The Northern Lights of Scandinavia

February 18, 2020 to February 28, 2020

Join us on this captivating tour which offers a bewitching journey across Scandinavia’s breath-taking mountains, rivers, cities, and fjords. Enjoy a night at the Aurora Village with glass roof ceilings offering a sweeping view of the nights sky.  Hunt for the Northern Lights in Nordcapp as you sip on bubbles with your fellow travelers and delve further into this fascinating part of the world. You’ll find out more about reindeer, from Sámi, the indigenous people of Scandinavia, who have been working with “the true hero of the Artic” for centuries. From the grand architecture of vibrant Helsinki to meeting adorable four-legged locals in Alta, adventure and intrigue await you on our Northern Lights of Scandinavia trip.

 

Your journey begins aboard a motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Helsinki.

Welcome to Helsinki. With its lush parks and pretty seaside buildings, this beautiful city is set to be your home for the night. Meet your Travel Director at 18:00 for a drinks reception. Decorated in a distinctive Art Nouveau style, this charming four-star hotel is the ideal place to sit back and get to know your fellow travelers before your Scandinavian adventure begins.

Hotel: GLO Hotel Art Helsinki (or similar)

Today you'll take a scenic flight to Ivalo. Known as the gateway to Saariselkä, Ivalo isa 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. Tonight, 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.

Hotel: Aurora Village, Ivalo (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a sunrise view of Ivalo as you take in the picturesque scenery of its surrounding areas over your morning coffee and prepare yourself for your scenic day ahead. Today you'll be driven from Ivalo to Honningsvåg, the northernmost city in Norway. Take in the lush drive before exploring the quaint city itself, with its colorful architecture and nautical ambiance , it's the ideal place to stock up on souvenirs to mark your travels. Retire to the traditional Scandic Bryggen Honningsvag, situated on the sea shore.

Hotel: Scandic Bryggen, Honningsvåg (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

You simply can't visit Norway without heading to Nordcapp. Dubbed the northern most point in continental Europe, you'll go in search of the iconic Northern Lights as you sip on bubbles and delight in exquisite caviar with your fellow travelers. End your day back at your charming hotel, where you'll rest up ahead of tomorrow's adventures.

Hotel: Scandic Bryggen, Honningsvåg (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a spectacular drive from North Cape to Alta, taking in the country's magnificent fjords and surroundings along the way. Once you've arrived in this northern coast town you'll be taken aback by its quaint natural beauty. It boasts a UNESCO listed museum and a World Heritage Rock Art Center, which features an open-air rock carving exhibit. Head to an ice bar with your fellow travelers for a chilled beverage as you discuss the day's events. Home for the next couple of nights is Scandic Alta, a traditional, relaxing hotel, situated in the heart of Alta.

Hotel: Scandic Alta (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

A day for dog lovers, today is a true high point of the trip. Visit a working Husky farm to meet Trine Lyrek, a champion dog sledder. Learn about her Alaskan Huskies and the challenges she faces competing in marathon Arctic dog sled races. Perhaps enjoy an optional Husky dog sled ride in the heart of Norway. Indulge on a delectable oven-baked Highlight Dinner of local specialties, including seasonal salmon or reindeer, before heading back for a cozy night at your hotel.

Hotel Scandic Alta (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Today you'll head to the small but mighty town of Tromsø, located on the island of Tromsøya. Known as Norway's gateway to the Artic, you'll be surrounded by snow-capped mountains and ethereal water views. Once here you'll head to the Radisson Blu Hotel, your home for the night. This traditional venue boasts stunning views of the Artic Cathedral, Tromsø Fjord and mountains.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromsø (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Delve into the history of this glorious country with a meeting with the Sami people, the indigenous people of Scandinavia. You'll wrap up in provided extra warm clothing, as you're led around the Sami camp with a knowledgeable, English-speaking Sami guide. You'll feed the reindeer herd before enjoying your Celebration Dinner, a hot traditional Sami meal with hot drinks.

