Follow the Lights – Small group escorted tour

Duration: 18 days

Departures: 2020:
1, 8, 27 October
1, 7, 12, 17, 23 November
5, 10, 13, 16, 19, 25 December
2021:
2, 10, 21, 24 January
1, 7, 12, 18, 23 February
1, 4, 9, 15, 20 March 

All departures guaranteed.

Price from :
$ 7429 per person
  • City tours of Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki and Talinn
  • Husky and reindeer experiences
  • The Northern Lights
  • Insight into Sami culture
Follow the Lights
Photo: Jan R. Olsen - Naturfoto
Photo: Christine Dosch

Itinerary

Experience some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes and the wonder of the Northern Lights on this 18-day adventure including Oslo and Bergen, “Norway in a Nutshell”, the iconic northbound Coastal Voyage, and a journey through Finland and Estonia.
Day 1
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 large room
Photo: Johan Berge
Day 2
Oslo
A large room
Photo: Johan Berge

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

Day 3
Flåm
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
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
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, 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 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
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
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
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
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 centuriesold 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
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
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 Sami capital (traditional nomads of Scandinavia, reindeer herders), where we’ll visit the Siida Sami 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
A car covered in snow
Photo: Tamara Van Hasselt

Today we visit a husky farm and learn about the life and training of these unique Arctic dogs. In the evening there may be optional evening Aurora Borealis tours. Overnight in Saariselkä.

Day 13
Sinettä
A santa claus figure.
Photo: Madis Särglepp

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.

A santa claus figure.
Photo: Madis Särglepp
A group of people standing next to a child
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Day 14
Rovaniemi
A group of people standing next to a child
Photo: Oscar Farrera

Arrive in Rovaniemi and enjoy free time or optional extra touring options. Overnight in Rovaniemi.

Day 15
Järvisydän
Sauna written on a wall with lit letters.
Photo: Oscar Farrera

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.

Sauna written on a wall with lit letters.
Photo: Oscar Farrera
A group of people sitting on a bench in front of a building
Photo: Heather Poon
Day 16
Helsinki
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 before checking into our hotel. Overnight in Helsinki.

Day 17
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 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
A street sign on a pole
Day 18
Helsinki
A street sign on a pole

After breakfast at the hotel our tour ends.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

  • 4 star accommodation standard
  • 11 nights’ hotel accommodation (1 night in glass igloo) & 6 nights’ cruise accommodation
  • 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
  • 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
  • Siida museum visit

Not included in your voyage

  • Flights & transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Luggage handling
  • Hikes with the Hurtigruten Guides

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.

Ships

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MS Nordnorge

Year built 1997
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Kværner Kleven (N)
Passenger capacity 590
Beds 476
Car capacity 32
Gross tonnage 11,384
Length 123.3 m
Beam 19.5 m
Speed 18 knots

MS Nordnorge is aptly named for northern Norway, most of which lies above the Arctic Circle.

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MS Nordkapp

Year built 1996
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Kværner Kleven (N)
Passenger capacity 590
Beds 480
Car capacity 24
Gross tonnage 11,386
Length 123.3 m
Beam 19.5
Speed 18 knots

MS Nordkapp is named after the northernmost point on mainland Europe: North Cape (71ºN) - one of the geographical highpoints you can visit on a Hurtigruten voyage.

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MS Nordkapp
Photo: Helge Grimsland_Guest Image
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MS Nordlys

Year built 1994
Year of refurbishment 2019
Shipyard Volkswerft (D)
Passenger capacity 590
Beds 471
Car capacity 24
Gross tonnage 11,204
Length 121.8 m
Beam 19.2 m
Speed 18 knots

Both the name and the interior design of this modern expedition ship are inspired by the spectacular Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

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MS Richard With

Year built 1993
Year of refurbishment 2018
Shipyard Volkswerft (D)
Passenger capacity 590
Beds 458
Car capacity 12
Gross tonnage 11,205
Length 121.8 m
Beam 19.2 m
Speed 18 knots

MS Richard With proudly carries the name of Hurtigruten's founder. It is aptly designed and built in classic maritime style.

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After her refurbishment in November 2018, MS Richard With will have suites with large bay windows.
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Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen/Hurtigruten

MS Kong Harald

Year built 1993
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Volkswerft (Germany)
Passenger capacity 590
Beds 498
Gross tonnage 11,204
Length 121.8 m
Beam 19.2 m
Speed 17 knots

Norway's reigning monarch, a seasoned sailor, lends his name to this remarkable vessel.

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MS Polarlys

Year built 1996
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Ulstein Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 619
Beds 503
Car capacity 26
Gross tonnage 11,341
Length 123 m
Beam 19.5 m
Speed 18 knots

Polarlys is Norwegian for `polar light´, and refers to the natural Arctic phenomenon we pursue in winter.

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MS Polarlys a beautiful winter day in Kirkenes
Photo: Ralph Griebenow - Guest image
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MS Vesterålen

Year built 1983
Year of refurbishment 1995
Shipyard Kaarbø Mek. Verk.
Passenger capacity 490
Beds 301
Car capacity 24
Gross tonnage 6,261
Length 108.55 m
Beam 16.5 m
Speed 17.5 knots

MS Vesterålen is named after the first Hurtigruten ship that sailed along Norway´s rugged coastline in 1893. She is one of our smaller boats and has an intimate on-board atmosphere.

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MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 335
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54m
Beam 18m
Speed 14.5 knots

Our new ship, MS Spitsbergen will take you on a voyage beyond the ordinary.

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