Scandinavia - Best Tours & Trips 2019

56 trips to Scandinavia tours from 38 tour companies. 14 reviews. 4.6/5 avg rating.
Encompassing the lands of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland, Scandinavia is known for beautiful scenery and beautiful design. Lovely locals and a blend of traditional culture and innovation have led to some of the coolest cities around. Fashion-forward and cutting-edge, Copenhagen, Stockholm and the like remain remarkably approachable and charming thanks to neighborhoods with grand palaces and cobblestone streets, and ... Read More
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Scandinavian Explorer

SmarTours
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12 days
$ 333 / day
$ 3,999
From : $ 5,399
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Stockholm Town Hall
  • Explore Gamla Stan (Medieval Town)
  • Visit Bergen Markets
  • See the spectacular Fjords
  • Visit the Voeringfoss Waterfall (Norway)
  • Enjoy Copenhagen City Tour
  • Visit Helsinki’s Senate Square
  • St. Petersburg Extension
Visits:
Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Scandinavia, Stockholm, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
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Scandinavia & Baltic Circuit

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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32 days
$ 292 / day
$ 9,355
From : $ 12,629
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Copenhagen like a local and hop on a bike. There is no better way to see the major sites, as well as explore hidden corners of this beautiful city.
  • Aukstaitija National Park offers unique opportunities for both activity and relaxation. Canoe across pristine lakes, indulge in home-cooked meals and cleanse yourself in a traditional sauna.
  • Norway's fjords feature some of the most stunning scenery on Earth. Cruise past waterfalls and snow-capped peaks through the narrow Naeroyfjord
  • Discover Stockholm's maritime history at the Vasa Museum, which houses an original wooden war ship from 1628. This impressive vessel gives you a rare glimpse into the naval power Sweden was once famous for.
  • With its perfectly preserved medieval wall and watchtowers, Tallinn's quaint Old Town is a great place to explore with your small group.
Visits:
Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Riga, Scandinavia, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius, Berlin, Warsaw, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Poland
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Four Scandinavian Capitals

Road Scholar
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
18 days
$ 367 / day
$ 6,699
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Scandinavia’s ties to the sea during two overnight cruises.
  • Taste a traditional Danish Christmas dinner of pork, potatoes, cabbage and rice pudding.
  • A musician discusses Finnish music and plays the native kantele.
Visits:
Copenhagen, Stockholm, Scandinavia
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Scenic Scandi

Topdeck
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 120 / day
$ 1,799
From : $ 2,429
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Polar plunge & wood fired sauna in Skibotn
  • Cruise the majestic Geirangerfjord
  • Visit the Arctic Circle
  • Visit Santa's Village
Visits:
Helsinki, Oslo, Tallinn, Trondheim, Scandinavia, Estonia, Finland, Norway
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A Taste of Scandinavia

Intrepid Travel
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7 days
$ 316 / day
$ 2,215
From : $ 2,990
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Copenhagen like a local and hop on a bike. There is no better way to see the major sites, as well as explore hidden corners of this beautiful city.
  • Don't miss Gothenburg's Haga district, with its picturesque wooden houses and the iconic Skansen Kronan, as well as laid-back Langgatan street.
  • Take a ferry to Vrango Island, a stunning fishing town in the Gothenburg Archipelago, and discover this rocky nature haven by kayak (summer months only).
Visits:
Copenhagen, Oslo, Scandinavia, Berlin, Hamburg, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany
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Cathedrals & Capitals: Scandinavia by Sea

Road Scholar
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 533 / day
$ 7,999
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • An extended discovery of Saint Petersburg allows you to see the spectacular cathedrals, fortresses and palaces built under Peter the Great.
  • Discover fascinating cities including Karlskrona, Klaipeda, Mariehamm and Helsinki.
  • Explore Copenhagen, an elegant Scandinavian city of expansive parks and plazas.
Visits:
Copenhagen, Gdańsk, Helsinki, London, Oslo, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Denmark, Norway, Russia, Sweden
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Spectacular Scandinavia

