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Country Roads of Scandinavia

Duration 12 days

Destinations visited :
  • Norway
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  • Denmark
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Treat your senses to a tour of Scandinavia’s towering mountains, crystalline fjords and Viking history. This immersive itinerary showcases the spires and ramparts of Akershus Castle in Oslo, the humming seaside economy of the Bergen Fish Markets and Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid in Copenhagen. The delights of the Fjords are front and center on the Lysefjord Cruise, with panoramic views and a close encounter with the iconic, 2000-foot tall, Pulpit Rock. In Denmark, pause for a little local dining in Aarhus where a farm-to-table feast of Danish delicacies is whipped up from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Across the Jutland Peninsula on the island of Fyn, the Hans Christian Andersen House tells the story of the famous fairytale writer—charting his life, loves and travels.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

Welcome to Oslo.
Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. On arrival at Oslo airport, your transfer will leave for the hotel at 09:30, 12:00 or 14:30. Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at 17:30, to enjoy a Welcome Dinner with wine.
Hotel: Scandic Oslo City.
Meal: Dinner with Wine

DAY 2

Cosmopolitan Oslo.
In the morning, sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you the spires and ramparts of medieval Akershus Castle guarding the harbour, as well as the Royal Palace and an included visit to the Viking Ship Museum. Stand beneath the scrolled prows and handcut hulls of 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife and learn about their traditions and culture. Wander through Frogner Park, housing the intriguing sculptures by Gustav Vigeland.
Hotel: Scandic Oslo City.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 3

Oslo city to coastal Bergen.
Journey across the Hardanger Plateau, Europe’s greatest mountain plateau and the largest national park in the Nordic countries, before arriving at your hotel in the historic port of Bergen. Join your Travel Director in a city orientation and hear about the seafaring traditions of this beautiful harbour side town. In the evening, savour a delicious dinner at Zupperia Matbørsen, a local restaurant offering traditional Norwegian and European flavours with an Asian fusion.
Hotel: Clarion Hotel Admiral, Bergen.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 4

Ancient Hanseatic port of 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.
Hotel: Clarion Hotel Admiral, Bergen.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 5

A Coastline like no Other.
Enjoy the morning at leisure to ascend Mount Fløyen by the only funicular in Scandinavia or alternatively visit the home of composer Edward Grieg, located alongside the beautiful lake Nordås. Afterwards, travel along this incredible coastline and sail across fjords passing an abundance of islands. Arrive in Stavanger, one of Norway’s oldest cities founded almost 900 years ago. The city has continued to evolve with changing times and now the headquarters of the Norwegian oil industry, Stavanger is a fusion of old world charm and cosmopolitan flair.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 6

The Wonders of Lysefjord.
Cruise Lysefjord, one of Norway’s most breathtaking fjords. See Preikestolen, the Pulpit Rock, known as one of the most iconic destinations in the world! You will also view Vagabond’s Cave, old mountain farms, idyllic islands and majestic scenery. Enjoy the fjord landscape through panoramic windows or from the sundeck. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or continue exploring Stavanger.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 7

Onwards to Kristiansand.
Relax and enjoy the scenic drive as you round the southern cape of Norway. Upon arrival in Kristiansand, your orientation walk of the city centre will show you the Dom Kirke and the Nupen Fountain.
Hotel: Hotel Norge, Kristiansand.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 8

Kristiansand to Aarhus.
Say farewell to Norway as you sail across the Skagerrak to Hirtshals, Denmark. Your journey continues to Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city and one of Europe’s cultural treasures with world-class museums and modern art. Visit Den Gamle By with your Local Expert to learn about this city’s Viking Heritage as you explore this open-air museum of urban history and culture in Denmark.
Hotel: Comwell Hotel Aarhus.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 9

Historic Aarhus.
A vibrant mix of youthful energy and a blast from the past makes Aarhus a city with an energetic beat of the pulse. Join your Local Expert for an exploration of the city centre. See the City Hall, the modern art museum ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum topped with an immense, interactive artwork and Dokk1, the largest public library in Scandinavia. Walk through the area surrounding the cathedral and visit the new township for splendid views of Aarhus Bay. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your own pace. Join your fellow travellers for a Farm-to-Table Dinner where you will enjoy delicious Danish dishes made from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.
Hotel: Comwell Hotel Aarhus.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 10

