Travel on and off the beaten path amid breathtaking landscapes and cosmopolitan cities of Norway and Denmark, and experience the Midnight Sun illuminate long summer days. 

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 Norway's dramatic Geirangerfjord  Traditional Viking boats in Norway  Charming port area of Copenhagen  Copenhagen's City Hall Square  Rosenborg Palace, Copenhagen  Room within Rosenborg Palace, Copenhagen  Kronborg Castle, the setting for Shakespeare's <i>Hamlet</i>  Christianborg Palace, Denmark  The dramatic Geirangerfjord  Gierangerfjord, a World Heritage site. Credit: Per Eide/Innovation Norway  View from the Union Hotel, Geiranger. Credit: Terje Rakke Nordic Life / Visit Norway  The fjord near Bergen  Norway's beautiful Flam Valley  Typical village along the Sognefjord  The Gokstad Ship, Viking Museum, Oslo. Credit: Johan Berge/Visit Norway

Journey Through Norway

With a Three-day Stay in Copenhagen

16 days from $7,094 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Travel on and off the beaten path amid breathtaking landscapes and cosmopolitan cities of Norway and Denmark, and experience the Midnight Sun illuminate long summer days. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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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

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Accommodations

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Scandic Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

The Scandic Copenhagen sits in the center of Copenhagen, within easy walking distance of the Tivoli Gardens and just across the street from The Lakes, a chain of peaceful waterways popular with pedestrians and bicyclists. This contemporary hotel’s amenities include a restaurant and bar, fitness center, sauna, bicycles for rent, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, and laundry service. Air-conditioned guestrooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, ironing facilities, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Wadahl Hotel

Gaala, Norway

This century-old hotel enjoys a tranquil and serene mountain setting in the heart of Norway's ski country. The hotel prides itself on offering guests hospitality in a traditional Norwegian setting. Amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, solarium, tennis, and miniature golf; restaurant, fireplace lounge, and bar. The hotel also offers laundry service and Internet access. The 100 guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer (upon request), mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 1

Hotel Union

Geiranger, Norway

Dating to 1891 and rebuilt in 1979, the fourth-generation family-run Hotel Union sits amidst the splendid scenery of Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Amenities and facilities of the 197-room hotel include indoor and outdoor swimming pools; a spa with Turkish bath, sauna, and solarium; several restaurants and bars; Internet access; and a collection of vintage cars (including a 1919 Cadillac) once used to drive visitors around the area. Comfortable guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

Bergen, Norway

The recently renovated Radisson Blu Royal Hotel is superbly located in the city center of Bergen near the historic wharf area. Each of the 263 guest rooms is equipped with premier amenities including coffee/tea provisions, flat-screen TV, and free high-speed wireless Internet. The hotel offers a fitness center with sauna and solarium; a safe at reception; room service; laundry service; two restaurants and a bar; and a 24-hour business center.

Number of nights: 2

Hotel Ullensvang

Lofthus, Norway

Family run for five generations, this gracious 172-room hotel sits on the eastern shore of Sorfjorden, part of majestic Hardangerfjord. The hotel has two restaurants, a bar, and several lounges; indoor swimming pool, indoor tennis court, fitness room, golf simulator, Jacuzzi, saunas, and solarium. During the summer guests can lounge in the delightful fjord garden (where composer Edvard Grieg's cottage still stands), swim in the surprisingly comfortable waters of the fjord, or explore the fjord by row boat or paddle boat. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, Internet access, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Thon Hotel Opera

Oslo, Norway

The Thon Hotel Opera is located close to the Oslo Central Station and a short walk to shops and dining on Oslo’s main street and many other attractions. The 480-room hotel’s amenities include a restaurant and bar; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, fitness room; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.  

Number of nights: 2

Activity Level

Activity Level 2: Moderate


Expectations: One of our Classic Land Journeys, this tour features visits to many cities, iconic sites, hidden gems, and various regions. Although comprehensive, it's not rushed, but well paced and finely tuned. Expectations include longer touring days with many full-day motor coach excursions and five different hotels. Mostly full-day excursions from four to six hours; five afternoons at leisure. Standing and walking for long periods of time during city tours, museum visits, and outdoor activities. Daily walks of up to three miles; walking over sometimes difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, absence of elevators); some longer walks to get to city centers where coaches are prohibited. The longest coach rides include two drives of approximately six hours and two drives of approximately five hours, but stops are made along the way. There will be one overnight ferry ride between Copenhagen to Oslo. When visiting the fjord region, there will be small ferry rides, drives with hairpin turns, and a one-hour train ride, which may incur steep steps to board train. Travelers will ascent to Mount Dalsnibba by coach (altitude of 4,900 feet).

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Tour Extension

Stockholm Post-Program Option — 4 Days, 3 Nights

Add an independent stay in the delightful Swedish capital to your Scandinavian sojourn. Your trip includes:

  • Air transportation Oslo/Stockholm inclusive of airline taxes and fees
  • 3 nights accommodations at Scandic Continental 
  • 3 meals: 3 breakfasts
  • Transfer to airport

Testimonials

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
Reading List

Highly Recommended

Fellowship of Ghosts
By: Watkins, Paul
The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings (Hist Atlas)
By: John Haywood
Viking marauders in their longships burst through the defences of ninth-century Europe, striking terror into the hearts of peasants and rulers alike for two centuries. But the Vikings were more than just marine warriors and this atlas shows their development as traders and craftsmen, explorers, settlers and mercenaries. With over sixty full colour maps, it follows the tracks of the Viking merchants who travelled deep into Russia, of Viking mercenaries who served in the emperor’s bodyguard at Constantinople, and Viking mariners who sailed beyond the edge of the known world to North America.
DK Eyewitness Norway (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
Norway - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
By: March, Linda, Meyer, Margo, Culture Smart!

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Eat Smart in Norway: How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure (Culinary Travel Guide)
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