12-Day Highlights of Scandinavia

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OVERVIEW

Embark on a 12-day independent tour of Scandanavia filled with unique city tours, fjord stays and insider experiences.

This classic self-guided tour gives you the best of the Nordic capitals and the dramatic fjords and mountains of Norway. You’ll travel by rail and local ferries, taking in the incredible scenery, fairytale cities, stunning fjords and the “Scandi-Cool” lifestyle.

The tour highlights include an overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo, ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ railway trip, Norway’s Sognefjord, and the beautiful Oslo to Stockholm train ride. At each destination, unique experiences with your local guide will await you.

Day 1: Arrive in Copenhagen and Optional Food Tour
Day 2: Guided Tour of Copenhagen and Overnight Cruise to Oslo
Day 3: Arrive in Oslo and Scenic Train to Mountainside Village of Geilo
Day 4: Scenic Train Journey on the Flam Railway
Day 5: Ferry Through the Fjords to Balestrand
Day 6: Balestrand to Bergen Boat Tour on the Sognefjord
Day 7: Guided Tour of Bergen with 24-Hour Bergen Card
Day 8: Scenic Train from Bergen to Oslo
Day 9: Oslo City Tour with Oslo Pass
Day 10: Scenic Train Ride from Oslo to Stockholm
Day 11: Private Tour of Stockholm with Local Guide
Day 12: Departure from Stockholm

DURATION

12 days, 11 nights

DESTINATIONS

Norway: Oslo, Bergen, Flåm, Aurland, Balestrand, Øvre Eidfjord, Sogndalsfjøra, Hardangerfjord, Hol Municipality Denmark: Copenhagen Sweden: Stockholm County, Stockholm

TRAVELLERS

2 travellers

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INCLUDED

– 11 nights accommodation
– 10 activities
– 11 breakfasts and 3 dinners
– Airport transfer
– Entrance fees
– Ground transportation
– Licensed English speaking guides

EXCLUDED

– Domestic flights
– Travel insurance
– International flights
– Entry visas / airport departure tax
– Alcohol beverages
– Gratuities
– Personal expenses
– Laundry
– Trekking permits

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN COPENHAGEN AND OPTIONAL FOOD TOUR
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You’ll arrive in Copenhagen and meet your driver for a private transfer to your centrally located hotel. Right on the dock in Nyhavn, you can simply step outside for a beer and some snacks with the locals in this charming harbour. You will have a 24-hour Copenhagen Card on hand allowing you to free travel on buses and trains within the cities metropolis, as well as free entrance to over 70 museums and attractions. In Copenhagen, there are many world-class restaurants to enjoy in the evening.

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Private Driver

13:00 to 14:00

From: Copenhagen Airport
To: 71 Nyhavn Hotel

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71 Nyhavn Hotel

14:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 2)
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Dating back to the 17th century, Nyhavn is the most iconic area to stay in Copenhagen. The three-star 71 Nyhavn Hotel is housed in two beautifully preserved warehouses which have been landmarks for visitors to Nyhavn for centuries. Originally, the warehouses were used to store spices from the Far East.

Inside the charming hotel, you’ll find 150 inviting rooms, a critically-acclaimed gourmet restaurant where you can sample market-fresh seasonal cuisine, a southeast Asian gourmet restaurant and extremely friendly and accommodating staff.

Address: 71 Nyhavn Hotel, Nyhavn, Copenhagen Municipality, Denmark

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Copenhagen Food Tour

14:00 to 18:00
4 hours

Embark on a four-hour in-depth tour of Copenhagen’s food history. The tastings include food enough for a full meal and take you through the oldest parts of Copenhagen as well as around the newer Market halls.

Along the route, you will visit Arla Unika, The Bornholm Shop, the Botanical Gardens where you will have a small tasting, Aamanns open-faced sandwiches, Nørrebro Bryghus, the Organic Hotdog Stand, Sømods Bolcher and Summerbird Chocolate.

All of the above tastings may vary slightly according to season or supply. You’ll sit down twice during the tour for about 30- minute each stop.

