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16th May 2017
You also enjoy a memorable journey along the deeply fissured coastline of Norway, from the fascinating city of Bodø, known for its high population of Sea Eagles, to the Arctic capital of Tromsø. Discover the rocky archipelago of Lofoten with its mountains soaring right out of the ocean, and Lapland, home of the Sami people. Finally the North Cape - also known as the edge of the world.
Day 1 - Arrive in Bodø
Fly from UK to Bodø (via Oslo). Independent transfer to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy an evening welcome meeting with your tour leader and the rest of your small group.
1 night BODØ - Thon Hotel Nordlys
Day 2 - Explore the Lofoten Islands
The first part of today’s journey takes you by ferry across the great Vestfjord to Lofoten. Lofoten is a very special archipelago with mountains soaring right out of the ocean and with numerous pretty fishing villages dotted around the valleys. A visit to Lofotr, the reconstruction of a Viking chieftain’s homestead, is included as well as the picturesque fishing village of Nusfjord (UNESCO World Heritage).
1 night SVOLVÆR - Thon Hotel Lofoten
Day 3 - Journey from Lofoten to Harstad
This morning there is an optional excursion by boat into the breathtaking narrow Trollfjord, which is surrounded by steep mountains up to 1000 m. Hopefully you will also catch sight of Sea Eagles on the way. Price £95 per person.
In the afternoon we continue the beautiful journey through the Loftoten Islands towards Harstad, a charming city located at the entrance to VesteraÌŠlen and Lofoten islands.
1 night HARSTAD - Thon Hotel Harstad
Day 4 - Enroute to Tromsø
Travel from Harstad to Tromsø, one of the Northernmost cities in the world.
Optional: The possibility to take a trip with the Hurtigruten ferry. On one of the most beautiful legs of this roundtrip takes you through the breathtaking landscape from Harstad to Tromsø aboard Hurtigruten (supplement £70 per person). The afternoon is at leisure to explore Tromsø.
1 night TROMSØ - Scandic Grand Hotel
Day 5 - Tromsø to Alta
Today’s leg of the trip, takes you across two fjords, and to the interesting town of Alta. The history of Alta covers the period ranging between the 7,000 year old rock carvings and the court case relating to Sami rights which was played out during the 1980s. World Heritage Rock Art Centre (Alta Museum) is located approx. 5 km from the town centre. Close to the museum is the largest of the five open-air rock art sites in Alta inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
1 night ALTA - Thon Hotel Alta
Day 6 - Journey to North Cape
The last leg of the trip to the northernmost point of Europe and into the fishing village of Honningsvåg. After a nice dinner we travel to North Cape for a stunning view on the Arctic Ocean and the midnight sun. All guests will enjoy a glass of champagne.
1 nights HONNINGSVÅG - Scandic Hotel Honningsvåg
Day 7 - Trip to Hammerfest
Today the journey goes back down South, however with a visit to Hammerfest, the northernmost town in mainland Europe and the gate to the Barents Sea. A visit is made to the The Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society, which is a small museum in Hammerfest. The significance of the polar bear is that this animal is the town’s mascot and heraldic crest.
1 night ALTA - Thon Hotel Alta
Day 8 - Tromsø
Leisurely breakfast at your hotel before your short scenic domestic flight from Alta to Tromsø. Your stay in Tromsø is completely independent and you are free to explore again for the remainder of the day and evening.
1 night TROMSØ - Scandic Ishavshotel
Day 9 - Homeward bound
Enjoy an award winning breakfast at your Tromsø hotel before your independent transfer to Tromsø Langsnes Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Departure Day: Saturday
Duration: 8 nights (7 nights fully escorted, final night independent in Tromsø)
Departure Dates: See price panel
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1, 8 & 22 Jul 2017
Thon Hotel Alta
Thon Hotel Alta is located centrally in Alta, and is within a short walking distance to bars, shopping and entertainment. All rooms are modern double rooms decorated in bright colours with en suite facilities. As near as all rooms have a view over the beautiful Alta Fjord and some overlooking the stunning Northern Lights Cathedral. Half of the rooms are equipped with a mini kitchen and basic kitchen appliances, and are very well suited for longer stays or for families travelling with children.
A varied breakfast buffet is served every day at Peppes Pizza, which is directly connected to the hotel. Peppes Pizza also serves lunch and dinner offering pizza, pasta, salads and a selection of light dishes.
Scandic Hotel Honningsvåg ***
Situated beautifully to overlook the Hurtigruten quay and Honningsvåg habour. The hotel is also a good base for those wishing to visit North Cape, just 35 km away. All rooms are equipped with cable TV, wifi and ensuite bathroom. Available car parking. There is a bar and restaurant serving good quality food in the evening and a breakfast buffet in the morning. For an extra bit of indulgence why not head to the sauna? Honningsvåg has a lot to offer with exciting activities and adventures. This charming village is the most northern in Norway and the world!
Thon Hotel Nordlys **** 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 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.
Thon Hotel Lofoten, Svolvær ****
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!
Scandic Grand, Tromsø
Scandic Grand Tromsø is located in the heart of the city next to restaurants, cafés and museums, whilst also the gateway to mountains, fjords and islands with a lot of culture and history to offer.
All rooms are comfortably equipped with a private bathroom with shower and offer shampoo, shower gel and soap from FACE Stockholm. The rooms are furnished with an armchair, reading lamp and table as well as a TV, telephone and free WiFi. In the morning enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast.
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 ****, 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 extremely comfortable 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.
We know you will have questions about this holiday and we hope we have managed to answer a few of them with the following information. But if we haven't please just let us know - we'll find the answer for you and then add it to our list.
What is the group size?
The maximum group size of this tour is 20 people, a manageable and ideal size to ensure you get to know the guides and other people on your tour.
Who is this holiday suitable for?
That's easy - everyone! But especially those people who enjoy interacting with others and making new friends.
I have a special diet, can this be catered for?
Absolutely! Just let us know at the time of booking so that we can ensure you are served delicious alternatives throughout. Breakfast in Norwegian hotels is invariably a help-yourself buffet and there is plenty to choose from. For those with very specific diets such as gluten free, vegan etc the hotels will have been notified and will have prepared suitable alternatives though these may be more limited. In the cities you will make your own arrangements for dining out in the evening and both Oslo and Bergen have a wide variety of choices available.
What sort of clothing will I need?
The first thing to say is that there is no specific dress code in Norway. You will find most people dressed quite casually and, as in the UK, jeans are predominant! In Norway they will dress jeans up with 'proper' shoes and perhaps a shirt as opposed to a T-shirt but overall it is very similar to the UK. The point we are making is that you are not going to be refused entry to a restaurant because you are not wearing a cocktail dress or a shirt and tie. However, it has to be said that Norwegians do not dine out in the same way that we do in the UK; in many cases they will only dine out when it is a special occasion such as an anniversary, a birthday or a 'night out get-together', and they will use this as an excuse to dress up as they are not required to do so on a day to day basis! This does not mean that you have to but we know that the British often like to 'follow suit' therefore we suggest you pack something accordingly.
When it comes to being in the great outdoors you should take exactly the same type of clothing you would in the UK, that is, be prepared for the sun, be prepared for the rain. As they say in Norway 'There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing'.