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Scandinavia tour- Norway, Sweden & Finland, 14 days

This tour of Finland, Sweden and Norway starts in the Finnish Sami village of Inari, where you can take a boat trip on the lake, travel to the tundra and along fjords. We travel to Repvåg, our base for visiting the North Cape. The petroglyphs at Alta are on the World Heritage List. With bus and ferry we travel along the Norwegian fjord coast. In Andenes you learn about whaling and you can look for these mammals. The Abisko park lends itself to different hikes. 

Itinerary

  1. Ivalo, Finland (meet group for transfer to Inari)
  2. Inari
  3. Inari - Posanger Fjord - Honningsvag (Norway)
  4. Honningsvag - North Cape (optional) - Alta (Norway)
  5. Alta
  6. Alta - Lyngen Fjiord - Tromso (Norway)
  7. Tromso
  8. Tromso - Andenes (Norway)
  9. Andenes, optional Walvis Safari
  10. Andenes - Narvik train to Abisko (Sweden)
  11. Abisko, train to Kiruna (Sweden)
  12. Abisko, train to Kiruna
  13. Kiruna - Rovaniemi (Finland)
  14. Rovaniemi (Finland)

Day by day

On the Road with Djoser

Djoser's active journeys offer an ideal balance of guidance and freedom. Our guide-assisted adventures cover the globe and feature wildlife, beautiful natural settings, historic sights and authentic cultural experiences. During Djoser travels, the daily schedule is not rigidly set.

The day-to-day descriptions describe the anticipated, or possible daily activities. Our travel days are obviously fixed, but each day the program may deviate depending on the preferences of the group, in consultation with the tour leader. The tour guide offers a program daily, with planned excursions. You are never obligated to participate. Those who desire more freedom may go out exploring or may dine on their own. Your tour leader can offer suggestions for safe explorations and fun restaurants. You will find that Djoser participants will take advantage of this flexibility. We believe a sense of discovery is an integral element of a great trip.

We offer the land program only. Below, you will find the day-to-day description days numbered to correspond with that of the Dutch participants (which includes their transit days from/to Amsterdam). This is so that when you are traveling and refer to this day-to-day description, all travelers will be “on the same page” or the same day number.

Day 1 Inari 
Day 2 Inari
Day 3 Inari - Repvåg
Day 4 Repvåg , visit North Cape, Alta

We begin our Scandinavia tour in the village of Ivalo in Finnish Lapland, some 186 miles above the Arctic Circle. After a short bus ride we stay in a charming hotel in Inari. Both Inari and Ivalo are located in the municipality of Inari, an area nearly half as large in the Netherlands, with only about 7,000 residents. The village of Inari is nicely situated on the banks of the Juutuan Rivwe, near Lake Inari.

At the lake, which Together is holy, you can take a boat trip between the many islands or you can rent a kayak. You can also include a visit to a reindeer farm or Siida, an open-air museum dedicated to the culture and lifestyle of the Sami.

On day 3 we travel further north, in Norway. We drive on the Finnmark plateau with vast pine forests and glacial lakes to Porsanger Fjord. Along the coast we travel to the fishing village of Repvåg, where we stay overnight.
The next day there is the opportunity to visit the impressive North Cape, which rises 984 ft above the sea. Between mid-May and late July, this is a special place to enjoy the midnight sun. Remember to get a North Cape Certificate as proof of your visit! Then we drive south to Alta.

Alta and Tromsø
Day 5 Alta
Day 6 Alta - Tromsø

Alta is the commercial heart of Norwegian Lapland. Alta has a relatively mild climate due to its sheltered location in the Alta Fjord and for that reason was inhabited early. The proof is a large collection of rock art from the period 4200 to 500 BC. The many drawings, which are now on the UNESCO World Heritage List, give a good picture of life in prehistoric times. Besides the visit to Alta Museum there are several other possibilities. There are possible hikes or a visit to a sled dog kennel.

On the way to Tromsø we follow the Lyngen fjord along one of the most beautiful coastal roads of Europe. After each bend there are breathtaking views of deep coves, snowy peaks and green slopes. Here and there are charming folk style painted cottages. Along the way we cross on the ferry twice.

From the vibrant city of Tromsø we begin several polar expeditions. You will see the statue of Roald Amundsen on the quay. A striking high bridge connects the two boroughs, on the banks of the Tromsøysundut. Take the cable car Fjellheisen for a magnificent view of the surrounding area or take in a concert in the Arctic Cathedral.

Andenes, Narvik and Abisko
Day 7 Tromsø - Andenes
Day 8 Andenes, optional whale safari
Day 9 Andenes - Narvik train to Abisko
Day 10 Abisko

The most famous archipelago of Northern Norway is Lofoten. Directly above these islands is the lesser known Vesterålen archipelago, with Andøya as northern the extension. In the time of the Dutch whaling in the Norwegian Sea, the whalers were went to the archipelago in search of whales.

