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.
Departures: January - March 2017
Board your ship in Bergen, leave your everyday life behind and enjoy the ambience of life on board Hurtigruten.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After a night in the Snow Hotel warm up in the sauna before breakfast.
2C/2E Art Nouveau walkExcursion Norwegian coast (2 hours) From £ 36
2D Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount AkslaExcursion Norwegian coast (2 hours) From £ 51
3B Trondheim with Nidaros CathedralExcursion Norwegian coast (2 hours) From £ 49
4E Meet the Vikings during the winterExcursion Norwegian coast (3 hours) From £ 111
5A The Arctic capital TromsøExcursion Norwegian coast (2 hours 30 mins) From £ 67
5B Dog sledgingExcursion Norwegian coast (3 hours 30 mins) From £ 164
5D Polar history walkExcursion Norwegian coast (2 hours 30 mins) From £ 46
6A The North CapeExcursion Norwegian coast, Honningsvåg (3 hours) From £ 128
6D Snowmobile trip in the ArcticExcursion Norwegian coast (2 hours 15 mins) From £ 267
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