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Our Scandinavian itinerary uncovers the major highlights, with the special experience of travelling during the Scandinavian summer, with sunshine through the day and night, highlight fjord cruising, famous rail journeys, and  some historic hotels and highlight stays along the way.

Arriving to Sweden’s capital, Stockholm for two nights of stay, then embark on an overnight ferry crossing with an ocean view cabin, to travel to Finland. Your tour of Finland starts in the country’s capital, Helsinki before flying to Lapland, with journeys to some of Finland’s smaller towns, getting to know the countryside and local way of life of the Sami people, before crossing to Norway, to experience Cape Nord, renowned for its midnight sun.

From the far north of Norway, we take a flight to the land of Fjords, stunning mountains and valleys.  Revel in the beautiful countryside of Bergen renowned for its rugged glacial scenery, with a relaxing two night stay.

Take a few incredibly scenic rail journeys including the Flåm Railway, considered one the world's most beautiful train journeys. You’ll sail through UNESCO’s World Heritage-listed fjords featuring majestic mountains, wild nature and idyllic villages.  One is the highlight Fjord cruise; one of the most famous, Geirangerfjord. A superb visit to Briksdal glacier is included, a destination that visitors from all over the world come to see.  The glacier plunges down into the beautiful Briksdalen Valley.

Norway is stunning and the land of fjords will be experienced by water and road to take in all the beauty.

As your Scandinavia exploring comes to an end, take in the sights of Oslo with an easy paced two night stay.  Still wanting for more, take the option to add an extension to Copenhagen, Denmark.

Extension to Copenhagen Denmark  4 days / 3 nights
From Oslo take the impressive overnight ferry (a small ship) with oceanview cabins, arriving to Denmark the next morning. Your local guide will meet you and you have a two night stay with sightseeing included.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    20 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Europe
  • Destinations:
    Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Ship cabins,Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD$12815 tour, with own room
  • Transport:
    Private coach,Train,Cruise,Boat
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    maximum 18
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'My 6th holiday with Encounter was as great as the previous ones! Fun group of people, amazing tour itinerary & inclusions plus a wonderful tour leader.'

Jen, 60 years, ACT

'A great holiday for solo traveler as you can choose to have some alone time but always have the backup of friends and tour guide for companionship and security
in an unfamiliar country.'

Anita, 65 years, VIC
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INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 18 nights quality hotels
  • 1 night outside cabin on ferry, Tallink Silja Line
  • 19 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 9 dinners including highlight welcome & farewell dinners
  • Welcome drink, arrival day 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides as indicated by the itinerary
  • All entrances for visits included on the itinerary 

TRAVEL

  • One way economy airfare; Helsinki to Rovaniemi, Finland
  • One way economy airfare, Tromsø-Bergen
  • Fjelleisen cable car, Tromsø
  • Fløibanen funicular ride, Mount Fløyen
  • Rail travel including Flåm Railway
  • Trolley card drive, Briksdal Glacier
  • Fjord cruising as indicated by the itinerary
  • Overnight ferry with exterior cabin, Stockholm to Helsinki
  • Group airport to hotel transfers # 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Tips included for tour director, local guides, drivers, welcome and farewell dinners
  • Porter service for the overnight ferry
  • Small group, not more than 18 travellers

# Arrival & departure airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package.  

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Not included: 

  • Airfares if booking a tour only package
  • Airport Transfers if booking a tour only package
  • Hotel porter service
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

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Trip Code: scandi20-8

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Immerse yourself in Swedish culture with guided sightseeing, including the Viking Vasa Museum and Gamla Stan (old town)
  • Change the pace with the overnight ferry cruise, with an exterior cabin to cross from Stockholm to Helsinki
  • Relax on board the ferry to Finland, and take in the scenic view along the vast Swedish coastline departing Stockholm for Finland.
  • Get to know Helsinki highlights with a locally guided city tour.
  • Gain insights in the rich Sami culture in Lapland.
  • Visit a Husky dog camp outside Rovaniemi.
  • Visit a working reindeer farm in Lapland
  • Experience Nord Kapp (North Cape) with dinner.
  • A relaxed two night stay in Tromsø, a major hub for the Artic Circle.
  • Discover the Fjord country of Norway including a two night stay in Bergen
  • Ride the Flåm Railway - in 2014 Lonely Planet named it the world's most beautiful train journey.
  • Cruise the Sognefjord to Gudvangen; one of the most beautiful fjord landscapes in Norway.
  • Visit Briksdal Glacier; the glacier plunges from 1200 metres down into the beautiful Briksdalen Valley.
  • A Geirangerfjord boat trip, one of the most famous
  • Explore the Viking Ship Museum
  • Enjoy some highlight historic hotel stays
  • Avoid some long road travel with 2 flights included; Helsinki to Rovaniemi, and Tromsø to Bergen
  • Small group touring

