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Reindeerspotting in the summer night – Hurtigruten land excursion

Reindeer. Photo by Johan Wildhagen Innovation NorwayReindeerspotting in the summer night – On this excursion you can spot Reindeer as your guide talks you through the history and wildlife of the Nordkyn area.

This is an optional land excursion which you can add to your Hurtigruten cruise booked through Fjord Travel Norway. The land excursion will appear during the cruise booking process, with prices and details.

On this excursion you go by bus from Mehamn through the magnificent scenery of mainland Europe’s northernmost peninsula, Nordkyn, keeping your eyes peeled for reindeer. On this trip your guide will explain the geography of Nordkyn and give you a better understanding of exactly how far north you are.

The first stop of the tracking mission is made on the barren landscape in the middle of the peninsula, approx. 300 meters above sea level. From here you can see for miles in all directions and often one can see reindeer grazing nearby, sometimes very close to the road.

Sami family. Photo credit

Sami family

High quality binoculars will be supplied to enable you to observe the reindeer without disturbing them. While searching for the deer, your guide will tell you about the Sami people and their relationship with the reindeer, the area’s fishing heritage and human adaption to life at 71 degrees north including the weather and light & darkness through the changing seasons.

You arrive at Camp Summer Night just in time to enjoy the lovely view of Kjollefjord and the Hurtigruten ship making a beeline for the harbour. Here, you can enjoy a snack (including reindeer meat with homemade bread and lingonberry jam) while your guide explains the history and tells myths about the local area. During this trip, you will be required to participate in food preparation by frying meat over an open fire. When the clock strikes three in the morning it’s time to leave the camp and head back to the waiting ship for a well-earned sleep!

Practical info:

Varanger peninsula Norway. Photo by Bjarne Riesto, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Varanger peninsula

Duration: 2 hours (01AM-03AM)
Included: Reindeer meat, homemade bread and lingonberry jam
Transportation: Bus
Clothes/footwear: Comfortable shoes and warm clothing
Available: June 8- August 31
Land excursion #8D

Available on the following Hurtigruten Cruise packages:
Cruise package Oslo-Kirkenes-Bergen, 8 nights

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