Nordic Capitals and Fjords of Dreams

Escorted TourNorway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark


From $5,695 USD
May 26 - September 1, 2018
16 Days / 15 Nights

Nordic Capitals and Fjords features Viking Capitals of Denmark, Sweden, Helsinki and the medieval Baltic town Tallinn, as well as scenic Fjords of Norway.

Overview

Nordic Capital and Fjords of Dreams, a 16-day comprehensive tour of Viking Capitals of Denmark, Sweden, Helsinki and the medieval Baltic town Tallinn, as well as scenic Fjords of Norway. Start in the fairy tale city of Copenhagen, travel to Oslo before reaching the elegant Swedish capital, Stockholm. From raw and pristine nature of Norwegian Fjords and quaint villages to cobbled-stone streets of Northern cities shaped by medieval history and culture.

Operation

May 26 - September 1, 2018

Departure

Guaranteed departures May 26 June 30 July 7, 21, 28 August 4, 11, 18, 25 September 1

Price

  • from $5,695 per person in double room
  • from $8,020 single room
  • from $5,699 triple room
  • from $4,835 child (7–12 years), when sharing room with parents

Included

  • 13 nights at hotels in standard double/twin rooms
  • Hotel Ullensvang, Hotel Alexandra & Hotel Union with Fjord View rooms
  • 1 night DFDS Seaways Cruise, Commodore Class Cabin*
  • 1 night on board of Tallink Silja Line Ferry, deluxe cabin
  • Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily
  • 6 dinners as per program
  • Bi-lingual tour escort from day 1 to day 15
  • All touring by private coach, with air-condition
  • The long distance bus from day 4 - 11 offers WIFI
  • Sightseeing as per program
  • Guided city tours in Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo
  • Guided city tours in Stockholm, Tallinn & Helsinki
  • Regular Arrival Transfer, from Copenhagen Airport**
  • Regular Departure Transfer, to Helsinki Airport* *
  • Porter service at ferry crossing and hotels (excluding day 1 & 16)
  • Tax and service fees

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Personal insurance / personal expenses / incidental extras
  • Beverages
  • All services not mentioned in the program
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • *Regular Arrival Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfers from the Airport in Copenhagen & to the Airport in Helsinki and only on the published official date of beginning & end of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur. This transfer service is not valid for passengers with pre/post nights or passengers who require private transfers - for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved for these passengers.

Day 1 ARRIVAL COPENHAGEN

Saturday
Arrival to Copenhagen Airport, meet & greet by the Destination Management English-speaking representative, for Regular Arrival Transfer Service to the hotel* for check-in (Please see notes below for this service).

Please consult the Destination Management welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in at your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your tour leader. A short welcome meeting will be held at 19:00, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program while enjoying a welcome drink. The rest of the day is at leisure.

*Regular Arrival Transfer Services, included in the program, are only available for transfers from Airport in Copenhagen and only on the official date of beginning of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from the Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur. This transfer service is not valid for passengers with pre/post nights or passengers who require private transfers – for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved for these passengers.

Hotel Skt. Petri ****

Day 2 COPENHAGEN (B)

Sunday
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach with your local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour. This tour will be the perfect introduction to "Wonderful Copenhagen". We start with a drive towards the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street "Stroeget" begins. Pass the Tivoli Gardens, dating back to 1843 and onwards past the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque and the National Museum. Next up is the Old Stock Exchange and the Naval Church. Drive past the Kings New Square, the home of the Royal Danish Theatre with the world famous ballet, then through the old canal area, Nyhavn, with its picturesque houses and vessels.

We continue on to see the impressive Gefion Fountain and then make a photo stop at the Royal residence, Amalienborg Palace. Finally we stop by the landmark of Copenhagen, the statue of the Little Mermaid, known from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. During the tour we will also delight in Christiansborg Palace, housing the Danish Parliament and Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels. The tour will end at the hotel. The afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Hotel Skt. Petri ****

Day 3 COPENHAGEN - OSLO - DFDS FERRY (B, D)

Monday
After breakfast, morning is at leisure. In the afternoon transfer to the pier by private coach to embark the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry. At approximately 16:30, departure to Oslo. Buffet dinner will be served on board.
(Commodore Class cabins are with Queen Size beds. Clients requesting Twin beds will be accommodated in Outside 2 berth cabins - not Commodore Class. Breakfast is however still provided in Commodore class restaurant)

NOTE: Passports must be shown when traveling between Denmark and Norway on the DFDS ferry. Clients traveling with E.U. identification cards only may not be allowed on-board.

