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Follow the Lights

Multicoloured and mysterious, the Aurora Borealis (Aurora Australis in the south) is one of nature’s greatest displays and a unique example of how beautiful science can be. Read more...

Highlights

  • A night in a unique glass igloo, where you can lie in bed and gaze at the stars (and if you’re lucky, the Northern Lights)
  • Discover the Sami culture and remarkable Arctic wildlife of Finnish Lapland
  • A visit to Rovaniemi, the home of Santa Claus and one of Finland’s best areas for winter activities
  • A traditional husky dog sled or wagon ride through the Arctic wilderness
  • A visit to a traditional reindeer farm
  • A relaxing 6 night Hurtigruten cruise along the coast of Norway, by far the best way to experience the country’s stunning fjords and historic coastal towns
  • Day trip to the medieval town of Tallinn, Estonia

Inclusions

  • 6 night Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage in outside cabins including breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard
  • 8 night’s accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • Transport in first class coaches as per the itinerary
  • Train from Rovaniemi to Helsinki
  • Fully guided from Bergen to Helsinki
  • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Local sightseeing with English speaking guides including entrance fees
  • Taxes, service and reservation charges
  • Porter service where possible at hotels
  • The services of a Bentours escort throughout the journey

BOOK BEFORE 30 JUNE 2017 AND RECEIVE $500 OFF PER COUPLE!


Bentours has put together a unique 15 day tour series, especially designed to give you the opportunity to see the Northern Lights for yourself.  The Northern Lights – or Aurora Borealis – are a natural phenomenon often seen in northern latitudes during the winter months.

But, there’s far more to experience in this magical winter wonderland as you will discover on a six night cruise through Norway’s picturesque fjords heading north destined for the Arctic Circle.  Later, the tour takes in Finnish Lapland where you experience an overnight stay in a specially heated glass igloo. Imagine lying back and gazing into the night sky – who knows – you may have another chance to see those Northern Lights. Our tour finishes in Helsinki, Finland after a full day excursion to the medieval town of Tallinn in Estonia.

Please remember the Northern Lights are a natural occurrence, visibility is subject to weather conditions and sightings are never guaranteed. However, our carefully planned itinerary and knowledgeable guides will give you the best possible chance.  


Day 1 ARRIVE BERGEN (Norway)
Make your own way to the hotel or have Bentours arrange a private transfer. Tonight there is an opportunity to meet with your tour guide and fellow travellers to hear about our exciting tour over a welcome drink.
Overnight: Clarion Admiral Hotel (or similar)

Day 2 BERGEN – NORWEGIAN COASTAL VOYAGE
(Day 1 of Norwegian Coastal Voyage)
This morning is at leisure. This afternoon depart from the hotel with your English speaking guide on a 4 hour tour of Bergen; pass St. Mary’s Church & Haakon Hall, walk around the colourful and picturesque fish markets and old Hanseatic wharf at Brygge. Visit Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s most famous composer Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907). Troldhaugen consists of the Edvard Grieg Museum, Grieg’s villa, the hut where he composed music and his gravesite. The tour ends at Bergen pier where we board our Norwegian voyage (no porterage service is available at Bergen pier). The ship departs Bergen and heads north towards Floro and Alesund.
Overnight: On-board coastal cruise ship MS Trollfjord or MS Finnmarken
Cabin Category: Polar Outside

Day 3 ALESUND
(Day 2 of Norwegian Coastal Voyage)
We navigate the skerries and islands further north before reaching Ålesund, renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. Leaving Ålesund we head north towards Trondheim.
Overnight: On-board coastal cruise ship MS Trollfjord or MS Finnmarken

Day 4 TRONDHEIM
(Day 3 of Norwegian Coastal Voyage)
Arrive early in the morning into Trondheim, with time to explore Norway’s first capital. Look out for the storehouses along the river built on wooden stilts that are a colourful contrast to the pure white snow that covers the city during winter.
Overnight: On-board coastal cruise ship MS Trollfjord or MS Finnmarken

