A Grand Tour Of Scandinavia

  • Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway20 days

Travel the length and breadth of Scandinavia, through mountains, fjords, and glaciers, past lakes, forests and rivers, into Lapland and out to the capital of the Vikings - this grand tour is an epic adventure of Scandinavia from tip to toe and will immerse you in the jewels of these incredible Nordic countries.

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You will get a taste for the beautiful long summer days of the Midnight Sun, when the sun never sets, and where light never fails to inspire. Watch the changing landscapes as you travel towards the Arctic and in to the Finnish and Swedish Lapland beauty – its Christmas all year round in Ravaniemi!

Baltic seas, scenic fjords, Nordic cultures, scenic beauty

Break in to a sweat in a traditional Finnish sauna in Helsinki and take a dip in one of the public baths.

See where the Nobel Prize is awarded at Stockholm’s City Hall, and catch the panoramic view from its 348-foot tower.

Meet Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid in Copenhagen who gazes wistfully across the harbour.

Places covered 20 Days
  • Day 1 & 2 Copenhagen – attractions & sightseeing
  • Day 3 & 4 Stockholm – attractions & sightseeing
  • Day 5 Helsinki – attractions & sightseeing
  • Day 6 Finland’s Kuopio region – lakes and forests
  • Day 7 & 8 the Road to Rovaniemi and Lapland
  • Day 9 & 10 the Arctic Circle and the North Cape
  • Day 11 & 12 A world of adventure in Alta, Norway
  • Day 13 & 14 Norway’s northernmost regions
  • Day 15 – 17 Trondheim, Norway and the Fjords
  • Day 18 & 19 Oslo – attractions and sightseeing
  • Day 20 Depart
  • Days Details
  • 1 & 2 Copenhagen – attractions & sightseeing Explore Copenhagen on foot - the city is small and compact.Take in three royal palaces – the 18th century Amalienborg Palace and square with is four impressive rococo buildings, the beautiful medieval fortification of Kastellet set in a peaceful green oasis, and the magnificent renaissance Rosenborg Castle.A network of bridges and drawbridges connects the two main islands of the city. Don’t miss the Nationalmuseet – set inside an 18th century royal residence with exhibits on stone age and Vikings. And visit the vibrant Tivoli Gardens – an amusement park created in 1840.Start your fairytale tour at the statue of The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen Harbour. For over 100 years, she has impressed visitors on her rock and is the most photographed statue in Denmark.Colourful Nyhavn, overlooking the bustling harbour in Copenhagen’s centre, is where Hans Christian Andersen spent most of his life living in three different houses – nos. 18, 20 and 67 - and writing many famous tales. No. 9. Nyhavn, is the oldest house dating back to 1681, Relax over dinner at one of the cosy restaurants in the harbour and rest your feet at the quayside.The 17th century Round Tower in Copenhagen is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe and the views of the city from here are extraordinary. See the library hall where Hans Christian Andersen would sit and write his fairy tales.Stop off at Fairy Tale House in Copenhagen - an interactive museum with hand-written manuscripts, live readings and Hans Christian Andersen’s study.On day 3, take the overnight cruise to Oslo and enjoy your first Scandinavian smorgasbord dinner as you cruise gently up the Kattegat.
  • 3 & 4 Stockholm – sightseeing and attractions Sightsee at your leisure on a ‘hop-on hop-off’ boat stopping as often as you like, take a historical canal tour and learn about the history of Stockholm, or a classic boat tour that travels under 15 bridges and passes 2 locks.Explore the old town, Gamla Stan, and its glorious labyrinth of cobbled streets, alleyways, faded mustard coloured town houses and handsome meeting squares. See the beauty of the Vasa wooden ship at the Vasa Museum, and stroll through 5 centuries of Swedish history at Skansen – the world’s first open-air museum.And take in the Stockholm City Hall with its 44m long hall glowing with golden mosaics, or the Millesgarden, home of sculptor Carl Milles.Be transported up 130 metres in a glass gondola to the top of the Ericsson Globe, the views of the city and its islands are spectacular.And marvel at the 600-room Royal Palace, sitting atop the Gamla Stan, where tapestries, arms and armour, and the crown jewels are on display.
  • 4 Stockholm – Helsinki (overnight cruise) Take a relaxing overnight luxury cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki and feast on a vista of archipelago scenery when the sun comes up. Enjoy delicious food, comfortable cabins, and relaxing saunas, and, by the time you arrive in Helsinki you will be rested and raring to explore Finland’s exciting capital.
  • 5 Helsinki – sightseeing and attractions Have a taste of Finland at the Old Market Hall on Helsinki’s waterfront. The harbour is the heart of the city. Watch the giant ferries glide into port – it is a defining memory and an essential Helsinki experience.See the beauty of this stunning Nordic city on a sightseeing tour with live commentary from a knowledgeable guide. The city tour takes in the most interesting parts of Helsinki, such as the historical centre with Senate Square, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Parliament building, Finlandia Hall and the Opera House.Marvel at curvaceous and quirky metallic Kiasma – an elegant contemporary building and a symbol of the city’s modernization.Learn about traditional Finland at the Seurasaaren Ulkomuseo island museum with a collection of historic traditional houses, manors and outbuildings transferred here from around Finland.Relax with a sauna and swim at the Yrjonkadun Uimahalli art deco baths – a fusion of soaring Nordic elegance and Roman tradition.Get to know Helsinki’s new Design District – there are over 60 home decoration and gift shops, numerous fashion shops & boutiques, lots of jewellery and antique shops, as well as two leading design museums – the Design Museum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture. Tuck in to delicious Finnish cuisine at one of the many restaurants here – based on fresh and natural ingredients, Finnish food is typified by simplicity and purity of taste, with lots of delicious fresh fish including perch, whitefish, salmon, crayfish and Baltic herring.Take your pick of bars and clubs in cool downtown Helsinki. The Arctic Icebar is carved out of ice, including tables and bars.
  • 6 Finland’s Kuopio region – lakes and forests Travel in to the wonderful Kuopio region through a land of beautiful lakes and forests. Climb to the top of Kuopio's Viewing Tower - the splendid panorama will reveal why Finland is called the land of a thousand lakes. Kuopio is a summery lakeside town – take a pleasure cruise on the azure water, stroll through spruce forests, relax at a wooden waterside pub, and taste some freshly caught fish at a local restaurant. If time, experience a traditional smoke sauna and then jump into the chilly waters of the lake – it’s what all the locals do!
