Northern Europe and Russia

Northern Europe & Russia

Country Roads

Country Roads of Scandinavia (Summer 2018)

Duration: 13 days Visiting: Norway, Denmark

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  • Optional experiences
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Marvel at the road less travelled with Scandinavia's breathtaking mountains, rivers and fjords. Follow the tales and trails of the Vikings, while enjoying the modern culture and liveliness of the cities.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Oslo.

    On arrival at Oslo airport, your transfer will leave for the hotel at 09:30, 12:00 or 14:30. Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at 17:30, to enjoy a Welcome Dinner with wine.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Cosmopolitan Oslo.

    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you the spires and ramparts of medieval Akershus Castle guarding the harbour, as well as the Royal Palace and an included visit to the Viking Ship Museum. Wander through Frogner Park, housing the intriguing sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. The afternoon is at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Excursion to the most modern Ski Jump in the world? Maybe explore City Hall where the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony is held, or walk upon the famous architecture of Oslo Opera House?

  4. Day 4

    Oslo city to coastal Bergen.

    Journey across the Hardanger Plateau, Europe's greatest mountain plateau and the largest national park in the Nordic countries, before arriving at your hotel in the historic port of Bergen. In the evening, savour a delicious dinner at Zupperia Matbørsen, a local restaurant offering traditional Norwegian and European flavours with an Asian fusion.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Ancient Hanseatic port of Bergen.

    (Relaxed Start) A Local Expert introduces you to Bergen. The ancient Hanseatic port city still largely looks to the sea for its living, as evidenced by the picturesque and lively Fish Market, set in a charming location in the heart of the city. The market also has stalls selling a colourful variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and souvenirs. After seeing the 13th century Haakon’s Hall, there will be time to explore all that this exciting town has to offer. Perhaps spend a leisurely afternoon on the traditional-style train of the Flåm Railway? Maybe you might like to visit the home of composer Edward Grieg, before ascending Mount Fløyen by the only funicular in Scandinavia.

  6. Day 6

    A coastline like no other.

    Travel along this incredible coastline and sail across fjords passing an abundance of islands. Arrive in Stavanger, one of Norway’s oldest cities founded almost 900 years ago. The city has continued to evolve with changing times and now the headquarters of the Norwegian Oil Industry, Stavanger is a fusion of old world charm and cosmopolitan flair!

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    The wonders of Lysefjord.

    (Relaxed Start) Cruise Lysefjord, one of Norway's most breathtaking fjords. See Preikestolen, the Pulpit Rock, known as one of the most iconic destinations in the world! You will also view Vagabond's Cave, old mountain farms, idyllic islands and majestic scenery. Enjoy the fjord landscape through panoramic windows or from the spacious sundeck. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or continue exploring Stavanger.

  8. Day 8

    Onwards to Kristiansand.

    Relax and enjoy the scenic drive as you round the southern cape of Norway. Upon arrival in Kristiansand, your orientation walk of the city centre will show you the Dom Kirke and the Nupen Fountain.

  9. Day 9

    Kristiansand to Aarhus.

    Say farewell to Norway as you sail across the Skagerrak to Hirsthals, Denmark. Your journey continues to Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city and one of Europe's cultural treasures with world-class museums and modern art. Visit Den Gamle By with your Local Expert to learn about this city’s Viking Heritage as you explore this open-air museum of urban history and culture in Denmark.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Historic Aarhus.

    A vibrant mix of youthful energy and a blast from the past makes Aarhus a city with an energetic beat of the pulse. Join your Local Expert for an exploration of the city centre. See the City Hall, the modern art museum ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum topped with an immense, interactive artwork and Dokk1, the largest public library in Scandinavia. Walk through the area surrounding the cathedral and visit the new township Aarhus for splendid views of Aarhus Bay. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your own pace. Join your fellow travellers at Restaurant V, a classic brasserie with a Danish twist. Here the chef's are passionate about creating an environmentally friendly and sustainable kitchen, producing delicious Danish meals made from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

  11. Day 11

    Odense and the fairytales of Fyn.

    Cross the Jutland Peninsula to the town of Odense, on the island of Fyn. In the restored old district, visit the Hans Christian Andersen House, a museum dedicated to his life and works. Learn all about the famous fairytale writer as you follow his career, travels and love life. The enchantment continues as you toast your Scandinavian adventure during your Celebration Dinner with your newfound friends.

  12. Day 12 - Relaxed Start

    Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen.

