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HardangerFjord
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Tour Dates June 4th - 19th, 2017 (16 days)
Included meals 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 13 dinners
Tour Host(s) Rev Jim & Louise Thompson
Pricing from $7,795 CAD
Discover one of the most scenic regions in the world on a trip to the 'Land of the Vikings'! Visit Denmark, the home of Hans Christian Andersen, Renaissance castles, charming villages and the renowned Tivoli Gardens. Then explore Norway with its magnificent fjords, rugged countryside and Viking history. Finally, in Sweden, admire forested landscapes, an amazing archipelago and the sophisticated capital city of Stockholm. This magnificent journey is filled with extraordinary panoramas, and a dramatic combination of farmland, mountains, seas, forests and fjords.
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Departure Day

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Today we meet our fellow travellers at the airport to board the departure flight, ready to begin a journey filled with new and exciting experiences.

Day 2 - Arrive in Copenhagen

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Copenhagen HarbourUpon arrival in Copenhagen we are met by our guide and driver. A local guide will then take us on a panoramic city tour that includes a cruise of the Copenhagen canals where we see the scenic harbour and catch a glimpse of the famous Little Mermaid. Along the canals, view the most beautiful churches, castles and old houses as well as architecturally interesting new buildings.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Copenhagen Touring - Tivoli Gardens

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Tivoli GardensThis morning we start our day by visiting the Rosenborg Gardens - also called the King's Gardens - the oldest Royal gardens in Denmark. King Christian IV laid these gardens out in the Renaissance style in the beginning of the 1600's. Here we will also visit the 17th-century castle which houses the Danish Crown Jewels and other treasures of the Danish Royal family dating back to the year 1500. The afternoon is free to explore on our own and to take advantage of the shopping area of Stroget (or Stroll),one of Europe longest pedestrian streets, or maybe make a visit to the famous Carlsberg Brewery Visitors centre. Tonight we enjoy a special treat as we dine at a restaurant in Tivoli Gardens. Later we have free time to wander through the famous amusement park before walking back to the hotel at our leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Frederiksborg - Kronborg - Cruise

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Frederiksborg GardensWe start the day with a drive through the Danish countryside as we travel to Hillerod to visit Frederiksborg Castle and since 1878, the home of the National History Museum. Throughout the seventeenth century, this magnificent Renaissance palace was often used as a royal residence. Then we will travel on to Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) made famous by Shakespeare as "Elsinor", the setting for "Hamlet". We then travel back to Copenhagen where we will board our overnight cruise to Oslo, Norway. Dinner will be served on board the ship.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Oslo City Tour - Museums

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Frogner Park OsloWe have breakfast on board while cruising on Oslofjord until we arrive in the Norwegian capital and are met by our local guide and driver. Today, our city tour visits Frogner Park with its Vigeland Sculpture Park that features 175 granite sculptures depicting all phases of human life, arranged over 75 acres of gardens. Then we are taken to visit the Viking Ship Museum where the three ships on display are the best preserved Viking ships, found in royal burial mounds in the Oslo fjord. Next we will visit the Kon-Tiki museum to learn about Thor Heyerdahl's journey which gained worldwide fame when he crossed the Pacific Ocean on Kon-Tiki in 1947. Later we check into the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Holmenkollen - Free Time

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Akershus Fortress - OsloThis morning we will see the residential area of west Oslo while travelling to the world famous Holmenkollen ski jump. After our visit to the jump site, we drive past the Royal Palace and along Oslo's main street - Karl Johan - where we view the Parliament, the Fortress of Akershus and the busy port on our way to the city hall. We are dropped off near "Raadhuset", Oslo's richly decorated city hall, which was finished in 1950 and was a collaboration of Norway's finest artists. The afternoon is free to explore the city hall, perhaps take a harbour cruise, visit the Munch Museum or the new Oslo Opera House.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Oslo to Bergen

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

HardangerFjordOur journey today takes us through some of the most scenic countryside in the region. We drive through the resort town of Geilo, and then on to Brimnes where we take the bridge across the fjord to Bruravik. Our journey continues as we travel via the beautiful Hardanger Fjord to Bergen - a picturesque coastal city situated between seven mountains and seven fjords.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Bergen City Tour

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Bergen Harbour ViewThis morning we enjoy a tour of the second largest city in Norway and the gateway to the fjords. We will take in the fish and flower markets, the old Hanseatic Quarters and the "Bryggen" harbour (WHS). After a short ride we arrive to Troldhaugen which was the home of composer Edvard Grieg. Following a thirty minute recital, we continue our tour and experience a ride on the "Fløibanen", an eight-minute funicular ride to the top of Mount Fløien with a fantastic view over the city. The rest of the afternoon is at our leisure so we can relax, spend time at the harbour markets, or visit the fascinating aquarium.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Flam Train Ride - Leikanger

