Spitsbergain in Isafjord, Norway.
Polar bears in Svalbard, Norway.
Swan Hellenic's 'SH Diana' ship.
Walruses in Svalbard, Norway.
You cannot get further north in Norway than the North Cape, or Nordkapp.
Spend some leisure time in Tromsø, Norway.
Reindeer near Tromsø, Norway.
Bear Island, Norway.
Polar bear and her cubs in Bear Island, Norway.
Barnacle geese in Svalbard, Norway.
Walruss in Svalbard, Norway.
Kittiwakes in Svalbard, Norway.
Ny-Alesund in Svalbard, Norway.
Polar Bear crossing sign in Svalbard, Norway.
Arctic fox in the snow, Norway.
Thick-billed murres perched on glacial ice in Svalbard, Norway.
Bearded Seal in Svalbard, Norway.
Zodiac expedition from the 'SH Diana' ship.
The  'SH Diana" ship.
Swan Restaurant on the 'SH Diana' ship.
Enjoy the scenery from the Swan Nest on the 'SH Diana' ship.
The Observation Lounge on the 'SH Diana" ship.
The Observation Lounge on the 'SH Diana" ship.
Relax by the pool on the 'SH Diana" ship.
Relax by the pool on the 'SH Diana" ship.
Relax by the pool on the 'SH Diana" ship.
Zodiac expedition from the 'SH Diana" ship.
The Club Lounge on the 'SH Diana" ship.
The Club Lounge on the 'SH Diana" ship.
The Expedition Lab on the 'SH Diana" ship.
Zodiac expedition from the 'SH Diana" ship.
The 'SH Diana" ship.
Puffins.
Skarsvag village in Nordkapp, Norway.
Since the 17th Century, Norway's North Cape has been among the premier sailing marks of the world.
The Northern Lights Cathedral in Alta, Norway.
This group of petroglyphs in Alta, Noreay, near the Arctic Circle, date from 4200 to 500 BC.
The 'SH Diana" ship.
Tromsø, Norway.
Visit Norway’s Tromso, Bear Island, North Cape, Alta & more.
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2 for 1 Luxury High Arctic

Operated by TripADeal
Cruise aboard Swan Hellenic’s ‘SH Diana’ expedition vessel
Travel to the top of the world with a friend & see Svalbard’s midnight sun
Visit Norway’s Tromso, Bear Island, North Cape, Alta & more
Dates: 27 Jun - 7 Jul 2024
Earn & Use Qantas Points
Return international full-service flights
10-night luxury expedition cruise with Swan Hellenic
2 nights in a 4-star hotel in Tromso
31 meals, including all meals while cruising
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Overview

Take a friend to experience the Arctic summer in style and see the midnight sun over Norway’s Svalbard with this incredible 2-for-1 deal. Witness the golden glow the midnight sun creates over the glaciers and the Arctic landscape on a luxury Swan Hellenic vessel.

Start your trip in picturesque Tromsø, a city renowned as a vibrant cultural hub and the gateway to the Arctic Circle. Surrounded by stunning fjords and snow-capped peaks, it offers a unique blend of natural beauty and urban charm. 

Next, jump on a Swan Hellenic ship, the ‘SH Diana’, for a 10-night luxury expedition cruise. Named after the Roman goddess of light, the moon, hunting and the wilderness, this state-of-the-art vessel combines elegant design with cutting-edge technology. With a capacity of 192 guests in 96 spacious staterooms, Diana offers an intimate experience, focusing on immersive exploration. From the comfort of spacious suites to the observation deck offering panoramic views, every aspect of the ship is designed for ultimate comfort and awe-inspiring discovery. With elegant Scandinavian-inspired interiors, expansive outdoor areas and specialised expedition amenities, the ship provides a luxurious platform for unforgettable adventures.

Halfway between Norway’s mainland and Svalbard is Bear Island. Located in the Barents Sea, its dramatic cliffs and abundant birdlife, including puffins and guillemots, offer a truly remote and unforgettable Arctic experience.

