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4th April 2018
Travel the dramatic coastline of Norway, passing the Arctic Circle to Tromsø and onwards to Spitsbergen, the world's most northerly town.
Travelling the length of Norway offers everchanging scenery and the opportunity to observe marine and wildlife in the wonder of their natural habitat.
During the voyage, the Hurtigruten will dock at some of Norway's most picturesque towns and villages to give you the chance to explore the nuances of local life by the coast.
For the final three nights, you are flown from Tromsø to Longyearbyen on the archipelago of Spitsbergen, located half way between Norway and the North Pole. With over 60% of the area glacier-covered, you will be surrounded by magnificent scenery and have the opportunity to experience a special community of less than 2500 people.
Day 1 - Arrive in Bergen
Fly from the UK to Bergen and transfer to your centrally located hotel. We recommend taking the funicular railway to the top of Mt Fløyen for stunning panoramic views of the city.
1 night BERGEN - Clarion Hotel Admiral (4 star)
Day 2 - 5 - Hurtigruten Voyage From Bergen to Tromsø
After nearly a full day exploring Bergen, board the Hurtigruten for your evening departure.
After navigating through some beautiful coastal landscape, arrive in Ålesund to admire the Art Nouveau architecture and picturesque 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. Embark on a sightseeing stop of Svolvær before the coastal voyage ends in Tromsø.
4 nights ON BOARD - Hurtigruten Ship
Day 6 - Explore Tromsø
Arrive Tromsø in the afternoon and transfer to your hotel nearby the quay.
You have the rest of the day to explore this interesting and vibrant Arctic city, the largest in Northern Norway. Set on an island, well within the Arctic Circle, the city is a popular destination for those seeking an exciting city stay offering a wonderful selection of outdoor activities and excursions. Luckily 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.
During the evening we recommend indulging your senses at Emma's Drømmekjøkken, for the 5-Course Arctic Gourmet Dinner.
1 night TROMSØ - Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora (3 star plus) or similar centrally located hotel
Day 7 - Arrive Longyearbyen
Transfer to Tromsø Airport for your flight to Longyearbyen. On arrival transfer to hotel.
We have included a sighseeing safari by boat across the Isfjord where you'll have the chance to see some of Spitsbergen's famed landscape - extraordinary wildlife and glaciers. For more ways to experience and explore Spitsbergen's stunning natural wonders, please see our excursion tab.
The Gulf Stream keeps the climate relatively mild, resulting in a huge variety of Arctic Wildlife. Look out for polar foxes, reindeer, walrus, thousands of seabirds and perhaps even a polar bear, all in a landscape you will not find anywhere else.
3 nights LONGYEARBYEN - Spitsbergen Hotel (3 star) or similar centrally located hotel
Day 10 - Return home
Transfer to Longyearbyen Airport for your flight to the UK.
Departs: Daily from UK (subject to flight availability)
Departure dates: 12 May - 30 Sep
Duration: 9 nights
Price: From £1930 per person (based on 2-people sharing a twin/double room).
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.
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.
SPITSBERGEN HOTEL (3 star) - Longyearbyen
Spitsbergen Hotel offers modern comfort in historic surroundings with a unique Svalbard style. Situated on the "Hill" it has great views of Longyearbyen, the Lars glacier and the Longyear glacier. The hotel was constructed in 1947, but has been extensively refurbished over the years both internally and externally. In the cosy lounge you will find freshly baked waffles every afternoon condusive to sitting in front of the open fire with a book from the hotel's library. You can also relax in the spa department which has a sauna and massage chair. FunktionÃ¦rmessen Restaurant has a fantastic view of the town, the Longyear Glacier and Hiorthfjellet on the far side of the Adventfjord. The restaurant takes its inspiration from the French kitchen, and you will discover a carefully planned selection of wines and dishes that tempt you with both taste and appearance. The hotel was originally built as an accommodation/dining area for employees at Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani. It was also the company's official representational building, and its interior and architecture made it Longyearbyen's grandest construction. Great effort has been placed in preserving its special history and it is well worth a cultural stroll along the hotel corridors and public areas where youâ€™ll find historic photographs, old maps and newspaper clippings. The hotel has 88 rooms, all of a high standard, with several being decorated in the original style. All rooms are non-smoking.
CLARION COLLECTION HOTEL AURORA (3 star plus) - Tromsø
At Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora you can experience Tromsø's beautiful surroundings. The hotel boasts stunning views, overlooking the Arctic Cathedral and Tromsø's mighty nature. All rooms are modern, spacious and equipped with en suite shower and WC, TV, WiFi, writing desk, and breakfast. The hotel include a free evening meal for all their guests which is served from 1800.
In the relaxation area, located on the fifth floor, you will find both sauna and outdoor jacuzzi. Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora is the only hotel in Tromsø with outdoor Jacuzzi and lovely views from the rooftops. From here you can see across the fjord, mountains and the Arctic, while enjoying the warm waters of the pool. What better way to start or end your day?
Norwegian Coastline Voyage & Spitsbergen
Activities from Tromsø
5-Course Arctic Gourmet Dinner at Emma's Drømmekjøkken
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 per person: £75 (5-course dinner), wine menu to accompany the dinner £58 per person.
Dog Sledding on Wheels, Adventdalen
This is a fantastic chance to drive a dog sled even though it isn't winter! You will be collected from your hotel and taken to Camp Barentz, 10km from Longyearbyen. Here you will be equipped with an exposure suit, boots and mittens and given a good introduction to how the dogs and sleds should be worked. You then harness the dogs and head out on your adventure. The guide will drive the first sled, with space for one guest in his sled. The other participants follow in small wagons for 2-3 people.
You will make good speed as you follow the road towards the old Northern Lights research station. Underway there is a good chance you will see reindeer, foxes and teeming birdlife. You will make several stops along the way to give the dogs a drink. The tour takes you along the track into Endalen, past the cableway turning station and towards the old Gruve 5 mine. The clear colours of the vegetation in contrast to the mountains and sky and in combination with the clean Arctic air are refreshing for both body and soul! This is a tour where you quickly get close to nature and happy polar dogs!
Price: £90 per person
Duration: Approx. 3.5 hours
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 flights to Spitsbegen 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.