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Northern Lights of Scandinavia - Winter 2020 2021 tour

Northern Lights of Scandinavia - Winter 2020 2021

Insight Vacations
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  • Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
    10 days
    From: $ 4,683 $ 468 / day
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    Overview

    Highlights (Bullets)

    • Helsinki. Enjoy a welcome drink at your hotel as you get to know your fellow travellers.
    • Ivalo: Your delicious Welcome Dinner will be served at the boutique Aurora Village hotel.
    • Alta: Head for drinks at a local ice bar, where you’ll get the chance to catch up with your fellow travellers.
    • Alta: A true highlight of the trip, you’ll enjoy a Highlight Dinner of seasonal salmon or reindeer, alongside some new four-legged friends.
    • Tromso: Dine on traditional food, served with hot drinks with the fascinating Sami people, as you hear tales of Scandinavia from its indigenous people.
    • Dining Summary: 9 Breakfasts (B), 2 Dinner (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee. Departures travelling over New Year’s Eve and will enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner which will replace an included meal.
    • Tromso: Delve into the fascinating history of Scandinavia as you meet its indigenous people, the Sami. You’ll be given a tour of their camp and get to feed the reindeer. Before sitting down to a scrumptious traditional meal served with hot drinks.
    • Alta: Meet Trine Lyrek at her working husky farm. Gain an insight to the challenges Trine and her Alaskan Huskies face when competing in marathon Arctic dog sled races.
    • North Cape: What better way to search for the Northern Lights than by toasting to your adventure with bubbles with your fellow travellers?
    • Oslo: On your orientation of Oslo city, see the medieval Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace.
    • Scenic Drives: Enjoy the scenery as you travel through the very north of Scandinavia. Catch glimpses of glimmering winter wonderland forests and snow covered mountains as you cross over the border of Finland and Norway chasing the Northern Lights. Watch dramatic coastlines rise from the seas by Alta, tracing your way past Lyngen Alps down the coast to Tromsø.

    Short Description

    Chase the aurora borealis on this bewitching journey across Scandinavia's breath-taking mountains, rivers, cities and fjords.

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    Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
    Lodging Level Value (3*)
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    Start City Helsinki
    End City Oslo

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    Norway Finland

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    Honningsvåg Oslo Scandinavia

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    Itinerary

    Day 1: Welcome to Helsinki.

    Welcome to Helsinki. With its excellent museums and pretty seaside buildings, this beautiful city is set to be your home for the night. At Helsinki airport, transfers depart at 10:00, 14:00 and 16:00 for the grand GLO Hotel Art. Meet your Travel Director at 18:00 for a drinks reception. Decorated in a distinctive Art Nouveau style, this charming 4-star hotel is the ideal place to sit back and get to know your fellow travellers before your Scandinavian adventure begins.

    Day 2: The gateway to Saariselkä.

    Today you’ll take a scenic flight to Ivalo. Known as the gateway to Saariselkä, Ivalo is a picturesque village set on the Ivalo River. Situated close to Urho Kekkonen National Park you’ll find views of the Aurora Borealis and the striking mountain Korvatunturi, also known as the home of Santa.You’ll enjoy a Welcome Dinner at your boutique hotel, Aurora Village, famed for its cabins with a glass roof, offering sweeping views of the night sky. Look out for the dancing northern lights as you gaze through the glass ceiling from the comfort of your room. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    Day 3: Ivalo to Honningsvåg.

    Today you’ll be heading further North through the winter Lapland landscape. Cross the Finnish–Norwegian border as you make your way to Honningsvåg, the northernmost and smallest city in Norway. Your drive will take you along the mighty Porsangerfjord, the fourth largest fjord in Norway. You will take the subsea Nordkapp Tunnel to the island of Magerøya to reach your hotel in this small fishing community. Explore the quaint city by taking a stroll along the waterfront before retiring to your hotel and enjoying a delicious dinner. (Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 4: Northern Lights in North Cape.

    Enjoy a leisurely day to discover more of Honningsvåg. Take a walk to the 19th century church that survived the destruction of World War 2, a true rarity in Northern Norway. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to learn about king crabs and enjoy a fresh, sea-to-table lunch of this delicacy. Take your chance to visit the northernmost point of Europe, the famous North Cape and sip on bubbles and delight in exquisite caviar with your fellow travellers. (Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 5: North Cape to Alta.

