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October/November Half Term Family 4-night Northern Lights Holiday

30 October - 3 November 2024

This trip is designed to coincide with the UK school October half-term week and is the perfect family trip for all ages. Our base will be in Vesterålen, which is a fantastic location allowing us to spend the daytime visiting some of the most picturesque locations in the region, as well as travelling out to dark and scenic locations to experience the Northern Lights.

This trip includes a visit to the local Sami reindeer farm, an eagle safari and a specially customised visitor experience at Andøy Space and rocket range where you can learn more about the northern lights and the research that happens at the Space Centre.

The average temperature at this time of year is 4ºC or 39ºF. During the autumn the landscape is filled with beautiful reds, browns and greens and snow may be visible on the peaks of some of the mountains.

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Arrival

Upon arrival at Harstad-Narvik (EVE) airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for the evening. The journey time is approximately 2 hours. Dinner is not provided on this first evening but there will be opportunities to buy food en route from the airport to your hotel.

If weather and aurora conditions are good then we will plan to chase the lights tonight. There may even be an opportunity to view them whilst travelling from airport to hotel.

Please see the ‘How to Get Here’ tab above for information on the flights you can choose to arrive on.

Journey to Andøya & Andøy Space Centre

Today we will drive the stunning scenic route to the top of Andøya, Vesterålen’s northernmost island. Journey distance is 100km (65 miles) and there will be the opportunity to stop for photos at lots of locations on the way and on the way back. Andøy is most famous for its weathered mountains and long sandy beaches. The island is also home to Norway’s Space Centre which is one of the most active aurora research facilities on the planet.

Andøy Space & Spaceship Aurora

We will visit Spaceship Aurora at the Andøya Rocket Range. There will be short movie presentations followed by the Spaceship Aurora experience where you will be a part of the crew on a simulated aurora borealis research mission.

If you make it back safely from space you will then meet a real-life rocket scientist for a guided tour and to ask questions about anything relating to the Northern Lights and the research carried out at the Space Centre.

After dinner at the hotel we will again plan an aurora chase.

Sami Culture & Reindeer Experience

Today is a more relaxing day for you with only a small amount of travelling. After a leisurely morning we will drive 10km out of Sortland where you will learn about Sami history and culture, enjoy a home made hot lunch and of course meet and feed the resident reindeer.

We will return to your hotel after lunch at the reindeer farm and then the rest of the afternoon is yours to choose to relax at the hotel or explore the town.

After dinner we will again plan to go in search of the Northern Lights.

Sea Eagle & Wildlife Safari

After breakfast we will head out to the far west of Vesterålen, travelling again through some of the most beautiful Arctic scenery. Today is all about the wildlife, notably the majestic White-Tailed Sea Eagle. After a presentation about the sea eagles you will board a boat and sail out amongst the smaller islands along the coast in search of sea eagles. This excursion has never failed to deliver incredible photo opportunities and is the best way to get close to the sea eagles in their natural habitat.

Upon returning to the harbour you will enjoy a tasty hot soup lunch before we make our way back to the hotel for the rest of the afternoon and evening.

This is our last opportunity of seeing the Northern Lights again so we will plan to go out once more.

Return Journey

After an early breakfast we will travel back to Harstad-Narvik airport, arriving in time for you to meet your flight home. Journey time is approximately 2 hours.

Please see the ‘How to Get Here’ tab above for information on the flights you can choose to depart on.

Sortland’s newest hotel with 128 modern rooms, opened in 2021 has a unique harbourside location right in the heart of the town. It offers panoramic views of the sea and scenic mountains of Vesterålen.

The ground floor restaurant serves continental buffet breakfasts and dinners with locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant is surrounded with a monumental glass facade giving stunning views across the water.

Rooms are modern and comfortable and available as

  • Standard single or twin/double rooms
  • Standard family of 3 room with twin/double bed and sofa bed
  • Standard family of 4 room with twin/double bed and 2 bunk beds
  • Family suite for 5 with twin/double bed, queen size sofa bed and extra sofa bed space for a child up to age 12.

 

We collect and drop off guests at our local airport, Harstad-Narvik. The airport code is EVE.

To arrive at Harstad-Narvik you will need to take a flight from Oslo Gardemoen (OSL) which is Norway’s international airport. There are several daily flights between Oslo Gardemoen (OSL) and Harstad-Narvik (EVE). These flights are operated by Norwegian and SAS. The flight time is approximately 1h 40m.

PICK UP

Harstad-Narvik (EVE)

October 30, 2024
16:45

DROP OFF

Harstad-Narvik (EVE)
November 3, 2024
12:00

We recommend you arrive and depart on one of the flights listed below.

Arriving at Harstad-Narvik (EVE) from Oslo (OSL) on 30 October 2024
Norwegian DY362Depart OSL: 13:25Arrive EVE: 15:05
SAS SK4094Depart OSL: 15:00Arrive EVE: 16:45
Departing to Oslo (OSL) from Harstad-Narvik (EVE) on 3 November 2024
SAS SK4087Depart EVE: 13:30Arrive OSL: 15:20
Norwegian DY363Depart EVE: 15:40Arrive OSL: 17:25

Use the flight buttons to view these recommended flights from Oslo.

Coming from the UK or Ireland?

Connecting flights can be taken with Norwegian and SAS from several UK and Ireland airports.

Coming from Elsewhere?

There are many international airlines that fly to Oslo (OSL). Please contact us or chat to us now for advice about flying to Norway from your country.

If you are flying from outside of Europe then generally we recommend you arrive in Oslo at least one night before your internal flight to Harstad-Narvik.

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Price per person

Adult: £1599
Child: £1399
Based on twin occupancy
Single traveller + £220
Child price is for under 16 years old

To enquire about this trip please use the enquiry or chat buttons below.

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