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Top of Scandinavia with Arctic Circle with Coastal Cruise

We’re on the top of the world on this 14-day escorted tour of Scandinavia—the Arctic Circle to be exact. Explore the Land of the Midnight Sun as you travel into the exquisite beauty of from Finland to Norway. Along the way, you’ll be warmed by the traditions, tastes, and legends. Begin in Finland’s southern capital of Helsinki poised on the country’s gulf peninsula, where Nordic cuisine is as hearty as the generations of tradition here. Visit Santa at the village of Rovaniemi, just across the Arctic Circle, once you’re sure to be on the “good list,” head through Lapland to the North Cape of Norway to discover the Sámi culture alive today in Karasjok. Call in a husky farm to learn about the life of mushers and sled dogs. Continue to Tromsø where the glow from the Arctic Cathedral adds a shining light to the end of your amazing arctic adventure! Continue your expedition with a 5-day cruise from Tromsø to Bergen, a spectacular feast for the eyes complete with fjords, frozen glaciers, archipelagos, and alpine panoramas!

Highlights of Top of Scandinavia with Arctic Circle with Coastal Cruise

Inclusions

We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring in spacious comfort by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi is included on board your coach and in most hotel lobbies and common areas. 5-day cruise from Tromsø to Bergen included.

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Travelers Notes

Services of the Tour Director end on day 10.

Small Group

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus Europe escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized European tour—without the crowds.

Product Group

Top of Scandinavia with Artic Circle

Private Touring

6 guests in a party: $2,938*
18 guests in a party: $710*

UNESCO Sites

Bryggen

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN HELSINKI, FINLAND Welcome to Helsinki! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

Day 2

HELSINKI–OULU Perfection on the Peninsula HELSINKI Guided sightseeing. Flight to Oulu. (B,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURE & TRADITION Finland’s southern capital of Helsinki is poised on the peninsula in the Gulf of Finland, where striking architecture and Nordic cuisine delight visitors. See the beautiful cathedral and Sibelius Monument in this historic and picturesque setting.

Day 3

OULU The Creative Edge OULU Orientation. Free time. (B)

ENHANCED FREE TIME
FREE TIME TIP Consider an optional excursion to Hailuoto, the largest island in the Bothnian Bay. The island started to rise from the sea approximately 2,000 years ago and continues to do so. Eventually the island will adjoin mainland as the rising shoreline is constantly changing to form a living conservation area. The manmade environment in Hailuoto, characterized by well-preserved traditional buildings, together with its unique natural features, has earned Hailuoto the designation as one of Finland’s national landscapes—and the only national landscape covering the entire municipality.

Day 4

OULU–ROVANIEMI Santa Claus is Coming to Town ROVANIEMI Visit Santa Claus Village. Cross the Arctic Circle and [LF] get the Arctic Circle Certificate. (B,D)
127 mi / 205 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
LEGENDS & LORE About a hundred years ago, a passer-by started spreading the word about the true location of Santa’s real home. Since then, Santa has traveled to the Arctic Circle to meet with kids from 1 to 92 to hear Christmas wishes in his remote Santa’s Village in Rovaniemi. Enjoy a visit with Old St. Nick and receive your official Arctic Circle Certificate documenting your crossing this hemispheric line.

Day 5

ROVANIEMI–LUOSTO–IVALO North to the Cape LUOSTO [LF] Visit a husky farm and enjoy traditional snacks of the Sámi culture. (B,D)
196mi/ 315km

LOCAL FAVORITE
CULTURE & TRADITION Learn about the special relationship between musher and dog with a visit to a local husky farm. Hear about arctic survival gear, sleds, racing equipment, and working with the sled dogs. Visit the puppy yard and linger with the friendly adult racing dogs. Whether or not you’re a passionate dog-lover, you’ll gain respect and admiration for these hard-working dogs and their remarkable fortitude under the care of expert mushers.

Day 6

IVALO–KARASJOK, NORWAY–HONNIGSVAG Norwegian Good KARASJOK Visit the Sami Cultural Park. (B,D)
242mi/ 390km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURE & TRADITION Get a comprehensive insight into various aspects of Sami culture, history, and traditions when visiting the Sami Cultural Park in Karasjok. Explore exhibitions that feature Sami art, handicrafts, traditional clothing, and artifacts and learn about the history of the Sami people, their way of life, and their struggles for cultural preservation and recognition.

