Northern Europe Tour Packages
Whisk yourself away on a Northern Europe tour, where all the planning has been done for you. Imagine chasing the northern lights, touring ancient castles, or experiencing vibrant Scandinavian cities. You can choose how you want to travel on a customisable trip with Nordic Visitor.
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Top Ways to Explore Northern Europe
Discover Northern Europe your way with these top travel styles. You could enjoy the freedom of exploring at your own pace on a road trip, coastal voyage, or train journey. Or learn from a knowledgeable local guide when you opt for a small group tour or privately guided trip.
Most Popular Northern Europe Tour Packages
These top trips come highly recommended by our customers. Add the Nordics to your wish list if you’re craving dazzling glaciers, deep fjords, and artistic capitals. Or if it’s verdant hills, crumbling castles, and historic cities that you’re after, head to Scotland and Ireland.
Destinations in Northern Europe
Northern Europe’s natural wonders and cultural highlights are waiting for you, whichever dreamy destination you pick. Soon you could be embarking on an Arctic adventure, sailing through dramatic fjords, or strolling around one of Scandinavia’s trendy cities.
Nordic Visitor Reviews
Read what our wonderful guests had to say about their Nordic Visitor trips.
Amy WoodsUnited States
I have already recommend Nordic Visitor to several friends and family members! We had an absolutely amazing trip and... read more
I have already recommend Nordic Visitor to several friends and family members! We had an absolutely amazing trip and I can't wait to come back! Everyone was helpful and patiently answered all of my questions. I'm very happy we chose Nordic Visitor for our trip and I would choose them again!
On our trip, we met a few other Americans. Told them about Nordic Visitor and they were impressed. I found Nordic... read more
On our trip, we met a few other Americans. Told them about Nordic Visitor and they were impressed. I found Nordic Visitor's website very user-friendly. I love that all the documents sent was super easy to just hand the concierge and the 2 excursions we booked already had our names down. I loved the 2 excursions in the package we chose. Overall, it exceeded my expectations and I'm so glad I chose this particular trip.
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Established in 2002, Nordic Visitor is a leading travel agency in Northern Europe. Book with us and you’ll have your very own dedicated travel consultant that’s passionate about your destination. They’ll use their insider knowledge to plan the trip of a lifetime for you.
Nordic Visitor is dedicated to the best service quality, and this is reflected year after year when Tripadvisor awards us with their Certificate of Excellence. We also take great pride in our customer feedback: 97% of our travellers say they would recommend us to friends and family.
You are in good hands
Our 24/7 helpline means that we’re there for you throughout your tour. Rest easy knowing there’s a regional expert just a call away should anything unforeseen happen, like unusual weather or events. In this case, we’ll amend your itinerary as needed while keeping you safe and informed.
Flexible tour options
Nordic Visitor packages are designed to include the best routes and attractions, but it’s also easy to customise your trip. Tailor your tour online by adding extra nights and optional excursions. Or speak to your dedicated consultant to find out how your itinerary can be personalised.
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With Nordic Visitor, you have peace of mind knowing your tour arrangements with us are 100% financially protected. Your payments are safeguarded as we comply with European Union laws on Package Travel regulations. This guarantees you a refund in the unlikely event of insolvency.
Head out exploring, safe in the knowledge there’s a carefully chosen accommodation waiting for you at the end of each day. You’ll sleep soundly in places we’ve personally selected based on their location and high standards of comfort and cleanliness. So simply check-in, relax and recharge.
When to Travel
Summer and winter offer plenty of memorable ways for you to experience Northern Europe. Picture yourself exploring the Norwegian fjords under summer’s midnight sun, or watching the aurora dance across Iceland’s dark winter skies.
Themed Europe Travel Packages
No matter your interests, you’ll find something to inspire you. Indulge in a luxury travel experience, uncover Northern Europe’s most romantic spots, or stay in a glittering ice hotel. Plus, if you’re travelling with kids, there’s also a range of carefully designed family-friendly trips to choose from.
