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4th October 2017
Norway's historic port city of Bergen is a popular starting point for exploring Norway's impressive western coastline. As part of your tour you will cruise northwards to the stunning Lofoten Islands, a beautiful Arctic archipelago famed for its colossal granite cliffs and picturesque fishing villages. Here you will spend a few days absorbing some of the world's most incredible scenery while discovering local charms and searching for those elusive Northern Lights.
Board your Hurtigruten ship once again and sail further northwards towards your final destination, Tromsø, a city that has become a firm favourite for those seeking adventure, nature, city-life and, of course, the Northern Lights.
This holiday really does offer the opportunity to experience some of the world's most magnificent scenery and locations with one of her greatest natural wonders - the Northern Lights.
Day 1 - Arrive Norway and Bergen
Arrive at Bergen Flesland Airport. Met on arrival for your private taxi transfer to your hotel in the city centre, located in the harbour area and close to many of Bergen's most recognised attractions.
1 night BERGEN - Clarion Admiral Hotel **** (B)
Day 2 - Hurtigruten coastal voyage northwards
Enjoy a delicious Scandinavian breakfast before spending a full morning and afternoon exploring Norway's second largest city with its charming and colourful Hanseatic harbour (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), funicular railway to the viewing point at the top of Mount Fløyen, numerous museums and shops, cafes and restaurants clustered within easy walking distance of one another.
Private taxi transfer to the Hurtigruten quay where your cabin is available from 1800 onwards. Enjoy a delicious buffet supper on-board, featuring a variety of local foods.
3 nights ON-BOARD Hurtigruten ship (B, L, D)
Days 3 and 4 - Coastal cruise across the Arctic Circle
After navigating through magnificent coastal landscape, arrive in Ålesund to admire the colourful Art Nouveau architecture which contrasts beautifully against the surrounding mountainscape. In Trondheim, be sure to enjoy the views from the Old Town Bridge and Nidaros Cathedral. After crossing the Arctic Circle, the ship enters the narrow Raftsund after a possible detour to the famous Trollfjord.
Day 5 - Arrive Lofoten Islands
After dinner on board the ship, you arrive in the picturesque town of Svolvær at 2100. Often referred to as the capital of the Lofoten Islands, Svolvær has a unique and lively balance of cosmopolitan and fishing life for you to enjoy.
2 nights SVOLVÆR - Scandic Hotel Svolvær or Thon Hotel Lofoten **** (B)
Day 6 - Explore the Lofoten Islands
Explore the Lofoten Islands by joining one of the excursions we have to offer (see excursion tab for more details), or alternatively, you can hire a car and explore at your own pace. Hiring a car is the best way to delve into all the nooks and crannies of these sought-after and much photographed islands.
Day 7 - Full day in Svolvær before boarding Hurtigruten
Day free to relax and explore independently or join an optional excursion from Svolvær. We recommend having dinner in Svolvær prior to boarding Hurtigruten for your overnight sailing as the ship arrives into the town at 2100 and departs at 2200.
1 night ONBOARD - Hurtigruten Ship (B, L)
Day 8 - Arrive Tromsø, Arctic capital
In the early afternoon arrive in Tromsø, the largest city in Arctic Norway. Set on an island high above the Arctic Circle and nestled below snow-capped mountains; it's true to say Tromsø is not your typical city.
Much of the city's old wooden architecture is preserved, and contrasts well with the modern Arctic Cathedral, and you will find a bustling centre of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. Well worth a visit is Polaria, an arctic themed experience centre with the fascinating Ivo Caprino film ' Svalbard – Arctic Wilderness' and an arctic aquarium with bearded seals. The Polar Museum provides a fabulous insight into how polar explorers, of yesterday and today, really were and are amongst the most daring and adventurous men and women on the planet.
1 night TROMSØ - Scandic Ishavshotel **** (B)
Day 9 - Homeward bound
Private taxi transfer from your hotel to Tromsø Langsnes Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Departure Days: Thursdays and Sundays from London Gatwick Airport. Alternative departure days and airports are available subject to flight availability - please ask for schedules and prices).
Departure Dates: 7 September 2017 to 29 March 2018
Duration: 8 nights
Prices from: £1770 per person
|Departure Dates (Thu & Sun)||Price from per person|
|7 Sep - 14 Dec 2017||£1770|
|4 Jan - 12 Apr 2018||£1920|
Price includes: (based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room with shower and WC, plus 2-berth cabin with shower and WC).
DEPOSIT: The deposit for this holiday is £400 per person
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SCANDIC ISHAVSHOTEL (4 star) - 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.
CLARION HOTEL ADMIRAL (4 star) - Bergen
Clarion Hotel Admiral is the only true waterside hotel in Bergen with the best view of Bryggen (the Hanseatic harbour) , Vågen and Fløyen. The hotel was completely renovated in 2014 and is now an extremely stylish yet supremely comfortable and easy-going hotel. Centrally located in the heart of Bergen and within a couple of minutes walk of the fish harbour and main shopping street, the hotel is actually an old storehouse which dates back to 1904. The hotel has a lovely restaurant called Kitchen and Table and an area called the Living Room both of which are, as the names suggest, places to relax with good food, either a glass of wine, a cup of tea or just with other people or perhaps a good book - the whole point is that you should feel at home! All bedrooms included in our tours are with harbour view and are equipped with satellite TV, telephone, trouser press, mini-bar and hairdryer and free WiFi. These rooms also have a small balconette directly overlooking the water. Lift to all floors.
Please note, rooms at the Admiral have twin beds which are pushed together, each with their own set of bedlinen, but which cannot be separated.
