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Northern Lights of Scandinavia

10 Day Scandanavia Tour to Alta & Helsinki

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10 Days
2 Countries

Finland, Norway

6 Cities

Helsinki, Ivalo, Honningsvag, Alta, Tromso, Oslo

15 Meals

9 Breakfasts, 2 Dinner with Wines, 3 Dinners, 1 Lunch

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations
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See the Northern Lights from Scandinavia's breathtaking mountain tops on this 10-day tour of Helsinki, Alta and Oslo. Journey through Finnish Lapland—250km above the Arctic Circle to Ivalo, the Gateway to the North. From the comfort of your cozy cabin in Aurora Village, gaze out through the glass roof as the lights of the aurora borealis dance above. Cross the Finnish-Norwegian border to North Cape and sample caviar in Europe’s northernmost point, before a once in lifetime visit to a working husky farm. Here you will meet the Arctic dog sled racing Alta huskies—a world famous champion dog sledding team, before a stop in Tromsø where the Indigenous Sami community invite you to help feed their reindeer herd. The vacation draws to a close on the scenic, and once Viking, shores of the Oslofjord.

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Day 1

Welcome to Helsinki.

Welcome to Helsinki, with its excellent museums and pretty seaside buildings. This beautiful city is set to be your home for the night. Our stay begins at the grand GLO Hotel Art. Decorated in a distinctive Art Nouveau style, this charming four-star hotel is the ideal place to sit backand relax before your Scandinavian adventure begins. Meet your Travel Director for a drink and mingle with your fellow traveling companions.

Winter in Helsinki, Finland
GLO Hotel Art View Hotel Details

GLO Hotel Art

About the Hotel

Helsinki, Finland

GLO Hotel Art is a charming hotel, built around a century-old art nouveau castle. It is in the center of Helsinki surrounded by the vivid Design District.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic

Day 2

The gateway to Lapland

Today you’ll take a flight to Ivalo, a small yet important center in Finnish Lapland, 250km above the Arctic Circle. The Gateway to the North, Ivalo is set on the Ivalo River, where the first Lapland Goldrush took place in the 19th century.
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. Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed. 

Fly to Ivalo from Helsinki, Finland
Aurora Village View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Aurora Village

About the Hotel

Ivalo, Finland

The boutique Aurora Village provides the best chance to witness the spectacular Northern Lights, all from the comfort of your private cabin! The laser heated panoramic glass ceiling ensures your personal sky views aren't obstructed by ice or snowfall, while the in-room facilities allow you to enjoy the dancing Aurora Borealis over a cup of tea or coffee. Located hundreds of kilometers above the Artic Circle and surrounded by beautiful wilderness, you are still only a short drive from town.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room Service

Style

  • Boutique
Authentic Dining Guests enjoying a Welcome Dinner in Ivalo, Finland
Ivalo Welcome Dinner

Your delicious Welcome Dinner will be served at the boutique Aurora Village hotel.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences
Meet the Finnhorses

Join us for an up close and personal experience with the Finnhorses whose ancestors served the Finns in WW2, as well as a demonstration of how Salm...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Aurora Snowmobile Safari

Venture into the remote wilderness of the North on an exciting snowmobile ride. Along the way learn some fascinating facts about the Arctic and abo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Ivalo to Honningsvåg

Today you’ll be heading further North through the winter Lapland landscape. Cross the Finnish–Norwegian border as you make your way to Honningsvåg, the northernmost and smallest city in Norway. Your drive will take you along the mighty Porsangerfjord, the fourth largest fjord in Norway. You will take the subsea Nordkapp Tunnel to the island of Magerøya, to reach your hotel in this small fishing community. Explore the quaint city by taking a stroll along the waterfront before retiring to your hotel and enjoying a delicious dinner.

