Scandinavian Explorer

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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!

Did you know that you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 10 or more travelers.

Itinerary at
a Glance

Tour Itinerary:

  • 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

Tour Highlights

  • Copenhagen City Tour
  • Voeringfoss Waterfall (Norway)
  • The Fjords
  • Bergen Markets
  • Gamla Stan (Medieval Town)
  • Stockholm Town Hall
  • Helsinki’s Senate Square

Activity Level: Explorer

Your Tour Includes

  • 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

Tour Itinerary

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)

Day 3: Copenhagen

Day 4: Copenhagen/Oslo

Day 5: Oslo

Day 6: Oslo/Lofthus

Day 7: Lofthus/Hardangerfjord

Day 8: Lofthus/Flam/Bergen

Day 9: Bergen/Stockholm

Day 10: Stockholm

Day 11: Stockholm/Helsinki

Day 12: Helsinki

Day 13: Helsinki/U.S.

Guided Tour Pricing

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.

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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.

City Bees

Abba Museum

Open-Air Hardanger Folk Museum Excursion

Excursion to the Castles of North Zealand


Linda G

We just returned from the Scandinavia Explorer and loved reach of the four beautiful countries we visited. This is our 11th Smartours and as always it was well organized with tremendous value for the cost. It was a great mix of Scandinavian cities along with incredible fjords in the Norway countryside. We stayed at one of the most beautiful hotels we have ever been to at Hotel Ullensvang in Lofthus. We can’t wait for next Smartours adventure to Vietnam and Cambodia.

Debby G

I have now been on 14 Smartours and will leave for Portugal and the Azures in 2 1/2 weeks with Smartours. This trip was not my favorite. There was a lot of concern about who was going to meet us at each stop or how were we going to board the cruise ship from Stockholm to Helsinki. Even our guide (the poorest one we had) had no idea he had to pick up our boarding passes to get us on board the ship. He was making many calls and apologizing and saying he was going to have to go to church and pray a lot. I just flowed with the punches but others were really concerned and complained and worried, etc. I hope my next tour is better or I will be looking for another tour company.

Arlene T

Wonderful all around.


My wife and I have done several tours -- South Africa, Zimbabwe, Israel, Jordan, Peru and Scandinavia with your group. They were all simply great. Great arrangements, great service. Keep it up.

Deborah A

This was my 6th fantastic trip with smarTours. You get a lot of "bang for your buck" with smarTours. We had an EXCELLENT guide with Wenche. She was funny, gave us printed details for most mornings, was attentive to everyone's needs and made great suggestions. I regularly refer people to smarTours. The single supplement is one of the most reasonable in the industry.


I thought it was great. One problem was the long layover in Helsinki before going on Sweden. It was over 5 hours. Also, the process for getting a VISA for Russia was rather expensive and tedious. I like that they gave us time to explore on our own most places. Tour guide was great.

George G

Our 8/25/2016 trip was very enjoyable. The hotels were all 4 star and well located. Good food and a nice group of people. Pear (spelling?) our main guide made us feel welcome, was attentive, informative and always had a smile. Our secondary guides were very knowledgeable about the area we were visiting. It was sometimes difficult to hear them clearly on the bus tours but they never hesitated to repeat what was missed. The beginning of the trip was not ideal due to the long layover in Helsinki which after the long flight was tiring. The experience left us enriched. We will travel with Smartours again.

Sue H

Everyone on this tour, including my sister and I had travelled with smartours before. Thre's a reason....a lot of bang for your buck. The accommodations on this trip were excellent...not only 4 star but in very central locations. The included tours were all very good too. The guide pointed out things of interest for our spare time. The guide was very good. I don't rate him excellent for one reason...he never gave us his cell phone number or hotel room number. How could he be reached in an emergency....? Everything else was great!

Patti S

We had a wonderful time traveling with Betty Levin through Scandinavia. The people were gracious and friendly, the food was delicious, the cities were clean and beautiful and the scenery was spectacular. Highlights were; Skansen open air Museum, Wassa Museum, Tivioli Gardens, the cruise from Oslo to Copenhagen and,of course, the fjord cruise. The hotel on the fjord was fabulous.

Cindy L

It was an overall quality, funfilled Nordic experience. The sightseeing was compact butesrscti provided ample free time to explore on our own leisurely. The hotels all located in central area of each city, though provide convenience but quality of each varies and some are less than ideal. The best one being Ullensvang. Special mention is our tour director Pam Boudrot who made a big difference in making the trip so memorable. She was professional, informative, and meticulously caring to the smallest details to ensure all have the best time possible. My family and friends have all been traveling with SmarTour's before, but I highly recommend that Pam Boudrot be in all my future adventures with SmarTour's

Ed L

Wonderful accommodations, food and guide. Perfect balance of planned excursions and free time. Trip over, with lengthy airport layover in Helsinki was tiring. Would have loved an extra night in Oslo.

Sandra P

Hotels in Sweden, Copenhagen and Bergen were good; Oslo, on ship, Helsinki and St. Petersburg were excellent. Our guide in Scandanavia, Kristina, was excellent, personable, knowledgable and so accommodating. In spite of several setbacks, she persevered and thought on her feet; Valery in Russia was knowledgable. My first time with SmarTours. Found tour via search engine. Just as advertised. I feel too much time was spent in Norway - could have been condensed to two days and given more time to Denmark or Finland.
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