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Come along on an exciting journey to Nordkalotten (The Cap of the North), the northern parts of Finland, Norway and Sweden. We fly from Stockholm to Lulea and back from Narvik. We go by bus passing the Arctic Circle in northern Finland, travels part of the mighty Hurtigruten with boat from Kirkenes to Tromso, boat from Tromso to Harstad and then bus again around on Lofoten. The whole tour runs through fantastic nature with lots of lakes, dramatic fjords, and steep bare mountains. We go on exciting boat tours to Trollfjorden from Svolvaer and to a sacred cult place for the Sami people in Enare Lake. In Tankavaara we pan for gold and in Ivalo we have dinner with the locals. In Svolvaer we stay two nights in fishermans cabins, rorbuer, on the Hotel Ankers Brygga. From here we go to what is perhaps the world´s most beautiful fishing village, Reine.
Resfakta och pris
- Dag 1 Luleå - Tornio
- Dag 2 Ivalo
- Dag 3 Ivalo
- Dag 4 Hurtigruten, Kirkenes - Berlevag
- Dag 5 Hurtigruten to Tromso
- Dag 6 Tromso
- Dag 7 Svolvaer Lofoten
- Dag 8 Lofoten
- Dag 9 Lofoten - Narvik
- Dag 10 Narvik - Stockholm
Included in the tour:
- Flight from Stockholm to Lulea and from Narvik to Stockholm, other options arranged separately.
- One night one bunk in two bed cabin on Hurtigruten from Kirkenes to Tromsoe
- Part in Twin room incl breakfast at hotel of good standard in Tornio, Ivalo, Tromsoe, two nights at Ankers Brygge in Svolvaer and one night at hotel in Narvik. Even if you travel alone you can book a share in twin room. If you want single room you book that to extra cost (only hotel nights)
- Rented buses from Lulea to Tornio, three Days from Tornio to Kirkenes, from Harstad to Svolvaer, one day on Lofoten as well as from Svolvaer to Narvik.
- Boat ride on Enare Lake in Ivalo, boat from Tromsoe to Harstad and a boat excursion to Trollfjorden
- Breakfast all Days, lunch in Gammelstad, lunch at the gold panning Place in Tankavaara, dinner with families in Ivalo, full board on Hurtigruten with two lunches and two dinners), two more lunches along the tour and farewell dinner in Narvik.
- Guided tour of the World heritage Gammelstad, gold panning in Tankavaara, Visit to Sami Museum and Parliament in Inari, Polar Museum and Arctic Cathedral in Tromsoe, full day sightseeing with local guides on Lofoten with stops in Kabelvaag, Eggum and Reine, city walk with visit to the fish market Narvik.
- One tour leader from Världens Resor
What is not included in the price?
- Meals and drinks not mentioned above
- Excursions arranged by Hurtigruten at arrival at different harbours (bought on spot)
Dag 1 Luleå - Tornio
Morning flight to Luleå. We land before noon and continue on our rented bus to Luleå's most famous attraction, the Church Town of Gammelstad. Gammelstad has the country’s largest and best preserved church town with more than 400 cottages grouped around the biggest medieval church in Norrland. The reason why these church towns were established in the North was the fact that the parishes were large and people lived far apart, thus making it hard for people to get to the services in one day. Instead they came to the church on important weekends and stayed for several days in their own cottages. This most likely started during the Reformation in the 16th century when there was bigger demand for church attendance.
Starting from the 14th century Gammelstad was a market place and a parish that included the major portion of Norrbotten County and in the beginning of 15th century became established as church town.
This unique environment consists of a 15th century stone church with surrounding cottages and a networks of medieval streets. The cottages were in use up until 1950´s and are still in use for the rite of confirmation. It was included in UNESCO World Heritage in 1996. Today we will have a guided tour of the church town.
After welcome lunch, later in the afternoon we'll continue on our bus for another two hours to the Finnish border. We pass the bridge from Haparanda and enter the sister town of Tornio, where we stay for the night. Tornio was earlier an island in the Tornio River, but due to land rise the island was connected to the Swedish side. Tornio has about 20 000 inhabitants.
Dag 2 Ivalo
We leave Tornio in the morning and travel on our rented bus following the Kemi River north towards Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lappland. Just outside the city we leave the bus and walk on foot over to the the Arctic Circle. From here and northward both aurora borealis and midnight sun are part of everyday life. Embraced by the silence of the taiga we travel through Lappland.
Traffic jam might not be what comes to your mind when thinking of Lappland. Nevertheless the reindeer always have priority on the road during this time of the year since the extremely sensitive female reindeer have just given birth to their calves and we sometimes have to wait patiently for them to cross the road.
