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Finland, Sweden, & Norway with Cruise – Includes Air from JFK or BNA until July 31

15 Days

Scandinavian Adventure

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March 4, 2025 - March 18, 2025 Guaranteed $6,900 USD
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Welcome to an unforgettable Scandinavian adventure! Our exclusive tour covers the stunning landscapes and vibrant cultures of Finland, Sweden, and Norway, all enhanced by a breathtaking cruise through the majestic fjords. Begin your journey in Finland, where you’ll explore serene wilderness, including a magical stay in glass igloos to hopefully witness the mesmerizing Northern Lights. Next, venture into Sweden, immersing yourself in its rich history and cosmopolitan charm. Finally, discover the rugged beauty and picturesque towns of Norway, culminating in a scenic cruise that navigates the world-famous fjords. Join us for an immersive experience that combines the best of Nordic nature, culture, and luxury travel.

Overview

This is an extraordinary journey through the heart of Scandinavia, beginning with an immersive experience in Finland. In Helsinki, you’ll savor the local flavors on a walking food tour. Your adventure continues with a flight to Rovaniemi, the gateway to the Arctic, where you’ll stay in luxurious igloos perfectly situated to witness the mesmerizing Northern Lights. Engage in unique activities such as reindeer feeding, ice fishing, and a thrilling husky sled ride. A visit to the enchanting Santa Claus Village and optional winter sports add to the magic of this Arctic wonderland.

From the Arctic Circle, fly to Stockholm, Sweden, where history and culture await. Explore the city’s iconic sites including the Vasa Museum and the Långholmen Prison, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the ABBA Museum. Your Scandinavian adventure then takes you to Tromso, Norway, for a scenic three-day cruise to Bergen, showcasing the breathtaking fjords. Enjoy comfortable accommodations and scenic views along the way. The journey concludes in Bergen, where you’ll explore the city and stay in a historic hotel before departing back to the US. This exciting, dimensional itinerary promises a blend of cultural enrichment, natural beauty, and unforgettable experiences.

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Departure

Departure from the USA on a flight to Helsinki.

Arrive in this fascinating city in the afternoon and have free time to explore until we gather at a traditional Finnish restaurant for a welcome dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner

Today you will enjoy your ultimate Finnish experience after a relaxing morning and late breakfast — We’ve planned a culinary adventure in Helsinki with a local foodie, visiting five must-stop spots to sample a variety of exquisite, freshly prepared, and healthy dishes, including Asian-Nordic fusion, Baltic herring, reindeer meat, cloudberries, and authentic Russian cuisine, culminating in a special meal at a Michelin recommended restaurant prepared by a Finnish chef – and a sauna!

Breakfast, Dinner

Today we fly to Rovaniemi  and arrive at the glass igloos, nestled on a frozen lake with stunning winter scenery. Experience the magic of this unique accommodation in Rovaniemi, perfectly designed for a memorable stay in the Arctic. We will stay here for 3 nights, so we will have a very good chance of seeing the Northern Lights from our beds! There is even a very cool app that sends notifications when there is clear visibility.

While every couple will have their own igloo, there are also shared lodges with full kitchens, living rooms, and saunas, as well as an office space. We will enjoy a cozy dinner altogether in the largest lodge on the first night.

 
 

Breakfast, Dinner

Following breakfast, we will drive to a nearby family-run husky sled farm where we will share in the thrill of a scenic self-drive dog sledding adventure. Situated on the shores of Lake Sierijärvi, we will be greeted by a private guide and a pack of adorable Siberian Huskies. This excursion offers easy terrain suitable for all abilities, allowing everyone to try their hand at mushing or simply enjoy the ride as a passenger in the sled.

The journey takes us through a winter wonderland, crossing a frozen lake and winding through snow-covered pine forests.  Along the way  soak in the serene beauty of the Lappish landscape. After the ride, you’ll return to the farm for some special time with the huskies and enjoy hot drinks around a campfire. The guide will share fascinating insights about the Arctic lifestyle and the role of husky mushers. 

Once we arrive back at our igloos, we can relax in a traditional sauna, roll around in the snow, and later enjoy a cozy inside barbecue with the lovely owners. 

