Scandinavia: The Capitals to the Fjords14 days
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About This Experience
Discover a smorgasbord of Scandinavian and Nordic delights, from seafaring histories to fantastic fjords and waterfalls. Head into Norway to marvel at the amazing wonderland of green cliffs and blue water, and 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.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & transfers
10 nights in handpicked hotels & 2 nights on a ferry
Breakfast daily, 6 three-course dinners with beer or wine; all shipboard meals
Multilingual Tour Director
Private deluxe motor coach
Select entrance fees
Why You'll Love It
The creative vibe in the Nordic capitals
Smörgåsbord—pickled herring, breads & cheeses
The magnificence of the Norwegian fjord region
Viking history brought to life
The discovery & recovery of the Vasa warship
Stockholm’s medieval Old Town
Overnight Flight1 night
Bergen3 nights - hotel info
Soar over the fjords and descend into Bergen
Breakfast (in flight), Dinner
Welcome to Bergen. A Go Ahead Tours representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or begin acquainting yourself with Bergen. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at your welcome dinner.
Investigate the quays and castles of the 11th-century port
Fantoft Stavekirke, Edvard Grieg Museum
Get to know Bergen with a local guide, uncovering the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bryggen district, as well as the Bergenhus Fortress and atmospheric Fish and Flower Market. You’ll then continue to the Custom House pier to view the city center and harbour before taking a drive outside of the city to visit the medieval-style Fantoft Stavkirke church and the Edvard Grieg Musuem.
Feast your eyes on spectacular scenery of fjords and falls
Fjords cruise , Scenic train
Spend the day journeying through Norway’s fjord country, a region of otherworldly natural beauty. Transfer first to Gudvangen, where you’ll embark on a cruise through the country’s seascape of steep cliffs and narrow waterways. Disembark in the village of Flåm, overlooking Aurlandsfjord. Here, you’ll have free time to explore the Flåm Railway Museum, before climbing aboard. The scenic train rides along one of the steepest rails in the world, climbing from the valley floor around several spirals to the picturesque mountain station at Myrdal, yielding beautiful views all along the way. Afterward, return by train to Bergen.
Oslo1 night - hotel info
Journey to Oslo for one-of-a-kind architecture and geography
Kon-Tiki Museum, Viking Museum
Transfer to Oslo by train. Upon arrival, a local guide will show you the highlights of the city. Recall Norway’s Viking tradition as you view the once-feared longships at the Viking Ship Museum; and learn about the experimental journey of anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl at the Kon-Tiki Museum. Don’t miss a walk through the Vigelandsparken sculpture park, featuring more than 200 sculptures by Norway’s famed artist.
Copenhagen2 nights - hotel info
Discover the Danish capital from the Little Mermaid to the Royal Guard
After docking in Copenhagen, a local guide introduces you to the landmarks of this bustling maritime city. Recall the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen at the harborside Little Mermaid statue. Pass Christiansborg Palace (seat of the Danish Parliament), Rosenborg Castle and the Royal Theatre (home of the famous Royal Danish Ballet). Look for the brightly costumed Royal Guards in front of Amalienborg Palace. And in the Nyhavn district, view the beautifully preserved wharfside stores and homes. This afternoon is free to make your own discoveries in Copenhagen. Later, enjoy an included dinner with your group tonight.
Eat, drink, browse, wander, get lost and get found in Copenhagen
Optional Excursion - Roskilde, Hamlet’s Castle & Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Spend the day exploring Copenhagen at your own pace. You might choose to visit one of the city’s many museums or stroll along the Strøget, Copenhagen’s inviting pedestrian area. Or, consider joining a full day optional excursion to Roskilde, which was Denmark’s first capital, as well as Hamlet’s Castle and the famed Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
Roskilde, Hamlet’s Castle & Louisiana Museum of Modern Art $209* pp
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.
Stockholm2 nights - hotel info
Uncover the treasures of the Vasa warship
Optional Excursion - Historic Sweden
Town Hall, Vasa Museum
This morning, a guided tour introduces you to Sweden’s sophisticated capital. Visit the architecturally unique Town Hall, site of the annual Nobel Prize festivities. On the city island of Djurgården, tour the museum housing the Vasa warship, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. Named for King Gustav Vasa, this 16th-century ship was raised in 1961 from Stockholm harbor along with 12,000 artifacts. Stroll down the winding, medieval streets of the Old Town (Gamla Stan). This afternoon, join our optional Historic Sweden excursion, featuring Uppsala, often considered Sweden’s birthplace, and Sigtuna.
