Small group escorted tour

Follow the Lights | Northbound | Season 2022 - 2023

Follow the Lights | Northbound | Season 2022 - 2023

Small group escorted tour

Follow the Lights | Northbound | Season 2022 - 2023

Follow the Lights | Northbound | Season 2022 - 2023

Travel information 18 days
Departures
30 departures between Sep 2022 and Mar 2023
Price from
$ 7950
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Guided city tours of Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki, and Tallinn
  • Husky and reindeer experiences
  • Chances of seeing the Northern Lights
  • Insight into Sami culture
Follow the Lights | Northbound | Season 2022 - 2023

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  • Northern Lights Promise

    The beautiful Aurora Borealis is Mother Nature’s ultimate light show. We know that no trip to the Arctic Circle is quite complete without experiencing this highlight at least once on your journey. If the Northern Lights do not appear on your voyage to Norway, we will give you another 6 or 7-day Classic Voyage FREE OF CHARGE.
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Itinerary

From Norway’s capital Oslo, ride the world’s most famous train, the Flåm Railway, before joining The Coastal Express northbound coastal voyage. Visit charming hamlets, sail
through picturesque fjords and hopefully see the magnificent Northern Lights on this journey into the heart of Norway. On arrival into the sleepy town of Kirkenes in Norway’s far north, head south into Finnish Lapland where you’ll see the night sky from inside your glass igloo. Then discover Finnish Lakeland, where you’ll stay in beautiful log accommodation. Take in Helsinki, Finland’s capital, and experience a day trip to medieval Tallinn in Estonia.

DAY 1 : Arrive in Oslo

Arrive in Oslo

A boat is docked next to a body of water
Photo: Didrick Stenersen

Arrive in Oslo, make your own way from the airport or train station to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. In the evening meet the rest of the group and your guide at our welcome dinner. Overnight in Oslo.

A boat is docked next to a body of water
Photo: Didrick Stenersen
A close up of a bridge

DAY 2 : Oslo

Discover Norway's capital

A close up of a bridge

After a leisurely breakfast, meet the group in the lobby of the hotel for an Oslo grand city tour including Vigeland Sculpture Park, Historical Museum, Oslo Opera house, Holmenkollen Ski Jump and more. Overnight in Oslo.

DAY 3 : Flåm

Norway In a Nutshell

A group of people sitting at a train station
Photo: Gjertrud Coutinho

After an early breakfast we will start our “Norway In a Nutshell” tour, catching the morning train to Myrdal where we change trains for the famous Flåm Railway, with spectacular fjord views all the way to the beautiful, tiny village of Flåm. Overnight in Flåm.

A group of people sitting at a train station
Photo: Gjertrud Coutinho
A narrow street in front of a house
Explore Bergen’s charming cobblestone streets during the laid-back winter season.
Photo: Lucija Ros/Unsplash

DAY 4 : Bergen

Trainride to Bergen

A narrow street in front of a house
Explore Bergen’s charming cobblestone streets during the laid-back winter season.
Photo: Lucija Ros/Unsplash

The day starts with the ferry from Flåm to Gudvangen, passing through the narrow Nærøyfjord. From Gudvangen the journey continues by bus. Waterfalls line the road as we weave our way through the valley to Voss. There we board a train for the last leg of our “Norway in a Nutshell” journey, arriving in Bergen in the afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Bergen.

DAY 5 : Bergen - Hurtigruten Embarkation

Gateway to the Fjords

A large building with a mountain in the background
Step back into the Mid Ages along Bergen’s Bryggen waterfront.
Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest

(Day 1 of the voyage)  
After a relaxing morning we take a walking tour of Bergen, including St Mary’s Church, Håkon’s Hall and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Bryggen district, before heading to Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg. The tour ends at Bergen pier, where we board our Hurtigruten Coastal Express ship. Overnight on board our ship.

A large building with a mountain in the background
Step back into the Mid Ages along Bergen’s Bryggen waterfront.
Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest
Kayak paddling in Ålesund
Experience wintertime Ålesund on a peaceful kayak tour through the harbour.
Photo: Uteguiden.com

DAY 6 : Ålesund

Architectural and Natural Masterpieces

Kayak paddling in Ålesund
Experience wintertime Ålesund on a peaceful kayak tour through the harbour.
Photo: Uteguiden.com

(Day 2 of the voyage)  
We navigate skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund, renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. Leaving Ålesund we head north towards Trondheim. Overnight on board our ship.

DAY 7 : Trondheim

History and Charm

A large clock tower in front of a building
Photo: Oscar Farrera

(Day 3 of the voyage)  
Arrive early in the morning at Trondheim, with plenty of time to explore Norway’s first capital. Overnight on board our ship.

A large clock tower in front of a building
Photo: Oscar Farrera
A large body of water
Immerse yourself in the winter wonderland of Lofoten.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

DAY 8 : Lofoten Islands

Welcome to the Arctic!

A large body of water
Immerse yourself in the winter wonderland of Lofoten.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

(Day 4 of the voyage)  
As we cross the Arctic Circle in the morning, the hunt for the Aurora Borealis begins. We enter the dramatic and narrow Raftsund, and if the weather and ice conditions allow, we’ll sail to the entrance of the famous Trollfjord. Overnight on board our ship.

DAY 9 : Tromsø

Lofoten Islands

The tower of the city

(Day 5 of the voyage)
After a morning stop in Finnsnes, the ship continues to Tromsø, a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle, and famed as a viewing point for the Northern Lights. The city’s historic centre is distinguished by its centuries old wooden houses. The 1965 Arctic Cathedral, with its distinctive peaked roof and soaring stained-glass windows, dominates the skyline. Overnight on board our ship.

