Description: Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Vibrant cities, distinct cultures, and unspoiled landscapes … welcome to your Scandinavia affordable tour! You’ll visit the fascinating Nordic cities and most scenic areas as well as some of its smaller and quaint towns. Overnight in Copenhagen, Frederikshavn, Oslo, the Telemark area, Bergen, the Fagernes area, Karlstad, and Stockholm.
As you would expect from a Scandinavia tour, the main feature is breathtaking scenery. Norway is known for its fjords—with their steep and majestic mountains and picturesque villages dotting the landscape. A highlight of this budget-minded Scandinavian tour is a cruise on the Sognefjord – Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. You’ll also cross the world’s fourth-largest fjord, the Hardangerfjord, by ferry.
Travel through Norway’s Telemark region with its lakes, winding valleys, and rugged gorges backed by towering mountains. Stop for photos at Steinsdalsfoss Waterfall, where you can walk behind the cascading waterfall without getting wet. Also enjoy a scenic drive along beautiful Lake Mjøsa. In Sweden, drive through the scenic Värmland – home to 10,000 lakes dotting the forested landscape. In Denmark, drive across the Great Belt Bridge – one of the world’s longest bridges – and take a ferry from Denmark to Sweden.
On this affordable tour of Scandinavia, spend time in the major cities: Copenhagen, capital of Denmark; Oslo, capital of Norway; Bergen, Norway’s picturesque second-largest city; and Stockholm, Sweden’s beautiful capital. You’ll enjoy an orientation drive of Copenhagen and guided sightseeing excursions of Oslo and Stockholm. Visit Lillehammer, site of the 1994 Winter Olympics, and take time for a photo stop at Sweden’s Gripsholm Castle – a fairytale castle built in 1537 and set in an enchanting rural setting on the way to Stockholm.
From the fascinating cities and small towns to the breathtaking landscapes, this value-minded Scandinavia tour has it all!
Day 1 ARRIVE IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the Danish capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2 COPENHAGEN
Enjoy a day at leisure in the capital of the oldest kingdom in the world. Besides many interesting landmarks and architectural masterpieces, see some of the more famous sites on your orientation drive, including the legendary Little Mermaid statue. An optional tour of Zealand’s castles is also available.
Day 3 COPENHAGEN–ODENSE–FREDERIKSHAVN
After breakfast, start the journey northwards, enjoying the drive across the GREAT BELT BRIDGE, which will connect you to the fairytale island of Funen. Stop in Odense, Hans Christian Andersen’s hometown, and via the Little Belt waterway, head for Frederikshavn on the rural Jutland Peninsula.
Day 4 FREDERIKSHAVN–GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN–OSLO, NORWAY
Take a pleasant FERRY ride from Frederikshavn across the strategic Kattegat to Gothenburg, Sweden’s thriving second-largest city and one of Europe’s major seaports. After an orientation drive, follow the inland route and cross into Norway. Evening arrival in Oslo.
Day 5 OSLO–TELEMARK AREA
Gustav Vigeland’s sculptures are among the highlights of the included Oslo sightseeing tour; also see the soaring CITY HALL, National Theater, Broadcasting House, Parliament, and Akershus Castle. In the afternoon, drive through the Telemark region, where you spend the night.
Day 6 TELEMARK AREA–VEMORK–BERGEN
Take the scenic route for a visit to Vemork, where the heavy water plant was blown up by a commando unit of British and Norwegians known as the Heroes of Telemark. Visit the VEMORK MUSEUM, then proceed through the Telemark region with its lakes, winding valleys, and rugged gorges backed by towering mountains. FERRY across the Hardangerfjord from Utne to Kvanndal. Continue to Bergen, Norway’s picture-perfect Hanseatic seaport. En route, a picture stop at Steindalsfossen Waterfall.
Day 7 BERGEN
Built on seven hills with the fjords on one side and 1,000-foot Mount Fløyen on the other, Bergen was the home of composer Grieg. Spend the day exploring at leisure, or join the optional sightseeing excursion, which takes in the main sites, and also a panoramic view of the city from one of the surrounding hills.
Day 8 BERGEN–SOGNEFJORD CRUISE–FAGERNES AREA
More spectacular scenery as you drive towards the Sognefjord, where you embark for a breathtaking CRUISE on one of Norway’s mightiest fjords. On to the Fagernes area.
