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    14 days - Escorted Small Group tour to Norway and Finland with southbound Hurtigruten Voyage

    Chase the northern lights in some of the most magical destinations in Scandinavia and the Nordics. For 14 days experience untouched wilderness, the home of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi, and tour Helsinki and Bergen. There will be unforgettable experiences, from a night in a glass igloo where you may be able to marvel at the northern lights from the comfort of your bed to exhilarating huskie experiences.

    Highlights include

    • Classic voyage Southbound on Hurtigruten
    • Sights and sounds of the Norwegian coast
    • 1 night in a glass igloo
    • 2 nights in a gamme (log) cabin
    • City tours in Helsinki and Bergen
    • Husky experience
    • Reindeer experience
    • Santa Claus village
    • Opportunity for spotting the northern lights

    ALL GUARANTEED DEPARTURES.

    Day 1
    Arrive Helsinki
    Day 2
    Helsinki to Rovaniemi
    Day 3
    Visit Santa Claus himself in Rovaniemi
    Day 4
    Rovaniemi to Saariselkä - stay in the Northern Lights Village
    Day 5
    Saariselkä to Kirkenes
    Day 6
    Husky Riding in Sandnesdalen
    Day 7
    Hurtigruten southbound voyage
    Day 8
    Welcome to the extreme North - Hammerfest and Tromsø
    Day 9
    Lofoten and the Vesterålen Islands, majestic peaks and crystal clear waters
    Day 10
    Bodø and The Vega Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Day 11
    The medieval city of Trondheim and the Atlantic Road
    Day 12
    Travel to Bergen via massive Glacier watching.
    Day 13
    Day tour in Bergen and then an unforgettable farewell dinner on an island
    Day 14
    Farewell from Bergen
    Start Place
    Helsinki, Finland tours
    End Place
    Bergen, Norway tours
    Destinations Visited
    Finland tours
    Norway tours
    Duration
    14 Days
    Group Size
    22
    Suitability
    Easy escorted voyage & tour suitable for singles and couples
    Code
    FDNCTL

    Details

    Transportation

    Hurtigruten, small coach and transfers.

    Included

    • 5 nights in 4* hotels in central locations, 1 night at Aurora Cabin / Glass Igloo, 2 nights at Gamme Cabins and 5 nights cruise accommodation in an outside cabin on the Hurtigruten
    • Daily breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
    • Porterage service in & out of all hotels
    • The long-distance bus from day 3 - 5 offers Wi-Fi
    • English speaking Tour Director, who is an expert in the destination
    • English speaking local guide for city tours in Helsinki & Bergen
    • All tours and transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Visits, excursions and entrances as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Entrances as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi
    • Outdoor clothing for winter activities/safaris as mentioned in the itinerary

    Not Included

    International flight tickets, Hurtigruten optional excursions, any airport taxes, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive Helsinki

    Arrive in Helsinki and make your own way to the hotel and check-in. Meet with your tour manager and afterwards, enjoy a welcome dinner with the group.

    Meals
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Glo Hotel Kluvi or similar

    Day 2 - Helsinki to Rovaniemi

    After breakfast at the hotel we have a sightseeing tour of Helsinki. Our city tour includes the Senate Square, the University and the Lutheran Cathedral. We will also see the colourful Market Square, Kaivopuisto Park, diplomatic residences, the imposing statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church, Uspenski, and the Sibelius Monument, plus a visit to Temppeliaukio Church – also known as the ‘Rock Church’, as it is carved into solid rock.

