Scandinavian Heritage - Classic Group, 2022

Scandinavian Heritage - Classic Group, 2022

Start: Oslo Finish: Oslo

Visiting: Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Hirtshals, Aarhus, Odense, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Kuopio, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Ivalo, Karasjok, Alta, Narvik, Trondheim, Geiranger, Lillehammer


Duration: 27 Nights

Tour code: E341FA17

Tour operator: Insight Vacations


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Tour Overview

From the Midnight Sun to the Little Mermaid and from crossing the Arctic Circle to crossing the northern seas, Scandinavia is truly an astonishing part of the world.

Highlights

  • iconNorth Cape: Journey to mainland Europe's most northern point to see something that doesn't happen - sunset! Even at midnight, the sun clings to the horizon. This once-in-a-lifetime unique experience is accompanied by champagne and caviar to make it even more special. Stand near the fence of the towering cliffs, dramatically rising out of the sea and you will feel as if you are on the edge of the world, and you literally are.
  • iconAarhus: A vibrant mix of youthful energy and a blast from the past makes Aarhus a city with an energetic beat of the pulse. Join your Local Expert for an exploration of the city centre. See the City Hall, the modern art museum ARoS Aarhus ART Museum topped with an immense, interactive artwork and Dokk1, the largest public library in Scandinavia. Walk through the area surrounding the cathedral and visit the new township for splendid views of Aarhus Bay. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your own pace.
  • iconWest Coast Norway: Fjord hop from Bergen to Stavanger.
  • iconIvalo: Enjoy an orientation as you arrive into the village.
  • iconLysefjord: Embrace spectacular scenery as you cruise through Lysefjord to the magnificent Pulpit Rock. See Vagabond's Cave, old mountain farms, idyllic islands and majestic scenery. Your cruiser is emission-free and uses eco-friendly technology for its navigation.
  • iconOslo: Take a moment to contemplate the interesting Vigeland sculptures when you visit Frogner Park.
  • iconSkagerrak: Sail across the Skagerrak as you cross from Kristiansand to Hirsthals.
  • iconHelsinki: Wander through the aromatic stalls of a traditional food market with your Local Expert and sample local produce like liquorice or smoked reindeer.
  • iconLillehammer: Explore the town where the 1994 Winter Olympics were held.
  • iconAarhus: Choose between joining a Local Expert to visit Den Gamle By open air museum, offering a trip through 300 years of Danish culture or alternatively, walk through the Botanical Gardens with your Local Expert and learn about Danish nature and flora.
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Itinerary

icon Day 1: Welcome to Oslo

Location: Oslo

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo.

Meals: Dinner with Wine

On arrival at Oslo airport, your transfer will leave for the hotel at 09:30, 12:00 or 14:30.Join your Travel Director at 17:30, to enjoy a Welcome Dinner with wine.(Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 2: Cosmopolitan Oslo

Location: Oslo

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo.

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you the spires and ramparts of medieval Akershus Castle guarding the harbour, as well as the Royal Palace and an included visit to the Viking Ship Museum. Wander through Frogner Park, housing the intriguing sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. The afternoon is at your leisure, maybe explore City Hall where the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony is held, or walk upon the famous architecture of Oslo Opera House?(Breakfast)

icon Day 3: Oslo city to coastal Bergen

Location: Oslo, Bergen

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Journey across the Hardanger Plateau, Europe's greatest mountain plateau and the largest national park in the Nordic countries, before arriving at your hotel in the historic port of Bergen. In the evening, savour a delicious dinner at Zupperia Matbørsen, a local restaurant offering traditional Norwegian and European flavours with an Asian fusion.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 4: Ancient Hanseatic port of Bergen

Location: Bergen

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen.

Meals: Breakfast

A Local Expert introduces you to Bergen. The ancient Hanseatic port city still largely looks to the sea for its living, as evidenced by the picturesque and lively Fish Market, set in a charming location in the heart of the city. The market also has stalls selling a colourful variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and souvenirs. After seeing the 13th century Haakon’s Hall, there will be time to explore all that this exciting town has to offer. Perhaps spend a leisurely afternoon on the traditional-style train of the Flåm Railway?(Breakfast)

icon Day 5: A Coastline like no Other

Location: Bergen, Stavanger

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger.

