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Winter Norway & Finland Tour
Winter Norway & Finland Tour
Winter Norway & Finland Tour

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Overview

Immerse yourself in the magic of winter as you make your way from Oslo to Helsinki. In 16 days explore Oslo and Bergen, go on an unforgettable cruise to the Lofoten Islands, cross the Arctic Circle and visit the Santa Claus residence in Lapland. Winter surprises don't stop here as you enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride, go dog sledding, stay at a Snow Hotel and in Glass Igloos.
Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star best location hotels
    Standard rooms: 7 nights
    Unique hotels like Snow Hotel: 2 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    1 train trip & 1 flight
    6 nights on the Hurtigruten ship
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 2 guided city tours
    1 snowmobile safari
    1 reindeer sleigh and husky ride
  • MEALS
  • 15 breakfasts
    6 lunches
    8 dinners

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Oslo

Welcome to the fabulous capital of Norway - Oslo! Your private driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

  • Recommended dinner: As the grand final of the first day we advise you to dine at the famous panoramic restaurant Ekeberg dating back to 1916.

No meals included.

Day 2
Oslo City Tour

Following breakfast you meet your private guide at the hotel lobby and go on a 3-hour panoramic city tour around the most interesting Oslo attractions (no entrances included). All tickets and public transportation should be paid on the spot.

During the tour you also visit one of the major Scandinavian treasures - the famous Frogner Park, informally known as the Vigeland Park named after its founder Gustav Vigeland (public transportation is included). You spend some great time strolling through this beautiful park and enjoying its extravagant sculptures and unique Scandinavian nature.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Train Trip to Bergen

In the morning after breakfast you check out from your hotel and walk to the train station (easily accessible by foot) to board a train that takes you to Bergen - the second largest city in Norway.

Upon arrival you walk to your hotel located very close to the train station. The rest of the day is free for you to do some independent sightseeing, dine in one of the local restaurants or just have a good rest.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Bergen City Tour

Following breakfast you enjoy a 3-hour guided city tour around the most interesting sights of Bergen. During the tour you take a walk at the famous Bryggen district, visit the Fish Market and experience a fantastic Floibanen Funicular ride that is one of Norway's best-known attractions.

After the tour you have the rest of the day free. In the evening your driver transfers you to the pier to embark the Hurtigruten cruise ship that will take you to the voyage of a lifetime.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 5
Trip to Alesund

Today your vessel arrives in the beautiful Art Nouveau town of Alesund. After a short stop you continue cruising.

  • Note: There are no tours included in the cruise program from this day on, but optionals are available. You are free to book any of them to combine your cruise experience with professional sightseeing tours. Please, contact your travel specialist for additional details.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6
Stop in Trondheim

Today your cruise vessel arrives in the first capital of Norway - an ancient city of Trondheim. You have some free time to explore the unique Viking heritage of this amazing city.

We recommend you to take a walk around the cozy narrow streets of Trondheim, enjoy the scenic views of the harbor and discover the most cherished treasures of the old town, including the restored wooden buildings and the fantastic Nidaros Cathedral.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 7
Crossing the Arctic Circle & Visit to the Lofoten Islands

Today you experience one of the highlights of your journey, as your cruise ship crosses the Arctic Circle that marks the latitude at which the sun can remain continuously above or below the horizon for 24 hours during the summer and winter solstice.

In the evening you reach Svolvaer - the picturesque capital of the Lofoten Islands. These islands are famous for their tiny fishing villages, unmatched Bohemian atmosphere and breathtaking natural attractions, including majestic granite cliffs and beautiful beaches.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 8
Stop in Tromso

During the night your ship passes the picturesque Trollfjord and sails through the spectacular and narrow Raftsund strait. This leg of the route presents you with the unforgettable views of the rugged mountainous landscape jutting up against the horizon under the endless sun.

Later you reach the Gateway to the Arctic - the amazing city of Tromso. Take advantage of its beautiful surroundings and numerous restaurants and cafes to relax and spend time at your leisure.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 9
Trip to the North Cape

After brief early stops in Hammerfest and Havoysund you arrive in Honningsvag - the capital of the North Cape that is the northernmost point of mainland Europe. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure or join one of the unique optional tours.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10
Arrival in Kirkenes & Snow Hotel Overnight

Today your ship reaches the final destination of your voyage - Kirkenes that is a small town situated just a few kilometers from the Russian border and the Sami communities of Northern Scandinavia.

In Kirkenes you disembark the ship and your driver transfers you to the unique Snow Hotel, constructed entirely from snow and ice. The rest of the day is free. In the evening you enjoy dinner by the open fire at the Gabba Restaurant.

Breakfast and dinner.

Day 11
Arrival to Inari & Visit to a Sami Family

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and your driver takes you to the authentic Inari region known as the center of Sami culture.

