Arctic Circle (ZN) - 2014 / 2015

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18 Day Tour from Stockholm to Helsinki


Arctic Circle
The Sognefjord is nestled alongside some of Norways highest mountains
The Sognefjord is nestled alongside some of Norways highest mountains
The beautiful hillside scenery of Telemark, Norway
Walk along the beautiful ports Bergen
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark
Enjoy the serene landscapes of Norway
Oslo is the capital of Norway and the most populous city
A medieval wooden stave church in Norway
The historical city of Oslo at night
Stockholm is the capital and the most populous city in Sweden

Vacation Overview

Experience the most beautiful journey through Scandinavia focusing on the Arctic Circle. Start in Stockholm, scene of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium, then enter Denmark via ferry, and overnight in Copenhagen, with a picture stop at the Little Mermaid Statue. A peaceful Kattegat & Oslofjord Cruise takes you to Norway, where overnight stays in Telemark, and a guided visit of Vemork of The Heroes of Telemark movie fame, plus Bergen, one of Norway’s most picturesque cities, and a special dinner with local specialties await you. A spectacular ride on the Flam train is included, before boarding the regular train to Oslo, Norway’s capital. From Oslo, fly to Tromsø, and enter the land of the “Midnight Sun.” Enjoy spectacular ferry rides on the Ullsfjord and Lyngenfjord with breathtaking views of the Lyngen Alps and their glaciers. Explore the North Cape Visitor Center, a sheer cliff, rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. Enter Finland, cross the Arctic Circle, and stop at Santa Claus Village, to receive your Arctic Circle Certificate. Stay overnight in Rovaniemi, with a chance to join an optional dinner at a Sami home. Via the ski resort of Lahti arrive in Helsinki, where a special dinner awaits as a proper farewell to beautiful Scandinavia.

     
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Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit City Hall

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Overnight cruise in first-class, outside, two-berth cabins with private facilities (dinner included)

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Guided visits of the Heddal stave church and Vemork; admire Låtefoss Waterfall

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BERGEN
Orientation and funicular ride up to Mount Fløyen; dinner with wine at a local restaurant

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OSLO
Guided sightseeing, walk through Frogner Park, visit City Hall

OSLO-TROMSO
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TROMSO
Orientation, visit the Arctic Cathedral

ULLSFJORD & LYNGENFJORD
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ALTA
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ROVANIEMI
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OULU
Lunch stop

LAHTI
Stop in the international ski-resort

HELSINKI
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Headsets throughout the tour

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.


DAY 1Arrive in Stockholm, Sweden

Welcome to Stockholm! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

Stockholm is the capital and the most populous city in Sweden 
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DAY 2Stockholm

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Royal Palace, Riddarholm Church, and the 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. (Breakfast)

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DAY 3Stockholm–Copenhagen, Denmark

Enjoy the Swedish countryside during a comfortable drive south via Lake Mälar and Lake Vättern to Helsingborg. Cross by FERRY to Denmark and enjoy views of Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle at Elsinore. Arrive in Copenhagen, proud capital of Denmark. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner to try out Danish specialties. (Breakfast)

Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark 
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DAY 4Copenhagen. Overnight Cruise to Oslo Harbor, Norway

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Church of Our Savior and the Stock Exchange on the way to Christiansborg Palace, where you visit the elegant ROYAL RECEPTION ROOMS. Drive past the National Museum and the Royal Theater, and stop for pictures of Amalienborg Palace and at the LITTLE MERMAID statue. In the late afternoon, board your ship for the overnight KATTEGAT & OSLOFJORD CRUISE to Norway. Dinner will be served on the ship. (Breakfast, Dinner)

View the famous Little Mermaid Statue based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen Enjoy the serene landscapes of Norway 
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DAY 5Oslo Harbor–Heddal–Vemork–Telemark

After disembarkation, stop to admire the HEDDAL STAVE CHURCH, the largest of the country’s remaining wooden churches. Via Lake Tinnsjöen—where saboteurs sank a ferry loaded with heavy water, ruining Nazi hopes of winning the race for the atomic bomb—enter the Rjukan Valley. Then, the highlight of the day: a guided visit of VEMORK, scene of the daring sabotage action featured in the movie The Heroes of Telemark. Learn about the dramatic events of 1943 and about the technology of hydroelectric power generation, one of the pillars of Norway’s economy. Continue to rustic, unspoiled Telemark, (Breakfast, Dinner)

The beautiful hillside scenery of Telemark, Norway A medieval wooden stave church in Norway 
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DAY 6Telemark–Bergen

