Denmark, Norway, Sweden & Finland

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The Grand Tour of the Nordic Capitals & Fjords

From $5287 Per Person

Guided, 15 Days/14 Nights
GUARANTEED Departure dates: May 25; June 8, 22; July 6, 20; August 3, 17, 31, 2020

It all starts in the city of fairy tales, Copenhagen. From here, travel to the Viking capital, Oslo, before reaching the lovely and very elegant capital of Sweden, Stockholm. Enjoy the privileged natural beauty of the magnificent Norwegian fjords and the fascinating northern capitals, with their cobbled streets, palaces and canals. Experience the most notable sights of this complete journey through Scandinavia and Helsinki. Be amazed by the contrasts of the Viking capitals, the nature of the wild fjords and the exuberant architecture of Helsinki. Enjoy this modern, yet exotic area with its medieval history and feel the essence of the north!

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GUARANTEED Departure dates: May 25; June 8, 22; July 6, 20; August 3, 17, 31, 2020.

Day 1: Copenhagen

Arrival to Copenhagen Airport, meet & greet by English-speaking representative, transfer to your hotel. A short welcome meeting will be held in the evening, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation at Villa Copenhagen

Day 2: Copenhagen

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach with our local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour. This tour will be the perfect introduction to "Wonderful Copenhagen". Start with a drive towards the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street "Stroget" begins. Pass the Tivoli Gardens, dating back to 1843 and onward past the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque and the National Museum. Next up is the Old Stock Exchange and the Naval Church. We drive past the Kings New Square, the home of the Royal Danish Theater with the world-famous ballet, then through the old canal area, Nyhavn, with its picturesque houses and vessels. We continue on to see the impressive Gefion Fountain and then for a photo stop at the Royal residence, Amalienborg Palace. Finally, stop by the landmark of Copenhagen, the statue of the Little Mermaid, known from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. During the tour, you can also delight in the exterior of Christiansborg Palace, as well as Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels. The tour will end at the hotel. The afternoon and evening are at leisure

Accommodation at Villa Copenhagen

Day 3: Copenhagen - Oslo 

After breakfast, the morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to embark the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry.  At approximately 16:30, departure to Oslo. Buffet dinner will be served on board. (Commodore Class cabins are with Queen Size beds. Clients requesting Twin beds will be accommodated in Outside 2 berth cabins – not Commodore Class. Breakfast is however still provided in Commodore class restaurant) 

Accommodation onboard DFDS Seaways - seaview cabins

Day 4: Oslo

Breakfast on board. Arrival to Oslo this morning. Meet your local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour of the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by the fjord. Enjoy the view from the Opera house before heading off to Bygdoy Island. Here we will visit one of the most popular museums, the Viking Ship Museum (entrance included), with its three Viking vessels. The Vigeland Park, one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures, will welcome us with sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, who dedicated his life to his artistic works. Pass by the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan. The tour ends at the hotel, from where you will be free to explore the Viking capital at your own pace.

Accommodation at Clarion Hotel Hub

Day 5: Oslo - Lofthus

Breakfast at the hotel. Today drive across Honefoss, Nesbyen surrounded by a landscape, which alternates between forests of pines and lakes to arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Just a few kilometers away, visit Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains and famous for its ski resorts.  Lunch stop en route (included). Afterwards the tour continues to the impressive Hardanger fjord, where you  arrive at Lofthus, one of Edvard Grieg's favourite haunts, and one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. 

Dinner and accommodation at Ullensvang Hotel

Day 6:  Lofthus - Bergen

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from Lofthus and travel back along the fjord until reaching Brimnes where we will cross the splendid Hardanger fjord, by travelling across the Hardanger Bridge. The Hardanger Bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. After reaching the other side, Bruravik, continue by coach, along the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund and crossing through forests of birches until you arrive in Bergen. Bergen is the capital of the fjords, Norway’s second largest city and one of the three university cities in the country. Early in the afternoon,  meet your local guide at the hotel, for a 2-hour panoramic sightseeing tour during where you will delight in St. Marys Church, Hakon’s Hall (no entrances), the colorful and picturesque fish markets and the old Bryggen area. The evening is at leisure.

