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Legends of Scandinavia | 10 or 14 Day Escorted Tour

Tour Includes:

Transport

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide

Accommodation

    • Clarion Folketeateret, Oslo (2 nights)
    • Union Hotel, Geirnager (1 night)
    • Kvikne's Hotel, Balestrand (1 night)
    • Scandic Ørnen Hotel, Bergen (2 nights)
    • Vestlia Resort, Geilo (1 night)
    • Fosshotel Raudara, Iceland or Hotel Brandan, Faroe Islands (3)

      Meals

      • Full breakfast daily except on day 1
      • 5 dinners

      Other Inclusions

      • 1 x Geirangerfjord mini cruise
      • 1 x Norwegian waffles including coffee/
        tea
      • 1 x Cider Tasting
      • 1 x Sognefjord mini cruise in ECO luxury
        boat
      • 1 x Train from Flåm to Myrdal
      • 1 x Train from Myrdal to Voss
      • 1 x Return Ticket for Funicular Train
      • 1 x Entrance to the Vikingship Museum
        in Oslo
      • Multiple photo stops for breath taking views

      Not Included

      • Luggage handling
      • Lunches
      • Dinners where not specified on the itinerary
      • Transfers to/from airports, train stations or piers
      • Forward transfers to connecting tours

      Starts in Oslo/ Ends in Helsinki 

      Highlights:

      Oslo

      Lillehammer

      Geiranger Fjord

      Sogne Fjord & Flåm Railway

      Bergen

      Overnight cruise to Copenhagen

      Stockholm

      Overnight cruise to Helsinki

       

      8 Day Norwegian Legends Itinerary

      DAY 1: OSLO

      Welcome to Oslo! Oslo is the capital of Norway, the“Viking Capital”, founded in 1040 by the Oslo Fjord, and home to many fascinating museums and beautiful green parks full of sculptures. In the very centre of the city you will find the Karl Johan pedestrian street, and don’t forget to pass by the impressive opera house.
      Individual arrival to Oslo and transfer to the hotel (or include optional arrival transfer). Check in is guaranteed after 4 pm, in case of earlier arrival, the hotel can assist with storage of the luggage. At 6pm, meet your tour escort and fellow travellers in the hotel lobby for a short introduction to the upcoming adventure.
      Overnight at the centrally located Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeatret, perfectly located within walking distance from the pedestrian street Karl Johan.

      DAY 2: OSLO – LILLEHAMMER – LOM – GEIRANGER (B D)

      Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Leave Oslo by coach, driving along the Lake Mjøsa, the largest lake in Oslo, towards the Olympic city of Lillehammer, where the 1994 winter Olympic Games took place. After a brief stop in Lillehammer, continue towards Lom where we will have a photo stop to admire the 12th century stave church. Continue the journey through the Otta Valley to Geiranger.
      Dinner and overnight at the beautiful Union Hotel Geiranger. Karl Johan pedestrian street, and don’t forget to pass by the impressive opera house.

      DAY 3: GEIRANGER – BALESTRAND (B D)

      After a breakfast buffet at the hotel, embark on a 1 hour cruise along the spectacular, UNESCO-listed Geiranger Fjord with the impressive waterfalls: “the bridal Veil” and “the Seven Sisters”. Arrive in the village of Hellesylt and drive via the Nord Fjord and along the scenic route to Skei. En route stop to enjoy a Norwegian waffle with coffee. Continue the journey passing the Gaular Mountain National Park, making a stop by the viewpoint before arriving at the idyllic village of Balestrand, located on the shores of the fjord and surrounded by high mountains. This unique spot is a good candidate for the most beautiful place on earth. The area is known for its fertile land and fruit trees. We will pay a visit to the Cider House to enjoy a tasting. Dinner and overnight in fjord view rooms at Kvikne’s hotel.

