North Cape

This 18-day trip is a journey of a lifetime. You will fly to Helsinki, the capital of Finland. From here we drive across Finland and discover the beauty of this country. The Finns themselves say that travelling in Finland should not be stressful. That is the reason why we do not drive north on the usual fast route, but over Eastern Finland to Lapland. On our way we will visit a reindeer park and stay in Inari, a authentic Finnish hotel. After a week full of amazing impressions we finally enter Norway. The midnight sun at the Northern Cape is a bucket list experience. with its fjords and Islands, accompanied us wild nature on the way to the south. We visit Alta, Tromsø, the Lofoten and Trondheim, the former Capital of Norway. From here take the Golden Route along the beautiful Atlanterhavsvegen. We will finish the trip with a city tour in the Oslo.

Tag 1: Flight to Helsinki
Today is your flight to Helsinki. Helsinki, the capital of Finland is also called the ‘White City in the North.’  With a small city tour we an impression of Helsinki. At the end of the day we drive to our cozy hotel that is located in the outskirts of Helsinki. The place is called Vousaari and lies in the middle of the forest, right on the Baltic Sea and is built in typical Finnish architecture. 

Day 2: Helsinki
After a nice city tour by bus we visit monumental buildings like the Uspenskin Cathedral, the work of the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Finland is known for its design such as Littala glassware or fabrics by Marimekko, which we will all find in the shopping area. We will enjoy a meal at the fish market.  

Day 3: Helsinki - Koli
Today we start our journey through Finland. From Helsinki we drive to Lahti past the Saimaa Lake District, to Mikkeli and Souvanlinna. The Saimaa with its rivers and canals is connected to many big waters in the north. Souvanlinna is the most important city in southern Savo. The inner city of Savonlinna lies partially on islands. Olavinlinna is considered the best preserved medieval castle in Northern Europe, that we will also visit. In the afternoon we continue through the Samai Lake District north to Koli, from where we have a wonderful view over many lakes. Our hotel is located on a hill of Koli.

Day 4: Koli - Salla
Today's journey takes us through many forests. We will hardly see any humans, but hopefully encounter our first reindeer! From Nurmes we drive towards Kuhmo, which is located in the area of ​​Kainuu and is sparsely populated. In the forests of Kuhmo numerous animal species are to be found, including all the 4 large predator species of Finland: brown bears, wolves, lynxes and wolverines. Kuhmo is known for its chamber music festival in the summer and here we make a little stop. To the east lies Karelia, the easternmost province of the country. We continue to the north. In the border area there are small villages where Orthodox and Karelian traditions are still alive. In the upper Kainuu area, where Finland is the most narrow you can find the municipality Soumussalmi. This region is known for its battlefield during the winter war of 1939/1940. In Soumussalmi we will stop for lunch. On the E63 we continue north towards Lapland. This region, where Kuusamo is located, is traditionally referred to as Koillismaa. The area around Kuusamo consists of sparsely populated, mostly wooded surroundings. From Kuusamo we drive to Salla where we experience the real Lapland! Here you can hear the silence of the wild and the meaning of truly being in the middle of nowhere. We stay in typical small wooden houses that belong to the Hotel Sallatunturin Tuvat.

Tag 5: Salla - Inari 
After our first night in Lapland the next morning we will have a rendezvous with the reindeers! After this meeting we will  drive to the Arctic Circle in the vicinity of Rovaniemi to Santa Claus, with whom you can be photographed. We have plenty of time to get a Polar Circle stamp, do some shopping and have a lunch. Then we drive north to the town of Inari. After a stop on the way, we are expected in a hotel in the south of Inari, which is led by the Sami people. This traditional property is located on a river.

Day 6: Inari - Honningsvåg & North Cape 
Today will be a long day. We start the day with a visit to the Siida-Sámi museum and nature center. This open-air museum offers a tour along 50 objects, from traditional buildings to storage structures. Afterwards we drive the last part of Finland and cross the border with Norway at Karigasniemi. In Karasjok we have a lunch break. At the end of the day we reach our North Cape Hotel in Honningsvåg. After dinner we have some time to rest before we leave for the North Cape later this evening. Let’s hope the sky is clear so we can see the midnight sun! At the North Cape is the Nordkapcenter, where you can watch a panorama film and make a picture at the Globe, the real monument of the Northern Cape. At midnight, we can see that the sun is not setting but already rising again. After this event, we return to our hotel with our heads and hearts filled with many impressions! 

