In Search of the Northern Lights & Cruise

18 day In Search of the Northern Lights and Norway Cruise including return flights, spectacular sightseeing, deluxe accommodation, small ship Hurtigruten coastal cruise, meals & more.

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  • In Search of the Northern Lights and Norway Cruise
  • In Search of the Northern Lights and Norway Cruise
  • In Search of the Northern Lights and Norway Cruise
  • In Search of the Northern Lights and Norway Cruise
  • In Search of the Northern Lights and Norway Cruise
  • In Search of the Northern Lights and Norway Cruise
  • In Search of the Northern Lights and Norway Cruise
  • In Search of the Northern Lights and Norway Cruise
 
  • Fantastic organized by Webjet Exclusives. Smooth sailing from the time we booked... Home again safely.
  • Customer service and quality of holiday offered were excellent
  • Boni was very helpful and very contactable and organised the trip in such a way that it all happened seamlessly.

Highlights

 

The trip of a lifetime awaits! Embark on the ultimate adventure with this 18 day In Search of the Northern Lights and Norway Coastal cruise

Walk around fascinating Trondheim, home to Scandinavia’s largest medieval building, cross the magnificent Arctic Circle and prepare to keep your eyes out for the impressive Northern Lights!

Check out the magnificent Lights here, presented by National Geographic: 

View dramatic coastal vistas on our journey through Kirkenes and then experience an incredible Hurtigruten coastal cruise taking in the majestic arctic landscapes.

Train to Helsinki and explore the medieval town of Tallinn in Estonia before this unforgettable journey comes to an end.

Your package includes return international flights, in-depth sightseeing, unforgettable experiences, accommodation, Hurtigruten Small Ship Coastal Voyage & more.

See the Inclusions  section for more.

Hurtigruten won Best for Adventure category by the 2016 Cruise Critic UK Editors.  

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff– Bergen 

Depart Australia today to begin your incredible Scandinavia & Arctic adventure! 

Day 2: Bergen 

On arrival make your own way to the hotel. Tonight there is an opportunity to meet with your tour guide and fellow travellers to hear about our exciting tour*.

* Pending flight arrival time. For those passengers that arrive late, you will meet your guide on Day 3.

Day 3: Bergen – Norwegian Costal Cruise (B,D)  cruise-icon

This morning is at leisure. This afternoon depart from the hotel with your tour guide on a 4 hour tour of Bergen. Pass St. Mary’s Church & Haakon Hall. Walk around the colourful and picturesque fish markets and old Hanseatic wharf at Brygge. Visit Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s most famous composer Edvard Grieg (1843 – 1907). Troldhaugen consists of the Edvard Grieg Museum, Grieg’s villa, the hut where he composed music and his gravesite. The tour ends at Bergen pier where we board our Norwegian Voyage. The ship departs Bergen and heads north towards Floro and Alesund. 

Day 4: Alesund (B,L,D)  cruise-icon

Today we navigate through the skerries and islands, making several brief calls along the coastline. When we reach Ålesund, the town renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, there is time to explore this charming town before heading overnight to Trondhiem 

Day 5: Trondheim (B,L,D)  cruise-icon

Our first call of the day is Trondheim, home to the impressive Nidaros Catherdral, Scandinavia’s largest medieval building. This very walkable city is well worth discovering. Trondheim, Norway’s original capital, is nowadays the country’s third-largest city. With wide streets and partly pedestrianised heart, it’s a simply lovely city with a long history. Look out for the storehouses along the river built on wooden stilts that are a colourful contrast to the pure white snow that covers the city during winter. 

Day 6: The Arctic Circle & Lofoten Islands (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Crossing the Arctic Circle is one of the highlights on this journey. The Lofoten Islands are renowned for their small fishing villages surrounded by majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches. Lofoten is known for a distinctive scenery with dramatic mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, beaches and untouched lands. Now we are past the Arctic Circle, your search for the Northern Lights starts to get serious! Start keeping an eye out at night for these incredible light shows. Later enter the dramatic and narrow Raftsund, and if the weather and ice conditions allow, sail to the entrance of the famous Trollfjord. 

