Land of Midnight Sun & Lofoten Islands


  • 12 days

  • Scandinavia

  • Steady pace

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£2,824 pp

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Overview

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If you’ve dreamt of experiencing Scandinavia’s Land of the Midnight Sun, our guided vacation in Norway can make your dreams come true. Your adventure begins in Oslo, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held every year. Go sightseeing with an expert Local Guide to see the National Theater (home of Henrik Ibsen’s plays), Parliament and the Royal Palace, as well as the magnificent display of Gustav Vigeland’s sculptures in Frogner Park. Your spectacular journey to the Lofoten Islands takes to the air with a flight across the Arctic Circle to Alta. After dinner in Honningsvåg, embark on your excursion to the North Cape’s sheer 1,000-foot cliff above the Atlantic Ocean. Take ferry crossings on the Lyngenfjord and Ullsfjord with views of the Lyngen Alps.

While exploring the islands and picturesque fishing villages, with visits to Tromsø, Harstad, and Svolvær, learn about the history of this magical region before beginning your excursion to the Lofoten archipelago. You’ll be amazed by the islands’ naturally exquisite beauty, complete with mountain peaks, open sea, sheltered bays, and crystal waters. Also of interest is the history and preserved architecture and artifacts of the fishing heritage here – enjoy a visit to Lofoten Museum in its authentic 19th-century setting. This mystical part of the world, particularly Henningsvær, is prized by artists for its picture-postcard views, hence its art galleries. After exploring the fascinating and stunning scenes on the Lofoten Islands, take a ferry across the Vestfjord to mainland Norway. As you fly back to Oslo for a farewell dinner to celebrate your Norway vacation, we know you’ll carry your days in the Land of the Midnight Sun with you always.

Highlights

OSLO Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, walk through Frogner Park and visit City Hall; farewell dinner

OSLO-ALTA By air

HONNINGSVAG North Cape excursion

ALTA Visit the Rock Carvings

LYNGENFJORD & ULLSFJORD Ferry crossings

TROMSØ Orientation walk, visit the Arctic Cathedral

HARSTAD Visit Trondenes Historical Center

SVOLVÆR Excursion to Kabelvåg with Lofoten Museum visit and Henningsvær

REINE Visit the fishing village

VESTFJORD Ferry crossing

BODØ Visit the Norwegian Aviation Museum

BODØ-OSLO By air

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 8 dinners

ARRIVE IN OSLO, NORWAY.

Day
1

Welcome to Oslo! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

OSLO.

Day
2

Today gives you a good introduction to Oslo, the country’s hub of trade and industry. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, considered the home for Ibsen’s plays; the unique Storting building, seat of Parliament; and the Royal Palace, residence of Norwegian monarchs since 1849. Stroll through magnificent FROGNER PARK with Gustav Vigeland’s extraordinary sculptures; and visit the CITY HALL, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held each year. Afterwards, an optional excursion is available to see relics of Norway’s glorious seafaring past—including 1,000-year-old Viking ships!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

OSLO–ALTA–HONNINGSVAG. EXCURSION TO THE NORTH CAPE.

Day
3

Board the plane and fly across the Arctic Circle. Land in Alta, and proceed to Honningsvåg. After dinner, enjoy LF an exciting excursion to the North Cape located at 71°10′21″N, a sheer cliff rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. See the iconic globe, and visit the NORTH CAPE HALL with its visitor center, before returning to your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi / 250 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

HONNINGSVAG–ALTA

Day
4

Morning at leisure. In the afternoon return to Alta, considered the northernmost city in the world and catch glimpses of the new Northern Lights Cathedral.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi / 210 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ALTA–TROMSØ.

Day
5

Visit the ALTA MUSEUM with its spectacular rock carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discovered in 1973, they are evidence of a settlement going back to before 4,000 BC. Drive south and enjoy LF FERRY CROSSINGS on the Lyngenfjord and the Ullsfjord with views of the Lyngen Alps. Arrive in lively and colorful Tromsø, the largest town in Northern Norway, surrounded by high mountains and beautiful fjords.
Today’s Distance: 286 mi / 460 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

TROMSØ

Day
6

During an orientation walk with your Tour Director, explore the old wooden buildings in the historic center. Then, visit the impressive ARCTIC CATHEDRAL, the city’s landmark, with its peaked roof and stained-glass windows. Choose from our optional excursions: ride the Fjellheisen cable car and maybe visit Sommarøy island, pearl of nature.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

TROMSØ–HARSTAD.

Day
7

Continue further south via the coastal island of Hinnøya, and arrive in Harstad, city of culture. Here, visit TRONDENES HISTORICAL CENTER, a museum focusing on the history of the area from the early Viking settlements to the Nazi occupation during World War II. Also see Trondenes Church nearby, dating back to late medieval times.
Today’s Distance: 211 mi / 340 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

HARSTAD–SVOLVÆR. EXCURSION TO KABELVAG AND HENNINGSVÆR.

Day
8

Head for Svolvær, and start your Lofoten adventure! The Lofoten archipelago is known for its magnificent natural scenery with dramatic mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, tiny fishing villages, white beaches, and crystal-clear water. Stop for pictures and fantastic views of Sildpollnes with its chapel. Arrive in bustling Svolvær, Lofoten’s capital. For hundreds of years, artists have been inspired by the light and the scenery. In the afternoon, LF travel to Kabelvåg and see Lofoten Cathedral dating back to 1898 and the village used by fishermen during the famous Lofoten Fishery season. The town has preserved much of its old architecture and from its square you can see the statue of King Øystein on the hill. Visit the LOFOTEN MUSEUM, an authentic 19th-century setting, with the former village owner’s residence, rorbu cabins, general store, boathouse, and garden. Continue to the famous fishing village of Henningsvær with its codfish drying racks, lovely harbor, and art galleries.
Today’s Distance: 205 mi / 330 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

AT LEISURE IN SVOLVÆR.

Day
9

To make the most of your stay, experience the Viking Age on an exciting optional excursion to the Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg which houses an impressive reconstruction of the Chieftain’s house.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SVOLVÆR–RAMBERG–REINE–MOSKENES–BODØ.

Day
10

Another scenic day! Take pictures of beautiful Ramberg beach, before heading down to the well-known, picturesque fishing village of Reine, situated on several small islands. In Moskenes, board the FERRY and cross the Vestfjord to Bodø on mainland Norway.
Today’s Distance: 81 mi / 130 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

BODØ–OSLO.

Day
11

After a visit to Bodø’s interesting NORWEGIAN AVIATION MUSEUM, board the flight to return to Oslo. Tonight, celebrate your Arctic journey with a farewell dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

OSLO.

Day
12

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs during summer, north of the Arctic Circle. It means that the sun is above the horizon at midnight. It is visible (weather conditions permitting) at the North Cape from mid-May to the end of July. Tours visiting the North Cape in August will have a chance to witness the sunset.

It is recommended to wear a combination of lightweight and warm clothing, wind- and waterproof outer layers, and good walking shoes or mountain boots.

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On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

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  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Headset
  • All port taxes

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Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Headset
  • All airport and port taxes

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