Stockholm Harbour

Scandinavia in Summer

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$3,405 USD
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Trip code: 
ASN
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Culture
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Historic architecture and clear blue harbours

As the days become longer and brighter, the citizens of Scandinavia slowly emerge from hibernation, the skies and gloves are packed away for another year and they head out into the sunshine. The streets of Bergen, Oslo and Stockholm come alive with street cafes, farmers markets and entertainers, while the stunning fjords and mountains become a playground for walkers, sailors, and adventure seekers.

A week in this beautiful region of Northern Europe will change how you view these two countries forever.

Highlights

  • Guided tours of Bergen, Oslo and Stockholm
  • RIB boat ride through the UNESCO listed Naeroyfjord
  • Ride the historic Flam railway
  • Visit a dairy farm for cheese tasting and lunch
  • Explore the maritime Vasa Museum in Stockholm

Key information

  • 6 nights at comfortable 4 star hotels, 2 in 3 star accommodation
  • Group normally 6‐16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by rail and ferry through Norway and Sweden

What's included

  • All breakfasts and l lunch included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplement
  • Optional excursions
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Bergen.

    Arrive early afternoon and transfer to our centrally located hotel in Bergen. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes. After dinner (not included) and our group briefing there will be time to enjoy an evening walk down to the harbour.

    Hotel Ausgustin or similar

  • Day 2

    Guided walking tour of Bergen including funicular railway. Free afternoon.

    This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Norway’s second city, Bergen, including the Bryggen region, a series of Hanseatic commercial buildings lining the eastern side of the fjord. Dating back to the 14th century the area was listed by UNESCO in 1979 and now houses shops and cafes. We will then take the funicular railway to the top of Floyen, one of the mountains that surround the city. The panoramic view from the top is wonderful and it is the perfect place to sit and relax with a coffee.

    The afternoon is free to enjoy the local fish market, or you may choose to walk down from Floyen enjoying the pretty historical hillside suburbs of colourful wooden houses on the way.

    Hotel Ausgustin or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Morning ferry ride through Sognefjod to Flåm. Afternoon walk to lookout.

    The 5.5hr journey from Bergen to Flåm is long, but we sail through some of the most spectacular scenery on earth. Our journey takes us through the Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. For almost the entire trip we’re encircled by towering mountains, with waterfalls cascading into the deep waters below. Pretty, colourful villages line the narrow shores, jostling for space with the small farms producing fruit and rich dairy products. Wildlife is also in abundance and we’re likely to see porpoises following our vessel and sea eagles gliding above our heads.

    On arrival in Flåm, a pretty village at the end of the fjord, we’ll check into our hotel. There should be time for an evening stroll along the shore before dinner.

    Fretheim Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Day on the fjord, including walk to a cheese farm.

    Our day starts by boarding a RIB boat and travelling into the heart of the UNESCO Naeroyford, one of Norway’s most beautiful fjords; from here we travel back to Aurlandfjord, docking in the village of Skjerdal. Here we’ll walk up the old road with beautiful views of the fjord all along the way. At Leim Farm there will be a tour and an introduction to the making of traditional goats cheese. Lunch will be served outside on the terrace with cheese tasting and a main course based on local and home grown products. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the view and get to meet the goats, before we head back to Flåm by minibus.

    Fretheim Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    To Oslo via the historical Flåm Railway.

    We leave the fjord region today and head for the Norwegian capital, via the historic Flåm Railway. Opened in 1941 this 20km line is considered one of the most spectacular in the world, winding through the Flåmsdalen valley to Myrdal where we join the main line from Bergen to Oslo. We're now on a faster, more modern train, but the journey is no less spectacular. Passing through 182 tunnels we climb to over 1200m, crossing the Hardangervidda Plateau, one of the world's highest stretches of railway. Here even in the height of summer, whiteout isn't uncommon. In many parts of the world this would be considered a wonder of engineering, but in Norway, it's just an essential link between the two largest cities.

    Arriving in Oslo we transfer by tram to our hotel, with enough time to enjoy dinner overlooking the harbour, alternatively, you may want to take in the views from the sloping roof of the modern opera house.

    Anker Hotel or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Orientation tour of Oslo, free afternoon.

    With so much natural beauty Norway's fine capital is often overlooked by visitors. History and oil wealth has created a lovely modern city of wide tree-lined boulevards, 19th century buildings, smart cafes and world-class museums and galleries.

