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
Follow the expeditions of Norway’s greatest adventurers
Kon-Tiki Museum, Viking Museum
This morning, a local guide will show you the highlights of Oslo. 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 Noway’s famed artist. This evening, board a cruise ship to sail through the night to Denmark, with an included dinner served on board.
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.
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.
87.1% of reviewers recommend this tourRead Reviews 
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.
The trip to the "Capitals of the Fjiords" was our first such trip with "goahead tours". The planning for hotels, transportation, tour guides, choices of sites to see, and the tour director were all amazing. We felt that the trip was money well spent and that our hours were filled with wonderful experiences. The tour director was very knowledgeable and willing to answer any and all questions. I would highly recommend the trip and this agency. Thank you to all who made this possible. R. Lee
Many countries in 12 days!
My brother and I just returned from a wonderful tour to Scandanavia. Our tour director, Fred, was excellent. As were the local guides we had in each city and the bus drivers. On this tour, you get to see four countries (five if you do the optional excursion to Estonia, which we took). In addition, the beautiful fjords of Norway were certainly a highlight. Having two overnight cruises was a nice variation, and a flight from Oslo to Stockholm. Enjoyed a new part of the world for both of us.
Lack of Bus Bathroom
Hi folks, This was a really nice tour, a fine overview of Scandinavia, Finland and Estonia. We were way too busy but that was only because my husband signed us up for every single activity, allowing little time to wander and explore independently. Go Ahead--Here's a heads-up on something I think you're company really needs to address. This was my third Go Ahead tour and the problem has existed on each trip. Your brochure mentions comfortable buses with clean bathrooms. The reason the bathrooms are clean is that no one is allowed to use them. The door stays locked. Our road-stops evolve around the theme of a pee break in some often small bathrooms where we line up and wait, wasting 30 minutes out of the day. In France, Italy and Scandinavia we got the same message-or non message when asking about this matter. No bathroom available on the bus. I've heard some crazy reasons from drivers and tour leaders, some hemming and hawing as to why this is. (Apparently in Norway it's a public health issue. Waste matter is not allowed to hit the pavement. I think there are more sophisticated approaches to addressing this problem). What it boils down to is that the bus drivers have to clean their own toilets and they don't want to. I can't say I blame them but it shouldn't be their choice if your contract says otherwise. This is an administrative matter that needs to be addressed at the top. No tour leader I've known has ever stood up to a bus driver. For one thing, your current information contains false advertising. You should say "Toilet service on the tour bus is not available." Should you choose not to do that, you need to negotiate with the drivers/bus company. Either pay them more so they can hire someone to clean the bathroom, tell them to open their toilets to their passengers or use another bus company. Imagine a long-distance bus service in this country that did not have toilets. Passengers may not want to use them but it should at least be their choice. Many participants in international travel are middle-aged or older. A significant number are on diuretics for blood pressure problems or have other health issues requiring reasonable bathroom access. Customers should at least be fore-warned about what they can anticipate. It's hard to really take in the scenery while holding your urine or more. The Go-Ahead tours are great except for this annoying but preventable problem. I will probably take another Go-Ahead tour but only after checking to make sure this problem has been resolved. Thanks for you attention to this detail. Good luck, Lorraine, North Dakota
Obtaining the visa was a nightmare. Visa Central made many mistakes. I was traumatized by an incident between Helsinki and St. Petersburg. Removal of one of our group, because of a wrong date on visa, was very disturbing. Two dinners in St. Petersburg, that was listed in our brochures, weren't on the brochure your company sent Tim, our tour guide. He received an older brochure, not a 2013 brochure. Many wonderful experiences, but didn't meet expectations in areas mentioned.
Too many countries or too little time
46 people on tour was way too big. Tour director, Per, was extremely knowledgeable and a great facilitator for the too many transportation changes that had to be made in a short period of time. There was less than 24 hours in Oslo. There must be more to Scandinavian museums than Viking museums. I would still go on GoAhead tours but I don't recommend this one.
Great tour director but fair tour
I could have skipped Copenhagen and definitely one of the steamer ferries. Getting from the tour bus into the steamer ferry requires personal luggage handling and a very long walk. The cabins without upgrade are tin cans with two bunks and a walk in,back out bathroom. Flamm, Norway was the most beautiful place we visited. The fjords are beautiful. Our Tour Director, Thomas, was fantastic. The price of this trip does not include enough dinners. No notification to the travelers was given by tour company of the exchange rate in three of the countries where it was 5 or 6 Kronos to the dollar. Therefore, food was out of sight in price. Glad to mark this area off of my bucket list, but would never revisit.
BEST TOUR DIRECTOR!
I recently returned from the tour Scandinavia: The Capitals to the Fjords with an extension to St. Petersburg. I would have never ventured to go to these countries on my own, so when I saw that Go Ahead offered them, I was delighted. The choice was totally worth it. The cities were absolutely charming and we had enough time to explore each city on our own after our included tour. Each city had so much to offer but my favorites were Stockholm and St. Petersburg. The hotels were all very good and right in the middle of town, which made it soo much easier to get around and explore more on our own. The included meals in each city were good but I would have been more content if they had included more dinners, only because the food in this part of the world is very expensive. The included tours were good and had a smooth pace, so no rushing around which is what I wanted. The best part of the tour was the tour director, Per. He was very nice, helpful, courteous and always such a gentleman. He went out of his way to help me in all my requests. I totally recommend this tour and will definitely travel with Go Ahead again.
Went like clockwork!
We covered so much area and saw so many beautiful and informative sites on this trip. Within the trip we traveled on ferries, buses, planes, and trains. Every transfer went like clockwork; always timely, no "waiting" time. We saw the best sites of the cities and the countryside. Our guide, Thomas, was fabulous - informative, helpful, and skilled at "making things happen" for all travel and excursions to run smoothly. I would highly recommend this trip.
This was my first tour and I chose Go Ahead. I am very glad I did because the tour was amazing. Our guide Per was outstanding. You could tell he truly enjoyed his job and it showed. He went out of his way to help us make reservations at the Ice Bar in Sweden. It was a very face paced tour with a lot of countries to see in the allotted time. There was plenty of free time to do things on my own which was very important to me. The highlight of the trip for me was Norway. The hotel rooms were fine as I did not spend much time in there. The ferries were a nice touch to get to other destinations. The optional tour to Talliann was amazing. Overall I was extremely satisfied with the trip and will definatiely be booking with Go Ahead for my next trip.