B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
2019 Artic Northern Lights & Icebreaker
Optional** Mar 19 | Honolulu – Los Angeles
We start our vacation by boarding a domestic flight to Los Angeles and staying there overnight.
Optional Hotel Accommodation: The Hilton Los Angeles Airport or Similar
Day 1**Mar 20 | Los Angeles – Copenhagen
Today we will fly from Los Angeles to Copenhagen via Amsterdam. Overnight onboard. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2**Mar 21 | Copenhagen | (D)
Copenhagen Airport, originally called Kastrup Airport is the largest airport in the Nordic countries and one of the oldest international airports in Europe. Copenhagen is the capital and most populated city of Denmark. It is the cultural, economic and governmental center of Denmark and is one of the major financial centers of Northern Europe with the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. Upon arrival at Copenhagen Airport, an Air & Sea Travel representative will greet and escort us to our hotel. A Welcome Dinner featuring Danish style local cuisine will be arranged.
Hotel Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers or Similar
Day 3**Mar 22 | Copenhagen – Oslo | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, a City Tour of Copenhagen is arranged to show us unique sights of the city. First, we will stop by the Gefion Fountain, City Hall, and the world famous Little Mermaid, sculpted by Edvard Eriksen who got his inspiration from the Little Mermaid story. After lunch, we will visit Amalienborg Palace, the residence of the Royal Family of Copenhagen. Then we head to the pier and board a DFDS overnight cruise to Oslo, the capital of Norway. We will enjoy a Seafood Buffet Dinner on board.
Overnight: DFDS Ferry – Ocean View Cabin
Day 4**Mar 23 | Oslo | (B, L, D)
We will arrive in Oslo in the morning. After breakfast on the ship, we will start our City Tour of Oslo. Our route includes visiting legendary Akershus Fortress, a medieval defense structure that once served as a prison for unruly men; viewing the Oslo Opera House, a stunning contemporary building by the shoreline and home of the National Opera & Ballet; and stopping at Oslo City Hall, the famous site where the Nobel Peace Prize Award ceremony takes place. We will then visit Frogner Park, the most popular tourist attraction of Norway. Within the park is the Vigeland Sculpture Installation, an extraordinary open-air showcase of work by Norway’s best-loved sculptor, Gustav Vigeland. Of the 212 granite and bronze sculptures by Vigeland, the most renowned one is Sinataggen (Little Hot-Head), portraying a London child in a mood of particularly ill humor. After lunch, enjoy some free leisure time and stroll around to explore this charming city. We will enjoy our dinner together, and head back to the hotel to rest.
Hotel Accommodation: Grand Hotel Oslo or Similar
Day 5**Mar 24 | Oslo – Kirkenes – Bygoynes – Kirkenes | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for the flight to Kirkenes, Norway. Kirkenes is a small town in far northeastern Norway, known for its views of the Northern Lights and King Crab. We will have lunch when we arrive in Kirkenes before continuing to the unique town of Bygoynes, where we will have a life time experience, Swimming in the Arctic Ocean. Don’t worry about the coldness of the water because it will be followed by a Warm Smoke Sauna. After returning to our hotel, we will enjoy dinner together, featuring Fresh Local Fish Soup.
* The Arctic Ocean is the smallest and shallowest of the world’s five major oceans.
Accommodation: Kirkenes Thon Hotel or Similar
Day 6**Mar 25 | Kirkenes – Saariselka | (B, L, D)
Today’s highlight is the King Crab Safari. Kirkenes is the King Crab capital of Norway and the only Norwegian border point to Russia. King Crab is an important export product in the north. This fascinating crustacean, originally from Russia, can grow up to 2 meters between the claws and weigh up to 33 lbs. After a tour around Kirkenes, we head to the Russian border and get an insight into Norwegian and Russian relations. From the Russian border, we move to the fjord where we can catch and get to know Live King Crabs. Then everyone will be served King Crab in wonderful surroundings while getting more information about crabs and this area so far north. After that, we will head to Saariselka in Northern Finland. In this unique northern countryside, there are national parks, lake areas, rivers and highland fells that offer a wealth of opportunities for year-round recreation. The Northern Lights dance across the sky up to 200 days a year. Today, we will stay at a specialty Aurora Viewing Hotel, Northern Lights Village Aurora Cabin. We can see the mysterious northern lights throughout the whole night.