    In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for an afternoon flight to Rovaniemi. Upon arriving to Rovaniemi, a transfer will take us to the hotel where we have the rest of the afternoon at leisure or enjoy an optional evening Northern Lights excursion.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus or similar

    Day 3 - Visit Santa Claus himself in Rovaniemi

    We visit the home of Santa Claus today, visiting the world-famous Santa Claus Village. Apart from meeting Santa himself, you will get opportunity to get up close and personal with his reindeer on a sleigh experience you won’t forget.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    Accommodation
    Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus or similar

    Day 4 - Rovaniemi to Saariselkä - stay in the Northern Lights Village

    We journey up to Saariselkä where we will arrive at Northern Lights Village where we will check into our glass igloos. These cabins are a magical way to experience the wintry star-filled sky and the Northern Lights, while lying comfortably in the warm bed. The laser-heated glass-roof opens up into the Northern sky.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Northern Lights Village

    Day 5 - Saariselkä to Kirkenes

    Further north up to Kirkenes, a 3-4 hour drive via Inari. On the way we will learn about Sami culture as we visit the Sami Siida museum dedicated to their culture.

    On arrival in Kirkenes, settle into your cabin and head out for some exploring. You can add optional experiences such as king crab safaris during your stay here.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Kirkenes Snow Hotel

    Day 6 - Husky Riding in Sandnesdalen

    Another highlight as we go on a husky ride (2 hours) through scenic Sandnesdalen. As opposed to the pine forests of Rovaniemi and Finnish Lapland, in Kirkenes you find the sparse and majestic arctic landscapes, with mountain plateaus, white tundra and long fjords, which are typical of Finnmark and Northern Norway. There is hot drink served en route.

    Dinner at Kirkenes Snow Hotel. Evening at your leisure.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Transportation
    Kirkenes Snow Hotel

    Day 7 - Hurtigruten southbound voyage

    In the mid-morning you will be transferred from the hotel to the Hurtigruten Terminal. We then start our voyage south along the Norwegian coast with Hurtigruten. As the ship starts its voyage south, you can first enjoy lunch then head up to the panorama lounge to enjoy the views of the surrounding Arctic landscape or venture on deck.

    In the afternoon, the ship again docks at Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port. Continuing south, we cruise along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord, before reaching Berlevåg in the evening.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Hurtigruten Vessel

    Day 8 - Welcome to the extreme North - Hammerfest and Tromsø

    In the middle of the night, dock at Mehamn, where it is possible to join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe's most extreme and exciting natural areas during winter time. Experience snow-clad valleys, fresh winter air and perhaps the mesmerising Northern Lights in the clear, starry sky.

    At Honningsvåg you can join an excursion that features breakfast at North Cape. Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an 'energy coffee' and short introduction to Melkøya - the world´s northernmost natural gas terminal'. Hammerfest was founded in 1789, and over time became Norway's polar capital, serving as a base for hunting expeditions into the High Arctic. Here you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise geographic measurement of the globe. In winter, you can also join a mini-mountain expedition to experience the Arctic outdoors and learn about local polar hero and cook, Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm.

    We continue south to Øksfjord. After crossing open water, we make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy. In spring, we sail through the beautiful Lyngenfjord, surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps: Here, you might get a taste of fresh locally-caught prawns.

    We then dock at Tromsø, just in time to enjoy a magical midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral.

    Optional Excursions: 8B – THE NORTHERNMOST TOWN IN THE WORLD, 8H – INTO THE ICE, 8C – A MIDNIGHT CONCERT IN THE ARCTIC CATHEDRAL and 8F – SNOWMOBILE TRIP IN THE POLAR NIGHT.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 9 - Lofoten and the Vesterålen Islands, majestic peaks and crystal clear waters

    The daylight sailing through the Lofoten Islands is a highlight for many Hurtigruten guests. The Lofoten region is renowned for its natural beauty with steep mountains, wild nature and small, picturesque fishing villages.

    Before you reach them, you pass through Risøyrenna, a channel that was specially constructed for Hurtigruten, providing the vessels an ‘inside route’ between Harstad and Sortland. Risøyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants and the ship stops here briefly to deliver groceries and mail. You then continue onto Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded, is the location of the Hurtigruten Museum.

    Continuing south it looks as if you are sailing straight through the mountain wall but you wail through an opening in the narrow Raftsund, the picturesque narrow channel between the Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands, where, time and weather permitting, you’ll take a detour into the spectacular Trollfjord where steep cliffs hug the ship’s sides, home to the majestic sea eagles.

