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India – Helsinki
Take the flight to Helsinki in the morning. Reach Helsinki and transfer by flight to Rovaniemi. Arrival in Rovaniemi. Transfer by bus to the Hotel.
Rovaniemi - Helsinki
After Breakfast the group visits the famous Santa Claus Village.We all know that each Christmas Santa travels all over the world bearing presents and good will. And surely anyone’s dream must be to make a return visit to him in his very own office? Well now you can! Santa Claus lives in Lapland, in the north of Finland.You can meet him any day of the year in Rovaniemi, in Santa Claus’ Village on the Arctic Circle. In his Office Santa has a Big Book in which he enters details of all the children in the world.In the olden days he would write with a quill pen and an old-fashioned flourishing hand.Both the books and the big quill pen are still in use, but because the elves are bright little folk,Santa nowadays has the use of digital technology!The clever elves take photos of every single visitor to store in Santa’s Big File. In the evening transfer to Helsinki by flight.Reach Helsinki and check into hotel.
Check out after breakfast and go for city tour of Helsinki. After the tour board our luxurious cruiser for transfer to Sweden at 1700 hours. Sail Overnight to Stockholm.
Arriving in Stockholm the group enjoys a three hour morning tour of Stockholm and see the major sights, such as the Royal Palace, the Parliament Buildings, the island of Djurgarden and the Old Town (Gamla Stan), with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops. Highlight of the tour is a visit to City Hall with its famous Blue and Golden Halls, where the Nobel Prize Banquet is held each year. Afternoon is free on your own. You can either go shopping or just take a walk around the town. Overnight is in Stockholm
Stockholm – Oslo
Transfer by train to Oslo. In the early afternoon the group meets with the local guide and go for a 3 hours city tour of the Norwegian capital. Drive through the center of the town where you will pass the most important buildings and monuments as the Royal Palace, the City Hall and the Akershus Fortress dating from 1299. Stop for a walk trough the Vigeland Sculpture Park where 175 sculptures are arranged over 75 acres. These granite sculptures depict all phases of human life. Vigeland has created such varied expressions as strength, emotional suffering and tenderness out of solid granite. Afterwards the group drives to the Bygdøy Peninsula for a guided visit of the Viking Ship Museum with the impressive 1000 year old Viking ships. Here you will also discover an impressive collection of ornate sledges and carriages, and a variety of tools and artefacts of the Viking era.
Oslo - Bergen
The group travel to Bergen by the famous Bergen Railway. Bergen - Gateway to the Fjords’ – is Norways second city and one of its most attractive. It has a delightful natural setting, with seven imposing mountains surrounding it on three sides and the island-dotted North Sea on the fourth. On a clear day, the approach to the city by sea or air is a rewarding experience – the rocky islets and towering mountains form a dramatic backdrop for the rainbow-painted houses clinging to the sides of the mountains all the way down to the waterfront. In the afternoon time to visit the city of Bergen.
Bergen – Fjord’s Cruise
Depart Bergen by train for Voss.
Continue by bus to Stalheimsfossen and Sivlefossen waterfalls and thereafter make a stop at Stalheim Hotel to enjoy the views before the journey continues down Stalheimskleiva. The road from Stalheim Hotel has 13 steep turns. Embark the ferry in Gudvangen. If you are lucky you will catch sight of the goats which graze along the edge of the fjord or of the seals lying on rocks. The journey goes out the Naeroyfjord, the narrowest fjord in Europe. The Naeroyfjord is now included on UNESCO’s famous World Heritage List. Time to eat and to wander around little before continuing your journey by train. The journey on the Flam Railway is regarded as one of the highlights when travelling in Norway. The 20km-long train journey from Flåm to the mountain station of Myrdal takes around 55 minutes. On the journey you have views of some of the most magnificent mountain scenery in Norway with an ever-changing panorama of tall mountains and thundering waterfalls. Along the Flam Railway the train moves slowly or stops at the best views. Change trains in Myrdal and continue to Oslo by the Bergen Railway.
The train takes you over the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau & further through the Hallingdal Valley.
Oslo – Helsinki – India
After breakfast depart for airport to take your flight back to India.
Reach India in the morning. Holiday Concludes.
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