Norway and Finland


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Go to Norway and Finland if you want to experience the quirky, hip, and alternative side of Scandinavia! Norway, also known as the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country that's part of the Scandinavia region. It is famous for its mountainous terrains, its stunning fjords and outdoorsy people. You will enjoy getting to explore all of these on this unique trip to Norway! Finland, on the other hand, is famous for being the Happiest Country in the World! You know why? Well, it has the world's best education system and the cleanest air. No wonder the presence of happy, jolly faces all around! Finland is known for its saunas, reindeers, Nokia, and the Santa Claus village. This Nordic utopia is sometimes called the Country of a Thousand Lakes, and it's got 187,888 of them! So many adventures await you in Norway and Finland, so let’s get started!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Duration:
  • 16 Nights / 17 Days
  • Landscapes:
  • Lowlands, Mountains, Plains
  • Travel Style:
  • Chauffeur Driven, Self Drive
  • Activities:
  • Architecture, Cross Border, Husky Ride, Igloo Stay, Islands, Nightlife, Northern Lights, Road Trip, Short Cruise / Boat Ride, Star Gazing, Train Rides, UNESCO Sites, Walking Tours
Day 01
Day 02
Day 03
Day 04
Day 05
Day 06
Day 07
Day 08
Day 09
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Day 13
Day 14
Day 15
Day 16
Day 17

Day 01

Arrive in Oslo

Welcome to Oslo, the starting point of your Norway tour! Norway’s rapidly growing capital is still considered a small city, helped by the fact that it’s surrounded by mountains and sea. Not only is the city center made for walking, but outlying neighborhoods—filled with charm and character—are easily accessible by public transportation. On a day in Oslo, you can treat yourself to world-class food, music, and museums, or spend quiet moments in the forest. The city is quite walkable and therefore we recommend exploring by foot and the convenience of public transport. So jump on a tram, train, or bus and explore all of what Oslo has to offer.

Day 01 - Arrive in Oslo

Day 02

Explore Oslo's hidden gems with a local expert

Taste the real Oslo by taking a walk in Damstredet and its beautiful small street with wooden houses from the 1800’s and explore the urban Grünerløkka via the vibrant food court Mathallen. A walk along the Akerselva River should not be missed as it is a central part of the history of Oslo!  The city also has a popular café culture, with locals and visitors enjoying some of the best coffee in the world. In warmer weather, there’s nothing like sitting outside on the patio with coffee and a pastry or sandwich on freshly baked Norwegian bread. On chilly days, stepping into one of Oslo’s local cafes will make you feel cozy and warm, thus adding to your curated travel experiences.

Day 02 - Explore Oslo's hidden gems with a local expert

Day 03

Train to Flåm - Fjord Winter cruise - Train to Bergen

Catch an early train in Oslo which begins a lovely journey to the west coast passing one valley after the next. Once you get to Myrdal, change trains and jump on the quaint, old-timey Flåm Railway, considered one of the steepest railways in the world with amazing views of the Norwegian mountains. Arrive in Flåm and explore this charming village situated on the Aurlandsfjord. Have lunch at one of the local restaurants like Ægir microbrewery for authentic Viking culture in a historic wooden structure.  After relaxing in Flåm, you will join a fjord cruise that sails through the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord. When you disembark at Gudvangen, take the bus to Voss and then connect to the train for Bergen. Once you’re settled, you can head for the city’s lively restaurants and nightlife options thanks in part to a young student population.

Day 03 - Train to Flåm - Fjord Winter cruise - Train to Bergen

Day 04

Bergen City Tour

After breakfast, explore on your own or meet up with a guide for a local tour of Bergen—the second largest city in Norway, with about 300,000 residents. Be sure to take the Fløibanen funicular (or hike the trail on foot) to the top of Mount Fløyen—one of Bergen’s seven peaks—for the best views of the city, and take a leisurely stroll back down the path while discovering hidden troll sculptures along the way. Check out the Bryggen area of downtown to view old wooden houses dating back to the 1700s (a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site), along with Bergen’s best historical sites and museums.

Day 04 - Bergen City Tour

Day 05

Bergen to Ålesund

Today, you will take a flight to Alesund. Once you reach Ålesund, you will quickly find that this is one of the prettiest and most charming cities in Scandinavia with a breathtaking location stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean. The heavy presence of Art Nouveau architecture is a result of rebuilding efforts following a devastating fire in 1904. The city is the cultural center of the region with an array of museums, a sea park, a lighthouse (Alnes), and charming streets to explore on foot, not to mention numerous outdoor activities such as hiking and stand-up paddle boarding.  For a hearty and authentic Norwegian dinner, consider dinner at Café Lyspunktet—also a place to come for great coffee, live music, and local art exhibitions.

