Solos Only

Scandinavia Solo Travel Tours

This Scandinavian discovery uncovers the major highlights, with the special experience of travelling during the Scandinavian summer; enjoying sunshine through the day and night, highlight fjord cruising, famous rail journeys, with the blend of both city and regional discoveries.

The Best Scandinavian Tour for Singles

Arrive to Sweden’s capital, and the home of ABBA, Stockholm for two nights before embarking on the overnight ferry crossing to Finland with the comfort of an ocean view cabin. 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. The journey continues with an overland crossing to scenic Norway, including a highlight experience at Cape Nord, to witness the midnight sun and discovering her northern cities. 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 incredibly scenic rail journeys including the Flåm Railway, considered one the world's most beautiful train journeys. You’ll sail through beautiful fjords featuring majestic mountains and wild nature.

Your Norway journeys ends in Oslo, then continuing to Denmark by ferry. It’s an overnight crossing with ocean view cabins, arriving to Copenhagen the next morning. Your local guide will meet the group on arrival at port, then setting off for local sightseeing. This magnificent and scenic discovery, closes with a farewell highlight dinner in Copenhagen and final night of stay.

  • Ages:
  • Duration:
    20 Days
  • Status:
    Booking Out Fast!
  • Region:
  • Destinations:
    Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden
  • Travel Style:
  • Accommodation:
    Ship cabins,Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
  • Transport:
    Private coach, Train, Cruise, Boat
  • Pace:
  • Max Group Size:

'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



  • 17 nights hotel stays
  • 2 overnight ferries, with outside cabin
  • 19 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 11 dinners including highlight dinners, welcome & farewell dinners
  • Welcome drink, arrival day 


  • English-speaking locally based tour directors
  • English-speaking locally based guides as indicated by the itinerary
  • Entrances for visits included on the itinerary


  • One way economy airfare; Helsinki to Rovaniemi, Finland
  • One way economy airfare, Tromsø-Bergen
  • Fjelleisen cable car, Tromso
  • Floibanen funicular ride, Mount Floyen
  • Rail travel including Flam Railway
  • Fjord cruising as indicated by the itinerary
  • 2 overnight ferries


  • Tips included for tour director, local guides, drivers, welcome and farewell dinners
  • Porter service for the overnight ferry
  • Not more than 20 travellers

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

 Not Included:

  • International airfares (unless requested)
  • Airport arrival & departure transfers 
  • Hotel porter service (must be able to manage own luggage)
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Any tips unless referenced with inclusions
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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20 JUL - 8 AUG 2024
AUD$15795 own room






Pre or Post Tour Stays


PRE TOUR Stockholm group hotel with breakfast

AUD $290

POST TOUR Copenhagen group hotel with breakfast

AUD $360

STOCKHOLM:  airport to group hotel airfare transfer

AUD $125

Happy to share? Sharing with roommate match same sex AUD $13230

Trip Code: scandi24-7




  • Immerse yourself in Swedish culture with guided sightseeing, including the Viking Vasa Museum and Gamla Stan (old town)
  • Visit ABBA museum, a tribute to the world renowned band.
  • Change the pace with the overnight ferry cruise, with an exterior cabin to cross from Stockholm to Helsinki
  • 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 Naeroyfjord to Gudvangen; one of the beautiful fjord landscapes in Norway.
  • Explore the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo
  • Enjoy some highlight historic hotel stays
  • 2 flights included; Helsinki to Rovaniemi, and Tromsø to Bergen to reduce lengthy road travel
  • A guided city tour of Copenhagen, Denmark

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.


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 at your hotel for a welcome drink and dinner in house. 

Meals: Welcome Drink, Dinner


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 a local guide, we take in the sights of Stockholm, seeing all the main attractions and a stop for a scenic view  point at at Fjaellgatan from where there is a truly spectacular view of the city´s many islands and waters. Touring includes a walk around the beautiful Old Town, and seeing the Royal Palace, Parliament, and a guided tour of the world famous City Hall (site of the yearly Nobel Prize festivities) and Royal Park of Djursgaarden. We take time to visit the Vasa Museum (the 17th century warship which sank on her maiden voyage) and Skansen, the world´s oldest open air museum.

There’s the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, we head for dinner at city restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Gamla Stan, Sweden



Stockholm, Sweden / Overnight Ferry

There’s some free time this morning and later this morning we head to ABBA Museum, an impressive tribute to this iconic band of Sweden, and the world.  By mid afternoon it is time to be at the ferry terminal for the overnight cruise to Finland.  Leaving Stockholm in day light hours, relax and watch the scenic coastal view as you make your passage to Finland overnight with the comfort of an outside cabin and dinner onboard.

