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The Arctic as it Should Be

(10 days / 9 nights)

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Bundle up for a true adventure

Experience an adventure of a lifetime with an Arctic voyage through the Norwegian fjords, a snowmobile tour in Spitsbergen, a dog-sledding excursion near the Russian border in Kirkenes, a visit to a reindeer park, a king crab safari and more. This amazing self-guided tour also includes overnight stays at the SNOWHOTEL in Kirkenes as well as in a wilderness camp in Svalbard. You will also have a chance of seeing the majestic northern lights.

10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 3731 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

Type

Partially Guided

Interest

Active i, Dog Sled i, Hurtigruten cruise i, Snowmobiling i

Season

28 Feb - 18 Apr

Departure

saturday, Wednesday

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your arctic expedition.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Day 8: Snowmobiling at 78° North

    At 10:00 am the guide will meet you in the reception at your hotel. You will have good time to sit down with the guide, talk about the coming trip, possible routes and needed equipment. After the meeting they will give you warm clothing, overalls and winter boots, and then head to the snowmobiles. It is time for the Adventure with Arctic Luxury! After a lesson for snowmobile drive and safety issues, you will head out to the wilderness. You will drive over glaciers, past snow covered mountains and frozen fjords. While sitting on the snowmobile you can admire the magnificent arctic landscape in blue and white. You will eat expedition lunch on the way and you will get to experience stillness and silence of the arctic. Something that is difficult to find in other places. Before the evening you will arrive to Isfjord Radio, a remote boutique hotel, 90 km from Longyearbyen. Here the staff will warmly welcome you to the luxurious hotel and serve you a delicious 3-course meal. What a way to finish an adventurous day!

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  • Day 9: Back to Civilization

    Breakfast is served from 08:00. After a substantial breakfast it is time to head into the beautiful landscape of Spitsbergen. The guide chooses the day’s route depending on the weather and snow conditions. If the weather is good you can have a change to visit the Russian mining town Barentsburg, which is a home for some 300 persons. Explore the life of an isolated arctic town and visit some Russian buildings. Here you can really feel the history of Spitsbergen. Arrival in Longyearbyen during the afternoon.

    Spend the night in Longyearbyen.

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  • 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.

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Map

Here’s a map of Svalbard, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Incredible Customer Service

Sophia booked a 12 day tour of Scandinavia for me. We were going in May and the escorted tours do not begin until June. She was in constant communication with me and sent all the documents via email that were needed. EVERYTHING she booked was top notch. The hotels were great and in perfect locations next to public transportation, the train ride to Flam was spectacular, the cruise from Helsinki to Stockholm was wonderful,and the pickup at the airport was right on time, I could not have planned a more perfect itinerary. THANKS to Sophia and Nordic Visitor for a wonderful vacation experience.

You created the perfect trip to relax

Dear Maria:
It's been a while since my son and his bride have retuned from their Icelandic dream honeymoon. I wanted to thank you for handling the arrangements so professionally and also tell you that every aspect of the trip turned out perfectly. Each hotel was warm and comfortable and always accommodating, awaiting their arrival. Your recommendations for food worked out beautifully, the car was perfect and GPS was a good idea!
 
Thank you for your part in making their Iceland experience the dream they were hoping for. It gave them a chance to revel in the beauty of quiet nature and ponder a simpler lifestyle from that of their own in NYC. They had a busy year leading up to the wedding and you created the perfect trip to relax and let the experience of a beautiful wedding sink in.
 
They spent one evening watching the Northern Lights with another couple celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, who had come specifically to see that sight. Imagine that!
 
All the best to you and happy holidays!
 

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Quality

Rooms with private shower or bath and WC. These are in four-star hotels and are all centrally located within towns. All hotels pro..

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Price per person from

Approx 3731 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

Tour Information

If you would like to book this tour with an arrival date 4 weeks or less from today, please contact us for assistance.
 
Important Note: This is an independent, self-guided tour. All accommodations and train / ferry tickets (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor, but travellers are ultimately responsible for getting to hotels and to any train / ferry departure points by the specified times. 
 
50% deposit required: This package requires a deposit payment of 50% of the total price at the time of booking since it contains certain travel arrangements. See details
 
Optional 
  • Upgrade to a solo snowmobile in Svalbard (recommended). 
  • Dog-sledding tour in Svalbard on the day of departure. 
  • Ice cave tour in Svalbard on the day of departure.
Booking 
  • Our travel consultants can assist with booking air travel between Oslo and Kirkenes, between Tromsø and Longyearbyen, or between Longyearbyen and Oslo. 
  • This tour can be customized, including additional nights in Oslo, Tromsø, Kirkenes, Longyearbyen or Murmansk in Russia on request. We can also combine this tour with other tours in Norway, Iceland or Sweden. Contact us for details. 
  • By adding extra day(s) to this package, we can offer you a day tour to Pechenga or an overnight stay in Murmansk, both in Russia. Contact us for details.
Other 
  • Due to flight times between Svalbard and Oslo in Norway, travellers may need to spend an extra night in Oslo on departure. 
  • Average temperatures in northern Norway and Svalbard between March and mid-April are -3 to -12° Celsius but can reach as low as -30° Celsius. More information on climate and weather in Svalbard 
  • Travellers should bring warm, weatherproof outerwear along with thermal layers and insulated boots. Sunglasses and thick moisturizer for the face are also recommended. A list of necessary personal equipment will be provided before arriving. More information on what to pack for Svalbard 
  • Due to limited space on the snowmobile in Svalbard, travellers may only bring one small rucksack (preferably waterproof) of personal items on to the snowmobile tour; the remaining luggage will be securely stored in Longyearbyen. 
  • Daily driving
Availability outside the listed season
Other arrival dates outside of the listed season may be available; contact us for more details.
 
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

 

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