Northern Lights

Aurora Borealis, Tromsø
Northern Lights in a winter sky
Lighthouse - © Terje Rakke (Lofoten Vinter)
Lofoten, Norway
Northern Lights
Tromsø, Norway, beyond the Arctic circle - © Vlada Z/Shutterstock.com
Lofoten, Norway - © Elena Suvorova/Shutterstock.com
Tromsø, Norway

Holiday Highlights

  • Opportunity to see the amazing Northern Lights
  • Leisure time in Oslo, Trondheim and Tromsø
  • Spectacular rail journey across the Arctic Circle
  • The Lofoten Islands
  • Visit to the Viking Museum and guided tours of Svolvær and Henningsvær
  • The Ofoten Railway - Narvik to Kiruna
  • Visit to Jukkasvärvi Ice Hotel
  • 11 Days from £3,250pp
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Tour Dates:
Tuesday 18 February to Friday 28 February 2020

A captivating tour of an ancient and enigmatic land where the wonders of nature and breathtaking scenery compliment centuries of culture and tradition. Travel through stunning scenery by train, including crossing the Arctic Circle.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – London to Oslo

A morning flight from London to Oslo. Our centrally located hotel provides an excellent base to explore the city’s many museums and historical sites. Welcome dinner this evening in the hotel’s restaurant.

Day 2 – Oslo

At leisure in Oslo.

Day 3 – Heading North to Trondheim

Departing early we take our first scenic rail journey and travel through the Gudbrandsdal valley, crossing the stunning Dovrefjell mountain plateau and National Park to Trondheim. A free afternoon and evening allows you plenty of time to explore this picturesque and welcoming city. The main building in this historic town is the magnificent Nidaros Cathedral.

Day 4 – Across the Arctic Circle

As our journey by rail continues north, the scenery changes from breathtaking fjords to wondrous mountain passes - the photographic opportunities appear limitless from the comfort of the train. We experience the wonder of crossing the Arctic Circle late afternoon (the summit of the line) then drop down to the end of the line at the coastal port of Bodø.

Day 5 – Ferry to the Lofoten Islands

After a morning at leisure we set sail on a truly remarkable journey to Svolvær, capital of the Lofoten Islands, with an evening arrival into this lively harbour town. Dinner is included on board the ferry. This evening, we take a late night guided walk to Kabelvågmarka - a viewpoint in Svolvær - with the hopes of seeing the most awe inspiring natural phenomenon - the ‘Aurora Borealis’.

Day 6 – Discover Lofoten and Henningsvaer

The Lofoten Islands provide many enchanting, fascinating and unique places to visit. Today we take a full day coach excursion to enjoy the beauty of the islands. Lunch is included at the Lofotr Viking Museum, an amazing insight into life during the Viking era with reconstructions of their lifestyle placed ingeniously alongside original archaeological artefacts. After lunch we continue to the charming coastal fishing port of Henningsvær, referred to as the Venice of the North where magical waterways criss-cross the town. Dinner is included at a nearby restaurant prior to boarding our comfortable ferry for an overnight sailing to Tromsø. We once again have a chance to view the magnificent Northern Lights.

Day 7 – Tromsø

Tromsø, surrounded by fjords and forests is our next fascinating insight into Norwegian culture and our home for the next 2 nights.

Day 8 – Day at Leisure

With so much to do and see, today has been left free for relaxation. This exciting University City is home to many captivating museums, such as the Polar Museum; or you could take the cable car to Mount Storsteinen (421m) and delight in the spectacular views whilst enjoying a sumptuous dinner in the mountain top restaurant. The list of things to do is endless here in Tromsø.

Day 9 – By Road to Narvik

This morning our tour continues by road to Narvik, giving you an opportunity to marvel at the unfolding scenery, with lunch included en route. An absorbing destination, Narvik has a vital role as the terminus of the iron ore rail route from Sweden. A visit to the port of Narvik to watch this enormous industrial machine at work is a unique experience or, you may wish to visit the War Museum for an insight into the inspirational and heroic actions of the Nordic people.

Day 10 – Train to Kiruna

After breakfast we depart by train for Kiruna. The Ofoten Railway runs between the port of Narvik and the iron ore mining town of Kiruna, a stupendous journey winding its way through vivid and scenic landscapes. As our last night will be in Sweden, it is only fitting that our final excursion is to the famous Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel, where a farewell dinner and guided tour has been arranged before we return to our hotel in Kiruna.

Day 11 – Return to London

After a leisurely breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight home, via Stockholm.

N.B. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Tour Route

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Selected Hotels

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo

Scandic Bakklandet Hotel, Trondheim

Clarion Collection Hotel Grand, Bodø

Scandic Svolvær, Lofoten

Clarion Collection Hotel With, Tromsø

Scandic Hotel, Narvik

Scandic Ferrum Hotel, Kiruna

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Return flights in Economy Class by scheduled airline
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Standard class rail travel as specified
  • Private transfer by road from Tromsø to Narvik
  • Ferry Bodø to Svolvær including dinner
  • Standard Cabin accommodation onboard ferry Svolvær to Tromsø
  • Excursions as detailed
  • 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • All transfers as stated
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £3,250
Single room supplement: £545
Deposit for this holiday: £200

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