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Northern Lights Cruise

A 3 night cruise between Tromso, the arctic capital of Northern Norway, and Kirkenes on the Russian border. Amazing scenery and great chances for the Northern Lights.

Overview

Experience the magic of Arctic Norway with this six night holiday. Explore Tromso, the capital of Northern Norway, and relax on board the Hurtigruten coastal steamer on a scenic return cruise to Kirkenes and the Russian border.

This holiday gives you the scenery, culture and history of Tromso and the northern Nowegian fjords. These ships are working ships serving remote communities in Northern Norway. They provide an essential line of communication, delivering goods and services (such as postal operations) to isolated areas. If these ships did not make their daily visits these traditional villages would cease to exist. 

The best chance of seeing the northern lights is by participating in a northern lights excursion in Tromso and relaxing on deck or in the panoramic lounge on board your ship. You can even request a northern lights alarm to your cabin during your cruise. 

As the Hurtigruten is a daily service throughout the year, this holiday is available for the entire Northern Lights Season. The season is recognised as October to March but it is possible to see the Northern Lights as early as August and into April. As it is 24hr daylight outside these periods the northern lights are there, you just can't see them. But you can try our midnight sun cruise!

Highlights of this holiday
Tromsø, the capital of Northern Norway. The amazing fjord scenery and of course the chances to see the Northern Lights

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from UK to Tromso via Oslo (limited direct flights are available)
Airport transfer to Tromso
Check in to your hotel

Day 2
Breakfast
Time to explore Tromso
Optional excursions / activities

Day 3
Breakfast
Day at leisure in the capital of Northern Norway
1830 departure on Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer
Evening meal on board

Day 4
Breakfast
Go around the North Cape
Optional excursions
Evening meal on board

Day 5
Breakfast
Morning arrival in Kirkenes
Optional excursions
Lunch time departure for Tromso
Evening meal on board

Day 6
Breakfast
Day at leisure on board
Approx 2345 arrival in Tromso
Short walk to city centre hotel

Day 7
Breakfast
Transfer to airport
Flight to UK (via Oslo)

Accommodation

Clarion Collection Hotel With - Tromsø

Clarion Collection Hotel With is located on the quayside in the centre of Tromso and just 70m from the airport transfer bus. As a Clarion Collection Hotel, afternoon waffles and a simple evening buffet are included during your stay. One of the most popular hotels in Tromso. To guarantee a harbour view room please upgrade to a superior room. 

Click on the image for more photos.

 

 

Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer - typical cabins

A fleet of 11 ships cruise the beautiful Norwegian fjords taking you through breathtaking scenery and giving you the opportunity to see natural phenomena, such as the midnight sun and the Northern Lights from Bergen in the south to Kirkenes in the far north.

The journey is quite spectacular and you won't spend much time in your cabin. You must be on deck or in the panoramic lounges to witness this jaw-dropping scenery. Click on the photo to the left to see the typical cabins on board.

You are generally accommodated in an unspecified outside cabin which may have llimited views. We do recommend upgrading to a cabin with an unobstructed view.

Activities & Excursions

Hurtigruten - Tromsø to Kirkenes (winter) 2016/17

The North Cape
Crossing the 71st parallel is something few can claim! This is the northern most point of continental Europe and the county of Finnmark. The North Cape rises more than a thousand feet from the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean. At the North Cape Hall there is a modern visitors centre showing a film about the local culture and North Cape. There is also a souvenir shop and café.  Step outside and brace yourself against the winds as you stand beside the famous North Cape globe. 
Price £119.

Snowmobile in Lapland
Following a safety briefing you follow your guide into the wilderness. Learn about about life on the Finnmark coast and the indigenous Sami of the Arctic. Every participant will drive their own snowmobile and a driving licence required. Notes: For those in good physical condition. Outer warm clothing provided. From 6Dec Snow / weather dependent.
Price £256pp.

The Russian Border - Kirkenes
The history of the region is truly stimulating and this is an educational morning. Visit the border station at Storskog. You cannot enter Russia but it may be possible to buy Russian crafts such as charming hand painted dolls. 
Price £53pp.

Tromsø - Winter 2017/18

Our recommended excursions and activities in Tromsø

Orca and Humpback Whale Safari
Father and daughter team (Trine and Alf) with whales in their back garden on the northern tip of Whale Island just outside Tromsø. There are also good chances of seeing sea eagles and seals on this tour.  A whale biologist will join you on the transfer to Whale Island and share their expert knowledge.

Your whale adventure is on board Colin Archer sturdy wooden boat or by RIB (rigid inflatable boat - warm floatation suit included). The RIB is not suitable for those with back problems.