Breakfast, Dinner

Today we enjoy unique outdoor activities that are famous here: feeding reindeer by hand, trying our hand at ice fishing, and enjoying the beautiful arctic scenery. The option to stay in the lodge and drink glögi, the Finnish version of mulled wine while looking out the windows is also available 🙂

 
For those seeking more adventure, optional activities include a snowmobile safari, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Exploring the enchanting nearby Santa Claus Village is easy for anyone that would like to share in the Christmas spirit.
 
For dinner, we will have a traditional Finnish meal along with any fish that we catch.

Breakfast, Dinner

We leave Rovaniemi and take a short flight to the cultural city of Stockholm, arriving in the early afternoon.

We will have a free afternoon to walk around Stockholm from our home base, the elegant Strand Hotel, located on the picturesque Nybroviken waterfront. For anyone who wants to join us, we will walk along the waterfront, taking in the scenic views of the harbor and the historic buildings lining the shore. This area is a perfect introduction to Stockholm’s blend of modern vibrancy and historical charm.

We will then walk towards the iconic Royal Dramatic Theatre, a stunning example of Art Nouveau architecture. We will cross the Norrbro Bridge, which offers fantastic views of the Royal Palace and the Parliament House. If you are up for it, we can wander through the narrow, cobblestone streets of the Old Town, where history comes alive with every step. The vibrant buildings, quaint shops, and inviting cafés make this part of the city a delightful place to explore.

Within a few minutes, we will make our way to the Stortorget, the oldest square in Stockholm, surrounded by colorful townhouses. Here, we will find the Nobel Museum, dedicated to the history of the prestigious Nobel Prize. Spend some time exploring the exhibits, learning about Alfred Nobel and the laureates who have made significant contributions to humanity. After our visit, we will find a nearby café, perhaps enjoying a traditional Swedish fika, before leisurely making our way back to the Strand Hotel, enriched by the cultural and historical tapestry of Stockholm.

In the early evening, we will meet for dinner at a classic Swedish restaurant.

Breakfast

Following breakfast, we will spend the day with a private guide exploring Stockholm The tour begins with a visit to the historic island of Riddarholmen, offering stunning views over Lake Mälaren and the City Hall. As we wander through this tranquil area, we can take in the scenic panorama of the trendy Södermalm (South Island) across the water. Explore the Riddarholmen Church, the burial site of Swedish monarchs and a striking example of Gothic architecture. Admire the well-preserved palaces from the 17th and 18th centuries that line the streets, showcasing the island’s noble heritage.

Next, we head to Stockholm’s Old Town, Gamla Stan, where history comes alive. Begin at the Royal Palace and its grand courtyard, and then visit the Stockholm Cathedral, a site of many royal ceremonies. Stroll through the Great Square (Stortorget), home to the Swedish Academy. Don’t miss the quaint telephone hut (Ericsson) and the historic runestone embedded in a building wall. We will navigate the narrowest street in Stockholm, Mårten Trotzigs Gränd, for a unique experience. We will visit the Vasa Museum, home to the 17th-century warship, and Skansen, an open-air museum showcasing historic Swedish buildings. Of course, we cannot leave out the Abba Museum in the afternoon!

Dinner will be at a local restaurant with an especially eclectic wine selection. 

Breakfast

Our final day in Stockholm offers a special and very unique experience. Our first stop will be a tour that begins with a visit to the historic Stockholm Prison grounds of Långholmen, now a fascinating museum, unique hotel, and charming restaurant. This former prison, once home to Sweden’s most notorious criminals, has been thoughtfully transformed, preserving its rich history while offering modern comforts. As we explore the museum, you will gain insight into the lives of the prisoners and the evolution of the Swedish penal system. The guided tour of the grounds will reveal intriguing stories from the past, making it a captivating start to our journey. We will enjoy lunch here as well.