Serenade, Silja Line to Finland

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 


Helsinki, Finland

Welcome to Helsinki, the capital of Finland.  After arriving in the morning to Helsinki, and disembarking the overnight cruise, we take a city tour with a local guide. We cover the
the capitals most important and interesting parts such as the historical centre, Senate Square, Cathedral, City Hall, Presidential Palace, Finlandia Hall and Opera House. Stops at Sibelius Monument and Temppeliaukio church, also known as the Rock church (entrance fee applies).

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


Helsinki to Rovaniemi, Finland

An early transfer to Vantaa airport for our flight to Rovaniemi. On arrival to Rovaniemi, we are met and transferred to town for some local touring. 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.

In the afternoon visit a Husky Musher’s camp to hear about these beautiful dogs’ lives and training. Later today there’s the option to visit Santa Claus Village with your tour director or take some time out at the hotel. The evening is at your leisure. Tonight dinner in house at your magical hotel.

Meals: Breakfast (boxed), Dinner


Rovaniemi to Inari, Finland

This morning, we drive north to Inari/Ivalo region. Along the way we visit a working Amethyst Mine, located in Lapland, in the town of Luosto; dig for your own purple amethyst gemstone of Lapland and learn about the amethyst stone and a geology stories.  In the afternoon we continue to Inari/Ivalo and check into our hotel by early evening. Tonight, a relaxing dinner at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 


Inari, Finland

We make the most of our day with morning and afternoon discoveries. There’s a guided tour in the Sami Museum Siida, some free time in the museum and lunch at the museum’s restaurant.  Later, we hop on a boat that takes us for a cruise on Lake Inari. There’s a stop along the way at the small island of Ukonkivi, which in the old days was used as a place for sacrifice by the Sámi people. On the way back the boat will pass an old cemetery island

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 and where you can enjoy some of the warm hospitality and learn about the integral role of reindeer in the lives of the Sami people. This evening back at our hotel, the sauna awaits; very much a way of life in this northern part of our world.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Inari, Finland to Honnigsvåg, Norway

Today we drive to Karasjok, and visit the Sami Park cultural centre with a local guide.  After, we travel to Norway and arrive to Honnigsvåg. 

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 location of the midnight sun.

Tip: Rug up, it gets chilly at Nord Kapp, even though it’s summer. A hat/beanie and gloves are highly recommended and also a warm jacket is a must. There’s many hours of daylight in the far north, and we head back late to our hotel.

Cape Nord, Norway

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 


Honnigssvåg to Alta, Norway

We continue our travels in northern Norway today to reach 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


We make our way to Tromsø today including scenic ferry crossings from Olderdalen to Lynseidet and Svensby to Breivikeidet. From Breivikeidet, driving to Tromsø. This afternoon, making the most of our long days of sunshine we take the cable car ride of Fjellheisen, in Tromsø,  to the top of the mountain. We return to our hotel for dinner.  Tromsø is a lovely city and this evening you may like to head out for a night cap and take in more of the daylight hours.

 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


Today in Tromsø, we visit the Arctic Cathedral, known as Tromsdalen Church (also known as Ishavskatedralen), 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. From mid afternoon the rest of the day is at your leisure. 

This evening there will be an ‘arctic’ experience at the Magic ice bar.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 12


Heading a long way south, we take a flight between Tromsø to Bergen. Bergen is renowned for its rugged glacial scenery, and the setting amongst 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. There is plenty to love about this picturesque town and we enjoy a two night stay to make the most of the location.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 13


After breakfast we get to know Bergen ‘The Heart of the Fjords’ with a local guide. Although Norway’s second largest city, it has the vibe of a small town and packed with charm and urban character.

Discover narrow cobblestone alleys and the UNESCO World Heritage site Bryggen, “The Hanseatic Wharf”, the most obvious remnant from the time Bergen used to be the centre of trade between Norway and the rest of Europe. 

Flam Railway, Norway

Take the Fløibanen Funicular up Fløyen Mountain for panoramic views. 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.

