The Grand Scandinavian Circle Tour 2019 - 18 days from Stockholm to Helsinki
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The Grand Scandinavian Circle Tour 2019

18 days from Stockholm to Helsinki

Starting at $4,958


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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Breathtaking scenery, the Arctic Circle, train rides, cruises, vibrant cities, and so much more await you on this marvelous Scandinavia tour. Scenic highlights include a fantastic, overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Norway in first-class, outside, two-berth cabins with private facilities and dinner included; a train ride between Oslo and Bergen, considered to be one of the world's most scenic train rides; a ferry ride from Sweden to Denmark; and a spectacular ride on the Flåm train with some of Norway's most magnificent scenery, including Kjosfossen Waterfall, with its water cascading down the mountainside—a special experience offered by Globus.

Spend time in the Arctic Circle—land of the "Midnight Sun"—where you will visit the North Cape Visitor Center, marking the endpoint of the European mainland. Here, stand at the sheer cliff rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean and feel like you're at the end of the world. In the Arctic Circle, also enjoy ferry crossings on the Ullsfjord and Lyngenfjord, which offer breathtaking views of the Lyngen Alps, with their blue glaciers, and mountain peaks rising more than 3,280 feet directly from the fjord. Visit Alta's rock carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site demonstrating a human settlement dating from 4,200 to 500 BC. Admire crystal-clear streams, sparkling lakes, tundra, and forests as you head south to Finland's Lapland and cross back over the Arctic Circle. Special experiences offered by Globus are highlight visits to the Santa Claus Village, where you receive your Arctic Circle Certificate, and to a Husky Farm. Your flights from Oslo to Tromsø and from Rovaniemi to Helsinki are included, and three nights in Helsinki allow the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Tallinn in Estonia.

You'll also spend time in the cities and enjoy guided sightseeing in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, and Helsinki. All of this—and much more—are included on this Scandinavia tour. From its vibrant cities and fun experiences to its spectacular scenery, it’s a dream vacation!



Destination & Sightseeing

STOCKHOLMWelcome dinner; guided sightseeing, walking tour of the Old Town, visit the City Hall
HELSINGBORG–ELSINOREFerry crossing
COPENHAGENGuided sightseeing, see the Little Mermaid and visit Rosenborg Castle
COPENHAGEN–OSLOOvernight cruise in first-class, outside, two-berth cabins with private facilities (dinner included)
OSLO–BERGEN By train
BERGEN Guided sightseeing
VOSS
[LF] Ride the spectacular Flåm train
NÆRØYFJORD & SOGNEFJORDCruise

BORGUND
Visit the Stave Church
OSLOGuided sightseeing, walk through Frogner Park, visit City Hall
OSLO–TROMSØBy air
TROMSØOrientation, visit the Arctic Cathedral
ULLSFJORD & LYNGENFJORDFerry crossings
ALTAVisit the rock carvings
NORTH CAPEVisit the North Cape Visitor Center
KARASJOK[LF] Husky dog experience
ROVANIEMIVisit Santa Claus Village; [LF] receive your Arctic Circle Certificate
ROVANIEMI–HELSINKIBy air
HELSINKIDinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, Sibelius Monument, visit the Lutheran Cathedral and the open-air market
Headsets throughout the tour except the Arctic region.
Notes:
  • Slight changes to the day-by-day itinerary cannot be excluded.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
Transportation:
Motorcoach; overnight sea cruise; train Oslo-Bergen; Flåm train; flight Oslo-Tromsø; ferry crossings & fjord cruise; flight Rovaniemi-Helsinki. Free WI-FI available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

MEALS

Full Scandinavian buffet breakfast daily; 9 three-course dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Helsinki