After a few hours we reach Tankavaara. Here they have panned gold since the middle of the 19th century and even today people come from far and near to dig gold. There is always an interesting bunch of people who gather here to work in summer and we might hear some interesting stories.
A bit wiser and perhaps a bit richer we leave the gold digging village behind us and drive another hour to Ivalo, our home for the coming two nights. We arrive late in the afternoon.
Tonight's dinner is special. We are invited to a few local families to share dinner with them and get a chance of finding out what life is like up in the north. The families decide on menu themselves, so it is bound to be homemade and cozy. After dinner we go back to the hotel for some well deserved rest.
Behind the hotel river Ivalo River flows. You can watch the river from the hotel´s veranda and perhaps enjoy a drink while watching the sun go down.
Dag 3 Ivalo
We spend the day in and around Ivalo in order to get to know the local Sami culture. We star buy visiting the town of Inari where we will have a guided tour of the local Sami Museum, SIIDA. Right next to the museum the local Sami parliament is situated and we'll learn what life is like for the Sami people and kind of issues that are handled by the parliament. this will give a diverse picture of the Sami culture.
Lunch on your own in Inari. After lunch we will make a boat trip on beautiful Lake Inari, which is the third biggest in Finland and boasts of over 3300 islands. The most important Island is the sacred isle of Ukko, which used to be a cult spot with for offerings and rituals well in to the 19th century. Here we have a chance to see the island and the sacred place up close!
We will end the boat tour by the nice Pielpajarvi church which is situated just by the lake side. From here it's 3-4 kilometers to walk to Inari. Those who prefer to go back by boat stay on board. Another night at the same hotel.
Dag 4 Hurtigruten, Kirkenes - Berlevag
Lappland is at its best early in the morning. We take our chance to enjoy the beautiful morning and since we also have a boat to catch we have an early start. We travel around Lake Inari on our way to Norway through an area famous for its rich population of bears. The area around Kirkenes was until 1826 under joint ownership of Norwegians and Russians. Kirkenes was one of places in Europe most heavily exposed to air raids during the 2:nd World War.
Hurtigruten has been running boats along the Norwegian coast since 1893 with Kirkenes as turning point, and today it is our turn to get on board and travel for a couple of days along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the worlds. Our journey starts at 12.30.
We settle onboard and start enjoying the scenery and Arctic wildlife from the deck or from the Observation Saloon. During our boat trip our tour leader will deliver shorter lectures and offer shorter walks in the ports where we stop a bit longer.
By 4 p m we will reach Vardo, the easternmost point of Norway. While taking a stroll through this weather bitten village we earn about the historically important Pomor trade.
Late in the afternoon and the same evening we will round the Varanger peninsula and continue westwards.
Dag 5 Hurtigruten to Tromso
Apart from the activities that are arranged by Världens Resor Hurtigruten organizes excursions. One excursion offers visiting North Cape and having breakfast there early morning before leaving Honningsvag.
Today the main stop is Hammerfest. Just before we reach the town we will pass Melkoya, an island where we see the processing station where the natural gas from Snohvit gas fields is converted into liquefied natural gas. It's best seen from Deck 7.
Together we walk through the small town established already in 1684. A lot of expeditions to Svalbard and further north to Arctics started here. That is probably the reason why the city got polar bear as its symbol.
In full daylight, just before midnight, we arrive to Tromso. It is spectacular to reach Tromso in the soft midnight sun shine. We see the magnificent Arctic Cathedral at distance. We leave the boat to walk to our hotel which is located nearby.
Dag 6 Tromso
We star later today to compensate for our late arrival the day before. Tromso is the largest city in northern Norway with a population of 65 000. And it is a university city which probably explains why it has most bars and restaurants per capita in Norway.
We start our city walk which takes us to the Arctic Cathedral, built in 1965. Jan Ingve Hovig is the architect behind this landmark. 11 aluminium-coated concrete panels on each side of the roof make the cathedral triangle-shaped. There are frequent afternoon concerts held at the cathedral as well as at midnights Concerts are not included in the program, but you can attend on your own if you choose to.
We continue to the Arctic Museum, which will display Norwegian history of sealing, arctic research and polar expeditions. The museum opened in 1978, about 50 years after Roald Amundsen launched his last and fatal expedition.
You have the afternoon to enjoy the city on your own. Apart from going to a concert, other options include riding a cable car (Fjellheisen), offering splendid views since 1961. Another option would be to visit the botanical garden with its well established alpine and arctic flora.
