Northern Norway Adventure

Cruises, Glass or Snow Igloos , Independent , Northern Lights
Tromso, Hurtigruten, The North Cape, Alta & Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
7 days
Dec - Mar
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Your winter adventure begins with 1 night in Tromso, Norway's "Arctic Capital", then takes you onboard the Hurtigruten coastal ferry for 1 night on an unforgettable journey north along the Norwegian coast line. From the ship you visit the famed North Cape, the northernmost point of Norway and of mainland Europe, then disembark and stay for 1 night in Honningsvåg. From here, travel by coach to Alta, where you'll stay for 2 nights in the city and 1 night in a Snow Igloo at the amazing Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. Your tour then ends with travel by coach from Alta back to Tromso. A real adventure in the far north!

Day 1  Tromso Arrival 
Upon arrival in Tromsø make your own way from the airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore Tromsø. This university town has a lively atmosphere and friendly locals. Perhaps visit the Arctic Cathedral for it’s daring architecture, the Polaria Aquarium (don’t miss the Northern Lights & Spitsbergen Arctic Wilderness films), the Polar Museum to learn about the role Tromso has played in Arctic exploration, and the MS Polstjerna, a well preserved sailing vessel from 1949. Overnight at Clarion The Edge Hotel or similar.

Day 2  Tromso: Hurtigruten Departure and Overnight Onboard
Breakfast at the hotel and time at leisure in Tromso. Late this afternoon make your own way to the wharf to board the Hurtigruten ferry, departing at around 18:30hrs.  Your voyage will take you on the spectacular northbound route along the Norwegian coastline, from Tromso to Honningsvag. The ferry sails past remote settlements and small islands, and through varied waterways. Relax and enjoy the views from the vessel's Panoramic Lounge or from on deck, and don't forget to look out for the Aurora as the ship sails through the Arctic night.  1 night on board in a standard, unspecified outside cabin including dinner and breakfast.

Day 3  Hurtigruten: The North Cape and Honningsvag
Breakfast on board. After a short stop in Hammerfest, your vessel will continue to Honningsvag, to arrive at around 11:45hrs. From Honningsvag disembark and join an excursion by coach to Norway and mainland Europe’s most northerly point, the North Cape. This is a wild and windswept headland where the cliffs rise dramatically 300 metres from the sea, and you can gaze out across the water to the frozen wastes that lead to the North Pole. Overnight at Scandic Honningsvag hotel or similar.

Day 4  Honningsvåg – Alta
This morning make your own way to the central bus station and continue your journey on the Arctic route, travelling by coach from Honningsvag to Alta, a trip which takes you through the underwater tunnel to the mainland, along the Porsangen fjord. On arrival in Alta make your own way to your hotel and time at leisure. Overnight at Thon Hotel Alta or similar.

Perhaps 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. Or explore the modern Northern Lights Cathedral, an elegant and modern construction with architecture inspired by the Aurora. 

Day 5  Alta - Sorrisnvia Igloo Hotel, Snowmobile Safari & Overnight in Igloo
After breakfast you will be transferred from your hotel to the amazing Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, the world's northernmost ice hotel, built anew every year since 2000. Feel the serenity and silence the Igloo Hotel gives you, as you wander among handcrafted ice sculptures or perhaps purchase an ice drink in the ice bar - everything is made from pure snow and ice.

Enjoy a breath-taking snowmobile safari through the beautiful landscape of Finnmark, following the old trade route towards Karasjok through a great variety of natural landscape, from forest and valley to unending, snow-covered plains. 2 persons share the driving of each snowmobile.

Tonight after dinner at the hotel you will stay in a room completely made of snow and ice. The temperatures inside the igloo remain constant between minus 4 and minus 7 but thanks to natural reindeer-hides, "mattresses" and sleeping-bags that keep you warm, you will have a cosy night.

Day 6  Alta – Tromsø
After breakfast, depart the beautiful Igloo Hotel and transfer back to Alta, to board the local bus which will take you back to Tromsø, travelling west through the snowy landscapes. On arrival in Tromso make your own way to your hotel. Overnight in Tromso at Clarion The Edge Hotel or similar. 

Day 7  Tromsø Departure
Breakfast at the hotel then end of arrangements.   

Departures: daily 16 December 2020 - 31 March 2021

Includes: 4 nights (2 nights Tromso, 1 night Honningsvag, 1 night Alta) accommodation in standard rooms in mentioned hotels or similar including breakfast; 1 night onboard Hurtigruten vessel in standard unspecified outside cabin including breakfast and dinner; North Cape excursion; bus Honningsvag/Alta; 1 night at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in an igloo room including breakfast and dinner; transfer to/from Alta to Igloo Hotel; snowmobile safari from Igloo Hotel; bus Alta/Tromso.

Please note the Igloo rooms do not have running water, bathrooms or electricity. Showers, saunas and toilets are in a separate warm building nearby. Warm sleeping bags are provided as well as extra clothing and hot water bottles. Your luggage is stored in the luggage room.
 

Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3689.00
Single AUD$ 4765.00

Includes: 4 nights (2 nights Tromso, 1 night Honningsvag, 1 night Alta) accommodation in standard rooms in mentioned hotels or similar including breakfast; 1 night onboard Hurtigruten vessel in standard unspecified outside cabin including breakfast and dinner; North Cape excursion; bus Honningsvag/Alta; 1 night at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in an igloo room including breakfast and dinner; transfer to/from Alta to Igloo Hotel; snowmobile safari from Igloo Hotel; bus Alta/Tromso.

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