Available: 1Nov-25Jan (not available 23, 24, 25, 26, 31Dec or 1Jan)
Duration: Up to 5hr depending on the whales departing 8.30am
Price: £140 per person


Northern Lights Excursions
Northern Lights Chase
Experience the magic with a small and personal northern lights experience. Depending on the location of the northern lights you will sit around an open fire, grilling marshmallows under clear skies waiting for the northern lights.
Available: 15Sep to 31Mar
Duration: 5 to 6 hours departing 7.15pm
Price: £117pp including warm drink, marshmallows and use of a tripod

Northern Lights Photography Course
It doesn't matter whether you are a beginner or more experienced photographer. With small groups and professional guides you will learn the basics, or more advanced techniques of night time photography. A short studio session followed by a northern lights chase. You will need a SLR camera, tripod, good shoes, warm clothing and thick socks! Light meal and hot drinks included.
Available: November to March
Duration: 7 to 8 hours departing 6pm
Price: £158 per person


Snow Shoe Excursions
5hr Guided Excursion
For those looking for a little more adventure in more challenging terrain. This excursion is in the scenic mountains around Tromsø.
Available: 1Nov-31Mar
Duration: 5hr departing 10am (incl. 30min transfer each way)
Price: £118 per person


Husky Excursions
Husky Expedition - 1 Day
An advanced hands-on drive your own husky excursion (5hrs on the sled). Enjoy pristine beauty and unspoiled wilderness including possible wildlife sightings such as fox, eagles, arctic hares, moose and reindeer. No previous husky experience is necessary but the Alaskan huskies are famed for being friendly so you may have some furry friends by the end of the tour! A traditional sami meal is included. Reasonable fitness and good sense of balance is required.
Available: 16Dec-31Mar
Duration: 8h departing 9.45am (incl. 30min transfer each way)
Price £294 per person

 

A full list of activities and excursions in Tromsø is available here.

Dates

Daily 1Oct to 31Mar

Due to snow conditions some snow related activities may not be available in Oct or Nov.

Prices

Price from £1465 per person - inside cabin
Price from £1595 per person - outside cabin (unspecified)
Price from £1675 per person - outside cabin (Arctic Superior - unobstructed view)


Includes return flights from UK 
2 nights b&b in Tromso before cruise
3 nights half board on the Hurtigruten Cruise
1 night b&b in Tromso at end of cruise
Meals included on your cruise include 3 x breakfast and 4 x evening meal.
Airport transfers by airport coach are included.

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Information

Overview

Experience the magic of Arctic Norway with this six night holiday. Explore Tromso, the capital of Northern Norway, and relax on board the Hurtigruten coastal steamer on a scenic return cruise to Kirkenes and the Russian border.

This holiday gives you the scenery, culture and history of Tromso and the northern Nowegian fjords. These ships are working ships serving remote communities in Northern Norway. They provide an essential line of communication, delivering goods and services (such as postal operations) to isolated areas. If these ships did not make their daily visits these traditional villages would cease to exist. 

The best chance of seeing the northern lights is by participating in a northern lights excursion in Tromso and relaxing on deck or in the panoramic lounge on board your ship. You can even request a northern lights alarm to your cabin during your cruise. 

As the Hurtigruten is a daily service throughout the year, this holiday is available for the entire Northern Lights Season. The season is recognised as October to March but it is possible to see the Northern Lights as early as August and into April. As it is 24hr daylight outside these periods the northern lights are there, you just can't see them. But you can try our midnight sun cruise!

Highlights of this holiday
Tromsø, the capital of Northern Norway. The amazing fjord scenery and of course the chances to see the Northern Lights

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from UK to Tromso via Oslo (limited direct flights are available)
Airport transfer to Tromso
Check in to your hotel

Day 2
Breakfast
Time to explore Tromso
Optional excursions / activities

Day 3
Breakfast
Day at leisure in the capital of Northern Norway
1830 departure on Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer
Evening meal on board

Day 4
Breakfast
Go around the North Cape
Optional excursions
Evening meal on board

Day 5
Breakfast
Morning arrival in Kirkenes
Optional excursions
Lunch time departure for Tromso
Evening meal on board

Day 6
Breakfast
Day at leisure on board
Approx 2345 arrival in Tromso
Short walk to city centre hotel

Day 7
Breakfast
Transfer to airport
Flight to UK (via Oslo)

Accomodation

Clarion Collection Hotel With - Tromsø

Clarion Collection Hotel With is located on the quayside in the centre of Tromso and just 70m from the airport transfer bus. As a Clarion Collection Hotel, afternoon waffles and a simple evening buffet are included during your stay. One of the most popular hotels in Tromso. To guarantee a harbour view room please upgrade to a superior room. 

