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Lights of Arctic Norway

7 Days / 4 locations in Norway and Finland

EXPERIENCE THIS UNIQUE JOURNEY TO LAPLAND AND BE AMAZED BY A BLEND OF FIRST CLASS TRAVEL, WITH THE MOST FASCINATING AND INVIGORATING WINTER ACTIVITIES IN THE REGION. A LOCAL GUIDE WILL TAKE YOU ON A 3-HOUR TOUR OF TROMSO CITY FOLLOWED BY HUSKY SAFARI AND THE SEARCH FOR THE AURORA BOREALIS. IN ALTA YOU WILL VISIT THE AWARD-WINNING LOCAL MUSEUM AS WELL AS THE IMPRESSIVE NORTHERN LIGHTS CATHEDRAL. IN KIRKENES CHOOSE TO TRY ONE OF THE DELICACIES OF THE NORTH ON A KING CRAB SAFARI.

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Tromso
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Tromso

Arrival to Tromso airport. Upon exiting the airport, please proceed to the Flybussen bus stop (regular airport express bus) and present your voucher to the driver. Your voucheris valid for both the arrival and departure transfers so please be sure to keep it safe. The Flybussen will transfer you the 5 km distance to the center of Tromso and drop off is within walking distance of your hotel. Check-in atyour hotel (guaranteed from 15:00). Please consult the Borealis Destination Management welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director. The rest of the day at leisure.

 
Day 2     Tromso
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Tromso
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour. This tour will be the perfect introduction to Tromso where you will visit the world’s most northern Botanical gardens. Here you can enjoy the views of the mountains to the east and south. Tromso enjoys a subarctic climate, its location corresponding to the northern coast of Alaska. Visit the Tromso University Museum where you will learn fascinating facts on nature and culture in northern Norway. Learn about the indigenous Sami people, their traditional culture and recent history. Following this, you will continue on a tour around the island, passing Lake Prestvatn where the Meteorological Institute is situated. Travel across the bridge to the Arctic Cathedral for a visit to this masterpiece by Jan Inge Hovig. Built in 1965, the cathedral reflects north Norwegian nature, culture, and faith with a monumental stained-glass window

AURORA HUSKY VISIT DINNER INCLUDED DURATION: 6.30pm - 11.00pm Be ready for a pick-up right outside your hotel at 6.30pm where you will be met by a representative from Tromso Villmarkssenter and taken on a 25-minute bus ride to the Aurora Camp. At the camp you will be equipped with thermal overalls and boots to keep you nice and warm all evening. 300 friendly Alaskan huskies are waiting to greet you and enjoy some cuddles, followed by an affectionate and playful visit to the puppy enclosure. Once you have filled up on puppy love, it is time to enjoy a traditional Norwegian dinner in our cozy Gamme-hut (turf home). You will be served Norwegian Bacalao, prepared with locally sourced cod and tomato sauce, and for dessert their savory signature chocolate cake. As it is impossible to predict when the Aurora will appear during the evening, your guide will keep a close eye on the sky for you and the program will be adjusted accordingly. For those of you who wish to sit outside and wait for it to appear, a bonfire will set the mood and keep you toasty.

 
Day 3     Tromso - Alta
Accommodation: Thon Hotell Alta
Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. On your bus trip to Alta you will get to see the most magnificent and stunning nature and this trip will be something you will remember just a little longer. The distance between Tromso and Alta is about 300 km, the trip will take around 8 hours and include two ferry rides. The tour will make a stop to enjoy lunch (not included) at the Bios Café in Storslett. Arrival in Alta and check in at your hotel. Evening at leisure.

OPTIONAL: NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR - Storytelling 7.30pm - 11.30pm Includes: transfers between Alta and Sorrisniva, guide, sweets and hot drink during the trip

Min 2 persons/ max 15 persons

This adventure begins with a pick up from the Scandic Hoteland a 20-minute bus ride into the countryside. The family owned Sorrisniva adventure facility is perfectly located to maximize your chances of seeing the magnificent Aurora Borealis in the time between September and March. In the company of a knowledgeable local guide you will take on the Northern Lights chase. Along the way you will have an excellent opportunity to learn more about the natural phenomenon as well as the local history of Alta. Your guide will also be very happy to help you catch some beautiful images with your own camera. During the trip you will be served sweets and a warm drink. You will return to Scandic Hotel around midnight. REQUIRES PRE-BOOKING

 
Day 4     Alta
Accommodation: Thon Hotell Alta
Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel before departing for the prestigious EMYA award-winning Alta museum. The museum is situated at the site of early settlement of Finnmark dating from around 11,000 years ago and presents exhibitions on local culture and historic industries. A must-see for anyone visiting the area. Afterwards we will pay a visit to the modern Northern Lights Cathedral located in the central part of town.

