Tromso Hurtigruten & Kirkenes

  • Day 1:                                  Tromsø

    Arrive Tromsø airport and transfer by private vehicle to your centrally located hotel. Tromsø is a city packed with culture, polar history and fresh locally sourced food in its numerous restaurants. Mountains, fjords and islands also surround it; making it a great base for exploring the winter landscape.

    Overnight at hotel

    Meals: -

  • Day 2:                                  City Walk & Evening Aurora Chase

    During the day, get to know Tromsø by a guided city walk. In the evening head out on a Aurora Chase, sometimes driving as far as Finland and Sweden in search of the best Northern Lights viewing.

    Overnight at hotel

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 3:                                  Tromsø & evening dogsled

    Enjoy your morning in Tromsø before the next highlight: an evening dog sled safari in the wilderness and another chance to spot the Northern Lights.

    Overnight at hotel

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 4:                                  Board Hurtigruten

    Enjoy a morning in Tromsø. In the early afternoon, board a Hurtigruten ship and voyage furthernorth.

    Overnight at cruise

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  • Day 5:                                  At Sea & North Cape

    Ports visited today: Øksfjord, Hammerfest, Havøysund, Honningsvåg, Kjøllefjord, Mehamn, Berlevåg.

    Following the scenic sailing through Magerøysund and after an early stop in Hammerfest, you arrive in Honningsvåg. This small port is the gateway to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape which rises 300m from the ocean, and at 71° 10’ 21” north it puts you a mere 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole.

    Standing atop the North Cape Plateau you’ll get the eerie feeling of being at the end of the world. The area is also known for its birdlife, and Gjesværstappan, a bird sanctuary with up to 250,000 seabirds is home to some High Arctic species that can only be observed here on the Norwegian mainland. This evening, as you approach Kjøllefjord, you pass a rock formation that is sacred to the indigenous Sámi people, Finnkjerka.

    We have included an excursion to North Cape, the Northernmost point of European mainland.

    Overnight at cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 6:                                  Kirkenes, Snowmobile Safari & the Snow Hotel

    After breakfast, arrive Kirkenes and get ready for a snowmobile safari to your next highlight: dinner and overnight stay at the extraordinary snow hotel.

    All the ice comes from the frozen lake next to the snowhotel. They cut the ice with chainsaws and pull it with snowmobiles into the snowhotel. In the middle of winter this ice is 70 centimetres thick. The icebar and the sculptures are designed differently every year.

    Overnight at snow hotel

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 7:                                  King Crab Fishing Safari

    Join a King Crab Fishing Safari on the frozen fjords and try your luck. The red King Crab originally comes from the northern pacific ocean around the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia. It was introduced to the Barents sea in the sixties when Soviet scientist flew it in from east sibiria to Murmansk. From Murmansk it multiplied and spread east and west in the Barents sea. The idea of this project was to get more food in the norther region of Russia. The King Crab can get up to 1.8 metres from toe-to-toe and weigh up to 10 kilos. When first discovered in these waters it was considered a large treat to the environment because it spread so far, but today commercial fishing is doing its best to limit its population. Its white meat is very delicious and reach high prices on the international market. ca $100 USD or €70 Euro per kilogram is not uncommon. You will understand why when you get to taste some fresh king crab for the first time.

    Our guide brings you out on the frozen ocean with snowmobile, you are passengers in his sledge. Here we pull up the crab pod to see how good today's catch was, then we go back to the fisherman’s house where we get ready for the best seafood available, the red king crab.

    Overnight at hotel

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

  • Day 8:                                  Depart Kirkenes

    After breakfast, transfer to Kirkenes airport for your departure flight or extend your adventure into Finland.

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