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Winter Scandinavia & Northern lights

Denmark

Finland

Norway

Sweden

Winter adventures and northern lights hunt

Explore the winter wonderlands of Scandinavia and discover incredible winter activities such as dogsledding and sleeping in an ice hotel. Enjoy the spectacular nature of the wilderness centre Camp Tamok, the scenic destinations of Tromsø and Kirkenes, and tours to Scandinavian capitals.

Itinerary

Helsinki → Stockholm → Copenhagen → Gothenburg → Oslo → Tromsø → Kirkenes

Day 1: Arrive at Helsinki

Welcome to Finland! Meet your guide and fellow travellers at a welcome dinner at the local restaurant where we will enjoy the finest Finnish cuisine. Overnight at the hotel. Overnight in Helsinki.

Day 2: Helsinki - Ferry to Stockholm

Set off for a guided walking city tour in Helsinki. Start with the City Hall, pass by the Parliament House, the great Lutheran Cathedral and the Sibelius Monument. Helsinki is one of the world’s top 10 most livable cities, it is also famous for its Art Nouveau architecture. Enjoy the day in the city before taking the evening transfer to the Port of Helsinki to board our overnight ferry to Sweden (twin cabin, en-suite bathroom). The journey takes around 15 hours and there are lots of cafes and restaurants on board. Relax and take time to enjoy the great sceneries of the Baltic Sea. Your cabin is an equivalent of a comfortable 3+ star hotel room with en-suite bathroom. Overnight in Stockholm.

Day 3: Stockholm

Arrive in Stockholm in the morning. Transfer to the hotel and luggage drop off. Meet your Swedish guide for Stockholm walking city tour. During the tour, you explore the brilliant Old Town that is one of the biggest and most well-preserved medieval Old Towns in Europe and see the famous Royal Palace, the Stockholm Cathedral and the City Hall. Then go underground to discover Stockholm Metro with its piece-of-art subway stations. Return to our hotel in the downtown for check-in. Afternoon free at leisure to explore the city. Overnight in Stockholm.

Day 4: Stockholm - Copenhagen

Enjoy delicious Swedish breakfast and the morning in Stockholm. The city consists of fourteen islands, and as a walking city, offers you constantly changing and breathtaking views on water, forests, parks and beautiful architecture. Transfer to the railway station to take Stockholm - Copenhagen high-speed train. The panoramic train journey will take 5 hours. It passes the famous Øresund Bridge, an engineering marvel connecting two countries. Transfer to the hotel in Copenhagen and check-in. The evening is free at leisure. Overnight in Copenhagen.

Day 5: Copenhagen

After breakfast set off on enlightening walking city tour of Copenhagen with our experienced local guide. First, witness the famous Changing of the Royal Guard ceremony at the front gates of the Rosenborg Castle. Enjoy the views of the City Hall and Royal Christiansborg Palace, stroll across Kongens Nytorv and see the buildings of the Old Stock Exchange and the Royal Theater. Visit the colourful harbour of Nyhavn where you see the gorgeous Amalienborg Palace. Taste traditional Danish Smørrebrød for lunch in one of the local harbour cafes. Afternoon free at leisure. You can continue exploring the city on your own and visit other city highlights of your choice, the Gefion Fountain, the Little Mermaid statue or do some shopping at Stroget street. Overnight in Copenhagen.

Day 6: Copenhagen - Gothenburg

Take a train from Copenhagen to the Swedish town of Gothenburg (4 hours). On arrival, transfer to your cosy hotel in downtown to drop off your bags before lunch break. After lunch (not included), take a walking city tour to explore the old Haga district, visit the famous Fish Market, see the modern Opera House and the Maritime Center (no entrances included) and take a walk at the famous Avenue with plenty of cosy restaurants, cafes, and pubs. Evening free at leisure. Overnight in Gothenburg.

Day 7: Gothenburg - Oslo

After breakfast head to the railway station to catch a train to Norway’s capital (3,5 hours train ride). Arrive at Oslo and check-in at the hotel. The evening is free at leisure. Overnight in Oslo.

Day 8: Oslo

After breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a walking city tour. Start with a visit to one of the major Scandinavian treasures - the famous Frogner Park, informally known as the Vigeland Park named after its founder Gustav Vigeland. Spend some great time strolling through this beautiful park and enjoying its extravagant sculptures and unique Scandinavian nature. Proceed to other famous Oslo attractions, including the Royal Palace and the Akershus fortress (entrances not included). Afternoon free at leisure of for optional tours of your choice. Overnight in Oslo.