Click on the image for more photos.

 

 

Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer - typical cabins

A fleet of 11 ships cruise the beautiful Norwegian fjords taking you through breathtaking scenery and giving you the opportunity to see natural phenomena, such as the midnight sun and the Northern Lights from Bergen in the south to Kirkenes in the far north.

The journey is quite spectacular and you won't spend much time in your cabin. You must be on deck or in the panoramic lounges to witness this jaw-dropping scenery. Click on the photo to the left to see the typical cabins on board.

You are generally accommodated in an unspecified outside cabin which may have llimited views. We do recommend upgrading to a cabin with an unobstructed view.

Excursions

Hurtigruten - Tromsø to Kirkenes (winter) 2016/17

The North Cape
Crossing the 71st parallel is something few can claim! This is the northern most point of continental Europe and the county of Finnmark. The North Cape rises more than a thousand feet from the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean. At the North Cape Hall there is a modern visitors centre showing a film about the local culture and North Cape. There is also a souvenir shop and café.  Step outside and brace yourself against the winds as you stand beside the famous North Cape globe. 
Price £119.

Snowmobile in Lapland
Following a safety briefing you follow your guide into the wilderness. Learn about about life on the Finnmark coast and the indigenous Sami of the Arctic. Every participant will drive their own snowmobile and a driving licence required. Notes: For those in good physical condition. Outer warm clothing provided. From 6Dec Snow / weather dependent.
Price £256pp.

The Russian Border - Kirkenes
The history of the region is truly stimulating and this is an educational morning. Visit the border station at Storskog. You cannot enter Russia but it may be possible to buy Russian crafts such as charming hand painted dolls. 
Price £53pp.

Tromsø - Winter 2017/18

Our recommended excursions and activities in Tromsø

Orca and Humpback Whale Safari
Father and daughter team (Trine and Alf) with whales in their back garden on the northern tip of Whale Island just outside Tromsø. There are also good chances of seeing sea eagles and seals on this tour.  A whale biologist will join you on the transfer to Whale Island and share their expert knowledge.

Your whale adventure is on board Colin Archer sturdy wooden boat or by RIB (rigid inflatable boat - warm floatation suit included). The RIB is not suitable for those with back problems.

Available: 1Nov-25Jan (not available 23, 24, 25, 26, 31Dec or 1Jan)
Duration: Up to 5hr depending on the whales departing 8.30am
Price: £140 per person


Northern Lights Excursions
Northern Lights Chase
Experience the magic with a small and personal northern lights experience. Depending on the location of the northern lights you will sit around an open fire, grilling marshmallows under clear skies waiting for the northern lights.
Available: 15Sep to 31Mar
Duration: 5 to 6 hours departing 7.15pm
Price: £117pp including warm drink, marshmallows and use of a tripod

Northern Lights Photography Course
It doesn't matter whether you are a beginner or more experienced photographer. With small groups and professional guides you will learn the basics, or more advanced techniques of night time photography. A short studio session followed by a northern lights chase. You will need a SLR camera, tripod, good shoes, warm clothing and thick socks! Light meal and hot drinks included.
Available: November to March
Duration: 7 to 8 hours departing 6pm
Price: £158 per person


Snow Shoe Excursions
5hr Guided Excursion
For those looking for a little more adventure in more challenging terrain. This excursion is in the scenic mountains around Tromsø.
Available: 1Nov-31Mar
Duration: 5hr departing 10am (incl. 30min transfer each way)
Price: £118 per person


Husky Excursions
Husky Expedition - 1 Day
An advanced hands-on drive your own husky excursion (5hrs on the sled). Enjoy pristine beauty and unspoiled wilderness including possible wildlife sightings such as fox, eagles, arctic hares, moose and reindeer. No previous husky experience is necessary but the Alaskan huskies are famed for being friendly so you may have some furry friends by the end of the tour! A traditional sami meal is included. Reasonable fitness and good sense of balance is required.
Available: 16Dec-31Mar
Duration: 8h departing 9.45am (incl. 30min transfer each way)
Price £294 per person

 

A full list of activities and excursions in Tromsø is available here.

Dates

Daily 1Oct to 31Mar

Due to snow conditions some snow related activities may not be available in Oct or Nov.

Prices

Price from £1465 per person - inside cabin
Price from £1595 per person - outside cabin (unspecified)
Price from £1675 per person - outside cabin (Arctic Superior - unobstructed view)


Includes return flights from UK 
2 nights b&b in Tromso before cruise
3 nights half board on the Hurtigruten Cruise
1 night b&b in Tromso at end of cruise
Meals included on your cruise include 3 x breakfast and 4 x evening meal.
Airport transfers by airport coach are included.

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