14 Days

Norway, Sweden & Denmark

Travel through three Scandinavian countries filled with incredible natural beauty enhanced by its architecture of old and robust new age technology.  Visit the quaint cities of Aarhus and Odense in Denmark, and Goteborg and Malmo in Sweden.  Malmo is ranked the fourth-most-inventive city in the world based on the number of patent applications per 10,000 residents.  Is it the clean fresh air and the proximity to the sea that provides this inspiration?  Come along and see for yourself!  You’ll be amazed at the natural beauty of the fjords as we travel the western coastline of Norway, visiting Oslo, Lillehammer, Loen, Stalheim, Flam and Bergen.  Cross the longest suspension bridge in the world and see the Crown Jewels among other treasures of the Danish Royal family.  Visit beautiful Tivoli Gardens and the home of Hans Christian Anderson.  See a fascinating collection of old Danish houses.  Enjoy a farm visit in Goteborg, Sweden and visit the most expensive city in the world, Oslo, Norway, home to King Harald and Queen Sophia.  See the 9th century Viking ships, all of which are seaworthy.  Visit Geiranger on the end of a fjord, the most visited site in Norway.  Enjoy one of the top 15 train rides in Europe, where we ascend 1800 feet within 15 miles.  Visit Bergen and the famous water front, St. Mary’s church built in 1170.  View Rosenkrantz tower, built in 1270 and known in the Middle Ages as “Keep by the Sea”.  The sites, landscapes, history and beautiful fresh air are all yours to enjoy on this incredible tour.  Don’t miss this great opportunity, as this tour is only offered every few years.

Dates Available
  • July 19 - August 1, 2019

Itinerary

Day 1:  Friday, July 19                              Boston, MA / Copenhagen, Denmark
Meet your tour manager and fellow travelers at the Boston/Logan Airport for your nonstop flight to Copenhagen, Denmark.  In-flight meal service 

Day 2:  Saturday, July 20                         Arrive Copenhagen, Denmark / Malmo, Sweden
Welcome to Denmark – ranked the Happiest Country on Earth!  Upon our morning arrival, we are greeted by our Swedish guide, who will be with us throughout Denmark and Sweden.  Board our luxury motorcoach and journey to Malmӧ by crossing the Øresund Strait via the futuristic, nearly five mile long Øresund Bridge which merges into the two-and-a-half-mile underwater Drogden Tunnel.  Malmӧ is the third largest city in Sweden and has an urban population of about 300,000.  Stretch your legs on a city tour, where we walk along their bustling pedestrian promenade, with cafes and restaurants spilling out into the streets which are dotted with modern sculptures and lush flower arrangements.  Beyond a breakwater interspersed with artfully polished rocks, the Øresund Bridge stretches across the horizon to Copenhagen.  Out at sea there are fields of wind turbines churning out clean energy.  The highlight in the background is the Turning Torso, a spectacular 54-story apartment skyscraper, designed by genius architect Santiago Calatrava to look like a human body in motion.  Overnight in the city center and enjoy dinner near our hotel.  In-flight meal service, Dinner 

