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16 Day Northern Lights Cruise, Rail & Tour W/Flights + Up to $1400 On Board Credit

$9,999
Per Person

Typically $16,999
On this 16 day trip of a lifetime you will witness the Northern Lights onboard a Huritgruten Voyage. Sleep in a Glass Igloo under the Northern Lights, Enjoy husky and reindeer sled rides, and journey along the famous Flåm Railway; one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. Flights from Australia are included, PLUS an additional $1400 On Board Credit per twin share cabin! 

the tour

This popular Northern Lights cruise from Hurtigruten now comes with a bonus On Board Credit up to $700 per person. Travel to the Arctic Circle and experience Mother Natures ultimate light show; The Aurora Borealis. We begin from Saariselka on this southbound search for the Northern Lights. During the voyage we cross Finland and Norway, visit charming hamlets, sail through picturesque fjords and with plentiful opportunities to see the magnificent Northern Lights on this journey into the heart of Norway. Along the way, rest within accommodation befitting to its surrounds and activities that incorporates recreation and culture.

On this trip of a lifetime, you will experience the Northern Lights, husky and reindeer sled rides and the famous Flåm Railway; one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys between Bergen and Oslo. Also known as ‘Norway in a Nutshell’.

INCLUSIONS

Return flights from Australia plus up to $1400 on board credit to spend! A 5 night Northern Lights cruise onboard a state-of-the-art Hurtigruten ship, as well as “Northern Lights Promise”. 8 Nights hotel accommodation and tours. World Famous train journey on Flam Railway. Secure your expedition with a (Refundable) 20% DEPOSIT and travel from October 2022 to March 2023. Call us to find out more. BOOK BY 28th OCTOBER 2021.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Depart Australia

Today you will depart Australia for your flight to Finland. Depending on flight schedule you may depart on DAY 0.

MEALS: In-flight

OVERNIGHT: In-flight

DAY 2: Arrive in Ivalo, Finland

On arrival at Ivalo Airport from your international flight, you will be transferred by bus to the nearby village of Saariselkä. Check-in to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening meet your tour leader and fellow travellers in the lobby of the hotel for a welcome drink.

MEALS: In-flight

OVERNIGHT: 4 Star Hotel, Saariselkä

DAY 3: Saariselkä

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before taking a visit to a local husky farm. Meet the huskies and learn about their life and training with a local guide. Enjoy a sled ride (weather dependant) with your new furry friends. Before returning to the hotel enjoy a hot beverage at Lappish Kota. This evening join the group for dinner in the hotel restaurant.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: 4 Star Hotel, Saariselkä

DAY 4: Saariselkä ~ Inari

After breakfast we continue our journey north through Finnish Lapland. Along the way take part in a Reindeer Safari. Listen to stories about Sami culture, browse handicrafts and the meet the reindeers. Enjoy a sled ride (weather dependant). A light lunch is included in the Kota restaurant. Our journey continues by coach to the small township of Inari. This afternoon we take a visit to the newly-renovated SIIDA museum including a guided tour of the open-air exhibition. This museum is home to a collection featuring the spiritual and material culture of the Finnish Sami presented it to the public through exhibitions and publications. After the museum visit we check in to the hotel located on the shoreline of Lake Inari. Tonight you will sleep under the northern sky in the comfort of an Aurora Cabin. If you are lucky, you may witness the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed. Dinner is included at the hotel restaurant.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Aurora Cabin / Glass Igloo, Inari

DAY 5: Inari, Finland ~ Kirkenes

After breakfast we depart Inari and continue north into Norway where we check in to the Snowhotel in Kirkenes. The hotel is home to reindeer and huskies. Entrance to the Snowhotel is included along with a welcome drink. We will enjoy dinner at the unique farmhouse restaurant, Laven. Tonight you will sleep in a Gamme cabin, inspired by the traditional hunting and fishing hut known as ‘gamme’ typical in the Lapland wilderness.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Gamme Cabin, Kirkenes

