Northern Lights

Aurora Borealis, Tromsø
Northern Lights in a winter sky
Lofotr Viking Museum
Lighthouse - © Terje Rakke (Lofoten Vinter)
Lofoten, Norway
Northern Lights
Panorama of Norwegian town Tromso, Norway, beyond the Arctic circle - © Vlada Z/Shutterstock.com
Lofoten, Norway - © Elena_Suvorova/Shutterstock.com
Tromso, 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 Svolvaer and Henningsvaer
  • The Ofoten Railway - Narvik to Kiruna
  • Juakkasjarvi Ice Hotel & Farewell Dinner
  • 11 days from £2,750pp
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Tour Dates:
Tuesday 20 February to Friday 2 March 2018

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, before heading into the region famous for sightings of the Northern Lights and finally an unforgettable journey on the Ofoten Railway into Sweden.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – London to Oslo

Early afternoon 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 the first of many scenic rail journeys 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 Svolvaer, capital of the Lofoten Islands, arriving at the lively harbour town early evening. This evening we take a late night guided walk to ‘Linken’, a view point above Svolvaer to witness the most awe inspiring natural phenomenon the ‘Aurora Borealis’ – the Northern Lights as the sky lights up with electric blues, greens, reds and purples.

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 held at the Lofotr Viking Museum, an amazing insight into life during the Vikings era with reconstructions of their lifestyle placed ingeniously alongside original archaeological artefacts. After lunch we continue to the charming coastal fishing port of Henningsvaer, referred to as the Venice of the North where magical waterways criss-cross the town. Dinner is taken 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 absorbing museums, such as the Polar Museum or why not take the cable car to Mount Storsteinen (421m), offering fantastic 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. 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 and enthralling experience. You may also want to visit the War Museum for an insight into the inspirational and heroic actions of the Nordic people.

Day 10 – Train to Kiruna

After a leisurely 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 has been arranged before we return to our hotel in Kiruna.

Day 11 – Return to London

We take breakfast at leisure before transferring to the airport for our flight home, via Stockholm.

N.B. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed. The Lofoten arrangements may differ slightly as they are dependent on weather conditions.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo

Scandic Bakklandet Hotel, Trondheim

Clarion Collection Hotel Grand, Bodø

Scandic Hotel, Lofoten

Clarion Collection Hotel, 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
  • Standard class rail travel as specified
  • Welcome dinner in Oslo
  • Ferry Bodø to Svolvaer includes dinner
  • Standard Cabin accommodation on board ferry Svolvaer to Tromsø includes all meals
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Excursions as detailed on Days 5 & 6
  • Private transport by road Tromsø to Narvik
  • Hotel tour and dinner at the Jukkasjarvi Ice Hotel
  • All transfers between airport, hotels and railway stations
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £2,750
Single room supplement: £525
Deposit for this holiday: £200
   
Rates of exchange used are as at 1st May 2017

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