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour start, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

DAY 1
Stockholm, Sweden

Welcome to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. The day is at your leisure. In the evening, meet with fellow travellers and your guide for a welcome cocktail.

Meals: Welcome Drink  

DAY 2
Stockholm, Sweden

Today’s the perfect opportunity to get a feel for Sweden’s capital. Situated at the mouth of Lake Mälaren, the city is spread across 14 islands on the coast, in the south east of Sweden.

With our local guide, we take in the sights of Stockholm, seeing all the main attractions, starting with a panoramic drive of Stockholm. We go on to visit the Vasa museum and up to the top of Kaknastornet by elevator (the television tower), among Stockholm’s tallest buildings. We visit Haymarket, with the option to taste some of the local specialties before heading to City Hall and enjoying a guided walk of Gamla Stan (the old city). 

Gamla Stan, Sweden

We return to the hotel later in the afternoon.  In the evening we meet again for our three course welcome dinner with one included drink, at a city restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner 

DAY 3
Stockholm, Sweden / Overnight Ferry

Enjoy the morning in Stockholm, with time to make your own local discoveries. Perhaps visit the ABBA museum before our afternoon departure to the ferry terminal for our overnight cruise to Finland.  Travel in comfort with an exterior cabin (seaviews) onboard the MS Silja Serenade of the Tallink Sillija Cruise Line, with dinner onboad included. 

Serenade, Silja Line to Finland

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 4
Helsinki, Finland

Welcome to Helsinki, the capital of Finland.  After arriving to Helsinki, South Harbour and disembarking the overnight cruise, we take in a city tour with a local guide. Around mid afternoon, we check into the hotel. Helsinki is a wonderful city to walk around and explore at leisure and the afternoon is free for making your own discoveries.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 5
Helsinki to Rovaniemi, Finland

After breakfast at our hotel, we transfer to Vantaa airport for our flight to Rovaniemi.

On arrival to Rovaniemi, we are met and transferred to town. We visit the Arctikum Museum, which tells the story of the North and the Arctic, offering a fabulous insight into the history and culture of Finnish Lapland. We then make our way to our hotel to check in, before heading off to a Husky Musher’s camp.

HIGHLIGHT EXPERIENCE
At the Husky Musher’s camp you will learn about these beautiful dogs’ lives and training. From our camp visit, there’s the option for a visit to visit Santa Claus Village with your tour director or return to your hotel for some time at your leisure.

The evening is at your leisure. We recommend a dinner in the boutique fine dining restaurant at The Artic Light Hotel or otherwise casual dining is nearby to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6
Rovaniemi to Inari/Ivalo, Finland

This morning, we drive north to Inari/Ivalo region. Along the way, we stop for a visit to a working Amethyst Mine, located in Lapland, in the town of Luosto.  On your visit, dig for your own purple amethyst gem stone of Lapland. Around mid-afternoon we continue to Inari/Ivalo and check into our hotel in the early evening.

Tonight, a relaxing dinner at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 7
Inari, Finland

We make the most of our day with morning and afternoon discoveries. This morning, a guided tour in the Sami Museum Siida, and including some free time and a buffet lunch at the museum’s restaurant.

In the afternoon we leave for an Inari Lake cruise to take in the sights of these northern lands.

And to mark the end of the day we will visit a working reindeer farm. The Inari reindeer farm is owned by a local family, who are reindeer herders. On the yard, we can feed reindeers and learn how to throw the Sámi lasso, “Suopunki”.   We will enjoy coffee in a Lappish teepee,”kota” while listening to stories about reindeer herding and Sámi people.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Operational 
On the way home, we will make a stop at “Karhunpesäkivi”, which is renowned as an inexpensive place to purchase souvenirs and woolen sweaters.