Collette
Premier
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14 days
$ 286 / day
$ 3,999
From : $ 4,919
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Savor Swedish cuisine in Stockholm's old town.
  • Sample New Nordic Cuisine in Copenhagen.
  • Stop at the Vasa Ship Museum to learn of the vessel’s shocking maiden voyage.
  • Visit the intricately-designed Borgund Stave Church, erected in 1180.
  • Witness scenic wilderness along the Flåm Railway.
  • Enjoy a remarkable guided walk along Bergen's harbor front.
  • Immerse yourself in Oslo's rich history on a city tour.
  • Join a local expert for an engaging city tour of Copenhagen.
Visits:
Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm
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Scandinavia 2019

Tauck
By Tauck
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14 days
$ 514 / day
$ 7,190
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Trace Viking lore through visits to the Vasa Museum and Viking Ship Museum; explore Copenhagen
  • Stockholm
  • Bergen
  • Oslo and the Swedish and Norwegian countryside; cruise via ferry on Norwegian fjords
  • enjoy Tivoli Gardens
  • ride aboard a 'Troll Car' at Briksdal Glacier; private tour of Swedish Royal Opera House
Visits:
Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Denmark, Norway, Sweden
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Country Roads of Scandinavia (Preview 2019)

12 days
$ 354 / day
$ 4,250
From : $ 5,738
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : N/A
  • N/A
  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Hardanger Plateau: Pass through the National Park known for its beautiful arctic tundra.
    • Bergen: Enjoy time to explore this Wooden City.
    • Lysefjord: See Vagabond's Cave, old mountain farms, idyllic islands and majestic scenery.
    • Kristiansand: Walk the city centre and see the Dom Kirke and Nupen Fountain.
    • Fyn: Travel by ferry to the island of Fyn.
    • Scenic Drives: Norwegian West Coast from Bergen to Stavanger, south cape of Norway, Jutland Peninsula.
    • Bergen: Enjoy an evening of dinner and wine at a local restaurant. Zupperia Matbørsen offers traditional Norwegian and European meal with an Asian twist.
    • Aarhus: Savour a delightful meal prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and accompanied with wine.
    • Copenhagen: At your Celebration Dinner, Scandinavian hospitality is matched with fine food and wine.
    • Dining Summary: 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee.
    • Oslo: With your Local Expert, see Akershus Castle, Oslo Harbour and the Royal Palace.
    • Oslo: Take a moment to contemplate the interesting Vigeland sculptures when you visit Frogner Park.
    • Oslo: Stand beneath the scrolled prows and handcut hulls of 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife and learn about their traditions and culture when you visit the Viking Ship Museum.
    • Hardanger Plateau: Pass through the National Park known for its beautiful arctic tundra.
    • Bergen: Explore this Wooden City led by your Travel Director.
    • Bergen: Marvel at the 13th century Haakon’s Hall and explore the many market stalls with your Local Expert.
    • Norway's West Coast: Fjord hop from Bergen to Stavanger.
    • Lysefjord: 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.
    • Skagerrak: Sail across the Skagerrak as you cross from Kristiansand to Hirsthals.
    • Aarhus: Your Local Expert guides you through the open-air museum of Den Gamle By.
    • Aarhus: Explore the city centre with your Local Expert. Pass City Hall and see the modern art museum ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum topped with an immense, interactive artwork and Dokk1, the largest public library in Scandinavia. Visit the new township Aarhus, an artificial island offering splendid views of Aarhus Bay.
    • Fyn: Travel by ferry to the island of Fyn.
    • Odense: Be enchanted by the tales of Hans Christian Anderson's life when you visit the museum dedicated to his life and works.
    • Copenhagen: With your Local Expert, view Christiansborg Palace and the cathedral where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. You'll also see Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and the unusual Rundertaarn, which is the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe.
    • Scenic Drives: While travelling through southern Scandinavia, experience some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world, along the Norwegian West Coast from Bergen to Stavanger, around the south cape of Norway and across Jutland Peninsula.
    Visits:
    Aarhus, Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo, Scandinavia, Denmark, Norway
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    Complete Scandinavia

