2015 Norway Total Solar Eclipse
Svalbard, Norway | March 17 - 25, 2015
Svalbard (formerly known by its Dutch name Spitsbergen), is a Norwegian Archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Situated north of mainland Europe, it is about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. The name Spitsbergen was given by its discoverer, Willem Barentsz, in 1596 and means “pointed mountains” (from the Dutch spits – pointed and bergen – mountains). The name changed from the Spitsbergen Archipelago to Svalbard in 1925 with the Svalbard Treaty which granted Norway sovereignty.
On March 20, 2015 there will be a total solar eclipse visible from Svalbard. On that date, Sirius Travel has chartered a Boeing 737 to transport travelers from Oslo to Svalbard for the event!
On July 11, 2010 the path of totality of a total solar eclipse will pass over Easter Island – the only landfall made during mid-eclipse for this event. On that date Sirius Travel Inc. will lead 18 travelers to the island. Located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, Easter Island is a remote and beautiful island famous for huge structures called Moai, giant carved rock faces dotting the coastline. It is a special territory of Chile and is located approximately 2000 miles west of the mainland.
The eclipse on July 11, 2010 on Easter Island will enter totality at approximately 20:11 UT, 14:11 local time, with a duration of roughly 4 minutes. The astronomers and climatologists of Sirius Travel are always committed to selecting an observation site that will optimize our tour’s chances of a successful eclipse viewing experience. For this event, we have arranged to view the eclipse from the rim of Rano Kau, an extinct volcano and the site of the ancient Birdman competition.
March 17, 2015
A: Itinerary A travelers will meet the tour in the Reykjavik airport departure lounge for our flight to Oslo.
B: Itinerary B travelers will arrive independently in Oslo and meet at the hotel where you will connect with Sirius Travel and other travelers. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure in Oslo or resting in your hotel room. Overnight in Oslo at Hotel Oslo City Center or similar.
March 18, 2015
Full Day Oslo (B, D)
A/B: Meet in the morning for an all-inclusive full day tour of Oslo. We will visit Frogner Park which houses the impressive sculptures by Gustav Vigeland followed by jaw-dropping views from the Holmenkollen ski jump. We will then enjoy a walking tour around the Viking ship museum, the Fram museum, and the Kon Tiki Museum. Tickets will be provided for a Hop-on Hop-off boat trip that can be used at any time while in Oslo and is valid for 24 hours once started. The trip has several departure points throughout Oslo and is an excellent way to see the city independently. Welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight Oslo.
March 19, 2015
Full Day Oslo (B)
A/B: After breakfast enjoy the day at leisure in Oslo and take advantage of the Hop-on Hop-off boat trip around the city. Travelers may wish to visit the Oslo Guidebureau to explore their guided town walks that range in topics from architecture to industrial history. Overnight Oslo.
March 20, 2015
Oslo – Svalbard - Oslo ECLIPSE DAY!!
A/B: (B, L, D) Itineraries A and B will be transferred from the hotel to the airport for our early morning charter flight.
C: (L) Itinerary C will join A and B this morning at the airport for the charter flight from Oslo to Svalbard.
A/B/C: Our flight will get us to Svalbard a couple of hours before the eclipse begins. While in Svalbard all travelers (A, B, & C) will be provided with lunch, eclipse viewing glasses, and an eclipse viewing site. Once the eclipse is finished, we will return to the airport and board our flight to Oslo.
C: Itinerary C will end on our return to the Oslo airport.
A/B: transfer to the hotel for our celebratory eclipse dinner. Overnight Oslo.
March 21, 2015
Oslo - Reykjavik (B, D)
B: Itinerary B will end with the hotel checkout after breakfast at the hotel this morning.
A: Itinerary A travelers will transfer to the airport after breakfast and leave Oslo for Reykjavik, Iceland. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik or similar.
March 22, 2015
A: Full day “Golden Circle” tour of some of the best known natural phenomena surrounding Reykjavik. From spouting geysers, tumbling waterfalls, and ancient volcanoes, this full day excursion will introduce you to Iceland’s world-reknowned pristine natural beauty surrounding the capital. Highlights will include Thingvellir (the oldest functioning parliament in the world), Geysir and Strokkur hot springs, the charming village of Hveragerdi, and Gulfoss waterfall. Overnight Reykjavik.
March 23, 2015
Reykjavik (B, L)
A: Leave after breakfast for a half day city tour. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before leaving for an excursion to the world famous Blue Lagoon Spa. Surrounded by lava fields and snow-capped mountains, the Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa outside the city where you can bathe in warm waters, have a water massage, or enjoy a spa treatment. Spa entrance fee is included but any additional services will be the responsibility of the individual. Overnight Reykjavik.
March 24, 2015
Reykjavik (B, D)
A: Free day to enjoy Reykjavik and its surroundings. We will meet at a local restaurant for dinner together before the end of the tour. Overnight Reykjavik.
March 25, 2015
Tour Ends (B)
A: After breakfast and checkout, itinerary A travelers will continue their onward journey home or elsewhere.