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VISITING: Norway BROCHURE CODE: 5215
All prices include: accommodation, meals and car hire; all as listed.
Located above the Arctic circle, the region of Northern Norway explored in this 10-day holiday is both dramatic and diverse. The scenery is magnificent and the days grow gradually longer until the Midnight Sun ensures 24 hours of daylight from the end of May to the end of July. Your route will include visits to the ‘fairytale island’ of Senja, the stunning white sandy beaches surrounding Sommarøy, the village of Andenes - a fantastic spot for whale watching, and the historical town of Narvik.

What's included?

  • Rental car: standard two person\two door car hire included (upgrade available)
  • Accommodation: 1 night at Clarion Collection Aurora, 1 night wilderness glamping in Kvaløya, 2 nights at Hamn I Senja, 1 night at Hotel Marena Andenes, 1 night at Scandic Harstad, 1 night at Scandic Narvik, 2 nights at Sommarøy Arctic Hotel
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 light evening buffet and 1 dinner
  • A roadmap, route description, ferry schedules and times are all provided

What's not included

  • Flights are not included in your holiday, but our Travel Experts will happily make arrangements on your behalf, please just ask for a quote
  • Ferry tickets and car parking charges are not included and need to be paid for locally

Our 'Best of Northern Norway' certainly lives up to its name and combines many of the destinations which make Norway such a firm favourite here at Artisan Travel. With stunning fjord views, dramatic mountain landscapes and beautiful white sandy beaches you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to scenery. We have designed this self-drive holiday using our local guides' expertise and our own experiences in this unforgettable region. 

Summer in Northern Norway sees the onset of the Midnight Sun, where sunlight reigns 24 hours a day. It occurs between late-May through to the end of July, meaning that you can spend so much more time in The Great Outdoors and really make the most of your stay.

For one night during your holiday, you will stay in a picturesque wilderness camp on the island of Kvaløya. Your rather luxurious tent accommodation has windows above the beds so that you can admire the mountain views until later at night, even after you have retreated to your duvet (of course there are also blinds to block the light when you do want to sleep).

Culturally, Northern Norway is fascinating. This self-drive holiday will give you an insight into the lives of the local people, from the cosmopolitan city of Tromso and the historical town of Narvik, to traditional fishing villages on the islands of Sommaroy and Senja, you will experience an all-encompassing view of this region.  

Northern Norway is rich in wildlife and we would recommend heading to the coastline in Vesterålen, close to the village of Andenes, to try to catch a glimpse of the numerous species of whale and seabird. For information on guided whale watching tours run by an expert, local guides; please see our ‘Personalise’ section. 

This self-drive holiday really does give you ‘the best of Northern Norway’. The dramatic landscapes and diverse flora and fauna are appealing enough, but you can also tailor your holiday and choose from a range of additional activities with a focus on enjoying the outdoors and embracing the long summer days. The details of the available options can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page..


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Key facts

Duration:9 nights
Pace:Set your own
Midnight Sun Dates: 19th May - 26th July
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  • Tromsø, which is often referred to as the 'capital of the Arctic', is the starting point for your 10-day self-drive holiday. This lively city which is located on the island of Tromsøya offers a beautiful natural setting, modern architecture and a range of museums and attractions for visitors to enjoy. Perhaps the most famous attraction is the Polaria Aquarium which is the most northerly aquarium in the world and is home to an array of fascinating marine life.

    Your car will be available for you to collect at the airport before you make your way to the Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora, your centrally-located base for your first night in Norway.

    The hotel's restaurant closes at 9 pm. If you arrive before 9 pm you can either enjoy a light evening meal at the hotel (included) or alternatively, and for those arriving after 9 pm, you may choose to explore the delights of this city's culinary scene. The hotel staff will be happy to recommend some local restaurants.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • Following breakfast, you will have more time to explore the city of Tromsø before making your way to Kvaløya Island later in the day.

    En route, we can arrange for you to visit one of the local sled dog centres where you can meet the huskies or perhaps take part in their puppy training sessions – the details of the available options can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page.

    Your final destination today is a wilderness camp surrounded by jaw-dropping mountain scenery.

    You will spend the evening in a comfortable tent with cosy big beds and windows over-head which provide fabulous views of the wilderness outside. You can really embrace the silence of the surrounding nature and the glowing light of the Midnight Sun.

