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Spectacular Scandinavia and its Fjords

Operated by: Insight Vacations

15 Days from $5,250 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Aerial view of Geirangerfjord, Norway

Countries Visited

Denmark, Sweden, Norway ...more Denmark, Sweden, Norway

Locations Visited

Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Lake Vattern, Stockholm, Sigtuna, Uppsala, Falun, Nusnas, Lillehammer, Lom, Geiranger, Fjaerland, Leikanger, Flam Railway, Bergen, Oslo ...more Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Lake Vattern, Stockholm, Sigtuna, Uppsala, Falun, Nusnas, Lillehammer, Lom, Geiranger, Fjaerland, Leikanger, Flam Railway, Bergen, Oslo
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Copenhagen

    On arrival at Copenhagen airport, your transfer will leave for your hotel at 09:00, 12:00 or 15:00. Then you will be at leisure to relax and settle in. At 17:30, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers and enjoy drinks and a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner. In the evening visit the glittering lights and enchanting atmosphere of the world-famous Tivoli Gardens.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen.
  2. Day 2 Wonderful Copenhagen

    A Local Expert will reveal the charm of Denmark's capital. Meet Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid gazing wistfully across the harbour and see Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Government. Continue to Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and Copenhagen Cathedral, where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. View the unusual Rundertaarn and enjoy an afternoon at your leisure, relaxing or exploring at your pace. Perhaps take an Optional Experience into the picturesque Danish countryside to see the castles of North Zealand?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen.
  3. Day 3 On to Gothenburg Relaxed Start

    Continue along Sweden’s west coast to the cosmopolitan port city of Gothenburg. On arrival, explore with your Local Expert and learn about the region’s culture and nautical history. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at Café Dickson. Enjoy traditional Swedish fika, coffee and cinnamon roll, at a community café.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Elite Park Avenue Hotel, Gothenburg.
  4. Day 4 Scenic farmlands of Sweden

    Enjoy views of the patchwork of fertile farmlands, as you journey along the shores of Vättern to the Swedish capital.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Stockholm Slussen.
  5. Day 5 Stockholm, City of Islands

    See the charms of Sweden's capital with your Local Expert. On Gamla Stan, start with the cathedral, the coronation palace of many Swedish kings and the Old Town, with some of the narrowest streets in the world and stroll through the courtyard of the Royal Palace. Visit the imposing City Hall to see its fabulous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall, with its walls covered in 18 million gilded mosaic tiles, and the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held. There's free time in the afternoon for you to explore at your own pace. Perhaps visit the fabulous Vasa Galleon, raised from Stockholm's harbour-bed in 1961 after sinking on its maiden voyage in 1628?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Stockholm Slussen.
  6. Day 6 Sigtuna, Uppsala and Falun

    Travel to Sigtuna on the shores of Lake Mälaren, it was once the Viking capital and now boasts Sweden’s smallest City Hall. Continue to the historic city of Uppsala, seat of Scandinavia’s oldest university. Meet Hans Odoo, a passionate local storyteller, who will share the fascinating history of the Carl Linneaus Garden on a guided tour. You’ll learn about Sweden’s first botanical garden and its 1300 species of flora and fauna. Travel to Falun, an old historic mining town. With your Travel Director see the Falun Copper Mine and the Great Pit, a vast crater created by an enormous mine collapse in 1687. In the evening, enjoy a delightful meal at Banken Restaurant, prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel First Grand Hotel Falun.
  7. Day 7 Lillehammer

    A scenic drive along the shores of Lake Siljan in the Dalarna region brings you to Nusnäs, home of the Dala horse. Meet the entertaining Olsson family who has passed the art of making wooden horses down through the generations and visit their workshop to witness a colourful wooden horse being made. Continue deep into the forested heart of Sweden to reach Sälen, Sweden’s largest alpine destination. It is known as the starting point for the world’s oldest and longest cross-country ski race, Vasaloppet, a 90 kilometre track that has been challenging skiers since 1922. Cross the border to Norway and pass Hamar with its Olympic ice skating rink known as the Viking Ship. Journey along the shores of Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake, to arrive at Lillehammer, home of the 1994 Winter Olympics.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Clarion Collection Hotel Hammer, Lillehammer.
  8. Day 8 Geiranger, Jewel of the Fjords Relaxed Start