Day 3:  Sunday, July 21                            Malmo, Sweden / Farm in Staffanstorp, Skåne, Sweden
Skåne (Scania County) is Sweden’s southernmost region and one of northern Europe´s primary agricultural areas with vast fields, lush forests, and lakes teeming with fish.  This area features an oceanic climate producing about 22 inches of annual precipitation along with cool summers and snowy winters.  Here we visit a grain farm near the town of Staffanstorp, northeast of Malmö.  Our farmer host is Emil Sällvik, who lived and worked for two years in the United States.  Emil invites us into his typical Scandinavian house and shows us his fertile fields and his shed full of farm equipment.  An officer of the Federation of Swedish Farmers will also be present to answer your questions.  They join us for lunch in a charming rural restaurant, the Staffantorps Gästis. Tonight there is time to explore Malmö on your own.  Meander along the waterfront or enjoy dinner in one of the many bars and restaurants in the city’s square, only steps from our hotel.  Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 4:  Monday, July 22                          Malmӧ, Sweden / Copenhagen, Denmark
This morning we return across the Øresund Bridge to Copenhagen.  See the Christianborg Palace, located on Castle Island, with its Folketinget (Parliament) and famous Royal Reception Rooms.  After free time for lunch, we will also see Our Savior’s Church with its massive organ supported by two impressive stucco elephants, the Gefion Fountain, and the Little Mermaid, a bronze statue created in 1913 by Edvard Eriksen, based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale.  Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel.  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5:  Tuesday, July 23                          Copenhagen / Aarhus, Denmark
Departing Copenhagen we cross one of the world’s largest suspension bridges, the Storabelt or Big Belt Bridge, constructed in 1988-1998 at a cost over $1 billion dollars.  In Odense, we stop for a visit at the museum for the famous storybook author, Hans Christian Andersen.  Continuing on, we cross another waterway onto Jutland.  The topography now changes to rolling hills.  Barley, oats and wheat are grown in this area with many windmills dotting the landscape.  Denmark is the world leader in wind power technology and in 2015 they produced a whopping 42 percent of their electricity with wind power.  In Aarhus we visit the Open-Air Museum, Den Gamle By, which presents a living picture of Denmark’s bygone era.  These authentic buildings depict Danish life in a variety of time periods, including pre 1900s, 1920s and 1970s.  Stroll down the lanes between these 75 houses, which were relocated here from all over Denmark.  Explore the fully furnished homes, have a chat with the “locals”, or stop at the bakery for a piece of cake made from a traditional recipe.  Dinner is served at our hotel tonight. Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6:  Wednesday, July 24                   Aarhus, Denmark / Uddevalla, Sweden
Today’s journey takes us through an area where Christmas trees are grown for export.  Also notice the many potato fields.  Aquavit, the famous Scandinavian hard liquor that is always chased by a beer, is distilled here from local potatoes.  In Frederikshavn we board a ferry across the Kattegat to Gӧteborg, Sweden, the location of Scandinavia’s largest harbor.  The world’s largest shipping companies maintain offices here.  Vast parts of Sweden are covered in forests and about half of the landscape is rolling farmland.  The Volvo and Saab automobiles are manufactured here, with shipyards and many iron mines adding greatly to Sweden’s economy.  We continue north about an hour to the small town of Uddevalla, with its population of just over 30,000. Tonight we enjoy dinner at our hotel. Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7:  Thursday, July 25                         Uddevalla, Sweden / Oslo, Norway
Continuing north, we journey along the Swedish coastline to Norway, where we meet our Norwegian guide who will be with us through the remainder of our tour.  On our way to Oslo we cross Norway’s longest and largest river, the Glomma, and travel through a number of tunnels and along the Oslofjord.  South of Oslo we visit a grain farm, owned and operated by Svein Stubberud.  Svein is delighted to welcome us into his charming home at his farm, and he is even happier to show you his fields and farm equipment.  Late afternoon we arrive in Oslo, Norway’s capital and known to be one of the most expensive cities in the world, which is also the region’s oldest community dating back to 1000 A.D.  The city has burned down several times, only to be rebuilt again and again.  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at your leisure

Day 8:  Friday, July 26                              Oslo
See the famous sites of Oslo, including the American Embassy, Akershus Fortress, the Royal Palace and the Nobel Peace Prize Building.  Explore the waterfront, Bygdoy, and the famous Vigeland Sculpture Park, depicting the cycle of human life, carved in large pieces of stone.  Inside visits are included at the Viking Ships Museum, with its three seaworthy 9th century Viking ships, and the Kon Tiki Rafts Museum, where you see original rafts built and sailed by Thor Heyerdahl from Peru to Polynesia in 1947.  You will be intrigued by the stories of these people braving the high seas for months on primitive bamboo rafts.  At the Fram Museum we see an icebreaker ship used for Arctic Expeditions by Fridjof Nansen in 1893 and by Roald Amundsen in 1910.  People always really enjoy these interesting museums.  Breakfast, Dinner at your leisure