    A home-cooked dinner which includes some locally cured meats will be provided. 

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • Enjoy a relaxed breakfast amidst the silence of nature and the dramatic mountains before departing for the ‘fairytale island of Senja’.

    You will drive to Brensholmen ferry terminal, before taking the 30-minute ride to Botnhamn ferry stop (approx. 280 NOK for standard size car including driver plus 84 NOK for additional adult passenger). From here you will head to Senja, Northern Norway's hidden gem, which still remains very much off the beaten tourist trail.

    You will soon see why it was given the nickname ‘fairytale island’. The island offers an awe-inspiring mix of crystal clear ocean views, jagged mountains, white sandy beaches and traditional fishing villages.

    We include two nights here as there is so much to enjoy including a variety of local hiking trails. An optional Midnight Sun Kayaking tour is a fantastic way in which to explore the dramatic scenery, whilst also enjoying the orange glow from the late evening sunshine. Please see the ‘Personalise’ section for more details.

    Your accommodation at Hamn I Senja includes breakfast. Half board upgrades are available should you wish to enjoy dinner at the restaurant. Parking is available on site at approximately 125 NOK per day.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • Following Breakfast, you will have the full day to explore this stunning island.

    We would highly recommend visiting Skaland which you will find marked on your route map. Here you will find a white sandy beach with crystal clear water. It looks almost tropical, just with fewer palm trees and cooler water.

    Another area we would recommend is Tungeneset which is at the very tip of the island. Once here you can follow a man-made walkway along the coastline until you arrive at a stunning viewpoint with sharp edged mountains rising from the water. This place is picture perfect so make sure your cameras are fully charged.

    You will overnight at Hamn I Senja.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • After enjoying a leisurely breakfast, you will drive to Gryllefjord ferry terminal before setting sail on the 11am ferry to Andenes (approx. 571 NOK and 220 NOK for an additional adult passenger) which takes roughly one hour and forty minutes.

    Andenes is famous for whale watching: you could be lucky enough to spot killer whales, pilot whales, humpback whales and a whole range of other species. During your stay at Andenes, we would recommend a whale safari to try and catch a glimpse of these beautiful animals and you can find full details of how to add this in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page.

    Alternatively, you can enjoy the coastal views up the 148 steps to Andenes Lighthouse. The panoramic outlook is certainly worth the climb.

    Your stay this evening will be in the Hotel Marena Andenes.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • After breakfast, you will follow the stunning coastline before heading inland and continuing on towards the charming coastal town of Harstad. This is a spectacular scenic drive, with wild beaches, mountainous peaks and vibrant, green forests.

    Harstad is the third largest town in Northern Norway and it is particularly well-known for its high-quality restaurants serving local Nordic cuisine. The bustling harbour has a stunning backdrop and it is a fantastic place to simply wander and enjoy the numerous cafes and shops.

    If you are travelling towards the end of June, you may be lucky enough to experience the North Norwegian Festival of Culture which attracts both locals and tourists alike. Another notable site is Trondenes Church which is a 13th-century medieval building on the outskirts of the town. The scenery surrounding the church is spectacular but it is also a site of major historical significance as it traces back to the Viking era.  

    Your accommodation for this evening is the Scandic Harstad Hotel which is centrally located and close to the waterfront. Parking is available here for an additional cost (of approximately 80 NOK per 24 hours). 

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • Following breakfast, you will leave the charming town of Harstad behind and head for the historical town of Narvik which covers around 118km of Norwegian scenery. 

    Narvik is a haven for history lovers, especially those interested in the Second World War. The city was the setting for large-scale naval and land battles as both sides were intent on securing the iron-ore supply, which was transported to Narvik from neighbouring Sweden. The war museum in Narvik is a great place to uncover more about the area's past and the influence the war had on the local people.

    The city itself is surrounded by natural beauty, so you may also wish to enjoy the sights from the top of the cable car which takes you to 656 metres above sea level and provides some delightful views.

    Your accommodation this evening is at the Scandic Hotel Narvik which also offers some great panoramas from the top floor. Parking is available on site at approx. 125 NOK per 24 hours.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • This morning, you will enjoy breakfast at the hotel before driving to the ‘summer island’ of Sommarøy.