      DAY 4: BALESTRAND – FLAM RAILWAY – BERGEN (B)

      Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Leaving Balestrand might be difficult, but ahead awaits two of the most famous experiences in Norway, the Sogne Fjord and the Flåm Railway. Arrival in Gudvangen, at the head of the Nærøy Fjord - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with small farms scattered on the steep hillsides of the fjord, cascading waterfalls and towering snow- clad mountains. Board a 2 hour’s mini-cruise of the Nærøy and Auerland fjords – both branches of the Sogne Fjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Disembark in the fjord side village of Flåm and after a short rest, board the world famous tourist train Flåm Railway, one of the most exceptional rail road trips in the world. With breath-taking views at every curve it will take you up to the mountain station of Myrdal. In Myrdal, change train and leave by the Bergen Railway to Voss, where your driver will be waiting to take you to Bergen, the “Capital of the Fjords”. Overnight at the Scandic Ørnen Hotel, centrally located.

      DAY 5: BERGEN (B)

      Breakfast buffet at the hotel. In the morning, enjoy a walking tour with your tour manager, covering the famous open air fish market, stroll across to Bryggen where the traditional wooden medieval buildings still remain as in the times of the Hanseatic League. Rest of the day off or join an optional, panoramic bus tour to the coastal side. Overnight at the centrally located Scandic Ørnen Hotel.

      OPTIONAL ON DAY 5
      Take a panoramic drive along the west coast through the fishing Island of Sotra up to for an opportunity to explore a different landscape and take in the wonderful views along this less traveled route.
      • (Photostops along the way)
      • Escorted by Tour Leader
      • Duration: 4 hrs
      • $50 pp (min 10 guests)

      DAY 6: BERGEN – GEILO (B D)

      After the breakfast buffet at the hotel. In the morning, we will take the funicular up to the top of Mount Fløyen for a stunning view of Bergen and the surrounding fjord. Depart from Bergen, and stop off at the impressive Vøringsfoss waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 meters before entering into the Hardanger Fjord area with its romantic landscape of fruit orchards and rounded mountains. Continue on the Hardanger Mountain Plateau, crossing the Hardanger Fjord Bridge for an afternoon arrival in the city of Geilo, a famous ski area during the winter. Dinner and overnight in the Vestlia Resort beautifully located by the Hardangerviddda Mountain Plateau.

      DAY 7: GEILO – OSLO (B D)

      Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Drive back towards Oslo via the Hallingdal Valley. Upon arrival in Oslo, you will be taken on a city tour of Oslo with a local guide. Famous sights include the Frogner Park which is home to famous sculptures by the Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, the Royal Palace, the medieval fortress Akershus, the Opera house, the City Hall and much more. The day finishes with a visit to the Viking Ship Museum. Overnight at the centrally located Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeatret.

      DAY 8: OSLO – NIGHT CRUISE (B D)

      Breakfast buffet at the hotel, and check out. Make the most of the free morning – we recommend a visit to the Munch Museum or the Nobel Peace Center. In the afternoon, transfer to the port for departure on an overnight cruise towards Denmark and Copenhagen. Enjoy a large Scandinavian buffet on board as you sail through the Oslo Fjord. There are a variety of bars and a nightclub on board. Accommodation on board in 2-berth seaview cabins with shower/ WC.

      DAY 9: COPENHAGEN (B)

      Breakfast buffet on board. Morning arrival in Copenhagen and transfer to your hotel after a city tour with your Tour Leader. Check in is guaranteed after 4 pm, in case of earlier arrival, the hotel can assist with luggage storage. Head out to explore the Danish capital. Founded in the 10th century as a fishing village, the Danish capital is now a city full of beautiful buildings and exciting museums – but be careful, Copenhagen is a biking city, about 60% of the population use bike as their main transportation. Enjoy a walk along Strøget, one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe, or enjoy a cup of coffee in one of the many outdoor cafés in the old port area of Nyhavn, or maybe take a canal tour. Or, in the summertime, the harbour is 10 minutes’ walk from your hotel if you feel like taking a swim with the locals. Accommodation at the Radisson BLU Scandinavia Hotel, located only 15 minutes’ walk from city centre.

      DAY 10: COPENHAGEN (B)

      Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Individual departure and self-transfer from Copenhagen (or include optional transfer out). The tour can end on this day but these are the two add on optional trips to either Iceland or The Faroe Islands:

       

      Option One - Iceland

      DAY 10: COPENHAGEN - REYKJAVIK

      Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Individual departure from Copenhagen and own transfer to the airport for your flight (not included) to Iceland (or include optional transfer). Upon arrival in Reykjavik board the included transfer with shuttle bus from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik. Depending on your arrival time, you will be able to explore the city and maybe stroll to the iconic and modern church of Halgrimskirkja or take a walk along the harbour to the Sun Voyager sculpture located close to the controversial Harpa. Alternatively seek out incredible paintings on city centre buildings.

