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2018 Splendours of Scandinavia

The ultimate Scandinavian summer holiday experiencing all the natural beauty and spectacles of these Nordic countries.

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Stunning UNESCO listed fjords to spectacular glaciers. The Midnight Sun from Norway’s most northern point, reindeer herds and husky sled-dogs to remote Arctic bird-life sanctuaries. Viking ships and 16th C galleons. Breath-taking natural scenery from ship, boat, plane and train rides to the beautiful Scandinavian capitols of Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki (and Tallinn!). We also spend two nights in Norway’s “Most Beautiful City” – Ålesund!

Our 2018 “Splendours of Scandinavia” is a trip for those wanting to experience the natural beauty and spectacles of these Nordic countries without cutting any corners as most tour operators do. Choose either 14 days or the action-packed complete 24 day trip –  the ultimate trip around Scandinavia!

Be inspired by the fjords and waterfalls of Norway, be impressed by the “Eagles Road” and “Troll’s Road” near Geiranger, meander through the streets of Stockholm’s beautiful Old Town and the quaint wooden villages of Ålesund, Honnigsvag, Sigtuna and Laerdal.

Have your breath taken away as we cruise out of Stockholm’s stunning archipelago on a luxury cruise-ship with a next-morning arrival into delightful Helsinki.

Enjoy a fun visit to “Santa’s home” and get up-close-and-personal with reindeer in Finland right on the Arctic Circle. Admire the dramatic scenery of the high Arctic in Finland and Norway, home of the Midnight Sun! Hand-picked accommodation in each of our special stops with included upgrades to Fjord View rooms in Geiranger and A class Outside cabins on the overnight cruise.

We take all the major highlights of Scandinavia and put them together into one unique adventure. With the option of 14 or 24 days you can finish your trip in either Stockholm (14 days) or continue with us across and up through Finland (including a day trip to Tallinn in Estonia!) We head right up to northernmost Norway/Europe to Honningsvag and Nordkapp to (fingers crossed) see the intriguing Midnight Sun!

HIGHLIGHTS (14 days Copenhagen to Stockholm)

  • Copenhagen Canal and Harbour Cruise and Tivoli Gardens visit and Highlight Dinner
  • Copenhagen site-seeing tour w/local guide incl. seeing Little Mermaid, Amalienborg Palace and Stock Exchange
  • Visits to Christianborg Palace (Danish Parliament), Danish Riviera drive, Fredriksborg Palace Visit and see Fredensborg Palace
  • Internal flights Copenhagen to Bergen (via Oslo)
  • Highlight Danish “Christmas Dinner”
  • Bergen site-seeing with local guide including Edvard Grieg’s home and Floibanen funicular to Mt Floyen
  • Flåm mountain railway trip and local train Bergen-Myrdal
  • Visit UNESCO-listed Borgund Stave Church
  • Ålesund orientation tour incl. visit to Jugendstil/Art Nouveau Museum
  • Drive to Aksla viewpoint for Ålesund views plus Alnes Lighthouse visit on Gody Island
  • “Troll’s Road” and “Eagle’s Road” drives plus Dalsnibba Peak visit to 1,500m
  • UNESCO-listed Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord cruises
  • Lillehammer Ski-jump chairlift and Ski Arena visit
  • Stockholm city tour with local expert guide including Town Hall and Old Town
  • Wasa Galleon Museum visit in Stockholm
  • Stockholm highlight “Viking Dinner” in Old Town
  • Upgraded fjord view rooms in Geiranger

Other Inclusions

  • Welcome drink in Copenhagen
  • Spectacular Norwegian mountain and coastal drives
  • See the Bøyabreen glacier and visit to Glacier Museum/Visitor center
  • See Lom 12th C Stave Church
  • Swedish country drive and visit to Dala Horse workshop with demonstration
  • Visits to Uppsala and Uppsala Cathedral plus Sigtuna village in Sweden
  • Group photo (one per couple/single)
  • Hotel porterage (on departure from each hotel)
  • All tips to Tour Director, Tour Driver, local guides and included restaurants

Highlights (24 day Trip – includes all Highlights listed above)

  • Afternoon departure for overnight cruise out of Stockholm through it’s spectacular archipelago (A-Class Outside Cabins)
  • Helsinki city tour with local guide incl. visit to “Church in the Rock”
  • Tallinn (Estonia) day trip incl local guide, fast ferry and local coach
  • Internal flight Helsinki to Rovaniemi
  • Santa Park visit in Rovaniemi
  • Reindeer Farm visit in Rovaniemi
  • Sami Museum visit with guide in Karasjok and see the Sami Parliament
  • Nordkapp Visitor Center and “Midnight Sun” trip
  • Gjesvaer Island Arctic Adventure and Bird and Wildlife Safari
  • Alta River boat trip with traditional lunch and Slate quarry visit
  • Highlight Sami reindeer camp visit and dinner in Alta
  • Husky sled-dog center visit in Alta
  • Flight from Alta to Oslo
  • Oslo site-seeing with local guide including Frogner Park and Vigeland Sculptures
  • Visit to Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum with local guide
  • From Ice-breaker and Polar Explorers Museum and Kon-tiki Raft Museum visits with local guide
  • Visit to see Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Final Highlight Dinner by Holmenkollen