Day 7: Honningsvåg - Kvaenangsfjellet 
Today we have a late breakfast and we will start driving at the end of the morning. The drive goes to Alta, the center of the Sami in Norway. Here we visit the Alta Museum, where the famous UNESCO rock carvings are located. These petroglyphs are about 6000 years old and lie on bare rocks above sea level. Afterwards we drive along tthe fjord to Kvaenagsfjellet. Our hotel Gildetun is located on the Kvaenangsfjellet which is 412 meters above the sea. Here, the mountains rise steeply out of the northern Arctic Ocean and you can enjoy the view of the only glacier in Northern Europe that calves directly into the sea. This is one of Sandor’s favourite places in Norway. When the sky is clear you can here experience the most beautiful midnight sun! The hotel consists of a main building and various cabins for 2, 4 or 6 people. It has been decorated by artists from the area, which has contributed to the special character of the building.

Day 8: Kvaenangsfjellet - Tromsø 
From our hotel it is a short drive to Tromsø. The ferry takes us from Olderdalen to Lyngseidet and from Svensby to Breivikeidet when we reach Tromsø. First we visit the church of Tromsdal. It is also called the ‘Arctic Cathedral’ because of its looks. Our hotel is in the city center and in the afternoon there is time to discover Tromsø. You can rest, go shopping or discover the area.

Day 9: Tromsø - Svolvaer 
This day is full of contrasts! From Tromsø (center of the north) we drive into the most beautiful area the north has to offer: the Lofoten! Via Nordkjosbothn, Andselv and Bjerkvik we reach the south through various tunnels. From Bjerkvik we leave the E6 and take the E10 to the Lofoten Islands. The Lofoten - also called ‘Island of the Gods’ - is known for its dramatic scenery, with peaks like the Svolværgeita pinnacle jutting up into the sky. The magnificent landscape with its alpine mountain forms, the traditional fishing villages and the white sand beaches has made the archipelago world famous. On the Austvågøya is the town of Svolvaer, the capital of this archipelago. On one of these islands is our hotel, where we will spend the next two nights.

Day 10: Lofoten 
One day without packing our bags! The Lofoten are known for their beautiful nature and the amazing birds that live here.  Today we first drive to the entire archipelago with some photo stops to Å, the village at the southern end of the Lofoten Highway. After a short hike we reach the lookout point. In the back we can see the Lofot wall towers, in front of us the Vestfjord that extends to the mainland. In the afternoon we will visit the Viking Museum in Bostadt. The Vikings were the first inhabitants of this group of islands. They have earned their place in history as sailors and warriors. Before we return to the hotel we also visit Kabelvåg, the oldest settlement in Lofoten.

Day 11: Svolvaer - Mo I Rana 
Today we have to get up a little earlier, as we have to take the ferry from Svolvaer to Skutvik. From Skutvik we drive further south to Fauske and then towards Bodø and visit the Saltstraumen. Located near Bodø in Arctic Norway, Saltstraumen is the world's strongest tidal current. On the drive to Mo I Rana we then pass again the polar circle. The Arctic Circle Center is located about 680 meters above sea level on the border to Salttjellet-Svartisen National Park. The Saltfjellet is characterized by a diverse flora and fauna. In the Arctic Circle Center, the exhibition also provides information on various aspects of the Arctic Circle, including films. We stay in Mo I Rana for the night.

Day 12: Mo I Rana - Trondheim 
Anyone who likes salmon will be very satisfied today! For the most part, this day is a drive to get further south. At noon we are in Grong, where we visit a salmon aquarium. The river Namsen is known as one of the salmon richest waters of Scandinavia. Here the salmon will taste like it has never done before! In the late afternoon we arrive in Trondheim. The city is located surrounded by forests, fields and meadows and was once the capital of the country. Here we visit the Nidaros Cathedral, the largest and most magnificent sacral building in Scandinavia and the Gamle Bybrua, the connection with the Øra peninsula. Our hotel is located in the middle of Trondheim on the water.

