Norway’s Arctic Highway is one of the world’s great roads. It runs for about 1500 km from Mo i Rana, just south of the Arctic Circle, to Honningsvåg and the North Cape. Seen simply in terms of latitude, the road gets to within nineteen and a half degrees of the North Pole, roughly as far north as central Greenland. Almost as remarkable, it reaches as far east as Istanbul.
The Arctic Highway is a relatively modern road; the product of an evolutionary process to give Norway a coherent and unbroken land link through its most remote Arctic regions. The highway’s early development was characterised by the joining up of the links which were Northern Norway's historic local tracks. High plateaux and mountains were to be crossed and freezing and desolate tundra wastelands to be conquered.
Even when seemingly complete, the road had a further obstacle to clear. Norway's fractured west coast was seen to be the next challenge. When, just over sixty years ago, the highway was deemed to have been completed, there were still no less than ten sections where the link was not a road, but a ferry. With the ingenuity and audacity of Norway's road engineers, these were gradually reduced by bridging or tunnelling until today, only one ferry remains in the highway's path.
So, is there still a challenge to drive the length of Norway's Arctic Highway and explore its branches? The answer has to be yes, this is, after all, a long road across one of Europe's most remote and least inhabited regions. It is even quite a challenge to reach its starting point, Mo i Rana. The surfaces, widths and configuration have improved, but the natural hazards remain. The climate is unpredictable and mountains still have to be crossed. The old targets can still be set, to reach the top of Europe at North Cape, to make it to the border with Arctic Russia, to experience Lapland. Finally, of course, there is the stark beauty of the landscape. Arctic Norway is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Look What’s Included
• Return Overnight Ferry Crossing from Harwich, Hull or Newcastle to Holland - see other crossing options above
• 2 berth inside cabin accommodation on all overnight ferry crossings (upgrades available on request)
• 1 Night at the Frommanns Landhotel, Hamburg
• 1 Night at the Hotel Jutlandia, Fredrikshavn
• Stena Line Ferry Crossing from Fredrikshavn to Oslo
• 1 Night at the Scandic Hotel Helsfyr, Oslo
• 1 Night at the Scandic Hotel Bakklandet, Trondheim
• 1 Night at the Scandic Meyergården Hotel, Mo i Rana
• Ferry Crossing from Bodø to Moskenes
• 2 Nights at the Reine Rorbuer Cabins, Reine
• 1 Night at the Quality Hotel Grand Royal, Narvik
• 1 Night at the Scandic Hotel, Alta
• 2 Nights at the Scandic Hotel Bryggen, Honningsvåg
• Visit to the North Cape Visitor Centre
• 1 Night at the Scandic Hotel, Karasjok
• 1 Night at the Arctic City Hotel, Rovaniemi
• 1 Night at the Original Sokos Hotel Kaarle, Kokkola
• Overnight Ferry Crossing from Helsinki to Travemünde
• 1 Night at the Maritim StrandHotel, Travemünde
• Breakfast each morning & Dinners as meal basis below
• Road Book featuring Maps, Great Drives & Local Attractions
• Commemorative Tour Rally Plate
• Car Parking at all of the hotels (charges may apply locally)
Dates & Prices
Arctic Highway Challenge
Including Overnight Ferry crossings from Newcastle, Hull or Harwich