12 February 2020 • 14 Day Arctic Light, Auroras & Hurtigruten – Escorted Group Tour – A NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR

  • Pricing

    Twin/double prices listed are per person sharing. Singles can share with another fellow traveller of the same gender. Upgrades available on request.

    $8535 per person twin share OR

    $11,035 solo exclusive use cabin. Upgrade to $11,535 for an Arctic Superior Cabin.

    10 passenger minimum / 16 passenger maximum 

    THIS TOUR IS GUARANTEED TO DEPART

     

    Inclusions

    • A tour 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 (3 hours)
    • Oslo & Bergen city pass valid 24-hours
    • Overnight in comfortable hotels in Oslo, Bergen (Superior room with harbour view)
    • Welcome dinner above Oslo at Engebret Cafe
    • Overnight in a Gamme cabin at the Kirkenes Snowhotel including dinner
    • Two nights in a wilderness room including dinner
    • Overnight in Aurora cabins (similar to a glass igloo with open glass roof)
    • Farewell dinner
    • Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes, 6 nights in Polar outside cabin (see below for further cabin explanation) 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 Inari, Inari to Ivalo Airport
    • Winter activities included: King Crab Safari, Reindeer Farm Visit, Snowmobile Safari, Husky Safari and visit to Aurora Camp (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

    NOT INCLUDED
    International flights*, airport transfer in Oslo, travel insurance, luggage handling & optional excursions onboard Hurtigruten voyage.

    PLEASE NOTE: Winter 2019/2020 departures have unspecified Polar Outside cabins on Hurtigruten, we are able to upgrade cabins on request to Arctic Superior or suites

    Alcohol can be expensive on board the Hurtigruten ship due to taxes imposed. You can only bring the same amount of alcohol that you can get through customs.

    You can pre-book your optional Hurtigruten excursions with us. However, you can also wait until you are on board and do it then – however, there is a maximum number and they can book out. It is not possible to pre-book within 2 weeks prior to departure. Excursions and their contents are subject to maximum/minimum numbers and weather/local conditions. Our 50 Degrees North escort will also be available to take you on a casual walk through the main cities that you visit during your Hurtigruten voyage.

    *Flights are not included however we are able to organise these for you at an additional cost. Ask us at time of booking for our competitive flight pricing.

    MS TROLLFJORD SHIP AND CABINS

    Note from Sara: It is really important to remember that the Hurtigruten fleet are working vessels, servicing the Norwegian coastal villages with post and supplies. The journey is absolutely sensational and we have never had any complaints but it is important to know this is not an a-typical cruise ship experience.  Whilst there are onboard lecturers on this departure explaining the night sky and other local information whilst we are on the ship,  we will be off the ship exploring each day as each port has a such a lot to offer.  But it important to note there are no casinos or nightly broadway shows.  This voyage is designed to showcase the Norwegian Coastline, it’s vast natural beauty and is very much an active experience.  .

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    CABINS.

    We have our group booked in Polar Outside Cabins however the cabins are booked on a guarantee basis. This means you can be allocated any cabin from Deck 3 up to Deck 7.  Please note cabins on Deck 6 and 7 are obstructed by lifeboats. Although on previous tours we have had cabins on Deck 4, please note the cabins are allocated prior to cruise departure and we cannot request location.

    Should you wish to guarantee your cabin number please let us know and we can organise the upgrade price. This would be optimal if you prefer to be on decks 3 and 4.

    Alternatively, the Arctic Superior cabins are 

  • Itinerary

    12 Feb 2020 – Day 1:  ARRIVE, TRANSFER TO THE WILDERNESS HOTEL

    WELCOME TO FINLAND AND THE ARCTIC CIRCLE!
    It is only a 30 minute bus transfer to the Wilderness Hotel and this will be our home for the next 3 nights. Today settle into your lodgings before the groups meets tonight over dinner.  Ivalo is an easy arrival destination and we can help you co-ordinate your flights to arrive at a suitable hour to meet the tour.

    The Wilderness Hotel 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 roofed Aurora Cabin where you will be spending tonight.

    These glass cabins provide 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. With a premium view onto Lake Inari and the northern sky, the spacious Aurora Cabins are a must for those wanting to experience a unique stay in Lapland. The glass thermal roof ensures that the window will stay clear even in the lowest temperatures, and the warmth and amenities of the cabin will ensure you the most comfortable aurora observing experience we can offer you. The cabins are equipped with twin beds, and there is also a possibility for extra beds. Each cabin offers a private bathroom.

    Aurora Cabin Room features:
    • 34m²twin beds
    • sofa or armchairs
    • bathroom with shower and toiletries
    • electric kettle
    • complimentary WiFi in main building

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    ACCOMMODATION: Wilderness Hotel – Aurora Cabin (1 night)

    13 Feb 2020 – Day 2: REINDEER SAFARI & SNOWMOBILE SAFARI

    After breakfast, move to your wilderness hotel room which will be your accommodation for the next two nights. Then transfer by car to a traditional reindeer farm. We will visit a traditional Sami farm and enjoy a short 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, if the skies are clear, head out for a walk to look for the northern lights! Dinner at the restaurant.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
    ACCOMMODATION: Wilderness Hotel – Wilderness Room (2 nights)

    14 Feb 2020 – Day 3: HUSKY SAFARI

    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.

