NORTHERN LIGHTS OF SCANDINAVIA

fr $4,937*

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One for nature lovers, this captivating trip offers a bewitching journey across Scandinavia’s breath-taking mountains, rivers, cities and fjords. Hunt for the Northern Lights in Nordcapp as you sip on bubbles with your fellow travellers and delve further into this fascinating part of the world. You’ll find out more about reindeer, from Sámi, the indigenous people of Scandinavia, who have been working with “the true hero of the Artic” for centuries. From the grand architecture of vibrant Helsinki to meeting adorable four-legged locals in Alta, adventure and intrigue await you on our Northern Lights of Scandinavia trip.


HIGHLIGHTS

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Tromso: Delve into the fascinating history of Scandinavia as you meet its indigenous people, the Sami. You’ll be given a tour of their camp and get to feed the reindeer. Before sitting down to a scrumptious traditional meal served with hot drinks.
  • Alta: Meet Trine Lyrek at her working husky farm. Gain an insight to the challenges Trine and her Alaskan Huskies face when competing in marathon Arctic dog sled races.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • North Cape: What better way to search for the Northern Lights than by toasting to your adventure with bubbles with your fellow travellers?
  • Oslo: On your orientation of Oslo city, see the medieval Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Helsinki. Enjoy a welcome drink at your hotel as you get to know your fellow travellers.
  • Ivalo: Your delicious Welcome Dinner will be served at the boutique Aurora Village hotel.
  • Alta: Head for drinks at a local ice bar, where you’ll get the chance to catch up with your fellow travellers.
  • Alta: A true highlight of the trip, you’ll enjoy a Highlight Dinner of seasonal salmon or reindeer, alongside some new four-legged friends.
  • Tromso: Dine on traditional food, served with hot drinks with the fascinating Sami people, as you hear tales of Scandinavia from its indigenous people.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Breakfasts (B), 2 Dinner (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee. Departures travelling over New Year’s Eve and will enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner which will replace an included meal.

STAY IN STYLE

  • Helsinki: Set in a breath-taking location, Glo Art Hotel is situated close to the Sibelius Academy and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Its Art Nouveau interior only adds to its grand allure, making it an idyllic place to rest up after a long day travelling.
  • Aurora Village: Based hundreds of kilometres above the Arctic Circle, this idyllic destination offers contemporary cabins, with each including a mesmerising glass roof. Sit back with a glass of sparkling wine and watch the night sky change before you.
  • North Cape: Set on Honningsvag’s pretty sea shore you’ll wake to glorious views of this pretty village. The hotel’s restaurant Bryggen, provides mouth-watering snacks, breakfast and dinner for the hungry traveller.
  • Alta: Situated in central Alta, you’ll be in the perfect location to check out the area’s local highlights, including a UNESCO listed museum and a World Heritage Rock Art Centre. The hotel includes a sauna and relaxation suite so you can rest up after a day exploring.
  • Tromso: Surrounded by impressive mountains and with views of the ethereal Tromsø Bay, this dreamy hotel offers an reinvigorating getaway for those in need of a little relaxation.
  • Oslo: Centrally located, the Thon Hotel Opera is a contemporary base for keen shoppers and those looking to explore Oslo some more. The hotel offers delicious dining options in its modern Scala Restaurant and a variety of drinks in its luxe Eufemia bar.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight’s luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • 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.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.


ACCOMMODATION

GLO HOTEL ART HELSINKI

HELSINKI (HISTORIC) – FINLAND

GLO Hotel Art is a charming hotel, built around a century-old art nouveau castle. It is in the centre of Helsinki surrounded by the vivid Design District.

AURORA VILLAGE IVALO

IVALO (BOUTIQUE) – FINLAND

The boutique Aurora Village provides the best chance to witness the spectacular Northern Lights, all from the comfort of your private cabin! The laser heated panoramic glass ceiling ensures your personal sky views aren’t obstructed by ice or snowfall, while the in-room facilities allow you to enjoy the dancing Aurora Borealis over a cup of tea or coffee. Located hundreds of kilometres above the Artic Circle and surrounded by beautiful wilderness, you are still only a short drive from town.

SCANDIC BRYGGEN HONNINGSVG

HONNINGSVÅG (TRADITIONAL) – NORWAY

The Scandic Bryggen Honningsvag is conveniently located in the heart of the harbour town of Honningsvåg and offers sea views from the restaurant. Spacious rooms, with plush furnishings are ideal for your two night stay. Nordkapp, mainland Europe’s most northern point, is only a 40 minute drive through the beautiful scenery – keep an eye out for local wildlife during your journey – and is an ideal location to watch the Northern Lights.

SCANDIC ALTA

ALTA (CONTEMPORARY) – NORWAY

The hotel is located in central Alta – the gateway to the Finnmark region, where you can combine an arctic experience with a modern and comfortable hotel stay.

RADISSON BLU HOTEL TROMS

TROMSØ (TRADITIONAL) – NORWAY

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromsø is located in the heart of the city known as the “gateway to the Artic.” The hotel’s glass bridge provides a great spot to glimpse the Northern Lights should they be viewable. The modern designed rooms feature free WiFi so you can stay connected throughout your stay.

