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Lofoten Islands & Svalbard Explorer - 10 days map

SUMMER TOUR Discover the allure of Norway's captivating landscapes, from the untamed beauty of Lofoten Islands to the Arctic wonders of Svalbard. Traverse picturesque villages in Lofoten, explore Tromsø's lively cityscape, and immerse yourself in Longyearbyen's Arctic charm. Encounter nature in an eco-friendly cruise through Svalbard's Billefjorden, spotting wildlife and glimpsing the ghost town of Pyramiden. Dive into the history of Longyearbyen with a guided mine tour and relish an unforgettable wilderness evening at Camp Barentz.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Oslo - Immerse yourself in the capital of Norway surrounded by beautiful forests and Oslofjord
Vesterålen - Drive through old fishing villages and spot colourful huts (rorbuer) where fishermen have lived for centuries
Svalbard - Delight in an eco-friendly cruise through Svalbard's mesmerizing Billefjorden, encountering wildlife and the ghost town of Pyramiden
Optional activities - Opt to join a Walrus Safari in Borebukta Bay, or a Whale Safari from Andenes, offering encounters with whales and orcas
Lofoten - Experience the untamed beauty of around 80 islands renowned for their dramatic landscapes and vibrant nature attractions like the midnight sun and northern lights
Longyearbyen - Unearth history with a guided tour of Longyearbyen's Mine 3 and indulge in an unforgettable wilderness evening at Camp Barentz
Tromsø - Enjoy the northernmost student city in the world, offering a lively atmosphere and the iconic Arctic Cathedral

Included

Daily breakfasts & 3 dinners
1 arrival taxi transfer on Day 1 included per booking
All relevant transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
Guided sightseeing in Longyearbyen (Svalbard)
Wildlife and Glacier Cruise in Svalbard
9 nights 3 - 4 star accommodation
English speaking tour escort
3 economy class flights: Oslo to Evenes, Tromsø to Longyearbyen & Longyearbyen to Oslo
Tour of Mine 3 in Longyearbyen
Arctic Wilderness evening in Camp Barenz

Not Included

Items of a personal nature and additional meals
Gratuity for your tour guide. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture
International flights and visas
Departure transfer

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome

Welcome to Oslo, Norway! Upon arrival an included taxi transfer will take you to the hotel.

Depending on your arrival time, take the opportunity to explore the city. Begin with a leisurely walk through the streets, immersing yourself in the charm of the royal city. Why not visit Karl Johan's Street, renowned for its assortment of shops, bars, and cafes?

At 17:00, gather at the hotel's reception for a welcome meeting with your Tour Leader. This session will provide valuable information about the upcoming tour.
Overnight: Oslo

Day 2

The Lofoten Islands

Oslo - Evenes - Lofoten. This morning, enjoy breakfast before our early morning transfer to the airport.

Embark on a flight to Evenes, followed by a journey to the renowned Lofoten Islands. This archipelago, comprised of approximately 80 islands, is celebrated for its captivating nature. Separated from the mainland by the Vestfjord, these islands form a 150-kilometer chain from South-West to North-East, adorned with over eighty towering mountain ranges that soar above the sea.

Its wild beauty has earned global recognition, attracting adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. See for yourself, as you take time to explore these wonderous Islands.
Overnight: Lofoten  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Panoramic Tour

Today is dedicated to exploring the untamed beauty of Lofoten. Draped across the waters of the Norwegian Sea, these islands are situated 300 km above the Arctic Circle. Renowned for their rich fishing heritage, unique nature phenomena like the midnight sun and the northern lights, and breathtaking landscapes, the Lofoten Islands promise an unforgettable experience.

Embark on a panoramic tour, visiting iconic locations such as Henningsvær, Ramberg, Reine, and Å, situated at the tip of a peninsula. Each stop unveils a different facet of the islands' charm, from the quaint villages to stunning landscapes.
Overnight: Lofoten  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Vesterålen & Andenes

Lofoten - Vesterålen - Andenes. Today's adventure takes us on a scenic drive to Vesterålen, where the generally mild climate allows for the growth of typical arctic plants, adding to the region's unique beauty. Along the coast, you'll encounter picturesque old fishing villages adorned with colorful huts known as 'rorbuer,' showcasing the centuries-old heritage of fishermen and traders in the area.

In the afternoon we'll reach Andenes, where you can opt to join a thrilling Whale Safari. Beforehand, your guide will provide insights into the creatures you're likely to encounter, such as majestic whales and orcas, and ensure you're briefed on essential safety information for the trip.
Overnight: Andenes  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Terrific Tromsø

Andenes - Senja - Tromsø. The morning sets sail with a scenic ferry journey from Andenes to Senja, a 2-hour voyage through stunning seascapes. As the journey continues, pass by dramatic landscapes, adorned with quaint fishing villages and charming houses.

The route leads to Tromsø, a vibrant student city with a lively atmosphere. For centuries, Tromsø has been the launchpad for Arctic explorers, fishermen, trappers, and daring adventurers, preserving its adventurous spirit to this day.

The city encompasses museums, exhibitions, cozy cafes, and diverse restaurants. Make sure to take the time to explore - one must-visit is the iconic Arctic cathedral.
Overnight: Tromso  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Landscapes of Longyearbyen

Tromsø - Longyearbyen (Svalbard). After breakfast, transfer to Tromsø Airport for your flight to Longyearbyen. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Embark on a guided hike in Longyearbyen alongside a local guide, delving into the city's history and significance within the archipelago. This 2-hour journey takes you through key landmarks, from the Longyear Valley to the Hotellneset peninsula, encompassing the charming streets of the city, the Adventalen Valley, and the historical Mine 7.
Overnight: Longyearbyen  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Stunning Svalbard

Today, prepare for an eco-friendly adventure delving into Svalbard's mesmerizing natural landscapes.