DAY 8
Inari, Finland to Honnigsvåg, Norway

This morning we drive to Karasjok, and visit the Sami Park cultural centre with a local guide.  After, we travel to Norway and arrive to Honnigsvåg. This evening there will be an ‘arctic’ experience at the Arctico ice bar.

HIGHLIGHT EXPERIENCE
Later this evening we make our way to Nord Kapp (North Cape), one of the most northern points of Europe. We’ll also dine in the Gallery. This is the renowned spot for the midnight sun.

Tip: Rug up, it gets chilly at Nord Kapp, even though it’s summer. A hat/beanie and gloves are recommended and also a warm jacket is a must.

Cape Nord, Norway

After the clock has struck twelve we’ll head back to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 9
Honnigssvåg to Alta, Norway

It’s a morning drive to Alta, a town on Norway’s northern coast. Arriving to Alta, we visit the Alta museum. It features exhibits and displays on Sami culture, Finnmark military history, the Alta hydro-electric project and the aurora borealis (northern lights).

This evening dinner is included at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10        
Alta-Tromsø

We make our way to Tromsø today including ferry crossings from Olderdalen to Lynseidet and Svensby to Breivikeidet. From Breivikeidet, driving to Tromso. This afternoon, making the most of our long days of sunshine we take the cable car ride of Fjellheisen, to the top of the mountain.  

 Floibanen Funicular

This afternoon, making the most of our long days of sunshine we take the cable car ride of Fjellheisen, to the top of the mountain.

We check into our hotel after our cable car ride, and the remainder of the evening is at your leisure. Tromsø is a fabulous city to head out a find a local restaurant for dinner or enjoy fine dining at your hotel’s restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast.

DAY 11
Tromsø

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we go out for our sightseeing tour of Tromsø. We visit the Arctic Cathedral, known as Tromsdalen Church (also known as Ishavskatedralen). It was dedicated on November 19, 1965, architect Jan Inge Hovig succeeded in creating a significant masterpiece as this cathedral is a landmark visible from the Tromsø Sound, the Tromsø Bridge and when landing in Tromsø by aircraft.

After the cathedral, we visit Polaria, a museum renowned for its Arctic experience and includes an Arctic aquarium, with the main attraction being the bearded seals. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 12
Tromsø-Bergen
 

Heading a long way south, we take a flight between Tromso to Bergen and by lunch time, arrive to Bergen. Bergen is renowned for its rugged glacial scenery, and is set among seven mountains. It’s a Norwegian port town that dates back to the 1770’s. You have a relaxed afternoon and evening at your leisure to make your own plans.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 13     
Bergen 

This morning after breakfast, we get to know Bergen including a Floibanen trip. The Fløibanen is a funicular railway in the Norwegian city of Bergen. It connects the city centre with the mountain of Fløyen, with its mountain walks and magnificent views of the city.

Flam Railway, Norway

With free time this afternoon you can make your own discoveries. Bergen’s a lovely city with a charming old town. It’s the perfect opportunity to stroll around town, visit the aquarium, or you may like to join a Mostraumen fjord tour. A popular option is a visit to the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen, once the home of Edvard Grieg, a Norwegian composer and pianist.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14
Bergen – Flam – Gudvangen – Myrkdalen

We make an early start today, first setting out to reach Voss for the first of our train journeys today from Voss to Myrdal. From Myrdal we travel to Flam on the Flåm Railway, considered to be one of Norway's most important and spectacular tourist attractions. The Flåm Railway is 20 km long with 20 tunnels and took 20 years to build!  In 2014 Lonely Planet named it the world's most beautiful train journey.

In the afternoon cruise the Sognefjord to Gudvangen on the car and passenger ferry, for one of the most beautiful fjord landscapes in Norway. You will sail through UNESCO’s World Heritage-listed fjords featuring majestic mountains, wild nature and idyllic villages. Arriving to Gudvangen we then transfer to our hotel.

Dinner this evening in-house at our hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15
Vossestrand – Laerdal tunnel - Briksdal – Stryn area

This morning travel to the Stryn area and visit the Briksdal Glacier. Visitors from all over the world come to visit this famous Briksdal Glacier. The glacier arm is set attractively between roaring waterfalls and high peaks. Briksdalsbreen is an arm of the great Jostedalsbreen Glacier, and located inside the Jostedalsbreen National Park. The glacier plunges from 1200 metres down into the beautiful Briksdalen Valley.