Accommodation at Radisson Blu Royal

Day 7: Bergen - Flam - Loen

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure from Bergen and travel to the stunning village of Flam where you will have the opportunity to board the world famous Flam railway.  You may also choose to drive to the extraordinary and spectacular Stegastein Viewpoint 650 meters above Aurlandsfjord or simply stay in Flam and enjoy the area at your own leisure. Before leaving Flam, embark on a short ferry trip along the Sognefjord – the longest and deepest fjord in the country. In the afternoon you will drive through the impressive mountains of Gaula, to get to Loen at the end of the day. Loen is a town beautifully situated between the mountains, lakes and fjords.

Optional excursion on the Flam Railway this afternoon (2 hrs): Flamsbana is one of the steepest train lines in the world on normal tracks. The 2-hour train journey runs through fantastic nature, past the Rallar road, steep mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, 20 tunnels and offers a multitude of views. In the span of a single hour, the train takes you from the ocean level at the Sognefjord in Flam, to the mountaintop at Myrdal mountain station on Hardangervidda, 863 meters above the ocean.

Or, Optional Excursion Stegastein Viewpoint (2 hrs): An unmissable sightseeing trip for any visitor to Flam.  The Stegastein Viewpoint is part of the Norwegian Scenic Route that runs from Aurland to Laerdal. This structure, which juts out 30 meters from the mountainside, 650 meters about the fjord, offers and unparalleled panorama. A more amazing view of the fjord, mountains and surrounding is hard to imagine.

The traditional and family-run Hotel Alexandra will be your home for the night and this evening we recommend you enjoy a ride with the sky lift just located next to the hotel.  The view is absolutely breathtaking.

Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Alexandra

Day 8: Loen - Briksdal - Geiranger

Breakfast at your hotel. For passengers not joining the optional excursion below who prefer to enjoy the hotel and its facilities, will be picked up at around 3 pm .

Optional Excursion Briksdal Glacier, an arm of Europe's largest Glacier Josterdalsbreen (3 hrs): After arriving at Briksdal Glacier, visit to the foot of the glacier, travelling by small motorized “Troll cars” and walking through Norwegian nature to the very snout of the glacier. Here we experience the glacier’s breathtaking blue ice. After the visit, there will be free time for lunch at your own discretion.*It is not possible to book this excursion on site. THIS EXCURSION MUST BE PRE-BOOKED WITH TRAVEL BOOKING TO ENSURE ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

Leave Loen and continue the journey through the wonderful Norwegian mountains to Hellesylt and embark the ferry, crossing the dramatic and ever so impressive, UNESCO’s World Heritage listed, Geiranger Fjord, situated among lush mountains and wild waterfalls. Arrival in Geiranger and check-in. Before dinner, a special tour of the Veteran car collection of The Mjelva family is offered. A number of these beautiful cars were used to show tourists around the Geiranger area in the 1920’s and 1930’s and they are still in excellent condition. 

Dinner and accommodation at Union Hotel - fjord view room

Day 9: Geiranger 

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning travel north to explore two of the most dramatic and visited areas of Norway; The Eagle’s road and Trollstigen or Troll’s path. The steepest section of Road 63 between Geiranger and Eidsdal is called Ornevegen, or "The Eagle Road”, as driving along its eleven hairpin turns at 620 meters (2,030 ft) above sea level feels a little like being airborne. At the uppermost bend is the most spectacular viewpoint of the road, Ornesvingen, offering breath-taking views over the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord. Continue to to Linge crossing the Storfjord from Eisdal and from here to the Troll’s path.