Set sail to Billefjorden and Nordenskiöldbreen's glacier front aboard a catamaran. This silent mode of travel allows for peaceful encounters with wildlife while preserving their habitat. Catch glimpses of Pyramiden's ghost town and Skansbukta Bay as you glide through these breathtaking vistas. Enjoy the vessel's outdoor decks, expansive indoor spaces with panoramic windows, and savour onboard refreshments while taking in the stunning views.
Overnight: Longyearbyen  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Coal Mines and Camp Barentz

Today, prepare to explore Mine 3, a coal mine steeped in the history of the region's miners and their rugged lives in the mountains. Operational from 1971 to 1996, this remarkably preserved mine offers an immersive journey into the past, where donning a miner's suit, headlamp, and helmet, you'll embark on a 3-hour guided tour that brings the miner's world to life.

After this engaging experience, consider an optional Walrus Safari to Borebukta Bay for a unique encounter with these creatures (Highly recommended to book and pay in advance, as theres limited seats on the boat).

Later, enjoy a magical evening at Camp Barentz, nestled at 78 degrees north latitude in the Advent Valley. Here, under the midnight sun's glow, expect sightings of Svalbard reindeer, and if fortunate, glimpses of capercaillie and foxes. Hosted in cozy wooden huts, indulge in delightful drinks, homemade reindeer bidos, campfire coffee, and desserts under arctic skies.
Overnight: Longyearbyen  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Back to Oslo

Longyearbyen - Oslo. Start your day with breakfast at the hotel and take a final moment to enjoy in the breathtaking beauty of Svalbard before departing for your midday flight back to Oslo.

Upon arriving in Oslo we'll head to our hotel which is located near to the airport, the remainder of your day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Why not take this opportunity to explore the city's vibrant atmosphere, perhaps wandering through its cultural sites, indulging in local cuisine, or simply unwinding and soaking in the city's ambiance.
Overnight: Oslo  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Goodbye

Your Norwegian adventure comes to an end. After breakfast, make your own way from the hotel to Gardermoen Airport, or pre-book a private transfer with us.

Safe travels!
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre Tour Accommodation - Oslo - Lofoten Islands & Svalbard Explorer
NZD $244
NZD $442
Post Tour Accommodation Oslo - Lofoten Islands & Svalbard Explorer
NZD $175
NZD $337
Add-on: Whale Safari (3-5hrs)- Lofoten Islands & Svalbard Explorer
NZD $291
N/A
Add-on: Walrus Safari (4hrs)- Lofoten Islands & Svalbard Explorer
NZD $651
N/A

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located right in the heart of the bustling city of Oslo, the Thon Hotel Opera is a colossal, high-rise building, with chic interior design and stunning views of the Fjords. Rooms are spacious and attractively decorated with splashes of colour and plush furnishings. For the more active traveller, there is a fitness centre located on the fourth floor. When it comes to dining, guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast and lunch and an a la carte dinner every day in the hotel's glorious dining hall. The hotel is well located just 100 yards from Oslo Central Station and 350 yards from the Opera House.

Thon Hotel Lofoten, Lofoten

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Nestled in the scenic town of Svolvær, Thon Hotel Lofoten offers eco-friendly elegance with its stunning waterfront vistas and views of Svolværgeita Mountain. The hotel's contemporary rooms, featuring modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and minibars, offer a fresh and cozy stay with some overlooking the picturesque surroundings. Indulge in local delicacies at Restaurant Paleo Arctic, where harbour views complement dishes like dried cod and Lofoten lamb, creating a culinary journey through the region's flavors. Enjoy complimentary access to the neighboring fitness center and proximity to the Lofoten Culture Centre.

Andrikken Hotel, Andenes

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Located on Androya island, the Andrikken Hotel enjoys an enviable position just minutes from the beach and within the quaint fishing village of Andenes. Rooms are comfortable and modern, ensuring that each guest gets the perfect night's sleep. A range of Norwegian and international dishes can be sampled in the hotel's onsite restaurant, all of which can be washed down a drink at the lobby bar. The property is nestled within a unique landscape and offers unparalleled opportunities to take part in whale safaris and to go bird watching.

Scandic Grand Tromsø, Tromso

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Nestled along the vibrant Storgata shopping street in Tromsø's heart, the contemporary Scandic Grand Tromsø boasts a dynamic ambiance and convenient amenities. Guests can unwind in the in-house bar, while the colorful rooms exude comfort with cozy beds and complimentary WiFi. Featuring wooden flooring and thoughtful touches like small fridges and flat-screen TVs, these accommodations offer a comfortable retreat, with select rooms providing inviting seating areas. Complimentary tea and coffee in the lobby, alongside a convenient shop for snacks and drinks, complement the experience.

Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, perched as the northernmost full-service hotel worldwide in Longyearbyen, offers an exceptional experience with stunning panoramic fjord views accompanying every dining moment, whether indoors at the hotel's restaurant or while enjoying drinks outside. Every room at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Spitsbergen, provides modern comforts like a TV and a functional work desk. Indulge in Arctic delicacies and international cuisine at Restaurant Nansen, while Barentz Gastropub serves drinks and lighter fare.

At a Glance

Range
Starts
Oslo
Ends
Oslo
Departs
July - August
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 20
Hotel Rating
3-4 star
Tour Guide
English speaking tour escort
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Dinner: 3
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
No
Oslo
Oslo
Oslo
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