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Northern Lights of Scandinavia with Insight Vacations

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10 days
13 Mar 24 to 12 Mar 25
Book by 31 Dec 24
Embark on a 10-day journey to witness the Northern Lights from the stunning mountain peaks of Scandinavia. Explore Helsinki, Alta, and Oslo. Venture through Finnish Lapland, located 250km above the Arctic Circle, and arrive at Ivalo, known as the Gateway to the North. Enjoy the spectacle of the aurora borealis from your cozy cabin with a glass roof in Aurora Village. Cross into Norway and visit North Cape, Europe's northernmost point, where you can savor caviar. Experience a unique opportunity to visit a working husky farm and meet the world-famous Alta huskies, champions of dog sled racing. Your adventure continues in Tromsø, where the Indigenous Sami community welcomes you to assist in feeding their reindeer herd. The journey concludes on the picturesque shores of the Oslofjord, once frequented by Vikings.

Includes

  • 10 Day Insight Vacations Guided Holiday
  • 9 Nights in stylish, hand picked hotel accommodation
  • Authentic dining inclusive of 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, 2 dinners with Wine
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned coach
  • An expert Insight Travel Director
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • Baggage handling everywhere, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included
  • Personal radio headsets, gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries
  • Additional experiences during your free time that can be purchased at an additional cost
  • Top Rated Highlights
  • Honningsvåg Orientation
  • Alta Orientation
  • Tromso Orientation
  • Oslo Orientation
  • and much more!
  • Unique Insight Experiences
  • Meet the Lyrek family and their huskies: Meet the Lyrek family and their huskies. Hear tales about their marathon Arctic dog sled races while enjoying a hearty lunch.
  • Make Travel Matter Experiences
  • Meet a Sami Family at their Reindeer Camp in Tromsø while they share their traditions, culture and history coupled with an evening of dinner and games.

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Transfers not mentioned
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature

Extras

  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.
  • Additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge can be signed up for on tour at an additional cost.
  • Airport Transfers: If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
  • Smaller coaches without extra legroom or onboard washroom may be used.
  • Please note that your Tour Director and Driver are continuously monitoring the road conditions for your safety and alternative routes might be taken if necessary.
  • Please note some departures are not definite departures.

Highlights

  • 9 Nights in stylish hotel accommodation
  • Authentic dining: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, 2 dinners with Wine
  • Unique Insight Experiences

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Helsinki.

Welcome to Helsinki, with its excellent museums and pretty seaside buildings. This beautiful city is set to be your home for the night. Our stay begins at the grand GLO Hotel Art. Decorated in a distinctive Art Nouveau style, this charming four-star hotel is the ideal place to sit backand relax before your Scandinavian adventure begins. Meet your Travel Director for a drink and mingle with your fellow travelling companions. Arrival Transfer: Depart the airport at 10:00, 14:00, 16:00 Welcome Meeting: Meet your Travel Director at 18:00 AccommodationL: GLO Hotel Art

Day 2: The gateway to Lapland

Today you’ll take a flight to Ivalo, a small yet important centre in Finnish Lapland, 250km above the Arctic Circle. The Gateway to the North, Ivalo is set on the Ivalo River, where the first Lapland Goldrush took place in the 19th century. You’ll enjoy a Welcome Dinner at your boutique hotel, Aurora Village, famed for its cabins with a glass roof, offering sweeping views of the night sky. Look out for the dancing northern lights, as you gaze through the glass ceiling from the comfort of your room. Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed. Accommodation: Aurora Village Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 3: Ivalo to Honningsvåg

Today you’ll be heading further North through the winter Lapland landscape. Cross the Finnish–Norwegian border as you make your way to Honningsvåg, the northernmost and smallest city in Norway. Your drive will take you along the mighty Porsangerfjord, the fourth largest fjord in Norway. You will take the subsea Nordkapp Tunnel to the island of Magerøya, to reach your hotel in this small fishing community. Explore the quaint city by taking a stroll along the waterfront before retiring to your hotel and enjoying a delicious dinner. Accommodation: Scandic Nordkkapp Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Northern Lights in North Cape

