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19 Day Independent Journey through Scandinavia

Nordics Gold Active

Embark on an active journey to immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Estonia & Finland.

Journey Overview

  • Experience Copenhagen on a guided cycle tour with a chef, where a 5-course menu is served along the way in interesting parts of the city.
  • Join a local guide on a forest walk with views of Oslo and the famous Holmenkollen ski jump.
  • Stay two nights at a modern luxury retreat, in the heart of the fjords, immersed in nature.
  • Take a cable car to the top of Mount Ulriken and take in Bergen’s incredible views as you hike back down to the city.
  • Paddle off on a journey of discovery in Stockholm’s archipelago.
  • Channel your inner Finn with a traditional sauna experience and swim in the seawater pool at Allas Sea Pool.

Multi-Country Tour of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, and Finland

Our Nordics Gold Active tour offers an enchanting journey through Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, and Finland. Throughout this unforgettable vacation, friendly local guides will immerse you and your private group in local history and culture, showcasing the best that each country has to offer.

Discover the charming cities of Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm, and Tallinn. These bustling capitals are a fascinating blend of old and new. Adventure through ancient landscapes, feel the refreshing spray of a waterfall, and soak in breathtaking views from lofty heights.

Embark on a two-night escape at the exclusive 29 | 2 Aurland resort, offering access to the stunning Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsdalen Valley, along with guided outdoor adventures for an unforgettable experience.

This barely scratches the surface of what you can expect on this private multi-country Scandinavia tour. Read the full itinerary to find out more about this one-of-a-kind vacation package that perfectly balances hidden gems and essential tourist attractions.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about this 19-day tour of Scandinavia.

If you are looking for a shorter trip, consider our 14-day Nordics Silver Active tour. Do you have even more time to spend exploring Scandinavia? Check out our 22-day Nordics Diamond tour.

What is Included in This Scandinavia Vacation Package?

14 nights at centrally-located hotels with daily breakfast 

2 nights at 29|2 Aurland, a luxury retreat in the heart of the fjords

2 overnight ferries Copenhagen to Oslo; and Stockholm to Tallinn

The Sognefjord in a Nutshell ® tour: trains from Oslo to Myrdal to Flåm; ferry from Flåm to Bergen

Flight: Bergen to Stockholm

Ferry ride connecting Tallinn and Helsinki

29|2 Aurland stay includes access to the Nærøyfjord, lush Aurlandsdalen valley, guided outdoor activities, and meals

Guided tours led by knowledgeable local guides

Private airport transfers in Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen, Stockholm, and Helsinki

All of our services to plan and implement your trip, and support while traveling

Scandinavia Private Tour Itinerary

Kick off your Scandinavian vacation in the colorful, modern and cultural Copenhagen, capital of the Kingdom of Denmark. Upon your arrival, a friendly driver will meet you and your party at the airport and transport you to the hotel in complete comfort and style. After your hotel check in (and some much needed rest, perhaps), feel free to explore the surroundings of your centrally-located hotel and start discovering Copenhagen. On your second day you will join expert local guides who will introduce you to some of the famous landmarks in the city through two guided tours of Copenhagen. The first tour is a guided cycle tour with a chef, where a 5-course menu is served along the way, experience the atmosphere in cozy and interesting parts of the city as well as some of the city’s green oases. Copenhagen is probably the only place in the world where you can enjoy a restaurant experience from your bicycle. The specially designed kitchen bike functions as a natural gathering point for the guests, where good food as well as good stories are shared. The second one takes you on a short canal cruise of the city for a new perspective on all it has to offer. The following day you will embark on a day trip to South Zealand, where you will visit the Forest Tower and take the wooden path to the top for spectacular views. You will then experience the scene changing from the green forest to a view of the blue sea from the cliffs above at Møns Klint. The beautiful white cliffs rise over 400 feet above the turquoise sea along the four miles of coastline. The Klint tells over 70 million years of history in the chalk layers, where you can find fossils from ancient sea animals.. Finish your tour of Denmark with some open time to revisit Copenhagen and embark an overnight ferry on your way to Norway, where your tour of Scandinavia continues.

