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Meals included: 15 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Experience the fragile and ethereal beauty of northern Scandinavia and the Arctic landscape. Visit the land of the reindeer, sail through the Norwegian fjords and weave around the striking coastline of the Atlantic Road.
Fly to Helsinki where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one night.
This morning, enjoy the highlights of Helsinki on an included orientation drive and see sights such as the City Hall and Parliament House, the Presidential Palace and the great Lutheran Cathedral. Later, drive north to Kuopio, through a pristine landscape of virgin forests and sparkling lakes.
Head first to the picturesque university town of Oulu, set on the shores of Bothnian Bay. Continue following the shoreline as far as Kemi to Rovaniemi for two nights.
Get to know Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, on an orientation drive. Famous for centuries for exporting furs furs and salmon to the world's rich and powerful, the city was destroyed in World War II and later re-designed by Alvar Aalto in the shape of reindeer antlers. This afternoon, why not join an optional excursion to find out more about Lapland?
Cross the outer reaches of the Arctic Circle to encounter the unique, unspoiled scenery of Lapland - land of reindeer and the midnight sun. Enjoy a stop at Santa Claus' Workshop, where you'll have the chance to meet the man himself and his little helpers. Continue your journey to Sodankylä to the charming wooden church. Head towards Tankavaara to visit the Gold Museum and try panning for a few nuggets yourself. Tonight, stay in Saariselkä, set on the edge of Finland National Park.
Head to Karasjok for a visit to Sapmi Park, a theme park exploring Sami culture, history and tradition. Enjoy outdoor activities and tour the craft studios where silverware, woven fabrics and other goods are produced. Afterwards, continue to Honningsvag for one night. This evening, enjoy an included excursion to the North Cape, Europe's northernmost point at 71 degrees north, for spectacular views of the Midnight Sun (visible May-July).
Enjoy a highlight of your trip - a coastal cruise from Honningsvag to Hammerfest, offering amazing views and spectacular scenery. Disembark at Hammerfest and spend some time browsing the town centre and then drive to Alta, set at the mouth of the world's richest salmon river, for one night.
Journey along the stunning shoreline of Norway, where the road meanders along Kvaenangenfjord and Lyngenfjord, before heading to Narvik, rebuilt after near total destruction during fierce World War II battles.
This morning includes a visit to the War museum detailing the history of Narvik during World War II. Later, enjoy the afternoon at leisure ortruly explore the beautiful Norwegian countryside and fjords on an optional excursion.
Admire the fjord and forest scenery today as you journey across the Tjsfjord and away from the Arctic Circle to the picturesque town of Mo I Rana for one night.
Head via the forests and rivers of Namdalen Valley to Trondheimsfjord. En route, stop at the Laksforsen Waterfall for an opportunity to photograph this naturally beautiful scenery before continuing to Trondheim for an overnight stay.
Depart early this morning to board a ferry to Kanestraum. Enjoy panoramic views and pass picturesque towns such as Kristiansund and Molde on a scenic trip along the spectacular Atlantic Road before embarking on two scenic ferry crossings to reach the spectacular Geiranger area.
Enjoy a day at leisure in the gorgeous Geiranger area and perhaps join the optional Geirangerfjord cruise to admire the unforgettable fjord scenery.
Travel to the ancient town of Lom, home to one of the few remaining wooden stave churches in Norway, next to Lillehammer, a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts.
Travel to Norway's cosmopolitan capital, Oslo. Today's included sightseeing with a local guide takes in the imposing 14th century Akershus Fortress, the City Hall, National Theatre, Parliament, Royal Palace and Broadcasting House before heading to the beautiful expanse of Frogner Park to admire Vigeland's stark and unusual sculptures.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday which provided an excellent itinerary but the brochure/detailed itinerary did not warn of the long journeys involved (over 3000 miles total) nor that our schedule meant that we visited some locations on days when Museums were closed (e.g. Oslo). Some of the Hotels (Comfort Group) were poor (e.g. Oslo) and only one inclusive guided area visit was included in the 15 day programme.
Good holiday but due to a high percentage of Indians who talked constantly and loudly and were on occasions,rude, the holiday was partially spoiled and this is the general consenus amongst the remaining group members.Sometimes the information given by the Tour Director could not be heard !!
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