This comprehensive, independent tour takes you from Sweden to Denmark, then into the fjords and mountains of Norway. With transport & accommodation pre-booked, all you need to do is enjoy yourself! Your tour arrangements include accommodation, transport, the famous "Norway in a Nutshell" journey, guided sightseeing city tours in Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo, and a fjord cruise in Bergen.
Day 1 Stockholm Arrival
On arrival in Stockholm, make your own way to your hotel. Stockholm, the 'Beauty on the Water', is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, built on 14 islands and protected from the sea by the Skargarden archipelago. Explore Gamla Stan's charming, narrow cobbled streets, visit the Royal Palace, the Parliament Buildings, or the City Hall with its famous Blue Hall and Golden Room. Two nights in Stockholm at Hotel Reisen or similar.
Day 2 Stockholm City Sightseeing
Today hop on board a Hop On-Hop Off sightseeing bus and explore the Swedish capital's beautiful attractions. This bus sightseeing tour starts at the Royal Opera and stops at all the most beautiful and well-known places in Stockholm. The Old Town with its world-famous colourful houses, the old royal hunting ground Djurgården, or the southern island Södermalm with its hip urban atmosphere. Visit and see the sights and museums at your own pace – get on and off the bus as many times as you like. Alternatively (according to season) join a sightseeing tour by boat from the centre of Stockholm through the canal of Djurgården. See historical buildings, museums, green areas and a fabulous view of the Stockholm skyline, only to be seen from the water. 2nd overnight in Stockholm at Hotel Reisen or similar.
Day 3 Stockholm - Copenhagen: By Train Over the Oresund Bridge
This morning make your own way to the railway station to take the train from Stockholm, across the heart of Sweden, over the famous Oresund Bridge and on to Copenhagen. (The train takes 5-6 hours). On arrival, make your own way to your hotel. Copenhagen is Scandinavia's largest, most lively city and is one of Europe's most romantic capitals. With its old castles and churches, charming squares and harbours, the city is a delight. The Little Mermaid can be seen guarding the port, then there's the Royal Castle, and the waterside area Nyhavn with many restaurants, cafés, bars and small boats. Perhaps visit the Amalienborg Palace, or from mid April to late September, visit the fun filled Tivoli Gardens. Two nights in Copenhagen at 71 Nyhavn Hotel or similar.
Day 4 Copenhagen: Guided Canal and Harbour Cruise and Time at Leisure
Start today with a morning guided canal and harbour cruise, then explore the city further. Visit Christiansborg Palace (Danish Parliament), the Gefion Fountain, the Round Tower, the museum of Carlsberg or one of the many other museums of art, culture, history and design. Also enjoy the pedestrian shopping street of Strøget and it's surroundings. Copenhagen is a place where old fairytales blend with innovative new architecture and world class design; it is also one of the world's most environmentally friendly cities and one of the best cycling destinations. Or perhaps take the 30 minute train journey to Denmark's charming medieval capital, Roskilde. 2nd overnight in Copenhagen at 71 Nyhavn Hotel or similar.
Day 5 Copenhagen - Oslo by Overnight Ferry
Morning free for sightseeing, before you make your own way to the ferry terminal for your afternoon departure on the overnight ferry to Oslo. Buffet dinner on board, as you cruise the Kattegat Strait. Overnight in an outside cabin with breakfast and dinner.
Day 6 Oslo Arrival
A Scandinavian buffet breakfast is served on board, as you sail up the lovely Oslo Fjord to reach the Norwegian capital, arriving at approximately 09.30hrs. Make your own way to your hotel to drop-off your luggage. Remainder of the day at leisure. Perhaps visit the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, the Munch Museum, or the Maritime Museum. Make sure you stroll along the old Bryggen wharf area, now a bustling hub of outdoor cafés, bars and restaurants. Two nights in Oslo at Clarion Hotel Oslo or similar.
Day 7 Oslo City Sightseeing
This morning make your way to the city centre to join a panoramic city sightseeing tour, which includes a photo stop at the Holmenkollen ski jump and a guided tour at Vigeland Sculpture Park. At the conclusion of the tour you will be dropped off at the city centre, from where you can make your own way to your hotel. Further time to explore at leisure– perhaps visit the fantastic architectural masterpiece that is the stunning Opera House, or take a guided tour of the Royal Palace. 2nd overnight in Oslo at Clarion Hotel Oslo or similar.
Day 8 Oslo - Flåm - ‘Norway in a Nutshell'
Today make your own way to the railway station and take the scenic Bergensbanen train from Oslo to Myrdal travelling through the country side of mountains, valleys, rivers and farms, then change trains at Myrdal to join the world famous 20km Flåm Railway. This journey offers wild and beautiful scenery, through tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountain, manifestations of the most daring and skilful engineering in Norwegian railway history. The train ride finishes at the charming fjordside village of Flåm, nestled deep in Aurlandsfjord and surrounded by steep mountains. In the village you'll find the award winning Ægir Brewery built in the style of a Viking longhouse and the Flåm Railway Museum. Walk from the railway station to your hotel (a level walk of less than 400m). Dinner at your hotel and one night in Flåm at Fretheim Hotel or similar. Note: an optional luggage transfer service can be offered directly from the hotel in Oslo to the hotel in Bergen (one piece per person) - please enquire regarding the additional cost if you would like to add this onto your booking.
Day 9 Flåm - Bergen ‘Norway in a Nutshell'
Today take the short walk from your hotel to the ferry wharf, for a spectacular two hour cruise on the Sognefjord, Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord from Flam to Gudvangen. At Gudvangen board the bus for the exciting ride up the Stalheim Canyon, past waterfalls and sheer cliffs, to the lake side town of Voss. From Voss take the train to Bergen. On arrival in Bergen, make your own way to your hotel. This ancient Hanseatic trading city is full of history and tradition, a small city that has retained its charm and atmosphere, and offers an exciting blend of nature and culture. Two nights in Bergen at Bergen Børs Hotel or similar.
Day 10 Bergen, Historic Hanseatic Trading City
Today enjoy a Fjord Cruise from Bergen. Sail past deep fjords, sheer mountains, mighty waterfalls and powerful currents on this spectacular tour along the 27km long Osterfjorden. The scenery is spectacular - as you proceed, the fjord narrows between the steep mountains, to create strong currents in the shallows and the narrow Mostraumen strait. You'll also see waterfalls as we sail right up close, to catch a bucket of ice-cold mountain water! We reach the small town of Modalen, before retracing our route through the magnificent landscape. The vessel has a café and sundecks so you can relax and marvel at the views in comfort. Remainder of the day at leisure. Make sure you visit the Flower & Fish Markets, Bryggen Harbour & the Hanseatic Quarter. Or ride the Mt. Fløien funicular to the top for great views, or visit Troldhaugen, the magical home and recital hall of composer Edvard Grieg, about 20 minutes out of Bergen. 2nd overnight in Bergen at Bergen Børs Hotel or similar.
Day 11 Bergen Departure
Arrangements end this morning after breakfast and check out.
2024 departures: daily all year
The tour can be done in reverse from Bergen to Stockholm and extra nights can be added along the way.
Optional visit to Helsinki at the beginning, then the overnight ferry from Helsinki to Stockholm.