Day 7

HONNIGSVAG–EXCURSION TO THE NORTH CAPE–ALTA The Old Men & The Sea HONNIGSVAG Visit North Cape Hall and visitor center. (B)
168mi/ 270km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
THE EDGE OF THE WORLD The North Cape cliff has long been a popular and important navigation mark for shipping traffic in the north. In 1553, an English expedition set sail under the command of commander Richard Chancellor to find the North-East passage to China. They did not succeed, but the old sea charts after this expedition are the first to mention the name, North Cape. The North Cape Hall complex is built mainly out of stone. The globe at the top of the building has become the symbol of Nordkapp. It marks that you are at the end point of Europe - the northernmost of the continental mainland. This is a treasured place for photography and contemplation. This is the culmination of all journeys.

Day 8

ALTA–TROMSØ Written in Stone ALTA Visit the Rock Carvings Museum. (B)
186mi/ 300km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ANCIENT TREASURES Experience Northern Europe's largest and richest rock carving site, inscribed on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. Here you can walk on pathways arranged around the rock carving area. Fantastic view over the Alta Fjord. The 2000 to 6200 years old rock carvings show the life of hunters and fishermen. The rock carvings in Alta were made on the smooth rock surfaces at the water’s edge. As the land gradually rose, and new rock surfaces came to light, the artists made use of these for their carvings.

Day 9

TROMSØ (EMBARKATION) Shining Lights TROMSØ Orientation walk includes the Arctic Cathedral. Farewell dinner at the hotel. Later tonight, embark your ship. (B,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ICY ARCHITECTURE The Arctic Cathedral stands proud at the end of Tromsø bridge, clearly visible from the centre of the town. Strip lights have been positioned between the eleven lamella panels that make up the church walls. When darkness falls, the church’s unusual shape is visible from all parts of Tromsø to represent the light in the long, dark winter days.

Day 10

TROMSØ High Peaks and Idyllic Islands TROMSØ Cruise towards the Lofoten Islands. (B,L,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS Pass with the cruise ship the Lofoten Wall, a giant granite cliff shooting out of the Arctic Sea. A number of bright fishing villages hug the shoreline where a majority of the inhabitants make their livelihood in the winter cod season.

Day 11

CRUISING: BODO–RORVIK Mountain Maidens Sail south as your ship calls at Bodo in the small hours of the morning and then Ornes at 7am.

NESNA Short stop at Nesna before sailing on to Sandnessjøen, gateway to the magnificent Helgeland Coast.
BRONNOYSUND: Walk along Havnegata to explore the bustling marina and see Brønnøy Church—a stone church in the Neo-Gothic style dating back to 1870.
RORVIK Stop in the cozy fishing port in the picturesque Vikna archipelago. (B,L,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LOCAL LEGENDS While admiring the stunning landscape of the Seven Sisters mountain range, hear the story about seven beautiful troll princesses who, fleeing from an unwanted suitor, were turned to stone at sunrise to become the seven beautiful mountains of today.

Day 12

CRUISING: TRONDHEIM–ALESUND Capital of the Viking Age TRONDHEIM Take a stroll around the city early in the morning and see the sacred Nidaros Cathedral, resting place of St. Olav. Then, walk to Gamle Bybro bridge for a photo opportunity over Nid River.
KRISTIANSUND Take a walk around the cobblestone streets of the old town and tour the lively port.
MOLDE Spot the tops of the Romsdal Alps. (B,L,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURE & TRADITION The city of Kristiansund sits on four islands and is founded on bacalao (dried salted cod) known locally as "klippfisk." Discover its distinctive architecture, decorated in shades of red, yellow. and green, giving it the nickname the polychrome city. Head up to the old watchtower at Varden viewpoint for a lovely panorama.

Day 13

CRUISING: ALESUND BERGEN Fjord Every Scene Glimpse Nordfjord, under the giant Jostedal Glacier, mainland Europe’s largest glacier.
FLORO Morning stop to take in the harbor and the marina.
BERGEN Disembarkation and transfer to your hotel. (B,L)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
PICTURE PERFECT Depart Floro with a perfect photo opportunity of the Stabben Lighthouse. Enjoy stunning views as your ship crosses the mouth of the Sognefjord, the longest and widest fjord in the whole of Norway. Reaching your final port this afternoon, you’ll navigate through the last islands and skerries of the Norway scenic route, and sail down Hjeltefjord to arrive into Bergen.