Honningsvag in Norway
Scandic Nordkkapp View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Scandic Nordkkapp

About the Hotel

North Cape, Norway

Here you will be surrounded by stunning landscapes as far as the eye can see. A perfect base for experiencing the North Cape, magnificent nature and many exciting activities. If you are lucky you can experience both the northern lights and reindeer up close. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Snowy Honningsvag, Norway
Honningsvåg Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director hear about the past and present of this small fishing community.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 4

Northern Lights in North Cape

Enjoy a leisurely day to discover more of Honningsvåg. Take a walk to the 19th century church that survived the destruction of World War 2, a true rarity in Northern Norway. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to learn about king crabs and enjoy a fresh, sea-to-table lunch of this delicacy. Take your chance to visit the northernmost point of Europe, the famous North Cape and sip on bubbles and delight in exquisite caviar with your fellow travelers (weather permitting).

Colourful houses in a street of Honningsvag, Norway
Scandic Nordkkapp View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Scandic Nordkkapp

About the Hotel

North Cape, Norway

Here you will be surrounded by stunning landscapes as far as the eye can see. A perfect base for experiencing the North Cape, magnificent nature and many exciting activities. If you are lucky you can experience both the northern lights and reindeer up close. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Northern Lights, North Cape, Norway
Caviar and Bubbles in North Cape

There is no better way to search for the Northern Lights than by toasting to your adventure with bubbles and caviar at North Cape, the most special...

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Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences
Arctic King Crab Safari And Lunch

Set out in the company of local fishermen to witness giant king crabs being hauled out of their pots. With our catch secured, continue to a remote ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

North Cape to Alta

Today’s journey will take you along an ever changing landscape from barren lands through highlands to the shores of the Altafjord. It was in Alta where the world’s first northern lights observatory was built at the end of the 19th century. With increasing tourism the city is going through quick development offering a wide range of activities. Start your adventures with a visit to one of the first ice hotels in the world and enjoy a chilled beverage with your fellow travelers. Your comfortable hotel is located next to the modern and iconic Northern Lights Cathedral in the heart of the city.

Winter in Alta, Norway
Scandic Alta View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Scandic Alta

About the Hotel

Alta, Norway

Scandic Alta is located in central Alta, the gateway to the Finnmark region, and combines an arctic experience with a modern and comfortable hotel stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Visit the Ice hotel in Alta, Norway
Alta Ice Bar Visit

Head for drinks at a local ice bar, where you'll get the chance to catch up with your fellow travelers.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Top Rated Highlights Northern Lights Cathedral at Sunset in Alta, Norway
Alta Orientation

Enjoy an orientation of Alta, where the world’s first Northern Lights observatory was built at the end of the 19th century. With increasing tourism...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Northern Lights Mountain Safari

With our Local Expert, we'll chase the Northern Lights from the top of a mountain high above Alta. We'll learn about this incredible phenomenon ove...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Alaskan Huskies in Alta

You’ll enjoy a leisurely day in Alta to continue with your activities. Maybe you’ll choose to visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Alta Museum famous for its prehistoric rock carvings. Later, you’ll visit a working husky farm and get to know the Lyrek family and champion sled dogs. Learn about the Alaskan huskies and the challenges they face competing in the marathon long Arctic dog sled races. Indulge in a delectable oven-baked Highlight Lunch before meeting the dogs themselves.

Frozen Alta River Sorrisniva, Norway
Scandic Alta View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Scandic Alta

About the Hotel

Alta, Norway

Scandic Alta is located in central Alta, the gateway to the Finnmark region, and combines an arctic experience with a modern and comfortable hotel stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Experiences Alaskan husky covered in snow, Alta, Norway
Meet the Lyrek family and their huskies

Meet the Lyrek family and their huskies. Hear tales about their marathon Arctic dog sled races while enjoying a hearty lunch.

Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Authentic Dining Salmon with wine, Alta, Norway
Alta Local Specialties Lunch

Savor a delicious oven-baked lunch of local seasonal specialties of fresh salmon or the local's favorite, reindeer, served with fresh salads and wine.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences
World Heritage Rock Art Center

Join us as we discover the life and culture of the people of Alta. Their ancient lives have been documented in rock art which is brought to life by...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Wilderness Dog Sleigh Ride

Come and meet some outstanding athletes who love to run: Alaskan huskies. Their loving owners and handlers race them in the 1000-kilometer-long sle...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Norway’s gateway to the Artic

Today you’ll head to Tromsø, northern Norway’s largest city, located on the island of Tromsøya. You’ll be surrounded by snowcapped mountains and ethereal water views. Just a short walk from your hotel, you’ll find a high concentration of old wooden houses and a great array of restaurants.

Tromso bay in Norway
Clarion Hotel The Edge View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Clarion Hotel The Edge

About the Hotel

Tromso, Norway

Situated by the water in the center of Tromso is the Clarion Hotel The Edge. This four point five star hotel offers well appointed rooms with contemporary furnishings and complimentary Wifi.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Tromso Cathedral in Norway
Tromso Orientation

Enjoy your orientation of Tromsø, Northern Norway’s largest city located on the island of Tromsøya. 

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Arctic Aurora Dinner Cruise

All aboard! This incredible dinner cruise offers a unique opportunity to search for the Northern Lights from the water while enjoying a delicious s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Delve into Scandinavian history

Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you meet members of the Indigenous Sami community of Scandinavia. Delve into the history of Arctic Norway and join a Sami guide for an immersive journey through their camp, with an invitation to help feed their reindeer herd. 
You are invited into a lavuu (a traditional Sami tent) to hear stories of Sami life and folk songs around the fire, after enjoying a traditional Sami meal with hot drinks.

Sami girl with reindeer Tromso, Norway
Clarion Hotel The Edge View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Clarion Hotel The Edge

About the Hotel

Tromso, Norway

Situated by the water in the center of Tromso is the Clarion Hotel The Edge. This four point five star hotel offers well appointed rooms with contemporary furnishings and complimentary Wifi.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Make Travel Matter Sami man with reindeer in Tromso, Norway
Meet a Sami Family at their Reindeer Camp in Tromsø

Delve into the fascinating history of Scandinavia in Tromsø. Norway has recognized its Sami population as Indigenous and has special rules for the ...

See More
Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Authentic Dining
Tromso Sami Dinner

Dine on traditional food, served with hot drinks with the fascinating Sami people, as you hear tales of Scandinavia from its indigenous people.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Visit Ishavskatedralen Arctic Cathedral in Tromso, Norway
Arctic Cathedral and Cable Car Experience

Visit the Arctic Cathedral of Tromsø, an architectural landmark of Northern Norway. Then, we'll enjoy soaring views of fjords as we ascend via cabl...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

A merry finale in Oslo

In the morning, take a flight from Tromsø to Oslo, a modern city located on the shores of the Oslofjord. Surrounded by forested mountains, city dwellers and visitors alike have easy access to nature all year round. On your orientation see the Oslo Opera House and the new Deichmann Library in the contemporary Bjørvika district. Join your fellow travelers at a local restaurant to make a toast to newfound friends and a wonderful journey, over a Celebration Dinner with wine.

 

Barcode Business District Oslo, Norway
Thon Hotel Europa Oslo View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Thon Hotel Europa Oslo

About the Hotel

Oslo, Norway

The Thon Hotel is centrally located, 320 yards from National theater Metro Station, the National Gallery and Karl Johans Gate shopping street. The Royal Palace is a 5-minute walk away.

Hotel Amenities

  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Bar
  • Restaurant

Style

  • Hotel
Top Rated Highlights The new Oslo Opera House in Norway
Oslo Orientation

On your orientation of Oslo city, see the Oslo Opera House and the new Deichmann Librabry in the contemporary Bjørvika district.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Toast to your travels at your Celebration Dinner in Oslo, Norway
Oslo Celebration Dinner

Scandinavian hospitality is matched with fine food and a glass of wine at your Celebration Dinner.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences
Highlights of Oslo

Visit the fascinating Viking ship museum and let our Local Expert bring the era to life. Discover the world's best-preserved Viking ships, which ma...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

Farewell Oslo

It’s time to say farewell to your fellow travelers. Your trip ends after breakfast.