Next, we will participate in a hands-on lithograph-making class with a talented local lithographer. This almost lost art form will come to life as you learn the intricate process of creating lithographs, from preparing the stone to printing your design. The experience will not only be educational but also a unique opportunity to connect with Stockholm’s artistic heritage. Our final stop is the Nobel family house, where we will tour the residence and learn about the family’s significant contributions to science and culture. We will also visit a nearby gallery run by local artists, who will warmly welcome us with refreshments. The artists will give a short talk, sharing insights into their creative processes and the local art scene, providing a perfect end to a day rich in history, art, and culture.

Dinner tonight will be at a restaurant near our hotel.

Breakfast

This morning we fly to Tromsø, Norway, known as the “Gateway to the Arctic.” It is a vibrant city renowned for its stunning natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and unique Arctic experiences. Nestled on the island of Tromsøya, it offers unparalleled opportunities to witness the Northern Lights from September to April and the Midnight Sun in summer. The city is home to architectural landmarks like the Arctic Cathedral, captivating museums such as the Polar Museum, and a thriving local scene with galleries, cafes, and cultural events. 

Everyone is welcome to spend the day as they wish once we arrive to our hotel, which is centrally located in the old town and near the port.

We meet for dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner

Today we set sail at 1:0 pm, and we will cruising from Tromsø through the scenic Norwegian coast to Stomsund. We will sail to Finnsnes, a charming town known for its beautiful surroundings and as a gateway to the spectacular Senja Island, offering dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, and lush greenery.

Continuing south, we’ll reach Harstad, a city that combines a rich cultural heritage with striking natural beauty. The next stops, Risøyhamn and Sortland, bring you closer to the heart of the Vesterålen archipelago, known for its serene landscapes and abundant wildlife, including whale watching opportunities. As you journey through Stokmarknes, the birthplace of the Hurtigruten coastal express, we can learn about the history of coastal travel in Norway.

Our cruise then takes us to Svolvær, the lively capital of the Lofoten Islands, famous for its dramatic peaks, sheltered bays, and vibrant arts scene. Our final stop, Stamsund, offers a glimpse into traditional fishing village life amidst stunning scenery. This cruise not only provides breathtaking views of the rugged Norwegian coastline but also immerses you in the rich cultural tapestry and natural wonders of the region, making it a truly enriching experience.

All meals will be enjoyed on the ship.

 

Breakfast, Dinner

Today we will continue through some of the most captivating maritime landscapes in Scandinavia. As we depart, we’ll first glide past Bodø, situated just north of the Arctic Circle. This vibrant city is renowned for its dramatic coastal scenery and the formidable Saltstraumen maelstrom, one of the strongest tidal currents in the world, creating a spectacle of swirling waters visible from the ship.

Continuing south, we will navigate through Ørnes, a picturesque village surrounded by towering mountains and tranquil fjords. Here, we will witness the natural beauty of Norway’s rugged terrain, with its steep cliffs and serene waters. Next, the cruise passes by Nesna, a quaint coastal town that offers a quintessential glimpse of Norway’s serene rural landscapes, with charming wooden houses and lush greenery stretching to the water’s edge.

As the ship makes its way further south, we’ll reach Sandnessjøen, known for the iconic Seven Sisters mountain range, which provides a breathtaking backdrop of jagged peaks silhouetted against the sky. The journey then takes us through Brønnøysund, where we can see the famous Torghatten mountain with its distinctive hole through the middle, a natural marvel best appreciated from the deck. Finally, we head towards Rørvik, a bustling fishing village that blends tradition with modernity, offering a picturesque end to our day. 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we embark on a cruise from Trondheim to Kristiansund and then to Molde, offering a day filled with breathtaking coastal scenery and a glimpse into Norway’s rich maritime heritage. We begin in Trondheim, a historic city known for its beautiful Nidaros Cathedral and colorful wooden wharfs along the Nidelva River. We’ll sail through the picturesque Trondheimsfjord, surrounded by lush landscapes and dotted with quaint villages. The fjord’s calm waters and the verdant scenery create a serene start to your voyage, with the possibility of spotting seabirds and perhaps even porpoises along the way.

