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Alesund in Norway

Best of Scandinavia & Norway Cruise

Train & Cruise

(17 days / 16 nights)

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The Ultimate Land & Sea Trip

This immersive 17-day Scandinavian tour will show you the best of Nordic city culture and natural beauty. Embark on the world-famous Norway in the Nutshell® train journey and sail along the supremely scenic Norwegian coastline on a 7-day cruise. From charming Copenhagen in the south of Scandinavia, to sophisticated Stockholm, bustling Oslo and all the way to the Arctic circle, you’ll be enchanted by both modern and historic sights. As you travel between each city, take in the spectacular nature of Northern Europe, explore quaint fishing villages and experience UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

17 days / 16 nights

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Approx 8816 EUR

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Seamless travel experience
  • Handpicked hotels and service of Scandinavia train & cruise travel experts
  • Comprehensive itinerary & Scandinavia Travel Guide
  • 24/7 helpline during your tour
  • Great customer reviews
  • Carbon offsetting included

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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the colorful capitals of Norway, Sweden & Denmark
  • Enjoy full-board on a 7-day coastal cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes
  • Board the Norway in a Nutshell® tour for breathtaking landscapes
  • Complete your adventure up north by sailing across the Arctic Circle
  • Discover quaint arctic towns like Trondheim and Tromsø in northern Norway
  • Fly from scenic Stockholm to captivating Copenhagen
  • Stroll through Norway’s grand capital, Oslo
  • Experience the charms of Swedish Fika in Gamla Stan (Old Town)
  • Relax by Copenhagen’s harbour at Nyhavn and visit the Little Mermaid
  • Be amazed by the natural wonders of Geiranger, a UNSECO-protected glacial fjord

Travel style

Independent Tours i

Interest

Castles and Royalty i, Coastal Cruise i, Culture and History i, Fjords i

Season

May - Sep

Departure

Daily

Interest

Castles and Royalty i, Coastal Cruise i, Culture and History i, Fjords i

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your Nordic adventure.

  • Day 1: Welcome to Sweden

    Welcome to Stockholm! After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, make your way into the city centre and check in to your accommodation. You could call a taxi or board the express train from the airport to Stockholm Central Station. Or, for a more direct and comfortable ride, we will be happy to organise a private airport transfer for you.

    If your flight landed early in the day, you can spend the afternoon exploring Sweden’s beautiful capital. First, stroll down Drottninggatan street to discover charming shops and feel the vibe of the city.

    Then, go for a walk in nearby Östermalm, where you will find interesting boutiques, cafés, and restaurants offering a perfect introduction to Scandinavian culture. You might want to stop in a café to experience Swedish “fika”, a traditional tea or coffee break.

    Spend the night in Stockholm.

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  • Day 2: The Charms of Swedish Culture

    Today, you’ll enjoy plenty of time exploring the heart of scenic Stockholm. This walkable city is perfect to discover on foot. Start by exploring the historic and mesmerising Old Town (Gamla Stan), where you will find the Royal Palace, the nation’s parliament, ancient churches, beautiful cobblestone streets and medieval houses.

    After some time in Gamla Stan, take a short ferry ride to the nearby island Djurgården. This is a cultural oasis offering something for everyone. Here you will find the Abba Museum, celebrating Sweden’s most famous band, the Nordic Museum, the Gröna Lund amusement park, and the Skansen open-air museum. This island is the ideal spot to spend a leisurely afternoon.

    Spend the night in Stockholm.

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  • Day 3: From Stockholm to lovely Copenhagen

    After breakfast, say goodbye to Stockholm and head to the airport to catch a short flight to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.

    After settling in at your hotel, set off on a walk along the enchanting old harbour area Nyhavn. This famous district is lined with colourful houses and lively restaurants beside rows of docked boats.

    From here, you can easily explore the highlights of this iconic city. Walk the narrow side streets, visit some charming shops, and try a delicious and traditional open-faced sandwich, Smørrebrød.

    In the evening, you can visit the charming amusement park Tivoli Gardens. It’s a lovely place to admire traditional architecture and gardens and to enjoy some carnival rides.

    Spend the night in Copenhagen.

    *It’s possible to travel by train instead of by plane between Stockholm and Copenhagen. For more details, check out today’s optional extras.

