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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 visit to a traditional husky dog 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
  • A complements ‘optional excursions’ will be made available 6 months prior to the tour departure date

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

Bentours bestselling 15 day tour, is especially designed to give the ideal opportunity to see the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights – or Aurora Borealis – are a natural phenomenon often seen in northern latitudes during October-March.

But, there’s far more to experience in this magical wonderland as you will discover on a six-night cruise through Norway’s picturesque fjords, as our ship heads north to the arctic circle. Later, the tour takes in Finnish Lapland where we experience an overnight stay in a specially heated glass igloo. Imagine lying back and gazing into the night sky – and who knows – a chance to see the Northern Lights. The tour finishes with a day excursion to Estonia’s medial town, Tallinn.

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


Day 1 ARRIVE BERGEN (Norway) Make your way to the hotel, or have Bentours arrange a private transfer. Tonight, meet the tour manager, and fellow travellers to hear about our exciting tour over a welcome drink. Hotel: Clarion Admiral Hotel or similar. Room Category: Standard Room

Day 2 BERGEN – NORWEGIAN COASTAL VOYAGE (Day 1 of Norwegian Coastal Voyage) This morning is at leisure. This afternoon, depart from the hotel with an English-speaking guide on a tour of picturesque 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 the Hurtigruten ship. The ship departs Bergen and heads north towards Floro and Alesund. BD Overnight: Onboard MS Trollfjord , MS Finnmarken or MS Nordkapp. 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. BLD Overnight: On-board coastal cruise ship MS Trollfjord, MS Nordkapp  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. BLD Overnight: Onboard MS Trollfjord , MS Finnmarken or MS Nordkapp

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! Onboard learn more about the ‘Aurora Borealis’ during a presentation, focused on this phenomenon. Later, enter the dramatic and narrow Raftsund, and if the weather and ice conditions allow, sail to the entrance of the famous Trollfjord. BLD Overnight: Onboard MS Trollfjord , MS Finnmarken or MS Nordkapp

follow the lights - mapDay 6 TROMSO (Day 5 of Norwegian Coastal Voyage) After a morning stop in Finnsnes, the ship continues to Tromso, the gateway to the Arctic, for a prolonged stay. After an exhilarating day in Tromso, we continue our northbound journey. The ship is now sailing into the area along the coast with the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights. BLD Overnight: Onboard MS Trollfjord, MS Finnmarken or MS Nordkapp

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

Day 8 KIRKENES – SAARISELKA (FINLAND) Admire dramatic coastal vistas as we approach Kirkenes, to disembark the cruise this morning (no porterage service is available at Kirkenes pier). Enjoy a short drive through Kirkenes, and learn more about its history and a quick stop at the Russian border, before making our way towards Finnish Lapland. We arrive to the small village of Inari, and visit the SIIDA Sami museum. After the visit, we continue to Saariselka. BD Hotel: Santas Hotel Tunturi or similarRoom Category: Superior room

Day 9 FINLAND Today we visit a husky farm*. The barking of enthusiastic dogs will welcome us! The head musher talks about the life and training of these unique arctic animals, and we have the chance to take some amazing photos of the breath-taking arctic wilderness. BLD Hotel: Santas Hotel Tunturi or similar. Room Category: Superior room

*Note: For departures from December onwards, this visit may include a ride on a husky wagon or sled, however this is weather dependant.

Day 10 SAARISELKA–SINETTA (FINLAND) This morning we depart Saariselka, and visit Santa’s Village. Perhaps have a photo with Santa Claus himself! An early afternoon departure from Santa’s Village, we travel to Sinetta. Here we experience the true wonder of Finnish Lapland, spending the night in a glass igloo. Staying overnight in a glass igloo feels like sleeping in the open, however inside the igloo it is warm and cosy. The igloo village is set in a clearing, surrounded by pine trees, sufficiently far away from the city lights, to create ideal conditions for catching the Northern Lights, and enjoying starry skies. Sleep peacefully as the “Aurora Alarm” searches the skies for you. BD Hotel: Arctic Snow Hotel & Igloos or similar. Room Category: Glass Igloo

Day 11 ROVANIEMI Depart Sinetta and transfer to Rovaniemi. The remainder of the day is free to explore Rovaniemi, or participate in one of the optional excursions, which will be advised 6 months prior to tour departure. BD Hotel: Sokos Hotel Vaakuna or similar. Room Category: Standard room

Day 12 ROVANIEMI (FINLAND) Today is free to explore the small city of Rovaniemi on your own, or participate in one of the optional excursions (additional cost). Hotel: Sokos Hotel Vaakuna or similar. Room Category: Standard room

Day 13 ROVANIEMI–HELSINKI (FINLAND) An early transfer to the station this morning, and we catch the train to the Finnish Capital, Helsinki. Stroll across the road to the hotel on arrival. Hotel: Holiday Inn City Centre or similar. Room Category: Standard room

Day 14 HELSINKI–DAY EXCURSION TO TALLINN (ESTONIA) Today we have an early start with a full day excursion to the medieval town of Tallinn in Estonia. Take the ferry across to Tallin for 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, cobble stoned 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 the ferry to return to Helsinki. We say goodbye our fellow travellers tonight at a special farewell dinner. BD Hotel: Holiday Inn City Centre or similar. Room Category: Standard room

Day 15 HELSINKI(FINLAND) Our tour ends after breakfast at the hotel - no transfers have been included however we can offer these at an additional cost. B

19 Mar; 2, 8, 13, 19, 30 Oct; 10, 21, 26 Nov; 2, 7, 18, 29 Dec 2018; 4, 9, 14, 20, 25, 31 Jan; 5, 11, 17, 22, 28 Feb; 5, 11, 16, 21, 27 Mar 2019

from $6,380pp