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Arctic Combo


from £2,195 pp - 7 days / 6 nights


West of Skjervoy by Mark Jablow

This tour provides an opportunity for a comprehensive Arctic holiday.  Your tour starts in Tromso, home of the world's northern most university and a great place to see the Northern Lights. Your journey continues by Hurtigruten, the famous Norwegian coastal cruise line, to Kirkenes where you will stay overnight in the Snow Hotel. On the route you will also stop at the North Cape. The trip will allow you to experience a range of winter activities from dog sledding and snowmobiling to king crab fishing.

Package price is £2,195 per person based on availability and two people sharing a twin or double room. 

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16 Dec - 20 Apr
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Package includes


  • Flights on SAS Scandinavian Airlines or Norwegian Air 
  • 1 piece of check-in luggage
  • Transfer: Tromso Airport – Clarion Collection Hotel With 
  • 2 night accommodation at Clarion Collection Hotel With, Tromso incl. breakfasts
  • 2 nights Hurtigruten cruise: Tromso – Kirkenes
  • (outside cabin incl. full board - 2 dinners, 1 lunch and 2 breakfasts)
  • 3 hrs tour to North Cape
  • Transfer: Hurtigruten terminal – Rica Arctic Hotel
  • 1 night accommodation at the Rica Arctic Hotel, Kirkenes
  • Husky safari in search of the Northern Lights incl. dinner
  • 4 hrs king crab safari incl. lunch
  • 4 hrs snowmobile safari incl. lunch
  • 1 night stay at Kirkenes Snow Hotel incl. dinner and breakfasts
  • Transfer: Kirkenes Snow Hotel – Kirkenes Airport

 

Flights on SAS Scandinavian Airlines or Norwegian Air 
1 piece of check-in luggage
Transfer: Tromso Airport – Clarion Collection Hotel With 
2 night accommodation at Clarion Collection Hotel With, Tromso incl. breakfasts
2 nights Hurtigruten cruise: Tromso – Kirkenes
(outside cabin incl. full board - 2 dinners, 1 lunch and 2 breakfasts)
3 hrs tour to North Cape
Transfer: Hurtigruten terminal – Rica Arctic Hotel
1 night accommodation at the Rica Arctic Hotel, Kirkenes
Husky safari in search of the Northern Lights incl. dinner
4 hrs king crab safari incl. lunch
4 hrs snowmobile safari incl. lunch
1 night stay at Kirkenes Snow Hotel incl. dinner and breakfasts
Transfer: Kirkenes Snow Hotel – Kirkenes Airport

 

 

Day 1: Arrival In Tromso 

Upon arrival in Tromso, shuttle bus transfer to the Clarion Collection Hotel With. Tromsø is the world’s most northern university town and the largest city in the Nordic countries north of the Arctic Circle. The city lies between the sharp craggy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, and combines wild scenery with urban life. Sights of interest are the Polar Museum, Northern Light Planetarium, Arctic Cathedral and Tromsø Museum. Accommodation at the Clarion Collection Hotel With incl. breakfasts. 

Day 2: Tromso 

Day to explore the city and the surrounding area.  Try some winter activities such as dog sledding, snowmobiling, a traditional Saami dinner, fjord fishing, downhill or cross country skiing.  We can provide you with a list of optional tours and activities. Accommodation at the Clarion Collection Hotel With incl. breakfasts. 

Day 3: Tromso – Hurtigruten  

Breakfasts at the hotel and time to explore the city before boarding Hurtigruten voyage north in the evening. The ship will arrive in Tromso at 14.30 and you can board shortly afterwards, departure at 18:30. Accommodation onboard the Hurtigruten in an outside cabin incl. dinner.

Day 4: Hammerfest – Havoysund – Honningsvag – Kjollefjord – Mehamn – Berlevag - Kirkenes

After an early call at Hammerfest you arrive in Honningsvåg, the largest fishing village in Finnmark and doorway to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape, mainland Europe’s northernmost point at 71º north. Guided 3 hour tour to North Cape between 12:00 - 15:00. Accommodation onboard the Hurtigruten in an outside cabin incl. breakfasts, lunch &  dinner.

