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Norwegian Splendor

With Copenhagen

From $6,694
total price from New York
$6,095 air & land inclusive plus $599 airline taxes and fees
Tour Days
16 days
Tour Membership
12-24 guests
Post-Tour Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

As the Midnight Sun turns night into day, Scandinavia shines.  It’s the perfect time to visit, with the majestic countryside at its loveliest and the cities at their liveliest.  From the cosmopolitan capitals of Copenhagen and Oslo to Norway’s magnificent fjord country, our small group encounters Scandinavia at its best, both on and off the beaten path.

Tour Details

Norwegian Splendor

With Copenhagen

From $6,694

total price from New York
$6,095 air & land inclusive plus $599 airline taxes and fees

Tour Days
16 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Tour Days
16 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

As the Midnight Sun turns night into day, Scandinavia shines.  It’s the perfect time to visit, with the majestic countryside at its loveliest and the cities at their liveliest.  From the cosmopolitan capitals of Copenhagen and Oslo to Norway’s magnificent fjord country, our small group encounters Scandinavia at its best, both on and off the beaten path.

Small Group Highlights

  • Copenhagen sightseeing, including Rosenborg Castle and Christiansborg Palace
  • Excursion to Elsinore
  • Karen Blixen House and Museum
  • Overnight ferry to Oslo
  • Norway’s stunning Western Fjord District: Hardangerfjord, Sognefjord, Geirangerfjord
  • Thrilling Flåm Railway excursion
  • Picturesque Bergen
  • Oslo touring, including the Museum of Cultural History and Kon-Tiki Museum
  • Norway’s outstanding natural scenery

Day-by-Day Itinerary

B
= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
D
= Dinner Included
1
Depart U.S. for Copenhagen, Denmark
Depart U.S. for Copenhagen, Denmark
2
Arrive Copenhagen
D
D
Arrive Copenhagen

After arriving in the Danish capital today, this evening we meet our fellow travelers and Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director at a briefing about the journey ahead and enjoy a welcome dinner at festive Tivoli Gardens.

After arriving in the Danish capital today, this evening we meet our fellow travelers and Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director at a briefing about the journey ahead and enjoy a welcome dinner at festive Tivoli Gardens.

3
Copenhagen
B
B
Copenhagen

A half-day tour introduces us to this most livable of cosmopolitan cities.  We visit Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Parliament; visit the popular Little Mermaid statue; and stroll along the narrow, historic streets of downtown to City Hall Square.  The remainder of the day is free to explore independently with dinner on our own.

A half-day tour introduces us to this most livable of cosmopolitan cities.  We visit Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Parliament; visit the popular Little Mermaid statue; and stroll along the narrow, historic streets of downtown to City Hall Square.  The remainder of the day is free to explore independently with dinner on our own.

4
Copenhagen
B
L
B
L
Copenhagen

We embark this morning on a full-day excursion, first to Elsinore (Helsinger in Danish), site of Kronborg Castle – the infamous setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – where our tour includes the Royal Chambers and Ballroom.  Dramatically set on a spit of land between Denmark and Sweden, Kronborg (c. 1585), a UNESCO site, was widely renowned during the Renaissance.  We then pass by Fredensborg Palace, the grand spring and autumn residence of the Danish royal family.  This afternoon we visit the Karen Blixen House and Museum in coastal Rungsted.  Save for her years in Africa, the writer known as Isak Dinesen (Out of Africa) spent most of her life here where she was born in 1885.  The house boasts its original furniture and décor; the site itself comprises the house, a museum, bird sanctuary, and park.

We embark this morning on a full-day excursion, first to Elsinore (Helsinger in Danish), site of Kronborg Castle – the infamous setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – where our tour includes the Royal Chambers and Ballroom.  Dramatically set on a spit of land between Denmark and Sweden, Kronborg (c. 1585), a UNESCO site, was widely renowned during the Renaissance.  We then pass by Fredensborg Palace, the grand spring and autumn residence of the Danish royal family.  This afternoon we visit the Karen Blixen House and Museum in coastal Rungsted.  Save for her years in Africa, the writer known as Isak Dinesen (Out of Africa) spent most of her life here where she was born in 1885.  The house boasts its original furniture and décor; the site itself comprises the house, a museum, bird sanctuary, and park.

