Itinerary + Map

DAY 1 Helsinki
Welcome to Helsinki! On arrival at the airport, please make your own way to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure, so you may either rest or start exploring the energetic Finnish capital. Here, nature trails and city life are only a stone's throw away, and the area is overflowing with good food, great design, interesting museums and unique architecture. No wonder it's said to be one of the world's most liveable cities! For your first dinner on the tour, definitely try a couple of traditional dishes like Baltic herring, Karelian pie, salmon soup, sauteed reindeer, liver casserole or blueberry pie.

Stay at: The Hotel Maria (5 star) or similar
Meals included: -

DAY 2 Helsinki - Stockholm
Join your local guide for a 3-hour private walking tour of Helsinki where you will see some of the most important sights. Meander the historical centre of Helsinki around the Senate Square, and in the immediate vicinity, you will find the Presidential Palace, the City Hall and the harbour area with Market Square and Uspenski Cathedral. You can stroll through the Esplanade Park and the main shopping streets towards the Parliament House, passing the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and finally to Temppeliaukio Church, also known as the Rock Church. If time allows, continue to the impressive Finlandia Hall and the National Opera along the Toolonlahti seaside.

In the afternoon, please make your own way to the ferry terminal to board the overnight ferry to Stockholm through the archipelago. During your time at sea, take full advantage of the on-board amenities including cafes, restaurants, and shops and spend the night in one of the cruises’ comfortable cabins.

Stay aboard: Tallink Silja Line Ferry
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 Stockholm
Awake this morning aboard your ferry as it sails through Sweden's Archipelago with a collection of 30,000 islands and islets. On arrival at Stockholm, please make your own way to your hotel for check-in and freshening-up. Later, meet your local guide for a 3-hour private walking tour of Stockholm. You will visit the charming Old Town (Gamla Stan) which is located on a small island with narrow stone streets and many old buildings, nowadays famous for its
gastronomic innovation and unique shopping. Other sights of interest to see are Storkyrkan (cathedral), the Royal Palace, the Royal Opera, Stadshuset (City Hall), Kungstradgarden (park) and many more. Evening is at your leisure.

Stay at: Hotel Reisen (5 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4 Stockholm
Today is yours to discover the Swedish capital at your own pace. If you're interested in museums, there are plenty to choose from such as the Vasa, Skansen, ABBA, Fotografiska, Stockholm Medieval Museum, Nobel Prize Museum, Army Museum, Swedish History Museum and the National Museum. Alternatively, if you prefer the outdoors, head to Royal Djurgarden, Humlegarden, Tantolunden, the Botanical Gardens or Judarskogen Nature Reserve. At night, why not do a ghost tour or The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo tour or attend a joyful Mamma Mia Party at a Greek tavern?

Stay at: Hotel Reisen (5 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 5 Stockholm
Another day for independent sightseeing around the city, ranging from the Drottningholm Royal Palace, the most well-preserved castle built in the 1600's in Sweden, to Sodermalm, the home of bohemian, alternative culture and a broad range of cultural amenities. You can also go to Grona Lunda, an amusement park with over 30 attractions and a popular venue for concerts in summer, or Ostermalms Food Hall and Hotorgshallen to satisfy the foodie in you. Delicacies to look out for include cabbage pudding, pea soup, hodgepodge, potato dumpling and sandwich cake.

Stay at: Hotel Reisen (5 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6 Stockholm - Copenhagen
After breakfast, please make your own way to Central Station for your train to Copenhagen. Once it leaves suburban Stockholm, you will see beautiful sceneries of forest, mountains and farmland while sitting comfortably in your train seat. On arrival at the Danish capital, please make your own way to your hotel for check-in and the remainder of the day is at leisure. You can relax or familiarise yourself with this city first by taking a look at its famous attractions such as the Little Mermaid statue, Rosenborg Castle, The Round Tower observatory and the Church of Our Saviour.

Stay at: 71 Nyhavn Hotel (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 7 Copenhagen
A day for discovering Copenhagen in depth begins with a walking culinary experience tour, which delves into the trendy food and restaurant scene of the Danish capital. With your local guide, learn about the city’s burgeoning reputation for fresh, light and seasonal cuisine with natural products. Seek out the locals’ favourite eateries and markets. Taste gourmet cheeses, local open rye bread sandwiches, organic hot dogs, delicious craft beers and organic gourmet chocolate - depending on the season.

In the afternoon, another local guide will take you on a 2-hour private walking tour of Copenhagen. Passing the city's magical theme park Tivoli Gardens and through lean alleyways, come face-to-face with the grand National Museum and Christiansborg Palace. Scout Nyhavn with its myriads of restaurants and colourful buildings before continuing to the majestic Amalienborg Palace. At last, return to the City Hall square along the popular pedestrian street Stroget where you can do some shopping and eating for the night.

Stay at: 71 Nyhavn Hotel (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 8 Copenhagen
Embark on a 3.5-hour sightseeing tour with your local guide to get a better understanding of the Danish culture and the concept of hygge, as you explore some of the oldest parts of Copenhagen. Hygge is difficult to describe but easy to experience on a slow-paced walk with a local by your side. Once you have it in you, you will know why the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world! Sample some Danish delights from world-renowned pastries and Danish flodeboller to a cup of liquid joy.

