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Starts Copenhagen Ends Helsinki

Museums and cinnamon buns by day, hot saunas and Swedish meatballs by night - welcome to Scandinavia! A candy bar of experiences for both the Nat Geo nerd and the metro magnet. This holiday will get you deep into the enchanting countries of Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden & Finland.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Easy
  • Supplier Tour ID: 291.1033/258624
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Finishes: Helsinki, Finland
  • Age requirement: 18 - 35
You will Visit
  • Copenhagen
  • Oslo
  • Voss
  • Geiranger Fjord
  • Gjovik
  • Stockholm
  • Overnight Baltic Ferry
  • Helsinki



Day 1: Start Copenhagen

Good morning globe-roamers and welcome to 12-days of memory-making magic. After a bit of a mingle with the new squad we'll getting into the spirit of our imminent adventures in Copenhagen. We've got all day tomorrow to suss out the city, so today can stay reserved for Contiki hangs if you're feeling social.


Day 2: Copenhagen

Constantly named amongst the most livable cities in the world, Copenhagen is an artwork of locals on bicycles, Danish pastries in cute café windows, & Renaissance architecture. Being a bustling university town and home to the hippie hood of Freetown Christiania, nightlife and unique culture can be found at every turn. Explore the sites with your Trip Manager & sign up to an optional tour of Carlsberg Brewery - straight to business!


Day 3: Copenhagen to Oslo

Before you go bursting out of your travel clothes thanks to your new-found pastry dependency, we're bailing on Denmark. Next stop: Norway!To the call of castles, fresh seafood, & pretty parks, we respond! Today we're taking on Norway. We'll be surrounded by 200 bronze statues eating Krumkaker pastries before we can say "jeg elsker Norge!" (that's "I love Norway," folks).


Day 4: Oslo

Oslo, both the capital and biggest city of Norway, is a riverside metropolis back-dropped by mountains of greenery and filled with easy-going culture. Pottering around museums and pretty buildings will keep us busy by day, while taking a stroll through the city should keep you busy by night.


Day 5: Oslo to Voss via Hardangervidda

Though you'll feel like you know Norway inside out by now, you can't really grasp the country until you've witnessed its great open plains & small country towns...Before we arrive in our overnight hub, we'll coast through the rugged river and rock landscapes of Telemark and Hardangervidda regions, with nature worthy of an Instagram or two...Tonight's stop, Voss is the adventure capital of Norway. We'll take the chilled out approach here, with a night of relaxing and getting to know the crew in our lakefront lodge, it's like waking up in a movie.


Day 6: Voss to Geiranger Fjord via Sognefjord

The outdoor vibes don't end today, we'll be getting back to nature from sun up 'til sun down. Wild animals and spectacular scenery are on the cards so keep that camera of yours charged to full.Norwegian countryside and pretty waterfalls will highlight our journey to the 200km long Sognefjord, a sight set to take your breath away.After lunch at Boyabreen glacier - which will see you pondering more rural life goals - we'll continue our journey to Geiranger Fjord where we'll spend the night surrounded by some of mother nature's finest.


Day 7: Geiranger Fjord to Gjovik via Lom and Lillehammer

There's no way we can drag you away from this place first thing this morning, even though we have a whole lot of adventure to fill the day. A morning cruise around Geiranger Fjord amongst cascading waterfalls should ease you into things.This little town is steeped in history, with the jewel in the crown being Lom Stave Church, one of the few left in the world and dating back to the 12th Century. Yes, you read that right. These wooden churches are about as medieval as they come and religious or not, this cute little spot (and town) will delight!The alpine ski resort of Lillehammer will appear in front of us shortly after our drive past old farms and unspoilt Norwegian countryside. Home of the 1994 Winter Olympics, you'll have the chance to live out your "Cool Runnings" dreams with an Olympic Bobsled Ride - squeal!!A night of traditional Norwegian life set on Norway's largest lake, yes please and thank you! Soak up the vibes before we set off for Sweden.


Day 8: Gjovik to Stockholm

Today we drive outta Gjovik through lands known to host bears, moose & wolves. Yes, yes, you read correctly - bears, moose & wolves.The forests will eventually part and we will descend upon the 24,000 islands of Sweden's capital, Stockholm. Spend the night getting out amongst this eclectic buzzing city, maybe even signing up for the quintessential ice bar experience.


Day 9: Stockholm

Wander the quaint medieval streets of Gamla Stan & try to catch the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace. All that ground covered will earn you some Swedish salmon & an Absolut on the rocks.


Day 10: Stockholm to Overnight Baltic Ferry

Soak up your last dose of Swedish cool this morning before we take our next sea! A luxurious cruise will be carrying us away from Sweden on the hunt for Helsinki.


Day 11: Overnight Baltic Ferry to Helsinki

You only have to look to Finland's quirky array of annual festivals - Wife Carrying World Championships? - to understand that this place has character. Some sources claim Finland is also home to the most heavy metal bands per capita in the world, and the heaviest coffee consumption in the world - we love these people! Between hanging with locals, be sure to rummage the South Harbour Markets, see the city's many sites, & find time for some sauna hangs.


Day 12: Depart Helsinki

The trip ends after breakfast so it's time to swap addresses & say farewell to your new friends.

    • Lay your head in bright and funky hostels for 6 nights, and in hotels for another 4. There'll also be a night spent tucked into the cabin of a cruise ship as we sail from Sweden to Finland
    • Wake up each day to a continental breakfast feast, and enjoy 5 ridiculously tasty dinners on us. Think Norwegian salmon and rye bread
    • A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do
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Tour Highlights:
  • Copenhagen: See the Little Mermaid, the Gefion Fountain and the Royal Palace
  • Copenhagen to Oslo: See Hamlet’s Kronberg Castle
  • Oslo: Orientation tour of Oslo
  • Voss to Geiranger Fjord: See the impressive Tvindefossen Waterfall
  • Geiranger Fjord to Gjovik: Take in breathtaking views as you cruise the stunning Geiranger Fjord
  • Gjovik to Stockholm: Scenic drive through unspoilt forests & lakes, known for bears, moose & wolves
  • Stockholm: See Gamla Stan (the old town) & see the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace
  • Overnight Baltic Ferry to Helsinki: See the Uspenski Cathedral, Senate Square and the harbour