+ optional (not included in price)

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Address: Copenhagen, Denmark

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Free Time in Copenhagen

14:00 to 18:00
4 hours

Situated on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager and boasting a vibrant history which dates back to 1043, Copenhagen is full of historic landmarks, significant buildings and interesting sights and museums.

During your free time, you may want to enjoy a stroll down the main shopping street “Strøget”, visit the picturesque Nyhavn Harbour or perhaps Denmark’s proudest attraction, Tivolo Gardens. You can explore the many sights Copenhagen has to offer: Tivoli, the statue of the Little Mermaid, the Gefion Fountain, the Royal Palace Amalienborg and many more.

Inside the city’s historic centre, you can visit the 18th-century rococo district, Frederiksstaden, which is also home to the Amalienborg Palace. Whilst in this area you can also visit the Christiansborg Palace and the Renaissance-era Rosenborg Castle which surrounded by gardens and home to the crown jewels.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: Copenhagen, Denmark

DAY 2: GUIDED TOUR OF COPENHAGEN AND OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OSLO
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Today, with your guide, you will be taken into the heart of the Danish capital, full of historical buildings and ancient streets. You will see the Royal residence Amalienborg Palace, the Christiansborg Castle, the home of the Danish Parliament, the Royal Opera House, and many more sights. Later in the afternoon, you’ll transfer to the pier where you will embark on the overnight cruise to Oslo. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city from the sea as you leave Denmark behind and sail towards Norway.

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Guided Tour of Copenhagen

10:00 to 17:00
7 hours

Copenhagen has a long history, and many delightful attractions and sights. Fortunately, the city is small and cosy so an ideal way to explore the city is by foot and public transport with your own private guide.

With your guide, you will be taken into the heart of the Danish capital, full of historical buildings and ancient streets. You will see the Royal residence Amalienborg Palace, the Christiansborg Castle, the home of the Danish Parliament, the Royal Opera House, and many more sights.

Your guide can tailor make your tour depending on your interests. You can end in Tivoli Park, founded in 1843 this park has become a national treasure and an international attraction. Fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen visited many times, as did Walt Disney and many other celebrities, who all fell in love with the gardens.

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Address: Copenhagen, Denmark

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Private Driver

17:00 to 17:30

From: Copenhagen
To: Port of Copenhagen

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DFDs Overnight Ferry to Oslo

Room type: Seaside Cabin
17:30 check-in
09:00 check-out (Day 3)
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Enjoy breathtaking views of the city from the sea as you leave Denmark behind and sail towards Norway. Seaside cabins for two with WC and dinner are included this evening on board.

Accommodation is basic however the entertainment facilities on board are excellent. The two large modern cruise ferries offer a wide range of excellent entertainment and leisure options for you to enjoy in a wonderful maritime environment.

Whether you’re looking for a party, a relaxing voyage or fun for the children, you won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy the view from the sundeck, take a dip in the pool or relax in the sauna and pamper yourself with a beauty treatment. Start your evening with a cocktail at the bar and after dinner dance the night away in the disco or nightclub. There are plenty of fun experiences for children too.

Address: Copenhagen Harbor, Denmark

DAY 3: ARRIVE IN OSLO AND SCENIC TRAIN TO MOUNTAINSIDE VILLAGE OF GEILO
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After breakfast, you’ll arrive in Oslo and take a private transfer to the train station. You’ll have an hour or so to stock up on supplies before your midday train to the mountainside village, Geilo. On arrival, you’ll walk to your hotel and then stretch your legs with a mountain walk, enjoy spa treatments or sit on the balcony with a refreshment. If you like to get active and see some views, you can take the summer chair lift up to Hardangervidda. In the evening, a buffet dinner will be served.

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Private Driver

09:00 to 10:00

From: Oslo
To: Oslo Central Station

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Train

11:00 to 14:00

From: Oslo
To: Geilo
Sit back and enjoy the three-hour train ride.

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Dr. Holms Hotel AS

14:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 4)
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Centred in the mountainous village of Geilo within easy reaching distance of Hardangervidda National Park, the threestar Dr. Holms Hotel has been a popular meeting place for hikers and adventure seekers since the early 20th century.