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  • Day 4: A Day in Captivating Copenhagen

    You have the whole day to explore the enchanting streets of Copenhagen. The best way to see the city is by foot, so head back to the cobblestoned streets that characterise the city centre.

    There are many regal landmarks in Denmark’s historic capital, including Amalienborg Palace and the stately Christiansborg Palace. Later, be sure to walk past the famous Little Mermaid statue by the waterfront.

    For delightful views of the city, join an optional cruise from the harbour and admire the beauty of the city from the water. Later, stroll along Ströget street for some shopping and grab something delicious to eat at Torvehallerne food hall.

    Spend the night in Copenhagen.

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  • Day 5: Set Sail for Norway

    Spend the morning seeing some more of Copenhagen. If you haven’t already, you might want to check out the observatory of The Round Tower, the most famous church in Copenhagen Church of Our Saviour, the impeccable King’s Garden, and the grand Rosenborg Castle.

    Later, it’s time to board your DFDS cruise to Oslo. The ship will sail you gently up the Kattegat Sund on its way to Norway’s capital city. Enjoy dinner in one of the on-board restaurants, check out the entertainment on board or just relax and watch the sunset from the deck.

    Spend the night on the DFDS cruise.

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  • Day 6: Enjoy Enchanting Oslo

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board as the ship docks in vibrant Oslo. You then have the whole day to explore Norway’s capital at your leisure. Depending on your interests, there are plenty of activities and attractions to enjoy in this dynamic city.

    First, take a stroll along the Karl Johans gate main street. Then make your way along the Aker Brygge marina and past the beautiful Oslo Opera House.

    You could choose to visit the beautiful Vigeland Sculpture Park, tour the Royal Palace, explore the Akershus fortress or view Oslo City Hall. See the sights at your own pace or join an optional bus tour.

    Other attractions include the Fram Museum, displaying a world-famous polar exploration ship, and the collection of works by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch at the Munch Museum.

    Spend another night in Oslo.

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  • Day 7: Norway in a Nutshell – the Flåm Railway

    Get an early start and head to Oslo Central Station, where you’ll begin your Norway in a Nutshell® railway journey. You’ll be travelling towards Bergen, with an overnight stop in Flåm. This train ride takes you over Norway’s “mountainous rooftop” and through charming villages like Gol and Geilo.

    In Myrdal, you’ll switch trains to the famous Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana) for an incredible, steep ride to the beautiful village of Flåm. Enjoy the rest of your day in relaxing Flåm, taking in its natural beauty. There are many hiking trails to discover in the mountains around the village, as well  as activities to try such as kayaking, fjord sightseeing or visiting the Stegastein platform.

    Spend the night in Flåm.

    For a more comfortable experience, we recommend booking a luggage transfer for the journey between Oslo and Bergen.

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  • Day 8: Norway in a Nutshell to Bergen

    In the morning, you’ll board a spellbinding fjord cruise through Aurlandsfjord to Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in all of Europe. This UNESCO World Heritage site is part of Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. Prepare to be awe-struck by mighty peaks, tumbling waterfalls and small farms dotting the mountainsides.

    The boat docks in Gudvangen, from where you’ll be transported by bus to Voss. You’ll then board the train for the last stretch of your journey to Bergen.

    Spend the night in Bergen.

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  • Day 9: The Capital of the Fjords

    You have a full day to explore beautiful and historic Bergen. First, you won’t want to miss a ride on the Fløibanen Funicular to the peak of Mount Fløyen.

    Enjoy panoramic views of the colourful city, or board a cable car up even higher to Mount Ulriken. From here, you’ll discover winding hiking trails leading you across Bergen’s 7 surrounding mountains.

    Down at city level, Bergen is also known for its museums showcasing the city’s history, architecture, music and art. Some of the most popular include Troldhaugen, a living museum dedicated to composer Edvard Grieg, and KODE, Scandinavia’s largest museum of art, craft, design and music.

    Another option is to head back to the harbour to board optional day cruises of the glittering fjords.

    Spend the night in Bergen.

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  • Day 10: Embark on a Coastal Cruise

    Enjoy the morning and afternoon exploring some more of Bergen.

