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The Nordic Countries Express

(8 days / 7 nights)

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Big adventure in little time

For travellers long on ambition but short on time, The Nordic Countries Express packs all of the jewels of Finland, Sweden, and Norway into one incredible eight-day adventure. Along the way, you get to cruise the majestic fjords, scale great heights on a memorable rail journey, and get up close and personal with Vikings legends. This holiday also gives you the chance to explore famous capital cities and experience Nordic culture and history in some of Europe’s finest palaces and museums.

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

Price p.p. from

Approx 1280 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

Type

Independent Cruise

Interest

Castles and Royalty i, Classic i, Culture and History i

Season

All Year

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: Welcome to Fantastic Finland

    Your exciting holiday begins at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport where you are greeted and transferred to your hotel in the heart of Helsinki, 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: From City to Sea Magic 

    After your complimentary breakfast at the hotel, spend the first part of your day exploring more Helsinki 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 on the sea as a cruise ship whisks you away to Stockholm, Sweden’s stylish capital.

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

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  • Day 3: Sail into Stockholm 

    Savour the maritime scenery during breakfast as the ship navigates through Sweden’s Archipelago, a collection of over 30,000 islands and inlets. After pulling into the harbour 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: 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 the city’s lush parks before dinner at a cosy 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 5: 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 6: Memorable Journey to Bergen 

    Enjoy an early breakfast then head to Oslo Central Station to board the Bergensbanen 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 you join a boat trip through 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! From your centrally-located hotel, you have 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 local culture at the lively Fish Market or ride the Floybanen Funicular to Mount Floyen to enjoy the panoramic view of 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 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 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

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

No difficulties

We would congratulate Nordic Visitor in the manner the holiday was planned/organised. We had no issues during our stay. The hotels were well located in relation to the train stations, and were of a high standard. The voucher system worked well and presented no difficulties. Pity about the rain in Bergen, but the locals told us, that it always rains in Bergen. Already recommended the trip to friends. Thanks for all your assistance prior to the visit.

Incredible Customer Service

Sophia booked a 12 day tour of Scandinavia for me. We were going in May and the escorted tours do not begin until June. She was in constant communication with me and sent all the documents via email that were needed. EVERYTHING she booked was top notch. The hotels were great and in perfect locations next to public transportation, the train ride to Flam was spectacular, the cruise from Helsinki to Stockholm was wonderful,and the pickup at the airport was right on time, I could not have planned a more perfect itinerary. THANKS to Sophia and Nordic Visitor for a wonderful vacation experience.

Able to focus on the sightseeing experience

I would recommend Nordic Visitor to anyone who wants to travel in Scandinavia. My husband and I were able to focus on the sightseeing experience knowing that all of our accommodations and transportation between cities were taken care of. We received all of the materials we needed and our travel consultant marked our hotels and train stations on maps to assist us in new cities. I can't say anything negative about the experience.

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 1280 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

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

2018

Tour Information

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 Details
Advanced booking of at least three weeks prior to departure is recommended. 
Our friendly Travel Consultants can assist you with booking air travel to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and from Bergen.
Extra nights can be added by request; contact us for details. (Recommended extra nights: Stockholm, Oslo).
 
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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