Day 9 FAGERNES AREA–LILLEHAMMER–KARLSTAD, SWEDEN
First to Lillehammer, the mountain resort that hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics, then, a scenic drive along beautiful Lake Mjøsa. Continue towards Sweden through Värmland’s unspoiled wilderness of forest and lakes to Karlstad, located by Sweden’s largest lake, Lake Vänern.
Day 10 KARLSTAD–MARIEFRED–STOCKHOLM
Leave Karlstad and head east towards Stockholm via idyllic Mariefred. Here, view majestic Gripsholm Castle, built in an enchanting rural setting. On to the Swedish capital. Its beauty is due to its unique setting on 14 islands between Lake Mäleren and the Baltic Sea.
Day 11 STOCKHOLM
This is perhaps the most beautiful of the Scandinavian capitals, because the crystalline waters that flow through its intersecting canals give a luminous appearance to palaces, castles, and parks. Your city sightseeing takes in all the highlights including CITY HALL.
Day 12 STOCKHOLM
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
GREAT BELT BRIDGE
Stop in Hans Christian Andersen’s hometown
Guided city tour
Visit the museum
LILLEHAMMER, KARLSTAD & MARIEFRED
Guided city tour
Headsets throughout the tour
Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners
Scandic Sluleholmen Copenhagen
First Hotel Copenhagen is located 5 km from Copenhagen City Centre in Sydhavnen, close to the motorway and only 15 minutes in a bus to city centre.
Park Inn Copenhagen Airport
Park Inn by Radisson Copenhagen Airport is located close to the airport and 500 meters from the beach. City Centre is only 10 min away by metro and the metro station Femøren is right next to the hotel.
Scandic The Reef
Scandic The Reef is located in the city center of Frederikshavn and 10 minutes walk from the harbour and the ferry Stena Line.
Six-story Hotel opposite passenger dock, a few minutes walk from center of town.
Scandic Solli Oslo
Scandic Solli is located in the city center of Oslo, just a 5 minutes walk from the National Theatre station and the Airport Express Train. Attractions like Aker Brygge, The Royal Palace and Karl Johans street is all within walking distance. At the hotel you can enjoy our gym, sauna and free Wi-Fi.
Staying at Scandic Sjolyst is very worthy, the hotel is located in a trendy area close to cafés, shops, restaurants and great outdoor spaces. Attractions such as the museums on Bygdoy and Vigeland Park are only a short walk from our hotel. Public transport is close by, and the surrounding area is perfect for outdoor activities.
Scandic Helsfyr is located in Oslo, a 6-minute walk from Helsfyr Metro Station and the airport shuttle bus. It offers free public parking upon availability and modern rooms with free WiFi.
The Straand Hotel is located in the village Vrådal in the western part of the Telemark region. The hotel is overlooking the lake Nissser which is surrounded by vast forests and mountains up to 1.000 m.a.s. The area is well suited for en evening stroll in fresh air.
Thon Hotel Bristol Bergen is located in the city center of Bergen, and everything the city has to offer is within walking distance. Just 2 minutes to the famous fish market, and 5 minutes to the funicular rail taking you up the mountain for the best view of the city.
The hotel combines traditional style with modern award-winning interior. All public areas and guest rooms have original pieces of graphic art, paintings and sculptures, which gives the hotel a contemporary and distinct feel. The hotel has a comfortable lobby and a small library where you can enjoy coffee and tea for free. In the evening you can also relax in the 400 years old wine cellar ¿Altona wine bar¿ which offers the best wine selection in Bergen and an à la carte menu.
Hotel Scandic Valdres
The Quality Hotel® & Resort Fagernes is ideally located on a lake and close to the Valdres Folkemuseum.
Hotel Radisson Blu Resort
Radisson Beitostolen is 5-minute walk from Beitostølen Resort’s ski lifts and slopes, this laid-back hotel is also 6 km from fishing at Lake Øyangen and 9 km from Bitihorn mountain.
The hotel is situated in the heart of sunny Karlstad.
Best Western Sthlm
A brand new hotel with a very convenient location only 275 comfortable meters from Bromma Stockholm Airport.
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