It’s a steep walk to reach the glacier, so we take the ‘troll car’ there and back. There will be time to stroll nearby to the glacier, before returning.

Enjoy a relaxed dinner at our hotel this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16
Stryn – Geiranger – Andalsnes – Otta region

Today we set out for a highlight Fjord cruise; one of most famous, with an hour’s boat trip of Geirangerfjord between Hellesylt-Geiranger. There’s some time in Geiranger to enjoy the town at your leisure and take lunch.

Geiranger, Norway

Early afternoon, we depart Geiranger for Andalsnes with some lovely panoramic views along the way; valleys, high mountains, river and something unique to visitors - you’ll see the houses with grass on the roof. Our final destination is Otta for an overnight stay, arriving early evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 17
Otta to Oslo

This morning we make our way by road to Oslo. Along the way we stop in Lillehammer, the home of the 1994 winter Olympics.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18
Oslo, Norway

It’s a fabulous morning discovering Oslo, including a visit to the Viking Ship Museum and Vigeland Park and Holmenkollen Ski jump.

The afternoon is at leisure. You may like to visit the Kontiki, Fram or Much museums. Or for anyone with an interest in modern architecture the impressive new Oslo Opera House is well worth a visit.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 19
Oslo, Norway to Copenhagen, Denmark

Your touring comes to an end. If you have a later flight Norway’s a lovely capital to wander around and take in the sights at leisure. With our centrally located hotel it’s easy to make your own discoveries. Oslo is also home to the National Gallery, housing one of the world’s most recognised artworks ‘The Scream’ painted artist Edvard Munch.

Or you may like to extend your stay, or choose the optional extension to Copenhagen with an overnight ferry ride and 3 nights in this captivating city. 

EXTENSION OPTION:  COPENHAGEN, DENMARK  4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS PACKAGE

DAY 19  (day 1)

The day is free until mid afternoon, when we transfer to the port to cruise from Oslo to Copenhagen on our overnight ferry, MS Crown Seaways with seaview cabins. Dinner is a buffet, onboard the ferry. It’s a large passenger ferry that’s an overnight cruise experience – great chance to relax and enjoy the onboard facilities including your seaview cabin.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 20 (day 2)
Copenhagen

After our overnight cruise we disembark mid morning at the cruise terminal and commence a half day guided city tour. Following on from the city tour, check into your hotel and the rest of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 21 (day 3)
Copenhagen

A day to explore. You won’t be left short of things to do in Copenhagen. Scandinavia's largest city is a treasure trove of art, history, architecture and modern design. Copenhagen artfully mixes fairytale settings like palaces, castles and elegant gardens with cutting-edge style and contemporary chic.

You may even like to rent a bicycle and get about like a local, and to keep it easy going there are electric bikes for rent too.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 22 (day 4)
Copenhagen

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Touring services come to an end at the time of hotel check out in the morning.  There’s the option to extend your stay – before finalising your arrangements, ask us for details for adding additional nights of stay or visiting other destinations.  

Meals: Breakfast

See our GETTING THERE page and AIRPORT page for information about airport transfers.

 

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance, we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour. 

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS 

 

Country

Stars

Hotel Name

Nights

Stockholm

Sweden

4

Scandic Haymarket

2

Overnight Ferry/Ship

Sweden/
Finland

 

Tallink Silja Line  ** Outside Cabin

1

Helsinki

Finland

4

Hotel Clarion Hotel Helsinki

2

Rovaniemi

Finland

4.5

Arctic Light Hotel  ** Designer Hotel

1

Ivalo

Finland

3.5

Hotel Ivalo 

2

Honningsvag

Norway

3

Scandic Honningsvag or Scandic Nordkapp

1

Alta

Norway 

3.5

Scandic Hotel Alta

1

Tromsø

Norway

4

Clarion Hotel The Edge

2

Bergen

Norway

4

Bergen Børs Hote** Historic Hotel

2

Vossestrand

Norway

4

Myrkdalen Hotel 

1

Stryn

Norway

3

Hotel Alexandra ** Historic Hotel

1

Andalsnes

Norway

3

Grand Hotel Bellevue

1

Oslo

Norway

4

Scandic Solli

2

OPTIONAL EXTENSTION TO COPENHAGEN 3 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

Overnight Ferry/Ship

Norway/ Denmark

 

DFDS Seaways

1

Copenhagen

Denmark

4

 Scandic Copenhagen

3

Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
If we arrive before the hotel check in time, the hotel will store our luggage until check in time. If luck is on our side, it’s possible hotels may have our rooms (or some of the rooms for our group) ready before the official check in time. If that happens, you’ll be head straight to your room if we arrive before the hotel check in time.  As a guide, hotel check in times for most parts of the world range between 2pm to 3pm. 