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Myrdal Train SceneryAfter breakfast we depart Bergen and make our way to Flam. Our travels take us through Voss, and includes a stop at the Stalheim Hotel for tea and wonderful views of the incredible valley below. We continue to Flam where we take a ride on the scenic Flam Railway up the valley past spectacular waterfalls and outstanding fjord and mountain vistas. A boxed lunch is included today. Later, our drive includes a short ferry ride as we make our way to Leikanger and our overnight hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Briksdal Glacier - Geiranger

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Briksdal Glacier FallsThis morning we make our way to Skei. After a short break we continue on to Olden where we will enjoy an open car excursion onto the Briksdal Glacier. The huge Briksdal Glacier forms part of the Jostedal Glacier National Park. The wild glacier slope plunges from a height of 1200 metres down to the lush, narrow Briksdalen valley - a sight that attracts 300,000 visitors each year. After, we continue to our hotel in Geiranger.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Geiranger Fjord Cruise

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Geirangerfjord, NorwayThis morning is a later start so we can sleep in and relax before our cruise on the world famous Geiranger Fjord (WHS). Regarded as the most beautiful of all the fjords, we see famous sights such as the Bridal Veil Falls and the Seven Sisters Falls as we listen to the stories provided by the ship's crew. We may want to enjoy a coffee and a fresh waffle as we cruise slowly along the fjord getting close to the wildlife and possibly spot porpoise playing alongside the ship. The afternoon is free to take in the scenery and shops of the small village of Geiranger.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 - Lom Stave Church - Lillehammer

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Lom Stave ChurchToday we drive over the Grotli Mountains, and if weather permits, stop at the beautiful viewpoint of Dalsnibba for a last look at the Geiranger Fjord. Our scenic trip takes us alongside soaring mountains, shining glaciers and cascading waterfalls. We make a stop in the village of Lom, and visit the Lom Stave Church. This type of church is amongst the oldest standing wooden churches and uses free standing inner columns to support the roof. This afternoon we travel to a nearby farm, Skarsmoen, where we learn about the local history, modern farming techniques and enjoy a traditional Norwegian meal. Then it's a short ride to our hotel in Lillehammer.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 - Lillehammer - Tallberg

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Maihaugen MuseumWe have a little later start today and will visit the Maihaugen Open Air Museum to learn about life in the past in a Norwegian village. After lunch we make our way to Sweden and the picturesque village of Tällberg, situated along the shore of Lake Siljan. This evening we enjoy dinner on our own, and a restful night in the peaceful surroundings.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14 - Tallberg - Stockholm

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Swedish CountrysideAfter breakfast this morning we head to Sundborn - part of the Falun World Heritage Site, a monument to the mining area of the Great Copper Mountain. It is also the home of Carl Larsson, an illustrator and one of Sweden's most beloved watercolour artists. After a guided visit, we continue our journey through the idyllic Swedish countryside to its capital city, Stockholm.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 - Stockholm City Tour

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Wasa MuseumOur morning sightseeing shows us the charms of this city - where cobbled streets and medieval buildings of the Gamla Stan (Old Town) contrast with today's modern city centre. Sites seen today include the City Hall, with its beautiful waterside location and the Vasa Museum which contains the Swedish warship that sank in Stockholm harbour on its maiden voyage in 1628. This afternoon we are taken to the pier for a beautiful afternoon cruise of the Stockholm archipelago! The rest of the day is at our leisure to wander the narrow back streets of the Old Town or just relax. Tonight our farewell dinner will be a celebration of this exhilarating trip.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 - Return Home

Monday, June 19th, 2017

View over StockholmThis morning we gather our luggage, souvenirs and memories of new friends and places we have explored. Our return flight home makes us anxious to share experiences with family and friends waiting for us back home.

Meals: Breakfast

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Special Inclusions

  • Copenhagen Canal Cruise
  • Dinner at Tivoli Gardens
  • Musical Concert in Bergen
  • Funicular Ride up Mount Fløien in Bergen
  • Ride the Flam Scenic Railway
  • Open car ride to Briksdal Glacier
  • Geiranger Fjord Cruise
  • Boat cruise in Stockholm Harbour

Prices per person (CAD)

Toronto$7,795
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Halifax$7,945
Calgary$8,045
Regina$8,045
Vancouver$8,045
Winnipeg$8,045
Victoria$8,095
Single supplement$1,150

Included

  • Return economy class airfare
  • Current airline taxes, fuel surcharges and airport fees
  • Superior Tourist class and First class hotels
  • First class motorcoach
  • Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Professional tour guide
  • Sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • Tipping for all included services
  • Rostad Tours travel gift
  • Comprehensive and personalized tour documentation

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  • Meals not shown
  • Beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any airline luggage fees
  • Increases to surcharges, taxes or fees
  • Insurance
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