Take a Scandinavian journey featuring cosmopolitan cities and breathtaking countryside, as well as famed fjords and soaring snowcapped mountains.

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 Colorful houses line the port of Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark  Norway's dramatic Geirangerfjord, a World Heritage site  Denmark's Kronborg Castle, a World Heritage site  Christianborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark  Norway's Geirangerfjord, a World Heritage site. Credit: Courtesy Visit Norway  The fjords of Bergen, Norway  The Hanseatic merchants' quarter of Bryggen, a World Heritage site  The lively historic area of Bergen. Credit: Jens Henrik Nybo / Innovation Norway  Norway's beautiful Flam Valley  The famous Flam Railroad amid Norway's dramatic landscape  Typical village along the Sognefjord  Typical Viking boats found along Sognefjord  Norway's Naeroyfjord, a World Heritage site  Rosenborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark  Room within Copenhagen's Rosenborg Palace  Stockholm, Sweden  The Vasa, a 17th-century war ship on display in Stockholm

Scandinavian Journey

Featuring Norway and Denmark

16 days from $6,374 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Take a Scandinavian journey featuring cosmopolitan cities and breathtaking countryside, as well as famed fjords and soaring snowcapped mountains.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

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. 

- Gail B.

Excellent value, strong intellectual contact which we never could have gotten on our own and choice urban and natural scenery. 

- John H.

This was the best guided tour I've ever taken! Everything was great! The itinerary, the group leader, the professor, the bus driver, tour participants, food, and hotels! I had a wonderful time. Scandinavia - especially Norway - was an eye-opener! I loved it. 

- Previous Journeys Traveler

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SPECIAL VALUE

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.

Overview

Travel on and off the beaten path in Scandinavia’s cosmopolitan cities and spectacular landscapes, and experience the Midnight Sun as it illuminates long summer days.

Highlights Include:

  • Denmark: Stroll the historic streets of Copenhagen, see City Hall Square, and behold the dazzling crown jewels at Rosenborg Palace. Journey to nearby Elsinore to visit Kronborg Castle, setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and Fredensborg Palace, a residence of the Danish royal family.
  • Norway’s Fjords: Marvel at breathtaking fjords with soaring snowcapped mountains, lush forests, and deep crystalline waters. Highlights include a cruise through the dramatic Geirangerfjord, a World Heritage site, and a thrilling ride on the Flam Railway.
  • Bergen and Oslo: Tour the 14th-century merchants’ quarter of Bryggen, a World Heritage site. Gain insight into modern life when you meet a family at a nearby orchard and visit a salmon farm. Learn more about Norway’s history and contemporary culture at Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum and Vigeland Sculpture Park. 

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. 

- Gail B.

Excellent value, strong intellectual contact which we never could have gotten on our own and choice urban and natural scenery. 

- John H.

This was the best guided tour I've ever taken! Everything was great! The itinerary, the group leader, the professor, the bus driver, tour participants, food, and hotels! I had a wonderful time. Scandinavia - especially Norway - was an eye-opener! I loved it. 

- Previous Journeys Traveler

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Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 — Depart U.S. for Copenhagen, Denmark

Arrive in the Danish capital and transfer to your hotel with time to relax. This evening, meet your fellow travelers, Smithsonian Journeys Expert, and Tour Director during a welcome dinner at Copenhagen's festive Tivoli Gardens. (1D)

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 independently. The next day take an excursion to the port city of Elsinore (Helsinger in Danish), with its well-preserved architecture, Gothic churches, and cobblestone streets. See Kronborg Castle, the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and a UNESCO World Heritage site, where your tour includes the Royal Chambers and Ballroom. This afternoon visit the Karen Blixen House and Museum in coastal Rungsted. Save for her years in Africa, the writer known as Isak Dinesen (Out of Africa) spent most of her life here, where she was born in 1885. The house boasts its original furniture and décor; the site itself comprises the house, a museum, bird sanctuary, and park. (2B,1L)

Day 5 — Copenhagen / Oslo, Norway

After a morning at leisure in Copenhagen, set off midday for Christianborg Palace, seat of the Danish Parliament; and the cozy fishing village of Dragor, with its historic buildings and cobblestone streets. Late this afternoon, board the overnight DFDS ferry to Oslo, get settled in your private outside cabin, and enjoy dinner on board. (B,D)

Day 6 — Oslo, Lillehammer, Gaala

Upon arrival this morning, board your coach for the journey north to ski country. Stop along the way in Lillehammer (site of the 1994 Winter Olympics) to visit the open-air museum at Maihaugen, among Norway's most visited cultural attractions. Mid-afternoon depart for the village of Gaala and your ski lodge hotel. (B,L,D)

Days 7 & 8 — Gaala and Geiranger

Experience spectacular scenery as you travel from Gaala to Geiranger. En route ascend to the summit of Mount Dalsnibba (alt. 4,900 feet) for stunning views of Geirangerfjord and the mountains, lakes, and waterfalls beyond. After reaching the popular village of Geiranger mid-afternoon, get your first up-close look at Norway's most dramatic fjord. A World Heritage site, Geirangerfjord measures 10 miles long and 960 feet deep. 

The next morning's excursion on Eagle 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. Enjoy a reception with an opportunity to view a private car collection before dinner at your hotel. (2B,1L,2D)

Day 9 — Geiranger and Bergen

Experience more scenic overload on a full-day journey from Geiranger to Bergen. A series of ferry rides takes you across Geirangerfjord, past tiny villages, tumbling waterfalls, and amid steep mountains plunging into the placid fjord waters. Upon arrival in Bergen this evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Days 10 & 11 — Bergen, Flaam, 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 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 by coach and ferry to Lofthus, nestled on Hardangerfjord in Norway’s western Fjord District. (2B,1L,1D)

Day 12 — Lofthus

Today visit one of Norway's largest orchards, where you’ll share cake and coffee with the family who runs it. Then visit the salmon farm next door, tracing the salmon's path from farm to tables around the world. (B,D)

Day 13 — Lofthus and Oslo

The next morning tour the Hardanger Nature Center, a museum showcasing life in Norway’s fjord country. After time for an independent lunch, stop for photos at mighty Voringfoss Waterfall, one of Norway's most beautiful cataracts, en route to Oslo. Arrive at your hotel early this evening. (B)

Day 14 & 15 — Oslo

A half-day tour of Norway’s pastoral capital includes the National Gallery, Vigeland Sculpture Park, with its intriguing bronze sculptures of human figures by artist Gustav Vigeland, and a ferry ride and visit to Norway's Resistance Museum. The afternoon is free to explore Oslo’s many parks, galleries, and museums on your own.

The next morning, visit 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. Also tour the nearby Kon-Tiki Musuem, with the original vessels and artifacts from Thor Hyerdahl's 1947 voyage across the Pacific. Enjoy a free afternoon before your farewell dinner this evening at your hotel. (2B,1D)

Day 16 — Return to U.S.

Transfer to the airport this morning for your return flight to the U.S. (B)