The Dance of the Midnight Sun - Lapland & North Cape

The Dance of the Midnight Sun - Lapland & North Cape– Norway –7 days / 6 nights, Rovaniemi - Santa Claus Village - Saariselkä - Honningsvåg - Alta - Tromsø Lapland, North Cape and Lofoten Islands, experience a journey to the Land of the Midnight Sun, offering magical, idyllic scenery of mountains, fjords and islands. From Rovaniemi, home of Santa Claus Village, to Saariselka, a small village in untouched wilderness. On to Norway and the dance of the Midnight Sun in Honningsvåg and the North Cape! Visit the World Heritage Rock Art Centre - Alta Museum in Alta and the Arctic Cathedral, landmark of Tromsø.

Operation May 27 - July 18, 2017
Departure Guaranteed departures:
May 27*
June 3, 10*, 24*
July 8*
Price from $1,830 per person in double room
from $2,290 single room
from $1,675 3rd person sharing triple room
Included 6 nights at hotels in standard double/twin rooms
6 Buffet Breakfasts
2 x dinners
1 x lunch & 1 typical snack as per program
Bi-lingual tour escort from Day 1 to Day 7
All touring by private coach, with air-condition
The long distance bus from Day 2 to 6 offers WIFI
All sightseeing as per program
Visits, excursions and entrances as per program
Regular Arrival Transfer, from Rovaniemi Airport*
Regular Departure Transfer, to Tromso Airport*
Ferry crossings as per program
Please Note Regular Transfer Service included in the program are only available for transfers from Rovaniemi Airport and to Tromso Airport and only on the published official end date of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur. This transfer service is not valid for passengers with pre/post nights or passengers who require private transfers - for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved.

*These tours can be combined with Fabulous Scandinavia.
Tour Options Lapland & Northcape with Oslo Extension, 8 days, from $2,225 p.p.
Lapland, Northcape & Lofoten Islands, 11 days, from $3,220 p.p.
More Information Dance of the Midnight Sun - Lapland & Northcape map

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Day 1 ARRIVAL ROVANIEMI Saturday
Arrival to Rovaniemi Airport and regular transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Rovaniemi is the provincial center of Lapland, located right on the Arctic Circle. The town lies at the confluence of the rivers Ounas and Kemi, and is a historical meeting point for trade, people and cultures of the north. Today, Rovaniemi is a lively university town and a popular travel destination both in summer and winter where the famous Santa Claus Village receives thousands of visitors every day.

The day is at leisure. Please consult the Borealis Destination Management welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director.

Santa's Hotel Santa Claus

Day 2 ROVANIEMI - SANTA VILLAGE - SAARISELKÄ (B, L) Sunday ( 258 km, min 3hrs without stops)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departing in the morning for the next step on the tour, visiting Rovaniemi and its surroundings. The first stop will be the famous Santa Claus Village, followed by a visit to one of the most genuine Reindeer Farms in Lapland. The world famous Santa Claus Village is built right on the Arctic Circle and is home to Santa Claus. Stop by his busy post office where you can ask Santa to send a letter to your loved ones just before Christmas. Take a step into the magical world of Santa's home and meet Santa himself. No words can describe the feelings raised by the fairy-tale-like moment. It is something you will always remember. A must for any visit to Lapland.

From Santa Claus Village the excursion continues to the Reindeer Farm, where you will meet a local farmer, who will tell you all about the reindeers, the Sami culture and teach you how to throw Suopunki (Sami lasso). Your guide will explain you about the nature of the reindeer, a semi-wild animal with a great importance for the Sami people throughout history. A typical three course Lappish lunch is served during the visit at the farm. Before leaving the farm, you will have a meeting with the shaman and experience the Arctic Circle Crossing Ceremony.

Early in the afternoon, departure to Saariselkä, a small village surrounded by untouched wilderness, the centre of Finland's winter sports.

Santa’s Hotel Tunturi

Day 3 SAARISELKÄ - HONNINGSVÅG (B, Snack, D) Monday (424 km, min 5hrs 45min without stops )
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Honningsvaag via Inari and Karasjok. Right after crossing the Norwegian boarder you will arrive to Karasjok for a visit to one of the most genuine local husky farms of the region. During the visit to this farm, you will have the opportunity to experience the enthusiasm of these amazing arctic dogs and understand the special relationship between the musher and the dogs.

Visit the puppy-yard and linger with the friendly adult racing dogs. It is not required to be a passionate dog-lover to gain respect and admiration for these dogs and their qualities. The head musher will talk about the life and training of these Arctic animals and you will also have the chance to take some great photos. During the visit a traditional Norwegian snack consisting of smoked reindeer and dry fish followed by coffee and cake will be served.

Continue further up north on the border of the Porsangerfjorden, before arriving to Honningsvaag, situated at a bay on the south eastern side of the island of Mageroya, just 35km from the famous North Cape and its visitor's centre. Check-in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Late in the evening midnight sun excursion to the North Cape Plateau where you can enjoy different activities, like exhibitions & films. During the visit a glass of champagne and a certificate will be offered to celebrate your journey to the top of Europe 71°10’21”.

