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Norway's Arctic Islands

Lofoten, Senja & Tromsø
Austvågøya, Senja and Tromsøya are three very different but equally alluring islands. This self-guided journey by boat features an overnight voyage on the famed Hurtigruten steamer, plus the chance to explore on snowshoes, watch for wildlife, and seek out the Northern Lights.
Norway's Arctic Islands. 7 nights
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Norway's Arctic Islands. 7 nights
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A touring holiday in Arctic Norway

exploring three alluring islands
With soaring, snow-covered jagged peaks reflected in clear blue waters, the views as you approach Norway's islands have to be amongst the most breathtaking anywhere in the world. This journey explores some of the country's most dramatic and beautiful islands north of the Arctic Circle, each with a distinctive character and flavour of its own. With sea voyages on the famous Hurtigruten coastal steamer and the chance to see the Northern Lights, this thrilling adventure is complete.
The first is the awe-inspiring island of Austvågøya, one of the largest in the Lofoten archipelago. Here, a narrow coastal strip comprising colourful villages and white-sand beaches surrounds a majestic mountainous massif which features the highest mountain in all of Lofoten, Higravstinden, in the east, and the famous Vågakallen, which looms over the picturesque fishing village of Henningsvær in the south. Next comes the equally enthralling island of Senja, whose landscapes have been likened to ‘a Norway in miniature’, with a rugged shore and coastal pine forests giving way to dramatic mountains that seemingly rise straight out of the sea. Tromsøya, meanwhile, comes as a real contrast as the unique setting for one of the Arctic’s most captivating cities.

Our expert says

“If you’re lucky, you may see the Northern Lights, the icing on the cake to a remarkable holiday.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on almost any day of the week, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Svolvær
    Night 1: at the Svinøya Rorbuer (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Svolvær
    Surrounded by jagged peaks glistening under a covering of pristine snow, Svolvær, the small capital of the Lofoten Islands, makes a spectacular place to start your winter island odyssey. You could don a pair of snowshoes to explore the hills or take a boat trip to see the breathtaking grandeur of the almost mythical Trollfjord, a narrow, sheer-sided fjord that is only just wide enough to allow the passage of larger ships. On the way, keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed sea eagles swooping down to take fish from the icy waters, dolphins and porpoises leaping ahead of the bow waves of the ship, and even whales and pods of orca sweeping majestically by. At night, you can join a guided hike in search of the Northern Lights – keep your fingers crossed for a sighting! (Pay locally in all cases.)
  • Explore Svolvær before boarding ship
    As the overnight coastal steamer does not depart until 2200, you have all day to explore further and to relax over dinner in Svolvær before heading for the harbour. Once settled in your cabin, the coastal steamer, one of Hurtigruten’s distinctive red and white fleet, plies its way north on what is indubitably one of the world’s great shipping routes, steaming between the mountainous islands that characterise northern Norway’s fissured coastline.
  • Explore Senja
    After a night on board – during which you may spot the Northern Lights from the deck – by late morning you arrive in Finnsnes on the mainland, where you disembark for the short transfer (0h30) through the dramatic landscapes of the island of Senja to reach the former fishing hamlet of Hamn i Senja, where you stay for two nights. You now have the afternoon to relax amid these sublime surroundings and to enjoy dinner in the excellent onsite restaurant, before heading to the nearby restored lighthouse, perhaps, to sit back with a coffee and waffles (pay locally) and, with a bit of luck, the Aurora Borealis will entertain you with a thrilling light display.
  • Explore Senja
    There are numerous outdoor activities to try should you wish to discover this idyllic winter wonderland from different perspectives. To explore your immediate area, hire snowshoes for a guided hike into the nearby coastal pine forests and mountains which rewards with spectacular views across this alluring island. Alternatively, you can take to the water and try ocean body rafting (floating in the current in an insulated survival suit). Another experience not to be missed – and never forgotten – is a wildlife boat safari out into the ice cold waters off Senja which are home to white-tailed sea eagles and dolphins. (Pay locally in all cases.)
  • Senja to Tromsø
    Tearing yourselves away, you board the Hurtigruten again for the 3-hour journey north to the beautiful island city of Tromsø, ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, arriving in the early afternoon. There's time to enjoy a wander round the city's historic streets before dinner. Your accommodation for the last two nights of the holiday is the waterfront Hotel With.
  • Explore Tromsø
    Nestling on an island against a mountain backdrop, Tromsø is unusual in that its old, brightly painted wooden buildings survived WW2. It also boasts the world’s most northerly brewery and university, as well as not one, but two cathedrals: the Domkirke, with its tall spire, and the 20th-century Arctic Cathedral, an iconic structure which resembles an iceberg. There are several small but fascinating museums, too, including the Polar Museum, which is well worth a visit, and the Northern Lights Observatory, all within easy walking distance of your hotel.

