Arctic Ocean Tour with rental camper

icebergs in the arctic ocean

Arctic Ocean Tour

Distance:
2100 km
Trip duration:
13 days

Arctic ocean with a rental camper

The Arctic Ocean hides many unique creatures under its surface. Perhaps one of the most mystical one is the whale with the average size between 14 and 16 meters. These majestic giants can be spotted in the arctic waters of Norway. Also, many other fascinating fauna can be seen in these far corners of Europe that offer a home for various rare species. The total length of this Arctic Ocean route is about 2100 kilometers.  Slightly longer route is Northern Scandinavia is memorable because this trip is all about the journey itself, not the destination.  

Stunning scenery
The most convenient way to explore these arctic destinations is to pick up a rental motorhome from Touring Cars' motorhome rental station in Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland and the home of Santa Claus.   Plan the best route for yourself, or be inspired by our route tips! We recommend stopping by the Nordic gems, such as Tromso and the North Cape.  See live whales in their natural habitat on a whale safari in the coast, and be mesmerized by the serpentine roads surrounded by post card like stunning sceneries of green valleys, ultramarine waters and mountains that retain their snowy tops throughout the summer.

Arctic activities
The arctic areas offer active travellers tons of activities, such as whale safaris, bird watching, canoeing and horse riding. Stop by at the Tana River, and try some serious fishing. Talented or lucky fishermen may end up feeding the whole crew with fresh salmon!

Exotic Sámi culture
This route enables you to access Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish Lapland, the regions of the indigenous Sámi people. On your way back, visit Siida in Inari. It is a museum dedicated to the indigenous cultures and the arctic nature that coexist in a tight relationship.    

Clothing
Arctic area can be chilly even in the summertime, especially during the night.  To stay comfortable under the midnight sun, remember to pack multiple light layers, hiking shoes, rubber boots and a warm sweater with you.

 

DAY 1 -  ARRIVAL TO ROVANIEMI IN FINNISH LAPLAND

Rovaniemi is a gateway to Lapland. Start your rental motorhome journey in the north by getting yourself acquainted with the northern nature, climate and the way of living in these latitudes. Arktikum, a museum and arctic science center, introduces the history of Rovaniemi, as well as the arctic lifestyle, species and people.  A truly magical arctic inhabitant is of course Santa Claus, who lives about eight kilometres north from Rovaniemi city center, and is easy to visit on the way to other northern destinations.

Taste authentic Scandinavia
Rovaniemi has several restaurants offering Lappish delicacies. Taste arctic specialties, such as reindeer meat, cloud- and lingonberries and seasoned vegetables.  Take also a peek in the city's nightlife. The campground in Rovaniemi is located by the river, separating the center from the Ounasvaara area, which offers great outdoors possibilities with trails and a sports center. From the top of Ounasvaara, you can see the whole city, surrounded with the white summer light.

 

 

DAY 2-3 -  INTRODUCTION TO INDIGENOUS SÁMI CULTURE IN INARI & SAARISELKÄ

The distance between Rovaniemi and Saariselkä is about 300 kilometers. If this feels like too long a drive with a rental motorhome to you, make one extra stop at Pyhä-Luosto National Park, located about 150 kilometers from Rovaniemi. 

Lake Inari is amongst the biggest and deepest lakes in Finland, and it is perfect for fishing. When you’re in Inari, take some time to visit Siida. The Sámi museum offers an insight into the nature and indigenous cultures. Park your rental motorhome to Siida parking area, and enter the nine kilometer long trail to Otsamotunturi.
If you have the time, keep your sneakers on and hike in the national park of Lemmenjoki. Lemmenjoki River used to be a gold mining area in the past, and you can still try your luck in finding gold. 

 

 

DAY 4 - AUTHENTIC AND UNTOUCHED NATURE IN KEVO NATIONAL PARK

The distance between Inari and Utsjoki is about 130 kilometres. 

When you drive your rental motorhome to Utsjoki, you can reach the northernmost border of Finland and the region of Kevo National Park, which invites visitors to hike in its untouched deserted nature. In Kevo, you can choose from two marked trails. Both of them are quite demanding, so if you are not experienced nature wanderer, it is recommended to start from easier destinations. Kevo River is the main vein of this heart of Lapland. The landscape is almost tundra, where only the toughest fauna can survive. Utsjoki is Finland's third most sparsely populated municipality with only 0,25 people per square meter. The Sami people, reindeer herding and fishing label the area. In fact there are more reindeer around than people.

 

 

DAY 5-6 - THE MOST NORTHERN POINT OF THE MAINLAND OF EUROPE

The distance between the North Cape and Utsjoki is about 200 kilometers. 

