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Best of Scandinavia & Norway Cruise

(17 days / 16 nights)

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THE ULTIMATE LAND & SEA TRIP

This 17-day Scandinavian tour shows you the best of Nordic city culture followed by the famous Norway in a Nutshell tour, and a supremely scenic 7-day Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage up to the Arctic Circle. Explore the modern, yet historical capital cities of Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo by land and sea as you cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo and explore these enchanting cities by foot. Then you will spend 7 days cruising the Norwegian coastline where you will visit both big towns and small fishing villages, cross the arctic circle and experience diverse nature, deep fjords, and UNESCO protected areas.

17 days / 16 nights

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Approx 4657 EUR

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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the colorful capitals of Norway, Sweden & Denmark
  • Enjoy a full-board 7-day Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes
  • Board the Norway in a Nutshell® tour for breathtaking landscapes
  • Complete your adventure up north by sailing across the Arctic Circle
  • Discover quaint arctic towns like Trondheim and Tromsø in northern Norway
  • Fly from scenic Stockholm to captivating Copenhagen
  • Stroll through Norway’s grand capital, Oslo
  • Enjoy the charms of Swedish Fika in Gamla Stan (Old Town)
  • Relax by Copenhagen’s harbour at Nyhavn and visit the Little Mermaid
  • Enjoy exploring the capitals at your own time and joining optional guided tours of the cities

Travel style

Independent Tours i

Interest

Castles and Royalty i, City Break i, Culture and History i, Fjords i, Honeymoon & Romance i, Hurtigruten cruise i

Season

May - Sep

Departure

Daily

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your Nordic adventure.

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  • Day 1: WELCOME TO SWEDEN

    When you arrive at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, make your way to Stockholm city centre. Many travellers opt to take the express train to Stockholm Central Station, but we also offer direct private transfers. After settling in at your hotel, spend the day exploring the beautiful city. Stroll the well-known street Drottninggatan where you can shop and feel the vibe of the capital city. Go for a walk in the surrounding area of Östermalm, where you will find interesting shops, cafés, and restaurants for a perfect introduction to Scandinavian culture. It could be fun to pick a cafe and experience Swedish „fika“, an afternoon tea or coffee.

    Spend the night in Stockholm.

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  • Day 2: THE CHARMS OF SWEDISH CULTURE

    Today you will explore the heart of scenic Stockholm. We recommend exploring the capital by foot, visiting attractions such as the Old Town (Gamla Stan), where you will find the Royal Palace, the parliament, old churces, beautiful cobble stone streets and medieval houses.

    After some time at Gamla Stan, you can take a short ferry ride to the nearby island Djurgården, a cultural oasis with something for everyone. Here you will find the kitschy Abba Museum, the Nordic Museum, the Gröna Lund amusement park, and the Skansen open-air museum. It is ideal to spend the afternoon here, exploring the grounds and many attractions.

    Spend the night in Stockholm.

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  • Day 3: TRAVEL FROM STOCKHOLM TO LOVELY COPENHAGEN

    Today you will take a short flight to Copenhagen. After settling in at your hotel, go for a walk along the enchanting old harbour area of Nyhavn, where you will see colourful houses and lively restaurants among the docked boats. Walk the narrow side streets, visit some shops and try out the traditional Danish open-faced sandwich, Smørrebrød. In the evening, visit the amusement park Tivoli Gardens, which has something for everyone. It’s a lovely place to admire the architecture and gardens and to enjoy some carnival rides. 

    Spend the night in Copenhagen.

    *For those interested, we offer the option of travelling by train instead of flight between Stockholm and Denmark. For more details click the optional activities.

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  • Day 4: A DAY IN CAPTIVATING COPENHAGEN

    You have the whole day to explore Copenhagen. We recommend seeing the city by foot, visiting landmarks including Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace, and the famous Little Mermaid statue. An optional cruise from the harbour is also highly recommended as you can appreciate the architecture and beauty of the city by water.  Next, stroll Ströget street for some shopping and grab something to eat at Torvehallerne food hall.

