Nordic Capitals and Fjords of Dreams

Escorted TourNorway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark


From $5,175 USD
May 27 - September 2, 2019
15 Days / 14 Nights

Nordic Capitals and Fjords of Dreams, 15-day tour of Viking Capitals Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki, and Norway’s fjord region, Bergen and Flåm.

Overview

Nordic Capitals and Fjords of Dreams, a comprehensive 15-day tour visiting Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Explore fascinating and historic northern capitals, from the fairy tale city of Copenhagen cruise to the Viking capital, Oslo, before reaching the elegant capital of Sweden, Stockholm. Enjoy the natural beauty of the magnificent Norwegian fjords, the famous Flåm Railway, cruise the Baltic Sea through the picturesque archipelago to Helsinki.

Operation

May 27 - September 2, 2019

Departure

Guaranteed departures 2019
May 27
June 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2

Price

  • from $5,175 per person in double room
  • from $8,050 single room
  • from $5,365 triple room
  • from $4,955 child (7–12 years), when sharing room with parents

Included

  • 12 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, Outside cabin
  • 14 x Scandinavian breakfast buffet
  • 1 lunch as per program
  • 6 dinners as per program
  • Bi-lingual tour escort from day 1 to day 14
  • All touring by private coach, with air-condition
  • All sightseeing as per program
  • The long distance bus from day 2 - 11 offers WIFI
  • Monolingual guided city tours in Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo
  • Monolingual guided city tours in Stockholm & 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

  • Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase & 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • *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
Monday

Arrival to Copenhagen Airport, meet & greet by Borealis 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 Borealis 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. The rest of the day is at leisure.

*The departures of 1st July & 5th August will not be accommodated at Hotel Copenhagen Marriott. The hotel will be reconfirmed latest 4 weeks prior to departure and it will be a centrally located hotel of 4+ / 5 * category.

Copenhagen Marriott****+

Day 2 COPENHAGEN (B)
Tuesday

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach with our 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. We 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. We 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.

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, you can also delight in the exterior of Christiansborg Palace, as well as Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels. The tour will end at the hotel. The afternoon and evening are at leisure.

*The departures of 1st July & 5th August will not be accommodated at Hotel Copenhagen Marriott. The hotel will be reconfirmed latest 4 weeks prior to departure and it will be a centrally located hotel of 4+ / 5 * category.

Copenhagen Marriott*****

Day 3 COPENHAGEN - OSLO (B, D)
Wednesday

After breakfast, the 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.

Onboard DFDS Seaways, 2-berth Commodore class cabin

Day 4 OSLO (B)
Thursday

Breakfast on board. Arrival to Oslo at 09:45. We will meet our local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour of the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by the fjord. We will 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 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 street, Karl Johan. The tour ends at the hotel, from where you will be free to explore the Viking capital at your own pace.

Grand Hotel*****

Day 5 LOFTHUS - OSLO (B)
Friday

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we drive across Hoenefoss, Nesbyen surrounded by a landscape, which alternates between forests of pines and lakes to arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Just a few kilometres away, we will visit Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains and famous for its ski resorts.  In Geilo we will take the time to enjoy a delicious lunch at the beautiful old Dr. Holms Hotel (included). Afterwards the tour continues to the impressive Hardanger fjord, where we arrive at Lofthus, one of Edvard Grieg's favourite haunts, and one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. Dinner at the hotel is included.

*The departures of 27th May, 10th, 17th & 24th June will not be accommodated in rooms with fjord view. Instead rooms with mountain view are confirmed. 

Ullensvang Hotel ****+ Fjord View room

Day 6 LOFTHUS - BERGEN (B)
Saturday

Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart from Lofthus and travel back along the fjord until reaching Brimnes where we will cross the splendid Hardanger fjord, by travelling across the Hardanger Bridge. The bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. After reaching Bruravik on the other side, 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 colourful and picturesque fish markets and the old Bryggen area. The evening is at leisure.

Radisson Blu Royal****

Day 7 BERGEN - FLÅM - LOEN (B, D)
Sunday

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 from the Mountain station of Myrdal to the quaint fjord village of Flåm located on the shores of the magnificent Aurlands Fjord. Enjoy some free time in the picturesque fjord village of Flåm before we continue for a cruise on the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway.

Drive through one of the longest tunnels of Norway before embarking.  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. Disembark after and continue by coach, through the stunning mountains of Gaula before reaching Loen, beautifully situated between mountains, lakes and fjords. Dinner and overnight at the prestigious hotel Alexandra.  

