Northern Highlights & the Arctic Circle

Discover the northern tip of Europe on this Scandinavia tour through Finland and Norway on a 16 Day Northern Highlights & the Arctic Circle Tour. You’ll be mesmerized by pristine nature, never-ending forests, spectacular waterfalls, and enchanting fjords. You’ll travel across the Arctic Circle —the land of reindeer and the “Midnight Sun”—to experience the longest days in the Northern Hemisphere and spend time in the incomparable, unspoiled Lapland. You’ll visit the Santa Claus workshop and North Cape, marking the endpoint of the European mainland. Here, stand at the cliff rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean, and feel like you’re at the end of the world.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Helsinki, Finland

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring Helsinki with the help of your CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Scandic Park

Day 2: Helsinki – Kuopio

An included orientation drive this morning features the City Hall and Parliament House, the Presidential Palace, and the great Lutheran Cathedral. Then, head north through unspoiled forests and lakes for an overnight in Kuopio.

 Hotel: Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi

 Day 3: Kuopio – Oulu – Rovaniemi

Stop in the picturesque university town of Oulu, situated on the Bothnian Bay. Then, follow the shoreline as far as Kemi before heading inland to Rovaniemi.

Hotel: Scandic, 2 nights

Day 4: Rovaniemi

A whole day to enjoy the capital of Finnish Lapland. For hundreds of years, it was famous for exporting furs and salmon to the world’s rich and powerful. Unfortunately, the town was destroyed during World War II. The new town, which you’ll visit during the orientation drive, was designed by Alvar Aalto in the shape of reindeer antlers. Sights include Lappia Hall, the Town Hall, the new modern church with its intriguing frescoes, and the Arctic Centre. Afternoon at leisure or join an optional excursion to find out more about Lapland.

Day 5: Rovaniemi – Sodankylä – Tankavaara – Saariselkä

As you cross the Arctic Circle (66°31’N), you are in incomparable, unspoiled Lapland, land of eindeer and the midnight sun. Stop at the Santa Claus Workshop for a chance to meet Father Christmas himself. North to Sodankylä, where you see the charming Vanha Kirkko, Lapland’s oldest Wooden Church, dating back to the 17th century. At Tankavaara, visit the Gold Museum and try panning for gold if you wish. Overnight in Saariselkä, on the edge of the virgin wilderness and part of Finland’s major national park. It is the largest winter sport centre in Finland, and a paradise for hikers and mountain-bike lovers in summer.

Hotel: Holiday Club

Day 6: Saariselkä – Honningsvåg, Norway

Cross into Norway for a visit to the fascinating Sapmi Park. Head farther into Norway and along the beautiful Porsangen Fjord to Honningsvåg on the island of Magerøya, home to 4,000 people and 5,000 reindeer. Tonight, one of the highlights of this tour is the included drive to the North Cape, Europe’s last northern outpost, on a sheer cliff rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. From May 11 to July 31, if the sky is clear, you’ll see the Midnight Sun rolling just above the horizon!

Hotel: Scandic Honningsvåg  or Scandic Bryggen

Day 7: Honningsvåg – Alta

Today, drive along the tip of Norway from Honningsvag to Alta, situated at the mouth of the world’s richest salmon river, for an overnight.

Hotel: Thon Alta

Day 8: Alta – Narvik

Continue your unforgettable journey south along the stunning shoreline of Norway. The road meanders along Kvaenangenfjord and Lynge fjord. You are now in the Troms Province, still north of the Arctic Circle but with a climate mild enough to allow very successful farming.

Hotel: Quality Grand Royal

Day 9:  Narvik – Tysfjord Ferry Crossing – Mo I Rana

This morning, enter Nordland. Not far from Mo I Rana, re-cross the Arctic Circle and return to a world where the sun rises and sets every day of the year. Overnight in the little town of Mo I Rana.

