Spectacular Scandinavia & its Fjords - Small Group

15 Days Starting in Copenhagen, Denmark and ending in Oslo, Norway

Visiting: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Lake Vattern, Stockholm, Sigtuna, Uppsala, Falun, Lillehammer, Fossbergom, Geiranger, Fjaerland, Leikanger, Flam Railway, Bergen, Oslo

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

SE941ZN19

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 24

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Luxury, Small Group

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$7775
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Tour Overview

Tour the Nobel Peace Prize banquet halls in Stockholm and ascend almost 1000-metres above sea level on the famous Flam railway, en route to Bergen. This 15-day tour of Scandinavia’s glassy fjords and sky-scraping mountains is a tonic for the soul as you journey from Sweden’s scenic farmlands to cosmopolitan Stockholm. Enjoy Uppsala sightseeing and meet Hans Odoo—a passionate local storyteller who’ll regale you with tales of Sweden’s first botanical garden, before you’re whisked away to a farm to table Falun dinner with fresh, locally-sourced produce. In Norway, set sail through the deep glassy waters of the Geirangerfjord, surrounding by towering ice capped mountains and lush green forests.

Highlights

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

  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.

  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Copenhagen

Location: Copenhagen

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen.

Accommodation Name: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

Greetings to you, Copenhagen! Spend your afternoon at leisure to relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director and fellow travelers for drinks and a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner. In the evening visit the glittering lights and enchanting atmosphere of the world-famous Tivoli Gardens.

Day 2 : Wonderful Copenhagen

Location: Copenhagen

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen.

Accommodation Name: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

A Local Expert will reveal the charm of Denmark's capital. Meet Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid gazing wistfully across the harbor and see Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Government. Continue to Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and Copenhagen Cathedral, where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. View the unusual Rundertaarn and enjoy an afternoon at your leisure, relaxing or exploring at your pace. Perhaps take an Optional Experience into the picturesque Danish countryside to see the castles of North Zealand?

Day 3 : On To Gothenburg

Location: Copenhagen, Gothenburg

Accommodation: Elite Plaza Hotel, Gothenburg.

Accommodation Name: Elite Park Avenue Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Continue along Sweden’s west coast to the cosmopolitan port city of Gothenburg. On arrival, explore with your Local Expert and learn about the region’s culture and nautical history. Perhaps choose to delve into the heritage of Volvo - one of Sweden’s most recognisable exports. The evening is at your leisure. Take a stroll along the leafy boulevards and enjoy dinner in one of the city’s many restaurants.

Day 4 : Scenic Farmlands Of Sweden

Location: Gothenburg, Lake Vattern, Stockholm

Accommodation: Hilton Stockholm Slussen.

Accommodation Name: Hilton Stockholm Slussen

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy views of the patchwork of fertile farmlands, as you journey along the shores of Lake Vättern to the Swedish capital. Stop at Grännaberget café for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER ® Experience of Swedish Fika of coffee and freshly baked pastries. This experience advances SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, promoting the regional heritage of the local area and preservation of traditional Swedish houses.

Day 5 : Stockholm, City Of Islands

Location: Stockholm

Accommodation: Hilton Stockholm Slussen.

Accommodation Name: Hilton Stockholm Slussen

Meals Included: Breakfast

See the charms of Sweden's capital with your Local Expert. Wander the medieval streets of Gamla Stan and see the 13th-century cathedral. Visit the imposing City Hall to see its fabulous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall, with its walls covered in 18 million gilded mosaic tiles, and the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held. There's free time in the afternoon for you to explore at your own pace. Perhaps visit the fabulous Vasa Galleon, raised from Stockholm's harbor-bed in 1961 after sinking on its maiden voyage in 1628?

Day 6 : Sigtuna, Uppsala And Falun

Location: Stockholm, Sigtuna, Uppsala, Falun

Accommodation: First Grand Hotel Falun.