    As the name suggests, Sommarøy is a true paradise during summer and the white sandy beaches and crystal-clear water is very reminiscent of the Caribbean. The small village has a vibrant fishing community which has kept its ancient traditions and the locals are only too happy to share their culture with visitors.

    During your time here, you will stay at the Sommarøy Arctic Hotel which has complimentary onsite parking. Breakfast is included and evening meals can be added for an additional supplement. Speak to one of our Travel Experts for more information. 

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • Following breakfast, you will have the full day to explore Sommarøy. The bustling harbour is a fantastic place to start, with a vibrant and traditional coastal community. Hunting, fishing and trapping have been part of the daily life here for generations and the locals are very proud of this heritage.

    There are numerous walking trails of various levels of difficulty which provide panoramic views over the ever-spectacular surroundings. Your hosts at the Arctic Sommarøy Hotel will be happy to give you further information on these.

    During your visit to Sommarøy, it is also possible to tailor your time and perhaps include an additional activity. A kayaking adventure on the fjords is a fantastic way in which to enjoy the surrounding landscape. See our ‘Personalise’ section for details.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • Your final day in Northern Norway will see you driving back to Tromsø in time for your flight home. If you have a later flight, then it is possible to tailor your holiday and stop at the husky centre on your way to the airport.

    If you simply cannot bear to leave this land behind just yet, then please simply let us know as our experts can tailor an extension so you can spend longer in Norway's north.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora

Nights: 1

The Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora enjoys an enviable position on the harbour front in the centre of lively Tromsø with beautiful views of the sea and towards Tromsø bridge. Its position also puts it within easy walking distance of the city's facilities such as the theatres, shops and famous city landmarks such as the Polar Museum (Polarmuseet) and Arctic Cathedral (Ishavskatedralen).

Hotel facilities

The hotel offers a range of well thought out facilities that have been designed with comfort in mind as well as showcasing modern Norwegian trends.

These include:

  • A wonderful afternoon tea for guests which includes coffee and fresh waffles - delicious!
  • A light evening buffet including salads and soups is included for all guests to enjoy
  • There is a gym, a sauna and an exceptional outdoor hot tub on the roof of the hotel
  • The friendly reception desk is open 24 hours to help you with anything you may need
  • NB: The hotel is cash-free, they take payment by credit or debit card and accept all major international cards including American Express and Diners. They can accept cash payment if needed but offer no change if you do not have the correct money. 

Room types

Double or twin rooms

The hotel has 121 rooms over five floors. Your stay will be in a standard double/twin en-suite bedroom.  All rooms are fully equipped with TV, refrigerator, hairdryer, minibar, complimentary Wi-Fi and en-suite shower room. Upgrades to rooms with whirlpool baths are available on request.

Wilderness Camp North Tour

Nights: 2

North Tour is a Norwegian wilderness tented camping experience with a comfortable twist. Located on the island of Kvaløya, which is forty minutes from Tromsø, the tents themselves are luxurious with large, cosy double beds. They have panoramic windows in their roofs so you can admire the breathtaking scenery surrounding the camp. The tents are spacious and there is a seating area from which to enjoy the view whilst enjoying a hot drink or some fresh fruit from the minibar.

The camp is set in a genuinely wild location, with dramatic mountain peaks surrounding a pristine valley. The only sounds are that of the running river and the local birdlife.

A wooden cabin is located in the centre of the camp and here you will enjoy your meals which are home-cooked using fresh ingredients. There are no showers at the camp, but there is a water pump which provides fresh water whenever you need it.

If you are travelling during the time of the Midnight Sun (end of May to late July) they offer wonderful views of the scenery at all hours (blinds are provided to block the light when you do choose to sleep).

Hotel Facilities

  • Enjoy the space and luxury of the tent which has heating, a seating area and fantastic views from the overhead windows
  • Sample fresh local produce and delicacies such as reindeer soup or fish soup which is are particular favourites in Northern Norway
  • The central cabin is an ideal location to relax with a hot drink whilst enjoying the silence of the wilderness. It is equipped with a fireplace to ensure a cosy atmosphere.

Rooms

Exclusive Tent: The luxurious tents are equipped with large, cosy double or twin beds and are both bright and spacious. There are windows overhead which provide fantastic views of the surrounding landscape but they are also equipped with blinds, so you can block out the light. Each tent has a seating area, coffee and tea making facilities and a minibar with fresh fruit provided. There are toilets in a separate building and a water pump which gives access to fresh water whenever you need it.