Scandic Hotels Honningsvaag

Day 4 HONNINGSVÅG - ALTA (B, D) Tuesday (207 km, min 3hrs without stops)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from the hotel in Honningsvaag through one of the most beautiful routes in Northern Norway through Kaafjord and Skaidi to Alta, where you will visit The World Heritage Rock Art Centre - Alta Museum. This group of rock carvings bears the traces of a settlement dating from around 4200 to 500 BC. It constitutes the most important piece of evidence documenting the existence of human activity on the fringes of the Far North in prehistoric times - hence its status as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Check-in at your hotel, located next to the Alta Cathedral (Nordlysketedralen), with its spectacular architecture created to look like northern lights. Dinner served at the hotel.

OPTIONAL: HELICOPTER TOUR IN ALTA (TO BE INFORMED ON SITE BY TOUR DIRECTOR)
Helicopter ride over the Alta River - the best salmon fishing river (approx. 30 min flight time).Your tour director will, on site, provide information on the possibility of enjoying an optional panoramic helicopter ride (30 min – weather permitting, subject to availability and to minimum participation).
During this helicopter flight you will discover the well-known geological site where the Alta River flows, one among the World’s best salmon fishing rivers. The flight starts from Alta Airport and takes you to the river delta with fascinating bird life, passing several famous fishing spots like Raipas, Jøraholmen, Vina, Sandia and Sautso. The helicopter ride continues all the way up to Masi, a small village made up predominantly of Sami people. (Not included).

Thon Hotel Alta

Day 5 ALTA - TROMSØ (B) Wednesday (304 km, min 6hrs without stops)
Breakfast buffet at the hotel before departure to Tromsø. The journey is long, but compensated for its beauty. Travelling through the coastal area of the region, with the beautiful scenery of small fjords and islands of all sizes. Crossing the fjords around Lyngen Alps by regular ferries (Olderdalen - Lyngseidet and Svensby - Breivikseidet), before arrival to Tromsø, the largest city in Northern Norway.

Tromsø is a surprise to most visitors: Here you find art, history, sophistication, good food and an infamous nightlife in a bustling, tiny city. All of it, though, is surrounded by spectacular scenery that is visible from everywhere in town. The city is home to the world's northernmost university, as well as research institutes and satellite based industry.
Check-in to your hotel, and the rest of your evening is at leisure.

OPTIONAL: EXPERIENCE TROMSØ'S BEST VIEW! Visit to the Funicular Fjelheisen (aprox 1.5hs - 2hs)
The cable car runs from Solliveien in Tromsdalen up to the mountain ledge Storsteinen (421 m above sea level) in just four minutes. The two gondolas, known as Seal and Polar bear, each have a capacity of 28 passengers. From the viewing platform at the upper station, you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Tromsø and the surrounding islands, mountains and fjords. At the fully licensed Fjellstua restaurant, you can enjoy a delicious dinner based on local produce or select light meals from the café menu, while you take pleasure in the view (Not included).

Price per person: USD 55.00
The price includes transport to/from funicular and return ticket.

Scandic Ishavshotel

Day 6 TROMSØ (B) Thursday
Breakfast at the hotel. The day starts with a 4 hours city sightseeing, including visit to the Arctic Cathedral, a landmark of the city and a masterpiece of architecture. The 11 aluminum-coated concrete panels on each side of the roof provide the cathedral's form and the main entrance is surrounded by a large glass facade with a pronounced cross. The glasswork contains many symbols and generates considerable attention among our visitors. The cathedral's organ, built in 2005, is adapted to the cathedral’s architecture in a masterly fashion.

During this tour, you will also visit Polaria Museum, housed in a very distinctive building that represents ice floes that have been pressed up on land by the rough seas of the Arctic. Polaria has an Arctic aquarium, interesting knowledge-based exhibits, a panoramic cinema, and a gift and souvenir shop.

End of the tour at the hotel. The afternoon and evening are at leisure.

OPTIONAL: TROMSØ SAFARI * Midnight RIB boat Adventure (regular service)
DURATION: approx. 2.5hs (23:00 - 01:30)
In the late evening, you will have the opportunity to join an unforgettable experience under the midnight sun. We recommend you to be present at the Harbour latest at 22:40. The adventure starts from Tromsø Harbour at 23:00 and will set for Gåsvær, a small island sitting just in the open Norwegian Sea. While enjoying the midnight sun, travelling along Kvaløya with a little bit of luck you will be able to see some porpoise, seals and sea eagles. The adventure goes ashore on the beautiful, white, coral sand beaches of Gåsvær, where you will have some time to explore the uninhabited island on your own. Enjoy the fresh sea air, midnight sun and bird song, return to the Harbour in Tromsø at approximately 01:30. (Not included).

Price per person: USD 175.00
The price includes guiding in English, RIB BOAT TOUR, thermal suit/ flotation device.

Scandic Ishavshotel

Day 7 DEPARTURE TROMSØ (B) Friday
Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your regular transfer to Tromso airport in good time for your departure flight.

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