EN ROUTE TO EUROPE

Why We Love This Trip

  • Experience all of the best that Scandinavia has to offer within 14-days.

  • Tick off your bucket list of hopping on the famous Norwegian fjord cruise: Aurlandsfjord and Sognefjord, Norway’s deepest and longest fjord.

  • Embark on board a real Viking ship that was used to explore the Arctic and also to plunder other European countries in the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde and Fram Polar Ship Museum in Oslo.

  • Explore Bergen, the famous picture-perfect postcard town in Norway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site right by the water.

  • Visit Drottningholm Palace, the formal residence of the Swedish royal family.

  • Get a taste of a real Viking’s life in the olden days by visiting the renowned open-air museum of Land of Legends, a place to experience life in the Viking Ages set like it is 2000 years ago with its ancient landscapes, houses and gardens and see real Viking men perform their crafts.

 

Itinerary

(Day 1-2  -  Stockholm)

Day 1


1.  Vasa Ship Museum

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The Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet) on the island of Djurgården in Stockholm has one of the best-preserved collection of 17th century ships ever salvaged. The Swedish warship Vasa, one of most heavily armed and ornamented of its time, sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was recovered mostly in one piece from the Stockholm Harbour in 1961. It is now one of Sweden's most popular attractions, having been visited by around 30 million visitors since going on display.The museum also has exhibits on the history of Sweden in the 17th century, providing some background information for why the ship was built, in addition to a movie about the ship’s recovery and restoration efforts.

2.  Skansen Open-Air Museum

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Skansen is a favorite both among Stockholmers and visitors passing through, and it’s a perfect family outing. This is the oldest open-air museum in the world and also the Stockholm zoo, with animals native to Scandinavia.Skansen is beautifully located on Royal Djurgården and sports spectacular views over all of Stockholm, what is more interesting is that this park is also a Sweden in miniature. 150 farms and dwellings from different parts of the country were disassembled and transported here. Swedish traditions such as Midsummer, Walpurgis Night and Lucia are celebrated at Skansen.Glass Floors.

 

3.  Old Town (Gamla Stan)

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Stockholm’s 750-year history is perfectly portrayed in its Old Town (Gamla Stan), one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centres in Europe. Located in the middle of Stadsholmen Island, Gamla Stan dates back to the 13th century even though most of the surviving buildings are from the 1700s and 1800s. Surprisingly, this lively and very sought-after district was once considered the slum of Stockholm from the mid 19th to 20th century. Today, its narrow cobblestone streets make for a colourful labyrinth through the beautifully preserved old buildings and gothic churches as well as excellent cafés, bars, restaurants and shops. This part of the city also contains many art galleries, museums and other attractions, including the Nobel Museum and the Royal Palace. Take a stroll through the main square, Stortorget, or wander down the main streets Västerlånggatan and Österlånggatan.

4.  City Hall

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City Hall is the seat of Stockholm’s city government, with offices for the mayor and more than 200 politicians and civil servants. The building contains the iconic ballroom that each year hosts the Nobel Banquet, indicative of City Hall’s famous hospitality. This popular attraction is also is home to art treasures and an intriguing history, not to mention its Blue Hall is also the site of the annual Nobel Prize banquet, making it a must-visit in our Stockholm trip.

 

Day 2


1.  Drottningholm Palace

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Embark on a day trip to Drottningholm and experience a historical journey of Sweden. Drottningholm Palace is Sweden's best-preserved royal palace constructed in the seventeenth century, the permanent residence of the royal family and one of Stockholm's three World Heritage Sites.

The palace was constructed according to a French prototype by the architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder, by commission of Queen Hedvig Eleonora. Many royal personages have left their mark on the palace since then. The palace features magnificent salons from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a beautiful park, a unique palace theater and a Chinese Pavilion. The imposing Baroque garden was laid out beginning in 1681 according to drawings by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger. The palace and the park are mostly open to visitors year round.

Drottningholms Slottsteater (the Drottningholm Palace Theater) is the best preserved eighteenth-century theater in Europe and the only one in the world that still uses the original stage machinery on a regular basis. The Slottsteater has performances during the summer. The palace has been the permanent residence of the present royal family since 1981. In 1991 Drottningholm was the first Swedish attraction put on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.