Day 9: Oslo - Tromsø

At an appropriate time, take a transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Tromsø. Upon arrival at Tromsø Airport, meet the driver to take a transfer to the cosy hotel in the city centre. We recommend spending the rest of the day exploring the charming city of the "capital of Northern Norway". There are many restaurants in the city centre for an early dinner to start the holiday with a taste of a true arctic meal. Overnight in Tromsø.

Day 10: Dog Sledding & Aurora Borealis

After breakfast at the hotel, spend the first half of the day at leisure in Tromsø exploring many attractions such as the Polar Museum, Arctic Cathedral and the Fjellheisen cable car. In the late afternoon, you will be taken to the wilderness centre, Camp Tamok. There you will join a thrilling dog sledding tour into the white landscapes, through an uninhabited forest landscape surrounded by majestic mountains. After the tour, you will have another opportunity to look for northern lights while enjoying dinner in a lavvu, a traditional Sami tent, at Camp Tamok, before being transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Tromsø.

Day 11: Experience Tromsø

After breakfast, explore Tromsø at your leisure today. You can choose one of the optional tours or stroll around the city. Notable city attractions include the Art Museum of Northern Norway and Polaria. For a fantastic bird’s eye view over the city, you can take a ride up the Fjellheisen cable car to Mt. Storsteinen (421 m / 1382 ft.). Another alternative is booking an optional activity such as a reindeer sledding tour. Overnight in Tromsø.

Day 12: Journey to Kirkenes

After breakfast, meet the driver and take a transfer to the airport to take a domestic flight further north to Kirkenes. Kirkenes is located about 400 km (240 miles) above the Arctic Circle in northern Norway. With just over 3,000 inhabitants, including the native Sami people, this is a remote, scenic slice of Norway. Surrounded by fjords, mountains, forests and lakes, this area is a heaven for nature lovers, especially winter sport enthusiasts. On the arrival at Kirkenes meet the driver and take a transfer to the hotel. Time at leisure. Overnight in Kirkenes.

Day 13: The Snow Hotel Experience

After breakfast at the hotel, spend the morning at leisure exploring Kirkenes including the Border Country Museum (Grenselandsmuseet), which tells the story of war and peace along the border, or the Andersgrotta Cave, a vast underground bunker that sheltered the town's residents during WWII. In the afternoon, meet the driver and take a transfer to the one-and-only Snow Hotel. There you will enjoy a drink at the Snow Bar and feast on a 3-course meal by the fireplace at the Høyloftet Restaurant before preparing for an amazing night in your special suite made of snow and ice*! Spend the night at the Snow Hotel. *Please note that we offer the option of choosing to stay in a private cabin instead of in an ice room at the Snow Hotel.

Day 14: The Arctic North & Kirkenes

Spend the morning warming up in the Snow Hotel’s sauna and enjoy a hearty breakfast. Visit the hotel‘s on-site friendly reindeers and meet some happy Huskies before travelling back to Kirkenes. Overnight in Kirkenes.

Day 15: Departure from the North

After breakfast, meet the driver and take a transfer to the airport in Kirkenes.

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Reindeer Sledding & Camp Tamok

You’ll start the morning with a transfer from Tromsø to Camp Tamok, where you’ll meet the reindeer herd. For the reindeer sledding, you’ll be provided with warm clothes before taking your seat in the sleigh. You will be driving in pairs with one reindeer pulling each sleigh. All you need to do is make yourself comfortable, sit back and enjoy the magical scenery. You’ll then have time to enjoy the cabins, tents and facilities at the camp. Warm-up over a bonfire in the cosy lavvo (Sami tent), where you will learn more about Sami people, their culture and history, feed the reindeer, and try the lasso-throwing method that Sami people use to catch reindeer when they are rounded up for marking. You’ll then enjoy a hot meal by the open fire of a cosy dining lavvu (Sami tent) before joining the evening dog sledding tour, as per your schedule. Please note this is a full-day program where you join both the snowmobiling tour and, as scheduled, the dog sledding & northern lights tour. Pickup in the morning is at 9:00 and you’ll return to Tromsø around 24:00 (midnight).

