Country Roads of Scandinavia

Northern Europe & Russia

Regional Journey

Country Roads of Scandinavia (Summer 2019)

Duration: 12 days Visiting: Norway, Denmark

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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

    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.

  2. Day 2 - Relaxed Start

    Cosmopolitan Oslo.

    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. 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. Wander through Frogner Park, housing the intriguing sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. The afternoon is at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience 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?

  3. Day 3

    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. Join your Travel Director in a city orientation and hear about the seafaring traditions of this beautiful harbour side town. In the evening, savour a delicious dinner at Zupperia Matbørsen, a local restaurant offering traditional Norwegian and European flavours with an Asian fusion.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Ancient Hanseatic port of Bergen.

    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.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    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.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    The Wonders of Lysefjord.

    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 sundeck. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or continue exploring Stavanger.

  7. Day 7

    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.

  8. Day 8

    Kristiansand to Aarhus.

    Say farewell to Norway as you sail across the Skagerrak to Hirtshals, 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.

  9. Day 9 - 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 for splendid views of Aarhus Bay. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your own pace. Join your fellow travellers for a Farm-to-Table Dinner where you will enjoy delicious Danish dishes made from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

  10. Day 10

    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.

  11. Day 11 - 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 explore the Tivoli Gardens for an evening of lights, flowers and sensory delights.

  12. Day 12

    Depart Copenhagen.

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

Highlights

 

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Oslo: Guided by your Local Expert, see the impressive Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace.
  • 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.
  • Oslo: Take a moment to contemplate the interesting Vigeland sculptures when you visit Frogner Park.
  • Hardanger Plateau: Pass through the National Park known for its beautiful arctic tundra.
  • Bergen: Explore this Wooden City led by your Travel Director and hear about the seafaring traditions of this beautiful harbour side town.
  • 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.
  • Kristiansand: During your orientation with your Travel Director, walk the city centre and see the Dom Kirke and Nupen Fountain.
  • 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, 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.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • 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 meal prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.
  • Copenhagen: At your Celebration Dinner, Scandinavian hospitality is matched with fine food and wine.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Breakfasts (B), 2 Dinners (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

STAY IN STYLE

  • Copenhagen: Rising high above the city skyline, the Radisson Blu Scandanavia Hotel Copenhagen affords stunning views of the ancient City Hall, the gilded church towers of Christianshavn and the picturesque coast.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • 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.
  • Cruise in high-class cabins with sea views.
  • 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 trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

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

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

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

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

Accommodation

 

Scandic Oslo City

Oslo (Traditional) - Norway

The Scandic Oslo City hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city, perfect for your two night stay. Key sights such as the Opera House, Akershuhs Fortress, Oslo Harbour and Town Hall are easily accessed within 20 minutes by foot and it's a lovely stroll through this easy to navigate city.

Clarion Hotel Admiral

BERGEN (Historic) - NORWAY

Centrally located beside Vågen Harbour and directly across from UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen, the Clarion Hotel Admiral resides in converted warehouse buildings that date back to 1904. The simple, yet modern-designed rooms offer a comfortable and homely feel and free WiFi so you'll be able to share all your adventures with friends and family.

Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger

STAVANGER (Contemporary) - NORWAY

The Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger is perfectly located in the heart of the city, with the Old Town and Norway's oldest cathedral just a few minutes walk. Rooms feature trendy, yet comfortable furnishings and free WiFi allows you to stay in contact with friends and family while travelling.

Hotel Norge

KRISTIANSAND (Traditional) - NORWAY

The eco-friendly Hotel Norge is ideally located within Kristiansand's city centre borough of Kvadraturen. Room and public areas, are all decorated with a collection of 1,300 original works by famous Norwegian artists.

Comwell Hotel Aarhus.

AARHUS (Contemporary) - DENMARK

The contemporarily designed, eco-friendly Comwell Hotel Aarhus is conveniently located within Aarhus City Centre. Each of the state-of-the-art rooms feature unique, Danish design and offer views of either the city, harbour, forest or beach.