Your arrival at the hip and vibrant Norwegian capital is a true highlight, as you cruise your way to the city via the Oslo Fjord, on board an overnight ferry from Copenhagen. That same afternoon you will combine wellness and adventure by visiting one of Oslo’s fjordside saunas. The next day join a local guide on a tour of Oslo in a part of the city rarely seen by tourists. The pleasant forest hike leads you to beautiful views of the famous Holmenkollen ski jump, the heart of Norwegian skiing and one of the most famous sport arenas in the world. The afternoon is open for you to discover Oslo however you want. We suggest that you experience the beautiful landscapes with forests, livestock grazing the green fields, trails, beaches, cafés and several of Norway’s most popular museums in Bygdøy. Just a short ferry ride away from the center of Oslo, you can access Bygdøy at no additional cost, using the Oslo Pass included in this program.

A tour of Scandinavia would be incomplete without exposure to the Norwegian fjords! The Sognefjord in a Nutshell® tour takes you through some of Norway’s most beautiful fjord scenery. Leave Oslo toward Myrdal, where you will switch trains and enjoy the breathtaking Flåm Railway (Flamsbana). Upon your arrival in Flåm, a short transfer will take you to 29|2 Aurland, in the heart of fjord country, where you will spend two nights. Breathe in, allow yourself to notice the little things. In Aurland, time moves in tune with the calming nature on all sides, embrace slow living and enjoy yourself outdoors. You will continue the Sognefjord in a Nutshell® tour, on your way to Bergen, where you will spend two nights. Explore this magnificent town, affectionately known as “the Gateway to the Fjords,” which is beautiful however you look at it. A walking tour of Bergen will expose you to colorful wooden buildings by the water and offer you scenic views atop Mount Ulriken where you will hike on well marked trails towards Mount Fløyen and back down to the city center.

A short flight will take you to the city considered – by many – to be the most beautiful capital in Europe: Stockholm. Welcome to Sweden! The rest of your first day in the city is open for you to explore on your own. The next morning discover Stockholm on bike, a great introduction to the city. You will pass by popular sights, but you will also discover some of the city’s hidden jewels, such as Djurgården, the first National City Park in the world. In the spirit of creating a grand finale, enjoy the exclusive experience of kayaking the Stockholm archipelago, with almost 30,000 islands it’s one of the most unique areas in Europe and there’s no better way to enjoy it than in a kayak. The wildlife, rugged scenery, and serenity of the paddle will blow you away! Continue your tour of Scandinavia with an overnight ferry ride to a bonus destination, the magical town of Tallinn, in Estonia.

Why not enrich your beautiful Scandinavian vacation with a short visit to Estonia? That is why we decided to include in this program two nights in gorgeous Tallinn, the Estonian capital, a city that many describe as “something out of a fairytale.” You will stay in the heart of the fortified Old Town, and bike from your hotel to North Tallinn through two of Tallinn’s most exciting peninsulas – Paljassaare and Kopli. Experience a walk in the Viru bog, where Estonians connect with nature. Tallinn is only a couple of hours by ferry away from Helsinki, which makes for a very convenient and comfortable journey to the Finnish capital.

Helsinki is the capital of Finland – a bilingual country – where all street signs are written in Finnish and Swedish. You will explore the city’s landmarks on a guided bike tour followed by a traditional sauna experience and swim in the seawater pool at Allas Sea Pool. In Finland, you will also visit Porvoo, which is just under an hour by car from the capital. Porvoo will enchant you will its many cafes, shops, cobblestone streets and colorful wooden buildings by the water. The town is tremendously picturesque and full of art, culture and delicious food. On your return to Helsinki, explore Uutela Nature Trail, a place locals consider one of the best kept secrets. Stroll the forested area with rocky hills that meet the shores of the Baltic Sea. Conclude your tour of Scandinavia with a private transfer to the Helsinki Vantaa airport, in comfort and on time.