Historic Sweden $129* pp
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.
Cruise1 night - hotel info
Explore Stockholm’s markets, museums, cafes and clubs
Optional Excursion - Drottningholm
With a free day in Stockholm, you might choose to visit one of the colorful open markets or stroll along the elegant waterfront street of Strandvägen to the Nordiska Museum, highlighting Swedish history and culture. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Drottningholm. This evening, embark on your overnight cruise to Finland. A Scandinavian smorgasbord buffet is served onboard.
Drottningholm $109* pp
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.
Helsinki2 nights - hotel info
Introducing Helsinki—the Daughter of the Baltic
Your two-night stay in Helsinki begins with an included city tour. Pass through Senate Square, see the vibrant modern Olympic Stadium and stop to view Temppeliaukio Church, carved into a rocky hillside. In Sibelius Park, recall Finland’s most famous composer as you admire a monument to his life’s work. This afternoon, choose to walk around the downtown area on your own, shop the seaside fish and fruit markets, or visit the National Museum with its famous ethnographic exhibits tracing Finnish culture over 3,000 years. Dinner is included this evening.
Cruise across the Gulf of Finland for a day in medieval Tallinn
Optional Excursion - Tallinn
Spend a leisurely day in Helsinki. You might wish to visit the Helsinki Zoo, home to snow leopards and reindeer. Alternatively, join our full-day excursion across the Gulf of Finland to Tallinn, capital of the independent Republic of Estonia. This beautiful 12th-century town boasts some of the finest medieval architecture in Europe.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Tallinn $159* pp
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.
Flight homefor a day
Extend Your Stay
Add St. Petersburg $799*
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. Petersburg3 nights - hotel info
Ogle the dazzling art and architecture in St. Petersburg
Alexander Nevsky Monastary, Museum of the Hermitage, Paul & Peter Fortress
This morning, a local guide brings the city of St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) to life. This beautiful city is built upon 42 islands at the mouth of the River Neva, which you’ll cross to behold the Peter and Paul Fortress on Hare Island. You’ll also visit the Alexander Nevsky Monastery, final resting place of many great Russian cultural figures. After passing by St. Isaac’s Cathedral, visit the world-renowned Hermitage Museum. Housed within the Winter Palace of the Czars and established by Catherine the Great as the private art collection of Russian royalty, this priceless exhibition is unrivaled in the world and ranges from ancient classical sculpture and Renaissance painting to the gold antiques of the Crimea and delicate ornaments of Faberge.
Immerse yourself in the watery wonderland of Peterhof
Optional Excursion - Peterhof
Today, you might wish to join a full-day optional excursion to the Palace of Petrodvorets, the summer residence of Peter the Great. Built in 1720 to the design of the French architect Le Blond, this stately residence has been revised by various emperors and empresses. The gardens outside are every bit as impressive as the interior.
Peterhof $105* pp
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.
Passport & Visa
In order to enter Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland (as well as Estonia on an optional excursion and Russia on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the reentry date. Additionally, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance in order to enter Russia. 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 with the Russian consulate and require additional assistance and/or documentation from Go Ahead Tours, 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.
There are no major health risks at your destinations. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.
More information on vaccinations and other health precautions can be found via the CDC website.
Transportation / Walking on tour
Round-trip flights arrive in Bergen and depart from Helsinki (and St. Petersburg on the tour extension). Included transportation is by a combination of private motor coach, overnight ferry and an internal flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm. In your free time, you may wish to explore the cities by public transportation and on foot. Copenhagen’s flat landscape lends itself to walking, but the transportation system is also superb. A network of 10 S-trains serves all the main attractions, connecting in Central Station. There is also a bus network called HT. Tickets are based on zones and are available in singles or in packages. Oslo is easily accessible on foot. You may also take a combination of buses, subways, streetcars and ferries to break up periods of walking. Stockholm is a model of efficiency. An extensive network of subway, train and bus lines are all run by the SL, which sells Tourist Cards for a designated period of time, valid on all transport. There is also the Stockholm Card, valid for all transport and entrance to most of the city’s main attractions. A similar system exists in Helsinki, on the HKL Transportation network.
Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. 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 detailed information regarding luggage 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 internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & Packing Tips
Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable in something more formal. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).
