Escorted Tour, Santa Claus Holiday, Northern Lights, and Husky SafariNorway
From $3,395 USD
October 5, 2018 - March 8, 2019
9 Days / 8 Nights
Winter journey to Northern Norway. From Harstad, board Hurtigruten to Svolvær, continue to Tromsø and Alta. Enjoy husky dogs and the Aurora at Camp Tamok.
Unique guided journey to Lapland with first class travel and fascinating winter activities. Enjoy a guided tour in Tromsø, search for the Aurora, and taste the delicacies of the North in Kirkenes on a King Crab Safari. Visit Saariselkä, ideal for ski adventures, and Rovaniemi with Santa Claus Village. Sleep in an Arctic Glass Igloo, from where you might see the mystical Northern Lights. Cruise on Sampo Icebreaker in Kemi, take a swim in Arctic waters.
October 5, 2018 - March 8, 2019
October 5, 19, 2018
November 16, 2018
December 28*, 2018
January 25, 2019
February 8, 22, 2019
March 1, 8, 2019
- from $3,395 per person in double room
- from $4,270 single room
- from $3,175 for 3rd adult in extra bed sharing double/twin room
- from $2,945 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.
- 8 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
- 8 x breakfasts, buffet style
- 2 x dinners as per program
- Bi-lingual Tour Escort from Day 1 to Day 8 inclusive
- Regular transfers from Harstad Airport and to Alta Airport
- Flight from Oslo to Harstad
- 3-hour guided city tour of Tromso
- All tours and transportation as per program
- The long-distance bus from day 2 – 8 offers WIFI
- Visits, excursions and entrances as per program
- Outdoor clothing for winter activities as per program
- International Airfare
- Personal insurance / personal items
- Optional Excursions
- Beverages or any extras
- Porter service
- Any services not mentioned in the program
- Personal insurance / personal items
- This is an escorted tour!
- 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.
- Children between 7-12 years, when sharing room with adults, receive a reduction.
- Regular Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfers from Harstad Airport & to Alta Airport and only on the published official date of end of the tour. Arrival transfer from Gardermoen Airport Oslo is not included. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and is shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur. This transfer service is not valid for passengers with pre/post nights or passengers who require private transfers – for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved.
- It is important to note that in all our winter programs can be physically demanding and the passenger may be exposed to different kinds of physical strain. Uneven grounds during walking tours, snow and ice are common surface in our destinations.
- We reserve the right to amend the itinerary and/or included entrances without notice due to extreme weather conditions. The weather conditions in the Norwegian and Finnish Lapland can vary and road closures are sometimes enforced by local authorities, which is out of the control of Five Stars of Scandinavia and its handling suppliers/partners.
- All optional tours must be pre-booked and pre-paid and are always subject to availability and confirmation.
Day 1 ARRIVAL OSLO
Arrival to Gardermoen Airport in Oslo and transfer to the hotel on your own for check-in (not included).
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.
*Group 1 will be accommodated at Hotel Bristol Oslo
Evening walking tour of Oslo, 19.30 – 20.30
Get ready for a walking tour of the Norwegian capital. You begin your visit outside with a walk around the new Opera House, which opened in April 2008. From the spectacular outdoor terrace, you will be able to enjoy stunning views across the Oslo fjord. During the tour you will walk through the cosy Karl Johan walking Street where you can see the Royal Palace and the end. The tour will pass by Aker Brygge where you can admire the modern architecture of Oslo and perhaps enjoy dinner in one of the many cosy restaurants of this popular area of the capital. Return to the hotel by your own.
OPTIONAL: THE OSLO GOURMET TOUR, 17:00 – 19:00
Price: USD 110 | Min 4 persons
This exclusive and delicious gourmet tour will show you a totally different side of the city to what you have seen during your city sightseeing tour. If you would love to experience the new style of the Norwegian cuisine, this tour is something for you. You will have around 4 to 5 different tastings on your tour, which makes up for a whole meal. The tour will be directed by an English-speaking guide taking you through Oslo city by foot. The tour will be a two-kilometer walk. Requires Pre-Booking!
Thon Opera Hotel ****
Day 2 OSLO - HARSTAD (B, D)
Early breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to the Oslo airport, from where you will take a direct flight to Harstad (included). Your private bus is waiting for you at Harstad/Narvik Evenes Airport and will drive you to Harstad. The trip to Harstad city is approximately an hour ride during which you will get many beautiful impressions on the way. Check in at the hotel.
*Group 1 will be accommodated at Thon Hotel Harstad
OPTIONAL AURORA BOREALIS TOUR, 19:00 – 23:00
Price: USD 300 pp | Minimum 4 persons
Includes: transfers, snacks, Norwegian stew and a beverage
On this Aurora Borealis tour, you will go to Solli mountain, where you will visit the Aurora Summit Lodge on the top of the mountain, which is 535 meters above sea level. You are transported to the summit by snowmobiles and sleds, dressed in a warm snowsuit, shoes, gloves and helmets. On the top of the mountain you have the chance to experience the dancing Aurora Borealis and inside the summit lounge you can keep warm by the big bonfire. You are served Aurora Cocktails in glasses made of ice and you can have a taste of the very typical Norwegian dried reindeer meat chips. An Aurora film on the snow will be shown while you are sitting around the fire. Transfer back to the hotel. Requires Pre-Booking!
