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Insight Vacations Spectacular Scandinavia & its Fjords - Small Group, 2022 (E941)

15 Days from Comitan Copalar to Oslo Print
Tour Style: Regional Journey
Europe & Britain: 2022
Visits: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Sigtuna, Uppsala, Falun, Lillehammer, Lom, Geiranger, Fjaerland, Leikanger, Bergen, Oslo

Revel in outstanding Scandinavian scenery as you cruise the glassy fjords and ride the Flåm Railway. In the cities, soak up the seafaring history and lively cultural scene.

Authentic Dining

  • Copenhagen: Get to know your fellow travellers and Travel Director over a drink at your Welcome Dinner.
  • Hardangerfield: Hear all about the production processes and sample authentic apple cider at a traditional family-run fruit farm.
  • Falun: Savour a delightful meal at Banken Restaurant, prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.
  • Oslo: Scandinavian hospitality is matched with fine food and a glass of wine at your Celebration Dinner.
  • Dining Summary: 14 Breakfast (B), 5 Dinner (D), 2 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Insight Choice

  • Fjaerland: Choose between visiting the interactive Norwegian Glacier Museum, a Make Travel Matter experience, to hear more about climate change and how the visit supports their research, or alternatively, take a walk through the village of Fjaerland with a Local Expert and focus on life between the fjord and the glacier.

Insight Experiences

  • Uppsala: Meet Hans Odoo, a passionate Uppsala local and storyteller, who will share the fascinating history of the Carl Linneaus Garden on a guided tour. You’ll learn about Sweden’s first botanical garden and its 1300 species of flora and fauna.
  • Nusnäs: Try your hand at whittling after an amazing demonstration by the Olssen family, who have practised the art for generations. Snap a selfie with the handcrafted horses that stand outside.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Scenic Drives: The natural scenery of southern Scandinavia is truly an experience in itself. Travel through the Skåne Region, along Lake Vättern, Lake Mälaren, the Dalecarlia, and Lake Siljan. Pass the Dalarna Region, Mjøsa, travel through 'Peer Gynt' Country, Geiranger, Fjordland, Sognefjord and across Hardanger Plateau.
  • Copenhagen: With your Local Expert, view Christiansborg Palace and the cathedral where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. You'll also see Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and the unusual Rundertaarn, which is the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe.
  • Gothenburg: Learn about the region’s culture and nautical history with your Local Expert.
  • Stockholm: With a Local Expert, step inside the City Hall where the fabulous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall is covered by 18 million gilded mosaic tiles. You'll also see the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held.
  • Sigtuna: Led by your Travel Director, see the tiny City Hall in the old Viking capital.
  • Falun: View the Great Pit, a vast crater caused by an enormous mine collapse in 1687.
  • Salen: Stop in this city known as the host to the world's oldest and longest cross-country ski race.
  • Lillehammer: Explore the town where the 1994 Winter Olympics were held.
  • Lom: Visit the Norwegian stave church dating back to 1158.
  • Geiranger: Cruise along the deep, blue waters of majestic Geirangerfjord, surrounded by snow-covered mountains, gushing waterfalls and lush green vegetation.
  • Fjaerland: Enjoy a photo-stop at the Bøyabreen Glacier.
  • Leikanger: Learn about this quaint little coastal town from your Travel Director.
  • Flam Railway: Journey on one of the world's steepest railways through tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountainside of the narrow Flåm Valley.
  • Bergen: With your Local Expert, see the many colourful stalls of the lively Fish Market and marvel at the 13th century Haakon's Hall.
  • Oslo: Stand beneath the scrolled prows and hand cut hulls of 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife and learn about their traditions and culture when you visit the Viking Ship Museum.