This evening we recommend you enjoy a ride with the sky lift just located next to your hotel.  The view is breathtaking.

*The departures of 27th May, 24th June, 8th & 15th July, 5th & 12th August and 2nd September will not be accommodated in rooms with fjord view. Instead rooms with mountain view are confirmed.

Hotel Alexandra ****+

Day 8 LOEN - BRIKSDAL GLACIER - GEIRANGER (B, D)
Monday

Breakfast at the hotel.

OPTIONAL: Briksdal Glacier, an arm of Europe's largest Glacier Jostedalsbreen.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: USD 70 pp
Available by pre-booking only

After arriving at Briksdal Glacier, we will make a visit to the foot of the glacier, travelling 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 WITH TRAVEL BOOKING TO ENSURE ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

Passengers not joining the optional excursion, who prefer to enjoy the hotel and its facilities, will be picked up at approximately 15:00.

We leave Loen and continue our journey through the wonderful Norwegian mountains to Hellesylt to embark the ferry, crossing the dramatic and ever so impressive, UNESCO's World Heritage listed, Geiranger Fjord, situated among lush mountains and wild waterfalls. Arrival in Geiranger and check-in. 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 at the hotel is included.

Union Hotel ****+ Fjord View room 

Day 9 GEIRANGER (B, D)
Tuesday

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we travel north to explore two of the most dramatic and visited areas of Norway; The Eagle’s road and Trollstigen or Troll's path. The steepest section of Road 63 between Geiranger and Eidsdal is called Ørnevegen, or "The Eagle Road", as driving along its eleven hairpin turns at 620 meters (2,030 ft) above sea level feels a little like being airborne. At the uppermost bend is the most spectacular viewpoint of the road, Ørnesvingen, offering breath-taking views over the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord. Continue to to Linge crossing the Storfjord from Eisdal and from here to the Troll's path.

Driving Trollstigen is a dramatic and exciting experience. Some places it's cut into the mountain; and some parts are built on top of stone walls. An impressive bridge in natural stone carries it across the Stigfossen waterfall. The road is a result of hard work and an impressive piece of engineering work dated 100 years back in time. His Majesty King Haakon VII opened the road in the summer of 1936. At top of Trollstigen there are viewpoints and steel walkways which allow you to get close to the dramatic mountains and waterfalls (Weather permitting as road closures can occur). Lunch stop en route (not included). In the afternoon, we arrive back at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel is included.

Union Hotel ****+ Fjord View room 

Day 10 GEIRANGER - OSLO (B)
Wednesday

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by coach to the capital, Oslo. First visit 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).

Continue via Lom where we can admire the oldest wooden church in Norway, which dates from the 12th Century. Late in the afternoon, we arrive in Oslo and check-in at the hotel. Thereafter you will have the chance to join the group on a 2-hour guided Walking City Tour.

*The departure 27th May will not be accommodated at Hotel Grand. The hotel confirmed is Clarion The Hub, 4 * + centrally located

Grand Hotel*****

Day 11 OSLO - STOCKHOLM (B)
Thursday

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 and check-in at the hotel. The evening is at leisure.

Hotel At Six ****+

Day 12 STOCKHOLM (B)
Friday

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 Mälaren 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 a visit to the City Hall, 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 its 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, where the great Nobel banquet is held. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

OPTIONAL: VÅSA Museum following regular sightseeing
Duration: approximately 2 hours
Price: USD 55 pp | Min 2 persons
Includes: entrance to Våsa Museum w/guided tour, private tour guide
Available by pre-booking

Scandinavia's top museum built around the only intact 17th century warship.  Following the city tour visit the Swedish warship, Våsa, considered as one of the world's largest and the pride of the mighty Swedish navy. The Museum was built around the 17th century warship, which sank in Stockholm's inner harbour on her maiden voyage in 1628; its discovery in 1956 and subsequent salvage in 1961 is one of the most important events in marine archaeology. Painstakingly restored to its original magnificence, the Våsa represents an authentic piece of living history.

Hotel At Six ****+

Day 13 STOCKHOLM - HELSINKI (B, D)
Saturday

Breakfast at the hotel. The 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 Helsinki. Dinner will be served on board.

Onboard Tallink Silja ferry, Exterior cabin

Day 14 HELSINKI (B)
Sunday

Breakfast is served on board before arrival to Helsinki. Private transfer to the hotel followed by a panoramic sightseeing tour.  Meet with your local guide for a 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 colourful 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).

Hotel Kämp*****

Day 15 HELSINKI DEPARTURE HELSINKI (B)
Monday

Breakfast at the hotel. A Borealis 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 Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.

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