Winter Trans-Scandinavian (N3)

Denmark

Finland

Norway

Sweden

Winter adventures and Northern Lights hunting

Explore the winter wonderlands of Scandinavia and discover incredible winter activities. The scenic destinations of Tromsø and Kirkenes are best seen under the Aurora Borealis. See magnificent Scandinavian fjords in full winter glory and some say, in winter the fjords are even more magical. Fall for true Nordic lifestyle and atmosphere when you mingle with locals on ice skating rinks and local bars after busy day. Scandinavia is North and North is winter.

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Arrive at Helsinki

Welcome to Finland! Helsinki is one of the world’s top 10 most livable cities, it is also famous for its Art Nouveau architecture and a great starting point to explore stunning Scandinavia. Take your private transfer to a hotel in the downtown. Rest of the day is free for leisure. Take an advantage of your 24h city transport pass to explore a bit of Helsinki on your own before you meet your guide tomorrow.

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. Enjoy the day in the city before taking the evening transfer to the Port of Helsinki to board an overnight ferry to Sweden. 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 SeaSide Premium Large Cabin cabin is an equivalent of a comfortable 4+ star hotel room.

Day 3: Stockholm

Enjoy delicious breakfast on board. Arrive in Stockholm in the morning. Transfer to the hotel and luggage drop off. Meet your Swedish guide for a half day Stockholm city tour. First, visit the Royal Castle to marvel at Representation Floors, the Treasury and Museum Three Kronor. Return to our hotel in the downtown for check-in. Then, continue the day and explore the brilliant Old Town that is one of the biggest and most well-preserved medieval Old Towns in Europe and see the Stockholm Cathedral, the City Hall and a tranquil Nordic oasis in the heart of the city, the island of Djurgården. The evening is free for leisure time. City transport 24h card is at your disposal.

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 for leisure.

Day 5: Copenhagen

After breakfast set off on enlightening full day city tour of Copenhagen with our experienced local guide and your 24h city transport pass. Visit Rosenborg Castle and witness the famous Changing of the Royal Guard ceremony at the front gates. 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 iconic colourful New Harbour (Nyhavn) where you see the gorgeous Amalienborg Palace where the Royal family lives.

Day 5: Copenhagen

Tasting traditional Danish Smørrebrød for lunch in one of the local harbour cafes is a classic Copenhagen experience not to be missed (lunch is included). We know how important the timing is when you're travelling. Time to be in a place, time to immerse into new culture and new environment. Have some rest and enjoy the undeniable charm of the historical downtown before we continue exploring the city and see the Little Mermaid and other landmarks. Complete the day with some great shopping at Stroget street.

Day 6: Copenhagen - Gothenburg

Enjoy delicious breakfast with Danish specialties and check out. Take a transfer to a train station and board a train to the Swedish town of Gothenburg (4 hours). Upon arrival, transfer to your cozy hotel in the downtown to drop off your bags/check in. After lunch (not included) take a half-day walking city tour to explore the old Haga district, visit the famous Fish Market, stroll down the famous Avenue with plenty of cosy restaurants, cafes, and pubs. Transportation card, as usual, is included into your package.

Day 7: Gothenburg - Oslo

After breakfast take a transfer to the railway station to catch a train to Norway’s capital (3,5 hours train ride). Arrive at Oslo, take a transfer to a hotel and check-in. Meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a 3h afternoon city tour. Start with a visit to one of the major Scandinavian treasures - the famous Frogner Park, and spend some great time enjoying its extravagant sculptures and unique Scandinavian nature. Proceed to the Royal Palace (outside) and the Akershus fortress. Enjoy charming Oslo at leisure with your 24h city transport pass.

Day 8: Oslo

After breakfast, you will explore the city from the sea during 2-hour Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise. It is a short journey to the idyllic silent islands dotted in the fjord, home to mysteries and stories and charming Norwegian cottages & boathouses along the shore of Nesodden. The Kon-Tiki Museum dedicated to the world-famous sea voyage by Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl is a must see in Oslo for everyone who is fond of travel, and we strongly recommend to disembark and the island where the museum is located and visit. You will be able to take a ferry to the downtown.

