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Above the Arctic Circle

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  • 14 nights
  • Jun-Sep

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Highlights

In pictures
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Explore captivating Tromso City with it's many attractions

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Enjoy Sweden's beautiful Abisko National Park

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Explore under the long days of the midnight sun

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Sample the Finnish fells and myriad lakes

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Learn about the region's rich Sami heritage

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Visit North Cape, the northernmost point in Europe

Why this trip...

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

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Culture

Experience local culture and heritage as part of this holiday

Overview

Marvel at stunning scenery and picturesque open roads on this self drive across Finland, Norway and Sweden, bathed in the midnight sun. Experience the best of Lapland under the light nights of the Arctic summer on this comprehensive exploration of lakes, fjords, waterways, national parks and more, and get a true feel for this Sami heartland.

Hike and bike along the forest trails, see reindeer roaming freely and enjoy true summer wilderness. From the lakes and forests of Finland, venture north to the rugged mountains and fjords of Norway. Stand on the North Cape 307m above sea level and look out to where the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans meet, hike in the spectacular Lyngenfjord and explore the beautiful island of Senja, with its outstanding white sand beaches. Venture into Sweden and spend time hiking in the Abisko National Park.

This itinerary may cover what is collectively known as Lapland, but the diversity of these three countries is easily distinguishable, and equally spectacular. Activities offered are varied: hiking; walking; canoeing; fishing; cycling to name a few - with several national parks on the itinerary you'll enjoy a lot of Lapland's great outdoors as well as some lovely hotels along the way.

Itinerary

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 arrive Kiruna, Sweden - Icehotel

Fly to Kiruna. On arrival collect your rental vehicle and drive east to the famous Icehotel. Approximate distance 14 km / driving time 15 minutes. Spend two nights at the Icehotel. The stay is based in hotel style rooms, but you have the option to spend a night in one of the Ice rooms in Icehotel 365.

Fly to Kiruna. On arrival collect your rental vehicle and drive east to the famous Icehotel. Approximate distance 14 km / driving time 15 minutes. Spend two nights at the Icehotel. The stay is based in hotel style rooms, but you have the option to spend a night in one of the Ice rooms in Icehotel 365.

Day 2 at leisure around the Icehotel

There are many optional activities for you to take part in at the Icehotel. These include white water rafting, tree top challenge park, learn how to survive in the wilderness or create your own ice masterpiece with an ice sculpting class.

There are many optional activities for you to take part in at the Icehotel. These include white water rafting, tree top challenge park, learn how to survive in the wilderness or create your own ice masterpiece with an ice sculpting class.

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Day 3 Icehotel - Inari, Finland

Cross the border over to Finland and continue to Inari, the centre for Sami culture. Visit the Sami museum Siida, and other places to check out are Ukko Island, The Wilderness Church of Lake Pielpa and fell areas with hiking opportunities. Stay two nights Wilderness Hotel Inari.
(Approx 473 km / 6 hours)

Cross the border over to Finland and continue to Inari, the centre for Sami culture. Visit the Sami museum Siida, and other places to check out are Ukko Island, The Wilderness Church of Lake Pielpa and fell areas with hiking opportunities. Stay two nights Wilderness Hotel Inari.
(Approx 473 km / 6 hours)

Day 4 at leisure around Inari

Explore the Sami heartland, go canoeing or hiking, take a boat trip in Lemmenjoki National Park, the largest in Finland, famous for its gold rich rivers so give gold panning a try.

Explore the Sami heartland, go canoeing or hiking, take a boat trip in Lemmenjoki National Park, the largest in Finland, famous for its gold rich rivers so give gold panning a try.

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Day 5 Inari - Hammerfest, Norway

Drive North West and leave Finland behind, crossing the border to Norway. On the journey stop off for lunch at Karasjok, the Sami Capital and explore the town before continuing on to Hammerfest.
(Approx 332 km / 4.5 hours)

Drive North West and leave Finland behind, crossing the border to Norway. On the journey stop off for lunch at Karasjok, the Sami Capital and explore the town before continuing on to Hammerfest.
(Approx 332 km / 4.5 hours)

Day 6 at leisure in Hammerfest/North Cape

Hammerfest is one of the oldest towns in Norway. It is a compact town but it a busy town. There are many shops, restaurants and museums to visit including The Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society and the Museum of Post War Reconstruction. Alternatively you can drive to the northernmost point in Europe, North Cape. With its cliff face jutting into the sea, the plateau rises 307 metres above sea level. The visitor centre holds various exhibitions throughout the year, and the chapel St Johannes Kapell is the world’s northernmost ecumenical chapel. The North Cape island of Magerøya harbours other secrets. Visit the bird cliff of Gjesvaerstappan, home to hundreds of thousands of puffins, gannets and cormorants, or go fishing for giant king crabs and eat the tasty monsters afterwards
(Approx 206 km / 3 hours each way).

Hammerfest is one of the oldest towns in Norway. It is a compact town but it a busy town. There are many shops, restaurants and museums to visit including The Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society and the Museum of Post War Reconstruction. Alternatively you can drive to the northernmost point in Europe, North Cape. With its cliff face jutting into the sea, the plateau rises 307 metres above sea level. The visitor centre holds various exhibitions throughout the year, and the chapel St Johannes Kapell is the world’s northernmost ecumenical chapel. The North Cape island of Magerøya harbours other secrets. Visit the bird cliff of Gjesvaerstappan, home to hundreds of thousands of puffins, gannets and cormorants, or go fishing for giant king crabs and eat the tasty monsters afterwards
(Approx 206 km / 3 hours each way).

