Scandinavia: The Capitals & the Fjords

14 days Multi-country
From seafaring histories to fantastic fjords, there’s a lot to love about Scandinavia. Marvel at Norway’s amazing green cliffs and blue water, then set sail from Oslo to Denmark’s waterside capital. Hit the remaining Nordic capitals—Stockholm and Helsinki, two of the world’s most livable cities—and explore their maritime pasts and modern architecture.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets, paved roads and dirt paths.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels and 2 nights on a cruise ship

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine on land, 2 dinners on board the ship

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Scadanavian Countries

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Bergen today.

Bergen 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Bergen

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Norway! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Bergen

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know Bergen with a local guide, uncovering the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bryggen district and city center.

• Discover the Bergenhus Fortress

• Pass through the bustling fish and flower market

• Head to the Custom House pier to view the city center and harbor

• Drive to the medieval-style Fantoft Stave church in Fana

• Explore the Edvard Grieg Museum to learn about the famed composer

Day 4: Norwegian Fjords

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day journeying through Norway’s fjord country, a region of otherworldly natural beauty. 

• Embark on a cruise through the country’s steep cliffs and narrow waterways

• Disembark in the village of Flåm, overlooking Aurlandsfjord

• Explore the Flåm Railway Museum

• Take a scenic train ride along one of the steepest rails in the world

Oslo 1 night Hotel info

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Oslo

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel by train to Oslo, the capital of Norway, where a local guide introduces you to the city’s Viking traditions and local highlights.

• Pass by Vigelandsparken, a sculpture park, as you enjoy a short panoramic tour through the center of the city

• View the once-feared longships at the Viking Ship Museum

Cruise 1 night Hotel info

Day 6: Cruise to Copenhagen

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After a free morning in Oslo, sail through the night to Copenhagen, Denmark aboard a cruise ship.

Copenhagen 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Copenhagen

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After docking in Copenhagen, get to know the landmarks of the bustling maritime city with a local guide.

• Pass by Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish parliament

• Pass Rosenborg Castle, a 16th-century royal residence built in the Dutch Renaissance style

• View the wharfside homes and stores in the beautifully preserved, 17th-century Nyhavn district

• Recall the fairytales of Hans Christian Anderson at the Little Mermaid statue

Day 8: Free day in Copenhagen

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Copenhagen on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Roskilde, Hamlet’s Castle & Louisiana Museum of Modern Art $199pp* Details

Travel outside Copenhagen for a day of history and culture. Start in Roskilde, a city that dates back to the Viking era, for a guided tour of the UNESCO-recognized Roskilde Cathedral. Then, drive to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark’s most popular art museum and a renowned example of modern Danish architecture. Browse the unique collections, admire the museum’s seaside sculpture park and enjoy free time to grab lunch. Next, travel along the beautiful coastline to Elsinore, one of Denmark’s oldest towns, for a guided tour of Kronborg Castle. Built in the 15th century, the imposing fortress overlooking the Øresund sound was the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $209)

Stockholm 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Flight to Stockholm

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After one last morning in Copenhagen, board your flight to Stockholm, Sweden.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Stockholm

  Included meals: Breakfast

Explore Sweden’s sophisticated capital with a local guide.

• Enter the architecturally unique city hall, site of the annual Nobel Prize banquet

• At the Vasa Museum, see the warship that once sat at the bottom of Stockholm harbor

• Stroll through the medieval Old Town and view the Baroque Royal Palace

Enjoy a free afternoon in Stockholm or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Historic Sweden $129pp* Details

The ancient city of Uppsala is considered the birthplace of Sweden. In addition to the tombs of the first Swedish kings in Old Uppsala, the city also hosts an 800-year-old Gothic cathedral and Scandinavia’s oldest university. A guided tour provides an in-depth look at all of these landmarks, as well as the University Museum, whose exhibits pay tribute to famous Swedish scholars such as Celsius and Linneus. Then, continue to the ancient city of Sigtuna, established by Sweden’s first Christian king. Runic stones, church ruins and the remains of a 1,000-year-old town plan provide a glimpse at its former greatness.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $139)

Cruise 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Cruise to Helsinki

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the morning exploring Stockholm on your own or add an excursion.

This afternoon, board an overnight cruise to Helsinki, Finland.

Optional Excursion - Drottningholm $109pp* Details

Take a tranquil ferry ride across Lake Mälaren, and arrive at Lovön Island, where you'll explore the 16th-century Drottningholm Palace. The magnificence of this royal residence, still the permanent residence of Swedish royalty, rivals that of Versailles. Tour its decadent rococo interiors, and later, take the opportunity to step inside the fascinating Court Theatre, with its original 18th-century stage sets.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

Helsinki 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Helsinki

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Trace Finland’s history and experience its culture during a guided tour of the country’s capital city.

