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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, and some historic hotels and highlight five star stays along the way.

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 a few 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.

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: 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 the group on arrival to port, with two nights of stay and local sightseeing included and a superb farewell highlight dinner.

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    18 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Europe
  • Destinations:
    Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Ship cabins,Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD$12255 with own room
  • Transport:
    Private coach, Train, Cruise, Boat
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    maximum 18
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.'

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INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 16 nights hotel stays including 5 star highlight stays
  • 1 night outside cabin on ferry, Tallink Silja Line
  • 17 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 11 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
  • 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, Tromso
  • Floibanen funicular ride, Mount Floyen
  • Rail travel including Flam Railway
  • Fjord cruising as indicated by the itinerary
  • Overnight ferry with exterior cabin, Stockholm to Helsinki
  • Arrival airport transfer, Stockholm#

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 20 travellers

# Arrival transfer day 1 of tour, or day prior given that group hotel is booked as part of tour package.
** driver-guide for small groups

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

OPTIONAL EXTENSION: COPENHAGEN 4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS
  • 1 overnight ferry, outside cabin
  • 2 nights, deluxe hotel stay
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners including a highlight dinner
  • Private group sightseeing tours as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking tour leader
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Canal cruise, Copenhagen
  • Copenhagen cruise terminal pick up
  • Tips for tour leader, guide & drivers

 Not Included:

  • Airfares (unless requested)
  • Departure airport transfers (unless stated)
  • Hotel porter service
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa & entry fees
  • Any tips unless mentioned 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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Per Person AUD

Own Room

TOUR PACKAGE (18 days/17 nights)

AUD $12255

PRE TOUR STAY: STOCKHOLM @ group hotel with breakfast
rate applies: 21 JUL 23

AUD $420

POST TOUR STAY: OSLO @ group hotel with breakfast
rate applies: 8 AUG 23

AUD $310

SHARE & SAVE: SCANDINAVIA EXPLORER
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same sex, save $1870 on the tour package price with your own room. 

OPTIONAL EXTENSION: COPENHAGEN 
  

Per Person AUD

Own Room

TOUR PACKAGE (4 days/3 nights)

AUD $T.B.A

POST TOUR HOTEL: COPENHAGEN @ group hotel with breakfast.
Rate applies 11 AUG23

AUD $T.B.A

SHARE & SAVE: COPENHAGEN
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same sex, save $T.B.A on the tour package price with your own room.

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Once you have booked and departed with us on an international tour, you qualify for our Return Traveller Reward on your next international tour booking. The offer does not apply to any cruises, resort packages, or tours within Australia.


Trip Code: scandi23-7

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

SCANDINAVIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

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

Meals: Welcome Drink, Dinner

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 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

 

DAY 3

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 

DAY 4

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

DAY 5

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.

Meals: Breakfast (boxed)

DAY 6

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 

DAY 7

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

DAY 8

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. 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 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 

DAY 9

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

Alta-Tromsø

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, Dinner

DAY 11

Tromsø

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.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 12

Tromsø-Bergen

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

Bergen

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

Oslo

Your wonderful Scandivania discoveries come to a close, or opt to see more and join us in Denmark with the extension option: Copenhagen 4 days/3 nights.


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

EXTENSION OPTION: 
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK  4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

DAY 18 (day 1)

Norway to Denmark

The final morning in Oslo is at leisure. This afternoon, a group transfer 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 (day 2)

Copenhagen

Arrive to Copenhagen’s cruise terminal, disembark and meet with a local tour leader who joins the group to share discoveries of the city and her surrounds. 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 fairytale settings like palaces, castles and elegant gardens with cutting-edge style and contemporary chic.

From port we head out of the city, driving north along the coast road, and taking in the view to picturesque seaside towns and fishing villages.  We arrive to the historic town of Helsingør (also known as Elsinore). Admire the famous Kronborg castle, site of Shakespeare’s tragedy about Hamlet, Prince of Denmark from the outer canon bastions (outside stop only).  We continue on, driving through the magnificent countryside to the town of Hillerød where we visit Frederiksborg Castle, built by king Christian IV in 1601-1625. This pearl of a renaissance castle is now home to the National Historical Museum of Denmark and contains treasures of paintings, tapestry, porcelain, silver, and furniture as well as the Knight´s Hall and a Chapel.

Returning to Copenhagen, we 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. Before the afternoon comes to an end, visit Tivoli Park with some time at leisure, then continue to our Copenhagen hotel.

This evening, make your own local discoveries, taking advantage of a long day of daylight.

