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

*This journey was previously titled Scandinavian Journey.

Starting at: $6,794 * Price includes special offer * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 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 $6,794 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

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

*This journey was previously titled Scandinavian Journey.

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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Overview

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

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

Itinerary

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

Days 2 - 3 — Copenhagen

Arrive in the Danish capital today and meet your fellow travelers, Smithsonian Journeys Expert, and Tour Director during a welcome dinner at Copenhagen’s festive Tivoli Gardens. Highlights of the next morning’s city tour include a visit to Christianborg Palace, seat of the Danish Parliament; the popular Little Mermaid statue; and a stroll along the narrow, historic streets of downtown to City Hall Square. The afternoon is free for independent exploration. (1B,1D)

Day 4 — Copenhagen

Embark this morning on a full-day excursion. Travel to Elsinore, site of Kronborg Castle – the infamous setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – where your tour includes the Royal Chambers and Ballroom. This afternoon visit the Karen Blixen House and Museum in coastal Rungsted. With exception to her years in Africa, the writer known as Isak Dinesen (Out of Africa) spent most of her life in this home, 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. (B,L)

Day 5 – Copenhagen and Oslo, Norway

After a morning at leisure in Copenhagen, set off midday for Rosenborg Palace, where you see the dazzling crown jewels and the cozy fishing village of Dragor, with its historic buildings and cobblestone streets. Late this afternoon board an overnight 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 today. 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 negotiate 11 hairpin turns through mountain passes. Visit a local farm for lunch and then return to Geiranger midafternoon. Enjoy a reception with an opportunity to view a private vintage car collection before dinner at your hotel tonight. (2B,1L,2D)

Day 9 – Geiranger and Bergen

Experience more scenic bounty 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)

The June 1 & August 27, 2020 departures hotel stay will be at the Scandic Torget. The hotel stay for the July 16, 2020 departure is the Raddison Blu Royal.

Days 10-11 – Bergen and Lofthus

During a morning tour, discover the highlights of Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city. See 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 visit a salmon farm to learn about the salmons’ path from farm to tables around the world. Then stop at one of Norway’s largest orchards and meet the family who runs it as you share cake and coffee. Midday reach the hotel in Lofthus, nestled on Hardangerfjord in Norway’s western Fjord District. (2B,1D)

The June 1 & August 27, 2020 departures hotel stay will be at the Scandic Torget. The hotel stay for the July 16, 2020 departure is the Raddison Blu Royal.

Day 12 – Lofthus and Flam

Travel by coach to Gudvangen, where you board a ferry for Flam. En route experience the grandeur of Naeroyfjord, a fjord arm of stunning Sognefjord and a World Heritage site, and Aurlandsfjord in the Flam Valley. Board the Flam Railway for a thrilling hour-long excursion through the 2,900-foot-deep Flam Valley to Myrdal. Continue by another train to Voss, where you take a coach across the 4,600-foot Hardanger Bridge back to the hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 13 – Lofthus and Oslo

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

Days 14 & 15 — Oslo

This 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. The afternoon is free to explore Oslo’s many parks, galleries, and museums on your own.

The next day, a half-day tour of Norway’s pastoral capital of Oslo includes the Munch Museum, 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. 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)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)