DAY 6: Kirkenes ~ Hurtigruten Embarkation (Day 1 of Voyage)

Enjoy breakfast and the morning at leisure. In the late morning we take a transfer to the Hurtigruten pier in Kirkenes where we board the ship and prepare for our sea voyage south. After departing Kirkenes, we head due north, arriving at Vardø in the afternoon. Weather permitting, brave swimmers may want to take a dip in the icy Arctic Ocean (strictly optional of course!). We now head due west, cruising along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord and Berlevåg, home to Norway’s most famous male choir, comprising local fishermen. Overnight on board our ship.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Onboard Ship

DAY 7: Mehamn ~ Tromsø

We make a late night stop at Mehamn. In winter, you can join an optional snowmobile trip through the vast Arctic wilderness. Experience snowy plains and valleys, crisp winter air and very possibly the Northern Lights in the starry sky above. During the day we pass through various ports including Honningsvåg and Hammerfest where you can visit the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to honour the first precise geographic measurement of the globe. We proceed south to Øksfjord, stopping briefly at the old trading post of Skjervøy. Late in the evening we dock at Tromsø, in time to enjoy a magical Northern Lights concert at the Arctic Cathedral in winter (optional).

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Onboard Ship

DAY 8: Tromsø ~ Stamsund

This morning, we arrive at Harstad, where you can join one of our classic excursions – A Taste of Vesterålen (optional). Discover history, beautiful scenery, and cultural heritage sites on this tour then rejoin the ship further south at Sortland. Those who stay on the ship experience our passage through the Risøyrenna, a shallow channel built for Hurtigruten in the 1920s. Prepare for some amazing scenery as we sail through the world-famous islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen. Lofoten is known for its natural beauty, steep mountains, wilderness and picturesque fishing villages. Our daylight route through the region is the voyage highlight for many of our guests. After a short stop at the tiny village of Risøyhamn, we continue to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten began more than 125 years ago. You may wish to visit the Hurtigruten Museum here.

Continuing south, it will look like we’re headed straight into a mountain, but don’t worry, we are in fact sailing through a passage into the narrow Raftsund, flanked by peaks rising 1000m out of the sea. We now arrive at amazing Trollfjord. If conditions allow, we will sail between sheer cliffs that seem close enough to reach out and touch. It’s an unforgettable experience! Next we arrive in Svolvær, where you can choose from several optional excursions or just relax in town at one of many cafés, pubs and restaurants.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Onboard Ship

DAY 9: Bodø ~ Rørvik

Crossing the Arctic Circle is an important ‘rite of passage’. Today we celebrate the occasion on deck with a taste of Arctic tradition – a spoonful of cod liver oil. Sailing along the Helgeland coast, you see the strange mountain, Torghatten (258m above sea level), famous for the distinctive hole through its centre. The hole is 160m long, 35m high and 20m wide, and was formed during the ice age.

Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. It is easy to see how the peaks influenced ancient legends. The story goes that seven beautiful troll sisters were caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, thus creating the seven beautiful mountaintops. Next, we briefly stop at the idyllic trading post of Nesna before moving on to Sandnessjøen. In Brønnøysund, join an optional excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre for an informative tour and taste of fresh salmon. Even though we’re south of the Arctic Circle, there may still be good opportunities to see the Northern Lights.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Onboard Ship

DAY 10: Trondheim ~ Ålesund

Today you have a chance to explore the wooden city of history: Trondheim. Be sure to visit the majestic Nidaros Cathedral, built over the burial site of King Olav II who reigned from 1015 to 1028. As we sail along the coast, you will realise the importance of fishing to Norway’s coastal communities. Kristiansund is regarded as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its long-time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join an excursion along the Atlantic Road, a National Scenic Route. The 8km stretch of highway spans eight bridges, crosses picturesque landscapes and is surrounded by open sea. Another interesting excursion is to the Bergtatt marble mine, which takes you inside a mountain and across an illuminated subterranean lake before serving you a meal in the mine´s ‘Grand Hall’. Those who remain aboard at Kristiansund will experience the ship´s open sea crossing towards Molde – Norway´s ‘City of Roses’. From there, you can see the distant pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps across the fjord, called ‘the Molde panorama’.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Onboard Ship