Driving Trollstigen is a dramatic and exciting experience. Some places it's cut into the mountain; and some parts are built on top of stone walls. An impressive bridge in natural stone carries it across the Stigfossen waterfall. The road is a result of hard work and an impressive piece of engineering work dated 100 years back in time. His Majesty King Haakon VII opened the road in the summer of 1936. At top of Trollstigen there are viewpoints and steel walkways which allow you to get close to the dramatic mountains and waterfalls (Weather permitting as road closures can occur). Lunch stop en route (not included). In the afternoon, arrive back to the hotel. 

Dinner and accommodation at Union Hotel - fjord view room

Day 10: Geiranger - Oslo 

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by coach to the capital, Oslo. First visit to the famous point of Dalsnibba, an observation point located 1.476 meters above sea level, with a spectacular view of the famous Geiranger Fjord, UNESCO World Heritage. (The visit to Dalsnibba is subject to climate permission – therefore it cannot be guaranteed).

Continue via Lom where we can admire the oldest wooden church in Norway, which dates from the 12th Century. Late in the afternoon, arrive in Oslo and check-in at the hotel. Thereafter you will have the chance to join the group on a 2-hour guided Walking City Tour.

Accommodation at Clarion Hotel Hub

Day 11: Oslo - Stockholm

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Oslo and travel (by coach or train) to Stockholm, passing through Norwegian and Swedish forests, and through the region of Varmland, the home of many legends.  Late afternoon arrival to Stockholm and check-in at the hotel. The evening is at leisure.

Accommodation at Scandic Haymarket 

Day 12: Stockholm

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet with local guide and depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing. The city of Stockholm is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges. The city embraces the unique character of the 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm's islands are bordered by Lake Malaren in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east where the archipelago, with its 30.000 islands awaits exploration. The capital is a big city with a small-town personality. Stockholm is proudly called “Beauty on Water” and a sightseeing tour, which includes a walk in the Old Town and a visit to the City Hall, makes for a memorable morning tour. Discover a city of contrasts. Go back 750 years in time and feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town "Gamla Stan" as you wander through its narrow streets. The seven-hundred-year-old cathedral of Stockholm, Seat of the Archbishop, will be seen during your stroll through Old Town, where you will also get a chance to see Stortorget, where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. An inside visit is paid to one of the city’s best-known symbols, the City Hall with its Blue and Golden Halls, where the great Nobel banquet is held. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

Optional trip to the Vasa Museum - Scandinavia's top museum built around the only intact 17th century warship. Trip includes: Entrance to the museum and a private tour guide and transfers to and from the museum.

Accommodation at Scandic Haymarket

Day 13: Stockholm - Helsinki

Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to board the comfortable overnight ferry of Tallink Silja Line, sailing along the Baltic Sea, bound for Helsinki. Dinner will be served on board.

Accommodation onboard Tallink Silja Line - Seaview cabin

Day 14: Helsinki

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Meet with your local guide for a city sightseeing of the capital of Finland, also known as “The Daughter of the Baltic Sea”. The tour includes the Senate Square, the University and Lutheran Cathedral – all displaying neoclassical architecture of the 1840’s, the colorful Market Square by the sea in the South Harbor, Kaivopuisto Park and diplomatic residences, the imposing statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski and the Sibelius Monument. A visit is also made to Temppeliaukio Church – called the “Rock Church” as it is carved into solid rock (the church reserves the right not to allow the entry of visitors in case of ceremonies).

Accommodation at Hotel Kamp

Day 15: Helsinki Departure

Transfer to the Helsinki Airport

Or, extend your stay

Your Trip Includes the following:

Single supplement $2394

* Arrival and departure transfers in Copenhagen and Helsinki are for days 1 and 15 only. If you wish to have transfers on alternate days, and/or pre or post tour arrangements we will gladly assist you and provide the additional package cost. 

This package is priced LAND ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare, let us know and we will be happy to help you.

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