Day 4 OSLO - HARDANGERFJORD - LOFTHUS (B, D)

Tuesday
Breakfast on board. Arrival to Oslo at 09:45, after disembarking we will board our private coach. We drive across Hønefoss, Nesbyen surrounded by a landscape alternating between forests of pines, and lakes; we arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Just a few kilometers away, we will visit Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains and famous for its Ski resorts. Drive to the impressive Hardangerfjord, where we arrive at Lofthus, one of Edvard Grieg's favorite haunts, and one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. Dinner at the hotel is included. Overnight at the fabulous Ullensvang Hotel- Fjord View room.

Ullensvang Hotel ****+

Day 5 LOFTHUS - BERGEN (B)

Wednesday
Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart from Lofthus and travel back along the fjord until reaching Brimnes where we will cross the splendid Hardangerfjord, by traveling across the newly opened Hardanger Bridge. The Hardanger Bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world, and the longest in Norway.

After reaching the other side, Bruravik, we will continue by coach, along the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund and crossing through forests of birches until we arrive in Bergen. Bergen is the capital of the fjords, Norway's second largest city and one of the three university cities in the country.

Early in the afternoon, we meet our local guide at the hotel, for a 2-hour panoramic sightseeing tour during which we will delight in St. Mary's Church, Haakon's Hall (no entrances), the colorful and picturesque Fish and Flower Market and the old Bryggen area. The evening is at leisure.

Bergen Bors Hotel ****+

Day 6 BERGEN - FLÅM - LOEN (B, D)

Thursday
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure from Bergen and travel to the historic town of Voss, with a stunning background of snow clad mountains. Here we board a train, which will take us across the mountain plateau to Myrdal, where we change to the World famous Flåm Railway, the highlight of the day.

Experience one of the most spectacular rail journeys, descending down from the Mountain station of Myrdal to the quaint fjord village of Flåm. Here we have some free time before embarking onto the afternoon ferry, which will take us on a breathtaking crossing along the Aurland & Nærøy Fjords, branches of the Sogne Fjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway.

The coast offers very strong contrasts, sometimes you will experience rocks falling dramatically into the fjord while other stretches of the river turn into a wonderful green. Disembarkation in Gudvangen and continuation by coach, through one of the largest tunnels of Norway. We continue our journey through Lærdal and Skei until we reach Loen, beautifully situated between mountains, lakes and fjords. Dinner and overnight at the prestigious hotel Alexandra in fjord view room.

Hotel Alexandra ****+

Day 7 LOEN - BRIKSDAL GLACIER - GEIRANGER (B, D)

Friday
Breakfast at the hotel.

Optional Excursion: BRIKSDAL GLACIER, AN ARM OF EUROPE’S LARGEST GLACIER JOSTEDALSBREEN, approx 3 hours.

After arriving at Briksdal Glacier, we will make a visit to the foot of the glacier, traveling by small motorized "Troll cars" and walking through Norwegian nature to the very snout of the glacier. Here we experience the glacier's breathtaking blue ice. After the visit, there will be free time for lunch at your own discretion.

It is not possible to book this excursion on site. THIS EXCURSION MUST BE PRE-BOOKED TO ENSURE ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

Passengers not joining the optional excursion, who prefer to enjoy the hotel and its facilities, will be picked up at around 16:00.

We leave Loen and continue our journey through the wonderful Norwegian mountains to the famous point of Dalsnibba, an observation point located 1.476 meters above sea level, with a spectacular view of the famous Geiranger Fjord, UNESCO World Heritage. (The visit to Dalsnibba is subject to climate permission - cannot be guaranteed). Once our visit to Dalsnibba is finished, we continue our journey downward to Geiranger for check-in at our hotel. Before dinner, a special tour of the Veteran car collection of The Mjelva family is offered. A number of these beautiful cars were used to show tourists around the Geiranger area in the 1920's and 1930's and they are still in excellent condition. Dinner (included) and overnight at the hotel in fjord view room.

Hotel Union ****+

Day 8 GEIRANGER (B, D)

Saturday
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we will take the ferry, crossing the dramatic and ever so impressive, UNESCO's World Heritage listed, Geiranger Fjord, situated among lush mountains and wild waterfalls. Travel from Geiranger to Hellesylt and be inspired by this beautiful unspoiled landscape.

After disembarking in Hellesylt, we travel north to Trollstigen or Troll's path, one of the most dramatic and visited areas in Norway. Travel the 11 hairpin turns on this stunning stretch of road that winds its way along just over 100km of incredible landscape (Weather permitting as road closures can occur). Lunch stop en route (not included). In the late afternoon, we arrive back at the hotel. Dinner (included) and overnight at the hotel in fjord view room.

