Viking Capitals and Fabulous Fjords: Copenhagen, Bergen, Stockholm & More
- 12 Days
- 12 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 5,189
FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: It all starts in the city of fairy tales, Copenhagen. Continue across Denmark to Aarhus and from Denmark, by sea to Stavanger. Bergen and the fjords await you here, and soon you will carry on to the lovely capital cities of Oslo and Sweden.
Explore Scandinavia on this Locally Escorted Group Tour that includes specially selected accommodations, quality transportation, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Escort.
Start off in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, with one night’s accommodation. The following morning, enjoy a tour of the city and see all the major attractions of Wonderful Copenhagen including the old canal area of Nyhavn with its picturesque houses and boats, Tivoli Gardens, the royal residence of Amalienborg Palace, the Royal Danish Opera with its splendid panoramic view, the Danish Parliament, Christiansborg, Rosenberg Castle and of course the statue of the Little Mermaid.
Later the same day, board the overnight ferry bound for Oslo in Norway. On arrival in Oslo, have a tour of the city which includes the Opera House situated right on the Oslo fjord where you will spend some time on the terrace area before heading off to Bygdoy Island. Unique Vigeland Park here is one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures with the open air sculptures of Gustav Vigeland. The tour ends downtown where you will have some free time to explore the Viking capital on your own. Afterwards, depart from Oslo and travel through landscapes of the pine forests and lakes of the Hallingdal Valley. Eventually arrive at the small town of Geilo surrounded by mountains and famous for its ski facilities. Stay overnight here.
The following morning, head to the impressive Hardangerfjord, the third longest fjord in the world which supports a busy salmon industry exported across the world. Travel across the newly opened Hardanger Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. Arrive in Bergen, commonly thought to be Norway’s most beautiful city and have an afternoon tour which includes St. Mary’s Church, Haakon's Hall, the colourful and picturesque fish markets and the old Bryggen area district. This is the only surviving trace of the Hanseatic League, the trade alliance that once spanned Northern Europe all the way into Russia. Overnight in Bergen.
Spend the next morning at leisure before departing for the historic town of Voss with its stunning background of snow-clad mountains. After a short break here, continue to the Naeroy Valley and Stalheim for overnight.
Then it’s off down the Naeroy Valley to Gudvangen. Here, board a ferry for a breath-taking crossing along the Aurland & Naeroy fjords which are branches of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. Disembark in the stunning village of Flam where you will have some free time. Take the opportunity to try the Flam Railway one of the most famous and breathtaking railway journeys in the world. Later, travel along the Aurlandfjord and have a photo stop at the Borgund Stave Church eventually arriving at Fagernes for overnight accommodation.
Then return the next morning to Oslo with the rest of the day free to explore the city. Oslo is often Scandinavia’s most underrated capital, but it is one that’s well worth getting to know.
Depart the following day and travel through Norwegian and Swedish forests arriving eventually in Stockholm, Sweden’s attractive capital where you will stay for 2 nights.
Included here is a tour of Stockholm which shows of the classical and modern architecture reflected in many of its interesting buildings. It is a city rich in culture and history. The heart of Stockholm is the Old Town known as Gamla Stan, the picturesque original city centre dating back to the 13th Century with its cobble stone streets, alleyways, quaint shops and palaces and home to several museums. Highlights on the tour include the Old Town with a visit to the City Hall where the Nobel festivities take place every year. Also visit Fjallgatan located high up on the edge of a cliff with a fantastic view of the city. The area around Fjallgatan is lined with well-preserved wooden buildings from the 1700’s on one side and the magnificent view on the other.
- 12 Days
- 12 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 5,189
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Arrival in Copenhagen
Upon arrival at Copenhagen Airport, you will be met and greeted by a local representative for your transfer to your hotel. At 18:30, you are invited to join the welcome cocktail reception where you will meet your fellow travelers and your Tour Director.
Accommodation: Skt Petri Hotel (or similar)
Following breakfast at the hotel, meet your local guide for a panoramic sightseeing tour of Copenhagen. The perfect introduction to “Wonderful Copenhagen,” begin by admiring the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street “Stroeget” begins, and soon after, pass by Tivoli Gardens, the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque and the National Museum. Drive by the Old Stock Exchange and the Naval Church, followed by Kings New Square, the home of the Royal Danish Theatre with its world-famous ballet, and the old canal area, Nyhavn, with is picturesque houses and boats. Continue to the impressive Gefion Fountain and the Royal residence, Amalienborg Palace. Finally, meet the landmark of Copenhagen, the statue of the Little Mermaid. During the tour, you can also delight in Christiansborg Palace from the outside, as well as Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels. The tour ends with a return transfer to your hotel. There are two optional activities on offer today (pre-booking required): “Copenhagen like a Dane” and a guided walk through Tivoli Gardens – please speak to your Destination Specialist for more information or to reserve.