Day 5 ARCTIC CIRCLE & LOFOTEN ISLANDS
(Day 4 of Norwegian Coastal Voyage)
As we cross the Arctic Circle the hunt for the Arctic light begins, along with your chance to learn more about the Aurora Borealis. Later enter the dramatic and narrow Raftsund, and if the weather and ice conditions allow, sail to the entrance of the famous Trollfjord.
Overnight: On-board coastal cruise ship MS Trollfjord or MS Finnmarken

follow the lights - mapDay 6 TROMSO
(Day 5 of Norwegian Coastal Voyage)
After a morning stop in Finnsnes we continue to the Arctic capital Tromsø. Perhaps take part in one of the optional excursions here today.
Overnight: On-board coastal cruise ship 

Day 7 HONNINGSVAG & THE NORTH CAPE
(Day 6 of Norwegian Coastal Voyage)
Honningsvåg is the nearest port to the North Cape - at 71° 10’ 21” N, only 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole. Continue on to Kjøllefjord where you might see the Northern Lights on a clear, starlit sky.
Overnight: On-board coastal cruise ship MS Trollfjord or MS Finnmarken

Day 8 KIRKENES – SAARISELKA (Finland)
Admire dramatic coastal vistas as we approach Kirkenes where we disembark in the morning (no porterage service is available at Kirkenes pier). Taking a short drive through Kirkenes we learn more about its history, have a quick stop at the Russian border and make our way towards Finnish Lapland. We arrive into the small village of Inari and visit the SIIDA Sami museum.  After the visit, we continue to Saariselka and check-in to our accommodation for a two night stay.
Overnight: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort or Santa’s Hotel Tunturi (or similar)

Important note: Tours departing between 26 October 2017 and 4 December 2017 stay at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in a log cabin. Tours departing between 26 December 2017 and 02 March 2018 stay in a superior room at Santa’s Hotel Tunturi.

Day 9 SAARISELKA
Today enjoy a visit to a husky farm and ride a husky wagon or sled (weather depending). The barking of enthusiastic dogs will welcome you! The head musher will talk about the life and training of these Arctic animals and you will have the chance to take some amazing photos of the breath-taking arctic scenery. A light lunch is also included.
Overnight: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort or Santa’s Hotel Tunturi (or similar)

Day 10 OVERNIGHT IN A GLASS IGLOO
Today we move to our glass igloo overnight experience.
Staying overnight in a glass igloo feels like sleeping in the open, but inside the igloo it is just as warm and cosy as a hotel. Staying in an igloo gives ideal conditions for watching the Northern Lights and enjoying starry skies.
Overnight: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort or Arctic Snow Hotel & Igloos

Important note: Tours departing between 26 October 2017 and 4 December 2017 stay at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in a glass igloo. Tours departing between 26 December 2017and 02 March 2018 stay at the Arctic Snow Hotel & Igloos (Sinetta) in a glass igloo.

Day 11 ROVANIEMI
Today we travel to the Arctic Circle to visit the enchanting Santa’s Village, before continuing to Rovaniemi, the home of Santa Claus.
Overnight: Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus (or similar)

Day 12 ROVANIEMI
Today is a free day to explore the small city of Rovaniemi on your own, or participate in one of the optional excursions which will be advised to you 6 months prior to your departure.
Overnight: Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus (or similar)

Day 13 ROVANIEMI – HELSINKI
Leaving the hotel this morning we transfer to the station and catch the train to Helsinki, the capital of Finland. On arrival we will be transferred to our hotel for check-in.
Overnight: Sokos Hotel Presidentti (or similar)

Day 14 HELSINKI – DAY EXCURSION TO TALLINN (Estonia)
Today we have a full day excursion to the medieval town of Tallinn in Estonia. Take the ferry across to Tallinn to enjoy a combined bus and walking tour of the most interesting parts of the city. Stops will include the baroque Kadriorg Park, Song Festival Grounds and the seaside district of Pirita. Walk through the winding, cobblestoned streets of the Old Town, cross Toompea Hill, before continuing to the Palace of Toompea that today houses the Estonian Parliament ‘Riigikogu. Visit Aleksander Nevskij Cathedral and the Dome Church. There will be time at leisure in Tallinn before boarding our ferry to return to Helsinki. We will farewell the tour tonight with dinner at a local restaurant in Helsinki.
Overnight: Sokos Hotel Vaakuna (or similar)

Day 15 DEPART HELSINKI
Our tour ends after breakfast at the hotel - no transfers have been included but we can offer these at an additional cost.

Last departure: 19 Mar 2018

from $6,380pp