Note: Some twin share rooms may have single beds.

ABOUT THE ROOM TYPE
In most cases our travellers choose to take their own room. Where many tour companys only include smaller (single) rooms for one, we don’t do this. We book all our hotels rooms as double rooms for sole use.  This means the rooms we use for one person are no lesser in standard than the rooms we have for two people sharing.

In Scandinavia, more often hotels rooms and bathrooms in the rooms, are a smaller size than our standards in Australia or standards found in the U.S.A.

Scandic Haymarket Stockholm

Scandic Haymarket, Stockholm

Artic Light, Rovaniemi

Arctic Light, Rovaniemi

Clarion Hotel The Edge Tromso

Clarion Hotel The Edge, Tromso

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

SCANDIC HAYMARKET, STOCKHOLM
A top ranking 4 star hotel, conveniently located in central Stockholm. The grand entrance on Hotorget Square welcomes everyone to step into a 1920s era of optimism and elegance. Here in the historic building, you can stay in the midst of farmers' markets, cinemas and concert halls, within walking distance of both the central station and trendy Stureplan. Enjoy a beautiful room in modern art deco style with views of the vibrant city centre, or the atrium. Rose gold, wooden floors and specially designed wallpaper, with all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay.

Wi Fi: Free 

SCANDIC GRAND MARINA, HELSINKI
This cozy and modern hotel is located by the sea in idyllic Katajanokka, just near to the centre of Helsinki.  Set in a beautiful early 20th century building, this hotel features spacious rooms, and a tranquil ambience. Most of the rooms and lobby areas have recently been stylishly renovated. Large arch windows and high ceilings create a spacious, light-filled lobby, a restaurant and a bar. 

The hotel has wireless internet access, a fitness room and sauna, and a 24-hour shop. From the reception you can borrow bicycles or walking poles.

Wi Fi: Free 

ARCTIC LIGHT HOTEL, ROVANIEMI
The Arctic Light Hotel is a new contemporary 4 star hotel situated in the heart of Lapland-Rovaniemi.

The 1950’s building and former City Hall of Rovaniemi has been converted into a stylish hotel and opened its doors during spring 2015. This urban Arctic hideaway offers a unique combination of Lappish heritage and the ultimate in contemporary style.

The hotel is equipped with a spacious cosy lounge with a delightful restaurant and a collection of 57 spacious individually styled rooms & suites. The Arctic Light Hotel is the essence of supreme comfort.

Wi Fi: Free 

HOTEL IVALO
Hotel Ivalo is surrounded by Northern Lapland´s wilderness and the National Park with its numerous rivers, lakes and fells. Every room has a shower/wc and some also bath tub. All rooms are equipped with TV/radio, phone and hair dryer.

Wi Fi: Free

HOTEL SCANDIC, OR SCANDI NORDKAPP, HONNINGSVAG

SCANDIC HONNIGSVAG
Scandic Honningsvåg is located in central Honningsvåg next to the Hurtigruten port and the harbour and it is just 35 km from the North Cape. This charming village is the most northern in Norway and the world!  Scandic Honningsvåg is a seasonal hotel open from May until September.

Wi Fi: Free

SCANDIC NORDKAPP
Here you will be surrounded by stunning landscapes as far as the eye can see. A perfect base for experiencing the North Cape, magnificent nature and many exciting activities. If you are lucky you can experience both the northern lights and reindeer up close.

Wi Fi: unknown

SCANDIC HOTEL, ALTA
Alta is one of the northernmost towns in Norway and the largest town in Finnmark. Scandic Alta 4 star hotel is an excellent hotel for anyone wishing to explore this exciting destination and enjoy the spectacular, world class experiences on offer.

Start your day with a hearty breakfast in Restaurant Alta. Our stylish, contemporary restaurant is a combined café and à la carte restaurant. There is also a sauna available on request. As a guest you always have free WiFi in your room and in public areas.