Enjoy a leisurely day to discover more of Honningsvåg. Take a walk to the 19th century church that survived the destruction of World War 2, a true rarity in Northern Norway. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to learn about king crabs and enjoy a fresh, sea-to-table lunch of this delicacy. Take your chance to visit the northernmost point of Europe, the famous North Cape and sip on bubbles and delight in exquisite caviar with your fellow travellers (weather permitting). Accommodation: Scandic Nordkkapp Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: North Cape to Alta

Today’s journey will take you along an ever changing landscape from barren lands through highlands to the shores of the Altafjord. It was in Alta where the world’s first northern lights observatory was built at the end of the 19th century. With increasing tourism the city is going through quick development offering a wide range of activities. Start your adventures with a visit to one of the first ice hotels in the world and enjoy a chilled beverage with your fellow travellers. Your comfortable hotel is located next to the modern and iconic Northern Lights Cathedral in the heart of the city. Accommodation: Scandic Alta Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Alaskan Huskies in Alta

You’ll enjoy a leisurely day in Alta to continue with your activities. Maybe you’ll choose to visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Alta Museum famous for its prehistoric rock carvings. Later, you’ll visit a working husky farm and get to know the Lyrek family and champion sled dogs. Learn about the Alaskan huskies and the challenges they face competing in the marathon long Arctic dog sled races. Indulge in a delectable oven-baked Highlight Lunch before meeting the dogs themselves. Accommodation: Scandic Alta Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Norway’s gateway to the Artic

Today you’ll head to Tromsø, northern Norway’s largest city, located on the island of Tromsøya. You’ll be surrounded by snowcapped mountains and ethereal water views. Just a short walk from your hotel, you’ll find a high concentration of old wooden houses and a great array of restaurants. Accommodation: Clarion Hotel The Edge Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Delve into Scandinavian history

Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you meet members of the Indigenous Sami community of Scandinavia. Delve into the history of Arctic Norway and join a Sami guide for an immersive journey through their camp, with an invitation to help feed their reindeer herd. You are invited into a lavuu (a traditional Sami tent) to hear stories of Sami life and folk songs around the fire, after enjoying a traditional Sami meal with hot drinks. Accommodation: Clarion Hotel The Edge Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: A merry finale in Oslo

In the morning, take a flight from Tromsø to Oslo, a modern city located on the shores of the Oslofjord. Surrounded by forested mountains, city dwellers and visitors alike have easy access to nature all year round. On your orientation see the Oslo Opera House and the new Deichmann Library in the contemporary Bjørvika district. Join your fellow travellers at a local restaurant to make a toast to newfound friends and a wonderful journey, over a Celebration Dinner with wine. Accommodation: Thon Hotel Opera Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 10: Farewell Oslo

It’s time to say farewell to your fellow travellers. Your trip ends after breakfast. Departure Transfer:Arrive at the airport at 07:15, 10:15 Included Meals: Breakfast

Terms & conditions

Prices are per person twin share, include discounts, and are subject to availability and rate of exchange changes. Offers above are a guide only and will vary depending on departure date, our guide price is based on the cheapest departure within the stipulated season and availability is correct at time of loading. Visas may be necessary and insurance is essential. Pentravel and Tour Operator terms and conditions apply, and can be requested. Excludes flights, transfers, visas, travel insurance and anything not mentioned. Savings are not valid on all itineraries and/or departure dates, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. High season supplements and block out dates may apply, pricing varies pending departure date. Package excludes flights. You can do optional free-time add-on experiences in your free time and pay for them as you travel (additional costs apply). Insight Vacations reserves the right to withdraw promotional offers and adjust savings anytime. All savings / discounts mentioned have already been included in the advertised price. Pentravel and Tour Operator reserves the right to withdraw or amend promotional offers at any time. These packages are based on CASH price. E&OE;.

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Details
Valid on 13 Mar 2024
Stay
10 days
Dates
13 Mar 24 to 12 Mar 25
Book by
31 December 24
Experience ID
190
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