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15 Day Spectacular Scandinavia & its Fjords

Insight Vacations Tour starting in Copenhagen and finishing in Oslo

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Overview

Operator: Insight Vacations
Type: Tour (Premium)
Style: Regional Experience
Max Group Size: 40
Duration: 15 Days
From: Copenhagen to Oslo
Tour Code: E941
Visits: Denmark, Sweden, Norway
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Day By Day

1

Welcome To Copenhagen.

On arrival at Copenhagen airport, your transfer will leave for your hotel at 09:00, 12:00 or 15:00. Then you will be at leisure to relax and settle in. At 17:30, enjoy drinks and a wonderful Welcome Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers, followed by a visit to the glittering lights and enchanting atmosphere of the world-famous Tivoli Gardens. (DW) Stay Three Nights: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen
2

Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen.

A Local Expert will reveal the charm of Denmark's capital. Meet Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid gazing wistfully across the harbour and see Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Government. Continue to Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and Copenhagen Cathedral, where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. View the unusual Rundertaarn, a 17th century round tower and the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or continue exploring as you wish. Perhaps take an Optional Experience into the picturesque Danish countryside to see the castles of North Zealand? (BB)
3

Viking Roskilde.

Travel to the ancient city of Roskilde, dating back to the Viking age and today home to a giant rock music event, the Roskilde Festival. Visit Roskilde Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first Gothic cathedral in Scandinavia. On return to Copenhagen, you are at leisure. (BB)
4

Scenic Farmlands Of Sweden On The Way To Stockholm.

Travel from Denmark to Sweden by crossing the incredible Øresund Bridge. Spanning 8 kilometres over the Flinte channel it's the longest road and rail bridge in Europe. Pass through the artificial island of Peberholm 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. (BB) Stay Two Nights: Hilton Stockholm Slussen
5

Stockholm, City Of Islands.

The charms of Sweden's capital are best seen with your Local Expert. On Gamla Stan, start with the cathedral, the coronation palace of many Swedish kings and the Old Town, with some of the narrowest streets in the world and stroll through the courtyard of the Royal Palace. Visit the imposing City Hall to see its fabulous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall, with its walls covered in 18 million gilded mosaic tiles, and the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held. There's free time in the afternoon for you to explore at your own pace. Perhaps visit the fabulous Vasa Galleon, raised from Stockholm's harbour-bed in 1961 after sinking on its maiden voyage in 1628? (BB)
6

The Viking Capital Sigtuna, Uppsala And Falun.

Travel to Sigtuna on the shores of Lake Mälaren, it was once the Viking capital and now boasts Sweden's smallest City Hall. Continue to the historic city of Uppsala, seat of Scandinavia's oldest university and visit the lofty cathedral. Travel through rural Dalecarlia to Falun, an old historic mining town. (BB/D) Stay: First Grand Hotel Falun
7

Lillehammer.

View the Great Pit, a vast crater caused by the enormous mine collapse that occurred in 1687. A scenic drive along the shores of Lake Siljan in the Dalarna region brings you to Nusnäs, home of the Dala horse. Meet the entertaining Olsson family who has passed the art of making wooden horses down through the generations and visit their workshop to witness a colourful wooden horse being made. Continue deep into the forested heart of Sweden to reach Sälen, Sweden's largest alpine destination. It is known as the starting point for the world's oldest and longest cross-country ski race, Vasaloppet, a 90 kilometre track that has been challenging skiers since 1922. Cross the border to Norway and pass Hamar with its Olympic ice-skating rink known as the Viking Ship. Journey along the shores of Mjøsa, Norway's largest lake, to arrive at Lillehammer, home of the 1994 Winter Olympics. (BB) Stay: Clarion Collection Hotel Hammer, Lillehammer
8

Geiranger, Jewel Of The Fjords.

Journey northwest from Lillehammer, travelling through the countryside of 'Peer Gynt', immortalised by Ibsen. At Lom, visit the Norwegian stave church dating back to 1158. Continue along winding roads that pass waterfalls, rivers, ice fields, lakes and snow-capped peaks. End your day in spectacular fashion with an incredible cruise on the mirror-smooth waters of Geirangerfjord, with its towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls. For the next two nights you will stay in the remote village of Geiranger, overlooking fjords and soaring mountains. (BB/D) Stay Two Nights: Hotel Union Geiranger
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Geiranger At Leisure.

Enjoy a relaxed start and a day reserved for your leisure amongst the most breathtaking scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps join an Optional Experience for an incredible scenic drive along the amazing 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)
10

Fjærland And Fjordland.

Your travels continue to the Bøya Glacier for a photo-stop. Visit the nearby Fjærland Glacier Museum to gain a deeper understanding of your surroundings and their past, present and future. Take a fascinating journey through time from the creation of the earth, to the last ice age and ahead to the year 2100. Then enjoy a scenic drive onto your hotel in Leikanger. (BB/D) Stay: Leikanger Fjord Hotel
11

The Flåm Railway To Bergen.

