Arctic Norway – Tromso to Kirkenes

Northern Lights, Husky Safari, and Snowmobile SafariNorway

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From $1,520 USD
January 3 - March 21, 2018
6 Days / 5 Nights

Journey to North Norway, Tromso to Kirkenes. Enjoy snow activities, husky safari, hunt for Northern Lights, chose stay in snow igloo or King Crab Safari.

Overview

Exciting journey to Finnish Lapland, offering a blend of first class travel, with most fascinating and invigorating winter activities in the region. Enjoy a visit to a Husky Farm, drive your own husky team on Kvaloya Island, search for the Aurora Borealis while sitting around an open camp fire inside a Sami tent. In Kirkenes choose to try one of the delicacies of the North on a King Crab Safari or experience a magical overnight stay in a Snow Igloo.

Operation

January 3 - March 21, 2018

Departure

January 3 , 17, 31 February 7, 14, 28 March 7, 21

Price

  • from $1,650 per person in double room
  • from $2,100 single room
  • from $1,520 for 3rd adult in extra bed sharing double/twin room
  • from $1,395 child* (7-12 years) when sharing room with parents

Included

  • 5 nights in First Class hotels, standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • 5 x Scandinavian breakfast buffet
  • 1 x dinners & 2 x lunch, as per program
  • Arrival and departure transfer in Tromso by public service Flybussen
  • All tours and transportation as per program
  • Visits, excursions and entrances as per program
  • Outdoor clothing for winter activities as per program

Not Included

  • International airfare & Airport taxes
  • Flight Tromso - Kirkenes
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

Tour is also available in reverse, from Kirkenes to Tromso, 6 days, from $1,520 in Triple room Departures: January 6, 20 | February 3, 10, 17 | March 3, 10

Day 1 ARRIVAL TROMSO

Wednesday
Arrival to Tromso airport. Upon exiting the airport, proceed to the bus stop of Flybussen (regular airport express bus). Please show your voucher to the driver, which is valid for the arrival and departure transfers. The Flybussen will transfer you the 5km to the center, within walking distance of your hotel. Check-in at your hotel* (guaranteed from 15:00).

*The name of your hotel in Tromso will be indicated upon confirmation of your reservation.

Radisson Blu Tromso **** (or similar)

Day 2 TROMSO - HUSKY SAFARI (B, L)

Thursday
After breakfast, please go to the reception Radisson Blu Tromso for the morning activity. We recommend being at the starting point 15 min before the tour starts.

HUSKY SAFARI - regular service (included)
Today you will have the opportunity to experience a great adventure and enjoy time with the huskies, which are part of the heart and soul of Tromso. Take a transfer of 30 min arriving to the enthusiastic welcome of over 300 friendly huskies. After a short briefing, meet your team of Huskies who will take you on a brisk run of 4km on Kvaloya Island, one of the largest islands in Norway. During your visit, you will be served a typical Norwegian stew of reindeer & vegetables followed by coffee & pastries. Returning back to Hotel Radisson Blu Tromso at 13:15.

The afternoon is at your leisure.

OPTIONAL: NORTHERN LIGHT DINNER CRUISE, 20:00 – 23:00
Minimum 2 persons
Join a dinner cruise on a local family owned catamaran, with good deck space and a warm cozy lounge. This is a very local way to hunt for the lights. The owners live on board in the winter season. We stay in protected waters, and we find a secure place for the Northern Lights. This depends of course if nature is with us or not. Northern Lights from the seaside are spectacular and beautiful. Even the light pollution from the town disappears into the black sea. You also get a fabulous view of the Tromso area in the beautiful Arctic winter night. Knowledgeable hosts with years of experience will do their utmost to give you a memorable experience. During the trip you will be served a North-Norwegian traditional fish dinner made with the best ingredients and a dessert and hot drinks. (Price USD225 per person)

Radisson Blu Tromso **** (or similar)

Day 3 TROMSO (B, D)

Friday
The day is at leisure to enjoy Tromso also known as the Paris of the North. We recommend a visit to Polaria, just five minutes' walk from the centre of Tromso. Housed in a building that represents ice flows pressed up on land by the rough seas of the Arctic. Polaria offers an Arctic aquarium, interesting knowledge-based exhibits and a panoramic cinema where you can see the Ivo Caprino film "Svalbard - Arctic Wilderness" and the Ole C. Salomonsen production "Northern Lights in Arctic Norway".

