Scandinavian Journey: Norway, Sweden, and Denmark
Take a Scandinavian journey featuring cosmopolitan cities and breathtaking countryside, as well as famed fjords and soaring snowcapped mountains.
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Smithsonian trips combine the elements of education, experience and just plain fun. If you enjoy art, history, culture and an occasional behind-the-scenes look at another country, these trips are for you. The fact that all expenses, transportation and baggage handling are included just adds to relaxed enjoyment.”
Excellent value, strong intellectual contact which we never could have gotten on our own and choice urban and natural scenery.”
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This tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 24 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.
Travel on and off the beaten path in Scandinavia’s cosmopolitan cities and breathtaking landscapes and experience the Midnight Sun as it illuminates long summer days. In Denmark’s Copenhagen stroll the historic streets, see City Hall Square, and behold the dazzling crown jewels at Rosenborg Palace. Visit the nearby port city of Elsinore, immortalized in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and tour Karen Blixen’s house and museum.
Crossing into western Norway, see breathtaking fjords with soaring snowcapped mountains, lush forests, and deep crystalline waters, which you’ll experience by foot, ferry, coach, and rail. Highlights include a cruise through dramatic Geirangerfjord, a World Heritage site, and a thrilling ride on the Flam Railway. Farther south, in picturesque Bergen, tour the lively fish market and the 14th-century Hanseatic merchants’ quarter, a World Heritage site. Conclude in Oslo, where you’ll learn about Norway’s seafaring history and contemporary culture through tours of the Historical Museum, Frognerpark, and the Viking Ship Museum.
Days 1-2 — Depart U.S. for Copenhagen, Denmark
Arrive in the Danish capital and transfer to your hotel with time to relax before tonight’s welcome dinner. (D)
Days 3-4 — Copenhagen
This morning’s tour reveals why Copenhagen is one of the most livable of cosmopolitan cities. Visit Rosenborg Palace, housing the dazzling crown jewels; see the popular Little Mermaid statue; and stroll the narrow, historic streets of downtown to City Hall Square. Take the afternoon to explore Copenhagen’s diversions independently. The next day take an excursion to the port city of Elsinore, with its well-preserved architecture, Gothic churches, and cobblestoned streets. See Kronborg Castle, the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and a UNESCO World Heritage site, and also Fredensborg Palace, a residence of the Danish royal family. After lunch at a local restaurant tour the Karen Blixen House and Museum. (2B, L)
Day 5 — Copenhagen, Oslo
Enjoy a free morning in Copenhagen and then, en route to the overnight ferry, visit the delightful fishing village of Dragor and Christianborg Palace, seat of the Danish Parliament. Board the overnight ferry to Oslo, settling in your private outside cabin and enjoying dinner on board.(B,D)
Days 6-7 — Oslo, Gaala, Geiranger
Arrive in Norway and journey north to ski country. Stop in Lillehammer to visit the open-air Maihaugen Museum with its more than 200 original buildings depicting Norwegian culture and history. Overnight in Gaala. The next morning travel to Geiranger, site of the country’s most dramatic fjord. En route enjoy another thrilling drive up to the summit of Mount Dalsnibba (alt. 4,500 feet) for stunning views of Geirangerfjord and the mountains, lakes, and waterfalls beyond. A World Heritage site, Geirangerfjord is 10 miles long and 960 feet deep. Reach your hotel in Geiranger mid-afternoon. (2B,L,2D)
Days 8-9 — Geiranger, Bergen
The morning excursion on the Eagle’s Road promises abundant thrills as you ride along 11 hairpin turns through mountain passes. Visit a local farm for lunch and then return to Geiranger for a relaxing afternoon. Before dinner at your hotel tonight, enjoy a reception there to view a private vintage car collection. Then take a full-day journey to Bergen, crossing Geirangerfjord by a series of ferries amid some of Norway’s finest scenery. Arrive in Bergen in the evening and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (2B,L,2D)
Days 10-11 — Bergen, Lofthus
This morning see the highlights of Bergen – Norway’s second largest city – on a tour featuring Trolhaugen, country home of composer Edvard Grieg; the lively fish market; the colorful 14th-century Hanseatic merchants’ quarter of Bryggen, a World Heritage site; and 16th-century Bergenhus fortress. The afternoon is free for independent exploration. The next day is one of extreme beauty and diverse transportation as you travel by coach to Voss, where you’ll board the Flam Railway for a thrilling hour-long excursion through 2,000-foot deep Flam Valley, hurtling through mountainside tunnels and across the Flam River. En route experience the grandeur of Naeroyfjord, a fjord arm of stunning Sognefjord and a World Heritage site, and the Aurland fjords in the Flam Valley. Continue traveling by train, coach and ferry to Lofthus on Hardangerfjord in Norway’s western fjord district. (2B,L,D)
Days 12-13 — Lofthus, Oslo
Today enjoy more stunning scenery as you visit a local orchard, where you’ll meet the family who runs it over cake and coffee, and then a nearby salmon farm. The next morning tour the Hardanger Nature Center, a museum showcasing life in Norway’s fjord country. After lunch on your own visit the mighty and popular Voringfoss Waterfall. Continue to Oslo, arriving early evening. (2B,D)
Day 14-15 — Oslo
A morning tour of Norway’s pastoral capital includes the Historical Museum and Vigner Sculpture Park, with its intriguing bronze sculptures of human figures by artist Gustav Vigeland. The afternoon is free to explore Oslo’s many parks, galleries, and museums on your own. The next morning a half-day city tour includes the Kon-Tiki Musuem and the Viking Ship Museum, housing the well-preserved remains of wooden ships that crossed the ocean in search of new lands more than a thousand years ago. Enjoy a free afternoon before your farewell dinner this evening. (2B,D)
Day 16 — Return to U.S.
Transfer to the airport this morning for your return flight to the United States. (B)