Winter Norway Unpolished

Travel from Tromsø to the winter wonderland of Kongsfjord located off the beaten track! This tour includes accommodation, an overnight Hurtigruten cruise, king crab safari, several meals and a scenic flight to Kirkenes. Possibility to add an overnight at Kirkenes Snow Hotel.

Duration

7 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. You can reach Tromsø by direct flight from both Kirkenes and Oslo. Tromsø is surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands and is the largest town in the Nordic countries north of the Arctic Circle. It is placed right in the Northern Lights' belt making it one of the best places in the world for spotting the Northern Lights. In the evening we recommend a Northern Lights Dog Sledding tour. Accommodation in Tromsø.

  • 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 onboard Hurtigruten.
  • Shore excursions can be booked in advance (see add-ons).
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten (unspecified cabin category).

Breakfast at the hotel. Today is at your own leisure before your evening departure with Hurtigruten. Sights of interest in Tromsø include the Polar Museum, Arctic Cathedral, Polaria Arctic Aquarium, Mack brewery and more. Also recommended are activities such as the Snowmobile Safari or a Sami Culture & Reindeer Sleigh Ride. Dinner and accommodation onboard.

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
  • Arrival in Båtsfjord at midnight
  • Taxi transfer Hurtigruten pier – hotel
  • Accommodation in Båtsfjord

Breakfast onboard. After spending the morning at sea you will arrive to Honningsvåg around noon. Here you can join the optional excursion to the North Cape Plateau with panoramic views 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. Dinner is included onboard before your arrival in the coastal village of Båtsfjord just before midnight. Transfer to your hotel. Accommodation in Båtsfjord.

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • King Crab Safari in Båtsfjord
  • 1-hour transfer from Båtsfjord to Kongsfjord
  • Afternoon at leisure in Kongsfjord
  • Lunch, dinner and accommodation at Kongsfjord Guesthouse.

Breakfast at the hotel, before your guide will take you on a King Crab Safari by boat. You will learn how to catch the giant king crabs and will get to see them up close. If the catch is good you may even take some king crab meat with you to Kongsfjord where a delicious taste will be prepared by your hosts. The superb white meat with it's particularly juicy and sweet taste makes this meal just perfect. Depending on the weather conditions the drive from Båtsfjord to Kongsfjord will take about one hour. As you travel across the mountain, surrounded by untouched nature, you might experience reindeer, snow storm or a sunny winter wonderland. In case of bad weather the drive will be in a convoy. The tiny village of Kongsfjord is a hidden gem in the Arctic; you will be staying at cosy 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). Here you are far away from the bright city lights and you have excellent chances of spotting the Northern Lights in the darkness. Lunch, dinner and accommodation at Kongsfjord Guest House.

Accommodation at Kongsfjord Guesthouse

  • Day at leisure.
  • Recommended activities:
    • Snow shoe hike
    • Northern Lights snow shoe hike
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation at Kongsfjord Guesthouse

Your friendly hosts will serve you a delicious homemade breakfast in their traditional Norwegian home. Today you can choose from a range of nature based winter activities such as guided snow show hikes or a dog sledding tour. Experience the total relaxed harmony in the nature and atmosphere. At lunch time your hosts will serve you traditional home made food made of fresh local ingredients, including a taste of King Crab from your safari in Båtsfjord. Why not spend the afternoon borrowing one of the kick sledges and explore this small charming village, before your two-course dinner is served at the house. After dinner, relax in front of the fireplace and if you are lucky, watch the Northern Lights dancing across the sky. Accommodation in Kongsfjord.

  • Breakfast at the guesthouse.
  • Morning at leisure in Kongsfjord.
  • Transfer from Kongsfjord to Berlevåg airport.
  • Flight from Berlevåg to Kirkenes (included).
    • Flight not available on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Kirkenes.
  • Accommodation in Kirkenes.

Breakfast at the guesthouse. This morning is at your own leisure before departure around noon to Berlevåg. We recommend that you borrow snow shoes for a walk out to the edge of Veines peninsula. On the walk you can explore the wild and beautiful winter landscape with snow-covered beaches, troll-shaped cliffs, and wind-blown snow cornices. Around noon your host will transport you over the mountains to Berlevåg airport. The road from Kongsfjord to Berlevåg is one of the most scenic roads in Norway and is inhabited by reindeer, sea eagles and hare. From Berlevåg you will continue with a small plane making several stops on the way towards Kirkenes. You will fly low over the Norwegian winter landscape making it possible to enjoy the scenery. Afternoon at leisure in Kirkenes. In the evening we recommend visiting the Snow Hotel for dinner. Accommodation in Kirkenes.

Add extra nights in Kirkenes - From EUR 85 per person per night

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Kirkenes according to your own itinerary.

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Kirkenes will be according to your own itinerary or perhaps you would like to stay one more night at the Snow Hotel and try winter activities such as dog sledding?

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:

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in a standard room with private shower/WC, including breakfast
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in a standard room with private shower/WC at Kongsfjord Guesthouse, including full board (2 x breakfast buffet, 2 x lunch, 2 × 2-course dinner)
  • 1 night onboard Hurtigruten from Tromsø to Båtsfjord.
  • Accommodation in 2-berth cabin with shower/WC. Unspecified cabin category (inside, twin beds).
  • 1 x breakfast onboard Hurtigruten. Breakfast buffet, usually served between 07.00-10.00 hrs.
  • 2 x dinner onboard Hurtigruten. 3-course dinner, usually served between 18.30-21.00 hrs.
  • Taxi transfer in Båtsfjord (Hurtigruten – Hotel)
  • King Crab Safari in Båtsfjord
  • Transfer Båtsfjord – Kongsfjord
  • Transfer by car Kongsfjord – Berlevåg.
  • Flight from Berlevåg to Kirkenes (Not available on Saturdays and Sundays.)
  • 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 onboard Hurtigruten (porthole or window, twin beds).

ADDITIONAL COSTS CHRISTMAS EVE: 
Hurtigruten is moored in a harbour for some hours in the afternoon and evening on December 24th due to the festive period. This means that the normal schedule changes slightly and some smaller ports will be passed by to catch up on the lost time. A special Christmas dinner buffet will be included. The following additional cost will incur: EUR 20,- per person

ADDITIONAL COSTS NEW YEAR’S EVE: 
Hurtigruten is moored in a harbour on New Year’s Eve until after midnight. This means that the normal schedule changes slightly and some smaller ports will be passed by to catch up on the lost time. A special New Year’s dinner will be included. The following additional costs will incur: EUR 53,- per person