2018 SEASON
Apr 2018 - Aug 2018

20 Day Grand Scandinavia

Insight Vacations Tour starting in Copenhagen and finishing in Oslo

Read 21 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Insight Vacations's 20 Day Grand Scandinavia. Sail the Baltic Sea, crossing rolling tundra and glassy fjords on your search for the midnight sun, all the while enjoying the local culture, history and striking scenery. This tour...read more

Overview

Operator: Insight Vacations
Type: Tour (Premium)
Style: Regional Experience
Max Group Size: 40
Duration: 20 Days
From: Copenhagen to Oslo
Tour Code: E940
Visits: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway
Our Price From:
$ 6,437
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Day By Day

1

Welcome To Copenhagen.

On arrival at Copenhagen Airport, your transfer shuttle service will leave for your hotel at 09:00, 12:00 and 15:00. Join your Travel Director at 17:30, for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner, followed by a visit to the glittering lights and enchanting atmosphere of the world-famous Tivoli Gardens. (DW) Stay Two Nights: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
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Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen.

Start the day by meeting your Local Expert and see Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid, gazing wistfully across the harbour. Follow this with a visit inside the Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Government, to marvel at the opulent interior. See the the Renaissance Stock Exchange, Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg Palace, home of the royal family. The rest of the day is at leisure to continue exploring as you wish. (BB)
3

On To Stockholm, City Of Islands.

Travel from Denmark to Sweden by crossing the incredible Øresund Bridge. Spanning 16km over the Flinte channel it's the longest road and rail bridge in Europe. Pass through the artificial island of Peberholm which has become a haven for flora and fauna and continue through the Skåne region, which gave its name to Scandinavia. Enjoy views of the patchwork of fertile farmlands as you journey along the shores of Lake Vättern to the Swedish capital, Stockholm, which is set on 14 beautiful islands. In the evening, perhaps try the local cuisine served in traditional surroundings? (BB) Stay: Hilton Stockholm Slussen
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Stockholm And Baltic Sea Cruise.

Join a Local Expert for your visit to the City Hall's marvellous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall, and the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held. Continue to Gamla Stan, the medieval heart of the city. View the cathedral and walk through the Old Town to see the Royal Palace. With the afternoon at leisure, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Vasa Galleon, a marvellous impression of life on board a 17th century naval vessel. In the evening, board your Baltic cruise to Finland and voyage through the largest archipelago in the world. Enjoy dinner onboard and enjoy the seemingly endless sea views from the comfort of your high-class, sea-view cabin, while the northern sun hangs over the horizon, showing almost no sign of setting in mid-summer. (BB/DW) Stay: Cruising
5

Fashionable Helsinki.

(Relaxed Start) Helsinki is known as a global trendsetter in design, fashion, stunning architecture and luscious parks. Disembark your Baltic cruise to meet your Local Expert. Visit the astonishing modern Church in the Rock and see the Sibelius Monument and Finlandia Hall. Afterwards, enjoy time to explore on your own. Why not stop for lunch at the colourful market located by the harbour and spend time browsing the vast array of stalls selling local souvenirs, handicrafts as well as fruits, vegetables and world-class pancakes? (BB) Stay: GLO Hotel Art
6

Lakes And Forests To Kuopio.

Finland is a land of beautiful lakes and enchanting forests. Sit back and relax as you take in the spectacular scenery. On arrival in Kuopio, ascend Puijo Tower for a splendid panorama that will reveal why Finland is called the land of a thousand lakes. (BB/D) Stay: Cumulus Kuopio Hotel
7

The Road To Rovaniemi.

As you journey towards the Arctic, travel through Lapland, native home to the nomadic Sami people. Visit Oulu, Northern Finland's oldest city. It is also the largest general port in the Bothnian Bay, made up of 3 harbours. Enjoy time to explore the centre of the city that is spread across several islands, connected by pedestrian bridges and cycleways, considered one of the best in Europe. You travels continue to Rovaniemi, the modern capital of the region. (BB/D) Stay Two Nights: Santa's Hotel Santa Claus
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Rovaniemi And Lapland.

(Relaxed Start) With your Local Expert, see the Town Hall designed by Aalvar Aalto and visit Rovaniemi Church. Next, a delight for the young at heart! Visit the Santa Claus Village where it is Christmas all year round. Meet Santa, visit the post office and cross the Arctic Circle - you'll receive a certificate to prove you were there! With the afternoon at leisure perhaps you may want to visit the open-air museum and Arktikum? (BB)
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Across The Arctic Circle To Ivalo.

