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12 days - Independent tour with city tours, fjord stay and insider experiences.
This classic self-guided tour gives you the best of the Nordic capitals and the dramatic fjord & mountains of Norway. Travel by rail and local ferries, taking in incredible scenery, fairytale cities, stunning fjords and the “Scandi-Cool” lifestyle.
Highlights include an overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo, 'Norway in a Nutshell' railway, Norway’s Sognefjord, and the beautiful Oslo to Stockholm train ride. Includes daily breakfast, private airport transfers, expert local guides with private sightseeing, transportation throughout, several dinners and premium accommodation.
Departs any day between May and September 2020 & 2021.
- Day 1
- Arrive Copenhagen and private transfer to hotel
- Day 2
- Guided tour of Copenhagen and then transfer to the pier for overnight ferry to Oslo
- Day 3
- Arrive into Oslo and train to the Norwegian mountainside
- Day 4
- 'Norway in a Nutshell' train journey to Flåm
- Day 5
- Afternoon ferry through the fjords to Kvikne's Hotel, Balestrand
- Day 6
- Enjoy the amazing views as you depart Balestrand to Bergen
- Day 7
- Guided tour of Bergen with 24-hour Bergen Card
- Day 8
- Return to Oslo
- Day 9
- With your private guide, visit some of the Oslo highlights, including the Viking Ship, Kontiki & Fram museums and the Vigeland Sculpture Park.
- Day 10
- Charming Stockholm
- Day 11
- With your own guide and car, visit the Vasa Musuem and the city districts of Södermalm, Gamla Stan, Norrmalm, Östermalm and Djurgården
- Day 12
- Depart Stockholm
- Start Place
- Copenhagen, Denmark tours
- End Place
- Stockholm, Sweden tours
- Destinations Visited
- Denmark tours
- Norway tours
- Sweden tours
- 12 Days
Local bus, trains, boat/ferry and transfers.
- All hotel accommodation in shared double/twin room with private facilities
- Daily breakfast
- All train, bus and boat/ferry tickets as per itinerary
- Dinner buffet at Kvikne's Hotel, Dr Holm's Hotel and on the ferry
- Seat reservations on intercity trains where available
- City passes/cards in Copenhagen (24hrs) and Oslo (24hrs)
- Private guiding in Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo and Stockholm
- 24-hour emergency service- By booking with 50 Degrees North, you can rest assured you will get the best possible personal service. While on the road travelling with us in the Nordics, you will also have access to our 24-hour emergency phone line, direct to our Norwegian office.
- Taxes and service fees
Day 1 - Arrive Copenhagen and private transfer to hotel
Arrive in Copenhagen any time and be meet by your driver for a private transfer to your centrally located hotel. Right on the dock in Nyhavn, you can simply step outside for a beer and some snacks with the locals in this charming harbour. You will have a 24-hour Copenhagen Card on hand allowing you to free travel on buses and trains within the cities metropolis, as well as free entrance to over 70 museums and attractions.
Plan for your evening meal well in Copenhagen as there are many world class restaurants to enjoy.
Optional Add Ons
Day 2 - Guided tour of Copenhagen and then transfer to the pier for overnight ferry to Oslo
Copenhagen has a long history, and many delightful attractions and sights. Fortunately the city is small and cosy so an ideal way to explore the city is by foot, and public transport with your own private guide.
With your guide, you will be taken into the heart of the Danish capital, full of historical buildings and ancient streets. You will see the Royal residence Amalienborg Palace, the Christiansborg Castle, the home of the Danish Parliament, the Royal Opera House, and many more sights. Your guide can tailor make your tour depending on your interests. You can end in Tivoli Park, founded in 1843 this park has become a national treasure and an international attraction. Fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen visited many times, as did Walt Disney and many other celebrities, who all fell in love with the gardens.
Later this afternoon, transfer to the pier where you will embark on the overnight cruise to Oslo. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city from the sea as you leave Denmark behind and sail towards Norway. Seaside cabins for two with WC and dinner are included this evening on board.
AccommodationSea view cabins
Day 3 - Arrive into Oslo and train to the Norwegian mountainside
Arrive after breakfast to Oslo, private transfer the short distance to the train station. You have an hour or so to stock up on supplies before your midday train to the mountainside village, Geilo. Sit back and enjoy the three hour train ride.
On arrival, walk across to your hotel and then stretch your legs with a mountain walk, enjoy spa treatments or sit on the balcony with a refreshment. If you like to get active and see some views, ask reception about visiting the summer chair lift up to Hardangervidda, closes at 5pm. A buffet dinner is included tonight.
AccommodationDr. Holms Hotel
Day 4 - 'Norway in a Nutshell' train journey to Flåm
After breakfast, make your way back to the station to catch the 10.09am passing train that will take you on the most picturesque train rides in the world – the Flåm Railway. You disembark at Myrdal, and following instructions, board the scenic railway for a 20 kilometre-long journey down to Flåm Valley, arriving at 13.10.
On arrival in Flåm, walk across to the Fretheim hotel. There is plenty to do this afternoon, take a walk up the back of Flåm to visit waterfalls, join an optional excursion, go kayaking or visit the brewery on the fjord's edge. It gets busy here with cruise ships during summer so ask us about alternative options if you would prefer something different.
