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Kirkenes Snowhotel, Kirkenes

Cruise into the Northern Lights

5-day cruise from £970 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Cruise with Hurtigruten from Tromso to Kirkenes in search of the magical Aurora

Highlights

  • Cruise Norway’s stunning Arctic coast from Tromsø to Kirkenes in search of the Northern Lights
  • Enjoy a range of optional excursions that truly make the most of the wild Arctic landscapes, including snowmobiling and husky sledding
  • Spend a night in Tromsø, Norway’s charming Arctic capital, where you’ll and abundant cosy bars and restaurants specialising in traditional Arctic fare
  • Indulge in the unique experience of staying in a room carved from ice at Kirkenes Snowhotel

In Brief

  • 1 Night Tromsø
  • 1 Night Hurtigruten Cruise
  • 1 Night Hurtugruten Cruise
  • 1 Night Kirkenes

About

Recommended for:
Activity adventure | Exploration cruise | History & culture | Natural world | Northern Lights | Winter

This five-day Arctic adventure, starting in Tromso and ending in Kirkenes, begins at the same latitude as Siberia and Alaska, where the influence of the Gulf Stream creates the world's longest ice-free polar coast. Hurtigruten ships have been an integral part of Norwegian coastal life for more than 100 years, delivering freight, post and passengers to remote communities between Bergen in the south and Kirkenes in the north. They’re informal, adventurous journeys, calling at ports inaccessible to other cruise ships. And with the whole voyage occurring within the Arctic Circle, you've a greatly increased chance of seeing the magical Northern Lights. During the trip, you'll stay at the sensational Kirkenes Snowhotel in an ice-carved room, and have the opportunity to enjoy a range of thrilling winter excursions.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Tromso

Fly to Tromso, Norway’s Arctic capital. It's widely regarded as one of the best places in all of Scandinavia to watch the Northern Lights – where better to start your Northern Lights cruise than here? On arrival, check into your hotel and you'll be free to explore this highly walkable city.

Stay: Scandic Ishavshotel, Tromso (Superior)

Day 2
Honningsvåg

With a full day to explore Tromso ahead of you, we recommend you spend your time enjoying some of the superb winter excursions Tromso offers, from husky sledding to snowmobiling through the pristine wilderness. In the evening, head to the harbour for embarking your Hurtigruten ship. You'll begin your voyage northwards – keep an eye out for the Northern Lights, or relax in the bar safe in the knowledge that the captain will announce the Northern Lights' arrival to ensure you don't miss out.

After an early morning stop at Hammerfest, you arrive in Honningsvåg and join an optional excursion to mainland Europe’s most northerly point – the North Cape. This is a wild and windswept headland where the cliffs rise dramatically from the sea and nothing but white-capped rollers stand between you and the North Pole.

Stay: Hurtigruten cruise ship

Meals: B

Day 3
Honningsvåg

After an early morning stop at Hammerfest, you arrive in Honningsvåg and join an optional excursion to mainland Europe’s most northerly point – the North Cape. This is a wild and windswept headland where the cliffs rise dramatically from the sea and nothing but white-capped rollers stand between you and the North Pole.

Stay: Hurtigruten cruise ship

Meals: B

Day 4
Kirkenes

Sailing on, you’ll reach the sheltered harbour of Kirkenes, just 10 kilometres from the Russian border. This fascinating town provides a tantalising glimpse of remote Arctic life. You'll be picked up and transferred to Kirkenes Snowhotel, where you'll stay the night in your very own room carved purely from ice in a unique design. After lunch, you'll have an opportunity to enjoy one of the exciting excursion Kirkenes offer. Perhaps opt for a king crab fishing safari, try your hand at husky sledding or venture into the boreal forest on a snowmobile.

Stay: Kirkenes Snowhotel (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Kirkenes/UK

Invigorate yourself with a morning sauna before transferring to Kirkenes airport, from which you'll begin your journey back to the UK.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

5-day cruise on board MS Nordlys (Hurtigruten) from £970 incl. flights

Standard

Included:

  • Flights (incl.l luggage and tax)
  • 1 night's accommodation at the Scandic Ishavshotel on B&B basis 
  • 2 night's cruise from Tromso to Kirkenes on board Hurtigruten on B&B basis (unspecified outside cabin)
  • Transfer from Kirkenes port to the Snow Hotel 
  • Overnight at the Snow Hotel including evening dinner, breakfast and morning sauna
  • Transfer to Kirkenes airport on departure

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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