Scandinavia

Norway, Denmark and Sweden

Tour Highlights

Scandinavia is one of the most spectacular regions of the world, with a wonderful variety of sights and experiences to offer.  
There are  beautiful, vibrant cities with cultural and historic interest, majestic fjords, stunning coastlines and scenic countryside. These features, which happen to be in countries with the highest standards of living in the world, make Scandinavia a truly wonderful travel destination.

Our tour begins in Sweden and the welcoming capital city of Stockholm, spread out on 14 islands with Lake Malar on one side and the Baltic Sea on the other. Of course we will tour the city, and also enjoy an excursion to Sigtuna, the old capital of Sweden and now a picturesque town on the shores of Lake Malar.  

From Sweden we travel to Norway where our sightseeing will include charming Bergen, a spectacular rail journey on the Flam Line, and inland to experience Norway’s breath-taking mountains, deep valleys, spring waterfalls and clear lakes. In Norway’s capital, Oslo, we will see the important sights and also learn the history of the Vikings and brave Norwegian explorers during our visit of the local museums. 

From Oslo we take an overnight ferry to Denmark, the smallest and most continental of the Scandinavian countries, with its cosmopolitan capital city of Copenhagen. Our journey here will take us along the scenic coastline to the North Sealand region - a place of natural beauty as well as the home of Frederiksborg Castle, built by King Christian IV in the 17th century and now housing the National History Museum with its treasure of paintings, tapestries and porcelain.

*** Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for Stockholm with a change of planes in Munich.
We arrive in Stockholm and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free until this evening’s Welcome Dinner.
Stockholm is built on 14 islands connected by 53 bridges, and so this beautiful city is known as the “Venice of the North”. On our tour we see the Old Town with its fascinating narrow cobble-stoned alleys, the Royal Palace and the Cathedral. We also visit the impressive City Hall where the annual Nobel Prize festivities take place.
We depart for Sigtuna, once the capital of Sweden and today a picturesque small town situated on the shores of Lake Mälaren. We will have some free time to enjoy the town before continuing to Karlstad for our overnight.
We cross into Norway and visit Lillehammer, home of the 1994 Olympics, to see the impressive ski jump and enjoy a stroll in this charming town. Then we continue to the small town of Fagernes for our overnight.
Today will be a highlight of the tour as we take an incredibly scenic fjord cruise to fairy-tale Flam, situated in the innermost section of Aurlandsfjord - a tributary of the long and deep Sognefjord. After some time to explore the village we will board the historic Flam Railway - one of the steepest standard-gauge railway lines in the world, which will take us up to the high mountain station of Myrdal. Then we continue to Bergen for a 2-night stay.
Norway’s second largest city and capital of fjord country, Bergen sits ideally between the mountains and the sea. Our city tour shows us the Hanseatic timbered houses with pointed gables facing the harbour (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Troldhaugen - home of the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. The afternoon is free to explore the bustling Fish and Flower Market or the famous Bryggen area. You may want to take the funicular to the top of Floyen Mountain for amazing views of Bergen Harbour, North Peninsula and Askoy Island.
We cross the Hardanger Bridge - one of the largest suspension bridges in the world. Then we drive along the spectacular Hardangervidda - home to one of Norway’s largest glaciers, which offers spectacular views of stunning glacial lakes that mirror the blue skies and soaring mountains. Later we arrive at the beautiful mountain region of Geilo.
We head for Oslo, enjoying en route the alpine region with its spring waterfalls and crystal clear lakes. We will visit the amazing Heddal Stave Church, built in the 13th century and the largest in Norway, before arriving in Oslo.
Our city tour of the Norwegian capital shows us the Royal Palace, the National Theater, the new Opera House, the Parliament and medieval Akershus Fortress. We will enjoy a pleasant stroll through Frogner Park with its controversial sculptures by Gustav Vigeland and visit the City Hall with its unique murals. The afternoon is free to explore this charming city at your own pace.
Morning at leisure in Oslo. This afternoon we drive to Bygdoy Peninsula to visit the Viking Ship Museum, and the Fram Museum which tells the incredible stories of Norwegian polar exploration. Our tour ends at the port where we board our overnight ferry to Copenhagen (dinner and breakfast on board, outside cabins). Be up on deck when we depart as we sail past hundreds of small islands.
We arrive in Copenhagen and embark on an excursion through the Danish countryside to visit Frederiksborg Castle. This 17th century castle now houses the National History Museum with its many treasures of art. We continue with a drive around Fredensborg Castle - the Queen’s summer residence with its lovely gardens, and then to the coast for a view of the magnificent Kronborg Castle, known as the castle of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Then we return to Copenhagen for our 2-night stay.
On our city tour of lively Copenhagen we see the ancient streets with their countless historic buildings, including Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Castle, the Danish Parliament, the Royal Opera House, the Little Mermaid, Gefion Fountainand the Nyhavn Canal with its charming outdoor restaurants. Afternoon at leisure. This evening is our Farewell Dinner.
We fly home, direct non-stop to Toronto.

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