Hurtigruten has launched a new one-off itinerary for those who wish to explore “The Heart of Norwegian Lapland”. The twelve-day tour from 25 March to 5 April 2014 combines a Hurtigruten voyage on MS Midnatsol along Norway’s wintery fjord coast with a tour into the interior of Finnmark, the northernmost province of Norway and home to the Norwegian Sami. Highlights include a visit to an Igloo hotel, opportunities to meet the local Sami people and a Northern Lights tour.
The new one-off voyage will start in Bergen, the Hanseatic city steeped in tradition. The journey takes guests on the Hurtigruten ship MS Midnatsol to the old royal city of Trondheim, the picturesque Lofoten archipelago and the “Arctic capital” of Tromsø off the usual course to Alta, the largest city in Finnmark. Weather conditions allowing, the ship will travel off the normal Hurtigruten course around the imposing North Cape Plateau, the northernmost point in Europe.
Passengers will then disembark for a two day land tour of the region. Highlights include a visit to the Alta Museum and its petroglyphs - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a trip to the impressive Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, a reindeer stew lunch by the open fire on cosy reindeer skins in a traditional Sami tent and a concert by local performers.
The Finnmark region is one of the best places to observe the spectacular Northern Lights, also known as “Aurora Borealis”. The land based part of the trip ends with a journey to a winter camp far away from any interfering light sources to maximise customers chances of seeing this magnificent spectacle.
At the end of the local tour, guests will be transferred back to Alta, from where MS Midnatsol sets off on its southward journey towards Bergen.
The twelve-day combined ship and coach itinerary takes place from 25 March to 5 April 2014. It includes the Hurtigruten passage Bergen–Alta–Bergen on full board, one night each in Kautokeino and Karasjok, coach tour of Finnmark including full board and all scheduled excursions.
The trip costs from £1,855 per person for the 12 day trip (based on 2 sharing). Flights are available for an additional £450 per person.
For more information call Hurtigruten on tel: 0844 448 7601 or visit www.hurtigruten.co.uk.
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