In the evening, you will join the search for the northern lights starting from the reception of Hotel Radisson Blu Tromso. We recommend being present latest at 18.00 hours.

AURORA BOREALIS, 18:15 – 22:30, (included)
Transfer to the base camp and meet the professional Northern lights hunters who will be your guides. From the camp, located in an uninhabited area with no artificial lights to disturb the experience or the chance to capture the Aurora Borealis on camera. With a great view of the skies there is also time to sit around the open camp fire inside a Sami tent and grill sausages, visit the huskies and their puppies or warm up inside. Due to the stable climate at this location and with some personal persistence, there are excellent possibilities to see even the weakest of lights. Included is a traditional dinner of Finnbiff (beef & mushroom stew) followed by coffee and cake. Returning back to Hotel Radisson Blu Tromso at 22:30.

OPTIONAL: WHALE SAFARI ON RIB BOAT, 08:30 – 13:30
This is a trip that is highly recommended for photo enthusiasts or anyone that wants to enjoy close encounters with the whales. You will be picked up in Tromso by bus and driven to a base camp located north on Whale Island.
Enjoy your adventure exploring the fjords by boat with breathtaking scenery. The most common whale species are humpback whales and orcas, but there are also chances of seeing fin whales and possibly harbor porpoises and other species. Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for other wildlife such as white-tailed eagles and different seabirds, e.g. shags, guillemots, little auks, and the seals that sometimes can be seen resting on the cliffs. Insulated body suits will be provided (included).
*only available until the 10th of February or as long as the whales are there. (Price on request)

Radisson Blu Tromso **** (or similar)

Day 4 TROMSO - KIRKENES (B)

Saturday
Departure transfer by regular Flybussen to Tromso Airport to take the domestic flight* to Kirkenes. This flight and the arrival transfer in Kirkenes are not included.
*Flight not included. There are various options of direct flights between Tromso (TOS) and Kirkenes (KKN) with SAS/Wideroe and Norwegian.

After checking-in at the hotel, the rest of your day is at leisure to explore the small town of Kirkenes, capital of the Barents Region and the gateway to the north east of Norway, close to the Russian border.

Thon Hotel Kirkenes

Day 5 KIRKENES - SNOWHOTEL - OPTIONAL SAFARI (B, D)

Sunday
Today your Tour Director, who will escort you for the rest of the tour, will arrive with fellow travelers to Kirkenes. We kindly ask you to be present at the hotel lobby at 12.30 for a welcome meeting.
Today you will enjoy the amazing experience of the "KING CRAB SAFARI", departing from your hotel at 13.00 hours.

KING CRAB SAFARI, 13:00-16:00/17:00, included
"Rated one of the best 25 excursions in the World by National Geographic"
One of the highlights of Northern Norway with the chance to taste one of the local delicacies known worldwide. Heading out on the Kirkenes Fjord you will come face to face with this giant of the sea on the King Crab safari. The red king crab found in the Barents Sea can reach up to two meters from claw to claw and weigh up to 15 kilos. Depending on the weather and ice the trip might be by boat or snowmobile drawn sleigh. Once your king crab has been caught, you are transferred to remote cabin where the crab will be prepared for a delicious lunch. All equipment and clothing will be provided.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

OPTIONAL: VISIT THE SNOW HOTEL, DINNER INCLUDED (Price USD225 per person)
VISIT SNOW HOTEL, DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN A SNOW IGLOO (Price USD420 per person)
Enjoy a visit to the Snow Hotel and a delicious dinner in true northern style. After dinner, for those who are game, there is also an opportunity for a once in a lifetime experience and choose to stay in a Snow Igloo with its unique snow wall carvings and sculpted ice bed. Each bed has a mattress and thermal sleeping bags so you can sleep warmly while the room temperature will be -5 degrees Celsius.

Thon Hotel Kirkenes

Day 6 DEPARTURE KIRKENES (B)

Monday
Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your transfer (not included) to Kirkenes airport in good time for your departure flight.

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