Hurtigruten ships have been an integral part of Norwegian coastal life for more than 100 years, delivering freight, post and passengers to remote communities between Bergen in the south and Kirkenes in the north. They’re informal, adventurous journeys, calling at ports inaccessible to other cruise ships. This Arctic adventure begins at the same latitude as Siberia and Alaska, where the influence of the Gulf Stream creates the world’s longest ice-free polar coast. And with the whole voyage occurring within the Arctic Circle, you’ve a greatly increased chance of seeing the magical Northern Lights.
PRICES & DATES
Price is based on 2 people sharing a room and includes return economy flights from London Gatwick, voyage in an unspecified twin cabin on a half board basis, 1 night at a centrally located hotel in Tromso including breakfast and transfers.
Departures for 5 days / 4 nights itinerary in winter 2012/2013:
29 November 2012
6, 10 December 2012
27 January 2013
20 and 27 February 2013
1 and 18 March 2013
We also have extended 6 day itinerary available, which includes additional night in Tromso. Price from £1095 pp.
Departures for 6 days / 5 nights itinerary in winter 2012/2013:
From London: 1, 3 December 2012; 24, 29 and 31 January 2013; 5, 8, 15 and 22 February 2013; 5, 8, 13, 20, 22 and 25 March 2013.
From Manchester: 8 December 2012; 3 and 17 February 2013; 3, 10 and 15 March 2013.
From Edinburgh: 10 February 2013
From Belfast: 22 and 24 February 2013
Day 1 Tromsø
Fly to Tromsø, Norway’s Arctic capital, to board your ship in the afternoon and begin your voyage north. Keep your eyes peeled to the skies to look for the Northern Lights as you head towards Honningsvåg. Dinner
Day 2 Hammerfest-Honningsvåg
After an early morning stop at Hammerfest, you arrive in Honningsvåg mid-morning and join an optional excursion to mainland Europe’s most northerly point – the North Cape.
This is a wild and windswept headland where the cliffs rise dramatically 300 metres from the sea and you gaze out with nothing but water between you and the frozen waters surrounding the North Pole.
Day 3 Kirkenes-Tromsø
Sailing on, you turn east to reach the sheltered harbour of Kirkenes, only 10km from the Russian border, and the turning point for your voyage. This fascinating town allows a tantalising glimpse into life in this remote region of Norway. In Kirkenes you can visit the border with Russia, try your hand at snowmobiling or enjoy a visit to the Snow Hotel. Later in the day you depart Kirkenes returning south towards Tromsø.
Day 4 Hammerfest - Tromsø
Hugging the coastline you revisit remote settlements which rely on the Hurtigruten ships to maintain contact with the rest of Norway, particularly in winter. Hammerfest, the world’s most northerly town is your first major port of call before reaching Tromsø late in the evening. Transfer to your centrally located hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 5 Tromsø
Optional excursions may be available before your transfer back to the airport and return flights to the UK.
Extended 6 day itinerary:
Day 5 Full day In Tromsø
Extend your stay in this lively and colourful city, surrounded by the dramatic Lyngen Alps. Tromsø has many things to offer, including Arctic history, architecture, culture and exciting excursions. Try our Aurora Safari with Dinner excursion by cable car, visit a coastal farm and enjoy reindeer sledging or perhaps visit the Polaria centre. An extra day in Tromsø will give you time to enjoy this beautiful city and more time to watch out for the Northern Lights. A full day in Tromsø with optional excursions available. (B)
Day 6: Fly Back to the UK
Further excursions are available before your flight back to the UK.