Capitals of Northern Lights

Escorted Tour, Northern Lights, and Husky SafariNorway

BEST SELLER
From $1,755 USD
December 10, 2020 - March 18, 2021
6 Days / 5 Nights

Capitals of Northern Lights, visit Arctic Norway from Tromsø to Alta. Learn about Sami people and their culture, visit Huskies, search for Northern Lights.

Overview

Capitals of Northern Lights, explore Arctic Norway in all its splendor. Travel from Tromsø to Alta, visit the magnificent Northern Lights Cathedral, the award-winning Alta Museum and rock carvings. Enjoy pristine nature of the region, learn about the indigenous Sami people, their traditional culture and history. Equipped with thermal overalls and boots, visit playful huskies at the Aurora Camp, sit by a bonfire and search for magical Northern Lights.

Operation

December 10, 2020 - March 18, 2021

Departure

Guaranteed departures
December 10
January 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18

Price

  • from $1,755 per person in double room
  • from $2,240 single room
  • from $1,599 for 3rd adult in extra bed sharing double/twin room
  • from $1,475 child* (7-12 years) when sharing room with parents

*Due to the nature of the tours and the destination, we are unfortunately not able to accept children younger than 7 years old on this tour.

Included

  • 5 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • 5 x breakfasts, buffet style
  • 1 x dinner and 2 lunches as per program
    (all lunches & dinners are 3-course meals or buffets including coffee, unless otherwise specified)
  • Arrival transfer in Tromsø by public service Flybussen
  • Bi-lingual Tour Escort (English & Spanish or Portuguese) from Day 2 to Day 5 inclusive
  • 3-hours guided city tour of Tromsø
  • The long-distance coach from day 2 – 5 offers WIFI
  • Regular departure transfer to Kirkenes Airport
  • Aurora Husky Visit, including light dinner, approx. 4 hours
  • Visit to Alta Museum and Northern Lights Cathedral
  • All tours and transportation as per program
  • Visits, excursions and entrances as per program
  • Outdoor clothing for winter activities/safaris as per program
  • Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase & 1 piece of hand luggage per person

    Please note! Arrival transfer from Tromsø is by a regular (public) airport bus service Flybussen. Regular departure transfer for Kirkenes airport . For passengers who require private transfers – for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved.

Not Included

  • International Airfare
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • Optional Excursions
  • Beverages or any extras
  • Porter service
  • Any services not mentioned in the program

Please Note

  • For passengers who require private transfers – for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved.
  • Due to the nature of the tours and the destination, we are unfortunately not able to accept children younger than 7 years old on these programs.
  • We reserve the right to amend the itinerary and/or included entrances without notice due to extreme weather conditions.
  • The Northern Lights are weather dependent and cannot be guaranteed as they are a natural phenomenon.

Tour Options

All optional tours must be pre-booked and pre-paid and are always subject to availability and confirmation.

List of included Hotels

Day 1 ARRIVAL TROMSØ

Thursday
Arrival to Tromsø airport. Upon exiting the airport, please proceed to the Flybussen bus stop (regular airport express bus) and present your voucher to the driver. Your voucher is valid for both the arrival and departure transfers so please be sure to keep it safe. The Flybussen will transfer you the 5 km distance to the center of Tromsø and drop off is within walking distance of your hotel. Check-in at your hotel (guaranteed from 15:00). The rest of the day is at leisure. Please consult the Via Hansa & Borealis welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director.

*The departures of Jan 14 and Mar 18 are waitlisted at Scandic Ishavshotel. The hotel will be confirmed latest 3 weeks prior to departure and will be a 4* centrally located hotel.

OPTIONAL: – Tromsø Cable Car, 20:00 – 22:00
Price: $60 per person | Min 2 persons
Children 7 – 12 years: 30% discount
Duration: approximately 2 hours (20:00 – 22:00)
Meeting Time: 19:45 in the hotel reception
Included: Transportation, lift ride & guide

A short transfer will take you from the hotel to the Cable Car Station. Board a gondola, and in just four minutes you will be transported 421 m above sea level to experience Tromsø's best view. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Tromsø and the surrounding islands, mountains and fjords. If we are lucky the Northern Lights will show up and top off this already impressive experience.

Scandic Ishavshotel****

Day 2 TROMSØ (B, light D)

Friday
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour. This tour will be the perfect introduction to Tromsø where you will visit the world’s most northern Botanical gardens. Here you can enjoy the views of the mountains to the east and south. Tromsø enjoys a subarctic climate, its location corresponding to the northern coast of Alaska. Visit the Tromsø University Museum where you will learn fascinating facts on nature and culture in northern Norway. Learn about the indigenous Sami people, their traditional culture and recent history.

Following this, you will continue on a tour around the island, passing Lake Prestvatn where the Meteorological Institute is situated. Travel across the bridge to the Arctic Cathedral for a visit to this masterpiece by Jan Inge Hovig. Built in 1965, the cathedral reflects north Norwegian nature, culture, and faith with a monumental stained-glass window. We end the city tour with a visit to the Arctic experience centre POLARIA, where the co-dependency of sea- and land life is both seen and felt. Polaria is located in walking distance from the hotel, should you wish to extend your visit.

AURORA HUSKY VISIT, LIGHT DINNER INCLUDED
Duration: approximately 4 hours (19:00-23:00)
Meeting Time: 18:30 at the hotel reception
Included: transportation, guide, warm overalls, traditional Norwegian dinner

Be ready for a pick-up right outside your hotel at 18:30 where you will be met by a representative from Tromsø Villmarkssenter and taken on a 25-minute bus ride to the Aurora Camp. At the camp you will be equipped with thermal overalls and boots to keep you nice and warm all evening. 300 friendly Alaskan huskies are waiting to greet you and enjoy some cuddles, followed by an affectionate and playful visit to the puppy enclosure.

