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Follow the Lights (Northbound)

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Country
Scandinavia
Travel Departs
Oslo
Travel Ends
Helsinki
Travel Periods
25 Sep 2022 - 16 Mar 2023
Experience
Rail
Travel Style
Cruise
Experience some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes and the wonder of the Northern Lights on this 18-day adventure including Oslo and Bergen, “Norway in a Nutshell”, the iconic northbound Coastal Voyage, and a journey through Finland and Estonia.

Highlights

Travel on the famous Flåm Railway, with spectacular fjord views all the way to the beautiful village of Flåm.

Guided city tours of Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki, and Tallinn.

Husky and reindeer experiences in the Lapland wilderness 

Chances of seeing the Northern Lights

Be welcomed into the traditional tent of a local Sámi family and learn about their unique culture and lifestyle. 

Explore Ålesund, renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture.

From Norway’s capital Oslo, ride the world’s most famous train, the Flåm Railway, before joining Hurtigruten’s northbound coastal voyage. Visit charming hamlets, sail through picturesque fjords and see the magnificent Northern Lights on this journey into the heart of Norway. On arrival into the sleepy town of Kirkenes in Norway’s far north, head south into Finnish Lapland where you’ll see the night sky from inside your glass igloo. Then discover Finnish Lakeland, where you’ll stay in beautiful log accommodation. Take in Helsinki, Finland’s capital, and experience a day trip to medieval Tallinn in Estonia.

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Included

10 nights hotel accommodation – 4* Hotels
6 nights Hurtigruten cruise accommodation
1 night in a Glass Igloo
Norway in a Nutshell, Flåm Railway journey
First class coach from Kirkenes to Helsinki
Daily breakfast, 6 lunches and 12 dinners
City tours of Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki & Tallinn
Reindeer Farm visit (sled ride, depending on weather)
Husky Farm visit (sled ride, depending on weather)
Santa Claus Village visit
SIIDA Museum visit
Return ferry ticket Helsinki – Tallinn (deck passage)
English speaking guide from start to finish

 

 

Map
Northbound Oslo → Helsinki

Northbound Oslo → Helsinki

Northbound Oslo → Helsinki
Day 1
Oslo

Arrive in Oslo, make your own way from the airport or train station to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at your leisure. In the evening, meet the rest of the group and your guide at our welcome dinner. 

Overnight stay in Oslo at Thon Hotel Opera

Dinner
Oslo
Credit: Oslo | Hans Henrik Nilsen / Hurtigruten
Day 2
Oslo

After a leisurely breakfast, meet the group in the lobby of the hotel for an Oslo grand city tour including Vigeland Sculpture Park, Historical Museum, Oslo Opera house, Holmenkollen Ski Jump and more. 

Overnight stay in Oslo at Thon Hotel Opera

Breakfast
Oslo
Credit: Opera House Norway | Ragnar Hartvig / Hurtigruten
Day 3
Flåm

After an early breakfast you will start your “Norway In a Nutshell” tour, catching the morning train to Myrdal where you change trains for the famous Flåm Railway, with spectacular fjord views all the way to the beautiful, tiny village of Flåm. 

Overnight stay in Flåm at Flamsbrygga Hotel

Breakfast, Dinner
Flåm
Flåm Railway | Credit: Torild Moland
Day 4
Bergen

The day starts with the ferry from Flåm to Gudvangen, passing through the narrow Nærøyfjord. From Gudvangen the journey continues by bus. Waterfalls line the road as we weave our way through the valley to Voss. There we board a train for the last leg of our “Norway in a Nutshell” journey, arriving in Bergen in the afternoon. The rest of the day is at your leisure. 

Overnight stay in Bergen at Clarion Admiral Hotel

Breakfast
Bergen
Credit: Bergen | Andrea Klaussner / Hurtigruten
Day 5
Bergen → Hurtigruten Embarkation

(Day 1 of the voyage)  

After a relaxing morning, you will join a walking tour of Bergen, including St Mary’s Church, Håkon’s Hall and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Bryggen, before heading to Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg. The tour ends at Bergen pier, where you will board the Hurtigruten ship. 

Overnight on board Hurtigruten

Breakfast, Dinner
Bergen → Hurtigruten Embarkation
Credit: Dr. Verena Meraldi | Hurtigruten
Day 6
Ålesund

(Day 2 of the voyage)  
You will navigate skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund, renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. Leaving Ålesund we head north towards Trondheim. 

Overnight on board Hurtigruten

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ålesund
Day 7
Trondheim

(Day 3 of the voyage)  

Arrive early in the morning at Trondheim, with plenty of time to explore Norway’s first capital. 