Included Meals Breakfast

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Top rated highlights

Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Top Rated Highlights
Honningsvåg Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director hear about the past and present of this small fishing community.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Alta Orientation

Enjoy an orientation of Alta, where the world’s first Northern Lights observatory was built at the end of the 19th century. With increasing tourism...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Meet the Lyrek family and their huskies

Meet the Lyrek family and their huskies. Hear tales about their marathon Arctic dog sled races while enjoying a hearty lunch.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Tromso Orientation

Enjoy your orientation of Tromsø, Northern Norway’s largest city located on the island of Tromsøya. 

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Meet a Sami Family at their Reindeer Camp in Tromsø

Delve into the fascinating history of Scandinavia in Tromsø. Norway has recognized its Sami population as Indigenous and has special rules for the ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Oslo Orientation

On your orientation of Oslo city, see the Oslo Opera House and the new Deichmann Librabry in the contemporary Bjørvika district.

Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

9 Breakfasts, 2 Dinner with Wines, 3 Dinners, 1 Lunch

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Ivalo Welcome Dinner

Your delicious Welcome Dinner will be served at the boutique Aurora Village hotel.

Caviar and Bubbles in North Cape

There is no better way to search for the Northern Lights than by toasting to your adventure with bubbles and caviar at North Cape, the most special place on earth. 

Alta Ice Bar Visit

Head for drinks at a local ice bar, where you'll get the chance to catch up with your fellow travelers.

Alta Local Specialties Lunch

Savor a delicious oven-baked lunch of local seasonal specialties of fresh salmon or the local's favorite, reindeer, served with fresh salads and wine.

Tromso Sami Dinner

Dine on traditional food, served with hot drinks with the fascinating Sami people, as you hear tales of Scandinavia from its indigenous people.

Oslo Celebration Dinner

Scandinavian hospitality is matched with fine food and a glass of wine at your Celebration Dinner.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

GLO Hotel Art
Aurora Village
Scandic Alta

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Meet the Finnhorses

Join us for an up close and personal experience with the Finnhorses whose ancestors served the Finns in WW2, as well as a demonstration of how Salm...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Aurora Snowmobile Safari

Venture into the remote wilderness of the North on an exciting snowmobile ride. Along the way learn some fascinating facts about the Arctic and abo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Arctic King Crab Safari And Lunch

Set out in the company of local fishermen to witness giant king crabs being hauled out of their pots. With our catch secured, continue to a remote ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Northern Lights Mountain Safari

With our Local Expert, we'll chase the Northern Lights from the top of a mountain high above Alta. We'll learn about this incredible phenomenon ove...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
World Heritage Rock Art Center

Join us as we discover the life and culture of the people of Alta. Their ancient lives have been documented in rock art which is brought to life by...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Wilderness Dog Sleigh Ride

Come and meet some outstanding athletes who love to run: Alaskan huskies. Their loving owners and handlers race them in the 1000-kilometer-long sle...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Arctic Aurora Dinner Cruise

All aboard! This incredible dinner cruise offers a unique opportunity to search for the Northern Lights from the water while enjoying a delicious s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Arctic Cathedral and Cable Car Experience

Visit the Arctic Cathedral of Tromsø, an architectural landmark of Northern Norway. Then, we'll enjoy soaring views of fjords as we ascend via cabl...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Highlights of Oslo

Visit the fascinating Viking ship museum and let our Local Expert bring the era to life. Discover the world's best-preserved Viking ships, which ma...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

Current Entry Requirements Check your destination View Entry Guide >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across Sweden, Norway, and Denmark The official language of Sweden is Swedish, the official language of Norway is Norwegian, and the official language of Denmark is Danish.
  • Currency used in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark: The currency of Sweden is the Swedish Krona, the currency of Norway is the Norwegian Krone, and the currency of Denmark is the Danish Krone.
  • Capital cities: Stockholm (Sweden), Oslo (Norway), and Copenhagen (Denmark)/li>
  • Time Zone(s) in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

 

Sweden, Norway, and Denmark passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Sweden, Norway or Denmark
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Sweden has a varied climate, with the north experiencing colder conditions than the south. The country has a temperate climate overall, but winters in the northern regions are significantly colder. Summers in Sweden are generally mild to warm, with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 25°C. The coastal areas experience more maritime influences, while inland regions have a more continental climate. Sweden also has distinct seasons, with beautiful autumn foliage and snowy winters.

