Tour Scandinavia on a trip through Norway, Sweden and Finland

Tour Scandinavia and discover the many charms and delights on this two-week adventure through Norway, Sweden and Finland. Travel through some of Europe's most stylish capitals and be wowed by some of the world's biggest fjords. Visit Norway's uber-cool Oslo, travel to Sweden's vibrant Stockholm and explore Finland's hip Helsinki. Along the way, uncover a Viking past, learn of a maritime heritage and get swept up in Olympic fever. Whether it's walking along charming streets in Bergen or sailing through vast fjords, you'll undoubtedly be left with a multitude of picturesque memories from this once in a lifetime Scandinavian adventure.

Start
Oslo, Norway
Finish
Helsinki, Finland
Countries
Finland,
Norway,
Sweden
Themes
Explorer
Code
BMSH
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
214kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Visit Norway and discover a Viking past in picturesque Oslo
  • Be impressed by Norway's Sognefjord
  • Travel to Sweden and soak up the sun by the lakes
  • Visit Helsinki and get acquainted with Finland's stylish capital
  • Visit Holmenkollen's Ski Museum, which showcases 4,000 years of skiing history

Itinerary

Welcome to Oslo, Norway.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

With so much to see and do in Oslo we recommend you plan to arrive a few days before the trip begins, so you can see as much of the city as possible. Why not head to the National Gallery of Art to glimpse Edvard Munch's famous painting, The Scream.
After breakfast, travel to the nearby area of Holmenkollen for a short hike on the plateau. Head out on an included visit to the Ski Museum, housed inside the famous monumental Holmenkollbakken (ski jump). Highlights include the history of skiing over the past 4,000 years, Norwegian polar expeditions and lesser known glimpses from the Winter Olympics at Oslo and Lillehammer.

Perhaps use your free time in the afternoon island hopping on Oslofjord, putting the hammer down at the Viking Museum or explore the immense Akershus Castle & Fortress. There's so much to get stuck in to.
Today you'll leave Oslo behind and take the train to Bergen, which will take around seven hours.

No other train ride between two cities in Europe is at a higher altitude than this one and few can match the views passing by your window. Linking Norway's two main cities, this line takes in some spectacular scenery of lush valleys, idyllic villages, dramatic mountains and picturesque lakes as it crosses the Hardangervidda Plateau.

As the trip is long and you'll arrive quite late into Bergen, there won't be too much time to explore today, but you will have all day tomorrow. There are some great restaurants in town, so possibly venture out with the group for a bite to eat.
After breakfast this morning, head out for a guided walk around the Bryggen area of the city. As a World Heritage listed site, you'll explore Bryggen, the museum and the old Hanseatic port area, before having plenty of free time in the afternoon to do as you wish.

Perhaps visit the 13th century Bergenhus Fortress, one of the oldest and best preserved castles in Norway. Also, make sure you journey on the Floy Mountain Funicular for amazing views of the city. The summit has a multitude of hiking paths catering to all abilities..
Leave Bergen after breakfast and travel by bus to the fjord region, which should take around five hours. The journey will take you through epic landscapes and remote regions, so have your camera at the ready.

The typical Norwegian huts that we stay in are located in a beautiful setting, surrounded by steep cliff walls with crystal clear waterfalls falling from the top of the fjords. Your accommodation is located near the village of Gudvangen and has electricity, running water and a kitchen. Some rooms have private and some have shared (mixed) toilets/shower facilities. Please note, rooming may be mixed gender multishare here. Linen and towels provided.
Today you'll take a boat trip through Naeroyfjord, a Unesco World Heritage site. The name Naeroyfjord takes its origins from the Norse god of seafarers and the sea, Njord. The fjord itself, formed by glacial erosion of the surrounding bedrock, is 18 km long, only 250 m wide at its narrowest point, but its depth reaches up to 500 m. With the surrounding mountain peaks rising up to 1400 m and waterfalls crashing down sheer cliff faces this makes for some dramatic vistas.

The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the scenery of the surrounding area. Perhaps hire bikes and cycle along the shore of the fjord, take to the waters in a kayak or take a bus to nearby Flam in order to ride the famous railway up to Myrdal. Alternatively explore on foot and discover nearby waterfalls and ancient moraines. For those wanting to fish on the fjords, a fishing licence is required and costs around NOK 150.
There will be another long bus journey of around six hours after breakfast today, as you journey to the town of Lillehammer, across vast high plains, remote valleys, and through the Lærdal Tunnel, the world's longest road tunnel.

