20 day In Search of the Northern Lights tour with Norway cruise and flights

Including return international flights, a cruise along the Norwegian coast, city tours, rail travel on Norway in a Nutshell, all accommodation and an overnight stay in a glass-topped igloo.

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  • In Search of the Northern Lights tour with Norway cruise and flights
  • In Search of the Northern Lights tour with Norway cruise and flights
  • In Search of the Northern Lights tour with Norway cruise and flights
  • In Search of the Northern Lights tour with Norway cruise and flights
  • In Search of the Northern Lights tour with Norway cruise and flights
  • In Search of the Northern Lights tour with Norway cruise and flights
  • In Search of the Northern Lights tour with Norway cruise and flights
  • In Search of the Northern Lights tour with Norway cruise and flights
  • In Search of the Northern Lights tour with Norway cruise and flights
  • In Search of the Northern Lights tour with Norway cruise and flights
  • In Search of the Northern Lights tour with Norway cruise and flights
  • In Search of the Northern Lights tour with Norway cruise and flights
  • In Search of the Northern Lights tour with Norway cruise and flights
  • In Search of the Northern Lights tour with Norway cruise and flights
  • In Search of the Northern Lights tour with Norway cruise and flights
 
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  • 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

 

Wonder at the natural phenomenon that is the Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis, on this journey through Scandinavia.

This Scandi sojourn takes travellers to some of the region’s most dramatic landscapes, from the rugged wilderness to medieval cities and idyllic fishing towns. Get to know Norway with a grand city tour of Oslo, and step foot off dry land and onto a luxury Hurtigruten ship that cruises along the Norwegian coast. Walk the pretty streets of Trondheim and cross the Arctic Circle towards the Lofoten Islands. Make sure to keep your eyes trained on the night sky for the Northern Lights!

Encounter the untamed beauty of Finnish Lapland and make some new furry friends on a visit to a husky farm – if the weather is right, there will even be a husky wagon or sled adventure. Say hello to Santa at his namesake village, and spend the night bunkered down in an incredible glass-domed igloo to watch the Northern Lights dance above as you lie in bed.

Wander streets shaped like a reindeer’s head and antlers in Rovaniemi, and book in an indulgent spa treatment in Järvisydän. Head to Helsinki and take a day trip to Tallinn in Estonia by ferry. 

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

 

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

 
 

Day 1: Australia –airplane-takeoff – Oslo 

Depart Australia for spectacular Scandinavia.

Day 2: Oslo (D)

Land in Oslo, the capital of Norway, and head to the hotel. You will have the opportunity to meet with the tour guide and your fellow travellers tonight over a welcome dinner. 

Day 3: Oslo (B)  

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then set out to discover Oslo on a walking tour. This grand city stroll takes in must-see sights including Fråm Museum, Vigeland Sculpture Park, Viking Ship Museum, Oslo Opera House and the Holmenkollbakken ski jump. The tour also utilises local public transport to get around. 

Day 4: Oslo – Flam (B,D)  

It is an early breakfast before boarding the morning Norway in a Nutshell train. This scenic train journey ventures through the Flåm Valley, travelling from Oslo to Myrdal. On arrival in Myrdal, you will change onto the Flåm Rail which takes travellers past incredible landscape, including fjords. The evening is spent in Flåm. 

Day 5: Flam – Bergen (B)  

Catch the ferry from Flåm to Gudvangen, passing through the narrow Nærøyfjord. From Gudvangen, the journey continues by bus to Voss. The valley leading towards Voss is lined with waterfalls. The last leg of the Norway in a Nutshell journey is another train, this time travelling to Bergen. Arrive in the afternoon and then enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. 

Day 6: Bergen – Norwegian Coastal Voyage (B,D) cruise-icon

The morning is free time. An English-speaking guide picks up the group from the hotel in the afternoon for a tour of Bergen, which passes by St. Mary’s Church, Haakon Hall, the fish markets and the Hanseatic wharf at Brygge. There is also a visit to Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg. The tour concludes at Bergen pier where the group boards the Hurtigruten ship, ready to cruise towards Florø and Ålesund. 

Day 7: Alesund (B,L,D)  cruise-icon

The cruise passes by islands and skerries as it sails towards Ålesund. It makes several brief stops along the way. Explore Ålesund, a town known for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. The ship travels to Trondheim overnight. 

