Midnight Sun Tours

Above the Arctic Circle - 10 days

Self Drive Tours, Start in Rovaniemi

With Rovaniemi in Finland as your starting point you will travel Above the Arctic Circle in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Travel across Sweden to Norway's Lofoten Islands, continue with a Hurtigruten cruise to Tromsø and drive via the North Cape back to Finland and Rovaniemi.

Tour details

This tour can commence in: Rovaniemi or Tromsø

Day 01: Arrival in Rovaniemi

  • Arrival in Rovaniemi according to your own itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Rovaniemi.

Day 02: Drive from Rovaniemi to Abisko (490 km)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Rovaniemi to Abisko.
    • Driving distance: 490 km
    • Approximate driving time: 6 hours, 30 minutes
  • Accommodation in Abisko.

Day 03: Drive from Abisko to Lofoten Islands (230 km)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure in Abisko National Park
  • Drive from Abisko to Lofoten Islands.
    • Driving distance to Skutvik: 230 km
    • Approximate driving time: 4 hours
    • Short ferry crossing from Skarberget to Bognes (to be paid on site)
    • 2-hour ferry crossing from Skutvik to Svolvær (dep. 18:15 hrs, Jun-Aug)
  • Accommodation in Lofoten Islands.

Day 04: Drive from Lofoten Islands to Harstad (170 km)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure in Lofoten Islands.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Henningsvær fishing village
    • Lofotr Viking Museum (Borg)
    • RIB boat safari to Trollfjord
    • Boat trip to Trollfjord incl. fishing
  • Drive from Svolvær to Harstad.
    • Driving distance: 170 km
    • Approximate driving time: 3 hours
  • Accommodation in Harstad.

Day 05: Hurtigruten cruise from Harstad to Tromsø

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 6,5 hours cruise with Hurtigruten to Tromsø.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Tromsø.
  • Accommodation in Tromsø.

Day 06: Drive from Tromsø to Alta (295 km)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Tromsø to Alta.
    • Driving distance: 295 km
    • Approximate driving time: 5 hours
    • 30-minute ferry crossing from Breivikeidet to Svensby (to be paid on site)
    • 45-minute ferry crossing from Lyngseidet to Olderdalen (to be paid on site)
  • Recommended attractions in Alta:
    • Alta Museum (rock carvings)
    • Boazo Sami Siida – a Sami settlement
  • Accommodation in Alta.

Day 07: Drive from Alta to North Cape (215 km)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Alta to Honningsvåg.
    • Driving distance: 180 km
    • Approximate driving time: 3,5 hours
  • Drive from Honningsvåg to North Cape, one way.
    • Driving distance: 35 km
    • Approximate driving time: 45 minutes
    • Entrance North Cape Plateau
  • Accommodation in Honningsvåg.

Day 08: Drive from North Cape to Ivalo (365 km)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Honningsvåg to Ivalo.
    • Driving distance: 365 km
    • Approximate driving time: 6 hours
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Sapmi Sami Cultural Centre (Karasjok)
  • Accommodation in Ivalo.

Day 09: Drive from Ivalo to Rovaniemi (290 km)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Ivalo to Honningsvåg.
    • Driving distance: 290 km
    • Approximate driving time: 3 hours, 40 minutes
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Tankavaara Gold Village
    • Santa Claus Village (just before Rovaniemi)
    • Arktikum Museum (Rovaniemi)
  • Accommodation in Rovaniemi.

Day 10: Departure from Rovaniemi

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Rovaniemi according to your own itinerary.

Day 01: Arrival in Rovaniemi

Arrival in Rovaniemi according to your own itinerary. Rovaniemi is located where Lapland’s mighty rivers Kemijoki and Ounasjoki meet. As the capital of the province, Rovaniemi has always been a gateway to Lapland. A well known sight is the Arktikum Museum, which presents the interaction between man and nature in northern areas. Arktikum also houses the Provincial Museum of Lapland. Accommodation in Rovaniemi.

Day 02: Drive from Rovaniemi to Abisko (490 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive towards Sweden and cross the border at Pello. Continue along the Torne River and then towards Kiruna. In Jukkasjärvi we recommend a stop to visit the Ice Hotel Art Centre. From the plus degrees of summer you move into a hall of 1500 square meters where the temperature is a constant minus 5 degrees Celsius (remember to bring warm clothes). Experience a gigantic stock of ice with ice art, a picture show on a screen of ice, miniature models of the ice hotels of earlier years etc. Continue to Abisko National Park, with Nordic fell nature. Accommodation in Abisko.