SCANDIC HOTEL SVOLVÆR (3 star plus) - Svolvær, Lofoten Islands
Scandic Hotel Svolvær is very centrally located in the harbour of Svolvær on the island of Austvågoya in the Lofoten Archipelago. The hotel sits on its own small island, Lamholmen, and looks directly over the sea. It is built in the style of the traditional rorbus or fishermens huts which are dotted around the islands. There are several different room categories; standard, superior and superior extra. All rooms have as standard twin or single beds, ensuite bathroom with shower and WC, desk and chairs, free WiFi, TV and hairdryer. All rooms, and the full hotel are non-smoking. Superior rooms are with twin or single beds and also have a small balcony with sea-view and a kettle for tea/coffee. Superior Extra rooms are the same as superior rooms but have a King size bed. Bauen Restaurant and bar is located in a boat-shaped area of the building with a panoramic view of the harbour in Svolvær and the magnificent surrounding countryside. The hotel is within easy walking distance of Svolvær's shops and restaurants and the Hurtigruten Quay.
THON HOTEL LOFOTEN (4 star) - Svolvær, Lofoten Islands
Thon Hotel Lofoten is located in a beautiful position in Svolvær harbour overlooking spectacular scenery. The Norwegian Coastal Voyage quay is next to the hotel, and all of Svolvær's attractions are within walking distance.
All rooms include a private bathroom with shower, hairdryer and toiletries. You'll also have free wireless internet access, air conditioning, phone, mini-bar and flatscreen TV with a variety of channels. Furthermore all rooms are allergy friendly, and several are fitted with wooden flooring. Breakfast consists of a delicious Scandinavian buffet, ensuring you're ready and fuelled before your day's adventure!
We don't like to use the word cruising for Hurtigruten since it is so much more. This is a wonderful means of transportation and accommodation; no fancy dress parties, cabarets or days at sea with no land in sight - this is a slow, gentle exploration of beautiful scenery with local food, tradition and community involvement. The true 'Norwegian Coastal Voyage'.
Hurtigruten ships have been a staple along the Norwegian coast since 1893. The current fleet consists of classic ships, ships built in the late nineties, and ships built after the millennium. The ships are regular service vessels carrying freight, mail and passengers along the 2,500 nautical miles of coastline from Bergen to Kirkenes. Accommodation is very comfortable in two, three and four berth cabins (all our clients receive outside cabins with porthole or window) and meals are of a very good standard with breakfast and lunch being substantial buffet meals and dinner being a 3-course served dinner. Particular focus is placed on locally sourced ingredients from local suppliers - chefs take the opportunity, when in port en-route, to purchase quality foods guaranteed to provide a true flavour of the destinations you visit. Please note, not all our holidays include lunch and dinner therefore do check what each holiday price includes.
The public areas of the ship offer plenty of lounge seating and there is a bar (certain ships will have more than one), cafeteria and shop.
City & Island Voyage Under the Northern Lights
Mountain Hike in the Hjørundfjord
Enjoy a walk through the magnificent landscape with amazing views of the fjord. It's a steep climb towards the top, but you're rewarded with stunning views once you get there.
When: Sep & Oct
Price: £57 per person
Art Nouveau Walk, Ålesund
Rebuilt after the disastrous fire in 1904, the town was recreated to reflect the Art Nouveau age. This fascinating guided tour brings the town, its history and the symbolism of it architecture to life. A visit to the Art Nouveau Museum is included.
Price: £34 per person
Trondheim with Nidaros Catherdral
This sightseeing tour of the former capital and Norway's third largest city includesa visit to the famous Nidaros Cathedral, Norway's largest medieval church and a national shrine since the 11th century.
When: Sep, Oct, Nov
Price: £47 per person
RIB Safari to Saltstraumen
Travel by RIB-boat to witness the world's strongest tidal current, where millions of gallons of water are forced through the 150 m wide strait. On the way we hope to observe sea eagles, Europe's largest predatory bird.
Price: £108 per person
5-Course Arctic Gourmet Dinner at Emma's Drømmekjøkken
Emma’s Drømmekjokken in Tromsø is one of those restaurants where you go for a special occasion. Food is based on locally sourced ingredients so expect King Crab, cod and reindeer of course. The staff at Emma’s all enjoy working there, and it shows as they present each course with obvious pride.
Price: 5-course Arctic Gourmet Dinner £75 per person. Accompanying Wine Menu £58 p.p.
Who is this holiday for?
This holiday is atttractive for people who want a little bit of everything in one trip - cities, wildlife, sightseeing, cruising and land excursions. Being able to mix a Hurtigruten voyage with some of Norway's most famous and beautiful location allows you to travel far and wide with a good level of comfort.
A very varied and delicious Scandinavian buffet breakfast is included throughout your trip. We have not included lunch or dinner because we'd like to give you the freedom to eat in places that appeal to your own tastes and budget - we will happily recommend places for you! The Hurtigruten offers high quality food and we suggest trying their evening buffet or indulge yourself in the a la carte. The Hurtigruten kitchen will always try their utmost to accommodate any dietary needs.
What sort of clothing will I need to wear?
The Arctic coast of Norway is warmed by the Gulf Stream which means that temperatures are relatively mild compared to many other Arctic regions. However, when you are spending a considerable amount of time outdoors admiring the scenery and waiting for the Northern Lights to appear it is important to be warm and dry. The layering principal is very important (base, mid, outer) with man-made thermal fibres or wool. In our opinion wool is definitely best, and merino wool is soft and cosy and certainly a good investment. A good, waterproof outdoor jacket is essential, and also over trousers are a bonus if you have them. Wool socks (we wouldn't wear anything else here), perhaps a couple of pairs, and good hiking boots or snow boots are very important. Gloves, scarf, hat and you're raring to go!