Bask in the ambiance of the North Pole with a Christmas in Scandinavia on an exclusive tour of Finland and Norway. Your 10-day Scandinavian excursion celebrates the fascinating winter around the Arctic Circle as it reveals an enchanting untamed landscape and marvelous myths that reflect the captivating countryside. Hunt for the dancing colors of the Northern Lights then call for Santa’s reindeer during a reindeer safari. Warm your hands around traditional mulled wine, visit bustling Christmas...
Helsinki – Arrive in Helsinki, Finland with the Remaining Day at Leisure
The architecture of Helsinki rises above the lapping water along the Baltic Sea and overlooks inlets and islands with grand contemporary designs. The winter frost reflects the light from the classic Art Nouveau train station that was built in 1919. The aromas of roasted snow grouse fade beneath the sweet scent of lingonberry sauces and wild herbs that emanates from local restaurants. Helsinki retains a sense of maritime ambiance amid the mixture of Eastern European, Russian, and Scandinavian style. The city wraps to the contours of the water and the feeling of 20th-century independence with a youthful energy that courses through the boulevards and emanates from the outdoor cafes.
Your private transfer will greet you at Helsinki Airport and escort you to a gorgeous hotel tucked away into a cozy corner of the city inside a 1930s Art Deco interior. The remainder of the day will be yours to enjoy Helsinki at your leisure. The city is known as Christmas City, with no better place for you to experience the winter wonderland before you visit Finland’s famous Lapland. In winter, homemade ornaments decorate the shop windows made by independent artists. Families and couples twirl around the numerous ice rinks across the city and the aroma of mulled wine with bits of almond for good luck provides extra warmth accompanied by gingerbread cookies in the bustling Christmas markets.
Helsinki – Explore the Vibrant Ambiance of Helsinki at your Preferred Pace
Saariselkä – Travel to the Finnish Lapland for Incredible Saariselkä Scenery
Saariselkä – Relish a Reindeer Safari and Evening Aurora Borealis Hunt
Saariselkä – Enjoy a Snowmobile Safari across the Finnish Lapland
Saariselkä – Delight in a Dog Sledding Expedition through Arctic Wilderness
Kirkenes – Venture into Norway on a Scenic Journey along the Arctic Coast
Kirkenes – Experience a King Crab Tour along the Fascinating Nordic Fjords
Oslo – Fly from Kirkenes to Norway’s Capital of Oslo for the Day at Leisure
Oslo – Depart for Home
- Escape into the secluded scenery of Finland and Norway with luxurious, hospitable, and unique accommodations that showcase the surrounding wonders of the natural landscape
- Witness the natural marvels of shifting colorful light across the night sky when you hunt for the Aurora Borealis in the Arctic Circle
- Follow in the footsteps of Santa Clause with a reindeer sleigh ride safari across the snow-paved expanse of Finland’s Lapland
- Experience the intriguing dramatic landscape and captivating historical techniques of fishing for king crab during a private expedition accompanied by a delicious king crab lunch in Norway
- Discover the peaceful sounds and exciting rush of dog sledding across the vast snowy Lapland landscape
- Explore the far reaches of Finland’s Lapland and listen to the fascinating myths of the traditional Sami people on a snowmobile safari
- Indulge in the vibrant ambiance and fascinating flavors of Christmas in Helsinki, Finland, and Oslo, Norway when visiting the Christmas markets
On this custom tour of Scandinavia, you will unravel the mystique of the Arctic Circle during your enticing Christmas adventure of Finland and Norway. The snowy expanse and isolated villages of Finland’s Lapland and Norway’s Kirkenes fjord will provide the backdrop to the enchanting natural beauty far from the vibrant architecture of Helsinki and Oslo respectively. The details of trees dipped in arctic snow and reindeer grazing in on protruding leaves bring a brand-new world into the light. From dogsleds to traditional tribes, king crabs to war memorials, the northern majesty of Finland and Norway host rare unseen charms perfect for a distinct winter vacation.
Helsinki will provide the best introduction to Finnish culture and the start of your 10-day tour. At Christmas the city bursts with festivities in the form of holiday markets, ice rinks, and fabulous decorations. Enjoy time exploring the wonders of the city on your own as you discover the wealth of local heritage, the creative architecture, and the particular aesthetics of the city that overlooks the Baltic Sea. The Lapland will welcome you into the open landscape of the north at a hotel designed for comfort and panoramic views of the unfettered sky. Your time near the village of Saariselkä will embody the adventurous spirit of the untamed landscape, marvelous wildlife, and unique local customs. Embrace the fascinating exploration of Lapland by participating in a reindeer safari, snowmobile excursion, and dog sledding tour as you find different elements of culture and new details in the scenery with each outing.
The scenery between Finland and Norway is as captivating in its rugged drama as the quiet snow-paved expanse of Lapland. The scenic drive between Saariselkä and Kirkenes will immerse you in the rolling fells before it reveals the spectacle of Norway’s craggy northern coastline near the Russian border. Enjoy the comforts of a hotel designed to highlight the luxuries of contemporary hospitality and the allure of Norway’s wild seascape along the Arctic Circle. Kirkenes has a unique position, fascinating surroundings, and a bustling king crab fishing trade. Learn the art of catching king crab before you feast on the local and international delicacy in a traditional Norwegian restaurant. While in Oslo, you will have the day to uncover the splendors of the welcoming capital city that is known for a rich history, colorful architecture, gorgeous natural scenery, and celebrated year-round cafes.
$4,115 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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