On the north eastern coast of Andøya lies the village of Andenes, which we reache in the early evening through various ferries. Andenes was a settled by fisherman well before the beginning of our era. We stay here in nice fisherman houses near the sea. You can study the history of whaling in the Andenes Whale Center. Even more exciting is an optional excursion by boat in search of sperm whales. Andenes is the northernmost operating bases in the world to see these giants and also the best environment to study them. If you prefer you may remain on the island as well. You can rent a bike or go diving.

We drive south on roads along the coast and thereby come through small villages where often cod hang to dry on wooden racks. We cross some tall modern bridges, which offer great views of the beautiful, expansive nature, and we return to the mainland. The ice-free seaport Narvik was founded in 1900 to transport iron ore from Kiruna in Sweden. If time permits, we can see the city or take the chairlift uphill to enjoy a nice view.
The railway line from Narvik to Kiruna (and on to the Gulf of Bothnia) was created specifically for the ore transport.Through this route we travel by train to the Swedish National Park Abisko. On this spectacular mountainous route we can enjoy beautiful views before reaching a beautiful lakeside village, Abisko. In the eponymous national park starts the Kungsleden, one of the old trade routes in the north. From the Abisko Mountain you have a magnificent view of the famous mountain range of Sweden, the Lapporten. From here you also find several hiking trails, such as the Abiskojakka Valley or you can go to the top of the Nuoljaberg.

Kiruna and Rovaniemi
Day 11 Abisko, train to Kiruna
Day 12 Kiruna
Day 13 Kiruna - Rovaniemi
Day 14 Rovaniemi (land ends)

From Abisko we travel, subject to train timetables, to Kiruna. You can visit the largest ore mine in the world. It’s mineral deposits are a real symbol of this city. Underground, at a depth of 1771 ft you find an exhibition, complete with cinema, which gives you a good idea of the sheer scale of the mine with 248 miles of paved tunnels. If an underground visit is not for you, you can also opt for an optional rafting trip on the Torne River or visit a special wooden church in the shape of a tent, recently voted the most beautiful church in Sweden.
On day 13 we drive along the Torne River to our last overnight stop on this trip: Rovaniemi, to the capital of northern Finland. Arktikum is fascinating, especially in architectural terms. This museum with underground corridors and glass roofs is dedicated to the culture of Arctic peoples and the flora and fauna in this region. For those who feel like having a snack in Rovaniemi, you will find the northernmost McDonald's in the world. The young at heart will be able to visit the home of Santa Claus. You can make the final purchase of souvenirs in a modern shopping mall near the hotel before our trip comes to an end.

Dates and prices

Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

Included in our Scandinavia tour package: land package (begins & ends at hotel), lodgings, tour leader (as a logistics coordinator, not a lecturer) speaks Dutch & English, city-to-city transport by private bus, excursions according to program.

Price excludes

Excluded in our Scandinavia tour package: international flights from/to United States, meals, and optional excursions, entrance fees if not specifically named as included, visa(if applicable), exit taxes (if applicable), tips, personal expenses, travel insurance, airport transfers at arrival & departure.

Cost Overview

Land price from

$3,715
Single accommodations $690
   
Extension hotel city #1 Rovaniemi
Double room per person $88
Single room $150
   
Estimated out-of-pocket, weekly $480
   
Deposit due upon booking $734
  * Deposit based on 20% of minimum land price
  * Balance due 60 days prior to departure. 

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

Accommodations - During our Scandinavia tour we stay in comfortable tourist-class accommodations with private shower and toilet. Some hotels have a sauna. Some have a special local characteristic. In Repvag we stay in in a converted fisherman's wharf. While relaxing in your chair made of driftwood you look out on to the fjord. In Andenes we stay in bungalows with two bedrooms with a shared bathroom per bungalow.

Some examples of our usual hotel (subject to change)

Inari  Hotel Inarin Kultahovi
Repvag  Repvag Fjord Hotell & Rorbusenter
Alta Rica Hotel Alta
Tromso Thon Hotel Polar
Abisko  Abisko Mountain
Rovaniemi  City Hotel Rovaniemi


Single room -
Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on "Dates & Prices" page.

Hotel extension - It is always great to be well-rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed in the "Dates & Prices"  page.

Meals -
On our Scandinavia tour the breakfast is included, except in Andenes. You can decide when and where you want to have lunch and dinner. In Norway, fish is always available: herring, cod, trout, shrimp and salmon, of course. Typical Norwegian meat dishes are reindeer, elk and lamb and 'kjøttkaker, a meatball. In addition, you often find "flatbread: a type of bread, baked with unleavened dough. In Sweden, the Köttbullar, small meatballs are available everywhere. The Swedes often eat them as a snack with drinks or as a spread. The most famous Swedish meal is the smorgasbord, a buffet consisting of hot and cold seafood and meat dishes.

Flights & Transportation

Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arrive from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the land beginning and end times are listed in this section. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind.

