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Capitals of Scandinavia & Norwegian Fjords

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(14 days / 13 nights)

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The unbeatable beauty of Scandinavia

Experience the many vibrant cultures of Scandinavia on a trip its beautiful capitals, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo, and spellbinding fjords. This enchanting 14-day tour lets you spend plenty of time in each captivating city, where you can discover fascinating history and chic modern culture. Not only that, but you’ll board 2 scenic coastal cruises to take in the majestic landscapes of Northern Europe in style. Finish your adventure by boarding the world-famous Norway in a Nutshell® train journey over the mountains to Oslo.

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14 days / 13 nights

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Approx 4553 EUR

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Seamless travel experience
  • Handpicked hotels and service of Scandinavia train & cruise travel experts
  • Comprehensive itinerary & Scandinavia Travel Guide
  • 24/7 helpline during your tour
  • Great customer reviews
  • Carbon offsetting included

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— Cancellation Protection

  • Rebook your tour on one occasion, or
  • Cancel for any reason and receive a partial refund and travel credit

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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the colourful capitals of NorwaySweden & Denmark
  • Board the Norway in a Nutshell® tour for breathtaking landscapes
  • Discover Scandinavian royalty by visiting castles and palaces
  • Wander winding, cobbled streets in captivating Copenhagen
  • Sail past spectacular scenery on a Hurtigruten or Havila Voyages coastal cruise 
  • Stroll through Norway’s grand capital, Oslo, and visit medieval sites
  • Taste sweet treats in Gamla Stan, the ancient Old Town of Stockholm
  • Experience the legendary Flåm railway, one of the world’s steepest train routes
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Bryggen, in historic Bergen
  • Take in each capital city’s highlights on a leisurely-paced itinerary

Travel style

Independent Tours i

Interest

Best Seller i, Classic i, Culture and History i, Fjords i

Season

May - Sep

Departure

Daily

Interest

Best Seller i, Classic i, Culture and History i, Fjords i

Itinerary

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

  • Day 1: Welcome to Sweden

    Welcome to Stockholm! After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, make your way into the city centre and check in to your accommodation. You could call a taxi or board the express train from the airport to Stockholm Central Station. Or, for a more direct and comfortable ride, we will be happy to organise a private airport transfer for you. If your flight landed early in the day, you can spend the afternoon exploring Sweden’s beautiful capital. First, stroll down Drottninggatan street to discover charming shops and feel the vibe of the city.

    Then, go for a walk in nearby Östermalm, where you will find interesting boutiques, cafés, and restaurants offering a perfect introduction to Scandinavian culture. You might want to stop in a café to experience Swedish “fika”, a traditional tea or coffee break.

    Spend the night in Stockholm.

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  • Day 2: The Charms of Swedish Culture

    Today, you’ll enjoy plenty of time exploring the heart of scenic Stockholm. This walkable city is perfect to discover on foot. Start by exploring the historic and mesmerising Old Town (Gamla Stan), where you will find the Royal Palace, the nation’s parliament, ancient churches, beautiful cobblestone streets and medieval houses.

    After some time in Gamla Stan, take a short ferry ride to the nearby island Djurgården. This is a cultural oasis offering something for everyone. Here you will find the Abba Museum, celebrating Sweden’s most famous band, the Nordic Museum, the Gröna Lund amusement park, and the Skansen open-air museum. This island is the ideal spot to spend a leisurely afternoon.

    Spend the night in Stockholm.

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  • Day 3: Travel from Stockholm to lovely Copenhagen

    After breakfast, say goodbye to Stockholm and head to the airport to catch a short flight to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.

    After settling in at your hotel, set off on a walk along the enchanting old harbour area Nyhavn. This famous district is lined with colourful houses and lively restaurants beside rows of docked boats.

    From here, you can easily explore the highlights of this iconic city. Walk the narrow side streets, visit some charming shops, and try a delicious and traditional open-faced sandwich, Smørrebrød.

    In the evening, you can visit the charming amusement park Tivoli Gardens. It’s a lovely place to admire traditional architecture and gardens and to enjoy some carnival rides.

    Spend the night in Copenhagen.

    *It’s possible to travel by train instead of by plane between Stockholm and Copenhagen. For more details, check out today’s optional extras.

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  • Day 4: A Day in Captivating Copenhagen

    You have the whole day to explore the enchanting streets of Copenhagen. The best way to see the city is by foot, so head back to the cobblestoned streets that characterise the city centre.

    There are many regal landmarks in Denmark’s historic capital, including Amalienborg Palace and the stately Christiansborg Palace. Later, be sure to walk past the famous Little Mermaid statue by the waterfront.

