Vibrant cities, distinct cultures, and unspoiled landscapes ? welcome to your Scandinavia affordable tour! You?ll visit the fascinating Nordic cities and most scenic areas as well as some of its smaller and scenic towns. Overnight in Copenhagen, Frederikshavn, Oslo, the Telemark area, Bergen, the Fagernes area, Karlstad, and Stockholm. As you would expect from a Scandinavia tour, this tour features breathtaking scenery. Norway is known for its fjords-with their steep and majestic mountains and picturesque villages dotting the landscape. A highlight of this budget-minded Scandinavian tour is a cruise on the Sognefjord ? Norway?s longest and deepest fjord. Take a ferry across the Hardangerfjord, the world?s fourth-largest fjord. Travel through Norway?s Telemark region with its lakes, winding valleys, and rugged gorges backed by towering mountains. Stop for photos at Steinsdalsfoss Waterfall, where you can walk behind the cascading waterfall without getting wet. Also enjoy a scenic drive along beautiful Lake Mj?sa. In Sweden, drive through the scenic V?rmland ? home to 10,000 lakes dotting the forested landscape. In Denmark, drive across the Great Belt Bridge ? one of the world?s longest bridges ? and take a ferry from Denmark to Sweden. On this affordable tour of Scandinavia, spend time in the major cities: Copenhagen, capital of Denmark; Oslo, capital of Norway; Bergen, Norway?s picturesque second-largest city; and Stockholm, Sweden?s beautiful capital. You?ll enjoy an orientation drive of Copenhagen and guided sightseeing excursions of Oslo and Stockholm. Visit Lillehammer, site of the 1994 Winter Olympics, and take time for a photo stop at Sweden?s Gripsholm Castle ? a fairytale castle built in 1537 and set in an enchanting rural setting on the way to Stockholm. From the fascinating cities and small towns to the breathtaking landscapes, this value-minded Scandinavia tour has it all!Included Features:Visits to Copenhagen, Odense, Frederikshavn, Gothenburg, Telemark, Vemork Museum, Bergen, Fagernes, Lillehammer, Karlstad, Mariefred, Gripsholm Castle picture stop.Jutland Peninsula, Hardanger Plateau, S?gne and Hardangerfjord, Steindalflossen waterfalls, Lake Mj?sa, V?rmland
Scenic Iceland And The Northern Lights (Winter 2018-19)
Experience a world of natural phenomena; by day marvel at waterfalls, volcanoes and incredible landscapes and by night, seek out the dancing lights that fill cloudless skies.
Additional Included Highlights
Hellisheiðavirkjun: Visit Iceland’s newest geothermal heat and electric power station.Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull: See these magnificent volcanoes.Geysir: Visit the famous spouting Geysir which has become synonymous with hot springs all around the world.Reykholt: Stop at this pretty village, home of poet and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson.
Friðheimar: Explore a family-run farm and sample their sweet-tasting, homegrown tomatoes.Fontana: At a geothermal bakery, sample delicious rye bread dug hot from the ground, served with butter.Dining Summary: 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 3 Dinners (D) and 1 Dinner with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee. Departures travelling over New Year’s Eve and will enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner which will replace an included meal.
Borganes: Learn about Iceland’s history with a visit to the fascinating Icelandic Settlement Centre with your Local Expert.
Stay At The Best Addresses
Iceland Hotels: Insight handpicks hotels to consistently provide the best central and scenic locations. Hotels in Iceland are generally traditional and much simpler in style, typical of the region, with clean rooms and private facilities.Vík: Located in the quaint village of Vík, the Icelandair Hotel offers elegantly fitted guest rooms, decorated with Icelandic design and inspired by the natural environment.
Top Rated Highlights
Reykjavík: Witness nature's most spectacular show on earth – the Northern Lights.Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss: Admire the majestic beauty of these two impressive waterfalls.Gullfoss: See the spectacular two-tiered waterfall. This Icelandic equivalent of Niagara Falls drops a total of 32 metres, while spanning the entire width of the Hvítá River.Thingvellir: The Parliamentary Plains are the most important historic site of the country, as its the meeting place of the Althing, the world’s oldest parliament founded in A.D. 930.Reykjavík: Explore the city with your Local Expert. See the old town centre, the parliament building, Höfði House, the colourful harbour and the Hallgrímskirkja.Blue Lagoon: Enjoy a truly indulgent, once-in-a-lifetime experience at the most visited attraction in Iceland. Its geothermal seawater flows from volcanic aquifers 2,000 metres within the earth, emerging at the surface enriched with algae, silica, and minerals. With new-found friends, enjoy bathing in the lagoon in style, as you sip on a celebratory cocktail.
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.
Iceland Winter Most people that visit Iceland go in the summer, but there’s a whole other side to this place in the winter months. (It is called “Iceland,” after all.) Spend the first five days doing really cool things like hiking glaciers, snowshoeing through ?ingvellir National Park, reflecting on life under the Northern Lights, and warming up in hot springs. Then spend two days in exploring colourful, cool Reykjav?k. See another side of this amazing country.HighlightsExplore Iceland’s glaciers and waterfalls, keep your eyes peeled for dazzling displays of the Northern Lights, soak your muscles in natural hot springs, explore Reykjavik at your own pace.AccommodationHotels (6 nts).Group Size NotesMax 14, avg 12.Meals Included3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinnersWhat’s IncludedLava caving (Lei?arendi Cave). Golden Circle sightseeing. ?ingvellir National Park visit. Geysir Hot Spring visit. Gullfoss Waterfall visit. Northern Lights hunting (2 nts). Visit to S?lheimaj?kull Glacier. Southern coast drive including Sk?garfoss Waterfall and Seljalndsfoss Waterfall. Free time in Reykjavi?k for optional activities. Transport to/from all included activities and between all destinations.