    In the evening enjoy the evening at leisure. The hotel has a wonderful restuarant – the perfect way to end our 3 nights in Inari.

    MEALS: Breakfast

    15 Feb 2020 Day 4:  INARI TO KIRKENES BY BUS – GET READY FOR A NIGHT AT THE SNOW HOTEL!

    After breakfast, we transfer by bus to Kirkenes. This 200 kilometre drive skirts lakes and snowclad forests and it is here that we stay for one night at the famous Snow Hotel.

    Whilst we will be staying in the Gamma Cabins, we will get to see the Snowhotel rooms. 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.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    ACCOMMODATION: Snow Hotel – Gamme Cabins (1 night)

    16 Feb 2020 – Day 5: HURTIGRUTEN EMBARKATION DAY

    Today is our embarkation day but before heading off on our ship the ms Trollfjord, 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.

    Following our King Crab Safari, we embark for our 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).
    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    ACCOMMODATION: MS Trollfjord – Polar Outside Cabin, upgrades for an additional charge by request

    17 Feb 2020 – Day 6: HONNINGSVÅG AND THE NORTH CAPE

    Mehamn – Tromsø
    In the middle of the night, we dock at Mehamn, where it is possible to join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas during winter time. Experience snow-clad valleys, fresh winter air and perhaps the mesmerising Northern Lights in the clear, starry sky.

    Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an ‘energy coffee’ and short introduction to Melkøya – the world´s northernmost natural gas terminal’. Hammerfest was founded in 1789, and over time became Norway’s polar capital, serving as a base for hunting expeditions into the High Arctic. Here you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise geographic measurement of the globe. You can also join a mini-mountain expedition to experience the Arctic outdoors and learn about local polar hero and cook, Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm.

    We continue south to Øksfjord. After crossing open water, we make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy. In spring, we sail through the beautiful Lyngenfjord, surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps: Here, you might get a taste of fresh locally-caught prawns.

    We then dock at Tromsø, just in time to enjoy a magical midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. In summer, you can join a midnight excursion, under the Midnight Sun, to explore Tromsø by sea in a RIB boat. Alternatively, a walk around the town provides you the chance to enjoy a local brew at one of the city´s many friendly pubs.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Cruise touring is available for an additional charge. We will advise the options in your pre-departure information.
    ACCOMMODATION: MS Trollfjord- Polar Outside Cabin

    18 Feb 2020 – Day 7: LOFOTEN, WHERE NATURE AMAZES

    Tromsø – Stamsund

    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.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Cruise touring is available for an additional charge. We will advise the options in your pre-departure information.
    ACCOMMODATION: MS Trollfjord- Polar Outside Cabin

    19 Feb 2020 – Day 8: ENJOY A DATE WITH THE SEVEN SISTERS

    Bodø – Rørvik

    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.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Cruise touring is available for an additional charge. We will advise the options in your pre-departure information.
    ACCOMMODATION: MS Trollfjord- Polar Outside Cabin

    20 Feb 2020 – Day 9: IN COD WE TRUST

    Hurtigruten Winter expedition Foto ÿrjan Bertelsen

    Trondheim – Ålesund

    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.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Cruise touring is available for an additional charge. We will advise the options in your pre-departure information.
    ACCOMMODATION: MS Trollfjord- Polar Outside Cabin

    21 Feb 2020 – Day 10: BERGEN ARRIVAL

    We disembark our vessel at approximately 2pm. Enjoy scenic cruising this morning. From the pier, we take a pre-organised shuttle our hotel and have the rest of the afternoon free before meeting for dinner. 

    MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
    ACCOMMODATION: Clarion Hotel Admiral

    22 Feb 2020 – Day 11:  FISH MARKETS & BRYGGEN HARBOUR WALKING TOUR

    After breakfast we head out to for our 3-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. Bergen is a delightful town to explore.

    23 Feb 2020 – Day 12: BERGEN TO OSLO TRAIN JOURNEY

    We set off early this morning and take the Scenic Bergen Railway from Bergen to Oslo, arriving into Oslo in the afternoon. Once in Oslo, it is a short walk to our hotel.  Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

    MEALS: Breakfast

    24 Feb 2020 – Day 13: OSLO TOUR AND FAREWELL DINNER

    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.

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

    MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

    25 Feb 2020 – Day 14: GOODBYE OSLO

    After breakfast, make your own way to the airport.

    MEALS: Breakfast

    **If you would like to extend your holiday we can organise flights, accommodation & touring. Just let us know on enquiry.

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