SCENIC SCANDINAVIA AND ITS FJORDS


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    DISCOVER THE DEEP FJORDS, GLACIERS AND ISLANDS THAT LINE THE SCANDINAVIAN COASTLINE ON THIS FASCINATING JOURNEY.

    Beyond the deep fjords, glaciers and islands that dot the Scandinavian coastline, there are distinctly different cultures that will make your visit to Denmark, Norway and Sweden a journey of discovery.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 – Arrive Copenhagen (2 Nights)Trafalgar Scenic Scandinavia map
    Welcome to Copenhagen – the enchanting Danish capital that inspired Hans Christian Andersen to share tales of mermaids, queens and ugly ducklings with the world. Spend the day embracing its quintessential hygge found throughout its charming streets before enjoying a late afternoon orientation drive and Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and travel companions.

    Day 2 – Copenhagen Sightseeing and Free Time
    Join a ‘Local Specialist’ today for a fascinating sightseeing and walking tour of the iconic sights of Copenhagen. The Amalienborg Palace Quarter takes centre stage as you admire its 18th-century façades and equine statue of King Frederik V at its centre. We’ll see the 17th-century Stock Exchange, Christianborg Palace and the Neo-Classical Cathedral before paying tribute to the tragic Little Mermaid who was willing to give up her life in the sea to become human. Spend the rest of the day on your own, strolling through the city’s streets, or embrace your inner child in Europe’s oldest amusement park, the Tivoli Gardens. (B)

    Day 3 – Copenhagen – Odense – Randers
    We leave the fairy tales behind for the Danish island of Funen, and Odense, the city where Hans Christian Andersen was born. Continuing across the pastoral landscapes of the Jutland Peninsula, we arrive in Randers, with its cosy half-timbered merchant houses and narrow medieval streets. Tonight, we stay at one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays with Stories’ – the Hotel Randers, one of the oldest hotels in the area with original artwork and a VIP-rich guestbook. (B)

    Day 4 – Randers – Stavanger
    Set sail from Hirtshals across the Skagerrak to the port of Kristiansand in Norway. Drive north past fjords, lakes and forests to the port city of Stavanger, one of Norway’s oldest settlements – its heritage still evident in the beautifully preserved wooden buildings that date back to the 18th century. (B, D)

    Day 5 – Stavanger – Bergen (2 Nights)
    Norway’s spellbinding natural landscapes provide an inspiring backdrop for our island hop from Stavanger. Arriving in Bergen this afternoon, we delve into the city’s Hanseatic heritage, enjoying an orientation tour past the 13th-century Haakon’s Hall, the bustling fish market and colourful Bryggen Quarter. This evening, we ‘Connect With Locals’ for a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner, visiting the Øvre-Eide farm, worked for five generations by the same family. (B, D)

    Day 6 – Bergen Free Day
    Enjoy a full free day in the cultural centre of Bergen or ascend its funicular for spectacular views of the fjords and islands. (B)

    Day 7 – Bergen – Flåm Railway – Sognefjord
    We drive east to the popular ski resort of Voss, where we’ll board a train ascending over 860 metres above sea level. ‘Dive Into Culture’ on one of the world’s most exciting train journeys, through the Flåm Valley past the Kjosfossen and legendary forest spirit who dances in front of the waterfall to lure men into the mountains. Later, arrive in Sognefjord, the ‘King of the Fjords’, where we will stay overnight at one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’. (B, D)

    Day 8 – Sognefjord – Geiranger (2 Nights)
    Norway’s incredible glacier countryside surrounds us as we follow the spectacular Sognefjord to Geirangerfjord – its deep blue waters surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks and lush green landscapes, which we will have an opportunity to explore. Tonight, we stay on the shores of the fjord at one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’ – Hotel Geiranger. (B, D)

    Day 9 – Geiranger Free Day
    Spend a full day admiring this spectacular natural wonder. After a day in intoxicating natural surrounds, we dine in our hotel this evening. (B, D)

    Day 10 – Geiranger – Lom – Lillehammer
    A scenic drive from Geiranger through high peaks brings us to Lom, the gateway to the Jotunheimen Mountains. Here we will visit a 12th-century wooden Stave church, adorned with Runic inscriptions, paintings and carved dragon figures that are said to protect it against evil. We continue through the Gudbrandsdalen Valley, the inspiration for Ibsen’s ‘Peer Gynt’, before arriving in Lillehammer, the proud host of the 1994 Winter Olympics. This evening before dinner, consider a walk along Storgata or visit the open-air museum at Maihaugen. (B, D)

    Day 11 – Lillehammer – Oslo Sightseeing and Free Time
    See the unusual Olympic ice arena beside the lake at Hamar as we travel to Norway’s cultural capital, Oslo. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ who will share the city’s iconic sights, including views of the medieval fortress of Akershus, the Opera and 19th-century Royal Palace. We visit the fascinating Vigeland Sculpture Park, before spending the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

    Day 12 – Oslo – Stockholm (2 Nights)
    We cross the border into Sweden today and continue via Karlstad on Lake Vänern, the largest lake in the European Union. Passing Örebro, we arrive in the island-ringed capital of Stockholm for a two-night stay. (B)

    Day 13 – Stockholm Sightseeing and Free Time
    We meet our ‘Local Specialist’ this morning for a sightseeing tour of the waterside City Hall and see the medieval Storkyrkan, Riddarholm Church and the Royal Palace at the heart of Stockholm’s quaint Old Town. The rest of the day is free to explore as you wish. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner this evening to toast to an unforgettable Scandinavian adventure. (B, D)

    Day 14 – Depart Stockholm
    Our epic journey has come to an end. Bid Stockholm and your newfound friends a fond farewell. (B)

    Inclusions

    • 13 nights accommodation
    • 21 meals (13 breakfasts, 8 dinners (including Be My Guest))
    • On-trip transportTTC-SCFA
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