COPENHAGEN, OSLO, THE FJORDS, BERGEN, STOCKHOLM & HELSINKI
On this unique six-city, air-inclusive Scandinavian tour, you’ll be able to enjoy the best of Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark! Delight in colorful buildings and houses in Stockholm and Bergen, explore charming Oslo and its Viking history, admire famous palaces and quaint city streets around Copenhagen, and tour 19-century classical buildings in Helsinki. We’ve even included time in Flam and Lofthus, Norway’s breathtaking Fjord region—you’ll travel through Sognefjord, the Stalheim Canyon, Hardangerfjord (Norway’s second-largest fjord), and more!
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- 2 nights in Copenhagen
- Overnight cruise to Oslo
- 1 night in Oslo
- 2 nights in Lofthus (the Fjords)
- 1 night in Bergen
- 2 nights in Stockholm
- Overnight cruise to Helsinki
- 1 night in Helsinki
- Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via Finnair (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- All intra-Scandinavia flights, ground and sea transportation
- Accommodations at Scandinavian-style hotels
- 16 meals: 10 full buffet breakfasts (B) and 6 dinners (D)
- Sightseeing tours including admission fees as per itinerary
- Experienced English speaking Tour Director and local guide
Day 1: Depart USA
Your scenic and culturally charming tour of Scandinavia begins as you depart New York this evening on your overnight flight.
*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Copenhagen on Day 2.
Day 2: Arrive Copenhagen (Denmark)
Enjoy the splendid morning scenery of Copenhagen as you travel into Denmark’s capital and delightful cultural center. Your guided city tour features Hans Christian Andersen’s renowned Little Mermaid, Christiansborg Palace, and Nyhavn, a world-famous and recently restored district. The afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner in a famous local restaurant.
Scandic Kødbyen or similar | Dinner
Day 3: Copenhagen
Today is at leisure for independent exploration. Your hotel is centrally located in the lively and colorful city center near bustling parks, cafes, restaurants, and shops. You may also join an optional “Castles of North Zealand” tour. This evening we suggest a visit to the renowned Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s famous amusement park. Or, take some time to wander the streets, enjoy the charming evening ambiance, and sample some creative Copenhagen cuisine.
Scandic Kødbyen or similar | Breakfast
Day 4: Copenhagen/Oslo
Enjoy a morning of free time to make the most of Copenhagen before transferring to your ferry where you’ll depart on an overnight cruise to Norway to admire the Fjords at sunrise the next morning!
DFDS Seaways Cruise Ship | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Oslo
After a morning of viewing Fjords, arrive in Oslo where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of this old Viking capital. You’ll visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park where impressive bronze sculptures can be viewed. You’ll also see City Hall, take in the beautiful waterfront, and be wowed by the Holmenkollen Ski Jump! The afternoon and evening is at your leisure to explore at your own pace. Visit the Viking Ship Museum, head to the top of the Opera House to view the modern architecture of the Barcode Project buildings, or stroll through Palace Park.
Thon Hotel Opera or similar | Breakfast
Day 6: Oslo/Lofthus
Today you’ll depart Oslo to journey through Norway’s scenic countryside with a stop to view the mighty Voeringfoss Waterfall that cascades 600 ft. Arrive in Lofthus later in the day.
Hotel Ullensvang or similar | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Lofthus/Hardangerfjord
Lofthus is located on the shores of the Hardangerfjord, in a region that is brimming with stunning natural beauty and surrounded by snowcapped mountains and pristine fjords. The day is at leisure to explore at your own pace from your ideally located resort hotel, or perhaps you may wish to take the charming Hardanger Folk Museum optional excursion.
Hotel Ullensvang or similar | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Lofthus/Flam/Bergen
Disembark from Lofthus to Gudvangen where you’ll take off on a drive through the bends of the Stalheim Canyon. Venture into the heart of Norway’s Fjord region and admire some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. Next, enjoy a delightful leisurely cruise through majestic Sognefjord and its smaller arms, and admire the grandeur of the sheer cliffs that flank the fjord. Arriving in Flam, you’ll board the world-famous Flam Mountain Railway for an hour-long thrilling ride descending 2,600 feet and passing through 20 tunnels, thundering waterfalls, and towering mountains. Your ride ends in Myrdal to take an express train to Voss, followed by a scenic drive that brings you to Bergen.
Scandic Ørnen or similar | Breakfast
Day 9: Bergen/Stockholm
Discover the charms of Bergen with a walk from your harborside hotel to the open-air fish, flower market, and lively 14th-century merchant quarter of Bryggen. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Stockholm.
Downtown Camper or similar | Breakfast
Day 10: Stockholm
Today, arrive in Stockholm, the beautiful capital of Sweden that was founded in the 13th century and built on fourteen islands that are connected by dozens of bridges. You’ll embark on a guided tour to see the Town Hall where the Nobel Prize banquets are held as well as Gamla Stan, the fascinating medieval old town where the Royal Palace, Parliament, and Riddarholm Church are located. The tour concludes at your centrally located hotel.
Downtown Camper or similar | Breakfast
Day 11: Stockholm/Helsinki
Today is at leisure to take in beautiful Stockholm at your own pace. Explore the narrow streets of Gamla Stan or visit the Vasa Museum, where you may view the restored warship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. Later in the day you’ll transfer to your ferry for an overnight cruise to Helsinki. While sailing, you can marvel at the stunning views of Stockholm and Helsinki’s archipelago (islands).