2.  Fjäderholmarna

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The archipelago around Stockholm has around 30.000 islands to discover. The closest one is Fjäderholmarna, making it the perfect day trip from Stockholm. Enjoy where the Archipelago begins, with only a 30-minute boat trip from downtown Stockholm. Boats depart from Strandvägen and Slussen during the summer.

The excellent restaurant Fjäderholmarnas Krog is open all summer, and for the julbord Christmas buffet. The popular Rökeriet restaurant and café is located by the harbor. Many artisans have studios and stores in the center of the island.

 

3.  Sodermalm

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Stroll around the fabulous shops in Skrapan, the towering industrial former office block that used to be Sweden’s main tax office. Today, the upper floors are home to startup hubs, apartments, and various small businesses, while the lower three floors are given over to shopping and entertainment, with the wonderful restaurant The Terrace serving up fantastic food in what the owners call a ‘lunch oasis’. Doing so with a tasty pika (a coffee and cake break à la Sweden) is highly recommended.

Why not have a picnic and bask in the sun in Tantolunden or take in the sights from the viewpoints of Monteliusvägen or Fjällgatan? Södermalm is, after all, more than just trendy shops and cozy cafés. It's also an area with diverse architecture, popular city parks and great stories to tell. Finally, finish our day in Stockholm’s finest Peruvian restaurant Cebiceria Barranco with its lovely terrace, perfect for an airy, beautiful summer nights dining.

 
 

(Day 3  -  Gothenburg)

Day 3


1.  Botanical Garden

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Let us hop on a train for a one-night trip to Gothenburg. Our first journey here starts from one of Europe’s leading botanical gardens, Gothenburg’s Botanic Garden. It (Botaniska Tradgarden) was opened in 1923, in celebration of Gothenburg’s 300-year-anniversary. Spread over 430 acres, visit the botanic gardens and famous arboretum, and see 16,000 species of plant, from American insect eaters to Himalayan plants. 

Botaniska Tradgarden is also home to a rock garden which has been given 3 stars in the Michelin Green Guide, as well as a Rhododendron Valley, Japanese Glade, and Kitchen Garden. In the greenhouses you can see 4,000 different plants, including 1,500 kinds of orchid. As you explore, keep a look out for the rare Sophora Toromiro tree, indigenous to Easter Island.

Just across the road from Slottsskogen Park, scattered among the garden’s woodland there are plenty of lawns where you can relax and have a picnic. There’s also a restaurant, Botaniska Paviljongen, where you can enjoy lunch, and an art gallery and shop.

2.  Slottsskogen

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Take a stroll along the winding paths lined with leafy greenery and you’ll see why Slottsskogen is the locals' favourite place to unwind. You’ll also be able to see elks, Gotland ponies, Gute sheep, deers, and other Nordic animals in the park zoo. Pet some animals in the petting zoo or hop on an exciting pony ride!

Slottsskogen is a place for relaxation, recreation and outdoor activities. The mix between planned park and natural forest creates a fantastic environment for everything from running to cosy picnics. In and close to the park are cafés, playgrounds and much more.

Much of the park is given over to natural parkland with native trees such as linden, beech, maple and various species of oak. The Dawn Redwood and stately Serbian spruce are a few examples of the more exotic plants on display. The azaleas are not native but have become famous in Slottskogen.

 

3.  Haga

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Gothenburg’s coolest district is its most historical district, with its share of Swedish youngsters sauntering past trendy jeans shops, artsy home design boutiques and plenty of outdoor cafes for a fika on its cobbled streets.

Explore the city’s delicious culinary scene, starting at Bar Centro, a hole-in-the-wall coffee bar that serves one of the best cuppa coffee in town. Whet your appetite in Saluhallen, a food hall of more than 40 different stalls selling meats, spices, and cheeses. Restaurant Gabriel, which can be found within the atmospheric Feskekorka fish market, is a charmingly rustic restaurant with dishes ranging from a ‘west-coast Smorgasbord’ to its tasty signature fish soup. And if you stroll around, and can’t help but to walk in to a store or two, I wouldn’t fault you.

4.  Avenyn

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Kungsportsavenyn, commonly known as Avenyn, stretches from the bridge Kungsportsbron by the canal to Götaplatsen and the Museum of Art, the City Theatre and the Concert Hall. The main boulevard is busy all day until late.