(Relaxed Start) In the morning enjoy a relaxed start or perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit Ranua Wildlife Park, for the chance to see polar bears, lynxes or even a wolverine. Later, continue your journey north along the Four Winds' Road where you may see herds of reindeer roaming freely as you head for one of the oldest churches in Lapland. Travel through Europe's last great wilderness to see the Urho Kekkonen National Park near the gold centre of Tankavaara. (BB/D) Stay: Hotel Ivalo
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The North Cape.

Cross the rolling tundra into Norway and stop at Karasjok, the seat of the Sami Parliament and a centre of Sami culture. Visit a Sami folk museum before continuing through the unique scenery on the way to North Cape, locally known as Nordkapp. With only the Svalbard Islands separating you from the North Pole, it literally feels like you are at the end of the world. In the evening, journey to the northernmost point of mainland Europe in search of the midnight sun, where you will enjoy a glass of bubbles and caviar in one of the most special places on Earth. (BB/D) Stay: Scandic Honningsvag
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Through Finnmark To Alta.

(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a relaxed start or perhaps set out on a sea bird and arctic cruise adventure? This Optional Experience include a cruise around the Gjesværstappen, a necklace of islands that's a protected nesting area for millions of Puffins, Kittiwakes, Gannets, Guillemots and White Tailed Eagles. You may even get the chance to spot a Grey Seal or Porpoise. Once returned to the mainland, continue your escorted journey to Alta. (BB) Stay Two Nights: Scandic Alta
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A World Of Adventure In Alta.

(Relaxed Start) Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore Alta as you wish. Maybe check out the Rock Art of Alta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of prehistoric rock carvings, or consider taking a wilderness trip on the river? Later, visit a working Husky farm to meet Trine Lyrek, a champion dog sledder. Learn about her Alaskan Huskies and the challenges she faces competing in marathon Arctic dog sled races. Trine's dogs are so highly trained that they are only allowed to bark when they know it's time for running! They're also very friendly and you'll be able to have a play if you wish. Afterwards, delight in a wonderful barbecue Highlight Dinner of local specialties including salmon and the nutritious local game, reindeer, served with fresh salads and wine. (BB/DW)
13

Narvik.

Pass Kåfjord where the German battleship Tirpitz was once stationed and hear tales of one of the first large-scale battles of World War II. As you travel south, see the marvellous Lyngen Alps in the distance. They're 90 kilometers of mountains and glaciers that really are stunning all year round. Continue to Narvik, surrounded by majestic mountains. (BB) Stay: Scandic Narvik
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Across Tysfjord To Mosjøen.

Board a ferry to cross Tysfjord, then continue past Rago National Park, its fjords cut deep into the landscape. Bid farewell to the Arctic before reaching Mosjøen, a pleasant town on the Vefsnfjord that has a large concentration of historic, 19th century wooden buildings and Norway's oldest octagonal church. (BB/D) Stay: Fru Haugans Hotel
15

Laksfoss Falls To Trondheim.

Drive through Namdalen then watch for salmon leaping upstream as they travel to their spawning-grounds at the mighty Laksfoss Falls. Continue past the village of Hell to Trondheim, once the seat of the ancient Viking kings and Norway's third largest city. Trondheim has always reflected the changing fortunes of Norway and is full of interest. See the Market Square dominated by its statue of Olav Tryggvason and the Nidaros Cathedral, Norway's national shrine. Tyholttårnet, or Tyholt Tower rises high above the city and the Old Town Bridge is locally known as Lykkens Portal, which means Portal of Happiness. (BB) Stay: Clarion Hotel & Congress Trondheim
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Geiranger, Jewel Of The Fjords.

Begin one of the most scenic days you will ever experience. Norwegian Fjordland is a dream world of soaring mountains, icy glaciers and rivers which cascade hundreds of metres into the green valleys below. Travel via lakes and snow-capped peaks to Lom, home to one of Norway's most beautiful stave churches. Cross the Dovre Mountains, which form Norway's oldest national park, Rondane National Park. Arrive at the mirror-smooth waters of Geirangerfjord to embark on a spectacular cruise beneath towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Your hotel is in a superb setting overlooking the beautiful Norwegian Fjord landscape. (BB/D) Stay Two Nights: Hotel Union Geiranger
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Geiranger At Leisure.

(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a relaxed start and a whole day free for you to explore the fjords and mountains of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps join an Optional Experience and take an incredible scenic drive along the amazing Trollstigen, or Troll's Road. The road itself was a masterpiece of engineering when it was built over 70 years ago and the spectacular views will leave you speechless. (BB/D)
18

Oslo, The Capital.

