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In Search of the Northern Lights

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Fares
  • Accommodation

A journey overview

  • Stockholm
  • Helsinki
  • Kemi
  • Rovaniemi
  • Inari
  • Kirkenes
  • MS Nordnorge
  • Bergen
  • Oslo

20 Days Explorations
  • Departing:
  • 28 Feb 2019
  • 11 Mar 2019

As we head for the Arctic Circle this epic journey to the Northern Lights invites us to reach for the stars.

In Search of the Northern Lights 2019 Map

Itinerary

Stockholm welcomes us. Today, we meet our group at our residence for the next two nights, the Grand Hôtel. The residence is also the setting of our dinner this evening – the first of many on our journey.

Today, meandering through Stockholm’s network of islands and bridges, we discover city sights including Vasa Museum and Stockholm City Hall, host to the annual Nobel Prize banquet. A gastronomic welcome at the Michelin-starred Operakällaren and sub-zero drinks at Stockholm’s Icebar are also served up during our stay. While touring Drottningholm Palace, home of the Swedish royal family, provides historical context before boarding a ship on the Tallink Silja Line for an overnight cruise to Helsinki.

As Helsinki adorns our horizon, we look forward to a city tour, including a visit to a World Heritage-listed sea fortress, Suomenlinna. With two nights at the St George Hotel, there’s time to taste our way around the city on a food tour. We also venture out to Porvoo where pastel colours decorate this medieval town. Tonight, it’s only fitting that we dine at Helsinki’s Restaurant Savoy, a haven for gourmets since the 1930s

Flying north to Kemi, it’s time to rug up as our snowy sojourn begins in earnest. We stay in Seaside Glass Villas where our rooms, made of glass walls and ceilings, surrender ethereal vistas and dinner is served at the fairytale Snow Castle. Keen to explore this ice-decked region further, snowmobiles transport us to the Sampo Icebreaker, which carves its way through the Gulf of Bothnia’s arctic seas as we dine on traditional Sámi fare.

Heading inland to Lapland’s capital Rovaniemi, we are in for a treat staying nestled amongst the snowy canopy at the Artic Treehouse Hotel. Once again, dinner is an authentic affair set in a traditional Lappish kota. We fortify ourselves ahead of a day’s discovery with Your World experiences: speeding over powdery snow on a thrilling snow rally program, or visiting a reindeer farm and enjoying a snow safari.

Inari is the spiritual heart of Sámi culture and one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. Easing into our stay at Kelo-Glass Igloos, we bask in a Finnish sauna treatment and savour a traditional Lappish meal. Watching for the Northern Lights before dreaming of Your World experiences, which will take us cross-country skiing or out on a husky safari. Later, we will reconvene to search the night skies once more.

Our journey to Kirkenes heralds the start of our five-night cruise aboard MS Nordnorge to Bergen, said to be the most beautiful sea voyage in the world. We make sure to watch for migrating whales along the way.

Each day unfurls with new views and discoveries on the horizon. Having docked in Mehamn overnight, perhaps embark on a snowmobile trip before heading south for Hammerfest. Here, we visit the World Heritage-listed Meridian Column and join a mini-mountain expedition to learn of local polar heroes. Later in Tromsø, we pay a visit to the Arctic Cathedral.

With an early arrival in Harstad, there are opportunities to explore on foot or by cruise before continuing to the remote settlement of Risøyhamn and to the distinguished landscape of Trollfjord. Onwards to Svolvær, optional sightseeing includes a Lofoten Islands tour or a high-octane excursion by rigid inflatable boat.

A rite of passage for anyone on an Arctic expedition, we cross the Arctic Circle today before continuing to Sandnessjøen and beyond to the university city of Trondheim. We contemplate the vast Rørvik archipelago before docking in Trondheim to view the Nidaros Cathedral and surreal interior of Bergtatt marble mine.

Today, keep your camera to the ready as we explore the soaring landscapes of Nordfjord and Jostedal Glacier before docking in the charming port city of Florø for a tour. Following a cruise along Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, we disembark in beautiful Bergen.

Swapping our sea legs for one of Europe’s most scenic rail journeys, we set our sights on Norway’s capital Oslo. The Bergensbanen will cross the magnificent Hardangervidda plateau and Flåmsdalen Valley before its arrival. With two nights in Oslo, we explore the city’s many attractions, including the Storting Building and Royal Palace. A Farewell Dinner rounds off the evening. Before our journey’s end this morning, take a moment to reflect upon the nature of this journey and all that we have learned during our time in the north.

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