    Then it’s on to Svolvær, the main settlement on the Lofoten Islands followed by Stamsund where the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten Wall can be viewed. You leave the islands during the evening and set course for the mainland.

    Optional Excursions: 9A – A TASTE OF VESTERÅLEN and 9D – LOFOTEN BY HORSE.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 10 - Bodø and The Vega Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’. Today we celebrate the event out on deck with a `taste´ of Arctic tradition – a spoonful of cod liver oil. As we sail along the Helgeland coast, you pass hundreds of islets, fertile farmland and steep granite walls rich in local lore. On deck you can see the strange mountain Torghatten (rising 258 m above sea level), famous for its distinctive hole right through the middle. The hole is 160 m long, 35 m high and 20 m wide, and was created during the ice age.

    Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven mountains are between 900 and 1,100 m high, and it is easy to understand how these ‘ladies’ influenced ancient myths. The story goes that there were seven troll sisters, the daughters of King Sulis, who kept them under strict control. One night, when the king fell into a deep sleep, the seven maidens sneaked out. Vågekallen, who was eager for a wife, was lying in wait. He pursued the sisters, who fled southwards down the coast. Several other trolls joined the chase to either capture or rescue them. When night turned to morning, the troll sisters and their pursuers were petrified as the sun turns all trolls to stone. They all became the rocks and mountains that today make the Helgeland coastline one of the most beautiful places on earth.

    Next we make a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjøen. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands is close to Sandnessjøen. This unique cultural landscape consists of dozens of islands. The UNESCO designation was awarded due to the unique interaction between the eider duck and island population.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 11 - The medieval city of Trondheim and the Atlantic Road

    Today you have a chance to explore the wooden city of history: Trondheim. Be sure to visit the majestic Nidaros Cathedral, built over the burial site of King Olav II who reigned from 1015 to 1028. Back on board, the ship heads out into the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 170 km long and up to 25 km wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords, it is deep, plunging to 577 m.

    As we sail along the coast, you realise the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has steadily provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. Kristiansund is today regarded as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its long-time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join an excursion to the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. It is 8.2 km long, built on a total of eight bridges and surrounded by picturesque landscapes and open sea.

    Another interesting excursion is to the Bergtatt marble mine, which includes entering a mountain and sailing across an illuminated subterranean lake, before enjoying a meal in the mine´s ‘Grand Hall’. Those choosing to stay on board at Kristiansund will experience the ship´s crossing the open sea on our way to Molde, known as Norway´s ‘City of Roses’. Along the way you see see the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.

    Optional Excursions: 11A – TRONDHEIM & NIDAROS CATHEDRAL and 11E – BERGTATT – MAGNIFICENT MARBLE MINE.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 12 - Travel to Bergen via massive Glacier watching.

    During the night, the ship calleds at Ålesund, Torvik & Måløy, as the world's most beautiful voyage draws to an end.

    Today, your Hurtigruten voyage will come to an end when you arrive in the City of Seven Mountains, Bergen. But before that, you still have a few nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead of you such as the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedalsbreen glacier, Norway’s longest fjord - the mighty Sognefjord and the picturesque Bergen Archipelago. Take home your memories of the world’s most beautiful voyage and the many seafaring companions and friends you’ve made along the way.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    Accommodation
    Hotel Bergen Børs or similar

    Day 13 - Day tour in Bergen and then an unforgettable farewell dinner on an island

    After breakfast, enjoy a three-hour sightseeing tour of Bergen. Tonight, we enjoy a farewell dinner at the very special Cornelius Restaurant.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Hotel Bergen Børs or similar
    Restaurants
    Cornelius Fish Restaurant

    Day 14 - Farewell from Bergen

    Our tour ends after breakfast.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    Price per person, twin share.

