9 nights: 2 x TRONDHEIM, 1 x BODØ, 3 x SVOLVÆR, 1 x HARSTAD, 2 x TROMSØ
A wonderful journey across the Arctic Circle from the ancient capital of Trondheim, via the Lofoten Islands, to the great Arctic capital, Tromsø
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This holiday really suits those people who like a little bit of ‘texture’ in their journeys, with a mixture of transportation, accommodation, scenery and unforgettable experiences.
Your adventure begins in the ancient city of Trondheim with its wonderful gothic Nidaros Cathedral and picturesque wharfside buildings. A journey by rail then carries you Across the Arctic Circle to the little port of Bodø, famous for its Sea Eagles, before you sail across the Vestfjord to the magical Lofoten Islands, surrounded by majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches. A leisurely and scenic drive to Harstad for an overnight before re-joining Hurtigruten for another wonderful sailing northwards to Tromsø, the great Arctic capital, completes the holiday.
Day 1 | Arrive Trondheim
Arrive at Trondheim Værnes Airport by air from the UK. Take the airport bus ('flybuss') from the airport to Trondheim City Centre. Short walk to your hotel.
2 nights TRONDHEIM - Thon Hotel Nidaros (3*)
Meals included today: None
Day 2 | Explore Trondheim
A full day to explore the lovely city of Trondheim, Norway's former ancient capital city. A visit to Gothic Nidaros Cathedral is a must - it is Scandinavia's largest medieval building - followed by a stroll alongside the timber warehouses lining the riverside to Torvet, the main city square.
Meals included today: Breakfast
Day 3 | Rail journey across the Arctic Circle
An early departure by rail for a full day’s journey through the provinces of Trøndelag and Nordland, crossing the Arctic Circle just north of Mo-i-Rana, arriving in the little port of Bodø during early evening. Norwegian Tapas lunch included on the train.
1 night BODØ - Thon Hotel Nordlys (3*)
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 | Bodø - Lofoten Islands
Morning at leisure in Bodø, noted for its white-tailed sea eagles and Aviation Museum. If you're into art museums then we highly recommend Bodøgaard Art & Culture gallery, it's very quirky and also listed on the Norwegian Cultural Heritage list.
At 1500 depart Bodø on-board Hurtigruten for the leisurely journey across the Vestfjord to the Lofoten Islands. This magical approach to the islands showcases them perfectly and a delicious dinner is included in the ship's restaurant. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Svinøya Rorbuer and your fisherman's rorbu.
3 nights SVOLVÆR - Svinøya Rorbuer (3*)
Meals included today: Breakfast, Dinner
Days 5 & 6 | Explore Lofoten
Collect your hire car from the Europcar office in Svolvaer. You now have two full days to explore this world famous Arctic archipelago. We recommend the picturesque village of Reine at the archipelago's southern tip, the fishing village of Henningsvær and the fascinating Viking Museum, Lofotr. A Sea Eagle safari by RIB boat which includes the magical Trollfjord is also a possibility - see Excursions for more details.
Meals included both days: Breakfast
Day 7 | Lofoten - Vesterålen - Harstad (105 miles)
Take a leisurely drive northwards to the city of Harstad, located on Hinnøya, Norway's largest coastal island which connects the regions of Troms, Vesteralen and Lofoten. Leave your hire car at the Europcar office in Harstad. You then have the remainder of the evening free to explore this popular small, arctic city.
1 night HARSTAD - Thon Hotel Harstad (3*)
Meals included today: Breakfast
Day 8 | Coastal cruise - Tromsø
Morning departure on-board Hurtigruten for a leisurely journey northwards to Tromsø. A buffet lunch is included on-board in the ship's main restaurant.
2 nights TROMSØ - Scandic Ishavshotel (4*)
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 - Explore Tromsø
A full day to explore the lovely city of Tromsø with its imposing Arctic Cathedral and bustling city centre. For spectactular views of the city we recommend taking the cable car to the summit of Mount Storsteinnen.
Meals included today: Breakfast
Day 10 | Homeward bound
Take the airport bus from the city centre to Tromsø Airport for your return flight home.
Meals included today: Breakfast
Departure Day: Possible daily
Departure Dates: 1 Apr – 25 Oct 2020
Duration: 9 nights
Prices from: £2240 per person, based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room throughout
Deposit: £300 per person
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- Scheduled flights from Heathrow (via Oslo) to Trondheim and from Tromsø to Heathrow (via Oslo) including taxes. 23kgs of checked luggage plus one piece of hand-luggage per person. Alternative departure airports are available, please ask for schedules and prices.
- Airport bus from Trondheim Airport to Trondheim city.