  • 7 & 8 the Road to Rovaniemi and Lapland Travel on towards the Arctic and into Lapland, the home of the Sami people. Travel along the coastal route through beautiful villages and green forests, via the port and university town of Oulu. Take time to stop in the market square where the angled sun bathes the buildings and where the locals spend time to gather and bask in the summer sunlight.Arrive in Rovaniemi for an overnight stay. In the morning, join a local expert on a short tour of the town – see the Town Hall that was designed by Aalvar Aalto, and visit Rovaniemi Church.The summer in Lapland is short but the summer days are long. Take a midnight sun safari and admire breathtaking views over Lapland and its taiga forests. Listen to stores about local nature and life in the wilds while barbequing by an open fire.A moose-watching safari is a fascinating nature trip – moose are one of the largest land mammals in Europe.Learn about the Sami (Lapp) people at the Arctic Research Centre and chill out with them as they lead you to their reindeers, show you a spot of lasso-swinging, and teach you all about their handicraft and Sami cooking.Or go on a midnight sun safari by jet-ski. The rivers are calm and it is one of the best ways of exploring the beautiful areas of Rovaniemi from the water. See traditional Finnish houses, summer cottages and native animals.Admire the animals at Ranua Zoo, Lapland’s Arctic Wildlife Park, a couple of hour’s drive from Rovaniemi. See animals from the northern regions from polar bears to reindeers.
  • 9 & 10 the Arctic Circle and the North Cape Spend the next two days journeying north on the road of the ‘four winds’ where you will see reindeer roaming freely. Travel through Europe’s last great wilderness to visit the national park near the gold centre of Tankavaara, and spend a bit of time at the Tankavaara Museum. This is the only international museum in the world that displays past and present exhibits of gold panning and prospecting. In fact, Tankavaara is known as the Gold Village – the gate of Lapland’s golf fields where you will find cosy gold miner’s cabins that offer you a peaceful night’s rest.Or stay the night at Ivalo before crossing the rolling tundra into Norway. Stop at Karasjok – the seat of the Sami Parliament and a centre for Sami culture. Visit a Sami folk museum before heading on through the wild and dramatic scenery to the North Cape.Honningsvag in the North Cape is home to just 2,500 inhabitants and is a thriving fishing community dotted with brightly painted wooden buildings. Gateway to the North Cape, enjoy the wild surroundings of breathtaking fjords and waterfalls, areas of dense forest that are all bathed in the mysterious summertime light of the midnight sun. Enjoy a king crab safari – haul crab pots up from under the ice and find that the frozen fjord is teeming with giant crabs. Sennalandet plateau is full of wild beauty with a landscape of rolling grassland and plenty of snow cover, even in the summer.
  • 11 & 12 A world of adventure in Alta, Norway Set out on a bird watching safari before returning to the mainland, travelling through stony, near deserted Finnmark to Alta, that’s located on one of the world’s richest salmon rivers. Alta is bathed in the wonderful midnight sun in the summer - take a trip out to the Boazo Sami Slida near the Alta river and get to experience a real Sami Slida – a settlement of reindeer herders – try your hand at throwing a lasso, see Sami at work on handicrafts and learn more about the Sami culture. Or meet Roger Dahl and his hard working team of Alaskan huskies, and learn all about Arctic dog sleigh racing, followed by a wonderful barbecue dinner.
  • 13 & 14 Norway’s northernmost regions Travel through some of the most stunning northern scenery, past mountains, fjords and fishing villages, to Narvik. It’s location is spectacular – pincered by islands to the west and mountains in every other direction, while spectacular fjords stretch north and south. Visit the Ofoten Museum that tells of Narvik’s farming, fishing, railway-building and shipping heritage.And, pop into the Red Cross War Museum that illustrates the military campaigns that were fought here in the early years of WWII. In the main cemetery at Narvik are monuments to the French and Polish troops who fought alongside the Norwegians on land, as well as graves of German defenders and British sailors who died at sea.There is a cable car at Narvik that offers breathtaking views over the surrounding peaks and fjords. And take a popular hike that parallels the Ofotbanen railway and follows the Rallarveien, an old navy (railway worker) trail.Take a ferry across Tysfjord and pass Rago National Park – its fjords cutting deep into the landscape. Bid farewell to the Arctic before reaching Mosjoen, a pleasant town on the Vefsnfjord, with a wonderful vista of wooden buildings as well as Norway’s oldest octagonal church.
  • 15 - 17 Trondheim & Fjord Country This morning, head via the village of Hell, to Trondheim – capital of the Vikings. With wide streets an a partly pedestrianised heart, it is a lovely city with a long history. Stroll around the Market Square that is dominated by its statue of Olav Tryggvason. And pay a visit to the Nidaros Cathedral - Norway’s national shrine, as well as the Tyholt Tower and the Old Town Bridge.Set off early for one of the most scenic days you will ever experience. Cross the Dovre Mountains – Norway’s oldest National Park – and arrive at the mirror-smooth waters of Geirangerfjord to set off on a spectacular cruise beneath towering cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and icy glaciers. Spend an overnight stay in a hotel with a wonderful setting overlooking the beautiful Norwegian fjord landscape.Next day, enjoy a whole day of relaxation amongst the beautiful fjord landscape and mountains. Or consider taking an optional scenic drive along the amazing Trolls Road – a masterpiece of engineering when it was built over 70 years ago.
  • 18 & 19 Oslo – attractions and sightseeing Travel via lakes and snow-capped peaks to Lom – home to one of Norway’s most beautiful stave churches, and continue through the countryside of ‘Peer Gynt’ and that is immortalized by Ibsen, to Oyer, where you may catch a glimpse of the world’s largest Troll. Stop off in Lillehammer before continuing on to Norway’s modern capital of Oslo.A final day to spend getting to know Oslo. Consider a local tour that takes in the spires and ramparts of medieval Akershus Castle that guards the harbour, and also the Royal Palace, and the Viking Long Ship Museum. And visit Fogner Park that houses the controversial sculptures by Gustav Vigeland.Or explore Oslo on foot and enjoy the city’s perfect mix of urban life and natural beauty. Norway’s capital is a vibrant mix of old and new architecture, world-class museums and modern-day culture. Or hire a bike and explore the nearby Oslofjord, or take a fjord cruise on the Skibladner – the oldest paddle steamer in the world.
  • 20 Depart
€ 4,750 per person (Prices are in Euros and exclude international flights)
Price Per Person in Twin Sharing Accomodation
(Prices are in Euros and exclude international flights)