    In the evening, head to the harbour to hop aboard your cruise ship. You’ll be travelling with either Hurtigruten or Havila Voyages. Get settled into your cabin and prepare for an epic adventure along Norway’s dramatic 2,000-kilometre coastline.

    After your fjord cruise sets sail, wave goodbye to Bergen and head to the dining area to enjoy a delicious meal of locally sourced Norwegian specialities.

    Spend the night aboard the coastal cruise.

    Want to know which cruise you will be joining? Check out sailing departures per tour.

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  • Day 11: Ålesund & Geirangerfjord

    Enjoy a relaxing morning aboard your coastal cruise, admiring the scenery as you journey from Florø to Molde.

    Take in the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord region, with its many fjord systems and rugged mountainsides. As the ship sails past the West Cape, you will enter the open ocean before reaching Ålesund. This port town is known for its rich culture and beautiful Art Nouveau architecture.

    Depending on the time of year, you will then experience a different region of Norway. If you’re visiting between early June and late August, you’ll sail through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Geirangerfjord, with its grand waterfalls and lush green hillsides. In other months, you’ll journey through Hjørundfjorden, a spectacular fjord tucked away in the Sunnmørsalpene mountain range.

    Spend another night aboard the coastal cruise.

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  • Day 12: The Historic Town of Trondheim

    Early in the morning, the ship will pull into the historic city of Trondheim. You can step off the ship to enjoy about 3.5 hours exploring the city on your own or joining an optional sightseeing tour.

    Trondheim was the original capital of Norway, and was known as Nidaros until the 16th century. Throughout the city, you’ll notice tiny, picturesque old wooden houses. Look out for Nidaros Cathedral, one of Scandinavia’s largest buildings from the Middle Ages.

    From Trondheim, the ship sails on to Rorvik, where the southbound and northbound coastal ships meet.

    Spend another night aboard the coastal cruise.

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  • Day 13: Over the Arctic Circle

    Today, your coastal cruise will cross into the Arctic Circle, with plenty more spectacular sights along the way. Admire islands and skerries as well as unusual rock formations jutting out of the deep waters.

    During the day, the ship will dock in Bodø for 2.5 hours so you can hop on shore and explore. This peaceful town sits right by the ocean and is surrounded by majestic, snow-capped mountains. Look out for some of the many seabird species that live in this region.

    This evening, your cruise will make a 1-hour stop in Svolvær, a picturesque fishing village on the Lofoten archipelago. This settlement has a charming Scandinavian atmosphere, so take a stroll among the stockfish racks and traditional fishermen huts called ‘rorbuer’.

    Spend another night aboard the coastal cruise.

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  • Day 14: Exploring Tromsø, the “Capital of the Arctic”

    In the morning, your ship will pass the towns of Risøyhamn, Harstad, and Finnsnes before sailing across Vagsfjorden fjord to a magnificent archipelago in the north.

    Your destination is Tromsø, where your ship will dock for most of the day. This vibrant city, nicknamed the “Capital of the Arctic”, was a major port for Arctic expedition and hunting ships in the 19th century. You can learn about the region’s fascinating history in museums here.

    It’s also known for its spellbinding natural surroundings, so you may like to join a guided hike of the surrounding mountains.

    After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, you will return to the ship and continue your northbound journey.

    Spend another night aboard the coastal cruise.

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  • Day 15: The Beauty of the North Cape

    Today, your cruise takes you past Norway’s northernmost region, Finnmark. The landscapes and wildlife here are not to be missed. Scores of puffins and gannets gather along the cliffs, and pods of Orca whales hunt for herring in the abundant Arctic waters.

    The ship will dock at Honningsvåg, the most northerly city in Norway. Though officially a city, Honningsvåg is more like a village, with a small number of charming, colourful buildings and a population of less than 3,000 people.

    After exploring the city, you might want to join an optional excursion to the famous North Cape. This is a dramatic bay where you might see herds of grazing reindeer and small camps belonging to the indigenous Sámi people.

    After your stop in Honningsvåg, you’ll rejoin ship to relax as the cruise navigates east towards pretty fishing villages.

    Spend another night aboard the coastal cruise.

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  • Day 16: Kirkenes – Land of the Midnight Sun

    Enjoy one last breakfast at sea before your ship docks in Kirkenes early this morning.