Hotel: Scandic Meyergarden

Day 10: Mo I Rana – Mosjøen – Trondheim

On the agenda today: picture stop in Mosjøen; spectacular Laksforsen Waterfall; the forests and rivers of the Namdalen Valley; and vistas of Trondheimsfjord, the World War II hideout of the German battleship Tirpitz.

Hotel: Scandic Lerkendal, 2 nights

Day 11: Trondheim

Welcome to Norway’s third-largest city, where the whole day is available to do as you please! You could explore ancient Nidaros Cathedral, the 17th-century covered Old Town Bridge, and Kristiansten Fort, which stands guard over the city center; wander along the wharves lined with colorful warehouses; enjoy fantastic panoramic views from atop Tyholt Tower; check out one of the many museums dedicated to everything from chocolate and art to folk culture and the Norwegian Crown Regalia; or maybe just relax at the recreational area on nearby Munkholmen Island.

Day 12: Trondheim – Atlantic Road – Geiranger Area

Leave Trondheim, also known as the “Gateway to the North,” this morning. Travel via the spectacular Atlantic Road from Christiansund to Molde to reach the majestic Geiranger area.

Hotel: Geiranger, 2 nights

Day 13: Geiranger Area

Enjoy this enchanting fjord area on your own or join the optional Geirangerfjord cruise.

Day 14: Geiranger Area – Lom – Lillehammer

Today, travel to Lom. Take pictures of the wooden stave church before heading toward the famous winter sport resort, Lillehammer, host city of the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Hotel: First Breiseth

Day 15: Lillehammer – Oslo

After arrival in Oslo, enjoy vistas of Akerhus Castle, the 14th-century fortress guarding the harbor, a highlight on the guided included tour that features the soaring City Hall, National Theater, Parliament, Royal Palace, Broadcasting House, and Gustav Vigeland’s stark sculptures of people and animals in Frogner Park.

Hotel: Scandic Helsfyr

Day 16: Oslo

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 04$4,179.00$5,273.00
May: 11, 18$4,269.00$5,363.00
May: 25$4,319.00$5,413.00
June: 01$4,369.00$5,463.00
June: 08, 15$4,409.00$5,503.00
June: 22$4,319.00$5,413.00
June: 29$4,369.00$5,463.00
July: 06, 13$4,319.00$5,413.00
July: 20$4,419.00$5,513.00
July: 27$4,319.00$5,413.00
August: 03$4,379.00$5,473.00
August: 10$4,529.00$5,767.00
August: 17$4,319.00$5,413.00
August: 24$4,179.00$5,273.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 15 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Transport: First-class air-conditioned motorcoach
Ferry: Tysfjord ferry crossing
Accommodation: 15 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Land of the Midnight Sun & Lofoten Islands

If you’ve dreamt of experiencing Scandinavia’s Land of the Midnight Sun, our guided vacation in Norway can make your dreams come true. Your adventure begins in Oslo, home of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. Go sightseeing with an expert Local Guide to see the National Theater (home of Henrik Ibsen’s plays), Parliament and the Royal Palace, as well as the magnificent display of Gustav Vigeland’s sculptures in Frogner Park. Your exciting journey to the Lofoten Islands takes to the air with a flight across the Arctic Circle to Alta. After dinner in Honningsvåg, embark on your excursion to the North Cape’s sheer 1,000-foot cliff above the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll also take ferry crossings on the Lyngenfjord and Ullsfjord in view of the Lyngen Alps.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Oslo, Norway

Welcome to Oslo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Clarion Hotel The Hub, 2 nights

Day 2: Oslo

Today gives you a good introduction to Oslo, the country’s hub of trade and industry. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, considered the home for Ibsen’s plays; the unique Storting building, seat of Parliament; and the Royal Palace, residence of Norwegian monarchs since 1849. Stroll through magnificent Frogner Park with Gustav Vigeland’s extraordinary sculptures; and visit the City Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held each year. Afterwards, an optional excursion is available to see relics of Norway’s glorious seafaring past-including 1,000-year-old Viking ships!

