Scenic Scandinavia

  • 12 Days

  • Northern Europe

  • Active pace

Discover the 'Heroes of Telemark' and cruise across Norway's longest and deepest fjord; wander the old town and waterside cafes of marvellous Copenhagen; and snap Sweden’s majestic Gripsholm Castle on the shores of Lake Mälaren. Enjoy scenic Scandinavia in all its magnificence.

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VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
Individual audio system
All airport taxes
Single share option
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  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

of 12 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 14th October 2017

Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Overview

Discover the 'Heroes of Telemark' and cruise across Norway's longest and deepest fjord; wander the old town and waterside cafes of wonderful Copenhagen; and snap Sweden’s majestic Gripsholm Castle on the shores of Lake Mälaren. Enjoy scenic Scandinavia in all its magnificence.

At a glance

  • Copenhagen Wander the cobbled streets and waterside cafés of this friendly city.
  • Oslo Explore the museums and monuments around Karl Johan's Gate.
  • Vemork Museum Discover the story of the World War II 'Heroes of Telemark'.
  • Sognefjord cruise Relax and enjoy the glacial beauty of Norway's longest fjord.
  • Lake Mjosa Take a scenic drive around its tranquil shores.
  • Gripsholm Castle Make a photo stop for this idyllic fairytale castle on the shores of Lake Mälaren.
  • Stockholm Explore the city’s delightful Old Town and 13th-century Storkyrkan Cathedral.

Day 1

UK - Copenhagen

Fly to Copenhagen where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Copenhagen

Compact and friendly, Denmark's buzzing capital is Scandinavia's largest city and is crowned by the delightful Nyhavn Canal quayside with its colourful wooden houses and waterside cafés. The city's cobbled streets are packed with famous sights such as the Tivoli Gardens amusement park and the famous Little Mermaid statue. See some of the highlights on your included orientation.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Copenhagen - Odense - Frederikshavn

Today, cross the Storebaelforbindelsen Bridge to the delightful island of Funen and enjoy a visit to Odense, Hans Christian Andersen's home town, then head to Frederikshavn.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Frederikshavn - Gothenburg - Oslo

Begin the day with a leisurely two-hour ferry ride from Frederikshavn, across the Kattegat, to the famous port of Gothenburg, Sweden's second largest city. After an orientation drive, cross the border into Norway, and onwards to the capital city of Oslo for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Oslo - Telemark area

Set at the head of a vast fjord, Oslo has many fine buildings, museums and monuments, conveniently centred around Karl Johan's Gate. This morning, the included sightseeing tour, with a local guide, will introduce you to highlights such as Akershus Castle, a 14th-century fortress built to defend Oslo from Swedish invasion, the City Hall, National Theatre, Parliament, Royal Palace and the Broadcasting House. You will also take a guided walk through the Frogner Park and admire the interesting sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, representing the different stages of life. This afternoon, travel to the naturally diverse Telemark area.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Telemark area - Vemork - Bergen

Often called 'Norway in Miniature', this region of Norway is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with serene countryside set amidst sparkling fjords. Enjoy a scenic drive to Rjukan for a visit to Vemork museum, famed for its former heavy water plant blown up by the British and Norwegian 'Heroes of Telemark' during World War II. Later, drive amidst the valleys, rugged gorges and imposing mountains of the Telemark region, before boarding a ferry at Utne and crossing the Hardangerfjord to Kvanndal. Next, stop for a picture opportunity at the Steindalflossen waterfall. Continue on to the charming city of Bergen, where you will stay for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Bergen at leisure

Today is at leisure. Explore the city known as the 'gateway to the Norwegian fjords' and the 'city of seven hills'. Bursting with history, culture and picture-postcard charm, it sits dotted amongst the steep, surrounding mountain slopes creating an amphitheatre effect around the harbour front. There are plenty of sights including the brightly painted Hanseatic merchants' houses of Bryggen Wharf, an open-air museum and a funicular railway to the summit of Mount Floeyen, whose peaks provide spellbinding views over the city and the surrounding seascape

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Bergen - Sognefjord cruise - Fagernes Area

Enjoy a memorable cruise on Sognefjord Norway's longest and deepest fjord, where breath-taking panorama's unfold before you in an ever changing vista of staggering beauty and you'll enjoy the 'away-from-it-all' atmosphere. Later, drive to the Fagernes area for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Fagernes area - Lillehammer - Karlstad

Head through the stunning mountain and lakeland scenery to Lillehammer, a renowned winter sport resort. After a scenic drive along the shores of beautiful Lake Mjosa, continue through Värmland's unspoiled wilderness of forests and lakes to the town of Karlstad.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Karlstad - Mariefred - Stockholm

Journey to Stockholm pausing en route in Mariefred for a photo stop at Gripsholm Castle, an idyllic castle on the shores of Lake Mälaren. With its unique layout, Stockholm is a beautiful city spread across 14 islands between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea. Enjoy some time at leisure this evening to explore this rich and vibrant city.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Stockholm

Dotted with winding, age-old alleyways, pretty squares and lovely architecture, Stockholm is perhaps the most beautiful of the Scandinavian capitals. Today's included guided sightseeing tour includes visits to the City Hall and other famous landmarks.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Stockholm - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Copenhagen: Quality Dan at Kastrup or First Hotel
  • Fredrikshavn: Jutlandia
  • Oslo: Comfort Borsparken
  • Telemark: Quality Strand at Vradal
  • Bergen: Thon Bristol
  • Fagernes Area: Thon Fagernes or Radisson Blu Resort Betostolen
  • Karlstad: Scandic City
  • Stockholm: Best Western STHLM at Bromma

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar.

Latest customer reviews

30/09/2016

The travelling days were long but the scenery was stunning, just wish we'd had more than a morning in Oslo

27/08/2016

Another great holiday with Cosmos tours. A very enjoyable tour around what is certainly a very scenic Scandinavia.

21/08/2016

Excellent tour director and driver. Quick and easy allocation of rooms at hotels.Tour delivered what was expected. Instructions for meeting point at airport unclear. Stockholm hotel was too remote for city with no easy transfer. Friedrikshaven hotel was chaotic getting to 6th floor breakfast room. Many stops and hotels were too busy with a number of coach parties.

12/08/2016

The hotel in copenhagen and the hotel in Stockholm were too far out. The other hotels were good. Too much time spent on coach, the tour tried to cover too much maybe less places and more time spent in each

22/07/2016

Beautiful scenery and fascinating cities with some excellent included excursions. Do not underestimate the number of hours spent on the coach or the winding nature of the roads though. Hotels were generally good, included meals were very good with the exception of hotel in Stockholm which was also some miles out of town.

22/07/2016

A well organised tour with a smooth coach. Some early morning starts part of any tour. Hotels good and included meals very welcome in expensive Scandinavia. Hotel in Stockholm rather far but most hotels well situated. Some people complained about long days on a coach..but that is what you get with any coach tour and with an excellent driver and newish coach the time soon passes! Would recommend trip as a general introduction to Scandinavia although optional excursions over-priced!

16/07/2016

Good tour overall but possibly an additional two night stay would have been appreciated.

16/07/2016

Very hectic tour. One or two extra free times would have been appreciated but overall extremely interesting

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