The tower of the city
A lit up city at night
Photo: Ulrich Dajek

DAY 10 : Honningsvåg

Top of the World - North Cape

A lit up city at night
Photo: Ulrich Dajek

(Day 6 of the voyage)  
Honningsvåg is the nearest port to the North Cape – only 2000km from the geographical North Pole. Overnight on board our ship.

DAY 11 : Kirkenes – Saariselkä

The Sámi Capital

A person riding a horse

Admire the dramatic coastal vistas as we approach Kirkenes, where we will disembark. Enjoy a short drive through Kirkenes, before arriving at Inari, the Sámi capital (traditional nomads of Scandinavia, reindeer herders), where we’ll visit the newly renovated Siida Sámi museum and visit a reindeer farm. Overnight in Saariselkä.

A person riding a horse
A car covered in snow
Photo: Tamara Van Hasselt

DAY 12 : Saariselkä

Meet a Sámi Family

A car covered in snow
Photo: Tamara Van Hasselt

We’ll be welcomed into the traditional tent of a local Sámi family who’ll talk enthusiastically about their unique culture and lifestyle. Feed the family’s reindeer in the nearby paddock, maybe with the Northern Lights above, and practise your lasso skills under your host’s expert tutelage. Overnight in Saariselkä.

DAY 13 : Sinettä

Santa Claus Village

Gammers covered in the white snow
Photo: Kirkenes Snowhotel / Hurtigruten

Today, we visit Santa Claus Village, where you will have free time to explore. In the evening, spend the night in a glass igloo. Overnight in Sinettä.

Gammers covered in the white snow
Photo: Kirkenes Snowhotel / Hurtigruten
Reindeer in the snow
Photo: Stein J Bjørge / Hurtigruten

DAY 14 : Rovaniemi

Canine Companions

Reindeer in the snow
Photo: Stein J Bjørge / Hurtigruten

You’ll spend the afternoon today taking a tour of a husky dog kennel, meeting its friendly residents, and learning how huskies are reared to become as fit and as hardy as they are. Enjoy a thrilling husky-drawn cart or sled ride through the Lapland wilderness before warming up with a snack around the campfire. Overnight in Rovaniemi.

DAY 15 : Järvisydän

The Finnish Wilderness


Beautiful northern lights
Photo: Stian Klo / Discover North AS

This morning we head for Järvisydän, a hotel resort spa in the Finnish wilderness. In the afternoon, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy a spa treatment or participate in many of the outdoor activities the resort has to offer. Overnight in Järvisydän.


Beautiful northern lights
Photo: Stian Klo / Discover North AS
A group of people sitting on a bench in front of a building
Photo: Heather Poon

DAY 16 : Helsinki

Finland’s Capital

A group of people sitting on a bench in front of a building
Photo: Heather Poon

Today, we leave the Finnish wilderness and head into Helsinki, Finland’s capital. Enjoy a half-day city tour including a visit to the spectacular Temppeliaukio Church, ‘Rock Church’. Overnight in Helsinki.

DAY 17 : Tallinn

Full-day Excursion to Tallinn

A church with a large white building with Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn in the background
Photo: Barbera Schoog

An early start with a full-day excursion to the medieval town of Tallinn in Estonia. Take the ferry followed by a combined bus and walking tour of the city. Stops will include the baroque Kadriorg Park and the seaside district of Pirita. Walk through the winding, cobblestoned streets of the Old Town continuing to Toompea Castle, home to the Estonian parliament. Visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church before and enjoying some free time before boarding the ferry to return to Helsinki. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner. Overnight in Helsinki.

A church with a large white building with Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn in the background
Photo: Barbera Schoog

Hurtigruten
Photo: Great old buildings in Helsinki

DAY 18 : Helsinki

The Adventure Ends


Hurtigruten
Photo: Great old buildings in Helsinki

After breakfast at the hotel, make your way to the airport for your international flight home.

The day-by-day programme will give you a few ideas about what you can see and do on your coastal voyage in Norway, but bear in mind that this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience. After all, this is a sailing where the elements rule and weather conditions might vary, which is why every voyage with The Hurtigruten Coastal Express is unique.

What's included

Included in your voyage

  • 4 star accommodation standard
  • 11 nights’ hotel accommodation (1 night in glass igloo) & 6 nights’ cruise accommodation
  • Luggage service from hotel in Oslo to hotel in Bergen (1 bag per person)
  • Luggage service at all hotels (starting with luggage OUT in Oslo, and ending with luggage IN in Helsinki)
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches
  • 11 dinners & 1 x Viking Plank dinner in Flåm
  • City tours of Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki & Tallinn
  • Return Ferry ticket to Tallinn
  • Norway in a Nutshell: Flåm Railway journey and fjord cruise on UNESCO listed Nærøyfjord
  • First class coach from Kirkenes to Helsinki
  • English speaking guide from start to finish
  • Reindeer Farm visit (sled ride, depending on weather)
  • Husky Farm visit (sled ride, depending on weather)
  • Santa Claus Village visit
  • Newly-renovated Siida museum visit
  • Temppeliaukio Church & Dome Church visits

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights  
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking (availability pending weather conditions and safety)
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling other than those specified
  • Beverages with meals

Notes

  • Prices are in AU$ per person based on two people travelling together sharing a twin cabin
  • Not all cabin categories are available for all departures
  • Single cabin pricing available on request
  • Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability.
  • Northern Lights Promise: If the Northern Lights are not recorded during your Follow The Lights tour, including land component, we’ll offer a free northbound or southbound voyage. T&Cs apply.

EXTEND YOUR STAY

To book a pre- or post-programme hotel stay please contact one of our Expedition Specialists on 1300 322 062.