Image credits: North Tour

Hamn i Senja

Nights: 3-4

Hamn i Senja can be found on the island of Senja - an idyllic Norwegian fishing village, surrounded by dramatic mountainous scenery. This perfect, peaceful location is an absolute must for those with a genuine appreciation of natural beauty. As Norway’s second largest island after Svalbard, Senja can be found midway between Tromsø and Harstad and offers its guests a beautiful array of diverse island scenery with spectacular views of the surrounding fjords, islets and mountains.

The name of ‘Hamn’ means harbour and the location that Hamn i Senja resides within has roots dating back to the 1880s as a traditional fishing village. There is a wonderful historical feel as well as a perfect peaceful location directly on the harbour front.

Hotel facilities

The hotel was recently refurbished so offers a high standard of modern facilities for its guests.

  • A stylish restaurant where you will enjoy a delicious range of home-cooked meals (including freshly caught local fish)
  • The Cognac Saloon is the hotel's on-site bar which is open throughout the day and evening so guests can enjoy a coffee and chat with friends or relax and wind down with a Cognac later on in the evening
  • For those moments where you wish to relax you can enjoy the sauna and sauna chamber
  • Free Wi-Fi is available in all of the public areas and some of the rooms
  • The majority of our trips give you the opportunity to enjoy the hotel's Lighthouse and the very quirky hot tub made from a converted fishing boat (see 'What's included' for details). The Lighthouse (a short walk from the hotel) offers a spectacular vantage point of the harbour and north facing views of the sky, which means that you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Midnight Sun (depending on which time of year you are visiting)
  • A range of activities can be added onto your trip via the hotel such as fishing, boat trips and whale watching trips

Guest bedroom types

LARGE SUITES

The large suites are located in three buildings.

Each suite has two bedrooms with two beds (which can be made up as either twins or doubles). Facilities in the suites include a fully equipped kitchen area, a lounge area with TV and view of the harbour, dining area, a shower room and a hairdryer.

The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi and towels.

Hotel Marena Andenes

Nights: 5

Hotel Marena is well within the middle of Andenes, sitting very close to the ferry port, whale safari centre and bus terminal. A short stroll outside will take you to the coast, looking out over the waters towards Senja. There are 29 modern rooms, designed with the help of renowned interior expert Kari Ruud and photographic artist Espen Tollefsen. Rooms take their names from the enchanting stories of Norwegian novelist Regine Normann.

Hotel facilities

  • Relax with a drink in the hotel’s fully licensed bar 
  • Staff can prepare a packed lunch to save you the hassle of finding somewhere to eat when you head off the next day
  • Take time to keep friends and family in the know about your travels with free Wi-Fi
  • Lose yourself in exploring the experimental artwork of Espen Tollefsen, dotted throughout the building

Room Type

You will stay in a double bedroom which has a bathroom with a shower, toilet, hairdryer, a flat-screen television and free wireless internet. Each room has decorations inspired by the local nature.

Scandic Hotel Harstad

Nights: 6

Scandic Harstad is centrally located, close to the waterfront. It is the perfect base to explore this charming coastal city in Northern Norway. There are 117 bright and spacious rooms which have either a view of the city or of the sea. The hotel also has a restaurant and bar which serves both Norwegian and international dishes.

Outdoor parking is available to guests at an additional cost (of approximately 80 NOK per 24 hours) and there is free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel. Guests can also rent bikes, which is a fabulous way to explore the city.

Facilities

  • Take advantage of the hotel’s central location and enjoy a stroll down to the bustling waterfront
  • Enjoy a range of local and international dishes at the hotel restaurant
  • Make use of the hotel’s bike rental facility and explore this charming coastal city
  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel

Rooms

Standard Double/Twin: Each room is bright and spacious with city or sea views. There is a desk and seating area and cosy twin beds which can be pushed together to make a double. The rooms are equipped with blackout curtains, a TV, hairdryer, coffee and tea making facilities, complimentary toiletries and an en-suite bathroom.

Superior Double/Twin: Upgrade to one of the Superior rooms, which are large and spacious with two comfortable armchairs and plenty of room to relax. Each room has a city or sea view and there are two comfortable twin beds which push together to make a double. The rooms have blackout curtains, a tv, coffee and tea making facilities, a minibar, a hairdryer, complimentary toiletries and an en-suite shower. 