Accommodation Name: First Grand Hotel Falun

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the historic city of Uppsala, seat of Scandinavia’s oldest university. Meet Hans Odoo, a passionate local storyteller, who will share the fascinating history of the Carl Linneaus Garden on a guided tour. You’ll learn about Sweden’s first botanical garden and its 1300 species of flora and fauna. Travel to Falun, an old historic mining town. In the evening, enjoy a delightful meal at a local restaurant, prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

Day 7 : Lillehammer

Location: Falun, Lillehammer

Accommodation Name: Scandic Lillehammer Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

With your Travel Director see the Falun Copper Mine and the Great Pit, a vast crater created by an enormous mine collapse in 1687. Later on in the morning travel along the shores of Lake Siljan to Mora, the home of Sweden’s infamous 17th-century witch trials. Continue deep into the forested heart of the country to reach Sälen, the starting point for the world’s oldest and longest cross-country ski race, Vasaloppet. This 90 kilometer race across the snow has been challenging skiers since 1922. Later cross the border into Norway and pass Hamar with its Olympic ice skating rink which resembles an upturned Viking ship. Journey along the shores of Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake, to arrive at Lillehammer, home of the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Day 8 : Geiranger, Jewel Of The Fjords

Location: Lillehammer, Fossbergom, Geiranger

Accommodation: Hotel, Union Geiranger.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Union Geiranger

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey northwest from Lillehammer, traveling through the countryside of Peer Gynt, immortalized by Ibsen. At Lom, visit the Norwegian stave church dating back to 1158. Continue along winding roads that pass waterfalls, rivers, ice fields, lakes and snow-capped peaks. For the next two nights you will stay in the scenic village of Geiranger, overlooking fjords and soaring mountains.

Day 9 : Geiranger At Leisure

Location: Geiranger

Accommodation: Hotel Union Geiranger.

Accommodation Name: 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 10 : Fjærland And Fjordland

Location: Geiranger, Fjaerland, Leikanger

Accommodation: Leikanger Fjord Hotel.

Accommodation Name: Leikanger Fjord Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After a relaxed morning, take a scenic cruise along the Geirangerfjord. Your travels continue to the Bøya Glacier for a photo-stop. Explore Fjærland with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the interactive Norwegian Glacier Museum at the foot of the Jostedal Glacier, the largest icecap in continental Europe. Alternatively, take a walk through the village of Fjærland with a Local Expert and hear about life between the fjord and the glacier. Then enjoy a scenic drive onto your historic fjord hotel in Leikanger. Delight in a dinner of fresh and locally sourced produce.

Day 11 : The Flåm Railway To Bergen

Location: Leikanger, Flam Railway, Bergen

Accommodation Name: Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz

Meals Included: Breakfast

Cross the serene waters of magnificent Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway. Then embark on a spectacularly scenic journey aboard the Flåm Railway, ascending from sea level to 914 meters. On the Hardangerfjord hear how eight generations of a family-run farm have worked on the land, producing fruit, berries and various jams, jellies, traditional spreads, cake and other delicious treats. Sample their fresh apple juice and homemade cider. Travel on to your hotel in the historic port of Bergen.

Day 12 : The Hanseatic Port Of Bergen

Location: Bergen

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen.

Accommodation Name: Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz

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 13 : Mountains And Fjords To Oslo

Location: Bergen, Oslo

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo.

Accommodation Name: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Oslo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel along scenic and varied landscapes to Oslo, drive past some of Norway's most picturesque ski-resorts. Leaving the seaside town of Bergen, your journey continues climbing up to elevations of 1200m (3930ft) offering moon like scenery and passing some of Norway’s ski resorts on the Hardanger Plateau. After returning to lower areas you’ll be driving among dense forests before reaching the capital city of Oslo.

Day 14 : Cosmopolitan Oslo

Location: Oslo

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo.

Accommodation Name: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Oslo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

With your Local Expert, see the Royal Palace and the spires and ramparts of Akershus Castle, the 14th century fortress guarding the harbor. At Frogner Park, view the intriguing Vigeland sculptures. Exploe the area around the Opera House and see the strikingly modern architecture of the Bjorvika neighborhood. In the evening, round off your Scandinavian adventure with a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant. Over a glass of wine, toast to your travels with your newfound friends.