Norway's climate varies from region to region due to its long coastline and mountainous terrain. Coastal areas experience milder winters and cooler summers due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream. Inland regions have colder winters with more snowfall, and summers tend to be mild. The western coast receives high rainfall throughout the year, while the eastern regions are drier. Norway's fjords and mountains contribute to dramatic weather patterns and stunning landscapes.

Denmark has a temperate maritime climate, influenced by the surrounding seas. Winters in Denmark are mild, with temperatures averaging around freezing point. Summers are generally cool to mild, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 20°C. The country experiences moderate rainfall throughout the year, but precipitation is evenly distributed. Danish weather can be changeable, with a mix of sunny, rainy, and cloudy days. The coastal areas enjoy the influence of the Baltic and North Sea, creating a pleasant seaside atmosphere.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Marsha Meyer
Review date: Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Service
When we first ordered the trip arranging for it only took a few minutes. We knew when we wanted to go and Barb was very helpful with making the arrangements.. It wasn't until a few months later we realized the time frames of us arriving and leaving due to layovers would not work well. We contacted Barb right away and she was so helpful. She pretty much rearranged the trip. The new flight times were so much better for us (we're 74 so getting up at 2 or3am to get to the early morning flight is not good for us anymore). Plus due to changing things late the only seats available were in economy so we had to go from Prem. Econ. to regular Economy. Not only did she arrange for our new seats but we didn't have to wait for the difference in price to reflect in our balance.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to share your lovely comments about Barb. We will be sure to pass them along to her and the rest of the GET team. We are so pleased to see that you had a wonderful trip.
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Vacation
It was so much fun. We got to see some Northern Lights which was amazing. The dog sled experience was the Best. We got to go on a short ride. Also it turns out that one of handlers was actually in the Alaskan dog sled race here in the US so we heard what it's like being in the race. We'll be talking about this trip for a long time.
G. Gruber
Review date: Friday, November 25, 2022
Service
Had a flight change but wasn’t an issue. Did have to hoof it a bit to get through the passport check! Otherwise smooth travels. Thank you for honoring the initial cost since the trip had to be rescheduled!
Response from Grand European Travel:
So happy to hear that you enjoyed your Scandinavian experience. Seeing the Northern Lights is nothing short of spectacular! Thank you so much for writing a review. Your comments are very much appreciated.
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Vacation
Good balance of free time and “managed” time. Our driver Tomas did a fantastic time keeping us safe. Our guide Gwen took care of our needs and this in spite is f Mother Nature. We had snowy days, clearer days and saw the northern lights our last day above the Arctic Circle. Because there wasn’t enough snow to do some of the optionals…we did not lack with the friendly folks in Finland and Norway. Each place had something special to it. So glad I made this trip.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Service
Daniel booked the trip as he did two previous trips; he is fantastic! He is very through and this trip even though the was a two day strike by Lufthansa it went very well.
Vacation
Even though this was the first trip to see the Northern Lights everything went smoothly. We saw the Northern Lights on three different occasions and didn't have to use a "whisper". Lots of free time, which I like, and the optional tours were wonderful. Even there was lots of snow in early November, it was a dry cold and I brought my boots and down coat. Laura, the tour director, was wonderful; so knowledgeable and shared her enthusiasm round the group!
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a wonderful time and everything went perfectly despite the airline strike. We thank you for you business and taking the time to share your memories of Scandinavia.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
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