    Spend the night in Copenhagen.

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  • Day 5: SET SAIL FOR NORWAY

    Spend the morning touring Copenhagen. Some interesting attractions include the observatory of The Round Tower, the most famous church in Copenhagen, Church of Our Saviour, as well as the impeccable King’s Garden, and the regal Rosenborg Castle. In the late afternoon, it’s time to board your cruise to Oslo, which sails gently up the Kattegat Sund on its way to Norway’s capital city. You can enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants, check out the entertainment on board or just relax and watch the sunset from the deck.

    Spend the night on the cruise.

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  • Day 6: ENJOY ENCHANTING OSLO

    After the cruise ship docks, get ready to see the best of Oslo. The city is quite walkable and recommend exploring by foot and the convenience of public transport. Notable attractions include the beautiful Vigeland Sculpture Park, Viking Ship Museum, Fram Polar Ship Museum and spending some time along the beautiful harbour area. Other interesting stops include the Munch MuseumRoyal PalaceAkershus Fortress, and Oslo City Hall.

    Spend the night in Oslo.

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  • Day 7: NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL - THE FLÅM RAILWAY

    Get ready for the spectacular Norway in a Nutshell® railway journey towards Bergen, with an overnight stop in Flåm. This train ride takes you over Norway’s “mountainous rooftops”, through charming villages like Gol and Geilo, before reaching Myrdal, where you’ll switch trains to the famous Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana) for an incredible ride to the beautiful village of Flåm. Enjoy a relaxing day in Flåm, where you can follow one of the many hiking trails in the mountains around the village, or participate in an optional activity, such as kayaking, fjord sightseeing or visiting the Stegastein platform.

    Spend the night in Flåm.

    We recommend booking luggage transfer for the travel between Oslo and Bergen.

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  • Day 8: NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL TO BERGEN

    Spend the morning at leisure, either relaxing at the hotel or taking a walk along the fjord. Around noon, you’ll board a boat to sail through Aurlandsfjord into the World Heritage-listed Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in all of Europe. This is perhaps the most beautiful arm of Sognefjord, with its mighty waterfalls and small farms clinging to the steep mountainsides. The boat docks in Gudvangen, from where you’ll be transported by bus up Stalheimskleiva, Northern Europe’s steepest stretch of road. After a thrilling ride around 13 hairpin bends and a brief pause to enjoy the view, you will continue to Voss to board the train for the last stretch of the journey to Bergen.

    Spend the night in Bergen.

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  • Day 9: THE CAPITAL OF THE FJORDS

    Despite being an international city, Bergen, “The Capital of the Fjords”, has all the charms of a small town. Here you’ll find Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with remarkably preserved old houses, a lively fish and flower market, cable cars offering stunning views, great museums and more. We recommend riding the Fløibanen Funicular to Mount Fløyen to enjoy the panoramic views over the city or a cable car up Mt. Ulriken. Bergen is also known for its museums dedicated to history about trade and fisheries, architecture, music and contemporary art.

    Spend another night in Bergen.

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  • Day 10: HURTIGRUTEN COASTAL VOYAGE

    Enjoy the early part of the day exploring Bergen. In the evening, you’ll enter the next stage of your journey as you embark on the Norwegian Coastal Voyage with Hurtigruten. Norway’s dramatic 2,000-kilometre west coast is one of Europe’s great attractions, and for more than 100 years, this popular journey has been offering travellers a unique combination of history, culture and incredible views.

    After your fjord cruise sets sail, you will enjoy a tasty Norwegian dinner buffet consisting of the best ingredients from the coast and you can spend the rest of your evening at leisure. Onboard you’ll stay in a comfortable outside cabin with private facilities. 

    Spend the night on board Hurtigruten.

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  • Day 11: ÅLESUND & GEIRANGERFJORD

    You will continue your scenic coastal voyage today from Florø to Molde. This morning, you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. As the ship sails past the West Cape, you will enter the open ocean before reaching Ålesund, which is known for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture.

