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Northern Highlights & the Arctic Circle

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Northern Europe

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tours

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.

At a glance

  • Helsinki See the Presidential Palace and the grand Lutheran Cathedral.
  • Rovanemi Get to know Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland.
  • Arctic Circle Cross the outer reaches of the Arctic Circle to Lapland.
  • Honnigsvag Head to Europe's northernmost point at North Cape to see the Midnight Sun (visible from May to June only).
  • Coastal Cruise Soak up spectacular glacial scenery from Honningsvag to Hammerfest.
  • Laksforsen Waterfalls Experience their raw power on a photo stop.
  • Atlantic Road Enjoy a remarkable road trip along Norway’s coast.
  • Oslo See the 14th century Akershus Fortress and Vigeland's unusual sculptures.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Service charges
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

Too tiring, getting up at 5.45 ever morning followed by...

3rd August 2018
Mr Kenneth Jones

Too tiring, getting up at 5.45 ever morning followed by an all day coach journey, with an extremely loud tour guide

Excellent holiday which Finnair did their best to sabotage. Cancelled...

29th June 2018
Mr Roger Strong

Excellent holiday which Finnair did their best to sabotage. Cancelled flight but Archers/Cosmos did arrange alternative flights and booked a car/driver so that 3 of us could catch up

Excellent tour ,well organised and lived up to expectations fully...

9th June 2018
Mr David Warburton

Excellent tour ,well organised and lived up to expectations fully

Everything worked well and the tour manager and driver were...

8th June 2018
Trusted Customer

Everything worked well and the tour manager and driver were excellent. However 2 optional excursions were not of an acceptable standard.

Well organised and with an excellent tour guide and driver....

26th May 2018
Trusted Customer

Well organised and with an excellent tour guide and driver. One disappointment was the hotel in Lillehammer ,luckily only one night....I have never stayed in such a tatty hotel and after changing rooms the new one was not much better.....however I did not let that cloud my judgement of a very good holiday.I suggest you have a closer look at the hotel....

A good trip......see comment re. evening meals...

25th May 2018
Trusted Customer

A good trip......see comment re. evening meals

Unexpected great weather helped make this a fantastic holiday. Superb...

7th July 2017
Mr James Short

Unexpected great weather helped make this a fantastic holiday. Superb scenery made the long travelling days pass quickly.

this is an excellent tour. you wont be disappointed...

1st July 2017
Trusted Customer

this is an excellent tour. you wont be disappointed

Accommodation and food was pretty good. Some hotels were better...

30th June 2017
Trusted Customer

Accommodation and food was pretty good. Some hotels were better than others and quite a few were in the process of being refurbished. Overall, it was good value for money.

Overview

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.

Total meals included:

  • 15 breakfasts, 7 dinners

UK - Helsinki

Day
1

Fly to Helsinki where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one night.

The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring Helsinki. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers

Helsinki - Kuopio

Day
2

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Kuopio - Oulu - Rovaniemi

Day
3

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rovaniemi

Day
4

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 totally destroyed during World War II. The new town, which you’ll visit during on 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rovaniemi - Sodankylä - Tankavaara - Saariselkä

Day
5

As you cross the Arctic Circle (66°31’N), you are in incomparable, unspoiled Lapland, land of reindeer 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Saariselkä - Karasjok - Honningsvag

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Honningsvag - Coastal Cruise - Hammerfest - Alta

Day
7

An early start today features a Fjord Cruise from Honningsvåg to Hammerfest. You will enjoy some of Norway’s most beautiful coastal and mountain scenery as you cruise southwards. Disembark at Hammerfest and drive to Alta, situated at the mouth of the world’s richest Salmon River, for an overnight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Alta - Narvik

Day
8

Continue your unforgettable journey south along the stunning shoreline of Norway. The road meanders along Kvaenangenfjord and Lyngenfjord. You are now in the Troms Province, still north of the Arctic Circle but with a climate mild enough to allow very successful farming. Hear about fierce World War II battles as you approach Narvik, rebuilt after near-total destruction.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Narvik

Day
9

Visit Narvik’s war museum and relive how Norwegian troops, with the help of their allies, showed the world that the Nazi war machine was not invulnerable. Afternoon and evening are at leisure. Optional excursions are available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Narvik - Mo I Rana

Day
10

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Mo I Rana - Mosjöen - Trondheim

Day
11

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Trondheim - Geiranger area

Day
12

Leave Norway’s third-largest city, also known as the “Gateway to the North,” this morning. Travel via the spectacular Atlantic Road from Christiansund to Molde to reach the Geiranger area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Geiranger area

Day
13

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Geiranger area - Lom - Lillehammer

Day
14

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lillehammer - Oslo

Day
15

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Oslo - UK

Day
16

Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Scandic Park

Renovated in 2014, this hotel faces Töölö Bay and is 650 yards from the Alvar Aalto-designed Finlandia Hall. It offers free WiFi and free indoor pool and sauna access. Helsinki Central Station is within 15 minutes’ walk.