Scandic Harstad ***+
Day 3 HARSTAD - SVOLVÆR (B)
Early breakfast at the hotel. Your luggage will be transferred on land by your private bus for you to enjoy your time on the Hurtigruten even more. The pier from where the Hurtigruten departs is within walking distance from your hotel.
HURTIGRUTEN FROM HARSTAD – SVOLVÆR, 08:30 – 18:30
Since 1893 the Hurtigruten ships been very well-known in the northern coast of Norway. Experience Norway's most beautiful fjords, nice harbor and amazing sceneries on your way! From the panoramic lounge you will be able to see the magnificent nature of Norway. During your time on deck you will have time to enjoy lunch at your own. Upon arrival in Svolvær you will check in to your hotel located right next to the Hurtigruten Terminal in Svolvær. Evening at leisure.
Thon Hotel Lofoten ****
Day 4 SVOLVÆR (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure. Make yourself ready to meet in Svolvaer centrum at 11.00 where your RIB safari will start.
TROLLFJORD & SEA EAGLE RIB SAFARI, 11:30 – 13:30 (included)
Experience the magnificent Lofoten Islands by sea! With a bit of luck, you can see both eagles and seals, and a great variation of bird life on a trip to the Trollfjord. You will drive up the strait of Oyhellsundet and to the spectacular Trollfjord. Here you find historic sites, sandy white beaches (when there is no snow) and one of the most dramatic fjords of Norway. You also visit the whaling island Skrova with its charming harbour. All passengers will be outfitted with flotation suits. We recommend warm clothes as a base layer underneath as well as practical footwear.
FISHING VILLAGE WALK & DINNER AT BORSEN SPISERI, 17:00-20:00 (dinner included)
Svinøya is the oldest part of Svolvær, and has been a thriving, vibrant fishing village since 1828. You will experience a living fishing village and learn about the culture. Your guide will talk about how the fishermen lived 100 years ago and what happened in the Trollfjord in 1890. Hear all the stories, ask all the questions and smell and taste the stockfish. Remember warm clothes, sensible footwear and your camera to be able to capture the memories. You finish your evening with a 3-course dinner at Borsen Spiseri – the most distinctive restaurant in the Lofoten Islands. The restaurant is housed in a venerable quayside warehouse dating back to 1828. The dishes you will be served are all made with unique, fresh and local ingredients from Lofoten.
Thon Hotel Lofoten ****
Day 5 SVOLVÆR - TROMSØ (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Your journey continues by bus to your next destination Tromsø. Your bus trip from Svolvær to Tromsø will take around 10 hours (400 km). On your way you will take a stop at the famous Polar Park which is the world’s northernmost animal park. There you will have the unique opportunity to meet the wolves, bears, deer, elk and reindeer. A local guide will show you the park and tell you everything you want to know about the animals. If you feel hungry after the guided tour you can enjoy a delicious traditional Norwegian meal (not included) indoors in the cozy restaurant. After the visit at the Polar Park you will continue your journey to Tromsø. Check in at your hotel. Evening at leisure.
Radisson Blu Tromso ****
Day 6 TROMSØ (B, L)
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.
AURORA CAMP EXCURSION, 18:30-23:00 (included)
Be ready for a pick-up right outside your hotel at 18:30 where you will be met by a representative from Tromso 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 cosy Gamme-hut (turf home). You will be served Norwegian Bacalao, prepared with locally sourced cod and tomato sauce, and for dessert their savoury 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.
Radisson Blu Tromso ****
Day 7 TROMSØ - ALTA (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. The ride from Alta to Tromsø is breath-taking regardless of the time of year. Stunning scenery and magnificent nature. This trip will be something that stay with you just a little longer. The distance between Tromsø and Alta is about 300 km, the journey takes approximately 9 hours and include two ferry crossings. The tour will make a stop to enjoy lunch (not included) at the Bios Cafe in Storslett. Arrival in Alta and check in at your hotel. Evening at leisure.
OPTIONAL: NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR - Storytelling, 19:30– 23:30
Price: USD 195 pp | Min 2 persons/max 15 persons
Includes: transfers between Alta and Sorrisniva, guide, sweets and hot drink during the trip
This adventure begins with a pick up from the Scandic Hotel and 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. 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. During the trip you will be served sweets and a warm drink. You will return to Scandic Hotel around midnight. Requires Pre-Booking!
Thon Alta ***+
Day 8 ALTA (B)
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 having 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 in 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: SLEIGH RIDE UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, 20:00 – 24:00
Price: USD 270 | Min 2 persons/Max 8 persons
Includes: Transfer, traditional dinner including dried meat chips w/dip, reindeer meat, lingonberry sauce, homemade cinnamon rolls, bonfire-coffee and glogg Dinner included
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 9 ALTA DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your departure transfer to Alta airport in good time for your departure flight.