Scandinavia in Summer

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Trip code: 
ASN
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Culture & Discovery Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Historic architecture and clear blue harbours

As the days become longer and brighter, the citizens of Scandinavia slowly emerge from hibernation, the skies and gloves are packed away for another year and they head out into the sunshine. The streets of Bergen, Oslo and Stockholm come alive with street cafes, farmers markets and entertainers, while the stunning fjords and mountains become a playground for walkers, sailors, and adventure seekers. A week in this beautiful region of Northern Europe will change how you view these two countries forever.

Highlights

Guided tours of Bergen, Oslo and Stockholm Boat ridge through the UNESCO listed Naeroyfjord Ride the historic Flam railway Visit a dairy farm for cheese tasting and lunch Explore the maritime Vasa Museum in Stockholm

Key information

Travel by rail and ferry though Norway and Sweden

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Bergen

    Arrive early afternoon and transfer to our centrally located hotel in Bergen. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes. After dinner (not included) and our group briefing there will be time to enjoy an evening walk down to the harbour.

  • Day 2

    Guided walking tour of Bergen including funicular railway. Free afternoon.

    This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Norway’s second city, Bergen. Including the Bryggen region a series of Hanseatic commercial buildings lining the eastern side of the fjord. Dating back to the 14th century the area was listed by UNESCO in 1979 and now houses shops and cafes. We will then take the funicular railway to the top of Floyen, one of the mountains that surround the city. The panoramic view from the top is wonderful and it is the perfect place to sit and relax with a coffee. The afternoon is free to enjoy the local fish market, or you may choose to walk down from Floyen enjoying the pretty historical hillside suburbs of colourful wooden houses on the way.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Morning ferry ride through Sognefjod to Flåm. Afternoon walk to lookout.

    The 5.5hr journey from Bergen to Flåm is long, but we sail through some of the most spectacular scenery on earth. Our journey takes us through the Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. For almost the entire trip we’re encircled by towering mountains, with waterfalls cascading into the deep waters below. Pretty, colourful villages line the narrow shores, jostling for space with the small farms producing fruit and rich dairy products. Wildlife is also in abundance and we’re likely to see porpoises following our vessel and sea eagles gliding above our heads. On arrival in Flåm, a pretty village at the end of the fjord, we’ll check into our hotel. There should be time for an evening stroll along the shore before dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Day on the fjord, including walk to a cheese farm.

    Our day starts by boarding a RIB boat and travelling into the heart of the UNESCO Naeroyford, one of Norway’s most beautiful fjords; from here we travel back to Aurlandfjord, docking in the village of Skjerdal. Here we’ll walk up the old road with beautiful views of the fjord all along the way. At Leim Farm there will be a tour and an introduction to the making of traditional goats cheese. Lunch will be served outside on the terrace with cheese tasting and a main course based on local and home grown products. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the view and get to meet the goats, before we head back to Flåm by minibus.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    To Oslo via the historical Flam Railway.

    We leave the fjord region today and head for the Norwegian capital, via the historic Flåm Railway. Opened in 1941 this 20km line is considered one of the most spectacular in the world, winding through the Flåmsdalen valley to Myrdal were we join the main line from Bergen to Oslo. We're now on a faster, more modern train, but the journey is no less spectacular. Passing through 182 tunnels we climb to over 1200m, crossing the Hardangervidda Plateau, one of the world's highest stretches of railway, here even in the height of summer a whiteout isn't uncommon. In many parts of the world this would be considered a wonder of engineering, but in Norway it's just an essential link between the two largest cities. Arriving in Oslo we transfer by tram to our hotel, with enough time to enjoy dinner overlooking the harbour, alternatively you may want to the views from the slopping roof of the modern opera house.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Orienation tour of Oslo, free afternoon.