Lillehammer, of Olympic fame, is picturesquely situated on Lake Mjøsa. Upon arrival perhaps head out for a brief walk to find your bearings in the 19th century town centre, and enjoy dinner with the group.
Join an orientation walk this morning and get to know Lillehammer. Your leader will take you on an included visit to the Maihaugen Open Air Museum, which tells the story of people in the Gudbrandsdalen Valley over the last 300 years. This brilliant museum includes timber-built farms, a town and a big residential area that gives you an insight into various eras of Norway's history.

As a town famous for hosting the 1994 Winter Olympics, Lillehammer has a great Olympic Museum and is an ideal spot for outdoor activities such as wheeled bobsleigh. Alternatively head to the Olympic Ski Jump Arena where in summer a special surface is laid out that allows professional ski jumpers to practice even though there is no snow. You can head to the top of the ski jump via chairlift. You'll have a good amount of free time today, so keep your options open.
Travel for around five hours by private bus today and cross the the border to Mora, which is right in the middle of the Swedish lakes. Sat between the northern shore of Lake Siljan and the southern shore of Lake Orsasjon, Mora is a location steeped in history and culture that's ready to be discovered.
Be charmed by tiny countryside villages with red log cottages, pine forests and rolling meadows on an included bike ride this morning, a great way of getting to know the area and the beautiful Swedish country side.

The rest of the day is free to explore the area of Mora and its lakes. Perhaps take a leisurely boat trip across the lake, sink a line to partake in a little fishing or hike around the gentle rolling surrounds.

Admire the work of a meteorite that crashed into the Earth millions of years ago, forming what is today Lake Siljan. Mora is also the home of artist Anders Zorn and the world’s biggest cross-country ski race, the Vasaloppet.
Leaving the Swedish lakes behind, head to the country's cultural, political and economic capital of Stockholm by train (approximately four hours).

Often referred to as the 'Venice of the North' and arguably Scandinavia 's most beautiful city, Stockholm is packed full of amazing architecture, pristine parks and clear waters. Use the rest of your day settling into your accommodation and exploring the area around you.
After breakfast, go on an included visit to the Vasa Museum on the inner-city island of Djurgarden. The 17th-century warship, Vasa, sank in 1628 on her maiden voyage in the harbour of Stockholm and was salvaged only in 1961. As one of the most visited sights in Sweden, the Vasa Museum collection consists of the Vasa itself and all of the objects that were found within the ship.

During your free time consider a day trip by boat and train to pretty Uppsala, take a self-guided Millennium Walking Tour of Stockholm or visit the Abba Museum. A great way to see the skerries of Stockholm is on a cruise past tiny islands and along narrow waterways. Alternatively you can take a day trip to Drottningholm Palace, the residence of the Swedish royal family. There's plenty of sights and attractions to keep you busy here in this great Scandinavian city, so plan your activities wisely.
Travel by bus to Kapellskar and then transfer onto a ferry for the scenic journey past the skerries to the Aland Islands, which should take around four hours in total.

The Aland Islands are an archipelago in the Baltic Sea, which consists of 6,500 skerries and islands and has a very flat terrain. It speaks Swedish, and is famous for having its own parliament which makes it an autonomous region of Finland. You'll have a few hours to explore Aland and its capital Mariehamn, so why not visit the Swedish-built 14th century Kastelholm Palace, the Maritime Museum, or go for a bike ride along the waterfront and through the surrounding woods.

In the evening you'll be boarding an overnight ferry for Helsinki, Finland. Your cabin for the night is quad-share, which are usually bunk beds, and each cabin has a private bathroom.
After our morning arrival into Helsinki's port you will transfer to your hotel.

Today is completely free and you'll be able to explore Helsinki in your own time. A few options to consider during your time here are the Open-Air Museum Seurasaari, a visit to the city's cathedral or the interesting Design Museum. Don't miss the harbour side market for local oddities, and make sure you take a short ferry ride to the magnificent Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, also sometimes referred to as the Gibraltar of the North.

Surrounded by the sea, Helsinki is a modern European city that offers an endless array of options. Throughout its 450-year history, the city has often been the buffer between the east and west. This is shown in their cuisine, with a mix of root vegetables, berries and fresh fish. Perhaps head out in the evening to sample some traditional dishes.
Your 'Scandinavia Explorer' adventure comes to an end after breakfast today. There are no more activities planned and you're able to depart the accommodation at any time.
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Inclusions

Meals
12 breakfasts
Transport
Bus, Ferry, Metro, Overnight boat, Private vehicle, Public bus, Train, Tram
Accommodation
Hotel (11 nights), Overnight boat (1 night)
Included activities
  • Bicycle tour
  • Holmenkollen Museum
  • Maihaugen Open Air Museum
  • Museum and Bryggen Walk
  • Naeroyfjord Boat Trip
  • Vasa Museum

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Scandinavia Explorer , August 2015

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