The Grand Scandinavian Circle Tour (ZN)

18 Day Tour from Stockholm to Helsinki

2019 Tour Details

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!

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

STOCKHOLM
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, walking tour of the Old Town, visit the City Hall
HELSINGBORG–ELSINORE
Ferry crossing
COPENHAGEN
Guided sightseeing, see the Little Mermaid and visit Rosenborg Castle
COPENHAGEN–OSLO
Overnight cruise in first-class, outside, two-berth cabins with private facilities (dinner included)
OSLO–BERGEN
By train
BERGEN
Guided sightseeing
VOSS
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Ride the spectacular Flåm train
NÆRØYFJORD & SOGNEFJORD
Cruise
BORGUND
Visit the Stave Church
OSLO
Guided sightseeing, walk through Frogner Park, visit City Hall
OSLO–TROMSØ
By air
TROMSØ
Orientation, visit the Arctic Cathedral
ULLSFJORD & LYNGENFJORD
Ferry crossings
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
ROVANIEMI–HELSINKI
By air
HELSINKI
Dinner 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

 Meals & Itinerary

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

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

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.

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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?

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Day 7 BERGEN–VOSS–FLÅM–NÆRØYFJORD & SOGNEFJORD–STALHEIM

A wonderful day of spectacular scenery: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 traditional snacks here, then continue to the Sami village of Ivalo for your overnight stay.

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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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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.

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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.

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 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

Escorting tours for more than 20 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."

Tour Director - OIVIND FURE

 Accommodations

Stockholm
Copenhagen
Bergen
Stalheim
Oslo
Tromso
Alta
Honningsvag
Ivalo
Rovaniemi
Helsinki

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Stockholm
Copenhagen
Bergen
Oslo
Tromso
North Cape
Rovaniemi
Helsinki

Stockholm

Vasa Ship Museum

Vasa Ship Museum

See the most richly ornamented war vessel built in Europe!

Price Range: $

Swedish Midsummer Dinner

Swedish Midsummer Dinner

Learn about midsummer, the most important family celebration of the year, during your visit to the Skansen open-air museum. Then enjoy a delightful Swedish dinner before a relaxing drive returns you to your hotel.

Price Range: $$$

Copenhagen

The Canals and Tivoli Gardens

The Canals and Tivoli Gardens

Experience the sailing through the picturesque canals of Copenhagen and visit the Tivoli Gardens.

Price Range: $$

Bergen

Edvard Grieg's House

Edvard Grieg's House

Nobody has described fjord scenery more beautifully than composer Edward Grieg did through his music. Visit his unique home and experience a remarkable journey through his life and music.

Price Range: $$

Old Bergen and Lunch

Old Bergen and Lunch

Discover Old Bergen and Bryggen with the Hansa Quarters as you criss-cross its charming narrow streets. Enjoy a delightful traditional Bergen meal before your free time for shopping.

Price Range: $$

Oslo

Panoramic Oslo and Dinner

Panoramic Oslo and Dinner

Enjoy the breathtaking view of Oslo and the Oslofjord before you savor a delicious dinner in a fine restaurant.

Price Range: $$$

Treasures of Norway

Treasures of Norway

Admire relics from Norway's great seafaring past.

Price Range: $$

Tromso

The Land of Midnight Sun

The Land of Midnight Sun

Don't miss out the unique chance of taking a ride on the famous Fjellheisen cable car. This experience will give you spectacular views and unforgettable memories of the Land of the Midnight Sun.

Price Range: $$

North Cape

Safari Cruise to Gjesvaer Natural Reserve

Safari Cruise to Gjesvaer Natural Reserve

Great Photo opportunities awaits you on this safari cruise. Observe Puffins, the Arctic Parrot, Gannets,Great Cormorants, Razorbills and other arctic birds, while the White Tailed Eagles hoover for their pray.

Price Range: $$$

Rovaniemi

Highlights of Rovaniemi

Highlights of Rovaniemi

Join an amazing river boat cruise and experience the summer of the Arctic Circle. Visit a local reindeer farm and learn about the husbandry culture followed by a traditional Lappish dinner.

Price Range: $$$

Lapland Boat Cruise and Arktikum Science Center

Lapland Boat Cruise and Arktikum Science Center

Don't miss the opportunity to join an amazing river cruise that takes you to the Arktikum Science Center to see, experience and enjoy stories about the Arctic life.

Price Range: $$

Reindeer Experience with Lappish Dinner

Reindeer Experience with Lappish Dinner

Visit a reindeer farm for a true Sami experience. The Sami population are the only officially recognized indigenous people in the European Union. Experience the authentic wilderness life and take pictures of the surrounding scenery. You will also be introduced to the people working on the farm and learn all about how reindeer are herded. Don't miss the magical enchantment of an Arctic Circle Ceremony, this age-old tradition practised by native Sami, entails a bold crossing of the Arctic Circle.

Price Range: $$

Helsinki

Tallinn, Jewel of Estonia

Tallinn, Jewel of Estonia

Visit Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, the smallest of the Baltic countries.

Price Range: $$$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guest in a party: $4,583*
12 guest in a party: $1,812*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for both 2018 and 2019 travel years unless tour will no longer be offered in 2019. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

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* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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