Legends of Scandinavia
Sweden • Norway • Denmark
The vibrant Scandinavian capitals are world famous for their trendsetting lifestyle and design influenced by the clean and powerful Nordic nature. Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen offer you world class restaurants serving the new Nordic cuisine, cozy cafes and endless shopping opportunities. Feel the wings of history as you walk through the medieval, cobble-stoned alleys of the Old Town in Stockholm, sail on the spectacular Norwegian fjords where the Vikings once sailed out to conquer the world or watch the change of the Royal Guards at the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. Join the Scandinavians in celebrating the long bright summer evenings dining alfresco on Djurgarden island in Stockholm, Aker Brygge in Oslo or on the quay at the picturesque Nyhavn in Copenhagen. This tour ticks off the "must see" places of a Scandinavian holiday!
Day 1 (Friday): Stockholm Make your own way to the hotel. Tonight, meet your guide who will be with you for the whole tour. Overnight at the centrally located Clarion Hotel Stockholm.
Day 2 (Saturday): Stockholm Enjoy a guided city tour of the Swedish capital. From Fjallgatan you can admire the view of Stockholm spread out on 14 islands connected with bridges. Visit Gamla Stan, the old city, with its narrow cobblestoned lanes, charming small squares, medieval buildings in bright colours, the Cathedral, and the Royal Palace. Afternoon is at leisure, or perhaps join the optional tour to visit the City Hall - where the annual Nobel Prize banquet takes place - and the fascinating Vasa Ship Museum with the unique wooden warship, which sank in Stockholm's harbour on its maiden voyage and was salvaged intact 333 years later. Overnight at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm.
Day 3 (Sunday): Stockholm > Hamar Today, start the journey by coach towards Norway, passing through open landscapes, dense forests, and glittering lakes. We stop in the city of Karlstad, the capital of the province of Varmland, located beautifully on the shores of Lake Varnern, the largest of Sweden's lakes. After crossing the border into Norway, we continue to Hamar, located right next to Lake Mjosa, Norway's largest lake. Dinner and overnight at Scandic Hamar.
Day 4 (Monday): Hamar > Lom > Loen The first stop today is Lillehammer, where the 1994 Winter Olympics took place. Northbound, we continue through the green, fertile farmland of Gudbrands Valley. In Lom we stop to see the amazing wooden stave church dating back to the 12th Century. Our route continues via Grotli to Loen. A photo stop is made before descending the hairpin curves to the village by the fjord. The fjord and the surrounding mountains offer a picturesque and unique backdrop to your stay. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Alexandra in Loen.
Day 5 (Tuesday): Loen > Balestrand Morning cruise on the UNESCO-listed Geiranger Fjord with the impressive waterfalls "The Bridal Veil" and "The Seven Sisters". Continue to Briksdal Glacier. The last part of the journey up to the glacier will be in the motorised open Troll Cars, allowing you to enjoy the full panoramic view. After the glacier experience, sit back in the coach and enjoy the views of mountains and fjords passing by as we drive towards Balestrand. Our route will take us through the Gaular Mountain National Park. Late afternoon, we reach the beautiful resort Balestrand located on the shores on the fjord and surrounded by high mountains. This unique spot is a good candidate for the most beautiful place on earth. Dinner and overnight at the historical Kvikne's Hotel.
Day 6 (Wednesday): Balestrand > Bergen Ferry across to Hella and continue along the scenic coastal route to Manheller for a short ferry crossing to Fodnes. We then continue to Gudvangen, where we board a two hour mini-cruise of the Sogne Fjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Marvel at the landscape as we sail into the Naeroy fjord - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - with small farms scattered on the steep hillsides of the fjord, cascading waterfalls and towering snow-clad mountains. Disembark in Flam and continue the journey with one of the most exceptional rail road trips in the world, the Flam Railway. With breathtaking views at every curve it will take you up to the mountain station of Myrdal, where you will connect to your train to Voss. Here, the coach awaits our arrival and take us to Bergen. Overnight in the heart of the city at Zander K Hotel or similar.
Day 7 (Thursday): Bergen > Geilo area Orientation tour of Bergen, visit the famous open air fish market, stroll across to Bryggen where the traditional wooden medieval buildings still remain as in the times of the Hanseatic League. Time at leisure for shopping, having lunch and maybe taking the funicular to the top of Mount Floyen for a stunning view of Bergen. In the early afternoon, continue towards the Hardanger Fjord with its romantic landscape of fruit orchards and rounded mountains. We make a stop at the impressive Voringsfoss waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 metres before ascending the Hardanger Mountain Plateau and reaching the Geilo area. Dinner and overnight at Storefjell Resort or similar.
Day 8 (Friday): Geilo Area > Oslo This morning we head for Oslo, the capital of Norway, with arrival around noon. Some free time for lunch before going on the guided tour of Oslo, which takes you to the Frogner Park with the controversial sculptures of the famous Norwegian Gustav Vigeland. Other highlights of the tour include the Royal Palace, the medieval fortress of Akershus, the modern Opera house, the City Hall, and more! The remainder of the day is free to explore Oslo. the pedestrian street Karl Johan, and the lovely shopping and restaurant wharf of Aker Brygge. Overnight at Scandic Solli.
Day 9 (Saturday): Oslo > DFDS Cruise Morning free to continue exploring Oslo on your own, or join the optional tour to visit some of the famous maritime museums such as the Viking Ship Museum and the Polar Ship Fram. Late afternoon transfer to the pier, where you will embark on the DFDS Seaways overnight cruise to Copenhagen. From the deck or one of the cafes or bars on board, you can enjoy the view heading out through the Oslo Fjord. Dinner tonight is the famous Scandinavian Smorgasbord buffet onboard the overnight cruise. Overnight in sea view cabins.
Day 10 (Sunday): Copenhagen Breakfast buffet onboard as you sail into Copenhagen. Upon arrival in Copenhagen, meet your local guide showing you some of the highlights of Copenhagen; the little Mermaid, the Gefion fountain, the royal residence Amalienborg Palace, Christianshavn, and Nyhavn with its charming canals. The afternoon is free to enjoy this fairytale city on your own. Overnight at Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel.
Day 11 (Monday): Copenhagen Breakfast at the hotel before checking out.
• 9 nights accommodation at the hotels mentioned in the itinerary or similar (4 Star) with Scandinavian breakfast buffet. • 1 nights accommodation in sea-side cabin onboard DFDS with Scandinavian breakfast buffet. • 5 dinners included (in Hamar, Geiranger, Balestrand, Geilo, and onboard DFDS Seaways). • English-speaking tour guide throughout the program. • City tours of the capitals with English speaking local guides. • Transport by modern coach with reclining seats, seatbelt, toilet and free Wi-Fi onboard. • 2 Mini cruises on Geiranger Fjord and Naeroy Fjord > Sogne Fjord • Scenic rail road trip with Flam Railway. • Motorized open Troll Cars to Briksdal Glacier. • Luggage handling at the pier for the overnight cruise.
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs 17 May, 14 June, 12 July, 26 July, 9 August, 23 August, 20 September
17 May, 14 June, 12 July, 26 July, 9 August, 23 August, 20 September