    Intrepid Travel
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    21 days
    $ 330 / day
    $ 6,940
    From : $ 9,369
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Norway's fjords feature some of the most stunning scenery on Earth. Cruise past waterfalls and snow-capped peaks through the narrow Naeroyfjord
    • Discover Stockholm's maritime history at the Vasa Museum, which houses an original wooden war ship from 1628. This impressive vessel gives you a rare glimpse into the naval power Sweden was once famous for
    • Explore Copenhagen like a local and hop on a bike. There is no better way to see the major sites, as well as explore hidden corners of this beautiful city
    • Don't miss Gothenburg's Haga district, with its picturesque wooden houses and the iconic Skansen Kronan, as well as laid-back Langgatan street
    • Take a ferry to Vrango Island, a stunning fishing town in the Gothenburg Archipelago, and explore its rocky shores by kayak.
    Visits:
    Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Scandinavia, Stockholm, Berlin, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany
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    Scandinavian Capitals & Fjords 10-day

    10 days
    $ 340 / day
    $ 3,398
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Explore Stockholm Old Town Sightseeing Tour
    • Discover Oslo - the fabulous capital of Norway.
    • Visiting Frogner Park in Oslo
    • Floibanen funicular ride in Bergen
    • Fjords boat trip from Flam to Bergen
    • Unbelievable Journey on the scenic Flamsbana Railway
    • Exploring Copenhagen Highlights
    • Enjoy express boat trip from Flåm to Bergen - the second largest city in Norway
    Visits:
    Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo, Scandinavia, Stockholm, Denmark, Norway, Sweden
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    Four Scandinavian Capitals

    Indus Travels
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    9 days
    $ 328 / day
    $ 2,949
    From : $ 3,166
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Discover the sights of Helsinki, including Senate Square, Parliament House, and Sibelius Park
    • Sail from Denmark's waterside capital, Copenhagen to Oslo, home of Viking kings
    • Visit the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park, the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist at Oslo
    • Discover the most beautiful and royal Amalienborg Palace at Copenhagen
    Visits:
    Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm, Denmark, Sweden
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    Four Scandinavian Capitals

    Indus Travels
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    9 days
    $ 289 / day
    $ 2,949
    From : $ 3,509
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Discover the sights of Helsinki, including Senate Square, Parliament House, and Sibelius Park
    • Sail from Denmark's waterside capital, Copenhagen to Oslo, home of Viking kings
    • Visit the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park, the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist at Oslo
    • Discover the most beautiful and royal Amalienborg Palace at Copenhagen
    Visits:
    Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
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    Scandinavia Explorer

    Intrepid Travel
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    15 days
    $ 326 / day
    $ 4,940
    From : $ 6,604
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Norway's fjords feature some of the most stunning scenery on Earth. Cruise past waterfalls and snow-capped peaks through the narrow Naeroyfjord
    • Discover Stockholm's maritime history at the Vasa Museum, which houses an original wooden war ship from 1628. This impressive vessel gives you a rare glimpse into the naval power Sweden was once famous for
    • Lakeside Mora's mix of landscapes proves just how darn stunning Sweden can be. Be charmed by tiny countryside villages, red cottages, pine forests, rolling meadows and sparkling lakes
    • Wind up your adventure in Helsinki for a Scandinavian culture binge. Senate Square, the market hall, the sea fortress of Suomenlinna and the Design Museum are just some of the highlights of this amazing city
    Visits:
    Bergen, Helsinki, Oslo, Scandinavia, Stockholm, Finland, Norway, Sweden
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    Country Roads of Scandinavia (Summer 2019)