    Journey northwest from Lillehammer, travelling through the countryside of 'Peer Gynt', immortalised by Ibsen. At Lom, visit the Norwegian stave church dating back to 1158. Continue along winding roads that pass waterfalls, rivers, ice fields, lakes and snow-capped peaks. For the next two nights you will stay in the scenic village of Geiranger, overlooking fjords and soaring mountains.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Hotel Union Geiranger.
  9. Day 9 Geiranger at Leisure Relaxed Start

    Enjoy a relaxed start and a day reserved for your leisure amongst the most breathtaking scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps join an Optional Experience for an incredible scenic drive along the amazing Troll's Road? The road itself was a masterpiece of engineering when it was built over 70 years ago and the spectacular views will leave you speechless.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Hotel Union Geiranger.
  10. Day 10 Fjærland and Fjordland Relaxed Start

    After a relaxed morning, take a scenic cruise through the Geirangerfjord. Your travels continue to the Bøya Glacier for a photo-stop. Explore Fjærland with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the interactive Norwegian Glacier Museum at the foot of the Jostedalsbreen, the largest icecap in continental Europe. Alternatively, take a walk through the village of Fjærland with a Local Expert and hear about life between the fjord and the glacier. Then enjoy a scenic drive onto your hotel in Leikanger. Delight in a dinner of fresh and locally sourced produce.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Leikanger Fjord Hotel.
  11. Day 11 The Flåm Railway to Bergen

    Cross the serene waters of magnificent Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway. Then embark on a spectacularly scenic journey aboard the Flåm Railway, ascending from sea level to 914 metres. Visit a family-run farm on the Hardangerfjord to hear how eight generations have farmed the land, producing fruit, berries and various jams, jellies, traditional spreads, cake and other delicious treats. Sample their fresh apple juice and homemade cider and enjoy a walk through the orchard. Travel on to your hotel in the historic port of Bergen.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen.
  12. Day 12 The Hanseatic port of Bergen Relaxed Start

    A Local Expert introduces you to Bergen. The ancient Hanseatic port city still largely looks to the sea for its living, as evidenced by the picturesque and lively Fish Market, set in a charming location in the heart of the city. The market also has stalls selling a colourful variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and souvenirs. After seeing the 13th century Haakon’s Hall, there will be time to explore all that this exciting town has to offer. Perhaps you might like to visit the home of composer Edvard Grieg, before ascend Mount Fløyen by the only funicular in Scandinavia?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen.
  13. Day 13 Mountains and Fjords to Oslo

    Travel along scenic and varied landscapes to Oslo, through some of Norway's most picturesque ski-resorts. Leaving the seaside town of Bergen, you will start heading inland among soaring mountains to reach the exceptional Hardangerfjord, also known as the Queen of the Fjords. Your journey continues climbing up to elevations of 1200m (3930ft) offering moon like scenery and passing some of Norway’s ski resorts on the Hardanger Plateau. After returning to lower areas you’ll be driving among dense forests before reaching the capital city of Oslo.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo.
  14. Day 14 Cosmopolitan Oslo Relaxed Start

    With your Local Expert, see the Royal Palace and the spires and ramparts of Akershus Castle, the 14th century fortress guarding the harbour. At Frogner Park, view the intriguing Vigeland sculptures. Exploe the area around the Opera House and see the strikingly modern architecture of Bjorvika neighbourhood. In the evening, round off your Scandinavian adventure with a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant. Over a glass of wine, toast to your travels with your newfound friends.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo.
  15. Day 15 Out of Oslo

    Departure transfers arrive at Oslo airport at 07:15 and 10:15.

    meals Breakfast
Spectacular Scandinavia Fjords Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Fjaerland: Visit the interactive Norwegian Glacier Museum, a Make Travel Matter experience. Experience an incredible journey through time at this interactive museum surrounded by striking glacial landscapes. Hear more about climate change and the natural environment in this spectacular national park centre. The Norwegian Glacier Museum is a leader in striving towards sustainability. The museum educates visitors about the climate crisis and what can be done to minimize impact. This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Change. Alternatively, take a walk through the village of Fjærland with a Local Expert and hear about life between the fjord and the glacier.
  • Fjaerland: Take a walk through the village of Fjærland with a Local Expert and focus on life between the fjord and the glacier.