    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    9 Oct 2020
    22 Oct 2020
    9 Oct 2020
    22 Oct 2020
    USD 6,448
    Guaranteed
    Standard
    9 Oct 2020
    22 Oct 2020
    9 Oct 2020
    22 Oct 2020
    USD 2,865
    Available
    Extra for Single
    11 Nov 2020
    24 Nov 2020
    11 Nov 2020
    24 Nov 2020
    USD 6,291
    Guaranteed
    Standard
    11 Nov 2020
    24 Nov 2020
    11 Nov 2020
    24 Nov 2020
    USD 2,782
    Available
    Extra for Single
    4 Dec 2020
    17 Dec 2020
    4 Dec 2020
    17 Dec 2020
    USD 5,688
    Guaranteed
    Standard
    4 Dec 2020
    17 Dec 2020
    4 Dec 2020
    17 Dec 2020
    USD 2,477
    Available
    Extra for Single
    17 Dec 2020
    30 Dec 2020
    17 Dec 2020
    30 Dec 2020
    USD 6,654
    Guaranteed
    Standard
    17 Dec 2020
    30 Dec 2020
    17 Dec 2020
    30 Dec 2020
    USD 2,964
    Available
    Extra for Single
    31 Dec 2020
    13 Jan 2021
    31 Dec 2020
    13 Jan 2021
    USD 6,266
    Guaranteed
    Standard
    31 Dec 2020
    13 Jan 2021
    31 Dec 2020
    13 Jan 2021
    USD 2,766
    Available
    Extra for Single
    6 Jan 2021
    19 Jan 2021
    6 Jan 2021
    19 Jan 2021
    USD 6,522
    Guaranteed
    Standard
    6 Jan 2021
    19 Jan 2021
    6 Jan 2021
    19 Jan 2021
    USD 3,179
    Available
    Extra for Single
    14 Jan 2021
    27 Jan 2021
    14 Jan 2021
    27 Jan 2021
    USD 6,497
    Available
    Standard
    14 Jan 2021
    27 Jan 2021
    14 Jan 2021
    27 Jan 2021
    USD 3,269
    Available
    Extra for Single
    20 Jan 2021
    2 Feb 2021
    20 Jan 2021
    2 Feb 2021
    USD 6,497
    Limited availability
    Standard
    20 Jan 2021
    2 Feb 2021
    20 Jan 2021
    2 Feb 2021
    USD 3,269
    Available
    Extra for Single
    25 Jan 2021
    7 Feb 2021
    25 Jan 2021
    7 Feb 2021
    USD 6,497
    Available
    Standard
    25 Jan 2021
    7 Feb 2021
    25 Jan 2021
    7 Feb 2021
    USD 3,269
    Available
    Extra for Single
    5 Feb 2021
    18 Feb 2021
    5 Feb 2021
    18 Feb 2021
    USD 6,704
    Limited availability
    Standard
    5 Feb 2021
    18 Feb 2021
    5 Feb 2021
    18 Feb 2021
    USD 3,426
    Available
    Extra for Single
    16 Feb 2021
    1 Mar 2021
    16 Feb 2021
    1 Mar 2021
    USD 6,702
    Limited availability
    Standard
    16 Feb 2021
    1 Mar 2021
    16 Feb 2021
    1 Mar 2021
    USD 3,426
    Available
    Extra for Single
    27 Feb 2021
    12 Mar 2021
    27 Feb 2021
    12 Mar 2021
    USD 6,786
    Fully booked
    Standard
    27 Feb 2021
    12 Mar 2021
    27 Feb 2021
    12 Mar 2021
    USD 3,492
    Fully booked
    Extra for Single
    8 Mar 2021
    21 Mar 2021
    8 Mar 2021
    21 Mar 2021
    USD 6,786
    Guaranteed
    Standard
    8 Mar 2021
    21 Mar 2021
    8 Mar 2021
    21 Mar 2021
    USD 6,786
    Available
    Standard
    19 Mar 2021
    1 Apr 2021
    19 Mar 2021
    1 Apr 2021
    USD 6,786
    Available
    Standard
    19 Mar 2021
    1 Apr 2021
    19 Mar 2021
    1 Apr 2021
    USD 3,492
    Available
    Extra for Single

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