  • Location

    Mannerheimintie 46, Eteläinen Suurpiiri, 00260 Helsinki, Finland

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Indoor swimming pool
    • Sauna

Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi

This property is 10 minutes walk from the beach. This hotel is located next to a park, 12 minutes' walk from Kuopio Train Station. It offers 2 restaurants and free Wi-Fi, sauna and gym access.

  • Location

    Minna Canthin katu 16, 70100 Kuopio, Finland

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Sauna
    • Fitness centre

Scandic Rovaniemi

Located in the heart of Rovaniemi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lordi's Square, Arktikum and Lappia House. University of Lapland and Ounasvaara are also within 3 miles. Rovaniemi Station is 16 minutes by foot.

  • Location

    Koskikatu 23 Rovaniemi

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Sauna
    • Fitness centre

Holiday Club

Situated in the picturesque nature of Finnish Lapland, this hotel is close to Saariselkä’s top skiing and hiking trails. There is also spa with a sauna, hot tub and indoor swimming pool.

  • Location

    Saariseläntie 7, 99830 Saariselka, Finland

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Indoor swimming pool
    • Sauna

Scandic Honningsvåg

This hotel is next to the harbour in the coastal city of Honningsvåg, 21.7 miles from the North Cape area.

  • Location

    Nordkappgt 4, 9750 Honningsvåg, Norway

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Bar
    • Snack bar

Scandic Bryggen

Located in the heart of Honningsvag, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Honningsvag Port, Honningsvag Stadium and North Cape Museum.

  • Location

    Vågen 1 Honningsvag Nordkapp

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Free Wi-Fi

Thon Alta

Located in the heart of Alta, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Northern Lights Cathedral and Alta Church. Alta Rock Carvings and Alta Museum are also within 3 miles.

  • Location

    Labyrinten 6, 9510 Alta, Norway

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Bar
    • Restaurant

Quality Grand Royal

Located in the heart of Narvik, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Red Cross War Memorial Museum, Narvikfjellet and Ofoten Museum. Fagernesfjellet is 3 miles away. Narvik Station is 5 minutes by foot.

  • Location

    Kongensgate 64, 8514 Narvik, Norway

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
    • Bar

Scandic Meyergarden

Housed in a late 19th-century building, a 5-minute walk from Mo i Rana Station, Meyergården Hotel offers regional cuisine and a large garden. GGågata shopping street is 2 minutes' walk away, Rana Museum is just 100 yards away and the Arctic Circle is just a 1-hour drive from the hotel.

  • Location

    Fr. Nansensgt. 28, 8601 Mo i Rana, Norway

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Fitness centre

Scandic Lerkendal

Situated in Trondheim, this hotel is within 1 mile of Lerkendal Stadium, Archbishop's Palace, and Nidaros Cathedral. Museum of Decorative Arts and Stiftsgarden Royal Residence are also within 2 miles. Trondheim Marienborg Station is just a 20 minutes walk away.

  • Location

    Klæbuveien 127, 7031 Trondheim, Norway

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Fitness centre

Geiranger Hotel

This hotel features panoramic views of the UNESCO-listed Geiranger Fjord. It offers free Wi-Fi and all rooms have a private bathroom and a flat-screen TV.

  • Location

    P.O Box 4, 6216 Geiranger, Norway

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Free Wi-Fi

First Breiseth

Situated in the heart of Lillehammer, First Hotel Breiseth offers free Wi-Fi and a collection of local early 20th century art. Lillehammer Station is just 100 yards away, Storgata pedestrian street is within 3 minutes’ walk from the hotel and the Maihaugen Open-air Museum is 0.6 miles away.

  • Location

    Jernbanegaten 1-5, 2609 Lillehammer, Norway

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Sauna

Scandic Helsfyr

This hotel is located 40km from Oslo Gardermoen airport and 5 minutes’ walk from the airport bus and Helsfyr underground station, which quickly takes you to the centre of Oslo.

  • Location

    108 Strømsveien Gamle Oslo Oslo, 0663

  • Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/lounge

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