    This Arctic town lies on the north-eastern border of Norway, close to Finland. It’s home to some 3,300 inhabitants, including the Sámi, the native people of Lapland.

    For such a small settlement, Kirkenes offers an impressive range of things to see and do. The rest of the day is free for you to try out an optional excursion or just relax in the town. It is here that your cruise to the north comes to an end.

    Spend the night in Kirkenes.

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  • Day 17: Return to Oslo & Departure

    After an incredible time in Norway, it's time to head home today. Your tour ends at Kirkenes Airport, where you will fly to Oslo-Gardermoen Airport at noon, connecting to your flight back home.

    If you do not have enough time between flights, or would like to spend more time exploring the capital, you can add an extra night in Oslo to your package. Simply select an additional night during your tour's online booking steps, and make sure to comment that you would like to spend this night in Oslo.

Optional extras

We recommend adding your extra activities to the tour now for the best booking experience and to secure your spot, as activities are likely to sell out.

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Essential information

We recommend that you read carefully through the following information before booking this independent tour of Scandinavia. We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions here so you know what to expect. You’ll also find more practical advice and attraction recommendations in our online Scandinavia Travel Guide.

We recommend you wait to book flights to Scandinavia, and other parts of your travels, until we can confirm your desired travel dates for this tour. This is due to varying availability for this package. Contact us for more details.

On an independent tour of Scandinavia, Nordic Visitor takes care of your local transportation, accommodation and excursions for a relaxed self-guided travel experience. This might include trains, cruises and/or internal flights, as specified in the itinerary.

You will follow an itinerary that’s been pre-planned and booked for you before you arrive in Scandinavia. This means you can take advantage of Nordic Visitor’s insider knowledge while exploring the different countries at your leisure.

Ahead of your arrival, you’ll receive personalised information via email, including an itinerary, map and detailed Scandinavia Travel Guide.

During your tour, you’ll always be able to reach us by calling our 24/7 helpline. This gives you peace of mind that we’re just a phone call away as you enjoy your independent adventure.

The transfers between your hotel and train stations, cruise ports or airports are not included with this package.

Usually your accommodation will be within short walking distance from train stations or cruise ports. When travelling to airports for flights between destinations, we recommend taking the convenient local public transport. But you could also get a taxi from your accommodation if you prefer.

So when do you check in? And what can you expect when you land in Sweden?

After picking up your luggage, you’ll make your way to your accommodation. Public transport is easy to access and convenient in Stockholm. Or you could catch a taxi.

Check-in times vary between hotels and guesthouses, but it normally starts between 2–4 PM.

You are welcome to request an early check-in for an additional fee. Although this isn’t always available, you’ll be able to store your luggage at the hotel until check-in. Please contact your travel consultant well in advance of your trip if you’d like an early check-in.

Yes, you’ll enjoy a flight to travel from Stockholm in Sweden to Copenhagen in Denmark. The direct journey takes approximately 1 hour 10 minutes.

Most flights will depart around midday, but in some cases you may be booked on a morning or evening flight. Your travel consultant will book the best flight time for you in light of your travel dates.

Each traveller in your party will be able to bring 1 checked bag, with a weight limit of 23 kilograms (50 pounds). Your carry-on bag weight limit will be 8 kilograms (17 pounds).

Please note that transfers from your hotel to Stockholm Arlanda Airport and from Copenhagen Airport to your accommodation are not included.

If you prefer to travel from Stockholm to Copenhagen by train instead of by plane, we would be happy to arrange this for you. Simply select the “train” option during the online booking steps.

It’s good to note that in the summer months, train companies conduct track maintenance, so there might be changes to the route. The length of your journey may vary.

Train tickets can often only be booked 30 days prior to your travel date. While your travel consultant waits for train tickets to become available, they will plan the rest of your tour. As soon as your tickets have been booked, your travel consultant will let you know all the details.

After your stay in Copenhagen, you’ll travel to Oslo on an overnight cruise. You’ll depart in the mid-afternoon and arrive in Norway the following morning.

We’ll book you a private cabin with ensuite facilities and a small window. In the morning before docking in Oslo, your breakfast is included.

