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The Nordic Countries in a Nutshell

(14 days / 13 nights)

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The Nordic Countries in a Nutshell combines spectacular capital cities and other major highlights of the Nordic region into one amazing yet customizable two-week holiday. Enjoy the diverse assortment of incredible landscapes, unique city atmospheres, and the rich history of Nordic cultures along with scenic railway journeys and overnight cruises.

Type

Independent Cruise

Interest

Best Seller, Castles and Royalty, Classic, Countryside and natural scenery, Culture and History, Relaxation and Spa

Season

All Year

Departure

Daily

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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.

  • Day 1: Fantastic Finland

    Your 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 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 breakfast at your hotel before venturing out to see 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, 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 at your choice of restaurants.

    Spend the night in Stockholm. 

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  • Day 5: Stockholm to Copenhagen by Train

    After a tasty Scandinavian breakfast, it’s time to board the train for Copenhagen. Enjoy the scenery of Southern Sweden as you envision the exciting activities that await you in Denmark! Once you’ve arrived and settled in at your hotel in Copenhagen’s centre, we recommend a stroll down the famous “Ströget” street for some world-class shopping or a bite to eat at one of its many cafes and restaurants.

    Spend the night in Copenhagen. 

    Approx. duration of the train trip is 5 hours and 15 minutes.

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  • Day 6: Day to Play in Copenhagen

    With so much to do in Copenhagen, we recommend the Copenhagen Card, which provides free admission to over 60 museums and free travel on the city’s buses and local trains. Copenhagen is home to such marvels as the Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace (home to Danish Parliament), the old harbour of Nyhavn, the famous Little Mermaid statue, and much more. No visit to Copenhagen is complete without a trip to the Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks and among the city’s most famous attractions. Spend the night in Copenhagen.

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  • Day 7: A Taste of Copenhagen & Cruise to Norway

    After breakfast at your hotel, we recommend the insightful self-guided tour of the historic Carlsberg brewery, only 3.5 km by bus from central Copenhagen. After sampling this popular beer at the end of your tour, you can decide for yourself if you agree with their slogan: “Carlsberg, probably the best beer in the world”. By late afternoon it’s time to board the ship to Oslo, which cruises gently up the Kattegat Sund on its way to Norway’s capital city. Take part in the dancing and entertainment on board or just relax and watch the sunset from the deck.

    Spend the night in one of the ship’s cosy cabins.

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  • Day 8: From Fjords to City Charms

    Today is yours to explore Oslo after arriving early to port in the scenic Oslo fjord. 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 restaurant of your choice.

    Spend the night in Oslo.

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  • Day 9: Discover Oslo 

    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 10: Oslo to Iceland

    After breakfast at your hotel, take the opportunity to explore more of Oslo before heading to Gardermoen Airport for your flight to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Upon Arrival at Keflavik Airport, you are greeted and transferred to your hotel in central Reykjavik. This small city, known for its “midnight sun” in summertime, is ideal to explore on foot as most attractions are within easy walking distance of your hotel. We recommend sampling some Icelandic cuisine at one of the city’s many restaurants after all of that walking.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 11: Iceland's "Golden Circle"

    Iceland is perhaps best known for its otherworldly volcanic landscapes and unique natural phenomena. Today we present you with the must-see “Golden Circle Tour”: a guided bus tour that combines the wonders of Þingvellir National Park (UN World Heritage Site), the powerful Strokkur geyser, Gullfoss waterfall, and other geological sensations. 

    Spend the night in Reykjavik. 

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  • Day 12: Rejuvenation at Blue Lagoon

    Revitalize your mind, body, and spirit with a visit to Iceland’s treasured Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal spa renowned for its therapeutic, mineral-rich waters surrounded by moon-like lavascapes. After a thorough soak, enjoy the afternoon in Reykjavik as you please.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Note: Due to renovations the Blue Lagoon is closed from the 24th through the 27th of April 2017 (both days included).

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  • Day 13: Reykjavik Adventure

    Make the most of the last full day of this amazing holiday by exploring more of vibrant Reykjavik. Join a guided city tour, shop for an authentic “lopapeysa” sweater, or enjoy a whale watching cruise. Adventurous types may enjoy the rush of adrenaline from a 4x4 super-jeep glacier tour, which provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience only a few hours’ drive from the capital. These tours and other activities can be booked at your hotel.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 14: Departure 

    Passengers departing on an afternoon flight may wish to partake in an optional tour of the Reykjanes peninsula before heading to the aiport.* FlyBus provides the transportation to Keflavik Airport in time for your return flight home. 

    *Optional tour not included in package; contact a Travel Consultant for booking arrangements.

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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.

Linda, United States

The Nordic Countries in a Nutshell, May 2012

Everything I hoped for

This trip was everything I hoped for. I booked this trip - 5 new countries - as a celebration of my 50th birthday. Everything that Nordic Visitor and Jennie did was fantastic. I got sick on the first day but Jennie helped me with the missed tour and smoothed everything out. Our hotels were great and in great locations. All of the instructions in the welcome package were spot on. Randy especially loved all the marked maps. Each city map looks very well-worn now because we carried them everywhere to plan our next move all day long. We are very active and were covering 12-15 miles on foot each day. The maps kept us on course and let us know where to head next. When we stopped for dinner on the way home from the airport back in LA, I asked Randy what he would change about the trip and his answer was, "Nothing." That sums it up! Thank you soooooo much for making this trip the celebration I needed.

Jeffrey, United States

, March 2012

Perfect trip

I think the trip was outstanding in every way and I greatly appreciated Erla's assistance to me in planning and preparing the trip. She was very conscientious and thorough and very helpful, despite some discrepancies in preparing the itineraries. None of that was a problem. Erla was always quick to clarify program itineraries, answer my questions and assist me in every way to ensure a great and smooth trip. The trip and hotels she selected for me in Stockholm, Helsinki and Reykjavik were so comfortable with excellent service. Really excellent! Further, everything I saw in Iceland was just amazing! I loved Iceland and I am grateful for having had the chance to see the Northern Lights among many other beautiful things the country has to offer. The transfers, tickets, guides..all, were just outstanding, courteous, helpful, attentive and punctual. Overall, it was a perfect trip and I thank you so much for your services.

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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Quality

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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Everything about this tour

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 
  • Extra nights can be added by request; contact us for details. (Recommended extra nights: Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen). 
  • This package can be customized to meet your needs; contact us for 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.

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