Arriving in Kristiansund, we’ll witness a city spread across four islands, connected by bridges and tunnels. Kristiansund is famous for its klippfisk (dried and salted cod), and its colorful waterfront houses make for a vibrant sight against the backdrop of the sea. As the cruise continues towards Molde, the ship will navigate through the Hustadvika, a notorious stretch of coastline known for its rough seas, which contrasts with the otherwise peaceful journey. Approaching Molde, known as the “City of Roses,” we’ll be greeted by stunning views of the Romsdal Alps. The town’s charming streets, lined with beautiful rose gardens, are framed by majestic peaks and the serene waters of the Moldefjord. 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we sail from Ålesund to Bergen, with stops at Torvik, Måløy, and Florø. We actually sail through Ålesund just after midnight, renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture and picturesque setting across several islands. Enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding fjords and mountains, with the moon casting a glow on the serene waters.

The ship then sails towards Torvik, a charming village nestled along the coastline. Continuing on to Måløy around sunrise, witness the striking sight of the Vågsøy island, with its rugged cliffs and the historic Måløy Bridge spanning the water. The lighthouse at Kråkenes and the vibrant fishing activity in the harbor offer a glimpse into the maritime heritage of the region.

Next, the cruise navigates towards Florø, Norway’s westernmost town, known for its beautiful archipelago and bustling harbor. The sight of numerous small islands and skerries as you approach Florø provides a picturesque backdrop of unspoiled nature. Finally, as the ship heads towards Bergen, we will pass through stunning coastal landscapes, including the majestic Sognefjord and its surrounding mountains. Approaching Bergen, the city’s colorful wooden houses and historic Bryggen wharf come into view, framed by seven mountains. 

We will disembark in Bergen, have a delicious dinner and retire to our hotel for our last night in Norway.

 

 

Breakfast, Lunch

Today marks the end of our tour Scandinavian tour – and what an adventure it will have been.  We will have breakfast at our hotel before transferring to the airport for departure.

Breakfast

Cost Includes

  • 14 days of 4 and 5 star accommodations
  • All transfers, luggage handling, and transportation throughout tour
  • All internal flights
  • All breakfasts, 3 group lunches, and 9 group dinners
  • All tour guides, drivers, and trip leader
  • All admission tickets as described in itinerary

Our Hotels and Ship Accommodations

****Hotel Mestari, Helsinki, Finland

A 4 Star centrally located hotel in Helsinki, Hotel Mestari offers a restaurant, wifi throughout, a game room with pool table, and a fitness center.  All rooms include a desk, electric teapot, minibar, a safe, flat screen tv, and private bathroom with bidet. A full breakfast is included each morning.

The glass igloos in Rovaniemi are probably one of the most unique accommodations most people have ever experienced.

*****The Radisson Collection, Strand Hotel, Stokholm

Stunning Nybroviken waterfront views and free WiFi make this central Stockholm hotel a perfect base from which to explore the Old Town. Stureplan’s shopping, restaurants and nightlife are within 5 minutes’ walk. Originally opened for the 1912 Olympic Games, the classically designed Strand Hotel offers elegant rooms with a unique mix of modern and historic décor. Each one includes a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee facilities and stylish bathrooms. Cocktails and meals can be enjoyed in the classic brasserie restaurant and bar, The Strand. Guests can work out in the hotel’s gym.

The MS Havila Pollux

Built: 2023

Cabins: 179

Passengers: 640

****Det Hanseatiske Hotel, Bergen

Located in a 16th century building the heart of Bergen, next door to the Hanseatic Museum, is Det Hanseatiske Hotel. It offers unique rustic-style rooms decorated in dark, velvety colours and patterns. The quaint Hanseatiske Hotel feature rooms with centuries-old timber walls, wooden furniture and leather sofas. Most rooms have bathtubs and separate showers. Free Internet access is available. Finnegårdsstuene Restaurant offers fine dining in an intimate and stylish 17th century atmosphere. Casa Del Toro offers Mexican dishes. The hotel is part the UNESCO World Heritage Bryggen district.

From $6,900 USD
/ Shared Room (Double Occupancy)
From $7,937 USD
/ Private Room (Single Occupancy)
  • Small Groups of 8 - 15 people
  • Flexible Payments
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Trip Information

Activity Level: Moderate (see all ratings)

Curator: Dianna Germany

Trip Leader/CSR: Dianna Germany