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    8 days - Independent tour with loads of activities in the North

    If you want to maximise your chances to see the Northern Lights while experiencing all the highlights of Northern Norway, this activity-packed tour is the one you have been searching for. Start from Tromsø and try your luck spotting the Northern Lights on an evening dog sled safari.

    Continue by Hurtigruten ship along the magnificent coast and visit North Cape, the northernmost point of mainland Europe. Upon disembarking in Kirkenes, another set of highlights await you: a King Crab Fishing Safari over the frozen fjords and a night in the famous Kirkenes Snow Hotel.

    This independent tour departs daily between December and April.

    Highlights include

    • Northern Lights Chase by minibus
    • 2 nights on board Hurtigruten
    • King Crab Fishing Safari
    • Excursion to North Cape
    • A night in a snow room at Kirkenes Snow Hotel
    • 24-hour phone service
    Day 1
    Arrive Tromsø
    Day 2
    Arctic City Walk & Evening Aurora Chase
    Day 3
    Tromsø & evening dogsled
    Day 4
    Board Hurtigruten
    Day 5
    At Sea & North Cape
    Day 6
    Arrive in Kirkenes, Snowmobile Safari & the Snow Hotel
    Day 7
    King Crab Fishing Safari
    Day 8
    Depart Kirkenes
    Start Place
    Tromsø, Norway
    End Place
    Kirkenes, Norway
    Country Visited
    Norway
    Duration
    8 Days
    Type
    Touring
    Suitability
    Easy
    Code
    THK001

    Details

    Transportation

    Hurtigruten ship and transfers to activities.

    Included
    • All accommodation in shared double/twin room or cabin, single supplement available
    • 2 nights onboard Hurtigruten
    • 1 night in a snow room at Kirkenes Snow Hotel
    • Daily breakfast, full board on board Hurtigruten
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees
    • Other meals as per itinerary
    • Activities as per itinerary:
    • Tromsø City Walk
    • Aurora Chase by minibus
    • Evening dog sled safari and transfers from/to Tromsø
    • North Cape excursion
    • Snowmobile safari
    • King Crab Fishing Safari
    Not Included

    International flight tickets, meals other than described, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive Tromsø

    Arrive Tromsø make your own way to your centrally located hotel. Tromsø is a city packed with culture, polar history and fresh locally sourced food in its numerous restaurants. Mountains, fjords and islands also surround it; making it a great base for exploring the winter landscape.

    Accommodation
    Clarion Hotel The Edge
    Restaurants
    Restaurant options in Tromsø

    Day 2 - Arctic City Walk & Evening Aurora Chase

    During the day, get to know Tromsø on a guided city walk. In the evening head out on a Aurora Chase by minibus, sometimes driving as far as Finland and Sweden in search of the best Northern Lights viewing.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Clarion Hotel The Edge

    Day 3 - Tromsø & evening dogsled

    Enjoy your free day in Tromsø before the next highlight: an evening dog sled safari in in the wilderness and another chance to spot the Northern Lights.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Clarion Hotel The Edge

    Day 4 - Board Hurtigruten

    Enjoy a morning in Tromsø. In the early afternoon, board a Hurtigruten ship and voyage further north.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Hurtigruten Norway

    Day 5 - At Sea & North Cape

    Ports visited today: Øksfjord, Hammerfest, Havøysund, Honningsvåg, Kjøllefjord, Mehamn, Berlevåg.
    Following the scenic sailing through Magerøysund and after an early stop in Hammerfest, you arrive in Honningsvåg. This small port is the gateway to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape which rises 300m from the ocean, and at 71° 10’ 21” north it puts you a mere 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole.

    Standing atop the North Cape Plateau you’ll get the eerie feeling of being at the end of the world. The area is also known for its birdlife, and Gjesværstappan, a bird sanctuary with up to 250,000 seabirds is home to some High Arctic species that can only be observed here on the Norwegian mainland. This evening, as you approach Kjøllefjord, you pass a rock formation that is sacred to the indigenous Sámi people, Finnkjerka.

    We have included an excursion to North Cape, the Northernmost point of European mainland.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Hurtigruten
    Hurtigruten Norway
    Optional Add Ons
    6A The North Cape, Honningsvåg
    6B Birdwatching Safari in Honningsvåg
    6C Sami Culture
    6D Snowmobile Trip in Lapland
    6E Sami Autumn
    6H Honningsvåg: Fishing Village Visit

    Day 6 - Arrive in Kirkenes, Snowmobile Safari & the Snow Hotel

    After breakfast, arrive Kirkenes and get ready for a snowmobile safari to your next highlight: dinner and overnight stay at the extraordinary Kirkenes Snow Hotel.

    Every room in Kirkenes Snowhotel is like a small treasure. The rooms are five metres in diameter, and they are equipped with everything needed for a comfortable night. The pictures looks like you are sleeping on ice, but that would be to cold and to hard for your back, The beds are framed with ice blocks and the beds have comfortable mattresses with thermal insulation on top. You sleep inside a sleeping bag graded for -35 degrees Celsius.

    Humans produce a small amount of heat and moisture through breathing, That's why the rooms have curtains instead of doors, to make the air circulate. In every room there is decorations and sculptures made from ice and snow. These arts are created by artists from the chinese city of Harbin.

    All of the 20 snowsuites have a different theme from arctic culture or nature. The lighted ice sculptures gives the snowhotel a very cosy and special atmosphere.

    In the construction of the hotels ice-bar and sculptures we have used more than 15 tonnes of ice, using the expertise of the chinese ice artists.

    All the ice comes from the frozen lake next to the snowhotel. They cut the ice with chainsaws and pull it with snowmobiles into the snowhotel. In the middle of winter this ice is 70 centimetres thick. The icebar and the sculptures are designed differently every year.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Kirkenes Snow Hotel

    Day 7 - King Crab Fishing Safari

    Join a King Crab Fishing Safari on the frozen fjords and try your luck. The red King Crab originally comes from the northern pacific ocean around the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia. It was introduced to the Barents sea in the sixties when Soviet scientist flew it in from east sibiria to Murmansk. From Murmansk it multiplied and spread east and west in the Barents sea. The idea of this project was to get more food in the norther region of Russia. The King Crab can get up to 1.8 metres from toe-to-toe and weigh up to 10 kilos. When first discovered in these waters it was considered a large treat to the environment because it spread so far, but today commercial fishing is doing its best to limit its population. Its white meat is very delicious and reach high prices on the international market. ca $100 USD or €70 Euro per kilogram is not uncommon. You will understand why when you get to taste some fresh king crab for the first time.

    Our guide brings you out on the frozen ocean with snowmobile, you are passengers in his sledge. Here we pull up the crab pod to see how good todays catch was, then we go back to the fisherman’s house where we get ready for the best seafood available, the red king crab.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    Accommodation
    Thon Hotel Kirkenes or similar

    Day 8 - Depart Kirkenes

    After breakfast, make your own way to Kirkenes airport for your departure flight or extend your adventure into Finland.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    All prices listed are per person. Hurtigruten prices may fluctuate daily.

    Dates
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    14 Dec 2018
    20 Apr 2019
    14 Dec 2018
    20 Apr 2019
    EUR 3,040
    On request
    Standard
    14 Dec 2018
    20 Apr 2019
    14 Dec 2018
    20 Apr 2019
    EUR 515
    On request
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