Hurtigruten – 18D Follow the Lights (Northbound)

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18D
Availability : 35 departures between Sep 2022 and Mar 2023
Oslo
Min Age : Helsinki
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Follow the Lights (Northbound) – Small group escorted tour 2022/23

From Norway’s capital Oslo, ride the world’s most famous train, the Flåm Railway, before joining Hurtigruten’s northbound coastal voyage. Visit charming hamlets, sail through picturesque fjords and see the magnificent Northern Lights on this journey into the heart of Norway. On arrival into the sleepy town of Kirkenes in Norway’s far north, head south into Finnish Lapland where you’ll see the night sky from inside your glass igloo. Then discover Finnish Lakeland, where you’ll stay in beautiful log accommodation. Take in Helsinki, Finland’s capital, and experience a day trip to medieval Tallinn in Estonia.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Oslo

Arrive in Oslo, make your own way from the airport or train station to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. In the evening meet the rest of the group and your guide at our welcome dinner. Overnight in Oslo.

Day 2Oslo

After a leisurely breakfast, meet the group in the lobby of the hotel for an Oslo grand city tour including Vigeland Sculpture Park, Historical Museum, Oslo Opera house, Holmenkollen Ski Jump and more. Overnight in Oslo.

Day 3Flåm

After an early breakfast we will start our “Norway In a Nutshell” tour, catching the morning train to Myrdal where we change trains for the famous Flåm Railway, with spectacular fjord views all the way to the beautiful, tiny village of Flåm. Overnight in Flåm.

Day 4Bergen

The day starts with the ferry from Flåm to Gudvangen, passing through the narrow Nærøyfjord. From Gudvangen the journey continues by bus. Waterfalls line the road as we weave our way through the valley to Voss. There we board a train for the last leg of our “Norway in a Nutshell” journey, arriving in Bergen in the afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Bergen.

Day 5Bergen - Hurtigruten Embarkation

(Day 1 of the voyage)  
After a relaxing morning we take a walking tour of Bergen, including St Mary’s Church, Håkon’s Hall and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Bryggen, before heading to Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg. The tour ends at Bergen pier, where we board our Hurtigruten ship. Overnight on board our ship.

Day 6Ålesund

(Day 2 of the voyage)  
We navigate skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund, renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. Leaving Ålesund we head north towards Trondheim. Overnight on board our ship.

Day 7Trondheim

(Day 3 of the voyage)  
Arrive early in the morning at Trondheim, with plenty of time to explore Norway’s first capital. Overnight on board our ship.

Day 8Lofoten Islands

(Day 4 of the voyage)  
As we cross the Arctic Circle in the morning, the hunt for the Aurora Borealis begins. We enter the dramatic and narrow Raftsund, and if the weather and ice conditions allow, we’ll sail to the entrance of the famous Trollfjord. Overnight on board our ship.

Day 9Tromsø

(Day 5 of the voyage)  
After a morning stop in Finnsnes, the ship continues to Tromsø, a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle, and famed as a viewing point for the Northern Lights. The city’s historic centre is distinguished by its centuriesold wooden houses. The 1965 Arctic Cathedral, with its distinctive peaked roof and soaring stained-glass windows, dominates the skyline. Overnight on board our ship.

Day 10Honningsvåg

(Day 6 of the voyage)  
Honningsvåg is the nearest port to the North Cape – only 2000km from the geographical North Pole. Overnight on board our ship.

Day 11Kirkenes – Saariselkä

Admire the dramatic coastal vistas as we approach Kirkenes, where we will disembark. Enjoy a short drive through Kirkenes, before arriving at Inari, the Sami capital (traditional nomads of Scandinavia, reindeer herders), where we’ll visit the newly renovated Siida Sami museum and visit a reindeer farm. Overnight in Saariselkä.

Day 12Saariselkä

Today we visit a husky farm and learn about the life and training of these unique Arctic dogs. In the evening there may be optional evening Aurora Borealis tours. Overnight in Saariselkä.

Day 13Sinettä

Today we visit Santa Claus Village, where you will have free time to explore. In the evening, spend the night in a glass igloo. Overnight in Sinettä.

Day 14Rovaniemi

Arrive in Rovaniemi and enjoy free time or optional extra touring options. Overnight in Rovaniemi.

Day 15Rantasalmi

This morning we head for Rantasalmi, enjoying the surrounding scenery as we make our way to the Finnish Lakes district. Early evening arrival and overnight in Rantasalmi.

Day 16Helsinki

Today we leave the Finnish wilderness and head into Helsinki, Finland’s capital. Enjoy a half-day city tour including a visit to the spectacular Temppeliaukio Church, ‘Rock Church’. Overnight in Helsinki.

Day 17Tallinn

An early start with a full day excursion to the medieval town of Tallinn in Estonia. Take the ferry followed by a combined bus and walking tour of the city. Stops will include the baroque Kadriorg Park and the seaside district of Pirita. Walk through the winding, cobblestoned streets of the Old Town continuing to Toompea Castle, home to the Estonian parliament. Visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church before enjoying some free time before boarding the ferry to return to Helsinki. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner. Overnight in Helsinki.

Day 18Helsinki

After breakfast at the hotel our tour ends. 

The day-by-day programme will give you a few ideas about what you can see and do on your coastal voyage in Norway, but bear in mind that this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience. After all, this is a sailing where the elements rule and weather conditions might vary, which is why every voyage with Hurtigruten is unique.

Northern Lights Promise

We’re so confident that the Northern Lights will make an appearance during your 12 day Hurtigruten voyage in Norway, that if they don’t, we’ll give you another 6 or 7-day Classic Voyage with half board FREE OF CHARGE*

The promise is applicable on select voyages between 1 October and 31 March*.

*Full Terms & Conditions apply.

Price in Australian Dollars Includes

  • 4 star accommodation standard
  • 11 nights’ hotel accommodation (1 night in glass igloo) & 6 nights’ cruise accommodation
  • Luggage service from hotel in Oslo to hotel in Bergen (1 bag per person)
  • Luggage service at all hotels (starting with luggage OUT in Oslo, and ending with luggage IN in Helsinki)
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches
  • 11 dinners & 1 x Viking Plank dinner in Flåm
  • City tours of Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki & Tallinn
  • Return Ferry ticket to Tallinn
  • Norway in a Nutshell: Flåm Railway journey and fjord cruise on UNESCO listed Nærøyfjord
  • First class coach from Kirkenes to Helsinki
  • English speaking guide from start to finish
  • Reindeer Farm visit (sled ride, depending on weather)
  • Husky Farm visit (sled ride, depending on weather)
  • Santa Claus Village visit
  • Newly-renovated Siida museum visit
  • Temppeliaukio Church & Dome Church visits

Price Excludes

  • International flights  
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking (availability pending weather conditions and safety)
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling other than those specified
  • Beverages with meals
Notes
  • Prices are in AU$ per person based on two people travelling together sharing a twin cabin
  • Not all cabin categories are available for all departures
  • Single cabin pricing available on request
  • Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability.
  • Northern Lights Promise: If the Northern Lights are not recorded during your Follow The Lights tour, including land component, we’ll offer a free northbound or southbound voyage. Terms & Conditions apply.