NORTHERN EUROPE HIGHLIGHTS
Head north with Nordic Visitor, and depending on where your wanderlust takes you, find yourself immersed in jaw-dropping scenery or buzzing cosmopolitan cities. In Northern Europe you could…
- Discover the best of Iceland's Golden Circle: Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir National Park
- Soak up breathtaking Norwegian scenery as you ride the Flåm Railway or explore the Lofoten Islands
- Experience Scotland’s Glen Coe and encounter historic sites, like Skara Brae and Urquhart Castle
- Enjoy the famed hospitality of the Irish in Dublin, before journeying to the striking Cliffs of Moher
- Visit the capital cities of Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo, where you can tour ancient Viking ships
- Sail the Stockholm archipelago, on the edge of the Baltic Sea, and marvel at Sweden's Royal Palace
- Travel to Lapland in winter to chase the northern lights and try thrilling activities like snowmobiling
- Venture to Spitsbergen, in the Arctic Circle, to look out for polar bears and explore Svalbard’s wilderness
- Hike Greenland’s Sermermiut valley, and stroll through Ilulissat, where icebergs float in the bay
Frequently Asked Questions
About Northern Europe Tours
If you’d like more information about going on a Northern Europe tour, read on. We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions here for your convenience.
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Nordic Visitor can plan an unforgettable trip for you to any of these European countries:
We also offer Northern Europe packages in the following destinations:
Northern Europe has very low crime rates and is a safe place to visit. In fact, the Global Peace Index rates the Nordic nations as some of the most peaceful countries in the world.
It's also good to know that the destinations you can visit with Nordic Visitor all have excellent, modern healthcare services.
You can check the latest guidance for visiting Northern Europe on our Travel Update page.
In Northern Europe the climate varies a lot between seasons. This means that your experience of a destination will be different depending on the time of year that you’re travelling. Happily, this just gives you more reasons for a return visit.
The spring and summer season is from May to September in Northern Europe. This time of year tends to bring drier and milder weather. And the region’s warmest average temperatures range from around 13°C (55°F) in parts of Iceland to 21°C (70°F) in southern Sweden.
If you’re planning an Arctic adventure to Svalbard or Greenland in summer, it’s worth remembering the average temperature at this time of year will be lower. For instance, July is the warmest month of the year, with an average temperature of around 7°C (45°F).
In general, Northern Europe’s winter months, from October to April, tend to be chillier. That said, the Gulf Stream prevents the region from becoming as cold as countries at similar latitudes, like Canada.
For example, in Nordic Visitor’s Northern European winter destinations, the lowest average temperatures vary from approximately -11°C (12°F) in Lapland to 7°C (45°F) in Ireland. Meanwhile the average winter temperature in Iceland is usually around 1°C (34°F).
You’ll find more specific climate information in these Northern Europe travel guides:
- • Iceland weather and climate conditions
- • Scotland weather and climate conditions
- • Norway weather and climate conditions
- • Lapland weather and climate conditions
• Ireland weather and climate conditions
So, leave behind thoughts of the hot climes found in Southern European destinations, like Rome, Italy. And instead, focus on what you can see in Europe’s north: spectacular displays of the northern lights, pristine landscapes, geological wonders, and more.
The best time to visit Northern Europe really depends on how you want to explore and the attractions you wish to discover.
If you are looking to visit when temperatures are mild, then book a tour during the spring and summer months. Between April and September, you’d get to see lush green landscapes and enjoy long days, which is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking.
As well as this, the midnight sun is in full swing in certain areas such as Iceland, Northern Norway and Greenland. This is a phenomenon where the sun doesn’t set for weeks or months.
On the other hand, from around October to March, you could experience snow-dusted landscapes, wintry activities and festive traditions. The dark night skies also provide the ideal backdrop for spotting the northern lights.
Check out these travel styles for seasonal tour ideas:
Aurora borealis activity is strongest closer to the North Pole, so your best bet is to visit Iceland, Norway, Lapland and Svalbard to catch sight of the northern lights. These destinations are located within or near to the Arctic Circle, where you have a higher chance of seeing the aurora.
Occasionally you can spot them in other parts of Northern Europe, such as Scotland. But sightings are much rarer as it’s further away from the Arctic Circle.
If you’re keen to see this natural phenomenon in Europe, then book your trip for the winter months, when the nights are long. This will give you more hours of darkness to search for the northern lights.