All rates mentioned are an approximate price per person on a twin-sharing basis, and are based on a minimum of 6-9 adults travelling together. Rates are subject to change based on the number of passengers and the time of year. (Flights, visas, travel insurance, lunches & dinners, personal expenses not included. There may be some itinerary activities not included also – please ask).

Inclusions :

- Traditional ,Boutique or Heritage accommodation where possible or Quality accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) in centrally located 4*Hotels .

-Meals – breakfast in all destinations

- Internal Travel by rail - ferries - coach as applicable

-Guided sightseeing excursions as per the itinerary as applicable

-First arrival and last departure transfers

-Entrance and excursion costs as indicated

Travel is based on private coaches with Local guides . You do have the option of Independent travel .Get in Touch to discuss on how we could tailor the trip to suit you .

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Scandinavia is glorious during the warm summer months – enjoy boat trips around archipelagos, cruises and hikes through the Norwegian fjords, festivals galore in Denmark, and summer lakeside cottage havens in Finland. The summer sun doesn’t set in Scandinavian Lapland so head outside for a feast of forests, lakes, rivers and outdoor fun. It’s a different place in the winter - hop on a sleigh to see the Northern Lights, ski in Lapland from February to May, meet Santa in Finland at Xmas-time, and head-off for cultural city-breaks in Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen & Helsinki all year-round.

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