Journey beginning and ending at Tromsø, Norway tours
On request: 2020-05-01 to 2020-09-30 starting from $2562 AUD
Available: 2021-05-01 to 2021-09-30 starting from $2690 AUD
Time is yours to experience the amazing scenery and hospitality of the Scandinavian far north. The itinerary starts and ends in the Norwegian town of Tromsø, easy to get to by air.
Wake up to beautiful views of Lule river in a ‘treehouse’ in Sweden, visit Finland’s Santa village, get to know Sami culture and the northern most tip in Norway, see the birdlife & fishing villages of the coast of Norway‚ all accompanied by the famous long Scandinavian summer nights. This is one we would like to do ourselves every year, go on…make us jealous!
All over Scandinavia and northern Europe, some of the best roads in the world await you. Our roads are well signed and our drivers are calm and civilized. Road tolls are automatically put on your bill with the hire company. The very fact that getting your driver’s licence takes a significant investment in both time and effort, and not to mention that driving in snow and darkness for half the year certainly teaches you patience, should be enough to make anyone feel at ease driving in Scandinavia. When it comes to driving and travel independently, most people you meet will speak English and be more than happy to assist you where they can.
Day 1 – Tromsø to Kiruna
Arrive in Tromsø to pick up your car and enjoy the first leg of this trip, a drive through the mountains of Norway to deep pine forests of Sweden. Have a break in Abisko, stretch your legs with a short walk in Abisko National Park before continuing to your destination, Kiruna.
Day 2 – Treehotel – a marvel to behold
The drive will take you deeper into Swedish pine forests-keep an eye out for elks and reindeer on your way to the famous Treehotel in Luleå. In this award-winning hotel, enjoy the serenity of Nordic nights in one of the “treehouses”.
The Treehotel is an award winning hotel in the middle of the forest, enjoy the serenity in one of the famous ‘tree houses’ penned by leading Scandinavian architects. All the rooms are suspended 4-6 metres off the ground with spectacular views of Lule River.
Day 3 – Head to Rovaniemi
Departing the Treehotel, it’s time to hit the road again. The official home of Santa Claus and his village awaits you across the border to Finland. Rovaniemi is also a city offering a variety of restaurants and shopping.
Day 4 – Rovaniemi’s Santa village
Let the car rest and spend the day exploring Rovaniemi by foot or take a boat tour on the Kemi and Ounasjoki rivers. Or head out for a short drive, wonder at the marvellous scenery on top of the Ounasvaara fell, visit the Arctic Museum Arktikum or stop by at Santa Claus Village.
You can meet Santa Claus and cross the magical Arctic Circle every day at the Santa Claus Village in Lapland. Send friends and relatives greetings from the Santa Claus Main Post Office with the unique Arctic Circle postmark, shop in the numerous giftware stores and workshops and enjoy lifetime experiences with many different programmes!
Day 5 – Rovaniemi to Karasjok
Time to hop in the car again and start your journey to the far north. Today you will be crossing the border between Finland and Norway. This is a beautiful drive that takes you through numerous lakes and forests.
Today you will drive south to Karasjok, the home of the Sami Parliament. You have time to discover Karasjok, the birth place of the 50 Degrees North Co_Founder, Tietse Stelma. Karasjok is a small town, home to lots of artisans and interesting folk.
Day 6 – Karasjok – the homeland of the Sami to Honningsvåg
Karasjok, located in the heart of Norwegian Lapland is the birthplace of 50 Degrees North’s director and the home of the Sami Parliament. It is a perfect place to experience the culture and history of the Sami people. The very late sunsets (in summer) and spectacular Autumn colours are a sight to behold.
Continue to Honningsvåg.
Day 7 – The North Cape
Enjoy the Nordkap (the North Cape), often referred to as the northern most point of Europe. At 71 degrees north, it’s certainly as far as we can drive today!
The North Cape plateau rises 308 metres above the Barents Sea and has always been an important point of orientation for sailors in the north. The fishing villages, sea birds and a potential midnight hike to the tip of Knivskjellodden are all part of an unforgettable experience in the far north.
Day 8 – The North Cape to Tromsø
After an early breakfast, it is time to leave Nordkapp and drive along the coast to Tromsø. This is one of the longest drives of your journey, but also the most spectacular one. The Norwegian coastline, famous for its beauty, will not disappoint. Upon arrival to Tromsø, it is time to drop-off your car and prepare for departure.
If you would prefer not to drive so far today, please let us know and we can give you other options.
International flight tickets, meals other than described, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.
If you wish to hire an automatic car, these are ‘on request’ and can be difficult to obtain. Please seek further advice with us.
To find out more or to book this incredible tour, contact Globetrotter Lifestyle today!