Silja Line Ferry | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Helsinki
Today you will arrive in the charming harbor city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. On an included guided afternoon tour, visit Senate Square, which is surrounded by 19-century classical buildings and the colorful Market Square. In the evening, come together with your fellow travelers to have a lovely farewell dinner.
Scandic Grand Marina Hotel or similar | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Helsinki/U.S.
This morning is at leisure to explore independently. Later today, fly back to the USA.
*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights today, on Day 13, in Helsinki.
We are working diligently to secure future tour dates and pricing for this itinerary. Please fill out the "Request a Future Date" form linked below and we will notify you once dates are available.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.
Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.
- From approx. 90 Euro Per Person
Why are bees so important? The vast majority of the plants we use for food, from almonds to apples and from vanilla to squash, rely on pollinating. Bees are helping plants to grow, breed and through that, processed food. If there would be no bees, our grocery shops would look very different. Bybi is helping the bee community to grow on the rooftops of Copenhagen. The honey is produced with care, in small batches so that the unique taste of each neighborhood and season is preserved. Experience Bybi’s sweet and humming bees, very close and learn about the local bees and their importance to Copenhagen. Honey tasting is included on the tour!
MUST BE PRE-BOOKED!
This tour must be pre-booked prior to final payment as it is not available to book in-destination.
- From approx. 80 Euro Per Person
ABBA The Museum is no ordinary museum. It’s not just about the original costumes, gold records and so many other wonderful items of memorabilia – it’s about you! Feel what it’s like to be onstage with ABBA, to sing at the famous Polar Studio or to dress up in those legendary costumes (virtual).
Open-Air Hardanger Folk Museum Excursion
- From approx. 50 EURO Per Person
Travel back in time to 18th and 19th century Norway with an excursion to the Hardanger Folk Museum. You’ll begin with a drive to Kinsarvik, once the busiest ferry port in Norway, to embark on your ferry ride to the charming port town of Utne. Stroll through the open-air section of the museum, which features historic buildings along the picturesque shore and offers a chance to savor the way of life for the people of Hardanger long ago. The main museum building hosts a permanent exhibition of world-renowned Hardanger embroidery, traditional costumes, and an impressive collection of old Hardanger fiddles. Later, before your return ferry ride, you’ll have a chance to explore Utne, including the historic Utne Hotel, which is one of the oldest hotels in Norway dating back to 1722. Please note: This optional excursion requires a minimum of 15 participants to operate.
Excursion to the Castles of North Zealand
- From approx. 120 EURO Per Person
Enjoy an excursion to Denmark’s lovely countryside in North Zealand. First, visit the beautiful Frederiksborg Castle, completed by King Christian IV in 1625. Continue past the Royal Family’s summer residence, Fredensborg Palace, attractively located in the middle of a lovely park and surrounded by the idyllic Esrum Lake. Later, arrive in Elsinore where you’ll see the outer walls and towers of the impressive Kronborg Castle, the setting of Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet.” The castle was built to protect Denmark’s interests and to collect tolls from ships passing through the narrow straits. Return to Copenhagen via the scenic coastal route, lined with fashionable residential districts and exclusive resorts.
Please note: This optional excursion requires a minimum of 20 participants to operate.
DFDS Line Cruise
DFDS Line CruiseWebsite
Thon Hotel Opera
Dronning Eufemias gate 4, 0191 Oslo, NorwayWebsite
N-5787 Lofthus, Norway
Lars Hilles Gate 18
5008 Bergen, Norwayy
Downtown Camper by Scandic
111 51 Stockholm, Sweden
Silja Line Ferry
GLO Hotel Kluuvi
Kluuvikatu 4, 00100 Helsinki, FinlandWebsite
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Please note destination entry requirements are changing rapidly. smarTours will communicate entry requirements in your Tour Documents 10-14 days prior to departure. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia)
Your flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Scandinavia and back are on the following schedules. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change without prior notice.
|2022: Jul. 13, Aug. 10, Sep. 7, Sep. 21||Finnair||New York (JFK)||7:05PM||2:40PM|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. You may call Finnair (877 757 7143) two weeks before the departure and provide them with your AAdvantage number. Please note that smarTours is not involved in either your seat assignment or in the crediting of miles. It is between you and the airlines! Also note, mileage accrual eligibility is subject to change without prior notice.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check in at Copenhagen hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-Only services end after breakfast in Helsinki on Day 13 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-Only travelers forfeit the Copenhagen City Tour as it is en route from the airport to the hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. U.S. passport holders do not require a visa to enter the Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland). If you are taking the St. Petersburg extension, U.S. citizens require a visa to enter Russia. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates of the countries visited on this tour as to the most current visa requirements. Since obtaining a visa directly from the Russian consulate requires an invitation letter (which we will secure), we have arranged for “CIBT” to facilitate the visa process for you. Please use the following link to download instructions and forms at http://www.cibt.com/home.aspx?Login=50002. If you have any questions regarding obtaining your visa, you may call CIBT at 1-800-406-1523. Also, please note that visa procedures may change at any time. You should check with CIBT online at www.cibt.com, for the most up to date instructions and rates before submitting your paperwork. We suggest that you apply for your Russia visa 60 to 45 days before departure. Please note that if you wish to request an individual invitation letter (instead of the group invitation letter that we will provide) there will be an extra charge for doing so. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 7 – 10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
You may expect day time temperatures averaging in the 50’s and low 60’s in May and September, 60’s and 70’s in June through August. Nights will be cooler.
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $30 – $50 per meal per person. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. You can either exchange U.S. Dollars into local currency in advance of your trip, or you may use your debit card to withdrawal local currency from an ATM. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.