Focus On Scandinavia
Vibrant cities, distinct cultures, and unspoiled landscapes welcome you on this affordable Scandinavia tour! Youll visit the fascinating Nordic cities, scenic areas, and some of its smaller and quaint towns. Experience Copenhagen, Frederikshavn, Oslo, the Telemark region, Bergen, Fagernes, Karlstad, and Stockholm. This spectacular Scandinavian tour features breathtaking scenery in Norway, known for its stunning fjords, the steep and majestic mountains, and the picturesque villages dotting the landscape. One of the highlights of this itinerary is a cruise on the Sognefjord, Norways longest and deepest fjord.
Cross the Hardangerfjord by ferry and travel through Norways Telemark region with its lakes, winding valleys, and rugged gorges backed by towering mountains. Stop for photos at Steinsdalsfoss, where visitors can walk behind the cascading waterfall without getting wet, and enjoy a scenic drive along beautiful Lake Mjsa. In Sweden, drive through the scenic Vrmland, home to 10,000 lakes among the forested landscapes. In Denmark, drive across the Great Belt Bridge, one of the worlds longest bridges, and take a ferry from Denmark to Norway. 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 Swedens Gripsholm Castle, a fairytale castle built in 1537, set in an enchanting rural landscape on the way to Stockholm. This value-minded Scandinavia tour has everything from fascinating cities and small towns to breathtaking fjord landscapes!
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 travel companions.
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 Zealands castles is also available.
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 Andersens hometown and, via the Little Belt waterway, head for Frederikshavn on the rural Jutland Peninsula.
FREDERIKSHAVN – HIRTSHALS-LANGESUND, NORWAY – OSLO
Take a pleasant ferry ride from Hirtshals across the strategic Skagerrak to Langesund to continue by road to Oslo, Norways capital city.
OSLO – TELEMARK AREA
Gustav Vigelands sculptures are among the highlights of the included Oslo sightseeing tour; also see the National Theater, Broadcasting House, Parliament, and Akershus Castle. In the afternoon, drive through the Telemark region, where youll spend the night.
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 travel along lakes, winding valleys, and rugged gorges backed by towering mountains. Ferry across the Hardangerfjord from Utne to Kvanndal with a picture stop at Steindalsfossen Waterfall. On arrival in Bergen, Norways picture-perfect Hanseatic seaport, start getting to know the city on the included orientation.
Built on seven hills with the fjords on one side and 1,000-foot Mount Flyen on the other, Bergen was the home of composer Edvard Grieg. Spend the day exploring at leisure or consider joining one of our optional excursions to discover the history, traditions, and breathtaking views of this beautiful port city.
BERGEN – SOGNEFJORD/NRYFJORD CRUISE – FAGERNES AREA
More spectacular scenery as you drive towards the Sognefjord, where you embark for a breathtaking cruise on one of Norways mightiest fjords, the Nryfjord. On to the Fagernes area.
FAGERNES AREA – LILLEHAMMER – KARLSTAD, SWEDEN
First to Lillehammer, the mountain resort that hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics, then, a scenic drive along beautiful Lake Mjsa. Continue towards Sweden through Vrmlands unspoiled wilderness of forest and lakes to Karlstad, located by Swedens largest lake, Lake Vnern.
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 Mleren and the Baltic Sea.
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 the City Hall.