursions, like the Husky Adventure, Lofotr Viking Feast, dog sledging, Snow Hotel and Wilderness Adventure Camp.
  • As a part of our winter programme you can enjoy several on-board actvities and excursions where the Arctic light is the main element.

Today we navigate through the skerries and islands further north before reaching the town renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, Ålesund. Join an optional excursion to Mount Aksla for a perfect winter panoramic view or explore the town on a city walk.

Day 6 - The Royal City of Trondheim

Ports visited today: Kristiansund, Trondheim, Rørvik.

When visiting the old royal city of Trondheim, be sure to get a good view from the Gamle Bybrua (“Old Town Bridge”). Dating from 1861, this neo-gothic wooden bridge used to be the only way into the town centre. Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300, is Norway’s largest Gothic religious edifice. In the neighbouring Archbishop’s Palace, the Norwegian Crown Jewels are kept. In Trondheim itself, the Hanseatic, waterside storehouses built on wooden stilts are just as charming as the Rococo-style Stiftsgården, the largest wooden building in Norway and residence for the Royal Family when visiting Trondheim. You then set a course for the northwest, past the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and thousands of little islands and picturesque rocky outcrops. After passing through Stokksund, the ship will arrive at Rørvik.

Optional Excursion available for this voyage: Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral.

Day 7 - Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands

Ports visited today: Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Nesna, Ørnes, Bodø, Stamsund, Svolvær.

This morning, between Nesna and Ørnes, you pass a globe on a small islet which heralds your crossing of the Arctic Circle. Passengers sailing in Arctic waters for the first time are given an Arctic Circle baptism by Njord, the ruler of the Seven Seas. This comes in the form of an ice cube down your front or back, but is entirely optional. In the evening you reach Svolvær, the main settlement on the Lofoten Islands. These islands are renowned for their small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere surrounded by majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches. Complete your visit with a stroll between the stockfish racks and ‘rorbuer’, the traditional, red fishermen’s residences. The Lofoten Islands are a truly extraordinary experience.

Optional Excursion for today: Meet the Vikings in Lofoten

Day 8 - Tromsø - Gateway to the Arctic

Ports visited today: Stokmarknes, Sortland, Risøyhamn, Harstad, Finnsnes, Tromsø, Skjervøy.

During the night the ship navigates the narrow Raftsund strait. After a stop in Harstad, situated on the largest island of Norway, Hinnøya, you continue via Finnsnes to Tromsø for a prolonged stay. Many of the epic Arctic expeditions used Tromsø as a starting point. The famous explorer Roald Amundsen sourced both crew and supplies here. With the presence of the Norwegian Polar Institute, the city has cemented its position as the Polar Capital of Norway.

Ishavskatedralen, the Arctic Cathedral, is the most famous landmark with its modern design and extraordinary stained glass window. Tromsø is also home to the world’s northernmost university and the large number of people arriving here has created a vibrant cultural scene with numerous restaurants and cafes constantly teeming with life.

Optional Excursion for today: the Arctic Capital Tromsø walk, Dog Sledding, Polar History Walk & Wilderness Adventure Camp.

Day 9 - Honningsvåg and the North Cape

Ports visited today: Øksfjord, Hammerfest, Havøysund, Honningsvåg, Kjøllefjord, Mehamn, Berlevåg.

Following the scenic sailing through Magerøysund and after an early stop in Hammerfest, you arrive in Honningsvåg. This small port is the gateway to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape which rises 300m from the ocean, and at 71° 10’ 21” north it puts you a mere 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole. If you decide to take the optional tour, standing atop the North Cape Plateau you’ll get the eerie feeling of being at the end of the world. The area is also known for its birdlife, and Gjesværstappan, a bird sanctuary with up to 250,000 seabirds, is home to some High Arctic species that can only be observed here on the Norwegian mainland. This evening, as you approach Kjøllefjord, you pass a rock formation that is sacred to the indigenous Sámi people, Finnkjerka.

Optional Excursions depending on the season: The North Cape (highly recommended).

Day 10 - King Crab Safari & Snowhotel visit

Ports visited today: Båtsfjord, Vardø, Vadsø, Kirkenes, Berlevåg.