Close to a number of activities and experiences in both summer and winter, Dr. Holms Hotel is the perfect base for both rest and recreation. After an active day, guests can relax with a massage in the on-site spa, take a swim or relax in the lounge.

Dr. Holms restaurant serves up a soulful experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner; it is the perfect place to begin and end your day in Gielo.

Address: Dr. Holms Hotel AS, Timrehaugvegen, Geilo, Norway

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Hardangervidda Nature Centre

16:00 to 17:00
1 hour

Predominantly acting as a visitor centre for Hardanger National Park, the nature centre is where activity and experimentation bring climate, environment and nature into the limelight.

At the nature centre, there are three floors that are filled with exhibitions, interactive stations, educational videos and dioramas. There is also a cinema theatre that shows regular screenings of a film that is focused around Hardanger, the fjords and waterfalls around it, as well as all the animals that live in the area. The film was produced by Norwegian filmmaker, Ivo Caprino.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: Sæbøtunet 11, 5784 Øvre Eidfjord, Norway

DAY 4: SCENIC TRAIN JOURNEY ON THE FLAM RAILWAY
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After breakfast, you’ll make your way back to the station to catch the train that will take you on one of the most picturesque train rides in the world – the Flåm Railway. You’ll disembark at Myrdal and board the scenic railway for a 20-kilometre-long journey down to Flåm Valley. On arrival in Flåm, you’ll walk to your hotel. There is plenty to do this afternoon; take a walk up the back of Flåm to visit waterfalls, join an optional excursion, go kayaking or visit the brewery on the fjord’s edge.

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Train

10:15 to 12:00

From: Geilo
To: Myrdal

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Train

12:00 to 13:15

From: Myrdal
To: Flåm

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Walking

13:15 to 13:30

From: Flåm
To: Fretheim Hotel

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Fretheim Hotel

13:30 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 5)
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Centrally located in the beautiful town of Flam in the west of Norway, the historic hotel sits at the point at which the Sognefjord ends and the Flåm Railway starts.

With a total of 122 rooms suited to all types of travellers and budgets, the hotel also features a library, a beautiful storehouse where you can enjoy unique culinary experiences, a restaurant with stunning fjord and mountain views, a coffee bar in the garden, a lobby bar, a hairdresser and use of the guest pier and boat!

The activities on offer in this region are endless. From the hotel, you can go biking the Navvies road, paddle the Sognefjord, go for walks in the Aurland or the Flåm Valley or take a ride on a RIB boat to see the UNESCO’s World Heritage area.

Address: Fretheim Hotel, Nedre Fretheim, Flåm, Norway

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Flåm

14:00 to 18:00
4 hours

The picturesque village of Flam sits in the innermost of the Aurlandsfjord in southwestern Norway, an area renowned for its stunning fjord scenery.

Home to the Flam Railway, a beautifully scenic journey showcasing waterfalls, lush green hills and expansive fjords. Whilst in Flam, it is worth visiting the dramatic Stegastein viewing platform which juts out high above the Aurlandsfjord offering spectacular views. The 17th-century wooden Flam Church lies in the valley.

When in Flam, there is a huge variety of exciting outdoor activities to choose from including fjord cruises, kayaking, hiking and more.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: Flåm, Norway

DAY 5: FERRY THROUGH THE FJORDS TO BALESTRAND
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This morning, you’ll continue exploring this tiny fjord village until your ferry ride to Balestrand. Known for wonderful light and breathtaking nature, Balestrand is a haven of peace, artists from all over the world have travelled here for inspiration, and traces of both English and German architecture can be seen in the many villas. The historic Kviknes Hotel, your home for the evening, is beautifully located by the Sognefjord and boasts a large collection of paintings by artists who have visited the area and stayed at the hotel.

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Walking

10:00 to 10:30

From: Flåm
To: Flåm
Walk down to the pier to catch the ferry.

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Ferry

10:30 to 12:00

From: Flåm
To: Balestrand

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Balestrand

12:00 to 18:00
6 hours

Situated along the Sognefjord, Balestrand has long been known for its spectacular nature and fantastic light conditions. Its scenery has long inspired painters who have flocked here to capture this special light on canvas.

