The Grand Scandinavian Circle


  • Scandinavia

  • Active pace

Tour : ZN

Overview

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Breathtaking scenery, the Arctic Circle, train rides, cruises, vibrant cities, and so much more await you on this marvelous Scandinavia 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.

Spend time in the Arctic Circle—land of the "Midnight Sun"—where you will visit the North Cape Visitor Center, marking the endpoint of the European mainland. Here, stand at the sheer cliff rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean and feel like you're at the end of the world. In the Arctic Circle, also enjoy ferry crossings on the Ullsfjord and Lyngenfjord, which offer breathtaking views of the Lyngen Alps, with their blue glaciers, and mountain peaks rising more than 3,280 feet directly from the fjord. Visit Alta's rock carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site demonstrating a human settlement dating from 4,200 to 500 BC. Admire crystal-clear streams, sparkling lakes, tundra, and forests as you head south to Finland's Lapland and cross back over the Arctic Circle. Special experiences offered by Globus are highlight visits to the Santa Claus Village, where you receive your Arctic Circle Certificate, and to a Husky Farm. Your flights from Oslo to Tromsø and from Rovaniemi to Helsinki are included, and three nights in Helsinki allow the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Tallinn in Estonia.

You'll also spend time in the cities and enjoy guided sightseeing in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, and Helsinki. All of this—and much more—are included on this Scandinavia tour. From its vibrant cities and fun experiences to its spectacular scenery, it’s a dream vacation!

Highlights

Stockholm Welcome dinner, guided sightseeing, walking tour of the Old Town, visit the City Hall

Helsingborg - Elsinore Ferry crossing

Copenhagen Guided sightseeing, see the Little Mermaid, and visit Rosenborg Castle

Copenhagen - Oslo Overnight cruise in first-class, outside, two-berth cabins with private facilities (dinner included)

Oslo - Bergen By train

Bergen Guided sightseeing

Voss Ride the spectacular Flåm train

Nærøyfjord & Sognefjord Cruise

Borgund Visit the Stave Church

Oslo Guided sightseeing, walk through Frogner Park, visit City Hall

Oslo – Tromsø  By air

Tromsø Orientation, visit the Arctic Cathedral

Ullsfjord & Lyngenfjord Ferry crossings

Alta Visit the rock carvings

North Cape Visit the North Cape Visitor Centre

Karasjok Husky dog experience

Rovaniemi Visit Santa Claus Village; receive your Arctic Circle Certificate

Rovaniemi – Helsinki By air

Helsinki Dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, Sibelius Monument, visit the Lutheran Cathedral and the open-air market

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

No meals included

Things to note

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus 

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Post tour

+4 days St. Petersburg Extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Helsinki - St. Petersburg, Russia

Day
1

A pleasant drive to St. Petersburg, where you will visit magnificent ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL with a Local Guide. This evening, get a real taste of traditional Russian delicacies and enjoy dinner at your hotel with caviar, blini, pickled cucumber, and vodka.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

St. Petersburg

Day
2

Guided sightseeing starts with the Winter Palace complex, now home of the world-famous HERMITAGE MUSEUM.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St. Petersburg

Day
3

Travel to Pushkin and visit magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed, visit PAVLOVSK PALACE instead). The remainder of the day is at leisure; optional activities are available to further explore this fascinating city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St. Petersburg

Day
4

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
+7 days St. Petersburg & Moscow Extension

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Helsinki - St. Petersburg, Russia

Day
1

A pleasant drive to St. Petersburg, where you will visit magnificent ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL with a Local Guide. This evening, get a real taste of traditional Russian delicacies and enjoy dinner at your hotel with caviar, blini, pickled cucumber, and vodka.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

St. Petersburg

Day
2

Guided sightseeing starts with the Winter Palace complex, now home of the world-famous HERMITAGE MUSEUM.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St. Petersburg

Day
3

Travel to Pushkin and visit magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed, visit PAVLOVSK PALACE instead). The remainder of the day is at leisure; optional activities are available to further explore this fascinating city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St. Petersburg – Moscow

Day
4

Board the high-speed SAPSAN TRAIN to Moscow. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the impressive Moscow Underground.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Moscow

Day
5

Guided sightseeing features visits to RED SQUARE and the KREMLIN, a city-within-a-city, where you can admire the medieval towers, cathedrals, and palaces. Also, visit the ARMORY MUSEUM and see the Bolshoi Theatre.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Moscow

