Scandinavian Heritage - Classic Group

Scandinavian Heritage - Classic Group

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$11636

Scandinavian Heritage - Classic Group

28 Days Starting and ending in Oslo

Visiting: Oslo, Ullensvang, Bergen, Stavanger, Lyngdal, Kristiansand, Hirtshals, Aalborg, Aarhus, Odense, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Kuopio, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Ivalo, Karasjok, North Cape, Alta, Narvik, Mosjoen, Trondheim, Geiranger, Lillehammer

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

E341ZN20

Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours, Cruise

Activities:

Sightseeing

From:
$12564
$11636 Operator discount: -$380 Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$548

NB: Prices correct on 20-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Journey to Europe’s northernmost point where the summer sun never sets at North Cape, see Stockholm Cathedral where the kings of Sweden are coronated and admire Christian Frederik Hansen’s Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen harbor, on this 28-day Scandinavian adventure. See Oslo through the eyes of your Local Expert before stepping back in time at the Viking Ship Museum. Receive an Arctic Circle Crossing certificate in the Lapland capital, Rovaniemi, and choose between meeting Santa Claus himself or joining a Local Expert for a forest nature walk. In Norway, uncover indigenous culture at the Sami National Museum, meet the sled racing Huskie puppies of Alta and tell your friends you’ve been through Hell after visiting the namesake village.

Highlights

  • 4 Dinner with Wine (DW)

  • 27 Breakfast (B)

  • 10 Dinner (D)

  • 1 Lunch with Wine (LW)

  • Odense: Be enchanted by the tales of Hans Christian Anderson's life when you visit the museum dedicated to his life and works.

  • Odense: Visit St Canute's Cathedral and hear tales of Canute, Denmark's last Viking king and first saint.

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities

  • Rovaniemi: Meet Santa Claus when you visit his village where it is Christmas all year round! From his post office, you can make sure that Santa sends Christmas letters to friends and family back home come December.

  • Rovaniemi: Join your Local Expert for a nature walk in the forest and admire the tranquil surroundings.

  • : Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.

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Day 1: Welcome To Oslo

Location: Oslo

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Europa, Oslo.

Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

Welcome to Oslo! This evening, join your Travel Director to enjoy a Welcome Dinner with wine while you meet your fellow travelers.

Day 2: Cosmopolitan Oslo Relaxed Start

Location: Oslo

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Europa, Oslo.

Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning, sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you the spires and ramparts of medieval Akershus Castle guarding the harbor, as well as the Royal Palace and the area around the Opera House. 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?

Day 3: Oslo City To Ullensvang

Location: Oslo, Ullensvang

Accommodation: Ullensvang Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 Ullensvang.

Day 4: Ullensvang, Flåm Railway And To The City Of Bergen Relaxed Start

Location: Ullensvang, Bergen

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the Coastal City of Bergen where you will visit the traditional train of the Flåm Railway, journey on one of the world's steepest railways through tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountainside. This evening join your Travel Director at a Local Restaurant for Dinner.

Day 5: The Hanseatic Port Of Bergen Relaxed Start

Location: Bergen

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen.

Meals Included: 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 colorful 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 you might like to visit the home of composer Edvard Grieg, before ascending Mount Fløyen by the only funicular in Scandinavia.

Day 6: A Coastline Like No Other Relaxed Start

Location: Bergen, Stavanger

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Maritim, Stavanger

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 is the headquarters of the Norwegian oil industry, Stavanger is a fusion of old world charm and cosmopolitan flair.

Day 7: Lyngdal And Kristiansand

Location: Stavanger, Lyngdal, Kristiansand

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Parken, Kristiansand.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

In Lyngdal, tour the Wild Salmon Center with a biologist guide, learn about protecting salmon populations and the local ecosystem. Observe the majestic fish in their own environment, via a unique indoor 'staircase' and viewing area. Relax and enjoy the scenic drive around the southern cape of Norway. Upon arrival in Kristiansand, your orientation walk of the city Center will show you the Dom Kirke and the Nupen Fountain. Savor a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8: Kristiansand To Aalborg

Location: Kristiansand, Hirtshals, Aalborg

Accommodation: Comwell Hvide Hus Aalborg

Meals Included: Breakfast

Say farewell to Norway as you sail across the Skagerrak to Hirtshals, Denmark. Your journey continues to Aalborg, Denmark's forth largest city.

Day 9: Journey To Odense Relaxed Start

Location: Aalborg, Aarhus, Odense

Accommodation: Comwell H C Andersen Odense

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

'A vibrant mix of youthful energy and a blast from the past makes Aarhus a city with an energetic pulse. Join your Travel Director for an orientation of the city center. See the City Hall, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum - topped with an immense and interactive artwork - and Dokk1, the largest public library in Scandinavia. En route to Odense, you will stop for a tour of Jelling, visiting the Home of the Viking Kings Museum. Then cross the Jutland Peninsula to the town of Odense, on the island of Fyn where this evening we will join for dinner in a local restaurant.'