Click on the blue bars above to read about all you will experience in this program.

2024 PRICING

Prices are in USD, per person, for an independent journey based on the number of travelers in your party

# of Travelers in Your Party Classic Tour (USD per person)* LUXE Tour (USD per person)^
2 people from $14,399 from $18,583
3 people from $12,684 from $17,042
4 to 6 people from $11,692 from $16,135
7+ people from $10,839 from $15,392

* Classic Tour: hotel selection consists of 4-star hotels
^ LUXE Tour: hotel selection consists of 5-star and 4-star hotels

Nordics Gold Scandinavia Tour Timeline

Day 1

Arrive in Denmark & Relax

Welcome to hip, modern and cozy Copenhagen, the Danish capital. Cheers to the start of your Scandinavian adventure!

Accommodation

Classic Experience – 71 Nyhavn
Luxe Experience – Hotel Sanders

Day 2

Bike Tour of Copenhagen with a Chef

Copenhagen, a bicycle-friendly capital is probably the only place in the world where you can enjoy a restaurant experience from your bicycle. You will take part in a guided tour with a chef, where a 5-course menu is served along the way in interesting parts of the city.

Today's Experiences

Guided bike tour around Copenhagen with a chef who serves 5 dishes along the way in interesting parts of the city

Meals Included

Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation

Classic Experience – 71 Nyhavn
Luxe Experience – Hotel Sanders

Day 3

The Forest Tower & Møns Klint

Embark on a full-day tour in the beautiful scenery of South Zealand. A unique nature experience leads you along a wooden path to the top of the forest tower with spectacular views. You will experience the scene changing from forest to the blue sea from the cliffs at Møns Klint.

Today's Experiences

The Forest Tower, Møns Klint

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Classic Experience – 71 Nyhavn
Luxe Experience – Hotel Sanders

Day 4

Open Time & Overnight Cruise to Norway​

Use your open morning in Copenhagen to relax, visit favorite spots or enjoy some shopping. Then, embark on a fun and beautiful overnight cruise to Norway.

Today's Experiences

Relax, visit your favorite spots, or enjoy some shopping

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

DFDS ferry to Oslo

Day 5

Arrival in Norway & Sauna by the Oslo Fjord

Cruise the waters of the Oslo Fjord to arrive in the Norwegian capital. Then, enjoy the cozy warmth of the sauna in combination with a refreshing bath in the fjord. The floating sauna is all yours during your session.

Today's Experiences

Private sauna experience

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Classic Experience – Hotel Amerikalinjen
Luxe Experience – The Thief Hotel

Day 6

Hike to Holmenkollen Ski Jump

Enjoy a forest hike to the famous Holmenkollen ski jump, the heart of Norwegian skiing. Your guide will show you some beautiful views in a part of Oslo rarely seen by tourists.

Today's Experiences

Guided hike with scenic views of Oslo

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Classic Experience – Hotel Amerikalinjen
Luxe Experience – The Thief Hotel

Day 7

Sognefjord in a Nutshell® tour to Flåm & Waterfall Hike

The Sognefjord in a Nutshell® trip takes you through some of Norway’s most beautiful fjord scenery. Enjoy the breathtaking Flåm Railway. Transfer from Flåm to Aurland for a two night stay in the heart of the fjords.

Today's Experiences

Flåm Railway, Turlid waterfall hike

Meals Included

Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation

29|2 Aurland

Day 8

Nærøyfjord Up Close

From the picturesque village of Bakka, next to the UNESCO Nærøyfjord, you’ll jump in traditional rowboats and cross the fjord. On the other side, enjoy a hike along the old postal route followed by a picnic. Return to the hotel to sit back and relax in the wood fired hot tub before dinner.

Today's Experiences

Traditional Norwegian row boats on the fjord, private woodfired hot tub and sauna

Meals Included

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation

29|2 Aurland

Day 9

Spend time in the King of the Fjords​

Use your open morning at the hotel to enjoy your surroundings. Continue your ferry cruise onto Bergen.