Day 3: Oslo – Alta – Honningsvag – Excursion to the North Cape

Board the plane and fly across the Arctic Circle. Land in Alta, and proceed to Honningsvag. After dinner, enjoy an exciting excursion to the North Cape located at 71°10′21″N , a sheer cliff rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. See the iconic globe, and visit the North Cape Hall with its visitor centre, before returning to your hotel.

Hotel: Scandic Honningsvag

Day 4: Honningsvag – Alta

Morning at leisure. In the afternoon return to Alta, considered the northernmost city in the world and catch glimpses of the new Northern Lights Cathedral.

Hotel: Scandic Alta

Day 5: Alta – Tromsø

Visit the Alta Museum with its spectacular rock carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discovered in 1973, they are evidence of a settlement going back to before 4,000 BC. Drive south and enjoy Ferry Crossings on the Lyngenfjord and the Ullsfjord with views of the Lyngen Alps. Arrive in lively and colourful Tromso, the largest town in Northern Norway, surrounded by high mountains and beautiful fjords.

Hotel: Scandic Ishavshotel, 2 nights

Day 6: Tromsø

During an orientation walk with your Tour Director, explore the old wooden buildings in the historic centre. Then, visit the impressive Arctic Cathedral, the city’s landmark, with its peaked roof and stained-glass windows. Choose from our optional excursions: ride the Fjellheisen cable car and maybe visit Sommaroy island, pearl of nature.

Day 7: Tromsø – Harstad

Continue further south via the coastal island of Hinnoya, and arrive in Harstad, city of culture. Here, visit Trondenes Historical centre, a museum focusing on the history of the area from the early Viking settlements to the Nazi occupation during World War II. Also see Trondenes Church nearby, dating back to late medieval times.

Hotel: Thon Hotel Harstad

Day 8: Harstad – Svolvær – Excursion to Kabelvag & Henningsvær

Head for Svolvaer, and start your Lofoten adventure! The Lofoten archipelago is known for its magnificent natural scenery with dramatic mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, tiny fishing villages, white beaches, and crystal-clear water. Stop for pictures and fantastic views of Sildpollnes with its chapel. Arrive in bustling Svolvaer, Lofoten’s capital. For hundreds of years, artists have been inspired by the light and the scenery. In the afternoon, travel to Kabelvag and see Lofoten Cathedral dating back to 1898 and the village used by fishermen during the famous Lofoten Fishery season. The town has preserved much of its old architecture and from its square you can see the statue of King Oystein on the hill. Visit the Lofoten Museum, an authentic 19th-century setting, with the former village owner’s residence, rorbu cabins, general store, boathouse, and garden. Continue to the famous fishing village of Henningsvaer with its codfish drying racks, lovely harbour, and art galleries.

Hotel: Thon Hotel Lofoten, 2 nights

Day 9: At Leisure in Svolvaer

To make the most of your stay, experience the Viking Age on an exciting optional excursion to the Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg which houses an impressive reconstruction of the Chieftain’s house.

Day 10: Svolvaer – Ramberg – Reine – Moskenes – Bodø

Another scenic day! Take pictures of beautiful Ramberg beach, before heading down to the well-known, picturesque fishing village of Reine, situated on several small islands. In Moskenes, board the Ferry and cross the Vestfjord to Bodo on mainland Norway.

Hotel: Scandic Havet

Day 11: Bodø – Oslo

After a visit to Bodo’s interesting Norwegian Aviation Museum, board the flight to return to Oslo. Tonight, celebrate your Arctic journey with a farewell dinner.

