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Essence of Scandinavia

(12 days / 11 nights)

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Discover what makes the region tick

Just about everyone will find something to love about this partially-guided holiday. Get up close and personal with the Scandinavian capitals, starting in Helsinki, where you can relax and explore on your own for a few days. Then join up with a small group and expert tour leader for a carefree, culture-filled journey westward through Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo and the Fjords. Enjoy guided sightseeing tours, lively dinners and travel by train and cruise.

Note: The Helsinki part of this tour is not guided. You will meet your tour leader and fellow group travellers in Stockholm.

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Travel style

Guided Small Groups i


Classic i, Culture and History i


Jun - Aug

Max group size





Price per person for 2018:

  1 Adult 2 Adults
Comfort 4508 EUR 3962 EUR

Small group sizes mean these tours fill quickly, booking early also gives you the best chance of securing your desired departure date.

Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants (from Stockholm)

DEPARTURES Mark your calendar for an unforgettable adventure!

29th May 2018
5th June 2018 - Sold Out
26th June 2018
10th July 2018 
17th July 2018
24th July 2018 
31st July 2018
21st August 2018 
28th August 2018 


A day-by-day plan to guide your Finnish travels.

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  • Day 1: Welcome to the Capital of Finland

    After landing at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, your holiday is off to a wonderful start with a private transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city. If you arrive early it’s wise to pick up a Helsinki Card, which gives you access to all the main attractions and museums as well as free travel on public transportation, including the ferry to the Suomenlinna sea fortress in the Helsinki Archipelago.

    You can also ask your Nordic Visitor travel consultant about adding guided sightseeing tours or activities in Helsinki this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

    Spend the night at Scandic Hotel Grand Marina (or similar) in Helsinki. 

  • Day 2: Explore Helsinki & Sail to Sweden

    Helsinki is known for its creativity and, as such, was awarded the UNESCO “City of Design” title in 2012 —it even has its own Design District and “design tram route” (Line 6). Some notable city landmarks to visit include the Senate Square, the Uspenski Cathedral, the Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, the Opera House and the Sibelius Park. Of course, there are also plenty of great shops, galleries and museums, not to mention some fabulous outdoor food markets for a quick bite.

    In the late afternoon, you will board the overnight cruise headed for Stockholm. There’s plenty to do on board besides sleep, with a variety of cafes, restaurant and shops to enjoy. When you do need your rest, spend the night in an outside cabin with a window and ensuite bathroom.

    Cruise departure: approx. 17:00

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  • Day 3: Enjoy Free Time & Welcome Dinner in Stockholm

    Enjoy breakfast on board the ship as you sail into the gorgeous Stockholm Archipelago—consisting of more than 24,000 islands and islets. After arriving at around 10:00, you will make your way to the hotel and then enjoy some free time. We suggest a walk down the busy Drottninggatan shopping street or through the bohemian neighbourhood of Södermalm, both areas with numerous cafés where you can take part in the Swedish ritual of fika—a relaxing coffee break with a sweet dessert.

    At 18:00, we will gather for a friendly and relaxed welcome dinner to meet our fellow travel companions and tour leader and chat about the days ahead.

    Spend the night at Nordic C Hotel in Stockholm.

  • Day 4: Experience History & Culture in Stockholm

    Today we will explore the historical heart of Stockholm, with a local guide showing us city landmarks. Starting with a short bus tour we will see attractions such as the City Hall and Fjällgatan, the panoramic viewpoint of Stockholm, and then we’ll end with a walk through the medieval cobblestone streets of Old Town (Gamla Stan) and a tour of the Royal Palace.

    After some time on your own for lunch, we will continue with a ferry ride to the island of Djurgården for a visit to the famous Vasa Ship Museum. Afterwards, the rest of the afternoon is free for your own sightseeing. You may wish to stay on Djurgården—a green oasis within the city—to visit other top attractions like the Abba Museum, the Gröna Lund amusement park or the Skansen open-air museum. Tonight dinner is on your own; the town is full of dining options, and your tour leader will be able to offer suggestions.

    Spend another night at Nordic C Hotel in Stockholm.

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  • Day 5: Railway Journey & Copenhagen Tour

    This is a day full of great scenery as we head to our next Scandinavian destination. After breakfast we’ll head to Stockholm Central Station for a 5-hour and 15 minutes long train journey across the idyllic farmlands and forests of southern Sweden to Copenhagen.

