NORTH CAPE – THE TOP OF EUROPE!

The classic tour among all Scandinavian tours! A short visit to the exciting capital of Sweden is recommended to visit the iconic ABBA Museum before taking the overnight ferry to Turku, Finland’s oldest city. On the way to the Land of the Midnight Sun, drive through the Land of a 1000 Lakes with its endless beautiful landscapes, many national parks and unique architecture, just waiting to be discovered. 

Crossing the Arctic Circle, there is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of the Sami culture, before heading to the actual destination of the tour: The North Cape, the top of Europe. The North Cape may not be the northernmost point in Europe, but there is no doubt that the magic surrounding the place is truly unique. Standing in front of the famous steel globe and the view from the steep North Cape rocks rising from the deep blue Arctic Ocean is an emotional and unforgettable experience! 

Duration
15 days/ 13 nights

Departure
Daily from 15.05 – 15.09 2021

 

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Day 1: JÖNKÖPING
The journey begins in Jönköping. There is a Match Museum in the old factory hall – the only one in the world! 

Day 2: JÖNKÖPING/STOCKHOLM/TURKU
Stockholm – also known as “The Venice of the North” – is one of the most beautiful cities in Northern Europe. In the evening embark on one of the SILJA LINE ferries to Turku, Finland. 

Day 3: TURKU/JYVÄSKYLÄ
Turku is the oldest city in Finland. Turunlinna Castle, which is well worth seeing, is located right next to the ferry terminal. The journey continues through the lake landscape to Jyväskylä.

Day 4: JYVÄSKYLÄ/OULU
Drive through deep, green forests to Oulu, beautifully situated on the coast of the northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia. 

Day 5: OULU/ROVANIEMI
The journey continues along the Gulf of Bothnia to Rovaniemi, also known as Santa Claus’ hometown. Accordingly, a visit to Santa Claus village should not be missed, the Arktikum Adventure Center is also worth a visit. 

Day 6: ROVANIEMI/SAARISELKÄ
Continue across the Arctic Circle and the gold panning town of Tankavaara with the gold panning museum to Saariselkä. The Urho Kekkonen National Park bordering Russia is breathtaking and well worth a visit.

Day 7: SAARISELKÄ/NORTH CAPE
Drive along Lake Inari, which is sacred to the Sami , through the Norwegian Finnmark and the imposing Porsangerfjord to the North Cape island of Magerøya. We recommend an evening excursion to the North Cape with a view of the Arctic Ocean and Midnight Sun.

Day 8: NORTH CAPE/ALTA
Head back South, possibly with a short detour via Hammerfest, the northernmost city in the world, the journey continues to Alta. In Alta you should definitely have a look at the 6000-year-old rock paintings.

Day 9: ALTA/TROMSØ
The journey continues along the rough but beautiful coast to Tromsø. The modern city is known for its Arctic Cathedral, the Polar Museum and the world’s northernmost brewery “Mack”. 

Day 10: TROMSØ/NARVIK
A relatively short daily drive to Narvik is imminent. The War Museum in Narvik provides vivid information about the 1940 battles. Ore is shipped from Kiruna, Sweden, from Narvik’s ice-free port. 

Day 11: NARVIK/MOSJØEN
Today’s route is the goal: drive through the fantastic landscape of Northern Norway with its deep fjords, mirror-like lakes and impressive rock formations to cozy Mosjøen.

Day 12: MOSJØEN/TRONDHEIM
Today’s destination is the former Viking capital, Trondheim. A visit to the 12th century Nidaros Cathedral is a must.

Day 13: TRONDHEIM/HAMAR
Through the magical Dovrefjell, the journey continues along the fertile Gudbrands Valley to Hamar. On the way we recommend a visit to the Ringebu Stave Church and a visit to the Maihaugen open – air museum in Lillehammer.

Day 14: Individual Return Journey
Individual return journey via Oslo, Larvik, Kristiansand or Sweden.