Hotel: Clarion Hotel The Hub

Day 12: Oslo

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & Prices Twin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 23$5,429.00Price on Application
May: 30$5,589.00Price on Application
June: 06$5,519.00Price on Application
June: 13, 20$5,589.00Price on Application
June: 27$5,519.00Price on Application
July: 04, 11, 18, 25$5,519.00Price on Application
August: 01$5,519.00Price on Application
August: 08, 15$5,429.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 8 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach,
Flights:Air Ticket: Oslo - Alta / Bodo - Oslo
Ferry:Ferry Crossings: Lyngenfjord & Ullsfjord
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Grand Scandinavian Circle Tour

Breathtaking scenery, the Arctic Circle, train rides, cruises, vibrant cities, and so much more await you on this marvelous Grand Scandinavian Circle Tour. Scenic highlights include a fantastic, overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Norway in first-class, outside, two-berth cabins with private facilities and dinner included; a train ride between Oslo and Bergen, considered to be one of the world’s most scenic train rides; a ferry ride from Sweden to Denmark; and a spectacular ride on the Flåm train with some of Norway’s most magnificent scenery, including Kjosfossen Waterfall, with its water cascading down the mountainside—a special experience offered by Globus.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Stockholm, Sweden

Welcome to Stockholm! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Scandic Continental, 2 nights

Day 2: Stockholm

During your sightseeing with a Local Guide see the Royal Palace; Riddarholm Church, walk through the Old Town, and marvel at the festive blue and gold chambers in the City Hall, where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held.

Day 3: Stockholm – Copenhagen, Denmark

Drive south via Lake Malar and Lake Vattern to Helsingborg. Cross by Ferry to Denmark with views of Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle at Elsinore. Arrive in Copenhagen, proud capital of Denmark.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Scandinavia

Day 4: Copenhagen – Overnight cruise to Oslo, Norway

Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Church of Our Savior and the Stock Exchange on the way to splendid Rosenborg Castle, where some of the crown jewels of Denmark are held. Here, admire the incredible Throne Chair, made from narwhal tusks-the only one of its kind in the world! Drive past the National Museum and the Royal Theater, and stop for pictures of Amalienborg Palace and the Little Mermaid statue. In the late afternoon, board your ship for the overnight Kattegat & Oslofjord Cruise to Norway. Dinner will be served on board.

Hotel: Overnight cruise

Day 5: Oslo – Bergen

After disembarkation, transfer to the Oslo train station and board the famous Oslo-Bergen Train. Enjoy a scenic ride across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau with views of sparkling lakes, rivers, streams, and snow-capped mountains to picturesque Bergen.

Hotel: Scandic Ørnen, 2 nights

Day 6: Bergen

Guided sightseeing starts with an orientation drive to see the main sights like Bergenhus Fortress with its medieval Hakon’s Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower, the charming Hanseatic Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the harbour, and the famous Fish Market. Explore Bryggen on foot along narrow, cobblestone alleyways past colourful wooden houses. Also see the 12th-century St. Mary’s Church, where Hanseatic merchants attended religious services until the 1870s. Balance of the day is at leisure, why not join one of our optional excursions to make the most of your stay?

Day 7: Bergen – Voss – Flåm – Nærøyfjord & Sognefjord – Stalheim

A wonderful day of spectacular scenery: ride the Flam Train and see the magnificent Kjosfossen waterfall on the way to the village of Flam. Here, another highlight awaits: a relaxing CRUISE on beautiful Sognefjord and Naeroyfjord. Arrive in Stalheim, overlooking the Naeroydalen Valley.

Hotel: Stalheim

Day 8: Stalheim – Borgund – Oslo

This morning travel to Borgund and visit the wooden Stave Church. Dating back to 1180, it is considered the best-preserved and most authentic of Norway’s stave churches. Next is Oslo, capital of Norway and the country’s hub of trade and industry.

Hotel: Clarion Hotel the Hub, 2 nights

Day 9: Oslo

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, considered the home for Ibsen’s plays; the unique Storting building, seat of Parliament; and the Royal Palace, residence of Norwegian monarchs since 1849. Stroll through magnificent Frogner Park with Gustav Vigeland’s extraordinary sculptures; and visit the City Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held each year. Afterwards, an optional excursion is available to see relics of Norway’s glorious seafaring past-including 1,000-year-old Viking ships!

