Spectacular Scandinavia and its Fjords


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    Revel in outstanding Scandinavian scenery as you cruise the glassy fjords and ride the Flåm Railway, one of the steepest railways in the world. In the cities, soak up seafaring history and the atmosphere of the lively cultural scene.

    Itinerary

    DAY 1 – WELCOME TO COPENHAGEN
    On arrival at Copenhagen airport, your transfer awaits. This evening enjoy drinks and a wonderful Welcome Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers, followed by a visit to the glittering lights and enchanting atmosphere of the world-famous Tivoli Gardens. (D)

    DAY 2 – COPENHAGEN
    A Local Expert will reveal the charm of Denmark’s capital. Meet Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid gazing wistfully across the harbour and see Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Government. Continue to Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and Copenhagen Cathedral, where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. View the unusual Rundertaarn, a 17th century round tower and the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or continue exploring as you wish. (B)

    DAY 3 – ROSKILDE
    Travel to the ancient city of Roskilde, dating back to the Viking age and today home to a giant rock music event, the Roskilde Festival. Visit Roskilde Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first Gothic cathedral in Scandinavia. On return to Copenhagen, you are at leisure. (B)

    DAY 4 – SCENIC FARMLANDS OF SWEDEN ON THE WAY TO STOCKHOLM
    Travel from Denmark to Sweden by crossing the incredible Øresund Bridge. Spanning 8 kilometres over the Flinte channel it’s the longest road and rail bridge in Europe. Pass through the artificial island of Peberholm and continue through the Skåne region, which gave its name to Scandinavia. Enjoy views of the patchwork of fertile farmlands as you journey along the shores of Lake Vättern to the Swedish capital. (B)

    DAY 5 – STOCKHOLM
    The charms of Sweden’s capital are best seen with your Local Expert. On Gamla Stan, start with the cathedral, the coronation palace of many Swedish kings and the Old Town, with some of the narrowest streets in the world and stroll through the courtyard of the Royal Palace. Visit the imposing City Hall to see its fabulous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall, with its walls covered in 18 million gilded mosaic tiles, and the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held. There’s free time in the afternoon for you to explore at your own pace. (B)

    DAY 6 – THE VIKING CAPITAL SIGTUNA, UPPSALA AND FALUN
    Travel to Sigtuna on the shores of Lake Mälaren, it was once the Viking capital and now boasts Sweden’s smallest City Hall. Continue to the historic city of Uppsala, seat of Scandinavia’s oldest university and visit the lofty cathedral. Travel through rural Dalecarlia to Falun, an old historic mining town. (B, D)

    DAY 7 – LILLEHAMMER
    View the Great Pit, a vast crater caused by the enormous mine collapse that occurred in 1687. A scenic drive along the shores of Lake Siljan in the Dalarna region brings you to Nusnäs, home of the Dala horse. Meet the entertaining Olsson family who has passed the art of making wooden horses down through the generations and visit their workshop to witness a colourful wooden horse being made. Continue deep into the forested heart of Sweden to reach Sälen, Sweden’s largest alpine destination. It is known as the starting point for the world’s oldest and longest cross-country ski race, Vasaloppet, a 90 kilometre track that has been challenging skiers since 1922. Cross the border to Norway and pass Hamar with its Olympic ice-skating rink known as the Viking Ship. Journey along the shores of Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake, to arrive at Lillehammer, home of the 1994 Winter Olympics. (B)

    DAY 8 – GEIRANGER
    Journey northwest from Lillehammer, travelling through the countryside of ‘Peer Gynt’, immortalised by Ibsen. At Lom, visit the Norwegian stave church dating back to 1158. Continue along winding roads that pass waterfalls, rivers, ice fields, lakes and snow-capped peaks. End your day in spectacular fashion with an incredible cruise on the mirror-smooth waters of Geirangerfjord, with its towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls. For the next two nights you will stay in the remote village of Geiranger, overlooking fjords and soaring mountains. (B, D)

    DAY 9 – GEIRANGER
    Enjoy a relaxed start and a day reserved for your leisure amongst the most breathtaking scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B, D)

    DAY 10 – FJÆRLAND AND FJORDLAND
    Your travels continue to the Bøya Glacier for a photo-stop. Visit the nearby Fjærland Glacier Museum to gain a deeper understanding of your surroundings and their past, present and future. Take a fascinating journey through time from the creation of the earth, to the last ice age and ahead to the year 2100. Then enjoy a scenic drive onto your hotel in Leikanger. (B, D)

    DAY 11 – THE FLÅM RAILWAY TO BERGEN
    Cross the serene waters of magnificent Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway. Then embark on a spectacular scenic journey on the Flåm Railway, ascending from sea level to 914 metres. Visit a family-run farm on the Hardangerfjord to hear how eight generations have farmed the land, producing fruit, berries and various jams, jellies, traditional spreads, cake and other delicious treats. Sample their fresh apple juice and homemade cider and enjoy a walk through the orchard. Travel on to your hotel in the historic port of Bergen. (B, D)

    DAY 12 – BERGEN
    A Local Expert introduces you to Bergen. The ancient Hanseatic port city still largely looks to the sea for its living, as evidenced by the picturesque and lively Fish Market, set in a charming location in the heart of the city. The market also has stalls selling a colourful variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and souvenirs. After seeing the 13th century Haakon’s Hall, there will be time to explore all that this exciting town has to offer. (B)

    DAY 13 – MOUNTAINS AND FJORDS TO OSLO
    Pass scenic mountains and travel through some of Norway’s ski-resorts as you cross the Hardanger Plateau, Europe’s greatest mountain plateau and the largest national park in the Nordic countries, to reach Oslo. (B)

    DAY 14 – OSLO
    With your Local Expert, see the Royal Palace and the spires and ramparts of Akershus Castle, the 14th century fortress guarding the harbour. At Frogner Park, view the intriguing Vigeland sculptures, before enjoying a highlight visit to the Viking Ship Museum to see 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife. In the evening, round off your Scandinavian adventure with a Celebration Dinner. Over a glass of wine, toast your travels with your newfound friends. (B, D)

    DAY 15 – OSLO
    Departure Oslo after breakfast. (B)

    Inclusions: accommodation, expert guide, meals, activities, transfers and transport as per itinerary.
    International flights are additional.

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