Hotel: : Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromsø (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

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 buffs can delve further into Norway's impressive history at the Viking Ship Museum or for outdoorsy types, take a pretty walkthrough Frogner Park. Your hotel for the evening is the contemporary Thon Hotel Opera which offers delicious dining options in its modern Scala Restaurant.

Hotel: Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Alas, you must bid farewell to this beautiful city. After breakfast you’ll transfer from the hotel to the Oslo airport for your flight home. Upon arrival at Chicago O’Hare, your motorcoach transfer will return you to your original pick-up point.

Meal: Breakfast


Air-Inclusive Package

  • Group motorcoach transfer from select pick-up points to and from Chicago O’Hare on group dates
  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Helsinki, Finland and return from Oslo, Norway including current air taxes and fees
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Helsinki and Oslo

Accommodations

  • Hotel accommodations for nine nights in 4-star hotels
    • Helsinki: Set in a breath-taking location, Glo Art Hotel is situated close to the Sibelius Academy and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Its Art Nouveau interior only adds to its grand allure, making it an idyllic place to rest up after a long day travelling.
    • Aurora Village: Based hundreds of kilometers above the Arctic Circle, this idyllic destination offers contemporary cabins, with each including a mesmerizing glass roof.
    • North Cape: Set on Honningsvag’s pretty sea shore you’ll wake to glorious views of this pretty village.
    • Alta: Situated in central Alta, you’ll be in the perfect location to check out the area’s local highlights, including a UNESCO listed museum and a World Heritage Rock Art Centre.
    • Tromsø: Surrounded by impressive mountains and with views of the ethereal Tromsø Bay, this dreamy hotel offers a reinvigorating getaway for those in need of a little relaxation.

Sightseeing Inclusions

  • Inter Scandinavian flights from Helsinki to Ivalo and Tromsø to Oslo
  • Tromsø: 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.
  • 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
  • Szentendre: Explore the maze of lanes, churches and colorful houses in this pleasant riverside village.
  • North Cape: What better way to search for the Northern Lights than by toasting to your adventure with bubbles with your fellow travelers
  • Oslo: On your orientation of Oslo city, see the medieval Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace. Escorted by a professional, local Tour Director

Included Meals

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Five dinners:
    • Helsinki. Enjoy a welcome drink at your hotel as you get to know your fellow travelers.
    • 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 travelers.
    • Tromsø: A true highlight of the trip, you’ll enjoy a Highlight Dinner of seasonal salmon or reindeer, alongside some new four-legged friends.

Additional Inclusions

  • Luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel *
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.

*A minimum number of passengers are required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany this group. If the minimum is not met, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.

Pricing

Tour-Only

Arrange your own airfare to Helsinki and Oslo
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Airfare from Chicago
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $520.00
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person.
Final Payment Due:
 No later than November 14, 2019

*Above pricing is per person based on double occupancy and subject to availability. Pricing includes current air taxes and fees of $401.23 per person and are subject to change. A valid passport is required
*Not Included: Airline flights on land-only packages, air-imposed baggage fees, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package); optional excursions that may be offered, and any items of a personal nature. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.

Outbound Flight

Flights from Chicago to Helsinki and from Oslo are pending: The air-inclusive package includes air that has not yet been assigned, the identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date.  Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • Date of Booking to November 14, 2019: Deposit amount $400.00 per person
  • November 15 – December 13, 2019: 50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
  • December 14, 2019 – January 17, 2020: 75% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
  • January 18, 2020 to departure: No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once issued.

A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.

Available Discounts:

Early Booking Discount: Book and pay in Full by August 21, 2019 and receive a discount of $170.00 per person

Past Passenger Discount:  $170.00 per person (subject to change at any time)

*Must have traveled with Insight Vacations, Uniworld, Brendan Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki within the last five years to qualify.

Discounts are subject to change at any time