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Norway, Lofoten and Arctic Circle

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Experience life north of the Arctic Circle

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2021 Tour code: NLJ21

About the tour

Discover the spirit of Norway as we explore Oslo and Trondheim before embarking on a 4-night Arctic cruise through magical fjords. Experience life north of the Arctic Circle, the land of the Northern Lights and Midnight Sun.


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Days 1-4 - London, Oslo, and Trondheim

We fly from London Heathrow to Oslo, transferring to a local restaurant for dinner on arrival and checking into our hotel. Day 2 begins with a guided tour. Beginning at the avant-garde opera house, we continue to the Akershus Fortress and 'Kvadraturen' - the oldest existing district in Oslo. We journey to Trondheim on Day 3, travelling by train along the Dovre Line through the picturesque Gudbrandsdalen Valley and the lofty Bovrefjell mountain range. Day 4 is free in Trondheim. Perhaps visit Nidaros Cathedral, or explore this Viking city's many museums.

Day 5 - Arctic cruise

This morning we transfer to Trondheim's port, where we embark on a 4-night cruise aboard our Havila ship. Featuring plush bedrooms, restaurants, a café, Jacuzzi on deck, and shopping facilities, these brand new ships ensure the utmost comfort as we set out to explore the northernmost part of Norway. All shore excursions are optional and are payable locally. This afternoon we pass the Kjeungskjær Lighthouse, a bright red octagonal structure situated at the meeting point of Trondheimsfjord and the North Sea. We navigate the narrow strait of Stokksund on our way to the coastal town of Rørvik.

Day 6 - The Arctic Circle, Bodø and Lofoten Islands

Continuing our cruise northwards, we cross the 66.5 degrees North latitude, celebrating as we enter the Arctic Circle. We reach Ørnes. We drop anchor here and you can choose to join an optional excursion to Svartisen, the second largest glacier in Norway (summer departures only), visit a moose farm or take a coach tour to neighbouring Bodø. You also have the chance to go sea rafting to Saltstraumen, a naturally occurring whirlpool.

In the afternoon, we catch sight of the steep granite cliffs and silvery beaches of the Lofoten Islands. Described as Europe's most dramatic and spectacular isles, the Lofoten Islands are tethered to mainland Norway by a series of bridges that resemble spikey teeth. Home to small fishing communities, their houses built on timber piles with seawater under the floorboards and imposing cliffs, here, you have a host of optional excursion choices: enjoy a Viking experience with traditional food and music, tour a craft brewery, or explore Stamsund and Svolvaer, the islands' capital. Later, we navigate the strait of Raftsundet before reaching the sapphire waters of the tapering Trollfjord.

Day 7 - Risøyhamn and Tromsø

This morning we sail past Risøyhamn, Harstad, and Finnsnes, catching a glimpse of everyday life in the Arctic. We disembark at Tromsø, the largest city in northern Norway. Here you can take an optional tour of the Arctic capital, including a cable car ride, or pay to visit a local husky farm. Back on board, we cruise through bountiful waters, so keep an eye out for orcas, humpback whales, and Arctic birds. Departures from September onwards may also experience the Northern Lights.

Day 8 - North Cape and Honningsvåg

Today takes us to Norway's North Cape, where the icy waters of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans mix. During summer we may chance upon herds of reindeer, as the northernmost strip of land here is dotted with settlements of indigenous Sami people. We disembark at Havøysund and you can join optional visits to the North Cape Plateau and Honningsvåg, the country's most northerly city. Here, you have a number of choices when it comes to activities. Explore the Gjesværstappan grasslands and spend some time birdwatching before heading to Kjøllefjord to learn about the traditional way of life of the Sami or, take a ride on a snowmobile (weather dependent). On our June departure, we may even have the right conditions to admire the full beauty of the Midnight Sun.

Days 9-10 - Kirkenes and London

Our cruise ends today as we disembark at Kirkenes, situated on the Finnish-Russian border. Here, we have the chance to sample some delicious seafood and choose from a couple of different excursions: either take a husky-hauled sleigh ride through the snow or enjoy a guided snowshoe walk (weather dependent). On Day 10, we board our flight to London Heathrow, travelling via Oslo.


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Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

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Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Thon Hotel, Kirkenes

Thon Hotel, Kirkenes

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Clarion Hub

Clarion Hub, Oslo

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Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

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Mrs T Neal

5 stars

Submitted 08 Jul 2017

The holiday lived up and more to everything we were promised. No complaints

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Norway, Lofoten and Arctic Circle

Experience life north of the Arctic Circle


Lynne Broadley
Helen Laverack
Luke Simpson