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times
  • If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Welcome to Copenhagen
On arrival at Copenhagen airport, your transfer will leave for your hotel at 09:00, 12:00 or 15:00. Then you will be at leisure to relax and settle in. At 17:30, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers and enjoy drinks and a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner. In the evening visit the glittering lights and enchanting atmosphere of the world-famous Tivoli Gardens.(Dinner with Wine)
Day: 2 Wonderful Copenhagen
A Local Expert will reveal the charm of Denmark's capital. Meet Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid gazing wistfully across the harbour and see Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Government. Continue to Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and Copenhagen Cathedral, where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. View the unusual Rundertaarn, a 17th century round tower and the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax, or continue exploring as you wish. Perhaps take an Optional Experience into the picturesque Danish countryside to see the castles of North Zealand?(Breakfast)
Day: 3 On to Gothenburg
Continue along Sweden’s west coast to the cosmopolitan port city of Gothenburg. On arrival, explore the city with your Local Expert and learn about the region’s culture and nautical history. The evening is at your leisure. Perhaps take a stroll along the Kungsportsavenyen, Gothenburg’s Grand Boulevard, and enjoy dinner in one of the many restaurants.(Breakfast)
Day: 4 Scenic farmlands of Sweden
Enjoy views of the patchwork of fertile farmlands, as you journey along the shores of Vättern to the Swedish capital.(Breakfast)
Day: 5 Stockholm, City of Islands
The charms of Sweden’s capital are best seen with your Local Expert. On Gamla Stan, start with the cathedral, the coronation palace of many Swedish kings and the Old Town, with some of the narrowest streets in the world and stroll through the courtyard of the Royal Palace. Visit the imposing City Hall to see its fabulous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall, with its walls covered in 18 million gilded mosaic tiles, and the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held. There's free time in the afternoon for you to explore at your own pace. Perhaps visit the fabulous Vasa Galleon, raised from Stockholm's harbour-bed in 1961 after sinking on its maiden voyage in 1628?(Breakfast)
Day: 6 Sigtuna, Uppsala and Falun
Travel to Sigtuna on the shores of Lake Mälaren, it was once the Viking capital and now boasts Sweden’s smallest City Hall. Continue to the historic city of Uppsala, seat of Scandinavia’s oldest university. Meet Hans Odoo, a passionate local storyteller, who will share the fascinating history of the Carl Linneaus Garden on a guided tour. You’ll learn about Sweden’s first botanical garden and its 1300 species of flora and fauna. Travel through rural Dalecarlia to Falun, an old historic mining town. With your Travel Director see the Falun Copper Mine and the Great Pit, a vast crater caused by an enormous mine collapse in 1687. In the evening enjoy a delightful meal at Banken Restaurant, prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.(Breakfast / Dinner)
Day: 7 Lillehammer
A scenic drive along the shores of Lake Siljan in the Dalarna region brings you to Nusnäs, home of the Dala horse. Meet the entertaining Olsson family who has passed the art of making wooden horses down through the generations and visit their workshop to witness a colourful wooden horse being made. Continue deep into the forested heart of Sweden to reach Sälen, Sweden’s largest alpine destination. It is known as the starting point for the world’s oldest and longest cross-country ski race, Vasaloppet, a 90 kilometre track that has been challenging skiers since 1922. Cross the border to Norway and pass Hamar with its Olympic ice skating rink known as the Viking Ship. Journey along the shores of Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake, to arrive at Lillehammer, home of the 1994 Winter Olympics.(Breakfast)
Day: 8 Geiranger, Jewel of the Fjords
Journey northwest from Lillehammer, travelling through the countryside of 'Peer Gynt', immortalised by Ibsen. At Lom, visit the Norwegian stave church dating back to 1158. Continue along winding roads that pass waterfalls, rivers, ice fields, lakes and snow-capped peaks. For the next two nights you will stay in the scenic village of Geiranger, overlooking fjords and soaring mountains.(Breakfast / Dinner)
Day: 9 Geiranger at Leisure
Enjoy a relaxed start and a day reserved for your leisure amongst the most breathtaking scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps join an Optional Experience for an incredible scenic drive along the amazing Troll's Road? The road itself was a masterpiece of engineering when it was built over 70 years ago and the spectacular views will leave you speechless.(Breakfast / Dinner)
Day: 10 Fjærland and Fjordland
After a relaxed morning, take a scenic cruise through the Geirangerfjord. Your travels continue to the Bøya Glacier for a photo-stop. Explore Fjærland with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to the interactive Norwegian Glacier Museum at the foot of the Jostedalsbreen, continental Europe’s largest icecap or alternatively, take a walk through the village of Fjærland with a Local Expert and hear about life between the fjord and the glacier. Then enjoy a scenic drive onto your hotel in Leikanger. Delight in a dinner of fresh and locally sourced produce.(Breakfast / Dinner)
Day: 11 The Flåm Railway to Bergen
Cross the serene waters of magnificent Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway. Then embark on a spectacular scenic journey on the Flåm Railway, ascending from sea level to 914 metres. Visit a family-run farm on the Hardangerfjord to hear how eight generations have farmed the land, producing fruit, berries and various jams, jellies, traditional spreads, cake and other delicious treats. Sample their fresh apple juice and homemade cider and enjoy a walk through the orchard. Travel on to your hotel in the historic port of Bergen.(Breakfast / Dinner)
Day: 12 The Hanseatic port of Bergen
A Local Expert introduces you to Bergen. The ancient Hanseatic port city still largely looks to the sea for its living, as evidenced by the picturesque and lively Fish Market, set in a charming location in the heart of the city. The market also has stalls selling a colourful variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and souvenirs. After seeing the 13th century Haakon’s Hall, there will be time to explore all that this exciting town has to offer. Perhaps you might like to visit the home of composer Edvard Grieg, before ascend Mount Fløyen by the only funicular in Scandinavia?(Breakfast)
Day: 13 Mountains and Fjords to Oslo
Spend your day travelling along scenic and varied landscapes to Oslo. Leaving the seaside town of Bergen, you will start heading inland among soaring mountains to reach the exceptional Hardangerfjord, also known as the Queen of the Fjords. Your journey continues climbing up to elevations of 1200m (3930ft) offering moon like scenery and passing some of Norway’s ski resorts on the Hardanger Plateau. After returning to lower areas you’ll be driving among dense forests before reaching the capital city of Oslo.(Breakfast)
Day: 14 Cosmopolitan Oslo
With your Local Expert, see the Royal Palace and the spires and ramparts of Akershus Castle, the 14th century fortress guarding the harbour. At Frogner Park, view the intriguing Vigeland sculptures, before enjoying a highlight visit to the Viking Ship Museum, to see 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife. In the evening, round off your Scandinavian adventure with a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant. Over a glass of wine, toast to your travels with your newfound friends.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 15 Out of Oslo
Departure transfers arrive at Oslo airport at 07:15 and 10:15.(Breakfast)

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