Drive from the arctic capital of Tromsø through to Lyngen Alps and via Alta to the North Cape. A cruise with Hurtigruten will take you to the remote and tranquil village of Kongsfjord where you will spend two nights at Kongsfjord Guesthouse. Return to Tromsø via the Sami villages of Karasjok, Kautokeino and Enontekiö.
This tour can commence in: Tromsø
Arrival in Tromsø according to your own itinerary. Tromsø, which is located in Northern Norway, is the world’s most northern university town and the largest city in the Nordic countries north of the Arctic Circle. The city lies between the sharp craggy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, and combines wild scenery with urban life. Tromsø has many names to live up to, including Paris of the North and the Gateway to the Arctic to name a few. In Tromsø a visit to the Arctic Cathedral is a must, as well as a trip with the gondola lift to Mount Storsteinen. At 420 metres above sea level you will have excellent view of the city and the surrounding area. Furthermore we recommend a visit to the Polaria Arctic Aquarium, the Polar Museum and the Mack brewery.
Accommodation in Tromsø.
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a short drive to Breivikeidet where a ferry crossing will take you to Svendsby (to be paid on spot). Continue to Lyngseidet for another ferry crossing from Lyngseidet to Olderdalen (to be paid on spot), with wonderful views of the Lyngen Alps. Drive from Olderdalen to Alta, where we recommend a visit at Alta Museum with its more than 2.500 prehistoric rock carvings. The rock carvings at Alta Museum have been named an UNESCO world heritage site since 1985. Also recommended is a visit at Boazo Sami Siida, located outside Alta. Here you will get a glimpse into the life and history of the indigenous Sami people.
Accommodation in Alta.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will leave Alta taking the Road of the Midnight Sun across the remote Sennalandet Plateau. The arctic scenery is spectacular, and if travelling in the early summer the snow along the road makes this a breathtaking drive. At Kåfjord an underwater tunnel will bring you to the Magerøya Island and Honningsvåg, where you will spend the night. In the evening we recommend driving to the North Cape Plateau where you can admire the panoramic view of the open wide expanse of the Arctic Ocean, and perhaps have the opportunity to see the Midnight Sun (if the sky is clear). Entrance to the North Cape Hall is included. Here you will find a viewing platform, souvenir shops, cinema, cafeteria and restaurant. Return to Honningsvåg at your own leisure. Make sure to look out for reindeer during the drive; Magerøya Island is the summer pasture for reindeer and you will most likely see reindeer running free along the road. Accommodation in Honningsvåg.
Breakfast at the hotel. The first half of the day will be at your own leisure to explore Magerøya Island, with its fishing villages and great hiking possibilities. Also recommended is a bird safari by boat to Gjesværstappen Nature Reserve, where you will see birds like puffins, gannets and perhaps even sea eagles. Around 3 pm you will embark on a 7-hour cruise with Hurtigruten along the arctic coast of Norway to Berlevåg (dinner onboard included for Hotel Category 1 only). From here a short drive under the midnight sun will take you to the tiny village of Kongsfjord, a hidden gem in the Arctic, where you will be staying at cozy refurbished houses in a traditional fishing village. Kongsfjord Guest House used to be a farmhouse and a fishermen’s quarter dating back to the end of the 18th century (see hotel description for further details). Accommodation in Kongsfjord.
The friendly owners Åse and her husband Trygg will serve you a delicious homemade breakfast in their traditional Norwegian home. Spend the morning learning about the history of Kongsfjord, before exploring the area on your own. We recommend going for a walk out to the edge of Veines peninsula, during which you can explore the wild and beautiful landscape of arctic beaches, troll-shaped cliffs, and wild ocean. At lunch time your hosts will serve you a traditional home cooked meal made of fresh local ingredients. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the tranquility of this remote location along the arctic coast. After dinner we recommend a stroll under the midnight sun.
Lunch, dinner & accommodation in Kongsfjord.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast before saying goodbye to your hosts at Kongsfjord Guest House. Today you will drive across the mountain to Tana Bru, with impressive views to Kongsfjord Mountain. Continue along the Norwegian/Finnish border to Karasjok, "the Capital of the Sami People”. Here you will find the Sami parliament and Sapmi (“the land of the Sami”), a Cultural Center where you can learn about the Sami culture and history in an informative and entertaining way.
Accommodation in Karasjok.
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive across the remote Finnmarksvidda Mountain Plateau to Kautokeino, Norway’s largest municipality where the majority of the population is Sami. We recommend a visit at Juhls Silver Gallery, before continuing southwards across the border to Finland and Hetta in Enontekiö. We recommend a visit at Skierri, the Fell Lapland Nature and Culture Centre, which presents the genuine Nomadic Sámi Culture, the diversity of northern nature and the history of tourism in Enontekiö. From Skierri a well signposted trail leads up to the Jyppyrävaara hill, an ancient place of worship. From the summit there is a breathtaking view over the Ounastunturi Fell and Ounasjärvi Lake. Accommodation in Enontekiö.
Breakfast at the hotel before your journey continues in north-western direction along the Finnish/Swedish boarder to Kilpisjärvi, where the Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian borders meet. From there follow the beautiful Skibotndalen to Skibotn on the Lyngenfjord, soon reaching Nordkjosbotn at the head of the Balsfjord. Continue along the fjord back to Tromsø. Accommodation in Tromsø.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Tromsø according to your own itinerary.