The main boulevard, Avenyn, runs from Kungsportsplatsen to Götaplatsen where the landmark statue of merman Poseidon, by Carl Milles, is overlooking the neighbourhood. Shops, restaurants and night clubs are lining the street and there are plenty of choices for al fresco lunch or dinner on a fine summer's day.


(Day 4-5  -  Copenhagen)

After a tasty Scandinavian breakfast, it’s time to get back to Stockholm and board the flight for Copenhagen.

Day 4


1.  Ströget street

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Strøget is Copenhagen's aorta and one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets with a wealth of shops. The 1,1-kilometre stretch covers the streets Frederiksberggade, Nygade, Vimmelskaftet and Østergade and runs from City Hall Square to Kongens Nytorv square.

Big international brands like Prada, Max Mara, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry are represented at the end of the street facing up to Kongens Nytorv. But don’t forget to look up and down the side streets during your shopping spree, and you will see several of Copenhagen's beautiful sights and attractions as well as street entertainers.

For a mid-shopping snack, try DØP - The organic hot dog stand - is located by The Round Tower on Købmagergade pedestrian street and by The Church of The Holy Ghost on Strøget pedestrian street. The sausages are made of organic meat. The bread is whole grain, from slowly raised dough and topped with linseeds. Pop in to a popular Danish designer’s store: Danish designer Mads Nørgaard's philosophy behind his clothing line is to "make women sexier and men rougher - with a modernist gleam in the eye". You will find both basic t-shirts, edgy denim and cool dresses with an edgy yet feminine touch..

2.  Amalienborg Palace

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 Amalienborg Palace consists of four identical buildings spread throughout an octagonal courtyard. It is the winter home of the queen and also serves as the venue for the famous balcony scenes, which take place whenever the royal family seizes the occasion to greet the people. (The flag is raised when Her Majesty is in residence.)

Two of the buildings are open to the public. One serves as a museum and another is used for official receptions. You can also catch the ever-popular changing of the guards in the grand courtyard in front of the palace daily at noon.

 

3.  Freetown Christiania

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Freetown Christiania is Copenhagen’s alternative neighbourhood. Christiania is a mix of homemade houses, workshops, art galleries, music venues, organic eateries, and beautiful nature. It is like a society within a society.

The free town Christiania has always attracted people from all over the world, and so has the restaurant Spiseloppen in the old military building facing Prinsessegade. Here, you will get a creative meal in an international environment, as the chefs and waiters come from as many as 16 different countries. Have a great meal, check out some of the art galleries and sit down by the lake and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

4.  Nyhavn Harbour

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Nyhavn is perhaps Copenhagen’s most widely-recognised attraction - the famous canal lined with colourful old buildings, sailboats and sunny waterfront cafés that has been featured in countless postcards and travel blogs. Formerly a seedy area full of rowdy sailors, take a ride on the canal with a guided tour while you’re here.

Nyhavn is now a popular spot for dinner, drinks or coffee while doing a bit of people-watching. What could be a better way to end our first day in Copenhagen?

 

Day 5

 

1.  Carlsberg Brewery

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Discover the historic Carlsberg brewery, only 3.5 km by bus from central Copenhagen. After sampling this popular beer at the end of your tour, you can decide for yourself if you agree with their slogan: “Carlsberg, probably the best beer in the world”.

2.  Tivoli Gardens

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Opened in 1843, Tivoli Gardens is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world and the most visited theme park in Scandinavia. Fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen visited many times, as did Walt Disney who even found the inspiration to his own Disney World here.

The park offers attractions for young and old alike, with an assortment of both old fashioned and modern rides, games and arcades as well as numerous cafes, restaurants and beautifully landscaped gardens. It is also a popular venue for jazz and classical music events and festivals, and there are fireworks at midnight on special occasions.

 

3.  Christiansborg Palace (home to the Danish Parliament)

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Christiansborg Palace has been the heart of Danish government for more than 800 years. Situated prominently on the small island of Slotsholmen in Copenhagen's harbour, it is now mostly used as the seat of the Folketing (Danish Parliament) as well as the prime minister’s office, the supreme court and the royal reception rooms. The palace's history is full of great events and interesting people who have graced the halls, spaces that now welcome thousands of visitors each year.