Day
6

Another day full of highlights: visit the CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR, the largest Orthodox Christian church in the world, as well as the NOVODEVICHY (New Maiden) CONVENT and its CEMETERY, with the tombs of famous Russian authors, musicians, and political leaders. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with Russian champagne and local specialities as a proper dasvidaniya to Russia.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Moscow

Day
7

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 17 breakfasts, 9 dinners

Stockholm, Sweden

Day
1

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

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Stockholm

Day
2

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Royal Palace; Riddarholm Church, a walk through the OLD TOWN, and the festive blue and gold chambers in the CITY HALL, where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held. Choose from our exciting optional excursions to make the most of your stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Stockholm – Copenhagen, Denmark

Day
3

Enjoy the Swedish countryside during a comfortable drive south via Lake Mälar and Lake Vättern to Helsingborg. Cross by FERRY to Denmark with views of Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle at Elsinore. Arrive in Copenhagen, proud capital of Denmark.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Copenhagen. Overnight Cruise to Oslo, Norway

Day
4

Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Church of Our Saviour 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 Theatre, 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Oslo - Bergen

Day
5

After disembarkation, transfer to Oslo train station and board your TRAIN to picturesque Bergen.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Bergen

Day
6

Step back in time and explore Bryggen on a guided walking tour 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. The remainder of the day is at leisure, why not join one of our optional excursions to make the most of your stay?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bergen – Voss – Flåm – Nærøyfjord & Sognefjord – Stalheim

Day
7

A wonderful day of spectacular scenery: ride the FLÅM TRAIN and see the magnificent Kjosfossen waterfall on the way to the village of Flåm. Here, another highlight awaits: a relaxing CRUISE on beautiful Nærøyfjord and Sognefjord. Arrive in Stalheim, overlooking the Nærøydalen Valley.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Stalheim – Borgund – Oslo

Day
8

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Oslo

Day
9

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theatre, considered the home for Ibsen’s plays; the unique Storting building, seat of Parliament; and the Royal Palace, the 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!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Oslo – Tromsø

Day
10

Board the plane to Tromsø 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Tromsø – Alta

Day
11

Leave the capital of northern Norway and 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Alta – Excursion to the North Cape – Honningsvåg

Day
12

Drive to Honningsvåg on the island of Magerøya, 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Honningsvåg – Karasjok – Ivalo, Finland

Day
13

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 several times. Enjoy traditional snacks here, then continue to the Sami village of Ivalo for your overnight stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Ivalo – Arctic Circle – Rovaniemi

Day
14

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rovaniemi - Helsinki

Day
15

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Helsinki

Day
16

Guided sightseeing features 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Helsinki

Day
17

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 your Arctic journey.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Helsinki

Day
18

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus 

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Post tour

+4 days St. Petersburg Extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Helsinki - St. Petersburg, Russia

Day
1

A pleasant drive to St. Petersburg, where you will visit magnificent ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL with a Local Guide. This evening, get a real taste of traditional Russian delicacies and enjoy dinner at your hotel with caviar, blini, pickled cucumber, and vodka.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

St. Petersburg

Day
2

Guided sightseeing starts with the Winter Palace complex, now home of the world-famous HERMITAGE MUSEUM.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St. Petersburg

Day
3

Travel to Pushkin and visit magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed, visit PAVLOVSK PALACE instead). The remainder of the day is at leisure; optional activities are available to further explore this fascinating city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St. Petersburg

Day
4

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
+7 days St. Petersburg & Moscow Extension

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Helsinki - St. Petersburg, Russia

Day
1

A pleasant drive to St. Petersburg, where you will visit magnificent ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL with a Local Guide. This evening, get a real taste of traditional Russian delicacies and enjoy dinner at your hotel with caviar, blini, pickled cucumber, and vodka.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

St. Petersburg

Day
2

Guided sightseeing starts with the Winter Palace complex, now home of the world-famous HERMITAGE MUSEUM.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St. Petersburg

Day
3

Travel to Pushkin and visit magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed, visit PAVLOVSK PALACE instead). The remainder of the day is at leisure; optional activities are available to further explore this fascinating city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St. Petersburg – Moscow

Day
4

Board the high-speed SAPSAN TRAIN to Moscow. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the impressive Moscow Underground.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Moscow

Day
5

Guided sightseeing features visits to RED SQUARE and the KREMLIN, a city-within-a-city, where you can admire the medieval towers, cathedrals, and palaces. Also, visit the ARMORY MUSEUM and see the Bolshoi Theatre.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Moscow

Day
6

Another day full of highlights: visit the CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR, the largest Orthodox Christian church in the world, as well as the NOVODEVICHY (New Maiden) CONVENT and its CEMETERY, with the tombs of famous Russian authors, musicians, and political leaders. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with Russian champagne and local specialities as a proper dasvidaniya to Russia.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Moscow

