About the tour: Arctic Circle & the Land of the Midnight Sun

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

16 days from £2,299 pp

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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Tour Itinerary

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

    Travel through Germany, to Copenhagen for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    To Stockholm, one of Europe's prettiest capital cities, for a brief visit before our overnight sailing to Finland. Stockholm, due to its temperate climate and great attractions, is a perfect place at any time of the year.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Stockholm
    Stockholm

    Included highlights

    • Stockholm

    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 to see the highlights of Finland’s capital during our short visit. A local English-speaking guide will reveal the history and facts about this great city. We continue our journey north to Jyväskyla for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Helsinki
    Helsinki

    Included highlights

    • Helsinki

    Optional highlights

    • Helsinki Evening Tour

    We continue north into the Finnish countryside this morning, with a vast area of dense forest and charming lakes. Be the first to spot a reindeer! They tend to hide for most of the time, but occasionally appear in small groups. You will soon get used to this elusive creature, which has helped in the development of this great country of traditions, both physically as a working animal, and also as a local delicacy. We pause for lunch in the town of Oulu on the Gulf of Bothnia, which separates Finland from Sweden. From Oulu we travel on north to the town of Rovaniemi, just below the Arctic Circle, for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Although it is summer in Finnish Lapland be prepared to share the customs of a country where Santa Claus is “King”. We start with a visit to the imposing Santa Claus Village just outside Rovaniemi, where you can stand on either side of the Arctic Circle. Look out for the white line painted on the ground denoting the latitude! After lunch we continue north through charming forested countryside to Saariselka for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    A day to remember today as we travel onwards to the true “Land of the Midnight Sun” and our base for two nights. We stay in the fishing town of Honningsvag, just 28 miles south of the North Cape at the very top of Europe. En route we pause at the Sami Village in Karasjok and learn about the lifestyle of the Sami people who have lived in the Nordkalotten area for centuries. This proud race are some 50,000 in number all living in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia with their own culture, language and history. Whilst there why not enjoy an optional Storgammon lunch. This really is an experience not to be missed. Step back in time and Sami culture and enjoy a typical Lappish meal of cured salmon, delicious reindeer stew, followed by cloudberry pudding. This delightful meal will be served in a Lavvu, the traditional summer home of the Sami people, which is very similar to the Native American tepee. A truly unique place to eat! After experiencing the Sami way of life we continue our journey to Honningsvag for a two-night stay. This evening is the highlight of the tour as your drivers take you to the magnificent North Cape. The viewpoint is at latitude of 71 degrees 10 minutes 21 seconds north and you will be as close as you can get to the top of the world whilst remaining in mainland Europe. This really is an invigorating spot to be! We will leave late evening so that you will be at the Cape at midnight, so don’t forget your sunglasses! (Please ensure you take some warm clothing. Although we visit during the summer months, it can be chilly). The lure of the North Cape has drawn people from all parts of the world for centuries. The first tourist to visit was the Italian Francesco Negri, who stood here and surveyed the landscape in 1664. A lot has changed since that time and the magnificent 5000 square metre North Cape Hall is a vast complex offering every amenity from café facilities to a large souvenir area. We return to our hotel in the early hours of the morning.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Midnight Sun
    Midnight Sun

    Included highlights

    • North Cape

    Spend the day at leisure in the quaint fishing town of Honningsvag. Alternatively, why not join the locally operated optional excursion to two of the municipality’s five fishing villages. Firstly to Skarsvag, the northernmost fishing village in the world where you will visit the Nordkapp Jul og Vinterhuis which is decorated in the Norwegian Christmas tradition and local crafts are for sale from the North cape area. We then continue to Kamoyvaer, the smallest of the fishing villages with only 110 inhabitants, a fish factory, a small fishing fleet, a little lighthouse and a picturesque harbour. See, also, probably Europe’s smallest school with six pupils and one teacher!