Other Inclusions

  • Finnish countryside drives incl visit to Kekkonen National Park Visitor centre
  • See changing of guard at Stockholm’s Royal Palace

Tour Pace

Plenty of relaxing two night stopovers and later starts than most tour operators. This is to ensure you won’t feel so burnt-out by the end of the trip! Lots of free-time to explore at your own pace in each location for those who are more independant and don’t want to have their hands held at every moment.

Most Scandinavian tours either don’t visit the northernmost reaches of Norway and Finland or do it by driving all the way up and back which takes many long and tedious days. We fly and coach up to the Arctic Circle from Helsinki and return fly back south to Oslo from Alta in Norway. This eliminates the long, tedious drive days in these sections. Husky sled dogs, reindeer, remote bird and wildlife sanctuaries, midnight suns, fjords, glaciers, traditional Sami culture, stunning Nordic cities and spectacular cruises. Too many inclusions to mention, this trip has it all and we leave no stone left unturned!

QUICK FACTS

DURATION

14 or 24 Days

COUNTRIES

Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland & Estonia

DEPARTURES

Monday 4th June 2018

PRICING

From AU$8,190* per person twin share (14 day tour)

(*pricing to be confirmed Sept 2017)

TOUR MAP

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 / Mon 4 June 2018 START COPENHAGEN

Welcome to Denmark!

We start with a Welcome Drink and quick info session before our lovely Canal and Harbour Cruise. Afterwards we visit the famed Tivoli Gardens fun-park for an included highlight dinner in their oldest restaurant and get to know your fellow travelling companions. Built in the mid 1800’s with it’s beautiful lights and buildings set amidst all the fun of the fair.  (HD)

ACCOMMODATION: Copenhagen 2 Nights – The Square Copenhagen

Day 2 / Tues 5 June 2018 COPENHAGEN

We begin our sightseeing tour with a visit to the Christiansborg (the Danish Parliament Building) to marvel at it’s opulent interior. Then past the Cathedral and University to see the Rosenborg Palace, Stock Exchange and Amalienborg Palace and, of course Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘Little Mermaid’ gazing across the harbour. Free time for lunch in beautiful “Nyhaven” or along the “Strøget” walking street. Tonight, a highlight traditional “Danish Christmas” Dinner in the middle of town in a cosy local restaurant.  (BB,HD)

Day 3 /  Wed 6 June 2018 – COPENHAGEN to BERGEN

Departing our hotel with local guide we head north to see the home of Queen Margrethe II, Fredensborg Palace, followed by a visit to the mighty Fredriksborg Castle. Following the Danish Riviera we see the beautiful and traditional thatched Danish homes along the coastline before continuing to the airport for our flight to pretty Bergen on the west coast. Tonight, an included highlight dinner in the heart of the old Bryggen wharf area.   (BB,HD)

ACCOMMODATION: Bergen 2 nights – First Hotel Marin, Bergen

Day 4 / Thurs 7 June 2018 BERGEN

With a local expert guide, we take a walking tour of beautiful UNESCO-listed “Bryggen” by our hotel before a city driving tour and then visit to the lovely home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg. Then an exciting journey up Bergen’s “Fløibanen” funicular for stunning views over the city. This afternoon and evening at leisure to explore the picturesque port area and wonderful seafood markets of Bergen.         (BB)

Day 5 /  Fri 8 Jun 2018  BERGEN to FJORDLAND

Departing the coast, we join a local train and slowly climb to the scenic mountains at Myrdal. There we board the famed Flåm mountain train with majestic views of valleys and waterfalls as we descend to the pretty fjord village of Flåm itself. Free time for lunch before a fjord cruise to witness the natural beauty of the UNESCO listed Sognefjord, considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Travelling the world’s longest road tunnel, the 24km Lærdal-tunnel we make a quick photo stop at Norway’s best preserved Stave Church in Borgund to arrive in the quaint wooden village of Lærdal. (BB,BD)

Day 6 /  Sat 9 June 2018 – FJORDLAND to ALESUND

A short drive brings us to the fascinating new Glacier Museum with its spectacular panorama film and interactive exhibits. Nearby we arrive at the impressive Bøyabreen glacier for our lunch stop. Continuing on we travel alongside fjords and mountain to reach the picturesque coastal town of Ålesund, voted “Norway’s Most Beautiful City” for a relaxing two-night stay. (BB,BD)

