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13 Day Independent Journey through Scandinavia

Nordics Silver Winter

Embark on a cozy, independent journey to experience the highlights and hidden gems of Denmark, Norway & Sweden in wintertime.

Journey Overview

  • Get to know Copenhagen’s famous landmarks under thousands of twinkling lights.
  • Explore Denmark’s Viking history, cathedrals, and castles – including one that inspired Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”
  • Join a local guide on a winter walking tour, passing by Oslo’s medieval fortresses, 17th-18th century landmarks, and Nordic architecture of old and new.
  • Adventure on a RIB boat excursion through the beauty of Sognefjord, Norway’s King of the Fjords, passing winter landscape and lit-up villages dotted along the water.
  • Take a funicular to the top of Mount Floyen for Bergen’s incredible views.
  • Taste traditional Swedish cuisine in the heart of Stockholm.

Included In The Classic Experience

11 nights at centrally-located with daily Scandinavian breakfast 

1 night on board the overnight ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo 

The Norway in a Nutshell® scenic journey

Ægir Viking dinner in Flåm

9 guided tours led by the most friendly and knowledgeable local guides

Scandinavian winter includes festive lights, frosty fjords, hot saunas, and spectacular snowy landscapes 

Luggage transfer services between Oslo and Bergen

Private airport transfers in Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen and Stockholm

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

Included In The Classic Experience

11 nights at centrally-located with daily Scandinavian breakfast 
1 night on board the overnight ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo 

The Norway in a Nutshell® scenic journey

Ægir Viking dinner in Flåm

9 guided tours led by the most friendly and knowledgeable local guides

Scandinavian winter includes festive lights, frosty fjords, hot saunas, and spectacular snowy landscapes 

Luggage transfer services between Oslo and Bergen

Private airport transfers in Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen and Stockholm

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

Itinerary

Kick off your Scandinavian vacation in Copenhagen, capital of the Kingdom of Denmark. Upon your arrival, a friendly driver will meet you 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 an expert local guide who will walk you through the streets of Copenhagen and introduce you to its most famous landmarks. Then cozy up on a canal cruise of the city. The following day you will embark on a day trip to North Zealand, where you will visit majestic castles and palaces, such as the Frederiksborg and Kronborg castles. 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 join a local guide on a tour of Oslo and see the most fascinating corners of this elegant, clean and chic capital, including the amazing Vigeland Sculpture Park. The next day is open for you to discover Oslo however you want. We suggest that you experience all the wonderful attractions in Bygdøy Island, just a short bus ride away from the center of Oslo, which you can access at no additional cost, using the Oslo Pass included in this program. There you can visit some of the fantastic exhibitions which showcase Norway’s maritime history and culture, such as the Kon-Tiki Museum or the Viking Ship Museum.

A tour of Scandinavia would be incomplete without exposure to the Norwegian fjords! The Norway 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). You will spend one night in Flåm. The next day, after exploring the wintery scenery on a RIB boat tour of the Sognefjord, you will continue the Norway 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. There you can eat lunch at the Fish Market, admire the entire city atop Mount Fløyen and soak in the local art at the KODE museums. Our program also includes a walking tour of Bergen followed by a visit to the home of Edvard Grieg, Norway’s most famous composer.

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 day you will join a local guide and walk the streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town) and admire the city’s unique architectural style. Stop for Glogg (warm mulled wine) & Pepparkaka (ginger cookie) to warm up. Then, continue to the largest island, Sodermalm for a fabulous view of the city all lit up and end at Kvarnen, for dinner, to experience traditional Swedish cuisine. In the spirit of creating a grand finale, we will take you outside of Stockholm to admire several Vikings ruins in the towns of Sigtuna and Uppsala, two charming and very interesting towns that should not be missed by those who travel to Sweden. There you will learn much about the Vikings and their impact on Nordic culture. Conclude your tour of Scandinavia with a private transfer to the Stockholm Arlanda airport, in comfort and on time.

