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In Search of the Northern Lights

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Fares
  • Accommodation

A journey overview

  • Oslo
  • Bergen
  • MS Nordlys
  • Tromsø
  • Rovaniemi
  • Kemi
  • Helsinki
  • Stockholm

21 Days Explorations
  • Departing:
  • 31 Jan 2020

The closer you are to the Arctic Circle, the more extraordinary the land, water and sky become. While this journey is titled for the Northern Lights, we also meet the Sámi, who rely on reindeer rather than money, and cross vast expanses of frozen land and sea by expedition ship, sled and train. To be a part of this journey is a privilege, and one that is available only to a select group of 24.

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Dream of Northern Lights flickering across dark European skies as Oslo welcomes us. Gourmet Nordic cuisine is on the menu at our Welcome Dinner at our hotel’s restaurant. Explore the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and the Royal Palace before visiting the Norwegian Parliament buildings and the Viking Ship Museum on the island of Bygdøy.

The Bergensbanen has been called one of Europe’s most scenic train rides. We cross the Hardangervidda plateau at 1,237 metres above sea level. At Myrdal, we travel on the Flåm branch that snakes through the Flåmsdalen valley to the town of Flåm. It’s then time to board MS Nordlys. On board this newly refurbished small ship we hug the coast of Norway, encountering pristine fjords inaccessible to bigger vessels and docking at numerous villages.

Sail past green scenery and waterfalls before reaching Ålesund. Explore the town or venture further afield to get closer to Geirangerfjord. We then visit the renowned Nidaros Cathedral in the city of Trondheim. The untouched Arctic is encapsulated in our pristine journey further north. Stopping in Tromsø, we see the iconic Arctic Cathedral, its white triangular structure is an imposing sight come evening when it is lit up against the dark sky.

In Honningsvåg, we see the Arctic Circle Monument on the North Cape, with only the Svalbard Islands separating us from the North Pole. Farewell the MS Nordlys and travel to Saariselkä. Our glass-roofed cabins at Northern Lights Village allow us to gaze up toward the Northern Lights. Dinner here is hosted by the local Sámi people, who offer insight into their culture. Go on a husky or reindeer safari, or explore the area on a snowmobile.

In Rovaniemi, we stay at the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel. Perhaps, you’ll choose to navigate the icy conditions here during a private car rally. Travel to Kemi, where our stay at Seaside Glass Villas reveals ethereal vistas of the Bay of Bothnia. Escorted by snowmobiles, we then board the Sampo Icebreaker, for a voyage across the frozen sea. Arriving in Helsinki, we visit the World Heritage-listed sea fortress, Suomenlinna, built upon six islands.

Board a ship on the Tallink Silja Line for an overnight cruise to Stockholm. Awake to the city skyline before being whisked to the Grand Hôtel. See the Stockholm City Hall, where the annual Nobel Prize banquet takes place. We then visit the ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL, the first permanent bar made of ice. By boat, we make our way to Drottningholm Palace, home of the Swedish royal family, before dining at the Michelin-starred Operakällaren.

Our journey finishes in Stockholm. Reflect upon all that we have learned during our time in Europe’s frozen north.

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