Day 9 Oslo - Flam (Flamsbana Railway)- Bergen, Norway

After breakfast, we pick up your luggage and send it straight to Bergen, our final destination. Then we embark Oslo-Myrdal train (5 hours) where we change to a Flåmsbana railway. The train ride between Myrdal and Flåm is considered to be the World’s most scenic train journey, This trip is a perfect chance to admire the mind-boggling nature and picture-postcard scenery of Norway. Time for lunch in Flam before boarding a ferry to Bergen. The ship will take you through the magnificent Sognefjord, the King of Fjords, in about 5 hours. Sognefjord is the largest and deepest fjord in Norway. Arrive at Bergen late evening, transfer to a hotel and check-in.

Day 10: Oslo - Tromsø - Aurora

Your guide will pick you up in Tromsø and bring you to a one of Aurora Safari Camps where you can experience the magical Northern Lights. There are several camps located in different areas to cover different weather conditions, giving you a great chance of seeing this natural spectacle. In the camp, there are local hosts, warm shelters, toilet facilities, thermal winter suits, and tripods, as well as campfires and benches outside. Based on the guides vast experience, the latest weather forecast, and wind direction, your guide will choose the Aurora Safari Camp with the best chances of clear sky and, therefore, of experiencing the Northern Lights. If the weather changes and clouds move in, your guide checks with his network if it would be better to move to another location. The focus of this trip is always to show you the Northern Lights! Trip last for about 6-7 hours. You will be back to the hotel at around 2-3 am

Day 11: Snowmobiling Safari

After late breakfast, you travel to the "wilderness playground," where will be provided with comfortable and warm winter suits, winter shoes, and mittens to keep you warm during the snowmobile adventure. The guide will then give you some basic training on how to operate a snowmobile before you set of into the wilderness on safe and well-established trails. You travel in pairs on the snowmobile and can change seats halfway. There will be several stops along the way and safety is always the main concern. The snowmobile tour lasts from 60 to 90 minutes and focuses on sightseeing, playing in the snow, taking photos, and enjoying the fascinating surroundings of mountains, forests, and fjords. The entire trip lasts for about 7h today. Once back at the camp, you will be served a freshly made fish soup, a perfect end to a perfect day! Late afternoon, return to the hotel.

Day 12: Kirkenes, Husky & Snow Hotel

After breakfast, meet the driver and take a transfer to the airport to take a morning flight further north to Kirkenes. Meet the driver and take a transfer to the one-and-only Snow Hotel. Enjoy a husky husky sleigh ride through stunning and silent winter wilderness. After the ride, 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. Relax and warm up in a sauna after the busy day out in the wilderness.

Day 13: Farewell

Spend the morning warming up in the Snow Hotel’s sauna and enjoy a hearty breakfast before returning to Kirkenes for your departure flight.

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What's included

Accommodation

Best-rated & centrally located 4* hotels

1 night Helsinki

1 night at the ferry Helsinki - Stockholm (SeaSide Premium Large Cabin)

1 night Stockholm

2 nights Copenhagen

1 night Gothenburg

2 nights Oslo

1 night Bergen

2 nights Tromso

1 night at the Snow Hotel in Kirkenes (includes access to a sauna)

Meals

Breakfasts daily at the hotels except Day 1

Smørrebrød lunch in Copenhagen on Day 5

Dinner on Day 11

Guided tours

Helsinki half day tour, private

Stockholm half day tour, private

Copenhagen 6h tour, private

Gothenburg half day tour, private

Oslo half day tours, private

Oslo cruise

Bergen half day private tour and cable car

Entrance tickets: Stockholm Royal Palace, Copenhagen Rosenborg Castle & Rundetarn, Oslo Kon Tiki Museum

Northern Lights: Aurora Safari (shared on a camp base)

Snowmobiling 7h Safari (group) - 1,5h of snowmobiling expereince!

Dog Sledding (group)

Transport

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

Train Stockholm - Copenhagen

Train Copenhagen - Gothenburg

Train Gothenburg - Oslo

Train Oslo- Myrdal

Flamsbana Railway (Myrdal -Flam)

Ferry Flam -Bergen (fjords)

Domestic Flight (Bergen to Tromsø)

Transfers to and from the Snow hotel

Domestic Flight (Tromsø to Kirkenes)

All private airport/trains station transfers

24h transportation passes in Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen, Gothenburg

Support

24/7 phone/WhatsApp support line

English-speaking guides

Luggage service Oslo-Bergen

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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