4.  Little Mermaid Statue

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Perhaps the best known landmark in Denmark is the statue of the Little Mermaid, inspired by the fairy tale of the same name written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen in 1836. Unveiled in 1913, the statue can be found perched on a rock in the harbour off Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen.

 

(Day 6-7  -  Roskilde and Hillerød)

Day 6

1.  Viking Ship Museum

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Located in historic Roskilde, a mere 25 minutes from Copenhagen, the Viking Ship Museum offers a unique experience to adults and children alike. A thousand years ago, the North was ruled by the pirates of that time, better known as the Vikings. These ferocious warriors used to cruise the oceans in their wooden ships, raiding and conquering land on their way.

At The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, you can get a peek into the life of the Vikings that have become very symbolic for the Scandinavian countries. You will easily be awed when faced with the museum’s five original Viking ships whose remains have survived all these years.

Take part in the historical narrative and outlive your Viking fantasy on a full-scale reconstruction of the original ships. From the museum’s own harbour, you can cruise around the beautiful Roskilde fjord and admire the museum’s large collection of traditional Nordic boats.

2.  Land of Legends

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The Lejre Land of Legends is a unique and stunningly beautiful open air museum, which offers its visitors to embark on a journey through time and space. The experimental centre features a series of reconstructed settlements, houses, and active workshops from the Iron, Stone, and Viking Ages.

Explore the ancient landscapes, houses, and gardens of the Vikings’ ancestral forefathers, visit the active workshops where viking women, Iron Age men, Stone Age hunters and artisans perform their crafts.

See the cattle grazing, the wild boar roaming the fields, and the sheep and goats freely foraging in the pastures Discover the Båldalen, where kids can row the tree-trunk boats, chop wood, grind their own flour for wheat patties and much more. Meet the researchers and craftsmen and let them fill you in on new theories of how to interpret the relics from the past.

 

3.  Roskilde Cathedral

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With its slender spires and large number of royal graves, this magnificent red brick cathedral is a truly unique structure, and considered to be one of Denmark’s most important buildings. Venture on a time travel from the Middle Ages up until today. The cathedral’s long history and numerous chapels take you through almost 1,000 years of Danish history and European architectural history. Roskilde Cathedral is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Its history can be traced as far back as the Viking king Harald ‘Bluetooth’ Gormsson. He is believed to have been buried in the church around 987. Construction of the present church began in 1170. The church is one of the first Gothic church buildings in Scandinavia, and with its soaring arches and huge windows, it provides you with a fantastic impression of the Gothic idea of creating churches filled with light. With its many royal chapels, all built in their own distinctive architectural style, a visit to Roskilde Cathedral is a fascinating architectural odyssey.

 
 

Day 7

1.  Frederiksborg Castle

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Frederiksborg has housed The Museum of National History since 1878, when it was established by brewer J.C. Jacobsen, the founder of Carlsberg Breweries. The beautifully decorated rooms with portraits, history paintings, furniture, and decorative art invite visitors on a journey through Danish history and culture from the late Middle Ages to the present. The historical interiors and the splendorous rooms give a sensuous impression of changing styles and epochs. The collection of portraits is the largest and most significant in Denmark, with new works continually added to the collection.

The Castle Gardens were laid out as a romantic landscaped garden. In the garden, you will find King Frederik II's small Bath House Castle (Badstueslot) which was used by the Royal Family for lunches during game hunting. The grounds also include the Baroque Garden that was recreated in 1996 according to the original drawings by J.C. Krieger from 1725. Especially worth noting are the royal monograms executed in boxwood, the historical flowers and the festive cascades. In the garden, you can also find the café which is open in the summer.

2.  Frederik VII Park

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Get a beautiful last look of the castle from across the lake of Frederik VII Park, a park with the statue commemorating the King of Denmark and Norway from 1699-1730. He stands in the main town square of Hillerød, with his back to the lake and the castle where he used to reside before.

We will then depart for Oslo with an overnight cruise from Copenhagen (16:30 - 09.45)

 

(Day 8-9 - Oslo)

Day 8

1.  Holmenkollen Ski Museum

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Arrive in Oslo at 09.45 with a fresh face and a new sense of adventure. We will first drop our bags at the hotel and head to our first destination in Oslo: Holmenkollen Ski Museum.