Day 8: Trondheim (B,L,D)  cruise-icon

See Scandinavia’s largest medieval building, Nidaros Cathedral, when the boat calls into Trondheim. This city was once Norway’s capital and is easily explored by foot. Make sure to walk along the river to see the colourful storehouses lining the waterfront.

Day 9: The Arctic Circle & Lofoten Islands (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Today the cruise crosses the Arctic Circle – one of the many highlights of the tour – to reach the Lofoten Islands. See the islands’ small fishing villages, majestic granite cliffs and white-sand beaches. Now that the group is officially past the Arctic Circle, the search for the Northern Lights begins to heat up. Some travellers may even catch a glimpse of the dancing lights this evening. The cruise continues through the dramatically narrow Raftsundet and, weather allowing, sails to the entrance of the Trollfjord.

Day 10: Tromso (B,L,D)  cruise-icon

A morning stop in Finnsnes is followed by a visit to Tromsø, the Arctic capital and getaway to what lies beyond. Tromsø is a popular vantage point for viewing the Northern Lights, and the city has a historic centre distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses. 

Day 11: Honningsvag & the North Cape (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Visit Honningsvåg today, the nearest port to the North Cape that is located 2000 kilometres away from the North Pole. Its permanent population numbers only 2500 people and it operates primarily as a fishing community. The afternoon and evening takes travellers onto Kjøllefjord and on the way, you may be able to see the Northern Lights again if the sky is clear.

Day 12: Kirkenes – Inari – Saariselka (B,L,D)

Admire the dramatic coastal scenery as the cruise approaches Kirkenes and the tour disembarks. There is a short drive through the town to learn about its history and there is also a stop at the Russian border. It is then onto the Finnish Lapland and the village of Inari, home to the Sámi people. Here, visit the SIIDA Sami Museum and learn about local culture. Then continue to Saariselkä to check into your accommodation for the next two nights.

Day 13: Saariselka (B,L) 

This morning’s visit is to a husky farm*. Be welcomed by a chorus of barks from the farm’s residents and then meet the head musher to talk about the life and training of these dogs. There is also opportunity to take photos of the surrounding landscape.

*This visit may include a husky wagon or sled ride for departures from December, however it is weather dependant. 

Day 14: Saariselka – Sinnetta (Glass Igloos) (B,D) 

Depart Saariselkä and visit Santa’s Village (perhaps taking a photo with the man himself) on the way to Sinnettä. Tonight’s accommodation is truly one-of-a-kind: a luxury, glass-domed igloo. Look up at the night sky while lying in bed and keep your fingers crossed that the Northern Lights puts on its dazzling performance this evening. 

Day 15: Glass Igloos – Rovaniemi (B) 

The travels through the Arctic Circle continue; this morning to Rovaniemi. The town was destroyed during WWII and has been rebuilt to plans designed by Alvar Aalto. The major streets are shaped like a reindeer’s head and antlers. Explore the town with free time. 

Day 16: Rovaniemi – Jarvisydan (B,D) 

Make for Järvisydän, a hotel resort spa in the Finnish wilderness. Relax in the afternoon and take up one of the lavish spa treatments, or strap on snow boots and head out for one of the hotel’s outdoor activities.

Day 17: Jarvisydan – Helsinki (B) 

Leave the Finnish wilderness behind and make for the capital, Helsinki, by coach. Arrive in the afternoon and become familiar with the city with a half-day tour. Check in to the hotel and then spend the evening at your leisure. 

Day 18: Helsinki –cruise-icon– Tallinn –cruise-icon– Helsinki (B,D) 

Sail over the border by ferry from Finland into Estonia for an excursion to Tallinn. See this medieval town with a bus-and-walking tour, taking in Kadriorg Park, Tallinn Song Festival Grounds and the seaside district of Pirita. Also wander along the cobbled streets of the old town; cross Toompea Hill and see the palace there. You will have some free time before boarding the return ferry to Helsinki. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with the group.

Day 19: Helsinki – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B) 

The tour ends after breakfast at the hotel. You will be transferred to the airport to board a flight back to Australia.

Day 20: Australia 

Arrive home today.

Please note: Some flights may arrive 1 day later due to airfare schedules. 

