Polar Night Cruise searching for the Northern Lights

6 days | 5 nights

During this tour, you will meet the frozen landscapes of mountains and highlands, steep coastlines, cliffs plunging into the Arctic Ocean, plains and picturesque small fishing villages. In addition to the stopover in Honningsvåg from where you will visit the North Cape, the northernmost point of the European continent, you will go on a Husky safari in Tromsø and a snowmobile safari in Kirkenes.

from    1595 €

Day 1TromsøMore information
Day 2TromsøMore information
Day 3Cap Nord, Kjøllefjord and MehamnMore information
Day 4KirkenesMore information
Day 5Hammerfest and TromsøMore information
Day 6TromsøMore information

Included

Two nights in a category **** hotel in the centre of Tromsø, breakfast included
Hurtigruten cruise Tromsø-Kirkenes-Tromsø during three nights in an inside cabin, breakfast included
Husky Safari (3 hours 30 minutes including transfers)
Excursion to North Cape (3 hours including transfers)
Snow mobile safari in Kirkenes (2 hours including transfers)
Guided tour of Hammerfest (1 hour)

Optional

Exterior cabin
Lunch during the cruise
Dinner during the cruise
 

Non included

Flights to Tromsø
Airport transfers in Tromsø
Transfers between hotel and ship in Tromsø
Beverages
All services not indicated as “included”

Price per person starting at 1595 EUR
Price subject to availability

English

8 January – 31 March 2023

Photo by Jens Schmidt - Copyright Hurtigruten

DAY 1

Arrival at Tromsø

One night in a category **** hotel in the centre of Tromsø

Breakfast

DAY 2

Husky Safari (09:45-13:45)

Dog sledding with our Alaskan Huskies is the heart and soul of Tromsø! Join us for a dog sledding excursion on Kvaløya, one of the largest islands in Norway. Enjoy some stunning views of the mountains that surround Tromsø and the Balsford and Malangen peninsula. We will drive 4 km with the Huskies, which takes a little bit more than one hour. We will also get the chance to meet our 300 four-legged friends closely and spend some time with the puppies. You can choose to go in a sled driven by a guide or to drive yourself together with another guest. After this adventure in the Norwegian winterland, a hearty dish of bidos, prepared with reindeer meat, broth and vegetables is all that the body needs. We will serve the meal in the camp around the open fire. Vegetarian meals available on request.

Your Hurtigruten ship departs at 18:30
Three nights in an inside cabin with breakfast
Possibility to book an oceanview cabin at a variable supplement
Possibility to include lunch and/or dinner

Photo by Astrid Keste - Copyright Hurtigruten

Photo and copyrighy Arctic Coast - Ørjan Bertelsen and Hurtigruten

DAY 3

Cap Nord, Kjøllefjord and Mehamn

Excursion to North Cape (3 hours including transfers)

 

Welcome to the North Cape – at the very end of the world. The mighty plateau rises 307 metres above the Arctic Ocean, and marks the end point of the European mainland. The journey from Honningsvåg to the North Cape takes you past a wild cliff coast that plunges down into the Arctic Ocean, treeless plains and picturesque fishing villages. In winter and spring, see the frozen shores, endless white plains and snow-capped mountains highlighted by dramatic weather and that special arctic light. In the last kilometres before reaching the cape, the bus has to follow the snowplough. In summer you might see reindeers grazing under the midnight sun, and you’ll have a chance to meet Sámi reindeer herders. The globe sculpture has become the symbol of the North Cape, and is always a popular site for that all-important picture. The North Cape Hall houses a modern visitor centre with a number of facilities. A panoramic film takes you on a beautiful and exciting journey through the area and the dramatic shifting of the seasons. Enjoy a coffee in the café, buy souvenirs and send a postcard from the centre’s very own mailbox!

DAY 4

Snow mobile safari

Upon arrival to Kirkenes we take a short trip by coach to a site outside Kirkenes. We climb into thermal suits, onto snowmobiles and take off on a snowmobile adventure over a frozen fjord and across beautiful frozen terrain at the height of Arctic winter. During the excursion we learn more about the history of the Sámi people, the extreme Arctic climate and the unique wildlife that inhabits the region. After the journey, we enjoy a hot drink and taste dried reindeer meat in a well-heated Sámi lavvo (teepee). We ride two people per snow mobile.

Photo by Stein J Bjørge - Copyright Hurtigruten

Photo by Leslie A. Kelly - Copyright Hurtigruten

DAY 5

Hammerfest and Tromsø

Guided tour of Hammerfest (1 hour)

 

On arrival in Hammerfest, the bus will take you to the Meridian Column. It commemorates the first official measurement of the exact size and shape of the Earth, and is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. The place also offers interesting views of Melkøya and the LNG plant where gas from the Snøhvit field in the Barents Sea is processed. Hammerfest has a long, eventful history; back in 1891 it was the first town in northern Europe to get electric street lighting produced purely from hydropower. While heading up to the Mount Salen, you will learn more about Hammerfest’s unique history, and get an insight into the Sámi history and culture. From Salen there is a great view over the town. On the way back you have a chance to see the town church, featuring unusual architecture inspired by fish drying racks!

Arrival at Tromsø at 23:45 

One night in a category **** hotel in the centre of Tromsø

Breakfast

DAY 6

Departure from Tromsø

End of programme.

Possibility to prolong the stay in Tromsø and include more activities, such as a dinner cruise searching for the Northern lights, an evening excursion by minibus searching for the Northern lights or a reindeer safari.

End of programme.

Photo by Bård Løken - Copyright Hurtigruten

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