Single Room: Single rooms are equipped with a comfortable single bed and a seating area. Each room has a view of the city or the sea and they are equipped with a range of facilities such as a TV, complimentary toiletries, an en-suite bathroom, blackout curtains and a minibar. Coffee and tea making facilities are also available and each room is equipped with free Wi-Fi.


Image credits: Scandic Hotels

Scandic Narvik

Nights: 7

This modern hotel is one of Northern Norway's tallest buildings. All 16 floors offer fantastic views over the surrounding mountain area and fjords. Located in the downtown area of Narvik you are on the doorstep to the Red Cross War Memorial Museum and close to the Ofoten Museum.

  • The hotel has an on-site gym with a range of equipment for those who would like to keep their fitness levels up
  • Tind restaurant can be found on the hotels 16th floor and as such takes advantage of the views on offer. It serves a range of local and international cuisine using fresh seasonal ingredients
  • Take advantage of the rooftop terrace and the spectacular views whilst enjoying a drink.
  • The hotel provides complimentary Wi-Fi

Guest accommodation
Your stay will be within a standard double/twin bedroom with private en-suite bathroom. All rooms feature an armchair and table with either wooden or carpeted flooring. They will also have a TV, telephone, hairdryer and a refrigerator.

Sommarøy Arctic Hotel

Nights: 8-9

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and located within the picturesque Sommarøy coastal town your stay here will guarantee sea views. Located in a traditional fishing community you will be provided with fresh local dishes and an insight into how they hunt and fish.

  • Relax in the hotel's wood-fired sauna or take a dip in the outdoor hot tub and enjoy the views of the sea
  • The hotel offers free private parking to all guests
  • Breakfast which is included in your stay is served within the on-site lobby restaurant which uses fresh local ingredients where possible.

Guest bedrooms
Your stay will be in a standard double/twin shower en-suite bedroom. They all come equipped with Internet, TV, desk, hairdryer and seating area.

Please note that the hotel is currently undergoing some expansion and improvement work, due for completion in Spring 2017. The majority of the external work has been completed and a few internal projects remain. Working hours will be limited to the daytime only and the hotel will aim to locate guests as far away from the work as possible. If there are any issues during your stay, the hotel staff will be more than happy to help.

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Tromsø – Glacier Hiking

From £185pp

Feel a sense of personal achievement on completion of hiking your first glacier. Take the opportunity to learn about the nature of glaciers whilst enjoying a hike and getting to know the natural environment. 

Please Note: to book this activity you would need to extend your stay in Tromsø.

Min: 2

Duration: 12 hours

Availability on request


Image credit: Anders Gjengedal, Innovation Norway

Other options

Activities

Sommarøy - kayak tour of the fjords

From: £130pp

Kayaking is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with nature and explore the myriad of islands along Northern Norway’s coast. You will also need to keep your eyes open for any whales, seals and sea eagles that you may encounter during your activity as they all inhabit the region.

Min: 2

Duration: 4 hours

Availability on request

Andenes - whale watching in Vesterålen

From: £120pp

For a memorable wildlife experience then Whale Watching is the trip of choice. Keep an eye out for numerous species of whale, such as the Orca or the humpback, as you head offshore amidst stunning landscapes. In addition to whales, you may also spot seals and various species of bird including the Atlantic Puffin. It is the ideal way to combine both scenery and wildlife.

Min: 2

Duration: 3-4 hours

Availability on request

Senja - kayaking on Bergsfjorden - Midnight Sun tour

From: £175pp

Kayaking on the magical waters of Bergsfjorden offers a truly enchanting experience, particularly during the Midnight Sun.

North of the Arctic Circle, the sun doesn’t set below the horizon from the end of May until the end of July creating 24 hours of daylight. Experience kayaking late into the evening amidst the crystal-clear waters, idyllic white sandy beaches and the stunning orange glow of the Midnight Sun.

The clear waters are perfect for kayaking and you may be sharing the water with some native seals and a variety of seabirds.

Min: 3

Duration: 2 hours

Availability on request


Image credit: Hamnisenja.no

Sommarøy – Stand Up Paddling beginners course

From: £98pp

Stand up paddling is one of the world’s fastest growing sports with an increasing popularity in Norway. This unique activity allows you to glide over the pristine waters of this coastal region in what makes for a magical experience amongst a beautiful landscape.

