The Grand Scandinavian Circle Tour (ZN)

18 Day Tour from Stockholm to Helsinki

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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 beautiful, overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Norway in first-class, outside, 2-berth cabins with private facilities; a train ride between Bergen and Oslo, considered one of the world's most scenic train rides; ferry rides from Sweden to Denmark and across Hardangerfjord in Norway; and a spectacular ride on the Flam 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 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. Visit Santa Claus Village and receive your Arctic Circle Certificate—another special experience offered by Globus.

You'll also spend time in the cities and enjoy guided sightseeing, including 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!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

STOCKHOLM
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit City Hall
HELSINGBORG–ELSINORE
Ferry crossing
COPENHAGEN
Guided sightseeing, the Little Mermaid, visit Rosenborg Castle
COPENHAGEN–OSLO HARBOR
Overnight cruise in first-class, outside, two-berth cabins with private facilities (dinner included)
TELEMARK
Guided visits of the Heddal stave church and Vemork; admire Låtefoss Waterfall
HARDANGERFJORD
Ferry crossing
BERGEN
Special dinner; orientation and funicular ride up to Mount Fløyen
SOGNEFJORD CRUISE
FLAM
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Ride the spectacular Flam train
MYRDAL–OSLO
By train
OSLO
Guided sightseeing, walk through Frogner Park, visit City Hall
OSLO–TROMSØ
By air
TROMSØ
Orientation, visit the Arctic Cathedral
ULLSFJORD & LYNGENFJORD
Ferry cruises
ALTA
Visit the rock carvings
NORTH CAPE
Visit the North Cape Visitor Center
KARASJOK
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Husky dog experience
ROVANIEMI
Visit Santa Claus Village; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite receive your Arctic Circle Certificate; orientation
OULU
Lunch stop
LAHTI
Stop in the international ski resort
HELSINKI
Guided sightseeing, Sibelius Monument, visit the Lutheran Cathedral and the open-air market; farewell dinner
Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • Slight changes to the day-by-day itinerary cannot be excluded.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

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

Transportation:

Motorcoach; overnight sea cruise; funicular ride; Flam train; train Myrdal-Oslo; flight Oslo-Tromsø; ferry cruises. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

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

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

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.

Dinner

Day 2 Stockholm

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

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 and enjoy views of Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle at Elsinore. Arrive in Copenhagen, proud capital of Denmark.

Breakfast

Day 4 Copenhagen. 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 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 the ship.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 5 Oslo Harbor–Heddal–Vemork–Telemark

After disembarkation, enjoy a guided visit to the HEDDAL STAVE CHURCH, the largest of the country’s remaining wooden churches. Via Lake Tinnsjøen—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

Day 6 Telemark–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

Day 7 Bergen

During your orientation tour, hear about the city’s 11th-century origins and its association with the Hanseatic League and ride the FUNICULAR up to Mount Fløyen. Exciting optional excursions are available.

Breakfast

Day 8 Bergen–Flam–Oslo

A wonderful day: embark for a relaxing CRUISE on beautiful Naeroyfjord and Sognefjord. Arrive in Flam, and 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 BERGEN-OSLO TRAIN, which takes you through Hardanger National Park and the beautiful Hallingdalen Valley to Norway’s proud capital.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 9 Oslo

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

Day 10 Oslo–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

Day 11 Tromsø–Alta

Leave the capital of northern Norway and continue your journey northwards. Enjoy FERRY CROSSINGS on the Ullsfjord and Lyngenfjord, the most spectacular ferry rides because of the breathtaking views of the Lyngen Alps and their glaciers, and arrive in Alta.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 12 Alta–North Cape

Orientation features a visit to the spectacular ROCK CARVINGS, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, then continue to Honningsvåg, 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

Day 13 North Cape–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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Sven Engholm’s HUSKY FARM. Sven has led expeditions to Spitsbergen, Siberia, and Greenland, and won the longest sled dog race several times. Enjoy typical snacks here, then continue to the Sami village of Ivalo for your overnight stay.

Breakfast
Dinner

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. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Here you will receive your Arctic Circle Certificate. Continue to Rovaniemi, where an orientation features the Town Hall, the Library, and the Lappia House. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner at a Sami home.