The Danish krone, Norwegian krone, Swedish krona and euro (in Finland), as well as the Russian ruble (on extension), are the currencies you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take a combination of bank/debit cards and credit cards. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.
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Ildi is a hero!
Our whirlwind tour through the Scandinavian countries was amazing due primarily to our fabulous, amazing, wonderful guide Ildi. She was a diamond in a rough. She kept my group going through 6 countries, every mode of transportation possible, and provided invaluable service with ideas and assistance for our free time. Our hotels were wonderful. The provided meals were always very nice especially on the night ferries. Our groups only complaint was the rush, rush, rush of the in city guided tours. We seemed to race through museums as if in a competition and then back on the bus to be dropped off at the hotel. Most tours lasted less than three hours yet. We would have loved a slower pace and a longer day. The guides themselves, however, were wonderful. They truly gifted us with their countries history and culture. As we did add on an extension to Russia we changed guides in Helsinki. Timifei met us at our Helsinki hotel. While he was a walking Russian history book, he was a much different guide then our nurturing Ildi. He had some amazing connections and somehow always figured out a way to get us to the front of the line. Owning his own tour company probably helps. He also served as our expert local guide and for a fee arranged transportation for our free time. Our group did feel pressured to do extra excursions for our free time in St. Petersburg . Luckily, it was definitely worth it. Visiting Peterhof and Catherine's palace was worth every penny and more.
Scandinavia with Maria
Best tour director ever!!!! Untiring in her efforts. Great hotels in convenient locations Great connections and transfers. Thank You. NB
Best Tour Director!
Maria was excellent. The tour was incredible. We covered a lot of ground. Good balance of scheduled events and down time.
This trip was packed solid from start to finish but very well planned an organized. Many thanks and credit to the Tour Director Frank - he was excellent. The optional trip to Tallin is a must! We enjoyed that part more than the visits to Copenhagen and Helsinki. By the time we got to St. Petersburg for the extension we were exhausted (crossing the border was certainly an experience) but once we arrived at the Hermitage we were re-energized. Make sure you pack smart for this trip, as you are constantly on the move.
One of the best trips ever.Tomas was amazjng. Hotels were great.It was a trip that I had been wanting to take since 2001.I have made eight trips with EF.Two with GoAhead..Great trips. Maxine
Far exceeded my expectations
This was my first international trip and I cannot say enough about it! This trip was awesome! Our tour director for all but the last leg to St Petersburg was Per. He was wonderful. He had a thorough knowledge of each place we visited. He gave us plenty of information and his personality was just delightful... He clearly knows the region and loves his job! The tour involved a tremendous amount of walking and everyone should be prepared for that..one member of our tour had a pedometer and walked a total of 90 miles during g the 17 day tour...but it was well worth it! The beautiful things that we saw and the incredible places we traveled were just breathtaking! I loved all of the different modes of transportation that we used...planes, trains, small ferries, cruise ferries, and canal boats...not to mention the usual tour bus! What a grand adventure this was. In St. Petersburg, our tour director was Timofey...an extremely knowledgeable tour guide, with a dry, funny sense of humor. He was very open and honest about the history of his city and describing the changes that had occurred there since the dissolution of the Soviet Republic..His tour commentary at Peterhof was incredible, both inside and outside of the palace. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this tour...the food, the hotels, the transportation and the tour directors...Thank you Go Ahead.. I look forward to taking more of your tours!
Scandinavia was amazing. Our TD, Frank, was very patient and accommodating. Handsome, too.
Great tour. The tour during Summer holiday in those countries causes a few issues. Many sites are closed for those days. The tour scheduled during another week would solve that problem. Great guides and a beautiful trip.
We've done essentially this trip three times now, the first time independently and the next two with GoAhead since they did it better than we did. We have great tour directors both times we traveled with GoAhead and that certainly helps but it is also that these countries (Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland) are very easy to visit (everyone speaks English) and are all beautiful. We'd do the trip again (although I am not sure I need to see Bergen again (once was enough) and in the old version there were more days in Copenhagen (to me essential) and Oslo.
The format of the tour is great. You get a good overview of each city then enough free time to explore it on your own. The hotels were beautiful and centrally located and all the meals were excellent. There was one church that we went to in Norway only to find out that the exhibit was closed but could have been open if the tour director had called ahead. Overall a memorable experience.