Arctic Wonders

This Arctic adventure of a lifetime includes the unique experience of a night in the Kirkenes Snow Hotel, offering magnificent suites containing art made from snow and ice. There is also the chance to add some exciting winter activities. Starting in Bergen and travelling north on board your comfortable Hurtigruten ship, look out for the magical Aurora Boraelis as you sail through sheltered waters towards Kirkenes high above the Arctic Circle. 

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Dates: Jan - Mar 2015
From
£1,064

Voyage Highlights

  • Explore Norway's formar capital, Trondheim, and the 14th century Nidaros Cathedral
  • Visit the world's first Ice Gallery 'Magic Ice' in the Lofoten Islands
  • Go to mainland Europe's most northerly point at the North Cape
  • Sleep in the Snow Hotel, contructed entirely of ice and snow

Day 1 Embarkation in Bergen

Board your ship in Bergen, leave your everyday life behind and enjoy the ambience of life on board Hurtigruten. 


Day 2 Ålesund

After making several brief night time calls along the unspoilt coastline, you reach the delightful town of Ålesund which was completely rebuilt in Art Nouveau style having been destroyed by fire in 1904. Here you have the option to explore this fascinating location on foot. Leaving Ålesund you head north towards Trondheim. 

Excursions
 
2C ART NOUVEAU WALK
2D ATLANTERHAVSPARKEN AQUARIUM AND MOUNT AKSLA

Day 3 The Royal City of Trondheim

Arrive early morning in Trondheim, you have time to explore Norway's former capital and discover its delightful wooden building, brightly painted wharves and warehouses plus the impressive 14th century Nidaros Cathedral. 

Excursions
 
3B TRONDHEIM WITH NIDAROS CATHEDRAL

Day 4 Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands

Cross the Arctic Circle and later in the day you reach the legendary Lofoten Islands, where you can take part in the Lofotr Vikings Feast excursion or enjoy an after dinner stroll in Scolvær. Perhaps visit the world's first Ice Gallery 'Magic Ice,' which features dramatically lit ice sculptures and atmospheric music that illustrate tantalising tales about the islands and their people. 

Excursions
 
4E LOFOTR VIKING FEAST

Day 5 Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic

Following a relaxing morning on board you arrive mid afternoon in Tromsø, Norway's Arctic capital, a great place to see the Northern Lights and to soak up life high above the Arctic Circle. This is also an ideal location to gain a real taste of the Arctic by joining an optional dog sledging excursion, a truly exhilirating and unforgettable experience. 

Excursions
 
5E/5F WILDERNESS ADVENTURE CAMP
5A THE ARCTIC CAPITAL TROMSØ
5B DOG SLEDDING
5D POLAR HISTORY WALK

Day 6 Honningsvåg and the North Cape

Following an early call at Hammerfest you arrive in Honningsvåg, the portal to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape, mainland Europe's most northerly point. Evening call at Kjøllefjord where you can join the thrilling snowmobile excursion in Lapland. 

Excursions
 
6A THE NORTH CAPE
6D SNOWMOBILE TRIP IN LAPLAND

Day 7 Kirkenes and the Snow Hotel

The vista and sea life become more dramatic as you approach Kirkenes, just a few kilometres from the Russian border and the Sámi communities of Northern Finland. Transfer for your special Arctic experience to the Snow Hotel, constructed entirely from snow and ice each year and conveniently located for enjoying Husky dog sledging, king crab safai and many other exciting winter activities. Your stay includes dinner by the open fire at the Gabba Restaurant. 

Excursions
 
Snowmobiling through Kirkenes
Dog Sledging
King Crab Safari
Aurora Adventure

Day 8 Final day

After a night in the Snow Hotel warm up in the sauna before breakfast. 

Dates Room type Cabin Grades
Inside Outside
I J* L* N P U

8 days (Bergen - Kirkenes) including one night at the Snow Hotel

Jan 2015: 2, 5, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22, 27, 30
Feb 2014: 2, 4, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
March 2015: 4, 11, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 28 
Twin from 1064 1124 1124 1158 1217 1277
Single from 1464 1553 1553 1604 1694 1783
You can add flights to this voyage to create a package during the booking process. 
* Cabin types marked with an asterisk (*) have a limited view.

Pricing Info:

Price includes:

  • Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • English speaking tour leader on board
  • One night at the Snow Hotel including dinner and breakfast

Not included:

  • Flights and transfers
  • Optional excursions
  • Luggage handling

Prices may change at any time before departure date, the applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking.