Cross the serene waters of magnificent Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway. Then embark on a spectacular scenic journey on the Flåm Railway, ascending from sea level to 914 metres. Visit a family-run farm on the Hardangerfjord to hear how eight generations have farmed the land, producing fruit, berries and various jams, jellies, traditional spreads, cake and other delicious treats. Sample their fresh apple juice and homemade cider and enjoy a walk through the orchard. Travel on to your hotel in the historic port of Bergen. (BB/D) Stay Two Nights: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen
12

The Hanseatic Port Of Bergen.

A Local Expert introduces you to Bergen. The ancient Hanseatic port city still largely looks to the sea for its living, as evidenced by the picturesque and lively Fish Market, set in a charming location in the heart of the city. The market also has stalls selling a colourful variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and souvenirs. After seeing the 13th century Haakon's Hall, there will be time to explore all that this exciting town has to offer. Perhaps you might like to visit the home of composer Edward Grieg, before ascend Mount Fløyen by the only funicular in Scandinavia? (BB)
13

Mountains And Fjords To Oslo.

Pass scenic mountains and travel through some of Norway's ski-resorts as you cross the Hardanger Plateau, Europe's greatest mountain plateau and the largest national park in the Nordic countries, to reach Oslo. (BB) Stay: Scandic Oslo City / Hotel Bristol, Oslo
14

Cosmopolitan Oslo.

With your Local Expert, see the Royal Palace and the spires and ramparts of Akershus Castle, the 14th century fortress guarding the harbour. At Frogner Park, view the intriguing Vigeland sculptures, before enjoying a highlight visit to the Viking Ship Museum to see 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife. In the evening, round off your Scandinavian adventure with a Celebration Dinner. Over a glass of wine, toast your travels with your newfound friends. (BB/DW) Stay: Hotel Bristol, Oslo
15

Out Of Oslo.

Departure transfers arrive at Oslo airport at 07:15 and 10:15. (BB)

Trip Inclusions

Top Rated Highlights

  • Copenhagen: Make the most of the long summer nights at the glittering Tivoli Gardens, the world-famous entertainment park, full of fantasy, fun and charm.
  • Fjærland: All you ever wanted to know about ice flows and how they sculpt the landscape, fjords and mountains, awaits you at the fascinating Norwegian Glacier Museum.
  • Flåm Railway: Journey on one of the world's steepest railways through tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountainside of the narrow Flåm Valley.
  • Bergen: With your Local Expert, see the many colourful stalls of the lively Fish Market and marvel at the 13th century Haakon's Hall.
  • Oslo: With your Local Expert, see Akershus Castle, Oslo Harbour and the Royal Palace. Take a moment to contemplate the interesting Vigeland sculptures when you visit Frogner Park.
  • Oslo: Stand beneath the scrolled prows and hand-cut hulls of 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife and learn about their traditions and culture.
  • Copenhagen: Your Local Expert shows you Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen Cathedral, Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and the unusual Rundertaarn which is the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe.
  • Roskilde: Visit the first Gothic cathedral in Scandinavia, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Øresund Bridge: Cross this magnificent fiat of engineering. It's the longest road and rail bridge in Europe, spanning 16 kilometres. Pass through the man made Peberholm Island which has become a haven for flora and fauna.
  • Stockholm: With your Local Expert, visit Gamla Stan to see the cathedral where Swedish kings have been coronated and wander the narrow streets of the Old Town.
  • Stockholm: Inside the rose-hued City Hall, the fabulous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall is covered by 18 million gilded mosaic tiles and the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, is the venue for the Nobel Prize banquets.
  • Geiranger: Cruise along the deep, blue waters of majestic Geirangerfjord, surrounded by snow-covered mountains, gushing waterfalls and lush green vegetation.
  • Lom: The Lomskyrkja is one of the biggest and most beautiful stave churches in Norway, and dates back to 1158.

Additional Included Highlights

  • Sigtuna: See the tiny City Hall in the old Viking capital.
  • Uppsala: Visit the Gothic cathedral.
  • Falun: View the Great Pit, a vast crater caused by an enormous mine collapse in 1687
  • Sälen: Stop in this city known as the host to the world's oldest and longest cross-country ski race.
  • Lillehammer: Stay in the town where the 1994 Winter Olympics were held.
  • Lom: Visit the 12the century stave church, one of the finest in the country.
  • Fjærland: Enjoy a photo-stop at the Bøya Glacier.
  • Scenic Drives: Skåne Region, Lake Vättern, Lake Mälaren, Dalecarlia, Lake Siljan, Dalarna Region, Mjøsa, 'Peer Gynt' Country, Geiranger, Fjordland, Sognefjord and Hardanger Plateau.