For the next six days, explore remote Svalbard. This archipelago in Norway's Arctic Circle captivates with its raw, icy wilderness and unique wildlife. Its vast glaciers, snow-capped peaks and polar deserts create a landscape of unparalleled beauty. Home to polar bears, walruses, Arctic foxes and birds, Svalbard offers extraordinary wildlife encounters. 

Back on the European continent, visit Nordkapp, or North Cape. Situated at the northern tip of Norway, is Europe's northernmost point. Jutting out into the Arctic Ocean, it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding seas and rugged cliffs. Visitors flock here to witness the midnight sun in summer. Your final stop is the city of Alta. Home to ancient rock carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers insight into prehistoric Nordic civilization. It also boasts stunning fjords, vibrant wildlife and opportunities for outdoor adventures. Spend a final night in Tromso before returning home after a mesmerising, luxurious Arctic adventure.

With return international full-service flights, a 10-night luxury expedition cruise with Swan Hellenic, 2 nights in a 4-star hotel in Tromsø plus 31 meals, including all meals while cruising, this is a true bucket list adventure at an incredible price for 2 people.  

To personalise your experience and add an extra touch of luxury, upgrade your cabin or add extra days in Tromsø before or after your trip during check-out.

Tour Inclusions

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Embark on an Arctic odyssey with Swan Hellenic, navigating icy waters with expert guides
  • Witness polar wonders, wildlife and dramatic landscapes on an unforgettable voyage
  • Delight in the opportunity to observe polar bears, mighty walruses, ringed seals, the elusive Arctic fox, and other captivating creatures
  • Discover Tromsø at 69 degrees north, where the midnight sun illuminates summer
  • Explore Bear Island, Svalbard's southernmost isle, hosting the Barents Sea's greatest bird cliff and witness nesting puffins, gannets, gulls, skuas, auks, and guillemots near Kapp Kolthoff
  • Navigate the Arctic waters surrounding Svalbard on a thrilling expedition cruise
  • Witness the ethereal beauty of Svalbard's midnight sun, casting a golden glow over the landscapes
  • Experience the allure of the Arctic from the comfort of Deck 7 aboard Swan Hellenic, where a heated outdoor pool and ample seating await
  • Indulge in post-exploration bliss at the Observation Lounge aboard Swan Hellenic while you unwind, savour your preferred drink and mingle with fellow guests
  • Journey to Deck 8 for unparalleled vistas of the Arctic and unwind in the sauna or jacuzzi
FLIGHTS
  • Return international full-service flights (economy class), departure city surcharges may apply
CRUISE
  • Embark on a 10-night expedition cruise to the Arctic with the opulent Swan Hellenic
  • Gratuities included for the ship’s crew
  • Coffee/tea/soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages included 24 hours a day
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka plus use of rubber boots in polar regions.
  • One selected shore excursion/expedition activity per port of call (kayak not included, bookable for a fee on board)
  • Experience Swan Hellenic's 12-person hard-hulled Zodiacs, taking guests off the boat, so you can get up close and personal with your majestic surroundings (all Zodiac landings are included)
ACCOMMODATION
  • 2 nights in a 4-star hotel in Tromso
DINING
  • 31 meals, including all meals whilst cruising
  • Enjoy round-the-clock access to coffee, tea, soft drinks and a curated selection of alcoholic beverages while cruising
ESSENTIALS
  • Airport and cruise port charges plus taxes
TRANSFERS
  • Day 2: Airport to hotel 
  • Day 14: Pier to airport 
UPGRADES AVAILABLE
  • Arrive Early: Arrive up to 30 days before your tour starts. (Does not include hotel accommodation, meals or transfers)
  • Stay Behind: Return up to 30 days after your tour concludes. (Does not include hotel accommodation, meals or transfers)
  • Stopover Packages: Break up the long-haul flight with a stopover at a fantastic location. (See checkout for details)
  • Cabin Upgrades: Cabin upgrades are available. (See checkout for details)
  • Flight Upgrades: Upgrade to Business Class. (See checkout for details)
  • Preferred Airline: Fly with a preferred airline. (See checkout for details)

Please note: Extra charges may apply. See the Important Info section and checkout cart for fees and details.

Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) - Tromsø, Norway

Today, make your way to the airport on time for check-in as you embark on your adventure to Tromsø, Norway. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your flights.

