18 Day Independent Tour of Scandinavia
Embark on a beautiful, independent journey to experience the highlights and hidden gems of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Estonia & Finland
- Cruise through Copenhagen’s colorful neighborhoods and waterfront districts on a canal tour.
- Live like a local on a bike tour (or 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 the Kvinnefossen waterfall and many other sights.
- Experience the Old Town in Tallinn, Estonia – a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Europe’s best-preserved Middle Ages cities.
- Step back in time when you visit many of Scandinavia’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the Suomenlinna Fortress in Finland.
- Marvel at the colorful wooden houses by the water in culture-rich Porvoo, Finland.
Included In The Classic Experience
15 nights at centrally-located hotels with daily breakfast
1 night on board the ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo
1 night on board the ferry from Stockholm to Tallinn
Sognefjord in a Nutshell® tour tickets
Flight: Bergen to Stockholm
Ferry rides connecting Helsinki and Tallinn
9 guided tours led by knowledgeable local guides
48-hour Oslo Pass (entrance to most attractions in Oslo)
Private airport tansfers in Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen, Stockholm and Helsinki
All of our services to plan and implement your trip, and support while traveling
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 walks you through the streets of Copenhagen and introduces you to its most famous landmarks. The second one takes you on a canal cruise of the city for a new perspective on all it has to offer. The following day you will embark on a daytrip 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 ferry 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 Sognefjord in a Nutshell® tour (which is another flavor of the more well-known 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). Upon your arrival in Flåm, a delightful and serene ferry ride will take you to picturesque Balestrand, in the heart of fjord country (and not nearly as crowded as Flåm), where you will spend the night. The next day, after exploring the natural scenery surrounding Balestrand on a RIB boat tour of the Sognefjord, 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. 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 morning you will join a local guide and walk the streets of Gamla Stan (“Old Town”) and admire the city’s unique architectural style. The following day will take you on a walking tour of Stockholm on the Gamla Stan (“Old Town”) to admire the city’s unique architectural style. Then, enjoy the exclusive experience of sailing the Stockholm archipelago to arrive at the Lidingo municipality and experience Swedish cuisine, for lunch, in a Swedish home. The following day 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. 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 will also experience a walk in the bog, a tradition 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. There you will discover the sights and landmarks on a guided tour of Helsinki. 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 beautiful, colorful wooden buildings by the water. The town is tremendously picturesque and full of art, culture and delicious food. Conclude your tour of Scandinavia with a private transfer to the Helsinki Vantaa airport, in comfort and on time.
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 $11,944||from $14,151|
|3 people||from $10,330||from $12,531|
|4 to 6 people||from $9,493||from $11,678|
|7+ people||from $8,845||from $11,034|
* Classic Tour: hotel selection consists of 4-star hotels
^ LUXE Tour: hotel selection consists of 5-star and 4-star hotels
Arrive in Denmark & Relax
Welcome to hip, modern and cozy Copenhagen, the Danish capital. Cheers to the start of your Scandinavian adventure!
Guided Tour of Copenhagen and Its Canals
Explore Copenhagen’s famous landmarks on a private walking (or bike) tour and gain a unique perspective on the city’s charm and history on a cruise through its canals.
Tour of Danish Castles, Palaces, Gardens & Cathedrals
Embark on a full-day tour of North Zealand, where you will visit some of Denmark’s famous castles and an impressive cathedral. See how Danish Royalty has lived through the centuries and learn about Vikings in Denmark.
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.
Arrival in Norway & Tour of Oslo
Cruise the waters of the Oslo Fjord to arrive in the Norwegian capital. Then, explore the hip and elegant city on a walking (or bike) tour with a local guide.
Vikings, Kon-tiki & Norway’s Maritime Roots
Enjoy the wonderful attractions in Bygdøy Island, just a short ferry ride away from Oslo.
Sognefjord in a Nutshell ® tour to Balestrand
The Sognefjord in a Nutshell® trip takes you through some of Norway’s most beautiful fjord scenery. Enjoy the breathtaking Flåm Railway.
Spend time in the King of the Fjords
Experience a thrilling RIB boat ride on the Sognefjord and continue your ferry cruise onto Bergen.
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.
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.
Guided Tour of Stockholm & Lunch with a Local
Join a walking tour of Stockholm on the Gamla Stan (“Old Town”) to admire the city’s unique architectural style. Then, sail the archipelago to experience Swedish cuisine in a Swedish home.
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.
Open Time & Overnight Cruise to Estonia
Use your open morning in Stockholm to relax, visit favorite spots or enjoy some shopping. Then, embark on a fun and beautiful overnight cruise to Estonia.
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 you will experience the city’s fortified Old Town in a walking tour.
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.
Arrival in Finland
A short ferry ride from Tallinn will bring you to the Finnish capital: Helsinki, where a passion for design is displayed everywhere. In the afternoon you will explore the city’s landmarks on a guided walking (or bike) tour.
Today you will join a guided tour of Porvoo, the second oldest city in Finland and just under an hour from Helsinki. You will love its cafes, colorful wooden buildings and delicious food. Art, design and culture are everywhere in this very charming town.
Conclude your journey with a great breakfast and a comfortable, private ride to the Helsinki Vantaa Airport.
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.
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.
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