    After arriving and setting in at our hotel, a local guide will take us on a walking tour (approx. 3 km) around Copenhagen’s main landmarks. We’ll stroll through the grand courtyard of the Amalienborg Palace, where the Danish Royal Guard stands watch day and night, along with Frederiks Kirke (“The Marble Church”), the star-shaped fortress of Kastellet and the well-known Nyhavn with its colourful, narrow houses lining the canal. After the tour we’ll enjoy dinner together.

    Spend the night at Admiral Hotel in Copenhagen.

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  • Day 6: Castles & Gardens of the Danish Capital

    There’s a lot to explore in Copenhagen! Today we will enjoy a guided tour of the Renaissance-era Rosenborg Castle followed by a walk through the lush Botanical Garden, a lunch stop at the Torvehallerne food market—a favourite among local foodies—and a short boat tour with views of Christiansborg Palace, the Opera House and the colourful Christianshavn canal.

    The rest of the afternoon and evening, including dinner, is on your own. Enjoy complimentary entrance to the famous Tivoli Gardens amusement park, a nostalgic atmosphere with games, rides, lights and music.

    Spend another night at Admiral Hotel in Copenhagen.

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  • Day 7: Free Time in Copenhagen & Cruise to Norway

    Explore Copenhagen on your own for the first part of the day. If you’re up for some physical activity, walk up the winding staircase of Rundetårn Tower, or for amazing city views climb the 400 stairs to the spiralling steeple of Church of our Saviour in Christianshavn. Art lovers will enjoy the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museum and beer lovers will find something for all tastes at the historic Carlsberg Brewery. Or stroll down the famous “Strøget” for some world-class shopping.

    Today you also have the possibility of taking a leisurely stroll along the shoreline to the world famous Little Mermaid statue.

    For the next part of our journey, we’ll board the ship to Oslo in the late afternoon and enjoy a traditional Scandinavian dinner buffet on board in the evening. As we sail up the Kattegat Sund to Norway’s capital city, you can take part in the dancing and entertainment on board or just relax and watch the sunset from the deck.

    Spend the night on the cruise ship, in an outside cabin with private facilities. 

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  • Day 8: Introduction to Norwegian Culture in Oslo

    Enjoy the views of the Oslo Fjord during breakfast as the ship sails into port. After disembarking, we’ll get right to exploring our new destination with a local guide. Among our highlights in Oslo are the beautiful Vigeland Sculpture Park—filled with over 200 metal and stone artworks, the Royal Palace and the Opera House, a marvel of modern Scandinavian architecture. And as skiing is a big part of Norwegian life, you’ll also see the Holmenkollen ski jump, which—at 417 metres above sea level, is enough to give anyone goose bumps.

    Tonight, enjoy the city and dining at your leisure.

    Spend the night at Comfort Hotel Grand Central in Oslo.

  • Day 9: Norway in a Nutshell Train to Flåm

    Today we will get an early start and head to Oslo Central Station to start our Norway in a Nutshell® railway journey towards Bergen. This train ride, voted one of the 20 best in the world, takes us over Norway’s “mountainous rooftop” and through charming villages like Gol and Geilo. In Myrdal, we will switch trains to the Flåm Railway for an incredible 20 km ride with a 900-metre descent to the beautiful village of Flåm.

    In the village you’ll have free admission to the Flåm Railway Documentation Centre, located right beside Flåm Station, where you can learn about the construction of the world’s steepest railway line. Then in the evening we will enjoy dinner together at the hotel restaurant.

    Spend the night at Fretheim Hotel in Flåm.

    Departure - June 06, July 04, July 18 & August 15
    Departure from Oslo: approx. 08:05*
    Arrival to Flåm: approx. 14:25*

    Departure - June 27 & August 01
    Departure from Oslo: approx. 12:03*
    Arrival to Flåm: approx. 16:48*

    * Times may differ slightly between different departures

    NOTE: For added comfort, our luggage will be picked up in Oslo and will be waiting for us on arrival in Bergen. Remember to pack an overnight bag for your night in Flåm.

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  • Day 10: Medieval Alleys & Panoramic Views in Bergen

    Until afternoon you are free to explore Flåm how you wish, perhaps with some optional activities. Then we’ll re-group and continue our journey, this time by boat. From the village we will take a boat tour in Aurlandsfjord and the World Heritage-listed Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in Europe. This is perhaps the most beautiful and wildest arm of the Sognefjord, with its tall mountains, mighty waterfalls and small farms clinging to the steep mountainsides.