ITINERARY

Day 1 ARRIVE IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN.
Welcome to Stockholm! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel
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Day 2 STOCKHOLM.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Royal Palace; Riddarholm Church, a walk through the OLD TOWN, and the festive blue and gold chambers in the CITY HALL, where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held. Choose from our exciting optional excursions to make the most of your stay
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Day 3 STOCKHOLM–COPENHAGEN, DENMARK.
Enjoy the Swedish countryside during a comfortable drive south via Lake Mälar and Lake Vättern to Helsingborg. Cross by FERRY to Denmark with views of Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle at Elsinore. Arrive in Copenhagen, proud capital of Denmark
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Day 4 COPENHAGEN. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OSLO, NORWAY
Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Church of Our Savior and the Stock Exchange on the way to splendid ROSENBORG CASTLE, where some of the crown jewels of Denmark are held. Here, admire the incredible Throne Chair, made from narwhal tusks—the only one of its kind in the world! Drive past the National Museum and the Royal Theater, and stop for pictures of Amalienborg Palace and the LITTLE MERMAID statue. In the late afternoon, board your ship for the overnight KATTEGAT & OSLOFJORD CRUISE to Norway. Dinner will be served on board
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Day 5 OSLO–BERGEN.
After disembarkation, transfer to Oslo train station and board your TRAIN to picturesque Bergen. (B,D)
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Day 6 BERGEN.
Step back in time and explore Bryggen on a guided walking tour along narrow, cobblestone alleyways past colorful wooden houses. Also see the 12th-century St. Mary’s Church, where Hanseatic merchants attended religious services until the 1870s. Balance of the day is at leisure, why not join one of our optional excursions to make the most of your stay? (B)
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Day 7 BERGEN–VOSS–FLÅM–NÆRØYFJORD & SOGNEFJORD–STALHEIM
A wonderful day of spectacular scenery: [LF] ride the FLÅM TRAIN and see the magnificent Kjosfossen waterfall on the way to the village of Flåm. Here, another highlight awaits: a relaxing CRUISE on beautiful Nærøyfjord and Sognefjord. Arrive in Stalheim, overlooking the Nærøydalen Valley. (B,D)
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Day 8 STALHEIM–BORGUND–OSLO.
This morning travel to Borgund and visit the wooden STAVE CHURCH. Dating back to 1180, it is considered the best-preserved and most authentic of Norway’s stave churches. Next is Oslo, capital of Norway and the country’s hub of trade and industry. (B)
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Day 9 OSLO.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, considered the home for Ibsen’s plays; the unique Storting building, seat of Parliament; and the Royal Palace, residence of Norwegian monarchs since 1849. Stroll through magnificent FROGNER PARK with Gustav Vigeland’s extraordinary sculptures; and visit the CITY HALL, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held each year. Afterwards, an optional excursion is available to see relics of Norway’s glorious seafaring past—including 1,000-year-old Viking ships!
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Day 10 OSLO–TROMSØ.
Board the plane to Tromsø and arrive in the world’s most northern university city, starting point of many great polar explorers. Here, winters can be hard and summers usually surprisingly warm because of the warm gulf currents and the “Midnight Sun.” During your orientation, visit the ARCTIC CATHEDRAL
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Day 11 TROMSØ–ALTA.
Leave the capital of northern Norway and continue your journey northward. Enjoy FERRY CROSSINGS on Ullsfjord and Lyngenfjord, with breathtaking views of the Lyngen Alps and their glaciers. Arrive in Alta, and visit the spectacular ROCK CARVINGS, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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Day 12 ALTA–EXCURSION TO THE NORTH CAPE–HONNINGSVÅG
Drive to Honningsvåg on the island of Magerøya, and continue to the northernmost point of the North Cape, a sheer cliff rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean, where the NORTH CAPE HALL with its visitor center is located. (B,D)
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Day 13 HONNINGSVÅG–KARASJOK–IVALO, FINLAND.
Admire crystal-clear streams, sparkling lakes, tundra, and forests as you head south and penetrate deep into beautiful Lapland, as it is called by the natives. Stop in Karasjok, seat of the Sami Parliament, where a highlight visit is included to [LF] Sven Engholm’s HUSKY FARM. Sven has led expeditions to Spitsbergen, Siberia, and Greenland, and won the longest sled dog race several times. Enjoy traditional snacks here, then continue to the Sami village of Ivalo for your overnight stay. (B,D)
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Day 14 IVALO–ARCTIC CIRCLE–ROVANIEMI.
Cross the Arctic Circle (66°31’N), and stop at SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE, with a chance to see Father Christmas himself. Receive your [LF] Arctic Circle Certificate and continue to nearby Rovaniemi, capital of Lapland, situated at the confluence of the river Kemijoki and its tributary, the Ounasjoki. On an orientation drive see the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto’s Town Hall, the City Library, and the Lappia House
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Day 15 ROVANIEMI–HELSINKI.
Spend some time in Rovaniemi before flying to the capital of Finland, Helsinki. This evening, dinner will be served at one of Helsinki’s fine restaurants. (B,D)
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Day 16 HELSINKI.
Guided sightseeing features the City Hall and the Parliament House, the Presidential Palace, the monumental railroad station, the great LUTHERAN CATHEDRAL, the Olympic Stadium, the SIBELIUS MONUMENT, and Helsinki’s local arts and crafts OPEN-AIR MARKET
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Day 17 HELSINKI.
A full day at leisure offers the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Tallinn, capital of Estonia, known as one of the “Pearls of the Baltic Countries.” Tonight, dinner awaits at the hotel to celebrate your Arctic journey
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Day 18 HELSINKI.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Accommodations

StockholmCopenhagenBergenStalheimOsloTromsoAltaHonningsvagIvaloRovaniemiHelsinki
Scandic Continental
First-Class

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Vasagatan Box 120 Stockholm Sweden

This modern 392-room hotel enjoys a fantastic location in the heart of Stockholm and features a rooftop bar and seasonal outdoor terrace with impressive skyline views. A trendy urban style restaurant serves market fresh dishes and there is a lobby bar and cafe serving all day snacks and coffee , for fitness there is a gym and for connectivity Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property.
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