The Grand Scandinavian Circle Tour (ZN)

18 Day Tour from Stockholm to Helsinki

2020 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 an overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo 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 rail routes - across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau; 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"—and 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 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 which demonstrates 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. Out-of-the-ordinary 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.

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 including a walking tour of Bryggen
VOSS
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Ride the spectacular Flåm train
SOGNEFJORD & NÆRØYFJORD
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.
Free WI-FI available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

Notes:

  • 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:

  • Bryggen
  • Kronborg Castle (See Only)
  • Rock Art of Alta
  • West-Norwegian Fjords- Nærøyfjord

Transportation:

Motorcoach; overnight sea cruise; train Oslo-Bergen; Flåm train; flight Oslo-Tromsø; ferry crossings & fjord cruise; flight Rovaniemi-Helsinki.

 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

During your sightseeing with a Local Guide see the Royal Palace; Riddarholm Church, walk through the OLD TOWN, and marvel at the festive blue and gold chambers in the CITY HALL, where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held.

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Day 3 STOCKHOLM–COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

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.
Today’s Distance: 373 mi / 600 km

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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 the Oslo train station and board the famous OSLO-BERGEN TRAIN. Enjoy a scenic ride across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau with views of sparkling lakes, rivers, streams, and snow-capped mountains to picturesque Bergen.
Today’s Distance: 311 mi / 500 km

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Day 6 BERGEN

Guided sightseeing starts with an orientation drive to see the main sights like Bergenhus Fortress with its medieval Håkon’s Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower, the charming Hanseatic Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the harbor, and the famous Fish Market. Explore Bryggen on foot 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–SOGNEFJORD & NÆRØYFJORD–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 Sognefjord and Nærøyfjord. Arrive in Stalheim, overlooking the Nærøydalen Valley.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km

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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.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi / 350 km

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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

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.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi / 300 km

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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.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi / 210 km

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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 in Europe 11 times. Enjoy traditional snacks here, then continue to the Sami village of Ivalo for your overnight stay.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi / 400 km

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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.
Today’s Distance: 224 mi / 360 km

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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 introduces you to 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 the success of your 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 a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are 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

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

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). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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


Stockholm
Copenhagen
Bergen
Stalheim
Oslo
Tromso
North Cape
Rovaniemi
Helsinki

Stockholm

Skansen Open-Air Museum & Swedish Dinner

Skansen Open-Air Museum & Swedish Dinner

Learn about midsummer, the most important family celebration of the year. Then treat your taste buds to a special dinner at a cozy local restaurant featuring the delightfully contrasting flavors of authentic Swedish cuisine.

Price Range: $$$

Vasa Ship Museum

Vasa Ship Museum

Explore the world-famous Vasa Museum, home to the restored wreckage of the 17th-century Vasa, the most powerful warship in the Baltic.

Price Range: $

Copenhagen

The Canals of Copenhagen and Fairytale Tivoli Gardens

The Canals of Copenhagen and Fairytale Tivoli Gardens

Encounter some of Copenhagen¿s most spectacular sights on this delightful canal cruise and visit to the enchanting Tivoli Gardens amusement park.

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 with Mount Floyen

Old Bergen and Lunch with Mount Floyen

Discover Bergen, the "City of Seven Mountains", and enjoy a delightful authentic Norwegian lunch of traditional local dishes on this wonderful excursion. Later, climb up by funicular to Mt. Fløyen to enjoy the best panorama, and enjoy free time to wander through the area's quaint shops and art studios.

Price Range: $$

Stalheim

Njardarheimr: Authentic Viking Village

Njardarheimr: Authentic Viking Village

The bigger-than-life world of the ancient Vikings springs to life on this unforgettable visit to the Njardarheimr Viking village.

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 local 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: Fjellheisen Aerial Tramway Over Tromso

The Land Of Midnight Sun: Fjellheisen Aerial Tramway Over Tromso

Take a ride aboard the world-famous Fjellheisen aerial tramway for unforgettable views over the Land of the Midnight Sun, then visit the world¿s northernmost botanical garden!

Price Range: $$

North Cape

Cruise to Gjesværstappan Nature Reserve

Cruise to Gjesværstappan Nature Reserve

Get your camera ready, because amazing photo opportunities abound on this bird-watching safari cruise to Gjesværstappan Nature Reserve, where 2 million sea birds nest annually.

Price Range: $$$

Rovaniemi

Lapland Scenic River Cruise and Arktikum Museum

Lapland Scenic River Cruise and Arktikum Museum

Enjoy a scenic nature cruise along the Kemijoki and Ounasjoki Rivers to the Arktikum Science Centre for an up-close encounter with the nature, culture, and history of the Arctic.

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

Suomenlinna Fortress

Suomenlinna Fortress

Visit Suomenlinna, one of the largest sea fortresses in the world, on this captivating guided visit to the Helsinki archipelago.

Price Range: $$

Highlights of Tallinn, Jewel of Estonia

Highlights of Tallinn, Jewel of Estonia

Encounter the highlights of Tallinn on this superb guided excursion to 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 guests in a party: $4,583*
18 guests in a party: $806*

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 2019 travel year. 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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