DAY 11: Ålesund ~ Bergen

During the night, the ship calls at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy, as our voyage draws to a close. Before docking in Bergen, there is fascinating scenery to see, including picturesque Nordfjord beneath Jostedal Glacier. Here the fjord widens to the east and forges 90 km inland. In the morning, we dock at Florø, Norway’s westernmost community. A few nautical miles south of Florø, we cross the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord, taking in superb views of the magnificent island-studded coastline en route. Finally, you disembark in the Hanseatic city of Bergen in the early afternoon. We will transfer to hotel and the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

OVERNIGHT: 4 Star Hotel, Bergen

DAY 12: Bergen

After breakfast in the hotel we will take a city sightseeing tour of Bergen, which includes a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Bryggen, St Mary’s Church, and Håkon’s Hall, before heading to Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, perhaps enjoy a journey on the Furnicular railway, up to the top of Mt Floien where you can enjoy stunning views over the city, and surrounding waterways.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 4 Star Hotel, Bergen

DAY 13: Bergen ~ Oslo (Norway in a Nutshell ~ Flåm Railway)

Today enjoy an amazing journey by rail, coach and ferry on the famous ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ route between Bergen and Oslo. We start with a rail journey from Bergen to Voss, from here we travel by coach to Gudvangen. Waterfalls line the road as we weave our way through the valley. In Gudvangen board a ferry and enjoy a fjord cruise along the narrow and dramatic UNESCO protected Nærøyfjord, ending in the quaint village of Flåm. From here we board the famous Flåm Railway, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. We climb three thousand feet on the train to the mountain station of Myrdal. From here we change trains and head to Oslo for a late evening arrival.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 4 Star Hotel, Oslo

DAY 14: Oslo City Tour

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel and prepare for our final full day on tour. We will enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Oslo including the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Historical Museum, Oslo Opera House, Holmenkollen Ski Jump and more. Spend some time on your own in the afternoon and join the group again for our farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: 4 Star Hotel, Oslo

DAY 15: End of Tour ~ Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, make your way to the airport for your international flight home. We hope you had a memorable journey with us!

MEALS: Breakfast, In-Flight

OVERNIGHT: In-Flight

DAY 16: Arrive Australia

Today you will arrive home in Australia.

NOTE: Some flights may arrive on DAY 17 due to flight scheduling.

MEALS: In-flight

Description

This popular Northern Lights cruise from Hurtigruten now comes with a bonus On Board Credit up to $700 per person. Travel to the Arctic Circle and experience Mother Natures ultimate light show; The Aurora Borealis. We begin from Saariselka on this southbound search for the Northern Lights. During the voyage we cross Finland and Norway, visit charming hamlets, sail through picturesque fjords and with plentiful opportunities to see the magnificent Northern Lights on this journey into the heart of Norway. Along the way, rest within accommodation befitting to its surrounds and activities that incorporates recreation and culture.

On this trip of a lifetime, you will experience the Northern Lights, husky and reindeer sled rides and the famous Flåm Railway; one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys between Bergen and Oslo. Also known as ‘Norway in a Nutshell’.

INCLUSIONS

Return flights from Australia plus up to $1400 on board credit to spend! A 5 night Northern Lights cruise onboard a state-of-the-art Hurtigruten ship, as well as “Northern Lights Promise”. 8 Nights hotel accommodation and tours. World Famous train journey on Flam Railway. Secure your expedition with a (Refundable) 20% DEPOSIT and travel from October 2022 to March 2023. Call us to find out more. BOOK BY 28th OCTOBER 2021.

