Scandinavian Heritage

On this 28 Day Scandinavian Heritage explore the Midnight Sun to the Little Mermaid and from crossing the Arctic Circle to crossing the northern seas. Scandinavia is truly an astonishing part of the world.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

On arrival at Oslo airport, your transfer will leave for the hotel at 09:30, 12:00 or 14:30. Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at 17:30, to enjoy a Welcome Dinner with wine.

Hotel: Scandic St Olavs Plass Hotel, 2 nights

In the morning, sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you the spires and ramparts of medieval Akershus Castle guarding the harbour, as well as the Royal Palace and an included visit to the Viking Ship Museum. Wander through Frogner Park, housing the intriguing sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. The afternoon is at your leisure, maybe explore City Hall where the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony is held, or walk upon the famous architecture of Oslo Opera House?

Journey across the Hardanger Plateau, Europe’s greatest mountain plateau and the largest national park in the Nordic countries, before arriving at your hotel in the historic port of Bergen. In the evening, savour a delicious dinner at Zupperia Matbørsen, a local restaurant offering traditional Norwegian and European flavours with an Asian fusion.

Hotel: Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, 2 nights

A Local Expert introduces you to Bergen. The ancient Hanseatic port city still largely looks to the sea for its living, as evidenced by the picturesque and lively Fish Market, set in a charming location in the heart of the city. The market also has stalls selling a colourful variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and souvenirs. After seeing the 13th century Haakon’s Hall, there will be time to explore all that this exciting town has to offer. Perhaps spend a leisurely afternoon on the traditional-style train of the Flåm Railway?

Enjoy the morning at leisure to ascend Mount Fløyen by the only funicular in Scandinavia or alternatively visit the home of composer Edward Grieg, located alongside the beautiful lake Nordås. Afterwards, travel along this incredible coastline and sail across fjords passing an abundance of islands. Arrive in Stavanger, one of Norway’s oldest cities founded almost 900 years ago. The city has continued to evolve with changing times and now the headquarters of the Norwegian oil industry, Stavanger is a fusion of old world charm and cosmopolitan flair.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, 2 nights

Cruise Lysefjord, one of Norway’s most breathtaking fjords. See Preikestolen, the Pulpit Rock, known as one of the most iconic destinations in the world! You will also view Vagabond’s Cave, old mountain farms, idyllic islands and majestic scenery. Enjoy the fjord landscape through panoramic windows or from the sundeck. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or continue exploring Stavanger.

Relax and enjoy the scenic drive as you round the southern cape of Norway. Upon arrival in Kristiansand, your orientation walk of the city centre will show you the Dom Kirke and the Nupen Fountain.

Hotel: Hotel Norge

Say farewell to Norway as you sail across the Skagerrak to Hirtshals, Denmark. Your journey continues to Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city and one of Europe’s cultural treasures with world-class museums and modern art. Visit Den Gamle By with your Local Expert to learn about this city’s Viking Heritage as you explore this open-air museum of urban history and culture in Denmark. Join your fellow travellers for a Farm-to-Table Dinner of delicious Danish dishes made from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

Hotel: Comwell Hotel Aarhus, 2 nights

A vibrant mix of youthful energy and a blast from the past makes Aarhus a city with an energetic beat of the pulse. Join your Local Expert for an exploration of the city centre. See the City Hall, the modern art museum ARoS Aarhus ART Museum topped with an immense, interactive artwork and Dokk1, the largest public library in Scandinavia. Walk through the area surrounding the cathedral and visit the new township for splendid views of Aarhus Bay. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your own pace.

Cross the Jutland Peninsula to the town of Odense, on the island of Fyn. In the restored old district, visit the Hans Christian Andersen House, a museum dedicated to his life and works. Learn all about the famous fairytale writer as you follow his career, travels and love life. Perhaps explore the Tivoli Gardens for an evening of lights, flowers and sensory delights.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, 2 nights

Your Local Expert will reveal the charm of Denmark’s capital. Meet Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid gazing wistfully across the harbour and see Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Government. Continue on to see Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and Copenhagen Cathedral, where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. View the unusual Round Tower a 17th century round tower and the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. The afternoon is at your leisure. In the evening, dine with your newfound friends and delight in a delicious Highlight Dinner.

Travel from Denmark to Sweden by crossing the incredible Øresund Bridge. Spanning 16km over the Flinte channel it’s the longest road and rail bridge in Europe. Pass through the artificial island of Peberholm which has become a haven for flora and fauna and continue through the Skåne region, which gave its name to Scandinavia. Enjoy views of the patchwork of fertile farmlands as you journey along the shores of Lake Vättern to the Swedish capital, Stockholm, which is set on 14 beautiful islands. In the evening, perhaps try the local cuisine served in traditional surroundings?

