The Grand Scandinavian Circle Tour (ZN)

18 days 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

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
[LF] 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
[LF] Husky dog experience

ROVANIEMI
Visit Santa Claus Village; [LF] 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

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.

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 Dinner

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

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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 5

OSLO–BERGEN. After disembarkation, transfer to Oslo train station and board your TRAIN to picturesque Bergen.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

BERGEN–VOSS–FLÅM–NÆRØYFJORD & SOGNEFJORD–STALHEIM. A wonderful day of spectacular scenery: [LF] 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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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.
Breakfast Breakfast

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!
Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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 [LF] 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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner 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. Receive your [LF] 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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.
Breakfast 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, dinner awaits at the hotel to celebrate your Arctic journey.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 18

HELSINKI. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast 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

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

ALTA

SCANDIC HOTEL ALTA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

BERGEN

SCANDIC ORNEN

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

COPENHAGEN

RADISSON BLU SCANDINAVIA

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

HELSINKI

SCANDIC PAASI

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

HONNINGSVAG

SCANDIC HONNINGSVAG

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

IVALO

IVALO

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

OSLO

CLARION THE HUB

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

ROVANIEMI

ORIGINAL SOKOS VAAKUNA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

STALHEIM

STALHEIM

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior Tourist-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

STOCKHOLM

SCANDIC CONTINENTAL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

TROMSO

SCANDIC ISHAVSHOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions 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).

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