    To make your time here all the more special, we recommend that you take full advantage of the wide range of winter activities that can be arranged and paid for locally. For a real thrill, join a dog-sledding excursion across the tundra. For something more sedate, head out on snowshoes or cross-country skis, try your hand at ice-fishing, join a reindeer safari into the forest or take a leisurely horse-drawn sleigh ride round the city. And if it's the Northern Lights you wish to see, join our organised excursion into the night.

    Seek out the Northern Lights

    While in Tromsø, we thoroughly recommend that you pre-book our organised Northern Lights Excursion. Venture out of the city on an atmospheric six-to-eight-hour excursion in search of the Northern Lights. They are an elusive and completely unpredictable phenomenon, but this makes the experience all the more exciting if you do get to see them. Your experienced and enthusiastic local guide will drive you to where the prevailing conditions for the aurora are most promising – this can sometimes lead you as far as the border with Finland – where, with luck, you can marvel at this colourful miracle of nature.


Where you stay

You stay in an eclectic mix of accommodation.
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  • 7 nights: 05 January 2020 - 29 March 2020

    Start any day except Saturday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    05 Jan - 21 Jan 2020 £1795
    22 Jan - 25 Feb 2020 £1845
    26 Feb - 22 Mar 2020 £1795
    Single traveller supplement £30

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    Single room: add £495

    Included travel: SAS/Widerøe out Heathrow-Svolvær via Oslo & Bodø (7h30) (dep 1020; hold luggage included), steamer to Finnsnes (1 night), steamer to Tromsø (2h45), SAS home Tromsø-Heathrow via Oslo (5h35) (arr 1830; hold luggage included)

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hamn i Senja, Senja
    'Aurora' on ground floor: 05 Jan - 29 Mar 2020 £215
    'Aurora' on upper floor: 05 Jan - 29 Mar 2020 £275
    Hotel With, Tromsø
    Superior with harbour view: 05 Jan - 29 Mar 2020 £35
    Fly to Svolvær, return from Tromsø (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Bodø (via Bergen & Oslo) SAS 
    Aberdeen - Bodø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) SAS 
    Aberdeen - Bodø (via Stavanger & Oslo) SAS 
    Return route Airline
    Tromsø - Aberdeen (via Oslo (Gardermoen) & Stavanger) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Bodø (via Copenhagen & Oslo) SAS 
    Return route Airline
    Tromsø - Birmingham (via Oslo (Gardermoen) & Copenhagen) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Bodø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) SAS 
    Edinburgh - Bodø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian 
    Return route Airline
    Tromsø - Edinburgh (via Oslo (Gardermoen) SAS 
    Tromsø - Edinburgh (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian 
    Tromsø - Edinburgh (via Stockholm) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Bodø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian 
    Return route Airline
    Tromsø - Gatwick Norwegian 
    Tromsø - Gatwick (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Bodø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) & Trondheim) SAS 
    Heathrow - Bodø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) SAS 
    Return route Airline
    Tromsø - Heathrow (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) SAS 
    Tromsø - Heathrow (via Stockholm) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Bodø (via Copenhagen & Oslo) SAS 
    Manchester - Bodø (via Heathrow & Oslo) SAS 
    Manchester - Bodø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) SAS 
    Return route Airline
    Tromsø - Manchester (via Bergen) SAS 
    Tromsø - Manchester (via Helsinki) Finnair 
    Tromsø - Manchester (via Oslo (Gardermoen) & Copenhagen) SAS 
    Tromsø - Manchester (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian,  SAS 
    Tromsø - Manchester (via Stockholm) SAS 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 4 dinners
    2 lunches
    7 breakfasts
  • outside cabin on coastal steamer
  • detailed documentation
  • notes for self-guided walking tour of Tromsø
  • local transfers as detailed
  • return flights from Heathrow

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  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport with at least three months' validity to travel to Norway, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • The most widely spoken language is Norwegian. The currency is the Kroner. Norwegian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them when the UK withdraws from the European Union (EU).

    It currently seems highly likely the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will take place on 31 January 2020, at which point the UK will enter a minimum 11-month transition period through to the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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