Breakfast

Day 15 Rovaniemi–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

Day 16 Jyväskylä–Lahti–Helsinki

Arrive in the international ski resort of Lahti, with its three enormous ski jumps. Then, continue via Järvenpää, composer Jean 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

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, a farewell dinner with wine awaits you at the hotel to celebrate the success of your Arctic journey.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 18 Helskinki

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

 Tour Director

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: 27

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."

 Accommodations

Stockholm
Copenhagen
Telemark
Bergen
Oslo
Tromso
Alta
Honningsvag
Ivalo
Rovaniemi
Jyvaskyla
Helsinki

Stockholm

Scandic Hotel Park

First-Class

Karlavagen 43
Stockholm, Sweden

Free Wifi

Delicious food and drinks are served in the relaxing restaurant which offers both an outdoor seating area during the summer months. Leisure facilities include a modern fitness room, a sauna and Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Ice Machine
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Window Opens
  • Hair Dryer

Copenhagen

Radisson Blu Scandinavia

Superior First-Class

Amager Boulevard 70
Copenhagen, Denmark

Free Wifi

26-story Hotel situated 1 km from Tivoli Gardens & Central station.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite

Telemark

Rauland Hogfjellshotell

First-Class


Rauland-Telemark, Norway

Free Wifi

The Rauland Hogfjellshotell recreational facilities include swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam sauna and a mountain SPA. The restaurant Falkeriset serves tempting dishes based on the European cuisine.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Hot Tub
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board

Bergen

Scandic Ornen

First-Class

Lars Hillesgate 18
Bergen, Norway

Free Wifi

The Scandic Ornen is Bergen's newest and largest hotel with 368 spacious, bright and modern rooms.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Free WiFi
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Pay Movies
  • Mini-bar
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Phone

Oslo

Scandic Victoria

First-Class

Rosenkrantz Gate 13
Oslo, Norway

Ten-story Hotel located in heart of city, 200 meters from the Parliament.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Coffee Maker
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Internet Access

Tromso

Scandic Ishavshotel

First-Class

Fredrik Langesgate 2 P.O.Box 196
Tromsoe, Norway

Unique 4-story Hotel in the shape of a ship, located on the harbor front in the heart of city; near Polar Museum.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Pay Movies
  • Mini-bar
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Alta

Scandic Hotel Alta

First-Class

Lokkeveien 61
Alta, Norway

Free Wifi

Modern business hotel; centrally located in the business district; one of the leading conference hotels of the region.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Window Opens
  • Climate Control
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Phone

Honningsvag

Scandic Honningsvag

First-Class

Nordkappgt. 4 P.O. Box 153
Honningsvag, Norway

Free Wifi

A summer hotel centrally located next to the "Hurtigruten" quay and Honningsvag harbor. The area has a variety of experiences to offer. It is approx. 35 km to Nordkapp.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Window Opens
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Television

Ivalo

Ivalo

First-Class

Ivalontie 34
Ivalo, Finland

Free Wifi

Hotel Ivalo is a meeting place for Lapland travelers who expect quality, international atmosphere is present every part of the year in the hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Alarm Clock

Rovaniemi

Original Sokos Vaakuna

First-Class

Koskikatu 4
Rovaniemi, Finland

Free Wifi

Contemporary Hotel situated in downtown Rovaniemi, in the heart of Finnish Lapland.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Gift Shop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Beauty Salon

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Phone
  • Desk
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access

Jyvaskyla

Scandic Jyvaskyla

First-Class

Vapaudenkatu 73
Jyvaskyla, Finland

Scandic Jyvaskyla hotel has a city-centre location in Jyvaskyla, just 2 minutes from the rail and bus station. When staying at hotel Scandic Jyvaskyla, you can enjoy free access to the modern hotel gym, relax in the sauna and take a tip in the swimming pool. Borrow a bicycle from hotel reception and head outdoors to explore Jyvaskyla city or the stunning Jyvasjarvi lake. Enjoy a delicious meal in the hotel restaurant Colonial in a relaxed atmosphere. Wireless internet access throughout the hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Currency Exchange
  • Gift Shop

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access

Helsinki

Radisson Blu Royal

Superior First-Class

Runeberginkatu 2
Helsinki, Finland

Free Wifi

Sleek Business-oriented Hotel with striking glass facade & atrium.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Ice Machine
  • Luggage Storage
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Television
  • Hair Dryer

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