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What's included

Accommodation

Best-rated & centrally located 4* hotels

1 night at the ferry Helsinki - Stockholm (twin cabin, en-suite bathroom)

1 night at the Snow Hotel in Kirkenes

Meals

Breakfasts daily at the hotels except Day 1

Welcome dinner in Helsinki on Day 1

Smørrebrød lunch in Copenhagen on Day 5

Dinner on Day 10

Dinner on Day 13

Guided tours

Helsinki walking tour

Stockholm walking tour

Copenhagen walking tour

Gothenburg walking tour

Oslo walking tour

Northern Lights Tour in Tromsø

Dog Sledding

Transportation

Ferry Helsinki - Stockholm, twin cabin (en-suite bathroom)

Train Stockholm - Copenhagen

Train Copenhagen - Gothenburg

Train Gothenburg - Oslo

Domestic Flight (Oslo to Tromsø)

Transfers to and from the Snow hotel

Domestic Flight (Tromsø to Kirkenes)

Support

24/7 phone/WhatsApp support line

The group tour is fully escorted by English-speaking tour director

English-speaking guides

Not Included

International flights

Domestic Flight (Kirkenes to Oslo) on departure

Transfers to/from all airports

Meals, drinks & entrance fees, unless otherwise stated

Personal travel insurance

Visa fees

Optional tours and activities

Personal expenses

Highlights

Watch the fascinating Aurora Borealis

Experience a dog sledding tour

Stay overnight at the Snow Hotel

Cross the Baltic Sea from Helsinki to Stockholm

Enjoy a traditional Smørrebrød and the best of Scandinavian delicacies

Witness piece-of-art subway stations of Stockholm Metro

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Our reviews

Oliver William

Australia

Central Asia, beyond ordinary I was very precise regarding locations to visit and things to do and Julie was very attentive putting our private itinerary together. We skipped Tashkent and went straight to ancient cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, each worth a week stay to explore in detail! We then traveled to Pamir Highway which is a restricted access area, lots of papers need to be prearranged. It was well worth. Striking natural beauty absolutely recommend. From Osh, we travel through the most stunning landscapes to Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Each parts of the trip, cultural and adventitious, was very well prepared – as much as it was possible for Pamir, of course, with it’s changing weather, severe driving conditions etc. However our local guides served us very well and we really had no stress as all.

Andrew Weifler

Australia

I decided to use the Tour Service of the World Cup after some extensive research into the tour alternatives. These guys seemed to differentiate its tour Service by providing a more culturally based service with a healthy dose of Football and Fun. My experience was that it as well run ie they delivered on their promises. They have a health mix of local staff and Australian staff. The Russian staff had a great empathy for the challenges for us Aussies traveling in a country where you had no language skills they bridged that gap with there wonderful help. I know there are many alternative tours but this one certainly lived up to its name. I felt I discovered part of Russia but there’s plenty more to go!’ Overall just a great experience

Chris Balogh

Australia

These guys has made my World Cup dream a reality and also provided a spectecular tour of Kazan, Samara & Sochi along the way! The team who made it happen were fantastic, organised, attentive and even fulfilled requests like having window seats on all 3 of my domestic flights not to mention the smooth transportations to and from airports. If you ever want to visit FIFA World Cup, “World of Dsicoveries” is the best way to go!!!!

Rami Selim

Egypt / Australia

Thanks you Abby and Varvara and all the other staff members of World of Discoveries for making our stay in Russia over 2 and a half weeks easy, comfortable and memorable. Thanks for the great organisation with transfers and accommodation. Thanks also for organising a phone sim card for each one in our group. It made our life much easier to stay in touch with each other and with our family and friends back home. We loved our stay in Russia and will certainly come back soon.

David Wellnet

Australia

Georgia in autumn! We had a wonderful trip - one that will stay with us for a long time. Everything was so well organized. All our guides were very informative, and accommodations were just fine. Pre-tour service was very good too and we had travel a lot. My husband’s grandparents are from Georgia and we wanted to explore family routes. All our guides were great in terms of looking after us and they really were so interesting to speak to. Altogether, we had a wonderful time and I would love to explore more of the region and visit neighboring counties.

Coco Bermudez

Australia

I was extremely satisfied with my trip. Everyone at the agency have been courteous and helpful from the very beginning, trying to organize our 17 day World Cup experience. The guides and drivers are very professional and friendly, and the accommodations were simply superb. I highly recommend World of Discoveries as I know they will turn your trip into an unforgettable experience.

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