Day
7

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 17 breakfasts, 10 dinners

UK - Stockholm

Day
1

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

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Stockholm

Day
2

Sightseeing with a local guide features the Royal Palace, Riddarholm Church and a walk through the Old Town. Also visit the blue and gold chambers in the City Hall, where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held. Choose from our exciting optional excursions to make the most of your stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Stockholm - Copenhagen

Day
3

Enjoy the Swedish countryside during a comfortable drive south via Lake Mälar and Lake Vättern to Helsingborg. Cross by ferry to Denmark and enjoy views of Hamlet's Kronborg Castle at Elsinore. Arrive in Copenhagen, proud capital of Denmark.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Copenhagen - Oslo Harbour

Day
4

Sightseeing with a local guide features the Church of Our Saviour 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 Theatre, and stop for pictures of Amalienborg Palace and the Little Mermaid statue. In the late afternoon, board your ship for an overnight Kattegat and Oslofjord cruise to Norway. Dinner will be served on the ship.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Oslo Harbour - Heddal - Vermok - Telemark

Day
5

After disembarkation, enjoy a guided visit to the Heddal Stave Church, the largest of the country's remaining beautiful wooden churches. Via Lake Tinnsjøen - where saboteurs sank a ferry loaded with heavy water, ruining Nazi hopes of winning the race for the atomic bomb - enter the Rjukan Valley. Then, the highlight of the day: a guided visit of Vermok, scene of the daring sabotage action featured in the movie The Heroes of Telemark. Learn about the dramatic events of 1943 and about the technology of hydroelectric power generation, one of the pillars of Norway's economy. Continue to rustic, unspoiled Telemark.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Telemark - Bergen

Day
6

Drive along Lake Totak to the Haukeli mountains, where polar explorer and Nobel Laureate Fridtjof Nansen prepared his polar expedition. Admire thundering Låtefoss Waterfall and continue via Odda and the orchards along Sørfjord, whose tranquil splendour was the inspiration for Grieg’s Morning Mood. Cross Hardangerfjord by ferry, and arrive in picturesque Bergen. This evening, a special dinner at a local restaurant has been prepared for you.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Bergen

Day
7

During your orientation tour, hear about the city's 11th-century origins and its association with the Hanseatic League, and ride the Funicular up to Mount Fløyen. Exciting optional excursions are available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bergen - Flam - Oslo

Day
8

A wonderful day: embark for a relaxing cruise on beautiful Nærøyfjord and Sognefjord. Arrive in Flåm, and experience a spectacular ride on the flåm train and see the magnificent Kjosfossen waterfall. At the Myrdal mountain station, change to the bergen-oslo train, which takes you through Hardanger National Park and the beautiful Hallingdal Valley to Norway’s proud capital.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Oslo

Day
9

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theatre, Parliament, and the Royal Palace. Highlight visits: Frogner Park with Gustav Vigeland’s famous stark sculptures and the ornate city hall. The afternoon is free, with a chance to join an optional excursion to see the relics of a glorious seafaring past.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Oslo - Tromso

Day
10

Board your flight to Tromsø 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Tromso - Alta

Day
11

Leave the capital of northern Norway and continue your journey northwards. Enjoy ferry crossings on the 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Alta - North Cape

Day
12

Drive to Honningsvåg on the island of Magerøya, 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

North Cape - Karasjok - Ivalo

Day
13

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, the 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 sledge dog race several times. Enjoy traditional snacks here, then continue to the Sami village of Ivalo for your overnight stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Ivalo - Arctic Circle - Rovaniemi

Day
14

Cross the Arctic Circle (66°31'N), and stop at Santa Claus Village, with a chance to see Father Christmas himself. Here you will receive your Arctic Circle Certificate. Continue to Rovaniemi, where an orientation features the Town Hall, the Library, and the Lappia House. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner at a Sami home.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rovaniemi - Oulu - Jyväskylä

Day
15

A comfortable drive south to the university city of Oulu, where there is time to have lunch at leisure before continuing to Jyväskylä.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Jyväskylä - Lahti - Helsinki

Day
16

Arrive in the international ski resort of Lahti, with its three enormous ski jumps. Then, continue via Järvenpää, composer Jean Sibelius' hometown, to Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Guided sightseeing features 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Helsinki

Day
17

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, a farewell dinner awaits you at the hotel to celebrate the success of your Arctic journey.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Helsinki - UK

Day
18

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus 

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system

Tour with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes

Why book with us?

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