Meals: Breakfast 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

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

 

DAY 20 (day 3)

Copenhagen 

This morning there’s a guided half day city tour of ‘Wonderful Copenhagen’ featuring her major attractions; Town Hall Square, Stroeget, one of the world´s longest pedestrian streets, Ny Carlsberg´s Glyptotek, the National Museum, Christiansborg Palace (site of the Danish parliament), Stock Exchange, Holmen Church, National Theatre, Nyhavn´s canal quarters, photo stops for the Royal Palace and the famous Little Mermaid, and Rosenborg Castle (where the Royal crown jewels are kept).

This afternoon is set aside for your own local discoveries at your leisure. Tonight, come together for an impressive farewell highlight dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Copenhagen half day guided city tour
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • An impressive farewell dinner
     

DAY 21 (day 4)

Copenhagen

Your visit comes to an end this morning, or you can always opt to extend your stay.  

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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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Hotels range between 3 to 5 stars. Some of smaller destinations have less options for hotels and are 3 to 3.5 stars. The other destinations including the city stays feature 4 to 5 star hotels. 

 

 

Country

Hotel Name

Nights

Stockholm

Sweden

Hotel Reisen **5 star

2

Overnight Ferry/Ship

Sweden/
Finland

Tallink Silja Line  ** Exterior Cabin

1

Helsinki

Finland

Hotel Katajanokka

1

Rovaniemi

Finland

 

Arctic Light Hotel  ** Designer Hotel

1

Ivalo

Finland

Hotel Ivalo

2

Honningsvag

Norway

Scandic Honningsvag

1

Alta

Norway

Scandic Hotel Alta

1

Tromsø

Norway

Radisson Blu Hotel

2

Bergen

Norway

Clarion Hotel Admiral

2

Stalheim

Norway

A/S Stalheim Hotel

1

Laerdal

Norway

Lindstroem Hotel

1

Oslo

Norway

Thon Hotel Opera

2

 OPTIONAL EXTENSION  COPENHAGEN 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Overnight Ferry/Ship

Norway/ Denmark

DFDS Seaways

1

Copenhagen

Denmark

NH Collection Copenhagen  **5 star 

2

  • Hotels are 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. 

ABOUT THE HOTEL ROOMS
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.

Artic Light, Rovaniemi

Arctic Light, Rovaniemi

HOTEL REISEN, STOCKHOLM

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.
Wi Fi: Free 

HOTEL KATAJANOKKA, HELSINKI

A unique hotel where chic design, uncompromised comfort and personal service meet in a historic former prison setting – a short walk from the city.
Wi Fi: Free 10Mbit/s 

ARCTIC LIGHT HOTEL, ROVANIEMI

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.

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

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!  
Wi Fi: Free

SCANDIC HOTEL, ALTA

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.Wi Fi: Free

RADISSON BLUE, TROMSO
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.
WiFi: Free 

CLARION HOTEL ADMIRAL, BERGEN

Newly renovated Clarion Hotel Admiral is located in charming old warehouse buildings that date back to 1904! The hotel is located in central Bergen and enjoys fantastic views of the harbour, the famous Bryggen, the mountains and the fish market.
Wi Fi: Yes 

A/S STALHEIM HOTEL, STALHEIM

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.

WiFi: Yes 

LINDSTRØM HOTEL, LÆRDAL

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.
WiFi: Free

THON HOTEL OPERA, OSLO

Thon Hotel Opera is situated in the centre of Bjørvika, right next to Oslo’s famous opera house. The new Munch Museum and the new Deichman Library are also very close to the hotel. Every possible public transport option is at your doorstep, together with varied shopping and night-life, both in Bjørvika and on Karl Johans Gate.

Check Out: 12 Midday
WiFi: Free

OVERNIGHT FERRY/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

 

HOTEL NH COLLECTION, COPENHAGEN

A 5 star hotel, The NH Collection Copenhagen sits in a beautiful location next to the harbour in the heart of Copenhagen. Known as the ‘Desert Fortress’, the building was designed by modernist architect Palle Suenson in the 1950s. Today, this building still reflects the best architectural styles of this period of modernism, including pure forms, straight lines and flat rooves.
WiFi: Free

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

 


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GETTING THERE

Starts: Stockholm, Sweden         
Ends:  Oslo, Norway

Copenhagen Extension:
Ends: Copenhagen, Denmark

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
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

ARRIVAL
Airport Transfers are included on arrival to Stockholm given that;

  • you arrive on day 1 of the tour
    or
  • you arrive the day prior to the tour commencement, and have extended your stay and booked the pre tour group hotel with us as part of your tour package.

DEPARTURE
Departure hotel to 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.

If you are making your own flight arrangements, we require your flight itinerary no later than 35 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.  

FLIGHT INFORMATION
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. 

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 20 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. 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.

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

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