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Winter Cruise & Northern Lights

Winter Cruise in Norway by Trond Gansmoe Johnsen, Hurtigruten

Norwegian Winter cruise & Northern Lights adventure – 8 nights

This is an extensive Winter cruise trip starting in Oslo and finishing in Bergen, with spectacular Arctic & coastal highlights!
You will experience a night in an exotic Gamme cabin next to the Snow hotel in Kirkenes, as well as an exciting Dog sledding trip to the Arctic wilderness.
Join an amazing 5-night cruise on board a Hurtigruten or a Havila Voyages ship along the stunning Norwegian coast. Enjoy excursions en route.
Stay in Oslo, Kirkenes & Bergen.
Highlights: Chance to see the Northern Lights. Overnight in a Sami inspired Gamme cabin and a 5-night cruise southbound from Kirkenes to Bergen. Dog sledding, Vesterålen excursion and Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral excursion.

If you have a clear preference for which supplier you would like to travel with (Havila Voyages or Hurtigruten), please contact us as they sail on different days.

• This is an independent tour (you do not travel with a group), based on travel by public transport where some activities include a guide
• You can add nights, excursions and activities such as a stay in the Ice hotel in the booking process
• Prices: From NOK 36795 per person

Day to day itinerary:

Oslo City Hall on a snowy day by Thomas Johannessen, Visit Oslo

Enjoy a winter day in Oslo!

DAY 1

First night in Oslo

Individual arrival in Oslo. Overnight in the centre of Oslo. Oslo city centre is located only 20 mins from the airport by the airport express train (Flytoget).
Spend 1 night in Oslo (included in the tour price)
Read about Oslo
See more pictures from Oslo

Optional:
Add City sightseeing in Oslo

Gamme cabins by Kirkenes Snow Hotel

Magical view from the Gamme cabin!

DAY 2

Travel to Kirkenes

Morning flight to the Arctic town of Kirkenessituated by the Barents Sea close to the Russian border. Kirkenes is ideally located in the middle of the Northern Lights zone.
Transfer to Snowhotel Kirkenes and check in at an elegantly-designed wooden Gamme cabin. The package includes dinner and breakfast at Låven Restaurant.
Spend 1 night in Kirkenes
Read about the Snowhotel

Dog Sledding In Kirkenes By Kirkenes Snowhotel

Join an adventurous dog sledding trip!

Wilderness dog sledding

Join an adventurous 2-hour dog sledding trip in the afternoon. The tour goes in scenic surroundings over the fjord and on the mountain plateau.
What to bring: Comfortable shoes, warm and windproof clothing (special clothing will be provided).
Age restrictions: Min. 7 years old and accompanied by an adult.
Difficulty level: Average physical condition – involves physical activity on uneven surface and/or steep terrain. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.

Northern Lights Norway. Photo by Oystein Lunde Ingvaldsen, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Magical Northern Lights at sea!

DAY 3

Cruise departure

Embark the ship after breakfast for a cruise to Vardø, Norway’s easternmost town, with the enchanting Vardøhus Fortress. Continue along the Varanger peninsula before a late evening arrival at Båtsfjord.
All meals are included while on board (excluding drinks).
Spend 5 nights on board
General information & facilities on board Hurtigruten
See pictures from Hurtigruten cruises
Read about Havila Voyages

Northern Lights in Tromso by Gaute Bruvik, Visit Norway

Magical Northern Lights over Tromsø!

DAY 4

Arctic coast to Tromsø

Cruise via the Arctic town of Hammerfest, across Sørøysund to Øksfjord. The course is set via Lopphavet open sea and the ship finds quiet waters towards Skjervøy island and the Arctic town of Tromsø.
Arrival in Tromsø in the late evening. Set right in the middle of the “aurora zone,” this city and its surrounding wilderness areas are ranked among the best places on earth to observe the incredible Northern Lights.

Taste of Vesteralen excursion by Klaus Prediger, Hurtigruten

Experience the Vesterålen archipelago!

DAY 5

Vesterålen excursion & Lofoten Islands

You will join an extensive excursion across the spectacular Arctic archipelago of Vesterålen. Visit a medieval church and admire the breathtaking scenery of beautiful fjords and steep mountains.
You will rejoin the ship in Sortland. The southbound sailing route continues towards the Lofoten Islands, and the ship calls at Svolvær – the capital of the Lofoten Islands – in the evening.
Read about A taste of Vesterålen – Hurtigruten excursion
• Read about A taste of Vesterålen – Havila excursion

Helgelandskysten by Erlend Haarberg_www.visithelgeland.com

See the amazing Helgeland coast!