Overnight on board Hurtigruten

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trondheim
Credit: Trondheim | Espen Mills / Hurtigruten
Day 8
Lofoten Islands

(Day 4 of the voyage)  

As you cross the Arctic Circle in the morning, the hunt for the Aurora Borealis begins. You will enter the dramatic and narrow Raftsund, and if the weather and ice conditions allow, you’ll sail to the entrance of the famous Trollfjord. Overnight on board the ship. 

Overnight on board Hurtigruten

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lofoten Islands
Lofoten | Credit: Jan Hvizdal
Day 9
Tromsø

(Day 5 of the voyage)  
After a morning stop in Finnsnes, the ship continues to Tromsø, a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle, and famed as a viewing point for the Northern Lights. The city’s historic centre is distinguished by its centuriesold wooden houses. The 1965 Arctic Cathedral, with its distinctive peaked roof and soaring stained-glass windows, dominate the skyline. 

Overnight on board Hurtigruten

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tromsø
Tromsø | Credit: Yngve Olsen
Day 10
Honningsvåg

(Day 6 of the voyage)  
Honningsvåg is the nearest port to the North Cape – only 2000km from the geographical North Pole. 

Overnight on board Hurtigruten

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Honningsvåg
Honningsvåg | Credit: Espen Mills
Day 11
Kirkenes Disembarkation → Saariselkä

Admire the dramatic coastal vistas as you approach Kirkenes, where you will disembark. Enjoy a short drive through Kirkenes, before arriving at Inari, the Sámi capital (traditional nomads of Scandinavia, reindeer herders), where you’ll visit the newly renovated Siida Sámi museum and visit a reindeer farm.

Overnight in Saariselkä at Santa’s Hotel Tunturi

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kirkenes Disembarkation → Saariselkä
Sámi culture | Credit: Arto Liiti Visit Finland
Day 12
Saariselkä

You’ll be welcomed into the traditional tent of a local Sámi family who’ll talk enthusiastically about their unique culture and lifestyle. Feed the family’s reindeer in the nearby paddock, maybe with the Northern Lights above, and practise your lasso skills under your host’s expert tutelage. 

Overnight in Saariselkä at Santa’s Hotel Tunturi

Breakfast
Saariselkä
Saariselkä | Credit: Rob Smith Visit Finland
Day 13
Sinettä

Today you visit Santa Claus Village, where you will have free time to explore. In the evening, spend the night in a glass igloo. 

Overnight in Sinettä at the Arctic Snow Hotel (Glass Igloo)

Breakfast, Dinner
Sinettä
Santa Claus Village | Credit: Visit Finland
Day 14
Rovaniemi

You’ll spend the afternoon today taking a tour of a husky dog kennel, meeting its friendly residents, and learning how huskies are reared to become as fit and as hardy as they are. Enjoy a thrilling husky-drawn cart or sled ride through the Lapland wilderness before warming up with a snack around the campfire. 

Overnight in Rovaniemi at the Original Sokos Vaakuna

Breakfast
Rovaniemi
Husky Ride | Credit: Juho Kuva Visit Finland
Day 15
Järvisydän

This morning you head for Järvisydän, a hotel resort spa in the Finnish wilderness. In the afternoon, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy a spa treatment or participate in many of the outdoor activities the resort has to offer.

Overnight in Järvisydän at the Hotel & Spa Resort

 

Breakfast, Dinner
Järvisydän
Järvisydän | Credit: Visit Finland
Day 16
Helsinki

Today, we leave the Finnish wilderness and head into Helsinki, Finland’s capital. Enjoy a half-day city tour including a visit to the spectacular Temppeliaukio Church, ‘Rock Church’. 

Overnight in Helsinki at the Scandic Grand Marina

Breakfast
Helsinki
Temppeliaukio Church | Credit: Jussi Hellsten Visit Finland
Day 17
Helsinki → Tallinn → Helsinki

An early start with a full-day excursion to the medieval town of Tallinn in Estonia. Take the ferry followed by a combined bus and walking tour of the city. Stops will include the baroque Kadriorg Park and the seaside district of Pirita. Walk through the winding, cobblestoned streets of the Old Town continuing to Toompea Castle, home to the Estonian parliament. Visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church before and enjoying some free time before boarding the ferry to return to Helsinki. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner.

Overnight in Helsinki at the Scandic Grand Marina

Breakfast, Dinner
Helsinki → Tallinn → Helsinki
Tallinn | Credit: Hurtigruten
Day 18
Helsinki

After breakfast at the hotel, make your way to the airport for your international flight home.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Faroese
Local currency
Danish Krone (DKK)
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18 days
from AUD7,950
per person
Scandinavia
Oslo
Helsinki
Rail
Cruise
25 Sep 2022 - 16 Mar 2023

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  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package


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