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Norwegian Christmas & Northern Lights Cruise - 8 nights

Experience a truly Norwegian Christmas on an authentic Hurtigruten ship - with Norwegian Christmas traditions & Christmas meals. This cruise package includes a 5 nights cruise from Kirkenes to Bergen, offering good chances to see the Northern Lights at sea. Before the cruise, experience a dog sledding trip and visit the snow hotel in Kirkenes. The trip starts in Oslo and ends in Bergen.

This is an independent/unescorted trip (you do not travel with a group). Duration 8 nights.

Prices from NOK 28500 per person
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Christmas in Oslo. Photo: Frits Solvang/Visitoslo

Day 1 - First night in Oslo  

Individual arrival to Oslo. Overnight in the centre of Oslo, or at an airport hotel at your choice. The centre of Oslo is located only 20 minutes from the airport by the Airport Express train (flytoget).
Spend 1 night in Oslo (included in the tour price)

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Oslo Opera house. Photo: Bjorn Eirik Ostbakken/Innovation Norway

Departures and ships (first night in Oslo):

Dec 19: MS Richard With

Dec 20: MS Nordnorge

Dec 21: MS Trollfjord

Dec 22: MS Kong Harald
 

Optional:

You can add more nights and city sightseeing in Oslo before the tour.


Kirkenes. Photo: Terje Rakke, Nordic Life/Innovation Norway


Day 2 - Flight to Kirkenes

Morning flight to the Arctic town of Kirkenes, situated by the Barents sea close to the Russian border. Kirkenes is ideally located in the middle of the Northern Lights zone.
Individual arrival to a centrally located hotel. You can take the scheduled airport bus (appr 20 mins) or a taxi.
Spend 1 night in Kirkenes.

Dog sledding. Photo: Terje Rakke, Nordic Life/Innovation Norway

Kirkenes Snow hotel


Visit to the snow hotel & dog sledding

Visit the exotic snow hotel - a beautiful piece of architecture with ice sculptures made by professional artists. A tiny reindeer park is located at the snow hotel area. You will also enjoy an Arctic dinner in the restaurant before you head on to a Northern Lights dog sledding trip to the wilderness of the Pasvik valley. Transfer to your hotel after the trip.

 

What to bring: Comfortable shoes, warm and windproof clothing (special clothing will be provided).
Age restrictions: Min. 7 years old and accompanied by an adult.
Difficulty level: Average physical condition - involves physical activitiy on uneven surface and/or steep terrain. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.


Northern Lights Photo Stockshots.no/Innovation Norway


Day 3 - Cruise departure

Embark the ship after breakfast for a cruise to Vardo, Norway's easternmost town, with the enchanting Vardohus Fortress. Continue along the Varanger peninsula before a late evening arrival at Batsfjord. All meals are included while on board (food only). Traditional Christmas dinner on the 24th.
Spend 5 nights on board

Twilight in Tromso. Photo Bard Loken/Destinasjon Tromso


Day 4 - Arctic coast to Tromso

Cruise via the arctic town of Hammerfest, across Soroysund to Oksfjord. The course is set via Lopphavet open sea and the ship finds quiet waters towards Skjervoy island and the arctic town of Tromso. Arrival to Tromso in the late evening. Set right in the middle of the "aurora zone", this city and its surrounding wilderness areas are ranked among the best places on earth to observe the incredible Northern Lights in the night sky. 

Northern lights in Lofoten. Photo: Innovation Norway


Day 5 - Vesteralen & Lofoten Islands

You will reach Vesteralen in the early morning. The island groups of Vesteralen & Lofoten offer some of the most stunning scenery you will see during the entire coastal voyage. The region is renowned for its natural beauty with steep mountains, wild nature and small, picturesque fishing villages. In the evening the ship docks in Svolvaer, the capital of Lofoten.

The Arctic Circle. Photo: Frithjof Fure/Innovation Norway


Day 6 - The magic Helgeland coast

Early morning call at the village of Ornes, before the ship continues with short stops at Sandnessjoen and Bronnoysund. The Helgeland coast is known for its remarkable beauty with unique mountain formations, islands & the Arctic Circle.

 

Nidelven river Photo: Rita de Lange/Fjord Travel Norway

 

Day 7 - Historic Trondheim

Early arrival to the picturesque historic cityf Trondheim, with time to explore the highlights of the city and stroll around in the areas with well preserved, tiny wooden houses, like Bakklandet and the Dronningsgate street.

Bryggen, Bergen. Photo: Rita de Lange/Fjord Travel Norway 

Day 8 - Cruise arrival to Bergen

Arrival to Bergen at 14:30, check in at a centrally located hotel. Spend 1 night in this picturesque, colourful city with the UNESCO Bryggen wharf, the hillsides and Nordnes peninsula with authentic tiny, wooden houses and narrow streets, the Funicular to mount Floyen, the Aquarium.
Spend 1 night in Bergen.

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Kirkenes Snow hotel 

Add-on Kirkenes

Stay at the exotic Snow hotel instead of the hotel in Kirkenes. The Snow hotel is rebuilt each winter and normally opens on December 20. The hotel is exclusively built with ice and snow, but there are normal beds with mattresses for a healthy sleep comfort. Next to the Snow hotel there is a heated service building with showers, toilets, sauna & restaurant, a heated Lavvo, a chalet reception building & a tiny reindeer park. Normal health condition is required for an overnight stay in the Snow hotel.

General information about an overnight stay at the Snow hotel


Arctic scenery. Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo/Finnmark Tourist board

Christmas on board Hurtigruten

Norway is renowned for its Christmas traditions. Enjoy memorable days and celebrate a traditional Norwegian Christmas as you sail from Kirkenes to Bergen. Make Christmas decorations together with fellow guests and crew, learn Norwegian Christmas carols & have a traditional Christmas celebration on board the ship. You'll experience the traditions of another culture in a way that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Northern Lights. Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordiclife, Innovation Norway

Northern Lights

Nature's own light show - are solar winds that meet the atmosphere in a zone around the magnetic North Pole, forming arches, waves and curls of light moving across the sky, with sudden rays of light shooting down frmo space.
The Arctic parts of Norway are ideally located in the middle of the Northern Lights belt.
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Flam Railway. Photo: Rolf M Sorensen/Flam Utvikling

Extend your stay in Norway

Extend your stay in Norway and add a Norway in a nutshell winter tour to your itinerary. This is a short fjord tour package starting in Bergen, including the Norway in a nutshell combination trip with Fjord cruise on the narrow Unesco Naeroyfjord & the scenic Aurlandsfjord, the famous Flam Railway & the spectacular Bergen line.
For more information and booking, please click here.

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