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Hurtigruten collection - Arctic Circle

Featuring two of Norway’s most iconic railway journeys and the magnificent journey northwards, across the Arctic Circle, onboard a Hurtigruten expedition
ship.

This fantastic rail and specialist cruising holiday begins in Oslo, Norway’s capital city. You will find an array of interesting attractions including Vigeland Sculpture Park, the largest sculpture park in the world by a single artist, home to a jaw-dropping 227 pieces by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland.

From Oslo you will cross the great Hardangervidda Plateau by train to the Hanseatic city of Bergen on the beautiful west coast of Norway. Bergen is the gateway to the country’s famous fjords and although the city has expanded over the years from its origins as a trading and fishing port, it retains the quaint and charming wharf buildings that have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status.

From here Hurtigruten carries you northwards via the cities of Ålesund and Trondheim, then you will cross the Arctic Circle to the magical Lofoten Islands, before reaching the ‘Arctic Capital’ of Tromsø and around the majestic North Cape to Kirkenes which sits alongside the border with Russia. At Kirkenes you will have a night to remember as you swap the ship for a unique overnight experience in your very own Snow Room, these are rooms expertly crafted entirely of ice and snow.

This truly is an amazing journey that travels the width and length of Norway. Using both trains and expedition ship, it truly allows you to take in the magnificent coastal scenery with ease and comfort. Plus, travelling so far north maximises your chance of seeing the sensational Northern Lights.

Hurtigruten winter

Day 1 | Arrive Oslo

Arrive Oslo Airport by air from the UK. Airport train transfer to central Oslo. Remainder of the day free.

2 nights OSLO - Thon Hotel Opera (4*)
Meals included today: None


Day 2 | Explore Oslo

A full day to explore Oslo. The Norwegian capital is currently having a renaissance with the help of Tjuvholmen and Oslo’s Opera House injecting an edgy
and contemporary energy into the city. Contrasting nicely are some of Oslo’s most well-loved cultural attractions including Vigeland Sculpture Park and the Edvard Munch museum where you can get up-close to the world-famous painting, ‘The Scream’.

Meals included today: None


Day 3 | Oslo to Bergen, 'Norway in a Nutshell'

Morning departure by rail for the spectacular journeys ‘Across the Roof of Norway’ from Oslo to Myrdal and ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ from Myrdal to Bergen featuring the Flåm Mountain Railway and fjord cruise. Your luggage will be transported directly from your hotel in Oslo to your hotel in Bergen so you
only need to take a day bag with you.

1 night BERGEN - Grand Hotel Terminus (4*)
Meals included today: Breakfast


Day 4 | Bergen and Hurtigruten Voyage

Full day in Bergen before your transfer at approx. 1700 to the Hurtigruten Quay for embarkation. Your ship departs at 2200 and buffet dinner is included onboard before departure.

6 nights ON BOARD - Ship (FB)
Meals included today: Buffet Dinner


Day 5 | Florø - Molde

Early morning arrival into the little port of Florø before sailing past West Cape, amongst skerries and islands to the picturesque Art Nouveau town of Ålesund.
Time in Ålesund before continuing northwards to Molde and Kristiansund.

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 | Kristiansund - Rørvik

Early arrival into Trondheim, Norway’s former ancient capital city. Time to explore the city centre independently or with an optional excursion, before continuing north-west, past beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and narrow Stoksund to Rørvik.

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 7 | Brønnøysund - Svolvær

During the early hours cross the Arctic Circle. If you aren’t up don’t worry, the captain marks the event for ‘first-timers’ with a ceremony on deck - be warned, this can be a chilly experience! From Bodø the ship crosses the great Vestfjord for the mystical approach to the Lofoten Islands where an optional excursion to Lofotr Viking Museum is possible prior to arrival in Svolvær.

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 8 | Stokmarknes - Skervøy

The ship sails through the night via the Vesterålen Islands arriving into Tromsø during early afternoon. Time to explore Tromsø, the great Arctic Capital, before
departing early evening and continuing your journey northwards.

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 9 | Øksfjord - Berlevåg

You are now sailing into the heart of the Arctic wilderness and the home of North Cape, known as the northernmost point on the European mainland. After an early call at Hammefest you arrive in Honningsvåg, the portal to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape. Why not join an optional excursion out to the iconic globe monument at 71°10’21´N, just 2,100 km away from the North Pole!

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 10 | Båtsfjord -Kirkenes

The vistas and sea life become more dramatic as you approach Kirkenes, just a few kilometres from the Russian border. Disembark in Kirkenes for your transfer to your chosen hotel. Thon Hotel Kirkenes overlooks the Barents Sea and is within easy walking distance of the town centre. Kirkenes Snowhotel is located on the outskirts of the town in a more remote location. Your unique overnight experience includes a night in your very own Snow Room. Dinner is included
in the resort’s restaurant Låven where the main heated lounge area and lockers are also located.

1 night KIRKENES - Thon Hotel Kirkenes (4*) OR Supplement of £85.00 per person - Kirkenes Snowhotel
Meals included today: Breakfast plus Dinner if staying at Snowhotel


Day 11 | Return Home

Those who have spent the night at the hotel in the centre of Kirkenes will take the transfer bus to Kirkenes Airport after breakfast. Those who have spent the night in Kirkenes Snowhotel will enjoy a hot sauna and shower before breakfast and will then be transferred to the airport for your return flights home.

Meals included today: Breakfast

Price includes:

  • Scheduled flights with SAS from London Heathrow to Oslo and from Kirkenes (via Oslo) back to the UK including 23kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand-luggage and taxes. Alternative departure airports available – please ask for schedules and prices.
  • Airport train from Oslo Airport to Oslo centre.
  • 2-nights at the 4* Thon Hotel Opera in Oslo based on a standard double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast.
  • Norway in a Nutshell journey from Oslo to Bergen including the Flåm Mountain Railway and fjord cruise.
  • Luggage transfer service from hotel in Oslo to hotel in Bergen.
  • 1-night at the 4* Grand Hotel Terminus in Bergen based on a standard double/twin room including buffet breakfast.
  • Transfer from hotel to Hurtigruten Quay.
  • 6-night Hurtigruten cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes based on an Arctic Superior cabin – outside cabins on the upper decks with shower and WC, and separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa. Includes fullboard starting with dinner on day of departure from Bergen and ending with breakfast on morning of arrival into Kirkenes. Cabin upgrades available.
  • Transfer from the Hurtigruten quay in Kirkenes to your hotel or Kirkenes Snowhotel.
  • 1-night at the 4* Thon Hotel Kirkenes based on a standard double/twin room including buffet breakfast OR Supplement of £85.00 per person – 1-night at Kirkenes Snowhotel based on a Snow Room including dinner and breakfast. Morning sauna included.
  • Transfer from your hotel in Kirkenes or Kirkenes Snowhotel to Kirkenes Airport.
  • 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
  • Financial Protection.

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