Welcome to an unforgettable Scandinavian journey to the heart of the Nordic region! This Northern Europe tour will take you to the vibrant cities of Stockholm, Tallinn, and Helsinki, along with the serene wilderness of Finnish Lapland.
In Stockholm, you’ll delve into the rich history and culture of Sweden’s capital city, exploring the charming Old Town and the grand Royal Palace – key highlights of your Stockholm city tour. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, will reveal its medieval architecture and picturesque Old Town, making your Tallinn sightseeing an enchanting experience. In Helsinki, Finland’s capital, you’ll enjoy a blend of modern and traditional culture as you immerse yourself in Finnish design, food, and architecture, truly showcasing why Helsinki travel is a must for every Nordic itinerary.
As you step off the plane in Stockholm, you’ll be greeted by the crisp, refreshing Nordic air. After a smooth transfer to your hotel, you’ll check into your room, ready to begin your adventure. As you settle in, you’ll be able to drop your bags and start exploring this charming city right away. Take some time to wander the streets, soak up the sights and sounds of Stockholm, and get a taste of the local culture.
Kickstart your day with a hotel breakfast, prepping for a prime experience visiting Stockholm.
At 10:00 AM, embark on a guided tour through the Gamla Stan, the historic Old Town, and more, revealing why it’s the best time to visit Stockholm with its rich cultural landmarks.
By noon, visit the Royal Palace, admiring its grandeur and understanding its historical significance.
After your enriching Stockholm visit, rest at the hotel at 1:00 PM. Indeed, Stockholm is worth visiting for its unique blend of history, culture, and beauty.
Start with breakfast at your hotel before checkout. Next, a guide will escort you to one of the top Stockholm places to visit, Drottningholm Palace, situated on Lovön. This 17th-century palace, currently the Swedish Royal Family’s home, is a UNESCO site showcasing stunning Renaissance architecture, grand halls, a theatre, and the Chinese Pavilion. Your visit to Drottningholm Palace also includes exploring its Baroque gardens. This tour is a must for history and architecture enthusiasts.
At 4:00 PM, you will head to the harbor for your Stockholm to Tallinn ferry trip, departing at 5:30 PM. This ferry from Stockholm to Estonia is a luxury overnight journey, providing a sea-side cabin for your comfort.
This journey offers a deluxe way to travel, packed with amenities for an enjoyable experience. Your cabin, perfect for Baltic Sea views, is just the start. The ferry features restaurants with delightful meals, a bar, a sauna, and a duty-free shop. Entertainment such as live music, a casino, and a children’s play area add to the fun. Internet access is available throughout. Travel in style while taking in beautiful Baltic Sea vistas.
Begin your day with breakfast on board, gearing up for your visit Tallinn. As you approach, the thrill builds. By 10:45 AM, you’ll reach the harbor and meet your guide who’ll escort you to your hotel. Post luggage drop-off, your Tallinn city break commences with a walk through the medieval Old Town‘s enchanting streets.
Your guide will share stories of Tallinn’s rich history, pointing out hidden gems and architectural wonders. Tallinn’s mix of historical charm and modern vibrancy, from ancient city walls to lively market squares, will answer your question: is Tallinn worth visiting?
Your journey also includes seeing the 18th-century Baroque Kadriorg Palace (exterior) and gardens, the Russian Tsar Peter the Great’s summer residence. The gardens, complete with a pond, flowerbeds, and sculptures, are ideal for a leisurely stroll.
Post-tour, you’ll head back to your hotel, marking off some of the best things to do in Tallinn from your list.
On Day 5, you’ll set sail for the Finnish capital of Helsinki, leaving behind the charming streets of Tallinn. Start the day with a bountiful buffet breakfast at the hotel, fueling up for the journey ahead. As you pack your bags, you’ll feel a flutter of excitement at the prospect of what lies ahead.
You’ll be transferred to the harbour, where you’ll board a ferry that will take you across the Gulf of Finland. As you sail, you’ll take in the stunning views of the Baltic Sea, feeling the cool sea breeze on your face and the sun on your skin.
At 12:30 PM, you’ll arrive in Helsinki, greeted by the bustling energy of the city. You will be transferred to a comfortable 4* hotel located in the city center, where you can check-in and settle into your new surroundings. Your journey in Helsinki has just begun, and you’ll be well-rested and ready to explore the city.
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel and get ready for a Helsinki walking tour, one of the best ways to appreciate the panoramic beauty of the city. As you explore the city, you’ll be taken in by its stunning architecture, rich culture, and vibrant energy. You’ll see iconic landmarks such as the Helsinki Cathedral, Senate Square, and the Market Square, some of the best places to visit in Helsinki.
As the afternoon approaches, you’ll have some free time to explore more of what makes Helsinki a must visit. Take a stroll along the waterfront, visit a local market, or check out one of the many museums and galleries.
When asked, “Is Helsinki worth visiting?”, this day alone should convince you that the answer is a resounding yes. But the adventure doesn’t stop here.
As the evening arrives, you’ll board an overnight Santa Claus Express train bound for Lapland for the next part of your journey – a Finland Northern Lights tour. As the train chugs through the Finnish countryside, you’ll relax in your comfortable sleeping cabin, dreaming of the adventures and the magnificent aurora borealis that lie ahead.