Read these guides for more information about the aurora borealis:
The North is made up of many distinctive countries and cultures, and there are plenty of ways to experience them. The best way to travel depends on what you want to do and how flexible you’d like the tours to be.
Self-drive packages of Northern Europe are very popular as they let you set the pace and travel further for excursions, attractions and restaurants. You can take your time discovering top sights and explore off the beaten track.
Another excellent way to travel is with a knowledgeable guide and a small group of fellow travellers. Our escorted group tours of Northern Europe give you the opportunity to learn from a local. They’ll take you to each attraction and share their knowledge and favourite spots.
Nordic Visitor only organises small minibus tours, for a more relaxed and personal experience compared to large coach trips.
If you want something exclusive and would prefer to travel alone or with friends or family members, then choose from our private Northern Europe tours. You’ll have a local guide all to yourselves for a more personal experience.
Northern Europe independent packages combine the best of self-guided travel with escorted excursions. You’ll get to enjoy guided tours and activities with local experts, but then have free days to explore on your own.
In the Scandinavian countries, you could journey by rail on a train tour of Northern Europe, or sail the seas on a Nordic cruise package. Both are convenient ways to travel in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, with stunning views and enchanting stops along the way.
Plus, if you opt for a multi-country tour, you can discover as many as five nations in one trip. For instance, you could combine the Nordic and Scandinavian nations of Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland with Estonia, in the Baltic States.
If you want more information, contact our team and they will help you decide which travel style would suit you best.
Fortunately, if you’re arriving from North America, Australia, Japan, or New Zealand, you will not need a visa to visit Northern Europe. You must have a valid passport with at least 6 months left before it expires.
If you’re visiting from outside of these places, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa to enter the Nordic countries. This is a short-stay visa that permits you to travel to Schengen Area member countries for up to 90 days.
The Schengen visa doesn’t apply to Scotland, the rest of the UK, or Ireland. But citizens of the EU, EEA and Switzerland can visit without a visa. If you’re travelling from elsewhere, you may need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa for Scotland and the UK, or a Short Stay ‘C’ visa for Ireland.
Yes, it’s easy to tailor your tour online. As you go through the booking steps, you can add extra nights, room upgrades and optional excursions to your itinerary. For instance, if you’re travelling to Iceland, you might like to include an extra day at the end of your trip for visiting the Blue Lagoon.
That said, if you have something more bespoke in mind, please contact your dedicated travel consultant. Just let them know what you’d like to do and where you’d like to go. From here, they’ll use their insider knowledge to create a memorable travel experience for you.
What’s more, your trip can be customised based on your interests, or we can add special touches to a honeymoon tour in Northern Europe.
Although most of the ways that you can travel with Nordic Visitor are easily tailored, it’s worth noting that small group packages are less flexible.
This is because you, and the rest of the group, will be following a fixed itinerary for the guided portion of your tour. You can still extend your stay by adding extra nights at the start or end of your trip.
Depending on the time of year you’ll be travelling to Europe, there will be a number of Nordic Visitor tours to choose from. With a range of seasonal packages and a variety of start dates, you’re sure to find an arrival date that suits you.
When you’re booking your trip online, you’ll be able to select your preferred start date from the tour’s availability calendar.
It’s a good idea to check what times and dates are available for flights upfront, but we advise holding off on buying them until your tour is booked. Once your travel consultant emails you to let you know that your trip is confirmed, you can go ahead and purchase your flights.
Your Nordic Visitor vacation package includes accommodation and a detailed, personalised itinerary. Waiting until we have made these arrangements means that you can select the flights that work best for your tour. Plus, if you have any questions you can ask your dedicated consultant for advice.
When you visit Northern Europe, not only will you be exploring captivating new cities, but you’ll also be heading out into the countryside. So it’s best to be prepared for changeable weather, no matter when you’re travelling in Europe.
These are our recommendations for what to bring with you on your tour:
- Walking boots or shoes with good grip
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Insulated jacket
- Woollen or fleece jumpers
- Thermal base layers
- Warm hat, scarf and gloves
- Warm hiking socks
- Quick-drying travel towel
- Sunscreen and insect repellent in the summer months
Insulated coat and thick layers in the winter months
Check out these destination guides for tips and advice on what you should pack for your European trip:
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