Day 7 Hammerfest - Lyngenfjord

Leaving Hammerfest behind, drive south to Alta. Visit the modern and elegant Cathedral of the Northern Lights or the Alta Museum with samples of its famous rock art which dates back to 4200 BC. Alta also makes and ideal lunch stop. Then continue west along the coast with amazing views to the Lyngen alps and Sorkjosen. Two nights at Hotel Reisafjord.
(Approx 342 km / 5 hours)

Leaving Hammerfest behind, drive south to Alta. Visit the modern and elegant Cathedral of the Northern Lights or the Alta Museum with samples of its famous rock art which dates back to 4200 BC. Alta also makes and ideal lunch stop. Then continue west along the coast with amazing views to the Lyngen alps and Sorkjosen. Two nights at Hotel Reisafjord.
(Approx 342 km / 5 hours)

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Day 8 at leisure around Lyngenfjord

Spend the day enjoying this magnificent area, beautiful Lyngenfjord and the lush green Lyngen Alps which rise to 1800m. Go hiking or perhaps take a boat trip to the Sami camp and visit the reindeer.

Spend the day enjoying this magnificent area, beautiful Lyngenfjord and the lush green Lyngen Alps which rise to 1800m. Go hiking or perhaps take a boat trip to the Sami camp and visit the reindeer.

Day 9 Lyngenfjord - Tromso

Drive south west on the coastal road enjoying the scenic beauty of mountains and fjords. Follow the signs to Tromso, the main city in Northern Norway and enjoy a two night stay at Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora.

Drive south west on the coastal road enjoying the scenic beauty of mountains and fjords. Follow the signs to Tromso, the main city in Northern Norway and enjoy a two night stay at Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora.

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Day 10 at leisure in Tromso

Tromso city has many attractions to visit and with plenty of cafes and restaurants you will be spoilt for choice. Outside the city there are also plenty of activities to enjoy, with midnight sun cruises, fishing trips and even the Polar zoo an option.

Tromso city has many attractions to visit and with plenty of cafes and restaurants you will be spoilt for choice. Outside the city there are also plenty of activities to enjoy, with midnight sun cruises, fishing trips and even the Polar zoo an option.

Day 11 Tromso - Senja

Continue south to Nordkjosbotn and then west to Finnsnes, the gateway to Senja. Continue to the west coast to the small hamlet of Hamn. Alternatively, there is a ferry route from Brensholmen (1 hour drive from Tromso) to Botnhamn on the northern tip of Senja, then drive along the coast to Hamn. Spend two nights at Hamn I Senja
(Approx 210 km / 3 hours)

Continue south to Nordkjosbotn and then west to Finnsnes, the gateway to Senja. Continue to the west coast to the small hamlet of Hamn. Alternatively, there is a ferry route from Brensholmen (1 hour drive from Tromso) to Botnhamn on the northern tip of Senja, then drive along the coast to Hamn. Spend two nights at Hamn I Senja
(Approx 210 km / 3 hours)

Day 12 explore Senja

Discover the striking scenery along the Senja National Tourist Route, a 90km stretch of road on the island of Senja. The peaked mountain tops, white sand beaches and rolling hills make this island one of the most beautiful along the Norwegian coast. Explore the colourful fishing hamlets, hike along the marked pathways or perhaps be a fisherman for the day!

Discover the striking scenery along the Senja National Tourist Route, a 90km stretch of road on the island of Senja. The peaked mountain tops, white sand beaches and rolling hills make this island one of the most beautiful along the Norwegian coast. Explore the colourful fishing hamlets, hike along the marked pathways or perhaps be a fisherman for the day!

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Day 13 Senja - Abisko, Sweden

Drive back towards Finnsnes and continue south to Narvik, then head east on the road to Sweden, over the mountain pass from Bjornfjell to Riksgransen with beautiful mountain and lake views. Cross the border into Sweden and continue to Abisko National Park for a two night stay at Abisko Mountain Station.
(Approx 260 km / 4 hours)

Drive back towards Finnsnes and continue south to Narvik, then head east on the road to Sweden, over the mountain pass from Bjornfjell to Riksgransen with beautiful mountain and lake views. Cross the border into Sweden and continue to Abisko National Park for a two night stay at Abisko Mountain Station.
(Approx 260 km / 4 hours)

Day 14 at leisure in Abisko National Park

Time to explore the beautiful Abisko National Park, well known for its excellent hiking and outdoor pursuits - it enjoys one of the sunniest climes in the country due to its rain shadow position. Spend time in the great outdoors whether hiking, mountain biking, canoeing or maybe fishing.

Time to explore the beautiful Abisko National Park, well known for its excellent hiking and outdoor pursuits - it enjoys one of the sunniest climes in the country due to its rain shadow position. Spend time in the great outdoors whether hiking, mountain biking, canoeing or maybe fishing.

Day 15 depart Kiruna

Return to Kiruna for your flight back home. (Approx 110km / 1.5 hours)

Return to Kiruna for your flight back home. (Approx 110km / 1.5 hours)

Accommodation Options

We have selected properties for this holiday as referenced in the itinerary. However, with a wide choice of accommodation in the region, we can mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Prices and Departures

Price from £1906 including flights

What's Included

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Kiruna via Stockholm with SAS Airlines
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Car rental throughout
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car category Twin Price
Jun - Sep 2020 14 nights VW Golf £1,758
Jun - Sep 2020 14 nights VW Golf Estate £1,786
Jun - Sep 2020 14 nights VW Tiguan £1,844
Jun - Sep 2021 14 nights VW Golf £1,788
Jun - Sep 2021 14 nights VW Golf Estate £1,827
Jun - Sep 2021 14 nights VW Tiguan £1,882

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Meet Lameez

3 Scandinavian trolls kissed

6 Northern lights viewings

40 Countries visited

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