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Fishing Village Excursion
    Fishing Village Excursion

    Optional highlights

    • Fishing Village Excursion

    Our journey today is by local coach as we leave our hotel and begin our journey south. We travel back along the scenic road following the shores of the Porsangen sea inlet, then travel through the hills of the northern Finnmark area to reach the sea again at Alta. There will be free time for you to obtain lunch before we continue to our hotel in the Storslett/Sorkjosen area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Today we re-join our Leger coach and follow the shores of the Lyngenfjord and cross the Karfjord and Ullsfjorden to Tromso, the capital of northern Norway and gateway to the Arctic. At a latitude of 70 degrees it is the same as Alaska and Siberia. After a short visit we travel south across the area of Troms, passing Fossbakken to reach the lovely town of Narvik and our hotel for tonight. The town is beautifully located on a peninsula between the Beisfjord and the Rombakfjord at the foot of the spectacular Fagernes Mountain.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Tromsø
    Tromsø

    Included highlights

    • Tromsø

    Never far from the Swedish border or the sea, we travel south, and through the area of Nordland, crossing the Arctic Circle to arrive at Mo i Rana or Mosjoen for the night.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Alongside lakes and fjords we maintain our journey south to the city of Trondheim, which holds a special place in Norwegian history and culture. It was the first capital of Norway and is still the city where new kings receive their ceremonial blessing. Why not join our optional guided sightseeing tour to learn more about this charming spot and enjoy the view from the Tyholt Tower – truly breathtaking! Situated by the Trondheim fjord, Trondheim is surrounded by lovely forested hills, with the River Nidelva winding through the town. It has been and still is a popular pilgrimage site, an ecclesiastical centre a regional capital and a centre for commerce and administration. Our local guide will reveal the highlights on this sightseeing tour. We then continue to the village quaintly named Hell and our base for tonight. The small village has become a tourist attraction because of its name and people like to have their photograph taken in front of the station sign. What was possibly Norway’s most popular postcard, at least amongst English speaking tourists, showed the station with a heavy frost on the ground – Hell frozen over, although there was no caption to make the point. In actual fact the name Hell derives from an Old Norse word meaning overhang or cliff cave!

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We leave Hell and travel south to Oslo for an overnight stay. In the evening, after dinner, why not join our optional guided sightseeing tour to introduce you to the sights of the Norwegian capital. We will see the “Stottel” or Royal Palace, built between 1825 and 1848, the “Domkirke” or Cathedral, dating from the late 17th century, the Stotinget or Parliament and Karl Johans Gate, Oslo’s main street.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Oslo
    Oslo

    Optional highlights

    • Oslo

    We continue our journey south to Helsingborg for the short ferry crossing to Helsingor and then on to Copenhagen. Watch out for the famous Kronburg castle used as the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet! On arrival in Copenhagen we include a short orientation drive showing you the fascinating landmarks and lovely architecture including the bronze statue of the Little Mermaid taken from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy-tale. Stay overnight in Taastrup or Copenhagen.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Copenhagen
    Copenhagen

    Included highlights

    • Copenhagen

    En route home, we spend a night in Belgium.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Additional Information

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

    Single Room Supplement from £599.00 (16 days).

    Arctic Circle & the Land of the Midnight Sun 16 days from £2,299pp

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    01709 787 463

    Accommodation

    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.

    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.


    Hotel Features

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

    Room Features

    • TV
    • Hairdryer

    Travel Options

    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.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Silver Service, refreshments

    Silver Service Features

    • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
    • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
    • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
    • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
    • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
    • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
    • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
    • Onboard toilet

    Silver Service Seating Plan

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    Find your nearest pickup point

    You can join your coach at your nearest joining point – we’ve hundreds to choose from throughout England, Scotland and Wales. To find your nearest pick up, search using your postcode below.

      *Please note pickups are subject to availability.

      Travel Extras

      Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

      You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

      To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

      On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines. Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

      On Single Traveller holidays and coach holidays of 7 days’ duration or more, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point. If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining points we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer vehicle, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. The cost is from £35 per booking each way for up to four people per booking.

      If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge – please enquire at the time of booking.

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      Arctic Circle & the Land of the Midnight Sun 16 days from £2,299pp

      OR Call our reservations team on:
      01709 787 463