    For delightful views of the city, join an optional cruise from the harbour and admire the beauty of the city from the water. Later, stroll along Ströget street for some shopping and grab something delicious to eat at Torvehallerne food hall.

    Spend the night in Copenhagen.

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  • Day 5: Set Sail for Norway

    Spend the morning seeing some more of Copenhagen. If you haven’t already, you might want to check out the observatory of The Round Tower, the most famous church in Copenhagen Church of Our Saviour, the impeccable King’s Garden, and the grand Rosenborg Castle.

    Later, it’s time to board your DFDS cruise to Oslo. The ship will sail you gently up the Kattegat Sund on its way to Norway’s capital city. Enjoy dinner in one of the on-board restaurants, check out the entertainment on board or just relax and watch the sunset from the deck.

    Spend the night on the DFDS cruise.

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  • Day 6: Enjoy Enchanting Oslo

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board as the ship docks in vibrant Oslo. You then have the whole day to explore Norway’s capital at your leisure. Depending on your interests, there are plenty of activities and attractions to enjoy in this dynamic city.

    First, take a stroll along the Karl Johans gate main street. Then make your way along the Aker Brygge marina and past the beautiful Oslo Opera House.

    You could choose to visit the beautiful Vigeland Sculpture Park, tour the Royal Palace, explore the Akershus fortress or view Oslo City Hall. See the sights at your own pace or join an optional bus tour.

    Other attractions include the Fram Museum, displaying a world-famous polar exploration ship, and the collection of works by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch at the Munch Museum.

    Spend another night in Oslo.

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  • Day 7: Railway journey to Trondheim

    This morning, head out early to Oslo Central Station to begin your half-day (6.5-hour) journey aboard the Dovrebanen train.

    This train route passes over the Dovre mountain plateau, through historic towns and nature preservations. You’ll witness incredible variations in terrain and altitude along the way. The journey concludes with a steep, curvy descent down to the lowlands where Trondheim is located.

    Spend the afternoon discovering historic Trondheim, including Bakklandet, an idyllic neighbourhood full of culture, and Nidaros Cathederal. Other highlights of the city include Ringve Museum and its gardens, Munkholmen island, and the charming Old Town Bridge.

    Spend the night in Trondheim.

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  • Day 8: Exploring the Coastline of Norway

    Today, you will embark on a spellbinding coastal cruise, the best way to discover the epic beauty of Norway’s shore.

    After breakfast, head to Trondheim Harbour, where you will board either a Hurtigruten or Havila Voyages cruise ship.

    Get settled into your cabin, then head to the lounge or viewing deck to enjoy views of Trondheim Fjord and Hitra Island as the ship begins its journey south.

    During the evening, the cruise ship will dock at the city of Kristiansund, and then the town of Molde. As you travel to each stop, you’ll pass through some breathtaking coastal landscapes.

    The final port of the day is a brief stop in Ålesund after midnight.

    Spend the night in your private cabin aboard the coastal cruise.

    For more information on which cruise you will be joining, check out a full list of each cruise company’s departure dates by tour here.

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  • Day 9: Sail to Historic Bergen

    During the night, your cruise will call at the towns of Torvik, Maløy and Florø as the route weaves through islets and stunning landscapes.

    Finally, you’ll come into view of your destination – Bergen. Here you will disembark to enjoy some leisure time in the “Capital of the Fjords”. Despite being an international city, Bergen has all the charms of a small town.

    Here you’ll find Bryggen, a city quarter that is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, with remarkably preserved old houses. Elsewhere, explore the lively fish and flower market, board cable cars offering stunning views, and discover great city museums.

    Spend the night in Bergen.

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  • Day 10: The Capital of the Fjords

    You have a full day to explore beautiful and historic Bergen. First, you won’t want to miss a ride on the Fløibanen Funicular to the peak of Mount Fløyen.

    Enjoy panoramic views of the colourful city, or board a cable car up even higher to Mount Ulriken. From here, you’ll discover winding hiking trails leading you across Bergen’s 7 surrounding mountains.

    Down at city level, Bergen is also known for its museums showcasing the city’s history, architecture, music and art. Some of the most popular include Troldhaugen, a living museum dedicated to composer Edvard Grieg, and KODE, Scandinavia’s largest museum of art, craft, design and music.

    Another option is to head back to the harbour to board optional day cruises of the glittering fjords.

    Spend the night in Bergen.

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  • Day 11: Norway in a Nutshell by Land and Sea

    Today, you embark on one of the most scenic parts of your adventure so far. First, say goodbye to Bergen and catch the early Bergensbanen train, travelling past majestic mountains and plunging valleys to the town of Voss.

