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8 days - Self Drive - Enjoy the highlights of Northern Scandinavia

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.

Highlights include

  • Explore Rovaniemi's Santa village
  • Stay in the Swedish Treehotel
  • Visit Karasjok - the homeland of the Sami to Honningsvåg
  • Stand on the North Cape
Day 1
Tromsø to Kiruna
Day 2
Treehotel - a marvel to behold
Day 3
Head to Rovaniemi
Day 4
Rovaniemi's Santa village
Day 5
Rovaniemi to Karasjok
Day 6
Karasjok - the homeland of the Sami to Honningsvåg
Day 7
The North Cape
Day 8
The North Cape to Tromsø
Start/End Place
Tromsø, Norway tours
Destinations Visited
Norway tours
Sweden tours
Finland tours
8 Days
Self Guided



Car hire 8 days, Group C manual, including CDW and free mileage.

Not Included

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.


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.

Traditional hotel in 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.

1 Breakfast
Treehotel, Northern Sweden

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.

1 Breakfast
299 kilometres
Director's Choice

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!

1 Breakfast
Director's Choice

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.

1 Breakfast
440 kilometres
Director's Choice

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.

1 Breakfast
Director's Choice

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.

1 Breakfast
Overnight at the Rica Hotel Honningsvåg or similar
Optional Add Ons
Fishing in Norway

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.

1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

All prices listed are per person, based on two people sharing a room. Prices are indicative due to the current uncertainty across Europe with increasing energy and volatile fuel costs.

Valid From
Valid To
From Price
1 May 2023
30 Sep 2023
1 May 2023
30 Sep 2023
NZD 3,442
Limited availability
1 May 2024
30 Sep 2024
1 May 2024
30 Sep 2024
NZD 3,681

Important Information

Family Adventure: This self-drive itinerary would be wonderful for families and we can adapt the price and inclusions to accommodate your budget. Please let us know if you would like further information regarding this.

This trip can also be extended if you wish to have more time to explore. Some of the days include long drives - we can break these up if you have more time. Travelling in summer, there is 24 hour day light.

For a greener option, please ask us about changing your vehicle to a 'green' car; either a diesel or a hybrid.


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