The ski museum in Holmenkollen, located underneath the famous ski jump, is the oldest of its kind in the world. The museum presents more than 4,000 years of skiing history, Norwegian polar exploration artifacts and an exhibition on snowboarding and modern skiing. The observation deck on top of the jump tower offers a panoramic view of Oslo, one of the best views in the city.

2.  Bogstadveien

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Behind the Royal Palace, towards the Vigeland Sculpture Park, lies the neighbourhood Majorstua with the streets Bogstadveien and Hegdehaugsveien – an established area for nightlife and shopping. Here you will find exclusive brands like Hugo Boss, DKNY and Massimo Dutti, but also high-street fashion stores like Zara and H&M. There are also many trendy clubs and bars, especially in Hegdehaugsveien.

Bogstadveien is a central street in the Frogner district of Norway’s capital city, Oslo, and is home to many shops, restaurants, hotels and attractions. Bogstadveien stretches from the neighbourhood of Majorstuen to the neighbourhood of Hegdehaugen.

Karl Johans Gate and Nedre Slottsgate are where you want to go for the luxury brands in Oslo, stores such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci has their flagship stores in Oslo on these streets.

 

3.  Vigeland Sculpture Park

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The Vigeland Park is the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist, and is one of Norway's most popular tourist attractions. The park is open to visitors all year round. The unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland's lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland was also in charge of the design and architectural layout of the park. The Vigeland Park was mainly completed between 1939 and 1949.

Most of the sculptures are placed in five units along an 850 meter long axis: The Main gate, the Bridge with the Children's playground, the Fountain, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life.

4.  Oslo Opera House

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Centrepiece of Oslo's rapidly developing waterfront, the magnificent Opera House (2008), reminiscent of a glacier floating in the waters of the Oslofjord, is considered one of the most iconic buildings in Scandinavia. Conceived by Oslo-based architectural firm Snøhetta, its design is a thoughtful meditation on the notion of monumentality, the dignity of cultural production, Norway's unique place in the world and the conversation between public life and personal experience.

Make sure you walk on top of the roof, a broad luminous 'carpet' of marble patchwork (all 36,000 blocks of it), it offers a wonderful view of the city. It's one of those architectural experiences that's worth far more than the sum of its parts. While wandering around the building, it can be easy to forget that it's not just there to serve as eye candy for tourists, and that its prime role is to act as a showcase for top-notch opera and ballet performances.

 

Day 9

1.  Royal Palace

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Built in the early 19th century, The Royal Palace is the official residence of King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway. It is also the daily workplace of the Royal Court and serves as a venue for many official functions, such as gala dinners and visits from foreign heads of state. The southern and eastern gardens are open to the public and are serene spots to relax and feed the ducks in the pond. We can tour the palace in the summer, and the ever popular Changing of the Guard occurs each afternoon at 13:00.

2.  Akershus Fortress

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Akershus Fortress is a medieval castle, built in the late 1290’s by King Haakon V to protect Oslo, the capital of Norway. The fortress has withstood many sieges and served as a prison for a period of time. Today it remains a military area, but is open to the public for daily tours in the summer months. Also within the walls of the Akershus Fortress are the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum and Norway’s Resistance Museum. The Fortress area is a popular venue for major events, including concerts, holiday celebrations and ceremonies. 

 

3.  The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

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One of the world's oldest and largest open-air museums, with 155 traditional houses from all parts of Norway and a stave church from the year 1200. The museum also has indoor exhibits with traditional handicraft items, folk costumes, Sami culture, weapons, toys, pharmaceutical history and changing exhibitions.

In summer the open-air museum offers freshly-baked lefse, horse and carriage rides, feeding of the animals, guided tours, handicraft demonstrations and much more.

4.  Fram Polar Ship Museum

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Fram is a historic Arctic expedition ship, the strongest wooden ship ever built and still holds the records for sailing farthest north and farthest south.

At the Fram Museum you can come on board the ship and see how the crew and their dogs managed to survive in the coldest and most dangerous places on earth - the Arctic and the Antarctic. The Fram Museum also has a polar simulator where you can experience the cold and the dangers of polar expeditions more than 100 years ago. Next to the main building is the Gjøa building with exhibitions on the Arctic and the Northwest Passage.

