Capitals of Northern Lights

Escorted, Northern Lights
Best of Norwegian Lapland, from Tromso to Alta
5 Days
Oct-Nov & Jan-Mar
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This compact escorted tour takes you to Norwegian Lapland, from Tromso to Alta. Highlights include a city tour in Tromso with the Botanical Gardens & Arctic Cathedral, a visit to the award-winning Alta Museum and Northern Lights Cathedral, plus a wonderful Husky Safari. You can also add some great evening optional activities.

Day 1: Tromso Arrival
On arrival in Tromso take the airport coach to your hotel. Time at leisure - this university town has a lively atmosphere and friendly locals. Perhaps visit Polaria Aquarium (don’t miss the Northern Lights & Spitsbergen Arctic Wilderness films), the Polar Museum to learn about the role Tromsø has played in Arctic exploration, and MS Polstjerna, a well preserved sailing vessel from 1949. Or take the cable car up to Mount Storsteinen and enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of Tromsø and its surroundings, visit one of the several excellent art museums, or sample some local beer at Mack Brewery, the world's northernmost brewery. Overnight at Radisson Blu Tromso or similar.

Day 2 Tromso: City Sightseeing including Arctic Cathedral & Evening Aurora Visit  
This morning enjoy a 3hr city sightseeing tour, starting with the world’s most northern botanical gardens, then Tromso University Museum, where we learn about nature and culture in northern Norway, and the indigenous Sami people. Next we travel around the island, passing Lake Prestvatn and cross the bridge to the Arctic Cathedral. This masterpiece, built by Jan Inge Hovig in 1965, reflects north Norwegian nature, culture and faith, with a monumental stained-glass window.

The afternoon is at leisure. Then tonight at 18:30hrs leave town and head to the Aurora Camp, where more than 300 friendly huskies are waiting to greet you, and you can pay a visit to the puppy enclosure! Then enjoy a traditional Norwegian dinner in a cosy Gamme Hut, and get ready to search for the Northern Lights - a warm fire outside will set the mood and keep you toasty. Return late to the hotel for your 2nd overnight in Tromso.

Day 3 Tromso – Alta and Optional Northern Lights Storytelling Tour
Today we travel from Alta to Tromso, a trip with stunning scenery that includes 2 ferry crossings. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views! On arrival in Alta, check in at your hotel and evening at leisure. Overnight at Thon Alta or similar.

This evening you can join an optional Northern Lights Storytelling Tour. We drive out into the countryside, to an  area with no light pollution - the perfect place to maximize your chances of seeing the magnificent Aurora Borealis, in the company of your knowledgeable local guide, who will also tell you all about the local history of Alta. Return to central Tromso around midnight.

Day 4 Alta: Alta Museum and Northern Lights Cathedral + Optional Northern Lights Sleigh Ride  
Today visit the award-winning Alta Museum, on the site of the early settlement dating from 11,000 years ago, with exhibitions on local culture and history. This is Northern Europe’s largest and richest rock carving site; here, you can walk on pathways arranged around 2000 to 6200 year old rock carvings, showing the life of hunters and fishermen. After a guided tour of the museum we visit the modern Northern Lights Cathedral, an elegant and modern construction with architecture inspired by the Aurora. 2nd overnight in Alta.

Tonight offers an optional horse drawn sleigh ride, at a farm in the nearby countryside. Your sleigh is pulled by a charming Norwegian Fjord horse through the forest and along the Alta River, so all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the peace and beauty all around you, snuggled warmly in blankets. Along the way, stop for a light supper served around a warm fire. Maybe the Northern Lights will appear!

Day 5 Alta Departure
Transfer to Alta Airport and end of arrangements.

2018 departures:  09, 23 October; 20 November 2018
2019 departures: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29 January;  05, 12, 19, 26 February;  05, 12 March 

Maximum group size: 28 persons

Includes: 4 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities and daily breakfast; coach transfer Tromso Airport-hotel (Day 1); 3hr guided city tour Tromso Day 2 ; 4.5hr Aurora Husky Visit Day 2; Alta Museum and Northern Lights Cathedral visit Day 4; transfer hotel – Alta Airport Day 6;  1 dinner Day 2; services of English speaking guide; transport in modern coach Days 2-4 with WiFi on board the coach; entrance fees for included excursions; use of outer winter clothing during included activities and safaris. 

Excludes:  optional excursions being 2 hr 4 hrs Northern Lights with storytelling Day 3 and 4 hrs Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride Day 4; all other meals; drinks; departure transfer hotel-Alta Airport any day other than Day 5; gratuities; luggage service at hotels.

All optional excursions must be pre-booked.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1564.00
Single AUD$ 2180.00

Includes:  4 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities and daily breakfast; coach transfer Tromso Airport – hotel Day 1; 3hr guided city tour Tromso Day 2 ; 4.5hr Aurora Husky Visit Day 2; Alta Museum and Northern Lights Cathedral visit Day 4; transfer hotel – Alta Airport Day 6;  1 dinner Day 2; services of English speaking guide; transport in modern coach Days 2-4 with WiFi on board the coach; entrance fees for included excursions; use of outer winter clothing during included activities and safaris. 

 

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