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Your very-own Arctic Scandinavian adventure at the top of the world, complete with tales of ancient Viking kings and Lapland stories of Sami culture. Travel through dramatic fjord and glacier landscapes, view the world’s northern-most university and meet Santa in Rovaniemi. You’ll see the Scandinavian capitals and visit the North Cape Visitor Centre where you can witness the land of the midnight sun.
Welcome to Oslo. Relax and unwind after check-in or spend time exploring Norway’s lively capital city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers later this evening for a Welcome Reception. (WR)
Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour this morning which includes views of the medieval fortress of Akershus, the Opera and the Royal Palace, finishing with a visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, shopping for unique souvenirs or perhaps visit the Fram Polar Ship Museum and Viking Ship Museum. (SB)
This morning leave Oslo and stop to view the unusual Olympic ice rink beside the largest lake in Norway at Hamar. In Lillehammer hear all about the Winter Olympics which took place in the city in 1994 – which were noteworthy for their environmental conservation. (SB)
Travel to the mountain village of Lom and visit one of the most beautiful stave churches in the country. Stave churches are constructed out of wood and many in Norway date from the 12th and 13th centuries. This afternoon arrive at spectacular Geiranger Fjord – a UNESCO World Heritage site. (SB, D)
Travel through spectacular scenery enroute to Norway’s third largest city Trondheim. Once the seat of ancient Viking kings, Trondheim has many interesting sights to see associated with its illustrious history including the Market Square, Nidaros Cathedral and the Tyholt Tower. (SB)
Today head north to a town located just 80 km south of the Arctic Circle. Travel past mountains, glaciers and small towns with wooden buildings and stop to view the impressive Laksfoss Falls. Upon arrival, dinner will be served at your hotel. (SB, D)
Cross over and into the Arctic Circle today and head north to Narvik – a northern community located in some of the most stunning scenery. Hear tales about how this part of Norway had a part to play in the Second World War. (SB, D)
Travel today to Tromsø which is a major cultural hub within the Arctic Circle and known as ‘Capital of the Arctic’. The area is famed for being one of the best places to view the spectacular Northern Lights which sometimes light up the night sky in the winter months. The town is characterised by century old wooden houses. (SB)
Enjoy a free day to relax in Tromsø home to the Arctic Cathedral and university. Explore the town – alternatively, your Travel Director will suggest some Optional Experiences for you to consider. (SB)
Today your journey takes you through spectacular countryside that will give you outstanding views of glaciers, water and mountains. Arrive in Alta and hear about how the town was seriously destroyed by fire near the end of the Second World War. View the Cathedral of the Northern Lights. (SB)
This morning drive to Honningsvåg, the northernmost point of the North Cape. After free time, check into your hotel for dinner. Later enjoy champagne and caviar as you witness the breath-taking views of the land of the midnight sun at the North Cape Visitor Centre. (SB, D)
Travel through the epic scenery of Finnish Lapland to the popular resort of Saariselkä. In summer, the midnight sun shines for two whole months in Saariselkä and the Sami culture is still very much in evidence in everyday life. (SB, D)
This morning travel south to Rovaniemi. This town is the Official Hometown of Santa Claus, and the city’s most famous resident can be visited every day of the year at the Santa Claus Village right on the Arctic Circle, an attraction that draws more than 300,000 annual visitors from all around the world. (SB)
Today an orientation features the Town Hall, the Library and the Lappia House. Enjoy a special Be My Guest experience this evening at a family run reindeer farm including a traditional dinner. (SB, BG)
Jyväskylä is located in a region known as the Finnish Lakeland as it is surrounded by 328 lakes. The city has a nickname – “Athens of Finland”. This nickname refers to the major role of Jyväskylä as an educational centre as it was the first place in the world to provide education in Finnish. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening. (SB, D)
Travel south to the vibrant seaside capital city of Helsinki where you meet your Local Specialist. See the city’s sights including the Sibelius Monument, Olympic Stadium, Opera House Finlandia Hall and Senate and Market Squares. This evening is free to enjoy local cuisine at the restaurant of your choice. (SB)
Enjoy a leisurely morning and afternoon in the city before embarking your overnight Baltic Sea mini cruise. (SB)
Upon arrival into Stockholm this morning meet your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the bustling Swedish capital. Explore the waterside City Hall where Nobel Prize banquets are held and view the medieval Storkyrkan, Riddarholm Church and Royal Palace. (SB)
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the city further or consider joining an Optional Experience to the Vasa Museum showcasing the 17th century warship reclaimed from the seabed after 300 years. Later join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner. (SB, FD)
Say ‘adjö’ to Sweden, your Travel Director and travelling companions as your unforgettable trip comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (SB) TRIP
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