AUD 7430 / pp
1-14 August 2020
Immerse yourself in Scandinavia. Grey rocks and emerald fjords, dark green trees and hundreds of waterfalls – let the kingdoms of Sweden, Denmark & Norway dazzle you with stunning views and fragile northern beauty. Attend the world famous Peer Gynt festival, Norway’s top summer cultural event and unlock cultural treasures of millennia-old cultures. Experience the best the North has to offer.
Day 1: Stockholm arrival
Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to the hotel in the downtown. In the evening, join the group for a welcome dinner in a restaurant in Stockholm to taste the local cuisine. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Stockholm city tour
After breakfast, start a bus sightseeing tour of Stockholm, including the Stockholm subway Art tour. We shall visit the Vasa Museum, home to the world's best-preserved 17th-century warship, which sat on the floor of Stockholm Harbor for more than 300 years. Resume the scenic drive through the city, making stops at Riddarholmen Island and Fjällgatan. See the Royal Opera, the Palace, the Parliament Building, and other highlights, as well as the scenic Strandvägen and tony Östermalm. In Gamla Stan, Stockholm's Old Town, disembark for a walking tour. Wind through the medieval town's narrow alleyways to see landmarks such as Järnpojk and Storkyrka. After lunch experience one of Stockholm’s most popular things to do: subway Art tour! Evening is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Stockholm - Copenhagen
After early breakfast, transfer to Stockholm Central Train Station to board our train to Copenhagen at 8:25 a.m. At 1:32 p.m. arrive at Copenhagen and transfer to the hotel. After lunch in a local restaurant we head to a Copenhagen Panoramic City Tour with Harbor Cruise. As you cruise through the beautiful city, see impressive monuments like the Gefion Fountain, Rosenborg Castle and the Citadel of Copenhagen. Make a half an hour stop to witness the changing of the Royal Guard at Amalienborg Palace and photo stops at the Opera and the Little Mermaid, one of Denmark’s most renowned attractions;. After the bus tour head to the bustling old fish market at Gammel Strand and climb aboard the canal boat for the second half of our tour. Glide through Copenhagen’s thriving harbour with architectural mélange of colourful buildings and metropolitan structures. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 : Copenhagen, Sagnlandet Lejre
After breakfast, we head to the land of legends «Sagnlandet Lejre» an atmospheric and exciting village, where 10 000 years of Danish history are brought to life. Houses and settings from the Iron Age, Stone Age, Viking Age and the 19th century, located in the beautiful historic landscape near Roskilde, a town that was once the capital of Denmark. Evening is free at leisure. Return to Copenhagen and overnight.
Day 5: Copenhagen – Aarhus – Aalborg
After having breakfast, head to Odden by transfer bus (113 km) and n take a ferry to Aarhus. The journey takes 75 minutes. We start our walking guided tour at Aarhus Harbour and stroll along old cobbled streets. Aarhus a a cozy and picturesque town, and our local guide will share the best photo locations for us to take great photos. so charge your camera well. One of the architectural pearls you will visit is the Aarhus Theatre, designed by the architect Hack Kampmann, one of the leading architects of the 19th century. From there we will walk on to the Concert Hall park, which is encircled by modern, distinctive buildings, all designed by leading Danish architects during the 20th and 21st centuries. After lunch and free time, head to Aalborg (118 km). Check-in at the hotel and overnight.
Day 6: Hirsthals - Larvik - Oslo
After delicious breakfast, head north to Skagen (69 km) where you can clearly see the border Baltic Sea and Northern Sea, that have different watercolours. Head to Hirtshals (5 km) and take a ferry to Larvik in Norway (4 hours). From there, we drive to Oslo (135 km). Check in at the hotel and rest.
Day 7: Oslo
After breakfast, take off for a full-day sightseeing tour in Oslo. Travel through the centre of the Norwegian capital and admire popular landmarks such as the medieval Akershus Fortress and Castle, the modern Opera House and the Bar Code area, the City Hall, the main street Karl Johan with the National Theatre, the University, the Royal Palace and much more. Continue to the world-renowned Holmenkollen Ski Jump, perched on top of the hill with the same name, one of the city’s best vantage points, and enjoy half an hour on your own to explore this beloved recreational area. Then head to the magnificent Vigeland Sculpture Park, one of Norway’s top attractions, drawing millions of visitors from around the world. Travel onwards to Bygdøy Peninsula, a picturesque city neighbourhood where some of Oslo’s top museums are located. First, visit the Fram Museum with the polar ship Fram, the strongest wooden vessel in the world that travelled along the Arctic Ocean in the late 1800s and reached the South Pole in 1911. Take a tour of the powerful schooner and learn about the incredible Norwegian polar expeditions. Then visit the Viking Ship Museum and marvel at the world's best-preserved Viking ships, more than 1000 years old, and at other original Viking artefacts. The evening is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Oslo - Vinstra
After breakfast, transfer to Gala (3 hours) and check-in at the Lodge (7 km from the Peer Gynt Festival - transfer provided). "Peer Gynt" that takes place every year In the Gudbrandsdalen valley, is one of Norway’s leading cultural festivals. The festival is a celebration of Ibsen’s "Peer Gynt" drama and the historical person Per Gynt, who lived in the Gudbrandsdalen valley. The tales about Per have been told through generations, and these, together with the nature and culture in the valley, is what inspired Henrik Ibsen to write the dramatic poem. Enjoy a dinner at the festival and watch the famous Norwegian play at the fresh air. After the Festival we return back to our Lodge for overnight.