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.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11450 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 15 October, 2018

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    Trip: We purchased the Flam Railway and Grieg House excursions. I feel these should also have been included in the regular itinerary.

    Service: This was our first tour and hopefully not our last. Our guide Amanda and driver Michael were both professional and friendly. Leaving everything to Insight made our trip so easy! Country Roads of Scandinavia is a great name for this tour. We enjoyed places we never would have visited on our own. Thanks for a great trip!

  • 13 October, 2018

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    Trip: Generally well organized, with worthwhile stops along the way.

    Service: Our tour guide was well-informed and careful to meet our individual needs. He was especially helpful in getting our lost luggage and helped with recharging my cell phone. The airport hotel in Stravanger was out-of-the-way, and 2 hotels in the Radisson chain had bad plumbing (and odors).

  • 11 October, 2018

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    Trip: Covered what we wanted to see. Some optional experiences didn't operate because of either a lack of interest or were not value for money

    Service: Excellent service from Australian office plus a very good knowledgeable guide.

  • 23 September, 2018

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    Trip: The locations visited were all that I could have wished for

    Service: The Tour Director (Amanda) and driver (Michael) were excellent. The coach was of good quality with excellent legroom

  • 10 September, 2018

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    Trip: Oslo, Bergin, ffiod and Aarhaus all excellent. Hotel in Stavanger too far from attractions .. though tour director did his best to shuttle us in.

    Service: Rob our tour director was excellent. Michael our driver was also very helpful.

  • 09 September, 2018

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    Trip: tour a true to its title,,, country roads of Scandinavia

    Service: we were very disappointed in the hotel location at Stavanger.

  • 09 September, 2018

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    Trip: I would have like more time to explore on our own.

    Service: The guide, Rob, was outstanding as were all of the local guides. The local guide in Bergen was amazing. I would have enjoyed more stops on the bus trips to view villages.

  • 18 August, 2018

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    Trip: We felt that we saw as much as possible of Norway and Denmark in our short amount of time. We enjoyed each of the destinations and felt that we had enough time to explore each of them.

    Service: Our travel agent mad3 our arrangements so we have had little contact with customer service.

  • 13 August, 2018

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    Trip: We covered the main sights. I appreciate itineraries that include some active activities such a a hiking day or more cost included excursions.

    Service: The customer service was excellent. Joey, our tour guide with Insight Vacations was exemplary. He was aware of everyone’s needs and issues. Joey was “Johnny on the spot” for any occurrence, such as noticing if someone didn’t feel well, or if someone was wondering about something. He was politically correct at all times. Some of the excursion guides were wonderful as well, but not all.

  • 12 August, 2018

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    Trip: Not enough time allowed to visit a museum in the middle of Aarhus over an actual Viking settlement. There were several days with long journeys sitting in the coach, 5+ hours.

    Service: There were a number of long days in the coach through spectacular scenery but no allowance was made for the coach to stop to allow photographs to be taken, the only stops were for comfort breaks. Not all the seats in the coach had the leg room you advertise. Otherwise we found the trip (our 7th with insight) very enjoyable, and the places visited informative and interesting.

  • 08 August, 2018

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    Trip: There are many nice places that we visited and the hotels are good.

    Service: They are fast in respond and reliable

  • 30 July, 2018

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    Trip: I would have given it 5 stars had we stayed 2 nights in Kristiansand, Norway as the rest were 2-night stays through Copenhagen, Denmark. "Overnights" can be stressful, unlike 2-3 nights which are quite comfortable, even if it costs more.

    Service: Overall, Insight's customer care is pretty good though, some of their staff need to really familiarize themselves with each client's chosen product, i.e. land tour only, land tour with air (coach fare, business class fare) pre-tour hotel, post-tour hotel, etc. It's no fun to be given false information on specifics about a fully paid early booking.

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