Hotel: Scandic Grand Central

Join a Local Expert for your visit to the City Hall’s marvellous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall, and the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held. Continue to Gamla Stan, the medieval heart of the city. View the cathedral and walk through the Old Town to see the Royal Palace. With the afternoon at leisure, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Vasa Galleon, a marvellous impression of life on board a 17th century naval vessel. In the evening, board your Baltic cruise to Finland and voyage through the largest archipelago in the world. Enjoy dinner onboard as well as the sight of thousands of islands from the comfort of your A-class, sea-view cabin, while the northern sun hangs over the horizon, showing almost no sign of setting in mid-summer.

Cruise: Serenade or Symphony – Tallink Silja Line

Helsinki is known as a global trendsetter in design, fashion, stunning architecture and luscious parks. Disembark your Baltic cruise to meet your Local Expert. Wander through the aromatic stalls of a traditional food market and sample local produce like liquorice or smoked reindeer. Afterwards, enjoy time to explore on your own. Why not stop for lunch at the colourful market located by the harbour and spend time browsing the vast array of stalls selling local souvenirs, handicrafts as well as fruits, vegetables and world-class pancakes?

Hotel: GLO Hotel Art

Finland is a land of beautiful lakes and enchanting forests. Sit back and relax as you take in the spectacular scenery. On arrival in Kuopio, ascend Puijo Tower for a splendid panorama that will reveal why Finland is called the land of a thousand lakes. Adjoining the hotel is the well-revered Grillsson Steakhouse & Bar, known for their homely atmosphere. Sit back and relax as you are treated to a delicious, freshly-prepared, three-course meal offering, quinoa and goat’s cheese to start, warming flank steak with Borderlaise sauce for a main and a refreshing lime posset for dessert.

Hotel: Scandic Atlas

As you journey towards the Arctic, travel through Lapland, native home to the nomadic Sami people. Visit Oulu, northern Finland’s oldest city. It is also the largest general port in the Bothnian Bay, made up of 3 harbours. Enjoy time to explore the centre of the city that is spread across several islands, connected by pedestrian bridges and cycleways, considered one of the best in Europe. Your travels continue to Rovaniemi, the modern capital of the region.

Hotel: Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus, 2 nights

With your Local Expert, see the Town Hall designed by Aalvar Aalto and visit Rovaniemi Church. Next, a delight for the young at heart! Visit the Santa Claus village which celebrates the Christmas spirit year-round. Meet Santa at his post office, where you can arrange to send a special letter from Santa to loved ones back home in time for the following Christmas. Don’t forget to take a beautiful photo to capture the magic of Christmas. With the afternoon at leisure perhaps you may want to visit the open-air museum and Arktikum?

In the morning enjoy a relaxed start or perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit Ranua Wildlife Park, for the chance to see polar bears, lynxes or even a wolverine. Later, cross the Arctic Circle and receive a certificate to prove you were there! Continue your journey north along the Four Winds’ Road where you may see herds of reindeer roaming freely as you head for one of the oldest churches in Lapland. Travel through Europe’s last great wilderness to see the Urho Kekkonen National Park near the gold centre of Tankavaara.

Hotel: Hotel Ivalo Oy

Cross nature reserves into Norway and stop at Karasjok, the seat of the Sami Parliament and a centre of Sami culture. Visit a Sami National Museum before continuing along the beautiful Porsanger Fjord to reach the quaint settlement of Honningsvag. Enjoy the picturesque harbour at your leisure or perhaps set out on a sea bird and arctic cruise adventure? This Optional Experience includes a cruise around the Gjesværstappen, a necklace of islands that’s a protected nesting area for millions of Puffins, Kittiwakes, Gannets, Guillemots, White Tailed Eagles and even a chance of a Grey Seal or Porpoise. Tonight we journey in search of the midnight sun on your included experience of Nordkapp, the northernmost point of mainland Europe, where you will enjoy a glass of bubbles and caviar in one of the most special places on Earth.

Hotel: Scandic Honningsvåg

Enjoy a relaxed start before continuing your escorted journey through Norway’s most Northern County of ‘Finnmark’, covered in unique topography of rolling tundra and isolated dwellings. This afternoon experience the town of Alta at your leisure, made famous for its fishing and mining history. Why not visit the Northern Lights Cathedral or consider taking a wilderness trip on the Alta River itself?

