Imagine how much more you could see and experience with 24 hours of glorious sunlight a day – Golden hour, every hour!
Midnight sun island hopping in the Arctic is the perfect way to explore the spectacular landscapes of Norway. The gold gleam from a red sun sitting just above the horizon at midnight lights up dramatic mountains, azure blue seas, white beaches and red fisherman’s cabins nesting on stilts over the water.
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|6 nights/ 7 days accommodation with breakfast||Return flights|
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|Price from £996 per person, based on 2 adults sharing a double/twin room and a rental car|
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Arrive in Tromsø by Norwegian or Scandinavian airlines.
Pick up a car from the airport.
Drive the staggering coastline of Kvaløya (Whale Island) and mountain pass of Kattfjordeidet to Sommarøy (Summer island).
The island featured in the NY Times for wanting to get rid of time altogether over the summer months.
Stops are recommended! Stop for a stroll on a white beach, a small trek up a mountain, a refreshing swim or a little fishing is recommended! You can also take a detour to Ersfjord to the café Bryggejentene for some excellent cinnamon buns, coffee and antiques nestled on the waterside quay beneath the towering presence of Peak Buren, popular with the locals for a little trek at midnight for its stunning views.
Transfer time: 1 hour depending on stops.
Arrive on the Island of Sommarøy, where the locals discard time during the 2 months of the midnight sun and take life as and when it comes.
Overnight at Sommarøy Arctic Hotel
Things to do:
Spend the day at Sommarøy, Hillesøy, and Kvaløya. Explore the white sandy beaches on tiny islets via kayak, hire your own little boat, go fishing or take a drive and climb a local mountain. Standing on top of the Hillesøy-pak local mountain at midnight gazing over the arctic ocean is highly recommended. Make use of every hour!
Things to book at Sommarøy:
Overnight at Sommarøy Arctic Hotel
Start your journey to the second biggest island in Norway, and a pearl in Northern Norway´s crown, Senja. It is the start of the most spectacular of drives, and the route you take is categorised as one of the 18 most scenic routes in Norway.
Drive to the local ferry port Brensholmen, 10 minutes from the hotel, take the ferry from Brensholmen to Botnhamn on the island of Senja. Ferry time ¾ of an hour.
TOP TIP: Make sure you arrive early for your ferry ride as this is a popular route in summer with locals and the cars are let on on a first come first serve basis, so arrive at least half an hour before departure time.
Arrive at Botnhamn, and start your incredible journey along on Norway´s 18 national scenic roads
Ferry time: 35 mins
Transfer times from Sommarøy to Hamn i Senja including ferry: 2 hours (40 mins ferry time) Depending on stops.
TOP TIP: Make sure you arrive at the ferry port at least half an hour before departure as the ferry can get full and it is a first come first serve basis
End up at Hamn i Senja for your overnight stay in one of the most spectacular locations in Northern Norway. Hamn I Senja has it all – luxurious rooms, fisherman’s cabins and apartments, an excellent quayside restaurant and café, stunning views across the crystal waters, dramatic but easily accessible hikes and bike rides, sea life, and activities, and an almost magical vibe with sunken down hot tubs INSIDE old fishing vessels – It has to be experienced to be appreciated.
Dinner and overnight stay in an aurora (luxury) room, with panoramic views across the water and towards the midnight sun.
Things to add at Hamn i Senja, all can be booked with Arctic Holiday.
(optional extra day in Hamn i Senja)
Continue along the National scenic route on to Gryllefjord in Senja. Jump on the Ferry to Andenes on the Island of Andøya, where the national scenic road continues.
This island is known as Norway’s “whale watching capital” due to its location in seawater rich in food year-round for the whales, most commonly humpback but killer whales and other whales and dolphins are frequently also seen.
Overnight at Hotel Thon Andenes or at Havhusene at Bleik
Things to do in Andenes:
Visit Bleik – The fishing village of Bleik is a small community with 400–500 inhabitants. Remains of farming activities dating back to 600 CE have been found here. The gleaming, white Bleiksstranda beach has given the community its name, from the Old Norse “bleikr”, meaning pale or light-coloured. The bird cliffs on Bleiksøya island lies immediately opposite. More than 40,000 puffins nest here, as well as a large colony of sea eagles.
Visit Bukkakjerka – At Børra, the road separates the steep mountainside in the east from the open sea that breaks against the shore in the west. At the Børhella promontory, you see the rock formation of Bukkekjerka, which is an old Sami sacrificial site. The name, although it sounds like “buck church” in Norwegian, stems from the Sami word “bohki ” which means crevice and “giergie” which means rock. Several trodden tracks lead to the top of Bukkekjerka. Here we have placed a small bench where you can see far out over the open sea, the mountain peaks in the north and the midnight sun. There are several places where you can sit down by the southern wall of Bukkekjerka. From this rest area, a path leads out to the islet with two small unmanned lighthouses. During the great herring fisheries period, Børvågen was a lively fishing village, but the storm in 1879 reduced it to rubble. There are still remains of Iron Age buildings, burial mounds and old boat landings.
Suggested stops: Visit the Old lighthouse from 1856 and visit Gammelbutikken, an old country store refurbished to its old glory, great for gifts and local wares.
Drive on further along the scenic route on to Marlmelkroken at Andøya.
The Marmelkroken Cabins and apartments are located in stunning nature. If you desire activity, the possibilities are numerous. For those with children or young in spirit there is a trampoline, climbing wall and volleyball court free to use. You’ll also find a sandbox with lots of toys for the little ones. Bicycles are available, free for residential guests.
There are many great paths for walks and hiking, ask for tips at the reception and they will tell you about the best spots. If you should want to use the saunas, the wood-fired sauna with panoramic views is for hire. Saunas should be booked in advance, as it takes about two hours to get the right temperature.
Overnight at Marlmelkroken
03.45 Drive to Risøyhamn
04.30 Jump on the famous Hurtigruten coast liner with your car at around and back to Tromsø on a beautiful scenic journey
14.15 Arrive in Tromsø
Optional activities in Tromsø:
Overnight at Clarion The Edge in Tromsø
Optional activities in Tromsø, depending on your flight time:
Drop off your rental car and depart home from Tromsø airport
Optional extra days available at all stops, variations can be tailored to your needs.
NB: For additional nights and different options, please contact us.
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