With the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway, at its feet and the mountains behind it, there’s plenty to keep you busy in Balestrand. Get fuelled up on a RIB tour of the fjord or take it slow on a paddle tour. if you’re a glacier enthusiast, you’ll want to take a boat to Fjærlandsfjorden to visit the glacier museum and the Bøyebreen Glacier.

Balestrand is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle, where mountains loom, stunning fjord views are the norm and beautiful wooden villas line the streets.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: Balestrand, Norway

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Kviknes Hotel

14:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 6)
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Housed in one of the most famous buildings in Balestrand, the four-star Kviknes Hotel is a family-owned boutique hotel that shot to fame in Europe in the 20th century when Kaiser Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor, began regularly visiting during his summer holidays prior to World War I.

Since the 19th century when it was first built, the hotel has undergone several grand renovations and remodelling with the addition of new buildings without very losing its distinctive architecture and charm of the Swiss chalet-style complex.

Today, the hotel boasts 200 rooms and is one of Norway’s finest hotels with an impressive collection of art and historical pieces donning the walls of the hotel’s interior.

Address: Kviknes Hotel, Kviknevegen, Balestrand, Norway

DAY 6: BALESTRAND TO BERGEN BOAT TOUR ON THE SOGNEFJORD
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Today, you’ll ake the express boat out of the Sognefjord and south towards Bergen. With six hours on the water, you have plenty of time to soak in the atmosphere and the fresh air. Precipitous mountains, thunderous waterfalls and small homesteads that cling to the mountain sides are the framework of this boat tour. Bergen is known as the “The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway” and it is a lively town with small-town charm and international feel.

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Balestrand to Bergen Boat Tour on the Sognefjord

10:00 to 16:00
6 hours

Take the express boat out of the Sognefjord and south towards Bergen. With five to six hours on the water, you have plenty of time to soak in the atmosphere and the fresh air.

There is a cafe on board with simple options. You can sit out on the deck on the upper floor with room to move. The boat moves pretty quickly and there are several stops along the way.

Precipitous mountains, thunderous waterfalls and small homesteads that cling to the mountain sides are the framework of this boat tour.

Address: Sognefjord, Norway

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Bergen

16:00 to 18:00
2 hours

Known as the gateway to the fjords of Norway, Bergen is Norway’s second-largest city and sits clinging to the mountainsides overlooking the sea.

As a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture, Bergen is captivating in its rich history and the perfect base to explore the surrounding countryside. Retaining its small-town vibe despite growing in popularity as a big city, Bergen is full of museums, art galleries, cultural events and restaurants.

Founded over 900 years ago, Bergen dates back to the Viking Age and was for a long period of time, the centre of trade between Norway and the rest of Europe. You can sense this history at the Hanseatic Wharf, home to many of the city’s restaurants, pubs, craft shops and historical museums.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: Bergen, Norway

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Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

16:30 to 17:30
1 hour

Included on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf in the cultural city of Bergan is one of Norway’s biggest cultural attractions.

Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf dates back to the era when the city was a major Hanseatic trading centre. The Hanseatic League was a central and northwestern European commercial confederation of merchants and market towns which began in the later 1100s and continued for three centuries. The league dominated Baltic maritime trade for the whole duration.

Surrounded by stunning mountains and deep fjords, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf is set in a beautiful location. Bergan itself is a city famed for its cultural and historical attractions, such as its popular waterfront fish market where you can indulge in Norway’s famous seafood.

Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf contains some of the oldest buildings in the city. In 1702, a great fire raised the whole city of Bryggen to the ground but it was rebuilt on the same foundations from which it was founded in the 12th century.

Today, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf is a large part of living history and great cultural heritage to this area. Explore the winding alleyways and admire the traditionally built houses along the waterfront, now home to many cafes, shops and restaurants.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: Bryggen, 5003 Bergen, Norway

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Clarion Hotel Admiral

18:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 8)
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Housed in an old warehouse building from the early 20th century, the four-star Clarion Hotel Admiral is situated right in the heart of Bergen city centre, within easy walking distance of Bryggen and Fløyen and with fantastic views of both.