Drive along Lake Totak to the Haukeli mountains, where polar explorer and Nobel Laureate Fridtjof Nansen prepared his polar expedition. Admire thundering Låtefoss Waterfall and continue via Odda and the orchards along Sørfjorden, whose tranquil splendor was the inspiration for Grieg’s Morning Mood. Cross Hardangerfjord by FERRY, and arrive in picturesque Bergen. This evening, a special dinner with wine at a local restaurant has been prepared for you. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Walk along the beautiful ports Bergen 
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DAY 7Bergen

During your orientation tour, hear about its 11th-century origins and its association with the Hanseatic League. Stroll through the colorful fish market and the narrow lanes of ancient Bryggen, and ride the FUNICULAR up to Mount Fløyen. Exciting optional excursions are available. (Breakfast)

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DAY 8Bergen–Flam–Oslo

A wonderful day: drive to Gudvangen and embark on a Sognefjord cruise. Continue to Flam, and have free time for lunch. Then, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite experience a spectacular ride on the FLAM TRAIN and see the magnificent Kjosfossen Waterfall. At the Myrdal mountain station, change to the regular TRAIN, which takes you through the Hardanger National Park and the beautiful Hallingdalen Valley to Oslo, Norway’s proud capital. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Oslo is the capital of Norway and the most populous city The Sognefjord is nestled alongside some of Norways highest mountains The historical city of Oslo at night 
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DAY 9Oslo

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, Parliament, and the Royal Palace. Highlight visits: FROGNER PARK with Gustav Vigeland’s famous stark sculptures and the ornate CITY HALL. The afternoon is free, with a chance to join an optional excursion to the relics of a glorious seafaring past. (Breakfast)

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DAY 10Oslo–Tromsø

Board your flight 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. (Breakfast)

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DAY 11Tromsø–Alta

Leave the capital of northern Norway and continue your journey northwards.Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy FERRY CROSSINGS on the Ullsfjord and Lyngenfjord, one of the most spectacular ferry rides because of the breathtaking views of the Lyngen Alps and their glaciers, and arrive in Alta. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 12Alta–North Cape

Orientation features a visit to the spectacular ROCK CARVINGS, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, then continue to Honnigsvåg, the northernmost point of the North Cape. Discover the North Cape Visitor Center, a sheer cliff rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 13North Cape–Karasjok, Finland–Ivalo

A scenic drive across the border into Finland. Stop in Karasjok, seat of the Sami Parliament, before arriving in Ivalo. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 14Ivalo–Arctic Circle–Rovaniemi

Cross the Arctic Circle (66°31’N), and stop at SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE, with a chance to see Father Christmas himself. Here you will receive your Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Arctic Circle Certificate. Arrive in Rovaniemi, where an orientation features the Town Hall, the Library, and Lappia House. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner at a Sami home. (Breakfast)

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DAY 15Rovaniemi–Oulu–Jyväskylä

A comfortable drive south to the university city of Oulu, where there is time to have lunch before continuing to Jyväskylä. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 16Jyväskylä–Lahti–Helsinki

Arrive in the international ski resort of Lahti, with its three enormous ski jumps. Then, continue via Järvenpää, Sibelius hometown, to Helsinki, capital of Finland. 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. (Breakfast)

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DAY 17Helsinki

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, a special farewell dinner with wine awaits you at one of Helsinki’s fine restaurants to celebrate the success of your Arctic journey. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Tallinn is the capital of the smallest of the Baltic countries 
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DAY 18Helskinki

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; overnight sea cruise; funicular ride; Flam train; train Myrdal-Oslo; flight Oslo-Tromsø; ferry cruises



Full Scandinavian buffet breakfast daily; 10 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner in Stockholm and a special dinner in Bergen and a special farewell dinner in Helsinki


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

OIVIND FURE

Years of Experience: 25 years

I am a full-blooded Scandinavian who considers it a true pleasure to have you as my guest. I look forward to showing you my favorite places: the scenic roads and breathtaking beauty of Scandinavia, Finland, and Russia. Be ready for a fascinating journey from 1,000-year-old vibrant Viking cities, through ice-blue fjords surrounded by snowcapped mountains and thundering waterfalls, to colorful fjord villages and fruit farms. "Traverse the unique landscapes of Lapland in the ultimate north and experience the warm summer climate and a sun that does not set."

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Arctic Circle:

  • Bryggen
  • West-Norwegian Fjords (Nærøyfjord)
  • Rock Art of Alta