Finland & Norway Tours -Cosmos Affordable Tours

Northern Highlights & the Arctic Circle (6900)

16 Day Tour from Helsinki to Oslo

2017 Tour Details

On this Scandinavia tour through Finland and Norway, you’ll be mesmerized 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"—and 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. Also in the Arctic Circle, enjoy a fjord cruise from Honningsvåg to Hammerfest, where you’ll witness some of Norway’s most beautiful coastal and mountain scenery. You’ll also visit Lapland’s oldest wooden church, dating back to the 17th century; Narvik’s War Museum, highlighting northern Norway’s role in WWII; and Sami Park, where you’ll learn about the history, culture, and traditions of the Sami, the northernmost indigenous people of Europe.

Other highlights of this Scandinavia tour to Finland and Norway are 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, dramatic and steep mountains, inspiring waterfalls, and lush, green landscapes. Plus, you’ll overnight in Helsinki, Finland’s capital, and Oslo, Norway’s capital.

These are just some of the highlights of this Scandinavia tour to Finland and Norway. With a delightful blend of culture, landscapes, and history, this is an awe-inspiring exploration of Europe’s Nordic countries and the perfect vacation for value-minded travelers!
800.276.1241

 Tour Highlights

Individual headsets.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Helsinki, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Tankavaara Gold Museum, Sámi Park in Karasjok, North Cape, Coastal cruise Honningsvåg-Hammerfest, Narvik war museum, Mo, Mosjöen, Geiranger, Lom stave church, Lillehammer. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Local Guide for city sightseeing in Oslo; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Arctic Circle crossing, Lapland and Santa Claus Workshop, Tysfjord ferry crossing, Atlantic Road

NOTE:
Security cruise regulations require clients’ passport information at time of booking.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Struve Geodetic Arc

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; coastal cruise; Tysfjord ferry crossing

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 7 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Arrive in Helsinki, Finland

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring Helsinki. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 Helsinki–Kuopio

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.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 3 Kuopio–Oulu–Rovaniemi

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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Rovaniemi

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 totally destroyed during World War II. The new town, which you’ll visit during on 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 Center. Afternoon at leisure or join an optional excursion to find out more about Lapland.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Rovaniemi–Sodankylä–Tankavaara–Saariselkä

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 center in Finland, and a paradise for hikers and mountain bike lovers in summer.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 6 Saariselkä–Honningsvåg, Norway

Cross into Norway for a visit to the fascinating SÁMI 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!

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 7 Honningsvåg–Coastal Cruise–Hammerfest–Alta

An early start today features a FJORD CRUISE from Honningsvåg to Hammerfest. You will enjoy some of Norway’s most beautiful coastal and mountain scenery as you cruise southwards. Disembark at Hammerfest and drive to Alta, situated at the mouth of the world’s richest salmon river, for an overnight.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 8 Alta–Narvik

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. Hear about fierce World War II battles as you approach Narvik, rebuilt after near-total destruction.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 9 Narvik

Visit Narvik’s WAR MUSEUM and relive how Norwegian troops, with the help of their allies, showed the world that the Nazi war machine was not invulnerable. Afternoon and evening are at leisure. Optional excursions are available.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Narvik–Mo

This morning, enter Nordland. Not far from Mo, 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 Mo–Mosjöen–Trondheim

On the agenda today: picture stop in Mosjöen; 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 Trondheim–Geiranger Area

Leave Norway’s third-largest city, also known as the “Gateway to the North,” this morning. Travel via the spectacular Atlantic Road from Christiansund to Molde to reach the Geiranger area.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 13 Geiranger Area

Enjoy the sites of this enchanting fjord area on your own or join the optional Geirangerfjord cruise.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 14 Geiranger Area–Lom–Lillehammer

Today, travel to Lom. Take pictures of the wooden stave churches before heading toward the famous winter sport resort, Lillehammer, host of the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15 Lillehammer–Oslo

After arrival in Oslo, enjoy vistas of Akerhus Castle, the 14th-century fortress guarding the harbor, a highlight on the guided included tour that features the soaring CITY HALL, National Theater, Parliament, Royal Palace, Broadcasting House, and Gustav Vigeland’s stark sculptures of people and animals in FROGNER PARK.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16 Oslo

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LILI KOZANYI

Years of Experience: 6

A Tour Director can "make or break" a tour, and my goal is to help you experience the most comprehensive and memorable vacation ever. Let me show you how wonderful Scandinavia is. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy - everything else is taken care of!

Tour Director - LILI KOZANYI

 Accommodations

HELSINKI Scandic Park (F)
KUOPIO Original Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi (F)
ROVANIEMI Scandic (F)
SAARISELKA Holiday Club Saariselka (F)
HONNINGSVAG Scandic Bryggen (F) or Scandic Honningsvag (F)
ALTA Scandic Hotel Alta (F)
NARVIK Scandic Hotel Narvik (F)
TRONDHEIM Quality Hotel Augustin (MF)
GEIRANGER Hotel Geiranger (ST)
LILLEHAMMER Clarion Collection Hammer (ST)
OSLO Comfort Borsparken (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Rovaniemi
Alta
Narvik
Geiranger
Oslo

Rovaniemi

Traditional Lappish Dinner

Traditional Lappish Dinner

Traditional Lappish dinner and music.

Price Range: $$

Sami Experience

Sami Experience

Visit a reindeer farm for a true Sami experience. The Sami population are the only officially recognized indigenous people in the European Union. Experience the authentic wilderness life and take pictures of the surrounding scenery. You will also be introduced to the people working on the farm and learn all about how reindeer are herded. Don't miss the magical enchantment of an Arctic Circle Ceremony, this age-old tradition practised by native Sami, entails a bold crossing of the Arctic Circle.

Price Range: $$

Alta

Museum and Rock Carvings

Museum and Rock Carvings

A trip back to the prehistoric ages not to be missed!

Price Range: $

Narvik

Narvik City Sightseeing

Narvik City Sightseeing

Discover the city of Narvik and hear about its unique industrial and World War II history.

Price Range: $

Geiranger

Fjord Cruise

Fjord Cruise

Enjoy a cruise on the world famous Geirangefjord and explore this part of the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Price Range: $

Oslo

Traditional Norwegian Dinner

Traditional Norwegian Dinner

A beautiful dinner on Oslo's rooftop with a spectacular view over the entire city.

Price Range: $$

 Know Before You Go

These Know Before You Go travel tips are designed with you in mind, with helpful hints to help you prepare for and enjoy your escorted vacation. They are your guide to getting ready and contain general information on travel documentation, customs, and the country/countries you will be visiting, including budgeting, transportation, climate, languages, and much more. With Globus, you benefit from our experience.



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Cosmos).

Top