Once you have filled up on puppy love, it is time to enjoy a traditional Norwegian dinner in our cozy Gamme-hut (turf home). You will be served Norwegian Bacalao, prepared with locally sourced cod and tomato sauce, and for dessert their savory signature chocolate cake. As it is impossible to predict when the Aurora will appear during the evening, your guide will keep a close eye on the sky for you and the program will be adjusted accordingly. For those of you who wish to sit outside and wait for it to appear, a bonfire will set the mood and keep you toasty.

Scandic Ishavshotel****

Day 3 TROMSØ - ALTA (B, L)

Saturday
Breakfast at the hotel. The ride from Tromsø to Alta is breath-taking regardless of the time of year. Stunning scenery and magnificent nature ensure that this trip will stay with you for a long time. The distance between Tromsø and Alta is about 300km / 186 mi, a route traveled in approximately 8 hours, and include two ferry crossings. Lunch (included) en route. Arrival in Alta and check in at your hotel. Evening at leisure.

OPTIONAL: SLEIGH RIDE UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Price: $260 per person | Dinner included | Min 2 persons
Duration: approximately 4 hours (20:00 – 24:00)
Meeting Time: 19:45 at the hotel reception
Included: Transfer, traditional dinner including dried meat chips w/dip, reindeer meat, lingonberry sauce, homemade cinnamon rolls, bonfire-coffee and glogg.

This tour offers you an evening of cozy adventure. You will be picked up in Alta and driven to a farm in the nearby countryside where you will climb aboard a sleigh and get bundled up in warm blankets. Your sleigh is then pulled by a Norwegian Fjord Horse through the forest and along the Alta River, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the peace and beauty all around you. Near the end of the ride, you will stop at a wilderness shelter where a light dinner will be served around a warm fire. Under the right conditions you might also be able to captures some beautiful images of the Northern Lights. REQUIRES PRE-BOOKING

Thon Alta***+

Day 4 ALTA (B, D)

Sunday
Breakfast at the hotel before departing for the prestigious EMYA award-winning Alta museum. The museum is situated at the site of early settlement of Finnmark dating from around 11,000 years ago and presents exhibitions on local culture and historic industries. A must-see for anyone visiting the area. Afterwards we will pay a visit to the modern Northern Lights Cathedral located in the central part of town.

ALTA MUSEUM (Included)

Experience the Northern Europe's largest and richest rock carving site, inscribed on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. Here you can walk on pathways arranged around the rock carving area while enjoying a fantastic view over the Alta Fjord. The 2000 to 6200 years old rock carvings show the life of hunters and fishermen. You will have a guided tour at the museum with some free time afterwards to walk around at your own pace.

NORTHERN LIGHTS CATHEDRAL (Included)

The impressive Nordlyskatedralen is a result of an architectural competition launched in 2001. Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in collaboration with architect Kolbjorn Jenssen of Link Arkitektur, the elegant and modern construction features concrete and wood with external cladding of titanium sheets. The central feature being the towering spiral with belfry. Inside the church you will find art work by Danish artist Peter Brandes.

OPTIONAL: NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR & SORRISNIVA ICE HOTEL
Price: $270 per person | Min 6 persons
Duration: approximately 4 - 5 hours (19:00– 23:00/24:00)
Meeting Time: 18:30 at the hotel reception
Included: transportation, guide, sweet snacks and soft drink

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel for a 20 minute bus ride into the countryside. The family owned Sorrisniva adventure facility is perfectly located to maximize your chances of seeing the magnificent Aurora Borealis in the time between September and March. Experience the Igloo Hotel - the worlds northernmost ice hotel, built from ground every year with different themes. Get a break from your daily life and feel the serenity and silence the Igloo Hotel gives you. Wander among handcrafted ice sculptures or take an ice drink in our bar.

Everything is made from pure snow and ice. After the visit in the company of a knowledgeable local guide you will take on the Northern Lights chase. Along the way you will have an excellent opportunity to learn more about the natural phenomenon as well as the local history of Alta. Your guide will also be very happy to help you catch some beautiful images with your own camera. REQUIRES PRE-BOOKING. SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.

Thon Alta***+

Day 5 ALTA - KIRKENES (B, L)

Monday
Breakfast at the hotel followed by an early departure. You will travel the 465 km east to Kirkenes by coach, an approximately 9-hour journey taking you through the beautiful northern Lapland. Your eyes will feast on breathtaking nature as you sit back and watch the landscape unfold. You will make a stop along the way in Karasjok for a 3-course lunch (included). Arrive in Kirkenes and check-in at your hotel before dinner (not included).

Thon Hotel Kirkenes****

Day 6 KIRKENES DEPARTURE (B, L)

Tuesday
Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your transfer to Kirkenes airport in good time for your departure flight. If time allows, we recommend that you join the highly acclaimed King Crab Safari.

OPTIONAL: KING CRAB SAFARI
Price: $390 per person
Children 7 – 12 years: 30% discount
Duration: approximately 3 hours (08:00-11:00)
Meeting Time: 07:15 at the hotel reception
Included: transportation, thermal equipment, king crab lunch

"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 a remote cabin where the crab will be prepared for a delicious lunch. All equipment and clothing will be provided.

Top