This afternoon is the perfect opportunity to stroll around town, or you may like to join a Mostraumen fjord tour. A popular option also is a visit to the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen, once the home of Edvard Grieg, a Norwegian composer and pianist. Dinner is at your leisure; maybe opt for dinner at the Bergen Fish Market located in the heart of the city.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14

Bergen – Flam – Gudvangen – Stalheim

An earlier start today, to drive to Voss, the starting point for the first of our train journeys today 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, we cruise by ferry from Flam along the Naeroyfjord to arrive to Gudvangen, enjoying the beautiful fjord landscape. You will sail through UNESCO’s World Heritage-listed fjords featuring majestic mountains. Arriving to Gudvangen we then transfer to the small regional village of Stalheim, firstly visiting the open air museum then checking into our hotel with dinner in-house.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15

Stalheim – Laerdal 

A relaxed morning start, leaving Stalheim for Laerdal today.  Along the way some local discoveries including a visit to Undredal for a local cheese tasting and to the Borgund Stave Church, built around 1180 and it’s exceptionally well preserved. Various other visits today are also possible, including a stop at the Stegastein viewpoint (weather dependent), experience the Laerdal 24km long tunnel and go to the Flam historical brewery in Flamsbrygga. A relaxed evening in house in by the edge of Fjord in Laerdal.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16

Laerdal - Oslo

This morning we make our way by road to Oslo, one of the longer drives. We set off earlier today, first for Lillehammer, the home of the 1994 winter Olympics. It’s here we visit The Ski museum and take an elevator ride to The Ski Jump Tower ‘Skiforennigen’. From Lillehammer we drive onto Oslo to check into our hotel and have the rest of the day and evening at leisure. 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17

Oslo, Norway

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

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. Oslo is also home to the National Gallery, housing one of the world’s most recognised artworks ‘The Scream’ painted artist Edvard Munch.

Tonight, a wonderful farewell group dinner to mark the end of our Scandinavian exploring.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 18


Your wonderful Norway discoveries come to a close with a morning at leisure in Oslo before the group transfers to the port to embark on an overnight ferry to cruise from Oslo to Copenhagen with the comfort of outside cabins. It’s a large passenger ferry (like a small ship) including dining facilities; a relaxing way to travel to Denmark.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


DAY 19 


Arrive to Copenhagen’s cruise terminal, disembark and set off for a day of discoveries of the city highlights. 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. The city artfully mixes fairy tale settings like palaces, castles and elegant gardens with cutting-edge style and contemporary chic.

Today is an extensive tour of 'Wonderful Copenhagen' covering all the major attractrions;  World famous amusement park Tivoli Garden, Town Hall Square, Stroeget, one of the world´s longest pedestrian streets, Ny Carlsberg´s Glyptotek, National Museum, Christiansborg Palace (site of the Danish parliament), Stock Exchange, Holmen Church, National Theatre, Nyhavn ´s canal quarters, Royal Palace (photostop), Little Mermaid (photostop)and Rosenborg Castle (where the Royal crown jewels are kept). In the afternoon, cruise the city’s canal with the Grand Tour from Nyhavn, passing some of Copenhagen’s best sights and attractions showing a perspective of the city from the water.  After we transfer to the hotel to check in. The remainder of the afternoon and the evening is at your leisure to take advantage of a long day of daylight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


  • Arrival ‘meet & greet’ at port by your local tour leader, Copenhagen
  • A full day of escorted touring
  • ‘The Grand Tour’ cruise from Nyhavn
  • Entrance to Tivoli Park
  • Farewell group dinner

DAY 20 


Your visit comes to an end this morning, or you can always opt to extend your stay (highly recommended)

Meals: Breakfast 

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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Hotel Name




Hotel Reisen 


Overnight Ferry/Ship


Tallink Silja Line  ** Exterior Cabin




Hotel Katajanokka





Arctic Light Hotel  ** Designer Hotel




Hotel Ivalo




Scandic Honningsvag




Scandic Hotel Alta




Radisson Blu Hotel




Clarion Hotel Admiral




A/S Stalheim Hotel




Lindstroem Hotel




Thon Hotel Opera


Overnight Ferry/Ship

Norway/ Denmark

DFDS Seaways


Copenhagen Denmark Mayfair Hotel 2

Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided. Twin share rooms may have single beds and some beds in regional areas may not be double beds.

In most cases our travellers choose to take their own room. Where many tour companies only include smaller (single) rooms and may have single beds, we don’t. Rather, 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, it is not uncommon that hotels rooms and their bathrooms are a smaller size than our standards in Australia or standards found in the U.S.A. and some beds in regional areas may not be double beds.

Artic Light, Rovaniemi

Arctic Light, Rovaniemi


A 5 star hotel set directly on Stockholm's scenic waterfront and uses the historic Old Town as its picturesque and telling backdrop. The building's foundation dates back to 1617.


The hotel is located in a beautiful warehouse building from the beginning of the 20th century and has an impressive history.


A superb hotel, not to be missed with a stay in Rovaniemi, The Arctic Light Hotel is a stand out hotel, with contemporary styling in true Nordic style, 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 Arctic Light Hotel is the essence of supreme comfort.