Day 13: Trondheim - Molde 
We follow the E6 for a short while and then turn west on the E39 to drive to Kristiansund. The trading centre of Kristiansund was founded in 1692 by the Dutchman Jappe Ippes, who is known as the father of dried fish. He became famous for his import of stockfish from the Lofoten which he exported to the whole world. Kristiansund has the safest natural harbour in Norway. We will have our lunch here while you can enjoy the wonderful view! In the afternoon we drive over the landscape route Atlanterhavsvegen - it is a good example of a successful interaction of humans and nature. Seven bridges meander between Holemen and the archipelago directly along the sea. The ride passes through a rich coastal cultural landscape along the rugged Hustadvika coast, which has always been a challenging part of the ocean for sailors. Here the nature decides  We spend the night in the fjord town of Molde, which is surrounded by 222 peaks, also known as the ‘Jazz Metropolis of the North’.

Day 14: Molde - Grotli 
Today is all about highlights! Our route leads along the Golden Route, which connects the two valleys Ottadal and Romsdal. It is the most beautiful route of Fiordland! From Sølsnes we take the ferry via Åfarnes to Åndelnes. Here we drive towards the famous Trollstigen. This spectacular road, built in eleven years starting in 1925, has a gradient of up to 12%. Past the Stigfoss waterfall, we come to an altitude of 852 meters, where there is a stunning lookout that is not to be missed. Welcome to the world of trolls and legends! We continue with the ferry from Linge to Eidsdal to the most beautiful fjord in Norway, the Geiranger. We take the Eagle Route down to Geiranger and enjoy a magnificent view over the fjord. In Geiranger we leave the bus and take a boat trip on the Geirangerfjord to see all the magical landscapes from the water. On the boat tour we will pass the famous Seven Sisters and Freier waterfalls. After all these impressions we drive to the Dalsnibba, a summit south of the Geiranger. Finally we drive to our hotel, where we will enjoy a delicious buffet.

Day 15: Grotli - Fagernes 
We start the morning with a visit to the stave church of Lom that was first mentioned in 1270. On the road to the Sognefjord, the mountain landscape shows its wildest side. The area around the Hurrungane Mountain shows us a magnificent landscape. As far as Gaupne, the end point of the scenic route, the road runs directly along the beautiful Sognefjord. It goes up to the highest point at 1434 meters which makes it the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe. Winter is tough here with huge amounts of snow. Our journey continues via Skjolden and Gaupne to Kaupanger. If the weather permits, we do not take the Laertaltunnel but the Aurlandfjellet road to Flåm. The journey runs from fjord to fjord over the high mountains. The Stegastein observation deck offers a dizzying view over the fjord landscape. Our journey continues via Skjolden, Gaupne to Kaupanger. In the late afternoon we arrive in Fagernes, where we spend the night.

Day 16: Fagernes - Oslo 
In the late morning we drive to the Oslo metropolis on the Oslofjord. To get to know Oslo we will start with a city tour. On this trip we pass the Gamle Oslo (Old Town) with its main street Karl Johans Gate, where the castle and the Akershus Fortress are located. Ski jump Holmekollen offers a wonderful panoramic view of Oslo and the fjord. Close to here is also our hotel, where we will stay for the next two nights.

Tag 17: Oslo 
In the morning we will continue exploring Oslo. Later in the afternoon we visit the Kon-Tiki Museum. This private foundation includes original boats and exhibits from the famous adventure expeditions of globetrotter Thor Heyerdahl.

Day 18: Oslo - flight back home
We use our final day in Norway to do some shopping or just to wander around in this beautiful city. Later that day we will find our way to the airport for your return flight home.

Included in the trip:

  • Ride on the luxury 30-seater Scania Irizar
  • Experienced bus driver & tour guide
  • Middle class hotels (half board)
  • Entrance fee and admissions for Ovalinlinna Souvanlinna, the reindeer rendezvous experience, the Siida – Sámi-Museum, North Cape, Alta Museum, Wikinger Museum Lofoten, Nidaros-Dom Trondheim, Trollstigen.
  • Boattrip Geirangerfjord
  • Ferry fees
  • Ticket for the Flåm Railway
  • City tour in Oslo (with an Oslo card) and Helsinki

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