    Your Local Expert will reveal the charm of Denmark's capital. Meet Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid gazing wistfully across the harbour and see Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Government. Continue on to see Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and Copenhagen Cathedral, where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. View the unusual Rundertaarn, a 17th century round tower and the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. The afternoon is at your leisure, perhaps take an Optional Experience to visit the Carlsberg Brewery and explore the Tivoli Gardens for an evening of lights, flowers and sensory delights.

  13. Day 13

    Depart Copenhagen.

    Departure transfers arrive at Copenhagen airport at 06:30, 09:00 and 12:00.




  • Oslo: With your Local Expert, see Akershus Castle, Oslo Harbour and the Royal Palace.
  • Oslo: Take a moment to contemplate the interesting Vigeland sculptures when you visit Frogner Park.
  • Oslo: Stand beneath the scrolled prows and handcut hulls of 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife and learn about their traditions and culture when you visit the Viking Ship Museum.
  • Hardanger Plateau: Pass through the National Park known for its beautiful arctic tundra.
  • Bergen: Explore this Wooden City led by your Travel Director.
  • Bergen: Marvel at the 13th century Haakon’s Hall and explore the many market stalls with your Local Expert.
  • Norway's West Coast: Fjord hop from Bergen to Stavanger.
  • Lysefjord: Embrace spectacular scenery as you cruise through Lysefjord to the magnificent Pulpit Rock. See Vagabond's Cave, old mountain farms, idyllic islands and majestic scenery.
  • Skagerrak: Sail across the Skagerrak as you cross from Kristiansand to Hirsthals.
  • Aarhus: Your Local Expert guides you through the open-air museum of Den Gamle By.
  • Aarhus: Explore the city centre with your Local Expert. Pass City Hall and see the modern art museum ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum topped with an immense, interactive artwork and Dokk1, the largest public library in Scandinavia. Visit the new township Aarhus, an artificial island offering splendid views of Aarhus Bay.
  • Fyn: Travel by ferry to the island of Fyn.
  • Odense: Be enchanted by the tales of Hans Christian Anderson's life when you visit the museum dedicated to his life and works.
  • Copenhagen: With your Local Expert, view Christiansborg Palace and the cathedral where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. You'll also see Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and the unusual Rundertaarn, which is the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe.
  • Scenic Drives: While travelling through southern Scandinavia, experience some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world, along the Norwegian West Coast from Bergen to Stavanger, around the south cape of Norway and across Jutland Peninsula.


  • Copenhagen: At your Celebration Dinner, Scandinavian hospitality is matched with fine food and wine.
  • Bergen: Enjoy an evening of dinner and wine at a local restaurant. Zupperia Matbørsen offers traditional Norwegian and European meal with an Asian twist.
  • Aarhus: Savour a delightful Farm-to-Table Dinner prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and accompanied with local wine.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee.


  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Danish Family Dinner

Aarhus is situated in the middle of some of the most beautiful farm lands in Denmark. Tonight we'll enjoy a local dinner that incorporates some of the best traditions of Danish cuisine.

Adult Price: EUR 69.00

Code: AAR0001

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Explore life as if you were one of the first humans in the North and get an exciting insight into their harsh way of life. Walk through ancient Aros with a real Viking and meet the Grauballe man, a 2200 year old Dane. “The Wild Side” offers a fascinating look into Danish anthropology.

Adult Price: EUR 42.00

Code: AAR0002

The Flaam Railway

Aboard this iconic rail journey on Europe's steepest regular gauge railway, we'll explore snow-capped mountains and road-less countryside. First the Bergen-Oslo line takes us up to the Flaam train at Myrdal. Then we'll descend slowly through the mountains, with a stop for photos at the thundering waterfall of Kjosfossen. Please Note: This Optional Experience is subject to seasonal availability.

Adult Price: EUR 95.00

Code: BER0009

Canal Cruise and Visit to a Small Fishing Village

Today we’ll explore Copenhagen through a cruise on its narrow canals and inner harbour. Then we’ll stroll around the streets of an old fishing village and stop at a local cafe for light refreshments.

Adult Price: EUR 47.00

Code: COP0003

Happiness and Hygge

The Ultimate Grand Finale! Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word meaning cosy, charming or special. A visit to two of Denmark’s iconic sites will provide these and happiness as well. First, we'll enjoy a self-guided tour through the Carlsberg Brewery, where we'll explore their museum and see the Carlsberg Clydesdale Horses before sampling some of their product. Then, we're on to Tivoli Gardens to enjoy an evening of lights, flowers and sensory delight!

