Accommodation: Hotel Haven
Welcome to Finland! We will have a driver meet you at the airport to take you to your hotel. Perhaps you want to relax after your flight and take advantage of Helsinki’s thriving sauna culture. Locals believe that it offers health benefits such as curing insomnia and providing stress relief.
Spend the next day exploring Helsinki, known for its creativity. In fact, in 2012 it was awarded the UNESCO “City of Design” title. There is plenty to keep you busy or, if you prefer, we can arrange for a group or private tour. Highlights of the city include Senate Square, Market Square, Sibelius Monument, the Church in the Rock, Olympic Stadium, Parliament House, Music Centre and Finlandia Hall. Late afternoon/early evening, you will board the ferry for an overnight cruise to Stockholm.
Accommodation: Hotel Kungstradgarden
Welcome to Sweden! As you sail through the gorgeous Stockholm archipelago, made up of more than 24,000 islands and islets, enjoy breakfast on board the ship. This afternoon, discover three of Stockholm’s sightseeing highlights on this 2.5-hour private walking tour. Walk the cobbled streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town), then stop by the Kungliga Slottet (the Royal Palace) and Storkyrkan (Coronation Church) with a knowledgeable local guide. Enjoy a ferry ride to Djurgården to tour the Vasa Museum, home to an ancient warship that sank in 1628 and has been painstakingly restored.
The next morning you’ll want a hearty breakfast as there is plenty more to explore today. Getting around on a bicycle is a fun way to see the city as Stockholm has great bike infrastructure and routes are clearly posted throughout much of the city. We can even arrange a unique tour of Stockholm’s highlights by wooden bike! Or, perhaps you would like to visit Fotografiska, Stockholm’s museum of contemporary photography, or the Moderna Museet, home to Europe’s foremost collections of art from the 20th century to today.
Early evening, you will meet your guide for a Dinner Experience in Stockholm. Start with small tastings of a Modern Nordic kitchen, a Michelin level fish course, wine and a chance to relax and enjoy the mood of Stockholm.
Accommodation: Nimb Hotel
After breakfast, head to Stockholm Central Station for a half-day train journey to Denmark. Relaxing on the train, you‘ll be rewarded with the gorgeous scenery of the idyllic farmlands and forests of southern Sweden. Copenhagen is famous for its picturesque cobblestone streets, historic castles, and 17th century architecture. Enjoy a private walking tour to explore Copenhagen’s most popular districts, and see the city’s famous castles, squares, and gardens. Learn about the city’s architecture while admiring highlights such as Christiansborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, and the Marble Church. Then you’ll head back to the hotel to get a good night’s rest.
Continue exploring the Danish capital on day six, including a private tour to both Kronborg and Frederiksborg castles. Learn about Danish history and art; see magnificent tapestries and gardens; and hear Viking tales. After, you may want to stroll along Strøget, a central street of Copenhagen renowned for world-class shopping. You can also walk up the winding equestrian staircase of the Round Tower (Rundetårn), or, for amazing views of the city, climb the 400 steps to the spiraling steeple of the Church of our Saviour.
Accommodation: Continental Hotel Oslo
Fly to Oslo today. Or, if you like the idea of another relaxing overnight journey by ferry, this is an alternative to flying. When you arrive at Oslo‘s Gardermoen Airport, a private driver will meet you to take you to your hotel, the Continental Hotel Oslo. If you arrive early, we recommend exploring Oslo by foot, spending the afternoon at sights including the Munch Museum, Akershus fortress, Oslo Opera House, and the Aker Brygge area.
The next morning you’ll want to get an early start to explore the Norwegian capital at your own pace. Perhaps you would like us to book a guided bus tour that will take you along the famous landmarks of the city. Highlights include the beautiful Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Royal Palace, Akershus fortress, and Oslo City Hall.
Accommodation: Hotel Fretheim
Head to Oslo Central Station, where you’ll board your train and begin your journey towards Bergen, with an overnight stop in Flåm. This train ride takes you over Norway’s “mountainous rooftops”, through charming villages like Gol and Geilo. In Myrdal, you’ll switch trains to the famous Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana) for an incredible ride to the beautiful village of Flåm. Enjoy a relaxing day in Flåm, where you can follow one of the many hiking trails in the mountains around the village.
