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Chase the aurora borealis on this bewitching journey across Scandinavia's breath-taking mountains, rivers, cities and fjords.

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Helsinki.
    Welcome to Helsinki. With its excellent museums and pretty seaside buildings, this beautiful city is set to be your home for the night. At Helsinki airport, transfers depart at 10:00, 14:00 and 16:00 for the grand GLO Hotel Art. Meet your Travel Director at 18:00 for a drinks reception. Decorated in a distinctive Art Nouveau style, this charming 4-star hotel is the ideal place to sit back and get to know your fellow travellers before your Scandinavian adventure begins.Accommodation: GLO Hotel Art Helsinki.
  2. Day 2
    The gateway to Saariselkä.
    Today you’ll take a scenic flight to Ivalo. Known as the gateway to Saariselkä, Ivalo is a picturesque village set on the Ivalo River. Situated close to Urho Kekkonen National Park you’ll find views of the Aurora Borealis and the striking mountain Korvatunturi, also known as the home of Santa.You’ll enjoy a Welcome Dinner at your boutique hotel, Aurora Village, famed for its cabins with a glass roof, offering sweeping views of the night sky. Look out for the dancing northern lights as you gaze through the glass ceiling from the comfort of your room.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)Accommodation: Aurora Village, Ivalo.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Ivalo to Honningsvåg.
    Today you’ll be heading further North through the winter Lapland landscape. Cross the Finnish–Norwegian border as you make your way to Honningsvåg, the northernmost and smallest city in Norway. Your drive will take you along the mighty Porsangerfjord, the fourth largest fjord in Norway. You will take the subsea Nordkapp Tunnel to the island of Magerøya to reach your hotel in this small fishing community. Explore the quaint city by taking a stroll along the waterfront before retiring to your hotel and enjoying a delicious dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner)Accommodation: Scandic Bryggen, Honningsvåg.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Northern Lights in North Cape.
    Enjoy a leisurely day to discover more of Honningsvåg. Take a walk to the 19th century church that survived the destruction of World War 2, a true rarity in Northern Norway. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to learn about king crabs and enjoy a fresh, sea-to-table lunch of this delicacy. Take your chance to visit the northernmost point of Europe, the famous North Cape and sip on bubbles and delight in exquisite caviar with your fellow travellers.(Breakfast / Dinner)Accommodation: Scandic Bryggen, Honningsvåg.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    North Cape to Alta.
    Today’s journey will take you along an ever changing landscape from barren lands through highlands to the shores of the Altafjord. It was in Alta where the world’s first Northern Lights observatory was built at the end of the 19th century. With increasing tourism the city is going through quick development offering a wide range of activites. Start your adventures with a visit to one of the first ice hotels in the world and enjoy a chilled beverage with your fellow travellers. Your comforatble hotel is located next to the modern and iconic Northern Lights Cathedral in the heart of the city.(Breakfast)Accommodation: Scandic Alta.
    Meals: Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Alaskan Huskies in Alta.
    You’ll enjoy a leisurely day in Alta to continue with your activities. Maybe you’ll choose to visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Alta Museum famous for its prehistoric rock carvings. This evening you’ll visit a working husky farm and get to know Team Lyrek, a champion dog sledding team. Learn about the Alaskan huskies and the challenges they are facing competing in marathon Arctic dog sled races. Indulge on a delectable oven-baked Highlight Dinner before meeting the dogs themselves.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)Accommodation: Scandic Alta.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Norway’s gateway to the Artic.
    Today you’ll head to Tromsø, Northern Norway’s largest city located on the island of Tromsøya. You’ll be surrounded by snow-capped mountains and ethereal water views. Just a short walk from your hotel you’ll find a high concentration of old wooden houses as well as a great array of restaurants.(Breakfast)Accommodation: Clarion Hotel The Edge, Tromsø.
    Meals: Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Delve into Scandinavian history.
    Delve into the history of Arctic Norway with a meeting with the Sami people, the indigenous people of Scandinavia. You will be led around the Sami camp with a knowledgeable, English-speaking Sami guide and invited to feed the reindeer herd (extra blankets are provided if necessary). You are invited into a lavuu (a traditional Sami tent) to hear stories of Sami life and Sami folk songs around the fire after enjoying your Celebration Dinner, a hot traditional Sami meal with hot drinks.(Breakfast / Dinner)Accommodation: Clarion Hotel The Edge, Tromsø.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    A merry finale in Oslo.
    On your final day, you’ll fly from Tromsø to Oslo, for a merry finale in Norway’s capital. This modern city is surrounded by magnificent mountains offering panoramic views of the city beneath. On your orientation, see the medieval Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace. History enthusiasts can delve further into Norway’s impressive heritage at the Viking Ship Museum or for outdoorsy types, take a pretty walk through Frogner Park. Your hotel for the evening is the contemporary Thon Hotel Opera which offers delicious dining options in its modern Scala Restaurant.(Breakfast)Accommodation: Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo.
    Meals: Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Farewell Oslo.
    It’s time to say farewell to your fellow travellers as a transfer arrives at Oslo airport at 07:15 or 10:15.(Breakfast)
    Meals: Breakfast
Countries Visited

Finland , Norway , Sweden

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Authentic Dining

  • Helsinki. Enjoy a welcome drink at your hotel as you get to know your fellow travellers.
  • Ivalo: Your delicious Welcome Dinner will be served at the boutique Aurora Village hotel.
  • Alta: Head for drinks at a local ice bar, where you’ll get the chance to catch up with your fellow travellers.
  • Alta: A true highlight of the trip, you’ll enjoy a Highlight Dinner of seasonal salmon or reindeer, alongside some new four-legged friends.
  • Tromso: Dine on traditional food, served with hot drinks with the fascinating Sami people, as you hear tales of Scandinavia from its indigenous people.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Breakfasts (B), 2 Dinner (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee. Departures travelling over New Year’s Eve and will enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner which will replace an included meal.

Insight Experiences

  • Tromso: Delve into the fascinating history of Scandinavia as you meet its indigenous people, the Sami. You’ll be given a tour of their camp and get to feed the reindeer. Before sitting down to a scrumptious traditional meal served with hot drinks.
  • Alta: Meet Trine Lyrek at her working husky farm. Gain an insight to the challenges Trine and her Alaskan Huskies face when competing in marathon Arctic dog sled races.

Top Rated Highlights

  • North Cape: What better way to search for the Northern Lights than by toasting to your adventure with bubbles with your fellow travellers?
  • Oslo: On your orientation of Oslo city, see the medieval Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace.
  • Scenic Drives: Enjoy the scenery as you travel through the very north of Scandinavia. Catch glimpses of glimmering winter wonderland forests and snow covered mountains as you cross over the border of Finland and Norway chasing the Northern Lights. Watch dramatic coastlines rise from the seas by Alta, tracing your way past Lyngen Alps down the coast to Tromsø.

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  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
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  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

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It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

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Insight Vacations is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Insight Vacations does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Insight Vacations only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.

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As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Insight Vacations is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.

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