Explore one of the most beautiful regions of Scandinavia as you take in spellbinding the Arctic landscapes and the spectacular wildlife of Norway's far north. Begin in Andenes with a whale-watching tour before stopping off for a stay on the country's second largest island, Senja. Similar in its geology to nearby Lofoten, its a place of dizzying cliffs and remote fishing villages that rivals its more illustrious neighbour yet attracts just a fraction of the visitors. Then, continue on to Tromso where you'll have the chance to enjoy everything from scenic gondola trips to kayaking tours while enjoying one of Artic Norway's most acclaimed culinary scenes.
Whale watching in the Midnight Sun
Day by day itinerary
Day 1 » Andenes
Fly with SAS to Andenes via Oslo, to the island of Andoya in Vesteralen, the northernmost point of the island and the best base in northern Norway for whale-watching. Check in to Hotell Marena, where all rooms are named after Norwegian fairytales. Spend your time here spotting the world's largest mammals and be charmed by the jumble of painted wooden boat sheds, lonesome lighthouse and nautical paraphernalia.
Stay: Hotell Marena
Day 2 » Whale Watching
Prepare for an exciting whale-watching trip today, as you join Whalesafari Andenes, where sightings are so prolific that you're offered a choice of your money back or a second safari for free should you not catch any sightings. No other place in Norway does a primary feeding ground for whales lie as close to the shore as it does near Andenes, allowing several species including fin, minke, pilot, humpbacks, orcas and sperm whales to be seen in the area. The tour also includes a guided tour of the Whale Centre in Andenes and a visit to the Hisnakul nature centre.
Stay: Hotell Marena
Days 3-4 » Hamn i Senja
Collect your hire car and take the ferry to Gryllefjord before driving to Hamn I Senja, where you will stay for two nights. Located on a harbour and restored fishing hamlet, surrounded by soaring mountains upon Senja, Norway's second-largest island, it is the perfect base to get back to nature and away from the buzz of normality. Local activities include boat trips, hiking, kayaking, deep-sea fishing, bird- and whale-watching and innumerable scenic drives.
Stay: Hamn i Senja
Days 5-7 » Tromsø
Drive to Norway's largest city inside the Arctic Circle, Tromso. After dropping off your hire car, check in for three nights at the Clarion Collection Hotel With, and explore the city at your leisure over the next few days. Guided tours and kayaking trips can be arranged, experience the Gondola Cable Car for panoramic views of Tromso or relax in the sauna and steam room, whilst served refreshing drinks from the comfort of the relaxation lounge in your hotel. The hotel offers a complimentary light evening buffet between 6-9pm.
Day 8 » Departure
Transfer to the airport in Tromso for your onward flight.
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