Scandinavia & Baltic Circuit

32 Days | Discover the beauty of northern Europe on this Scandi and Baltic loop.

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Explore the highlights of Scandinavia before travelling south into the Baltic states on this epic 32-day adventure through northern Europe. As well as hitting the hubs of Oslo, Helsinki and Stockholm, discover the lesser-known but no less fascinating cities of Riga and Klaipeda, as well as Aukstaitijia and Curonian Spit national parks. The countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are a few of the continent’s last true undiscovered secrets – the fairy-tale turrets and cobbled lanes of old Tallinn, the baroque flair of Vilnius and the poignant history of Soviet occupation are not to be missed. This really is a one-of-a-kind itinerary.

Trip overview

Map of Scandinavia & Baltic Circuit including Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden
Start
Copenhagen, Denmark
Finish
Vilnius, Lithuania
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, Estonia, Denmark
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
AMSOC
This trip generates 18.41 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
  • Join a local guide and cafe-hop your way around Alingsas, a town known as the Capital of Fika (Swedish cafe and food culture). Learn of the local love affair with coffee, discover the story behind the cafe culture and, of course, treat your tastebuds to sweet Swedish delicacies.
  • 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).
  • Aukstaitija National Park offers unique opportunities for both action and relaxation. Kayak across pristine lakes, indulge in home-cooked meals or 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.
  • Follow your local guide along the narrow, winding roads through genuine villages, past the typical red painted cottages and explore unique sights around Siljan lake rural settlements. You'll even get a chance to meet and mingle with the locals living in these villages.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

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 will keep you cosy.
  • Scandinavia can be an expensive destination in many ways, from museum entrance fees to optional activities, but especially in terms of eating out. Your leader will be able to advise on how to have the best value holiday in Scandinavia.
  • Space is at a premium in Europe and your hotel is no exception. Rooms are often small, but usually the central location makes up for that. For those travelling as a duo, hotels often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. Occasionally bathrooms will be shared with other guests.
  • On this trip we predominantly travel by public transport therefore we recommend packing light and smart for this trip as you'll be required to carry your own luggage between train stations, ferry ports and hotels, which can include going up and down multiple flights of stairs, and across cobblestones. Train stations often don’t have lifts available.
  • There are a few long days of travel by public transport (up to 7 hours), as you'll be covering a lot of ground. Please read the Itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.
  • 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.

Itinerary

Map of Scandinavia & Baltic Circuit including Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden

Inclusions

Meals

29 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

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

Accommodation

Hotel (21 nights), Cabin (2 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Homestay (2 nights), Pension (3 nights), Overnight ferry (1 night)

Activities
  • 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)
  • Alingsas - Guided Fika experience
  • Oslo - Leader Led Walk
  • Oslo - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Bergen - Floy Mountain Funicular round trip
  • Gudvangen - Naeroyfjord Boat Cruise
  • Lillehammer - Maihaugen Open Air Museum
  • Lake Siljan - Cultural Village tour with picnic lunch
  • Stockholm - Vasa Museum
  • Sigulda - Gauja River Cable Car
  • Sigulda - Day Trip
  • Sigulda - Turaida Castle Guided Tour
  • Siauliai - Hill of Crosses
  • Curonian Spit - Bike Ride
  • Curonian Spit - Full Day Trip to the National Park
  • Aukstaitija National Park - Guided Kayak Trip
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 - Fish Market Feskekörka - Free
  • Gothenburg - Göteborg City Museum - SEK65
  • Gothenburg - Volvo Museum - SEK160
  • Gothenburg - Museum of Natural History - Free
  • Gothenburg - Aeroseum - SEK130
  • Oslo - Holmenkollen Museum - NOK160
  • Oslo - Fram Museum - NOK140
  • Oslo - Akershus Castle & Fortress - NOK100
  • Oslo - Island Hopping on Oslofjord - NOK130
  • Oslo - Museum Edvard Munch - NOK180
  • Oslo - Resistance Museum - NOK100
  • Oslo - 24 hour Transport and Sightseeing Pass - NOK445
  • Oslo - The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History - NOK180
  • Bergen - Mt Ulriken Cable Car & Shuttle - NOK250
  • Bergen - Vidden Trail Hike - Free
  • Bergen - Bergenhus Fortress - Free
  • Bergen - Aquarium - NOK365
  • Bergen - Rosenkrantz Tower - NOK150
  • 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
  • Lake Siljan – Historic boat trip - SEK250
  • Lake Siljan – Canoe or SUP rental - SEK150
  • Stockholm - Millennium Books Tour - SEK450
  • Stockholm - Drottningholm Palace - SEK150
  • Stockholm - Skansen Open Air Museum - SEK220
  • Stockholm - Abba Museum - SEK290
  • Stockholm - Fotografiska (Photography Museum) - SEK220
  • Stockholm - City Hall - SEK130
  • Stockholm - Nobel Prize Museum - SEK140
  • Stockholm - Nordic Museum - SEK140
  • Stockholm - Gröna Lund Amusement Park - SEK130
  • Stockholm - The Royal Palace - SEK160
  • Helsinki - Ateneum Art Museum - EUR20
  • Helsinki - Cathedral - Free
  • Helsinki - City Museum - Free
  • Helsinki - Design Museum - EUR15
  • Helsinki - Mannerheim Museum - EUR14
  • Helsinki - Open-Air Museum Seurasaari - EUR10
  • Helsinki - National Museum of Finland - EUR16
  • Helsinki - Suomenlinna Sea Fortress - EUR7
  • Helsinki - Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum - EUR18
  • Helsinki - Rock Church - EUR8
  • Tallinn - Estonian History Museum - EUR12
  • Tallinn - Kadriorg Palace - EUR9
  • Tallinn - Peter The Great Museum - EUR5
  • Tallinn - City Bike Tour - EUR25
  • Tallinn - City Museum - EUR6
  • Tallinn - Kiek in de Kök Tower Museum - EUR12
  • Tallinn - TV Tower - EUR15
  • Tallinn - The Estonian Maritime Museum - EUR25
  • Tallin - Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom - EUR11
  • Riga - Riverboat Cruise - EUR20
  • Riga - St Peter's Tower - EUR9
  • Riga - Central Market Halls - Free
  • Riga - Museum of Occupation of Latvia - EUR5
  • Riga - Beer Spa - EUR121
  • Riga - Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum - EUR5
  • Riga - Riga Art Nouveau Center - EUR9
  • Aukstaitija National Park - Sauna - EUR50
  • Aukstaitija National Park - Bike Hire - EUR15
  • Trakai - History Museum & Castle - EUR12
  • Vilnius - TV Tower - EUR13
  • Vilnius - Gediminas Castle Tower - EUR6
  • Vilnius - University Museum - EUR3
  • Vilnius - National Museum - EUR4
  • Vilnius - Museum Of Occupations And Freedom Fights - EUR6

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip, subject to availability. Please contact your sales agent if you would like to book this. The single supplement excludes Days 11 and 12 (Cabin), Day 19 (Overnight boat) and Days 29 and 30 (Homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation.
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 adding or amending details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.

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John · Traveled June 2023
A far better tour than I expected, I realised how much I didn't know about all 7 countries and will now have to read more about them. The 3 Balkan countries were particularly surprising as I had no idea as to how beautiful and fascinating they are, in particular the National Parks in Lithuania.
Review submitted 13 Jul 2023
Scandinavia & Baltic Circuit
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