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Norway’s North Cape: The Northern Lights Tour

Norway's North Cape: The Northern Lights Tour | Photo: Frithjof Fure/Visit Norway | Scandinavian American World Tours


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Kirkenes | Hurtigruten Cruise | Hammerfest | Alta | Tromsø

Departures: Jan 13, Feb 15, & Feb 27, 2017
Short Tour: Northern Lights Safari in Arctic Norway

SMALL GROUP TOUR: Chase the Northern Lights by sea and by land: travel through the uppermost reaches of Norway—from Kirkenes to Tromsø—and take a journey on the spectacular Hurtigruten Cruise line around the North Cape Plateau! Along the way, choose from optional tours in the area including King crab safaris, husky dog sledding, overnighting in a snow hotel, snowmobiling, and much more.


Day 01: Arrive Kirkenes

Arrive in Kirkenes today and transfer on your own to your hotel for check in. Today is free to explore this town on the Russian border, home to the famous Kirkenes SnowHotel as well as the final port-of-call for Hurtigruten’s coastal cruise from Bergen. There are some very interesting attractions to visit if you have time, including the Grenselandmuseet (The Border Area Museum)—a historical museum featuring a war-and-peace theme revolving around Norwegian-Russian border conflicts, as well as Sámi art exhibitions and a history of the local mining industry.

In the evening meet your small group and tour leader, and then head out on a Northern Lights Safari excursion!

Accommodations tonight are at a four-star hotel near the town center.

Thon Hotel Kirkenes

Day 02: Kirkenes - Kirkenes SnowHotel (Optional)

Today after breakfast we’ll tour the famous Kirkenes SnowHotel, enjoying both a hot berry drink and a guided tour of the SnowHotel’s rooms and suites. The rest of the day is free to explore Kirkenes: there are plenty of optional tours to pre-book or book on-site, such as a King crab safari, a snowmobile safari, or a husky safari.

Accommodations tonight are at your four-star hotel, or upgrade to a night in the SnowHotel!

Thon Hotel Kirkenes/upgrade to Kirkenes SnowHotel

NOTE: Tonight you’ll have the option to stay overnight at the Kirkenes SnowHotel, an unusual hotel with beautiful snow-carved details like an Icebar and the famed Snow Suites as well as quirky restaurants like The Hay Loft (Høyloftet). Enjoy a welcome drink upon your arrival as well as a 3-course dinner, stay in a Snow Suite overnight, and wake to a refreshing breakfast before you’re transferred back to Kirkenes to join your group. Price: $354 p.p. (double/twin sharing or single).

Day 03: Kirkenes - Hurtigruten Cruise (North Cape Tour)

Breakfast is at your hotel this morning before you enjoy some leisure time.

In the early afternoon, board the Hurtigruten Cruise ship and embark on a sailing around the North Cape, admiring the rare beauty of this Arctic winter landscape. Covered in pure white snow, the vastness of the mountains meets the mesmerizingly reflective surface of the sea in an otherworldly beauty at the edge of civilization. After the sun sets, you may even be able to catch a surreal glimpse of the Northern Lights dancing above the ship!

Accommodations tonight are aboard your Hurtigruten ship as you sail for Hammerfest.


Day 04: Hurtigruten Cruise (North Cape Tour) - Hammerfest - Alta - Northern Lights Safari

This morning after buffet breakfast on board the ship, we’ll arrive in Hammerfest—one of the most northerly town in the world and the gateway to the Barents Sea. We’ll make a quick tour of the Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society, a small museum dedicated to both the town’s history and its heraldic crest, before continuing overland to Alta.

This bustling cultural center, known as the ‘Northern Lights City of Norway’, is an extraordinary mix of natural phenomena and man-made treasures. Alta covers a lot of human history: 7,000-year-old petroglyphs reside here in a UNESCO-protected World Heritage Site, and the city was home to the 1980s Sámi court case relating to the nearby Sámi town Máze (Northern Sámi; Norwegian: ‘Masi’).

The afternoon is free, followed by another Northern Lights Safari in the evening in and around Alta.

Accommodations tonight are at a four-star hotel located just a few minutes’ walk from the famous Cathedral of the Northern Lights in the heart of town.

Scandic Alta

Day 05: Alta - Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel (Optional)

Wake this morning to a delicious Scandinavian breakfast, and then set out with your small group to tour the Alta Museum—located about three miles from the city center and close to the largest of five open-air petroglyph sites in the region.

The remainder of the day is free to further explore Alta on your own, or to visit the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel.

Accommodations tonight are at your four-star hotel. Alternatively, you’ll have the opportunity to upgrade to a night in the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel!

