Journey beginning and ending at Copenhagen, Denmark
Available: 2019-04-01 to 2019-09-30 starting from $2636 AUD
The Viking legacy in Scandinavia is widespread and ample, but Denmark is the spiritual and historical home of the Viking. The Viking era was very significant in Denmark’s history and the intriguing museums and Viking sites on the island of Zealand are the inspiration for this self-drive tour.
You will acquire valuable information about the skilled and feared seafarers, the ancient monuments, mystic runestones and stunning longships.
This 7 day self-drive starts in Copenhagen and takes you into the everyday life of the Vikings. You will hear their stories and legends while driving through charming villages and experiencing Denmark’s finest scenery.
Day 1 – Arrival Copenhagen
Arrive Copenhagen at any time and check into your hotel in the centre of town. On arrival you will have a meet & greet service at the hotel with a local guide to go through the itinerary and tips for the next few days.
Thereafter, go for a leisurely walk and enjoy twilight along the colourful harbour Nyhavn with its celebratory feel and atmosphere.
Day 2 – Explore the National Museum (Nationalmuseet) & dine like vikings
Copenhagen has over the years become famous for its manifesto of New Nordic Cuisine. The city boasts 18 Michelin stars divided over 15 restaurants, and is home to the world’s best restaurant, noma. The city is also abundant in everything from small cosy pub style eateries, cafes with great coffee and establishments serving world class local beer.
Copenhagen is a wonderful summer city with numerous city squares and patios where restaurants open up to the street. The city centre is pedestrian and bicycle friendly, which creates a peaceful and enjoyable atmosphere.
You will go on a private tour of Copenhagen, which can be tailor-made at your request. Visit the National Musuem with your guide and get an insight into Denmark’s past. You’ll see incomparable treasures such as Viking jewellery, coins, weapons and rune stones.
With your 48–hour Copenhagen card, you can then explore on your own by taking a canal tour, visiting the royal museum or you can go shopping for Scandinavian designs. Don’t forget to stop for coffee and some lovely Danish bread/pastry from one of the many delicious bakeries. And be sure to book Restaurant Valhal in Tivoli Gardens to sample their Viking menu.
Day 3 – Pick up your car and head to Roskilde
You will pick up your hire car in the morning at the car hire office in the centre of town before setting off towards Roskilde with map and GPS in hand. Driving in Denmark is not daunting at all, but it is on the right-hand side of the road.
Drive to Roskilde (30 kilometres), not only home to the biggest festival in Denmark (Roskilde Festival) but also to the Viking Ship Museum. The Viking Ship Museum is located in the Roskilde Fjord and contains five reconstructed Viking longboats, built from salvaged wrecks from the Fjord itself.
Your accommodation this evening is a historic manor house, surrounded by a moat and lots of forest. Relax in the cozy living rooms, rent a bike or take a walk in the beautiful park.
Day 4 – Roskilde Cathedral, Lejre Museum & the ‘Land of Legends’ open air park
Explore Roskilde and surrounds. We recommend visiting the Roskilde Cathedral, a landmark, where the notorious Viking king Harald Bluetooth was buried.
A few kilometres from Roskilde you will find Lejre, which was an important powerbase at the beginning of the Viking age. The Lejre Museum is a good place to visit and you can then make your way to The Land of Legends – a park and open-air museum nearby, where Danish history is brought to life via reconstructed villages from the Stone and Iron Ages, as well as the Viking era.
Day 5 – Trelleborg and Slagelse – impressive fortresses, Viking markets, reconstructed castles & more
Head south from Roskilde (64 km from Roskilde to Slagelse) and you’ll arrive in Trelleborg, which is home to the impressive ring fortress surrounded by a 134-metre-diameter wall. Explore the site by walking around and visit the ancient archaeological finds in the museum, next to a reconstructed castle.
In the summer period on certain days, you can enjoy a terrific Viking market. Be sure to plan ahead and include it on your itinerary.
Day 6 – Day trip return, visiting Funen and the Ladby Viking museum
From Slagelse near Trelleborg, drive west over the Great Belt Bridge (Storebæltsbroen) to the island of Funen (Fyn). South of the town Kerteminde, you’ll find Ladby Viking Museum. This museum is at the site of a Viking burial mound found to contain a 20-metre-long Viking warship in which a Viking chieftan was buried along with his most precious belongings.
Day 7 – Return to Copenhagen
After breakfast, the day is at your disposal to drive back to Copenhagen. The car hire is included for the full day. Visit the beautifully situated Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, which is on the way back to Copenhagen.
- 6 nights’ accommodation
- 6 breakfasts
- Meet & Greet service at hotel in Copenhagen
- Copenhagen Viking walking tour (3h)
- Copenhagen city card (48h)
- 5-day car hire (car class: economy) including free mileage
International flights, tipping, beverages, meals other than described in itinerary, items of personal nature, travel insurance.
If you wish to hire an automatic car, these are ‘on request’ and can be difficult to obtain. Please seek further advice with us.
To enquire, feel free to contact Globetrotter via the following link and we will be sure get back to you as soon as possible!