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22nd February 2018
Cross the Arctic Circle on this special cruise to Europe's northernmost region - including the Lofoten Islands, Tromsø, North Cape and a visit to Kirkenes Snowhotel.
Your voyage begins in Trondheim, Norway's third largest city and former capital city boasting brightly painted wharf buildings and an impressive 14th century Gothic cathedral.
Crossing the Arctic Circle on-board the Hurtigruten ship is an event to celebrate before approaching the mystical Lofoten Islands and their 'capital' town, Svolvær. The Lofoten Islands have long captivated writers and artists alike with their grandeur and beauty. Travel further northwards via the Vesterålen Islands and the city of Harstad to Tromsø, with its spectacular location overlooked by the majestic Lyngen Alps.
Continue to the high Arctic in a leisurely manner to North Cape, mainland Europe's most northerly point with magnificent coastal scenery, before arriving in Kirkenes, a historial town near the Russian border known as the capital of the Barents region. Here you pay a visit to the fantastic Kirkenes Snowhotel and enjoy dinner overlooking the reindeer park.
Day 1 - Arrive Trondheim
Arrive in Trondheim and transfer to your city centre hotel. Use the remainer of your day to get acquainted with the city's attractions, including museums, shops, the impressive Nidaros Cathedral, and last but not least, the old town Bakklandet which is punctuated with strikingly colourful wharf buildings.
2 nights TRONDHEIM - Thon Hotel Nidaros (B,D)
Day 2 - Explore Trondheim
A free day to explore Trondheim, Norway's former ancient capital city and home to the beautiful Gothic Nidaros Cathedral, where Norway's Kings and Queens are still crowned. The city has a lovely harbour area and a bustling little city centre, due in part to its very popular university and there is an excellent selection of quality cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch.
Day 3 to 6 - Bodø, Lofoten Islands, Tromsø, Hammerfest, North Cape and Kirkenes
After a delicious buffet breakfast at your hotel, board the Hurtigruten ship for your northwards voyage.
Over the course of the next few days you'll travel through magnificent coastal landscape, crossing the Arctic Circle between Trondheim and Bodø and onwards pass the great Vestfjord for its approach to the mystical Lofoten Islands. The following afternoon the ship will dock in Tromsø for a few hours of land exploration. 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.
Before the final destination, enjoy a visit to Hammerfest, often described as the world's northernmost town due to its location at 70° 39' 48" north. However, the highlight of voyage must be Magerøya Island and North Cape. North Cape plateau rises 307 metres above the sea and in the past was only accessible to visitors via 1,008 steps! You are invited to join a pre-bookable optional excursion by bus to North Cape and the viewing point from the globe.
4 nights ON-BOARD Hurtigruten Ship (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Arrive Kirkenes
Arrive in Kirkenes at 0900 in the morning. Transfer by bus to your hotel where you can leave your luggage (check-in is from 1500) and explore the town of Kirkenes on foot. Kirkenes sits alongside the border with Russia overlooking the Bøkfjord, an arm of the Barents Sea. It is fair to say that the town itself is not the prettiest you will ever visit, due to endless bombings during World War II, however liberation by the Russians in 1944 lead to strong cross-border relations which remain today. The region surrounding Kirkenes affords spectacular scenery.
At 1700 you will collected from your hotel and transferred to Kirkenes Snowhotel which is set in an Arctic landscape of low birch woods on the outside of the town, in the Gabba Reindeer Park. On arrival you will by served a Welcome Drink and receive a guided tour of the Snowhotel which includes the opportunity to meet their huskies and feed the reindeer. This is followed by a delicious, traditional meal which is served in the beautiful Gabba Restaurant. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience a Snowhotel without actually having to spend the night!
1 night KIRKENES - Thon Hotel Kirkenes**** (B, D - dinner served at Kirkenes Snowhotel)
Day 8 - Homeward bound
Transfer from your hotel to Kirkenes Airport for your return flight home.
Departure Days: Daily from Heathrow (according to flight schedules). Alternative departure airports are available subject to possible flight supplements - please ask for details.
Departure Dates: November - March
Duration: 7 nights
|Departure Dates||Price from per person|
|October 2017 - March 2018||£2060|
Price includes: (based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room with shower and WC).
THON HOTEL NIDAROS (3 star plus) - 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.
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.
THON HOTEL KIRKENES (4 star) - Kirkenes
Thon Hotel Kirkenes is situated in the centre of Kirkenes overlooking the Bøkfjord. The hotel is brand new and is built, decorated and furnished in Scandinavia style. Next to the reception desk there is a large dining room with huge windows overlooking the fjord and a breakfast area with further seating. During the day hotel guests can also have free tea/coffee/hot chocolate from the self-service machine. All Taber's featured rooms are superior in category with windows overlooking the fjord. They all have TV, telephone, mini-bar and hairdryer and all have en suite shower room (baths are available on request). Activity providers in Kirkenes pick up and drop off at the hotel and the airport bus stops outside as part of its schedule.
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!