Please Note:

  • All prices shown are in GBP (£) per person.
  • The ship departure date determines the price of your voyage.
  • Not all cabin grades are available on all ships.
  • Suites available on request.
  • 2C ART NOUVEAU WALK

    1 Jan - 1 Jun, 2 Nov - 31 Dec
    Ports: Ålesund
    Duration: 2 hr Level: 2 - For most guests, requires some physical effort
    Code: H-AES2C
    2014: £29
    2015: £33per person

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    2D ATLANTERHAVSPARKEN AQUARIUM AND MOUNT AKSLA

    1 Jan - 1 Jun, 2 Nov - 31 Dec
    Ports: Ålesund
    Duration: 2 hr Level: 2 - For most guests, requires some physical effort
    Code: H-AES2D
    2014: £43
    2015: £47per person

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    3B TRONDHEIM WITH NIDAROS CATHEDRAL

    1 Jan - 2 Apr, 3 Sep - 31 Dec
    Ports: Trondheim
    Duration: 2 hr Level: 1 - For everyone
    Code: H-TRD3B
    2014: £40
    2015: £46per person

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    4E LOFOTR VIKING FEAST

    1 Jan - 31 Mar, 1 Oct - 31 Dec
    Ports: Stamsund
    Duration: 3 hr Level: 1 - For everyone
    Code: H-STU4E
    2014: £96
    2015: £101per person

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    5E/5F WILDERNESS ADVENTURE CAMP

    1 Jan - 15 Apr
    Ports: Finnsnes
    Duration: 6 hr 30 mins Level: 3 - For guests in good physical condition
    Code: H-FNS5E/5F
    £257per person

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    5A THE ARCTIC CAPITAL TROMSØ

    1 Jan - 31 Dec
    Ports: Tromsø
    Duration: 2 hr 30 mins Level: 1 - For everyone
    Code: H-TOS5A
    2014: £56
    2015: £58per person

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    5B DOG SLEDDING

    1 Jan - 30 Apr, 1 Nov - 31 Dec
    Ports: Tromsø
    Duration: 3 hr 30 min Level: 3 - For guests in good physical condition
    Code: H-TOS5B
    2014: £139
    2015: £149
    per person

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    5D POLAR HISTORY WALK

    1 Jan - 15 Apr, 15 Oct - 31 Dec
    Ports: Tromsø
    Duration: 2 hr 30 mins Level: 2 - For most guests, requires some physical effort
    Code: H-TOS5D
    2014: £43
    2015: £45per person

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    6A THE NORTH CAPE

    1 Jan - 31 Dec
    Ports: Honningsvåg
    Duration: 3 hr Level: 1 - For everyone
    Code: H-HVG6A
    2014: £102
    2015: £118per person

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    6D SNOWMOBILE TRIP IN LAPLAND

    1 March - 10 May, 15 Dec - 31 Dec
    Ports: Kjøllefjord
    Duration: 2 hr 15 mins Level: 3 - For guests in good physical condition
    Code: H-KJD6D
    2014: £237
    2015: £252per person

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    CENKKN007 Snowmobiling through Kirkenes

    Winter 2013/14
    Ports: Kirkenes
    Duration: 2 hrs Level: 3 - For guests in good physical condition
    Code: CENKKN007
    2014: £148
    2015: £153per person

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    CENKKN009 Dog Sledging

    Winter 2013/14
    Ports: Kirkenes
    Duration: 2 hrs Level: 3 - For guests in good physical condition
    Code: CENKKN009
    2014: £124
    2015: £127per person

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    CENKKN010 King Crab Safari

    Winter 2013/14
    Ports: Kirkenes
    Duration: 4 hrs Level: 2 - For most guests, requires some physical effort
    Code: CENKKN010
    2014: £137
    2015: £141per person

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    CENKKN011 Aurora Adventure

    Winter 2013/14
    Ports: Kirkenes
    Duration: 2 hrs Level: 2 - For most guests, requires some physical effort
    Code: CENKKN011
    2014: £56
    2015: £57per person

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    Important information

    • All guests must have a valid passport or government ID card on board.
    • We recommend taking a small amount of Norwegian Kroner (NOK) in cash, but all major credit cards are accepted on board.
    • You must provide your own travel insurance. Please provide us with the name and contact details of your insurer.
    • We recommend you take only hand luggage you can carry with you. Please pack any medications, passports, and other essentials in your hand luggage at all times.
    • There are no safety deposit boxes on board and Hurtigruten cannot accept liability for any loss. You may check in valuable at reception to be held in the ship's safe.
    • 220v AC, 2 pin Continental type electricity is used on board. Please bring your own adaptor if needed.
    • We want your voyage to be as pleasant as possible. Hygiene is an essential part of this. Please be especially careful with hand hygiene during your voyage. Anti bacterial hand gel is available throughout the ship.
    • There is an Internet cafe on board (except MS Lofoten) but the bandwidth is narrow and reception intermittent. Wifi is also available in most public areas on board.
    • Laundry rooms are available on all ships.
    • It is safe to drink tap water on board.
    • There is no doctor or pharmacy on board and medical assistance is availabl at ports, or in an emergency, by helicopter. The ships are rarely far from land.

    What to bring

    • Informal clothing
    • Water and windproof jacket
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Cap/hat
    • Scarf
    • Gloves
    • Swimsuit
    • Backpack
    • Sun glasses
    • Binoculars