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Around Vesteralen

from £1451 excluding flights

  • 7 nights
  • May-Sep

Highlights

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Drive through stunning scenery on a scenic tourist route

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Look out for orca, humpback and sperm whales

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Hike through breathtaking landscapes

Vesteralen – Visit Norway – must credit

Explore remote fishing villages

Why this trip...

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

Overview

Take time to explore Vestaralen, an archipelago of several islands interconnected by bridges making it the perfect destination for those who seek leisurely drives, peace and relaxation.

Still relatively undiscovered and with most towns and villages hugging the coastline, the interior is wild and wonderful with marshlands and lowlands overlooked by majestic peaks and ocean vistas. Island hop and go whale watching in Andenes, drive to the end of the road to Hovden beach, walk the Queen’s trail from Nyksund to Stø and visit the birthplace of the famous Hurtigruten.

With imposing landscapes, rich wildlife and a history beginning as far back as the stone age experience the authentic and untouched Norway and delve into the treasure trove of wow moments and memories for life.

Itinerary

On arrival in Evenes collect your rental vehicle from the airport and drive north, crossing the Tjelsund Bridge and passing through Harstad to reach your accommodation on Hinnoya for an overnight stay.  This evening take a short drive to Nupen, the perfect place to admire the midnight sun over the blue ocean.

 

Rokenes Gard

Røkenes Gård

Step back in time and experience authentic Norwegian culture.

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Morning at leisure. This afternoon take the ferry from Flesnes to Refsnes on the island of Andoya.  At Risøyhamn choose the route along the west coast, one of the 12 Norwegian Scenic Routes.  This 58km journey winds from Bjørnskinn in the south to Andenes in the north with highlights including Mount Røyken, the village of Bleik renowned for its puffin safari’s and the longest sand beach in Northern Norway.

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Thon Hotel Andrikken

Andrikken Hotel

Stay in the heart of Andenes.

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Visit the whale museum and join a whale watching tour with a chance to see sperm, minke, pilot and humpback whales, as well as harbour porpoises. Alternatively enjoy a puffin safari from the town of Bleik nearby.

Travel south and cross the bridge to the island of Langoya, the largest in the Vesteralen archipelago.  Continue to the historic village of Nyksund, a former fishing village with a growing artist community, galleries, studios, and charming harbour with colourful restored wooden houses.  Perhaps take a guided tour of the village and enjoy coffee and homemade cake.

Nyksund Ekspedisjonen

Nyksund Ekspedisjonen
Ekspedisjon Nyksund – ourside building

A characterful property in a historic fishing village in the Vesteralen archipelago

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Day at leisure in Nyksund for optional activities including hiking the queens trail from Nyksund to Sto, take a boat or fishing tour in a historic fishing vessel or an exciting RIB safari with the chance of spotting seal, eagles and puffin.

Morning at leisure in Nyksund.  Drive south to Klakksjorda on the southern tip of Langoya and the Vesteralen Apartments, your home for the next 2 nights.  These modern self catering apartments come with fully equipped kitchens, a breakfast basket, free wifi and furnished terraces, perfect for enjoying a drink with a view.

Vesteralen Apartments

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Comfortable apartments nestled in a beautiful setting with views overlooking the Jørgen Fjord.

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Explore the hidden corners of Vesteralen including the sculpture, The Man from the sea, the fishing village of Hovden, or take an optional tour, there are several to choose from including biking and hiking tours, sauna and swim in the ocean or a guided fishing tour to catch your dinner.

Head back to the airport at Evenes, drop off your rental vehicle and fly home.

Accommodation Options

We have selected properties for this holiday as referenced in the itinerary. However, with a wide choice of accommodation in Vesteralen, we can mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference.

Prices and Departures

Price from £1451 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £280 per person (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
Note: Airfares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts
  • Car rental throughout with unlimited mileage
  • Whale watching excursion from Andenes
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

This itinerary starts from around £1,451 per person, based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, and rental of an intermediate vehicle.

Prices may vary depending on departure date and booking date, as well as any changes to the included components. The final cost of a tailored holiday will be based on the level of accommodation, size of vehicle, included activities, travel season, and how far in advance it is booked. We will confirm the exact price for your holiday in your individual quotation, based on your chosen travel dates and inclusions.

Choice of Vehicles

We would always recommend a 4WD for winter travel, but many clients also prefer the greater security and comfort that a larger vehicle provides year round – upgrade your vehicle from as little as £10 per person per day.

  • We can offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday – our team will be happy to talk you through the options and provide a quote for the most suitable category based on your individual requirements.

As Standard, Complete Piece of Mind

We’re listening. We always care what our fellow travellers think and love building strong customer relationships so we continuously focus on improving future experiences based on feedback. How incredible for the last three years we have received the Feefo Platinum Award.

The World's Great. Pass it On

To mark our 40th anniversary, we've launched our Education Bursary Fund to help disadvantaged school children experience the wonders of travel. A percentage of revenue from every holiday booked will go into the bursary fund to pay for at least 40 students to join one of our school trips abroad.