There are 2 ships operating the route, Pearl Seaways and Crown Seaways. On board both, you will find facilities such as lounges, restaurants, bars and a viewing deck. There are also daily activities and entertainment to enjoy. In the morning before docking in Oslo, your breakfast is included.

This tour includes the famous Norway in a Nutshell® tour from Oslo to Bergen. This is one of Norway’s most iconic journeys. You’ll travel by train, bus and ferry, seeing beautiful landscapes of steep mountains, shimmering fjords, charming villages and scenic coastline.

The first leg of the journey is from Oslo to Flåm. Then you'll be travelling from Flåm to Bergen. The duration of both days will be around 7 hours. 

The connections will be announced and clearly explained in your travel documents. You will receive a ticket with all the information about transfer points and timings with your final travel documents.

You can book an optional luggage transfer for the journey. If you do this, you’ll want a backpack for your daily essentials and one-night stay. Your luggage will be waiting for you at your destination.

If you do not book a luggage transfer, you will have to carry your bags between the train, boat and bus. All connections will be within easy reach and there will be storage available for your luggage during each leg of the journey.

On this tour, you will hop aboard a coastal cruise, provided by either Hurtigruten or Havila Voyages, along the Norwegian west coast. You’ll be staying in your own cabin with private facilities.

Hurtigruten and Havila Voyages operate along the same route on different days. Your personal travel consultant will book the cruise on your behalf in light of your tour’s start date and the rest of your itinerary.

If you are travelling on a Hurtigruten cruise:
Hurtigruten ships offer a classic Norwegian experience, with cosy cabins furnished with either twin or double beds. Your room will be between 8-11 square metres (86-118 square feet) and will always include a port hole, but please note that a view from the window cannot be guaranteed.

Instead, Hurtigruten ships all offer comfortable viewing decks, dining areas and lounges. This way, you can spend your mornings and evenings relaxing with incredible views of the passing Norwegian coastline.

If you are travelling on a Havila Voyages cruise:
Havila Voyages ships are the newer cruise liners on the block. Their modern cabins are furnished with either twin or double beds and are all around 15 square metres (161 feet). Your room will have a port hole and a small sofa so you can watch the views of ocean or coastline go past. Or, head up to the lounge, restaurant or viewing deck to see more of the passing fjords.

For the Norway portion of your Scandinavian adventure, your travel consultant will arrange the details of your cruise departure in light of your tour’s start date. They’ll then include all the information in your personal itinerary.

If you have a specific cruise in mind, check out our list of Hurtigruten and Havila Voyages sailing dates in 2024 and 2025.

Hurtigruten and Havila Voyages are shipping companies which transport travellers along the Norwegian coastline. Both offer incredible views of spectacular fjords and charming coastal villages as they journey towards Norway’s north or south.

That said, both companies have their own histories and distinct characters. Your cruise experience will vary depending on which company you’re travelling with. We’ve broken down the key differences below so you know what to expect on your seafaring adventure.

Hurtigruten dates back to 1893, and many of its ships were originally used to transport post. Due to the historic nature of these cruises, each one differs in size and your room’s port hole window may not have a view. Instead, you can expect a cosy cabin stay, with access to charming lounges and restaurant areas that have floor-to-ceiling windows.

Havila Voyages are a newer company, with a focus on eco-friendly and sustainable travel. Their rooms are slightly larger and have views of either the ocean or the coastline from their port holes. Just like Hurtigruten, they offer on-board facilities such as relaxing lounges, restaurants and viewing decks.

Whichever company you travel with, you’ll enjoy a private cabin with either a double or twin beds and ensuite facilities. Please bear in mind that we cannot guarantee your cabin number for coastal voyages shorter than 5 nights.

When your ship is in port for longer than 30 minutes, you’ll have the option to disembark. Optional shore excursions will also be available on your journey, so make sure to pre-book any activities that interest you.

This package includes a domestic flight in Norway between Kirkenes and Oslo. Given the limited flights available from Kirkenes, arrival in Oslo is likely to be around 2 PM.

As this is on your last day in Norway, we recommend making sure your connecting flight home is in the evening. Or you could request an additional night in Oslo, which we will happily plan for you.