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Welcome to Tromsø, Norway

Say ‘Hallo’ to the locals as you touch down in Tromsø, Norway.
Clear through customs and immigration and make your way outside to meet your transfer. Once at your hotel, check in and then spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring this fascinating city. 

Overnight: Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora (or similar)

Meals included: None

Day 3 Free day - Tromsø, Norway

At leisure.
The Arctic gateway, Tromsø, at 69 degrees north, is renowned for the midnight sun in summer and the Northern Lights in winter. The Arctic Cathedral, with stained-glass windows, hosts midnight concerts. The Fjellheisen cable car offers panoramic views from Mount Storsteinen, while the historic center features old wooden houses. The Polar Museum chronicles early polar explorations, and the thriving Alpine Botanic Garden adds to Tromsø's charm.

Overnight: Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Tromsø, Norway - Embark 10-night ‘High Arctic of Svalbard’ cruise

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel for your last morning in Tromsø. 
When the time is right, check out of your hotel and make your own way to the cruise port. 
Once checked in, the ship is yours to get to know as your home for the next 10 nights on your adventure to the Arctic Circle.

Overnight: Swan Hellenic ‘SH Diana’

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 5 Bear Island

The greatest bird cliff in the Barents Sea is on Bear Island, or Bjørnøya, Svalbard’s southernmost island. Atlantic puffins, northern gannets, glaucous gulls, great skuas, black-legged kittiwakes, little auks, common guillemots, and Brünnich's guillemots, nest on the steep cliffs near Kapp Kolthoff, south of Sørhamna. The ocean has sculpted sea stack rock columns, sea caves and tunnels, with a notable tunnel at Perleporten.

Included Activity: Zodiac tour with Swan Hellenic Expedition team.

Overnight: Swan Hellenic ‘SH Diana’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Stormbukta, Svarbard - Gashamna, Svalbard

Nestled within the icy embrace of the Arctic Circle, Svalbard is a captivating archipelago that reigns as the kingdom of the polar bears. This remote destination showcases a mesmerizing tapestry of polar landscapes, from expansive glaciers to magnificent fjords that stretch towards the northern horizon. The remaining sea ice, lingering resolutely amidst the frigid waters, transforms into a crucial and dynamic hunting ground for the awe-inspiring polar bears.
Weather conditions permitting, you'll have the opportunity to utilize Swan Hellenic's Zodiacs for exploration in this region of Svalbard. 

Overnight: Swan Hellenic ‘SH Diana’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Ny-Alesund, Svalbard - Signehamna, Svalbard

As you journey towards the northern reaches, the landscape becomes a theater of pristine beauty, where gargantuan glaciers carve their way through the rugged terrain. These majestic ice formations stand as silent witnesses to the relentless passage of time and the eons-long dance between Earth and ice. The tranquil fjords that grace the northern part of Svalbard provide a stunning backdrop, offering a glimpse into the untouched wilderness that defines this Arctic sanctuary.

Weather conditions permitting, you'll have the opportunity to utilize Swan Hellenic's Zodiacs for exploration in this region of Svalbard.

Overnight: Swan Hellenic ‘SH Diana’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8 Texas Bar, Liefdefjorden, Svalbard - Monacobreen, Svalbard

Drawing closer to the central hub of Longyearbyen, the icy scenery undergoes a remarkable transformation. The once-dominant snow and ice give way to a striking mosaic of tundra and untouched beaches, creating a contrast that speaks volumes about the versatility of the Arctic environment. This juxtaposition of landscapes reflects the delicate balance of nature in this remote corner of the world.
Weather conditions permitting, you'll have the opportunity to utilize Swan Hellenic's Zodiacs for exploration in this region of Svalbard.

Overnight: Swan Hellenic ‘SH Diana’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 9 Alkefjellet, Svalbard - Torellneset, Svalbard

However, the true allure of Svalbard extends beyond its breathtaking scenery. This Arctic hotspot is not only the home to a population of around 600 polar bears, showcasing their prowess and resilience, but it also serves as a refuge for an array of remarkable Arctic inhabitants. Walruses, with their imposing presence, share the icy waters with Svalbard reindeer, their stately antlers standing as a testament to their adaptation to the harsh Arctic conditions. The ringed seals, often spotted basking on the sea ice, contribute to the rich biodiversity, while the elusive arctic fox weaves its way through the tundra. 