Journey through the countryside immortalised by Ibsen in 'Peer Gynt' and inspiration for Greig. Continue to Lillehammer, host of the 1994 Winter Olympics. Then it's on to the modern Norwegian capital of Oslo. (BB) Stay: Thon Hotel Opera
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Cosmopolitan Oslo.

Your Local Expert will show you the spires and ramparts of the medieval Akershus Castle guarding the harbour. See the Royal Palace and visit the Viking Ship Museum. Explore Frogner Park, housing the intriguing sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax by the harbour or continue exploring as you wish. Round off your travels with a Celebration Dinner. During a delicious meal with wine, raise your glass to toast your adventures with your newfound friends. (BB/DW) Stay: Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo
20

Out Of Oslo.

Your departure transfer arrives at Oslo Airport at 07:15 or 10:15. (BB)

Trip Inclusions

Top Rated Highlights

  • Copenhagen: Make the most of the long summer nights at Tivoli Gardens, the famous entertainment park.
  • Karasjok: Visit the museum devoted to Sami history and culture, offering a glimpse into the old Sami lifestyle.
  • North Cape: Journey to mainland Europe's most northern point to see something that doesn't happen - sunset! Even at midnight, the sun clings to the horizon. This once-in-a-lifetime unique experience is accompanied by champagne and caviar to make it even more special.
  • Geiranger: Cruise along the deep, blue waters of majestic Geirangerfjord, surrounded by snow-covered mountains, gushing waterfalls and lush green vegetation.
  • 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: Guided by your Local Expert, see the impressive Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace. Take a moment to contemplate the interesting Vigeland sculptures when you visit Frogner Park.
  • Copenhagen: Explore with your Local Expert. See Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid on the harbour, the Renaissance Stock Exchange, Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg Palace.
  • Copenhagen: With a Local Expert, witness the regal interior of Christiansborg Palace, with its stunning tapestries, furnishings and decor.
  • Øresund Bridge: Cross this magnificent fiat of engineering. It's the longest road and rail bridge in Europe, spanning 8 kilometres.
  • Cruise: Admire the beautiful views from your high-class, sea-view cabin as your cruise through the largest archipelago in the world, from Stockholm to Helsinki.
  • Stockholm: Wander through Gamla Stan, the Old Town, with your Local Expert to see the cathedral and the Royal Palace.
  • Stockholm: With a Local Expert, step inside the City Hall where the fabulous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall is covered by 18 million gilded mosaic tiles. You'll also see the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held.
  • Helsinki: Your Local Expert will show you the sights of the harbour city. Visit the Church in the Rock, admire the interesting Sibelius Monument and see Finlandia Hall.
  • Kuopio: Admire the spectacular panoramic views from atop Puijo Tower.

Additional Included Highlights

  • Enjoy free time to explore the harbour of this fascinating city of design.
  • See Alvar Aalto's Town Hall and visit the cathedral. Receive an Arctic Circle Crossing certificate.
  • Visit Northern Finland's oldest city. It is also one of the most important harbour cities in all of Northern Europe.
  • Visit one of Lapland's oldest churches.
  • See the Sami Parliament.
  • Stand near the fence of the towering cliffs, drastically rising our of the sea. You will feel as if you are n the edge of the world, and your literally are.
  • See the street of historic, 19th century wooden buildings and Norway's oldest octagonal chruch.
  • Tell all your friends you travelled through!
  • See the Market Square and its statue of Olav Tryggvason, the Nidaros Cathedral, the Tyholt Tower and Old Town Bridge.
  • Enjoy time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you wish.
  • See the town that hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics.
  • See the 12th century stave church.
  • Skåne Region, Lake Vättern, Lapland, Four Winds' Road, Kåfjord, Lyngen Alps, Rago National Park, Laksfoss Falls, Norwegian Fjordland, Dovre Mountains, Rondane National Park.

Stay At The Best Addresses

  • Mosjøen: The traditional Fru Haugans Hotel is in a picturesque location. It offers all the comforts of a modern hotel and is characterised by excellent personal service.
  • Geiranger: For a scenic location, you won't find better than Hotel Union. Enjoy upgraded rooms set against a fabulous backdrop of breathtaking fjord scenery and mountains.
  • Stockholm: The classy Hilton Slussen is conveniently located within walking distance of the historic Old Town.
  • Cruising: Enjoy the additional comfort of your high-class, sea-view cabin onboard your overnight cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki.
  • Helsinki: GLO Hotel Art is a charming hotel, built around a century-old art nouveau castle. It is in the centre of Helsinki surrounded by the vivid Design District.