Day 7: Tromso (B,L,D)  cruise-icon

After a morning stop in Finnsnes, we continue to the Arctic capital Tromsø . Tromso is the gateway to the Arctic. Tromso is a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle. It’s famed as a viewing point for colorful Northern Lights that sometimes light up the nighttime sky. The city’s historic center, on the island of Tromsø, is distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses. The 1965 Arctic Cathedral, with its distinctive peaked roof and soaring stainedglass windows, dominates the skyline. 

Day 8: Honningsvag & the North Cape (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Honningsvåg is the nearest port to the North Cape – at 71° 10’ 21” N, only 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole. Home to just 2,500 permanent inhabitants, Honningsvåg is primarily a fishing community, characterised by brightly painted wooden buildings. Continue on to Kjøllefjord where you might see the Northern Lights on a clear, starlit sky. 

Day 9: Kirkenes – Inari – Saariselka (B,D) 

Admire the dramatic coastal vistas as we approach Kirkenes where we will be disembarking our Hurtigruten ship in the morning. On arrival we take a short drive through Kirkenes and learn more about it’s history before having a quick stop at the Russian border. After, we make our way towards the Finnish Lapland. We arrive into the small village of Inari which sits on the edge of the wild and beautiful Lake and home to the Finnish Sámi people. Here we visit the SIIDA Sami museum to learn about their culture. After, continue to Saariselka to check-in to your accommodation for the next two nights. 

Day 10: Saariselka (B,L,D) 

This morning we visit a husky farm*. The barking of enthusiastic dogs will welcome you! The head musher will talk about the life and training of these Arctic animals and we have the chance to take some amazing photos of the breath-taking arctic wilderness. Saariselka is surrounded by unique northern countryside, national parks, lake areas, rivers and highland fells offer a wealth of opportunities for year-round travel. In winter, the Northern Lights dance across the sky up to 200 days a year. Here is where you find the genuine Lapland. 

*For departures from December onwards this visit may include a ride on a husky wagon or sled, however this is weather dependant.

Day 11: Saariselka – Sinnetta (Glass Igloos) (B,D) 

This morning we depart Saariselka, and visit Santa’s Village. Perhaps have a photo with Santa Claus himself! An early afternoon departure from Santa’s Village, we travel to Sinetta and the Arctic Snow Hotel & Igloos for a one night stay in a unique glass-ceilinged igloo which is sure to be one of the highlights of the tour. Admire the night skies and hopefully the Northern Lights from the comfort of your own heated igloo and experience which you’ll remember for the rest of your life! 

Day 12: Glass Igloos – Rovaniemi (B,D) 

This morning we continue our travel through the Arctic Circle to Rovaniemi. Destroyed in the War in 1944, the town was rebuilt to a plan by Alvar Aalto, with the major streets in the shape of a reindeer’s head and antlers! On arrival, there is free time to explore at your own pace.

Day 13: Rovaniemi (B) 

Today is free to explore the small city of Rovaniemi on your own, or participate in one of the many activities on offer.

Day 14: Rovaniemi –train-icon – Helsinki (B) 

This morning, be transferred to the station and catch the train to the Finnish Capital, Helsinki. Watch the Finnish countryside winter wonderland pass as the train rolls by. Stroll across the road to the hotel on arrival into Helsinki. The rest of the evening is at leisure to explore at your own pace. 

Day 15: Helsinki –cruise-icon– Tallinn –cruise-icon– Helsinki (B,D) 

Today we have an excursion to the medieval town of Tallinn in Estonia. Take the ferry across to Tallin to enjoy a combined bus and walking tour of the most interesting parts of the city. Stops will include the baroque Kadriorg Park, Song Festival Grounds and the seaside district of Pirita. Walk through the winding, cobble stoned streets of the Old Town, cross Toompea Hill, before continuing to the Palace of Toompea that today houses the Estonian Parliament ‘Riigikogu. Visit Aleksander Nevskij Cathedral and the Dome Church. There will be time at leisure in Tallinn before boarding your ferry to return to Helsinki. We will farewell the tour tonight at a special farewell dinner.