Today's Experiences

Several waterfalls (including the Kvinnafossen) and stunning, local fauna and flora

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Classic Experience – Hotel Havnekontoret
Luxe Experience – Hotel Opus XVI

Day 10

Discover Bergen, the “Gateway to the Fjords”​

A walking tour of Bergen will expose you to colorful wooden buildings by the water and offer you scenic views atop Mount Ulriken where you will hike on well marked trails towards Mount Fløyen and back down to the city center.

Today's Experiences

Bryggen (wharf), Mount Ulriken, Mount Fløyen

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Classic Experience – Hotel Havnekontoret
Luxe Experience – Hotel Opus XVI

Day 11

Arrival in Sweden

A quick flight takes you to the city considered – by many – to be the most beautiful capital in Europe: Stockholm. Enjoy open time to relax and discover.

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Classic Experience – Elite Eden Park Hotel
Luxe Experience – Hotel Lydmar

Day 12

Guided Bike Tour of Stockholm

One of the best ways to discover Stockholm is on a bike tour. Your local guide will introduce you to Stockholm’s historic past and colorful present. You will pass by the city’s most significant highlights and also explore some of its hidden gems, such as Djurgården. 

Today's Experiences

City Hall, Riddarholmen Church, The Royal Palace, Gamla Stan, Djurgården

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Classic Experience – Elite Eden Park Hotel
Luxe Experience – Hotel Lydmar

Day 13

Guided Kayak Tour of Stockholm Archipelago

Just outside of the city the archipelago begins, with almost 30,000 islands it’s one of the most unique areas in Europe and there’s no better way to enjoy it than in a kayak. The wildlife, rugged scenery and serenity of the paddle is truly remarkable.

Today's Experiences

Stockholm Archipelago

Meals Included

Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation

Classic Experience – Elite Eden Park Hotel
Luxe Experience – Hotel Lydmar

Day 14

Open Time & Overnight Cruise to Estonia

Use your open morning in Stockholm to relax, visit favorite spots or enjoy some shopping. Then, embark on an overnight cruise to Estonia.

Today's Experiences

Relax, visit your favorite spots, or enjoy some shopping

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Tallink overnight ferry to Tallinn

Day 15

Tallinn, a Truly Special Place

Your Scandinavian adventure continues with a bonus stop in gorgeous Tallinn, a city that many describe as “something out of a fairytale.” Today, a bike tour will take you from Old Town through two of Tallinn’s most exciting peninsulas – Paljassaare and Kopli.

Today's Experiences

Patarei Prison, Seaplane Harbour, Noblessner Quarter, Paljasaare Nature Conservation Area, Kopli, Kalamaja

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Classic Experience – Savoy Boutique Hotel
Luxe Experience – Hotel Telegraaf

Day 16

The Bog Experience – Connecting with Nature

Join an experienced guide and connect with nature in a very Estonian way. Walk along the boardwalk platform in a nature preserve and learn about the trees, vegetation, birds and other animals in your calm surroundings.

Today's Experiences

Lahemaa National Park, Viru bog, Jägala waterfall

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Classic Experience – Savoy Boutique Hotel
Luxe Experience – Hotel Telegraaf

Day 17

Arrival in Finland & Guided Tour of Helsinki

A short ferry ride from Tallinn will bring you to the Finnish capital: Helsinki, where a passion for design is displayed everywhere. You will explore the city’s landmarks on a guided bike tour followed by a traditional sauna experience and swim in the seawater pool at Allas Sea Pool.

Today's Experiences

Senate Square, Market Square, Esplanade Park, The Parliament House, Oodi, Allas Sea Pool

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Classic Experience – Hotel Haven
Luxe Experience – Hotel Kamp

Day 18

Picture-Perfect Porvoo

A guided tour of Porvoo will highlight its rich history, cafes, colorful wooden buildings and delicious food. On your return to Helsinki, stop to explore the forested area of Uutela Nature Trail, a place locals consider one of the best kept secrets. 