Day 05 - Bergen to Ålesund

Day 06

Atlantic Ocean Road

Start your day trip early in the morning to the famous Atlantic Ocean Road, often described as one of the world´s most beautiful road. With its location at the edge of the mighty ocean, the Atlantic Road is as beautiful in sunshine and calm weather as in full storm and rain. The road connects Averoy island with the mainland via a series of small islands and islets spanned by a total of eight bridges. You will stop for 1 hour at Eldhusoya island, where you can take a walk on the suspended walkway around the islet before returning to Molde. On your way back to Alesund you have some time in Molde to walk around in this charming town, beautifully located between the fjord and spectacular mountain peaks.

Day 06 - Atlantic Ocean Road

Day 07

Ålesund to Tromsø, the capital of Arctic

Take a flight to Tromsø, often called “Paris of the North” and “City of Lights”, and it is rare to have such a lively town located so far past the Arctic Circle. You see, the sun never sets above the Arctic Circle. This makes Tromsø, also known as the Arctic Capital, your playground 24 hours a day – and it’s a certified Sustainable Destination as well! But of course, Tromsø begs for more exploration than marvelling at the sky. Just look at the Arctic Cathedral, a daring piece of architecture built in 1965, inspired by Arctic nature. Mountains, fjords and islands surround it, making it a great base for exploring the winter landscape.

Day 07 - Ålesund to Tromsø, the capital of Arctic

Day 08

Day in Tromsø to explore the town and its surroundings

This morning, enjoy a guided city walk of Tromsø and then you are free to either try many of the winter activities available in its vicinity or head to the lovely cafes & pubs by the water. Or if it is a clear day, experience Tromsø’s best view! On the outskirts of Tromsø (it is a very small town) a cable car runs from Solliveien in Tromsdalen up to the mountain ledge Storsteinen (421 m above sea level) in just four minutes. From the viewing platform at the upper station, you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Tromsø and the surrounding islands, mountains and fjords. At the fully licensed Fjellstua restaurant, you can enjoy a delicious dinner based on local produce or select light meals from the café menu, while you take pleasure in the view. In winter, it’s an ideal place for hunting the magical Northern Lights.

Day 08 - Day in Tromsø to explore the town and its surroundings

Day 09

Hurtigruten Voyage to Kirkenes

Today, embark on your coastal ferry for a short northbound Hurtigruten journey. In winter the Captain invites guests to taste stockfish on deck. The ship now sails into the area along the coast where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights between September and March, and we gather on deck to search for this breathtaking phenomenon. Kirkenes is one of the most curious spots on the Norwegian tourist trail. This Arctic town lies on the borders of Russia and Finland and is home to some 3,300 inhabitants, including the Sámi, the native people of Lapland. For such a small town, Kirkenes offers an impressive range of things to see and do, and the rest of the day is free for you to try out an optional excursion or just relax in the town.

Day 09 - Hurtigruten Voyage to Kirkenes

Day 10

Honningsvåg and the North Cape

Ports visited today: Øksfjord, Hammerfest, Havøysund, Honningsvåg, Kjøllefjord, Mehamn, Berlevåg. Following the scenic sailing through Magerøysund and after an early stop in Hammerfest, you arrive in Honningsvåg. This small port is the gateway to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape.  Standing atop the North Cape Plateau, you will get the eerie feeling of being at the end of the world. The area is also known for its birdlife, and Gjesværstappan, a bird sanctuary with up to 250,000 seabirds is home to some High Arctic species that can only be observed here on the Norwegian mainland, including the ever cute puffins. This evening, as you approach Kjøllefjord, you pass a rock formation that is sacred to the indigenous Sámi people, Finnkjerka. Optional Excursions depending on the season: The North Cape, Birdwatching Safari, A Taste of Lapland, Sami Autumn and Snowmobile trip in Lapland.

Day 10 - Honningsvåg and the North Cape

Day 11

Arrive into Kirkenes port, transfer to the Snowhotel with a Arctic King Crab Safari

Disembark in Kirkenes and transfer to the snow hotel. Today, you will join an Arctic King Crab Safari – a very popular highlight for our travellers north. Your tour guide will take you out and you can lend a hand in sawing through the ice before the guide attempts to land you a few of these massive crustaceans. You will travel to the lake by snowmobile sleigh. This evening, you can either stay in one of the warm Gamme cabins or sleep in one of the cold snow rooms at the Snowhotel. Upon entering the gates of the Snowhotel, you will receive a welcome drink at the snow bar made from berries collected from surrounding hills. It will then be time to make the ‘coolest’ hotel check-in around!

