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A truly special journey to the arctic regions of Norway to experience the magical Midnight Sun, the remote and majestic landscape of Lofoten and Vesterålen and the amazing nature and wildlife that this wonderful region has to offer.

Your journey begins in the small Arctic port of Bodø, famous for its Sea Eagles and exceptional street art. Bodø also serves as the gateway to your onward journey through the stunning Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands. These remote islands showcase outstanding natural beauty – with dramatic rocky peaks, deep fjords and stunning white beaches. The rich feeding ground in this area makes for the perfect environment for several species of whale and your included Whale Watching excursion offers a 95% chance of seeing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. You end your stay in Norway in the fabulous little town of Tromsø. Here the sun never sets for a whole month and we have included an evening RIB Safari for you to enjoy the Midnight Sun in all its glory!

The summer season may be short in these arctic shores, but the days are long and there is an abundance of opportunity to be ceased during this time!

Day 1 | Arrive Bodø

Arrive Bodø Airport by airport from the U.K. Taxi transfer to your hotel in the centre of Bodø (not incuded, approx 2 km).

1 night BODØ - Thon Hotel Nordlys (3* plus)
Meals included today:  None

Bodø is noted for its white-tailed sea eagles and exceptional street art. If time permits, we recommend a visit to the Aviation Museum, Jekt Trade Museum or the quirky Bodøgaard Art & Culture gallery.


Day 2 | Lofoten Islands

Take a taxi to the airport (not included). A short domestic flight (approx. 25 mins.) takes you across to Svolvær, the ‘capital’ of the Lofoten Islands.

Collect your Europcar hire car (VW Golf Manual or similar) from the office at the airport and drive to your hotel in the centre. Includes CDW, TP and Tax – excess is NOK 9500 however, upgraded insurances can be purchased locally to reduce this if required.

3 nights SVOLVÆR – Thon Hotel Lofoten (4*)

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 3 & 4 | Explore the Lofoten Islands

Use your hire car you to explore the islands at your leisure. Visit the picturesque fishing villages dotted throughout including the nearby village of Henningsvær which has a lovely harbour and is a popular location for artisans to settle - we recommend a visit to Gallery Lofotens Hus and Engelskmannsbrygga to view the work of local painters, potters, glass blowers and wildlife photographers. The fish soup at Fiskekrogen is renowned and very, very filling! A variety of more active opportunities are also available - how about a RIB boat safari to the famous Trollfjord for an opportunity to spot Sea Eagles, or guided sea kayaking?

Meals included both days:  Breakfast


Day 5 | Vesterålen Islands

Drive northwards along the Lofoten Islands and across to the Vesterålen Islands - approx. 3 hours.

3 nights ANDENES – Thon Hotel Andrikken (3* plus)

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 6 | Whale Safari

0845 Check-in at the Whale Safari Museum in Andenes. Your guided tour of the museum begins at 0930 and lasts 45-60 minutes. The boat (‘M/S Reine’ or ‘M/S Maan Dolphin’) departs at 1100 and you will be out for between 3 and 4 hours. On the trip to the whale grounds you can enjoy the arctic scenery and views with the beautiful islands of Andøya, Senja and Bleiksøya in the backgound. The island of Bleiksøya is a bird island where there is a large puffin colony. You will be able to see many of these seabirds on your trip out to the whales. The most common bird species that you can observe are fulmars, different types of gulls, shags and more.

The type of whales most seen are the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus). This species is a dive master specialised on the deep sea. In the area outside Andenes the average dive time is around 30 minutes, after which the whale re-surfaces, breathes and gets ready for another dive. We approach the whale cautiously when it is on the surface and get ready to watch the whale diving and disappearing into the depths again. Quite often there are several whales in the area, and you can watch another whale instead of waiting for the same one to come up again.

If you are lucky, you can also observe other species such as killer whales, fin whales, pilot whales, white-sided dolphins and humpback whales.

N.B. Whilst it is never possible to guarantee which species of whale you will observe or that you will definitely see whales (remember this is nature), sightings in this area are very good. If you do not see whales during your trip you will be offered another trip free of charge or receive a full refund. Trips can be changed or cancelled at short notice due to bad weather or too few people.