Today's Experiences

Porvoo, Porvoo Cathedral, Uutela Nature Trail, Baltic Sea

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Classic Experience – Hotel Haven
Luxe Experience – Hotel Kamp

Day 19

Journey Conclusion

Conclude your journey with a great breakfast and a comfortable, private ride to the Helsinki Vantaa Airport.

Meals Included

Breakfast

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Scandinavia Tour FAQs

After landing at Keflavík Airport, you will travel to your hotel in Reykjavík. Located in the heart of Iceland’s capital city, Hotel Borg offers the best in both style and comfort. Following check-in, connect with your Tour Director before a visit to the Sky Lagoon. Relax in the warm waters of the geothermal lagoon and soak off your jet lag as your gaze upon incredible views of the North Atlantic. End your day with a gourmet kickoff dinner where you will get to know your fellow travelers and taste delicious Icelandic dishes. Your group tour of Iceland has officially started!

After breakfast, join a driving tour of Iceland’s capital. Notable sights include the famous Hallgrímskirkja Church, Harpa Concert Hall and the unique Sun Voyager sculpture. Following your tour, you will have free time to experience the city on your own. End your day with a delectable dinner and a drive to view the Northern Lights, if the skies are clear that night. If they are not, don’t worry. We will have many other opportunities!

Day 3 is dedicated to Iceland’s Golden Circle, which is made up of three must-see sights: Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and Thingvellir National Park. Nearby, at Fridheimar, you will enjoy a beautiful show with Icelanic horses and some organic, tomato-based delicacies as well. Following your guided tour of the Golden Circle, we will drive to Landeyjahöfn harbor and board a ferry to the Westman Islands. The short 45-minute boat ride will give you a new perspective of Iceland’s south coast. When the ferry docks on the main island, Heimaey, you might even spot a brave sheep grazing on the rocky cliffs surrounding you! Enjoy a delectable dinner at Hotel Vestmannaeyjar, your cozy accommodation for the evening.

Our private tours allow travelers to explore Scandinavian destinations with programs offering a great balance between pre-arranged activities and free time to explore. When implementing one of our private programs for you, we handle all the logistics involved, including: hotels, airport transfers, transportation from city to city and all guided activities and excursions. You will not be with a Tour Director throughout the program, but you will enjoy a number of sightseeing experiences led by experienced local guides. We can work with your desired dates, provided that availability exists at the many services involved in your program.
This option is ideal for travelers who enjoy traveling independently and with a higher degree of flexibility to explore each location on their own.

Technically, Scandinavia refers primarily to Norway, Denmark and Sweden. When thinking of Nordic Countries, add to the list Finland and Iceland as well. Discover Scandinavia Tours can take you to any location in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Currently we also offer extensions in Estonia, which is of particularly convenient access when visiting Finland, given that Tallinn – Estonia’s beautiful capital – can be reached by a short ferry ride from Helsinki.

Simple: just call us at 800-936-2814 and talk to one of our Scandinavia specialists. Alternatively, you can email us at
info@DiscoverScandinaviaTours.com

If you are interested in a group tour, you can book any departure as long as there are seats available (but remember: we have a maximum of 12 seats per departure, so booking early is recommendable). If you want a private tour, you can book as far as 2 years in advance. For last-minute travelers, please keep in mind that we need a minimum of 30 days to implement a private program.

With our group tours of Scandinavia you can choose from a number of fixed departures throughout the year. If you need more flexible dates, our private tours allow us to work with any dates you have in mind, provided that we find adequate availability at all hotels and other services included in your particular program.

Yes, we do. For details regarding commissions, please visit our TRAVEL AGENT portal.

You will find our cancellation policy, along with all our terms and conditions, RIGHT HERE.

In short, you can typically view the Northern Lights between September and March. But if you really want a memorable Northern Lights vacation, we created an entire blog post dedicated to this question, which you can read RIGHT HERE.

You most certainly can! Just email us (info@DiscoverScandinaviaTours.com) or call us (800-936-2814) and we will start your dream Scandinavian vacation with a free consultation.

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