follow the lights

Follow the lights – best of Scandinavia and the Nordics

Follow the Lights

18 DAYS Small Group Tours from $7.950 per person

follow the lights tour

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Thomas Travel bestselling tour has been refreshed and extended to 18 days. Offering the chance to explore Oslo, Norway’s capital, before experiencing the world’s most famous rail journey ‘The Flam Railway’. Enjoy Hurtigurten’s unique northbound voyage up the coastline of Norway. View the little hamlets, picturesque fjords and if we’re lucky the mysterious Northern Lights. On arrival into the arctic town of Kirkenes, head south, where you experience an overnight stay in a glass igloo, in the heart of Finnish Lapland. We head further south to Finland’s Lakes District, where you will enjoy a stay in a stunning resort spa. We finish in Helsinki, where a day trip to the medieval city of Tallinn awaits.

INCLUSIONS:

• 4 star accommodation standard
• 11 nights hotel accommodation (1 night in glass igloo) & 6 nights cruise accommodation
• Daily breakfast, 6 lunches
• 11 dinners & 1 x Viking Plank in Flam
• City tours of Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki & Tallinn
• Return Ferry ticket to Tallinn
• Norway in a Nutshell, famous Flam Rail journey
• First class coach from Kirkenes to Helsinki
• English speaking guide from start to finish
• Reindeer Farm visit (sled ride depending on weather)
• Husky Farm visit (sled ride depending on weather)
• Santa Claus Village visit
• Visit the Siida museum

DAY 1 OSLO (NORWAY)

Make your own way to the hotel by public transport, taxi or private transfer. Tonight, meet the tour manager and your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner.
Hotel: Clarion Hotel The Hub (or similar)
Room type: Lead in Room

DAY 2 OSLO

After breakfast, we enjoy a half day city tour  of Oslo, taking in the must-see sites, like the Vigeland Park, the Oslo Opera House,  Holmenkollen ski jump and more. Entrance to the Viking Ship Museum, a highlight of any visit to Oslo, is included. B
Hotel: Clarion Hotel The Hub (or similar)
Room type: Lead in Room

DAY 3 OSLO – FLAM

After an early breakfast we will begin the famous ‘Norway in a Nutshell’, catching the morning train from Oslo to Myrdal, where we will change trains to begin the famous Flåm Rail, with its spectacular fjord views. Arriving into Flåm, where we enjoy an overnight stay. BD
Hotel: Flamsbrygga Hotel Flam
Room type: Lead in Room

DAY 4 FLAM – BERGEN

This morning we catch the ferry from Flåm to Gudvangen, passing through the arrow Nærøyfjord. From Gudvangen the journey then continues by bus, weaving hrough valleys lined by waterfalls to Voss. There we board a train for Bergen, arriving in the afternoon. Rest of the day is at leisure. B
Hotel: Clarion Admiral Hotel Bergen
Room type: Lead in Room

DAY 5 BERGEN – NORWEGIAN

VOYAGE NORTHBOUND
(DAY 1 OF NORWEGIAN VOYAGE NORTHBOUND)
Enjoy a morning in Bergan before you enjoy a tour of picturesque Bergen. See Saint Mary’s Church, Haakon Hall and the UNESCO listed Bryggen. We also visit Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s most famous composer Edvard Grieg. Troldhaugen consists of the Edvard Grieg Museum, Grieg’s villa, where he composed music and his gravesite. The tour ends at Bergen pier where we board the Hurtigruten ship. The ship  departs Bergen and heads north towards Florø and Ålesund. BD
Ship: Hurtigruten Vessel
Cabin type: Outside cabin

DAY 6 ALESUND

(DAY 2 OF NORWEGIAN VOYAGE NORTHBOUND)
We navigate the skerries and islands further north before reaching Alesund,  renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. Leaving Alesund we head north towards Trondheim. BLD
Ship: Hurtigruten Vessel
Cabin type: Outside cabin

DAY 7 TRONDHEIM

(DAY 3 OF NORWEGIAN VOYAGE NORTHBOUND)
Arrive early in the morning into Trondheim, with time to explore Norway’s first capital. Look out for the storehouses along the river built on wooden stilts. BLD
Ship: Hurtigruten Vessel
Cabin type: Outside cabin