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 7 | Free day

Free day to relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 8 | Tromsø and Midnight Sun RIB Safari

Depart Andenes by ferry across to Gryllefjord on the island of Senja (departs 0845, duration approx. 1 hour 40 mins.). Continue north (approx. 80 km) and take the ferry from Botnhamn to Brensholmen (departs 1400 Mon-Fri or 1600 Sat-Sun, duration 45 mins.). From Brensholmen you drive through Kvaløya and across the mainland to Tromsø (approx 55 km).

Return your hire car to the Europcar office in Downtown Tromsø. Short walk to your hotel.

MIDNIGHT SUN RIB SAFARI
Set out by RIB boat into the open sea where you will see the idyllic little island, Gåsvær, with its little church and undisturbed view to the north to see the sun that never sets - the ‘Midnight Sun’.

Harbour seals are often seen popping their heads up from the water and if you are fortunate, you may also see the small harbour porpoises. Shags, the White-Tailed Eagle and the Golden eagle are common in this area as are Puffins, Guillemots, Theists, and European Storm Petrels. If the weather and the tide permit, on your return from Gåsvær you will stop at a lovely place called Risvika. Risvika is the homeplace of the Risvik family who for generations have lived here on their small farm where fishing forms big part of their life.

N.B. This trip is on occasion operated by two different companies working closely with each other and your destination may vary from that described above. Either way you will always be provided with a fabulous experience and amazing scenery and all under the eternal glow of the Midnight Sun!
Departs: 2000. Duration: 3 hours.

2 nights TROMSØ – Scandic Ishavshotel (4*)

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 9 | Explore Tromsø

A full day to explore Tromsø. Luckily much of the city’s old wooden architecture is preserved and contrasts well with the modern Arctic Cathedral, and you will find a busy 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 the Polar Museum which provides an insight into how polar explorers of yesterday and today really were/are amongst the most daring and adventurous men and women on the planet!

Opportunity to join an optional activity and Tromsø offers an excellent variety of restaurants to choose from including Emma's Drømmekjøkken. See the Excursions tab for more details.

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 10 | Homeward Bound

Take the airport bus from outside your hotel to Tromsø airport (included, duration approx. 15 mins) to coincide with your return flights via Oslo to the U.K.

Meals included today:  Breakfast

 

Departure Days:  Possible daily subject to flight schedules
Departure Dates:  28 May – 14 Jul 2021
Duration:  9 nights
Price from:  £2780 per person, based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room throughout.
Deposit:  £200 per person


It is important to read the Terms and Conditions which apply when making a confirmed booking with us. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, and agree to them.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled flights with SAS in SAS Go class from Heathrow to Bodø (via Oslo) returning Tromsø to Heathrow (via Oslo) including 23kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand luggage per person. Taxes included. Alternative departure airports and airlines available, please ask for details.  
  • 1 night at the 3* Thon Hotel Nordlys in Bodø based on a standard double/twin room including buffet breakfast.
  • Scheduled return flight with Widerøe from Bodø to Svolvær including the same luggage allowance and taxes.
  • Car hire with Europcar based on a Group C car (VW Golf 1.6 or similar) including CDW (excess NOK 9500), Theft Protection, Unlimited Mileage, City/Airport surcharge and tax. One driver included, extra driver payable locally) for a period of 6 days.
  • 3 nights at 4* Thon Hotel Lofoten in Svolvær based on a superior twin/double room including adily buffet breakfast.
  • 3 nights at 3* Thon Hotel Andrikken in Andenes based on a standard twin/double room including daily buffet breakfast.
  • Domestic ferry crossings from Andenes to Gryllefjord and Botnhamn to Brensholmen including car space
  • 2 nights at 4* Scandic Ishavshotel in Tromsø based on a superior harbour-view room including daily buffet breakfast
  • Airport bus transfer in Tromsø
  • Detailed motoring map of the Lofoten Islands.
  • 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
  • ATOL Protection.

Thon Hotel Nordlys (3* plus) – Bodø

Thon Hotel Nordlys in 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 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.

