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Northern Highlights & the Arctic Circle

Price per person
from £2,219

Price based on
London Gatwick
6th May 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 16 days

  • Europe

  • Active pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

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!

At a glance

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

What's included

  • 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

A fantastic journey from Helsinki to Oslo. So much to...

8th September 2018
Mrs Susan Aslan

A fantastic journey from Helsinki to Oslo. So much to see, especially Norway. The scenery was spectacular. The journey on some days was extremely tiring, although plenty of stops.

It was very enjoyable, but some of the days involved...

17th August 2018
Trusted Customer

It was very enjoyable, but some of the days involved very long drives with nothing between places. The scenery in Finland consisted of flat forests and lakes which varied little, whereas Norway was more mountainous. I felt we could have done with 2 nights in Helsinki,Trondheim and Oslo.I would have liked to have arrive in Trondheim mid afternoon, not 4.30ish.The food on the tour was good and most of the hotels were of a high standard. I feel that theScandic hotel in Honningsberg needed an upgrade but the Hotel Thon at Alta was excellent and the Lillehammer Hotel had an old world feel. The Geiranger hotel had a lovely view over the fiords and the Lillehammer Hotel room was very spacious. Our tour guide and driver were excellent.

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

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.

Overview

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!

Total meals included:

  • 15 breakfasts, 7 dinners

UK - Helsinki, Finland

Day
1

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

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 - UK

Day
16

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
Print itinerary

Hotels

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

Helsinki - Scandic Park

The Scandic Park hotel is located only a short walk away from the city centre of Helsinki. It is the perfect base for exploring Helsinki attractions, such as the Olympic Stadium, Linnanmäki Amusement Park or Sea Life Underwater World. You can also enjoy ballet and opera performances in the nearby Opera House or go see a concert in the Stadium.

  • Location

    Mannerheimintie 46, Helsinki, Finland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Kuopio - Original Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi

Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi is an excellent choice, a versatile and cosy hospitality provider in the centre of town, next to a beautiful park. The restaurants also offer something for everybody.

  • Location

    Minna Canthinkatu 16, Kuopio, Finland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Rovaniemi - Scandic

The hotel in Rovaniemi, Scandic Rovaniemi, is located in the centre and has a restaurant, bar, room service, saunas and wireless internet access.

  • Location

    Koskikatu 23, Rovaniemi, Finland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer

Saariselkä - Holiday Club Saariselka

Constructed in the form of a holiday village, Holiday Club Saariselkä is a resort for the whole family. Holiday Club Saariselkä is the northernmost spa hotel and holiday home resort in Europe, if not in the whole world.

  • Location

    Saariselantie 7, Saariselka, Finland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Honningsvag - Scandic Honningsvåg

A summer hotel centrally located next to the "Hurtigruten" quay and Honningsvag harbor. The area has a variety of experiences to offer. It is approx. 35 km to Nordkapp.

  • Location

    Nordkappgt. 4 P.O. Box 153 Honningsvag, Norway

  • Facilities

    • Wifi

Alta - Thon Hotel Alta

Centrally located, this modern 146-room hotel is situated above a small shopping centre and is just a few minutes walk away from the Northern lights Cathedral. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property, complimentary coffee is provided in the lobby, a rich breakfast buffet is served every morning and Italian dishes can be enjoyed in the adjacent Pizza restaurant.

  • Location

    Labyrinten 6, 9510 Alta, Norway

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer

Narvik - Quality Hotel Grand Royal

The Quality Hotel™ Grand Royal is a full service conference hotel situated in the heart of Narvik. Experience Arctic nature and the Narvikfjellet ski resort nearby, and let your creativity flow at one of northern Norway's leading conference hotels.

  • Location

    Kongensgate 64, 8514 Narvik, Norway

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Mo I Rana - Scandic Meyergarden

Meyergården hotel is located in the city of Mo I Rana,5 minute walk to the railway station, 5 minute to walk to the Cathedral,1 minute to go to the Museum, 15 minute to drive to the Airport.

  • Location

    O. Olsensgt. 24, Mo-I-Rana, Norway

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Trondheim - Scandic Lerkendal

Stay in one of Norway's tallest hotels and enjoy panoramic views over Lerkendal stadium from the 20th floor. The hotel has access to Lerkendal's facilities with capacity for 23,000 people and a 1420-sqm main room, which can be divided into 3.

  • Location

    Klæbuveien 127, 7031 Trondheim, Norway

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Geiranger - Hotel Geiranger

Summer Hotel also encompassing the former Meroks Fjord Hotel.

  • Location

    Geiranger, Norway

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer

Lillehammer - First Breiseth

First Hotel Breiseth is a charming hotel in downtown Lillehammer. In the early twentieth century, the hotel was associated with the so-called Lillehammer Painters, who painted, hosted soirées and stayed at the hotel. Many of them paid for their stay with their own artworks, and the hotel is today adorned with many beautiful paintings.

  • Location

    Jernbanegaten 1-5, Lillehammer, Norway

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Oslo - Scandic Helsfyr

Scandic Helsfyr is located in Oslo, a 6-minute walk from Helsfyr Metro Station and the airport shuttle bus. It offers free public parking upon availability and modern rooms with free WiFi.

  • Location

    Strømsveien 108, Oslo, Norway

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer

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