Day 1: Arrival To Oslo
Arrive to Gardermoen Airport in Oslo. For an easy and comfortable way to get to your hotel in central Oslo, we are happy to arrange a private transfer for you.If you arrive early, we suggest buying an Oslo Pass for free travel on all public transit along with free admission to over 30 museums and attractions plus special offers on entertainment, restaurants, shops and more. The pass can be purchased at tourist information centres or at most hotels and major attractions in the city. Spend the night at a hotel in central Oslo.
Day 2: Husky Adventure & Sami Culture
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading to the airport, where you will catch a flight to the North where the second leg of your holiday is about to begin! Your flight takes you 400 km north over the Arctic Circle to the winter wonderland of Kirkenes. With a population of only 3,300, including the native Sami people, this charming little town boasts an impressive range of things to see and do. After your transfer to the hotel and some time to settle in, experience your first real Arctic adventure of this trip—a thrilling dog-sledding tour through the Pasvik Valley along Norway’s north-eastern border by Russia. If the conditions are right, you may even see the northern lights dancing across the night sky. This activity includes an authentic Norwegian dinner served in a lavvu, a traditional Sami tent. Spend the night in Kirkenes.
Day 3: King Crab Safari & The Snow Hotel
Start the day with a hearty breakfast and then off you go to your next Arctic activity—a King Crab Safari! Your guides will take you by snowmobile-sleigh over the frozen sea to the spot where you will assist with pulling up today’s catch. The reward for your efforts will be an enticing lunch of freshly cooked crab in a rustic fishing hut.
Back in Kirkenes, you have about an hour at the hotel to refresh and gather your belongings for your overnight at the Snow Hotel. After your transfer to this unique hotel and a short “kick-sled” ride, enjoy a three-course meal by the fireplace at the Gabba Restaurant and then prepare for an amazing night in your special suite made of snow and ice!* Spend the night at the Snow Hotel in Kirkenes.
*We will provide additional information regarding your overnight at the Snow Hotel, such as details about the facilities, what type of clothing to bring, what is provided by the hotel, etc.
Day 4: Embark On An Arctic Voyage
Spend the morning warming up in the Snow Hotel’s sauna and enjoying breakfast before your next activity—an Arctic cruise to Tromsø with the Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Hurtigruten Terminal at the dock. Departing from Kirkenes at 12:45, the ship crosses Varangerfjord, Norway’s only east-facing fjord, before arriving at Vardø, the easternmost point of the country. The cruise also rounds the Varanger peninsula, where archaeologists unearthed a settlement dating from around 9000 B.C. In the evening, the ship calls at Båtsfjord, the site of some Stone Age remains, and Berlevåg, home to Tanahorn Mountain, believed to be an ancient Sami sacrificial site. Spend the night on board the ship.
Day 5: Navigating The Norwegian Fjords
Early in the morning, the ship calls at Honningsvåg and Havøysund before making a 1.5 hour stop at Hammerfest, the world’s northernmost city. Despite its remote location, this small community of just over 5,000 inhabitants was the first in Norway to have electric street lighting and its own power station. The voyage then continues south towards Oksfjord and calls at the old trading post of Skjervoy. Finally, the ship docks at 23:45 in Tromsø, where you will disembark. Spend the night in Tromsø.Highlights: Hammerfest, Oksfjord, Skjervoy, Tromsø.
Day 6: Tromsø – Paris Of The North
With over 64,000 inhabitants, Tromsø is by far the largest city in northern Norway though it still retains a cosy small town atmosphere. Nicknamed “The Paris of the North”, this was a major port of call for many Arctic expedition and hunting ships in the 19th century–a part of history that is still evident here. Today, take your time and explore this charming city with its lively cafés, shops, restaurants, museums and other attractions. Spend the night in Tromsø.
Day 7: Welcome To Svalbard
Enjoy the morning in Tromsø before heading to Tromsø Airport for a 2-hour flight to Svalbard. Arrive early in the afternoon at Longyear Airport in Svalbard followed by a transfer to your accommodation for the night. After check-in, the rest of the day is free time to explore Longyearbyen as you wish, perhaps with a visit to the Svalbard Museum to learn more about Svalbard‘s history as a hunting and mining outpost. For dinner this evening, we Recommend the charming Restaurant Kroa or the lovely Huset Restaurant. Spend the night in Longyearbyen.
Day 8: Snowmobiling At 78° North
Spend the morning at your leisure in Longyearbyen before the action begins! In the afternoon, meet with the tour leader for a short briefing about the 1.5-day snowmobile safari and pick up your loan of additional outerwear and safety equipment. After a lesson about snowmobile driving and safety issues, you will drive thought the vast valleys and past the white mountains to the frozen Tempelfjord about 60 km from Longyearbyen. After a few hours we will arrive to our expedition camp that has heated tents with cots and warm sleeping bags. “Lindstrøm” invites you to the dining tent for a delicious dinner after settling in.
Day 9: Back To Civilization
Breakfast is served from 08:00. After a hearty breakfast, it is time to head into the beautiful landscape of Svalbard. Today you will explorer more of the striking nature around Spitsbergen. You will visit the beautiful blue Von Post glacier front and if you are lucky – you can see or hear the glacier calving. You will enjoy an expedition lunch on the way, enjoying the arctic silence around you together with the white landscape. Depending on the weather and snow conditions, the guide will select the day’s route.
Later in the afternoon, arrive at Longyearbyen in time for a hot shower and perhaps some drinks to celebrate your accomplishments as an Arctic explorer! The rest of the evening is free to enjoy the town as you wish with dinner at a restaurant of your choice. Spend the night in Longyearbyen.
Day 10: Departure
Before departing this amazing place, the early part of your day is free for a stroll around Longyearbyen, a visit to the Svalbard Gallery, some last-minute souvenir shopping, or an optional dog-sledding or ice cave tour. In the afternoon, take the airport bus or taxi to Longyear Airport for your return flight to Oslo, from where you will continue onwards to your final destination.
Note: Flights are not included in the price. Our travel consultants can assist with booking domestic air travel between cities in Norway or Svalbard. We can also add an extra night in Oslo at the end of the tour if there isn’t enough time between your departure flights.