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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 including option to stay a night at the Snowhotel.
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.

Snowhotel - Kirkenes (Cold rooms)

An unforgettable experience as described by National Geographic. A warm welcome drink is served at the Snow Bar in the form of a drink made from berries found in the nearby Pasvik Valley. A guided tour of Snowhotel and a peek inside all the rooms.

You will sleep in thick comfortable sleeping bags in spacious rooms of ice and snow. No matter how cold it gets outside, the temperature inside Snowhotel will not drop below -7C. Wrapped in your arctic sleeping bag, you can be sure to sleep well deep inside the Arctic Circle - many tell us it's their best ever sleep! 

Click on the image for more photos. 

Activities & Excursions

Hurtigruten - Tromsø to Tromsø via Kirkenes (Winter 2017/18)

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 £128pp.

Snowmobile in Lapland
Following a safety briefing you follow your guide into the wilderness. Learn 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 £267pp.

Hammerfest – Northernmost Town
Visit the Meridian monument, which symbolizes the first official measurement of the exact size and shape of the earth and during a photo stop your guide will tell the history of the column. From here, you also have a spectacular view of Melkøya and the Snøhvit field.
Hammerfest has a long energy history, which goes back to 1891. Hammerfest was the first town in northern Europe to get electric street lighting produced from water power. You will also learn about the Sami history and culture and perhaps spot some reindeer on the way.
Price £40pp.

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 £61pp.

Tromsø - Winter 2017/18

Our recommended excursions and activities in Tromsø

Whale Watching
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.

 

Sami & Cultural Excursions
Sami & Reindeer Overnight Excursion
Try reindeer sledding, the oldest means of transportation in the north, on the island of Kvaløya. The location has little artificial light and excellent conditions to look for the Northern Lights. Instead of heading back to the city centre where you might miss a late-night dance from the Aurora, stay on at this good location in a traditional Sami lavvu (tent), sleeping on reindeer skins in winter-insulated sleeping bags. Traditional sami evening meal and breakfast included.
Available: 1Nov-31Mar
Duration: 7pm to 9.30am (30min transfer 1-way)
Price: Replace a night in Tromsø from £280 per person

 

Snowshoe Excursions
5hr Guided Snowshoe 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: £124 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.

Snowhotel only available from 20Dec to 31Mar.

Prices

Price from £1635 per person - outside cabin (unspecified)
Price from £1780 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.

Add a night at the Snowhotel in Kirkenes
From £295pp (full board)

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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 including option to stay a night at the Snowhotel.
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.

Snowhotel - Kirkenes (Cold rooms)

An unforgettable experience as described by National Geographic. A warm welcome drink is served at the Snow Bar in the form of a drink made from berries found in the nearby Pasvik Valley. A guided tour of Snowhotel and a peek inside all the rooms.

You will sleep in thick comfortable sleeping bags in spacious rooms of ice and snow. No matter how cold it gets outside, the temperature inside Snowhotel will not drop below -7C. Wrapped in your arctic sleeping bag, you can be sure to sleep well deep inside the Arctic Circle - many tell us it's their best ever sleep! 

Click on the image for more photos. 

Excursions

Hurtigruten - Tromsø to Tromsø via Kirkenes (Winter 2017/18)

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 £128pp.

Snowmobile in Lapland
Following a safety briefing you follow your guide into the wilderness. Learn 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 £267pp.

Hammerfest – Northernmost Town
Visit the Meridian monument, which symbolizes the first official measurement of the exact size and shape of the earth and during a photo stop your guide will tell the history of the column. From here, you also have a spectacular view of Melkøya and the Snøhvit field.
Hammerfest has a long energy history, which goes back to 1891. Hammerfest was the first town in northern Europe to get electric street lighting produced from water power. You will also learn about the Sami history and culture and perhaps spot some reindeer on the way.
Price £40pp.

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 £61pp.

Tromsø - Winter 2017/18

Our recommended excursions and activities in Tromsø

Whale Watching
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.

 

Sami & Cultural Excursions
Sami & Reindeer Overnight Excursion
Try reindeer sledding, the oldest means of transportation in the north, on the island of Kvaløya. The location has little artificial light and excellent conditions to look for the Northern Lights. Instead of heading back to the city centre where you might miss a late-night dance from the Aurora, stay on at this good location in a traditional Sami lavvu (tent), sleeping on reindeer skins in winter-insulated sleeping bags. Traditional sami evening meal and breakfast included.
Available: 1Nov-31Mar
Duration: 7pm to 9.30am (30min transfer 1-way)
Price: Replace a night in Tromsø from £280 per person

 

Snowshoe Excursions
5hr Guided Snowshoe 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: £124 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.

Snowhotel only available from 20Dec to 31Mar.

Prices

Price from £1635 per person - outside cabin (unspecified)
Price from £1780 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.

Add a night at the Snowhotel in Kirkenes
From £295pp (full board)

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