    From 2 June – 1 September, the ship sails to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Geirangerfjord, where you will see 800-metre high mountains and wondrous waterfalls like the Seven Sisters and the Bridal Veil. In this season, travellers can choose to stay in Ålesund for a few hours or join a cruise to Geiranger, which we highly recommend.

    Spend the night on board the ship.

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  • Day 12: HISTORIC TOWN OF TRONDHEIM

    Early in the morning, the ship pulls in to the historic city of Trondheim. Here you will have about 3.5 hours to explore the city on your own or take an optional sightseeing tour. Trondheim is the original capital of Norway, and until the 16th century, the city was known as Nidaros. Here you will find Nidaros Cathedral, which is one of Scandinavia’s largest buildings from the Middle Ages, along with tiny, picturesque old wooden houses. From Trondheim, the ship sails on to Rorvik, where the southbound and northbound coastal ships meet.

    Spend another night on board the ship.

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  • Day 13: OVER THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

    Today you will cross the Arctic Circle while enjoying spectacular sights, including islands and skerries with interesting rock formations jutting out of the deep waters. The ship will dock in Bodo for 2.5 hours, which is a lovely place to wander, catching glimpses of sea birds and rolling nature.

    In the evening, the ship will make a 1-hour stop in Svolvær, Lofoten, a small, picturesque fishing village with a charming Scandinavian atmosphere. You can take a stroll between stockfish racks and traditional fishermen huts called ‘rorbuer’, and for people that wish to spend more time in Lofoten, optional shore excursions are available.

    Spend another night on board the ship.

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  • Day 14: TROMSØ, “PARIS OF THE NORTH”

    In the morning, you’ll pass Risøyhamn, Harstad, and Finnsnes before sailing across the Vagsfjord to a magnificent archipelago in the north. Later today, the ship stops in Tromsø, the main event of the day, where you will explore the lively town in northern Norway. Nicknamed "the Paris of the North”, this city was a major port of call for Arctic expedition and hunting ships in the 19th century--a part of history that is still evident here. Throughout the year, you can join guided hikes and discover more of Tromsø and its surroundings. After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, you will board the ship and continue your northbound journey.

    Spend another night on board the ship.

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  • Day 15: THE BEAUTY OF THE NORTH CAPE

    Finnmark's landscape and wildlife is not to be missed. Scores of puffins and gannets along the cliffs and pods of Orca hunting for herring make for a unique experience. The ship stops at Honningsvåg today, and we recommend that you board a bus for a short optional excursion to the famous North Cape. In the summer, you may see herds of grazing reindeer and small camps belonging to the indigenous Sámi people. After this shore stop, the ship navigates east toward the pretty fishing villages.

    Spend another night on board the ship.

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  • Day 16: KIRKENES - LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN

    Enjoy one last breakfast at sea before the ship docks in Kirkenes around 9:00 this morning. This Arctic town lies on the borders of Russia and Finland and is home to some 3,300 inhabitants, including the Sámi, the native people of Lapland. For such a small town, Kirkenes offers an impressive range of things to see and do, and the rest of the day is free for you to try out an optional excursion or just relax in the town. It is here that your cruise up north comes to an end.

    Spend the night in Kirkenes.

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  • Day 17: RETURN TO OSLO & DEPARTURE

    After an incredible time in the north, it's time to head home today. Your tour ends at Kirkenes Airport, where you will fly to Oslo-Gardermoen Airport at noon, connecting to your flight back home.

    Note: If you do not have enough time between flights, or you would like more time to explore the capital, an additional night in Oslo can be added to your package. Please contact your travel consultant for details.

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort

Rooms with private shower or bath and WC. These are in three-star hotels and are all centrally located within towns. All provide ..

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Quality

Rooms with private shower or bath and WC. These are in four-star hotels and are all centrally located within towns. All hotels pro..

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Approx 4657 EUR

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Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

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Tour Information

We recommend that all Nordic Visitor travellers read through the following information about our self-guided tours, travelling with the DFDS ship, boarding flights or trains, and other useful information for your travels.