      Overnight in the centrally located Fosshotel Raudara.

      DAY 11: REYKJAVIK & GOLDEN CIRCLE

      Breakfast buffet at the hotel. This morning you will join the most famous of Iceland’s tours: The guided group tour for the Golden Circle. Experience three of Iceland’s most famous and impressive attractions: Þingvellir National Park, the geothermal area of Geysir and the Gullfoss waterfall. Þingvellir National Park is located right at the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The results of the continents drifting apart is clearly visible in the landscape. It is also a place of great historical importance being the site of the ancient Icelandic parliament, Alþingi, which was established in 930 AD. At the geothermal area of Geysir there are several different hot springs, amongst them the very active Strokkur which sends a column of boiling water high into the air every 6-10 minutes. Gullfoss is a majestic waterfall in the Hvítá river which in two stages plunges more than 30 meters into a deep crevice. It is by many considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. Return in the afternoon to Reykjavik and maybe decide to experience the unique Blue Lagoon for a special and relaxing evening (optional tour).

      Overnight at city centre hotel Fosshotel Raudara.

      DAY 12: REYKJAVIK & SOUTH SHORE

      Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

      On the South Shore guided group tour, you will travel through the farmlands of South Iceland with views to glaciers, volcanoes and waterfalls. Driving past the glacier-volcano Eyjafjallajökull which erupted in 2010.The stops on the tour include the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss as well as the black beach, Reynisfjara. Seljalandsfoss is a high and narrow waterfall. It is possible to walk on a path all the way behind the falling water and out on the other side. Skógafoss is a bigger waterfall, 15 meters wide and 60 meters high. It is an impressive experience to feel the power being released when the water hits the pool at the bottom in a cloud of spray. At Reynisfjara you can witness spectacular basalt colums at the hillside as well as characteristic rock pillars rising from the sea. During the summer season there are many puffins and other seabirds nesting on the rocks. On clear days there are also good views to the promomtory Dyrhólaey where the sea has carved a big hole through the cliff. Overnight at Fosshotel Raudara.

      DAY 13: DEPARTURE DAY

      Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Transfer with shuttle to Keflavik airport in time for your departure flight.

       

      Option Two

      DAY 10: COPENHAGEN - FAROE ISLANDS

      Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Individual departure from Copenhagen and own transfer to the airport for your flight to the Faroe Islands (or include optional transfer). Upon arrival in the Faroe Islands, private transfer from the airport to the hotel (included). After check in, we recommend a short walk to the city centre to get a feel of this unique capital.

      Overnight in Hotel Brandan.

      DAY 11: FAROE ISLANDS

      Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Today you are taken on a full day public guided excursion to the Northern Islands, driving across the islands Streymoy and Eysturoy to the village of Leirvík and from there through an underwater tunnel to the fishing capital Klaksvík. In Klaksvik we will see the unique church Christianskirkjan, dedicated to the memory of Faroese sailors. On this excursion you will enjoy great views of the islands Borðoy, Kalsoy and Kunoy, as well as visiting smaller villages, several viewpoints and the Viking Settlement in Leirvík. Lunch will be served during the day.

      Overnight in Hotel Brandan.

      DAY 12: FAROE ISLANDS

      Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Morning dedicated to a public, guided exploration of the beautiful island of Vágar.The tour goes via the mountain road to Norðadalsskarð where the view over the island of Koltur is extraordinary – photostops will be made along the way. On the island of Vágoy we will pass through the villages of Sandavág, Miðvág and Sørvág. A stop is made in Gásadalur, where you will have a magnificent view over Tindhólm and Mykines, views that will last in your memories always. In Gásadalur there will be some free time to explore the iconic waterfall Múlafossur, hike close to the cliffwalls, or enjoy a cup of coffee in the café. On the way back we will make a stop in the village of Bø. Rest of the day free to enjoy and explore on own.

      Overnight in Hotel Brandan.

      DAY 13:RETURN HOME

      Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

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