Scandinavian Splendour

This incredible 17-day journey traverses three stunning Scandinavian countries - Norway, Sweden and Denmark - in the beautiful summer months.

Highlights

  • Hurtigruten Classic Southbound Voyage
  • Norwegian coastal splendours and amazing sights
  • King Crab Safari
  • City tours of Oslo, Bergen, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Copenhagen
  • Sognefjord cruise
  • Flam railway
  • Hamlet’s Castle – Kronborg Castle
  • Canal cruise in Copenhagen
  • Drottningholm Royal Palace
  • Crossing the Arctic Circle.

Inclusions

  • 11 nights’ accommodation in 4* hotels
  • 5 nights’ Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage Southbound; Kirkenes to Bergen in outside cabins
  • 17 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Fully guided by a tour manager from Oslo to Copenhagen
  • Transport in local coaches as per itinerary
  • Rail tickets as per itinerary
  • Internal flight Oslo – Kirkenes
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • WI-FI onboard the Hurtigruten ship
  • Taxes, port, and reservation charges
  • Porter service where possible at hotels.

Scandinavian Splendour


This incredible 17-day journey traverses three stunning Scandinavian countries - Norway, Sweden and Denmark - in the beautiful summer months. Starting in the contemporary cultural capital of Norway, Oslo you will fly to Kirkenes and kick-off your tour with a King Crab Safari.

Here in Kirkenes we start the 5-night Hurtigruten Classic Coastal Southbound Voyage. This sailing along the Norwegian Coast is considered to be one of the most beautiful journeys in the world. Travel by quaint villages, majestic fjords, stunning mountains and shimmering glaciers. We disembark in Bergen and then you will experience the scenery of the Sognefjord and the spectacular Flam Railway.

Now leaving Norway, we head for Sweden where we will explore Stockholm and Gothenburg. Finish in the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen experiencing city-life with a relaxed canal cruise.


Day 1: Oslo Make your way to the hotel from the airport or train station. Tonight, we meet our tour manager, and fellow travellers to hear about our exciting tour at a welcome dinner. D

Day 2: Oslo Today we have a city tour of Oslo, taking in the must-see sites, like Vigeland Park, Oslo Opera House, Holmenkollen Ski jump, Viking Ship Museum and more. B

KirkenesDay 3: Oslo - Kirkenes Transfer to Oslo Airport for your morning flight to Kirkenes. Free time until the start of your King Crab Safari. Enjoy a fantastic day on the water, and we will show you how to catch, prepare and most importantly eat these giants. An experienced fisherman will take you for an unforgettable King Crab Fishing tour on a RIB boat where we will cruise along the fjord and the Barents Sea to find the right place to anchor. You will be hands on deck to help pull up the King Crab cages from the depths. Your guide will take you back and serve your catch in a rustic restaurant by the fjord, local Norwegian style. You may eat as many King Crabs as you wish, fresh from the Arctic sea. Remainder of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure. BL

Day 4: Kirkenes - Norwegian Voyage Southbound (Day 1 of Norwegian Voyage Southbound) Mid-morning transfer to the pier where we board the Hurtigruten ship for our Southbound journey. As the ship starts its voyage south, you can first enjoy lunch followed by views of the surrounding Arctic landscape on deck or from the panorama lounge. In the afternoon, the ship docks at Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port. Heading south, we cruise along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord, before reaching Berlevåg in the evening. BLD

Day 5: Mehamn - Tromsø (Day 2 of Norwegian Voyage Southbound) Hammerfest was founded in 1789, and over time became Norway's polar capital, serving as a base for hunting expeditions into the High Arctic. Here you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise geographic measurement of the globe. We continue south to Øksfjord. After crossing open water, we make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy. In spring, we sail through the beautiful Lyngenfjord, surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps. We then dock at Tromsø. BLD

Day 6: Tromsø - Stamsund (Lofoten Islands) (Day 3 of Norwegian Voyage Southbound) The Lofoten region is renowned for its natural beauty with steep mountains, wild nature and small picturesque fishing villages. The daylight sailing route through the Lofoten Islands is a highlight for many of our guests. On the voyage we continue south via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 125 years ago. Continuing southwards, it looks like we are sailing straight into the mountain wall, but we inevitablyslip through an opening leading to the narrow Raftsund. This 20-km passage between Lofoten and Vesterålen takes you through mountains soaring 1,000 metres directly out of the sea. Now we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only 2 km long and 100 metres wide, surrounded by majestic mountains. If weather and time permit – the captain makes a detour into the fjord. Steep cliffs hug the ship's sides and the dramatic landscape conjures fairy-tale images of an imaginary land of trolls. From Svolvær, we continue on to Stamsund, where we see the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten wall. We leave Lofoten during the evening and set course for the mainland. BLD