Hotel Union ****

Day 9 GEIRANGER - OSLO (B)

Sunday
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by coach to the capital, Oslo. We travel via Lom, where we can admire the oldest wooden church in Norway, which dates from the 12th Century. We continue, via Otta, leaving the fjord area of Central Norway characterized by breath-taking mountains and lakes and being the major attraction in the country. Late in the afternoon, we arrive in Oslo and check-in at the hotel.

Hotel Continental ****+

Day 10 OSLO (B)

Monday
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, we will meet our local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour of the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by the fjord. Enjoy the view from the Opera house before heading off to Bygdøy Island. Here we will visit one of the most popular museums, the Viking Ship Museum (entrance included), with its three Viking vessels.

The Vigeland Sculpture Park, one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures, will welcome us with sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, who dedicated his life to his artistic works. We will also pass by the Royal Palace and the main boulevard, Karl Johan. The tour ends at the hotel, from where you will be free to explore the Viking capital at your own pace.

Hotel Continental ****+

Day 11 OSLO - STOCKHOLM (B)

Tuesday
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Oslo and travel (by coach or train) to Stockholm, passing through Norwegian and Swedish forests, and through the region of Värmland, the home of many legends. Late afternoon arrival to Stockholm, for check-in at your hotel. The evening is at leisure.

Hotel At Six *****

Day 12 STOCKHOLM (B)

Wednesday
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet with local guide and depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing. The city of Stockholm is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges. The city embraces the unique character of the 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm's islands are bordered by Lake Malaren in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east where the archipelago with its 30.000 islands awaits exploration. The capital is a big city with a small town personality. Stockholm is proudly called "Beauty on Water" and a sightseeing tour, which includes a walk in the Old Town and an inside visit to the City Hall, where the Nobel festivities take place, makes for a memorable morning tour.

Discover a city of contrasts. Go back 750 years in time and feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town "Gamla Stan" as you wander through narrow streets. The seven hundred year old cathedral of Stockholm, Seat of the archbishop, will be seen during your stroll through Old Town, where you will also get a chance to see Stortorget, where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. An inside visit is paid to one of the city's best known symbols, the City Hall with its Blue and Golden Halls. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

Hotel At Six *****

Day 13 STOCKHOLM - TALLINN (B, D)

Thursday
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to board the comfortable overnight ferry of Tallink Silja Line, sailing along the Baltic Sea, bound for Tallinn. Dinner will be served on board.

Onboard Tallink Silja Line, Deluxe cabin

Day 14 TALLINN (B)

Friday
A special breakfast is served on board before arrival to Tallinn. Private transfer to the hotel followed by a panoramic sightseeing tour, starting with a short tour by coach through the city centre and around the ancient city walls, ending up at Toompea Hill for the start of a walking tour of the Old Town. The walking tour of the old town includes the Toompea Hill with the Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church.

We will make a stop at the Viewer Square (panorama platform), onwards along Lühike Street to Lower Town. We will walk further through this historic part of Tallinn to the Old Town Hall Square, with views of the Old Town Hall, the Old Town Pharmacy house and the Church of the Holy Ghost.

Continue our walk along Pühavaimu Street to the Latin quarter of Tallinn Old Town where you will find open markets, studios and artisan shops. Then it's a short walk back to the hotel where the tour ends. The rest of the day at leisure.

Radisson Blu Sky Tallin Hotel ****+

Day 15 TALLINN - HELSINKI (B)

Saturday
Breakfast buffet at the hotel. The morning is at leisure until our transfer from the hotel to the Tallinn Ferry terminal. Travel across the Baltic Sea and enjoy the scenery on the fast ferry ride from Tallinn to Helsinki.

On arrival in Helsinki, meet & greet by your local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing of the capital of Finland, also known as "The Daughter of the Baltic Sea". The tour includes the Senate Square, the University and Lutheran Cathedral – all displaying neoclassical architecture of the 1840's, the colorful Market Square by the sea in the South Harbour, Kaivopuisto Park and diplomatic residences, the imposing statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski and the Sibelius Monument.

A visit is also made to Temppeliaukio Church - called the "Rock Church" as it is carved into solid rock (the church reserves the right not to allow the entry of visitors in case of ceremonies). The tour ends at the hotel for check-in.

Hotel Kamp *****

Day 16 DEPARTURE HELSINKI (B)

Sunday
Breakfast at the hotel. A Destination Management English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Helsinki Airport* (Please see notes below for this service).

*Please note! Regular Departure Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfer to Helsinki Airport and only on the official end date of tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from the Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.

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