Day 1 Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic
Fly from the UK to Tromsø, the Gateway to the Arctic, and perhaps enjoy the sights of the this
famous, compact city before boarding the ship and departing late in the afternoon. (D)
Day 2 Honningsvåg and the North Cape
Following the scenic sailing through Magerøysund and after an early stop in Hammerfest, you arrive in Honningsvåg. This small port is the gateway to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape and at 71°10’21”N it puts you a mere 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole (optional excursion). This evening, you pass Finnkirka, a rock formation that is sacred to the indigenous Sámi people and now the site of an impressive light show. (B, D)
Day 3 Kirkenes, the voyage turning point
The last port on the Voyage North is Kirkenes, and at longitude 30°E you are actually further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. The terrain, culture and geography of Kirkenes offer the opportunity to take part in some fabulous Arctic excursions. Departing Kirkenes at lunchtime, you retrace your steps along the Varanger peninsula reaching Berlevåg in the evening. (B, D)
Day 4 Hammerfest and Tromsø
Your first major stop of the day is Hammerfest. Here, you can enjoy an optional excursion including a visit to Hammerfest’s UNESCO World Heritage site, the Meridian Column, commemorating the conclusion of Struve’s historical measurement of the globe. From here, your next major stop will be Tromsø where your voyage comes to an end. Transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. (B, D)
After breakfast in your hotel this morning, a choice of winter excursions is available before you are transferred to Tromsø airport for your direct flight back to the UK. (B)
EXTEND YOUR ITINERARY AND TAKE IN MORE OF TROMSØ!
Extend your stay in this lively and colourful city, surrounded by the dramatic Lyngen Alps. Tromsø has many sights to offer, including Arctic history, architecture, culture and exciting excursions. Try our Aurora Safari with Dinner excursion by cable car, visit a coastal farm and enjoy reindeer sledging or perhaps visit the Polaria centre. An extra day in Tromsø will give you time to enjoy this beautiful city and more time to watch out for the Northern Lights.
A full day in Tromsø with excursions available. (B)
Further excursions are available before your flight back to the UK. (B)
B = Breakfast, D = Dinner