Arctic Circle & the Land of the Midnight Sun

16 days from £2,199 pp.


North Cape, Norway

Visit: North Cape, Norway, Norway

About the Tour

Travel through spectacular scenery to the ‘top of Europe’, the North Cape, to witness the breath-taking sight of the Midnight Sun and Polar Ocean. Visit the Sami village to learn about how they have been living by fishing and hunting, boat building and reindeer herding for thousands of years and the city of Tromsø, famed for its viewing point of the Northern Lights. This grand tour allows you to uncover the hidden gems of the Scandinavian capitals, from Oslo, the capital of Norway, to the Swedish capital of Stockholm, and the capital of Finland, Helsinki. We also take a tour of Copenhagen and spend time exploring the sights on this unforgettable holiday. This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

Tour Includes


  • 14 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 12 evening meals
  • Overnight ferry crossing from Stockhlom to Turku in a two-berth, en suite inside cabin with breakfast and evening meal
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    Travel through Germany, to Copenhagen for the night.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Stockholm

    Stockholm

    To Stockholm, one of Europe's prettiest capital cities, for a brief visit before our overnight sailing to Finland.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Helsinki

    Helsinki

    Arrive in Turku, then to Helsinki for an included visit. Surrounded by 315 islands, Helsinki's east-meets-west culture contrasts against the clean lines of Finlandia Hall and the rich, golden onion dome of Uspenski Cathedral. Why not join our optional sightseeing tour? Overnight in Jyväskylä.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    To Rovaniemi for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We cross the Arctic Circle at the Santa Claus Village and continue north through Finnish Lapland to Saariselka for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    North Cape

    North Cape

    Visit the Sami village to learn about how they have been living by fishing, hunting, boat building and reindeer herding for thousands of years. At lunchtime you can enjoy an optional Storgammon traditional lunch served in a special restaurant constructed of wood and resembling a tepee. Continue to Honningsvag for a two-night stay. This evening, we have an included visit to the North Cape to see the Midnight Sun and Polar Ocean. The cliffs at North Cape are the closest you will come to the top of the world in mainland Europe!

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Honningsvag

    Honningsvag

    Discover local customs and traditions on our optional charming fishing hamlets and villages excursion.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We travel south to Storslett/Sorkjosen for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Tromsø

    Tromsø

    Free time in Tromsø, lying at a latitude of nearly 70 degrees north, the same as Alaska and Siberia. Travel to Narvik for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Through charming scenery to Mo i Rana or Mosjoen for the night.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    South to Trondheim, then to Hell (yes, that really is its name!) for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Oslo

    Oslo

    To Oslo for the night. Enjoy an optional, evening sightseeing tour of the Norwegian capital.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Copenhagen

    Copenhagen

    Through Sweden to Copenhagen where we enjoy a short, included orientation tour of the fascinating landmarks and beautiful architectural masterpieces, including the bronze statue of the Little Mermaid, taken from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, and the Rosenborg Palace, which is home to the Danish crown jewels. Stay overnight in Taastrup or Copenhagen.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    En route home, we spend a night in Belgium.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen - Cultured Scandinavian capitals
    • Helsinki - Finland’s smart capital
    • Sami Village - History of the Sami people
    • North Cape - Midnight sun
    • Tromsø - Gateway to the Arctic

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Storgammon Lunch - Traditional dishes
    • Helsinki Evening Tour
    • Fishing Village Excursion - Discover local customs and traditions
    • Guided Sightseeing in Oslo - See the main sights

    Notes

    Extras: Cabin Upgrade: Outside Cabin £50 per cabin.

    Travel Insurance from £38.00 (16 days). Single Room Supplement from £599.00 (16 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for one night at each of the following hotels – unless otherwise stated all hotels are 3-star standard:

    Scandic Hotel Sydhavnen, Copenhagen, or similar (outward and return); Original Sokos Hotel Alexandra, Jyväskylä; Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, Rovaniemi; Lapland Hotel Riekonlinna or Hotel Kieppi, Saariselkä; Storslett Hotel, Storslett or Reisafjord Hotel, Sorkjosen; the Quality Hotel Grand Royal, Narvik; Scandic Meyergarden Hotel, Mo i Rana or Fru Haugans Hotel, Mosjoen; Scandic Hell Hotel, Hell; Scandic Helsfyr Hotel) (Formerly Rica Hotel), Oslo.

    You will also stay for two nights at the Scandic Honningsvag (formerly Rica Hotel), Honningsvag and overnight on the ferry from Stockholm to Turku, Finland in a two-berth en suite cabin. 

    Overnight stays in Belgium are in city-style hotels.

    Denmark

    Quality Airport Hotel Dan

    Quality Airport Hotel Dan

    Quality Airport Hotel Dan


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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