INCLUSIONS

 

International flights ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER

Up to $1400 On Board Credit per twin share cabin:

2022 Dates: $600 per person per cabin / $700 per person per suite

2023 Dates: $550 per person per cabin / $650 per person per suite

7 Nights 4 Star hotel accommodation

1 Night in Aurora cabin

5 Nights cruise in a Polar Outside cabin (Upgrades available)

Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 9 dinners

City Tours of Bergen & Oslo

Norway in a Nutshell: Flåm Railway journey and fjord cruise on UNESCO listed Nærøyfjord

First class touring coach from Saariselkä to Kirkenes

English speaking tour leader from start to finish

Reindeer Safari (sled ride – dependant on weather)

Husky Safari (sled ride – dependant on weather)

Newly-renovated Siida museum visit

Small group touring max 24 people

Airport transfers

Luggage service from hotel in Bergen to hotel in Oslo (1 bag per person)

Luggage service at all hotels (starting with luggage OUT in Saariselkä and ending with luggage in Oslo)

Welcome drink in Saariselkä

Entrance to Troldhaugen (Edvard Grieg home – Bergen)

*Northern Lights Promise – if the Northern Lights don’t appear during your tour we will give you a free one way coastal voyage for the following season*

 

BOOK BY 28th OCTOBER 2021.

EXCLUSIONS

 

Travel insurance

Luggage handling other than those specified 

Optional shore excursions with our local partners

Personal expenses

Tipping 

Other meals not stated in itinerary

Beverages with meals

DEPARTURE DATES

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2022:

13th October: $9,999 (MS Polarlys)

15th November: $10,288 (MS Polarlys)

20th December: $11,088 (MS Richard With)

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2023:

3rd January: $10,888 (MS Kong Harald)

20th January: $10,888 (MS Polarlys)

2nd February: $11,188 (MS Richard With)

20th February: $11,188 (MS Nordkapp)

27th February: $11,288 (MS Kong Harald)

18th March: $11,288 (MS Richard With)

 

Prices start from $9,999 and will change due to cabin availability and ship. 

 

BOOK BY 28th OCTOBER 2021.

SHIPS & HOTELS

 

SHIPS:

This packages uses different vessels depending on departure date. The following Hurtigruten vessels are used:

MS Polarlys

MS Richard With

MS Kong Harald

MS Nordkapp

 

Click on the ship name for more information

 

CABIN TYPES:

Polar Outside N2 (8-11 m2)

These standard outside cabins for up to two people on the middle decks have separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa, and bathrooms with shower/WC and window.

Arctic Superior U2D/P2D (10-13 m2)

These comfortable, newly refurbished cabins for up to two people on the upper deck have double beds, Bathroom, TV and window.

 

HOTELS ON TOUR (4 STAR):

Saariselkä: Santa’s Hotel Tunturi

Inari: Wilderness Hotel (Aurora Cabin / Glass Igloo)

Kirkenes: Snowhotel Kirkenes

Bergen: Clarion Admiral Hotel

Oslo: Thon Hotel Opera

PRICES

 

PRICES:

16 Day Northern Lights Cruise, Rail & Tour – from $9,999 per person

Price is based on lead-in cabin type with single beds. If you require a double bed you will be required to upgrade your cabin type.

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

A single traveller surcharge applies for solo travellers

Polar Outside Cabin –  From *$2800 per person 

Arctic Superior Cabin – Contact us to purchase

Expedition Suite – Contact us to purchase

 

*NOTE: The single supplement is different for every departure. This is based on the lead-in travel date. If you select a different date, or the single supplement is higher than $2,800 we will invoice you separately. 

 

BOOK BY 28th OCTOBER 2021.

UPGRADES & OPTIONS

 

UPGRADE YOUR CABIN:

Arctic Superior Cabin – From $1500 per person depending on departure date. Contact us to purchase. 