• Pass through Senate Square

• See the modern Olympic Stadium

• Stop to view Temppeliaukio Church, carved into a rocky hillside

• Recall Finland’s most famous composer in the eponymous Sibelius Park

Day 13: Free day in Helsinki

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Tallinn $159pp* Details

Cruise to Tallinn, a bustling port city dominated by Toompea Hill. The aura of the 14th and 15th centuries is strong in the central city’s jumble of medieval walls, spires and winding cobblestone streets. You’ll enjoy a guided tour followed by free time to discover the city on your own. Please note: Non-U.S. citizens who plan to visit Tallinn should check on entry requirements for Estonia in advance of their trip.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 14: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to explore St. Petersburg.

Add St. Petersburg Starting from $899 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

St. Petersburg is a city of haunting magnificence. Created by Peter the Great in 1703 to be his “window on Europe,” St. Petersburg combines its fascinating Russian heritage with a distinctly European outlook. Considered the cultural heart of modern day Russia, St. Petersburg is rapidly regaining its reputation as one of the Great Cities of Europe. From the vibrant colors of spring, through the sunny summer days and endless twilights of the famous White Nights, the brilliant golden sun of autumn, and into the crisp and brittle brightness of a St. Petersburg winter, the City casts its own unique spell over visitors.

St. Petersburg 3 nights Hotel info

Day 14: Travel to St. Petersburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Journey by train through the historic Karelia region, a romantic land of lakes, rivers and canals, before reaching the historic Russian city of St. Petersburg.

Day 15: Sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

With a local guide leading the way, watch as the city of St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) comes to life.

• See Palace Square, one of Europe’s great meeting places

• Walk through the St. Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral Church

• Drive down Nevsky Prospekt, a tree-lined boulevard 

• Visit the Alexander Nevsky Convent

• Discover over three million pieces of art in the Hermitage Museum

Day 16: Free day in St. Petersburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring St. Petersburg on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Peterhof $105pp* Details

Journey to the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland to visit Peterhof, Peter the Great’s summer residence. On a guided tour, you'll explore the opulent palaces and gardens of Peterhof and learn how this former retreat of the czars has changed throughout Russian history.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Day 17: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Bergen, Norway
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Helsinki, Finland
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland (plus Russia on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 

  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.

  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens for the main tour. 

  • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance in order to enter Russia on the tour extension. You may choose to obtain your individual visa by applying directly to the Russian consulate or by using a visa provider, such as our partner company, VisaCentral. If you opt to apply through the Russian consulate and require additional assistance and/or documentation from Go Ahead, a special arrangements fee of $95 per person may be charged. 

  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    


 #Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets, paved roads and dirt paths.

  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times as well as getting in and out of trains and boats.

  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team. 

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Bergen and depart from Helsinki (or St. Petersburg on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 

  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.

  • A train ride from Bergen to Oslo, overnight ferries from Oslo to Copenhagen and Stockholm to Helsinki, as well as a flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm are included in the price of your tour. 

  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.   

 #Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 

  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 

  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.

  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.


 #Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.

  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.

  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.

  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).



  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 

  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at

  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.

  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.



  • Norwegian cuisine is varied, offering something for every traveler. Lamb is the most traditional meat, but you’ll also find everything from goose to deer being served in Norway. Seafood lovers will enjoy the country's array of smoked salmon, shellfish, pickled herring and scrod. Typical meals often incorporate grains, locally-produced cheeses, fresh produce and wild berries. 

  • Sweden's famous meatballs are typically served with a brown sauce and tart lingonberry jam. Smoked salmon and pickled herring are popular eats, especially atop a crisp bread. Snack on the country's many kinds of pastry and breads during fika, a social coffee hour that occurs mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

  • When in Denmark, try the beloved open-faced sandwich called smørrebrød: a slice of rye bread topped with local favorites that could include smoked fish, prawns, mayonnaise, horseradish or caviar. The country is also known for the popular Carlsberg and Tuborg beers.

  • Fish, meat, potatoes and bread are staples in Finnish cuisine. Some typical Finnish foods include grillimakkara (grilled sausages), ruisleipä (rye bread), leipäjuusto (mild cheese, often served with jam) and korvapuusti (cinnamon buns).

  • On the tour extension, popular Russian foods include soups, meat casseroles, cabbage prepared many different ways and the country’s world-famous vodka. Try pelmeny, Russia’s version of ravioli. Crepes (bliny) or porridge (kasha) are common for breakfast.


 #Electricity & air conditioning

  • All destinations visited on this tour operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C or F plugs with two small, round pins.

  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  

  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 

  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.



  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.

  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 

  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.


 #Time zones

  • Norway, Sweden and Denmark are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of EST. 

  • Finland (and Russia on the tour extension) are two hours ahead of GMT and seven hours ahead of EST.    