Day 11 - Arrive into Kirkenes port, transfer to the Snowhotel with a Arctic King Crab Safari

Day 12

Transfer to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort and settle into your Glass Igloo

You will be transferred in a private vehicle from Kirkenes to Kakslauttanen (3.4 – 4 hrs) and checked into your Glass Igloo hut. Dinner at hotel then get ready for your night in under the stars – and hopefully the Northern Lights. Finnish Glass Igloos provides ‘one of a kind’ opportunities to admire the Northern Lights and millions of stars of the crystal clear sky in a comfortable room temperature. Built from a special thermal glass the temperature inside the Igloo always stays at a normal level. It also prevents the glass from not getting white frosted, hence keeping the view clear even when the temperature outside drops to under -30°C. Standard igloos are equipped with a toilet, but no shower. There is an upgrade option to a large igloo (KELO).

Day 12 - Transfer to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort and settle into your Glass Igloo

Day 13

Husky Safari and then Aurora Hunting by reindeer in the evening

After breakfast, move to your log cabin and then get ready for today’s husky safari – an unforgettable journey through breathtaking winter scenery. On arrival to the husky farm, your tour guide will provide you with a warm outer thermal suit, gloves and hat and then you will meet your very own husky team. You will be given a lesson on how to drive the sledge and how to observe important hand signals given by your leader. Each team consists of about six dogs, the driver and a passenger, who is comfortably seated in the wooden sledge. The driver and the passenger can change places during the safari This afternoon is free to relax before your evening aurora hunting by reindeer.

Day 13 - Husky Safari and then Aurora Hunting by reindeer in the evening

Day 14

Depart to Ivalo airport to Rovaniemi

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Ivalo airport to take a flight to Rovaniemi Airport. Rovaniemi offers numerous restaurants and sights, so make sure to take advantage of your time. You will have free time to explore the city on your own. Rovaniemi is considered the “gateway to the Arctic” and provides a great jumping-off point for all the wintertime outdoor pursuits this unique area of the world offers. One of the most popular winter pastimes in Finnish Lapland is cross-country skiing. It is home to the Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle and Santa Park Arctic World, which is located 8 km (5 mi) north of the centre. Directly across the river from the town is the Ounasvaara Ski Centre.

Day 14 - Depart to Ivalo airport to Rovaniemi

Day 15

Santa Claus Village

Your unique Scandinavian tour includes a visit to the most famous inhabitant of Lapland, Santa Claus. Father Christmas spends his time at Santa Claus village every day of the year, spreading the message of love, goodwill and the Christmas Spirit. Drawing more than 500,000 visitors a year, the village lies in the capital of Lapland — Rovaniemi. On this tour, traverse the Arctic Circle and meet Santa. Snap photos with him or strike a pose at the Arctic Circle line, which runs through the village. Enjoy the shops, elves’ workshops, cafes, snow activities, and more! Meet the graceful reindeer and their herders (don’t forget to keep an eye out for Rudolph, Blitzen, and Donner), before heading out to the Rovaniemi city center. At Rovaniemi, see the Finnish Lapland capital’s highlights.

Day 15 - Santa Claus Village

Day 16

Rovaniemi to Helsinki

Say goodbye to enchanting Lapland and fly to Helsinki, a major highlight of your Finland customized holiday package tour. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Explore the city’s central squares and get in tune with the latest Finnish trends at a collection of charming shops. You may also opt for a city tour which includes Temppeliaukio Church , Helsinki Cathedral, Esplanade Park, The Sibelius monument, Havis Amanda Fountain, Uspensky  Orthodox Cathedral, Finland Hall, Presidential Palace (Presidentinlinna), Kiasma Art Museum and Suomenlinna Maritime Sea Fortress (outside city centre).

Day 16 - Rovaniemi to Helsinki

Day 17

Departure

So extraordinary is nature in Scandinavia with her choicest treasures that you will be held in awe for life!

Relish a Scandinavian breakfast on the last day of your holiday and check-out from the hotel. After an incredible and unique tour, it is time to head back home today. But until now you will have fallen in love with Scandinavia – it’s culture, food, and the various destinations displaying the old and the new. You would then be transferred to the airport to board your flight back home. Don’t worry, the wonderful memories of the ‘Scenic Scandinavian’ tour will keep you company till you come back for another Scandinavian adventure!

Day 17 - Departure

Cost

Trip Inclusions

  • Accommodation on Twin Sharing Basis with breakfast
  • Chauffeur driven vehicle
  • Airport Transfers
  • Sightseeing As Per The Itinerary
  • Visa Assistance

Trip Exclusions

  • Any flight tickets
  • Fuel and parking fees
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Personal Expenditure
  • Visa Fee
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any Cost Arising Out of Unforeseen Circumstances Like Ill Health, Vehicle Breakdown, Land Blocks, Bad Weather Etc.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusion section
  • 5% GST
  • 5% TCS

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