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Northern Highlights & the Arctic Circle

Immerse yourself in spectacular scenery and awesome Arctic landscapes on this fascinating tour across the land of the midnight sun.

DAY 1: UK - Helsinki.

DAY 2: Helsinki - Kuopio.

This morning, enjoy the highlights of Helsinki on an included orientation drive and see sights such as the City Hall and Parliament House, the Presidential Palace and the great Lutheran Cathedral. Later, drive north, through a pristine landscape of virgin forests and sparkling lakes, to Kuopio for one night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3: Kuopio - Oulu - Rovaniemi.

Head first to the picturesque university town of Oulu today, set on the shores of Bothnian Bay. Later, follow the shoreline as far as Kemi before heading to Rovaniemi for two nights. Includes Breakfast

DAY 4: Rovaniemi.

Begin today with an orientation drive of Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland. Famous for centuries for exporting furs and salmon to the world's rich and powerful, the city was destroyed in World War II and later re-designed by Alvar Aalto in the shape of reindeer antlers. This afternoon, why not join an optional excursion to find out more about Lapland? Includes Breakfast

DAY 5: Rovaniemi - Lapland - Tankavaara - Saariselkä.

Journey across the outer reaches of the Arctic Circle to encounter the unique, unspoiled scenery of Lapland - land of reindeer and the midnight sun. Enjoy a stop at Santa Claus' Workshop, where you'll have the chance to meet the man himself and his little helpers. Continue your journey to Sodankylä to a visit to the wooden church. Later, head to Tankavaara for a visit to the Gold Museum and a chance to try panning for a few nuggets yourself. Tonight, stay in Saariselkä, set on the edge of Finland National Park. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: Saariselkä - Karasjok - Honningsvag.

Head to Karasjok for a visit to Sapmi Park, a theme park exploring Sami culture, history and tradition. Enjoy outdoor activities and tour the craft studios where silverware, woven fabrics and other goods are produced. Afterwards, continue to Honningsvag for one night. This evening, enjoy an included excursion to the North Cape, Europe's northernmost point at 71 degrees north, for spectacular views of the Midnight Sun (visible May-July). Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7: Honningsvag - Coastal Cruise - Hammerfest - Alta.

Enjoy a highlight of your trip - a coastal cruise from Honningsvag to Hammerfest, offering amazing views of spectacular scenery. Disembark at Hammerfest and drive to Alta, set at the mouth of the world's richest salmon river, for one night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8: Alta - Narvik.

Journey along the stunning shoreline of Norway, where the road meanders along Kvaenangenfjord and Lyngenfjord, before heading to Narvik, rebuilt after near total destruction during fierce World War II battles. Includes Breakfast

DAY 9: Narvik.

This morning includes a visit to the War museum detailing the history of Narvik during World War Two and other wartime eras. Later, enjoy the afternoon at leisure to truly explore the beautiful Norwegian countryside and fjords. Includes Breakfast

DAY 10: Narvik - Mo I Rana.

Admire the fjord and forest scenery today as you journey across the Tjsfjord and away from the Arctic Circle to the picturesque town of Mo I Rana for one night. Includes Breakfast

DAY 11: Mo I Rana - Mosjöen - Trondheim.

Today, includes a visit to head via the forests and rivers of Namdalen Valley to Trondheimsfjord. En route, stop at the Laksforsen Waterfall for an opportunity to photograph this naturally beautiful scenery before continuing to Trondheim for an overnight stay. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12: Trondheim - Geiranger area.

Depart early this morning to board a ferry to Kanestraum. Enjoy panoramic views and pass picturesque towns such as Kristiansund and Molde on a scenic trip along the spectacular Atlantic Road before embarking on two scenic ferry crossings before reaching the spectacular Geiranger area. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13: Geiranger area.

Enjoy a day at leisure in the gorgeous Geiranger area and perhaps join the optional Geirangerfjord cruise to admire the unforgettable fjord scenery. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14: Geiranger area - Lom - Lillehammer.

Travel via Dalsnibba to the ancient town of Lom, home to one of the few remaining wooden stave churches in Norway. Next, head to Lillehammer, which boasts Europe's biggest open-air museum, dedicated to Norwegian art and architecture. Includes Breakfast

DAY 15: Lillehammer - Oslo.

Head via Eidsvoll to Norway's cosmopolitan capital, Oslo. Today's included sightseeing takes in the imposing 14th century Akershus Fortress, the City Hall, National Theatre, Parliament, Royal Palace and Broadcasting House before heading to the beautiful expanse of Frogner Park to admire Vigeland's stark and unusual sculptures. Includes Breakfast

DAY 16: Oslo - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast


Flights UK - Helsinki; Oslo - UK
Accommodation on tour in a twin room with private facilities
Meals on tour - 15 breakfasts and 7 dinners
Services of a tour director on tour and local representative in resort
Porterage (for one suitcase per person)
Individual Audio System You will be given headphones and a receiver so you can clearly hear the tour director/local guide during your visits.
Transfers between the overseas airports and hotels
All local and airport taxes/service charges