On your Scandinavian adventure, you’ll stay in accommodation that’s been hand-picked by our travel experts. We’ve partnered with local businesses and selected hotels and guesthouses based on excellent ratings, comfort and our personal experience.

During the booking process, you can select whether you want Comfort Plus or Superior accommodation. Comfort Plus usually consists of standard rooms in good quality and comfortable 3-star hotels. Superior is standard rooms in 4-star hotels combined with superior rooms in premium 3-star hotels.

You will also be able to choose between single, double or triple rooms. Please note that in the Nordic countries room types are based on European standard sizes, which means they are smaller than in North America.

For example, a double bed often consists of 2 single beds pushed together. Twin rooms are 2 separate single beds. Triple rooms include a double bed along with an extra single bed, rollaway or sofa bed. And single rooms are often smaller than the standard double.

If you have anything specific in mind, please contact us to discuss customising your accommodation options.

Please wait to book flights to Scandinavia until we can confirm your desired travel dates for this tour. This is due to varying availabilities on services included in this package. 

After making a booking with Nordic Visitor, it might take a few weeks to confirm your travel arrangements. We recommend booking your flights once your personal travel consultant gets in touch to confirm your itinerary.

If you have any questions about your flights and itinerary, please contact us for more details.

If you have a passport from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand, you won’t need a visa to visit Scandinavia. This visa-free entry is valid for up to 90 days.

Visiting from another country? You might need to apply for a Schengen visa. You can find out whether you require a visa to enter on the Sweden Government website or the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. You’ll need to apply to the consulate of the country where you will spend the most time, or the first country you will visit.

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from your departure from the region. It’s good to check your passport expiry date early in case you need to renew it.

Scandinavia is a beautiful destination all year long. But it’s good to be aware of a few things before picking the best time to visit for you.

During the summer months, June to August, you’ll have the warmest temperatures and longest daylight hours of the year. This is ideal for outdoor excursions and taking full advantage of your days for sightseeing.

If you’d like to experience the top attractions with fewer visitors around, then you could book a summer itinerary in May or September. These shoulder season months generally have more tour and attraction availability.

Independent tours of Scandinavia are also available during the rest of the year. But please be advised that if you are travelling in late March, April, late September or October, the weather is much milder, especially in Sweden and Norway. That said, there will still be more sunlight at this time of year than in winter.

Choose to travel in winter, November to February, and you’ll benefit from an itinerary of quieter towns and attractions. You can also expect fewer daylight hours, and the addition of snow-dusted mountains as a backdrop. It’s good to remember that in Scandinavia, northern lights can only really be seen from Northern Norway, Iceland, and Lapland.

Christmastime is another magical time of year to visit Scandinavia, with Christmas markets galore. But please note that there are limited opening hours during the holiday season.

The capitals of Scandinavia are located quite far north in Europe so you can expect long daylight hours in summer.

In Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden, you can expect between 16 and 19 hours of daylight depending on how close you are to the solstice. Copenhagen in Denmark is slightly more south, so you’ll enjoy 14-17 daylight hours.

In Norway, Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger are relatively south, so you’ll experience 15–20 hours of daylight. If you visit the north, including locations such as Tromsø and Kirkenes, you can expect 20–24 hours of daylight.

The region’s long summer days give you plenty of time to explore. That said, you may want to pack a sleeping mask if you are a light sleeper or tend to wake up at dawn.

Find out more about time zones and daylight in this guide to time and daylight in Scandinavia.

During the summer months, you can expect fairly stable weather across Scandinavia.

The months of June, July and August boast the warmest weather of the year. In Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo you can expect average temperatures between 17–20°C (61–68°F). This gets cooler in Bergen and then up the north coast of Norway. For example, Tromsø has average summer temperatures around 10°C (41–50°F).

In May and September, you can also expect milder conditions. Pack for temperatures closer to 11–14°C (52–57°F).

All that said, it’s good to know that weather conditions are often changeable in Northern Europe, so you should come ready for sun, rain and wind. For more information on the local climate, read the page Scandinavian weather conditions.

Please note that sightseeing is dependent on weather and road conditions. This means that your itinerary might need to be altered if these conditions are not favourable during your visit.

Summer has most stable weather of the year across Scandinavia, especially in the south of the region. That said, you should still be ready to experience all seasons in one day. Especially if you will be spending a lot of time outdoors, you’ll want to pack for a combination of weather conditions.