Copenhagen, Odense and Aarhus
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then, at 9:00, depart Copenhagen towards Roskilde - the former capital of Denmark between 1200 and 1300. Roskilde has a long history, dating from the pre-Christian Viking Age. Its UNESCO-listed Gothic Cathedral now housing 39 tombs of the Danish monarchs was completed in 1275, becoming a focus of religious influence until the Reformation in the 13th century. After visiting Roskilde Cathedral, continue to Aarhus via Odense, birthplace of the famous Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. In Odense you will have some free time to enjoy the charming 3rd largest city in Denmark.
Before check-in to your hotel, enjoy a guided visit to Den Gamle By (The Old City) an open-air town museum located in the at the cities Botanical Garden in central Aarhus. In 1914, the museum opened as the world's first open-air museum of its kind, concentrating on town culture rather than village culture, and to this day, it remains one of just a few top-rated Danish museums outside Copenhagen, serving more than 400,000 visitors per year. Today the museum consists of 75 historical buildings collected from 20 townships in all parts of the country. The rest of the evening is at leisure, or join your Tour Director on a walking tour of center of Aarhus before enjoying dinner at one of the many great restaurants of the city. Denmark’s second largest city has a vibrant and cozy vibe due to its many students.
Accommodation: Scandic City Aarhus (or similar)
Aarhus, Hirtshals, Kristiansand and Stavanger
After breakfast at the hotel, depart from Aarhus towards the Hirtshals located in the very north of the Jutland Peninsula. At 11:45, you will depart by ferry to Kristiansand in Norway. Arriving in the early afternoon (14:00), you’ll travel from Kristiansand to Stavanger, Norway’s 4th largest city. The city's rapid population growth in the late 20th century was primarily a result of Norway's booming offshore oil industry. Today the oil industry is a key industry in the Stavanger region and the city is widely referred to as the Oil Capital of Norway. Your hotel is in the very center of Stavanger from which you can join your Tour Director on this evening pre-dinner walk in charming Stavanger. Evening at leisure.
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Atlantic (or similar)
|Meal Plan||Breakfast and Dinner|
Stavanger, Lysefjord and Bergen
Settle in for breakfast at your hotel, and at 10:00, set out for another day of discovery. This morning will be dedicated to exploring the majestic Lysefjord and its Pulpit Rock. Enjoy the fresh summer breeze while sailing through the magnificent Lysefjord. Board an electric boat and sail from downtown Stavanger to Lysefjord and Preikestolen. The 3 to 3.5 hour Lysefjord cruise will take you to Fantahålå (Vagabond’s Cave) to see where the “vagrants” hid from the sheriff in the old days. Not long after, you arrive at Preikestolen, where Tom Cruise climbed the sheer mountain face in the movie Mission Impossible 6. Continue to the towering Hengjanefossen waterfall, where the crew brings the bow so close to the falls that you risk getting your face doused with a delightful spray! Along the way, the tour stops to feed goats at a summer pasture in Lysefjord. They love visitors! With luck, you might see the occasional seal sunbathing on a rock. Depart Stavanger in the early afternoon towards Bergen. Driving along the Norwegian coast where the fjords and archipelago are connected by bridges and ferry crossings, the scenic transfer ends upon arrival to your hotel in Bergen. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Accommodation: Bergen Bors (or similar)
After breakfast, set out with the group to explore beautiful Bergen, capital of the Norwegian fjords. Bergen is Norway’s second largest city and one of the three university cities in the country. Experience the ambience of the Hanseatic port, Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the ride on the Funicular to the top of Mount Floien and admire the beauty of Bergen, located between seven Mountains. Pass by Mary St. Mary’s Church, Haakon’s Hall and the colorful and picturesque fish markets where you will enjoy a fish platter with local delicacies. Bergen’s Floibanen funicular in the heart of the city is one of Norway’s best-known attractions. The journey up to the peak of Mount Floyen (320 m above sea level) takes 5–8 minutes. The journey is an experience, cutting through the steep mountainside and forests, revealing more of the city below. At the top you can enjoy fantastic views over Bergen and Norwegian coastline. Optional activity (pre-booking required): Edvard Grieg ith Live Piano Concert (commencing right after the lunch at the Fish market; this optional activity is highly recommended) – please speak to your Destination Specialist for more information or to reserve.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast and Lunch|
Bergen, Gudvangen, Flaam, Borgund and Hemsedal
Following and early breakfast, depart from Bergen and travel to the Naeroy Valley amid a stunning background of snow-clad mountains. Enjoy a break with Norwegian waffles and breath-taking views down the valley from the Stalheim Hotel. Continue down the Naeroy valley to Gudvangen for a beautiful fjord cruise along the Naeroyfjord, one the narrowest and most impressive journeys in Norway. The western Norwegian fjord landscape with the Naeroyfjorden and Geirangerfjorden at the head was listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2005. According to UNESCO, the two fjords are considered archetypal fjord landscapes, almost untouched in modern times, and among the most scenic in existence. Your fjord experience has been designed with vessels constructed to maximize the sightseeing experience. They are fully electric with no noise or emissions disrupting the atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Here you will get the feeling of gliding through the fjord, very different from what you experience on the more traditional passenger vessels. Tall panoramic windows give a full view to the marvelous landscape of the calm fjord, tall mountains, and beautiful waterfalls when sitting inside the lounges. Disembark in the stunning village of Flaam where you will have some time at leisure. While there are two optional activities to choose from, you can also simply choose to enjoy a couple of hours at leisure in the village of Flaam. Alternatively, two optional activities are available (pre-booking required): Tour to the Stegastein Viewpoint or the Flamsbana train ride – please speak to your Destination Specialist for more information or to reserve.