With extensive renovation, the hotel has retained its historic charm but is within steps of the city’s main shopping, restaurant and cultural scene so offers travellers the best of both worlds. From the hotel’s restaurant, you can enjoy views of the city whilst sampling regional cuisine.

Address: Clarion Hotel Admiral, C. Sundts gate, Bergen, Norway

DAY 7: GUIDED TOUR OF BERGEN WITH 24-HOUR BERGEN CARD
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Today you’ll embark on a guided tour of Bergen. Your guide can tailor-make your tour depending on your interests; such places as the Hanseatic harbour ‘Bryggen’, Fløibanen Funicular, Edward Grieg’s house at Troldhaugen and the Fish and Flower market. The Bergen Card allows free entrance to the cities museums, free public transportation and much more.

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Bergen

09:00 to 17:00
8 hours

Known as the gateway to the fjords of Norway, Bergen is Norway’s second-largest city and sits clinging to the mountainsides overlooking the sea.

As a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture, Bergen is captivating in its rich history and the perfect base to explore the surrounding countryside. Retaining its small-town vibe despite growing in popularity as a big city, Bergen is full of museums, art galleries, cultural events and restaurants.

Founded over 900 years ago, Bergen dates back to the Viking Age and was for a long period of time, the centre of trade between Norway and the rest of Europe. You can sense this history at the Hanseatic Wharf, home to many of the city’s restaurants, pubs, craft shops and historical museums. guided

Address: Bergen, Norway

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Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

10:00 to 11:00
1 hour

Included on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf in the cultural city of Bergan is one of Norway’s biggest cultural attractions.

Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf dates back to the era when the city was a major Hanseatic trading centre. The Hanseatic League was a central and northwestern European commercial confederation of merchants and market towns which began in the later 1100s and continued for three centuries. The league dominated Baltic maritime trade for the whole duration.

Surrounded by stunning mountains and deep fjords, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf is set in a beautiful location. Bergan itself is a city famed for its cultural and historical attractions, such as its popular waterfront fish market where you can indulge in Norway’s famous seafood.

Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf contains some of the oldest buildings in the city. In 1702, a great fire raised the whole city of Bryggen to the ground but it was rebuilt on the same foundations from which it was founded in the 12th century.

Today, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf is a large part of living history and great cultural heritage to this area. Explore the winding alleyways and admire the traditionally built houses along the waterfront, now home to many cafes, shops and restaurants.

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Address: Bryggen, 5003 Bergen, Norway

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Fishmarket in Bergen

12:00 to 13:00
1 hour

The central trading hub in Bergen, the fish market has been running in this charming location since the 1200s. Surrounded by fjords and mountains, you’ll find a variety of seafood, fish, fruit and vegetables in the market grounds, sold by local traders whose families have sold here for years.

Once you’ve had a walk around the market, you can enjoy the fresh produce in one of the neighbouring seafood restaurants.

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Address: Torget 5, 5014 Bergen, Norway

DAY 8: SCENIC TRAIN FROM BERGEN TO OSLO
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Today, you’ll sit back for a seven-hour train ride, returning to Oslo on the Bergen to Oslo line, considered one of the world’s most scenic train rides. There is also the option to fly or overnight sleeper train. You’ll arrive in the late afternoon and walk across to your hotel. You’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore Oslo on your own or get some food and retire for the evening.

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Train

10:00 to 17:00

From: Bergen
To: Oslo

Sit back for a seven-hour train ride, returning to Oslo on the Bergen to Oslo line, considered one of the world’s most scenic train rides. There is also the option to fly or overnight sleeper train.

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Walking

17:00 to 17:30

From: Oslo
To: Comfort Hotel Grand Central

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Comfort Hotel Grand Central

17:30 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 10)
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Located at Oslo S central station, Østbanehallen, right in the centre of Oslo is one of Scandinavia’s most beautiful hotels. Comfort Hotel Grand Central opened its doors in 2012 and boasts an unbeatable location in the hippest part of town – Bjorvika. Oslo fjord and Operan are just a stone’s throw away, and the fashionable avenue Karl Johan and central hub at Jernbanetorget are right outside your door.