Accommodation: Northern Lights Village Aurora Cabin or Similar
Day 7**Mar 26 | aariselka – Inari – Saariselka | (B, L)
Today, we will experience another exciting safari, the Ice Fishing Safari in Lake Inari. Once we arrive at the frozen lake, our guides will show us the skills needed for ice fishing, and find us the best spot for ice fishing. We can try our luck to catch fish under 12 inches of ice. We can try the Traditional Lapland Broth at lunch today in an outdoor setting. We will return to Saariselka, and enjoy dinner on our own tonight. You can try a Reindeer burger if you want. After enjoying dinner, we are not going back to the hotel to sleep! We will get on a Northern Lights Hunting Bus to see the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis. The bright dancing Lights of the Aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. We can enjoy the Northern Light show in quiet and comfortable surroundings.
Hotel Accommodation: Santa’s Hotel tunturi or Similar
Day 8**Mar 27 | Saariselka – Rovaniemi | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will visit a Reindeer Farm. Since the reindeer is an icon of Finnish Lapland, we have this opportunity to experience the life of a reindeer herder, visit the Sami Tribe, and listen to the Sami story about the reindeer. Traditional Sami tribes have pursued a variety of livelihoods, including reindeer management, hunting and gathering of natural products, small-scale agriculture and handicrafts. Reindeer sleigh rides are a popular way to get close to the fabled animal. Let us jump on a sleigh and ride them like Santa! Afterwards, we will visit Arktikum Science Museum, a museum, science center and conference venue right on the Arctic Circle to learn about the culture, history, and modern life in the Arctic. Tonight, we will stay overnight in Rovaniemi.
Hotel Accommodation: Sokos Rovaniemi or Similar
Day 9**Mar 28 | Rovaniemi | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will visit the incredible Santa Claus Village, an amusement park in Rovaniemi and the only hometown of Santa Claus certified by the United Nations. Make friends and relatives happy by ordering a Santa Claus Letter, which will be sent by Santa Claus before Christmas. All letters will be hand stamped using the Special Postmark of the Santa Claus Post Office. You can take photos with Santa Claus before visiting the Arctic Circle Monument written in four languages. Another attraction that makes this amusement park popular for tourism is The Arctic Circle, which cuts right through Santa Claus Village. A white line denoting the Arctic Circle is painted across the park. We officially enter the Arctic area when we cross the line. Let’s enter The Arctic area together and get an Arctic Circle Crossing Certificate. A Husky Safari is scheduled in the afternoon. It is a truly thrilling experience, especially when we may have the chance to be a musher in control of our own team of dogs. Experience the excitement of the dogs as they eagerly wait to pull us at a speedy pace through the breathtaking Lappish scenery. We will travel to a Husky Farm by minivan or coach and meet the friendly dogs and their keepers. Our guide will provide information about the dogs and the ride before we enjoy our outing.
Day 10**Mar 29 | Rovaniemi – Kemi – Helsinki | (B, L, D)
The highlight of the trip – Icebreaker Cruise! Before we start the most exciting activity of the day, we will head to the gorgeous Snow Castle, the biggest snow fort in the world. Every winter, it is rebuilt in a different architectural style. Snow Sculpture Display Room, Snow Restaurant, Snow Chapel, and the most amazing spot – Snow Hotel are a few of the structures in the compound. Could we imagine that we just need one blanket to stay one night? Yes, Kemi Snow Castle is beautiful and a ‘must see’ place. After this, we will spend a four-hour winter adventure on the Sampo Icebreaking Cruise, the only tourism icebreaker in the world. The mighty Sampo Icebreaker operates on the northern Gulf of Bothnia out of Kemi in Finnish Lapland. After a presentation on board, we will get to see the massive engine room and bridge. We will be able to see the surrounding ice fields as they are being broken up by the huge vessel. We can enjoy a Warm Meal in a cozy restaurant on board the ship. In the middle of the largest ice field in Europe, we will Drop into the Sea and Float! After this special experience, we will take an overnight train to Helsinki.
Overnight train to Helsinki
Day 11**Mar 30 | Helsinki – Stockholm | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will visit the charming harbor city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland, also known as “Daughter of the Baltic”. We will visit the Helsinki Cathedral (the White Church), an Evangelic Lutheran church, a symbol of Helsinki – a true jewel of the neoclassical architecture; Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church), one of the most visited tourist attractions; the Sibelius Monument; and the Market Square next to East Harbor. In the late afternoon we will take an overnight ferry to Stockholm, the beautiful capital of Sweden. The city was founded in the 13th century and built on fourteen islands connected by dozens of bridges. Enjoy a Seafood Buffet Dinner on board.