Expedition Suite – Contact us to purchase

 

DRINKS PACKAGE:

Hurtigruten don’t include alcohol on their Coastal voyages. A drinks package can be purchased for the duration of the cruise:

House Wine Package – $464 per person

This is an introductory wine package with excellent quality wines. Among others; a rose wine, our own special blend “Hurtigruten Red wine” and “Hurtigruten white wine”.

Superior Wine Package  – $577 per person

This is a wine package that will suite those guests who like to be able to choose their wines more specifically to suite their meals. You can freely choose from a wide range of quality wines, including sparkling, white, rose and red, from top wine districts around the world – as Bourgougne, Piemonte, Bordeaux and Riojia.

Premium Wine Package – $994 per person

This is a wine package for those guests who really enjoy top-quality wines. We have gathered what we consider “top of the range” wines from exceptional producers world-wide, representing Champagne, Chassagne-Montrachet and other high quality districts.

 

OPTIONAL TOURS:

DAY 7:

Mountain Hike in Hammerfest – $164

The Northernmost Town in The World – $179

 

DAY 8:

Midtnight Concert in The Arctic Cathedral – $134

A Taste of Vesterålen – $194

Lofoten by Horse – $344

Discover a Fishing Village – $164

 

DAY 9: 

Visit The Salmon – $188

Hike to Torghatten (Brønnøysund) – $209

 

DAY 10: 

Trondheim With Nidaros Cathedral – $149

Bergtatt – Magnificent Marble Mine – $284

 

Contact us to purchase or for more information on each excursion. 

CANCELLATION POLICY & INFORMATION

 

VALIDITY:

Voucher valid until 18 March 2023

Voucher valid for 1 person, based on twin/double share

Bookings must be made at least 60 days prior to travel

 

BOOK BY 28th OCTOBER 2021.

 

CANCELLATION & REFUNDS:

 

IF HURTIGRUTEN CANCELS YOUR VOYAGE:

We will offer a full refund (including deposit), a free rebooking, or a credit voucher. 

UP TO FINAL PAYMENT IS MADE:

We will waive rebooking fees if you wish to change your date for any reason. 

You’ll need to change your voyage before your final payment due date and select a new travel date within 12 months of your original booking departure date. When you rebook, you’ll also need to cover any fare increase for your new voyage, if applicable.

AFTER FINAL PAYMENT IS MADE:

If COVID affects your journey, you will receive a free date change or credit voucher.

COVID affecting your journey means that you are unable to travel to the port of embarkation due to requirement to quarantine, a travel ban in either your home country or country of embarkation, a positive COVID test, a government issued order to self-isolate or a requirement to be vaccinated and you are unable to be vaccinated. This will be assessed at 30 days prior to the voyage/tour commencing.

 

ONBOARD CREDIT

– Onboard credits, ‘OBC’ amount varies by cabin type and itinerary as specified and is applicable to the first 2 guests only in a cabin.

Up to $1200 On Board Credit per twin share cabin:

2022 Dates: $600 per person per cabin / $700 per person per suite

2023 Dates: $550 per person per cabin / $650 per person per suite

– Credits can only be spent when on board the ship and cannot be utilised during land portions of tours.

– Valid on selected departures between June 2022 and May 2023. Applicable to new bookings booked between 6 September 2021 and 31 October 2021, unless sold out prior.

– Cabins and excursions are subject to availability. Hurtigruten operates a flexible pricing system and prices are capacity controlled and are correct at time of booking.

– Solo traveller supplements may apply. Normal booking payment and cancellation conditions apply.

– This offer is valid for new, individual bookings only and on select departures, and subject to withdrawal at any time without notice.

– Offer is combinable with the Ambassador offer, Coronavirus rebooking offer and Book with Confidence on 2022 departures.