Scandic Alta/upgrade to Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

NOTE: Tonight you’ll have the option to stay overnight in the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, a fabulous and unique hotel made from pure ice and snow about 12 miles from Norway’s northern city of Alta. The entire hotel—from the exterior and interior to the rooms, beds, and glasses at the Icebar—is made from ice, and hosts a variety of enchanting features such as the ice chapel and ice gallery. You’ll stay in a Snow Igloo room, enjoying a morning sauna and breakfast buffet with a complimentary return transfer to Alta. Price: $298 p.p. (double/twin share or single). Rate includes reduction for unused hotel in Alta.

Day 06: Alta - Tromsø - Northern Lights Safari (Kvaløya Island)

After breakfast this morning we’ll travel along the northern fjord system toward Tromsø, the starting point of many prior North Pole expeditions. Once you reach Tromsø, free time is available to explore the city or rest before you head out for an evening Northern Lights Safari on Kvaløya Island.

Accommodations in Tromsø are in a four-star hotel set on the harbor’s quayside.

Clarion Hotel The Edge

Day 07: Tromsø - Reindeer Safari (Optional)

Following breakfast you’ll have an entire day free in Tromsø to explore the city, engage in optional safaris or tours, and enjoy the atmosphere of this prime Northern Lights location. The iconic Arctic Cathedral holds court in the middle of this urban city nearly 225 miles above the Arctic Circle, and though the weather may be cold this time of year, it’s usually milder here than in other Arctic locations due to the Gulf Stream.

Overnight tonight in your four-star hotel.

Clarion Hotel The Edge

NOTE:  Today’s optional excursion sees you joining a Sámi guide and experiencing the joy of reindeer sledding through Tromsø’s wilderness! You’ll enjoy both the local culture and the magic of the local wildlife as you travel through the forest with a guide who is part of an authentic Sámi reindeer herding family. Encounter lasso throwing, sightseeing in the Sámi camp, Sámi cuisine, storytelling and the traditional Sámi song (joik), a display of cultural artifacts, and of course the main event: reindeer sledding! Warm clothes, hot meal, hot drink, and transfers are included. Price: $244 p.p. (min. 2 persons).

Day 08: Depart Tromsø

After breakfast this morning, you’ll transfer to the airport on your own and depart Tromsø.


Additional Information

Price includes:

  • Fully-escorted, 8-day tour program with English-speaking guide days 1-7
  • 6 nights’ accommodations in superior hotels with 6 breakfasts in standard rooms with private facilities
  • 1 overnight Hurtigruten Cruise Kirkenes-Hammerfest including "best available" double/single outside or inside cabin with shower/WC and breakfast buffet
  • 3 Northern Lights Safari excursions
  • Entrances and activities as mentioned in the program
  • Transportation by first-class modern coach for transfers and sightseeing per program
  • Road tolls and local taxes

NOTE: Price does not include arrival or departure transfers, flights, optional tours, porter service, travel insurance, and meals/services/items not mentioned in the itinerary above.

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Departure Dates and Information
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Tour dates & availability per 1/01/2017. All departures are guaranteed and in USD. Departure is 20-person max, land-only tour. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed. All tours are guided in English.

Land Only



$1990 p.p. double


15 & 27

$1990 p.p. double



2017 Optional Excursions

All available excursions not outlined in the itinerary above are listed below by location.

Kirkenes - King Crab Safari by Snowmobile

Join an excursion well-known for its delicious quarry: the King Crab Safari! One of the most sought-after meals in top restaurants around the world, you’ll help pull these incredible crustaceans from the frozen waters of the Norwegian fjord—assisting with sawing the hole in the ice and bringing up the catch. Travel by snowmobile sledge nearby to where a master guide prepares the crab, which you’ll eat in a beautiful farmhouse close to the waters. Transfers to and from your hotel in Kirkenes, warm clothing, and a helmet are provided. Price: $315 p.p. (min. 2 persons).

Kirkenes - Snowmobile Safari

This optional excursion sees you transferred from Kirkenes to the Kirkenes SnowHotel for a one-of-a-kind experience on state-of-the-art snowmobiles! You’ll be outfitted with warm, protective clothing and a lesson in handling your mechanical charge. The tour then begins, two people to each snowmobile, and you’ll get plenty of opportunities to switch between passengers during short photo stops. Please note that you need to be 18 or over and have a valid driver’s license to participate in driving the snowmobile (underage passengers welcome). Price: $320 p.p. (min. 2 persons)

Alta - Snowmobile Safari

Participate in a short snowmobile safari in Alta, which includes a visit to and tour of the unique Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel! Price: $250 p.p. (min. 2 persons).

Alta - Husky Safari

You’ll have the opportunity to meet the huskies of Northern Norway on this short husky safari! Set off on an exciting run through the forest in pairs, your husky companions churning up snow as you travel together. Price: $228 p.p. (min. 2 persons).

Tour Information

Tour Type:Escorted Tour / Hurtigruten Cruise / Winter and Northern Lights Tour / Small Group Tour
Price: from $1990
Duration:8 days
Cities Visited:Kirkenes - Hammerfest - Alta - Tromsø
Departures: January - February

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