Overnight: Tallink Silja Line – Promenade Cabin
Day 12**Mar 31 | Stockholm | (B, L, D)
After a fabulous breakfast buffet on the ferry, we arrive in Stockholm, capital of Sweden. We will start our city tour by stopping by Gamla Stan (The Old Town), one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe and one of the foremost attractions in Stockholm. This is where Stockholm was founded in 1252. After lunch, we will have a guided tour of the Municipal Council building. It is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet and is one of Stockholm’s major tourist attractions. Royal Domain of Drottningholm is the first Swedish site to be placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The palace is regarded as the best preserved example of an 18th-century palace in Sweden and is representative of all European royal architecture that used Versailles as its model. Afterwards, we proceed to Vasa Museum on the island of Djurgården. Here we will see a perfectly preserved 17th-century warship that was raised from Stockholm’s inner harbor in the 1960’s and painstakingly restored.
Hotel Accommodation: Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel Stockholm or Similar
Day 13**April 1 | Stockholm | (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you can explore the city on your own and enjoy the local shopping scene.
Day 14**April 2 | Stockholm – Reykjavik |(B, D)
Today, we will transfer to Stockholm Airport for a flight to Reykjavik. Stockholm Airport is the largest airport in Sweden, a major gateway for international air travel, and the third-largest airport in the Nordic countries. We will have time to shop for Scandinavian souvenirs and food before flying to Reykjavik, the capital and largest city of Iceland. The world’s most northerly capital combines colorful buildings, quirky and creative people, eye-popping design, and wild nightlife. Located in southwestern Iceland, it is the center of culture and life of the Icelandic people as well as being one of the focal points of tourism in Iceland. Upon arrival, we will start our tour to visit the Viking World Museum. Viking World is a must see viking ship museum, a remarkable archaeological find of an almost completely intact Viking ship. After that, we will transfer to our hotel and enjoy dinner.
Hotel Accommodation: Grand Hotel Reykjavik or Similar
Day 15**April 3 | Reykjavik | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will visit the Bjarnahöfn Shark Museum, a fascinating exhibition on the processing of traditional Icelandic fermented shark. Finally, we will visit the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique geothermal spa situated in the youngest lava field in west Iceland. The Lagoon’s milky blue waters are rich with special silica algae which gives it its healing powers. And we will have a good time experiencing it.
Day 16**April 4 | Reykjavik | (B, L, D)
Today we will embark on the famous Golden Circle Tour which allows us to visit some of Iceland’s most stunning sights, starting with the Geysir Geothermal Area where the Strokkur geyser shoots a column of water up to 30 meters (98 ft.) into the air every 48 minutes in a thrilling display of nature’s forces. We continue to Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls) created by the river Hvítá, which tumbles and plunges into a crevice some 32 meters (105 ft.) deep. The tour also includes Thingvellir National Park, a historical and geological wonder where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimeters per year. A visit to the idyllic Friðheimar Greenhouse Cultivation Centre is arranged.
Day 17**April 5 | Reykjavik – Los Angeles | (B)
After breakfast, we will transfer to Reykjavik Airport and take a flight to Los Angeles. We will stay overnight in Los Angeles.
Optional Hotel Accommodation: The Hilton Los Angeles Airport or Similar
Optional**April 6 | Los Angeles – Honolulu
Today, we will take a flight back to Honolulu, taking home lasting memories of this magnificent trip.
CHECK OR CASH PAYMENT ONLY. A deposit of $1,500 per person is required at the time of application. The balance is due on January 1st, 2019. In the event balance payment is not made within the required time period, Air and Sea Travel Center reserves the right to cancel reservations and charge a service fee for cancellation.
Written notice is required for any cancellation. $200.00 of the deposit is non-refundable from September 1, 2018 due to security deposit of domestic ticket within Europe & Icebreaker cruise.
The cancellation fee will be as follow:
**From September 1, 2018, $200 of the deposit is non-refundable
**December 1, 2018 – January 1, 2019: $1,500 deposit per person is non-refundable
**January 2 – February 1, 2019: 50% of total price plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
**From February 2, 2019 to departure or withdrawal during the tour shall be shall be regarded as willingly giving up all rights concerned, 100% of the total price, and the request for other service as substitute shall not be accepted.
—Also we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance when you make your reservation—
Price from: $9,010.00
Includes: Tax and fuel surcharge
(SINGLE SUPP: $2522)