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Complete Scandinavia

21 Days | Soak up a little Scandinavian minimalism in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

4.3 out of 5 based on 3 reviews submitted.
EUR €6,404
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It’s fair to say, Scandinavia is having a moment. Perhaps several moments. With cutting edge minimalist design, five-star fusion cuisine, long life expectancy and a social system that runs like Danish clockwork, it seems every cafe, furniture store and political system on the planet can learn a thing or two from Europe’s latest hotspot. This is your chance to see it up close. From the inky Fjordlands of Norway’s coastline to the fish markets of Copenhagen, along with a few obscure gems like Bergen, Lillehammer and the Swedish Lakes District. And like any well-plotted Danish drama, there’ll be a few surprises along the way.

Trip overview

Map of Complete Scandinavia including Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden
Copenhagen, Denmark
Helsinki, Finland
Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 18.1 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • 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.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The areas visited on this trip can be very cold at night throughout the year, especially at the start and end of the season. Please bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions, including base layers, hat, gloves, scarf, coat and anything else that you think may be applicable.
  • Scandinavia can be an expensive destination in many ways, from museum entrance fees to optional activities, but especially in terms of eating out. Please bear this in mind when booking this trip. Your leader will be at hand to advise on how to save money.
  • Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together/apart. Rooms in Scandinavia tend to be small, and occasionally bathrooms will be shared with other guests.
  • This trip is designed to give you a fair amount of free time so you can explore each destination at your own pace. We will, however, take you on regular orientation walks, so you'll be on your feet quite a lot. While this may be tiring for some, it’s the best way to get your head around a place and to set yourself up for further discoveries.
  • This trip involves some long journeys via bus and train (sometimes up to nine hours). Although this can be a bit tiresome, it's a great way to sit back, relax and take in the passing scenery.
  • As this is a combination of 2 trips, your leader and the composition of your group may change in Oslo.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight between 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
  • If you have more time to explore the region you may want to check out our trip ‘Scandinavia & Baltic Circuit’ (trip code AMSOC) which continues from Helsinki through the Baltic States, ending in Vilnius.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

Map of Complete Scandinavia including Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden



17 breakfasts


Train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Overnight ferry, Bicycle, Metro, Tram, Boat


Hotel (14 nights), Cabin (2 nights), Pension (3 night), Overnight ferry (1 night)