Hotel: Scandic Alta, 2 nights

With a leisurely morning start, why not explore the town centre or check out the Rock Art of Alta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of prehistoric rock carvings. Later, visit a working husky farm to meet Trine Lyrek, a champion dog sledder. Learn about her Alaskan huskies and the challenges she faces competing in marathon Arctic dog sled races. Meet some of Trine’s Husky puppies, that may grow to be the best racing dogs in the country. If you wish, spend time playing with these adorable pups. Afterwards,delight in a wonderful oven-baked Highlight Dinner of local seasonal specialities,such as salmon or the nutritious local game, reindeer, served with fresh salads and wine.

Pass Kåfjord where the German battleship Tirpitz was once stationed and hear tales of one of the first large-scale battles of World War II. As you travel south, see the marvellous Lyngen Alps in the distance. They’re 90 kilometers of mountains and glaciers that really are stunning all year round. Continue to Narvik, surrounded by majestic mountains. Perhaps join an Optional Experience and take in stunning views aboard neighbouring Sweden’s iron-ore railway. Pass surrounding fjords as the Ofot Railway clings to the mountainside – constructed over 100 years ago, it’s an incredible feat of engineering. The evening is free for you to explore on your own.

Hotel: Scandic Narvik

Board a ferry to cross Tysfjord, then continue past Rago National Park, its fjords cut deep into the landscape. Bid farewell to the Arctic before reaching Mosjøen, a pleasant town on the Vefsnfjord that has a large concentration of historic, 19th century wooden buildings.

Hotel: Fru Haugans Hotel

Drive through Namdalen then watch for salmon leaping upstream as they travel to their spawning-grounds at the mighty Laksfoss Falls. Continue past the village of Hell to Trondheim, once the seat of the ancient Viking kings and Norway’s third largest city. Trondheim has always reflected the changing fortunes of Norway and is full of interest. See the Market Square dominated by its statue of Olav Tryggvason and the Nidaros Cathedral, Norway’s national shrine. Tyholttårnet, or Tyholt Tower rises high above the city and the Old Town Bridge is locally known as Lykkens Portal, which means Portal of Happiness.

Hotel: Clarion Hotel

Begin one of the most scenic days you will ever experience. Norwegian Fjordland is a dream world of soaring mountains, icy glaciers and rivers which cascade hundreds of metres into the green valleys below. Cross the Dovre Mountains, as you journey through Dovrefjell National Park. Travel via lakes and snow-capped peaks to Lom, home to one of Norway’s most beautiful stave churches. Arrive at the mirror-smooth waters of Geirangerfjord to embark on a spectacular cruise beneath towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Your hotel is in a superb setting overlooking the beautiful Norwegian Fjord landscape.

Hotel: Hotel Union, 2 nights

Enjoy a relaxed start and a whole day free for you to explore the fjords and mountains of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps join an Optional Experience and take an incredible scenic drive along the amazing Trollstigen, or Troll’s Road. The road itself was a masterpiece of engineering when it was built over 70 years ago and the spectacular views will leave you speechless.

Journey through the countryside immortalised by Ibsen in ‘Peer Gynt’ and inspiration for Edvard Grieg. Continue to Lillehammer, host of the 1994 Winter Olympics, for an orientation with your Travel Director. Then it’s on to the modern Norwegian capital of Oslo. Round off your travels with a Celebration Dinner, and raise your glass to toast to your adventures.

Hotel: Thon Hotel Opera

Your departure transfer arrives at Oslo Airport at 07:15 or 10:15.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 13$12,195.00Price on Application
May: 27$12,475.00Price on Application
June: 10$12,475.00Price on Application
June: 24$12,595.00Price on Application
July: 08, 15$12,595.00Price on Application
July: 22$12,550.00Price on Application
August: 05$12,325.00Price on Application
August: 12$12,295.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 27 breakfasts, 14 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach, Ferry crossings
Accommodation: 26 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Nordic Adventure

Your very-own Arctic Scandinavian adventure, complete with tales of ancient Viking kings and Lapland stories of Sami culture. Travel through dramatic fjord and glacier landscapes, view the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen and meet Santa in Rovaniemi. You’ll see the Scandinavian capitals and witness the land of the Midnight Sun.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Helsinki

The ever-cool capital of Helsinki kick-starts your exploration of the ‘North’. On arrival, transfer to your hotel, then spend the rest of the day discovering the city your way before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Indulge in some of the local flavours at Kauppatori harbour square then stretch your legs along Helsinki’s elegant esplanade. It’s the perfect introduction to your upcoming journey across Scandinavia.