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy the morning at leisure to ascend Mount Fløyen by the only funicular in Scandinavia or alternatively visit the home of composer Edward Grieg, located alongside the beautiful lake Nordås. Afterwards, travel along this incredible coastline and sail across fjords passing an abundance of islands. Arrive in Stavanger, one of Norway’s oldest cities founded almost 900 years ago. The city has continued to evolve with changing times and now the headquarters of the Norwegian oil industry, Stavanger is a fusion of old world charm and cosmopolitan flair.(Breakfast)

icon Day 6: The Wonders of Lysefjord

Location: Stavanger

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger.

Meals: Breakfast

Cruise Lysefjord, one of Norway's most breathtaking fjords. See Preikestolen, the Pulpit Rock, known as one of the most iconic destinations in the world! You will also view Vagabond's Cave, old mountain farms, idyllic islands and majestic scenery. Enjoy the fjord landscape through panoramic windows or from the sundeck. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or continue exploring Stavanger.(Breakfast)

icon Day 7: Onwards to Kristiansand

Location: Stavanger, Kristiansand

Accommodation: Hotel Norge, Kristiansand.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Relax and enjoy the scenic drive as you round the southern cape of Norway. Upon arrival in Kristiansand, your orientation walk of the city centre will show you the Dom Kirke and the Nupen Fountain. In the evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 8: Kristiansand to Aarhus

Location: Kristiansand, Hirtshals, Aarhus

Accommodation: Comwell Hotel Aarhus.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Say farewell to Norway as you sail across the Skagerrak to Hirtshals, Denmark. Your journey continues to Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city and one of Europe's cultural treasures with world-class museums and modern art. Explore Aarhus with Insight Choice. Choose between joining Local Expert to visit Den Gamle By open air museum, offering a trip through 300 years of Danish culture. Walk among historic houses relocated from all over the country and traditional workshops, or alternatively, take a walk in the Botanical Gardens with your Local Expert. Learn about Danish nature and flora as well as international plants in the Tropical Houses. Join your fellow travellers for a Farm-to-Table Dinner of delicious Danish dishes made from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.(Breakfast / Dinner)

icon Day 9: Historic Aarhus

Location: Aarhus

Accommodation: Comwell Hotel Aarhus.

Meals: Breakfast

A vibrant mix of youthful energy and a blast from the past makes Aarhus a city with an energetic beat of the pulse. Join your Local Expert for an exploration of the city centre. See the City Hall, the modern art museum ARoS Aarhus ART Museum topped with an immense, interactive artwork and Dokk1, the largest public library in Scandinavia. Walk through the area surrounding the cathedral and visit the new township for splendid views of Aarhus Bay. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your own pace.(Breakfast)

icon Day 10: Odense to Copenhagen

Location: Aarhus, Odense, Copenhagen

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen.

Meals: Breakfast

Cross the Jutland Peninsula to the town of Odense, on the island of Fyn. In the restored old district, visit the Hans Christian Andersen House, a museum dedicated to his life and works. Learn all about the famous fairytale writer as you follow his career, travels and love life. Perhaps explore the Tivoli Gardens for an evening of lights, flowers and sensory delights.(Breakfast)

icon Day 11: Wonderful Copenhagen

Location: Copenhagen

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Your Local Expert will reveal the charm of Denmark's capital. Meet Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid gazing wistfully across the harbour and visit Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Government. Continue on to see Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace and the Renaissance Stock Exchange and visit the Christianborg Palace. Visit the 18th century Copenhagen Cathedral, designed by Christian Frederik Hansen, known for its neoclassical architecture and for featuring the largest bell in Denmark. With the afternoon at your leisure, why not see the unusual Round Tower, a 17th century tower and the oldest functioning observatory in Europe and Copenhagen Cathedral, where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 12: Scenic farmlands of Sweden

Location: Copenhagen, Stockholm

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm.

Meals: Breakfast

Travel from Denmark to Sweden by crossing the incredible Øresund Bridge. Spanning 16km over the Flinte channel it’s the longest road and rail bridge in Europe. Pass through the artificial island of Peberholm which has become a haven for flora and fauna and continue through the Skåne region, which gave its name to Scandinavia. Enjoy views of the patchwork of fertile farmlands as you journey along the shores of Lake Vättern to the Swedish capital, Stockholm, which is set on 14 beautiful islands. In the evening, perhaps try the local cuisine served in traditional surroundings?(Breakfast)

icon Day 13: Stockholm and Baltic Cruise

Location: Stockholm, Helsinki

Accommodation: Serenade/Symphony, Tallink Silja Line, Stockholm.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Join a Local Expert for your visit to the City Hall's marvellous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall, and the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held. Continue to Gamla Stan, the medieval heart of the city. View the cathedral and walk through the Old Town to see the Royal Palace. With the afternoon at leisure, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Vasa Galleon, a marvellous impression of life on board a 17th century naval vessel. In the evening, board your Baltic cruise to Finland and voyage through the largest archipelago in the world. Enjoy dinner onboard as well as the sight of thousands of islands from the comfort of your A-class, sea-view cabin, while the northern sun hangs over the horizon, showing almost no sign of setting in mid-summer.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 14: Fashionable Helsinki

Location: Helsinki

Accommodation: GLO Hotel Art, Helsinki.

