About This Trip

Finnish Lapland, Hurtigruten & Norway

If you want to explore the North, there is no better tour. This tour offers the best chances to see the Northern lights, all while enjoying the beauty of Finnish Lapland, Norway’s coast onboard the Hurtigruten and the Norway in nutshell tour which takes you from Bergen to Oslo via Flåm, the village in the fjords. To complete this itinerary, spend a night in Norway’s green capital city, Oslo. It offers a bit of everything and suitable for all. We welcome you to experience the North.

Dates & Prices

  • Daily departures between
    Dec 1 2021 to Mar 31 2022
  • Price per person from: $4270 Tour prices are Land Only rates based on per person double occupancy.

Tour Information

Tour/Price Includes

  • 2 nights in a centrally located hotel in Rovaniemi, with breakfast
  • Local bus from Rovaniemi to Saariselka
  • 2 nights in a wilderness room at Moutka, with breakfast and dinner
  • Local bus from Moutka to Inari
  • 1 night in an Aurora cabin at wilderness hotel Inari, with breakfast and dinner
  • Local bus from Inari to Kirkenes
  • 1 night in a centrally located hotel in Kirkenes, with breakfast
  • Hurtigruten voyage from Kirkenes to Bergen, with breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 1 night in a centrally located hotel in Bergen, with breakfast
  • Norway in a nutshell excursion
  • 1 night in Flåm, with breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night in a centrally located hotel in Oslo, with breakfast

Disclaimer

Tour prices are Land Only rates based on per person double occupancy. Please call for single, triple or child occupancy rates. Airfare is additional and is available through Brekke Tours. Rates and schedules subject to availability and change without notice.

NORTHERN LIGHTS: The Northern Lights are visible in the northern sky from September through April when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many natural wonders, it is an ephemeral spectacle – the Northern Lights may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone (it is not a TV show that you can just turn on and off). But it is worth the patience which is much required. Because they are a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside while looking for them. It is best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else makes you comfortable while you await this truly outstanding event. For the best photos we recommend using a tripod.

NOTE: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Rovaniemi, Finland

Welcome to the home of Santa Claus. Getting from the airport to the city centre is easy, you can either take a taxi, or the airport bus which meets all scheduled flights. Accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Rovaniemi city center (2 nights).

Day 2: Rovaniemi

Breakfast at the hotel. We recommend that you pre book one of the many excursions available in Rovaniemi. Reindeers, huskies, snowmobiles, ice fishing excursions and a visit to Santa’s village are just a few possibilities for today. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 3: Rovaniemi – Saariselka

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you board a local bus that will take you from Rovaniemi to Muotka. Please be sure to tell your bus driver that you are staying at Muotka. Muotka is a paradise tucked away in the taiga forest. The location offers possibilities to enjoy several winter activities, or to simply enjoy your breath-taking surroundings. Dinner and accommodation at Muotka Wilderness Hotel in Wilderness room (2 nights).

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Day 4: Saariselka

Breakfast at the hotel. We recommend that you pre-book one of the many excursions available. Possibilities include – snowmobiles, ice fishing, huskies, reindeer excursions and many more thrilling possibilities. Dinner and overnight at Muotka Wilderness Hotel.

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Day 5: Saariselkä – Inari

Breakfast at Muotka, and today get ready to travel even further north, as you board a local bus from Muotka to Inari. Arrival at the Wilderness hotel Inari. Inari is a very special place with allot of Sami tradition. The hotel offers a blend of quality accommodation with pristine nature and Arctic activities. The location is just five minutes from the Sámi village Inari. If you have the possibility, we highly recommend a visit to the Sami museum and nature center. Dinner and accommodation at Inari Wilderness Hotel in Aurora cabin.

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Day 6: Inari – Kirkenes

Breakfast at the hotel, and another bus journey will take you from Finland to Norway as you head towards Kirkenes. You are likely to be impressed by the change of scenery as you head North towards to the coastal village. Kirkenes has a very special location and shares a border with Russia. On arrival you will feel as though you have truly arrived at a magnificent, unique and authentic area in the Arctic. Accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kirkenes city center.