Day 10: Oslo – Tromsø

Board the plane to Tromso and arrive in the world’s most northern university city, starting point of many great polar explorers. Here, winters can be hard and summers usually surprisingly warm because of the warm gulf currents and the “Midnight Sun.” During your orientation, visit the Arctic Cathedral.

Hotel: Scandic Ishavshotel

Day 11: Tromsø – Alta

Continue your journey northward. Enjoy Ferry Crossings on Ullsfjord and Lyngenfjord, with breathtaking views of the Lyngen Alps and their glaciers. Arrive in Alta, and visit the spectacular Rock Carvings, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Hotel: Scandic Alta

Day 12: Alta – Excursion to the North Cape – Honningsvåg

Drive to Honningsvag on the island of Mageroya, and continue to the northernmost point of the North Cape, a sheer cliff rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean, where the North Cape Hall with its visitor centre is located.

Hotel: Scandic Honningsvåg

Day 13: Honningsvåg – Karasjok – Ivalo, Finland

Admire crystal-clear streams, sparkling lakes, tundra, and forests as you head south and penetrate deep into beautiful Lapland, as it is called by the natives. Stop in Karasjok, seat of the Sami Parliament, where a highlight visit is included to Sven Engholm’s Husky Farm. Sven has led expeditions to Spitsbergen, Siberia, and Greenland, and won the longest sled dog race in Europe 11 times. Enjoy traditional snacks here, then continue to the Sami village of Ivalo for your overnight stay.

Hotel: Ivalo

Day 14: Ivalo – Arctic Circle – Rovaniemi

Cross the Arctic Circle (66°31’N), and stop at Santa Claus Village, with a chance to see Father Christmas himself. Receive your Arctic Circle Certificate and continue to nearby Rovaniemi, capital of Lapland, situated at the confluence of the river Kemijoki and its tributary, the Ounasjoki. On an orientation drive, see the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto’s Town Hall, the City Library, and the Lappia House.

Hotel: Original Sokos Vaakuna

Day 15: Rovaniemi – Helsinki

Spend some time in Rovaniemi before flying to the capital of Finland, Helsinki. This evening, dinner will be served at one of Helsinki’s fine restaurants.

Hotel: Gio Hotel Kluuvi, 3 nights

Day 16: Helsinki

Guided sightseeing introduces you to the City Hall and the Parliament House, the Presidential Palace, the monumental railroad station, the great Lutheran Cathedral, the Olympic Stadium, the Sibelius Monument, and Helsinki’s local arts and crafts Open-Air Market.

Day 17: Helsinki

A full day at leisure offers the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Tallinn, capital of Estonia, known as one of the “Pearls of the Baltic Countries.” Tonight, dinner awaits at the hotel to celebrate the success of your journey.

Day 18: Helsinki

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & Prices Twin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 24$7,779.00Price on Application
May: 01, 08, 15$7,849.00Price on Application
May: 22$7,889.00Price on Application
May: 29$7,969.00Price on Application
June: 05, 12$8,019.00Price on Application
June: 19, 26$7,919.00Price on Application
July: 03$7,999.00Price on Application
July: 10, 17$7,909.00Price on Application
July: 24, 31$7,879.00Price on Application
August: 07, 14$7,919.00Price on Application
August: 21$7,849.00Price on Application
August: 28$7,779.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 17 breakfasts, 9 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned Motorcoach
Flights:Air Ticket: Oslo - Tromsø / ovaniemi - Helsinki
Rail:Train Ticket: Oslo - Bergen
Flåm Train: Voss - Flam
Ferry:Ferry Crossings: Helsingborg – Elsinore, Ullsfjord, Lyngenfjord
Accommodation: 16 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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