Weather conditions permitting, you'll have the opportunity to utilize Swan Hellenic's Zodiacs for exploration in this region of Svalbard.

Overnight: Swan Hellenic ‘SH Diana’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 10 Svingeldalen, Svalbard - Cape Lee, Dolerittneset, Svalbard

In essence, Svalbard is like a real-time showcase of Arctic life's captivating harmony, where the resilient Arctic ecosystem come together with a tale of survival. At its core, Svalbard is a dynamic stage where the polar bears take the spotlight, symbolising not just their strength and adaptability, but also their pivotal role in the broader ecological narrative. Their presence resonates throughout the entire ecosystem, influencing the diverse community of flora and fauna that have evolved to thrive in the extreme conditions of the Arctic.
Weather conditions permitting, you'll have the opportunity to utilize Swan Hellenic's Zodiacs for exploration in this region of Svalbard.

Overnight: Swan Hellenic ‘SH Diana’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 11 Koefoedodden, Hopen Island, Svalbard

In this captivating slice of the world, the stark beauty of the Arctic unfolds as a collective masterpiece shaped by the resilience of its inhabitants. The vibrant life of the archipelago, from the elusive Arctic foxes to the regal Svalbard reindeer, adapts and thrives amidst the challenges of the harsh Arctic conditions. Together, they create an intricate web of life — a testament to nature's ability to find harmony even in the most demanding environments.
Weather conditions permitting, you'll have the opportunity to utilize Swan Hellenic's Zodiacs for exploration in this region of Svalbard.

Overnight: Swan Hellenic ‘SH Diana’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 12 Skarsvag (Nordkapp) - Cruising the North Cape

Skarsvåg, Europe’s northernmost fishing village on Magerøya Island, is a short journey from Nordkapp (North Cape)—Europe's northernmost point above the Arctic Circle, marked by a striking globe monument. Only Svalbard stands between here and the North Pole. Along the coast, Atlantic puffin colonies and over a million seabirds nest, including arctic skuas, razorbills, northern gannets, white-tailed eagles, common eider ducks and great cormorants.

Included Activity: Guide transfer to North Cape 

Cruising the North Cape
North Cape (Nordkapp), the northernmost tip of Europe in Norway, where the Arctic Ocean meets the rugged coast, is a majestic headland that has fascinated explorers for centuries. Cruising to North Cape promises an awe-inspiring encounter with nature's grandeur and a glimpse into the Arctic's captivating allure. In summer, North Cape basks in the ethereal glow of the midnight sun, a surreal phenomenon where the sun never fully sets.

Overnight: Swan Hellenic ‘SH Diana’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 13 Alta, Norway

Alta, the city of Arctic light at 70° N above the Arctic Circle, basks in the midnight sun from mid-May to late July, with no darkness, yet temperatures rarely exceed 10°C. The distinctive Alta Church, known as the Northern Lights Cathedral, symbolizes the aurora borealis. Thousands of prehistoric rock carvings lie at the head of Alta Fjord. Hjemmeluft, the largest accessible area, hosts the World Heritage Rock Art Centre - Alta Museum.

Overnight: Swan Hellenic ‘SH Diana’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 14 Disembark Tromsø, Norway

Welcome back to Tromsø! 
Enjoy breakfast on board and then, when the time is right, you will be transferred from the ship to the airport for your flight home. 

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Day 15 Arrive Australia (or New Zealand)

Welcome home! 

Important Info

Booking information

After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete the Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase.

 

Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.

 

On purchasing this Travel Offer, you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions and the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.

 

Please note: All countries and territories have different entry requirements in relation to vaccinations, quarantine/isolation periods and travel restrictions. Due to the evolving nature, we would ask all of our customers to monitor, meet and adhere to the specific requirements of their intended destination(s) in the lead-up to and immediately before travel, as well as any requirements post-travel upon their return.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

Tour packages are non-refundable. If your tour package is affected by Covid-19-related travel restrictions and you are unable to travel, you will receive either a free date change (credit that is specific to your original package and purchase value) or an open credit less any non-recoverable supplier fees to the value of your original purchase for use on any other tour or package available via the TripADeal website.

