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Golden Route of the Nordic Countries

(10 days / 9 nights)

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Be blown away by the dazzling Nordic capitals

From Helsinki to Bergen by land and sea, the Golden Route encompasses the natural beauty and historic charms of Finland, Sweden and Norway. Experience the unique charms of Helsinki, Finland’s capital city, then cruise along Sweden’s spectacular shores to its capital, Stockholm, with its stunning palaces and medieval houses. Explore quaint villages and a World Heritage Site as you travel onwards by train and ferry to Norway and its enchanting capital city of Oslo.

10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 1542 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

Type

Independent Cruise

Interest

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

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Highlights Just a few of the majestic sights you’ll take in while in Norway.

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: Fantastic Finland

    Your adventure kicks off at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport where you are greeted by and escorted to your hotel in the heart of Finland’s bustling capital. For those who arrive early, we recommend buying the Helsinki Card, which grants free entry to major city attractions and museums as well as unlimited travel on public transportation.

    Spend a relaxing night in Helsinki.

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  • Day 2: Explore Helsinki & Evening Cruise to Sweden

    After enjoying a complimentary breakfast at the hotel, spend the first part of your day exploring more of Helsinki’s attractions such as Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, the New Opera House, or the Sibelius Park and Monument. Later, spend an enchanted evening at sea as a cruise ship whisks you away to Stockholm, Sweden’s dazzling capital.

    Take full advantage of the on-board amenities such as cafes, restaurants and shops and spend the night in one of the ship’s comfortable cabins. 

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  • Day 3: Stunning Stockholm

    Savor the maritime scenery during breakfast as your cruise ship navigates through Sweden’s Archipelago, a collection of over 30,000 islands and inlets. After pulling into the harbor at Stockholm, a city built on 14 islands, check in to your centrally-located hotel. 

    To see the best of Stockholm, we recommend purchasing a My Stockholm Pass, which gives you free admission to 75 experiences throughout the city, plus free sightseeing tours, discounts at a number of restaurants and shops and much more. We'd suggest you make time to visit the Vasa Ship Museum and City Hall's famous Blue Hall, site of the annual Nobel Prize banquet.
     
    Spend the night in Stockholm.
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  • Day 4: Stockholm at Your Fingertips

    Indulge in a delicious breakfast at your hotel before venturing out to explore more of 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, the closest of Stockholm’s Archipelago islands, where you can partake in a guided tour, browse the local handicrafts and enjoy an authentic Swedish dinner.

    Spend the night in Stockholm. 

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  • Day 5: Awe-inspiring Oslo

    After a tasty Scandinavian breakfast, it’s time to board the train for Oslo, Norway’s magnificent capital. From your hotel conveniently located in the heart of Oslo, you have easy access to many of Oslo’s top attractions. Bask in the cosmopolitan glow of Bogstadveien, Oslo’s busy shopping street, or simply unwind in one of Oslo’s lush parks before dinner at a cozy restaurant of your choice.

    Spend the night in Oslo. 

    Approx. duration of the train trip is 5 hours and 50 minutes.

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  • Day 6: Vikings, Ski Jumps and Palaces 

    Take advantage of this diverse city with the Oslo Pass, which provides unlimited travel on all public transport, free admission to over 25 museums and discounts on many other attractions, restaurants and shops. We recommend a visit to the Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Jump Tower, the Viking Ship Museum, Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Royal Palace, Akershus Fortress, or the historic Arctic expedition ship “Fram”.

    Spend the night in Oslo. 

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  • Day 7: A Scenic Journey to Remember

    Enjoy an early breakfast then head to Oslo Central Station to board the Bergenbanen train that winds though Norway’s breathtaking mountainous terrain on its journey to Bergen. This railway, voted one of the 20 best in the world, takes 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 world famous Flåm Railway, which descends nearly 900 metres to the charming village of Flåm, where the night is spent surrounded by the towering mountainsides of the Aurlandsfjord*.

    Spend the night in Flåm.

    Departure Oslo: 08:11
    Arrival Myrdal: 12:39
    Departure Myrdal: 13:27
    Arrival to Flåm: 14:25

    * 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 8: Norwegian Fjord Cruise to Bergen

    Spend the early part of your day roaming the village of Flåm and visit the Flåm Railway Documentation Centre to learn about the construction of the world’s steepest railway track. The afternoon promises a unique Norwegian adventure as an express boat carries you to Bergen through Aurlandsfjord and Sognefjord, Norway’s deepest and longest fjord. As the fjords open up to the sea, the scenery includes abundant bird life.

    Spend the night in Bergen.

    Departure Flåm: 15:30
    Arrival Bergen: 20:40

    * Please note that timings are preliminary and might change without notice.

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  • Day 9: History Comes to Life in Bergen

    Honoured with the title of European Capital of Culture in 2000, there is no shortage of activities in Bergen, Norway’s second largest city. Visit Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which dates back 900 years as a major Hanseatic trading centre. Get a glimpse of local culture at the lively Fish Market or ride the Floybanen Funicular to Mount Floyen to enjoy the panoramic view the city. We also recommend an afternoon ride on the mini-train sightseeing tour around the city centre.

    Spend the night in Bergen. 

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  • Day 10: 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 to do some last-minute shopping, visit one of Bergen‘s museums or enjoy a relaxing lunch at a café after this amazing journey.

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Map

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

Reviews

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A real adventure

We thought that Sofia's organisational skills were excellent. She was professional, friendly and organised some excellent hotels - in terms of location and helpfulness of staff. This was a fantastic holiday. A real adventure that we both thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you for making this possible.

Amazing tour

Thank you so much for the amazing tour. It was a great experience and Nordic Visitor's services were nothing short of brilliant. I would especially like to mention the excellent hotel locations that were chosen for us by Sirry. We look forward to travelling with you again. Thanks.

More than met our expectations

Everything was wonderful, you more than met our expectations. The quality of the rooms and hotels was excellent, the locations were perfect.
Cicci was great.
 

Will definitely book with Nordic Visitor again

Sofia was very helpful. Booking with her/ Nordic Visitor has eased my stress level in booking hotels and arranging transportations and transfers. All the hotels were close to the central train stations. I will definitely book with Nordic Visitor again next we visit the Scandinavia.

We were impressed

We were impressed with how well everything fitted together. No problems with accommodation or travel, and Cicci was very helpful with the initial booking and in answering queries.

Sofia was great

Sofia was great.  She responded quickly to my questions and provided all the information needed for my tour.  The hotels booked were in the perfect location and were above average.  All the transportation booked was also outstanding.  We did not have any problems with the logistics of the trip. I am very appreciative of the expertise Sofia used when booking my tour. Again, thanks to Sophia for the great tour and exceptional customer service!

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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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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Price per person from

Approx 1542 EUR

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

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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 Note: 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
Advanced booking of at least three weeks prior to departure is recommended.
Extra nights can be added by request; contact us for details. (Recommended extra nights: Stockholm, Oslo).
 
Availability outside the listed season
Other arrival dates outside of the listed season may be available; contact us for more details.
 
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.