DAY 8 ARCTIC CIRCLE & LOFOTEN ISLANDS

(DAY 4 OF NORWEGIAN VOYAGE NORTHBOUND)
As we cross the Arctic Circle, the hunt for the Arctic Light begins! Onboard learn more about the ‘Aurora Borealis’ during a presentation, focused on this phenomenon. Later, enter the dramatic and narrow Raftsund, and if the  weather and ice conditions allow, sail to the entrance of the famous Trollfjord. BLD
Ship: Hurtigruten Vessel
Cabin type: Outside cabin

DAY 9 TROMSO

(DAY 5 OF NORWEGIAN VOYAGE NORTHBOUND)
After a morning stop in Finnsnes, the ship continues to Tromso, the gateway to the Arctic, for a prolonged stay. After an exhilarating day in Tromso, we continue our northbound journey. The ship is now sailing into the area along the coast with the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights. BLD
Ship: Hurtigruten Vessel
Cabin type: Outside cabin

DAY 10 HONNINGSVAG & THE NORTH CAPE

(DAY 6 OF NORWEGIAN VOYAGE NORTHBOUND)
Honningsvag is the nearest port to the North Cape – at 71° 10’ 21” N, only 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole. Continue to Kjollefjord where we might see the Northern Lights on a clear, starlit sky. BLD
Ship: Hurtigruten Vessel
Cabin type: Outside cabin

DAY 11 KIRKENES – SAARISELKA (FINLAND)

Admire dramatic coastal vistas as we approach Kirkenes, to disembark the cruise this morning. Enjoy a short drive through Kirkenes and learn more about its history before making our way towards Finnish Lapland. We arrive to the small village of Inari, and visit the SIIDA Sami museum, where we enjoy lunch. Afterwards, we stop at a local reindeer farm for a Sami reindeer experience. Learn more about the local reindeer and reindeer herding. Enjoy coffee/tea and pastry by open fire in a Kota hut and here stories about the Sami culture and handicrafts. Afterwards we will arrive at Saariselka. BLD
Hotel: Holiday Club Saariselka (or similar)
Room type: Superior Rooms

DAY 12 SAARISELKA

Enjoy a visit to a husky farm. We will meet the head musher, where they will talk about the life and training of these unique Arctic dogs, here we have the chance to take some amazing photos of the breathtaking Arctic wilderness. The evening is free to explore Saariselka or enjoy an optional excursion. B
Hotel: Holiday Club Saariselka (or similar)
Room type: Superior rooms

DAY 13 SAARISELKA – SINETTA

Today we visit the world famous Santa Claus Village, where you will have free time to explore, and maybe see Santa! In the evening, we will enjoy a truly unique Arctic experience, spending the night in a glass igloo. BD
Hotel: Arctic Snow hotel, Sinnetta
Room type: Glass Igloo

DAY 14 SINETTA – ROVANIEMI

Depart Sinetta and transfer to Rovaniemi. The remainder of the day is free to explore Rovaniemi or participate in an optional excursion. B
Hotel: Sokos Hotel Vaakuna (or similar)
Room type: Lead in Room

DAY 15 ROVANIEMI – JARVISYDAN

This morning we travel to Järvisydän, a truly unique hotel resort spa in the Finnish wilderness. In the afternoon you’ll be able to relax and enjoy spa treatments, or participate in many of the outdoor activities the resort has to offer. BD
Hotel: Jarvisydan Hotel spa & resort (or similar)
Room type: Scenery Suites

DAY 16 JARVISYDAN – HELSINKI

Today we leave the wilderness of Järvisydän to Helsinki, arriving in the afternoon, where we can explore the city with a half day city tour before checking into our hotel. B
Hotel: Scandic Grand Marina (or similar)
Room type: Lead in Room

DAY 17 HELSINKI – TALLINN (ESTONIA)

Today we have an early start with a full day excursion to the medieval town of Tallinn in Estonia. Take the ferry across to Tallinn for a combined bus and walking tour of this stunning Baltic city. Stops will include the baroque Kadriorg Park and the seaside district of Pirita. Walk through the winding, cobble stoned streets of the Old Town, before continuing to the Palace of Toompea, that houses the Estonian Parliament. We then visit Aleksander Nevskij Cathedral and the Dome Church before enjoying some time at leisure before boarding the ferry to Helsinki. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner. BD
Hotel: Scandic Grand Marina (or similar)
Room type: Lead in Room

DAY 18 HELSINKI

Our tour ends after breakfast at the hotel. B

18 Days of bucket-list experiences through Norway & Finland in search of the northern lights from $7950 per person.

Contact us on 1300 573 044 to find more about this deal!

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