Day 16: Helsinki – airplane-takeoff– Australia (B) 

Our tour ends after breakfast at the hotel. We hope you have enjoyed your Scandinavian and Arctic experience. At the appropriate time make your own way to the airport to board your flight for your homeward journey. 

Day 17: In flight 

Day 18: Australia 

Arrive home today

 

 

Inclusions

 

Your package includes return international flights, spectacular sightseeing, deluxe accommodation, Norway Coastal cruise, meals & more…

  • Return international airfares with a full service airline, including 23kgs checked luggage
  • 6 nights Hurtigruten Small Ship Coastal Voyage in a Twin Polar Outside Cabin (upgrades available)
  • 8 nights 4 star accommodation including an unforgettable luxury, glass domed Igloo experience to watch the stars as you sleep
  • Once in a lifetime arctic activities
  • Transport in first class coaches
  • Train from Rovaniemi to Helsinki
  • Fully guided touring from Bergen to Helsinki
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches and 11 dinners
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • In depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • 2018 and 2019 travel available!

Sightseeing highlights:

  • Cruse the Norwegian Coastline with spectacular fjords crossing the Arctic Circle in your hunt for the lights
  • A night in a unique heated glass domed Igloo, where you can lie in bed and gaze at the stars (and if you’re lucky, the Northern Lights)
  • Discovering the Sami culture and remarkable Arctic wildlife of Finnish Lapland
  • A visit to Rovaniemi, the home of Santa Claus and one of Finland’s best skiing areas
  • A traditional husky dog safari through the icy wilderness
  • A relaxing cruise along the coast of Norway, by far the best way to experience the country’s stunning fjords and historic coastal towns
  • A day excursion to the medieval town of Tallinn in Estonia
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Once you have purchased your voucher, please complete the following request form: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/bookings
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Free Date Changes:

  • After booking your travel and paying the deposit, you may change your travel date subject to the following terms.
  • Changes can only be made up until 240 days prior to travel or when the 2nd instalment has been paid, whichever is earlier. After this point, your booking becomes non-changeable and remains strictly non-refundable.
  • Any change is subject to availability
  • To request a date change, please email customerexperience@webjetexclusives.com.au with your existing booking details and your requested travel date.
  • If you choose to change your travel date, you will be requested to complete another booking form. Please ensure you include all preferences and special requests, as prior submissions will not be considered in finalising your booking.

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $699 per person plus any applicable surcharges are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date. 
  • 2nd Instalment: $2500 per person is due 240 days prior to your travel date. If you book within 240 days of travel, you will be sent a final invoice within 7 days. Once this payment is made, no cancellations or amendments are permitted and all prior payments become strictly non-refundable. If you book within 240 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days.
  • 3rd Instalment: Final payment is due 120 days prior to your travel date. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent a final invoice within 7 days. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: No flight, staybehind or special requests will be actioned until your 2nd instalment payment is made
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable

Tour Excludes: Travel insurance, Visas, Tipping and gratuities, Personal expenses, Anything not mentioned or “optional” in the itinerary.

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and before 30 days of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Single Supplement: 

  • Polar Outside Cabin – $2,499 per person, in addition to the twin share price.
  • Arctic Superior Middle Deck Cabin – $2,599 per person, in addition to the twin share price.
  • Arctic Superior Upper Deck Cabin – Not available

Please purchase one twin share voucher and then purchase your single supplement. You can purchase you single supplement by clicking here.

Triple Share: Not available

Group Size: 15 – 35

Children: Minimum age 15 years. Same price as adults. 