Dutch participants' proposed flights: (subject to change)
Airline: Finnair
NL participants arrive: Ivalo 6:35 PM
NL participants depart: Rovaniemi 1:50 PM

Note: Immediately after the Dutch participants arrive in Ivalo they will go to Inari. You can either join them or arrange you own transport to Inari.

Before you book your flight - To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.

Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.

Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.

Keep in mind hotel extensions - If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the "Dates & Prices" section

If the Dutch participants arrive in the late evening - Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.

Airport transfer to/from hotel (not Included) - If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.

Useful Links for booking your flights
Orbitz.com
Expedia.com
Kaykak.com

Local transportation - We travel through Scandinavia with our own bus. We can stop to take a picture, to visit a market or stretch our legs. On the route from Narvik to Abisko and Abisko to Kiruna we travel by train.

Money Matters

A summary of all trip costs can be found on our "Dates & Prices" page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.

Included in price of our Scandinavia tour package 

  • Land package (begins & ends at hotel)
  • Tour guide (speaks Dutch & English)
  • Transportation by bus
  • Train Narvik - Abisko
  • Train Abisko - Kiruna
  • Hotel Accommodation with breakfast (except is Andenes)
  • Excursions according to program
     

When you book a trip

  • Deposit of 20% of the minimum land price due upon booking
  • Payments by charge card or check are accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date


While you are traveling

Finland

Local currency:  Euros
ATM machines: Widely available
Credit Cards Widely accepted
Types of cash accepted:  Euros


Norway & Sweden

Local currency:  Norway - Krone, Sweden - Krona
ATM machines: Widely available
Credit Cards Widely accepted
Types of cash accepted:  Local currency and euros in small amounts


Tipping - 
It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.

** You will find a list of all trip costs in the "Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.

Excursions

Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport. Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the "Dates & Prices" section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.

During our Scandinavia group tour, the following excursions are included in the program:

  • Visit North Cape
  • The petroglyphs at Alta, on the World Heritage UNESCO stand
  • Visit Santa Claus in Rovaniemi

There are opportunities for various other excursions.

Travel Documents

When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.

No visa needed for the Scandinavia tour.

Visa & Passport Expeditor – For an extra fee, you can hire an expediting service to process your visa application or passport.  They will look over your paperwork and they can offer a faster return of your visa or passport. We recommend TRAVISA

Health Issues & Insurance

Health - Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations.  

You will be visiting modern countries with excellent medical amenities. The tap water is drinkable everywhere and restaurants are good and clean. 

Immunizations needed for Scandinavia : No vaccinations are recommended for this trip.

When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance. It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as IMMODIUM) Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellant, salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.

  

Insurance - For peace of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses. Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.

You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended TRAVELEX. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with TRAVELEX, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan. * Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation. TRAVELEX  1-800-228-9792

Group Composition

Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. Join an international group with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America, who will be the minority group on these trips. Most of our trips range from a minimum of eight participants to a maximum of 20 or 22. You will find couple and singles on our trips. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trips (number of singles and age range).

Minimum group size: 8 
Maximum group size: 22

What to expect when traveling with an international group - Djoser, Inc. (the United States office) has been a Scandinavia tour operator for several years. Djoser, B.V. (the Netherlands office) has been a Scandinavia tour operator for over 25 years. So together we bring vast experience. Most of our trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.

On our Scandinavia group tour, you will travel with an international group, with most participants from Holland and Belgium. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular Djoser travelers and adds another cultural element to the trip. Typically, there are only one to five North Americans per group. You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.

The Dutch are experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way. The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.

Tour Leaders & Support Staff

Our trips will be guided by an experienced Dutch guide who speaks Dutch and English. He or she will be responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the trip. He/she coordinates with the driver , hotels, and other vendors along the way. The tour leader has extensive travel experience and expertise as well as a comprehensive training.

Our experienced land representatives are situated in the destination country you will visit. We work closely with them and they function as the liaison between our office, the guide, drivers and hotels. They are also available in the case of an emergency and their number will be provided on your emergency contact list.

Climate & Geography

Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org

Thanks to the Gulf Stream, the climate of the areas we visit in the Arctic Circle are still quite mild. Especially when you consider that this area is at the same altitude as Greenland and Alaska. The weather often changes abruptly. Therefore, take warm clothes and a raincoat.

The Scandinavian days in the summer are long due to the midnight sun, a natural phenomenon in which the sun shines for 24 hours in the area above the Arctic Circle. This phenomenon is caused by the tilt of the Earth's axis. This occurs around June 21 at midnight when the sun is still visible in all places on the Arctic Circle that lie at 23.5 ° of the North Pole. The further north, the longer the sun is visible so you have plenty of sun to make the most of your vacation days!

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Highlights

  • Unique round trip above the Arctic Circle
  • Combination of Sweden, Norway and Finland
  • Guide Assistance
  • International group
  • Hotels with breakfast
  • Opportunity to visit the North Cape
  • Visiting Abisko park
  • Optional whale safari