Well-being

  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Travel Director

  • : "One thing I really love about showing guests about Norway is how people have lived and flourished for thousands of years in harsh, unforgiving yet, stunningly beautiful landscapes."
  • : "I decided to become a Travel Director because I love the joy of discovery. When people see a place they've dreamed about, tasted something they've only read about, and hear the music and stories of a place they're exploring, we all share a joyful creation of lifelong memories."

Authentic Dining

  • Copenhagen: Get to know your fellow travellers and Travel Director over a drink at your Welcome Dinner.
  • Falun: Savour a delightful meal at Banken Restaurant, prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.
  • Hardangerfjord: Hear all about the production processes and sample authentic apple cider at a traditional family-run fruit farm.
  • Oslo: Scandinavian hospitality is matched with fine food and a glass of wine at your Celebration Dinner.
  • Dining Summary: 14 Breakfast (B), 5 Dinner (D), and 2 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Top Rated Highlights

  • Copenhagen: Make the most of the long summer nights at the glittering Tivoli Gardens, the world-famous entertainment park, full of fantasy, fun and charm.
  • Copenhagen: With your Local Expert, view Christiansborg Palace and the cathedral where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. You'll also see Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and the unusual Rundertaarn, which is the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe.
  • Gothenburg: Learn about the region’s culture and nautical history with your Local Expert.
  • Stockholm: With your Local Expert, visit Gamla Stan to see the cathedral where Swedish kings have been coronated and wander the narrow streets of the Old Town.
  • Stockholm: With a Local Expert, step inside the City Hall where the fabulous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall is covered by 18 million gilded mosaic tiles. You'll also see the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held.
  • Sigtuna: Led by your Travel Director, see the tiny City Hall in the old Viking capital.
  • Falun: Discover the city of Falun, located in the heart of Dalarna County. See the Falun Copper Mine and the Great Pit, a vast crater caused by an enormous mine collapse in 1687.
  • Salen: Stop in this city known as the host to the world's oldest and longest cross-country ski race.
  • Lillehammer: Explore the town where the 1994 Winter Olympics were held.
  • Lom: Visit the Norwegian stave church dating back to 1158.
  • Geiranger: Enjoy an orientation of Geiranger to learn more about this small village and the surrounding Fjords.
  • Fjaerland: Take a walk through the village of Fjærland with a Local Expert and focus on life between the fjord and the glacier.
  • Geiranger: Cruise along the deep, blue waters of majestic Geirangerfjord, surrounded by snow-covered mountains, gushing waterfalls and lush green vegetation.
  • Fjaerland: Enjoy a photo-stop at the Bøyabreen Glacier.
  • Leikanger: Learn about this quaint little coastal town from your Travel Director.
  • Flam Railway: Journey on one of the world's steepest railways through tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountainside of the narrow Flåm Valley.
  • Bergen: With your Local Expert, see the many colourful stalls of the lively Fish Market and marvel at the 13th century Haakon's Hall.
  • Oslo: With your Local Expert, see Akershus Castle, Oslo Harbour and the Royal Palace.
  • Oslo: Take a moment to contemplate the interesting Vigeland sculptures when you visit Frogner Park.
  • Oslo: Stand beneath the scrolled prows and hand cut hulls of 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife and learn about their traditions and culture when you visit the Viking Ship Museum.

Make Travel Matter

  • Gothenburg: Enjoy traditional Swedish fika, coffee and cinnamon roll, at a community café located inside an old public library. It hosts a variety of associations supporting the local community with courses, such as computer or language skills enabling people living in poverty to gain recognition in the job marketplace. This experience supports UN Sustainable Development 10: Reduced Inequalities.
  • Fjaerland: Visit the interactive Norwegian Glacier Museum, a Make Travel Matter experience. Experience an incredible journey through time at this interactive museum surrounded by striking glacial landscapes. Hear more about climate change and the natural environment in this spectacular national park centre. The Norwegian Glacier Museum is a leader in striving towards sustainability. The museum educates visitors about the climate crisis and what can be done to minimize impact. This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Change. Alternatively, take a walk through the village of Fjærland with a Local Expert and hear about life between the fjord and the glacier.

Insight Experiences

  • Uppsala: Meet Hans Odoo, a passionate Uppsala local and storyteller, who will share the fascinating history of the Carl Linneaus Garden on a guided tour. You��ll learn about Sweden’s first botanical garden and its 1300 species of flora and fauna.
  • Nusnas: Try your hand at whittling after an amazing demonstration by the Olssen family, who have practised the art for generations. Snap a selfie with the handcrafted horses that stand outside.