    At Voss, change to a bus through more vibrant landscapes to Gudvangen harbour. Here, you will board a spellbinding 2-hour fjord cruise to Flåm, sailing through Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in all of Europe. This UNESCO World Heritage site is part of Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. Prepare to be awe-struck by mighty peaks, tumbling waterfalls and small farms dotting the mountainsides.

    Finally, the boat sails up Aurlandsfjord to Flåm, a charming village, where you will spend the evening.

    Spend the night in Flåm.

    For a more comfortable experience, we recommend booking a luggage transfer for the journey between Bergen and Oslo

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  • Day 12: Explore Scenic Flåm

    Spend the day exploring the beauty of Flåm village and its picturesque surroundings. There are many well-maintained hiking paths through the mountains here if you’d like to explore the beauty of the region by foot.

    Visit the Flåm Railway Museum to learn about the construction of this world-famous train route, renowned for being one of the world’s steepest.

    For some mesmerising views, make your way up to the Stegastein viewing platform. The structure extends about 30 metres (98 feet) out from the cliffside and suspends visitors 650 metres (2132 feet) above Aurlandsfjord.

    If you’d like to see more of the fjords up close, you could join an optional fjord safari or kayaking tour.

    Spend another night in Flåm.

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  • Day 13: The Flåm Railway Experience

    Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring more of Flåm, taking in its natural beauty and enjoying some of its cultural offerings.

    In the afternoon, it’s time for you to experience the famous Flåm Railway firsthand. Settle into your seat and enjoy spectacular scenery as the train climbs 900 metres (2,952 feet) in just 20 kilometres (12 miles). During the journey, there will be photo stops for you to capture some images of your breathtaking surroundings. The winding train track leads to Myrdal Station, where you’ll disembark.

    In Myrdal, switch to the Bergensbanen train, which will carry you over the mountainous rooftop of Norway. Along the way, you’ll pass through the charming villages of Geilo and Gol, before you arrive in Oslo.

    Enjoy your last evening exploring Norway’s capital.

    Spend the night in Oslo.

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  • Day 14: Departure from Oslo

    It’s time to say goodbye to Scandinavia! If your flight is in the afternoon, you could spend a few last hours shopping for souvenirs, visiting one of Oslo’s museums or just strolling through the charming city centre.

    When it’s nearly time for your flight, take the Airport Express Train or call a taxi. Alternatively, we would be happy to arrange a private airport transfer for you. If you’d like to spend more time in Norway’s dynamic capital, you can easily add additional nights in Oslo during the booking process.

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Optional extras

Customise your adventure with these Optional Extras.

We recommend adding your extra activities to the tour now for the best booking experience and to secure your spot, as activities are likely to sell out.

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

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

Excellent experience

Our overall experience was excellent. We were able to adapt our plans according to what we wanted; any changes were communicated by Irja promptly and she accommodated a change that we requested with good humour and skill. Hotels were well situated within short distances from public transport hubs and were of a very high standard. We loved the independence of our travels but were reassured every step of the way by Nordic Visitors suggested itineraries. We would highly recommend the company to any traveller and if ever in Scandinavia again will avail ourselves of their services.

Everything was great

Everything on our tour was great and it all went according to plan.

Kudos to Nordic Visitor

Our train to Trondheim from Oslo was completely cancelled at the last moment due to storm flooding. We were pretty quickly put on a bus instead, and your representative (Irja) called to make sure we were being taken care of. Kudos.

Superb service from our travel consultant

The service we received from Annie was superb. The documentation package we received was complete and we only had 1 question, which was quickly and clearly answered. The hotels booked for us were near the train stations, which we really appreciated. The hotels were all clean but the rooms were very small.

Prompt responses

We read our timetable wrong on one day and Irja came to our assistance very promptly with options which we were able to take up. A complimentary fiord tour was very thoughtful. Flåm was beautiful but the cruise ships dampened my desire to stay longer. My only negative was the bus trips - which were of course out of your hands, Long days, not anticipated… All emails were responded to promptly and any issues addressed with kindness.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort Plus

Standard rooms in good quality and comfortable three-star hotels in combination with charming country hotels.

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Superior

Standard rooms in four-star hotels in combination with Superior rooms in premium three-star hotels.

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Tour Information

We recommend that all Nordic Visitor travellers read through the following information about our self-guided tours. You’ll find helpful tips about travelling on a DFDS cruise, boarding flights or trains, and other useful details about your travels.

