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Arctic Whale Watching

Experience humpback whales in the Arctic fjords

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Departures in November, December and January

3 or 4 nights from £1029/person

Overview

Nothing quite prepares you for the stunning sight of humpback whales feeding on vast shoals of herring in the magnificent fjords during the winter. The sounds of the whales exhaling fills the fjord as these mighty leviathans hunt by encircling a group of fish then diving underwater. Suddenly you might see hundreds of hunted herring leap out of the water, followed by vast humpback whales, open-mouthed.

These marvellous moments of high drama can even occur close to shore as the whales sometimes use small bays as a gathering place for their unfortunate prey. Killer whales – or orcas – seagulls and even white-tailed eagles join the herring feast, making the spectacle even more breathtaking and memorable.

What's included

  • Return flights
  • Transfers and ground transport
  • Two nights’ hotel accommodation in Tromso (half board)
  • One night hotel accommodation in Lapland (full board)
  • 3 hour whale watching boat trip
  • 2 hour Northern Lights snowmobile safari
  • 40 minute husky sled experience
  • Taxes and government air passenger duty
What we love
  • The sight, sound – and even smell! – of mighty humpback whales breaking the surface of the sea around you

  • A sense of communing with Nature like you’ve never known before!

Suitable For

  • Corporate
  • Couples
  • Groups
  • Singles

Departures

Please call our specialists on the number at the top of the screen to check availability. Three night breaks: £1029. Four night breaks: £1,079.

 

Date

Nts

Depart

Standard

Superior

Premium

Deluxe

Mon-16-Nov-15

4

London Gatwick

1079

1109

1129

1139

Fri-20-Nov-15

3

Bristol

1029

1044

1054

1059

Mon-23-Nov-15

4

Manchester

1079

1109

1129

1139

Mon-30-Nov-15

4

Stansted

1079

1109

1129

1139

Tues-08-Dec-15

3

London Gatwick

1029

1044

1054

1059

Mon-14-Dec-15

4

Manchester

1079

1109

1129

1139

Sun-03-Jan-16

4

London Gatwick

1079

1109

1129

1139

 

           

Price Includes

  • Return flights
  • Transfers and ground transport
  • Two nights’ hotel accommodation in Tromso (half board)
  • One night hotel accommodation in Lapland (full board)
  • 3 hour whale watching boat trip
  • 2 hour Northern Lights snowmobile safari
  • 40 minute husky sled experience
  • Taxes and government air passenger duty

For information and bookings, call

Itinerary

 

Your whale-watching trip to the Arctic Circle is packed with variety and interest, and not just while setting out on an unforgettable whale watching boat trip.

Day One

You fly to Enontekio in Finland, deep inside the Arctic Circle then take a coach transfer lasting approx. 3.5 hours across the mighty Norwegian alps to Tromso, Norway’s northern-most city and ‘capital of the Arctic’, where you will check into your hotel, the Clarion Collection Hotel With, right beside the harbour. En-route to Tromso you will make a brief stop to collect your thermal suits and snow boots. 

Day Two

After breakfast, you transfer by coach to the nearby fishing village of Sommaroy (45minutes) where you will embark by boat on your whale watching expedition, which lasts approx. three hours.  Joining you on board will be a marine biologist who will be on hand to share their fascinating knowledge with you. Tea/coffee and cookies will be served, while all guests are loaned a thermal suit against the winter cold and issued with an anti-seasickness pill, just in case.

As the whales follow the herring shoals around the area, we cannot guarantee the sighting of whales on all of our trips. However, our experienced crew will do their best to ensure that your trip will be an unforgettable experience. And over the past three years (2010-2012) there have been daily sightings of orcas and humpback whales in the fjords around Sommaroy.

After your trip you return to Tromso and your hotel for a relaxing evening.

Day three

After breakfast, you set off by coach (3.5 hours) to Karesuando in Finnish Lapland, set on a picturesque fellside on the edge of Europe’s last unspoiled wilderness.  After checking in you will set out into the wilderness on a Northern Lights snowmobile safari (approx. two hours), in the hope of catching a glimpse of the fabled aurora borealis, another of nature’s great spectacles.

Day Four

After breakfast, you will have time to enjoy a 40-minute Husky Experience, before making the 40-50min coach transfer to Enontekio for your flight home.

 

A four-night version of this tour is also available, providing an additional night and day at the Arctic Star, during which you will have an opportunity to explore or take up one of our exciting optional excursions.

For information and bookings, call

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Programme of optional excursions

There’s a full programme of excursions available on this tour. You can add any of them when you make your booking, or before you travel subject to availability. Please note that these excursions take place in the Lapland leg of your tour and due to time restraints, some activities may not be available. Call our Arctic team on the number at the top of the screen for further enquiries.