Meals: Breakfast

Helsinki is known as a global trendsetter in design, fashion, stunning architecture and luscious parks. Disembark your Baltic cruise to meet your Local Expert. Wander through the aromatic stalls of a traditional food market and sample local produce like liquorice or smoked reindeer. Afterwards, enjoy time to explore on your own. Why not stop for lunch at the colourful market located by the harbour and spend time browsing the vast array of stalls selling local souvenirs, handicrafts as well as fruits, vegetables and world-class pancakes?(Breakfast)

icon Day 15: Lakes and Forests to Kuopio

Location: Helsinki, Kuopio

Accommodation: Scandic Atlas, Kuopio.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Finland is a land of beautiful lakes and enchanting forests. Sit back and relax as you take in the spectacular scenery. On arrival in Kuopio, ascend Puijo Tower for a splendid panorama that will reveal why Finland is called the land of a thousand lakes.(Breakfast / Dinner)

icon Day 16: The Road to Rovaniemi

Location: Kuopio, Oulu, Rovaniemi

Accommodation: Santa's Hotel Santa Claus, Rovaniemi.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

As you journey towards the Arctic, travel through Lapland, native home to the nomadic Sami people. Visit Oulu, northern Finland's oldest city. It is also the largest general port in the Bothnian Bay, made up of 3 harbours. Enjoy time to explore the centre of the city that is spread across several islands, connected by pedestrian bridges and cycleways, considered one of the best in Europe. Your travels continue to Rovaniemi, the modern capital of the region.(Breakfast / Dinner)

icon Day 17: Rovaniemi and Lapland

Location: Rovaniemi

Accommodation: Santa's Hotel Santa Claus, Rovaniemi.

Meals: Breakfast

Cross the Arctic Circle today, a highlight for many travellers. Explore Rovaniemi with Insight Choice. Meet Santa Claus and embrace the spirit of Christmas or join your Local Expert for a nature walk in the forest. With the afternoon at leisure perhaps you may want to visit the open-air museum and Arktikum?(Breakfast)

icon Day 18: The Arctic to Ivalo

Location: Rovaniemi, Ivalo

Accommodation: Hotel Ivalo Oy.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

In the morning enjoy a relaxed start or perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit Ranua Wildlife Park, for the chance to see polar bears, lynxes or even a wolverine. Continue your journey north along the Four Winds' Road where you may see herds of reindeer roaming freely as you head for one of the oldest churches in Lapland. Travel through Europe’s last great wilderness to see the Urho Kekkonen National Park near the gold centre of Tankavaara.(Breakfast / Dinner)

icon Day 19: The North Cape

Location: Ivalo, Karasjok

Accommodation: Scandic Honningsvåg.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross nature reserves into Norway and stop at Karasjok, the seat of the Sami Parliament and a centre of Sami culture. Visit a Sami National Museum before continuing along the beautiful Porsanger Fjord to reach the quaint settlement of Honningsvag. Enjoy the picturesque harbour at your leisure or perhaps set out on a sea bird and arctic cruise adventure? This Optional Experience includes a cruise around the Gjesværstappen, a necklace of islands that's a protected nesting area for millions of Puffins, Kittiwakes, Gannets, Guillemots, White Tailed Eagles and even a chance of a Grey Seal or Porpoise. Tonight we journey in search of the midnight sun on your included experience of Nordkapp, the northernmost point of mainland Europe, where you will enjoy a glass of bubbles and caviar in one of the most special places on Earth.(Breakfast / Dinner)

icon Day 20: Through Finnmark to Alta

Location: Alta

Accommodation: Scandic Alta.

