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Awesome Tour of The Scandinavian Capitals

Classic Experience

Quick Facts

  • Duration: 13 to 17 Days
  • Season: Mid-April through Mid-December
  • Cities Featured: Reykjavik, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm & Helsinki
  • Price (Classic): From: $4,153 USD per person*
  • Price (Deluxe): From: $7,474 USD per person*
    * Based on Double Occupancy; Will vary based on actual dates and group size.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Reykjavik, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm & Helsinki
  • Travel by train from Oslo to Stockholm, a scenic ride
  • Eat with the locals in Lidingö, Sweden
  • Travel by ferry: Copenhagen to Oslo & Stockholm to Helsinki
  • Bathe in the Blue Lagoon, in Iceland

Tour Overview

Stockholm Skyline

Do you thrive on urban energy? This 13-day Awesome Scandinavian Capitals Tour offers the kind of stimulation you crave but frees you from the hectic pace of big, escorted group tours. Relax and enjoy just the right amount of small-group sightseeing that generates laughter and conversation, and sparks both new acquaintances and perspectives. Our experienced, local guides give you the background to make each city you visit come alive. Our Scandinavian Capitals itinerary will create memories you’ll treasure for years to come.

This feature-filled tour reveals the very heart of Scandinavia. Countless UNESCO World Heritage sites, epic history, classic and contemporary architecture, fairy tales and castles, all enhanced by beautiful scenery. These are also countries with exceptionally high standards of living and the citizens here consistently rank as the happiest people in the world. Discover incredibly safe, clean, and green cities with friendly locals, who actively enjoy and work to preserve the abundant nature around them.

NOTE: This is an INDEPENDENT tour, not a fully-escorted one. Click HERE for more details.
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Included In The Classic Experience

  • 14 nights at centrally-located, 4-star hotels with daily Scandinavian breakfast buffet for all guests;
  • 1 night on board the overnight ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo (Commodore cabin; breakfast also included);
  • 1 night on board the overnight ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki (A-Class Cabin; breakfast also included);
  • Train from Oslo to Stockholm (1st class tickets, if available);
  • 9 guided tours led by the most friendly and knowledgeable local guides;
  • 48-hour Oslo Passes for all guests, giving you access to all the main attractions in the city, plus local transportation;
  • Airport transfer via private car and driver upon your arrival in Copenhagen (with Meet & Greet) and your departure from Helsinki;
  • All of our services: preparing and implementing your entire trip (including your personalized travel book), addressing all your questions and taking good care of you while you are traveling, through our network of suppliers and our staff in the US.


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  • 5 Star Hotels
  • Upgraded Ferry Cabin
  • Private Tours
  • 1stClass Train Tickets
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in Reykjavik

Reykjavik skyline
  • 3 Guided Tours
  • Tickets to the Blue Lagoon
  • Flights, Hotels & Transfers
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Tour Gallery:

Helsinki skyline on a sunny day
Little Mermaid in Copenhagen
Prow of ship at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo
Helsinki Cathedral
Famous Stockholm Skyline
Church spiral in Copenhagen
Looking out at city through arches in Copenhagen
Stockholm surrounded by water
Uniquely shaped and colored row of buildings in Gamla Stan, Stockholm
Aerial view of Bygdoy Island in Oslo
Row of multicolored buildings in Copenhagen
Large castle overlooking water in Denmark

Itinerary Highlights

Days 1 through 4 – Getting to Know Copenhagen and Royal North Zealand

Day 1

Arrival in Copenhagen, meet and greet at the airport and transfer to hotel

Day 2

Guided City Tour of Copenhagen (walking or biking; small groups)

Day 3

Day Tour to North Zealand – Castles & Palaces

Day 4

Open day to explore and overnight ferry to Oslo

Your Scandinavian Capitals Tour begins in Denmark, where Scandinavia began. Denmark is the birthplace of New Nordic cuisine, LEGOs, Vikings, and the land of hygge (seeking comfort and happiness in everyday life). Copenhagen is an easy capital to love. It’s a clean and vibrant city, considered Europe’s greenest, where bikes are the preferred mode of transport. Here you’ll find offbeat neighborhoods and plenty of green spaces, while you stroll along Strøget, Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping boulevard, and past the colorful, postcard-perfect buildings of Nyhavn. Along with Zealand to its north, you’ll find fantasy lands of castles like Rosenborg and Kronborg, the setting for Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, along with fairy tale characters like The Little Mermaid. Stop by Tivoli Gardens, the amusement park that inspired Walt Disney. See sleek, modern architecture juxtaposed with ornate, historic buildings, like the Carlsberg Museum & Tasting Room and the Round Tower (Rundetaarn), which will give you an amazing panorama of the city. You’ll enjoy the time you have to explore this capital on your own.