    On arrival at the pier in Gudvangen, we’ll switch to a coach bus for a thrilling ride around the 13 hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva, Northern Europe’s steepest stretch of road. After a brief pause to enjoy the view from Stalheim Hotel, we will continue to Voss, we will take the train for the last stretch of the journey to Bergen.

    Spend the night at Hotel No 13 in central Bergen.

    Departure from Flåm: approx. 15:10*

    Arrival to Bergen: approx. 20:34*

    * Times may differ slightly between different departures

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  • Day 11: Experience History & Culture in Bergen

    Despite being Norway’s second largest city, Bergen—The Capital of the Fjords—still has the charm of a small town. We’ll experience many charms first-hand as a local guide leads us on a walking tour around Bryggen, the medieval part of the city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will then take the cable-cars up to a mountain for stunning panoramic views over the city.

    The afternoon is at your leisure, and then this evening we’ll enjoy one last dinner all together at a nice local restaurant, a great chance to compare notes on our favourite moments from our Scandinavian adventures.

    Spend the night at Hotel No 13 in central Bergen.

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  • Day 12: Departure From Bergen

    When it’s time to head home, you can take the airport bus (Flybussen) from one of the various departure points in the Bergen city centre or you can take a taxi directly from your hotel to Bergen-Flesland Airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, enjoy some last-minute shopping, a visit one of Bergen‘s museums or a relaxing break at a café after this amazing journey.

    If you wish to spend more time in Bergen after the guided tour, on in Stockholm beforehand, ask your travel consultant about adding extra nights or services, such as private airport transfers. For an even greater Nordic travel experience, we can also extend your trip with visits to Iceland, Greenland or Scotland, for example. Contact us for details about customizing your itinerary!


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


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

Scandinavia - 12days

Glad that I booked the tour with Nordic Visitor. My family had such a great time that the Scandinavia aura still lingers after days back home. Sirry Laufdal was our beloved advisor for this trip & she has done a wonderful job. She had all the arrangements in order with detail explanations. Best of all we got great connecting rooms with fantastic view. Nordic will arrange the schedule & all we need were an adventurous attitude with a craze for map reading & go explore! Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway & Sweden) were amazing countries with equally amazing people! We took the train to Bergen, it's a trip we'll never forget. Thanks Sirry. Love every bit of this trip.

Absolutely fantastic

Planned our family trip to Scandinavia through Nordic Visitors by finding them on the internet. What a great find!!!! EVERYTHING was taken care of beautifully! Hotels were fantastic! Tour guides in Denmark Sweden and Norway were fantastic. Our accomodations on the ferry from Denmark to Norway were amazing. Seriously, they could not have been more helpful. I sincerely recommend using this company if you plan to visit Scandinavia!


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Tour Information

If you would like to book this tour with an arrival date 4 weeks or less from today, please contact us for assistance.

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. 

This tour is a combination of our Scandinavian Highlights guided small group tour and a self-guided Helsinki city break. You will be on your own in Helsinki and you will meet the tour leader and fellow travellers of your group on the evening of day 3 in Stockholm.

Please note that even though the Scandinavian Highlights is 100% guaranteed, we do not hold any allotments on the Helsinki part of the trip and therefore recommend you book with us and wait until you have received a personal confirmation from your travel consultant before you book your flights.

About your tour leader (from day 3)
This tour package includes the professional service of an experienced tour leader, who will travel with you from city to city and join you on all the guided tours and other planned activities as listed in the itinerary. This person, who acts as the logistical organiser for the group, ensures that everything is running smoothly and that you’re having a good time. As an expert of the Scandinavian region, the tour leader is also a valuable resource for questions about local customs, language, shopping, food and other practical travel information.

Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants.


  • This tour is not recommended for families with children.
  • Triple rooms may be available on request. Please contact us for booking assistance if your travelling party contains three or more people.
  • Bookings for each departure closes on the website 35 days prior to arrival. For later bookings please contact us.

Luggage Restrictions
Due to limited space on the buses, luggage per person is limited to 1 piece of luggage + 1 piece of hand luggage

Walking requirements and mobility
Please note that this tour includes quite a lot of walking during sightseeing tours so you need to be able and prepared to walk between 3-5 kilometers during days where sightseeing tours are included. You also need to be able to carry your own luggage when boarding the trains, buses and cruises.

All cancellations must be made by letter, fax or e-mail. In conformity with business practices within the Nordic travel industry and cancellation policy made by our suppliers, we are obliged to charge cancellation fees on this holiday to passenger(s) as follows:

Cancellation Charges
More than 40 days prior to arrival: 50%
Less than 39 days prior to arrival: 100%

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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