Day 5 - Afternoon ferry through the fjords to Kvikne's Hotel, Balestrand
Enjoy free time this morning to continue exploring this tiny fjord village
This afternoon, walk down to catch your ferry ride to Balestrand. Known for wonderful light and breathtaking nature, Balestrand is a haven of peace, artists from all over the world have travelled here for inspiration, and traces of both English and German architecture can be seen in the many villas.
The historic Kviknes Hotel, your home for the evening, is beautifully located by the Sognefjord and boasts a large collection of paintings by artists who have visited the area and stayed at the hotel. Dinner is a Scandinavian buffet style in a large room with glorious fjord views from many tables. Be sure to have a wander after dinner to enjoy this incredible historic hotel and it's reflections on the water at night.
Day 6 - Enjoy the amazing views as you depart Balestrand to Bergen
Take the morning or afternoon express boat out of the Sognefjord and south towards Bergen. With 5 - 6 hours on the water, you have plenty of time to soak in the atmosphere and the fresh air. There is a cafe on board with simple options. You can sit out on the deck on the upper floor with room to move. The boat moves pretty quickly and there are several stops along the way.
Precipitous mountains, thunderous waterfalls and small homesteads that cling to the mountain sides are the framework of this boat tour.
Arrive in Bergen and private transfer to your harbour side hotel. Seafood lovers - perhaps boat out to Cornelius Fish Restaurant on a small island outside of Bergen. The chef dives for shellfish from the front of the restaurant.
Day 7 - Guided tour of Bergen with 24-hour Bergen Card
Today you have a guided tour of Bergen, as well as a 24-hour Bergen card at your disposal. Your guide can tailormake your tour depending on your interests; such places as the Hanseatic harbour ‘Bryggen’, Fløibanen Funicular, Edward Grieg’s house at Troldhaugen and the Fish & Flower market. The Bergen Card allows free entrance to the cities museums, free public transportation and much more.
Day 8 - Return to Oslo
Sit back for a 7-hour train ride, returning to Oslo on the 'Bergen to Oslo' train ride, considered one of the world's most scenic train rides. There is also the option to fly or overnight sleeper train.
Arrive in the late afternoon and walk across to your hotel.
Optional Add Ons
Day 9 - With your private guide, visit some of the Oslo highlights, including the Viking Ship, Kontiki & Fram museums and the Vigeland Sculpture Park.
The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer the discerning traveller, and you have a full day to discover the city with the help of an Oslo Pass and your private half day guided tour. We can recommend visiting some of the Oslo highlights, including the Viking Ship, Kontiki & Fram museums, the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Ekerbergeparken and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum. A walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle, the Harbour area and the new Opera House is well worth it.
Day 10 - Charming Stockholm
In the morning catch a 6-hour train ride through the Swedish countryside to Stockholm. Sweden's capital is charming, vibrant and surrounded by beauty and water - hence its nickname, Venice of the North! Stockholm offers interesting museums and castles; the city offers a warm atmosphere and the old town has charming small alleyways boasting several famous restaurants.
On one of your afternoons or evenings here, be sure to make time for a visit to the ABBA museum with great interactive exhibits - a glass of champagne (for Dutch courage to get on stage & the pure fun of it) to accompany your tour is recommended! On the other hand, take the serious option & visit the Nobel Prize museum in the Old town.
Day 11 - With your own guide and car, visit the Vasa Musuem and the city districts of Södermalm, Gamla Stan, Norrmalm, Östermalm and Djurgården
Spend the morning on a 3-hour guided tour of Stockholm, a city often referred to as the Venice of the North. With your own guide and car, visit the Vasa Musuem and the city districts of Södermalm, Gamla Stan, Norrmalm, Östermalm and Djurgården, each with its own special character.
The trendy and bohemian area of the city, Södermalm, offers small wooden houses from the 1700s, fantastic views of the city, fashion, design and great local bars. Then explore Gamla Stan or Old Town as we would say in English, is where everything once began. With its narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets, this island is home to the Royal Palace. Stories and legends from days long past will make history come to life all around us!
The city centre of Stockholm is known as Norrmalm. It is the focal point of mod- ern Stockholm with great shopping opportunities and a backdrop of the City Hall, the venue for the Nobel Prize Banquet. Next visit Östermalm, the city’s most fashionable neighborhood with stately apartment buildings, fantastic architecture and scenic walkways.
Finally, end the tour in Djurgården, known as the outdoor recreation centre for the city locals as well as home to many of the city’s museums, the Vasa Museum, the Open Air Museum of Skansen and the latest addition, ABBA the Museum. The Vasa ship was built between 1625 and 1628 as the pride and joy of the Swedish navy. As she embarked on her maiden voyage she fired a big salute, sailed for 20 minutes and then went straight to the bottom of the sea. Today the Vasa ship lies before us 98 % intact.
Day 12 - Depart Stockholm
Our services end after breakfast. Adding Helsinki and Tallinn onto this tour is easily done - just ask us.
All prices listed are per person and based on Director's Choice hotel categories. Early indicative price for 2021.
30 Sep 2021
New attractions are opening all the time in these destinations - ask us for advice about tickets should be pre purchased before you depart.
It is also possible to overnight train back to Oslo from Bergen on a sleeper train. If you would like a stay in the Norwegian fjords away from the summer crowds, please let us know and we can modify this tour for you.