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Norway Fjords & Northern Lights

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The one that sets sail for the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis

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  • Duration

    8 days

  • Places

    5 places

  • Meals

    7 Breakfasts, 1 Regional Dinner

  • Transport Style

    Flight & Cruise

  • Group Size

    Maximum 24 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager & Local Guides

Oslo, Tromso, Overnight Hurtigruten Cruise, Kirkenes, Honningsvåg

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About this trip

Experience Arctic adventures in a beautiful country steeped in rich culture. Expect fresh air, fairytale forests, fresh seafood, jaw-dropping fjords and enough natural beauty to take your breath away. Fly north from the chilled Norwegian capital all the way to the Arctic Circle to discover ancient Sami culture and adrenaline-rich activities. Then set sail aboard a Norwegian cruise and marvel as you float gently past mountains, valleys, glaciers and dramatic coastal landscapes in search of the Northern Lights. What could be more magical?

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  • River route
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Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Oslo

  2. 2 2 nights

    Tromso

  3. 2 2 nights

    Overnight Hurtigruten Cruise

  4. via via

    Honningsvåg

  5. 1 1 night

    Kirkenes

  6. 1 1 night

    Oslo

DAY 1 - Start Oslo

Oslo

God dag! That’s good day in Norwegian and it’s definitely a good day for an Arctic adventure, as we meet our Manager and Contiki crew to say ‘Hei’ here in the Norwegian capital. Oslo is a riverside metropolis back-dropped by mountains and filled with easy-going culture. We’ll head to Vippa, a trendy outdoor food market on the waterfront, known for its diverse and sustainable foodie treats.

Stay

Comfort Børsparken Oslo (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Orientation Tour of Oslo

DAY 2 - Oslo to Tromso

Oslo

Bye Oslo! Today we’re taking a train to the airport and soaring over to Tromsø, our gateway to Arctic Circle. 

Tromso

Located at nearly 70° north, Tromsø is  famed as a viewing point for the colourful Northern Lights and distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses and the stunning stained glass windows of the 1965 Arctic Cathedral. As the world’s most northernmost university town, Tromsø has a buzzing nightlife that’s yours to discover. When you need to refuel, eateries here specialise in fresh Arctic ingredients. This is your chance to sample local treats like grilled stockfish, reindeer sirloin, or (go on, we dare you) seagull eggs?

Stay

Comfort Express Tromso (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Orientation Tour of Tromso

DAY 3 - Tromso

Tromso

Even though the sun doesn’t rise, you’ll need to be ready to rise and shine for some Arctic action this morning. This is your chance to immerse yourself in local culture with an optional MAKE TRAVEL MATTER™ Sámi Experience. Visit a Sámi camp, be welcomed into a lavvo-hut (Sámi tent) to warm up with a hot drink, get up close to the herd of reindeer at feeding time, and discover how the indigenous people of the Arctic live, with proceeds from the experience going back into the local community. Or if you want to spend more time oceanside, choose to go whale watching - gliding through the Arctic fjords on a hybrid-electric boat with panoramic windows, for maximum whale viewing and minimum disturbance to marine life - spotting sea eagles and playful seals, and maybe experiencing the thrill of seeing humpback whales lobtail and leap in the icy sea.

Stay

Comfort Express Tromso (or similar)

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  • Visit a Sámi camp and get a glimpse into life for the indigenous people of the Arctic MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Take a hybrid-electric boat for ‘silent’ Whale Watching in the Norwegian fjords

DAY 4 - Tromso to Overnight Cruise

Tromso

Wake up to fresh Arctic air and a free morning. For panoramic views of the city, maybe ride the cable car up to Mount Storsteinen or, for the more adventurous, reach the top by climbing the 1200 stone steps of the Sherpa staircase. If you energetic this morning you could even try your hand at snowshoeing or snowmobiling for a true Arctic experience.

Overnight Hurtigruten Cruise

After lunch it’ll be hard to contain our excitement as we board our ship and set sail, following the wild coastline towards Skjervøy in search of the beguiling Northern Lights. Dinner is up to you this evening but you’ll be able to choose from the onboard restaurants serving authentic produce, fresh from local communities.

Stay

Hurtigruten Ship

DAY 5 - Overnight Cruise via Honningsvåg

Overnight Hurtigruten Cruise

Ahoy! We hope the ship rocked you soundly to sleep. This morning we sail through the Magerøysund sound and after an early stop in Hammerfest, we arrive in Honningsvåg. From here, you can join an excursion to the spectacular North Cape, the northernmost point of Europe, which is just 2000 km from the geographic North Pole. The ship continues northward along the coast of Lappland, passing by the Finnkjerka rock formation, the old sacrificial site of the Sami people. Don’t forget to look for the lights! While there’s no guarantee of seeing the elusive and mysterious Northern Lights we are definitely in the right place at the right time. The sky needs to be dark and clear of cloud and they will most likely show between 5pm and 2am, so grab yourself a coffee and keep your eyes peeled.

Stay

Hurtigruten Ship

DAY 6 - Overnight Cruise to Kirkenes

Overnight Hurtigruten Cruise

The last port on our voyage northward is Kirkenes. Located at 30°E, we’re now further east than Istanbul! The Russian border is close by, and all signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian.

Kirkenes

Kirkenes is famous as the home of the first snow hotel, made completely of snow and ice. With a constant temperature of -4º in the rooms, who are we to resist ending our day with an ice cold beer in the ice cold bar?

Stay

Scandic Kirkenes (or similar)

DAY 7 - Kirkenes to Oslo

Kirkenes

By now you should be completely chilled. But pull on your mittens and make the most of our last full day, with time to explore Kirkenes before we head to the airport. In the centre of town you’ll find the Russia monument and the Wartime Mothers monument, which were erected after the Second World War. Be sure to let the good times roll on this final night of our trip.

Oslo

Oslo is lively at night, fuelled by the fiery local spirit akevitt. Many Norwegians go out late after a vorspiel (pre-party), so hit the town after 10pm and live it up with the locals.

Stay

Comfort Børsparken Oslo (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • FTA Oslo Dinner

DAY 8 - End Oslo

Oslo

It’s cold outside but our hearts are full of warm and lasting memories as we say our goodbyes after breakfast. The Norwegians have an expression meaning ‘see you soon’ - ‘Sees!’


Where You'll Stay

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  • 7 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    5 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Overnight Cruise

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