Proceed to the airport to catch a flight to Rovaniemi – the official home town of Santa Claus! You will be met by our local representative from the airport. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel followed by check-in.
Rovaniemi is the administrative capital of the Finland’s Northern most province – Lapland. It is also known as the official home town of the Santa Claus. The city was completely destroyed during the World War II. But it was rebuilt to a plan by Alvar Aalto, with the major streets in the shape of a reindeer’s head and antlers! Apart from the stunning Santa Claus village, the city boasts of witnessing the magical northern lights and riverside location.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Rovaniemi.
After breakfast in the hotel, we will proceed for the city tour of Rovaniemi followed by a visit to Santa Claus Village and Lapland tour.
We will begin the tour with a visit to administration and cultural center of Rovaniemi which consists of Library, Town hall and Lappia Hall. These building are an architecture lover’s dream and say a lot about modern Finnish architecture. Then we will proceed to Arktikum museum which has exhibits on Lapland’s nature and culture.
Later, we shall travel through the Lapland to cross the Arctic Circle and enter the Santa Claus village. This place has an exciting array of activities for both children and adults. You can enjoy a warm cup of coffee or get yourself clicked with the Santa. You can visit the museums, Santa’s workshop, post a letter to yourself or just immerse in the knowledge of various Christmas traditions around the World!
Overnight stay at the hotel in Rovaniemi.
SEGV’S RECOMMENDATION – Head over to Kemi near Rovaniemi for a cruise in a real life icebreaker that has been continuously sailing since the 1960s. By breaking the ice, the the Sampo Icebreaker used to ensure that trade routes through the sea did not choke during winters. As the ship sets sail and breaks new ice, you can take a tour of the vintage cruise or relax in its lovely coffee shop. Also included in the tour is a visit to the snow castle in Kemi. This castle made of snow and ice melts in summer and is therefore rebuilt every year by expert craftsmen. It looks like something straight out of a fairytale and is beautifully decorated with ice sculptures.
After breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to Tromso.
Tromso, which seems like a small suburb with mountains and fjords, is the largest urban area in Northern Norway and the cultural hub of the region. It is home of the world’s northernmost university, brewery, cathedral and botanical garden. The sun does not shine at all between November to January and there is midnight sun in summers. This quaint town has so much to offer – from midnight or northern light concerts to cable car ride to Mount Storsteinen, from hiking on numerous trails to experiencing whale watching, from bustling nightlife to art exhibitions, Tromso has it all! Upon reaching Tromso, proceed for the hotel check-in.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Tromso.
After breakfast in the hotel, proceed for a tour of Sami culture including reindeer feeding and a short reindeer ride.
Later, a sumptuous breakfast, proceed to see the northernmost lights in a cable car with a fantastic view. The region under the auroral oval is where the northern lights most frequently appear. It includes southern Greenland, northern Sweden, Finland, Norway, Russia, Canada, and Alaska, as well as latitudes between 60 and 75 degrees.
During this evening cable car tour, enjoy some of the best views of the Troms mountains and increase your chances of spotting the Northern Lights from a location free of light pollution.
Later, board the Havila Cruise at night and enjoy an overnight stay at the cruise.
Enjoy breakfast on board as you cruise through the stunning fjords and scenic landscapes, heading towards your first destination.
Proceed to explore the surrounding brewery’s facilities and learn about the brewing process, from selecting ingredients to bottling and packaging. Engage with knowledgeable staff who will guide you through the history and traditions of Norwegian beer-making. Take part in a beer tasting session, where you can sample a variety of locally crafted beers, ranging from traditional styles to innovative brews. You can emjoy the flavors and aromas of the different beers, and savor the unique characteristics that make Norwegian beer distinct.
After the beer tasting, return to the Havila Cruise. As you cruise through the scenic waters, take some time to relax and soak in the breathtaking views of the Norwegian coastline. Enjoy a delicious dinner on board.
Overnight stay at Cruise.
After breakfast, disembark from the cruise and head to Torghatten, a distinctive mountain famous for its unique natural hole through the center. Take a guided tour of the Torghatten mountain, learning about its geology, folklore, and the fascinating legends surrounding it.
Later, embark on a twilight walk towards the peak of Torghatten, allowing you to witness the changing colors of the sky as the sun begins to set. As darkness falls, keep an eye out for the Northern Lights, as Torghatten provides a fantastic vantage point away from light pollution. You can enjoy a cozy picnic while waiting for the Northern Lights to appear, savoring local delicacies and hot beverages.
After a memorable night, return to Brønnøysund and board the Havila Cruise.
Overnight stay at the cruise.
After breakfast in the hotel, you will proceed to Trondheim, a historic city known for its rich culture and medieval architecture.
Begin your tour with a visit to the iconic Nidaros Cathedral, the largest medieval building in Scandinavia. Explore the cathedral’s intricate design and learn about its historical significance. Take a stroll along the charming streets of Trondheim, lined with colorful wooden houses and bustling markets.
Depart Trondheim and embark on a scenic drive to the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most spectacular roads. Marvel at the dramatic coastal landscapes as you drive over bridges and through tunnels, offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Continue your journey to the Bergtatt Marble Mine, located in the heart of the mountains and explore the fascinating underground marble mine on a guided tour, learning about the history of marble extraction and its significance to the region.
Return to the Havila Cruise and enjoy an overnight stay with dinner.
After breakfast in the hotel, proceed for a tour of Bergen, Norway, and disembark from the Havila Cruise. Check-in at the hotel and freshen up.
Bergen is a picturesque city located on the southwestern coast of Norway. Known for its stunning natural beauty, Bergen is surrounded by majestic mountains and fjords, creating a breathtaking backdrop for residents and visitors alike. The city is famous for its colorful wooden houses lining the historic Bryggen wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also home to vibrant cultural scenes, with its thriving music and arts scene, museums, and festivals.
In the evening, enjoy leisure time to explore the charming harbour front of Bergen. You can take a stroll along the waterfront, admiring the picturesque scenery and the colorful wooden buildings.
Have dinner and enjoy an overnight stay at hotel in Bergen.
After breakfast, we will check out from the hotel and proceed to the Flam village. Upon reaching Flam, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.
Located in the Aurlandsfjord, Flam is known as “the small village with the grand surroundings”. This charming village is a nature lover’s paradise and is the most popular village in Norway. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, thunderous waterfalls and wonderful green meadows. No wonder it was the inspiration for the Disney movie ‘Frozen’. Flam is the gateway to Sognefjord. The longest and deepest fjord in Norway, Sognefjord is a World Heritage site renowned for its beauty.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Flam.
After breakfast, Check-out from the hotel and proceed to catch the Flam Railway Flamsbana to Oslo. On arrival, transfer to your city centre hotel in Oslo for check-in.
Oslo, where the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded since 1901, is the capital of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping. The city is home to the world’s largest shipping companies, shipbrokers and maritime insurance brokers. One of the largest and most rapidly developing cities, Oslo has maintained its forests striking a perfect balance between nature and development. It was officially The European Green Capital of 2019. There is never a dull moment when visiting Oslo.
The day has been kept free for you to explore Oslo on your own.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Oslo.
After breakfast in the hotel, proceed to airport for a flight back home.
Arrive home with pleasant memories of your Northern lights tour in Scandinavia With Cruise tour organised by State Express Global Voyages, which we are sure you will treasure for a lifetime.