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Scandinavian Discovery

4 countries17 cities
3 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
A stunning journey through Scandinavia, travelling from Stockholm to Copenhagen via Finland and northernmost Norway. Visit the Arctic Circle and discover some of the world's most secluded townships. Experience the natural phenomenon of the 'Midnight Sun', ride the amazing Fl m Railway and travel through Norway's spectacular fjords.EXPLORE THE DESIGN CAPITALS OF HELSINKI & STOCKHOLM Our tour starts in Stockholm, a beautiful city home to over 100 parks and museums and a great place to explore. Next we visit the fascinating city of Helsinki, with a mixture of glorious buildings in many different architectural styles. LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN From Sweden we travel into Finland, where no tour would be complete without a visit to Santa - so be on your best behaviour! A real tour highlight is a trip to the city of Troms - the self-proclaimed 'Capital of the Arctic' - in the land of the Midnight Sun. During the summer the sun never sets - join our June departures to experience this phenomenon. Our journey continues south where we visit the scenic cities of Bergen and Fl m. Another tour highlight here is a cruise along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed N r yfjord. This fjord is one of exceptional natural beauty.Our touring of Scandinavia ends in the wonderful city of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Copenhagen is regarded by many to be the most cosmopolitan of all Europe's capital cities. We enjoy a tour of this interesting city, along with time to soak up its relaxed caf culture. Our tour ends here and we bid farewell to the stunning scenery of Scandinavia.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Economy-class flight within Finland
  • Economy-class flight within Norway
  • Overnight ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki
  • Ferry from Kvanndal to Utne
  • Ferry from Norway to Denmark
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $260pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 21 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 1 night on-board the overnight ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki in an outside cabin with private facilities
  • 22 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 9 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

Elegant Stockholm

  • Take a sightseeing tour of Stockholm including Gamla Stan with its maze of cobblestone streets, the Royal Palace and City Hall, Parliament, Opera House and the green island of Djurg rden.
  • Visit the Vasa Museum, home to the only preserved 17th century ship in the world - the 64-gun warship Vasa.
  • Visit one of Sweden's most dynamic and oldest cities, Uppsala and see its Linnaean Gardens gothic cathedral, dating back to the 12th century.
  • Board an overnight ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki.

The land of forests and lakes

  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Helsinki, the World Design Capital for 2012, including the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument and the Underground Temple.
  • Tour the Suomenlinna Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site situated on a small group of islands near Helsinki.
  • Visit the great man himself at his official home at the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi.
  • Visit a Husky musher's camp and learn how the dogs are trained.
  • Take a tour of Rovaniemi's Arktikum Science Centre and Museum.
  • Dig for your own precious gemstone at Luosto amethyst mine.
  • Visit the Siida Museum to learn more about the Finnish Sami Culture.
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Inari.
  • Reindeer are an essential part of life in Sami Lapland and you'll visit a farm to meet some.

Ships & Scenery

  • Gear up and enjoy a drink in the Artico Ice Bar where everything is made of ice, even the glasses!
  • Visit the North Cape, the northernmost point in mainland Europe, and experience the phenomena of the midnight sun.
  • Visit the Alta Museum and tour the UNESCO World Heritage-listed rock paintings and carvings here that were made between 7,000 and 2,000 years ago.
  • Take a walk in the Midnight Sun up to Mt Komsa to enjoy the stunning views over Alta and the surrounding mountains.
  • Ride a cable car to the top of Mount Storsteinen and enjoy the magnificent views over Troms and the surrounding archipelago.
  • Visit the iconic Arctic Cathedral, Troms 's most famous landmark, and the Troms Museum, which houses the world's northernmost botanical garden.
  • Admire the exterior of the architectural award-winning Oslo Opera House.
  • Explore the Viking Ship Museum, where the 9th century Oseberg burial ship is housed.
  • See the world's largest sculpture park by a single artist - Vigeland's Park, and visit the ski jumping arena at Holmenkollen for beautiful views of the Oslofjord.
  • Visit Borgund's famous stave church, a medieval wooden structure unique to Norway.
  • Travel through the world's longest road tunnel, the L rdal Tunnel.
  • Enjoy a stunning cruise along the N r yfjord to Gudvangen.
  • Admire the scenic views of the Norwegian countryside on the famous Fl m Railway that winds its way through the high mountains and fjords.
  • Tour Bergen's hanseatic Bryggen quarter, the old quayside that is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Visit Troldhaugen, home to the composer Edvard Grieg, and H kon's Hall, a stone hall built by King H kon in the 1200s.
  • Ride to the top of Mt Fl yen by funicular and enjoy some spectacular views over the city and landscape beyond.
  • See the magnificent L tefossen waterfall.

Danish Delights

  • Visit the Old Town of Aarhus in Denmark.
  • 'Dine with a Dane', visiting the home of a local Danish family who will host a home-cooked dinner.
  • Tour the city of Copenhagen and see City Hall Square, New Carlsberg Glypotheque, National Museum, Old Stock Exchange, Naval Church, Kings New Square and the Canal area of Nyhavn. Visit Gefion Fountain and stop for a photo opportunity at the Amalienborg Palace, home to the Danish Royal Family.
  • Admire Copenhagen from a different perspective on a cruise along the Stromma Canal.
  • Visit the famous Tivoli Gardens, the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
25
Price From
AUD $13,645
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Polar, Rail, Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
29 May 201922 Jun 2019Limited SeatsAUD $13,065
05 Jun 201929 Jun 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $13,065
12 Jun 201906 Jul 2019Limited SeatsAUD $13,065
19 Jun 201913 Jul 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $13,065
26 Jun 201920 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $13,065
03 Jul 201927 Jul 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $13,065
10 Jul 201903 Aug 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $13,065
24 Jul 201917 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $13,065
31 Jul 201924 Aug 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $13,065
07 Aug 201931 Aug 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $13,065
14 Aug 201907 Sep 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $13,065
ItineraryExpand
Scandinavian Discovery