    With so much natural beauty Norway's fine capital is often overlooked by visitors. History and oil wealth has created a lovely modern city of wide tree-lined boulevards, 19th cenutry buildings, smart cafes and world class museums and galleries. Our orientation walk takes in all the main sights, including the Royal Palace, Akershus Castle, the new opera house and Vigeland Sculpture Park. The afternoon is free. You may choose to visit one of the many museums, including the Munch Museum and Viking Ship Museum or you may take a long lunch on the harbour.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    To Stockholm by rail, free evening in the Swedish capital

    Our journey today takes us, by rail, from Oslo to Stockholm, Sweden’s beautiful capital city on the east coast of the Scandinavian Peninsula. Our journey crosses Värmland county and along the shores of Lake Vanern, the country’s largest lake. The train is fast and comfortable, with a buffet car and open Wi-Fi and takes approximately 6 hours On arrival in Stockholm we transfer by public transport to our hotel, and can enjoy free time in this lovely city by the sea.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Orientation tour of Stockolm including the Vasa Museum.

    Built over 14 islands Stockholm dates back to 1000AD when the area was first occupied by the Vikings. Today it's the largest city in Scandinavia and the cultural and economic capital of the region. Its waterfront location gives it an almost majestic flavour of grandeur, while still feeling local and friendly. Our orientation tour will start in the old town area of Gamla Stan, before heading round the water’s edge to one of the finest museums in the world – The Vasa Museum. It is home to the 17th century warship Vasa, which sank moments into its maiden voyage in 1628. It was finally raised from the mud in 1961, almost perfectly intact. After years of careful restoration the ship is now on display in all its glory, really is an incredible sight, but you only have to look at it to know she was a heading for disaster; it’s almost ridiculously top heavy! Our afternoon is free to enjoy the city, you may choose to take a harbour tour on a traditional steamer, or maybe throw on your platform heels and head to the ABBA Museum, surely Sweden’s most famous export?

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    End Stockholm

    Free morning before transferring to Stockholm Airport for our flight home

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

Norway

No visa required for British passport holders.

Sweden

UK passport holders do not require a visa for Sweden.

Vaccinations

Norway

There are no specific health risks.

Sweden

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

'New Nordic Cuisine' has been evolving rapidly over the last decade throughout Scandinavia, as chefs seek to add a modern twist to traditional Scandinavian recipes. They are building on the use of local products, while reviving and adapting some of the older techniques, for example, marinating, smoking and salting. There's also a real drive to use seasonal produce, which in summer includes new potatoes, wild strawberries and asparagus. Hotel breakfasts are particularly generous, with a wide selection of hot food, fruit, yoghurts, dark rye bread, and preserves.

Weather

Summers in Scandinavia are on the most part warm, sometime hot and mostly dry, but rain can be expected at any time. Average highs in summer in Stockholm are around 20 degrees, Bergan is slightly cool at around 17 degree. Out on the fjords the wind can be practically cold and a woolly had can come in useful, even if it's t-shirt weather on land.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded Leisurely/Moderate (2) and visits as much as possible in the three cities and the Flam region of the fjords. There is a lot to see in a week yet the pace is not rushed and plenty of time is left each day for self-exploration. Should you choose to take part in all the offered optional activities, the week will seem more demanding. Although this itinerary is mostly based on sightseeing, please be prepared for a reasonable amount of walking, especially in the fjords Transportation is mostly by train and we take the public ferry from Bergen to Flam. Trains in Scandinavia are modern and fast, with wide comfortable seats, a buffet car and free Wi-Fi. The ferry offers airplane style seating, but you'll spend a lot of time up on deck. On day 4 we walk up the fjord to a farm. You do not need hiking experience, but a reasonable physical fitness level is required for the walk up the hill. The total altitude gain is 360m. You’ll need sturdy walking shoes and clothes suitable for the outdoors, rain attire if needed. If it’s a warm day you will need a water bottle. There's no way round it, Norway and Sweden are relatively expensive compared to the UK. However we feel that both countries offer good value for money. Hotel accommodation is of a high standard, with clean comfortable rooms and good breakfasts. Transportation is fast and efficient. Food and drink, especially alcohol, is expensive in restaurants and cafes, but supermarket prices are similar to prices in the UK.

Accommodation

Hotel and cabin accommodation

6 nights comfortable 3* hotel and 2 nights 4* hotel in the Fjords
Hotel nights are in Bergen, Oslo and Stockholm, while in Flam we stay in the historic 4* Fretheim Hotel, one of Norway's most famous hotels. All properties are within walking distance of the main sights, with good size rooms, a generous buffet breakfast and Wi-Fi throughout.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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