ACCOMMODATION: 2 Nights Alesund – Scandic Alesund

Day 7 /  Sun 10 June 2018 – ALESUND

Firstly, a walking orientation tour of this impossibly picturesque coastal city including entry to the Art Nouveau Museum. We then travel under and over-sea via tunnels and bridges to visit the pretty Alnes Lighthouse from 1876 on the remote island of Godøy. The lighthouse is protected, and a relic of Norwegian coastal culture and affords striking views of the coastline and ocean. Upon return the rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure to explore this stunning city.  (BB)

Day 8 /  Mon 11 Jun 2018 – ALESUND to GEIRANGER

Leaving Ålesund, today we visit one of Norway’s most famous and spectacular sights, “The Troll’s Road”. Crossing fjords and climbing valleys to above the tree line we reach the top of “Trollstigen”. Time for views over the many hairpin bends of this remarkable road before we take the breathtaking journey down and up again. Shop and lunch at the visitor center before continuing back down the valley and across a fjord as we ascend to The Eagles Rd, high above Geiranger with breathtaking views of the Geirangerfjord. Descending into World Heritage Listed Geiranger we settle into our 4-star hotel above the fjord for our relaxing 2-night stay.     (BB,BD)

ACCOMMODATION: Geiranger 2 nights – Hotel Union Geiranger

Day 9 /  Tues 12 Jun 2018 GEIRANGER

This morning a spectacular fjord cruise seeing the stunning waterfalls and cliffs of this famed UNESCO area. Afterwards we take a fascinating and adventurous trip way up into the mountains to visit a secluded 300yo working goat farm nestled away in a high alpine valley.    (BB,BD)

Day 10 /  Wed 13 Jun 2018 GEIRANGER – LILLEHAMMER

Today we ascend out of Geiranger until reaching the hair-pinned road that climbs up to renowned Dalsnibba Peak at 1,500m with breathtaking 360˚ views of the Geirangerfjord and region. We then follow lakes, rivers and forests to the pretty town of Lom. We stop to see their 800-year-old Stave Church before continuing along the scenic “Peer Gynt” Valley, finally arriving in Lillehammer, site of the 1994 Winter Olympics where we take a breathtaking ride up the chairlift beside its Olympic ski jumps. This evening at leisure to explore the delightful wooden city of Lillehammer.       (BB)

ACCOMMODATION: Lillehammer 1 nights – Hotel Rica Viktoria Lillehammer

Day 11 / Thurs 14 Jun 2018 – LILLEHAMMER to FALUN

Farewelling Norway we enter Sweden and follow the route of their most famous ski-race, the Vasaloppet. Reaching the “Dala” region famous for their painted wooden toy horses, we visit a Dala horse factory and learn about this old Swedish tradition. Our hotel tonight is in Falun, famed for its copper mine that produces the paint for the traditional red houses of Sweden.    (BB,BD)

ACCOMMODATION: tba

Day 12 / Fri 15 Jun 2018 – FALUN to STOCKHOLM

Travelling through Dalecarlia, this morning we stop to view Sweden’s largest Dala horse before continuing to the historic city of Uppsala, seat of Scandinavia’s oldest university, for our lunch break. Visit the lofty Cathedral where the Swedish kings were once crowned. We then travel via Lake Mälaren to tiny, quaint Sigtuna, once the Viking capital and now boasting Sweden’s smallest City Hall. A short drive to our central Stockholm hotel before a unique “Viking Dinner” in the beautiful Old Town.   (BB,HD)

ACCOMMODATION: Stockholm 2 Nights – tba

Day 13 / Sat 16 Jun 2018 – STOCKHOLM

This morning with a local guide we visit the imposing City Hall with its Golden Room where the annual Nobel Prize presentation gala banquet takes place. Then cross into the medieval heart of the city to see the Cathedral and the Royal Palace plus the changing of the Royal Guard Parade. The rest of your day and evening is at leisure to explore the pretty “Gamla Stan”, the old town and shopping streets. (BB)

Day 14 / Sun 17 Jun 2018 – STOCKHOLM and OVERNIGHT CRUISE

Today we visit the Museum housing the incredible Vasa Galleon, which sunk on its maiden voyage in the 1600’s and not rediscovered in the archipelago until the 20th C. You then have a choice to visit either the delightful “Skansen” zoo and open-air museum or ABBA Museum. Moose, wolves and other typical Scandinavian animals as well as traditional Swedish cultural life. Later that afternoon we board our overnight cruise-ship to Helsinki. Departing in the late afternoon, we cruise out of the world’s most beautiful archipelago on our beautiful cruise ship. Those on the 14-day trip, sadly, your holiday ends as the group departs for Finland. Bon Voyage!  (BB)