OUR SELF-GUIDED TOURS
This is an independent, self-guided tour. All accommodation, flight, cruise and ferry tickets (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor, but travellers are ultimately responsible for getting to hotels and to any airport train or ferry departure points by the specified times.

DFDS CRUISE
The overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo includes cabin accommodation (comfort or quality cabin with windows) with private facilities, and breakfast is included. There are two ships operating the route, Pearl Seaways and Crown Seaways, and each ship can accommodate approx. 1800 passengers. On board you find restaurants, bars and activities.

  • Departure from Copenhagen: 16:30
  • Arrival in Oslo: 09:45
     

FLIGHT FROM STOCKHOLM TO COPENHAGEN
Included in the package is a flight between Stockholm and Copenhagen. The direct flight takes approximately 1h10 min. Baggage allowance per person is 20kg per checked bag and 8 kg per carry-on bag. Most days offer flights at mid-day but in some cases, you may be booked on a morning or evening flight. Your travel consultant will book the best option for your travel dates. Please note that airport transfer from your hotel in Stockholm to the airport is not included nor the train from Copenhagen airport to the hotel. We recommend Arlanda Express Train, a short 18-minute train ride to the airport from city center.
 

WOULD YOU RATHER TAKE THE TRAIN?
If you prefer to travel from Stockholm to Copenhagen by rail instead of flying, we would be happy to arrange that for you. In the summer months, the trains conduct track maintenance and there might be changes in the route and extending the journey from the standard duration of 5 hours and 10 minutes. The train tickets might not be bookable until 30 days prior departure. In the meantime, we will book the rest of the travel arrangements for you. Please select the train option during the booking steps online.

NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL® TOUR
Included is the famous Norway in a nutshell tour, from Oslo to Bergen, where you will be travelling by train, bus and ferry among scenic landscapes and charming villages. This journey is a combination of train, cruise and bus. Transfer points and connections are easy to find and clearly marked or announced. You will receive a ticket with information about transfer points and timing with your final travel documents. Here is the information regarding the estimated departure time along with the approximate duration of the journey.
 

Journey to Flåm:

  • Departure from Oslo Central Station: 08:11 - Arrival in Flåm Village: 14:25
  • Duration: 6 Hours & 15 Minutes

Journey to Bergen:

  • Departure from Flåm: 11:00 - Arrival in Bergen: 17:00
  • Duration: 6 Hours

There are places to store your luggage whether you are travelling by bus, train or ferry. Be aware that if you do not book in advance optional luggage transfer, you have to carry your luggage yourself from train to bus to boat etc.

HURTIGRUTEN CRUISE
The cruise includes the best available outside cabin (unspecified cabin with windows/port holes) with private facilities, and included meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). The fare is in the BASIC price structure, so cabin number/grade and dining time will be assigned onboard. If you wish to choose your cabin number and dining time, you can upgrade your fare to SELECT.

All ships have restaurants, a cafeteria, laundry room, WIFI and onboard activities. The Hurtigruten Coastal voyages are not like conventional cruises as there are 11 different ships that vary in size and age that sail the Norwegian coast on different dates. Optional shore excursions are available onboard, and we recommend that you pre-book them (can be done until 4 weeks prior to arrival depending on availability).

DOMESTIC FLIGHT – KIRKENES TO OSLO
Included is a flight from Kirkenes to Oslo that will depart around noon and arrive in Oslo around 14:00. Please make sure that your connecting flight home is in the evening or plan to spend an additional night in Oslo. There are only two flights from Kirkenes each day, one departing around noon and one leaving in the evening. Flight time depending on availability.

WHAT TO PACK

  • If booking the additional luggage transfer - an overnight bag in Flåm
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves, hat and scarf
  • Camera
  • Lip balm and moisturiser
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
     

DEPOSIT PAYMENT
As this tour includes railway, flight and cruise tickets along with other non-refundable services we charge upon booking a 50% non-refundable deposit. For more information - click here

CURRENCY RATE
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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