Short Winter Cruise

Combine an overnight in the Northern Light city of Tromsø with a 2-day cruise on board Hurtigruten to Kirkenes. Choose from a wide selection of winter activities, including dog sledding, Northern Lights sightseeing, as well as our Tromsø & Kirkenes breaks.

Duration

4 days

Transportation

Cruise

Season

Winter

Tour Type

Self-guided

Itinerary - Day by day

  • Arrival in Tromsø according to your own itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Tromsø.

Arrival in Tromsø according to your own itinerary. The arctic city of Tromsø 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. Due to the city’s location right in the middle of the planet’s Northern Light’s belt, Tromsø offers the world’s best chances of spotting the Northern Lights. During your stay in Tromsø you can choose from a wide range of winter activities, including dog-sledding, Northern Lights observations and snowmobile safaris. Accommodation in Tromsø.

Add extra nights in Tromsø - From EUR 65 per person per night

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Tromsø.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Arctic Cathedral
    • Polar Museum
    • Tromsø Gondola lift
    • Polaria Arctic Aquarium
    • Mack brewery
  • Hurtigruten cruise departure:
    • Embarkation/check-in commences at 14:30 hrs
    • Check-in at least 30 minutes before departure
    • Departure from Tromsø at 18:30 hrs
    • Dinner on board Hurtigruten.
    • We recommend booking shore excursions in advance.
  • Accommodation on board Hurtigruten (unspecified cabin category).

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure to explore Tromsø, or to join one of the optional winter activities like dog sledding, snowmobiling or reindeer sledding. Sights of interest in Tromsø include the Arctic Cathedral, the Polar Museum, Tromsø gondola lift, Polaria and the Mack brewery. At 6.30 pm you will embarking on a winter cruise with Hurtigruten. Cruise along the snow-clad coastline of Northern Norway, stop by small villages and hunt for the Northern Lights. Dinner and accommodation on board. Read more about the Hurtigruten cruise.

Cabin types included during the cruise

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • The North Cape (only on shore excursion)
    • Fishing station
    • Sværholdtklubben, bird cliffs
    • Finnkjerka, mountain formation
  • Breakfast buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation on board Hurtigruten.

This morning you will spend at sea before arriving in Honningsvåg around noon. Excursion possibility to the North Cape Plateau where you can admire the panoramic view of the open wide expanse of the Arctic Ocean. Entrance to the North Cape Hall with viewing platform, souvenir shops, cinema, cafeteria and restaurant, is included in the excursion (please see add-ons for the additional cost for the excursion). The cruise continues in the afternoon towards Kirkenes. Dinner and accommodation on board.

  • Hurtigruten Cruise arrival in Kirkenes at 09:00 hrs.
  • Breakfast onboard.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Kirkenes, Hurtigruten’s turning point
  • Departure from Kirkenes according to your own itinerary.

While you sleep, the ship continues sailing east along the Varanger peninsula, past Båtsfjord and Vardø. At breakfast time, you will pass by Vadsø, the administrative centre of Finnmark. It was from here that the Arctic explorers Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth began their flights over the North Pole in the airship, Norge. In the morning you will arrive in Kirkenes, the last stop on the northbound journey with Hurtigruten. Here you will disembark, but before leaving Kirkenes you have the opportunity to choose between several shore excursions. Or perhaps you would like to add on an overnight stay in Kirkenes, or even spend the night at Kirkenes Ice Hotel? Departure from Kirkenes will be according to your own itinerary.

Tour category

Thon Hotel Tromsø

Silver

Accommodation at good tourist class hotels equal to 3 to 3+ stars according to Scandinavian standard.

Inside cabin included during overnight cruises.

See Silver accommodation

Scandic Ishavshotel

Gold

Accommodation at 4 star hotels or at unique properties, like historic hotels or manor houses, selected for their atmosphere.

Outside (seaside) cabin included during overnight cruises.

See Gold accommodation

Services included:

  • 1 night hotel accommodation in a standard room with private shower/WC, including breakfast.
  • 2 nights onboard Hurtigruten Tromsø-Kirkenes. Accommodation in unspecified inside cabin (twin beds).
    • 2x breakfast onboard Hurtigruten. Breakfast buffet with a wide selection of food, usually served between 07.00-10.00
    • 2x dinner onboard Hurtigruten. 3-course dinner, usually served between 18.30-21.00
  • Electronic travel documentation, including a detailed travel itinerary and travel vouchers.
  • Additional services included for Tour Category GOLD only:
  • Category GOLD hotels (accommodation in standard rooms)
  • Unspecified outside cabin (twin beds)

Important information for winter 2019/2020:
Due to the planned docking of several ships, Hurtigruten will not have daily departures. In addition, capacity for cabins for the shorter stretches is often first bookable closer to departure. 

Travelling in October:
This tour is available from October 1 since chances for seeing Northern Lights are good (weather depending) but please be aware that the optional winter activities mainly start from (middle of) November.

Changes on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve:
Hurtigruten is moored in a harbour for some hours in the afternoon and evening on December 24th and until after midnight on New Year's Eve. This means that the normal schedule changes slightly and some of the following, smaller ports will be passed by to catch up on the lost time (usually stops during night time). A special Christmas / New Year's dinner will be included; the additional cost will be EUR 35 per person.