Sommarøy is the ideal location, with white sandy beaches and sheltered bays, it is an ideal spot for beginners. Knowledgeable guides will provide hands-on instruction for the duration of the tour.

Min: 2

Duration: 1.5 hours

Availability on request


Image credit: Visit Tromsø

Sommarøy/Tromsø – Husky farm visit

From: £86pp

Visit a local husky farm where you will learn how these wonderful dogs have been trained and brought up to work as sled dogs. Your musher guide will show you around the farm so you learn a great deal about their lives with their dogs and the special bond they share.

Please note: this activity can be booked on either day 2, after leaving Tromsø, or day 5, before returning the car to the airport when leaving Sommarøy. Alternatively, you can extend your stay in Tromsø.

Min: 2

Duration: 3.5 hours

Availability on request

Sommarøy/Tromsø – Puppy training

From: £125pp

Visit a local husky farm and learn how to train a puppy for its future role as a sled dog. This is a hands-on experience and you’ll leave knowing you have helped train a future sled dog. Your experienced handler will guide you throughout your visit on how and why they train their dogs as they do.

Please note: this activity can be booked on either day 2, after leaving Tromsø, or day 5, before returning the car to the airport when leaving Sommarøy. Alternatively, you can extend your stay in Tromsø.

Min: 2

Duration: 4.5 hours

Availability on request

Tromsø - Mountain hiking

From: £112pp

With a range of mountains offering picture-perfect views of the town and lower surrounding fjords, you won't be stuck for mountain hiking routes. We can organise a mountaineering guide to assist you in your hiking adventure.

Please Note: to book this activity you would need to extend your stay in Tromsø.

Min: 2

Duration: 8 hours

Available from 1st June and on request

Polaria Aquarium

From: £15pp

As the world’s most northern aquarium the Polaria is one of Tromsø’s premier attractions. It provides impressive scientific and educational exhibits which give an in-depth insight into the marine life of this region. The Polaria boasts an arctic aquarium, and a panoramic cinema exploring the effects of the melting ice within the region. It is also home to bearded seals which are the most notable residents.


Image credit: Polaria.no

Little Extras

Hire car upgrades

If you would prefer that little extra space or would prefer a larger car we can arrange for a car hire upgrade.

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Economy two/four door upgrade: if you would prefer a more spacious car during your holiday in Norway then you could upgrade to an economy four-door car. Models include a VW Polo, Ford Fiesta, Fiat Punto or similar.

Compact four-door upgrade: models include the Toyota Auris or similar and provides adequate seating for up to four passengers. Air-conditioning as standard.

Intermediate four-door upgrade: Models include the Audi A3 or similar which is large enough to seat up to five adults. There is a range of upgrades available please ask one of our sales team for more details.

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £250pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

Departure dates between
Sat 01 Jun 2019
to Fri 30 Aug 2019
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Adults£ 1,420 Single Adult£ 2,405

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 people

Group size

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.

Minimum age

The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the dates and prices section of the holiday page, under ‘Terms’.

Unless otherwise stated in the dates and prices section of the holiday page, under ‘Terms’, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment

is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com

Single supplements

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation. 

Medical history and advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

Pregnancy

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Insurance

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

Reduced mobility

If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our Travel Experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness
Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition are provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example, you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.

We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required. If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

Guides and safety
It is essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost every day.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience are unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides, please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice, but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.

Booking activities locally and equipment hire

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.

In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.

Car hire
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Travel Safety and Foreign Office Advice

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/ The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

Traveller Reviews

All activities were good, most were great and a few were awesome 31 August 2015 by Douglas Bardwell

Forgetting the heat, I loved every hotel. All activities were good, most were great and a few were awesome. The best thing was the freedom to drive and stop where ever and whenever I wanted. Never felt like I was being pushed to get anywhere. As far as a single attraction - Horseback riding at Lofothest. Absolutely stunning scenery, great lunch, great guide, and wonderfully responsive and
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comfortable horses. Improvements: I'd keep it just as is. It was great. Really appreciated the opportunity to take this tour. I enjoyed myself immensely and brought back some fabulous photos as well as memories.
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