Our Scandinavian Experience Tour is a 12-day immersive journey into Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. It is a thrilling combination of stunning cities, beautiful lakes, breathtaking fjords and iconic mountains. Immerse yourself into the spirit of Scandinavian people through their culture, landscape and art.
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. This day is at your leisure, where you can recover from jet lag, until the evening where we take part in a welcome dinner.
In the morning, make your first acquaintance with the capital of Sweden with a panoramic sightseeing tour around Stockholm’s islands. Visit Stockholm’s City Hall, home to the annual Nobel Prize banquet. Continue to Millesgården, an art museum and sculpture garden, located on the island of Lidingö. Here you’ll admire the creative sculptures of the talented Swedish artist, Carl Milles. After lunch, hop on an educational boat cruise, “Under the Bridges of Stockholm.” We’ll top off the day of sightseeing at the world-famous Vasa Museum, home to the most intact 17th-century warship in the world.
After breakfast, enjoy a drive to Sigtuna, the first capital of Sweden. We’ll walk along the main street, lined with old wooden houses and neighbor to a remarkably photogenic lake. Continue onto Uppsala, the scholastic capital of Sweden and location of the famous Uppsala University. Erected in 1447, it is the oldest center of higher education in all of Scandinavia. We’ll stop by Uppsala Cathedral, Scandinavia’s largest church structure, and admire ancient Scandinavian runes. Then, it’s a brief drive to Orebro to admire the picturesque castle, built in the 13th century on an island. Finally, in the late evening, we’ll head to the lake town of Karlstad for an overnight.
In the morning, we’ll embark on a short panoramic tour of Karlstad. The adventure continues to Norway, to marvel at the best Norwegian landscapes, forests, fjords, rivers and lakes. We’ll stop at the border city of Hamar, to see the 1994 Olympic winter stadium, where legendary figure skaters and speed skaters competed for the best title in the world. After a short drive, we arrive in Lillehammer, the main hub of the ’94 Olympics. Ascend the 138 meters (453 ft) ski jump course for awe-inspiring views from the peak. In the evening, we’ll walk along the main pedestrian street.
In the morning, we’ll drive to the north, to the land of fjords. First, we’ll stop in Ringebu to admire the 13th c. wooden stave church. Continue on to Trollstigen along a serpentine mountain road with eleven hairpin bends up a steep mountainside. The stunning views of the region’s scenery are incomparable: Stigfossen waterfall, snow caps of majestic mountain peaks, and beautiful northern nature. Arrive in Alesund, just in time for a walk discovering the city built entirely in Art Nouveau characteristic style.
After breakfast, we’ll climb Aksla, a large hill of Alesund, to absorb views of the city and the islands from the summit. Depart Alesund, and drive to Hellesylt, located on the western edge of Geiranger Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll take a 1.5-hour boat cruise along the fjord and enjoy magnificent views of striking fjord cliffs, abandoned mountain farms, and waterfalls like the “Seven Sisters”, the “Bridal Veil” and the “Suitor”. Arrive in the eastern edge of the fjord at the village Geiranger. Continue on southward, with a handful of stops at observation points for magnificent views of the gorges.
We’ll have a morning drive to Flam, a small settlement at the eastern edge of Sognefjord. We’ll embark on a spectacular train journey that you’ll not soon forget. This railway is one of the steepest train lines in the world, with almost 80% of the journey at a steep gradient of 5.5%, peaking out at 863 meters over the ocean! Just imagine what awesome views of Norwegian fjord, you’ll see!
After the journey, drive to Bergen with a stop at the colossal Steindalsfossen waterfall. We’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Bergen that includes Bryggen, the medieval Hanseatic wharf and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a famous fish market on the fjord coast, the 12th-century St. Mary Church. Then it’s time for a spectacular funicular ride to one of the seven surrounding mountains for photo-perfect views over enchanting Bergen and the fjords.
After breakfast, we’ll head toward our next stop of Oslo, through more picturesque landscapes of fjords, mountain rivers, lakes and waterfalls. Stop by Steinsto fruit farm to watch how apple cider is made and drink a fresh sample. We’ll cross the impressive Hardanger bridge and then climb up to the mighty waterfall of Voringfoss. There will be a stop for lunch at Geilo ski resort, then by late afternoon, we’ll arrive in Oslo, Norway’s capital.
In the morning, we’ll hop on a bus and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Oslo. We’ll be sure to visit the City Hall of Oslo, where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded every year. From here, we’ll walk along the Karl Johans street to see the Cathedral, the Storting (Norway’s parliament), the National Theatre – with sculptures of the great Norwegian writers Henrik Ibsen and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson – Oslo University complex and finally the 19th c. Royal Palace and its garden. Next, a visit to the world-famous Norwegian artist Edward Munch museum. At the end of the touring day, enjoy walking on the roofs of Oslo’s modern Opera House for twilight views over the city and the waters surrounding it.
DAY 10 – Oslo – Copenhagen
After breakfast, we’ll pay a visit to the unique Vigeland Sculpture Park. Created by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland over several years, the park contains 212 sculptures of granite, bronze and wrought iron set in Oslo’s lovely Frogner park. The artist dedicated over twenty years of his life to this installation, including, among others, the “Circle of Life” fountain and the “Monolith,” symbolizing human beings’ desire to reach divine. With these memorable images still in our minds, we’ll say goodbye to Oslo. In the afternoon, we’ll all board a ferry to Copenhagen, Denmark.
After arrival, we’ll of course have an introductory sightseeing tour of Denmark’s capital. We’ll stop at the world-famous Little Mermaid, created by Edward Erickssen in 1913 and inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, and at the impressive Gefion Fountain. We’ll pay a visit to the Royal Amalienborg Palace just in time to catch a changing of the guard on the palace square. Next, we’ll enter the Great Cathedral of Copenhagen, pass the exotic Freetown Christiania neighborhood, and take a visit to the Carlsberg breweries to hear the story and taste the famous Danish beer. In the afternoon, we’ll have an optional visit to Ny Glyptotek, an art museum with an excellent collection of European and Danish art. In the evening, we’ll all visit Tivoli Gardens.
In the morning, we’ll visit Copenhagen’s City Hall, and say farewell to the sculpture of Hans Christian Andersen that is just next door. Then we’ll walk along Nyhavn, the most picturesque harbor of Copenhagen, to admire the old houses painted in bright colors and the old moored ships.
Transfer to the airport in time to catch your departure flight.
Destination Management Company JeruLita operates private tours and groups in cooperation with our partners. We will be glad to accommodate you in a private tour or will direct you to travel expert in your country who will register you to the groups we operate.