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Day 7: Kirkenes – Coastal Voyage

Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents region and gateway to the east. The Russian border is a just few miles away. You may find it intriguing that the local road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian. As the ship starts its cruise, you can first enjoy lunch followed by views of the surrounding Arctic landscape on deck or from the panorama lounge. In the afternoon, the ship again docks at Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port. Heading south, we cruise along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord, before reaching Berlevåg in the evening. The latter town is home to one of Norway’s most famous male choirs, consisting mainly of local fishermen. Overnight in unspecified outside cabin (please inquire about available upgrades upon registration).

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Day 8: Mehamn – Tromsø

In the middle of the night we dock at Mehamn. During wintertime you can join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas. Experience snow-clad valleys, fresh winter air, and perhaps even the mesmerizing northern lights in the clear, starry sky. Before arriving in Hammerfest, you may want to enjoy an ‘energy coffee’ and a short onboard introduction to nearby Melkøya – the world’s northernmost natural gas terminal. The town of Hammerfest was founded in 1789, and over time became Norway’s polar capital, serving as a base for hunting expeditions into the High Arctic. Here you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise geographic measurement of the globe. In winter, you can also join a mini-mountain expedition to experience the Arctic outdoors and learn about local polar hero and cook, Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm. We then continue south to Øksfjord. In winter, our crew teaches you how to tie maritime knots out on deck. After crossing open water, we make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy. We then dock at Tromsø, just in time to enjoy a magical midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral.

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Day 9: Tromsø – Stamsund

This morning we arrive at Harstad, where you can participate in one of Hurtigruten’s most beloved and renowned excursions: A Taste of Vesterålen. Experience history, beautiful scenery, and a selection of breathtaking sights, including Trondenes Church, one of Norway’s premier cultural heritage sites from the late Middle Ages. Those who choose to stay on board can admire views of this old church as we sail toward the Risøyrenna, a shallow, 23 ft deep channel made for Hurtigruten in the 1920s to provide an ‘inside route’ between Harstad and Sortland. Sandbanks along the Risøyrenna are visible through the clear, green water. The island groups of Lofoten and Vesterålen offer some of the most stunning scenery you see during the entire coastal cruise. The Lofoten region is renowned for its natural beauty with steep mountains, wild nature, and small, picturesque fishing villages. The daylight sailing route through the Lofoten Islands is a highlight for many of our guests. Risøyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants, and we make a short stop here to deliver passengers, groceries, and mail. We then continue south via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 120 years ago. Go ashore and visit the Hurtigruten museum here. Continuing southward, it looks like we are sailing straight into a mountain wall, but we slip through an opening leading to the narrow Raftsund. This 12-mile passage between Lofoten and Vesterålen takes you through mountains soaring 3,300 ft directly out of the sea. Then we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only one mile long, 330 ft wide, and surrounded by majestic mountains. If weather and time permit, the captain will make a detour into the fjord. Steep cliffs hug the ship’s sides, and the dramatic landscape conjures images of an imaginary land of trolls. The Trollfjord is also the realm of the sea eagle. Should you choose to take the optional sea eagle safari to see these magnificent birds up close, you will be transferred to a smaller vessel before we reach the Trollfjord. Then the Hurtigruten ship turns around in the narrow fjord, a magnificent sight! The sea eagle safari begins in earnest after leaving the Trollfjord, passing through narrow channels flanked by steep mountains where the birds dwell and can be viewed. These beautiful, rare birds of prey circle the boat a few times before we toss fish into the sea for them to snatch and devour. Be sure to take along your camera! Reaching Svolvær, you can choose from several excursion options. From Svolvær, we continue to Stamsund, where we see the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten Wall. We leave Lofoten during the evening and set course for the mainland.