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a relaxed start before continuing your escorted journey through Norway’s most Northern County of ‘Finnmark’, covered in unique topography of rolling tundra and isolated dwellings. This afternoon experience the town of Alta at your leisure, made famous for its fishing and mining history. Why not visit the Northern Lights Cathedral or consider taking a wilderness trip on the Alta River itself?(Breakfast)

icon Day 21: A World of Adventure in Alta

Location: Alta

Accommodation: Scandic Alta.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

With a leisurely morning start, why not explore the town centre or check out the Rock Art of Alta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of prehistoric rock carvings. Later, visit a working husky farm to meet Trine Lyrek, a champion dog sledder. Learn about her Alaskan huskies and the challenges she faces competing in marathon Arctic dog sled races. Meet some of Trine's Husky puppies, that may grow to be the best racing dogs in the country. If you wish, spend time playing with these adorable pups. Afterwards,delight in a wonderful oven-baked Highlight Dinner of local seasonal specialities,such as salmon or the nutritious local game, reindeer, served with fresh salads and wine.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 22: Narvik

Location: Narvik, Alta

Accommodation: Scandic Narvik .

Meals: Breakfast

Pass Kåfjord where the German battleship Tirpitz was once stationed and hear tales of one of the first large-scale battles of World War II. As you travel south, see the marvellous Lyngen Alps in the distance. They're 90 kilometers of mountains and glaciers that really are stunning all year round. Continue to Narvik, surrounded by majestic mountains. Perhaps join an Optional Experience and take in stunning views aboard neighbouring Sweden's iron-ore railway. Pass surrounding fjords as the Ofot Railway clings to the mountainside - constructed over 100 years ago, it's an incredible feat of engineering. The evening is free for you to explore on your own.(Breakfast)

icon Day 23: Across Tysfjord to Mosjøen

Location: Narvik

Accommodation: Fru Haugans Hotel, Mosjoen.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Board a ferry to cross Tysfjord, then continue past Rago National Park, its fjords cut deep into the landscape. Bid farewell to the Arctic before reaching Mosjøen, a pleasant town on the Vefsnfjord that has a large concentration of historic, 19th century wooden buildings.(Breakfast / Dinner)

icon Day 24: Laksfoss Falls to Trondheim

Location: Trondheim

Accommodation: Scandic Bakklandet, Trondheim.

Meals: Breakfast

Drive through Namdalen then watch for salmon leaping upstream as they travel to their spawning-grounds at the mighty Laksfoss Falls. Continue past the village of Hell to Trondheim, once the seat of the ancient Viking kings and Norway's third largest city. Trondheim has always reflected the changing fortunes of Norway and is full of interest. See the Market Square dominated by its statue of Olav Tryggvason and the Nidaros Cathedral, Norway’s national shrine. Tyholttårnet, or Tyholt Tower rises high above the city and the Old Town Bridge is locally known as Lykkens Portal, which means Portal of Happiness.(Breakfast)

icon Day 25: Geiranger, Jewel of the Fjords

Location: Trondheim, Geiranger

Accommodation: Hotel Union Geiranger

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Begin one of the most scenic days you will ever experience. Norwegian Fjordland is a dream world of soaring mountains, icy glaciers and rivers which cascade hundreds of metres into the green valleys below. Cross the Dovre Mountains, as you journey through Dovrefjell National Park. Travel via lakes and snow-capped peaks to Lom, home to one of Norway’s most beautiful stave churches. Arrive at the mirror-smooth waters of Geirangerfjord to embark on a spectacular cruise beneath towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Your hotel is in a superb setting overlooking the beautiful Norwegian Fjord landscape.(Breakfast / Dinner)

icon Day 26: Geiranger at Leisure

Location: Geiranger

Accommodation: Hotel Union Geiranger

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a relaxed start and a day reserved for your leisure amongst the most breathtaking scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps join an Optional Experience for an incredible scenic drive along the amazing Troll's Road? The road itself was a masterpiece of engineering when it was built over 70 years ago and the spectacular views will leave you speechless.(Breakfast / Dinner)

icon Day 27: Oslo, the Capital

Location: Geiranger, Lillehammer, Oslo

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Journey through the countryside immortalised by Ibsen in 'Peer Gynt' and inspiration for Edvard Grieg. Continue to Lillehammer, host of the 1994 Winter Olympics, for an orientation with your Travel Director. Then it’s on to the modern Norwegian capital of Oslo. Round off your travels with a Celebration Dinner, and raise your glass to toast to your adventures.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 28: Out of Oslo

Location: Oslo

Meals: Breakfast

Your departure transfer arrives at Oslo Airport at 07:15 or 10:15.(Breakfast)

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