Accommodation: Opus XVI Hotel
This morning you’ll board a boat to sail through Aurlandsfjord into the World Heritagelisted Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in all of Europe. This is perhaps the most beautiful arm of Sognefjord, with its mighty waterfalls and small farms clinging to the steep mountainsides. The boat docks in Gudvangen, from where you’ll be transported by bus up Stalheimskleiva, Northern Europe’s steepest stretch of road. After a thrilling ride around 13 hairpin bends, you will continue to Voss to board the train for the last stretch of the journey to Bergen.
Even though Bergen, “The Capital of the Fjords”, is the second-largest city in Norway, it has the vibe of a small town, packed with charm and urban character. On day eleven you will tour The Wharf, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Bergen Fortress with Private Guide. We also recommend riding the Fløibanen Funicular to Mount Fløyen to enjoy the panoramic view of the city or a cable car up Mt. Ulriken.
Accommodation: Britannia Hotel
This morning, your driver will pick you up for your flight to Trondheim, Home of Nordic Flavors. After your driver takes you to your hotel, go for a wander around the colorful, cobbled pedestrian streets in the Bakklandet area. You can also rent a bike, the locals’ favorite transportation mode. In the last few years, Trondheim has established itself as Norway’s leading cycling city. Bakklandet also has the world’s first bicycle lift, Trampe. The lift transports 20,000-30,000 cyclists up the steep hill every year, and it can be used by up to five people at the same time. Your hotel tonight, Britannia Hotel won’t disappoint, with a world-class spa and six restaurants and bars, one of which is the Michelin restaurant Speilsalen.
The next day you’ll explore Trondheim with a 3 hour tour where you will visit main highlights and hidden sights including Trondheim Torvet, Stiftsgården, Nidaros Cathedral, Bishops Palace, Old Town Bridge and the charming neighborhood of Bakklandet. After a refreshment at the charming and traditional cafe Baklandet Skydsstation, head off the beaten path to one of Trondheims best kept secrets, an Eco Village within the city, full of artists and creativity.
Accommodation: Svinøya Rorbuer
Fly to Lofoten today. Your driver will pick you up for the airport and, once you land, you’ll pick up your rental car. You might like to explore the famous fisherman’s village of Henningsvær, located on islands reaching out towards the massive Vestfjord. Located in the village is the KaviarFactory, an international venue for contemporary art. It takes advantage of its off-the-grid location and aims to offer experiences and confrontations that never previously have been available to such regions.
Start your next day with the Lofoten Explorer, which takes you safely to the magical Trollfjord, surrounded by mountains that rise 1000 meters straight from the sea. Along the way, there is a high probability of experiencing the sea eagle up close.
Accommodation: Continental Hotel Oslo
A sightseeing excursion is planned for today where you’ll visit a husky farm and learn more about these working dogs. Later that afternoon, turn in your rental car and hop a flight back to mainland Norway. Time for the final leg of your trip!
Accommodation: Hotel Ranga
Fly to Iceland today!
Welcome to the land of Fire and Ice! After picking up your rental car, you’ll head to the Blue Lagoon to enjoy the magical waters. After the Blue Lagoon, you will drive to Hotel Ranga on the South Shore of the island. Once you’ve settled into your hotel, you can ask at the concierge desk for directions and descriptions of hikes nearby.
On day eighteen a private Super Jeep tour will take you through rivers, across glittering crater walls, lava fields and colorful mountains where you will be able to witness geothermal activity and a stunning nature. Hekla volcano tour highlights include the Hekla volcano, Cobalt Blue Lake at Ljótipollur, Frostastaða Lake, Geot hermal activity, Dip in natural hot spring, Lava fields, and Hjálparfoss Waterfall.
Accommodation: Hotel Borg (Keahotels)
Driving the Golden Circle today you will witness some of Icelands most stunning natural wonders including Strokkur Geysir, Kerid volcanic crater, Skalholt Cathedral and the Nesjavellir geothermal power plant. When you have finished, you will make your way toward tonights accommodations at the Hotel Borg in Reykjavik.
Kick your day in Reykjavik off with the tour “Walking with a Viking” exploring highlights such as the first Viking house, Reykjavik Harbor, Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrímskirkja church, and Reykjavik pond. The Food Lovers tour would be another fun option if you are interested.