 

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Ice Fishing by Snowmobile

This is a great trip for all the family. Travelling by snowmobile along a small stretch of the 200km Victoria Route, inaugurated by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, you arrive at a frozen lake where you can try traditional ice-fishing. Once you have drilled a hole in the ice, you may even catch your lunch. **

£85

2 Hours

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Northern Lights Husky Safari

Take a magical evening safari on a sledge pulled by a team of dogs. You will travel across frozen lakes and through silent forests and hopefully you will glimpse the beautiful Northern Lights evolving overhead (of course, this cannot be guaranteed).

£120

2 Hours

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Snow Shoe Introduction

This guidede snow shoe tour is a fun and simple way to view the spectacular scenery at a more leisurely pace - a great introduction to the age-old means of traversing the Arctic winter terrain.

Snowshoe hire (on completion of the introduction) is £15 for one hour.

£45

2 Hours

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Reindeer Camp

Learn about herding and lassoing reindeer. Then venture into the wilderness on a reindeer sleigh safari. Includes hot drink and refreshments.

£110

Approx 2.5 Hours

For information and bookings, call

For information and bookings, call

Accommodation

Arctic Star Hotel

The Arctic Star is a simple and traditional hotel situated on the outskirts of the small border-village of Swedish Karesuando, with superb views over both the majestic Muonio River and the Kaarevaara fell.

It’s a simple and comfortable hotel, drawing on local architectural styles and materials, especially Scandinavian pine. We think you’ll enjoy this traditional retreat, it is a great base for a winter adventure in Lapland.

Location: Karesuando, Lapland
Why we chose it
  • With just 27 rooms, we always enjoy the hotel's friendly and intimate atmosphere
  • One of our favourite things to do is walk over the border to Finland (15mins) - the perfect photo opportunity!
  • We love that the Dalai Lama once stayed here during his visit to Swedish Lapland

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The Arctic Winter

Winter in Finnish Lapland spans six months of the year, and as the season unfolds, there are different reasons to experience a winter break deep inside the Arctic Circle. Here is our guide to the best times to enjoy your Arctic Spirit break.

 

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Month by Month

November

  • This month marks the true beginning of an Arctic winter, with the year's first falls of virgin snow once more blanketing the landscape.

  • The polar nights being, which will eventually last 22 hours each day.

  • November is the beginning of the best period to see the Northern Lights. This month, nature's most spectacular phenomenon will once again return to light up the Arctic skies.

December

  • Now is the time to really experience the long polar nights, with 22 hours of darkness and the sun never quite managing to rise above the horizon.

January

  • With the harshest of the winter now over, the days are becoming a little longer, and the snow deeper underfoot.

  • If the weather is kind, you can experience polar blue skies amid the intense cold, while the northern lights still blaze frequently overhead.

February

  • This month sees the first traces of spring about the Arctic landscapes, although the snow remains deep and the days icy cold.

March

  • A wonderful month for an Arctic Spirit break. The deepest snows of teh winter, combined with longer daylight hours and more moderate temperatures.

  • Many people consider March to be the best month for spotting the northern lights

April

  • This month sees spectacular sunrises and sunsets as warmth at last returns to the Arctic landscapes

  • In April, Lapland benefits from the longer hours of daylight and also the remains of heavy snowfall from March.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Before you travel…

What documents do I need to take with me?

Your departure documents will be sent around two weeks before departure and will include airline and excursions vouchers. Iceland and Greenland are both outside of the EU and you will need a valid passport (with six months validity remaining) to travel to either of these countries. UK citizens do not require a visa to visit Iceland or Greenland. Citizens of other countries should check visa requirements with their Embassy or Consulate.

Are these breaks suitable for those with physical disabilities?

Whilst we are unable to offer any specialist facilities, our breaks in and around Akureyri do not require a great deal of physical exertion. Our Greenland breaks, however, would not be suitable for those who face physical challenges. 

How much luggage can I take with me?

The luggage restrictions vary depending on the airline, but the weight allowance is usually 20kg per person with dimensions not exceeding 158cm/62inches (L+W+H). Hand luggage is usually 5kg.

Can I buy duty free?

Yes. Since both Iceland and Greenland are outside of the EU, purchase of duty free is allowed.

In Iceland and Greenland…

What will the weather be like in summer?

The weather in Iceland and Greenland can be unpredictable. During the summer, the temperature in Iceland averages around 10oC. To check the weather before you travel, please look at: www.vedur.is/english

How much daylight will there be in summer?

Iceland and Greenland are close to the Arctic Circle and so enjoy long days during the summer. There are usually 21 hours between sunrise and sunset in June and July, and days are a little shorter in August.

Will I see whales on the whale watching excursion?

Whilst the chances of seeing the whales are very good, sightings cannot be guaranteed. In the event of an unsuccessful excursion, our operating partners may offer a complimentary trip. Should you wish to take advantage of a second outing, you should be conscious of other elements included in your itinerary.

What is the local currency?

The Icelandic Krona in Iceland and the Danish Krone in Greenland. We recommend changing currency prior to departure to get the best rate.