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.


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!  


A 4 star hotel.  Start your day with a hearty breakfast in Restaurant Alta; a 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.


A city centre location means you'll have easy access to nearby cultural attractions, restaurants and shops, while enjoying stunning scenic views of the surrounding mountains, forests, and fjords.  Rooms are newly renovated with breathtaking views of the city, the Bay of Tromso or the surrounding mountains. Refuel with a breakfast buffet in Charly's Restaurant & Bar and for dinner, head back to sample Northern Norwegian favourites, or stop by Rorbua Pub to enjoy live music and cozy Norwegian décor.


The hotel has a unique and central location in what used to be Europe's oldest shopping center - Kløverhuset. Now Bergen's newest design hotel. Kløverhuset is located right by the harbour in the heart of Bergen and with a spectacular view of Bergen's most famous landmark – Bryggen.


The beautiful view over the Nærøy Valley, from Stalheim Hotel, has for nearly 200 years been one of the highlights in many a traveller's visit to Western Norway. The Stalheim Hotel has 124 comfortable guestrooms, all equipped with bathrooms en-suite.


Lindstrøm Hotel in Lærdal is idyllically located between beautiful, pastel-coloured wooden buildings in the old quarter of Lærdal - Gamle Lærdalsøyri.  It is a mix of old and new styles. The designs from the 19th century play with newer, Scandinavian designs. Experience beautiful, classic wallpaper in one room and modern design furniture in another. Rooms have a clean, pure style with fine details.


With an unbeatable location, just about as central as you can get in Oslo, you'll be within easy reach of the city's best bars, cafés, shops and restaurants. The hotel is just a 2-minute walk from Oslo Central Station, with connections to the tram, subway and the airport express train.


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


Located in the heart of Copenhagen surrounded by historical and fun landmarks such as Tivoli Gardens, The City Hall, Strøget, The Glyptoteket Museum, and more.

Note: Some twin share rooms may have single beds.

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

If we have confirmation of hotel Wi-Fi inclusion we state it above. However if Wi-Fi is not stated it does not mean that a hotel is without Wi-Fi. Most hotels have Wi-Free;  free or otherwise for a service fee. Our inclusion of free Wi-Fi above is not a guarantee as this can change without notice due to telco service interruptions or changes to hotel policy.

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Starts In: Stockholm, Sweden
Ends In: Copenhagen, Denmark

Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Check In: 2pm (as a guide but can be as late as 3pm)
Check Out: 11am as a guide (can be as early as 10am)

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.


Airport transfers are not included
There is the option to book this service in advance as part of your tour package. If another group member is on the same flight as you, it is a shared transfer service. A service fee applies.
Public transport options are available.

If you are making your own flight arrangements, we require your flight itinerary no later than 45 days priors to travel (and even if you are not making airport transfer arrangements with us).  Where transfers are part of your arrangement, if your itinerary is not provided to us within the required timeframe, you forfeit the airport transfers or additional fees may be incurred for the service.  

As an Australian travel company we can provide flight assistance for flights originating from Australia. If joining the tour from outside Australia we recommend making your own flight arrangements or to use the service of a travel advisor located within your country of residence for access to best fares. 


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

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. 

You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 20 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour (couple free). You are welcome to join with a friend, but couples do not join this tour.

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]
Travellers of 75 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

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The are no overly physically demanding requirements of the tour with the exception of managing your luggage as porter services are not included or not available at many of the hotels. 

Hotel stays are 1 or 3 nights, varying by destination. As a guide, morning hotel departures vary from 8am to 9:30am throughout the itinerary. There are some longer days of travel by coach however through Norway you can expect the scenery to be a highlight.

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.

Porterage at hotels is not included or not available at all hotels, and you must be able to manage to transport your luggage on arrival and departure from hotels, and to/from your hotel room, including some hotels that may not have lifts.

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.

Some tour by foot will be on uneven surfaces such cobble stoned streets, nature paths, needing 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.

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. 

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 Scandinavian 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.

Are you a flexitarian?
If you have dietary requirements, please advise if it is due to allergies or for medical reasons or if it is a personal preference and if you are flexible. Dietary requirements will limit choices. If a dietary requirement is not essential due to medical reasons and you are a flexitarian, then we recommend that you exclude your personal preferences if not necessary to provide more options with the meal choices.

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.

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. For road transport, for comfort we aim to provide minimum 2 seats per person; a very small group only 8 - 9 travellers, a 19 seater vehicle, otherwise if 10 or more in the group a full sized coach 49 seater, otherwise a midi coach such as a 33-34 seater.


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.



'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


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