Upon arrival you leave your luggage in the centrally located hotel. You meet your guide and walk to the Sami Museum. During the 1-hour guided tour of the museum you learn about the people and nature of Northern Lapland. You then have two additional hours to explore the interesting museum on your own or to have lunch (not included).

  • Optional lunch: We recommend you to have lunch in the unique Sarrit museum restaurant that serves delicious dishes made of the best products the North has to offer.

In the afternoon your driver picks you up at the Sami Museum and transfers you to a remote location by Lake Muddus where you visit a local Sami Family. In 3 hours you are introduced to its reindeer herd, that you can pet and feed, while the hostess tells you about the importance of reindeer for Sami people. In the warmth of her house you find out about the fascinating process of creating traditional Sami fur boots of reindeer hide and learn what life is really like in the far north.

After this exotic experience you return to your hotel for check-in and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 12
Transfer to the Igloo Village

Following breakfast you check out from your hotel and your driver takes you to the igloo village located away from the city lights.

The unique accommodation allows watching the Northern Lights and starry skies in warmth and comfort. After check-in, you are welcomed to enjoy the Nordic beauty of the surrounding area on your own.

  • Note: the indicated glass igloo accommodation is an example of the properties used for our tours, and might be updated to similar glass igloo properties based on availability.

Breakfast is included.

Day 13
Trip to Rovaniemi

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and continue your journey to new adventures. Your private driver transfers you to the Motherland of Santa Claus - Rovaniemi.

Upon arrival you are transferred to your newly opened boutique hotel in the center of Rovaniemi. After check-in you have free time to start exploring the nearby attractions on your own, take a walk around the charming city streets, or have a good rest to prepare for an exciting program that awaits you tomorrow.

Breakfast is included.

Day 14
Snowmobile Safari to Reindeer Farm and Husky Park & Santa Claus Village

Today you enjoy a fantastic group tour during which you visit famous Lapland sights and try exciting northern activities.

This day starts with a 1-hour snowmobile safari to a reindeer farm where you meet traditionally dressed people, learn more about reindeer husbandry and Lappish culture and enjoy a short introductory reindeer sleigh and husky ride.

After the farm you continue your trip to Santa Claus Village where you have some time to visit the Snowman World and attend a real ice bar in it. You can also buy some traditional Finnish souvenirs and send postcards with special Arctic Circle stamp from Santa Claus main post office.

After the tour you are transferred back to the hotel.

Breakfast is included.

Day 15
Flight to Helsinki

After breakfast at your hotel, today you check-out and driver transfers you to the airport for your flight to Finnish capital.

Welcome to the glorious capital of Finland - Helsinki! Upon arrival your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your modern well-designed hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free, so you can relax in your room, have dinner in a local restaurant or start exploring the nearby attractions.

  • Optional tours: Modern Helsinki or Authentic Finland

Breakfast is included.

Day 16
Departure

This is the last day of your amazing Scandinavian adventure! In the morning your private driver will take you to the airport for your flight home.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.


Included

7 nights in centrally-located 4-star hotels, 2 nights at unique hotels like Snow Hotel or Glass Igloos

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's included
  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Oslo, Bergen, Inari, Rovaniemi & Helsinki;
  • 1 night in the unique Snowhotel in Kirkenes made entirely of ice and snow;
  • 1 night in the unique Glass Igloo in Ivalo;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Dinners and lunches as per itinerary;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Regular class train tickets Oslo - Bergen;
  • Economy class flight tickets Rovaniemi - Helsinki;
  • Floibanen Funicular round trip;
  • 6 nights on board the Hurtigruten ship;
  • Three meals daily on board the Hurtigruten ship;
  • English-speaking tour leader on board;
  • Port stops according to the itinerary with free time or optional tours;
  • Sami Family with Reindeer safari;
  • Snow Mobile Safari;
  • Santa Claus Village trip;
  • All port fees and taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

NOTE: All the tours during the Hurtigruten cruise are optional and not included in the price of the package. You are free to book any of them separately to combine your cruise experience with professional sightseeing tours. Please, contact your travel specialist for additional details. 

Tour highlights
  • Visiting the Frogner Park in Oslo
  • Floibanen Funicular ride in Bergen
  • Hurtigruten cruise from Alesund to Kirkenes
  • Overnight at a Snow Hotel
  • Visit to a Sami Family in Inari
  • Overnight at Kakslauttanen Glass Igloo Resort
  • Snowmobile safari in Rovaniemi
  • Visiting Santa at Santa Claus Village
  • Reindeer sleigh and husky ride
What to Know
  • Scandinavian climate is unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh.
  • Bringing some warm clothes is a must.
  • Most of the tours you’re going to have are walking, so make sure to bring convenient walking shoes.

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$7,190
Deposit $1,438
Two travelers: double occupancy
$7,990
Deposit $1,598
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$7,190
Deposit $1,438
Two travelers: double occupancy
$7,990
Deposit $1,598

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