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.
- July 10 - 23, 2017
Day 1: Monday, July 10 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: Tuesday, July 11 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 a luxury, air-conditioned 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: Wednesday, July 12 Malmӧ, Sweden / Farm in 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 seaside restaurants. Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: Thursday, July 13 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.
Other sights include 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. After our included lunch, the afternoon 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 right across from our hotel. Tivoli’s attractions feature various entertainment like concerts, variety shows and pantomime. Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5: Friday, July 14 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 brief visit at the home of 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. Take a carriage ride or stroll down the lanes between the 75 houses relocated from all over Denmark. Explore the fully furnished houses, 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: Saturday, July 15 Aarhus, Denmark / Gӧteborg, 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. Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner at our hotel’s Atrium Bar and Grill. Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Sunday, July 16 Gӧteborg, Sweden / Oslo, Norway
Continuing north, we journey along the Swedish coastline to Norway. Here we meet our Norwegian guide who will be with us throughout 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, but he is happier to show you his fields and farm equipment. He even hires a local Chef who will cook a typical Norwegian lunch for us! Late afternoon we arrive in Oslo, Norway’s capital, known to be one of the most expensive cities in the world, 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
Day 8: Monday, July 17 Oslo / Lillehammer, Norway
Enjoy 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. At the Fram Museum we see an icebreaker ship used for Arctic Expeditions by Fridjof Nansen in 1893 and by Roald Amundsen in 1910. Explore the waterfront, Bygdoy, and Frogner Park including famous Vigeland Sculpture Park, depicting the cycle of human life, carved in large pieces of stone.
Late afternoon 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. We overnight at the unique Mølla Hotel. The historic Lillehammer Mill was converted into this hotel after undergoing a complete restoration. Original architecture and mill machinery has been preserved and the mill’s old grinding house (dating from 1863) is now a restaurant, where we enjoy our dinner. Perhaps you will stop by the Toppen Bar, located high atop the grain silo, where you can enjoy a fantastic view over the city. Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Tuesday, July 18 Lillehammer / Otta / 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. 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. The view from our hotel is spectacular! Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Wednesday, July 19 Loen / Stalheim, 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 parts. Today’s destination is Stalheim – another gorgeous place in Norway! Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Thursday, July 20 Stalheim / Flam / Bergen, Norway
Descend the thrilling hairpin bends of the Stalheim Road to Gundvangen. Board a ferry for an impressive cruise on the Næroyfjord and Aurlandsfjord to Flam. From there we continue on the Flam Railway to Myrdal and Voss. Enjoy a spectacular train ride offering panoramic views of some of the wildest and most magnificent scenery in the Norwegian fjord landscape. In Voss we are reunited with our motorcoach and proceed on to Bergen, our home for the last two nights of our journey. Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Friday, July 21 Bergen, Norway
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway with about a quarter million people endeavoring in the fishing, oil, and gas industry and other oil products derived 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. We visit Haakonshallen, the medieval Viking Hall built in 1261, the Rosenkrantz Tower, the Norges Fiskerimuseum (Norway’s fisheries museum) and the Hanseatic Museum. Later we are treated to a piano player’s tunes as 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 13: Saturday, July 23 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
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