 

 

Inclusions

 
Your package includes return international flights, spectacular sightseeing, deluxe accommodation, Norway Coastal cruise, meals & more…
  • Return international flights, including 23kg checked luggage
  • 6 nights’ on a Hurtigruten Small Ship Coastal Voyage in a Twin Polar Outside Cabin (upgrades available)
  • 11 nights’ twin share accommodation, including 1 night in a luxury, glass-domed Igloo 
  • Delicious daily breakfast, 7 lunches and 12 dinners, including a Viking feast in Flam 
  • Experience city tours of Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki and Tallinn, a Norway in a Nutshell journey, a Husky farm visit (sled ride depending on weather), a visit to Santa Claus village and Siida museum and more
  • Return Ferry ticket to Tallinn
  • Coach transfers from Kirkenes to Helsinki
  • English speaking tour guides throughout 
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary 

Highlights:

  • Cruise the Norwegian Coastline with spectacular fjords crossing the Arctic Circle in your hunt for the lights
  • Experience the world-famous Flam railway as part of a newly designed Norway-in-a-Nutshell tour inclusion 
  • 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), plus a night in the wilderness of the Finnish lakes district 
  • 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 day excursion to the medieval town of Tallinn in Estonia
  • A complement of “optional excursions” will be made available 6 months prior to the tour departure date

Spaces on these extraordinary tours are strictly limited. Reserve your place today!

 

 

 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • 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

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $999 per person are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment. 
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/ 
  • 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. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

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 at approximately 3-4 weeks prior to travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Single Supplement: 

2019 Departures:

  • Polar Outside Cabin – $2,699 per person, in addition to the twin share price.
  • Arctic Superior Middle Deck Cabin – $2,999 per person, in addition to the twin share price.
  • Arctic Superior Upper Deck Cabin – Not available

2020 Departures:

  • Polar Outside Cabin – $3,499 per person, in addition to the twin share price.
  • Arctic Superior Middle Deck Cabin – $3,599 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:

Oslo: Thon Hotel Opera or similar
Flam: Flamsbrygga Hotel or similar
Bergen: Clarion Admiral Hotel or similar
Saariselka: Santa’s Hotel Tunturi or similar
Sinnetta: Arctic Snowhotel & Glass Igloo or similar
Rovaniemi: Sokos Hotel Vaakuna or similar
Jarvisydan: Jarvisydan Hotel spa & resort or similar
Helsinki: Scandic Grand Marina or similar

Cruise:

Cruise: Hurtigruten M/S Trollfjord or M/S Finnmarken M/S Nordkapp 

Please note that if you are requesting a specific cabin number or location, a $350 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. 

Special Departures: 

December 10 & December 12
SPECIAL DEPARTURE – Spend Christmas in Laplans!
Includes: Christmas Eve & Christmas Dinner in Finnish Lapland.

December 17
SPECIAL DEPARTURE – Spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Scandinavia!
Includes Christmas Eve and Christmas Day onboard Hurtigruten and New Year’s Eve in Rovaniemi.

Land Only: To purchase this tour land only (no flights) please click here

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 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

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

 

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

16 February 2020
17 February 2020
27 February 2020
04 March 2020
15 March 2020
20 March 2020

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. Please note spaces are limited and true availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button.

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfares with Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways or similar 
  • 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

Flight Conditions:

  • 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 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked.
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation.
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided.

Flight Options:

Date/Itinerary Variations:

  • Flights will be ticketed as per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form.
  • If we can accommodate your request at no additional cost flight tickets will be issued as per the request on the booking form and acknowledgment will be sent via email.
  • If your flight variation incurs additional airfare and taxes a request for payment will be sent via email. If payment is not received by the date and time advised Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book flights as per the dates of the tour.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered, will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.

Cabin/Class Upgrades (where applicable)

  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase
  • The quote will be sent via email only. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will result in the quote expiring, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the economy airfare included in your package.
  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person for this service, plus any additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered, will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Land Only:

  • Land only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered, will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.
  • All land only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights
  • 6 nights aboard a Hurtigruten small ship coastal voyage
  • 11 nights’ twin share accommodation 
  • 1 night experience in a luxury, glass-domed igloo
  • Daily breakfast, 7 lunches and 12 dinners
  • Experience city tours of Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki and Tallinn, travel on Norway in a Nutshell, famous Flam rail journey, visit the Santa Claus village and the Siida museum and more
  • Return ferry ticket to Tallinn
  • English speaking tour guides throughout 
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary 
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