The hotel is surrounded by a new indoor square with buzzing street life all around. But despite its location, our soundproofed rooms are quiet and comfortable. At the Comfort Hotel Grand Central in Oslo, you can enjoy fabulous suites, a 24-hour gym and quiet rooms.

Address: Comfort Hotel Grand Central, Jernbanetorget, Oslo, Norway

DAY 9: OSLO CITY TOUR WITH OSLO PASS
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The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer the discerning traveller, and you have a full day to discover the city with the help of an Oslo Pass and your private half-day guided tour. Your local guide can recommend visiting some of the Oslo highlights, including the Viking Ship, Kontiki and Fram museums, the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Ekerbergeparken and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum. A walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle, the Harbour area and the new Opera House is well worth it.

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Oslo City Tour with Oslo Pass

09:00 to 14:00
5 hours

The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer the discerning traveller, and you have a full day to discover the city with the help of an Oslo Pass and your private half-day guided tour.

Your local guide can recommend visiting some of the Oslo highlights, including the Viking Ship, Kontiki and Fram museums, the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Ekerbergeparken and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum.

A walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle, the Harbour area and the new Opera House is well worth it.

Depending on the weather, you could hit the beach or visit a museum. You can go paddleboarding or book an hour on one of the floating saunas. If you are after an adventure, why not go ice climbing at the new SNO indoor ski centre.

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Address: Oslo, Norway

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Viking Ship Museum

09:30 to 10:30
1 hour

See the world’s best-preserved Viking ships up close.

All the Viking ships at our museum were ocean-going vessels before they were hauled onto land to be used in burial rituals for their wealthy owners. In the burial mounds, archaeologists unearthed skeletons, beautiful wood carvings and a diverse range of artefacts from the fascinating world of the Vikings.

At the museum, you can see all the beautifully crafted grave gifts found with the ships, ranging from everyday objects and utensils to religious artefacts with breathtaking details.

There are three main ships on display in the exhibition hall: the Oseberg Ship, which took 21 years to restore, is richly decorated and was equipped with lavish burial gifts for the two women on board; the Gokstad was a fast ship, suitable for high sea voyages; and finally, the Tune ship was built from oak around 910 AD and had room for 24 rowers.

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Address: Huk Aveny 35, 0287 Oslo, Norway

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The Vigeland Sculpture Park &

Museum
11:00 to 12:00
1 hour

The Vigeland Museum is the sculpture museum of Oslo and is dedicated to Gustav Vigeland. The main responsibilities are to take care of the heritage of Gustav Vigeland and to preserve this for the coming generations. The majority of the Museum’s exhibition space is a presentation of Vigeland’s oeuvre.

Since starting with temporary exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, the Museum has, over the recent years, become more focused on this specific kind of art, i.e. sculpture and installation, and video-based art.

The Vigeland Park is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist, Gustav Vigeland, and is one of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions.

The unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland’s lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland was also in charge of the design and architectural layout of the park. The Vigeland Park was mainly completed between 1939 and 1949.

Most of the sculptures are placed in five units along an 850-metre long axis: The Main Gate, the Bridge with the Children’s playground, the Fountain, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life.

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Address: Nobels gate 32, 0268 Oslo, Norway

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Akershus Fortress

12:30 to 13:30
1 hour

Situated in the centre of Norway’s capital, Oslo, Akershus Fortress is a medieval castle which was built to and has served as the royal residence in Oslo for over 700 years. Today, it is a museum open to the public and a great place to discover Oslo’s history.

Construction on the castle began in 1299 under the instruction of King Håkon V. Completed in the 14th century, Akershus Fortress is situated at the end of the headland, a great position for defence purposes. During the reign of King Christian IV, from the mid 16th century to the mid 17th century, the castle was modernised and converted into a Renaissance style castle.

Today, the castle stands beautifully preserved showcasing the nation’s growth and development over the past seven centuries.

