Spectacular Scandinavia And Its Fjords (Summer 2018)
Revel in outstanding Scandinavian scenery as you cruise the glassy fjords and ride the Flåm Railway. In the cities, soak up the seafaring history and lively cultural scene.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Breathtaking scenery, the Arctic Circle, train rides, cruises, vibrant cities, and so much more await you on this marvelous Scandinavia guided tour. Scenic highlights include a fantastic, overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Norway in first-class, outside, two-berth cabins with private facilities; a train ride between Bergen and Oslo, considered one of the world’s most scenic train rides; ferry rides from Sweden to Denmark and across Hardangerfjord in Norway; and a spectacular ride on the Fl?m train with some of Norway’s most magnificent scenery, including Kjosfossen Waterfall ? cascading down the tremendous mountainside. Spend time in the Arctic Circle-land of the “Midnight Sun”-where you will visit the North Cape Visitor Center, marking the endpoint of the European mainland. Here, stand at the cliff rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean and feel like you’re at the end of the world. In the Arctic Circle, also enjoy ferry crossings on the Ullsfjord and Lyngenfjord, which offer breathtaking views of the Lyngen Alps, with their blue glaciers and mountain peaks rising more than 3,280 feet directly from the fjord. You?ll also visit Alta’s rock carvings ? a UNESCO World Heritage Site ? to see evidence of a human settlement dating from 4,200 to 500 BC. Admire crystal-clear streams, sparkling lakes, tundra, and forests as you head south to Finland’s Lapland and cross back over the Arctic Circle. Enjoy very special visits to a local Husky farm and the Santa Claus Village, where you receive your Arctic Circle Certificate. You’ll also spend time in the cities and enjoy guided sightseeing in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, and Helsinki. All of this is designed to show you the very best highlights on your Scandinavia escorted tour. From its vibrant cities and fun experiences to its spectacular scenery, it will long live as your dream vacation!Included Features:STOCKHOLMWelcome dinner; guided sightseeing, walking tour of the Old Town, visit the City HallHELSINGBORG?ELSINOREFerry crossingCOPENHAGENGuided sightseeing, see the Little Mermaid and visit Rosenborg CastleCOPENHAGEN?OSLO HARBOROvernight cruise in first-class, outside, two-berth cabins with private facilities (dinner included)TELEMARKGuided visits of the Heddal stave church and Vemork; admire L?tefoss WaterfallHARDANGERFJORDFerry crossingBERGENSpecial dinner; orientation and funicular ride up to Mount Fl?yenSOGNEFJORD CRUISEFLAM[LF] Ride the spectacular Flam trainMYRDAL?OSLOBy trainOSLOGuided sightseeing, walk through Frogner Park, visit City HallOSLO?TROMS?By airTROMS?Orientation, visit the Arctic CathedralULLSFJORD & LYNGENFJORDFerry crossingALTAVisit the rock carvingsNORTH CAPEVisit the North Cape Visitor CenterKARASJOK[LF] Husky dog experienceROVANIEMIVisit Santa Claus Village; [LF] receive your Arctic Circle Certificate; orientationOULULunch stopLAHTIStop in the international ski resortHELSINKIGuided sightseeing, Sibelius Monument, visit the Lutheran Cathedral and the open-air market; farewell dinner