- 2 nights at the 3* Thon Hotel Nidaros in Trondheim based on a standard double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast.
- Rail journey from Trondheim to Bodø based on reserved seats including Norwegian Tapas lunch tray during the journey.
- 1 night at the 3* Thon Hotel Nordlys in Bodø based on a standard double/twin room including buffet breakfast.
- Hurtigruten journey from Bodø to Svolvær including buffet or 3-course dinner served on board.
- Transfer from the Hurtigruten quay in Svolvær to Svinøya Rorbuer.
- 3 nights at 3* Svinøya Rorbuer based on a rorbu for 2 people with lounge/kitchen area, bedroom and bathroom including daily buffet breakfast in Børsen Spiseri, in the main building.
- Car hire with Europcar based on a VW Golf or similar. Rental includes CDW (excess NOK 9500), Unlimited Mileage and tax. Pick-up in Svolvær and drop-off in Harstad.
- 1 night at the 3* Thon Hotel Harstad in Harstad based on a standard double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast.
- Hurtigruten journey from Harstad to Tromsø including buffet lunch served in the ship’s restaurant.
- 2 nights at the 4* Scandic Ishavshotell in Tromsø based on a superior sea-view double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast.
- Airport bus transfer from Tromsø to Tromsø Airport.
- Travel Document Wallet.
- 24-hour Emergency Telephone Assistance.
- ATOL Protection.
Thon Hotel Nidaros (3* plus) – Trondheim
This newly refurbished hotel, housed in a historic building dating from 1908, is located in the heart of Trondheim’s business district,a short distance (300 metres) from the Central Station. Shopping streets, restaurants, bars and nightlife are all closeby as well as attractions such as Trondheim’s Maritime Museum. All bedrooms are attractively furnished in contemporary style and have bath or shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, telephone, minibar, iron/ironing board and tea/coffee making facilities. A lavish buffet breakfast is served in the hotel’s Restaurant which also offers a complimentary light evening meal to guests Mon-Thurs at certain times of the year (if you feel the latter could be important to your stay please check dates before booking). Comfortable lounge areas are found in the lobby where complimentary coffee is also available. 24-hr Reception. Free Wi-Fi. Fitness Room.
Thon Hotel Nordlys (3* plus) – Bodø
Thon Hotel Nordlys is centrally located close to the marina and main harbour in Bodø. The hotel has magnificent views out over the Vestfjord to the Lofoten Wall mountains. The hotel is associated with the adjacent Egon Restaurant which is where breakfast is served and where a varied lunch and dinner menu is available including steaks, hamburgers, fish dishes, light meals and a pizza buffet. Comfortable Lobby lounge and bar where a complimentary coffee machine is also available. All our featured holidays are based on a superior room with a double bed or twin beds, both with private shower and WC, hairdryer, telephone, minibar, iron/ironing board, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Free Wi-Fi. All superior rooms have a view of Bodø marina/harbour.
Svinøya Rorbuer (3*) – Svolvær, Lofoten Islands
30 original and newly built rorbu cabins of a high standard. Each cabin has from one to three double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchenette in conjunction with the living room, and a modern bathroom with shower and toilet. All have cable-TV. All cabins are winter insulated. Considerable emphasis has been placed on maintaining the authenticity of the rorbu cabins. Time-honoured craftsmanship and timber have been preserved in order to provide a feeling of what a rorbu cabin was like in the days when the fishermen harvested the seas of Lofoten on boats with only oars and sails.
Svinøya Rorbuer also includes one of the most distinctive restaurants in the Lofoten Islands. The Børsen Spiseri is housed in a venerable quayside warehouse dating back to 1828. Most of the building’s historical attributes have been preserved, providing an atmosphere with an aroma of tar and rope! Both meat and fish dishes are served here, made from Lofoten’s unique and fresh, local ingredients. In the same building you find the former general store, which is a tiny museum in its own right. Old wares and equipment from bygone times still hang from the ceiling there, taking you 100 years back in time.
Thon Hotel Harstad (3* plus) – Harstad
Thon Hotel Harstad is located in a central position close to the quay, in the heart of Harstad, with a fantastic view over the Vågs Fjord. Just a short walk from the hotel to the town’s cultural arts centre, as well as shops, restaurants, and nightlife options.
All rooms are comfortable and brightly furnished and include a private shower, Wc and hairdryer, telephone, mini-bar, safe, iron/ironing board, tea/coffee maker and TV. Free WiFi. The hotel is connected to the Egon Restaurant, which offers a varied menu for lunch and dinner as well as light dishes and a pizza buffet. A lavish Scandinavian buffet breakfast is also served in the Egon Restaurant. Bar and lounge. 24-hour Reception and Fitness Facilities (with fjord view!). Complimentary coffee available in the lobby lounge area. Airport Express Coach stops right outside the hotel.