Day 03: Drive from Abisko to Lofoten Islands (230 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning is at your own leisure in Abisko before driving in western direction across the Norwegian border at Riksgränsen. We recommend a stop in Narvik to take a trip with the cable car up to 656 metres above sea level, from where you will have a panoramic view over the town and the surrounding area. Continue along the Ofotfjord for a short ferry crossing from Skarberget to Bognes (to be paid on spot). From Skutvik a 2 hour ferry crossing on the Vestfjord will bring you to Svolvær and the Lofoten Islands in the evening. The ferry crossing is only available between June and August. If travelling outside this period you will drive via Lofoten's mainland connection (this is a quicker route than via the ferry crossing). Accommodation in Lofoten Islands.

Day 04: Drive from Lofoten Islands to Harstad (170 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we recommend a visit at one of the breathtaking villages on the Lofoten Islands, i.e. Henningsvær or Stamsund, where you can explore the archipelago’s famous “rorbuer” (fishermen’s shacks). Also recommendable is a visit at the Viking Museum, Lofotr, at Borg. In the afternoon, follow the new mainland connection from the Lofoten Islands to the Vesterålen region and Harstad. Accommodation in Harstad.

Day 05: Hurtigruten cruise from Harstad to Tromsø

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure from Harstad to Tromsø by Hurtigruten. The 6 ½ hour cruise with the Norwegian Coastal Voyage is part of the world’s most beautiful sea voyage, during which you will pass a beautiful scenery of large and small islands, skerries and sounds. Afternoon arrival in Tromsø, the city which has many names to live up to – the Paris of the North, Gateway to the Arctic and Gateway to the Arctic Ocean to name a few. In Tromsø a visit to the Arctic Cathedral is compulsory. Furthermore we recommend a visit to the Polaria Museum, the Northern Light Planetarium or Tromsø Museum.
Accommodation in Tromsø.

Day 06: Drive from Tromsø to Alta (295 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Short drive from Tromsø to Breivikeidet where a ferry crossing (to be paid on site) will take you to Svendsby. Continue to Lyngseidet for another ferry crossing from Lyngseidet to Olderdalen (to be paid on site), during which you will have a wonderful view of the Lyngen Alps. Drive to Alta, where we recommend a visit at Alta Museum with its more than 2.500 prehistoric rock carvings. The rock carvings at Alta Museum have been named an UNESCO world heritage site since 1985. Accommodation in Alta.

Day 07: Drive from Alta to North Cape (215 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Alta towards the North Cape. Drive along the Road of the Midnight Sun to Kåfjord where an underwater tunnel will bring you to the Magerøya Island and the North Cape. In the evening we recommend an excursion to the North Cape Plateau where you can admire the panoramic view of the open wide expanse of the Arctic Ocean, and perhaps have the opportunity to see the Midnight Sun. Entrance to the North Cape Hall, with viewing platform, souvenir shops, cinema, cafeteria and restaurant, is included.
Accommodation in Honningsvåg.

Day 08: Drive from North Cape to Ivalo (365 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive back to Kåfjord and along the Porsangerfjord to Lakselv, claiming to be the site of the world’s northernmost winery, Bio Nordkapp. Continue on the Reindeer Road to Karasjok, the capital of the Sami people. We recommend a visit at Sapmi (=Lapland), the Sami Cultural Centre, where you can learn more about the Sami culture. Cross the boarder to Finland, the land of the thousand lakes, at Karigasniemi. Drive along the beautiful Lake Inari with more than 3000 small islands. This lake area is a holy place for the Sami people. Continue to Ivalo. Accommodation in Ivalo.

Day 09: Drive from Ivalo to Rovaniemi (290 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Ivalo in southern direction through beautiful arctic scenery. We recommend a stop in the authentic gold village, Tankavaara. Just before reaching Rovaniemi you will cross the Arctic Circle, where we recommend a stop to visit the Santa Claus Village. Here you will have the possibility to visit Santa Claus, find shops selling Finnish glass and souvenirs, send postcards from Santa’s post office, visit exhibitions etc. Accommodation in Rovaniemi.

Day 10: Departure from Rovaniemi

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Rovaniemi according to your own itinerary.

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