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Address: 0150 Oslo, Norway

DAY 10: SCENIC TRAIN RIDE FROM OSLO TO STOCKHOLM
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In the morning, you’ll catch a six-hour train ride through the Swedish countryside to Stockholm. Sweden’s capital is charming, vibrant and surrounded by beauty and water – hence its nickname, the Venice of the North! Stockholm offers interesting museums and castles; the city offers a warm atmosphere and the old town has charming small alleyways boasting several famous restaurants. Be sure to visit the ABBA museum with great interactive exhibits!.

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Train

10:00 to 16:00

From: Oslo
To: Stockholm

In the morning, you’ll catch a six-hour train ride through the Swedish countryside to Stockholm.

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Hotel Rival

16:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 12)
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Situated in Mariatorget, a peaceful park and district in Stockholm, Hotel Rival is a boutique hotel housed in a converted cinema with 99 rooms.

With beautiful and stylish accents, the hotel is a colourful, multi-faceted environment that celebrates contemporary design. The hotel’s cocktail bar, Watsons Bar, invites you to enjoy a relaxed drink after a day of sightseeing and the Bistro is where you can enjoy regional and national specialities.

Address: Hotel Rival, Mariatorget, Stockholm, Sweden

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Stockholm

16:00 to 18:00
2 hours

Just moments from nature, Stockholm is a city filled with charm and scenic beauty, just moments from forests and mountain ranges with numerous hiking ranges; the capital of Sweden is spread across 14 islands, connected by a series of bridges that help you to navigate the city with ease.

A city that does things a little bit differently, Stockholm is the gateway to an archipelago of an impressive 30,000 islands, boating around these islands provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, where the waters are flat calm and the seascape extends for miles. For more the more adventurous, it is possible to bike, kayak, swim or even take a yacht around them. When on the islands, you can forage for berries and mushrooms.

For city lovers, Sweden has some of the best shopping opportunities, from high-end stores to vintage boutiques, the creative scene in Södermalm will open your eyes to a different side of the city.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: Stockholm, Sweden

DAY 11: PRIVATE TOUR OF STOCKHOLM WITH LOCAL GUIDE
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Today, you’ll embark on a three-hour guided tour of Stockholm, a city often referred to as the Venice of the North. With your own guide and car, you’ll visit the Vasa Museum and the city districts of Södermalm, Gamla Stan, Norrmalm, Ostermalm and Djurgården, each with its own special character. You’ll end the tour in Djurgården, known as the outdoor recreation centre for the city locals as well as home to many of the city’s museums, the Vasa Museum, the Open Air Museum of Skansen and the latest addition, ABBA the Museum.

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Private Tour of Stockholm

10:00 to 13:00
3 hours

Embark on a three-hour guided tour of Stockholm, a city often referred to as the Venice of the North.

With your own guide and car, you’ll visit the Vasa Museum and the city districts of Södermalm, Gamla Stan, Norrmalm, Ostermalm and Djurgården, each with its own special character.

The trendy and bohemian area of the city, Södermalm, offers small wooden houses from the 1700s, fantastic views of the city, fashion, design and great local bars. Then explore Gamla Stan or Old Town as we would say in English, is where everything once began. With its narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets, this island is home to the Royal Palace. Stories and legends from days long past will make history come to life all around us!

The city centre of Stockholm is known as Norrmalm. It is the focal point of modern Stockholm with great shopping opportunities and a backdrop of the City Hall, the venue for the Nobel Prize Banquet. Next, you’ll visit Ostermalm, the city’s most fashionable neighbourhood with stately apartment buildings, fantastic architecture and scenic walkways.

Finally, you’ll end the tour in Djurgården, known as the outdoor recreation centre for the city locals as well as home to many of the city’s museums, the Vasa Museum, the Open Air Museum of Skansen and the latest addition, ABBA the Museum. The Vasa ship was built between 1625 and 1628 as the pride and joy of the Swedish navy. As she embarked on her maiden voyage she fired a big salute, sailed for 20 minutes and then went straight to the bottom of the sea. Today, the Vasa ship lies before you 98% intact.

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Address: Stockholm, Sweden

DAY 12: DEPARTURE FROM STOCKHOLM
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Today, your trip comes to an end as you make your way to the airport after breakfast.

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Private Driver

10:00 to 11:00

From: Stockholm
To: Stockholm Arlanda Airport