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

2024/2025 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 $8,393 from $10,097
3 people from $7,381 from $9,071
4 to 6 people from $6,904 from $8,593
7+ people from $6,682 from $8,367

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

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

Guided Tour of Copenhagen and Its Canals

Explore Copenhagen under thousands of twinkling lights on a private walking tour and a cruise through its canals. Or use your open afternoon to shop, taste mulled wine, and seasonal treats – enjoy the peak of hygge season.

Today's Experiences

The Little Mermaid, Nyhavn, Rosenborg Castle, Strøget, Amalienborg, Rundetaarn, Tivoli Gardens

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Classic Experience – 71 Nyhavn
Luxe Experience – Hotel Sanders

Day 3

Tour of Danish Castles, Palaces & Cathedrals​

Embark on a full-day tour of North Zealand, where you will visit some of Denmark’s famous castles and a cathedral. See how Danish Royalty has lived through the centuries and learn about Vikings in Denmark.

Today's Experiences

Frederiksborg Palace, Kronborg Castle, Roskilde Cathedral, The Viking Ship Museum

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 & Tour of Oslo​

Cruise the waters of the Oslo Fjord to arrive in the Norwegian capital. Explore the snow-covered city on a walking tour with a local guide, and see how truly special Oslo is in the wintertime.

Today's Experiences

Oslo Opera House, City Hall, Akershus Fortress, Royal Palace, Vigeland Sculpture Park

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Classic Experience – Hotel Amerikalinjen
Luxe Experience – The Thief Hotel

Day 6

Vikings, Kon-tiki & Norway’s Maritime Roots​

Enjoy the wonderful attractions in Bygdøy Island, just a short bus ride away from Oslo.

Today's Experiences

Viking Ship Museum, Kon Tiki Museum, Fram Museum, Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Classic Experience – Hotel Amerikalinjen
Luxe Experience – The Thief Hotel

Day 7

Norway in a Nutshell® tour to Flåm

Norway in a Nutshell® tour takes you through some of Norway’s most beautiful fjord scenery on the Flam Railway. Experience a visit to a hot floating sauna in combination with a refreshing dip in the fjord.

Today's Experiences

Flåm Railway, Private sauna experience

Meals Included

Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation:

Flåmsbrygga Hotel

Day 8

Spend time in the King of the Fjords​

Experience a thrilling RIB boat ride on the Sognefjord for a chance to get close to small snow covered villages and frozen waterfalls along the way before continuing on to Bergen later in the day.

Today's Experiences

Norwegian winter landscape and lit-up villages dotted along the water

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Classic Experience – Hotel Havnekontoret
Luxe Experience – Hotel Opus XVI

Day 9

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 a view of the city atop Mount Floyen. Visit Norway’s most famous composer’s home and listen to his work.

Today's Experiences

Bryggen (wharf), Mount Floyen funicular, Bergen Fortress, Edvard Grieg’s home

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Classic Experience – Hotel Havnekontoret
Luxe Experience – Hotel Opus XVI

Day 10

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 11

Guided Winter Walking Tour of Stockholm & Dinner

Join a walking tour of Stockholm to admire the city’s unique architectural style. Stop for warm mulled wine & seasonal treats to warm up. You will continue to a fabulous viewpoint of the city, followed by a traditional Swedish dinner.

Today's Experiences

Gamla Stan, Royal Palace, the Armory, Cathedral, Sodermalm

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

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

Day 12

Viking Heritage in Sweden​

Travel north from Stockholm, on a guided tour, to discover two gems: Sigtuna, a charming wooden town which is home to ruins of many medieval churches and Uppsala, a town rich in Viking history and heritage.

Today's Experiences

Brody bro (Viking burial ground), Jarlabanki’s bridge (partly reconstructed Viking bridge), Arkill’s Thing (Viking parliament site), tour of Sigtuna & tour of Uppsala

Meals Included

Breakfast

Accommodation

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

Day 13

Journey Conclusion

Conclude your experience with a great breakfast and a comfortable, private ride to the Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

Meals Included

Breakfast

Vacation Reviews

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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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