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42 All our holidays are bound by our Terms & Conditions, which can be found on our websiteLofoten & Northern LightsOn this wonderful self-drive trip see the peaked mountains and tranquil fjords of northern Norway as they form a stunning backdrop to an already perfect setting of isles, inlets and quaint fi shing villages. The Arctic light here is forever changing from burning red at dusk and dawn to the beautiful blue of polar night. And once skies are dark, the northern lights have a chance to take over. Highlights Some of the most dramatic and spectacular Arctic island scenery. Drive between islands and see picture-postcard fi shing villages. Viking history, arts and crafts. Optional activities, such as kayaking and whale watching.Fact File???? Self-drive???? 6-nights (1 Harstad, 2 Sortland, 3 Henningsvaer or Svolvaer)???? Breakfast basis???? Who for? Northern lights hunters, photographers and independently minded travellers???? Price per person from £1,210 (based on 2 sharing, including fl ights)???? Departures October, November & January to AprilNORWAY Talk to the experts 01737 214 257 4343After collecting your rental vehicle at Evenes Airport, drive to the harbour town of Harstad for an overnight stay. At 8am you can watch the Hurtigruten ships meet in the harbour, one heading south and the other one north. Much of Hurtigruten's history is based in the Vesterålen Islands and you may see the ships working their way up and down the coastline. Head west to Langøya, an island connected to the mainland by the beautiful Sortland Bridge. Your stay here is based at the comfortable Hotel Sortland for 2-nights. Explore to the west of the island, where small hamlets and villages are dotted with the traditional rustic fisherman's cabins, or rorbuer. Kayak in the sheltered fjords under the watchful eye of majestic sea eagles. To the north of the island visit Nyksund. Once an important centre for fishing, as time passed larger vessels were unable to dock in the harbour and the population began to move out - during the 1970's it became a ghost town. However, in recent years many of the historic buildings have been renovated - there are two cosy restaurants, a hotel and a guesthouse, as well as a museum which presents the fascinating history of this little town. The island of Andøya is perhaps the most famous, known for its whale watching trips which operate from the town of Andenes. Whale watching can be especially rewarding in the winter months with regular sightings of sperm, orca and humpback whales. As weather conditions are more changeable in the winter it is advisable to book these trips locally. Head south to the islands of Lofoten, your stay is based at one of the beautiful seaside settlements of Henningsvær or Svolvær. Each day visit some of the highlights of the Lofoten; drive along the rugged coastline, visit quaint fishing villages, travel all the way to the furthest point, called Å, one of the places visited by Joanna Lumley in her much-televised pursuit of the northern lights. Like a dragon's tail the pointed mountains of Lofotenveggen, form a majestic backdrop to this stunning group of islands. With excellent road and bridge connections between villages and hamlets, driving here is simple and straightforward.The swift changes in weather in this area provide magnificent light conditions and this, coupled with dramatic, awe-inspiring scenery, continues to inspire artists and photographers alike. Many art galleries and photo exhibitions can be found here as well as local arts and crafts centres showcasing traditional trades. Visit a blacksmiths, or maybe watch a weaver, glass blower or ceramic artist at work. In the evening, the magical northern lights may often flicker and perform across the dark night sky, so keep your fingers crossed - enjoy a fleeting glimpse or perhaps some amazing displays, which may last for hours. Outline ItineraryDay 1 Fly UK to Evenes via Oslo, collect rental vehicle and drive to Harstad for an overnight stay.Day 2 Drive to Sortland and check in for a 2-night stay - time at leisure to explore the Vesterålen Islands.Day 3 Explore at leisure or take an optional excursion. Day 4 Drive to Stokmarknes and visit the Hurtigruten Museum before continuing to Melbu. Take the car ferry to Fiskebøl (additional cost) then continue to Svolvær / Henningsvær for a 3-night stay.Days 5 & 6 Time at leisure to explore Lofoten or join one of the optional excursions.Day 7 Return to Evenes, drop off car and fly back to the UK via Oslo.Scan with your smartphone for more holiday information on our website (see page 4).Trip Details©©