Highlights of Northern Norway

from £1928
including flights
5 nights Jan-Mar

Overview

Head to Tromso in Northern Norway the “Gateway to the Arctic” before continuing to Finnmark, Norway’s largest and northernmost county, far above the Arctic Circle with many hidden treasures and authentic experiences for the intrepid traveller.
In the east of Finnmark near the Russian border is the town of Kirkenes, home to the SnowHotel, and heading west along the coast you’ll find the small village of Kongsfjord, providing the perfect combination for a unique winter experience.

Highlights

  • Great locations for aurora viewing
  • Arctic city of Tromso
  • King Crab Safari
  • Chance to sleep on ice at SnowHotel
  • Meet a Sami family & reindeer sledding
  • Charming village of Kongsfjord

What's Included

  • Return flights from London
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Transfers
  • All breakfasts, some lunches and dinners
  • King Crab Safari
  • Sami and Reindeer experience
  • Visit a local art studio

Full description

The journey starts with an overnight stay in Tromso - with a wealth of excellent restaurants, cafes and bars, plenty of shopping opportunities and city attractions, Tromso is a great location for a short stay, whether it’s for 1 night or several.

Then take a direct flight to Kirkenes and spend 2 nights at the Snowhotel, staying in a cosy Gamme Cabin. It is possible to upgrade to one of the amazing Ice Suites to enhance your unique experience. During your time here we have included a King Crab Safari, a must-do activity in this region – help the guides pull up the crab nets, then enjoy one of the most delicious meals you’ve ever had!  Other optional activities include husky sledding; snowmobiling, snowshoeing and a northern lights hunt.

The next part of the tour begins with a pleasant transfer through Arctic landscape, stopping on route at Neiden to see one of the smallest churches in Norway originally built in 1565. Arrive at Tana, home to the Sami family Gaup, where you meet the family of Sami reindeer herders and enjoy a traditional lunch served in a large lavvu around an open fire. Listen to stories and learn about Sami life, culture, handicraft and heritage in authentic surroundings and told by people who are still living in the traditional way. There is time to meet the reindeer and even take a short sled ride.

Continue the journey through the Varanger Peninsula, enjoying untouched Arctic nature at its best on your way to Veines, and its beautiful guesthouse comprising of a cluster of traditional colourful wooden houses lovingly restored by their owner Ase, and situated just a kilometre from the charming fishing village Kongsfjord. This is a magical unspoilt place, instantly providing a calming influence on visitors.

With such a remote location, the ‘sound of silence’ resonates and increases the possibility of spotting the aurora from your doorstep.

The next day Kongsfjord’s unique landscape is in full glory when dressed in daylight, bringing a different but beautiful experience than the previous evening arrival. You have free time to enjoy the tranquillity or choose a guided snowshoe walk around the peninsula (additional charge). In the afternoon take a leisurely walk to the village and visit the local store for coffee and waffles, then to the local art studio and see beautiful handicrafts being made.

No doubt it will be difficult to leave this mesmerising environment; an early transfer takes you back to Kirkenes for the departing flight.

The itinerary is based on 5 nights in total, 1 night in Tromso, 2 nights in Kirkenes and 2 nights at Kongsfjord, with set arrivals on a Wednesday.

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Prices & Dates

Prices from per person, based on two adults sharing, unless stated otherwise

Departures Duration Twin (pp)
29 Jan - 25 Mar 2020 5 nights £1,928

Departures are based on Wednesday flights from London Gatwick to Tromsø, returning from Kirkenes to Gatwick via Oslo.

What's Included

  • Flights from Gatwick to Tromsø, returning from Kirkenes
  • Internal flight from Tromsø to Kirkenes
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Breakfast at Tromsø hotel
  • Half board at Kirkenes SnowHotel
  • Full board at Kongsfjord Guesthouse
  • All transfers except in Tromsø city
  • King Crab Safari (4 hours)
  • Visit Neidun Church
  • Sami reindeer experience (3-4 hours)
  • Visit local art studio in Kongsfjord
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Group Size
This holiday requires a minimum of 2 participants in order to operate, and will have a maximum of 16.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive in Tromso

Fly direct from London Gatwick to Tromso. On arrival make your way by the regular airport coach to the city centre hotel (payable locally). It is also possible to pre-book a transfer from the airport to the hotel. Enjoy some time in the city with excellent restaurants and bars to choose from before staying overnight at Hotel Clarion Edge on breakfast basis.

Day 2: Tromso to Kirkenes

There is either a morning or evening flight to Kirkenes, allowing you more time to spend in Tromso or at Kirkenes SnowHotel. In Tromso there are many attractions such as the Arctic Cathedral; Polaria Arctic aquarium; Polar Museum; cable car to Fjellstua for spectacular views; Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and even its own brewery. On arrival at Kirkenes, you will be met and transferred to the SnowHotel. In the evening enjoy a 3-course dinner.

Day 3: King Crab Safari

Join a guided King Crab Safari, driving by snowmobile pulled sled to the frozen fjord, where you help pull up the crab pots. The crabs are then prepared by the guides and served in a rustic restaurant by the fjord in the Norwegian way – fresh, steamed and delicious! The afternoon is free to enjoy the snowy surrounds or choose an optional husky or snowmobile tour. After the evening meal, keep watch for the northern lights or choose an aurora hunt by minibus.

Day 4: Meet the Sami and reindeer

A morning transfer first takes you to the small village of Neidun, visiting one of the smallest churches in Norway, originally built in 1565, and also Neidun Chapel built in 1902 in vivid dragon style. Both tell interesting stories about the area. Continue the journey to Tana (journey time 2 hours, plus stops) through beautiful landscapes and arrive at a Sami family’s home, where you’ll have lunch in a large lavvu and listen to stories about the Sami culture and life as a reindeer herder. Meet the tame reindeer and try a short sled ride. The transfer then heads through the Varanger Peninsula with arctic nature at its best to Kongsfjord guesthouse (journey time 90 minutes), where a well-deserved 3-course dinner awaits. Warm up with an optional sauna (additional cost) and check the night skies for the northern lights.

Day 5: Time in Kongsfjord

After breakfast, you have some free time to enjoy the silent nature around the guesthouse or take an optional guided snowshoe walk around the peninsular with far reaching views. Enjoy lunch and afterwards short walk to the town’s local store for some waffles and coffee (not included). Visit a local art studio and meet a lovely Italian couple who produce original handicrafts using reclaimed materials. Time to relax before the evening meal.

Day 6: Kongsfjord to Kirkenes

Leave the serenity of Kongsfjord behind on an early transfer to Kirkenes Airport (journey time 3 hours) for the return flight via Oslo.

Kirkenes Snowhotel

Norway

Grade: Standard

Type: Unique And Boutique

Found in one of Norway's most isolated and beautiful areas near Kirkenes in the far north, the Snowhotel is a work of art that is rebuilt every year and is one of the most unique places to spend the night.

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Thon Hotel Tromso

Norway

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Thon Hotel Tromso is a comfortable city hotel with a modern Scandinavian design

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Kongsfjord Guesthouse

Norway

Grade: Standard

Type: Guesthouse B&B

A small and cosy guesthouse set in a peaceful area of breathtaking scenery, Kongsfjord offers only 18 rooms in restored pre-war buildings and cottages.

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