    12 days
    $ 350 / day
    $ 4,195
    From : $ 5,663
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : N/A
    Physical Level : N/A
  • N/A
  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Bergen: Enjoy an evening of dinner and wine at a local restaurant. Zupperia Matbørsen offers traditional Norwegian and European meal with an Asian twist.
    • Aarhus: Savour a delightful meal prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.
    • Copenhagen: At your Celebration Dinner, Scandinavian hospitality is matched with fine food and wine.
    • Dining Summary: 11 Breakfasts (B), 2 Dinners (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
    • Oslo: Guided by your Local Expert, see the impressive Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace.
    • Oslo: Stand beneath the scrolled prows and handcut hulls of 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife and learn about their traditions and culture when you visit the Viking Ship Museum.
    • Oslo: Take a moment to contemplate the interesting Vigeland sculptures when you visit Frogner Park.
    • Hardanger Plateau: Pass through the National Park known for its beautiful arctic tundra.
    • Bergen: Explore this Wooden City led by your Travel Director and hear about the seafaring traditions of this beautiful harbour side town.
    • Bergen: Marvel at the 13th century Haakon’s Hall and explore the many market stalls with your Local Expert.
    • Norway's West Coast: Fjord hop from Bergen to Stavanger.
    • Lysefjord: 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.
    • Kristiansand: During your orientation with your Travel Director, walk the city centre and see the Dom Kirke and Nupen Fountain.
    • Skagerrak: Sail across the Skagerrak as you cross from Kristiansand to Hirsthals.
    • Aarhus: Your Local Expert guides you through the open-air museum of Den Gamle By.
    • Aarhus: Explore the city centre with your Local Expert. Pass City Hall and see the modern art museum ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum topped with an immense, interactive artwork and Dokk1, the largest public library in Scandinavia. Visit the new township, an artificial island offering splendid views of Aarhus Bay.
    • Fyn: Travel by ferry to the island of Fyn.
    • Odense: Be enchanted by the tales of Hans Christian Anderson's life when you visit the museum dedicated to his life and works.
    • Copenhagen: With your Local Expert, view Christiansborg Palace and the cathedral where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. You'll also see Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and the unusual Rundertaarn, which is the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe.
    • Scenic Drives: While travelling through southern Scandinavia, experience some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world, along the Norwegian West Coast from Bergen to Stavanger, around the south cape of Norway and across Jutland Peninsula.
    Visits:
    Aarhus, Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo, Scandinavia, Denmark, Norway
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    Top Scandinavia Experiences and Attractions

    Top Scandinavia Experiences

    Dining at some of the best and most creative restaurants in the world in Copenhagen 

    Visiting the Little Mermaid statue on a guided walking tour of Copenhagen

    Sailing the archipelago of Sweden, each island more charming than the next.

    Taking the Flam Line railway through stunningly beautiful scenery  

    Boating through Norway’s stunning fjords.

    Learning about Scandinavian history at the Viking Ship museum.

    Touring Kronborg Castle, Shakespeare's inspiration for Elsinore in Hamlet 

    Breathing the impossibly fresh air of Iceland - plus scuba diving between tectonic plates, glacier walking, hiking volcanoes, and soaking in natural hot springs.

    Floating in a wetsuit down an icy river in Finland.

    Staying in the worlds first ice hotel, opened in 1990, in Sweden.

     

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    Scandinavia Trip Reviews

    14 Scandinavia Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

    4.6 out of 5
    Excellent 9
    Great 5
    Average 0
    Disappointing 0
    Terrible 0
    Value
    4.6
    Guide
    4.6
    Activities
    4.6
    Lodging
    4.6
    Transportation
    4.6
    Meals
    4.6

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    Scandinavian Dream!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 4.0

    I want to thank you and Indus Travel for arranging a fantastic trip to Norway. Working with you and your constant update on the itinerary and details really gave us confidence and security to just sit down, relax and enjoy the trip. We had a fantastic time from the time of arrival to the day we left Norway. I have referred Indus to many of my friends who will be contacting you soon for travel arrangements. Many thanks for all your help.

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    I planned a last minute trip to Scandinavia

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    I planned a last minute trip to Scandinavia, the date chosen was already sold out, but they offered us the one from Sept 3rd to Sept 12th, and we went. Best experience ever with a tour company! I had my doubts since I hadn't heard of Firebird Tours before, and I was a little uneasy until before arriving to Copenhagen, as soon as I saw our driver waiting for us there and helping us with our Copenhagen Card before taking us to our hotel, I started to enjoy the trip. Everything went beyond our expectations (excepting the weather, it rained all the time we where in Norway), wonderful hotels (kind of funky, but fun, the one in Stockholm. The tour guides were the best, and having an small group made everything easier. Next year we will for sure do another trip, I like the independent travel and this one was perfect for us, we were free to visit the places we wanted without worrying about transport and lodging. Thank you Firebird! Thank you Kate for replying my emails almost instantly when I had questions.

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    No reason not to

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    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

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    Operator Intrepid Travel

    Scandinavian explorer

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    We had a wonderful time traveling with Betty Levin through Scandinavia. The people were gracious and friendly, the food was delicious, the cities were clean and beautiful and the scenery was spectacular. Highlights were; Skansen open air Museum, Wassa Museum, Tivioli Gardens, the cruise from Oslo to Copenhagen and,of course, the fjord cruise. The hotel on the fjord was fabulous.

