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Follow The Lights

FROM $5,995

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.

  • DURATION 15 DAYS
  • TYPE SMALL GROUP TOUR
  • OPERATES VARIOUS DATES OF OCT- DEC 2017; VARIOUS DATES OF JAN - MAR 2018
  • DEPARTS BERGEN

ITINERARY

DAY 1 ARRIVE BERGEN (Norway)Helsinki

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.
Stay:Clarion Admiral Hotel (or similar)

Day 2 BERGEN – 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.(BLD)
Stay:On-board coastal cruise ship MS Trollfjord or MS Finnmarken

Day 3 ALESUND

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)
Stay:On-board coastal cruise ship MS Trollfjord or MS Finnmarken

Day 4 TRONDHEIM

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.(BLD)
Stay:On-board coastal cruise ship MS Trollfjord or MS Finnmarken

Day 5 ARCTIC CIRCLE & LOFOTEN ISLANDS

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.(BLD)
Stay: On-board coastal cruise ship MS Trollfjord or MS Finnmarken

Day 6 TROMSO

After a morning stop in Finnsnes we continue to the Arctic capital Tromsø. Perhaps take part in one of the optional excursions here today.(BLD)
Stay:On-board coastal cruise ship 

Day 7 Mehamn – Hammerfest – Tromso

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.(BLD)
Stay: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.(B)
Stay:Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort or Santa’s Hotel Tunturi (or similar)

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.(BL)
Stay: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. (B)
Stay:Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort or Arctic Snow Hotel & Igloos

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. (B)
Stay: 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.(B)
Stay: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.
Stay: 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.(BD)
Stay: 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.

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