Around The Cape & Northern Lights

A Fantastic Display Of Aurora Over Kvaløya

A Fantastic Display Of Aurora Over Kvaløya

Photo Credits: Gaute Bruvik - www.nordnorge.com

Join A Guided Snowmobile Safari In Alta

Join A Guided Snowmobile Safari In Alta

Photo Credits: Trym Ivar Bergsmo - www.nordnorge.com

Hunting For The Aurora On The Hurtigruten

Hunting For The Aurora On The Hurtigruten

Photo Credits: Hurtigruten - Trym Ivar Bergsmo

Upgrade To A Night At The Snowhotel In Kirkenes

Upgrade To A Night At The Snowhotel In Kirkenes

Photo Credits: Snowhotel

Northern Lights Display In Alta

Northern Lights Display In Alta

Photo Credits: Trond Strifeldt

Around The Cape & Northern Lights

Join this small, locally escorted tour (max 20 people) around the North Cape and enjoy the best the region has to offer and, as all your time is spent above the Arctic Circle it presents an excellent opportunity to view the northern lights. Start in Kirkenes, home of the King Crab and Snowhotel, then board Hurtigruten for a coastal voyage to Alta. Alta represents an authentic example of life in Northern Norway, before travelling by coach across the highland plains to Tromsø, the self-styled capital of the northern lights. Add optional excursions to suit your agenda, and dine in your choice of restaurants, whilst having the reassurance of an experienced English speaking guide on hand to assist you throughout the journey. 

Day 1 – Oslo
Fly to Oslo and overnight at the Comfort Hotel Runway, just 7 minutes from the airport. Central Oslo is just 20 minutes by airport train, should you wish to explore the capital.
 
DAY 2 Kirkenes
Self transfer to Oslo airport ready for your flight to Kirkenes high above the Arctic Circle. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your 4* hotel accommodation.You have time to familiarise yourself with your surroundings and grab a bite to eat, before a welcome meeting and introduction to your guide and fellow like-minded travellers. This is followed by the first Northern Lights Safari. Head  by coach away from any city light pollution, to where the forecasts are strongest and with any luck you will be rewarded with your first view of the aurora borealis.
 
DAY 3 Kirkenes Snowhotel
After breakfast today, you will transfer the short distance to the Snowhotel Kirkenes. Resurrected each year when the snow falls, this delightful boutique snowhotel offers you the chance to sleep on a bed of ice and participate in a whole host of excursions such as husky and snowmobile safari’s and a King Crab extravanga. Enjoy a show round and admire the intricate works of ice art. You can choose to return to Kirkenes and have the remainder of your day at leisure or have lunch and participate in any number of excursions. You can even overnight in one of the snow suites.  Please discuss with your consultant your upgrade and excursion options (supplement applies to additional activities and accommodation).

DAY 4 Hammerfest
The morning is at leisure, before transferring to the quay and boarding the Hurtigruten ship for your journey around the Cape to Hammerfest. The ship traverses the coast, stopping off at remote villages to deposit post and supplies to these isolated communities. Enjoy an aperitif in the bar, before dining at leisure in the buffet or a-la carte restaurant (pay locally). The Captain will keep an eye out for the northern lights for you, but it is worth heading out on to the deck before bed, to appreciate your remote location and startling polar skies.

DAY 5 Alta and Northern Lights Safari
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before the mid-morning arrival in Hammerfest. After disembarking, you will have time to visit the Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society Museum, before boarding your coach for a 2 hour drive across the Sennalandet Highlands to Alta. After checking-in to your 4* hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Take a stroll around the titanium clad Northern Lights Cathedral and take the opportunity to sample some local cuisine in the wide variety of restaurants and cafes on offer, before embarking with your group on another land based quest for the northern lights. Alta is said to be the home of the Northern Lights due to the observatory perched high on Mount Hadd and it is here that Kristian Birkeland discovered the scientific explanation for the aurora borealis. With luck the conditions will be perfect for an overhead display of dancing light hues across the sky.

DAY 6 Alta at leisure
Enjoy breakfast before heading to the Alta Museum. Here are samples of ancient rock carvings dating back to 4,000BC, that were found in the area. The remainder of your time in Alta is at leisure. Please discuss the excursion options, which include an insight to the Sami culture and reindeer sledding, a boat safari on the Alta fjord, snow shoeing, snowmobile and husky safaris. There is another chance to sleep in a snow igloo, at Sorrisniva – an intimate boutique ‘snowhotel’ with an award winning restaurant attached.

DAY 7 To Tromsø
Today your group and guide will travel by coach to Tromsø. This journey takes you across frozen plains and hugs the shorelines of numerous fjords and lakes before arriving in Tromsø, 6 hours later. After the emptiness of the Arctic tundra, Tromsø will feel like a buzzing metropolis and has rightly claimed the self-styled title ‘Capital of the Northern Lights’. After check-in, there is some free time to familiarise yourself with your surroundings before heading out on a final northern lights quest to the island of Kvaløya.

DAY 8 At leisure in Tromsø
Today is at leisure to enjoy the many delights of Tromsø. And there is something to suit everyone. Tromsø has museums a plenty, an Arctic Cathedral, take the cable car to the top of Storsteinen for spectacular views. Husky, Reindeer and snowmobile safaris are on hand, as well as whale-watching and cross-country skiing. Please discuss with your consultant the optional excursions on offer in this vibrant university town.

DAY 9 UK
It is time to say good-bye to your fellow travellers and guide before heading to the airport via airport shuttle transfer in time for your flight back to the UK.