Accommodation:

Bergen: Clarion Admiral Hotel (or similar)
Saariselka: Santa’s Hotel Tunturi (or similar)
Sinnetta:tic: Snowhotel & Glass Igloo (or similar)
Rovaniemi: Sokos Hotel Vaakuna (or similar)
Helsinki: Holiday Inn City Centre (or similar)

Cruise:

Cruise: Hurtigruten M/S Trollfjord or M/S Finnmarken M/S Nordkapp Polar Outside Cabin (upgrades available)

Please note that if you are requesting a specific cabin number or location, a $285 per cabin charge will apply. This is a charge applied by the cruise company. You will be invoiced accordingly and all requests are subject to availability. If no cabin is requested, then this will be allocated to you on Day 1 of the tour. 

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

For more information on how to book your Webjet Exclusives deal, please visit our Bookings FAQ Page

Refund Policy: 

Bookings may be cancelled with a full refund of the deposit provided the cancellation occurs strictly within 48 hours from the time of purchase. All cancellation requests must be made in writing inside of this period to qualify for the refund request. Otherwise, deals purchased from Webjet Exclusives after the 48-hour period has surpassed are strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable.

Please note that if you have selected a departure date that is inside 70 days of departure, strictly no refund will be applicable as we begin to make arrangements for your booking immediately.

Circumstances that do not qualify for Refunds:

  • Where you have contacted Webjet Exclusives after the conclusion of the deal or Book By Date;
  • Where you have failed to read the Specific Terms and Conditions of the offer (located under the “Fine Print” and “Flight Info” tabs on the deal page of our Website on the day of the offer), and the General Terms and Conditions;
  • If you have failed to complete and submit our Travel Partners Booking Form as required in order to secure your preferred departure date;
  • If you have failed to make payment within the advertised payment terms and your booking has been automatically cancelled as a result;
  • If an optional tour or tour extension request cannot be confirmed on your booking (for whatever reason);
  • If you change your mind after you have purchased a deal (for whatever reason);
  • If the tour or stay did not meet your general expectations (for whatever reason);
  • If you have had a dispute with the business on behalf of whom we are advertising the offer; or
  • If the Business does not have availability to redeem your voucher because you have not attempted to make a booking within a reasonable period of time or by the Book By Date advised on the deal page.
  • If you have selected a departure date that is inside 70 days of departure, as mentioned above 

 

Travel Dates

 

Departure Dates 

1 October 2018
7 October 2018
12 October 2018
18 October 2018
29 October 2018
9 November 2018
20 November 2018
25 November 2018
1 December 2018 – SOLD OUT
6 December 2018
17 December 2018
28 December 2018
3 January 2019
8 January 2019
13 January 2019
19 January 2019
24 January 2019
30 January 2019
4 February 2019
10 February 2019
16 February 2019
21 February 2019
27 February 2019
4 March 2019
10 March 2019
15 March 2019
20 March 2019
26 March 2019

Please note: Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and not guaranteed

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. True availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfares with KLM (Finnair, Malaysia Airlines, British Airways, China Southern or similar if unavailable)
  • Adelaide/ Brisbane – A $250 Interstate surcharges applies per person. 
  • Including minimum 23kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 2 transits, stopover or a substitute airline. These changes are beyond our control and will be confirmed upon booking.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person is applied per person should you wish to arrive early and/or extend your stay. Fee is non-negotiable and must be paid before your flight variation can be confirmed.
  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your fight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference in addition to the flat fee.
  • You will be sent an invoice for the additional fee after your booking form has been received. Once this invoice has been paid, your flights will be ticketed based on the days you have requested. Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If the invoice is not paid by the expiry date, you will be automatically booked on the promotional airfare for the standard dates of the package.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the 2nd Instalment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

Option 3: Choose an alternative airline

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to travel with a premium airline for your tour.
  • Please specify your preferred airline in the Special Request field of your booking form.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the 2nd Instalment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to confirm your flights as per the tour itinerary.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your airline preference, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares
  • 6 nights Hurtigruten Small Ship Coastal Voyage
  • 8 nights 4 star accommodation including an unforgettable luxury, glass domed Igloo experience
  • Once in a lifetime arctic activities
  • Transport in first class coaches
  • Train from Rovaniemi to Helsinki
  • Fully guided touring from Bergen to Helsinki
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches and 11 dinners
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