Hurtigruten CruiseDay 7: Bodo - Rørvik (Arctic Circle) (Day 4 of Norwegian Voyage Southbound) Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’. Today we celebrate the event out on deck with a 'taste' of Arctic tradition – a spoonful of cod liver oil. As we sail along the Helgeland coast, you pass hundreds of islets, fertile farmland and steep granite walls rich in local lore. On deck you can see the strange mountain Torghatten (rising 258 metres above sea level), famous for its distinctive hole right through the middle. Next we make a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjøen. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands is close to Sandnessjøen. This unique cultural landscape consists of dozens of islands. The UNESCO designation was awarded due to the unique interaction between the eider duck and island population. BLD

Day 8: Trondheim - Molde (Day 5 of Norwegian Voyage Southbound) Today provides an opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. Back on board, the ship heads out into the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 170 km long and up to 25 km wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords, it is deep, plunging to 577 metres. Kristiansund’s location has steadily provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, ship building and oil industries. BLD

Day 9: Bergen (Day 6 of Norwegian Voyage Southbound) Before we dock in Bergen, there are some nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead of us, including the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedal Glacier. In the morning, we call at Florø, a modern coastal seaport that is also the Sogn og Fjordane region's oldest town and Norway’s westernmost community. A few nautical miles south of Florø, we navigate the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord. Finally we disembark in Bergen, after arrival we meet our local English-speaking guide. Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Bergen, including entrance to the Troldhaugen, the former home of the famous Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg. The tour will also include a short stop at the fish markets, and a short walking tour in the historic Bryggen area, a UNESCO World heritage site. After our site seeing tour, the rest of the day is at leisure. BL

Day 10: Bergen - Balestrand Today, after a short walk from your hotel to the pier, enjoy a fjord cruise into the Sognefjord, also known as the ‘King of Fjords’. Todays journey takes you through the 200km long Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. Disembark in Balestrand, where your hotel is located by the pier. The remainder of the day is at leisure, and you might like to check out the local aquarium and art gallery, or just enjoy the breathtaking views from your hotel terrace. Buffet dinner will be included tonight. BD

Scandinavian Splendour MapDay 11: Balestrand - Flåm - Oslo Morning is at leisure, before your midday ferry journey from Balestrand to the picturesque village of Flåm. Here there will be free time for lunch, before boarding one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world, the Flåm Railway. A spectacular train journey that offers a panoramic view of some of the wildest and most magnificent nature. On arrival to the mountain station of Myrdal, you change trains and travel to the Norwegian capital, Oslo. Evening at leisure. B

Day 12: Oslo - Stockholm This morning depart by train to Stockholm. Travel across the border from Norway to Sweden until reaching the east coast and the capital, Stockholm. Evening at leisure. B

Day 13: Stockholm Today, you have a full day city tour of Stockholm. The tour will take you past the cities main highlights and includes a walking tour of the Old Town (Gamla Stan). The tour also includes visits to the famous Vasa Museum and the City Hall. In the afternoon travel to Drottningholm, the Royal Palace located just outside of the city. B

Day 14: Stockholm - Gothenburg Depart by train to Gothenburg, travelling through the Swedish countryside. In the afternoon, you will also enjoy the classic city tour on the Paddan boats, which shows you the beauty of Gothenburg from a waterside perspective. The tour takes you under 20 bridges and out to the harbour. Evening is at leisure. B

Day 15: Gothenburg - Copenhagen Morning train from Gothenburg to Copenhagen, the Danish capital. In the afternoon, enjoy a short walk through the city centre, before joining a canal tour of Copenhagen. Enjoy a classic canal tour around Copenhagen’s harbour and the idyllic canals. The guide will tell you about the beautiful churches, castles, old listed houses, new buildings and all other sights of interest. Evening at leisure. B

CopenhagenDay 16: Copenhagen Today we enjoy a Castle tour of Copenhagen and North Zealand, including short stops at Amalienborg Palace and Christiansborg Castle (the home of the Danish Parliament). Proceed by travelling out of the city to Helsingør, and the UNESCO Heritagelisted Kronborg Castle, which stands at the seaward approach to the Øresund Sound. It’s one of Northern Europe's best preserved Renaissance castles, made famous all over the world, by Shakespeare's Hamlet. Here you can spend time admiring the grand halls and art within the castle, or why not visit the casemates – the underground passages that wind their way under the castle. Return to Copenhagen and in the evening enjoy a farewell dinner. BD

Day 17: Copenhagen Our tour ends after breakfast at the hotel. Onwards journey as per own itinerary. Speak to our specialists about post touring options. B


Travel Dates:

14, 28 May; 13 Jun; 8 Jul; 5, 22 Aug; 7, 24 Sep 2020

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