In the evening you can join your tour leader for a beer at the world´s northernmost brewery, situated in an old boathouse. Everything is possible in the capital of the Arctic or Paris of the Nordic countries as it is also known.
Dag 7 Svolvaer Lofoten
Early morning we take the boat to follow a very beautiful part of the coast. After three hours of boat ride we find ourselves in Harstad, the biggest city on the Island of Hinnoya. From here on we continue on our rented bus. It is another 160 kilometers until we reach Svolvaer on Lofoten. We stop at Austnesfjord for some good Lofoten views.
We are in Nordland, the second largest county in Norway. It goes all the way from Narvik and Lofoten in the north to northern Jamtland (Sweden) in the south. The nature is fantastic with deep fjords and towering spectacular steep mountains..
In Svolvaer we will stay two nights in traditional fishing logs, remade to a hotel. It is situated only 250 meters from the centre of Svolvaer. The fishing village where we stay consists of red traditional wooden houses, called rorbuer, with two bedrooms to each log. The houses were once poor Lofoten fishermen's homes. The first rorbuer was built as early as the Viking era.
Here in Svolvaer there are both museums and galleries. There are several options for shorter walks. Svolvaer has both old and modern architecture to boast. There are many hotels and lots of restaurants with sidewalk service. It's quite enjoyable in summer to sit at an outdoor, order a shrimp sandwich accompanied by a cold beer, and just watch people.
Above Svolvaer you see the characteristic shape of Mt Svolvaergeita. Here is where mountain climbers challenge themselves by jumping from top to top. Not that we recommend trying it!
Dag 8 Lofoten
Lofoten is a group of islands situated north of the Arctic Circle. The total landmass of Lofoten is 1227 square kilometers and about 20- to 30 000 people call it home.
We will spend the whole day exploring Lofoten by bus. After breakfast we leave Svolvaer and to go south towards Vestvagoy. Just five kilometers away from Svolvaer we find Lofoten´s oldest fishing village, Kabelvag. We will visit Vagan Church or Lofoten Cathedral as it is also known in this village. It is Norway´s biggest wooden church accommodating 1200 sitting guests.
We continue southward and stop at several spots to enjoy the views. At Gimsoytraumen we see a spectacular bridge. Wherever you look it's stunning.
Eggum is another fishing village on the western side of Vestvagoy Island. The well known Norwegian architect firm Snohetta created a beautiful amphitheatre here with an opening towards the sea. Here we can also find a rather intricate art piece by Marcus Raetz.
We continue down all the way to Reine on the Southern tip. This village is the real symbol for Lofoten, magnificent placed by a wonderful fjord surrounded by Mountains. Here we will have time to make a shorter walk and embrace the photogenic surroundings. We have lunch here Before returning to Svolvaer.
Dag 9 Lofoten - Narvik
From our own jetty we take off for a boat ride in the morning. This trip is about three hours long and the goal for this day is the beautiful and mythical Trollfjord. All aboard! It is a special feeling to almost be able to touch the 1000 meter high cliffs flanking on both sides. With a bit of luck we'll see some of the many sea eagles that have their homes in these northern parts of Norway. Trollfjord is 2 kilometers long and only 100 meter broad at the opening of the fjord.
In the afternoon we leave for Narvik by bus. The journey takes about 3,5 hours. In Narvik we will have our farewell dinner.
Dag 10 Narvik - Stockholm
In the morning a shorter walk in Narvik will take us to the fish market. The rest of the day to spend on your own time. A visit to recommend is the War Museum which tells Narvik´s special role during the 2:nd World War. Another nice option is to take the cable car to the mountain peak towering the city.
Lunch on your own. You could actually have your lunch at the fish market, or elsewhere of course. In the afternoon flight to Stockholm via Oslo. Exact flight details will come later.
Jörgen Fredriksson Produktionsansvarig, grundare
Jörgen har ägnat sig åt Asien sedan mitten av 80-talet. Sinolog och japanolog. Studerat i Kina vid flera universitet samt modern japansk litteratur vid universitet i Japan. Första resan till Asien gick med Transsibiriska järnvägen 1986. Det har med tiden blivit mängder av resor i övriga Asien - tre månader vardera i Sydkorea, Vietnam, Burma och Tibet samt långa vistelser i Indien, Nepal, Mongoliet, Nordkorea, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Kambodja, Laos samt på senare tid även gjort många resor till Afrika och Sydamerika. Jörgen har lett närmare 80 resor genom åren. Resandet är lika självklart som det starka kulturintresset. Fotograferar också gärna.email@example.com
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