Northern Highlights & the Arctic Circle

  • 16 Days

  • Northern Europe

  • Active pace

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.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

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
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

of 16 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 30th April 2018

Meals included: 15 breakfasts, 7 dinners

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.

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.

Day 1

UK - Helsinki

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Helsinki - Kuopio

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Kuopio - Oulu - Rovaniemi

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Rovaniemi

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?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Rovaniemi - Sodankylä - Tankavaara - Saariselkä

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Saariselkä - Karasjok - Honningsvag

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).

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Honningsvag - Coastal Cruise - Hammerfest - Alta

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Alta - Narvik

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Narvik

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Narvik - Mo I Rana

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Mo I Rana - Mosjöen - Trondheim

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Trondheim - Geiranger area

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Geiranger area - Lom - Lillehammer

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Lillehammer - Oslo

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Oslo - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Helsinki: Scandic Park
  • Kuopio: Sokos Puijonsarvi 
  • Rovaniemi: Scandic
  • Saariselka: Holiday Club 
  • Honningsvag: Scandic Honnisvag or Scandic Bryggen 
  • Alta: Scandic Alta 
  • Narvik: Scandic or Quality Grand Royal
  • Mo I Rana: Scandic Meyergarden 
  • Trondheim: Quality Augustin 
  • Geiranger: Geiranger 
  • Lillehammer: Clarion Hammer 
  • Oslo: Comfort Borsparken 

Notes

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

Latest customer reviews

7th July 2017

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

1st July 2017

this is an excellent tour. you wont be disappointed

30th June 2017

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.

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