Across the Arctic Circle

Across the Arctic Circle

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.

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.

A wonderful journey across the Arctic Circle from the ancient capital of Trondheim, via the Lofoten Islands, to the great Arctic capital, Tromsø

Prices from: £2490

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Day 1

Holiday in trondheim

Fly from the UK to Trondheim via Oslo. We recommend you take the airport flybuss to the city centre and your hotel. 

2 nights TRONDHEIM (BB) - Thon Hotel Nidaros (3 star plus)
This hotel includes a free buffet evening meal for all hotel guests.

Day 2

A full day to explore the lovely city of Trondheim, Norway's former ancient capital city and home to the beautiful Gothic Nidaros Cathedral. 

Day 3

summer holiday in Norway

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 (BB) - Thon Hotel Nordlys (3 star plus)

Day 4

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 (BB) - Svinøya Rorbuer (3/4 star depending upon Rorbu style)

Want to know more about your hosts - Meet the People, Svinøya Rorbuer

Days 5 & 6

summer holiday in the Lofoten Islands

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. 

Day 7

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 (BB) - Thon Hotel Harstad (3 star)

Day 8

summer holiday in Tromso

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 (BB) - Scandic Ishavshotel (4 star)

Day 9

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. 

Day 10

Transfer to Tromsø Airport for your return flight to the UK. 

Departure Day: Daily from UK
Dates: 1 May - 23 Sep 2019
Duration: 9 nights
Prices from:  Prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room in hotels throughout

Dep. Date Prices from
per person
Single supp.
1 May - 23 Sep 2019 £2490 On Request
The deposit payment for this holiday is £300 per person.

Price includes:

  • 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 star Thon Hotel Nidaros in Trondheim based on a standard double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast and free evening buffet meal.
  • Rail journey from Trondheim to Bodø based on reserved seats including  Norwegian Tapas lunch tray during the journey.
  • 1 night at the 3 star 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 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 for a period of 3 days 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 star 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 star 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. 

BOOK:  Please call us on 01274 875199 and speak to a member of our reservations team, or alternatively email your requirements to and we will respond with availability as quickly as possible.

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THON HOTEL NIDAROS (3 star plus) - Trondheim

Thon Hotel Gildevangen, Trondheim

This hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Trondheim's commercial district, only a short walk away from shops, restaurants and attractions. Behind the beautiful facade lies an inviting hotel in a building that dates back to 1908. Rooms are spacious with private bathroom, with shower, hairdryer and toiletries. Free wireless internet access, phone, mini-bar and TV are all available. Breakfast is also included in your stay.

THON HOTEL NORDLYS (3 star plus) - Bodø

 Thon Hotel Nordlys, Bodo

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 Egon Restaurant which is where breakfast is served plus a varied dinner menu of light meals including steaks, hamburgers, pizzas and fish dishes.  The hotel also has a bar plus a free Nespresso coffee machine in the Reception area.  All our featured holidays are based on a superior room with a double bed or twin beds, both with private shower and WC, hairdryer, phone, mini-bar, and TV with a variety of channels plus free WiFi.  All superior rooms have a view of Bodø marina/harbour.

SVINØYA RORBUER (3/4 star depending upon rorbu style) - Svolvær, Lofoten Islands

Svinoya Rorbuer

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.

Want to know more about your hosts? Meet the People - Svinøya Rorbuer

Thon Hotel Harstad

Thon hotel Harstad

Thon Hotel Harstad is located in a central position close to the quay, in the heart of Harstad. The view over Vågs Fjord from the guest rooms is fantastic.

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. The hotel is connected to the Egon Restaurant, which can offer a varied menu with light meals, pizza, hamburgers, steak dishes and salmon and other fish dishes. A Scandinavian buffet breakfast is also served in the Egon Restaurant.


Scandic Ishavshotel, Tromso, Norway

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.


Description:  This guided trip is perfect for all those who want to enjoy nature with a variety of biking and hiking.  You start biking alongside the main road E10 and after around 45 minutes park your bike and continue on foot.  The old gravelroad will take you up to the Rørvikpass and the starting point for the path.  From here you follow the ridge east - the path is rocky and some parts are a bit steep so you will be glad of your hiking boots.  The view reveals itself as you ascend, and suddenly you will have a breathtaking view of Vestfjord and mainland Norway on the other side.  Weather permitting it may be possible to reach the highest peak.  Definitely do not forget your camera!
Departs:  1000 from the Tourist Information Office in Svolvær.
Duration:  Around 5 hours.
Price:  £105 per person.


