This summer cruise through the Norwegian fjords takes you to the northern part of Norway, deep inside the Arctic Circle. During the summer months the sun never sets. This is the land of the midnight sun. Leave your body clock at home. It simply doesn't understand! Wearing sun glasses at midnight is one of the most surreal experiences. It will leave you wanting to visit more of this wonderful and fragile part of the world.
The best time to see the midnight sun is late May, June, July and early August where the sun does not set and may simply cast a beautiful yellow light across the night sky.
There are many stops & excursions on the way and you may wish to use the cruise as a hop on / hop off service. As Scandinavian Travel Specialists we can combine many of our holidays in Norway - please ask!
Itinerary - May to August for the Midnight Sun
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Day 1 - Tromso
Flights from UK to Tromso (usually via Oslo)
Hotel Bryggen - Tromso
Hotel Bryggen is practically next to the airport bus in the centre of Tromso and is situated on the quay side in Tromso harbour. Relax in the rooftop jacuzzi with views across the harbour to the spectacular Arctic Cathedral. Hotel Bryggen has recently been refurbished and is one of Northern Norways leading hotels. Tromso is also the gateway to Northern Norway and the launch pad for many of our Norway northern lights holidays.
Day 2 - Tromso
Day at leisure in Tromso. Enjoy your time with a whale safari or a sea kayak excursion in the Tromso archipelago.
Day 3 - Tromso & Cruise
Enjoy all that Tromso has to offer. Relax in a waterside cafe and soak up the culture of Midnight Sun.
Your cruise towards the North Cape sets sail at 6.30pm from the centre of Tromso.
Day 4 - Around the North cape (Hurtigruten Fjords Cruise)
A day on board as your round the North Cape - the most northerly point of continental Europe. There is an optional excursion to the North Cape.
Day 5 - Arrival in Kirkenes
Morning arrival in Kirkenes. Option to spend a night or 2 in Kirkenes, or simply jump ashore for a short excursions before your cruise heads south towards Tromso.
Kirkenes is rich in history and has a very special story to tell about WWII. This is where the Russian border is and there is a very special relationship between the Russians and the Norwegians in this region.
Your cruise sets sail in the early afternoon.
Day 6 - Day on board - late arrival in Tromso
A day on board to admire the scenery of Northern Norway. Enjoy an optional excursion or simply relax on board. Late evening arrival in Tromso. 50m walk to your hotel.
Leisurely breakfast and transfer to the airport for flights back to the UK.
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Price from £1595 per person
Includes return flights from UK including taxes
Airport transfers in Tromso (airport coach)
Total of 3 nights b&b in Tromso
3 nights half board on the Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer
Excursions - Midnight Sun Cruise
TROMSØ, THE ARCTIC CAPITAL
£ 56.00 PER PERSON
Get acquainted with “the Paris of the North”, Tromsø, lying between the Arctic Ocean and towering mountains. As the largest town above the Arctic Circle, Tromsø reveals many modern urban pleasures as well as a trading and seafaring history of hunting for walrus and polar bears off Svalbard and East Greenland, transporting logs from Russian rivers, the Pomor seafaring trade, coal mining and sealing.
NORDKAPP, THE NORTH CAPE
£ 102.00 PER PERSON
Cross the 71st parallel – something few can claim – and enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape on your journey to North Cape, the northernmost point on the European continent.
This is Finnmark, a fascinating region of Sami, Russian and Finnish overlapping cultures. In summer, you may see herds of grazing reindeer and Sami camps.
GJESVÆR, BIRDWATCHING SAFARI
£ 112.00 PER PERSON
This fabulous avian safari takes you deep into exotic Finnmark, the heart of Norway’s Sami culture and is ideal for bird watchers. Touch upon the little fishing hamlet of Gjesvær (population only about 120) and then journey on toward North Cape. Along the way, you will receive an introduction on the local flora and fauna.
A TASTE OF LAPLAND
£ 72.00 PER PERSON
Discover the exciting history of Norway’s multi-ethnic Arctic coast on this fascinating and informative excursion in Finnmark, along Europe’s northernmost shores.
Your visit begins at the Coastal Centre at Foldalbruket, a former fish-processing plant, where you learn about Sami traditions; Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic influences; the Russo-Norwegian merchants’ pidgin Moya på Tvoja; immigration and settlement and the whaling era of 1898 to 1904.
KIRKENES, THE RUSSIAN BORDER
£ 43.00 PER PERSON
Kirkenes is the only town in Norway where East meets West – and it is also the turning point of the Hurtigruten. On this exploratory excursion, you travel to the Russian border.
Start with a short tour of Kirkenes before going farther afield, travelling by bus through surprisingly fertile landscape. You will see charming green hills dotted with scrub, birch and pine that survive despite the harsh Arctic climate.
BIRDS OF THE ARCTIC
£ 247.00 PER PERSON
Norway’s Varanger region is one of the most attractive and popular bird-watching areas in the Arctic due to it being directly in the path of birds migrating from east to west. The advantageous biotopes combined with the rich resources in the adjacent Arctic Ocean attract myriad species and numbers of birds. Indeed, this is the only place in Europe you are likely to spot the rare Steller’s Eider. We will learn about this and other interesting species throughout the day. Just off the coast of Vardø is the island of Hornøya, Norway’s easternmost point and a breeding ground for some 70-80,000 Arctic seabirds. This area is also a melting pot of Sámi, Finnish and Norwegian cultures, all of which we will learn more about as we go.
ATV/QUAD SAFARI TO RUSSIAN BORDER
£ 112.00 PER PERSON
The guide meets us at the quay. You start with a test drive in a low traffic area, before going up to the viewpoint ”Kjerringstupet”, near to Kirkenes. We then drive along the road through the town centre and stop at a viewpoint overlooking the A/S Sydvaranger mines. From here we continue to the Norwegian - Russian border and you learn about the important history & culture of the area.
BREAKFAST AT NORTH CAPE
£ 143.00 PER PERSON
While most of your co-passengers on board the Hurtigruten ship are still sleeping soundly under their covers, you can board a bus bound for Honningsvåg to visit the North Cape and large tracts of West Finnmark. Do not be put off by the tour’s early departure time: mornings at North Cape are very special, 1,000 feet above the churning Arctic Ocean, with dazzling sunlight dancing across the horizon and a hearty breakfast.
HAMMERFEST, NORTHENMOST TOWN
£ 29.00 PER PERSON
Hammerfest is the northernmost town in the world and together with Vardø also the oldest town in the north of Norway, established in 1789. From the Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society, the bus takes you to the Meridian monument, which is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage. The column symbolizes the first official measurement of the exact size and shape of the earth.
£ 129.00 PER PERSON
Experience the sea in an intense and exciting way. Together with your experienced guide you paddle in the waters off the coast of Tromsø with the mountains forming a stunning backdrop. A great way to silently travel through these pristine waters and to get close to the marine wildlife. We use stable, double, sea kayaks and no paddling experience is required.