DAY 6

The magical Helgeland coast

Early morning call at the village of Ørnes, before the ship continues with short stops at Sandnessjøen and Brønnøysund.
The Helgeland coast is known for its remarkable beauty with unique mountain formations, islands & the Arctic Circle.
Read about the Helgeland coast

Bryggene In Trondheim By Grim Berge, Visit Trondheim

Enjoy colourful Trondheim!

DAY 7

Sightseeing in historic Trondheim

Early arrival in Trondheim. After breakfast, enjoy a 2-hour city sightseeing tour of this historic city. You will get to know Trondheim’s streets and highlights, including a short stop at Utsikten (the View).
You will also have a guided tour of the Nidaros Cathedral, the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world.
Read about the Trondheim with Nidaros Hurtigruten excursion
• Read about the Trondheim & Nidaros Havila excursion
Read about Trondheim
See pictures from Trondheim

Bergen in winter by Grim Berge, Visit Bergen

Beautiful Bergen

DAY 8

Cruise arrival in Bergen

Arrival in Bergen at 14:45, check in at a centrally located hotel. Spend 1 night in this picturesque, colourful city with the UNESCO Bryggen wharf, the hillsides and Nordnes peninsula with authentic, tiny, wooden houses and narrow streets, the Funicular to Mount Fløyen, the Aquarium.
Spend 1 night in Bergen
Read about Bergen
See pictures from Bergen

Northern Lights. Photo by Gaute Bruvik, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

The magical Aurora!

This trip includes:

Accommodation
4* Hotels w. breakfast buffet
in Oslo & Bergen

Kirkenes:
1 night in Gamme cabin incl. breakfast & 3-course dinner (excl. drinks)

Hurtigruten or Havila Voyages cruise
5 nights in standard outside cabin w. separate beds & private facilities
All meals on board (excl. drinks) – buffet breakfast, buffet lunch & 3-course dinner

Transport
• Flight Oslo-Kirkenes
• Transfer Kirkenes Airport-Snowhotel-Hurtigruten/ Havila Voyages

Activities & Excursions
• Wilderness dog sledding incl. warm clothes (2 hrs)
• A taste of Vesterålen excursion
• Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral excursion

All taxes & VAT
Detailed itinerary & directions

NOT INCLUDED:
• Flights to/from Norway
• Transfers in Oslo & Bergen
• Personal travel insurance

Streets of Bergen by Gjertrud Coutinho, Visit Bergen

See authentic wooden houses in Bergen!

PRICES & BOOKING

Choose a start date, room & number of persons, whereupon the prices will appear in the tour summary box.

Booking & payment procedures
Our travel arrangements
General terms & conditions

Book safely with Fjord Travel Norway – a local, Norwegian travel company. We have been in business for more than 20 years, offering tours based on our goal of sustainable tourism.


 
Questions about this trip?

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(Mon-Fri 09:00 to 15:30 local time)

What our customers say:

  • Thank you for assisting us with our trip to Norway. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Kirkenes and the Snow Hotel. The arrangements you made for us were perfect. The lodging was comfortable and the excursions were fun. Tom and I rarely use the services of a travel company when we travel; you enriched our trip and made the planning easy.

    Alison, United States

  • I wanted to thank everybody. We had a wonderful trip. Everything went well and fortunately we had the chance to see the lights while on the cruise. All my friends in Turkey would like to go on a similar trip. So I will be in touch with you. Thanks again and best wishes to all of you.

    Candan, Turkey

  • On behalf of the group I would like to thank you and your colleagues for organizing our wonderful tour of Norway. Everything went very well including the weather, which was spectacular. We enjoyed all the hotels, the central locations you chose and the amenities, especially the lavish breakfasts. Three extra days in Oslo allowed us to tour the city at our leisure and to enjoy more of the important sights including the newly opened National Museum. The Norway in a Nutshell tour was amazing and made much easier by using your recommended porterage service between hotels in Oslo and Bergen. Both the train journeys and the boat trip were spectacular, and combined with a night in the beautiful Kviknes Hotel made for an unforgettable two days. We were very impressed by the Hurtigruten cruise, particularly the way they combined a working ship with a cruise ship, the comfortable accommodations, the food and service. It was fascinating to visit all the various ports, islands and fjords and the two included tours were excellent and informative. In the end we were glad to have the extra night in Kirkenes, to visit their lovely museum and take a trip to the Russian border. It was a good way to end the tour. Again, thank for staying with us through 2 years of pandemic postponements and changes. We certainly will recommend Fjord Travel in the future.

    Marilyn, United States