We recommend that all Nordic Visitor travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, deposit payments, the difference between a tour leader and a tour guide, what to pack for your holiday, and useful information about the activities included on the tour.
Please note that this tour is not recommended for families with young children.
If you wish to spend more time in Helsinki at the beginning of the trip or in Bergen after the guided small group tour, ask your travel consultant about adding extra nights or services. For an even greater Nordic travel experience, we can also extend your trip with visits to Iceland, Scotland and/or Greenland. Contact us for details about customising your itinerary!
YOUR TIME IN FINLAND
On this tour, you get all the exciting adventures of the Highlights in Scandinavia tour plus the chance to explore the beautiful capital of Finland, Helsinki, at your own pace. The pre-tour in Helsinki, including the journey to Stockholm, is not part of the guided small group tour. While your Helsinki accommodations and cruise to Stockholm (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor, travellers are ultimately responsible for their own time during the first few days of the trip. You will meet your tour leader and group on day three at the welcome dinner in Stockholm.
YOUR TOUR LEADER
This tour package includes the professional service of an experienced Scandinavian tour leader, from Stockholm. The tour leader will then travel with you from country to country, and join you on all guided tours, transfers and other planned activities listed in the itinerary.The tour leader, who acts as the logistical organiser for the group, ensures that everything is running smoothly and that you’re having a good time during your holiday. As an expert on the Scandinavian region, the tour leader is also a valuable resource for questions about local customs, languages, shopping, food and other practical travel information.
GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOURS
In Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo and Bergen, your group will be joining privately guided sightseeing tours with a knowledgable local guide. Please be advised that in some cities you will be joining sightseeing tours by foot, so there will be considerable walking involved. All walking will be at an easy pace, with many stops.
Please be advised that during your trip, you will need to transport your own luggage with you onto the next leg of your journey, so we recommend bringing a light suitcase on wheels. For added comfort, your luggage will be picked up in Oslo and will be waiting for you in Bergen. Remember to pack an overnight bag for your night in Flåm.
To ensure comfortable seating for everyone on our tour, we need to limit the size and amount of luggage. Each guest is allowed one suitcase or large bag, and one smaller item (e.g., a small backpack or day bag) for daily essentials like camera, wallet, medications and so forth. If you have any questions about luggage, your Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be able to assist you.
NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL®TOUR
Ranked amongst the 20 best train journeys in the world, this tour combines rail travel, with bus and cruises. Starting in Oslo, you will board a train which will take you up toward the “rooftop“ of Norway, where you‘ll switch onto the breathtaking Flåm Railway, one of the world’s steepest railway lines.
After a night in Flåm, you’ll board a cruise onto Aurlandsfjord and the World Heritage-protected Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in the world. The cruise will take you to Gudvangen, where you will board a coach bus for a thrilling ride on Stalheimskleiva, Northern Europe’s steepest stretch of road. When you arrive in Voss, you will catch another train, which will take you to your final destination, Bergen.
CRUISE BETWEEN FINLAND AND SWEDEN
To travel from Helsinki to Stockholm, you will board an overnight cruise on either the board Viking Line M/S Mariella or M/S Gabriella. Departure from Helsinki will be at 18:00, with check in at 17:00. You will stay in a cabin with sea view, including a private toilet and shower facilities.
On board you‘ll be able to partake in some tax-free shopping, enjoy the provided entertainment, and take advantage of the cafés and restaurants. Arrival in Stockholm is planned for 9:50am the next morning.
CRUISE BETWEEN DENMARK AND NORWAY
To travel from Copenhagen to Oslo, you will board an overnight cruise. Departure from Copenhagen will be at 16:30, with check in at 15:30. The cruise will be on board a large 2,200 person boat, where you will stay in a cabin with sea view, including a private toilet and shower facilities.
On board you‘ll be able to partake in some tax-free shopping, enjoy the provided entertainment, and take advantage of the bar and restaurants. On the evening of the cruise, you‘ll share a dinner buffet included in the package, with the group. Arrival in Oslo is planned for 9:45am the next morning.
FITNESS & ACTIVITY LEVEL
Please note that this tour includes quite a lot of walking during sightseeing tours. This means you need to be prepared and able to walk between 3-5 kilometres during days where sightseeing tours are included. You also need to be able to carry your own luggage when boarding trains, buses and cruises.
FOOD & DRINK
A daily breakfast buffet is included at your booked hotels and cruises for the duration of your stay. You will also enjoy five dinners with the group, included in your package. They will include either a set 2-3 course dinner menu or a dinner buffet with a good variety of local fresh ingredients. Please notify your travel consultant in advance of any dietary restrictions. Other meals and drinks are not included and will be at your own expense during the trip.
WHAT TO PACK
A small backpack to store your items for the day as well to act as an overnight bag in Flåm
Light gloves, hat and scarf
Lip balm and moisturiser
Sunglasses and sunscreen
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.
AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two business days by one of our travel consultants who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.