5
Copenhagen/Oslo, Norway
B
L
B
L
Copenhagen/Oslo, Norway

Today we set off for the cozy fishing village of Dragor, with its historic buildings and cobblestone streets.  Here we visit Rosenborg Castle housing the dazzling crown jewels.  Later we board the overnight DFDS ferry to Oslo, settling in our private outside cabins and enjoying dinner on board.

Today we set off for the cozy fishing village of Dragor, with its historic buildings and cobblestone streets.  Here we visit Rosenborg Castle housing the dazzling crown jewels.  Later we board the overnight DFDS ferry to Oslo, settling in our private outside cabins and enjoying dinner on board.

6
Oslo/Lillehammer/Gaala
B
L
D
B
L
D
Oslo/Lillehammer/Gaala

Upon disembarkation this morning, we board our coach for the journey north to ski country.  We stop along the way in Lillehammer (site of the 1994 Winter Olympics) to visit the open-air museum at Maihaugen, among Norway’s most visited cultural attractions, with some 200 original historic buildings reconstructed on the site, farm implements, and everyday objects.  Through the structures and artifacts, Maihaugen recounts everyday life here from the Middle Ages to modern times.  Mid-afternoon we depart for the village of Gaala and our ski lodge hotel.

Upon disembarkation this morning, we board our coach for the journey north to ski country.  We stop along the way in Lillehammer (site of the 1994 Winter Olympics) to visit the open-air museum at Maihaugen, among Norway’s most visited cultural attractions, with some 200 original historic buildings reconstructed on the site, farm implements, and everyday objects.  Through the structures and artifacts, Maihaugen recounts everyday life here from the Middle Ages to modern times.  Mid-afternoon we depart for the village of Gaala and our ski lodge hotel.

7
Gaala/Geiranger
B
D
B
D
Gaala/Geiranger

A day of beautiful scenery is in store as we travel from Gaala to Geiranger, negotiating hairpin bends en route to the summit of Mount Dalsnibba (alt. 4,900 feet) for stunning views of Geirangerfjord and the mountains, lakes, and waterfalls beyond.  We reach the popular village of Geiranger mid-afternoon and get our first up-close look at Norway’s most dramatic fjord.  A UNESCO site, Geiranger measures 10 miles long and 960 feet deep, and is lined with forested rock walls towering more than 6,000 feet above sea level.  Formed over a million years ago during the Ice Age when the ice cap burrowed deep into mountain riverbeds, Norway’s fjords are among the deepest and most striking in the world.

A day of beautiful scenery is in store as we travel from Gaala to Geiranger, negotiating hairpin bends en route to the summit of Mount Dalsnibba (alt. 4,900 feet) for stunning views of Geirangerfjord and the mountains, lakes, and waterfalls beyond.  We reach the popular village of Geiranger mid-afternoon and get our first up-close look at Norway’s most dramatic fjord.  A UNESCO site, Geiranger measures 10 miles long and 960 feet deep, and is lined with forested rock walls towering more than 6,000 feet above sea level.  Formed over a million years ago during the Ice Age when the ice cap burrowed deep into mountain riverbeds, Norway’s fjords are among the deepest and most striking in the world.

8
Geiranger
B
L
D
B
L
D
Geiranger

Today’s excursion on Eagle Road to Herdalssetra promises abundant thrills as we ride along 11 hairpin turns through mountain passes, catching glimpses of the dramatic fjord along the way.  We visit a local farm for lunch then return to Geiranger mid-afternoon.  Before dinner at our hotel tonight, we enjoy a reception there to view a private vintage car collection.

Today’s excursion on Eagle Road to Herdalssetra promises abundant thrills as we ride along 11 hairpin turns through mountain passes, catching glimpses of the dramatic fjord along the way.  We visit a local farm for lunch then return to Geiranger mid-afternoon.  Before dinner at our hotel tonight, we enjoy a reception there to view a private vintage car collection.

9
Geiranger/Bergen
B
D
B
D
Geiranger/Bergen

We can expect scenic overload on our full-day journey to Bergen from Geiranger.  A series of ferry rides takes us across Geirangerfjord, past tiny villages and tumbling waterfalls, and amid steep mountains plunging into the fjord’s placid waters.  Then, we cross stunning Sognefjord, a 125-mile-long waterway (and UNESCO World Heritage site) that reaches halfway across Norway.  Upon arrival in Bergen this evening, we enjoy dinner together.