Day 5: Arrival in Kirkenes  

Breakfasts onboard. The vistas become more dramatic as the ship approaches the finale of the northbound voyage here in the far reaches of Europe. Benefiting from the warm currents of the Gulf Stream, this region is rich in sea life and the coast is largely ice free in winter allowing ships access to most harbours.  At 09:45 you'll reach Kirkenes, from where the emotive border with Russia lies a few kilometres away. Disembark the ship and transfer to Rica Arctic Hotel. 

13:00 – 17:00 King Crab Safari & Lunch  
At 13.00 you will be picked up at the hotel for a King Crab Safari, followed by lunch in the local fisherman’s home. Fisherman will take you to his historic home from where the “fishing trip” to the fjord starts. You will be given warm winter clothing: overalls, winter boots, mittens. Also, as you’ll be a passenger in a sledge pulled by the snowmobile, you will have a helmet. During the tour everyone is taking part in sawing the hole in the ice. The big catch, king crab, will be served for lunch at fisherman’s home. The superb, white meat of the legs and claws is particulary juicy and has a naturally sweet taste. One king crab leg is enough to provide a grown man with a filling meal. The presentation is simple, but the taste is in a league of its own when it comes to seafood. Please note that this tour is not done by divers or by boat. Duration – 4 hours.

17:00 – 22:00 Hunting The Northern Lights with Huskies 
Eager huskies will take you to the deeper wilderness. En route you will have several stops to watch the polar sky: maybe theNorthern Lights pop up tonight? A dinner will be served at the end of the tour. Tour operates by two people sharing a sledge. Accommodation at the Rica Arctic Hotel incl. breakfasts. 

Day 6: Kirkenes – Snow Hotel Experience 

13:00 – 17:00 Snowmobile Safari  
At 13.00 your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to the snowmobile resort, about 15 minutes drive from Kirkenes. You will get a lesson on how to handle the snowmobile and will be provided with an appropriate Arctic gear. When ready, you’ll travel by snowmobiles across the polar landscape with your guide. There will be two persons sharing a snowmobile and drivers can change at a stops made on the way. An outdoor lunch and coffee break is made during the trip. The total length of the trip is approximately 50 kilometers and depends on the weather conditions.  Duration – 4 hours. 

18:00 – 09:00 Kirkenes Snow Hotel Experience  
At 18:00 guide will meet you at your hotel from where you’ll be transferred to the Snow Hotel (about 20 mins). Welcome drink in the Snow Bar and chance to meet some reindeer. Evening continues with a 3-course diner at the nearby wooden restaurant by a cosy fireplace, featuring some Arctic fare.

Kirkenes Snow Hotel is a beautiful piece of snow architecture and sculpture in the Arctic nature. The hotel has 20 suites, ice sculptures and live reindeer. The Snow Hotel is situated walking distance from Kirkenes in Gabba, a reindeer safari park. Big luggage stays at Rica Hotel Kirknes for the night and you only need to take small overnight bag with you to the Snow Hotel.  Long underwear, pullovers, hat and socks are needed.

Day 7: Departure from Kirkenes     

After a night spent in a sleeping bag in the SnowHotel, traditional sauna is available for hotel guests. All Kirkenes Snow Hotel overnighters will receive the “Coolest Certificate”! At 09:00 transfer back to Rica Arctic Hotel to collect your suitcases and further on to Kirkenes airport for a return flight.

Clarion Collection With Hotel

Tromso, Norway - 3 stars
Clarion Collection Hotel With is a 3 to 4 star hotel located downtown Tromsø facing the sea and the mountains. Hotel is within walking distance of the Polar Museum, located on the waterfront in the historic Skansen area. 

Rica Arctic Hotel, Kirkenes

Kirkenes, Norway - 4 stars,
Rica Arctic Hotel is located in the centre of Kirkenes on the border with Russia and Finland and is equipped in a modern style with wooden floors. This hotel has a relaxation area with an indoor pool, solarium and ofcourse a sauna, which is very popular in this part of the world. You can rent bicycles if you would like to view the area on wheels. 

