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 13 - 26, 2018

Itinerary

Day 1:  Friday, July 13                              New York, NY / Copenhagen, Denmark
Meet your tour manager and fellow travelers at the New York/JFK Airport for your 9:00 p.m. nonstop flight to Copenhagen, Denmark.  In-flight meal service 

Day 2:  Saturday, July 14                         Arrive Copenhagen, Denmark / Malmӧ, Sweden
Welcome to Denmark – considered 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 transfer to Copenhagen’s city center for a city orientation tour and lunch. 

This afternoon we 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 tunnel, the Drogden Tunnel.  Dinner is served at our hotel located right in the city center.  In-flight meal service, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:  Sunday, July 15                     Malmӧ, 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.  To round out our experience we have lunch in a charming rural restaurant, the Staffantorps Gästis.

Back in Malmӧ, the third largest city in Sweden with an urban population of about 300,000, we enjoy a guided city tour.  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.  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 16                          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.  Later we visit Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels, and see the Amalienborg, home of the royal family.  We may get a photo-op of the Changing of the Guards, which only takes place if the Queen is at her residence.

After our included 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 by Edvard Eriksen, based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale.  The late afternoon and evening is yours to browse Copenhagen’s city center, with its tempting shops filled with famous Danish porcelain and silverware.  Or, if you like, you may take a stroll through Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s best known amusement parks, which is located only two blocks from our hotel.  Tivoli features various entertainment like concerts, variety shows and pantomime, as well as rides and restaurants.  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5:  Tuesday, July 17                          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 feature neighborhoods depict Danish life in a variety of time periods, including pre 1900s, 1920s and 1970s.  Stroll down the lanes between the 75 houses relocated 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 18                   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 19                                    Uddevalla, Sweden / Oslo, Norway
Continuing north, we journey along the Swedish coastline to Norway.  Here 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, Light Dinner

Day 8:  Friday, July 20                              Oslo
Enjoy the famous sites of Oslo, including the American Embassy, Akershus Fortress, the Royal Palace and the Nobel Peace Prize Building.  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.  Later we explore the waterfront, Bygdoy, and Frogner Park including famous Vigeland Sculpture Park, depicting the cycle of human life, carved in large pieces of stone.  Breakfast, Light Dinner

Day 9:  Saturday, July 21                         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.)  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 22                         Otta / Geirangerfjord / Loen, Norway
En route to the Geirangerfjord we pass through awe inspiring landscapes.  We 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 spectacular!  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11:  Monday, July 23                       Loen / Vossestrand, Norway
Leaving Loen we drive first to Skei, where shopping opportunities await us at the Audhild Viken’s Weaving Workshop. Then we proceed to Fjaerland, Sogndal and along the Sogne Fjord to Hella from where we ferry across the mighty Sognefjord to Vangsnes.  Continuing on we stop at the Hopperstad Stave Church, which may be shrouded in myth, but the church 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 24                                   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.  Enjoy your picturesque cruise on 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 last two nights of our tour.  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13:  Wednesday, July 25                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.  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, July 26                                  Bergen, Norway / USA
This morning we say farewell to beautiful Norway as we board our mid-morning flight to Amsterdam.  Here we connect with our transatlantic flight to New York, scheduled to arrive at 3:25 p.m., giving you ample time for your connecting 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 New York/JFK
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

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