ACCOMMODATION: Silja Line Cruise – A-Class Outside Cabins

Day 15 /  Mon 18 Jun 2018 – ARRIVE HELSINKI

A morning arrival into Finland’s capitol, Helsinki. Straight into a city tour with local expert guide to see this pretty city. This afternoon free-time to explore the city-centre and nearby markets around our central hotel.   (BB,BD)

ACCOMMODATION: Helsinki 2 Nights – Scandic Marina Hotel

Day 16 / Tues  19 Jun 2018 – TALLINN DAY-TRIP

Today we catch the 2hr fast-ferry across the Baltic to visit beautiful Tallinn, capitol of Estonia. Driving and walking tours of this beautifully preserved old city with local guide and free-time to explore. Tallinn is renowned as being the best-preserved Medieval City in Europe!   (BB)

Day 17 / Wed 20 Jun 2018 HELSINKI to ROVANIEMI

This morning we fly north to Rovaniemi located right on the Arctic Circle! An orientation tour and visit to the Arktikum center with it’s fascinating displays about life at and above the Arctic Circle. Afterwards, we get up-close-and-personal with some reindeer at a local reindeer farm before an included dinner in our central hotel.               (BB,BD)

ACCOMMODATION: Rovaniemi 1 Night – Scandic Rovaniemi

Day 18 / Thurs 21 Jun 2018 – ROVANIEMI to IVALO

A relaxed morning as we take a visit to see Santa at his “home” in Rovaniemi’s Santa Park before heading northward through lovely Finnish countryside. We visit Kekkonen National Park centre and take in stunning views over the region from the lookout at Kaunispää by Sääriselka ski resort. Tonight a relaxed evening in Ivalo. (BB,BD)

ACCOMMODATION: Ivalo 1 Night – Hotel Ivalo

Day 19 / Fri 22 Jun 2018 – IVALO to HONNINGSVAG

Heading past Inari we cross the border into Norway! We stop in Karasjok, home to the Sami Parliament of Norway and here we have a guided tour of the Sami Museum. Continuing northwards along the spectacular coastal drive up to pretty Honningsvåg for a two-night stay. After dinner we visit the fascinating Nordkapp Visitor Center set upon it’s 300m cliff-top before (fingers crossed!) seeing the Midnight Sun from the most northern point in Europe!                    (BB,BD)

ACCOMMODATION: Honnigsvag 2 Nights – Scandic Honnigsvag

Day 20 /  Sat 23 Jun 2018 – HONNINGSVAG

Today we take an adventurous boat trip out on an Arctic Circle Safari-Cruise to see the wondrous variety of birds and animal life that exist in these northernmost reaches. Puffins, eagles, gannets, kittiwakes and many other species living and nesting in the spectacular and remote Gjesværstappen islands by Gjesvær village. (BB,BD)

Day 21 / Sun 24 Jun 2018 – HONNINGSVAG to ALTA

Today we make the scenic journey southwards until reaching the small northern city of Alta. Firstly, we visit the site of the Alta ice-hotel for a lunch and information about this remote part of Norway. Afterwards an exhilarating boat ride on the Alta River, famed for its salmon fishing. Then a fun visit to a working husky sled-dog center to learn about this traditional form of transportation and to meet these friendly and exciting dogs! Tonight a highlight dinner with local Sami in their “lavvu” (Sami tent)!  (BB,L,HD)

ACCOMMODATION: Alta 1 Night – Scandic Alta

Day 22 / Mon 25 Jun 2018 – ALTA to OSLO

This morning, we visit a unique slate mine to learn about this fascinating local industry with views over Alta. Afterwards our flight south to Oslo and upon arrival, a city tour and visit to Frogner park with it’s fascinating Vigeland Sculptures. The evening is free to explore this pretty capitol from our top Oslo central hotel!                                            (BB)

ACCOMMODATION: Oslo 2 Nights – Grand Hotel Oslo

Day 23 / Tues 26 Jun 2018 – OSLO

Firstly, we visit the amazing and unique Viking Ship Museum with local expert guide. Then a sightseeing tour that takes us to the impressive “Fram” Icebreaker and Polar Explorations Museum as well as a visit to the fascinating Kon-tiki Museum to see Thor Heyerdahl’s balsa raft from his 1940’s Pacific trip. Tonight a trip to the incredible Holmenkollen ski jump and dinner with views over the Oslofjord. Time to recount all the adventures of the last 23 days on our last evening of the trip!     (BB,HD)

Day 24 / Wed 27 Jun 2018 -END  OSLO

Our wonderful “Splendours of Scandinavia” adventure finishes after breakfast. Enjoy further time in Oslo or continue your holiday onto your next destination. Thanks for travelling with us and all the best with your onwards journeys!  (BB)

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DEPARTURES

4th June, 2018

PRICING

From $8,190 per person twin share (14-day tour)

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