 

Please note: Date change credits are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed by TripADeal, not the tour operator you are due to stay with.

 

We recommend you consider purchasing travel insurance with Covid-19 protection. The standard cancellation policy will apply if you cannot travel because you have tested positive for Covid-19.

 

Please note: All additional charges are payable in AUD (unless otherwise stated). 

Offer essentials

This travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 7th July 2024.

 

This travel offer is priced per person based on a twin share.

 

Single Traveller Supplement

For solo travellers, a full-priced voucher must be purchased.

Please note: accommodation for single customers who are travelling on a tour or cruise package may be in a single room, depending on availability.

 

Departure Dates

2024:

June: 27

July: 7*

Please note: see checkout for live dates and availability.

 

Surcharges

Please note: 

• dates/months with a * incur a high season surcharge of $250 per person.

Flights

Departure Cities

Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane, *Adelaide, Perth, *Auckland

 

Departure City Surcharges

Brisbane: $600 per person

Adelaide: $400 per person

Auckland: $200 per person

 

International Full-Service Airline(s) Used

• Cabin Class: Economy Class

• Airlines: Qatar Airways , Emirates, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, Scandinavian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Austria Airlines, Thai Airways, Finnair, Air New Zealand and partner airlines (subject to availability).

Please note: We cannot accommodate one-way flights. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 

 

Missed Flights

If you fail to arrive for your outbound flight, you risk all flight and land arrangements in your destination being automatically cancelled by the airlines and land operator, respectively. Additional fees may apply to reinstate these services. If you miss your flight for whatever reason, please contact us as soon as possible to make arrangements. 

 

Preferred Airline Surcharge

• Cabin Class: Economy Class

• Qatar: $945 per person 

Please note: 

• Preferred airlines are subject to availability. If we are unable to fulfil your request, the above extra cost will be refunded.

• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed, subject to aircraft configuration.

• In the event that a purchased stopover package and a purchased preferred airline upgrade are not compatible, you will have the option to receive a refund for the preferred airline upgrade or be offered an alternative stopover city option, e.g if you choose to fly with Singapore Airlines you cannot stopover in Dubai.

• Preferred airline refers to the marketing carrier and could include codeshare partners. 

 

Arrive Early Options

Tromso, Norway - $300 per person

High season dates range up to $700 per person, subject to availability 

Please note:

• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.

• You may book a date to arrive early via our website but only a date that is within 30 days of the tour departure date. If you wish to arrive earlier than 30 days before your tour departure date, please call our friendly staff for availability and pricing. Additional costs may apply.

• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.

• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.

• A high season arrive early can be purchased for up to $700 per person, subject to availability.

• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):

- 18th March 2024 - 30th April 2024

- 1st June 2024 - 14th August 2024

 

Stay Behind Options

Tromso, Norway - $300 per person

High season dates: up to $700 per person, subject to availability 

Please note:

• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.

• A stay behind can only be booked up to one month after your package end date upon check-out. Should you wish to stay later, please contact us to request availability. Additional costs may apply.

• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.

• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.

• A high season stay behind can be purchased for up to $700 per person, subject to availability.

• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):

- 1st June 2024 - 14th August 2024

- 23rd September 2024 - 20th October 2024

- 6th December 2024 - 31st January 2025

 

Stopover Packages 

* Doha

Twin share: $1000 per person/one way

Solo Traveller: $1500 one way

* Dubai

Twin share: $1000 per person/one way

Solo Traveller: $1500 one way

Includes:

• 2 nights in 4-star accommodation

• Daily breakfast

• Return airport transfers 

Please note: 

• When a pre and post-tour stopover is chosen, the same stopover location must be chosen each way, due to the airline used.

• When selecting an Arrive Early or Stay Behind in conjunction with a Stopover Package, the stopover will take place after the departure date you select for your Arrive Early or Stay Behind.

