Northern Highlights & the Arctic Circle

Offer

Price per person
from £2,214

Price based on
London Gatwick
7th May 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 16 days

  • Northern Europe

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tour

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.
Northern Lights and Arctic Circle

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.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP 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.

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

Awesome scenery. A mix of friendly people from various countries...

3rd September 2017
Trusted Customer

Awesome scenery. A mix of friendly people from various countries on the tour. A lot of travelling but the coach was comfortable. Hotels were clean and the food was good. A huge selection of items for both breakfast and evening meals, where included. Stunning views of many parts of both countries. No language barrier as almost all speak good English. Picture taken from North Cape.

Good value and lots of sightseeing....

11th August 2017
Trusted Customer

Good value and lots of sightseeing.

The tour exceeded expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed the amazing experience....

11th July 2017
Mrs Ann Hartnell

The tour exceeded expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed the amazing experience. Wonderful scenery, an interesting and varied itinerary. Our tour director and coach driver made everything run smoothly and made the trip all the more memorable.

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

No meals included

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
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

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

Hotels

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


  • 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 

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