Castles and Fjords in Scandinavia

(8 days / 7 nights)

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Experience the majesty of the North

This scenic, self-guided tour takes you across Sweden and Norway by train, all the way from Stockholm to the fjords. Along your journey, enjoy views of the idyllic Swedish countryside and Norway's mountainous interior, with overnight stays and free time for sightseeing in the cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg, Oslo and Bergen. Other highlights include a trip down the famous Flåm Railway and a boat ride through Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord.

Please note that availability for hotels in the city may be limited on certain dates due to professional conferences (congresses) or other major events. Therefore, we are not always able to guarantee accommodation in the heart of the city centre.

8 days / 7 nights

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Approx 1436 EUR

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

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  • Day 1: Welcome to the Capital of Sweden

    Your holiday begins at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport where you will be greeted and driven to your hotel in the heart of Sweden’s remarkable capital. For those who arrive early, we recommend buying My Stockholm Pass, which gives you free admission to a total of 75 experiences, free sightseeing tours, discounts to a number of restaurants, shops and much more.  Suggested attractions include the Vasa Ship Museum, the Royal Castle or City Hall’s famous Blue Hall, site of the annual Nobel Prize banquet.

    Spend the night in Stockholm.

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  • Day 2: Stunning Stockholm

    Use this day to explore more of magnificent Stockholm. We recommend a visit to the city’s charming Old Town with its narrow alleys and well-preserved medieval houses or a guided tour at the Viking mounds in nearby Uppsala. Enjoy the afternoon at Fjäderholmarna (summer only), the closest of Stockholm’s Archipelago islands, where you can join a guided tour, browse the local handicraft shops and perhaps enjoy an authentic Swedish dinner at your choice of restaurants.

    Spend another night in Stockholm.

  • Day 3: Railway Journey to Gothenburg

    Board the train for Gothenburg in the morning, and enjoy the scenery of central Sweden as you sit back and relax on this comfortable trip! After you have arrived and settled in at your hotel in Gothenburgs’s centre, we highly recommend a stroll along Avenyn, the main shopping and dining street.

    Spend the night in Gothenburg.

    Approx. duration of the train trip is 3 hours and 15 minutes.

  • Day 4: Free day in Gothenburg

    Spend the day taking in more of the sights in Gothenburg, Sweden's second largest city, perhaps with a guided canal or bus tour. To make the most of your day, we highly recommend getting the Gothenburg City Card, which provides free travel on the city trams and ferries as well as free admission to museums and other attractions, like the Liseberg amusement park.

    Spend another night in Gothenburg.

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  • Day 5: Awe-inspiring Oslo

    Today, board the train for Oslo, Norway’s magnificent capital. From your hotel conveniently located in the heart of the city, you have easy access to many of Oslo’s beautiful parks and top attractions, such as Bogstadveien, the main shopping street, where you can find a variety of restaurants and cafes for this evening.

    Spend the night in Oslo.

    Approx. duration of the train trip is 3 hours and 55 minutes.

  • Day 6: Memorable Journey to Bergen

    Get an early start to Oslo Central Station for today's adventure. The Bergensbanen railway, voted one of the 20 best in the world, winds though Norway’s breathtaking mountainous terrain on its way to Bergen, taking you through the charming villages of Gol and Geilo before a stop at Myrdal to switch trains. The next 20 km of the journey is on the famous Flåm Railway, taking you 900 metres down to the charming village of Flåm. From there, enjoy a boat ridethrough Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a bus ride up Stalheimskleiva, Northern Europe’s steepest stretch of road with 13 hairpin bends. After a short break to enjoy the view*, the bus continues to Voss so you can board the train again to Bergen**.

    Spend the night in Bergen.

    Departure Oslo: 08:11
    Arrival Myrdal: 12:39
    Departure Myrdal: 13:27
    Arrival to Flåm: 14:25
    Departure Flåm: 15:10
    Arrival Gudvangen: 17:30
    Departure Gudvangen: 17:45
    Arrival Voss: 19:00
    Departure Voss: 19:41
    Arrival Bergen: 21:08

    * Please note that the bus road up to Stalheimskleiva is only operated May-September. At other times the bus goes directly to Voss.** Please note that timings are preliminary and might change without notice.

    We recommend that you book luggage transfer for the Norway in a Nutshell part of your travel. Your luggage will be picked up in Oslo and will be waiting for you upon arrival in Bergen. Pack an overnight bag if you spend the night in Flåm. Price per item is €40.

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  • Day 7: History Comes to Life in Bergen

    Norway’s second largest city and “Capital of the Fjords” has no shortage of activities! Your centrally-located makes an excellent starting point for exploring the cultural and historical highlights of this must-see city. Visit Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which dates back 900 years as a major Hanseatic trading centre. You can also catch a glimpse of the local culture at the lively Fish Market or ride the Floybanen Funicular to Mount Floyen for an amazing panoramic view over the city. We also recommend an afternoon ride on the mini-train sightseeing tour around the city centre.

    Spend another night in Bergen.

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  • Day 8: Departure

    For transportation to Bergen-Flesland Airport, you can take the airport bus (Flybussen) from one of the various departure points in the city centre or you can take a taxi directly from your hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon, you have the opportunity for some last-minute shopping or a visit to one of Bergen‘s museums.


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