Day 9: Vinstra - Trondheim
After breakfast, head to Vinstra Railway Station to take a train to Trondheim (3 hours). Transfer from Trondheim Central Station to the hotel and check-in. The evening is free at leisure with optional Trondheim sightseeing tours. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Trondheim - Kristiansund - Alesund
After breakfast, head to the harbour (walking distance from the hotel) and take a ferry to Kristiansund (3 hours 30 min) where the transfer bus meets the group to take us to Alesund. The journey will go through the Atlantic road, officially the World’s most beautiful drive beautiful roads list . Take a panoramic 4 hours ride and enjoy the stunning view The Atlantic Road takes you from lush coastal landscapes and heaths to bare rocks along the exposed Hustadvika, where you can see the sun sinking into the sea .The road itself has been voted the “Norwegian construction of the century”. The Atlantic Road connects the island of Averøy with the mainland via a series of small islands and islets spanned by a total of eight bridges over 8,274 meters. Arrive at Alesund and check-in at the hotel for overnight.
Day 11: Aalesund
After breakfast, the morning is free at leisure. After lunch, take a boat tour to Runde, the island of puffins. The island is a popular destination all year round but is extremely spectacular in the summer due to its teeming bird-life. Between 500,000 and 700,000 sea birds inhabit the island during short Norwegian summer , most of them in the cliffs. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Aalesund - Geiranger - Hellesylt - Olden
Have an early breakfast at the hotel and depart to Geiranger (110 km). Have lunch at Geiranger with spectacular views over Norway’s most beautiful fjord and then take a ferry to Hellesylt. On arrival in Hellesylt, continue with the same bus (it takes the ferry as well) to Briksdalsbre Glacier. This magnificent Glacier, surrounded by towering mountainsides, cascading waterfall and river, and luxuriant flora is an arm of the Jostedal Glacier, the largest glacier on the European continent. The ice colossus is spread over 486 km² and has its deepest point at 400 m above the sea level. You can take a walk or use electric shuttle service to reach the viewpoints. After visiting Jostedal drive to Loen village. Overnight at the hotel (only 4* hotel is available here).
Day 13: Olden - Loen Skylift - Flom
After breakfast, take a round trip with Loen Skylift that is in a walking distance. Loen Skylift is a spectacular new attraction and adventure arena, at the inner part of the Nordfjord, in the heart of Fjord Norway. A Cable Car will lift you from the fjord to 1011 m. Here you can enjoy the views of the fjord landscape - from the restaurant table, or while exploring in the mountains. Then drive to Flam, get off the transfer bus and take a breathtaking journey by Flamsbana. The Flåm Railway has been described as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world and is one of the leading tourist attractions in Norway. The journey features the finest aspects of the stunning scenery of Western Norway. The train runs from the end of Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord, up to the high mountains at Myrdal station where we change the train to reach Bergen in 2 hours. Arrive at Bergen, transfer to the hotel, check-in. The evening is free at leisure with optional Bergen sightseeing tours.
Day 14: Bergen
Breakfast at the hotel. Optional Bergen sightseeing tours.Transfer to the airport/port of Bergen.
Day 0: Arrival at Helsinki
Arrive at Helsinki and transfer to your hotel located in the city center. The evening is free at leisure. Optional sightseeing tours are available on request..
Day 1: City tour and flight Helsinki - Stockholm
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and take a private 4-hour city tour. Travel between the city’s highlights by air-conditioned vehicle, and experience the Finnish capital’s 450-year-old past and stylish vibe. See landmarks such as Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral and the Sibelius Monument. Finish with a stroll in Market Square, where stalls offer contemporary Finnish foods and goodies. After the tour, head to the airport to take a short flight to Stockholm. Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to the hotel in the downtown. In the evening, join the group for a welcome dinner in a restaurant in Stockholm to taste the local cuisine. Overnight at the hotel.
Drama in the mountains
With the Norwegian mountains as a backdrop, the festival is a nine-day celebration with events, concerts, exhibitions and lectures. The main event of the festival is the theatre production of Peer Gynt at Gålå.