    Today’s journey will take you along an ever changing landscape from barren lands through highlands to the shores of the Altafjord. It was in Alta where the world’s first Northern Lights observatory was built at the end of the 19th century. With increasing tourism the city is going through quick development offering a wide range of activites. Start your adventures with a visit to one of the first ice hotels in the world and enjoy a chilled beverage with your fellow travellers. Your comforatble hotel is located next to the modern and iconic Northern Lights Cathedral in the heart of the city. (Breakfast)

    Day 6: Alaskan Huskies in Alta.

    You’ll enjoy a leisurely day in Alta to continue with your activities. Maybe you’ll choose to visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Alta Museum famous for its prehistoric rock carvings. This evening you’ll visit a working husky farm and get to know Team Lyrek, a champion dog sledding team. Learn about the Alaskan huskies and the challenges they are facing competing in marathon Arctic dog sled races. Indulge on a delectable oven-baked Highlight Dinner before meeting the dogs themselves. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    Day 7: Norway’s gateway to the Artic.

    Today you’ll head to Tromsø, Northern Norway’s largest city located on the island of Tromsøya. You’ll be surrounded by snow-capped mountains and ethereal water views. Just a short walk from your hotel you’ll find a high concentration of old wooden houses as well as a great array of restaurants. (Breakfast)

    Day 8: Delve into Scandinavian history.

    Delve into the history of Arctic Norway with a meeting with the Sami people, the indigenous people of Scandinavia. You will be led around the Sami camp with a knowledgeable, English-speaking Sami guide and invited to feed the reindeer herd (extra blankets are provided if necessary). You are invited into a lavuu (a traditional Sami tent) to hear stories of Sami life and Sami folk songs around the fire after enjoying your Celebration Dinner, a hot traditional Sami meal with hot drinks. (Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 9: A merry finale in Oslo.

    On your final day, you’ll fly from Tromsø to Oslo, for a merry finale in Norway’s capital. This modern city is surrounded by magnificent mountains offering panoramic views of the city beneath. On your orientation, see the medieval Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace. History enthusiasts can delve further into Norway’s impressive heritage at the Viking Ship Museum or for outdoorsy types, take a pretty walk through Frogner Park. Your hotel for the evening is the contemporary Thon Hotel Opera which offers delicious dining options in its modern Scala Restaurant. (Breakfast)

    Day 10: Farewell Oslo.

    It’s time to say farewell to your fellow travellers as a transfer arrives at Oslo airport at 07:15 or 10:15. (Breakfast)

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    Our trip was cancelled due to COVID and after 90 days still no refund

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    We spent $21,000 for my son's graduation trip for the family. Of course the company cancelled the trip and after 90 days they still have not refunded a dime. We got travel insurance but that has not helped us. It is devastating and we can get in touch with our travel agent but Insight will not deal with us directly. They told our travel agent today that now it could take up to 120 days to see a refund. I am afraid our money is gone
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    Francis Touscheck was fantastic. Very informative and knowledgeable on the history. Christine was also fantastic in Rome, Vatican.

    Well thought out journey. Am very pleased I went.

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    Excellent guide, who went out of his way to show us places not on the official tour. Tour was educational and well worth while. However, some of the buffet meals were below your standard.
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    Absolutely everything! I would book any tour with Howie - Howie Geib is the 'best of the best' Tour Director.

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    It certainly pleases us to learn that your overall experience with Insight Vacations in Canada and the United States of America was a successful one. Furthermore, we are especially delighted to know that you thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary and services provided by our staff and we truly look forward to welcoming you back soon for more amazing destinations
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    Generally the Itinerary was very good. However there was far to much emphasis and pressure on the shopping expedition

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    While the guide was knowledgeable about his country and culture his people skills were wanting. he seemed most interested in gaining commissions from preferred traders and meeting the requirements of those who wanted a shopping experience than ensuring that the majority of the group who were more interested in actually touring. Most hotels were closer to average rather than high end. The hotel on the first and last night did not even have a bar facility. The driver was excellent but the bus had absolutely minimal storage overhead and not even a bungee bag on seat backs to manage some personal items
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    Knowable guides and all of the best places!

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