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Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Service
I didn’t make the reservation, my traveling friend did. I really have no way of rating it
Vacation
The tour director was excellent. I was disappointed in Some of the accommodations
Pamela Hendry
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Service
Initial travel specialist was very good but he left the company. Right before the trip, another contact person reached out and provided email info but when I contacted him for a specific question, I never received a call back from him.
Vacation
Wonderful locations, hotels and optional experiences. Excellent travel director who was very knowledgeable about each of the countries.
John W.
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Service
In general, we were very pleased with all the arrangements and the Insight Tour we were booked on was great. After a couple of discussions, GET's airline section found a great combo of some time-saving flights at excellent prices to get us to Europe and back. Our primary GET representative handled that well, but he was pokey in responding to some emails and calls we had placed to him along the way. Nonetheless, GET & Insight will be our first stop for future trips.
Vacation
Our tour director, Chad Hartin, was exceptional and everyone on the tour agreed -- he was informative, engaging and made sure everyone had a good time. The itinerary was most interesting and Insight had planned good destinations and stops. The bus was very comfortable and our driver Arpad did a great job of moving us around. This was our first Insight tour, but some veterans of many previous tours said ALL of their Insight tour directors were first-rate. It's good to know that there might be others like Chad on future tours. We'll be back...
Trusted Customer
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Service
Tour guide told to many personal stories...needed better options for dinners and lunch. Not 7-elevens. Certainly not what we considered a premium tour.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest feedback. We appreciate you letting us know about your experience with the Travel Director and the meals. Both of these items have been forwarded to management for immediate review.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Vacation
Not the premium quality what I thought we were getting.
Thomas Marshall
Sunday, October 1, 2017
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They were responsive to my questions. The Insight Tour Director was excellent; very knowledgeable & personable. The driver was also excellent; very professional.
Vacation
Overall very well done, but on the negative side we were unable to stay in Bergen (one of the highlights) due to a race that had been planned for over a year. Insight should have been aware and either booked our hotel earlier or at least told us before leaving on trip so that we had option of taking an earlier trip. Some of the bus trips were all day & it would have been better if they could have been broken up even if that meant more days & higher cost.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, September 7, 2017
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From the 1st contact with David I felt like he had a genuine desire to help me make this an great experience. He gave excellent advice and was very helpful throughout the process.
Vacation
The itinerary was well thought out. It was comprehensive but fast moving and quite seamless. There was a good mix of history, culture, architectural jewels, and the present day with gorgeous scenery almost around every corner. Amanda showed great knowledge and enthusiasm which helped our group to have a wonderful time. She was very professional and adjusted schedules well when outside factors caused timing issues.
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Sunday, September 3, 2017
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Good guide
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Pretty area; too much bus drive
Trusted Customer
Monday, August 28, 2017
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We dealt with David at GET. He was very helpful an easy to deal with. We called a couple of times from when we booked to the actual departure date and he was always more than willing to help us out. The tour was truly spectacular. Our paperwork came as promised and was complete. Also, he made sure during the booking process that we received all of the discounts that were available to us. I would use GET again for another adventure.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review - we're very lucky to have David with us at GET and we're glad he made your vacation stress-free. We hope you had a wonderful time in Scandinavia and we look forward to helping you plan your next adventure! 
Monday, August 28, 2017
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We went on a really fun and active tour of Scandinavia. The tour director, bus driver, sites and optional tours were all top notch. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see this beautiful region of the world - Scandinavia!
Kathleen Smith
Friday, August 11, 2017
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This was one of the most beautiful tours we have ever taken. The scenery was spectacular, the tour director was fabulous, and the driver was incredibly skilled. The lovely hotels were in the center of town, so it was easy to get around on our own when we wanted to. It was an active tour but not too much for the older travelers in our group.
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Excellent price for the tour we received. Lovely hotels. Amazing scenery. one of the best tours we have taken out of 7 with GET.
Trusted Customer
Friday, August 11, 2017
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Excellent trip to Scandinavia with your sister company, Insight. Great tour director, local guides, driver, and logistics. Certainly up to the usual standard we've grown to expect from Grand European and its ancillary companies.
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