Bring lighter clothes for the warmer, sunny days. And don’t forget extra layers for chilly nights in the mountains or for taking in the view from cruise ship decks.

Here is an essential summer packing list for your trip to Scandinavia:

  • Shorts and trousers
  • T-shirts and long sleeve tops
  • At least one warm jumper or fleece
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Light gloves, hat and scarf
  • Comfortable walking or hiking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sun hat and sunscreen
  • Umbrella
  • Eye mask to sleep despite the long daylight hours
  • Electronic gear such as smartphone, external powerpack, and travel adapters
  • A backpack for easy access to daily essentials
  • and don’t forget your camera!

An umbrella can also come in handy. If you are a wildlife watcher, you may wish to bring binoculars.

For more information, check out this Scandinavian packing list.

In most major Scandinavian cities and towns you will be able to find coin-operated launderettes, with self-service facilities, and dry cleaners. Most hotels on your trip will also offer a laundry or dry cleaning service for an additional cost.

When you travel with Nordic Visitor, breakfast at your accommodation is always included. For the rest of your meals, the amount of spending money you need will depend on the standard of restaurants you decide to go to.

In Sweden, we recommend budgeting between 150-300 SEK for lunch per person, each day. Dinner at casual restaurants might cost between 250-500 SEK. Meanwhile at upscale restaurants, you might expect to spend at least 800 SEK per person.

In Denmark, these numbers will be closer to 100-200 DKK for lunch, 200-400 DKK for casual dinners and upwards of 600 DKK for upscale dining.

For Norway, you’ll want to budget 150–350 NOK per person per lunch. Dinners will be between 350-600 NOK and upscale restaurants might charge upwards of 1,000 NOK per person.

These general budgeting tips do not include the cost of alcoholic beverages.

Yes, you can customise this tour online. During the booking process, you can add extra nights to your itinerary as well as optional day trips, excursions and upgrades. 

If you have something specific in mind, get in touch with your travel consultant and they’ll create your dream trip.

After booking your tour package online, you will be contacted within 2 business days by your own dedicated travel consultant. They will be your point of contact for all your travel needs before, during and even after your trip. 

We aim to complete bookings within a few weeks. During this time we take care of booking your accommodation, activities, and transport, confirming all parts of your journey. Once this is done, your travel consultant will provide you with all the details of your trip. 

When we get back to you might depend slightly on how far ahead you’ve booked your travels and other tours running at the time. 

If you have any questions before your trip, you can get in touch with our Scandinavian travel experts based in Stockholm. The live chat option is useful for getting a quick reply as someone answers live every day during office hours.

Once you’ve booked, we’ll provide you with a travel guide packed full of local tips and top attractions for your visit. You can also check out our online Scandinavia Travel Guide where we’ve compiled useful information about topics, including:

This tour requires a non-refundable deposit payment of 50% of the total price at the time of booking. You can view more about the deposit and cancellation fees here.

All bookings are billed in Euro (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. This means conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

By booking with Nordic Visitor, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that there’s always someone there for you throughout your trip.

For support and advice during the day, you can call our office. And if anything unexpected happens outside working hours, you can reach us on our 24/7 helpline. 

During your tour, there will always be a travel expert on call to handle any unforeseen situations, such as unusual weather or events.

After you have booked your tour, it will take a few weeks to confirm its availability. Then we will start the booking process to create your itinerary.

Once your trip details are finalised, we’ll send you e-copies of your travel documents. This will include your personalised itinerary, our Scandinavia Travel Guide and your service vouchers. We recommend printing your tickets and vouchers to bring with you to Scandinavia.

No need! Nordic Visitor is already working on offsetting the estimated carbon footprint of your package. We’ve partnered with an environmental fund in Iceland to carbon offset all our tours.

Carbon offsetting your international flights is not included, but we highly recommend you look into possibilities with your airline or directly through a local environment fund. 

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort Plus

Standard rooms in good quality and comfortable three-star hotels in combination with charming country hotels.

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Superior

Standard rooms in four-star hotels in combination with Superior rooms in premium three-star hotels.

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Price per person from

The amount will be charged in EUR

Approx 8816 EUR

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