STOCKHOLM, BERGEN, THE FJORDS, OSLO, COPENHAGEN & 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! Plus, you can see even more with an optional extension to St. Petersburg!
- 2 nights in Copenhagen
- Overnight cruise to Oslo
- 2 nights in Lofthus (the Fjords)
- 1 night in Bergen
- 2 nights in Stockholm
- Overnight cruise to Helsinki
- 1 night in Helsinki
- 3-night extension to St. Petersburg
- Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via Finnair
- 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
Your extension includes:
- High Speed Train journey from Helsinki to St. Petersburg
- Accommodations at superior first class hotel in St. Petersburg with private bath
- Daily full buffet breakfasts (B)
- Farewell dinner (D)
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as specified in itinerary
- Experienced English speaking local guide
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Your scenic and culturally charming tour of Scandinavia begins as you depart New York this evening on your overnight flight.
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
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
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
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…
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
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
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…
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. In the afternoon, enjoy some leisure time to wander this colorful town independently. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Stockholm.
Downtown Camper or similar | Breakfast
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
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
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
Helsinki/U.S. or St. Petersburg
This morning is at leisure to explore independently. Later today, fly back to the USA or continue on with an exciting optional extension to St. Petersburg, Russia.
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Rates are based on double occupancy.
2021 Departures: Single room supplement is $999.
ST. PETERSBURG EXTENSION:
2021 Departures: Add $1049 double occupancy / $1298 single
Note: The City Bees optional tour must be pre-booked prior to final payment.
If taking the St. Petersburg extension, a visa is required (for Russia)
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received at the time of reservation*. A second non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $300 is due 60 days after the date of your reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. *If the reservation date is within 70 days of the final payment due date, both first and second deposits are due at the time of reservation. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
- From approx. $999 Per Person
Why not take advantage of your already included airfare to Europe and add a visit to enchanting St. Petersburg – “Venice of the North”? Extension starts on day 12.
Helsinki/St. Petersburg (Russia)
This morning board a high-speed train for the comfortable 3.5 hour ride through the scenic Finnish countryside en route to St. Petersburg, Russia. One of Europe’s most magnificent cities, St. Petersburg, the former capital of Czarist Russia, was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. Its architecture, natural beauty and rich culture are unparalleled! After arriving at the city-center train station, you’ll be met by a local expert and enjoy a guided city tour. Drive along the famous Nevsky Prospect and see Peter and Paul’s Fortress, St. Issac Cathedral and other highlights. End your day…
Hermitage/Peterhof PalaceSt. Petersburg
This morning enjoy an included guided excursion outside the city to visit Peterhof Palace, the summer residence of the Czar. It was built to rival Versailles and is surrounded by magnificent gardens. Upon returning to St. Petersburg this afternoon discover one of its most celebrated treasures, the famous Hermitage, located at the Winter Palace. A local expert will guide you through the Hermitage’s priceless art collection. The evening is free and you may wish to attend a cultural performance.
Travel outside St. Petersburg to Tsarskoe Selo, the main summer residence of the Russian royal family, famous for its magnificent Catherine’s Palace and park. The other name of the town is Pushkin in honor of the renowned Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Enjoy a guided visit to the main landmark of Pushkin, Catherine’s Palace, featuring splendid interiors designed by eminent architects. The collections of the palace contain a large number of precious works of art, such as furniture, porcelain, statues and canvases including the personal belongings of Russian emperors and members of their…
St. Petersburg/New York.
Morning transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA. Your memorable journey concludes as you arrive New York later today.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
To enhance your Scandinavian tours (& St. Petersburg, if applicable), you will be offered several optional tours. You’ll need to decide while in Copenhagen which of the tours you want to participate in and pay your Tour Director at the beginning of your trip. Payment is by cash only (Euro, exact change). Credit cards are not accepted. Optional tours are non-refundable once reserved and paid for. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.
- From approx. 90 Euro Per Person
This tour must be pre-booked prior to final payment
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…
- 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…
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…
Evening Folklore Performance at Nikolaevsky
- St. Petersburg
- From approx. 110 EURO Per Person
Enjoy a splendid and colorful Russian folk show “Feel Yourself Russian” at one of St. Petersburg’s architectural masterpieces, the lavish and historic Nikolaevsky Palace. The spectacular folklore show is composed of the some of Russia’s best folk ensembles and is held in the Palace’s Concert Hall which used to be the formal ballroom. You’ll be dazzled with amazing dances of Cossacks, Russian folk orchestra playing the accordion, balalaika as well as other exotic musical instruments, lyrical round dances and heartfelt songs that will acquaint you with the…
DFDS Line Cruise
- Overnight Cruise
DFDS Line Cruise
Thon Hotel Opera
Dronning Eufemias gate 4, 0191 Oslo, Norway
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, Finland
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.
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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 12 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.
Main Tour + Extension: Land-only services start upon independent check in at Copenhagen hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on the tour page. Land-Only services end after breakfast at St. Petersburg hotel on Day 15 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 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please advise us in writing should your address change.
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.
Check out photos taken by smarTours travelers on this trip of a lifetime!