THON HOTEL OPERA OSLO

OSLO (CONTEMPORARY) – NORWAY


DATES & PRICES

Wednesday 30 October 2019 – Friday 08 November 2019 fr $4,937*pp

Wednesday 27 November 2019 – Friday 06 December 2019 fr $5,077*pp

Wednesday 25 December 2019 – Friday 03 January 2020 fr $5,747*pp

Wednesday 22 January 2020 –  Friday 31 January 2020 fr $5,099*pp

Wednesday 19 February 2020 – Friday 28 February 2020 fr $5,099*pp

Wednesday 18 March 2020 –  Friday 27 March 2020 fr $5,099*pp

Wednesday 15 April 2020 – Friday 24 April 2020 fr $4,937*pp

 


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Disclaimer:

Twin prices are per person. Smaller coaches without extra legroom and toilet facilities may be used. Festive Highlight Dinners: This departure will spend Christmas Day in Helsinki and New Year's Eve in Tromso. Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. Note prices displayed reflect available discounted rates (i.e. Early Payment Discount, Last Minute Deals). All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however is subject to change, please confirm all details at time of booking. For full terms and conditions
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TOUR DETAILS

  1. DAY 1

    WELCOME TO HELSINKI.

    Welcome to Helsinki. With its lush parks and pretty seaside buildings, this beautiful city is set to be your home for the night. At Helsinki airport, transfers depart at 10:00, 14:00 and 16:00 for the grand GLO Hotel Art. Meet your Travel Director at 18:00 for a drinks reception. Decorated in a distinctive Art Nouveau style, this charming 4-star hotel is the ideal place to sit back and get to know your fellow travellers before your Scandinavian adventure begins.

  2. DAY 2

    THE GATEWAY TO SAARISELKÄ.

    Today you’ll take a scenic flight to Ivalo. Known as the gateway to Saariselkä, Ivalo is a picturesque village set on the Ivalo River. Situated close to Urho Kekkonen National Park you’ll find views of the Aurora Borealis and the striking mountain Korvatunturi, also known as the home of Santa.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.

  3. DAY 3

    IVALO TO HONNINGSVÅG.

    Enjoy a sunrise view of Ivalo as you take in the picturesque scenery of its surrounding areas over your morning coffee and prepare yourself for your scenic day ahead. Today you’ll be driven from Ivalo to Honningsvåg, the northernmost city in Norway. Take in the lush drive before exploring the quaint city itself, with its colourful architecture and nautical homeliness, it’s the ideal place to stock up on souvenirs to mark your travels. Retire to the traditional Scandic Bryggen Honningsvag, situated on the sea shore.

  4. DAY 4 – RELAXED START

    NORTHERN LIGHTS IN NORDCAPP.

    You simply can’t visit Norway without heading to Nordcapp. Dubbed the northernmost point in continental Europe, you’ll go in search of the iconic Northern Lights as you sip on bubbles and delight in exquisite caviar with your fellow travellers. End your day back at your charming hotel, where you’ll rest up ahead of tomorrow’s adventures.

  5. DAY 5

    NORTH CAPE TO ALTA.

    Enjoy a spectacular drive from North Cape to Alta, taking in the country’s magnificent fjords and surroundings along the way. Once you’ve arrived in this northern coast town you’ll be taken aback by its quaint natural beauty. It boasts a UNESCO listed museum and a World Heritage Rock Art Centre, which features an open-air rock carving exhibit. Head to an ice bar with your fellow travellers for a chilled beverage as you discuss the day’s events. Home for the next couple of nights is Scandic Alta, a traditional, relaxing hotel, situated in the heart of Alta.

  6. DAY 6 – RELAXED START

    SLED RIDING IN ALTA.

    A day for dog lovers, today is a true high point of the trip. Visit a working husky farm to meet Trine Lyrek, a champion dog sledder. Learn about her Alaskan huskies and the challenges she faces competing in marathon Arctic dog sled races. Perhaps enjoy an optional husky dog sled ride in the heart of Norway. Indulge on a delectable oven-baked Highlight Dinner of local specialities, including salmon or reindeer depending on the season, before heading back for a cosy night at your hotel.

  7. DAY 7

    NORWAY’S GATEWAY TO THE ARTIC.

    Today you’ll head to the small but mighty town of Tromsø, located on the island of Tromsøya. Known as Norway’s gateway to the Artic, you’ll be surrounded by snow-capped mountains and ethereal water views. Once here you’ll head to the Radisson Blu Hotel, your home for the night. This traditional venue boasts stunning views of the Artic Cathedral, Tromso Fjord and mountains.

  8. DAY 8 – RELAXED START

    DELVE INTO SCANDINAVIAN HISTORY.

    Delve into the history of this glorious country with a meeting with the Sami people, the indigenous people of Scandinavia. You’ll wrap up in provided extra warm clothing, as you’re led around the Sami camp with a knowledgeable, English-speaking Sami guide. You’ll feed the Reindeer herd before enjoying your Celebration Dinner, a hot traditional Sami meal with hot drinks.

  9. DAY 9

    A MERRY FINALE IN OSLO.

    On your final day, you’ll fly from Tromsø to Oslo, for a merry finale in Norway’s capital. This modern city is surrounded by magnificent mountains offering panoramic views of the city beneath. On your orientation, see the medieval Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace. History buffs can delve further into Norway’s impressive history at the Viking Ship Museum or for outdoorsy types, take a pretty walk through Frogner Park. Your hotel for the evening is the contemporary Thon Hotel Opera which offers delicious dining options in its modern Scala Restaurant.

  10. DAY 10

    FAREWELL OSLO.

    It’s time to say farewell to your fellow travellers as a transfer takes you to the local airport at 7:15 or 10:15.