Day 14

BERGEN Safe travels until we meet again! BERGEN Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2024-06-03 2024-06-04 2024-06-17 $6338 $0 $6499 ZKE40604 Not Available
2 2024-06-17 2024-06-18 2024-07-01 $7058 $0 $7219 ZKE40618K Not Available
3 2024-07-01 2024-07-02 2024-07-15 $6208 $0 $7158 ZKE40702 Please Call
4 2024-07-15 2024-07-16 2024-07-29 $6208 $0 $6369 ZKE40716 Not Available
5 2024-07-22 2024-07-23 2024-08-05 $6078 $0 $6976 ZKE40723 Not Available
6 2024-08-05 2024-08-06 2024-08-19 $6558 $0 $6719 ZKE40806K Available
7 2024-08-19 2024-08-20 2024-09-02 $5908 $0 $6611 ZKE40820 Not Available
8 2024-09-02 2024-09-03 2024-09-16 $5738 $350 $5995 ZKE40903 Available
9 2025-05-05 2025-05-06 2025-05-19 $6377 $0 $7086 ZKE50506 Available
10 2025-05-26 2025-05-27 2025-06-09 $6377 $0 $7086 ZKE50527 Available
11 2025-06-09 2025-06-10 2025-06-23 $6927 $0 $7911 ZKE50610 Available
12 2025-06-23 2025-06-24 2025-07-07 $7037 $0 $7259 ZKE50624 Available
13 2025-07-07 2025-07-08 2025-07-21 $6777 $0 $7750 ZKE50708 Available
14 2025-07-21 2025-07-22 2025-08-04 $6647 $0 $6869 ZKE50722 Available
15 2025-08-18 2025-08-19 2025-09-01 $6477 $0 $7241 ZKE50819 Available
16 2025-08-25 2025-08-26 2025-09-08 $6457 $0 $7221 ZKE50826 Available
17 2025-09-08 2025-09-09 2025-09-22 $6277 $0 $6499 ZKE50909 Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Radisson Blu Aleksanteri Located in the very heart of Helsinki, this hotel combines the best parts of a home-like boutique hotel and a major international chain hotel. The in-house restaurant offers a variety of dishes using seasonal ingredients while the bar offers a wide selection of exclusive wines and craft beers. Leisure options include a fitness center and a sauna. Complimentary high-speed, wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel. Helsinki Albertinkatu 34 Superior First-Class
2 Radisson Blu This Stylish hotel combines a unique glamorous 70s design with modern details. The spacious guest room interiors are serene and stylish, designed in a medley of materials, colors, and motifs that flirt with the early 70s as well as the hotel¿s Northern Finland location. All rooms are equipped with tea/coffee making facilities and air conditioning. Located in the center of Oulu, the hotel is close to the city's most popular attractions, restaurants, and shopping opportunities. Numerous technology centers and museums lie near the hotel's city-center location, and just across the square is Oulu Market Hall. Oulu Hallituskatu 1 Superior First-Class
3 Original Sokos Vaakuna A contemporary 159-room property situated in the centre of Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus offering warm hearted Lappish hospitality and Free Wi-Fi connectivity. The hotel's restaurants feature a wide range of specialties, from rustic French cuisine to Lappish delicacies, as well as the best Tex-Mex in town and a nightclub. Rovaniemi Koskikatu 4 First-Class
4 Ivalo A warm inviting atmosphere is present in this 94-room hotel, its main restaurant offers Lappish specialties with a peaceful view over the River Ivalo and there is a cozy lobby bar with a fireplace and Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout. Ivalo Ivalontie 34 First-Class
5 Scandic Honningsvag A summer hotel centrally located next to the "Hurtigruten" quay and Honningsvag harbor. The area has a variety of experiences to offer. It is approx. 35 km to Nordkapp. Honningsvag Nordkappgt. 4 P.O. Box 153 First-Class
6 Scandic Hotel Alta Modern business hotel; centrally located in the business district; one of the leading conference hotels of the region. Alta Lokkeveien 61 First-Class
7 Thon Hotel Tromso This modern, centrally located hotel is just a stone's throw away from Storgata, Tromsø¿s main shopping street and the fascinating Polar Museum is also within easy reach.. The property offers 150 bright scandi-style guest rooms with Free Wi-Fi internet access, a hearty breakfast buffet served daily and a fitness centre. Tromso Gronnegata 50 First-Class
8 Clarion Bergen This classic 151-room hotel boasts a fantastic location, directly on the historical "Bryggen Waterfront¿ which is included on the UNESCO world-heritage list, right in the heart of Bergen, close to the Floibanen funicular railway and the famous Fish Market, with many shops, restaurants and bars close by. Each guestroom is tastefully furnished in a soft tone palette and comes with a kettle and hairdryer as well as a desk and a chair. The hotel serves a tasty, nutritious breakfast, has a gym and offers Free Wi-Fi internet throughout the property. Bergen Rosenkrantzgatan 8 First-Class
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