Henrik Ibsen's poem
The festival is a celebration of Ibsen’s "Peer Gynt" and the historical person Per Gynt, who lived in the Gudbrandsdalen valley. The tales about Per have been told through generations, and these, together with the nature and culture in the valley, is what inspired Henrik Ibsen to write the dramatic poem.
A festival with traditions
The Peer Gynt festival is built on old traditions. In 1928 the first Peer Gynt Festival was held in Vinstra, and volunteers from the valley gathered to create the festival. Ever since then the volunteers have been involved in almost every activity, and they are essential to the success of the Peer Gynt festival.
Peer Gynt at Gålå
The theatre production of Henrik Ibsen’s "Peer Gynt" at Gålå has been a success since 1989 and has gathered some of the best professional actors and musicians in Norway. At the theatre venue by lake Gålåvatnet, the professional theatre meets professional musicians and 80 local amateur actors, and the result is one of the most popular theatre productions in Norway. The production is well suited for an international audience, with English and German introductions, summary booklets and audio guides.
The mountain concert "by Rondane"
Powerful music meets grand nature when the Peer Gynt festival presents famous artists at the outdoor stage on Kvamsfjellet mountain, overlooking the Rondane National Park. The concert gathers about 2000 spectators and is considered one of the highlights of the festival program. This concert is suitable for an international audience.
The Peer Gynt Art Exhibition
Every year the Peer Gynt Festival holds a new art exhibition. Art painters like Magne Furuholmen, Håkon Gullvåg and Ørnulv Opdahl are among the exhibitors that have previously exhibited at the festival. The exhibition is open every day during the festival.
The Church concert
During the festival, you can experience a unique concert in the Sør-Fron church, one of the most beautiful churches in the region. This is an acoustic concert, featuring Norway's most celebrated artists.
The Peer Gynt award
Each year, a prominent Norwegian person is awarded the Peer Gynt statuette. The members of the Norwegian Parliament select the winner. Amongst the winners, you can find Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway, explorer Thor Heyerdahl and author Jo Nesbø. The winner is celebrated in a ceremony at the festival.
The nature surrounding the festival is easily accessible for hiking. The Norwegian Trekking Association offers guided tours during the festival as a supplement to the cultural events.
Centrally located hand-picked hotels 3* or 4* in Stockholm (2 nights), Copenhagen (2 nights), Aalborg (1 night), Oslo (2 nights), near Vinstra (1 night), Trondheim (1 night), Alesund (2 nights), Loen (1 night), Bergen (1 night)
Only 4* hotel in Loen (also if you choose 3* package)
Centrally located hotel 4* in Helsinki (1 night) - if you add Helsinki 2 days pre-tour extension.
Daily breakfasts at the hotels (except day 1)
Welcome dinner on day 1
Dinner on day 8 at Peer Gynt Festival
Lunch on day 12
Stockholm 8 hours guided tour: Stockholm subway Art tour, Vasa Museum, Riddarholmen Island, Fjällgatan, the Royal Opera, the Palace, the Parliament Building, Strandvägen, Östermalm, Gamla Stan, Järnpojk, Storkyrka
Copenhagen 4 hours guided tour: Harbor Cruise, the Gefion Fountain, Rosenborg Castle, the Citadel of Copenhagen, the changing of the Royal Guard at Amalienborg Palace, the Opera, the Little Mermaid statue
The land of legends «Sagnlandet Lejre» 8 hours tour
Oslo 8 hours guided tour: the Akershus Fortress and Castle, the Opera House, the Bar Code area, the City Hall, the main street Karl Johan with the National Theatre, the University, the Royal Palace, the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, Vigeland Sculpture Park, Bygdøy Peninsula, the Fram Museum, the Viking Ship Museum
Aarhus guided city walking tour (2 hours)
Boat tour to Runde (8 hours)
Briksdalsbre Glacier tour (1,5 hours)
Return airport transfers
Train tickets (economy class) for trains Stockholm - Copenhagen, Flam - Murdal, Myrdal - Bergen
Ferry tickets (economy class) for ferries Odden - Aarhus, Hirsthals - Larvik, Trondheim - Kristiansund, Geiranger - Hellesylt
Transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c bus
24/7 phone/WhatsApp support line
Tour is fully escorted by English-speaking tour director
Travel tips online brochure.
Entrance Tickets to all listed attractions
Peer Gynt Festival one day entrance tickets 1st category
Loen Skylift entrance ticket
Flamsbana train ticket
Meals not mentioned
Optional tours and activities
The biggest Scandinavian cultural event - Peer Gynt Fesitval
The breathtaking beauty of the Norwegian fjords
The spectacular new attraction - Loen Skylift
Flamsbana, one of the most beautiful train journeys
Sagnlandet Lejre - spend a day in the Viking Age.
The world’s most beautiful drive, the Atlantic Road
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