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Stockholm

Welcome to Stockholm, Sweden's elegant capital! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Stockholm

Spread across 14 islands of distinctly different character, and connected by 57 bridges, the city exudes charm and is just begging to be explored. Today we take a sightseeing tour. Highlights include the Royal Palace, Gamla Stan and the Vasa Museum - home to the infamous 17th century warship. Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. Uppsala excursion

Today we take an excursion to one of Sweden's most dynamic and oldest cities, Uppsala. Here we see its gothic cathedral, dating back to the 12th century, it is the largest and tallest cathedral in the Nordic countries. Next, we visit the beautiful Linnaean Gardens of Uppsala, Sweden's first botanic garden. [B]

Day 5. Stockholm - Helsinki

Enjoy the morning at your leisure. We board the overnight ferry to Helsinki in the afternoon. [B]

Day 6. Helsinki

We arrive in Finland's harbourside capital, Helsinki, this morning. Understatedly elegant and with a legendary design scene, there is much to explore. Today we'll visit the neoclassical Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, the Underground Temple and Parliament House. [B]

Day 7. Helsinki

Set on a cluster of islands connected by bridges, this morning we'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Suomenlinna Fortress. [B]

Day 8. Helsinki - Rovaniemi

Today we fly to Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland. Rovaniemi is the gateway to the Arctic and the official home of Santa Claus, so we'll make a quick stop at his village. [B]

Special Experience: This afternoon we'll visit a husky mushers' camp and learn how the dogs are trained.

Day 9. Rovaniemi - Inari

We tour the Arktikum Science Centre and Museum this morning to learn more about the culture and history of Lapland and life in the Arctic. Travelling north to the town of Inari, we stop en route in Luosto to visit a working amethyst mine where we'll be able to dig for our own gemstone. [B,D]

Day 10. Inari

This morning we visit the Siida Museum to learn about the Finnish Sami culture. Reindeer are an essential part of life in Sami Lapland, and after a cruise on Lake Inari this afternoon we'll visit a farm to meet some. [B,L,D]

Day 11. Inari - Honningsv g

Today we cross the border into Norway and explore the tiny township of Karasjok to experience Sami culture firsthand. We'll then venture further north to Honningsv g. [B,D]

Special Experience: Enjoy a drink in an ice bar where everything is made of ice!


Special Experience: This evening we'll enjoy dinner at a gallery as we visit North Cape, Europe's northernmost point and the perfect place to experience the phenomenon of the Midnight Sun.

Day 12. Honningsv g - Alta

We wind our way through stunning mountainous scenery on our way to Alta. Alta is home to northern Europe's largest concentration of rock art. [B,D]

Optional Walking Discovery: Why not opt for a walk in the Midnight Sun up to Mt Komsa to enjoy the stunning views over Alta and the surrounding mountains? Learn more

Day 13. Alta - Troms

Continuing south, we make our way through the breathtaking archipelago to Troms , the 'Arctic Capital', characterised by its snow-capped peaks and centuries-old wooden architecture. Tonight we take an evening cable car ride to the top of Mount Storsteinen for stunning vistas over the city. [B]

Day 14. Troms

Today we visit the iconic Arctic Cathedral, and tour the city's museum and gardens. [B]

Day 15. Troms - Oslo

We fly to Oslo, Norway's artistic capital. [B]

Day 16. Oslo

Our morning sightseeing tour includes the Viking Ship Museum, Vigeland's Park, Karl Johans gate and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, where we'll enjoy spectacular views of the Oslofjord. [B]

Day 17. Oslo - L rdal

Today we travel to L rdal via Borgund, stopping at the stave church, a medieval wooden structure unique to Norway. [B,D]

Day 18. L rdal - Bergen

We enjoy a stunning cruise along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed N r yfjord to Gudvangen this morning. We'll also stop at Undredal for an indulgent cheese tasting. [B]

Special Experience: Ride the famous Fl m Railway, enjoying some of Norway's most dramatic scenery.

Day 19. Bergen

We discover colourful Bergen on a walking tour of the Hanseatic Bryggen quarter and visit St Mary's Church. We'll then take the funicular railway to the top of Mt Fl yen in the afternoon for incredible views. [B]

Day 20. Bergen - Vr dal

Today we see the striking Steinsdalsfossen and Fossen Bratte waterfalls. We'll also visit a local cider farm where we learn about cider making and enjoy a delicious lunch. Next we head to Kvanndal to catch a ferry and continue to charming Vr dal. [B,L,D]

Day 21. Vr dal - Aalborg

We board the ferry to Denmark. [B]

Day 22. Aalborg - Copenhagen

On our way to Copenhagen, we visit Odense, named after Odin, the Norse god of war. It is also the birthplace of the famous fairytale author, Hans Christian Andersen. [B,D]

Special Experience: Tonight we 'Dine with a Dane', as we split into groups, visiting homes of local Danish families who will host home-cooked dinners.

Day 23. Copenhagen

Today we explore cosmopolitan Copenhagen. Highlights include the National Museum and Amalienborg Palace. We'll also visit the beautiful Nyhavn quarter, before a scenic cruise along the Stromma Canal. Tonight
we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 24. Depart Copenhagen

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 25. Arrive Australia