Northern Highlights & the Arctic Circle


  • 16 days

  • Europe

  • Active pace

Tour : 6900

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£2,040 pp

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£2,421 pp

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Discover the northern tip of Europe on this Scandinavia tour through Finland and Norway. You’ll be mesmerised by pristine nature, never-ending forests, spectacular waterfalls, and enchanting fjords. You’ll travel across the Arctic Circle —the land of reindeer and the "Midnight Sun"—to experience the longest days in the Northern Hemisphere and spend time in the incomparable, unspoiled Lapland. You’ll visit the Santa Claus workshop and North Cape, marking the endpoint of the European mainland. Here, stand at the cliff rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean, and feel like you're at the end of the world.

You’ll also visit Lapland’s oldest wooden church, dating back to the 17th century and the Sapmi Park, where you’ll learn about the history, culture, and traditions of the Sami – the northernmost indigenous people of Europe.

Other highlights of this affordable Scandinavia tour of Finland and Norway include a full day in Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, and a full day to explore Norway’s Geiranger area. The Geirangerfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered to be among the world’s most breathtaking fjords with its narrow valleys, dramatically steep mountains, inspiring waterfalls, and lush, green landscapes. Plus, you’ll stay overnight in Helsinki, Finland’s capital, and in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.

With a delightful blend of culture, landscapes, and history! This is an awe-inspiring exploration of Europe’s Nordic countries and the perfectly affordable holiday to Finland and Norway for value-minded travellers!

Highlights

Helsinki Orientation

Oulu Stop in the picturesque town

Rovaniemi Orientation drive, visit Santa Claus Workshop

Sodankylä Visit Lapland's oldest Wooden Church

Arctic Circle Crossing

Tankvaara Visit the Gold Museum

Karasjok Visit Sapmi Park

Honningsvåg North Cape excursion

Hammerfest Visit

Tysfjord Ferry crossing

Mosjøen and Mo-I-Rana Visit

Atlantic Road Scenic drive

Geiranger Fjord

Lom See a wooden stave church

Oslo Guided city tour

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Opt to share a twin room with a fellow traveller, and if there's no one to share with you'll get a room to yourself at no added cost!

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.

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Tour itinerary

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

Total meals included:

  • 15 breakfasts, 7 dinners

Helsinki, Finland

Day
1

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring Helsinki with the help of your CosmosGO app. 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 destroyed during World War II. The new town, which you’ll visit during 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 – Honningsvåg, Norway

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

Honningsvåg – Alta

Day
7

Today, drive along the tip of Norway from Honningsvag to Alta, situated at the mouth of the world’s richest salmon river, for an overnight stay.

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Narvik – Tysfjord Ferry Crossing – Mo I Rana

Day
9

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 – Mosjøen – Trondheim

Day
10

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

Day
11

Welcome to Norway's third-largest city, where the whole day is available to do as you please! You could explore ancient Nidaros Cathedral, the 17th-century covered Old Town Bridge, and Kristiansten Fort, which stands guard over the city center; wander along the wharves lined with colorful warehouses; enjoy fantastic panoramic views from atop Tyholt Tower; check out one of the many museums dedicated to everything from chocolate and art to folk culture and the Norwegian Crown Regalia; or maybe just relax at the recreational area on nearby Munkholmen Island.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Trondheim – Atlantic Road – Geiranger area

Day
12

Leave Trondheim, also known as the “Gateway to the North,” this morning. Travel via the spectacular Atlantic Road from Christiansund to Molde to reach the spectacular Geiranger area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Geiranger area

Day
13

Enjoy 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 church before heading toward the famous winter sport resort, Lillehammer, host city 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

Day
16

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

What's included

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  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Service charges
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach

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£2,421 pp

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

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