Is it expensive in Iceland and Greenland?

Not as much as it used to be. In recent years, prices in Iceland and Greenland have fallen in line with those of other Scandinavian countries whose prices are only slightly higher than the UK – this is also the case for food and drink.

What happens if I miss my flights/transfers/excursions?

Your departure documents will detail all the times of the flights, transfers and excursions in your itinerary. Please do make every effort to stick to these times and be aware of the time differences in the different countries. Transun cannot be held liable for missed flights, transfers or excursions, and any costs incurred from alternative arrangements must be met by the client.  

Who do I call in an emergency?

The emergency telephone number is 112 in both Iceland and Greenland. Should you need assistance in an emergency, please call the Transun UK emergency telephone line: (+0044) 7779 647 359. You should ensure that you have taken adequate insurance cover before you travel.

Tips from the Experts…

Remember to take…

We would advise travelling light, but there are a few things which we would recommend:
- Icelandic Krona / Danish Krone. Many places outside of Reykjavik and Akureyri will not accept payment by credit or debit card.
- Mosquito repellent (for those staying in Greenland).
- Sunglasses. The sun’s glare on the fjords and icebergs can be strong.
- Lunch and snacks. These are not included on the tours and can sometimes be purchased from your hotel. Please remember that lunch is not included on the Greenland Encounter daybreak.
- Rucksack. A rucksack will be easier to take around than a handbag.

Where to stay…

In Akureyri, we highly recommend staying at the Hotel Kea, and the Hotel City Center when in Reykjavik – but all the hotels featured in this brochure have been specially chosen because of their location and quality of service.

What to wear…

Iceland and Greenland enjoy mild temperatures during the summer, so you may find heavy coats and outerwear cumbersome. A light raincoat is recommended – just in case! Comfortable walking boots are recommended – especially for those travelling to Greenland. Those on the ‘At the Edge of the World’ tour will need to vacate their hotel room in Iceland whilst travelling to Greenland, and so we advise you to pack light. 

Making a booking

How do I check availability and make a reservation?

You can check availability in real time on this website. To book select your preferred departure date on the appropriate tour/holiday page and then you can work your way through our easy-to-use online booking process. Alternatively, you can call us on the number at the top of this page, or visit your travel agent.

Book with confidence

How accurate are the itineraries on this website?

Information on this website is correct to the best of our knowledge. Departure dates and prices are feed directly from our reservations system, and is constantly updated. All excursions and itineraries are subject to alteration and withdrawal in response to local conditions, timings and demand.

How do I know that my holiday is in safe hands?

We are a member of ABTA and so we are required to meet the high standard of service laid out in their Code of Conduct. For more information, see the Book with Confidence section of our website.
All our holidays are ATOL protected, which means that your money is safe even in the very unlikely event of our insolvency. For more information, see Book with Confidence section of our website.

After you’ve booked

What will happen after I’ve booked?

Once you’ve booked, we will email immediately email you a confirmation invoice. Please check all details carefully and advise us of any discrepancies within twenty four hours of receipt. Any changes made after this will incur an amendment fee.
You will also access to the My Booking portal on our website, where you can update your Advance Passenger Information, make a balance payment on your booking, and check your documentation.

Once I’ve booked, can I make a change to my booking?

Requests for changes to confirmed bookings should be made by the person who made the booking. Where we can meet a request, all changes will be subject to any applicable rate changes or extra costs incurred as well as any costs incurred by ourselves and any costs or charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers. Amendment costs are £25 per person per change plus any other supplier charges. Changes include (but are not limited to): holiday package, accommodation, passenger names, dates of birth.

Can I cancel my booking after I’ve booked?

If you or a member of your party wishes to cancel your booking, notice of your cancellation must be received by us in writing at our offices signed by the person who made the original booking. Your notice of cancellation will only take effect on the day it is received in writing at our offices. We recommend that you use recorded delivery, upon receipt of which the following cancellation charges will apply:
* More than 70 days: deposit only
* 29-70 days: 50%, or deposit if greater
* 15-28 days: 70% or deposit if greater
* 14 days or later: 100%
Cancellation charge shown as % of total break price, excluding insurance premium. Insurance premiums purchased with Transun are not refundable.
You may be able to make a claim to recover the cost of your holiday, if your cancellation falls within the terms of the insurance policy offered with your Transun break. Clients taking alternative travel insurance should refer to their own policy.

After you’ve travelled

What happens if I want to make a complaint?

If you’re not completely satisfied with your holiday, then please do let us know.
If you have a problem during your holiday, please inform the relevant supplier (eg the hotelier) and our local agent or representative immediately, and fill out a complaint form. We need you to follow this procedure, otherwise we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint while you are overseas and this may affect your rights under the terms of your holiday contract with us.
If the problem is not resolved locally, and you would like to make an official complaint, please write to us within 28 days of your return home, addressing Client Relations at Transun Travel, 1a Iffley Road, Oxford OX1 4AS.

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