Hotel: Scandic Grand Marina

Day 2: Helsinki Sightseeing – Kuopio

A ‘Local Specialist’ reveals all the highlights of Helsinki and some hidden gems on this morning’s sightseeing tour. See the abstract Sibelius Monument, erected in honour of one of Finland’s beloved composers, the Olympic stadium, the Opera House and Finlandia Hall, with its modern marble façades. From ‘Stadi’ to Finland’s Lakeland, today’s scenic journey takes you through spruce forests and pastoral landscapes to Kuopio, a beloved summer sanctuary for the locals. Soak up the tranquil lakeside setting as you embark on an orientation tour, before continuing to our resort hotel where we dine this evening surrounded by Finnish forests and lakes.

Hotel: Break Sokos Tahkovuori, 2 nights

Day 3: Kuopio Free Day

Don’t resist the urge to explore the area on water on your full free day. You could board one of the many cruises that travel through South Karelia and admire the soul-stirring natural beauty of eastern Finland by boat. Visit the Pikku-Pietari market for a spot of souvenir shopping, then indulge in the kalakukko fish pie, a local favourite. For a bird’s-eye view of the exquisite lake scenery that surrounds the town, head up to Puijo Tower. Your Travel Director will provide suggestions on how best to spend your day.

Day 4: Kuopio – Rovaniemi

Head north through Finland’s lake district to Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland. There’s time for a quick stop in the university town of Oulu en route, to watch the outdoorsy locals take full advantage of their liveable city. See how the city spans several islands and visit its harbour and market square before continuing to Rovaniemi where an orientation will take you past the Lumberjack Bridge, the Library and Lappia Hall, home to the city’s theatre.

Hotel: Scandic Pohjanhovi

Day 5: Rovaniemi – Saariselkä

Tell Santa how good you’ve been this year when you visit him at his Santa Claus Village on the Arctic Circle. ‘Dive Into Culture’ and see his office and post office, where every year Christmas magic happens. Enjoy some free time to explore Rovaniemi on your own or consider delving into the fascinating world of Arctic research and a Rovaniemi of the past when you join an Optional Experience to the Arctic Centre and Pioneer Farm. Later, travel north to the popular winter-sports resort of Saariselkä.

Hotel: Santa’s Tunturi

Day 6: Saariselkä – Honningsvåg

It doesn’t get more north in Norway than Honningsvåg, today’s final destination and the gateway to the North Cape. During your free time, consider joining an optional Sea Birds and Arctic Cruise to explore the chilly waters of the Barents Sea and the creatures that find sanctuary in its midst. After dinner at your hotel, head to the North Cape Visitor Centre to see the Midnight Sun from your ethereal vantage point, the ‘Edge of the World’.

Hotel: Scandic Nordkapp

Day 7: Honningsvåg – Alta

Continue through Norway’s Finnmark region to Alta. You could choose to experience an integral part of Norwegian culture first-hand, joining an optional visit to a Husky farm to meet the Alaskan Husky dogs and encounter the beauty of the Arctic. Arriving in Alta, you’ll view the modern Northern Lights Cathedral before an evening at leisure.

Hotel: Thon Alta

Day 8: Alta – Tromsø

Follow the winding route along the fjords of northern Norway to Tromsø, the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’. Discover a multicultural community which thrives in its Arctic Circle surrounds. The backdrop may be snow-capped, but there’s nothing chilly about the warmth of the locals, as you’ll come to discover on your free evening in this ‘capital of the north’.

Hotel: Clarion The Edge

Day 9: Tromsø – Svolvær (Lofoten Islands)

Keep your cameras ready for a day of soul-stirring views. You’ll journey south from Tromsø to Svolvær, the perfect base from which to explore Norway’s exquisite Lofoten Islands. En route, stop for an exclusive ‘Be My Guest’ dinner with Jorunn, Sven-Magne and the resident goats of Den Sorte Gryte Goat Farm, which has been in the family since the 16th century. Sample the local speciality brown cheese and discover the Norwegian philosophy of friluftsliv before arriving in the gateway to the Lofoten Peninsula. The statue of Fiserkona, the fisherman’s wife, stands at the harbour entrance against a backdrop of cod drying racks, giving visitors a taste and smell of the town’s seafaring roots.

