Departing from: Helsinki
Style: Exclusive Cruise – Tour
SCANDINAVIAN CAPITALS, FJORDS & THE HURTIGRUTEN VOYAGE
DAY 1 HELSINKI
Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to Sokos Hotel Vaakuna (4 star). This evening, meet your guide and fellow tour members for a welcome dinner.
DAY 2 HELSINKI – STOCKHOLM
Your exploration of Scandinavia begins with a guided sightseeing tour featuring Helsinki’s iconic landmarks including the unique Rock Church. Afterwards, board your overnight ferry to Stockholm and cruise through the glorious archipelago.
DAY 3 STOCKHOLM
Become acquainted with Sweden’s charming capital and Gamla Stan (Old Town) full of narrow cobbled streets, charm and character. Visit the impressive City Hall where the Nobel Prize banquet is held annually and check in at Clarion Hotel Amaranten (4 star).
DAY 4 STOCKHOLM / DROTTNINGHOLM
Embark on a magnificent turn of the century ship across scenic Lake Malaren to Drottningholm Palace, the residence of Sweden’s Royal Family for over 300 years. Visit the palace’s state rooms and gardens before returning to Stockholm.
DAY 5 STOCKHOLM – COPENHAGEN
Travel by train through the Swedish countryside with views of small towns, forests and lakes. Cross the famous Oresund Bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark and on arrival in the Danish capital, check in at Imperial Hotel (4 star). This evening, join a local family for a traditional meal in their home.
DAY 6 COPENHAGEN – OSLO
Join a wonderful tour of the Danish capital seeing the old harbour of Nyhavn and visit the beautiful red brick Rosenborg Castle with its collection of tapestries and Crown Jewels. This afternoon, board your overnight ferry to Oslo and enjoy the view as you cruise onto Norway.
DAY 7 OSLO
This morning cruise along the enchanting Oslo Fjord to arrive in the Norwegian capital. On your city tour see the Royal Castle and impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park before becoming acquainted with the region’s Viking past at the Viking Museum. Check in at Thon Hotel Opera (4 star).
DAY 8 OSLO – FLAM – BALESTRAND
Marvel at Norway’s magnificent scenery as you traverse the fjord land region on your excursion to the Sognefjord. Take in views of spectacular mountains and thundering waterfalls on the famous Flam Railway and continue by water travelling by ferry along the serene Aurlandsfjord and Sognefjord to Balestrand. Check in at Hotel Kvikne’s (4 star) where you can relax in your fjord view room.
DAY 9 BALESTRAND – BERGEN
Your day will be free to enjoy a walk, hire a bike or simply marvel at the incredible landscape from the comfort of your hotel. In the afternoon, take the ferry travelling along Sognefjord and Norway’s west coast to Bergen. Overnight at Hotel Scandic Ornen (4 star).
DAY 10 CRUISE: BERGEN
After breakfast, join a walking tour of Bergen’s charming centre to see the bustling Fish & Flower Market, Old Bryggen Harbour and ancient Maria Church. In the afternoon, embark your Hurtigruten vessel and become familiar with your new surroundings as you prepare for the spectacular voyage north.
DAY 11 CRUISE: FLORO – MOLDE
Early risers can take in the spectacular beauty of the Nordfjord as you cruise through skerries and islands to the breathtaking UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord passing sheer cliffs and thundering waterfalls. Continue to quaint Alesund known for its Art Nouveau architecture and fish restaurants.
DAY 12 CRUISE: KRISTIANSUND– TRONDHEIM – RORVIK
Cruise to Trondheim, a city which exudes medieval charm and character. Join a tour to see Norway’s national shrine, the medieval Nidaros Cathedral before
DAY 13 CRUISE: BRONNOYSUND – LOFOTEN ISLANDS – SVOLVAER
Cross the Arctic Circle early this morning and today’s highlight will be the magnificent Lofoten Islands and the incredible fishing villages scattered along
DAY 14 CRUISE: STOKMARKNES – TROMSO – SKJERVOY
Continue your voyage north arriving to lively Tromso. Join a tour to the town’s iconic Arctic Cathedral and visit the Polaria Centre for a revealing look into the regional and aquatic life of the Arctic.
DAY 15 CRUISE: OKSFJORD– HONNINGSVAG – BERLEVAG
On arrival in Honningsvag take an excursion to the spectacular North Cape Plateau to stand at the top of the world and only 2,000km from the geographical North Pole. In the afternoon journey to the heartland of the region’s indigenous people passing the sacred rock formation, the Finnkirka.)
DAY 16 CRUISE: BATSFJORD – KIRKENES
Enjoy the scenery as you approach Kirkenes, the final port on your incredible Hurtigruten voyage. As you disembark, a transfer to the airport will be provided for your onward journey.