Northern Highlights– Finland, Norway, Sweden –12 days / 11 nights, Oslo - Hardanger - Bergen - Sognefjord - Nærøyfjord - Flåm - Balestrand - Fjaerland - Geiranger - Oslo - Stockholm - Cruise to HelsinkiNorthern Highlights, 12-day escorted tour, combines Scandinavian capitals Oslo and Stockholm with cruises on Norway's Nærøyfjord, Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord, all on UNESCO's World Heritage List. By modern motor coach through a landscape of forests and sparkling lakes, from the idyllic Swedish countryside to Stockholm. Enjoy city sightseeing and first class hotels in each capital. Cruise on the fabulous Silja Line across the Baltic Sea to Helsinki.
|Operation||June 20 - August 1, 2017|
|Departure||Guaranteed departures 2017:
June 20, 27
July 4, 11, 18, 25
|Price||from $3,590 per person in double room
from $4,545 single room
|Included||10 nights hotel accommodation with private facilities
Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily
5 x lunches on days 2, 3, 6, 7 & 8
9x 3-course or buffet dinners (except on day 3 in Bergen and second night in Stockholm)
Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats and seatbelts
3 hours guided tour of Helsinki
4 hours guided tour of Stockholm, including City Hall
Visit to the Viking Museum in Oslo
Panorama tour of Bergen
Ride on the Bergen Funicular to Mt. Fløyen
Bergen Railway, Voss - Myrdal
Ride on the Flåm Railway, Myrdal-Flåm
Approx. 2 hours cruise on the Sognefjord & Nærøyfjord
1 hour cruise on the Geiranger Fjord
Excursion in open car to the Briksdal Glacier
All visits as per itinerary
All ferry crossings as per itinerary
Overnight cruise Stockholm - Helsinki
2-berth outside cabins, shower, toilet
Dinner and buffet breakfast on board
Luggage assistance at all hotels while with the group
English-speaking tour escort throughout
Transfers airport/hotel on first and last days*
|Not Included||International airfare, airport taxes and customs fees
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||*Transfers to/from a different airport than the one mentioned in the tour program may incur a supplement.
These tours are organized by our Associate Partners in Copenhagen. In order to offer a greater variety of tour options, the programs allow for participants to join or depart from the tour in various transit locations. We do hope that the possible change of group participants does not cause any inconvenience as it is meant to offer a greater variety of travel experiences to travelers.
Please inquire about our favorable airfares on Icelandair or SAS.
|Tour Options||Northern Highlights + St. Petersburg, 14 nights, from $5,365
Departure is July 18, 2017
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Day 1 ARRIVE OSLO (D) Transfer from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to hotel in connection with your flight arrival. Dinner and accommodation at Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel Oslo, ideally situated close to the Karl Johans Boulevard and Royal Palace. Your tour escort will meet you at 19.45 hrs (before dinner) in the hotel lobby.
Day 2 OSLO - ULVIK (B, L, D) After breakfast you will visit the world-famous Viking Ships. Departure from Oslo driving via Hønefoss along the charming Hallingdal Valley to the tourist resort town Geilo. Buffet lunch at Bardøla Mountain Hotel. After lunch cross the wild Hardanger Mountain Plateau to Fossli, stopping to view the thundering VøringsfosWaterfall with a vertical drop of 180 m. Dinner and accommodation at Brakanes Hotel, ideally located on the banks of the Hardangerfjord.
Day 3 ULVIK - BERGEN (B, L) After buffet breakfast, descend the amazing Måbødal Canyon to the idyllic Hardanger Fjord. Cross the Hardanger Bridge. Scenic tour along the beautiful Hardanger Fjord, famous for its many fruit orchards, via the towns of Øystese and Norheimsund, arriving in Bergen around midday. Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon 2 hours tour of Bergen, including a visit to the popular Fish and Flower Market, the famous Bryggen Harbour with its gabled packhouses, and the old Hanseatic Quarter. You will also ride on the funicular to Mt. Fløien, for the best views of the city and fjords way below. Accommodation at First Hotel Marin, centrally located next to the old Bryggen
harbour and close to the pedestrian shopping streets.
Day 4 BERGEN - FLÅM - BALESTRAND (B, D) After breakfast departure from Bergen and drive via Dale to the town of Voss. Board the train in Voss for a ride on the beautiful Bergen Railway to the mountain station of Myrdal. From Myrdal ride on the amazing Flåm Railway, a masterpiece of engineering descending 2.838 feet in less than one hour. The descent to the fjord village of Flåm offers opportunities for photo shots of exciting waterfalls and mountain scenery.