Thon Hotel Lofoten (4*) – Svolvær, Lofoten Islands

Thon Hotel Lofoten

Thon Hotel Lofoten is beautifully situated in the harbour of the lovely arctic village of Svolvær overlooking spectacular scenery and within walking distance of all Svolvær’s attractions. These include the adjacent Lofoten Kulturhus (arts and culture centre), Lofoten Tourist Information and the quay of the Hurtigruten cruise line.

All bedrooms are attractively furnished and have shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, minibar, safe, iron/ironing board, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. Free WiFi. A delicious buffet breakfast is served daily in the ‘Paleo Arctic’ Restaurant with lunch and dinner available Mon-Sat. The restaurant’s name and cuisine is inspired by the natural world of the Paleolithic period when people lived as hunter-fisher-gatherers and this latter-day passionate team of chefs offers a high quality, innovative and memorable menu.

The hotel’s ‘Styrhuset Pub’, opens daily, serves food and drink and is a popular meeting place with the locals where sports events can also be watched on TV. In the foyer, the Molldøra Lounge & Bar (bar closed Sundays) is a cosy place to enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail before dinner or to simply relax in front of the fireplace. Hotel guests have complimentary use of the fitness facilities of the Family Sports Club just a short walk away.

Thon Hotel Andrikken (3*) – Andenes

Thon Hotel Andrikken is a newly refurbished hotel in the heart of Andenes on the island of Andøya. The hotel offers 44 rooms for overnight guests and meeting rooms for small-scale conferences. All bedrooms are comfortably furnished and with bath or shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, and kettle. Free Wi-fFi. A tasty breakfast is served daily consisting of cooked dishes, cereals, fruit and baked goods. The hotel does not have its own restaurant but can make recommendations in the town. Street side parking is available near the hotel or please enquire at Reception for nearby garages.

Scandic Ishavhotel (4*) – Tromsø

Scandic Ishavshotel

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!
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.

RIB Safari in Lofoten Islands

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.

Kayaking in the Lofoten Islands

Husky Visit – Tromsø

Description: Visit Tromsø Villmarkssenter and become friends with 300 Alaskan huskies! We are a family-run dog sledding kennel, founded 30 years ago by the renowned dog sled racer Tove Sørensen. On a guided tour of our center, we will tell you everything about dog sled racing, breeding and animal welfare. Our dogs are not just cute and cuddly, they are also professional athletes! Our racing teams have competed numerous times in some of the world’s most extreme dog sled races. You will of course also have plenty of time to get to know and pet the dogs. The visit to the puppy enclosure is a special highlight for big and small! Coffee and a piece of home-made chocolate cake complete a perfect afternoon.
Operates: Daily, 18 May-31 October 2021
Duration: 3.5 hours, departs: 1415
Price: £79 per adult
Price includes: Transfer (approx 30 mins. each way), guiding, movie (20 mins.), chocolate cake and hot drink.

5-course Arctic gourmet dinner at Emma’s Drømmekjøkken from Tromsø

Description:   What can we say – delicious, delightful, scrumptious, divine……..all of them at the same time! Emma’s is truly a treat. You will begin your gourmet delight with an aperitif…to set the tone…this is then followed by a 5-course gourmet dinner based on local produce – perhaps King Crab, perhaps reindeer, perhaps both, but don’t worry they are also very well equipped for serving vegetarians and those with special diets too. Each course is presented by your waiter/waitress so you know where it is from and how it has been cooked, but don’t ask for the menu in advance, these products are fresh and the chef will base the menu on what looks good on the day. Perfect for a special occasion or just to celebrate the first night of your holiday.
Price:  £90 per person (5-course dinner), wine menu to accompany the dinner £75 per person.

Want to know more about your hosts?  Meet the people at Emma’s Drømmekjøkken

Emma's Dream Kitchen in Tromso

The Midnight Sun can be see as follows:-

The Arctic Circle: 12 June–1 July
Bodø: 4 June–8 July
The Lofoten Islands: 28 May–14 July
Vesterålen (Andenes): 22 May–21 July
Tromsø: 20 May–22 July

Travel Accreditations - Norway Travel Awards Winner, IATA, ABTA

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