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    Operator SmarTours

    Enjoyable trip

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    • Value 4.0
    • Guide 4.0
    • Activities 4.0
    • Lodging 4.0
    • Transportation 4.0
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    Our 8/25/2016 trip was very enjoyable. The hotels were all 4 star and well located. Good food and a nice group of people. Pear (spelling?) our main guide made us feel welcome, was attentive, informative and always had a smile. Our secondary guides were very knowledgeable about the area we were visiting. It was sometimes difficult to hear them clearly on the bus tours but they never hesitated to repeat what was missed. The beginning of the trip was not ideal due to the long layover in Helsinki which after the long flight was tiring. The experience left us enriched. We will travel with Smartours again.

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    Well organised and interesting however I felt

    4.0
    • Value 4.0
    • Guide 4.0
    • Activities 4.0
    • Lodging 4.0
    • Transportation 4.0
    • Meals 4.0

    Well organised and interesting however I felt the itinerary let the leader and trip down when we visited the Aland Islands, where everything was closed and we wandered for hours, not departing until almost midnight.

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    Scandinavia Tours and Travel Guide

    Scandinavia Attractions & Landmarks Guide

    Encompassing the lands of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland, Scandinavia is known for beautiful scenery and beautiful design. Lovely locals and a blend of traditional culture and innovation have led to some of the coolest cities around.

    Fashion-forward and cutting-edge, Copenhagen, Stockholm and the like remain remarkably approachable and charming thanks to neighborhoods with grand palaces and cobblestone streets, and a workmanlike but immensely pleasant approach to life.

    There's also a frequent dose of whimsy and wit in Scandinavia. Travel outside of the cities and the landscapes are jaw dropping - from glacier to fjord to a veritable winter wonderland. Scandinavia offers something to please every sort of traveler.

    About Scandinavia Travel

    A place of jaw-dropping beauty, endless history, celestial phenomenons, and stunning attractions makes Scandinavia any travelers perfect getaway. Adventure seekers, luxury travelers, history buffs, and naturalists alike will find that scandinavia has so much to offer. Not only do tourists flock to it, but according to the World Happiness Report, those who live there are known to be the happiest people in the world.

    Scandinavian art influenced the social and political landscape greatly. In the 1950s Scandinavian design, minimalistic with its simple lines and functionality, became known. It has become extremely popular worldwide.Their love for nature is intertwined with the furnitures design displaying wood floors and finishes, live plants, and neutral colors. If you've ever shopped at Ikea you can get a good sense of the minimalistic art that has swept the nation.

    Scandinavians are big on their legends and mythology. The Scandinavian folklore represents the entirety of myths, traditions, customs, fables, and superstitions which originate from the Norse mythology and are shared by the countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands.

    While visiting a museum in Sweden or listening to a tour guide you may hear of the mythical creatures such as dwarves, trolls, the elves, the hulder, the nokken, and the mare.  While some may be more hesitant to believe, one thing is for sure; the fairy tale like men that plundered and pillaged by sea on dragonships known as the Vikings were very real and Scandinavia can teach you all about them.

    You may want to consider spending a day watching or even participating in one of the strange sports Scandinavia has to offer. Sports like underwater rugby, wife carrying (men carrying their wives around town doing obstacle courses) in Finland, bandy (a common ball game with the rules of football and hockey combined), betting on reindeer races, and ice yacht races are some unusual yet very entertaining sports they participate in. Of course, skiing, a very popular sport in Norway that can be done all year round is a staplesport in Scandinavia.  

    While the countries of Scandinavia differ in many ways, they do have some common cultural, geophysical and historical background.

    Five Great Countries of Scandinavia

    1. Sweden

    Sweden takes up the largest part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. It came from a history of poverty and developed into an advanced economic state with a standard of living and life expectancy that ranks one of the best in the world.

    Sweden  is comprised of thousands of coastal islands and lakes, along with lush forests and glaciated mountains. Sweden's main cities are eastern capital Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. It is is the fourth largest country in Europe, but even in a large city like Stockholm, a city spread over 14 islands, you can easily escape to the shoreline, a lovely park or even hop on a ferry to a resort island in the Stockholm Archipelago.