You cannot visit northern Norway without spending a day in the majestic landscapes of the North Cape. The North Cape is located in the municipality of Finnmark. Here, you can spot various birds, and go deep sea fishing in one of the richest fishing fjords on earth, Kamøyfjorden. Visit the Arctigo Icebar to experience a wintery side of the region. This unique place offers snowy treats also during the summer season. You cannot leave the region without taking a photo on the over 300 meters high cliff, from where you'll most definitely be mesmerized by the midnight sun and the endless Barents Sea, spreading in the horizon. 

 

 

DAY 7 - HORSING AROUND IN ALTA

The distance between the North Cape and Alta is about 180 kilometers. 

Alta is a small town just by the Norwegian Sea, and offers amazing opportunities to participate in a Norwegian horse safari. Imagine small but robust Norwegian horses, with their thick hair going against the wind in the strands of the sea. There's no better way to get peace of mind and connect with nature than this.  

 

 

DAY 8-9 -  NORTHERN NIGHTLIFE IN TROMSO

The distance between Alta and Tromso is about 400 kilometers. If this feels too long, take a rest in some of the small coastal villages by the route. 

Tromso has it all – beautiful landscapes with snow-capped mountains and a city life including arts, great food and architecture. Take a ride in a cable car and admire the midnight sun from a bird's eye perspective. Here, you can get acquainted with the northern nightlife, whilst being surrounded by breathtaking nature - enjoying the silence of the night in the comfort of your rental motorhome. 

 

 

DAY 10 - VISITING POLAR ZOO IN NARVIK

The distance between Tromso and Narvik is about 250 kilometers.

In Narvik, you can go climbing or fishing. Ir you are carrying bicycles in your rental motorhome this is the place to unmount them from the camper and go mountain. In Narvik, visit Skjomen, an ice-eroded fjord,  or surprise the children by taking them to a polar zoo. If you are a fan of Nordic nature, you won't run out of things to do.

 

 

DAY 11 - MOOSE SAFARI IN KIRUNA

The distance between Narvik and Kiruna is about 180 kilometers. 

On this route, you will pass by the Abisko National park, probably the best location to stop by with a rental motorhome, and have a refreshing hike under the midnight sun. These landscapes lead you through waterfalls and canyons to a Nordic wonderland. 

The main destination, Kiruna, is located in Swedish Lapland, and is labelled by Sami culture and outdoor activities. In Kiruna, you can experience a moose safari that takes you through the emerald green Vistas Valley. Kiruna also offers small city attractions, so you can also fine dine here, in case you had no luck pike fishing.

 

 

DAY 12 - MAIN TOURIST DESTINATIONS OF LEVI AND YLLÄS

The distance between Kiruna and Levi is about 300 kilometers. If this feels like too much of a drive, take advantage of the freedom to roam, and stay overnight in the hem of nature in the comfort of your state-of-the-art rental motorhome.

These destinations in Finnish Lapland gather a lot of tourists during the winter season. In the summer, you have more peace. Even though the slopes are closed from skiing until the winter season starts (usually in October), you can go hiking or rock climbing in this beautiful scenery. Hiking is especially recommended in September, when the nature is dressed up in autumn colors. The everyman's right enables you to pick up berries and mushrooms throughout the season.

 

 

DAY 13 - RETURN TO ROVANIEMI

The distance between Levi and Rovaniemi is about 150 kilometers. 

Arriving back to the motorhome rental station in Rovaniemi
Return of the rental motorhome to Touring Cars' rental station in Rovaniemi. Our Rovaniemi staff at our motorhome rental station is eager to hear all about your amazing arctic tour and see the best photos you have probably also shared in our social media channels with the hashtags #touringcarsholiday and #notjustahotelroom.  After packing your personal belongings and saying good bye to your beautiful rental motorhome, Touring Cars staff will escort you to the other side of the airport building for the flight check-in.  

 

Price Examples
Pick up: Rovaniemi Finland

Rental Motorhome for 2 for in May 13 days 1547 EUR

Rental Motorhome for 6 in May 13 days 1729 EUR

 

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PRICE INCLUDES

  • Unlimited km
  • All taxes 
  • Quality motorhome 
  • VIP airport pick-up service from Rovaniemi Airport. 
  • Personal customer service and orientation to your rental vehicle. We allocate as much time to the customer service at the pick-up and drop-off as required.
  • Linen exchange free of charge. Possibility to replace any rented linen and bedding for a freshly laundered supply during their stay at any of our rental stations.
  • TC Basic insurance
  • Navigation
  • High quality kitchen and dining ware
  • Electricity cable with adapter
  • Water hose
  • Vehicle levellers (tyre wedges)
  • Free of charge information package, giving good insight to travelling with a motorhome and to our destination countries. Available at the motorhome rental stations.
  • 24 h phone service for all road side questions
  • Vehicle replacement service in case of major malfunction
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