Wi Fi: Free

CLARION COLLECTION HOTEL WITH, TROMSO
At Clarion Collection Hotel With you are in the heart of Tromsø's maritime history with beautiful views of the harbour, the sea and the Ishavs Cathedral. Tromsø is often referred to as the north of Paris, and is really an arctic adventure. The hotel is beautifully situated on the pier surrounded by the mighty mountains and the Ishavs Cathedral.  In the lobby bar you can relax with coffee and tea whenever you wish, or buy a glass of wine or a cold beer, as well as snacks and snacks.

Wi Fi: Yes 

BBERGEN BØRS HOTEL, BERGEN
Not only does this hotel offer Bergen’s elegant rooms, it is located in close proximity to Bergen fish market and harbour, Torgalmenningen and the Strandgaten shopping street. The city’s bar and restaurant scene is also close by, but there is no need to leave the building for Bergen’s finest dining experience. BARE restaurant is located in the old stock exchange, and is one of several food & drink venues in the building. Bergen is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and Hotel Bergen Børs is its exclusive hub. The hotel has 127 rooms and suites designed to satisfy the highest expectations. Bespoke furniture combined with modern Scandinavian design adds character to the interior. 

Wi Fi: Free

MYRKDALEN HOTEL, VOSSESTRAND
All rooms are of international standard with beautiful color schemes and exquisite detailing. Good food and wine is an important part of Myrkdalen Hotel- here you can choose between three different restaurants with something for everyone.

HOTEL ALEXANDRA, STRYN AREA  ** HISTORIC HOTEL
Hotel Alexandra is a family-run hotel located in the inner reaches of Nordfjord. It is renowned for its distinctive, personal atmosphere. Centuries-old traditions have been combined with modern hotel operations and an eye for style and comfort.

GRAND HOTEL BELLEVUE, ALESUND
An historic hotel with 86 rooms located on a hill in central Åndalsnes, Grand Hotel Bellevue offers panoramic views over the Romsdalsfjord. It has a restaurant, bar and night club. All guest rooms include a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom with shower. The in-house restaurant serves traditional Norwegian dishes based on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. During summer, guests can enjoy their meals on the terrace.

Wi Fi: Free

SCANDIC SOLLI, OSLO
Stay centrally at Solli Plass on the west side of Oslo. The area offers a lively nightlife. Attractions such as Aker Brygge, Tjuvholmen and the Royal Palace are all within walking distance. It is easy to move around the city from the hotel and visit Oslo attractions such as Akershus Fortress, Slottet, Astrup Fearnley museum at Tjuvholmen and shopping at Aker Brygge. Enjoy a lovely lunch or dinner, or check out our exciting food concept, Nordic Bites, in the restaurants V Solli Bar & Spiseri.  

Wi Fi: Free

OVERNIGHT SHIP, OSLO TO COPENHAGEN
The two large ships operating on the Copenhagen-Oslo route are PEARL SEAWAYS and CROWN SEAWAYS. The ships can accommodate over 1700 passengers.

CROWN SEAWAYS
This large cruise ship has sailed in the Scandinavian waters since 1994. CROWN SEAWAYS has space for 1790 passengers and 450 cars.  Crown Seaways was renovated in March 2014 and boasts redecorated restaurants, bars and conference facilities, plus a new Bubble Zone.

Technical Details:

  • Length: 170m |   Width: 28m 
  • Cruising speed: 16 Knots 
  • Passengers: 1790 |  Cabins: 637    |  Cars: 450
  • Engine output: 19,880 kW 
  • Year built: 1994 | Renovated: 2005, 2008, 2014

Pearl Seaways
PEARL SEAWAYS was built in 1989 and rebuilt in 2001. Upgraded in 2014, the cruise ship boasts several new luxury passenger cabins, a new restaurant and improved conference facilities.

Technical Details:

  • Length: 178m | Width: 33m
  • Cruising speed: 16 Knots
  • Passengers: 1989 | Cabins: 702 | Cars: 320
  • Engine output: 23,730 kW
  • Year built: 1989 | Renovated: 2005, 2014 

SCANDIC COPENHAGEN, COPENHAGEN
Centrally located, contemporary hotel with impressive views of the Lakes and Copenhagen skyline and Tivoli Gardens is a short distance from the hotel. From the hotel, you are within walking distance of most of Copenhagen. A few minutes’ walk from our hotel is the Central Station and Vesterport Station, where trains and buses depart regularly throughout the day and night.