Stay At The Best Addresses

  • Oslo: The Hotel Bristol is an elegant hotel located in the heart of the city offering exceptional quality and value.
  • Stockholm: The classy Hilton Stockholm Slussen is conveniently located within walking distance of the historic Old Town.
  • Geiranger: For a scenic location, you won't find better than the Hotel Union Geiranger. Enjoy upgraded rooms set against a fabulous backdrop of breathtaking fjord scenery and mountains.

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

  • Hardangerfjord: Hear all about the production processes and sample authentic apple cider at a traditional family-run fruit farm.
  • Oslo: At your Celebration Dinner, Scandinavian hospitality is matched with fine food and wine.
  • Dining Summary: 14 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 4 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Nusnäs: Meet the delightful and entertaining Olsson family when you visit their workshop to witness the creation of a colourful wooden horse. The Olsson's have handed down the skills of their handcraft through the generations.

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
  • 3 Jun and 29 Aug will stay at the Scandic Hotel in Oslo.

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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
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Reviews (12)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Spectacular Scandinavia & its Fjords with Insight Vacations.
VIC, Australia
Aug 2017
3 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“Fabulous Holiday to Scandinavia and the Fjords of Norway”
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We have a wonderful Insight Tour Experience, travelling through Denmark, Sweden and then onto Norway and the Fjords. The tour guide and tour driver and local guides made sure we had a unique experience and learnt much about the local culture and natural aspects of the country visits. The unique experiences at the various stops and additional photo opportunities made the journey so enjoyable, helped by the humour of the Driver and The Tour Guide. Also, thanks to Hannah at Global Journeys for making our booking experience so delightful, her follow up was always great and timely. What a great holiday.
VIC, Australia
Aug 2017
“Wonderful trip through Scandinavia”
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Wonderful trip through Scandinavia' s Historical Capitals, countryside and magnificent mountains and fjords.

Highlights for us were Copenhagen, Stockholm and Bergen then the picturesque snow capped mountains and the exciting drives up and down the bending mountain roads in the hands of a very experienced driver.
WA, Australia
Jul 2016
4 Helpful Votes
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“Stunning Scandanavia ”
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This is the second time we have travelled with Insight and we were not disappointed. In a sense we were lucky as we only had 23 in our tour group, 7 from Australia, 2 from India and the remainder American. Everyone was punctual, happy and we enjoyed each other's company. No-one was obnoxious, loud or difficult which is a rarity in this day and age. I would not normally choose to travel at peak time and in summer and the only negative was that the hotel in Copenhagan did not have air conditioned rooms so it was warm during the night but the windows opened which helped with the flow of air. Michael our Tour Director was a legend and made the trip even more memorable with his calm but professional demeanour. Nothing was too much trouble and along the way he gave us extra surprises above what was included in the tour. Our coach drive Lazslo also did an amazing job driving at times the very narrow roads especially along the Troll road from Gieranger in Norway. We felt completely safe in his hands and the coach was kept very clean and he always had a smile on his face each day.

he scenery was breathtaking especially in Norway but allow extra spending money for eating out as this is very costly in Scandanavia and alchohol especially in Norway is expensive. I also took a double bed sheet with me as all the rooms have duvets with covers and no top sheet so if you like to have a cover on at night the sheet provided enough warmth without being too hot especially travelling in the middle of summer. I also took an immerser to make a cup of tea in the room as unlike Australia there were no kettles in some of the hotels and this especially applied to Norway.

Overall we had an amazing time, met wonderful people and enjoyed the breathtaking scenery of Scandanavia. I would not hesitate to travel with Insight again especially if we had Michael as our Tour Director and Lazslo driving the coach!
NSW, Australia
May 2016
2 Helpful Votes
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“Spectacular indeed.”
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We have travelled with Insight before and have always enjoyed their tours, even with the occasional glitch. Spectacular Scandinavia was overall very good, particularly the time spent in Norway. Accommodation was generally good and some were very good, particularly for location and ambiance,particularly (again) in Norway. There were some long days of driving, for example from Copenhagen to Stockholm, which were tiring but it is hard to see how this could be avoided, given the long distances to be covered. The tour started with 3 nights in Copenhagen and we think this is too much. We would prefer one fewer day there and an extra day in Geiranger or Bergen, or maybe one in each,spent as free days to allow us to wander. Overall a most enjoyable trip. Norway was the highlight.
QLD, Australia
Jun 2015
1 Trip
“Thoroughly enjoyed this tour”
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I thoroughly enjoyed this tour with the spectacular scenery, congenial company on the tour, knowledge of our guide and the high standard of most elements of the tour. Norway was the most scenic and interesting of the 3 countries we visited. I thought that some of the optional activities could have been included at no extra cost.
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