A Unique Part of the World You’ll Never Forget
Written by Charlotte Wells
Tour host account by Tara Kane
The 22-day Escorted Escapes Spectacular Scandinavia and Northern Lights tour is a holiday to remember. Travelling by ship and rail, you will be able to tick off many incredible places in Northern Europe and maximise your experience, giving you an unforgettable adventure in this unique part of the world. This trip has a long list of inclusions – even your flights and visas are part of the package – yet you are still able to customise some local excursions to suit your own interests.
Spectacular Scandinavia & the Northern Lights
One of the best things to do on the tour is husky and reindeer sledding at the local farms in Finnish Lapland. You’ll be taken on an adventure through the beautiful countryside and forest that boasts a sea of white blanket snow. A bonus is you’ll meet owners of the farms and learn more about these happy Arctic huskies and how they live and work in Northern Europe. In this itinerary, you’ll even get to experience a night stay at the luxurious Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos in Finland! Stay up late and watch the snow fall off the roof or fall asleep to the sound in your peaceful and cosy room underneath the night sky. A must do while you’re in Finland is to try the reindeer stew and hotdogs, an exclusive dining experience you won’t want to miss.
Rail & Cruise
You’ll reach new destinations by the world’s most famous and spectacular rail journeys, the 20km long Flåm Railway, where you’ll take in some of the most stunning countryside through Scandinavia. Set sail on the MS Finnmarken, a Hurtigruten Norway coastal cruise that includes an À la carte menu and is the only ship in the fleet that has a hot tub onboard. The best thing about cruising is that you only unpack once, which means you won’t have to unpack at each destination. While sailing aboard you’ll see some of the most breath-taking Fjords in the world, lighthouses on the cliffs and small isolated fishing villages and farms. You’ll also cruise through idyllic islands and cross the Arctic Circle where, with a bit of luck, you’ll soon discover the magnificent Northern Lights!
Photos from Tara’s Tour Group
Benefits of Small Group Touring
This itinerary gives you the flexibility of being able to tailor some daily activities on the cruise leg to suit you. Whether that means stopping for more coffee breaks to relax, or more shopping is on your to-do list. Being a small group tour, it gives you a more personalised experience and provides a lot of extras and benefits you won’t get anywhere else. The tour guide speaks multiple languages and has extensive knowledge of history, assisting you with questions in each place you visit. You’ll be guaranteed to learn something new and meet local people in each destination. Your experienced and well-travelled host will also assist you with any of your itinerary enquiries and will make sure you have an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. The locals and your tour guide will also assist in securing great prices for any additional excursions and souvenirs you desire. They will also help you receive the ultimate dining experience in Scandinavia, leaving you wanting more of this beautiful yet unique part of the world.
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