Afternoon is at leisure to continue your acquaintance with this congenial city. If you want to visit somewhere different, drop in at the Freetown Christiania neighbourhood. It began in 1971 as a squatted military base but has over the years, developed into an intentional community, known for its story of independence, fascinating architecture, cultural venues and activities, and alternative (if not controversial) lifestyles. It is a city within a city, full of quirky Bohemians.

Stay at: 71 Nyhavn Hotel (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 9 Copenhagen - Oslo
In the morning, there is free time to enjoy anything you have missed in Copenhagen, maybe getting one last pastry or one of their famous hotdogs, before making your own way to the ferry terminal to board your overnight ferry. Bid farewell to Denmark and head to the Kingdom of Norway, sailing overnight through the Skagerrak Strait that contains some of the busiest shipping routes in the world, with vessels from every corner of the globe. Make the most of your journey onboard the ferry and enjoy the scenery of the North Sea and the Kattegat Sea.

Stay aboard: DFDS Seaways Ferry
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 10 Oslo
Upon disembarkation in the Norwegian capital, please make your own way to your hotel and check in. After freshening up, meet your local guide for a panoramic tour of Oslo by bus and on foot. Learn about the history and culture of the Norwegian capital while admiring the main sights in the city centre. Relish in the spectacular views from Holmenkollen ski jump (approx. 30 mins break) and enjoy an interpretive walk through Vigeland Sculpture Park (approx. 45 mins). With more than 200 sculptures in bronze and granite, you will gain fascinating insights into the art of its creator, the most prolific Norwegian sculptor, Gustav Vigeland.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to further explore this city to your own liking. Oslo is known for its green spaces and museums so don't miss sites like Frognerparken and The Fram Museum. You can also visit the Royal Palace, Akershus Fortress, Botanical Garden and Olsofjord to soak in the beauty and history of the place. When it's meal time, experience dining at Aker Brygge Marina, famous for its pier, bars, restaurants and outdoor atmosphere.

Stay at: Amerikalinjen Hotel (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 11 Oslo - Flam
This morning, depart early from Oslo Railway Station on one of the most beautiful routes in Europe. This unique trip takes you through some of the most magnificent scenery to be found on the west coast of Norway. Journey on the Flam Railway, a 20-kilometre-long journey from the mountain station of Myrdal and down to Flam deep in the fjord that takes around 55 minutes. During the journey, the train moves slowly and stops at the best views including some of the most magnificent scenery in Norway with an ever-changing panorama. On arrival in the idyllic fjord side village of Flam, make the short walk to your hotel for check-in.

Stay at Fretheim Hotel (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 12 Flam - Bergen
Following breakfast, please make your own way to the Visitor Centre to board the bus to the extraordinary Stegastein Viewpoint. This excursion is an unmissable sightseeing trip for any visitor to this area. The viewing platform, which juts out 30 metres from the mountainside and 650 metres above the fjord, offers an unparalleled panorama of the surrounding landscape that will take your breath away. You get 30 minutes here before getting the bus back to Flam.

Continue on your journey by premium vessel along the Aurlandsfjord and then the Naeroyfjord, the narrowest fjord in Europe. The Naeroyfjord is now included on the UNESCO World Heritage List and surrounded by mighty mountains up to 1,800 metres high; this branch of the Sognefjord is amazingly beautiful. Along the way, there are views of the small traditional farms and villages before you arrive in Gudvangen. From here, you will take a coach up the steep and spectacular hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva to the Stalheim Hotel from where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Stalheimsfossen and Sivlefossen waterfalls. After a short stop at the viewpoint, continue to Voss where you catch the train to Bergen, beautiful capital of the fjords.

Stay at: Bergen Bors Hotel (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 13 Bergen
Today, join your local guide on a 3-hour private walking tour of Bergen. You will learn about its history, all the while passing through the Hanseatic Bryggen and the lively Fish Market. Afterwards, the day is yours to explore. Why not take a funicular to the top of Mount Floibanen with its stunning views of the city, or indulge in some of the culinary delights you saw earlier on your tour? Other interesting places to visit are the KODE Art Museum, Troldhaugen (the home of famous composer Edvard Grieg), Bergen Aquarium, Old Bergen Museum and Skostredet for its street art.

Stay at: Bergen Bors Hotel (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 14 Bergen
After breakfast and check-out from your hotel, your Northern Capitals and Norwegian Fjords tour comes to an end. You may resume your onward arrangements.

Meals included: Breakfast

  • 4 and 5 star centrally-located hotel accommodation
  • 1 night aboard Tallink Silja Line ferry in an A Class Sea View Cabin: Helsinki – Stockholm
  • 1 night aboard DFDS Seaways ferry in a Sea View Cabin: Copenhagen – Oslo
  • 2nd class rail: Stockholm – Copenhagen, Oslo – Myrdal, Voss – Bergen
  • Flam Railway (Flamsbana): Myrdal – Flam
  • Fjord Cruise (premium vessel): Flam – Gudvangen
  • Coach: Gudvangen – Voss
  • Private walking tours and group sightseeing tours
  • Porter service: Oslo – Bergen (1 piece of luggage per person)

Exclusions: Transfers, entrance fees to attractions, meals or services not mentioned above

  • 13 breakfasts

Private walking tours 

  • Helsinki
  • Stockholm
  • Copenhagen
  • Bergen

Group sightseeing tours

  • Hygge & Happiness in Copenhagen
  • Gourmet Culinary Experience in Copenhagen (including tastings)
  • Panorama City Tour in Oslo
  • Stegastein Viewpoint in Flam