Adult Price: EUR 45.00

Code: COP0004

Romantic Norway

Let’s travel back in time to the romantic past that still lives in the heart of every Norwegian with this visit to the open air museum in Oslo. See the Norwegian National dress, step into old turf-roofed farmsteads and visit one of the unique and original stave churches.

Adult Price: EUR 37.00

Code: OSL0003

Norwegians Are Born With Skis On Their Feet

Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Oslo from the top of the most modern ski jump in the world. At 1400 feet in the air, our Local Expert will share 4000 years of skiing history with you in this ultra-modern skiing museum.

Adult Price: EUR 43.00

Code: OSL0004



Scandic Oslo City

Oslo (Traditional) - Norway

Clarion Admiral Bergen

Bergen (Traditional) - Norway

Clarion Hotel Stavanger

Stavanger (Contemporary) - Norway

Best Western Plus Hotel Norge

Kristiansand (Heritage) - Norway

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Aarhus

Aarhus (Traditional) - Denmark

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Copenhagen

Copenhagen (Contemporary) - Denmark

Rising high above the city skyline, the hotel affords stunning views of the ancient City Hall, the gilded church towers of Christianshavn and the picturesque coast.


Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 7828 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 25 September, 2017


    Trip: Very good time overall, great leader and driver

    Service: Excellent

  • 17 September, 2017


    Trip: The itinerary included a range of cities and sites that gave the traveler an excellent view of Norway and Denmark culture and landscapes.

    Service: Overall very good service and itinerary. However, some of the hotels could be better. The one in Oslo, while a great location, was not a nice hotel.

  • 14 September, 2017


    Trip: They were always ready to assist or listen . Polite informative and sincere

    Service: Great tour guide in Zsofi and driver in Arpet

  • 12 September, 2017


    Trip: I enjoyed the locations and tours.

    Service: I assume this means the tour director and bus driver. Both were excellent. I had Insight do all of the arrangements, including air. Our luggage did not arrive for 3 days. There was NOT enough time between our connecting flights. That would be something Insight should consider.

  • 11 September, 2017


    Trip: Loved the combination of cities (Oslo, Bergen, Aarhus and Copenhagen) and the spectacular natural beauty of the Norwegian fiords and mountains

    Service: The tour was diverse, with both natural beauty and interesting cities, and was well scheduled and organised, had an excellent tour guide & driver and a good combination of included activities and optional activities or free time.

  • 10 September, 2017


    Trip: Cities and sites explored met and went beyond my expectations. Tour guide was exceptional.

    Service: Yes

  • 10 September, 2017


    Trip: Nearly all 2 night stops, which was good, several relaxed starts, also good, scenery stunning, perhaps Tivoli Gardens on last night a little bit long as some people had early starts next day. Perhaps skip Carlsberg Brewery visit.

    Service: Have travelled with Insight before, always good. this tour was super-good, the tour director /manager worked 110% . Zsofie wrote to us before the tour with welcome and meeting instructions, introduced herself and driver. She collected email addresses & names, she drew up a summary of our tour - great help sorting photos, and she kept us informed every step of the way.

  • 03 September, 2017


    Trip: Interesting to lean about culture and cuisine of Norway and Denmark.

    Service: Sufficient info was provided before and during trip to make it essentially a hassle free experience.

  • 28 August, 2017


    Trip: I summarized my thoughts above. Nothing else to add,except tour director was friendly and helpful. Buss driver was excellent.

    Service: Great choice of locations and stunning views. Center-city hotels. Good organization. Kept busy, but not too hectic.

  • 27 August, 2017


    Trip: Tour was well planned with lots of personal time to explore.

    Service: We were all treated well. The tour director managed the tour very efficiently. Hotels stops may have been supported with some medical assistance to manage minor medical problems that some of us picked up in the long bus ride!

  • 27 August, 2017


    Trip: Itinerary was very good. Would have spent a little more time at a few places but know it is not possible when organized for the tour

    Service: Peter had everything well organized and was very friendly and helpful. Bus driver was quiet but an excellent driver and answered any question that he could. Only my second trip with insight, have also gone with Trafalgar Tours. Always consider both and have recommended both.

  • 27 August, 2017


    Trip: The trip lived up to all my expectations and more. I really enjoyed myself experiencing new places, cultures and people.

    Service: Really good and our tour director was super, battling on even when unwell. Excellent driver and both courteous and helpful at all times.

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