Lights of Arctic Norway

Escorted, Northern Lights
From Tromso to Alta, Saariselka and Kirkenes
7 days
Jan - Mar
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This great short tour takes you from Tromso to Alta in Norway, to Saariselka in Finland, and then finishes in Kirkenes. Highlights include a city tour in Tromso with the Botanical Gardens & the Arctic Cathedral, a visit to the award-winning Alta Museum and the Northern Lights Cathedral, a King Crab Safari, and an Aurora Husky farm visit.

Plus you can 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 the 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 the MS Polstjerna, a well preserved sailing vessel from 1949. Or take the cable car up to Mount Storsteinen and enjoy the 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 3 hr city sightseeing tour, starting with the world’s most northern Botanical gardens, then Tromso University Museum, where we learn about the nature and culture of northern Norway, and the indigenous Sami people. Next we travel around the island, passing Lake Prestvatn, and cross the bridge to the Arctic Cathedral, a  masterpiece built by Jan Inge Hovig in 1965. The cathedral 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 - Saariselka
From Alta we head south to Saariselka, enjoying the beauty of the changing Nordic landscape. Evening at leisure and overnight at Santa’s Tunturi Hotel or similar.

Day 6 Saariselka – Kirkenes, Norway: King Crab Safari
We continue north today, to Kirkenes in Norway. On arrival, check-in your hotel then enjoy the amazing experience of a King Crab Safari. This 3-4 hr safari was rated one of the best 25 excursions in the world by National Geographic, and is great fun. This giant of the sea lives in Kirkenes Fjord and can reach up to 2 metres across, and weigh up to 15 kilos. Depending on the weather and ice this excursion might be by boat or snowmobile drawn sleigh (you do not drive the snowmobile, only sit in a sled drawn by the guide’s snowmobile). Once the king crab has been caught, transfer to a remote cabin where the crab is cooked for your delicious lunch. Overnight at Thon Hotel Kirkenes or similar.

Day 7 Kirkenes Departure
Transfer to Kirkenes Airport and end of arrangements.

Maximum 28 persons

Departures:
01, 08, 15, 22 and 29 January 2019
05, 12, 19 and 26 February 2019
05 and 12 March 2019

Includes:  6 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; 3-4hrs King Crab Safari Day 6; transfer hotel – Kirkenes Airport Day 7;  1 dinner Day 2; 1 lunch Day 6; services of English speaking guide; transport in modern coach Days 2-6 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-Kirkenes Airport any day other than Day 7; gratuities; luggage service at hotels.

All optional excursions must be pre-booked.

 

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3144.00
Single AUD$ 3917.00

Includes:  6 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; 3-4hrs King Crab Safari Day 6; transfer hotel – Kirkenes Airport Day 7;  1 dinner Day 2; 1 lunch Day 6; services of English speaking guide; transport in modern coach Days 2-6 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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