    Viking history has deep roots in Sweden. Around 700 A.D. Scandinavian ship builders had perfected the viking ship which they used to conquer by sea. You can visit one of these ships if you take a trip to the Swedish city, Birka. You can also visit the Vasa, the most powerfully armed warship that sank within 20 minutes of its first journey. The ship is on display at Stockholm’s Vasa Museum where you can learn more about this embarrassing mishap and see the ship in its true beauty.

    Sweden loves its music! It has produced big time artists like Abba and Swedish House Mafia. You can visit the ABBA City Walk in Stockholms Stadsmuseum and visit ABBA The Museum in the Djurgården area of the city. It is the third biggest exporter of music following the US and UK. If you plan on visiting in summer, there are many Swedish music festivals you can choose to attend.

    2. Finland

    Also known as the “Land of a Thousand Lakes”, Finland has 188,000 lakes and has the most water in relation to land mass of all countries in the world. Perfect for hiking, two thirds of Finland is covered by woodlands, making it the most forested country in Europe.

    Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is one of the most amazing food scenes in Europe. Market stalls overflow with seasonal produce and local delicacies. Most dishes contain potatoes and bread is a part of every meal. For a gastronomic experience, you will want to try a Finnish banquet. Beginning with a fish course such as salted herring followed by meat such as reindeer served by a salad, cheese and possibly a meat or vegetable side dishes. Desserts are usually made from cooked berries or fresh with a warm sauce.

    A popular leisure activity in Finland is relaxing in a sauna. There are around 2 million saunas for a population of less than 6 million. There are even International sauna championships held each year to see who can last the longest in the hottest temperatures

    It is also the safest place in the world. People feel safe walking alone anywhere at any time of day here. According to a readers digest, 11 out of 12 wallets that were purposely left around Helsinki were returned. Try doing that in Los Angeles.

    Finland also has the cleanest tap water in the world and cleanest air in Europe. Finland took the number one spot for being the happiest place in the world. Wouldn’t you love to go and see for yourself why it won that title?

    3. Denmark

    What was once a land run by ruthless vikings has become one of the most peaceful communities in the world. Their present day market economy has advanced to becoming world-leading in pharmaceuticals, renewable energy, maritime shipping, and a high-tech agricultural sector with fair distribution of income. It also has one of the world's oldest monarchies.

    If you plan on visiting Denmark you will hear the word Hygge, pronounced “hoo-ga”, used by locals. Hygge is a way of living well each day and living in the moment. It is a feeling of cozy contentment and enjoying the simple things in life. At its core, hygge is about building trust and intimacy with others. It's one of the reasons Denmark was ranked so high on the happiest countries list.

    Public transport is very efficient. Most people ride bikes, which is one of the best ways to enjoy the city, even the royal family transport their children on bikes when they go to school in the mornings. The country is so beautiful it's no wonder people want to be outdoors riding a bike. Others who choose not to ride use metro, bus, train, taxi and car. It only takes 15 minutes to travel from the airport to the city center by metro, and trains run 24 hours a day.

    4. Norway

    Norway is the northernmost, easternmost and westernmost of the three Scandinavian countries. Nearly 70% of Norway is uninhabitable and covered by mountains, glaciers, moors, and rivers.

    Much like Finland, Norway is a very safe place to visit.  According to OSAC U.S. Department of State, Norway has a low level of crime in comparison to the U.S. and Western European countries. The Norwegian police force has made headlines in major publications, like The Washington Post, for seldom having to fire their guns. A report from 2014 showed that Norwegian police had only fired their guns twice that whole year, and the bullets didn’t even hit anyone. This is one of the reasons why Norway ranks so high on the Happiest Places list.

    People come here to experience the midnight sun, a 24 hour day that leaves much time for attractions and exploring. While exploring many are able to spot polar bears. They won't be roaming the streets, but if you take a guided tour or a boat ride you might be able to see one in their natural habitat.

    If you're in Norway you must try the salmon. Many consider it to be the best and freshest tasting in the world. In fact, the salmon is so good that it was the Norwegians who introduced salmon sushi to the Japanese back in the ‘80s!