We recommend that you wait to book your flights to Scandinavia until we can confirm your desired travel dates for this tour. This is due to varying availabilities aboard the Norway cruises included in this package. Contact a travel consultant for more information.

OUR SELF-GUIDED TOURS
This is an independent, self-guided tour. All accommodation, train, flight, cruise and 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 airport train or ferry departure points by the specified times.

FLIGHT FROM STOCKHOLM TO COPENHAGEN
Your flight from Stockholm to Copenhagen is included in the price of this package. The direct journey takes approximately 1 hour 10 minutes. Each traveller in your party may bring 1 checked bag, with a weight limit of 23 kilograms, and 1 carry-on bag, with a weight limit of 8 kilograms.

Most flights will depart around midday, but in some cases you may be booked on a morning or evening flight. Your travel consultant will book the best flight time for you in light of your travel dates.

Please note that transfers from your hotel to Stockholm Arlanda Airport, and from Copenhagen Airport to your accommodation, are not included.

WOULD YOU RATHER TAKE THE TRAIN?
If you would prefer to travel from Stockholm to Copenhagen by train instead of by plane, we would be happy to arrange this for you. Simply select the “train” option during the online booking steps.

In the summer months, the train companies conduct track maintenance, so there might be changes to the route. Train tickets may not be available until 30 days prior to departure, and the length of the journey may vary.

While your travel consultant waits for train tickets to become available, they will arrange the rest of your tour for you. As soon as your tickets have been booked, your travel consultant will let you know all the details.

DFDS CRUISE
On this itinerary, you will take an overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo. You’ll depart Denmark in mid-afternoon and arrive in Norway the following morning.>

You will be staying in a private cabin with ensuite facilities and a small window. Two shipping companies operate along this route, Pearl Seaways and Crown Seaways, and their ships can accommodate approximately 1,800 passengers.

On board, you’ll find facilities such as lounges, restaurants, bars and a viewing deck. There are also daily activities and entertainment to enjoy. In the morning before docking in Oslo, your breakfast is included.

COASTAL CRUISE
On this tour, you will hop aboard a coastal cruise, provided by either Hurtigruten or Havila Voyages, along the Norwegian west coast. You can see a full list of each cruise company’s departure dates by tour here . You’ll be staying in your own cabin with private facilities.

Hurtigruten and Havila Voyages operate along the same route on different days. Your personal travel consultant will book the cruise on your behalf in light of your tour’s start date and the rest of your itinerary.

If you are travelling on a Hurtigruten cruise:
Hurtigruten ships offer a classic Norwegian experience, with cosy cabins furnished with either twin or double beds. Your room will be between 8-11 square metres (86-118 square feet) and will always include a port hole, but please note that a view from the window cannot be guaranteed.

Instead, Hurtigruten ships all offer comfortable viewing decks, dining areas and lounges. This way, you can spend your mornings and evenings relaxing with incredible views of the passing Norwegian coastline.

If you are travelling on a Havila Voyages cruise:
Havila Voyages ships are the newer cruise liners on the block. Their modern cabins are furnished with either twin or double beds and are all around 15 square metres (161 feet). Your room will have a port hole and a small sofa so you can watch the views of ocean or coastline go past. Or, head up to the lounge, restaurant or viewing deck to see more of the passing fjords.

NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL® TOUR
This tour includes the famous Norway in a Nutshell® tour from Bergen to Oslo. This is one of Norway’s most iconic journeys. You’ll travel by train, bus and ferry, seeing beautiful landscapes of steep mountains, cascading waterfalls, shimmering fjords, charming villages and scenic coastline.

The first leg of the journey is from Bergen to Flåm. Then you’ll travel from Flåm to Oslo. The duration of both days will be around 6 hours.

The connections will be announced and clearly explained in your travel documents. You will receive a ticket with all the information about transfer points and timings with your final travel documents.

There are places to store luggage in each mode of transport. If you do not book a luggage transfer, you will need to carry the luggage yourself between each connection. Each train, bus and boat terminal where you will be changing are within close proximity to each other.

WHAT TO PACK

  • A waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • An umbrella
  • Lightweight gloves, a hat and scarf
  • A camera
  • Lip balm and moisturiser
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • If you have booked a luggage transfer for your Norway in a Nutshell journey, make sure to pack- an overnight bag for Flåm

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.

CARBON OFFSETTING YOUR TOUR
Nordic Visitor is working on offsetting the estimated carbon footprint of your package. We’ve partnered with an environmental fund in Iceland to carbon offset all our tours. Carbon offsetting your international flights is not included, but we highly recommend you look into possibilities with your airline or directly through a local environment fund.

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