8 DAY ROUNDTRIP – ESCORTED TOUR
This trip takes you to the northernmost point of Europe and through the unique Scandinavian landscape, packed with cultural heritage. Discover the rocky archipelago at Lofoten with its mountains soaring right out of the ocean, Lapland, home of the Sami people, and finally the North Cape.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL BODØ
Own arrangements on arrival and remainder of day at leisure in Bodø. Evening welcome meeting with tour leader.
DAY 2: BODØ/LOFOTEN ISLANDS / SVOLVÆR (281 KM)
The first part of today’s leg takes us by ferry across the Vestfjord to Lofoten. Lofoten is a very special archipelago with mountains soaring right out of the ocean and with numerous pretty fishing villages dotted around the valleys. Visit to Lofotr, the reconstruction of a Viking chieftain’s homestead, as well as the picturesque fishing village Nusfjord (UNESCO World Heritage).
DAY 3: SVOLVÆR/LOFOTEN / HARSTAD (170 KM)
This morning there is an optional excursion by boat into the breathtaking narrow Trollfjord, which is surrounded by steep mountains up to 1.000 m. Hopefully you will also experience eagles on the way. In the afternoon we continue the journey through the Loftoten Islands towards Harstad, a charming city located at the entrance to Vesterålen and Lofoten islands.
DAY 4: HARSTAD/TROMSØ (255 KM)
Travel from Harstad to Tromsø, one of the Northern most cities in the world. Optional: The possibility to take a trip with the Hurtigruten ferry. On one of the most beautiful legs of this roundtrip takes you through the breathtaking landscape from Harstad to Tromsø aboard Hurtigruten (see supplements). The afternoon is at leisure to explore Tromsø.
DAY 5: TROMSØ/ALTA (400 KM)
Today’s leg of the trip, takes you across two fjords, and to the town of Alta. The history of Alta covers the period ranging between the 7,000 year old rock carvings and the court case relating to Sami rights which was played out during the 1980s. World Heritage Rock Art Centre – Alta Museum is located approx. 5 km from the town centre. Close to the museum is the largest of the five open-air rock art sites in Alta inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
DAY 6: ALTA/HONNINGSVÅG (210 KM)
The last leg of the trip to the northernmost point of Europe and into Honningsvåg. After a nice dinner we travel to the North Cape and a stunning view on the Arctic Ocean and the midnight sun. All guests will enjoy a glass of champagne and a North Cape Certificate.
DAY 7: HONNINGSVÅG/ HAMMERFEST/ALTA (320 KM)
Today the journey goes back down South, however with a visit to Hammerfest, the northernmost town in the world and the gate to the Barents Sea. A visit is made to the The Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society, which is a small museum in Hammerfest. The significance of the polar bear is that this animal is the town’s mascot and heraldic crest.
DAY 8: ALTA – DEPARTURE
Own departure arrangements.
7 x overnights in good superior tourist class hotels including daily breakfasts and private facilities.
Additional meals including 1 x half-board dinner
Entrances and activities as mentioned in the program
Services of an English speaking tour leader day 1 – day 7 inclusive.
Coach transportation day 2-7 according to program.
Ferry crossings as per program, road tolls and local taxes.