 

NORTHERN LIGHTS PROMISE

100%. That’s how sure we are that the spectacular Northern Lights will make an appearance on your Hurtigruten cruise in Norway. If not, we’ll give you another voyage for free. That’s our promise to you. The promise is applicable on select voyages between 1 October and 31 March. See full terms and conditions below:

– You will be able to take a 6 or 7 days Classic Voyage cruise, departing 1 October 2023 to 31 March 2024 in an unspecified inside twin cabin on a full board basis, (you may upgrade to another grade of cabin subject to additional costs and availability).

– This offer applies to all new bookings on the Classic Round Voyages and select Expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast, departing from 1 October 2022 to 31 Mar 2023.

– Hurtigruten reserves the right to withdraw or amended the offer at any time. Please check at the time of booking as to current status of offer.

– The offer cruise must be booked within 28 days from your return date. A choice of departure dates will be given.

– Offer excludes flights, transfers, all on board expenses, excursions, luggage handling.

– Offer does not apply to re-scheduled or cancelled cruises. Bookings are non-transferable, non-changeable and have no cash value.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

20% deposit is required to secure this package. This is refundable is the voyage is cancelled by Hurtigruten.

This package is available with flights from Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide or Perth with Finnair and their codeshare partners (Qantas/Cathay Pacific/Japan Airlines/Thai Airways). Flights will have a stopover via Asia. 

We cannot specify/guarantee routing, however any requests can be submitted to our flights team.

Business class upgrades on request.

Contact us if you wish to fly from another city. Surcharges may apply

Your booking is not confirmed until you receive confirmation from MyHoliday2.

If our advertised availability is not there after purchase, you will be require to choose another date. 

Hurtigruten Expeditions reserve the right to remove availability at any time, which may affect your booking if it is not yet confirmed. 

This package is not transferrable to any other promotional package after purchase, unless cancelled due to COVID

Hurtigruten Expeditions reserve the right to increase the sale price at any time due to availability

Hurtigruten cancellation and refund policy applies for all departures until the end of 2022. From 2023 departures onward, standard terms apply. If COVID-19 is still preventing world travel by this time Hurtigruten will review their policies inline with the pandemic. 

The Single Supplement may be subject to change. We will be in contact if the single supplement changes after purchase. This is at the discretion of the Huritgruten Expedition Cruise, not MyHoliday2

All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions

Excursions and activities are subject to change

Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements

No gratuities expected

Departure dates are set by current airline schedules. Should airline schedules change, we may be required to alter the departure and return dates to suit new schedules.

21 Day Money Guarantee does not apply to this package

All travel documents are non-transferrable / non-changeable

Any required extensions to flights must be made prior to tickets being issued. If customer requests to change their outbound/return date after tickets are issued, request shall be denied.

Name changes are not permitted. Should a name change be required a full new ticket shall be issued and customers will be required to purchase a new ticket at market rate.

Travel insurance is recommended. MyHoliday2 takes no responsibility for any travel issues that may arise

It is the customers responsibility to obtain the correct visa for their destination and cover all fees associated

It is the customers responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport for travel and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.

Travel vouchers are non-redeemable for cash

Travel vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer/promotion

Travel vouchers must be redeemed within the validity period or will be deemed void

MyHoliday2 pricing reflects current market rates, so package prices may fluctuate from day to day. This is the nature of the tourism industry, and MyHoliday2 is not obliged to refund you to match any subsequent price reductions after purchase

Although some airlines no longer require reconfirmation of flights, Reconfirm the ticket 3 days prior to each journey.

For frequent flyer eligibility, baggage allowance and special requirement (Special meals, seating request, medical requirements), please contact your travel consultant.

Please note maximum 2 pieces of checked luggage allowed per person / Not exceeding 158 cm (62 inch).

Please note, flights may require a stopover of more than 5 hours.

Some departure dates may require you to depart Australia on Day 0 or return to Australia on Day 17

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