Day 15 : Out Of Oslo

Location: Oslo

Accommodation Name: on

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your Scandinavian exploration has come to an end.

What's Included

  • Travel Director

    Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.

  • Luxury Transportation

    Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Enhanced hygiene protocols are in place.

  • Handpicked Hotels

    Stay in a variety of hotels ranging from historic properties to modern city accommodations, ensuring a comfortable and memorable stay.

  • Local Experts

    Engage with Local Experts who will provide in-depth knowledge and insights during your journey.

  • Dining Experience

    Dining Summary: 2 Dinner with Wine (DW), 14 Breakfast (B), and 5 Dinner (D). Enjoy meals at handpicked local restaurants.

  • Unique Experiences

    From visiting the Norwegian Glacier Museum to exploring the historic cities and enjoying scenic cruises in the fjords, experience what makes Scandinavia unique.

  • Luggage Handling

    We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.

  • Wi-Fi Availability

    Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

  • All-Inclusive Tips

    Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

  • Airport Transfers

    If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times.

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from the tour

    Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price.

    You must arrange your air travel separately.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers to ensure that they are covered in the case of medical emergencies, trip cancellation, lost luggage, and other travel mishaps.

  • Some Meals

    Not all meals are covered by the tour.

    You will have the opportunity to explore local cuisines on your own during these times.

  • Optional Excursions

    Optional excursions are available for purchase during your tour but are not included in the tour price.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, minibar, room service, and other discretionary spending are not included.

  • Visa Fees

    Any required visas or other travel documents are the responsibility of the traveler and not included in the tour price.

Mode of Transport

Cross the serene waters of magnificent Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway. Then embark on a spectacularly scenic journey aboard the Flåm Railway, ascending from sea level to 914 meters.

Accommodation

Stay in a variety of hotels ranging from historic properties to modern city accommodations, such as Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Copenhagen, Elite Park Avenue Hotel in Gothenburg, Hilton Stockholm Slussen, First Grand Hotel Falun, Scandic Lillehammer Hotel, Hotel Union Geiranger, Leikanger Fjord Hotel, Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz in Bergen, and Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Oslo.

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there a visit to a glacier museum on the tour?

    Yes, the tour includes a visit to the interactive Norwegian Glacier Museum in Fjaerland, which is a Make Travel Matter experience.

  • Is there a visit to a fruit farm on the tour?

    Yes, the tour includes a visit to a traditional family-run fruit farm on the Hardangerfjord, where guests can sample authentic apple cider and learn about the production processes.

  • Are there any cultural or historical insights provided during the tour?

    Yes, the tour provides cultural and historical insights through visits to historical sites, interactions with Local Experts, and experiences like learning about the region's culture and nautical history in Gothenburg and the history of the Carl Linneaus Garden in Uppsala.

  • What type of transportation is used on the tour?

    The tour uses Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Additionally, there is a journey on one of the world's steepest railways through the Flåm Valley.

  • What are the accommodation options on the tour?

    Accommodation options range from historic properties to modern city accommodations, including hotels like Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Copenhagen, Elite Park Avenue Hotel in Gothenburg, Hilton Stockholm Slussen, and Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Oslo.

  • Does the tour include any castle visits?

    Yes, the tour includes visits to Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen and Akershus Castle in Oslo.

  • Are there any activities related to sustainability on this tour?

    Yes, the tour includes sustainable activities such as a visit to the Norwegian Glacier Museum, which educates visitors about climate change, and a community café visit in Gothenburg that supports local community with courses enabling people living in poverty to gain recognition in the job marketplace.

  • What countries does the Spectacular Scandinavia & its Fjords tour visit?

    The Spectacular Scandinavia & its Fjords tour visits Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.

  • What are some of the natural attractions featured on the tour?

    Natural attractions on the tour include the majestic Geirangerfjord, the Bøya Glacier, and the serene waters of Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway.

  • What are the dining options included in the tour?

    The dining summary for the tour includes 2 Dinner with Wine (DW), 14 Breakfast (B), and 5 Dinner (D).

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    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.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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