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure for relaxation and enjoyment of the surroundings, and the spa facilities. In the evening meet your fellow travelers and enjoy a dinner with local delicacies. The Pool Club offers treatments, and it is always a good idea to make reservations prior to arrival to the hotel.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast and Dinner|
Hemseal to Oslo
After breakfast at the hotel, travel towards Oslo, leaving the mountains far behind. Upon arrival to Oslo, visit the famous and impressive Munch Museum where you can admire Munch’s masterpiece, The Scream. Please note: guiding is not allowed inside the museum, so this will be a self-guided activity. Visit the museum at your own pace, or enjoy a platter of seafood and Munch Deli and Café. In the early afternoon, your local guide will share the many beautiful spots of the Norwegian Capital including the spectacular view from the Opera house and Vigeland Park - one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures. You will also pass by the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan. The tour ends at your hotel at 16:00 hours, when you will check in. At 18:30, join your Tour Director for a walking tour to Akker Brygge. Here you will discover a lively, local vibe and are encouraged to try a local shrimp salad at one of the many cafés and restaurants.
Accommodation: Grand Hotel Oslo (or similar)
Oslo to Stockholm
Fuel up with breakfast at the hotel, then depart Oslo and head to Stockholm, passing Norwegian and Swedish forests through the region of Varmland, the home of many legends. A lunch will be served in Karlstad located by the Lake Vänern, and you will arrive in Stockholm by the end of the afternoon and check-in to your hotel. Soon after, join your Tour Director for a walking tour of the Swedish Capital. The rest of your evening is at leisure.
Accommodation: The Sparrow (or similar)
Settle in for breakfast at the hotel, then meet your local for a city sightseeing of the Swedish capital. The city is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges, and is often called the “Beauty on Water.” Stockholm embraces the unique character of both its 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture. Its islands are bordered by Lake Mälaren in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east where the archipelago, with its 30,000 islands, await exploration. The capital is a big city with a small-town personality. Go back 750 years in time and feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town "Gamla Stan" as you wander through its narrow streets. The seven-hundred-year-old cathedral of Stockholm, seat of the archbishop, will be seen during your stroll through Old Town, where you will have the opportunity see Stortorget, the place where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. An inside visit is paid to one of the city’s best-known symbols, the City Hall with its Blue and Golden Halls, where the great Nobel banquet is celebrated every December. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own. Alternatively, consider joining in on today’s optional experience (pre-booking required): VASA Museum tour – please speak with your Destination Specialist for more information or to reserve.
Following a final breakfast, it is time for your adventure to come to an end. A local representative will meet you for your transfer to the airport.
2023: June 8; July 6; August 10, 24; September 7
- 11 nights in first-class accommodations
- Escorted small group tour (max 24 guests) with dedicated English-speaking tour director
- Ferry crossing from Denmark to Norway
- Fjord Cruise in Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock
- Fjord Cruise with panoramic E-boat in Naeroy Fjord
- Visit to Flaam
- All touring by private coach, with air-conditioning and WIFI
- Guided tours with local guides in Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo and Stockholm
- Walking city tours in Stavanger, Oslo and Stockholm
- Guided visits to Roskilde Cathedral in, Den Gamle By in Aarhus, the Munch Museum in Oslo, the City Hall in Stockholm
- Arrival transfer from Copenhagen Airport*
- Departure transfer to Stockholm Airport*
- Porterage service at ferry crossings and hotels
- Breakfast daily (excluding Day 1), 2 lunches, 2 dinners, welcome cocktail
* Regular Arrival Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfers from the Airport in Copenhagen and to the Airport in Stockholm and only on the published official date of beginning and end of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Via Hansa and Borealis and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur. This transfer service is not valid for passengers with pre/post nights or passengers who require private transfers – for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved for these passengers. Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase and 1 pieces of hand luggage per person.
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Items of a personal nature
- Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
- Luggage services at piers if applicable
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.
7 Sep 2023