ALTA MUSEUM Included Experience the Northern Europe’s largest and richest rock carving site, inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Here you can walk on pathways arranged around the rock carving area while having a fantastic view over the Alta Fjord. The 2000 to 6200 years old rock carvings show the life of hunters and fishermen. You will have a guided tour at the museum with some free time afterwards to walk around in your own pace.

NORTHERN LIGHTS CATHEDRAL Included The impressive Nordlyskatedralen is a result of an architectural competition launched in 2001. Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in collaboration with architect Kolbjorn Jenssen of Link Arkitektur, the elegant and modern construction features concrete and wood with external cladding of titanium sheets. The central feature being the towering spiral with belfry. Inside the church you will find art work by Danish artist Peter Brandes.

OPTIONAL: SLEIGH RIDE UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS Min 2 persons/Max 8 persons 8.00pm - 12.00am; Includes: Transfer, traditional dinner including dried meat chips w/dip, reindeer meat, lingonberry sauce, homemade cinnamon rolls, bonfire-coffee and glogg. Dinner included. This tour offers you an evening of cozy adventure.You will be picked up in Alta and driven to a farm in the nearby countryside where you will climb aboard a sleigh and get bundled up in warm blankets. Your sleigh is then pulled by a Norwegian Fjord Horse through the forest and along the Alta River, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the peace and beauty all around you. Near the end of the ride, you will stop at a wilderness shelter where a light dinner will be served around a warm fire. Under the right conditions you might also be able to captures some beautiful images of the Northern Lights. REQUIRES PRE-BOOKING

 
Day 5     Alta - Saariselka
Accommodation: Saarisselka Tunturi Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel before departure. In the comforts of our coach you will make your way south from Alta to Saariselka. The journey takes approximately 6 hours, during which you will have the opportunity to take in the breath-taking beauty of the changing Nordic landscape. The tour will make a stop along the way to enjoy lunch (not included).

 
Day 6     Saariselka - Kirkenes
Accommodation: Thon Hotel Kirkenes
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

Breakfast at the hotel followed by an early departure. You will be traveling the 270 km north to Kirkenes by coach, an approximately 4-hour journey transporting you through the beautiful northern Lapland. Your eyes will feast on breathtaking nature as you make your way up north. The tour makes a stop along the way to enjoy lunch. After check-in at Thon Hotel Kirkenes you will enjoy the amazing experience of the ÍžKING CRAB SAFARIÍŸ, departing from your hotel at 1.00pm.

KING CRAB SAFARI INCLUDED; DURATION: APPROX 3-4 HOURSÍž

Rated one of the best 25 excursions in the World by National GeographicÍŸ. One of the highlights of Northern Norway with the chance to taste one of the local delicacies known worldwide. Heading out on the Kirkenes Fjord you will come face to face with this giant of the sea on the King Crab safari. The red king crab found in the Barents Sea can reach up to two meters from claw to claw and weigh up to 15 kilos. Depending on the weather and ice the trip might be by boat or snowmobile drawn sleigh. Once your king crab has been caught, you are transferred to a remote cabin where the crab will be prepared for a delicious lunch. All equipment and clothing will be provided. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

 
Day 7     Kirkenes
Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your transfer to Kirkenes airport in good time for your departure flight.

 

Notes

Please note! Arrival and departures transfers from Tromso and Kirkenes are by a regular (public) airport bus service Flybussen. For passengers who require private transfers – for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved.

Price Includes
6 Nights in First Class Hotels in Standard Double/Twin Rooms With
Breakfasts, Buffet Style
1 Lunch and 1 Snack As Mentioned in the Program
Guided 3-Hour City Sightseeing in Tromso
Arrival Transfer in Tromso by Public Service Flybussen
Departure from Kirkenes by Public Service Flybussen
Bi-Lingual Tour Escort (English & Spanish or Portuguese) from Day
The Long-Distance Coach from Day 2-15 Offers Wifi
All Tours and Transportation, As Mentioned in the Program
Visits, Excursions and Entrances As Mentioned in the Program
Outdoor Clothing for Winter Activities/Safaris As Mentioned in the
BOR-1269