 

(Day 10-11 - Flåm)

Day 10

Enjoy an early breakfast then head to Oslo Central Station to board the Bergensbanen train that winds though Norway’s breathtaking mountainous terrain on its journey to Flam. This railway, voted one of the 20 best in the world, takes you through the charming villages of Gol and Geilo before a stop at Myrdal to switch trains. The next 20 km of the journey is on the world famous Flåm Railway, which descends nearly 900 metres to the charming village of Flåm, where the night is spent surrounded by the towering mountainsides of the Aurlandsfjord.

1.  Flam Church

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Visit this small and well preserved state church, which dates back to 1667. The Flåm Church (Flåm Kyrkje) is situated in the old part of Flåm, about 3 km (2 miles) down the river from the bustling waterfront area. The beauty and tranquillity of the verdant Flåm Valley make it worth the walk or bike ride to this small and well preserved stave church, which dates back to 1667.

2. Fretheim Hotel

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Have a nice dinner in a lovely slice of Nordic history, Fretheim Hotel, surrounded by the beautiful mountain and rows of waterfalls in Flam. It used to be a hunting lodge that’s been converted to a beautiful hotel with glass-walls for a stunning view of the surrounding mountains.

 

Day 11

1.  Easy Hike in the Flåm Valley: Brekkefossen Waterfall

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On the hiking trip to Brekkefossen waterfall you will have a grand view of the fjord and into the valley. Start the walk from Flåm town centre on asphalt road up the valley alongside the Flåm river. After 1,5 km easy walk, we continue up the mountain side on our way to the Brekke Waterfall platform. The rocky and steep trail quickly gains elevation and soon the small city of Flåm is visible through the trees. After about 30 minutes uphill hiking, the trail opens up on a grassy ledge, offering beautiful views of the area.

2.  Aegir Microbrewery and Restaurant

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Ægir is a brewery, which opened in 2007 and is one of the best craft breweries in Norway. The building is inspired by Norse mythology and reminiscent of a stave church. Inside are driftwood walls, dragon heads and a feature fireplace that radiates warmth and cosiness, with a chimney extending 9 m through the middle of both storeys. Ægir beer is world-class, and has won gold, silver and bronze medals in international competitions. Sit on a fur rug by the open fire, and enjoy the aroma and flavour!

The pub is on the ground floor and the restaurant on the first floor. There are small tables and long tables for up to 12 people. The perfect location for a romantic dinner for two, for meeting up with friends or for a work outing. They offer beer tasting, beer and food menus, and Viking-inspired menus that take you on a voyage of culinary discovery 1000 years back in time. Ægir’s philosophy of a perfect pairing constitutes a pint of Ægir beer with great food.

 

3.  Flåmsbana Museum

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Get to know the exciting stories behind building the Flåm Railway, the world's steepest railway, with a visit to Flåm Railway Museum. The museum gives you insights into the hardworking people who built this masterpiece, as well as the many technical and legal challenges of building it.

The impressive engineering includes exciting stories about the people and technical challenges, as well as the rural culture in Flåm and nearby areas. You can visualise the history through an extensive collection of pictures, videos and artifacts. Amongst the items exhibited are an authentic El 9 locomotive, an old electric shunting engine and rail-inspection trolleys.

 
 

(Day 12-14 - Bergen)

Day 12

1. Stegastein Lookout

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Experience the spectacular Stegastein viewing platform, 650 metres above Aurlandsfjord. An unmissable sightseeing trip for any visitor to Flåm.

This structure, which juts out 30 metres from the mountainside, 650 metres above the fjord, offers an unparalleled panorama. A more amazing view of the fjord, mountains and surrounding landscape is hard to imagine. A sight to take your breath away and a perfect place for memorable holiday photos. Stegastein is one the most photographed viewpoints in the region.

The Stegastein Viewpoint is part of the National Tourist Road that runs from Aurland to Lærdal, popularly known as “the snow road”. The viewpoint was designed by Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen and was completed in 2006.

We will then carry on with our journey to Bergen where an express boat will carry you there through Aurlandsfjord and Sognefjord, Norway’s deepest and longest fjord.

 
 

Day 13

1.  Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site

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Bryggen is without a doubt Bergen’s top attraction, and considering how colourful it is, you literally cannot miss it. Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1979, this 900-year-old wharf is Bergen’s oldest quarter. Its history goes back to Viking times, but it really flourished in the 14th to 16th centuries as a prominent trade hub in the Hanseatic League.