Hotel: Thon, 2 nights

Day 10: Svolvær (Lofoten Islands) Free Time

Lace up your boots and prepare for a day of adventure. The Lofoten Islands is paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and, with a variety of optional activities on offer to explore the surrounding natural beauty, you’re in for a busy day. You could choose to spend your free time hiking, fishing or cruising, or delve into the area’s Viking connections with a visit to the Lofotr Viking Museum. As the sun refuses to set on another spectacular Scandinavian day, you’ll enjoy an evening at leisure

Day 11: Svolvær (Lofoten Islands) – Mo I Rana

Spend the day relaxing as glorious Norwegian landscapes unfold along your journey south. You’ll see glaciers and fjords as you wind your way towards Mo I Rana, re-crossing the Arctic Circle and passing Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park, Junkerdal National Park and the ‘Blood Road’, built by prisoners during World War II. After a day of scenic driving, you’ll arrive in Mo I Rana in time for dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Scandic Meyergarden

Day 12: Mo I Rana – Trondheim

This morning we journey south to Trondheim, stopping en route in the amusingly named village of Hell, Norway. With Trondheim’s youthful atmosphere and centuries-old Viking heritage, you’ll wish you had more time to visit. This afternoon, you’ll see its 11th-century Nidaros Cathedral, built over the burial site of King Olav II who became the patron saint of the nation. Then, admire the ornamental red portals of the Old Town Bridge and the colourful façades on Kongens gate, one of Trondheim’s main streets.

Hotel: Scandic Lerkendal

Day 13: Trondheim – Geiranger

The ‘Queen of the Fjords’ takes centre stage today and you’ll quickly discover why she is justifiably inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, along with Nærøyfjord. A special treat awaits as you spend the night at one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays with Stories’ – Hotel Geiranger, which offers spectacular views and authentic Norwegian hospitality. Join your fellow travellers for dinner at your hotel against the backdrop of your enchanting natural surroundings.

Hotel: Geiranger, 2 nights

Day 14: Geiranger Free Day

Soak up the wonder of this spectacular feat of nature on a full free day to encounter Geirangerfjord on your own terms. Consider an Optional Experience along Trollstigen Road and admire the feat of engineering it took to carve 11 hairpin turns into the steep mountain slope. Alternatively, embark on an optional visit to the Dalsnibba Skywalk for spectacular views of the fjord below with a scenic cruise past its tumbling waterfalls and snow-capped peaks.

Day 15: Geiranger – Lom – Lillehammer – Oslo

High peaks surround you along your journey to Lom, the gateway to Jotunheimen Mountains, where this morning you’ll visit the 12th-century wooden Stave church. Visit Lillehammer, where you’ll learn about the hugely successful 1994 Winter Olympic games, then continue to Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital.

Hotel: Scandic Solli

Day 16: Oslo Sightseeing – Frederikshavn

This morning, join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour which includes views of the medieval fortress of Akershus, the 19th-century Royal Palace and the impressive modern Opera House which seems to rise up from the harbour’s waters. Visit the wonderland of Norwegian sculptures left behind by Gustav Vigeland in his Sculpture Park. Next, slice across the Skagerrak strait on board your ferry bound for Denmark and the harbour town of Frederikshavn. Its strategic location as a naval base and trading town has left its mark on the city and you’ll have the evening on your own to explore its centuries-old roots after an orientation tour.

Hotel: Jutlandia

Day 17: Frederikshavn – Odense – Copenhagen

Visit Odense, the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. Then travel south down the Jutland Peninsula, bound for the island of Zealand and the Danish capital, Copenhagen. The city is as enchanting today as it was when it inspired Hans Christian Andersen to write his celebrated fairy tales, as you’ll discover over the coming days. This evening is yours to explore Copenhagen as you wish. Consider an Optional Experience on an hour-long cruise along the canals followed by a visit to the village of Dragør with its tiny thatched cottages.

Hotel: Island, 2 nights

Day 18: Copenhagen Sightseeing and Free Time

Join your ‘Local Specialist’ this morning for a sightseeing tour through the city’s historic centre. See Christiansborg Palace, the 17th-century Børsen (Stock Exchange) and the demure Little Mermaid, watching over the promenade from her rock. You’ll have a free afternoon to finish your souvenir shopping. Consider heading to the colourful Nyhavn waterfront to rub shoulders with the cheerful locals. This evening, join your travel companions for a rousing Farewell Dinner to toast an epic journey across Scandinavia.

Day 19: Depart Copenhagen

As your journey draws to a close, bid your new friends a fond farewell and prepare for your return trip home

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 09$6,925.00$8,685.00
April: 16, 23, 30$7,050.00$8,810.00
May: 07, 14, 21$7,050.00$8,810.00
May: 28$7,250.00$9,010.00
June: 04$7,250.00$9,010.00
June: 11$7,150.00$8,910.00
June: 18, 25$6,950.00$8,300.00
July: 02, 09, 16$7,095.00$8,445.00
July: 23, 30$7,150.00$8,910.00
August: 06$7,150.00$8,910.00
August: 13, 20$7,050.00$8,810.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 18 breakfasts, 9 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 17 nights accommodation & 1 night cruising
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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