 

 

 

 



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December 2013
Overall rating: (5/5)

Dear Iveta

I am back home in Glasgow after a wonderful trip. I just wanted to say thank you for all your work. Everything went amazingly well and, apart from a wee glitch with the Kirkenes taxi, things worked very efficiently. The people at the dog sledding were really nice and the day was such fun - likewise the Northern Lights Chase. We found them! More light shows were seen from the ship rounding off a great few days. I shall certainly be back and I’m already telling my friends about you.

Once again my thanks
All the best
Mike


March 2013
Overall rating: (5/5)

Just returned from such a well organised holiday thank you so much. Weather could have been a little kinder but managed to see a light show one evening, another box ticked. Thank you, I will happily recommend your company to one and all, yours Gwen


February 2012
Overall rating: (5/5)

Dear Daina,

We have returned safely from our Norway trip and had a fantastic time! Everything went very well and we would like to thank you so much for all the organising that you did - especially at such short notice for our 'second' trip!  We were very happy with the hotels - the Thon in Kirkenes is in a beautiful location and we were really pleased that you booked us into that one. The husky sledging was wonderful and was one of the highlights. We also enjoyed the snow shoeing and the King Crab fishing - what a wonderful taste that crab is! The Snow Hotel was a real experience and we are pleased that we stayed there. We also saw the Northern Lights from there although it was not as clear as it had been the night before. We missed them that night as we had waited outside for 1.5hours and then they appeared when we went inside - typical!. At least we saw them on the last night though - they are really magical! We met lots of interesting people! We had great pleasure in singing your praises and telling them how efficient you had been and how we could certainly recommend your company.
 
We would like to go back - perhaps taking in the Hurtigruten next time.
Thank you once again
 
Kind Regards
Elaine and Colin

Visas

For your holidays to Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland or Ukraine, you will not need a visa if you have a valid passport from any EU country, Australia, Canada, USA, Japan (there are more, so check with us to make sure). Please note that your passport should be valid for at least six month after the date of your return.

However, if you plan to travel to Russia, you will need a visa, which we can help organise for you.

Will I see the Northern Lights?

Norway:
Northern Norway is one of the world's best places to experience the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). In Northern Norway, Northern Lights occur in up to 90% of every clear night in the period from late September to late March. Most Northern Lights occur in the time span from 6pm to slightly after midnight, with an absolute peak at around 10-11pm.

In Norway, the area north of the Arctic Circle is prime aurora territory. The various destinations in the High North have a distinct personality, and are well worth exploring. Major places in Northern Norway are Tromsø, Kirkenes, Alta, Bodø, Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands and Svalbard.

Iceland:
The Northern Lights are in the Northern sky from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many of natures wonders, it’s ephemeral – they may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone. But it’s worth it to be patient. Because they’re a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside, while looking for them. It’s best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else will make you comfortable while you await this truly amazing event. The Northern Lights can be pretty spectacular, and for the best photos we recommend using a tripod. Much of Iceland offers a very a good chance to see the Northern Lights when conditions are right. Remember – the Northern Lights are natural phenomena, not guaranteed, but appreciated all the more for their elusive qualities.

Finland:

The best place to see the Northern Lights in Finland is in the Northern Lapland region, which is almost entirely located within the realm of the Arctic Circle. During the dark winter months here, when the sun rarely peaks its head over the horizon, you can expect to see the Finland Northern Lights with regularity, and other peak seasons include February through March and September through October. The most common colours of the Northern Lights are greenish-yellow and red.

The Finnish term for the Northern Lights, Revontulet, meaning fox fire, comes from an old tale where the fox was believed to swish its bushy tail on the snowy fell landscapes, throwing sparks into the air.

As mentioned, Lapland is the best place to see the Finland Aurora Borealis, with the Kilpisjarvi area offering the most abundant opportunities. The best time of the day to see the Finland Northern Lights is between 9 pm and 11:30 pm, though they are certainly not restricted to this time frame.

