Day 01: Arrival in Tromsø
Arrival at Tromsø Airport, upon arrival at the airport individual transfer (not included) to Tromsø centre, the beautiful arctic city, by Flybussen (Airport Shuttle) or with Tromsø Taxi. Check in at the Clarion Hotel The Edge this day is at your own leisure to explore Tromsø. Sights of interest include the Polar Museum, Northern Light Planetarium and Tromsø Museum. The arctic city of Tromsø is the world’s most northern university town and the largest city in the Nordic countries north of the Arctic Circle. The city lies between the sharp craggy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, and combines wild scenery with urban life. Due to the city’s location right in the middle of the planet’s Northern Light’s belt, Tromsø offers the world’s best chances of spotting the Northern Lights.
⌂ Overnight at Thon Hotel Polar or similar.
Day 02: Snowmobile adventure under the Northern Lights
Breakfast at the hotel and morning at your leisure to discover the Arctic’s Capital including the visit of the Polaria museum. This museum is just five minutes walk from the centre of Tromsø and you will discover more about the Arctic nature. In the afternoon departure for your excursion, which includes fun and adventure on a snowmobile! The snowmobile safari winter adventure goes through the valley of Finn, to the lake of Tamok, a distance of 15 km one way. You will be driving in pairs, one driver and one passenger on each snowmobile, with opportunity to switch places half way. A thorough safety introduction will take place ahead of starting up. Due to the dramatic topography reduced speed is held during parts of the tour. On flat land and frozen lakes you can speed up. A hot meal will be served during the adventure. During the safari you will also have a great opportunity to spot the Aurora Borealis.
⌂ Overnight at Thon Hotel Polar or similar.
Day 03: Tromsø & departure with Hurtigruten
Breakfast at the hotel, day at your leisure for a new safari maybe with huskies or sightseeing tour of the Arctic capital before check in for your next adventure – on board Hurtigruten. Enjoy a beautiful north cruise along the spectacular Norwegian coastline. As the journey to Kirkenes hugs the coastline you visit remote settlements which rely on the Hurtigruten ships to maintain contact with the rest of Norway. Departure from Tromsø at 18:30.
⌂ Overnight and dinner on board Hurtigruten in unspecified outside cabin.
Day 04: To the North Cape
05:15 – arrival in Hammerfest. Hammerfest was the first town in Norway to have electric street lighting. As early as 1891, residents could enjoy fully lit streets during the winter darkness. After a short stop your journey continues in a Northern direction to Honningsvåg. Breakfast on board Hurtigruten. At 11:45 arrival in Honningsvåg – from here you will join an excursion to mainland Europe’s most northerly point, North Cape. This is a wild and windswept headland where the cliffs rise dramatically 300 metres from the sea, and we gaze out with nothing but water between you and the frozen wastes surrounding the North Pole. Sailing on, you bear east, and eventually reach the sheltered harbour of Kirkenes, a mere 10km from the Russian border.
⌂ Overnight and dinner onboard Hurtigruten in unspecified outside cabin.
Day 05: Arrival in Kirkenes, king crab safari & snow hotel
Breakfast on board Hurtigruten. While you sleep the ship continues sailing east along the Varanger peninsula, past Båtsfjord and Vardø. At breakfast time, you will pass by Vadsø, the administrative centre of Finnmark. It was from here that the Arctic explorers Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth began their flights over the North Pole in the airship “Norge”. At 09:45 you will arrive in Kirkenes. This is the turning point for the Hurtigruten voyage, and this fascinating little town allows a tantalising glimpse into life in this remote region of Norway. At 13:00 you are met by a fisherman, you will be provided with warm clothes, boots and mittens before you set out to be a fisherman of king crabs for the day. The big catch, the king crab will be served as lunch at a home of one of the fishermen. The duration of the tour is four hours. After the tour you will be met and transferred to the Kirkenes snow hotel.
⌂ Overnight and dinner at Kirkenes Snow Hotel.
Day 06: Departure from Kirkenes
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer by minibus back to town. Rest of your day at leisure and departure from Kirkenes according to your own itinerary (airport transfer not included).
– 2 nights hotel accommodation with shower/WC in Tromsø
– 2 nights on board Hurtigruten in 2-berth unspecified outside cabin
– 1 night in the snow hotel
– 5 x breakfast buffets
– 3 x dinners
– Snowmobile excursion (with 2 persons per snowmobile) including simple dinner
– Excursion to the North Cape
– King crab safari with lunch