After a devastating fire in the 1700’s, Bryggen’s slim, colourful wood-plank buildings and narrow cobblestone alleys have been carefully restored to their original Medieval characteristics over the years. To see the city’s earliest remains, visit the Gamle Bergen Museum - Bymuseet I Bergen to get a real sense of an authentic old Norwegian life back in the day, or take some time to look around the Hanseatiske Museum for a good overview of the Medieval period in Bergen. Go see the seaside gorgeous view in the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, or simply explore the little nooks and crannies throughout the maze of old wooden walkways here.

When the weather is favourable, this is a fabulous place to grab a seat outside at one of the bustling restaurants. There are also plenty of other little cafes, boutiques and shops nearby, along with the lively Fisketorget (fish market) that sells the catch of the day, fresh flowers and other artisanal goods.

2.  Fløibanen Funicular to Mount Floyen

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Take Fløibanen funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen. Magnificent view of Bergen, great children's playground and ideal for mountain walks. Take the funicular railway to Mount Fløyen and see all of Bergen in just 6 minutes.

The funicular railway is one of Norway's most famous attractions. The trip starts from the city centre, just 150 metres from the Fish Market and Bryggen. The exiting trip up to the mountain is a magnificent experience in itself. From Mount Fløyen, approx. 320 metres above sea level, you can enjoy the beautiful view, study the cityscape in detail and the seaward approaches and fjords surrounding Bergen. At Fløyen there is also a restaurant, cafeteria, souvenir shop and play area.

The Funicular takes you to a fantastic area of beautiful natural surroundings with innumerable opportunities for walking and hiking. From Mount Fløyen there are walks on gravel roads and paths to fantastic viewpoints where you can enjoy views of the fjord, mountains and the city below.

 

3. Magic Ice Bar Bergen

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Magic Ice is a wondrous winter wonderland constructed from several tons of ice. The ice bar is the work of world renowned ice carvers, they re-craft the bar several times every year. Magic Ice is the gateway to an adventure far removed from everyday life with a feeling of being beamed over to the Arctic Circle. The bar provide warm poncho and gloves before you step inside the ice bar!

Welcome to an enchanted atmosphere, a magical adventure! You will find Magic Ice located in the heart of downtown Bergen and only a short walk to attractions such as Bryggen, the Fløibanen funicular and the Fish Market, as well as the aquarium.

Inside you will find of course a fantastic Ice Bar, but you will also find some of the most popular, renowned or famous artists from Norway. One of them is Norway’s most popular artist: Edvard Munch. He was a painter, lithographer, etcher, and wood engraver. He is looked upon as one of the most significant influences on the development of German and Central European expressionism. His convulsed and tortuous art was formed by the misery and conflicts of his time, and, even more important, by his own unhappy life. Childhood tragedy, intense and dramatic love affairs, alcoholism, and ceaseless traveling are reflected in his works.

Hence rest assured that you will get your welcome drink served in an ice glass while looking at great art.

 
 

Day 14

Have your last delicious Norwegian frokost (breakfast) of open sandwiches with ham, cheese and some muesli cereals, served with tea or coffee before departing to Bergen Airport, Flesland for your enjoyable flight back home.

 

What You Will Get

  • Entry tickets to all of the sites (Fløibanen Funicular, Frederiksborg Castle, The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Land of Legends, and many more).

  • Norway Fjord Cruise from Flåm to Bergen through Aurlandsfjord and Sognefjord, Norway’s deepest and longest fjord.

  • Flight from Stockholm to Copenhagen.

  • Train tickets from Stockholm to Gothenburg for day trip, from Copenhagen to Roskilde and from Oslo to Flam (Norway).

  • Overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo with your own private room and en-suite bathroom with shower.

  • Ferry tickets from Flam to Bergen.

  • Private tour guide for 14 full days fluent in Indonesian, English and Chinese.

  • Transportations for the whole trip (air-conditioned car or mini van for small town trips, trains/bus tickets to move around cities).

  • Private driver for trips with a car or mini van.

  • Hotel (optional).

*Flight tickets and visa can be arranged as well, please request so in the enquiry.

Map

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