Sweden:
In Northern Sweden, the Northern Lights usually occur during the winter months through late March or early April, but they can be spotted as early as September in the Northernmost parts. Your best chance of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights is on cold winter nights when the sky is clear and cloudless. You need to be away from city lights, which dilute the effects of these natural phenomena, so head out into the countryside. On clear nights, the Northern Lights can be visible from most locations in Swedish Lapland, occurring between 6 pm to and 2 am, with the strongest shows happening between 10 pm and 11 pm. For those willing to brave the cold on winter nights, here are some of the best locations in Swedish Lapland for viewing these phenomena:

Abisko National Park
Abisko National Park, a couple of kilometers north of Kiruna, is a prime location for viewing the Northen Lights. The scientifically proven “blue hole” — a patch of sky over the Torneträsk lake that usually remains clear despite overcast weather in surrounding areas — gives Abisko its own micro-climate, which is suitable for catching the lights.

Jukkasjärvi and the Torne Valley
Not only does the village of Jukkasjärvi (population roughly 541) boast the world’s first ice hotel (rebuilt ever year from Torne River ice), it’s also one of the best regions to view the Northern Lights. ICEHOTEL organizes guided tours for guests which takes the to the Esrange Space Center located 30 minutes from Kiruna. You can dine at a wilderness camp and get the chance to scan the Arctic winter sky for aurora borealis.

Other regions in Swedish Lapland
As mentioned earlier, if weather conditions are just right (clear, dark, cold, and cloudless), you might catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights from any location within subarctic and arctic Sweden — even close to larger towns such as Luleå, Jokkmokk, Arvidsjaur, and Gällivare.

Greenland:
The northern lights - or Aurora Borealis as it is officially known - actually occur all year round, but cannot be seen during the summer months in Greenland due to the midnight sun. The phenomenon is often seen around midnight and is best experienced on a dark, clear night in the period from September to the beginning of April. If you are travelling during this period, you can see the Northern Lights from anywhere in the country, whilst in South Greenland the northern lights can be seen from as early as the end of August.

 

Insurance

Travel insurance is required and also advisable. If you do not have a valid policy, please check our Insurance link on the bottom of our homepage. Our recommended partner is Essential Travel, who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Language

You will be able to communicate quite well with the locals, as most people in the service industry are quite adept at speaking English. If English doesn't work, then try Russian (if you can), or German. The further you go from the major cities, the less English you will hear. However, do not let the language barrier keep you from exploring the beauty of the country side. We can always arrange English speaking guides to accompany you wherever you wish to go.

The Estonian language is similar to Finnish and is unrelated to Latvian, Lithuanian or Russian. Latvian and Lithuanian are two of the oldest languages, with roots traceable to Sanskrit. This makes them quite challenging to learn, but attempting a few words will put a smile on the local faces. Russians use the Cyrillic alphabet, so reading street signs and tube maps will be a challenge in St Petersburg .

Currency

You can get local currency from ATMs at the airport where you land or in the major cities. Be aware that your bank will charge you a service fee and exchange rate fee for the transaction, but this is likely to be less than exchanging money in the UK before you depart. Please note that in Russia exchange bureau's and banks will not except Scottish bank notes.

We suggest choosing the right credit card for spending abroad. Most credit cards will have an additional cost (about 3%) to the bank exchange rates. You can avoid it by obtaining a specialist overseas card that does not add this % and will give you good exchange rates that are better than money exchange bureau rates. 

Credit cards charge you interest rates, but some debit cards (bank account cards) could have fees that could add up to £ 1.50 every time you spend.

We recommend checking with your bank what fees/interest rates will be applied to your card when using it abroad in order to make an educated decision on what card to use.

Most restaurants and shops will take credit/debit cards like Visa and Mastercard, however, many places will not accept AMEX. 

Traveller's cheques are difficult to cash, so we recommend not to use them.

Airport or ferry terminals in most cases will have the worst money exchange rates, so if you must get it from the airport, pre-order money for pick-up to get a better rate.

The local currencies are (alphabetic order):

Denmark - Danish Kroner
Estonia - Euro
Finland - Euro
Greenland - Danish Kroner
Iceland - Icelandic Kroner
Latvia - Euro
Lithuania - Lithuanian Litas
Norway - Norwegian Kroner
Poland - Polish Zloty
Russia - Russian Ruble
Sweden - Swedish Kroner
Ukraine - Hryvnia

Restaurants

Dining opportunities are plenty, from ethnic to exotic. We would suggest you to try some national dishes and get a real taste of the region. Note that most traditional dishes contain meat and are fairly heavy, but very tasty.