  • Copenhagen - Visit to Freetown Christiania with Local Guide
  • Copenhagen - Bike Tour
  • Malmo - Leader Led Walk
  • Vrango Island - Day Trip
  • Vrango Island - Island Tour with Local Guide (Oct to Apr)
  • Vrango Island - Sea Kayaking (May to Sep)
  • Oslo - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Bergen - Bergen Museum and Bryggen Guided Walk
  • Gudvangen - Naeroyfjord Boat Cruise
  • Lillehammer - Maihaugen Open Air Museum
  • Lake Siljan - Cultural Village tour
  • Stockholm - Vasa Museum
Add on activities
  • Copenhagen - Glyptotek Art Museum - DKK125
  • Copenhagen - National Museum of Denmark - DKK120
  • Copenhagen - The Round Tower - DKK40
  • Copenhagen - Amalienborg Palace - DKK120
  • Copenhagen - Christiansborg Palace - DKK175
  • Copenhagen - Tivoli Gardens - DKK155
  • Gothenburg - Paddan Boat Tour - SEK240
  • Gothenburg - Göteborg City Museum - SEK65
  • Gothenburg - Volvo Museum - SEK160
  • Oslo - Holmenkollen Museum - NOK160
  • Oslo - Fram Museum - NOK140
  • Oslo - Akershus Castle & Fortress - NOK100
  • Oslo - Island Hopping on Oslofjord - NOK117
  • Oslo - Museum Edvard Munch - NOK160
  • Oslo - Resistance Museum - NOK100
  • Oslo - 24 hour Transport and Sightseeing Pass - NOK445
  • Bergen - Mt Ulriken Cable Car & Shuttle - NOK250
  • Bergen - Vidden Trail Hike - Free
  • Bergen - Bergenhus Fortress - Free
  • Bergen - Aquarium - NOK325
  • Bergen - 24 hour Transport and Sightseeing Pass - NOK300
  • Bergen - Floy Mountain Funicular - NOK160
  • Bergen - Rosenkrantz Tower - NOK120
  • Bergen - Håkons Hall - NOK120
  • Gudvangen - Bike Hire - NOK350
  • Gudvangen - Kayak Hire - Half Day - NOK600
  • Flam - Cog Railway - NOK680
  • Flam - Stegastein Lookout - NOK360
  • Flam - Railway Museum - Free
  • Gudvangen - Hiking Options - Free
  • Lillehammer - Sigrid Undset's Home at Bjerkebæk - NOK140
  • Lillehammer - Hiking Options - Free
  • Lillehammer - Olympic Museum - NOK140
  • Mora - Zorn Museum and Zorn House - SEK250
  • Mora - Nusnäs Dala Horse Factory - Free
  • Mora - Santa Land - SEK465
  • Mora - Vasaloppet Museum - Free
  • Stockholm - Millennium Books Tour - SEK450
  • Stockholm - Drottningholm Palace - SEK130
  • Stockholm - Skansen Open Air Museum - SEK220
  • Stockholm - Abba Museum - SEK290
  • Stockholm - Fotografiska (Photography Museum) - SEK180
  • Stockholm - City Hall - SEK130
  • Stockholm - Nobel Prize Museum - SEK130
  • Stockholm - Nordic Museum - SEK140
  • Stockholm - Gröna Lund Amusement Park - SEK130
  • Stockholm - The Royal Palace - SEK160
  • Helsinki - National Museum of Finland - EUR16
  • Helsinki - Cathedral - Free
  • Helsinki - City Museum - Free
  • Helsinki - Suomenlinna Sea Fortress - EUR7
  • Helsinki - Design Museum - EUR15
  • Helsinki - Open-Air Museum Seurasaari - EUR10
  • Helsinki - Mannerheim Museum - EUR14
  • Helsinki - Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum - EUR18
  • Helsinki - Rock Church - EUR5

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is bookable for this trip, excluding Day 11,12 & Day 19. Availability is limited due to small property that we use. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for ferry tickets. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days before departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.
3. As this is a combination of 2 trips, your leader and the composition of your group may change in Oslo.

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4.3 out of 5 based on 3 reviews submitted.
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Scott · Traveled July 2023
Complete Scandinavia is the ideal itinerary for those who wish to see this area of the world. There is an even balance between inclusions and personal time, and travel days aren’t that long. Hotels and breakfasts are along the spectrum (Copenhagen and Helsinki are quite awful, but the rest of the trip is good to excellent). Trust the itinerary for fun times in Vrango Island, Gutvangen, and Mora which are likely places you’d skip if traveling alone. Huge props to leaders Bashkim and Shane, both of whom I consider true friends for their authentic leadership and kind demeanors. Pro tips: rely on credit cards and skip taking out cash (100% of all my purchases were tap), and add a day in Helsinki to take a day trip via fast ferry to Tallinn, Estonia.
Review submitted 09 Aug 2023

Catherine · Traveled June 2023
An incredible combination of metropolises and countryside- the best of both worlds. One day you are walking through a museum, the next day cruising through a Norwegian fjord. The itinerary had something for everyone and you could decide on your free days what to pursue. It was the perfect itinerary, well thought out and organized. Intrepid scored again.
Review submitted 13 Jul 2023

MICHELLE · Traveled May 2023
This trip gives a very good insight into a large area to travel. Travel times are long on this journey and it is very expensive. I recommend the taste of Scandinavia it is a great trip, you do need to book additional time in Copenhagen or you will miss out on lots, unfortunately I wouldn’t recommend Scandinavia explorer due to the long travel days and unreliability of public transport which caused massive issues and delays.
Review submitted 10 Jun 2023
Complete Scandinavia
EUR €6,404