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The Capitals of Scandinavia

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Scandinavia is a region of extraordinary natural phenomena and historic cities, just bursting with Nordic culture. From palaces to parks, castles to cruise ships, this intimate self drive tour will take you on a thrilling journey through Scandinavian kingdoms and their magnificent royal capitals, home to 21st century Kings and Queens.

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Castles and Royalty, Countryside and natural scenery, Culture and History, Family

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

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Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1:  Welcome to the capital of Sweden

    On arrival at Arlanda airport, you will be met and transferred to your comfortable hotel in the heart of the city. If you arrive early, we recommend getting 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.  A visit to the Vasa Ship Museum and the City Hall, with its famous Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year, is highly recommended.

    Spend the night in Stockholm.

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  • Day 2: A slice of Swedish countryside 

    After a traditional Scandinavian buffet breakfast, you will pick up your rental car and start your drive south. Drive through the pleasant countryside of Southern Sweden to the city of Kalmar, beautifully situated by the Baltic Sea. Visit the Kalmar Castle, strategically important to Swedish defence in the past.

    Spend the night in Kalmar. 

    Driving distance approx. 410 km.

    If your car rental pick up is on a Sunday or public holiday, please note that the car rental agency doesn´t open their office until 15:00 in the afternoon. We might be able to arrange pickups outside these hours against an extra fee or assist you in rearranging your tour to make it fit. Please contact us for details.

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  • Day 3: Kingdom of Crystal (Glasriket) 

    Drive around the ‘Kingdom of Crystal’ (Glasriket) and visit some of its most famous glassworks. There are more than 50 glassworks in this area, and many of them are open to visitors. You can find special gifts and souvenirs in many of the glasswork stores, which offer good prices.

    Spend the night in Ystad, with its many small, half-timbered houses. 

    Driving distance approx. 270 km.

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  • Day 4: Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen!

    Continue west. The drive takes us through the province of Skåne to the city of Malmö. Cross over the new Öresund Bridge and arrive in Denmark and the Royal capital, Copenhagen. Copenhagen hosts many sights, including the Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace (seat of the Danish Parliament), Hans Christian Andersen's statue, Gefion Fountain, the old harbour of Nyhavn, the famous Little Mermaid and many other popular sights. In the afternoon, we recommend a wander down the popular pedestrian shopping street, Strøget, or maybe a canal tour or visit to the famous Tivoli Garden. 

    Driving distance approx. 105 km.

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  • Day 5: Shopping and sunsets en route to Oslo

    After a tasty Danish buffet breakfast, you can take your pick of Copenhagen’s many shopping and sightseeing opportunities. In the late afternoon, you will board an overnight cruise to Oslo. The ship cruises gently up the Kattegat Sund on its way to Oslo. There’s both dancing and entertainment available and also a great opportunity to just relax and watch the sunset out on deck.

     

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  • Day 6: Meet the Vikings

    Sailing up the scenic Oslo Fjord, you will reach the Norwegian capital early in the morning, ready for a day of leisure. While in Oslo, we recommend you see the world-famous Viking Ships, the Polar Exploration ship Fram, the amazing Vigeland Sculpture Park and other famous sights.

    Spend overnight in Oslo.

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  • Day 7: Souvenirs fit for the royalty

    On your drive east from Oslo, make a stop at the Klässbols Linen Mill, which is open to visitors; here you’ll find quality linen goods for sale. Products from Klässbols are used by the Swedish Royal family, by Swedish embassies around the world, and by the hotels that accommodate the Nobel ceremony visitors. You will then pass the city of Karlstad, known as the city of sunshine, which lies on the river delta where two of Sweden’s great natural waterways meet; the 500 km long Klara River and the mighty Lake Vänern, with its archipelago of 22,000 islands. Where river meets lake, you can enjoy this unique delta environment on its hiking trails or on a boat trip. Karlstad is also home to Värmland’s Museum, containing the world’s premier exhibition of the Värmland artists, as well as international artists and a fascinating multimedia presentation of the province Värmland’s history. Continue east towards Örebro and don´t miss the 15 meters high Picasso sculpture in Kristinehamn, donated to the city by the artist in 1964.

    Continue to Örebro and spend the night.