Additional Five Star Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

  • Alta: Savour a delicious barbecue Highlight Dinner of local specialties of fresh salmon and the local's favourite, reindeer, served with fresh salads and wine.
  • Oslo: Scandinavian hospitality is matched with fine food and a glass of wine at your Celebration Dinner.
  • Dining Summary: 19 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 8 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Alta: Meet Trine Lyrek at her working husky farm. Gain an insight to the challenges Trine and her Alaskan Huskies face when competing in marathon Arctic dog sled races. There's also time to have a play with these gorgeous pups.
  • Rovaniemi: Meet Santa Clause when you visit his village where it is Christmas all year round! From his post office, you can make sure that Santa sends Christmas letters to friends and family back home come December.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included

Operator Details

Insight Vacations Reviews: (343)
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Accommodation: 4-5 Star
Average Age: 55-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours & Short Breaks
Max Group Size(s): 40 & 26
Budget: Luxury & Premium
Destinations: Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, South & Central America, UK & Ireland, USA

Reviews (21)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Grand Scandinavia with Insight Vacations.
NSW, Australia
Aug 2017
1 Trip
“The itinerary meet my expectations. ”
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I would be glad to book with Global Journeys in the future as it is hassle free and helpful. Our Insight tour was very good. The accomodation and inclusions of the tour were of a high standard.
NSW , Australia
Aug 2017
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“Outstanding destinations ”
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Fantastic tour. Some long driving days but we'll worth it. Spectacular scenery throughout the tour. Hassle free Insight tours take care of everything. Good time to tour Scandinavia. August not as busy as June and July. Booked three tours with Global Journeys. Made process easy and always professional.
SA, Australia
Aug 2017
3 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“Great experience in the Arctic Circle and Fjordland”
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Arrive day or two prior to start of Tour so you can enjoy the wonderful city of Copenhagen as the Tour itself doesn't provide much time to enjoy the city. The itinerary itself was good. Some of the additional excursions whilst sounding interesting were disappointing. I did many of them but not the dinners. Accommodation was ok the Scanic hotel group had lousy pillows! I pre-booked into the Radisson Blu Scandinavia in Copenhagen and discovered the tour used a lower grade hotel room than I had booked privately. Included meals were adequate. The scenery and the experiences were wonderful in some instances giving me whiplash switching between sides to see the next wonder.
QLD, Australia
Jul 2017
3 Helpful Votes
“Wonderful holiday”
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Spent a couple of weeks in London after our lovely but busy Scandinavia tour - every day a new experience. Fantastic scenery particularly Norway. Lots of different side trips, some better than others. We took all the side trips as we feel we might miss out on something special and this is more than often the case. Our guide Zsofi Ferencz was attentive and very informative.

Weather this time of the year almost perfect, although fog appeared early in the day when we were to see the midnight sun at North Cape but we made the most of it - just unfortunate but otherwise weather was great. Our highlight of course was Geiranger area and the Troll's Road - absolutely breathtaking area. Don't miss it if you have the opportunity. As the tour proceeds north from Helsinki the accommodation is not as good as Insight Vacations normally provides (this is at least our 3rd tour with Insight Vacations) but this is to be expected in this area, but always the best available in each town.

The Insight Vacations coaches are always very very comfortable and this was no exception and of course the driver was extremely competent as some of the roads can be quite difficult. Now we are looking for our next tour with Insight Vacations - just have to decide which one to choose.
NSW, Australia
Jun 2017
2 Helpful Votes
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“Wonderful tour of northern Scandinavia”
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This tour, particularly within the Arctic Circle, was a wonderful experience. The pristine scenery in northern Finland and Norway was a particular feature. Other memorable experiences were the visit to Santa's village in Rovaniemi, the nature zoo in the same location, experiencing the midnight sun at North Cape, the optional bird safari cruise off the north of Norway and the wilderness boat ride on one of the main salmon fishing rivers.

There were a few downsides however. This tour travelled 5500 kms and there were many very tiring days with early starts and lengthy coach travel, as well as numerous one night stays. This is hard to avoid with the current tour structure but could be reduced if the tour were to focus on northern Scandinavia. Rather than starting in Copenhagen, travelljng to Stockholm and then ferrying to Helsinki, perhaps the tour could commence in Helsinki (or even Rovaniemi) and finish in Oslo. Insight has another two tours that focus on Southern Scandinavia and this option is also available with other tour companies, so foussing on the Arctic Circle area would allow this tour to have reduced coach travel time and more multi-night stays.

The tour director and driver, as with our previous Insight tours, were very good. This was the first time we had used the Global Journeys booking process and it was excellent. The online updating and the personal agent communication all contributed to a seamless and very efficient process which we would gladly use again. The only matter we were concerned about was whether the tour documents would arrive in time or whether they could get lost in the mail but everything arrived in full and on time.
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