Scandic Ishavhotel (4*) – Tromsø
This hotel is something of a landmark, located directly in the harbour, with a view across the sound. This is the very heart of Tromsø and is situated amongst the city’s shops, restaurants, bars and within close proximity to the airport bus stop and the Tourist Information Office. The hotel has a lovely modern restaurant, Roast Restaurant, serving delicacies from the sea and local meat. There is also cosy bar and lounge area on the first floor. All rooms are equipped with high quality beds, TV, telephone, mini-bar, trouser-press and hairdryer and all our clients receive a superior sea-view room as standard. All rooms have free WiFi. Lift to all floors. A truly fabulous buffet breakfast is served with a made-to-order omelette station, cold cuts of meat to raw fish, a cooked breakfast and fruit and muesli.
Trollfjord (Summer) RIB Safari with Sea Eagles from Svolvær
Description: Explore and discover the Lofoten Islands from the sea by RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat). The tour starts from Svolvær quayside journeying through Raftsundet (which has a large population of Sea Eagles you’ll get the opportunity to spot) before entering the Trollfjord. You’ll be treated to some of the most dramatic scenery Norway has to offer whilst your skilful and experienced skippers provide you with plenty of good stories and local history. You will also be provided with a thermal, floating suit, life vest, gloves, a cap and goggles and it is recommend you wear warm footwear, a hat and clothes to fit the weather and temperature. Oh, and don’t forget your camera!
Duration: Approx. 2 hours.
Departs: 1000 (some days again at 12.30)
Price: £95 per person
Good to know: It is important that you read the following information regarding RIB boat safaris to ensure it is the right activity for you.
Half-Day Sea Kayaking from Svolvær
Description: Paddling a sea kayak is the fantastic way to experience the alpine archipelago of Lofoten and its unique flora and fauna. This half-day trip visits smaller islands, bays and beaches with the opportunity to see a lot of seabirds including the white-tailed Sea Eagle. If you are lucky you may also see seals and otters, though they are notoriously shy. You will land at a suitable spot to enjoy your packed lunch (not included) before leisurely making your way back.
Departs: 1000 from the Tourist Information Office in Svolvær.
Duration: 4 hours.
Price: £145 per person.
NB You need to take along your own packed lunch/beverages for this activity – either ask your hotel/rorbu to make one up for you or visit the local supermarket and make up your own.
This holiday is really aimed at adventurous adults who enjoy a bit of 'texture' in their travelling arrangements. Domestic transportation for this holiday includes train, Hurtigruten ship and car hire in order to make the most of local transport where it completely meets requirements, but with a car for those sections which we think benefit from having one.
No, and this is an important point as this holiday incorporates surface transportation by public transport and you will be responsible for lifting and carrying your own luggage throughout. We strongly recommend a trolley suitcase or back-pack for ease and packing as lightly as your 23 kg allowance will allow.
Norway does not have a dress code and most of the time you will find people dressed for the weather rather than dressed for the occasion. That said, when the Norwegians do have something to celebrate i.e. anniversary, birthday etc they will dress up (men in suits and ties) and you may see family gatherings in some of the a la carte restaurants where this is the case. This is their choice as special occasions are still marked in this way in Norway. You may dress how you are most comfortable though common sense is the order of the day - shorts, T-shirts and flip flops will look out of place in a gourmet restaurant in the evening.
Temperatures on the islands may be a little cooler than in the UK at the same time of the year, however, this may also not be the case! Suzel commented on one of her good friend's suntans (a friend from the Lofotens) and asked her where she'd been - "My garden" was the response. They had had three weeks of 27 degrees... Be prepared for anything.
Absolutely. Just make sure you let us know at the time of booking then we can inform everyone who will be welcoming you to ensure delicious alternatives are provided. This will also be the case for your lunch on the train from Trondheim to Bodø.
The journey from Bodø to the Lofoten Islands crosses the Vestfjord; this journey is at open sea and is where you are most likely to feel the swell IF there is a strong breeze. However, Hurtigruten ships are not small ferries, they are large ships built for open Arctic waters and have excellent stabilizers. The journey from Svolvær to Tromsø hugs the coastline for most of the journey and you are unlikely to have any problems here at all.
If you really would prefer to give the Vestfjord a miss by sea then let us know and we will fly you over instead!
If you are a whale enthusiast then you will know that the whales who swim in the ocean around this area are generally following the herring. At this time of the year you are unlikely to see whales from the Lofoten Islands, however, there is a chance that you may see them north of the Vesterålen Islands whilst on-board Hurtigruten. A chance, but not a good one.