• Stopover packages are subject to availability.

• In the event that a purchased stopover package and a purchased preferred airline upgrade are not compatible, you will have the option to receive a refund for the preferred airline upgrade or be offered an alternative stopover city option, e.g if you choose to fly with Singapore Airlines you cannot stopover in Dubai.

• Blackout dates apply to flights departing between the below date ranges:

- Doha: 1st October - 30th November 2024

- Dubai: 1st - 30th November 2024

 

Flight Class Upgrades

Business Class: For pricing, please refer to the payment cart at checkout.

Please note:

• Flight upgrades are subject to availability and pricing changes (if we cannot fulfil your request, the upgrade cost will be refunded).

• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed

Cruise

Swan Hellenic - ‘SH Diana Ship’

Introducing the SH Diana , a sparkling gem embarking on its maiden voyage in early 2023. This 5-star boutique ship, designed with Scandinavian elegance, offers an intimate immersion in the voyage's splendour. Allow yourself a moment of reprieve to acquaint yourself with these extraordinary expedition vessels. Boasting a PC5 ice-strengthened hull and expansive stabilisers, your journey will be exceptionally smooth. With just 120-140 crew members and 152-196 guests spread across 9 decks, an intimate experience awaits. The generous public spaces ensure uninterrupted, panoramic views, keeping the destination ever-present. Deck 8 offers unparalleled vistas. Following a workout in the state-of-the-art gym, luxuriate in the sauna or jacuzzi while relishing the breathtaking scenery. In the Swan Restaurant, savour breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring international and locally-inspired cuisine, spotlighting the finest regional ingredients from your unique destinations. Deck 7 reveals a heated outdoor pool and inviting poolside seating for scenic indulgence. Unwind in the Observation Lounge with your preferred libation, forging connections with fellow guests. The Club Lounge, combining 24-hour tapas-style dining with sweeping ocean vistas, is a sanctuary of indulgence. Anticipate a voyage that marries luxury with adventure.

 

Currency on board: USD 

 

Cabins/Staterooms:

Oceanview Staterooms

19m2 - 20m2

Light, bright and crafted from natural materials, Oceanview staterooms feature 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom. All feature panoramic sea views, original works of art, plush couches, premium pocket sprung mattresses, ensuite bathrooms with glass-enclosed rain showers, and Egyptian cotton towels, bathrobes, and sheets. A pillow menu offers customised head and neck comfort during rest. At the same time, a large flat-screen TV, an espresso machine with Illy premium coffee, tea-making facilities with the finest Kusmi teas, and a minibar with refreshments enhance relaxation at any time. In-room dining is, of course, available at all hours.

 

Balcony Staterooms

28m2

Staterooms feature 2 single beds, bedroom, living room, luxurious bathroom and your own 6m2 balcony. All feature panoramic sea views, original works of art, plush couches, premium pocket sprung mattresses, ensuite bathrooms with glass-enclosed rain showers, and Egyptian cotton towels, bathrobes, and sheets. A pillow menu offers customised head and neck comfort during rest. At the same time, a large flat-screen TV, an espresso machine with Illy premium coffee, tea-making facilities with the finest Kusmi teas, and a minibar with refreshments enhance relaxation at any time. In-room dining is, of course, available at all hours.

 

All cabins are subject to availability; some cabins may have restricted views.

 

Cruise Arrival and Departure times:

Please keep in mind that the provided cruise arrival and departure times are an approximate and will be finalised upon receipt of your cruise tickets.

Accommodation

Accommodation Used:

4-Star Properties (Self-Rated)

Tromso, Norway: Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora

 

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type and are subject to availability based on seasonality. In the instance a property is not available, a similar standard of accommodation will be provided. Properties will be confirmed and included in your travel pack, which you will receive 4-6 weeks before travel.

 

Extra Nights

Not available 

 

Maximum Room Capacity

2 people.

 

Child Policy

• No child discounts. The full price applies to all children travelling with their parents.

• Valid for children 8 years old and over.

Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

 

Triple Share

Not available

 

Bedding Configuration

Twin / Double (subject to availability).

 

General information

Optional Tours/Activities

• Some tours or shore excursions require minimum numbers to operate.

• Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line before travel (subject to availability)

• Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability).

• Shore excursion programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events concerning the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular, and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Exclusions

• Visa fees and requirements

• Domestic transfers and flights not stated in the deal offer

• Meals/beverages not stated in the deal offer

• Optional gratuities/tipping 

• Optional activities/tours 

• Personal expenses

• Travel insurance

• Mandatory city tax

Other important information

TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER

Tour Guide:

Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on the history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction where they are guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves it at the end of the tour; they do not travel with the group. 

 

Tour Leader:

An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides at each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village and offer information on the place visited on the bus. However, they are not required to have specific art, architecture, or historical knowledge. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and, if caught doing so, can be fined.

 

Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR CRUISE: 

To make packing a bit easier, Swan Hellenic has drawn up a packing list: 

  • You'll need a pair of worn-in walking boots to use outdoors, as well as some casual shoes for use onboard.
  • It is much better to wear a number of thin layers than just a few thick ones. The air trapped in-between thin layers warms to your body’s temperature and acts as valuable insulation.
  • Woollen sweater or fleece - this should go over your under and mid-layers.
  • Wind and waterproof jacket and trousers. Outer layers should be wind and waterproof to adapt to the changing conditions on the Norwegian coast.
  • If you intend to use any sauna or hot tub facilities, you will need to pack a swimsuit.
  • Take a memory card with a large capacity – there are sockets in the cabins to recharge photo equipment.
  • The dress code aboard the ship is relaxed and casual and you are not expected to dress formally for meals.
  • Take a good pair of binoculars.
  • A small waterproof backpack is necessary for carrying essentials.
  • Please remember to bring your passport and a copy of it.
  • Sun protection.
  • Sunglasses with UV filter lenses.
  • Lip balm with UV protection. Dry, cold wind and sun often cause chapped lips.
  • Money in the correct currency. Remember, the ships also accept several credit cards.
  • Remember to take sufficient medication to last through any unforeseen delays.

 

CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES

Norway

Summer in Norway, from May to September, is the busiest time with the warmest weather, extended daylight hours, and abundant outdoor activities. The average temperature ranges from 13°-18°C, reaching 25°C - 30°C in July and August. The eastern side of the southern mountains and the south coast between Mandal and Oslo experience the most stable weather. Above the Arctic Circle, the Midnight Sun phenomenon is at its peak from mid-May to late July, providing unique views in places like Tromsø, the Lofoten Islands and the North Cape. Summer weather can be changeable, with the west coast receiving more rain, while the Atlantic Gulf Stream keeps the western fjords and coastal areas warmer than expected. The sea temperature can reach 18°C or higher, allowing for popular swimming spots. It's recommended to have waterproof clothing and remember the Norwegian saying: "There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”.

 

FLIGHTS

Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:

We do not arrange seat selection. It is essential to highlight that some airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the airline directly with seating allocation requirements and/or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the airline once you have your flight information.

 

Passport Validity:

Customers must provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase or no later than 45 days before the departure date. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the booking. Customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred in this instance.

 

CRUISE

Embarkation / Disembarkation:

• Begins approximately 2 hours after docking.

• Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.

• Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.

• Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.

Please note: Strict Covid-19 terms may also apply regarding proof of insurance covering Covid-19 and/or vaccination. Please refer to the cruise lines’ terms and conditions for further information before boarding.

 

Cruise Loyalty Discounts:

Please note: Travellers must contact the cruise line directly upon receiving their travel documents in order to request any membership benefits they may be entitled to.

 

COACH TOUR

Meals:

For meals not included, the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note: We will do our best to meet your requests/requirements; however, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.

 

Luggage:

You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on tour. You must carry your own luggage from the vehicle to the hotel room and back to the vehicle. The driver will assist with the uploading and unloading of bags from the vehicle.

 

OTHER

Mobility:

If you require wheelchair access please contact our friendly sales and service team to inquire on your behalf.

 

Fitness Level Required:

A leisurely level of fitness will be required. 

Leisurely is described as Light walking, including up multiple stairs, and occasional hiking, may involve uneven surfaces. Able to travel unassisted and get on and off vehicles and small boats. Suitable for most fitness levels and mobility. 