The last port on the Voyage North is Kirkenes. And at longitude 30 east, you are actually further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. The well-policed Russian border and the Kola peninsula are close by which explains why the road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian.

Disembark the Hurtigruten ship and get ready for a totally unforgettable experience on the frozen fjords of Kirkenes. This is your chance to catch, learn how to cook, and most importantly eat the Arctic King Crab.

The Arctic King Crab is one of the most sought-after meals in top restaurants, and yet here, you get to eat the best and the freshest, pulled from the fjord in front of your eyes. You all take part in helping to saw the hole in the ice and bring up the catch. You will see how the crab is prepared by your master guide, and you will be taken by snowmobile sled (an experience in itself) to a beautiful farmhouse by the lake.

It is here by a cosy log fire that your King Crab meal awaits. Although presentation is simple, the superb, white leg meat and claws with their particularly juicy and naturally sweet taste puts this meal in a league of its own.

Warm clothing and a helmet is provided. Please note: This tour is done by snowmobile (the fisherman drives the snowmobile with you in a sled behind the snowmobile), and not by divers or in a boat.

Today you will visit the snow rooms at the Snowhotel. Upon entering the gates of the Snowhotel, you will receive a welcome drink at the snowbar, made from berries collected from surrounding hills. It will then be time to explore the hotel. Then check into your Gamme cabin, a short walk away.

Your evening will then progress to a delicious 3 course dinner. The food served is charmingly traditional and locally sourced. Your guide will be available to help you prepare for the evening ahead, making sure you are as comfortable as possible. After dinner you will have the opportunity to walk around the snowhotel and say hello to our resident reindeers, and with any luck, catch a glimpse of the northern lights.

Day 11 - Kirkenes to Kakslauttanen via Inari by bus - check into your Glass Igloo

After breakfast, transfer by bus to Inari. This 200 kilometre drive skirts lakes and snowclad forests.

In Inari we will have lunch and a guided tour at Sami Siida Museum - the national museum of the Sámi and a national special museum in Finland. The guide will help you to have an in-depth view of Siida’s permanent exhibitions. Siida’s exhibition tours cover the permanent exhibitions of the house.

From Inari we will continue to Kakslauttanen, our home for the next 3 nights.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is located high above the Arctic Circle in Northern Finland. Surrounded by stunning scenery, we will enjoy this rustic wilderness experience in the remote forests of northern Finland, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Check in to your Glass Igloo where you will be spending tonight.

Glass Igloo provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to admire the Northern Lights and millions of stars in the crystal clear sky with a comfortable room temperature. Built from a special thermal glass the temperature inside the Igloo always stays at a normal level. It also prevents the glass from not getting white frosted, hence keeping the view clear even when the temperature outside drops to under -30°C. Standard igloos are equipped with a toilet, but no shower. Shared shower facilities are available tonight and tomorrow morning.

Dinner at the restaurant.

Day 12 - Reindeer Safari & Snowmobile Safari

After breakfast, move to the traditional log cabin which will be your accommodation for the next two nights. Then head out on a reindeer safari. We will visit a traditional Sami Village and enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride.

In the afternoon, join an exciting snowmobile safari. You will be kitted out in warm clothing before leaving. Two persons share one snowmobile and there will be an opportunity to change drivers during the safari.

Afterwards, enjoy the sauna in your cabin and, if the skies are clear, head out for a walk to look for the northern lights! Your log cabin is built in the traditional Finnish style. Each of these cabins is equipped with a fireplace, shower/toilet, kitchenette and own sauna. The cabins are located far enough apart from each other so that each one has its own peaceful outdoor area.

Dinner at the restaurant.

Day 13 - Husky Safari and meet Santa

After breakfast, get ready for today's husky safari - an unforgettable journey through breathtaking winter scenery.

On arrival at the husky farm we will provide you with a warm outer thermal suit, gloves and hat and then we will present your very own husky team. You will be given a lesson on how to drive the sledge and how to observe important hand signals given by your leader.

Each team consists of about six dogs, you, the driver, and your passenger who is comfortably seated in the wooden sledge. The driver and the passenger can change places during the safari.

Then it's time to meet Santa Claus at his house!

In the evening we will enjoy a special farewell dinner. Toast your trip with your fellow group members!

Day 14 - Departure day

After breakfast, transfer to Ivalo Airport.