    Driving distance approx. 330 km.

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  • Day 8: Castle and open air museum

    After breakfast, explore this little city and visit the 14th century Örebro Castle and walk through the Wadköping area. Wadköping area is an open air museum, with buildings and houses from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The houses and buildings were moved here to make room for new houses in the city.

    When ready, continue east back to Stockholm, where you will drop off your rental car and spend the night.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km.

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  • Day 9: Stockholm and departure day

    Enjoy one last Scandinavian breakfast before it is time to check out from your hotel. Transfer to Arlanda Airport is provided by private taxi. Passengers departing with the afternoon flight will have time for some last-minute shopping, a perfect way to end your holiday.

    Note: Extra days and activities in Stockholm before or after the tour can easily be added to this package; contact us for details.

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Map

Here’s a map of Scandinavia, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Steve, United Kingdom

The Capitals of Scandinavia, August 2015

Nordic Visitor Experience Outstanding!

We booked a combination trip to Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo with Nordic Visitor and we had a wonderful holiday. We cannot speak highly enough of the people we dealt with at Nordic Visitor and are now recommending them to everyone we meet. Their levels of professionalism and personal attention went way beyond our expectations and we will use them again. If going on this trip we recommend upgrading to first class rail travel and the commodore cabin on the ferry as these made the travel experience between cities very enjoyable. And if you want to experience the best smorgasbord ever then book a table at the Veranda restaurant at the Grand Hotel Stockholm, simply amazing!

Arkadiusz, Singapore

The Capitals of Scandinavia, December 2014

Winter in Lapland and the Capitals of Scandinavia

My wife and I wanted to sample two contrasting lifestyles of Scandinavia - the more rustic one of the Arctic circle and the urban quality of the cities. As nothing seemed to fully satisfy my needs I decided to contact Nordic Visitor and asked for advice. It turned out to be a great decision - their impressively broad offer was explained to me in exhaustive detail by a Nordic Visitor Travel Consultant who was also able to make suggestions when I requested for it. My final choice was a combination of two existing tours with certain modifications to suit all my needs. The care of all the details (including upgrades of the transport classes I decided to request for later) was taken by the Nordic Visitor Travel Consultant who did a fantastic job - everything was done promptly and worked impeccably throughout the entire tour. Nordic Visitor is highly recommended if you want to have a stress-free experience in booking your holiday and afterwards focusing on nothing more but on the enjoyment it brings.

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. Al..

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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 ..

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, in the rental car of your choice.

Toyota Aygo
or similar

  • x4
  • x4
  • x3
  • M

Toyota Aygo
or similar

  • Type: A
  • Passengers: 4
  • Luggage: 1
  • Doors: 3
  • Transmission: Manual

VW Polo
or similar

  • x4
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

VW Polo
or similar

  • Type: B
  • Passengers: 4
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

VW Golf
or similar

  • x4
  • x5
  • x3
  • M

VW Golf
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Passengers: 4
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Opel Mokka
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Opel Mokka
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Ford Mondeo
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • M

Ford Mondeo
or similar

  • Type: E
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual

Opel Astra
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x5
  • M

Opel Astra
or similar

  • Type: G
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Nissan Qashqai
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • M

Nissan Qashqai
or similar

  • Type: H
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Opel Insignia
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • M

Opel Insignia
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Opel Mokka (auto)
or similar (on request)

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • A

Opel Mokka (auto)
or similar (on request)

  • Type: K
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

VW Passat (auto)
or similar (on request)

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

VW Passat (auto)
or similar (on request)

  • Type: M
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Everything about this tour

If you would like to book this tour with an arrival date 4 weeks or less from today, please contact us for assistance.
 
Important Notes:
  • Some of the museums and attractions might only be open during peak season and on specific weekdays; contact us for details  
  • This is an independent, self-guided tour. All accommodations and train / 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 train / ferry departure points by the specified times. 
50% deposit required: This package requires a deposit payment of 50% of the total price at the time of booking since it contains certain travel arrangements. See details
 
Booking 
Recommended booking advance is three weeks minimum.
Extra nights to this package can be added on request. Recommended extra night: Stockholm and Copenhagen.
 
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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