    Our orientation walk takes in all the main sights, including the Royal Palace, Akershus Castle, the new opera house and Vigeland Sculpture Park. The afternoon is free, you may choose to visit one of the many museums, including the Munch Museum and Viking Ship Museum or you may wish to take a long lunch on the harbour.

    Anker Hotel or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    To Stockholm by rail, free evening in the Swedish capital.

    Our journey today takes us, by rail, from Oslo to Stockholm, Sweden’s beautiful capital city on the east coast of the Scandinavian Peninsula. We cross Värmland county and along the shores of Vanern, the country’s largest lake. The train is fast and comfortable, with a buffet car and free Wi-Fi and takes approximately 6 hours. On arrival in Stockholm, we transfer by public transport to our hotel, and can enjoy free time in this lovely city by the sea.

    Hotel Lila Ramannen or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Orientation tour of Stockolm including the Vasa Museum.

    Built over 14 islands Stockholm dates back to 1000AD when the area was first occupied by the Vikings. Today it's the largest city in Scandinavia and the cultural and economic capital of the region. Its waterfront location gives it an almost majestic flavour of grandeur, while still feeling local and friendly.

    Our walking tour will start in the old town area of Gamla Stan, before heading around the water’s edge to one of the finest museums in the world – The Vasa Museum. It is home to the 17th century warship Vasa, which sank moments into its maiden voyage in 1628. It was finally raised from the mud in 1961, almost perfectly intact. After years of careful restoration, the ship is now on display in all its glory. It really is an incredible sight, but you only have to look at it to know she was heading for disaster; it’s almost ridiculously top heavy!

    The afternoon is free to enjoy the city, you may choose to take a harbour tour on a traditional steamer, or maybe throw on your platform heels and head to the ABBA Museum, surely Sweden’s most famous export?

    Hotel Lila Ramannen or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    End Stockholm.

    Free morning before transferring to Stockholm Airport for our flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Norway

No visa required for British passport holders.

Sweden

UK passport holders do not require a visa for Sweden.

Vaccinations

Norway

There are no specific health risks.

Sweden

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

'New Nordic Cuisine' has been evolving rapidly over the last decade throughout Scandinavia, as chefs seek to add a modern twist to traditional Scandinavian recipes. They are building on the use of local products, while reviving and adapting some of the older techniques, for example, marinating, smoking and salting. There's also a real drive to use seasonal produce, which in summer includes new potatoes, wild strawberries and asparagus. Hotel breakfasts are particularly generous, with a wide selection of hot food, fruit, yoghurts, dark rye bread, and preserves.

Weather

Summers in Scandinavia are, on mostly warm, sometimes hot and mostly dry, but rain can be expected at any time. Average highs in summer in Stockholm are around 20 degrees, Bergan is slightly cooler at around 17 degrees. Out on the fjords, the wind can be practically cold and a woolly hat can come in useful, even if it's t-shirt weather on land. 

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded Leisurely/Moderate (2) and visits as much as possible in the three cities and the Flam region of the fjords. There is a lot to see in a week yet the pace is not rushed and plenty of time is left each day for self-exploration. Should you choose to take part in all the offered optional activities, the week will seem more demanding. Although this itinerary is mostly based on sightseeing, please be prepared for a reasonable amount of walking, especially in the fjords.

Transportation is mostly by train and we take the public ferry from Bergen to Flam. Trains in Scandinavia are modern and fast, with wide comfortable seats, a buffet car and free Wi-Fi. The ferry offers airplane style seating, but you'll spend a lot of time up on deck.

On day 4 we walk up the fjord to a farm. You do not need hiking experience, but a reasonable physical fitness level is required for the walk up the hill. The total altitude gain is 360m. You’ll need sturdy walking shoes and clothes suitable for the outdoors, rain attire if needed. If it’s a warm day you will need a water bottle.

There's no way round it, Norway and Sweden are relatively expensive compared to the UK. However we feel that both countries offer good value for money. Hotel accommodation is of a high standard, with clean comfortable rooms and good breakfasts. Transportation is fast and efficient. Food and drink, especially alcohol, is expensive in restaurants and cafes, but supermarket prices are similar to prices in the UK.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotel accommodation

In Bergen, Oslo and Stockholm, we stay in comfortable 3 star hotels, while in Flam we spend two nights in the 4 star Fretheim Hotel, one of Norway's most famous historic hotels overlooking the fjord. All properties are within walking distance of the main sights, with good size rooms, a generous buffet breakfast and Wi-Fi throughout.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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