Please note: If you have any concerns, please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.

 

Gratuities / Tipping:

Please note: Tipping for services provided is always a matter of personal discretion; however, please be aware that many locals consider tipping part of their normal remuneration, and they may approach you for payment; there's no need to be intimidated by the request.

 

Cruise

Gratuities (tips) are included for the cruise staff's services throughout this tour's cruise component.

 

Sightseeing:

Please note: If entry to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary, where possible, may be adjusted, or a similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).

 

Shopping:

Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all your receipts. 

 

Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.

 

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions regarding shopping for further information.

Visas

A tourist visa is generally not required in Europe for stays of up to 90 days when travelling on an Australian passport.

 

Important: 

• Please start arranging your visa three weeks before departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.

• Visa rules may have changed since Covid-19. Some countries and airlines may require you to obtain an additional visa before arrival. Please check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.

Please note: 

• Passengers who are not Australian citizens must also check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.

• It is also important to note that some areas of employment, such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations, may have additional restrictions in applying for visas. This may, in turn, affect the type of application required.

Travel insurance

Embarking on your next trip is exciting, and while you hope the unexpected does not happen, it is best to be prepared. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance when making your booking. Whether it’s a potential medical emergency, a flight cancellation, a delayed suitcase, or an unforeseen event, it's important to ensure you're adequately protected. For more information or advice visit https://www.tripadeal.com.au/travel-insurance

Schedule of fees

Voluntary Changes

This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

• Changes - $100 AUD per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error

• If the incorrect name has been provided, charges of $100 AUD per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.

 

Supplier Fees

In the event the tour package you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the tour due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event we are unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee.

Important information
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You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.

To earn Qantas Points with Qantas Tours, Members will be required to provide a valid Frequent Flyer number and last name at checkout. Only the lead traveller, the primary contact for the booking, will earn 3 Qantas Points per AU$1 spent (including GST) on eligible holiday packages. Qantas Points will not be earned and cannot be redeemed on any amounts payable directly to the hotel. Conditions apply. Qantas Points will be credited to a member's account up to 8 weeks after tour completion. Qantas Points will not be earned on cancelled bookings.

In addition to the 3 Qantas Points per AU$1 spent, each Frequent Flyer member who enters their Qantas Frequent Flyer number into the booking will also earn Status Credits and Qantas Points on the flight component of the package. The amount you earn depends on your flights, the operating airline, fare class and member status. Find out how many Qantas Points you could earn on your next Qantas Tours flights with our online Points Calculator. Terms and conditions apply.

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Points Plus Pay allows you to choose the number of Qantas Points you redeem above the minimum level of 4,000 and pay for the remainder of the booking value with an accepted payment method. TripADeal booking terms and conditions apply.

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10,000 Bonus Qantas Points Terms and Conditions

Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 10,000 bonus Qantas Points on all Qantas Tours booked through qantas.com/tours from 12:01am 1 April 2024 (AEDT) until 11:59pm 15 April 2024 (AEST). The offer can be used in conjunction with bookings made using Qantas points, however the minimum cash spend required is $999, excluding Point Redemptions. Payment is required in full at the time of booking either with Point Redemption or a combination of Point Redemption and cash.

Bonus Qantas Points will be issued to the member who has made the booking and is valid once per order. This is in addition to the standard 3 Qantas Points earned per $1 spent on the total booking package value, excluding Point Redemptions. Qantas Points will not be earned on any amounts payable directly to the hotel, cruise or tour operator.

The offer is non-redeemable for cash, and cannot be used with any other coupon/offer/promotion. Offer excludes credit card surcharges.

All deals and associated base prices and travel dates are subject to availability and may be sold out, or can be withdrawn or varied without notice. All bookings will be bound by the Terms and Conditions and Important Information of your selected deal.

Qantas Tours is operated by TripADeal. Changes, refunds, cancellations and other service queries are bound by the TripADeal terms and conditions. Qantas Points will be credited to a member's account up to 8 weeks after cruise, or tour completion. Qantas Points will not be earned on cancelled bookings.