Start in the city known as the 'Gateway to the Arctic', Tromso, the starting point for many polar expeditions and the world's northernmost university town, before heading north through a land of dramatic fjords and mountains to the most northerly point in Europe, the North Cape. Known as one of northern Scandinavia's most popular tourist attractions, the cape has a 307-metre high cliff with a large flat plateau on top where visitors can stand and watch the midnight sun or take in views of the Barents Sea to the north. This 10-day / 9-night self-drive itinerary passes through stunning landscapes with small villages and isolated towns rich in history both ancient and modern. Travel through the summer-warmed arctic before returning to Tromso for your flight back to London.
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Fly from London Heathrow to Tromso via Oslo with SAS Scandinavian Airlines. On arrival in Tromso, pick up your hire car and drive into the city centre. Later today, explore Tromso on foot or via public transport. Recommended sites include the Arctic Cathedral, various museums and a short trip on the cable car up Storsteinen Mountain. Stay overnight at the Thon Hotel Tromso (or similar). (N)
Today after breakfast, leave Tromso and drive south to Harstad, the capital of the Vesterlalen islands and a good base for exploring the archipelago. Stay overnight at the Thon Hotel Harstad (or similar). (B)
This morning, leave Harstad and continue south towards the Lofoton islands. Drive to Sortland and continue by ferry from Melbu to Fiskebol and the beginning of the Lofotons. With towering, pointed mountain peaks rising to heights of almost 1,000 metres, the Lofotons are known for their breathtaking scenery. Stay overnight at the Thon Hotel Lofoten (or similar). (B)
The drive today heads east crossing both the Vestfjorden and Lysfjordens with the latter home to a big colony of killer whales. On arrival in Narvik, we recommend a visit to the Ofoten museum and taking the cable car to the top of the 1,200-metre Fagernes Mountain. Stay overnight at the Quality Hotel Grand Royal (or similar). (B)
After breakfast, depart your hotel and drive north along the shores of the impressive Lyngen fjord on up into the Arctic and Sorkjosen. Stay overnight at the Reisafjord Hotel (or similar). (B)
Today, continue to Hammerfest where we recommend a visit to the Museum of Reconstruction with exhibits relating to the history and culture of the Finnmark region. Visitors can walk through an authentic refugee cave among other exhibits. Stay overnight at the Thon Hotel Hammerfest (or similar). (B)
This morning after breakfast, depart and drive along the shores of Porsangen fjord to the North Cape, the most northerly point in Europe and possibly view the midnight sun over the Arctic Ocean. Recommended is a visit to the Nordkapphallen for an exhibition and presentation on the North Cape. Please note it is necessary to pay entrance to Nordkapphallen in order to visit the end point of the North Cape anyway. Stay overnight at the Scandic Hotel Nordkapp (or similar). (B)
The drive today turns south towards Alta with a possible diversion through Lakselv or the Stabbursdalen National Park en route. In Alta, we recommend a visit to the Rock Art of Alta exhibition, a Unesco world heritage site. Stay overnight at the Thon Hotel Alta (or similar). (B)
Today after breakfast, return to Tromso via Olderdalen, crossing the Lyngen fjord by ferry to Lyngseidet and then by ferry between Svensby and Breivikeidet. On arrival in Tromso, stay overnight at the Thon Hotel Tromso (or similar). (B)
This morning, drive to the airport and return your rental car to the relevant drop off point at the airport before your flight with SAS Scandinavian Airlines back to London. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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Set in the city centre, the Quality Hotel Grand Royal allows for easy access to Narvik's popular shopping, sightseeing and entertainment areas. The hotel offers 161 simple but comfortable, en-suite rooms equipped with WiFi access, mini bar and flat screen television with satellite channels. A variety of international cuisine is available in the hotel's Rallarn Pub & Café or rooftop Linken Restaurant & Bar while a buffet breakfast is available...
The Reisafjord Hotel is set by the harbour in the small village of Sørkjosen in northern Norway. Sørkjosen was historically an important shipping centre for the region and, in 1928, a hotel was built and used for lodging by the travelling merchants. The Reisafjord Hotel was built on the site of the old hotel and established as a base for tourists to the region in search of the northern lights and winter activities. The hotel provides simple but comfortable family, double and single rooms. The restaurant serves locally sourced food and guests can choose from a buffet or a la carte menu.
Features: 54 rooms, restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Heating, television, telephone, seating...
The Rica Hotel Nordkapp is a pleasant summer hotel located 30 km from the Nordkapp-plateau. Built of Norwegian timber around a large service building, it offers 290 simple but comfortable en-suite rooms, some with televisions. The hotel has a restaurant, the Grillen Restaurant, which has an à la carte menu featuring specialities from the Barents Sea and the Finnmarksvidda Mountains. A variety of drinks and snacks are available at the hotel's bar, which also features a flat-screen...
Situated near the airport, in the same city centre building as the AMFI Alta shopping centre, the Thon Hotel Alta is close to the Alta rock carvings and Alta museum. The hotel offers 148 modern, comfortable en suite rooms equipped with wireless internet access, minibar and cable television. The hotel has a restaurant located on the first floor which serves a daily breakfast buffet and an à la carte menu available throughout the rest of the...
Situated near the airport, in the city centre overlooking the fjord and only a stone's throw from the cruise-ship jetty, the Thon Hotel Hammerfest offers 118 en-suite rooms featuring clean and comfortable Scandinavian style, equipped with mini bar, flat screen television and WiFi access. Additionally the hotel offers three bars, a sauna and solarium and restaurant Odelia, which serves a variety of international...
The Thon Hotel Harstad is centrally located close to the Hurtigruten terminal and the quay with views over Vagsfjord. The property offers 141 rooms featuring Scandinavian décor and wooden floors equipped with complimentary wireless internet access, tea / coffee-making facilities, cable television and a minibar. The hotel's Egon restaurant serves a variety of international cuisine throughout the day, including a buffet breakfast every...
The Thon Hotel Lofoten is located in the picturesque harbour town of Svolvær, in the heart of Lofoten. The eco-friendly and stylish hotel has stunning views of Svolvær waterfront and the Svolværgeita mountains. The hotel's restaurant, Bojer, provides local specialities using local ingredients and offers views of the harbour.
Features: 190 rooms, restaurant, bar, terrace, access to fitness centre next door to the hotel.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, hairdryer,...
Centrally located around the corner from the Storgata shopping street, the Thon Hotel Tromso offers 152 modern, bright and stylish rooms equipped with complimentary wireless internet access, a minibar and flatscreen television with satellite channels. The hotel serves a daily buffet breakfast while guests can choose from a variety of restaurants close to the hotel for lunch and dinner. The hotel's central location makes it an ideal base from which to explore the city with the Polar Museum located 750 metres away from the...
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NLC2018: 9 Nights
Situated at a latitude of 70 degrees north, the town of Alta benefits from a relatively...
Known also as the 'Gateway to the Arctic', Tromso has been the starting point for many...