  • When it’s noon in New York, it's 6pm in Bergen, Copenhagen and Stockholm and 7pm in Helsinki and St. Petersburg.   


  • You will use the Norwegian krone in Norway, the Swedish krona in Sweden, the Danish krone in Denmark and the euro in Finland (plus the Russian ruble in Russia on the tour extension).

  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 

  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 

  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 

  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.   


  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.

  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.

  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 

  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 


 #Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour. 

  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 

  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 

  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Lovely trip

This trip to Scandinavia was so well organized....we travelled on buses, trains, ships and a plane. The timing of all was perfect, and had to be for it to work!!


Hi Susan! Thank you for your great review! We hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 02, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Scandanvian dream

This was a great tour, and covered everything I could have wanted to see. The tour director, Per, was great and went out of his way to make the tour great. I highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for an overview of Scandinavia.

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Hi Jean-Marie! Thank you for recommending this tour. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful experience1

Our favorite countries were Norway and Sweden. We definitely would like to go back some day!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5


The sights were amazing! We knew going into it that the Nordic countries would be expensive but the trip was still a good value. We got to see 6 countries in 3 weeks! St Petersburg extension is a must as well as Tallinn day trip. Per, our tour director was amazing! He managed our group very well and got us everywhere on time even when a couple of buses didn't show up. Per's knowledge of the area was top notch and his humor was spot on! Tim our tour director in Russia had amazing insight into the area he also got us tickets to swan lake something not included on the trip! Overall a great trip can't wait for our next one!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour and tour guide

Four of us traveled together on this tour. We arrived a day early to allow for the lack of sleep on the flight over and were glad we did. Our tour director, Thomas, was probably the best tour guide of our four with Go Ahead. He was thoughtful, patient and kept us informed throughout. Scandinavia was just beautiful, with water, water everywhere. The mix of travel - train, overnight boat and air was interesting and better than we had anticipated. There is, given the travel mix, a lot of moving around, and folks need to be prepared for that. We had a great tour group that was small enough that we got to know each other. I would highly recommend this tour.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful experience!

This was a wonderful opportunity to see Scandanavia with varied modes of transportation (flights, ferries, trains) though it would have been great to spend more time seeing the sights rather than moving hotels and awaiting transportation. The tour director (Per) was absolutely fabulous! He made this trip exciting, was very well-educated about each place we visited, pleasant & outgoing; truly seemed to enjoy his job and spending time with the group! The added excursions were a blessing and well worth the time and expense. The hotels were great but think wintertime travel would have been more pleasant as the hotels were quite uncomfortable with no central air. (Note: while a once in a lifetime possibility, don't believe the Russia addition was worth the expense and it seemed the tour guide was less than enthusiastic to be away from his normal occupation and there was definitely a language barrier).


Hello! We’re delighted to hear that you enjoyed many aspects of your tour of Scandinavia. This tour covers a lot of ground and does require a fair amount of time in transit. It’s wonderful to know that you enjoyed your Tour Director and that his enthusiasm enhanced your experience. We’re glad you liked your hotels, but we regret that the weather made them seem slightly less comfortable. We also regret that the St. Petersburg extension, including your tour guide, did not meet your expectations. We will be sure to communicate this to our Product Development and Operations teams. Thank you for your review, and we’re glad that overall you had a wonderful experience! Let us know when you’re ready to travel again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 18, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

"Trip of a lifetime!"

This was my second Go Ahead Tour. I thought it would be hard to surpass my first tour but this one surely did! There is no way you would see all these places on your own. The tour was so comprehensive...we saw so many sites and cities! The value was incredible. I priced doing this itinerary on my own and it came in at 70% more! There is a lot of moving around, but there's no other way to see all these places in this amount of time. I found the pace moderate, but again, it was all worth it. The tour director was informative and organized. He was quick to offer help and suggestions. He made the traveling between cities very easy and efficient. I highly recommend this tour!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/30/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5


This was a fantastic tour w/many modes of transportation. It was fast paced but enjoyable. We had a great group of 18, which became family!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 6/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AB

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

4 countries in 2 weeks!!

Great trip for a "taste" of four countries: Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. Most unique was the variety of travel modes (bus, train, plane and overnight "ferry" - really a mini cruise ship). EXCELLENT TOUR DIRECTOR kept our group of 21 well organized and very well attended to. Good itinerary kept us busy and gave us lots of free time. the local guides were excellent, informative and personable. Had a wonderful time!


Hi Karen! You’re right that this tour provides a taste of Scandinavia. We’re so glad your Tour Director kept your group well-organized and cared for. We will be sure to pass your feedback along to their supervisor. Thank you for your feedback, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 01, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 6/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Tour Director

Our tour Director exceeded my high expectations!


Hi Ken! We're thrilled to hear it. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 17, 2016

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