Odense and the Fairytales of Fyn.
Cross the Jutland Peninsula to the town of Odense, on the island of Fyn. In the restored old district, visit the Hans Christian Andersen House, a museum dedicated to his life and works. Learn all about the famous fairytale writer as you follow his career, travels and love life. The enchantment continues as you toast your Scandinavian adventure during your Celebration Dinner with your newfound friends.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 11

Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen.
Your 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 on to see 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. Perhaps explore the Tivoli Gardens for an evening of lights, flowers and sensory delights.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 12

Depart Copenhagen.
Departure transfers arrive at Copenhagen airport at 06:30, 09:00 and 12:00. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.
Meal: Breakfast

Authentic Dining

  • Bergen: Enjoy an evening of dinner and wine at a local restaurant. Zupperia Matbørsen offers traditional Norwegian and European meal with an Asian twist.
  • Aarhus: Savour a delightful meal prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.
  • Copenhagen: At your Celebration Dinner, Scandinavian hospitality is matched with fine food and wine.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Breakfasts (B), 2 Dinners (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Stay in Style

  • Copenhagen: Rising high above the city skyline, the Radisson Blu Scandanavia Hotel Copenhagen affords stunning views of the ancient City Hall, the gilded church towers of Christianshavn and the picturesque coast.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Oslo: Guided by your Local Expert, see the impressive Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace.
  • Oslo: Stand beneath the scrolled prows and handcut hulls of 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife and learn about their traditions and culture when you visit the Viking Ship Museum.
  • Oslo: Take a moment to contemplate the interesting Vigeland sculptures when you visit Frogner Park.
  • Hardanger Plateau: Pass through the National Park known for its beautiful arctic tundra.
  • Bergen: Explore this Wooden City led by your Travel Director and hear about the seafaring traditions of this beautiful harbour side town.
  • Bergen: Marvel at the 13th century Haakon’s Hall and explore the many market stalls with your Local Expert.
  • Norway’s West Coast: Fjord hop from Bergen to Stavanger.
  • Lysefjord: Embrace spectacular scenery as you cruise through Lysefjord to the magnificent Pulpit Rock. See Vagabond’s Cave, old mountain farms, idyllic islands and majestic scenery.
  • Kristiansand: During your orientation with your Travel Director, walk the city centre and see the Dom Kirke and Nupen Fountain.
  • Skagerrak: Sail across the Skagerrak as you cross from Kristiansand to Hirsthals.
  • Aarhus: Your Local Expert guides you through the open-air museum of Den Gamle By.
  • Aarhus: Explore the city centre with your Local Expert. Pass City Hall and see the modern art museum ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum topped with an immense, interactive artwork and Dokk1, the largest public library in Scandinavia. Visit the new township, an artificial island offering splendid views of Aarhus Bay.
  • Fyn: Travel by ferry to the island of Fyn.
  • Odense: Be enchanted by the tales of Hans Christian Anderson’s life when you visit the museum dedicated to his life and works.
  • Copenhagen: With your Local Expert, view Christiansborg Palace and the cathedral where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. You’ll also see Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and the unusual Rundertaarn, which is the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe.
  • Scenic Drives: While travelling through southern Scandinavia, experience some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world, along the Norwegian West Coast from Bergen to Stavanger, around the south cape of Norway and across Jutland Peninsula.

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight’s luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • Cruise in high-class cabins with sea views.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
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Country Roads of Scandinavia

Treat your senses to a tour of Scandinavia’s towering mountains, crystalline fjords and Viking history. This immersive itinerary showcases the spires and ramparts of Akershus Castle in Oslo, the humming seaside economy of the Bergen Fish Markets and Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid in Copenhagen. The delights of the Fjords are front and center on the Lysefjord Cruise, with panoramic views and a close encounter with the iconic, 2000-foot tall, Pulpit Rock. In Denmark, pause for a little local dining in Aarhus where a farm-to-table feast of Danish delicacies is whipped up from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Across the Jutland Peninsula on the island of Fyn, the Hans Christian Andersen House tells the story of the famous fairytale writer—charting his life, loves and travels.