With a hire car you have the opportunity to explore the islands at your leisure, dipping in to all the nooks and crannies! Car hire is with Europcar and is based on a VW Golf or similar). Rental includes 3-days rental, CDW, Unlimited Mileage, Theft Protection and Tax. 

Total price for car: £398


Description:  A wonderful guided hike up Tjellbergtinden, the mountain between Svolvær and Kabelvåg.  This hike gives you the perfect overview of Svolvær, Kabelvåg and the Vestfjord with mainland Norway on the other side.  A fairly steep ascent up to 352 metres rewards you with a 360 degrees panoramic view - have your camera ready!
Departs:  1000 from the Tourist Information Office in Svolvær.
Duration:  3 hours
Price:  £50 per person

HIKE TUA from Svolvær

Description:  A guided hike in the varied and beautiful landscapes of Lofoten.  This hike starts with a steep path leading through a birchforest where the sound of a small stream follows you as you climb higher, eventually passing a small lake. Not only the steep path but also the 5-star view will take your breath away as you aim for the mountain peak!  Down below you will see the town of Svolvær, the island Skrova, in the east mainland Norway and to the west you will catch a glimpse of Kabelvåg in front of the highest mountain on the island, Vågakallen.
Departs:  1000 from the Tourist Information Office in Svolvær.
Duration:  4 hours
Price:  £85 per person


Description:  A full day guided hike beginning with a transfer to the northern side of Austvågøy.  Here you begin hiking south, up a ridge before continuing into the valley that leads up to the plateau.  It is a steady climb up and the view both north towards the Atlantic and south towards Vestfjord and mainland Norway are impeccable.  You take a break at one of the country's deepest lakes in relation to the water surface, it is like a needle into the landscape.  The descent on the south side is a little steeper and you will be glad of your hiking boots!  Lakes, mountain peaks and mountain ridges is what surrounds you on this trip.
Departs:  1000 from the Tourist Information Office in Svolvær.
Duration:  8 hours
Price:  £110 per person


Description:  This guided hike takes you to the mountains called Småtindan and then back down to the town of Kabelvåg. It provides a magnificent 360 degrees view of the surrounding peaks and the ocean down below.  On this hike there may be patches of snow until the end of July, and some of the streams might be a bit hard to cross, but nevertheless possible...and exciting!  Weather permitting there is also the possibility to take a refreshing dip in one of the Arctic mountain lakes.
Departs:  1000 from the Tourist Information Office in Svolvær.
Duration:  5-6 hours.
Price:  £135 per person

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 skillful 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!
Operates:  Daily
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.


Here you will find lots of extra information regarding this holiday which we think you may find useful.  If there's anything else you can think of just let us know and we'll add it to the list.

Who is this holiday suitable for?
Pretty much everyone as this holiday combines history, culture and nature with general sightseeing.  Those who love beautiful scenery will not be disappointed as each of the featured destinations, most especially the Lofoten Islands, is out of this world and a paradise for photographers.

This holiday features four different destinations and is therefore most suited to those who like to explore a little bit further afield.  This may mean that it does not particularly suit those with young children though people are different and we certainly would never so no to those who believe their children would love it.  We like Scandinavia to be introduced to the young from an early age!!

Is luggage handling included?
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.

I am considering your car hire option on the Lofoten Islands - is driving easy on the islands?
Absolutely.  These are relaxing country roads and even if you do hit some 'summer traffic' you will generally find other drivers courteous and considerate.  All roads, even the main route E10 which is the road running the full length of the islands, are with two lanes and you will find pretty much all of the roads surfaced with tarmac - no off-roading as we have in Iceland!

What sort of clothing with I need?
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.

Are special diets catered for?
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.

You will be transferred to Svinøya Rorbuer on the Lofoten Islands which Svinøya very kindly organise this for us. Generally they have a taxi firm who meets their guests at the Hurtigruten Quay and he will have your names. (Don't be afraid of tapping on the window if he's checking your details on his mobile phone!!).  You will depart from Svinøya Rorbuer by your own hire car. 

 I am not a good sailor generally - will I be OK on the Hurtigruten journeys?

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!

Am I likely to see whales?
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.

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