North Cape & Northern Norway

Alta, the North Cape & Karasjok
7 days
Jun - Aug
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The North Cape is a huge, fantastic  cape on the northern coast of Norway, off  the island of Magerøya. The Cape has a 307 metre high cliff with a large flat plateau, on top where you can stand and watch the midnight sun as it reaches its lowest point at around midnight. The North Cape is also the point where the Norwegian Sea  meets the Barents Sea, and a place where the power and majesty of nature is very apparent. 

This tour starts in Alta, where you can visit the famous Alta Museum to see astounding rock carvings thousands of years old, then takes you to the North Cape to see the Midnight Sun,  and on to Karasjok, the heartland of Sami culture in Norway.

Day 1  Alta Arrival 
On arrival in Alta make your own way to your hotel. Overnight and breakfast at Thon Hotel Alta or similar. For the remainder of the day explore this Arctic town at your leisure. 

Day 2 Alta - Museum and Rock Carvings - Hammerfest
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you visit the Alta Museum and the fascinating ancient rock Carvings - entrance fee to the museum is included. The rock carvings are from settlements dating from c. 4200 to 500 B.C and constitute the most important piece of evidence documenting the existence of human activity on the fringes of the Far North in prehistoric times - hence its status as a UNESCO world heritage site.The first petroglyphs were discovered in the 1960s. Since then thousands of paintings and engravings have been found at some 45 sites in the region, the largest of them at Hjemmeluft, where the Alta Museum is situated. Approximately 3,000 figures have been found here.

Then in the afternoon take the bus from Alta to Hammerfest (approximately 3 hours). On arrival in Hammerfest walk the short distance to your hotel. Hammerfest is the northern most city in the world.  Visit the Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society which exhibits mementos of the early life of Hammerfest, including stuffed animals, early Arctic hunting artifacts, travelling and camping equipment, and a gallery of photographs, paintings, drawings and writings. Overnight at Thon Hotel Hammerfest or similar.       

Day 3 Hammerfest - Honningsvag - The North Cape - Honningsvag
Early this morning make your own way from your hotel to the pier. Your Hurtigruten vessel arrives in Hammerfest at 05:15hrs and departs at 06:00hrs. Enjoy the magnificent views from the comfortable deck seats as the boat cruises along the island dotted coastline. A cafe is available on board. At approximately 11.15hrs arrive in Honningsvag and disembark. Drop your bags off at the hotel then enjoy a walk around the town. In the early afternoon check into your hotel then at 21:30hrs board the local bus for the short trip to the North Cape, arriving at around 22:15hrs. The North Cape is a monumental experience and offers a fascinating view from 307 metres above the North Atlantic Ocean, sometimes illuminated by the midnight sun. The Cape is truly something extraordinary. After midnight the bus takes you back to Honningsvag. Overnight at Scandic Hotel Honningsvag or similar.

Day 4 Honningsvåg – Olderfjord - Karasjok
Day at  leisure before joining the late afternoon bus from Honningsvåg to Olderfjord and on to Karasjok. On arrival in Karasjok make your way to your hotel.  Overnight at the Scandic Hotel Karasjok or similar.

Day 5 Karasjok 
Day at leisure to enjoy Karasjok –perhaps visit the Sami park called “Sapmi”, which presents Sami culture and history in an informative and entertaining way. Karasjok is  a Sami town of 3000 people. With recognized Sami institutions and thriving Sami culture, it is the  capital of the Sami people in Norway. Overnight at the Scandic Hotel Karasjok or similar.

Day 6 Karasjok - Alta
The morning is free to relax before you take the afternoon the bus from Karasjok back to Alta, Overnight at the Thon Hotel Alta or similar. 

Day 7  Departure
Arrangements end after breakfast.

Departures: mid-June to mid-August on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays only. 

Extra nights can be added at any destination along the way 

Includes: 6 nights accommodation and breakfast; bus travel; coastal steamer from Hammerfest to Honningsvåg (deck seat only); entrance fee at the North Cape 

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 9656.00
Single AUD$ 12663.00