All rooms have a contemporary design with either a city or country theme.

WiFi: Free

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.


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GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Stockholm, Sweden
Depart from: Oslo, Norway (or Copenhagen, Denmark if adding the extension package)

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in MORE INFORMATION section of our website.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.  Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
The flight itinerary is provided with your quote.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
If you book your flight with us as part of the package and travel on the nominated tour flight airport transfers on arrival to Stockholm, and departure in Copenhagen are included.

Arriving 1 night pre tour, Stockholm
If you elect to arrive 1 day in advance of the tour commencement in Stockholm, so long as you stay at the group hotel, and book your stay and nominated tour airfare with us a part of your package the arrival transfer is included.

For land/tour only bookings without airfares or travel on alternative flights, transfers can be arranged for a fee.  Please ask our travel team at the time of booking.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience. 

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy small group experience with a maximum group size of 18 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single/solo travellers.

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]
Visit our website for a description of the 1 to 5 Fitness Grade

The tour pace is rated leisurely on the basis that there are no overly physically demanding requirements of the tour.  Hotel stays are 1 or 3 nights, varying by destination. As a guide, morning hotel departures vary from 8am to 10am throughout the itinerary. There are some longer days of travel by coach however through Norway you can expect the scenery to be a highlight.

There is free time allocated throughout the itinerary in mornings, or afternoons and also a full free day of leisure in Copenhagen.

You will need to be prepared to walk to take in much of the touring detailed by the itinerary, including sometimes walking from the hotel to restaurants included with the itinerary. For some included sightseeing if you have limited mobility there may be some parts of the itinerary where it’s not possible to participate, including but not limited to the Amethyst mine.

Touring Physical Requirements
Touring is exciting and diverse and the best way to enjoy your travels is to be sure that you meet the minimum physical requirements required for touring.

For European touring, often you could be walking on uneven surfaces such as cobble stoned streets, need to climb steep staircases, and/or walk up hills to reach attractions. Also, in some cities tourist transport has limited options for coach drop offs and pick ups and this may mean that travellers are required to walk some distance to reach attractions or hotels, even up to 15 minutes.

European touring may not be suitable for travellers with mobility issues and/or low fitness levels.  If unsure about your suitability for the trip please contact us to seek further advice.  

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Typical of the Scandavian cuisine, fish, salmon is a regular feature on the menu, as is Reindeer in Finland. In Finland beef is uncommon. Chicken also features.

For included lunches and dinners, there is a mix of buffet and set menus.

TOUR DIRECTOR
The tour includes a tour director that escorts the group for the duration of touring.
Also, local guides are included throughout the tour itinerary, for such inclusions as city tours and museum visits.

TRANSPORT
The itinerary includes coach touring, overnight ferry (ship) travel, cruising and internal flights. There is also train travel in Norway. A vehicle like a buggy, called a Trolly car is also used as part of Fjord touring. And, there is a cable car and a funicular ride.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS

Internal Domestic Flight
Expect the maximum of 20kg per bag or otherwise, the maximum of 23kg, with a limit of 1 checked bag for internal flights.  These details will be confirmed with your documentation.

Tour Checked Luggage Maximum Weight:
While touring, luggage should be kept to a maximum of 20kg per and a maximum of one checked bag.

Tour Hand Luggage Maximum Weight/Information:
One piece of carry-on luggage is permitted.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET
Free WiFi is readily available at most hotels.
You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone. 

SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to. 

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'My 6th holiday with Encounter was as great as the previous ones! Fun group of people, amazing tour itinerary & inclusions plus a wonderful tour leader.'

Jen, 60 years, ACT

'A great holiday for solo traveler as you can choose to have some alone time but always have the backup of friends and tour guide for companionship and security
in an unfamiliar country.'

Anita, 65 years, VIC

'The Scandanavian trip offers many highlights, the big cities are beautiful, the countryside and coastal areas are amazing and the people along the way are great.'

Keith, 67 years, NSW
Since 2006
We've already racked up 13 years of experience creating and delivering the best ever holidays for solo travellers. As a boutique tour operator, we delight in detail, delivering personal service and finding your next best memory.
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