Day 1: Copenhagen Arrival• Arrive Copenhagen. One of our friendly drivers will meet you for your private transfer to your hotel, Boutique Hotel Absalon (or similar) for 3 nights
• Your afternoon is free to explore

Day 2: Copenhagen Highlights• Morning 3-hour guided, small-group tour (walking or bike)
• Your afternoon is free to explore

Day 3: North Zealand Day Trip• Full day, 6 ½ -hour guided, small group tour

Day 4: Copenhagen & Oslo• Your day is free to explore
• Check out of hotel and embark the overnight ferry to Oslo in a Commodore-Class cabin

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Days 5 through 7 – Getting to Know Oslo

Day 5

Arrival in Oslo and Guided City Tour of Oslo (walking or biking; small groups)

Day 6


Day 7

Scenic train trip to Stockholm

Oslo is a modern capital, stunningly clean and beautiful, although it’s certainly proud of its classic past. Greet your first day in Norway via the scenic route, through the Oslofjord. You’ll be amazed by Vigeland Sculpture Park’s 200 bronze and stone models of the human form, the life’s work of a single artist. Walk on the roof of the striking Opera House, with its exterior recalling a glacier, contrasted by a woodsy warm interior. There’s so much to see and do here. Why not take a day to explore Bygdøy, on the city’s western edge and take full advantage of your Oslo Pass? Bygdøy boasts lots of green spaces and Oslo’s most popular museums, like the Viking Ship Museum, the Holocaust Center, and the Kon-Tiki Museum, along with great hiking & biking trails, and even a beach.

Day 5: Arrival Oslo • Check into Thon Hotel Opera (or similar) for 2 nights
• Afternoon 3-hour guided, small group tour (walking or bike)

Day 6: Oslo• Your day is free to explore; be sure to use your Oslo Pass

Day 7: Oslo Departure/Arrive Stockholm• Check out of your hotel and head to train station for a scenic ride to Stockholm
• Check into the Elite Eden Park Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights
• Your afternoon is free to explore

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Days 7 Through 10 - Getting to Know Stockholm and Its Surroundings

Day 8

Guided City Tour of Stockholm (walking or biking; small groups)

Day 9

Eating with the Locals Tour in Lidingö

Day 10

Open day and overnight ferry to Helsinki

Välkommen to Scandinavia’s most popular city, Stockholm, perhaps the most beautiful capital of Northern Europe. The city is comprised of 14 islands, each one with its own unique character like Djurgården, a former royal hunting ground, now filled with locals enjoying green parks and lush gardens, plus attractions like the Vasa Museum, an intricately carved battleship that sunk on its maiden voyage. You’ll also find Skansen, an open-air museum filled with historic artifacts and re-creations of Swedish life in days past. See where the city began in Gamla Stan (Old Town); explore its cobblestone streets and beautifully preserved, medieval architecture. Stop by the Royal Palace and the exquisite City Hall with its breath-taking mosaic-tiled Golden Hall and rooms that famously host the Nobel Prize Awards ceremony. Enjoy a fika, a typical daily Swedish experience, involving friendly conversation, coffee, and a pastry. Here in beautiful Stockholm you’re never far away from water and that’s reflected in the cuisine. Enjoy some of the freshest seafood you’ll find anywhere. We even make sure you have a chance to join some of the locals for a traditional Swedish meal.

Day 8: Stockholm• Morning 3-hour guided, small group tour (walking or bike)
• Your afternoon is free to explore

Day 9: Stockholm • Morning 3-hour guided, small group tour (walking or bike)
• Dine with Locals on the charming Lidingö island in the archipelago

Day 10: Stockholm• Your morning is free to explore
• Check out of hotel and depart on the overnight ferry to Helsinki in an A Class Cabin

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Days 11 Through 13 – Getting to Know Helsinki

Day 11

Arrival in Helsinki and open day to explore

Day 12

Guided Helsinki City Tour (walking and Biking; small groups)

Day 13

Private transfer to Helsinki’s International Airport

Welcome to the final leg of your Scandinavian capitals journey! A much newer city, Helsinki lacks the medieval history that is so present throughout Scandinavia, but you can see its Swedish roots. In fact, most signs here are bi-lingual. But there’s a Russian feel to this city, due to Finland’s accession to the Russian Empire from 1809 to 1917. You’ll see that influence in the golden-domed Uspenski Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in western Europe, with its magnificent icons as well as the Senate Square which reflects an older, more German influence. With peace and independence, sites like Suommenlina Fortress now host families and picnics on sunny days, rather than soldiers on guard. Like the other capitals on this tour, Helsinki has a very high quality of life, higher education, the fine arts, as well as green spaces to enjoy. You’ll see all of that here, along with striking examples of modern design, like the circular, Lutheran “Church of the Rock” (Temppeliaukio), cut directly from the bedrock in the late 1960’s. The striking Sibelius Monument, a tribute to the Finnish-born composer, is also from the same period.

Day 11: Helsinki• Arrive Helsinki ferry port
• Check into Clarion Hotel Helsinki (or similar) for 2 nights
• Your afternoon is free to explore

Day 12 Helsinki• Morning 3-hour guided, small group tour
• Your afternoon is free to explore

Day 13: Depart Helsinki • Check out of hotel and meet one of our friendly drivers for your private, comfortable ride to the airport

We hope Scandinavia’s beauty, culture, food, and people will make you want to return soon. Discover Scandinavia Tours will enjoy welcoming you back as we help you plan your next, in-depth Nordic journey.

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