    5. Iceland

    There is much debate on whether Iceland is a part of Scandinavia or not. Many say that Icelandic culture, history, and language is too closely tied to that of Scandinavia for it not to be Scandinavian. The Icelandic language belongs to the same linguistic family as Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish. Therefore, you will discover that many connect Scandinavia to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland.

    Others who believe Iceland is not part of Scandinavia say that it is listed amongst the Nordic countries whereas Scandinavia is specifically the peninsula. The problem with this is that geographically speaking, the Scandinavian peninsula is the area shared by Sweden, Norway, and part of Finland. This concept can be extremely confusing and even the Europeans themselves have not come to a set meaning of “Scandinavian” and “Nordic”.

    Iceland is a place of extreme geological contrasts. The striking landscape consists of volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, glaciers, and lava fields. Known as “The Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland has some of the largest glaciers in Europe, and is home to the world’s most active volcanoes.

    Equality and freedom are at the top of the totem pole in Iceland. The country ranks extremely high for measurements of quality of life, gender equality, and democracy. It is also one of the highest ranked countries in the world for education, health care, and internet availability.

    The history of Iceland is filled with violent viking blood feuds and family traditions. Icelandic authors write tales of their culture in books and more books per capita are published here than any other country in the world.

    Must Try Scandinavian Foods

    If you love to eat fish then Scandinavia is the place for you. Fish is a staple food in Scandinavia, so many dishes will contain it. For example, Gravlax which is raw slices of salmon cured with sugar and salt served with sweet mustard sauce or creamed potatoes with dill. Pickled and fried herring is also very popular.

    If you're not a fan of seafood then there are many meat options. Raggmunk, which is fried swedish potato pancakes served with pork and lingonberries is a tasty delicacy. Smoked reindeer meat known as Souvas is a popular nordic tradition. Smorrebrod is a traditional Danish dish that consists of rye bread topped with  liver patė, bacon and deep fried onions. If you visit Sweden, no matter where you are you will find swedish meatballs on the menu.

    Scandinavian Wildlife

    Many animals have come to call Scandinavia home. Reindeer are abundant and can be found in Norway, Sweden, and Finland. The tundra wolf, polar bear, brown bear, moose, arctic fox, and even the elusive wolverine reside in Scandinavia. If you're taking a tour on the water you may spot whales, seals, and the white tailed sea eagle. 

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    Weather in Scandinavia

    Summer is the peak tourist season in Scandinavia. In July, a popular month for tourism, the average daily temperatures range from 55 F to 72 F in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.

    Whereas winters can drop to a low 20 degrees when days are short and many sights and activities are on a limited schedule. Unless you're a hibernating polar bear, looking to hit the slopes, or have a hankering to see the winter sports plan accordingly if booking during this time.

    Seeing the Northern Lights in Scandinavia

    If you wish to see the Northern Lights in Scandinavia the best months to go would be between mid-October and March and the best times to see it would be from 11pm to 2am. The further south in Scandinavia you go, the less likely you will get to see it, because there is more light in the months before and after winter. The northern half of Norway and Sweden, and all of Iceland, are recognized as being the best places to view this phenomenon.

    Top Cities in Scandinavia

    Cities here are very unique. Stockholm, or as locals call it “beauty on water”, is known for its viking history, unique art, and beautiful scenery. You can take a bike tour around the city, sail the archipelago, and even take a moose and wildlife safari to see the surrounding wildlife Stockholm has to offer.

    Copenhagen, a great place to visit all year round starting as a winter wonderland then melting away, transforming into a summer dream. Explore the city like a local on a bike where bikes outnumber cars 3:1.

    Oslo is known for its lush greenery and museums.  It is one of Europe’s most happening music scenes with more concerts than any other Scandinavian city.

    If you have an obsession for Santa Claus, then Rovaniemi is a city you must visit. It is known as the official home town of Santa Claus. It’s also a great place to witness the Northern Lights. In this winter wonderland you can visit Santa Claus Village, take a sleigh ride to the Northern Lights, and even go on a reindeer safari.

    What are the countries in Scandinavia?

    Countries include Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Iceland is not technically part of Scandinavia, but it is often included when people talk about the region due to its historical, cultural and linguistic ties to the countries.

    If English is your first language then you are in luck! Scandinavian languages consist of Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian, but they begin to study English in school at a young age and most speak it very well.

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