After a short rest in Flåm, start of approx. 2 hours cruise by boat along the narrow Aurlands and Nærøy Fjords, both branches of the Sogn Fjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of cascading waterfalls, sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks, and a variety of wildlife.
After disembarking in Gudvangen at the head of the Nærøy Fjord, continue by coach through the amazing Stalheim Canyon and Nærøy Valley, across the Vika Mountains to Vangsnes, for the short ferry crossing to the beautiful resort of Balestrand. Dinner and accommodation at the historic Kvikne's Hotel, superbly located on the banks of the Sognefjord and surrounded by mountains.
Day 5 BALESTRAND - DAY IN THE FJORDS (B, D) Day free in Balestrand, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding beauty and nature of the fjords. The day starts with a traditional Norwegian buffet breakfast in the hotel's elegant dining room. You may want to spend the morning relaxing on the hotel terrace, breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the spectacular views. We can also recommend a visit to the local aquarium and art gallery, or you may prefer to rent a bike or rowing boat from the hotel, or even go on foot up to the nearest mountains. A walking tour of the village of Balestrand, with its historic buildings and other interesting sites can also be arranged. Dinner and accommodation at the fabulous Kvikne's Hotel.
Day 6 BALESTRAND - FJÆRLAND - GEIRANGER (B, L, D) After breakfast departure from your hotel by ferry from Dragsvik to Hella, followed by a scenic tour along the northern side of the Sognefjord to Sogndal.Continue by road to Fjærland, passing under the Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe, to the village of Skei at the northern end of beautiful Lake Jølster.
Descend to the beautiful Nord Fjord, making a detour at Olden to visit the world-famous Briksdal Glacier. The journey up to the glacier will be made in open cars to give you the best of views. Lunch will be served in a nearby mountain restaurant.
After lunch the tour continues around the Nord Fjord via Loen and Stryn, to the picturesque village of Hellesylt. From here you go on board the ferry for the one hour's cruise along the spectacular Geiranger Fjord, possibly the most impressive of all the Norwegian fjords. During the cruise you will pass close by some magnificent waterfalls, such as the Bridal Veil and the Seven Sisters. Dinner and accommodation at the excellent Union Hotel, overlooking the Geiranger Fjord.
Day 7 GEIRANGER - LILLEHAMMER - OSLO (B, L, D) Buffet breakfast at the hotel before leaving Geiranger. From the top of the famous Serpentine Road, you have the opportunity to digest some amazing views of the fjord, before crossing the rugged Grotli Mountains to Lom, well known for its 14th century stave church. The tour continues via Lake Vågå, before descending the magnificent Gudbrands Valley to the popular tourist town of Lillehammer. Stop for lunch in Lillehammer.
After lunch the journey continues alongside Lake Mjøsa, Norway's largest lake, back to Oslo. Dinner and accommodation at Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel.
Day 8 OSLO - STOCKHOLM (B, L, D) After breakfast departure from Oslo, continuing by coach towards the Swedish border. Cross into the attractive province of Värmland to arrive in the city of Karlstad on Lake Vänern, the largest lake in Sweden. Lunch in Karlstad.
After lunch the tour continues through a landscape of forests and sparkling lakes to reach the Swedish capital in the late afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign, first class hotel centrally located.
Day 9 STOCKHOLM (B) Breakfast at the hotel. The day starts with a 4 hours guided tour of the city. Famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, Royal Theatre, etc. You will also visit the enchanting Old Town (Gamla Stan) with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops. Highlight of the tour is a visit to City Hall with its impressive Blue and Golden Halls, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year.
Afternoon free in Stockholm, with possibility to visit the famous Vasa Museum or take one of the popular canal tours. Accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign.
Day 10 STOCKHOLM - HELSINKI (B, D) Morning free in Stockholm. Afternoon transfer from hotel to pier, for embarkation on a delightful cruise ferry of Silja Line.
17.00 hrs: Departure from Stockholm, sailing slowly through the picturesque archipelago past numerous small islands. Dinner on board. Choice of entertainment, bars, shops and casino. Accommodation is in 2-berth seaside cabins with shower/toilet.
We recommend you to bring an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to bring suitcases to and from your cabin.
Onboard Silja Line
Day 11 HELSINKI (B, D) Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into Helsinki harbour. After disembarkation 3 hours guided tour of Helsinki. Famous sights include the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument, Underground Temple, and much more.
Afternoon free in Helsinki. Dinner and accommodation at Haven Hotel, a first-class hotel conveniently located in the centre of Helsinki.
Day 12 HELSINKI DEPARTURE (B) Buffet breakfast at hotel, followed by transfer to Helsinki Vantaa Airport to connect with your homebound flight.