Day 10: Odense To Copenhagen

Location: Odense, Copenhagen

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Visit Odense with Insight Choice. Choose to 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. Alternatively, visit St Canute's Cathedral and hear tales of Canute, Denmark's last Viking king and first saint.

Day 11: Wonderful Copenhagen Relaxed Start

Location: Copenhagen

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen.

Meals Included: 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 harbor. 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. Tonight, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at the Cofoco restaurant and enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner of sustainable ingredients.

Day 12: Scenic Farmlands Of Sweden

Location: Copenhagen, Stockholm

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm.

Meals Included: 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?

Day 13: Stockholm And Baltic Cruise

Location: Stockholm, Helsinki

Accommodation: Serenade/Symphony—Tallink & Silja Line Ships.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Join a Local Expert for your visit to the City Hall's marvelous 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 marvelous 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.

Day 14: Fashionable Helsinki Relaxed Start

Location: Helsinki

Accommodation: GLO Hotel Art, Helsinki.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Helsinki is known as a global trendsetter in design, fashion, stunning architecture and luscious parks. Disembark your Baltic cruise and 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 colorful market located by the harbor and spend time browsing the vast array of stalls selling local souvenirs, handicrafts as well as fruits, vegetables and world-class pancakes?

Day 15: Lakes And Forests To Kuopio

Location: Helsinki, Kuopio

Accommodation: Scandic Atlas, Kuopio.

Meals Included: 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.

Day 16: The Road To Rovaniemi

Location: Kuopio, Oulu, Rovaniemi

Accommodation: Santa's Hotel Santa Claus, Rovaniemi.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

As you journey towards the Arctic, travel to 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 harbors. Enjoy time to explore the center 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.

Day 17: Rovaniemi And Lapland Relaxed Start

Location: Rovaniemi

Accommodation: Santa's Hotel Santa Claus, Rovaniemi.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Cross the Arctic Circle today, a highlight for many travelers. Explore Rovaniemi with Insight Choice. Choose to meet Santa Claus and embrace the spirit of Christmas. Alternatively, 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?

Day 18: The Arctic To Ivalo Relaxed Start

Location: Rovaniemi, Ivalo

Accommodation: Hotel Ivalo.

Meals Included: 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 north along the Four Winds Road where you may see herds of reindeer roaming freely as you journey 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 center of Tankavaara.

Day 19: The North Cape

Location: Ivalo, Karasjok, North Cape

Accommodation: Scandic Honningsvåg.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross nature reserves into Norway and stop at Karasjok for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Visit a Sami National Museum, devoted to preserving the Sami history and culture, and see the Sami Parliament before continuing along the beautiful Porsanger Fjord to reach the quaint settlement of Honningsvag. Enjoy the picturesque harbor 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.

Day 20: Through Finnmark To Alta Relaxed Start

Location: North Cape, Alta

Accommodation: Scandic Alta.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a relaxed start before continuing 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?

Day 21: A World Of Adventure In Alta Relaxed Start

Location: Alta

Accommodation: Scandic Alta.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

With a leisurely morning start, why not explore the town center 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 the champion dog sledding Lyrek family. Learn about their Alaskan huskies and the challenges of competing in marathon Arctic dog sled races. Meet 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 Lunch with seasonal specialties from the region, such as salmon or the nutritious local game, reindeer, served with fresh salads and wine.

Day 22: Narvik

Location: Alta, Narvik

Accommodation: Scandic Narvik .

Meals Included: 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 marvelous 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.

Day 23: Across Tysfjord To Mosjøen

Location: Narvik, Mosjoen

Accommodation: Fru Haugans Hotel, Mosjoen.

Meals Included: 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.

Day 24: Laksfoss Falls To Trondheim

Location: Mosjoen, Trondheim

Accommodation: Scandic Bakklandet, Trondheim.

Meals Included: 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.

Day 25: Geiranger, Jewel Of The Fjords

Location: Trondheim, Geiranger

Accommodation: Hotel Union Geiranger.

Meals Included: 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 meters 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.

Day 26: Geiranger At Leisure Relaxed Start

Location: Geiranger

Accommodation: Hotel Union Geiranger.

Meals Included: 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.

Day 27: Oslo, The Capital

Location: Geiranger, Lillehammer, Oslo

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Journey through the countryside immortalized 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.

Day 28: Out Of Oslo

Location: Oslo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Time to say goodbye to your new friends, your trip ends this morning.

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    Since 1978.

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    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

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