Day 9:  Saturday, July 27                         Oslo / Lillehammer/ Otta
This morning we depart for Lillehammer, the site of the 1994 Winter Olympics, located in the Trondelag of Norway, meaning “mid-Norway region.”  Pure water, fresh air, and warm summer nights make this area the perfect paradise.  Ride to the lofty top of this monstrous ski jump for a wonderful view of Lillehammer and its picturesque setting (pending ski lift is operating.)  Visit the quaint shops and find a bite to eat in this charming little town.  Later we continue northeast through lovely scenery until we near Jotunheimen National Park, where we stay the night in a wonderful historic mountain hotel.  The buildings are over a century old and still maintain sod roofs, but they have been modernized for your comfort.  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10:  Sunday, July 28                          Otta / Geirangerfjord / Loen, Norway
En route to the Geirangerfjord we pass through awe inspiring landscapes.  Drive up the Dalsnibba Mountain range and descend on a breathtaking switchback road to the picturesque village of Geiranger, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular spot in Norway.  Have your cameras ready!!  The magnificent Geirangerfjord is surrounded by steep, jagged snow-covered mountain peaks from which thundering waterfalls plunge into the crystal clear waters of the fjord.  From Geiranger we take a ferry to Hellesylt and continue on to our final destination, the tiny village of Loen.  Dine and overnight at the Hotel Alexandra situated at the end of the Nordfjord.  You will love this favorite hotel of ours! The views are almost as spectacular as the huge delicious dinner!  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11:  Monday, July 29                        Loen / Vossestrand, Norway
Leaving Loen we drive first to Skei, where shopping opportunities await us at the Audhild Viken’s Weaving Workshop. We proceed to the Norwegian Glacier Museum before continuing to Fjaerland, Sogndal and along the Sogne Fjord to Hella, where we ferry across the mighty Sognefjord to Vangsnes.  Continuing on we stop at the Hopperstad Stave Church, a medieval wooden Christian church that may be shrouded in myth, but it is nonetheless reckoned to be one of the oldest of the stave churches, probably dating from around 1140.  Traveling craftsmen with experience and expertise transformed the timber into the building’s constituent parts, perhaps as many as 2,000 separate pieces.  Tonight we stay in a quaint mountain hotel.  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12:  Tuesday, July 30                         Vossestrand / Flam / Bergen, Norway
All aboard the Flam Railway for travel from Voss to Myrdal.  Named one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world, you are sure to catch views of stunning Norwegian landscapes.  We make a train connection and continue to the village of Flam, nestled in the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord.  Enjoy time for lunch and visiting the Flam Railway Museum before boarding our ferry to Gudvangen.  Relax on your picturesque cruise through the impressive Aurlandsfjord and to the end of the Næroyfjord, where the village of Gudvangen is located.  Here we are reunited with our motorcoach and proceed on to Bergen, our home for the final two nights of our tour.  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13:  Wednesday, July 31                   Bergen, Norway
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway with about a quarter million people endeavoring in the fishing, oil, and gas industries from the North Sea.  This makes for a thriving economy and little unemployment.  Our guide shows us the most prominent sights of Bergen including the famous waterfront with its fish and flower market, the Old Bridge, and St. Mary’s Church, built in 1170 with its Baroque lectern and life-size statues of the twelve disciples.  Later we visit Troldhaugen, the home of composer Edvard Grieg.  Tonight we enjoy a special farewell dinner at the Øvre-Eide Farm situated at beautiful Jordal Lake.  You will love a tour around this unique place and the special food grown and cultivated right here on their farm.  Discuss farming practices in Norway, especially the government subsidies.  People are always surprised to learn about the support offered to the Norwegian farmer.  Pose for a picture with our hosts who are dressed in their traditional Norwegian costumes and relish the calm atmosphere of this serene place.  Enjoy the company of your new found friends on this last evening, reminisce about the places you have been, the majestic scenery you have seen, and the many new things you have learned!  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14:  Thursday, August 1                    Bergen, Norway / USA
This morning we say farewell to beautiful Norway as we board our flight to the USA.  Connect with your domestic flight home.  Breakfast, In-flight meal service

 

Rupiper Tours reserves the right to make minor adjustments to the itinerary if necessary

What's Included

International airfare from Boston 
Services of a professional tour manager throughout
Surface transportation by luxury motorcoach throughout
10 nights accommodations, lst class/Superior tourist based on double occupancy
Daily Scandinavian breakfasts • Meals as Noted
Cruise: Gudvangen-Flam Train: Flam-Voss
All domestic ferries in Norway for coach and passengers according to the program
All Sights, Entrance Fees and Admissions as noted
City tours in Copenhagen, Oslo and Bergen

Testimonials

"Wow where do we start?  This was a wonderful experience that we will remember forever. Thank you for the DVD - Would you believe we took over 1,000 phots that we put in a photo display frame - Love it. The food was awesome!!  The tour manager was always available but never an "in your face guy" that we so appreciated.  We really loved everything we did!"
- Arnie & Bonnie J. (Minnesota)

"We wouldn't do anything differently. Love your staff and the tour guide's sense of humor. So enjoyable. We have toured with 2 other tour companies and your tour company is number one with us."
- Paul & Jo G. (Indiana)

“Thanks to Rupiper and their staff for planning the trip so well. The guide did an excellent job and enjoyed sharing his knowledge of the Scandinavian countries.  The driver was excellent as well.  I really enjoyed the farm visits, the beautiful scenery, and the museums. We thought the time was managed very well.  I wouldn’t change a thing if I were to do this trip over again! This was a great group to travel with and a great time of the year to visit.  It was a trip of a lifetime!!”
- Bob & Phyllis B. (Iowa)

"Enjoyed the farms and the beautiful waterfalls.  Scenery was outstanding. Thanks for the DVD."
- Dennis & Leann J. (Nebraska)

“The guides did an excellent job.  They were very friendly and could always answer any questions we had.  We enjoyed our private chat over lunch with Bertil. This was our 5th tour with Rupiper and all were wonderful.  We have enjoyed them all and look forward to going again.”
- Devon & Dayle M. (Missouri)

“Bravo Zulu! / Navy talk for Job Well Done! The guide was knowledgeable and the driver handled the bus with ease. I really enjoyed the Viking Boats – Arctic Exploration, and the hotel properties were excellent.”
- Don & Jeannette D. (Nebraska)

"The guide was very approachable and humorous. I really enjoyed the farms and the mile high lookout. I liked the consistent times for getting up and the ear pieces were nice."
- Keith P. (New York)

 

 

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