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Day 10: Bodø – Rørvik

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’ N is an important rite of passage. Today we celebrate the event out on deck with a taste of Arctic tradition – a spoonful of cod liver oil! Sailing along the Helgeland coast, we pass hundreds of islets, fertile farmland, and steep granite walls rich in local lore. On deck you can see the strange mountain Torghatten (rising 850 ft above sea level), famous for its distinctive hole right through the middle. The hole is 525 ft long, 115 ft high, and 65 ft wide, and was created during the Ice Age. Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven peaks are between 2,800 and 3,600 ft high, and it is easy to understand how these ‘ladies’ led to an ancient myth. The story goes that there were seven troll sisters, the daughters of King Sulis, who kept them under strict control. One night, when the king fell into a deep sleep, the seven maidens slipped out. Vågekallen, who was eager for a wife, was lying in wait. He pursued the sisters, who fled southward down the coast. Several other trolls joined the chase to either capture or rescue the maidens. When night turned to morning, the troll sisters and their pursuers were petrified, as the sun turns all trolls to stone. They became the rocks and mountains that make the Helgeland coastline one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Next we make a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post, before moving on to Sandnessjøen. The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Vega Islands is nearby Sandnessjøen and can be visited on an optional excursion during summer. This unique cultural landscape consists of dozens of islands. The UNESCO designation was awarded due to the unique interaction between the eider duck and the island population. Learn how the fishermen and farmers have cultivated a centuries-old symbiotic relationship with the ducks, and how this relationship continues to contribute to the livelihood of the community who harvests the eiderdown and makes down-filled duvets.

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Day 11: Trondheim – Ålesund

Today provides another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. Back on board, the ship heads out into the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 105 miles long and up to 16 miles wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords, it is deep, plunging to 1,900 ft. As we sail along the coast, you realize the importance of fishing to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has steadily provided the town with abundant opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding, and oil industries. Kristiansund is today regarded as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’, because of its longtime export of the salted, dried fish. Here you can join an excursion to the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. It is five miles long, includes a total of eight bridges, and is surrounded by picturesque landscapes and open sea. Another interesting excursion is to the Bergtatt marble mine, which includes going inside a mountain, sailing across an illuminated subterranean lake, and enjoying a meal in the mine’s ‘grand hall’. Those choosing to stay on board at Kristiansund will experience the ship crossing open sea on our way to Molde, known as Norway’s ‘City of Roses’. Along the way you see the steep, gray, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.

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Day 12: Bergen

During the night, the ship calls at Ålesund, Torvik, and Måløy, as the world’s most beautiful cruise draws to a close. Before we dock in Bergen, there are still some nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead, including the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedal Glacier. Here the fjord widens to the east and stretches 56 miles inland to Loen and Olden. The rugged coastal areas are a striking contrast to the inner fjord regions, where the wind is gentler and less rain falls. Fertile fruit orchards and glacial fingers stretch toward glistening lakes and gushing rapids. This landscape has its own distinctive charm and you are encouraged to experience it. In the morning, we call at Florø, a modern coastal seaport that is also the region’s oldest town and Norway’s westernmost community. Despite constant changes, the city of Florø has maintained its special features. A few nautical miles south of Florø, we navigate the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord and admire superb views of this magnificent island-studded coastline along the way. Finally, you disembark in Bergen, taking with you memories of a unique journey filled with unforgettable experiences and interactions with local people, diverse wildlife, and stunning nature. Accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Bergen’s city center.

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Day 13: Bergen – Norway in a Nutshell – Flåm

Breakfast at the hotel. Today is the start of another very well-known tour, the Norway in a nutshell. The first leg will be by train as you leave Bergen to Voss. From Voss you travel by bus to Gudvangen, until boarding a vessel that will take you along the fjord to Flåm. Dinner and overnight in a 3-star hotel in Flåm.

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Day 14: Flåm – Oslo

Breakfast at the hotel, continue by train as you experience the Flåmsbanen from Flåm to Myrdal. A spectacular journey. From Myrdal one last train journey will bring you to the capital of Norway, the green city of Oslo. Transfer on own to hotel. Overnight in a 4-star hotel in Oslo city center.

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Day 15: Oslo - Depart

Breakfast at the hotel. From the city center you can take a cab, airport bus, airport train or local train to Oslo Gardermoen for return flight. End of services.

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