Day 1: Australia – – Bergen
Depart Australia today to begin your incredible Scandinavia & Arctic adventure!
Day 2: Bergen
On arrival make your own way to the hotel. Tonight there is an opportunity to meet with your tour guide and fellow travellers to hear about our exciting tour*.
* Pending flight arrival time. For those passengers that arrive late, you will meet your guide on Day 3.
Day 3: Bergen – Norwegian Costal Cruise (B,D)
This morning is at leisure. This afternoon depart from the hotel with your tour guide on a 4 hour tour of Bergen. Pass St. Mary’s Church & Haakon Hall. Walk around the colourful and picturesque fish markets and old Hanseatic wharf at Brygge. Visit Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s most famous composer Edvard Grieg (1843 – 1907). Troldhaugen consists of the Edvard Grieg Museum, Grieg’s villa, the hut where he composed music and his gravesite. The tour ends at Bergen pier where we board our Norwegian Voyage. The ship departs Bergen and heads north towards Floro and Alesund.
Day 4: Alesund (B,L,D)
Today we navigate through the skerries and islands, making several brief calls along the coastline. When we reach Ålesund, the town renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, there is time to explore this charming town before heading overnight to Trondhiem
Day 5: Trondheim (B,L,D)
Our first call of the day is Trondheim, home to the impressive Nidaros Catherdral, Scandinavia’s largest medieval building. This very walkable city is well worth discovering. Trondheim, Norway’s original capital, is nowadays the country’s third-largest city. With wide streets and partly pedestrianised heart, it’s a simply lovely city with a long history. Look out for the storehouses along the river built on wooden stilts that are a colourful contrast to the pure white snow that covers the city during winter.
Day 6: The Arctic Circle & Lofoten Islands (B,L,D)
Crossing the Arctic Circle is one of the highlights on this journey. The Lofoten Islands are renowned for their small fishing villages surrounded by majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches. Lofoten is known for a distinctive scenery with dramatic mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, beaches and untouched lands. Now we are past the Arctic Circle, your search for the Northern Lights starts to get serious! Start keeping an eye out at night for these incredible light shows. Later enter the dramatic and narrow Raftsund, and if the weather and ice conditions allow, sail to the entrance of the famous Trollfjord.
Day 7: Tromso (B,L,D)
After a morning stop in Finnsnes, we continue to the Arctic capital Tromsø . Tromso is the gateway to the Arctic. Tromso is a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle. It’s famed as a viewing point for colorful Northern Lights that sometimes light up the nighttime sky. The city’s historic center, on the island of Tromsø, is distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses. The 1965 Arctic Cathedral, with its distinctive peaked roof and soaring stainedglass windows, dominates the skyline.
Day 8: Honningsvag & the North Cape (B,L,D)
Honningsvåg is the nearest port to the North Cape – at 71° 10’ 21” N, only 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole. Home to just 2,500 permanent inhabitants, Honningsvåg is primarily a fishing community, characterised by brightly painted wooden buildings. Continue on to Kjøllefjord where you might see the Northern Lights on a clear, starlit sky.
Day 9: Kirkenes – Inari – Saariselka (B,D)
Admire the dramatic coastal vistas as we approach Kirkenes where we will be disembarking our Hurtigruten ship in the morning. On arrival we take a short drive through Kirkenes and learn more about it’s history before having a quick stop at the Russian border. After, we make our way towards the Finnish Lapland. We arrive into the small village of Inari which sits on the edge of the wild and beautiful Lake and home to the Finnish Sámi people. Here we visit the SIIDA Sami museum to learn about their culture. After, continue to Saariselka to check-in to your accommodation for the next two nights.
Day 10: Saariselka (B,L,D)
This morning we visit a husky farm*. The barking of enthusiastic dogs will welcome you! The head musher will talk about the life and training of these Arctic animals and we have the chance to take some amazing photos of the breath-taking arctic wilderness. Saariselka is surrounded by unique northern countryside, national parks, lake areas, rivers and highland fells offer a wealth of opportunities for year-round travel. In winter, the Northern Lights dance across the sky up to 200 days a year. Here is where you find the genuine Lapland.
*For departures from December onwards this visit may include a ride on a husky wagon or sled, however this is weather dependant.
Day 11: Saariselka – Sinnetta (Glass Igloos) (B,D)
This morning we depart Saariselka, and visit Santa’s Village. Perhaps have a photo with Santa Claus himself! An early afternoon departure from Santa’s Village, we travel to Sinetta and the Arctic Snow Hotel & Igloos for a one night stay in a unique glass-ceilinged igloo which is sure to be one of the highlights of the tour. Admire the night skies and hopefully the Northern Lights from the comfort of your own heated igloo and experience which you’ll remember for the rest of your life!
Day 12: Glass Igloos – Rovaniemi (B,D)
This morning we continue our travel through the Arctic Circle to Rovaniemi. Destroyed in the War in 1944, the town was rebuilt to a plan by Alvar Aalto, with the major streets in the shape of a reindeer’s head and antlers! On arrival, there is free time to explore at your own pace.
Day 13: Rovaniemi (B)
Today is free to explore the small city of Rovaniemi on your own, or participate in one of the many activities on offer.
Day 14: Rovaniemi – – Helsinki (B)
This morning, be transferred to the station and catch the train to the Finnish Capital, Helsinki. Watch the Finnish countryside winter wonderland pass as the train rolls by. Stroll across the road to the hotel on arrival into Helsinki. The rest of the evening is at leisure to explore at your own pace.
Day 15: Helsinki –– Tallinn –– Helsinki (B,D)
Today we have an excursion to the medieval town of Tallinn in Estonia. Take the ferry across to Tallin to enjoy a combined bus and walking tour of the most interesting parts of the city. Stops will include the baroque Kadriorg Park, Song Festival Grounds and the seaside district of Pirita. Walk through the winding, cobble stoned streets of the Old Town, cross Toompea Hill, before continuing to the Palace of Toompea that today houses the Estonian Parliament ‘Riigikogu. Visit Aleksander Nevskij Cathedral and the Dome Church. There will be time at leisure in Tallinn before boarding your ferry to return to Helsinki. We will farewell the tour tonight at a special farewell dinner.
Day 16: Helsinki – – Australia (B)
Our tour ends after breakfast at the hotel. We hope you have enjoyed your Scandinavian and Arctic experience. At the appropriate time make your own way to the airport to board your flight for your homeward journey.
Day 17: In flight
Day 18: Australia
Arrive home today