As the morning light breaks over Rovaniemi, you’ll arrive at your destination, the land of Santa Claus. A transfer will take you to your hotel where you can freshen up and check-in.
Join a tour that combines the beauty of nature, rich culture, and the magic of Christmas. The safari includes a visit to a reindeer farm, where you’ll learn about reindeer husbandry and the Lappish culture. You’ll have the opportunity of short reindeer sleigh ride in Lapland and will participate in a ceremony of crossing the Arctic Circle and get a memorable Arctic Circle Certificate.
You will also visit the Santa Claus village, where you can meet Santa Claus, do some shopping, and send postcards from Santa Claus’ post office. The best time to visit Santa Claus Village and Lapland is during the winter season. The snowy landscapes, cozy atmosphere, and festive decorations create a magical ambiance. The tour also includes a delicious lunch in a cozy restaurant. This Santa Claus safari is a tour that is popular among visitors who want to experience the magic of Christmas in Lapland and learn about the culture and tradition of the local people. Embark on this unforgettable journey to Lapland, indulge in reindeer sleigh rides, receive an Arctic Circle certificate, explore Santa Claus Village, and create lifelong memories in the heart of Finnish Lapland.
As the day comes to a close, the safari will end, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime. But the adventure doesn’t stop there, as night falls, it’s time to search for the elusive Aurora Borealis in one of the best countries to view Northern Lights. You’ll head out on a journey under the starry sky, chasing the Northern Lights until midnight. Fry sausages while watching nature’s own theatrical performance, surrounded by the wonderful aroma of the campfire. This Northern Lights viewing is a once in a lifetime experience you won’t want to miss.
This day begins with a delicious breakfast at the hotel, fueling up for a day of adventure. At noon, you will check out of the hotel and then be transferred to a unique glass igloo hotel in Finland, specifically in Rovaniemi. This accommodation allows you to admire the Northern Lights from the comfort of your own bed. Spend the night, and sleep in a glass igloo, where you’ll have one more chance to witness the elusive natural phenomenon.
Begin your journey with a nourishing breakfast at the hotel restaurant, fueling up for a day of adventure. After breakfast, you’ll embark on a thrilling Lapland husky ride, a prime husky experience in Finland. Huskies are a type of sled dog, known for their strength, endurance, and friendly personalities. Their thick coats of fur keep them warm in the harsh Arctic climate, and their keen sense of smell makes them excellent at tracking. The Husky safari in Finland is a unique and exciting way to experience the beauty of Lapland.
As the evening approaches, our driver will transfer you to the train station for your overnight trip to Turku. You will relax on the comfortable train, enjoying the picturesque landscapes as you travel to your next destination.
Begin your journey in Turku, undoubtedly a place worth visiting, as you arrive by train at 7am and transfer to your hotel located in the heart of the city. After getting settled, at 10am, you’ll embark on an exciting walking tour of Turku, which will introduce you to key places to visit in Turku, with a private guide. The tour will take you through the city’s charming streets, past wooden houses, and along the Aura river, showcasing its rich history, culture, and landmarks. You will visit the Turku Cathedral and see the old market square, learning about the city’s maritime heritage and discovering the local art and design scene.
At 12pm, you’ll visit the Fortress of Turku Castle, a magnificent medieval fortress that serves as a symbol of the city’s rich history. You’ll learn about its history and architecture, and have the opportunity to explore the fortress and its grounds.
After the tour, you’ll have some free time to relax and explore the city on your own. Take a stroll through the city center, try some local cuisine like smoked fish, or go shopping for souvenirs. Turku is also famous for its traditional Finnish sauna culture. You can visit one of the many public saunas and enjoy the traditional sauna experience. By the end of the day, you’ll certainly answer “Yes” to the question “Is Turku worth visiting?”.
Rise and shine, as early in the morning, our driver will take you to the harbor to embark on a full-day trip by luxurious ferry from Turku to Stockholm. You’ll travel with one of the most reputable and comfortable ferry operators in the region. You will have a sea-side cabin with a private bathroom and shower, providing you with a comfortable and relaxing journey. The ferry offers a variety of amenities such as a dining and shopping area, a sauna, and a variety of entertainment options.
Upon arrival in Stockholm, our driver will take you to the hotel located in the city center, where you will spend your last night of the 12 days journey through Northern Europe. Enjoy the last evening in Stockholm, explore the city or just relax in your room and reflect on the unforgettable journey you just had.
Today marks the end of your incredible journey to Sweden, Finland, and Estonia. We hope you’ve had a memorable experience and will take home many fond memories and impressions. With your camera full of pictures of the cities you’ve visited and breathtaking photos of the Northern Lights, you’ll have a lifetime of memories to look back on.
After your breakfast in the hotel, you’ll have some free time to explore Stockholm before your transfer to the airport. Take a stroll around the city, visit any remaining sights you haven’t had a chance to see, or just soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful city.
As your journey comes to a close, we say goodbye and hope to see you again in the future. Safe travels!
All safaris and adventures described in the tour program
Meals as per program
Entry to included attractions
Return travel by overnight train between Helsinki, Rovaniemi and Turku
Ferry between Stockholm and Tallinn, Turku and Stockholm, sea view cabin. Ferry between Tallinn and Helsinki, deck seats
Accommodation in 4* hotels located in the city center
One night in glass igloo
Warm clothes for the safaris