Journey beginning at Copenhagen, Scandinavia and ending at Helsinki, Scandinavia
Available: 2019-04-01 to 2019-10-31 starting from $5604 AUD
This classic self-guided tour gives you the best of the Nordic capitals and the dramatic fjord & mountains of Norway. Travel by rail and local ferries with ample time to digest the scenery and the modern Scandinavian capital cities.
Highlights include a day trip to Tallinn, overnight voyage to Helsinki through the magnificent Baltic Sea archipelago, Norway in a nutshell and great cities such as Stockholm, Copenhagen and Bergen. Enjoy new attractions such as the ABBA museum and the Blue Planet Aquarium in Copenhagen.
Independent – departs any day all year. One of our best sellers!
Day 1 – Arrive Copenhagen
Arrive in Copenhagen any time and make your own way to our centrally located hotel. Plan for your evening meal well in Copenhagen as there are many world class restaurants to enjoy. Or just head down to Nyhavn for a beer and some snacks with the locals.
Day 2 – Wonderful Copenhagen – small and intimate capital.
Copenhagen has a long history, and many delightful attractions and sights – you will never run out of something to see or to do. The city is small and cosy, an ideal way to explore the city is by foot, and public transport.
You will have a Copenhagen Card on hand allowing you to free travel on buses and trains within the cities metropolis, as well as free entrance to over 70 museums and attractions. Be sure to visit the new Aquarium if you are interested in design and fish! This new aquarium is included in the Copenhagen card.
If Viking ships and history interests you, consider a trip out to Roskilde Viking Ship Museum. Or the Louisana Art Gallery for art lovers.
Be sure also to climb the tower of Church of our Savior – the spiral stairs were on the outside of the tower and it offers a great aerial view of the city! Not for the faint hearted though.
Days 3 – 4 – Historic Bergen – Hanseatic wharf, fish and flower markets.
A morning flight takes you north to Bergen, the gateway to the fjords. Make your own way to the hotel. You have the evening and the next full day to explore. Recommended sights of interests are the Hanseatic harbour ‘Bryggen’, Fløibanen Funicular, Edward Grieg’s house at Troldhaugen and the Fish & Flower market. The Bergen Card will guide you around the city with free entrance to the cities museums, free public transportation and so much more.
Day 5 – Norway in a Nutshell
After breakfast you depart from Bergen by train. Today you will experience Norway’s most popular round trip; Norway in a Nutshell. The excursion takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Norway’s fjord region, and over the mountains to Oslo.
Days 6 – 7 – Modern Oslo – visit the Viking Ship and other interesting museums.
The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer the discerning traveller, and you have two full days to discover the city with the help of an Oslo Pass. We can recommend visiting some of the Oslo highlights, including the Viking Ship, Kontiki & Fram museums, the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Ekerbergeparken and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum. A walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle, the Harbour area and the new Opera House is well worth it.
Days 8 – 9 – Charming Stockholm
In the morning catch a 6-hour train ride through the Swedish countryside to Stockholm. Sweden’s capital is charming, vibrant and surrounded by beauty and water – hence its nickname, Venice of the North! Stockholm offers interesting museums and castles; the city offers a warm atmosphere and the old town has charming small alleyways boasting several famous restaurants.
On one of your afternoons here, be sure to make time for a visit to the ABBA museum with great interactive exhibits – a glass of champagne (for Dutch courage to get on stage & the pure fun of it) to accompany your tour is recommended! On the other hand, take the serious option & visit the Nobel Prize museum in the Old town.
Day 10 – Overnight ferry to Helsinki
The morning and early afternoon is free in Stockholm before boarding the overnight voyage to Helsinki through the magnificent Baltic Sea archipelago. Accommodation in seaside cabins with shower/WC.
Days 11 – 13 – Cool Helsinki with daytrip to Tallinn
You have two full days to explore this fabulous eastern Nordic capital. We recommend a walking tour of the city, which is known for its great mixture of neo-classical buildings, orthodox style churches and bars and restaurant scene. You have the opportunity to visit the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, New Opera House, Sibelius Park & Monument and the Underground Temple. The included Helsinki card offers free entrance to almost 50 museums and use of public transportation. Need to take a break – head to the Kotiharjun Sauna, the last traditional wood-burning sauna in Helsinki.
On one of your days in Helsinki we have included return tickets for the ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn. Your trip to Tallinn would normally take a full day departing Helsinki at 07:30 in the morning and arriving back in Helsinki at 19:30. The ferry trip each way takes 2 hours and suddenly you are at the shores of this Eastern beauty. The infinitely charming medieval Old Town is well worth the visit. The cobblestone streets and medieval buildings are a whole world away from what you can expect from Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo, or Copenhagen. Tallinn feels distinctly Eastern, its architecture reminding the visitor of other beautiful Eastern European Old Towns, such as those of Prague, Krakow, or Riga. Through its history, culture, and location, Estonia connects Eastern Europe, Central Europe, and Scandinavia, offering something altogether different in comparison to your itinerary so far.
Be sure to also check out the option of a day trip from Helsinki to Porvoo on a heritage sailing boat.
Day 14 – Depart Helsinki
Our services end after breakfast.
- All hotel accommodation in shared double/twin room with private facilities
- Daily breakfast
- All train, bus and boat/ferry tickets as per itinerary, including day trip to Tallinn
- Seat reservations on intercity trains where available
- Flight Bergen to Copenhagen including taxes
- City passes/cards in Copenhagen (24hrs), Bergen (24hrs), Oslo (48hrs) and Helsinki (48hrs)
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
To find out more or to book this incredible tour, contact Globetrotter Lifestyle today!