Reservations in advance are recommended for up-market restaurants, especially for Friday and Saturday evenings.

Tipping - many of the up-market establishments will let you know how good their service is by including it on the bill. Rounding up the bill is usually sufficient, unless you feel your server deserves an extra bit of recognition.

Transportation

Railway mostly serves domestic routes and is used as an easy and quick way to get from the capital to major cities of the country. There are some international routes, like to Moscow and St. Petersburg, but time spent on the way will be quite long.

Buses are one of the most convenient ways to travel between the Baltic States. Eurolines will get you between Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn. One way tickets will cost £ 15 - £ 20 and approximate travel time is 5 hours between the cities. Ticket reservations in advance are recommended.

Taxis are the quickest and most convenient way of travelling round the city. You'll find them located close to the main hotels. Usually it's quite easy to catch a taxi on the street, however, it's much better and safer to order one by phone. Taxi costs in all of the Baltic countries and Poland are approximately the same and a ride in the centre of the city will cost you approx £ 5 - £ 7.  Taxis in Finland and Russia are considerably more expensive.  It is always a good idea to get your hotel to book a taxi for you and ask approximately how much the trip will cost before you get in.

We would not recommend you to take public transportation within the city, as it's usually crowded and it may cause you unnecessary anxiety about where to stop.

Mobile Phones

There are several mobile operators in each Baltic country, the Nordics ( Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland incl. Iceland and Greenland as well as Poland, Ukraine and Russia.  If you have an international connection, there shouldn't be any problems with your incoming and outgoing calls.

In case your phone doesn't work, please check in the local mobilephone shops and you can buy Calling cards etc. or ask in your hotel, they should be able to advise you too.

Internet Access

Internet access is available at Internet Cafés, which mostly are located in the central part of the city. Most hotels have internet access.

Postal Services

Stamps are available in the post offices and in most newspaper kiosks. Approximate price for a stamp to European Union countries will vary but between appx. £ 0.30 to £ 0.70. You'll see post boxes on the streets or you can ask hotel representative to send your post card, they'll gladly help you.

Emergency Numbers

Emergency telephone number for the police, ambulance services or fire department in Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine and Poland - 112.

Greenland uses 911 and for mobile phones only 112.

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7 days / 6 nights from £2,195 pp

Price includes:

  • Flights on SAS Scandinavian Airlines or Norwegian Air 
  • 1 piece of check-in luggage
  • Transfer: Tromso Airport – Clarion Collection Hotel With 
  • 2 night accommodation at Clarion Collection Hotel With, Tromso incl. breakfasts
  • 2 nights Hurtigruten cruise: Tromso – Kirkenes
  • (outside cabin incl. full board - 2 dinners, 1 lunch and 2 breakfasts)
  • 3 hrs tour to North Cape
  • Transfer: Hurtigruten terminal – Rica Arctic Hotel
  • 1 night accommodation at the Rica Arctic Hotel, Kirkenes
  • Husky safari in search of the Northern Lights incl. dinner
  • 4 hrs king crab safari incl. lunch
  • 4 hrs snowmobile safari incl. lunch
  • 1 night stay at Kirkenes Snow Hotel incl. dinner and breakfasts
  • Transfer: Kirkenes Snow Hotel – Kirkenes Airport

 

Flights on SAS Scandinavian Airlines or Norwegian Air 
1 piece of check-in luggage
Transfer: Tromso Airport – Clarion Collection Hotel With 
2 night accommodation at Clarion Collection Hotel With, Tromso incl. breakfasts
2 nights Hurtigruten cruise: Tromso – Kirkenes
(outside cabin incl. full board - 2 dinners, 1 lunch and 2 breakfasts)
3 hrs tour to North Cape
Transfer: Hurtigruten terminal – Rica Arctic Hotel
1 night accommodation at the Rica Arctic Hotel, Kirkenes
Husky safari in search of the Northern Lights incl. dinner
4 hrs king crab safari incl. lunch
4 hrs snowmobile safari incl. lunch
1 night stay at Kirkenes Snow Hotel incl. dinner and breakfasts
Transfer: Kirkenes Snow Hotel – Kirkenes Airport