We can expect scenic overload on our full-day journey to Bergen from Geiranger.  A series of ferry rides takes us across Geirangerfjord, past tiny villages and tumbling waterfalls, and amid steep mountains plunging into the fjord’s placid waters.  Then, we cross stunning Sognefjord, a 125-mile-long waterway (and UNESCO World Heritage site) that reaches halfway across Norway.  Upon arrival in Bergen this evening, we enjoy dinner together.

10
Bergen
B
B
Bergen

We see the highlights of this beautiful city (Norway’s second largest) on a morning tour that takes us through the old warehouse district of Bryggen.  This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts colorful houses packed tightly together, where Hanseatic merchants toiled in the 14th and 15th centuries.  We also pass the city’s colorful fish and flower markets.  Some of Bergen’s architecture dates to the 12th century, and we pass some of the town’s most venerable buildings, including 13th-century Hakonshallen fortress; the Maria Church – the city’s oldest building – dating to 1100; 16th-century Bergenhus fortress; and Old City Hall.  We also visit Troldhaugen, the country home of composer Edvard Grieg, which overlooks lovely Nordaas Lake.  The afternoon is free to enjoy Bergen as we wish.

We see the highlights of this beautiful city (Norway’s second largest) on a morning tour that takes us through the old warehouse district of Bryggen.  This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts colorful houses packed tightly together, where Hanseatic merchants toiled in the 14th and 15th centuries.  We also pass the city’s colorful fish and flower markets.  Some of Bergen’s architecture dates to the 12th century, and we pass some of the town’s most venerable buildings, including 13th-century Hakonshallen fortress; the Maria Church – the city’s oldest building – dating to 1100; 16th-century Bergenhus fortress; and Old City Hall.  We also visit Troldhaugen, the country home of composer Edvard Grieg, which overlooks lovely Nordaas Lake.  The afternoon is free to enjoy Bergen as we wish.

11
Bergen/Lofthus
B
D
B
D
Bergen/Lofthus

On today’s journey to Lofthus, we travel through the breathtaking scenery of Norway’s Western Fjord District.  Along the way, we stop to see the 150-foot Steindal Waterfall then at a floating salmon farm in this premier fish farm region.  Lastly, we visit Steinstoe, one of the country’s largest orchards, where we enjoy a tour led by the family of the owner then get to know them over cake and coffee.  We reach our hotel at midday, with the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.  Dinner tonight is at our hotel.

On today’s journey to Lofthus, we travel through the breathtaking scenery of Norway’s Western Fjord District.  Along the way, we stop to see the 150-foot Steindal Waterfall then at a floating salmon farm in this premier fish farm region.  Lastly, we visit Steinstoe, one of the country’s largest orchards, where we enjoy a tour led by the family of the owner then get to know them over cake and coffee.  We reach our hotel at midday, with the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.  Dinner tonight is at our hotel.

12
Lofthus/Flåm
B
L
D
B
L
D
Lofthus/Flåm

It’s a day of extreme beauty and diverse transportation as we travel by coach to Gudvangen, where we board a ferry for Flåm, traversing stunning Naeroyfjord, a UNESCO site.  After free time in Flåm, we embark the storied Flåm Railway for a thrilling hour-long, 12-mile route ascending the 2,900-foot-deep Flåm Valley.  A masterpiece of engineering along precipitous mountainsides, the railway took nearly 20 years to construct – and as we will see, it was worth the effort.  We pass through 20 tunnels that spiral in and out of mountains, curve around 21 hairpin bends, pass the mighty Kjosfossen Waterfall, and cross the Flåm River three different times.  Our exhilarating excursion ends in Myrdal, where we board another train for the brief trip to Voss.  Here we meet our coach for the return journey to our hotel via the 4,600-foot Hardanger Bridge, one of the world’s longest suspension bridges.

It’s a day of extreme beauty and diverse transportation as we travel by coach to Gudvangen, where we board a ferry for Flåm, traversing stunning Naeroyfjord, a UNESCO site.  After free time in Flåm, we embark the storied Flåm Railway for a thrilling hour-long, 12-mile route ascending the 2,900-foot-deep Flåm Valley.  A masterpiece of engineering along precipitous mountainsides, the railway took nearly 20 years to construct – and as we will see, it was worth the effort.  We pass through 20 tunnels that spiral in and out of mountains, curve around 21 hairpin bends, pass the mighty Kjosfossen Waterfall, and cross the Flåm River three different times.  Our exhilarating excursion ends in Myrdal, where we board another train for the brief trip to Voss.  Here we meet our coach for the return journey to our hotel via the 4,600-foot Hardanger Bridge, one of the world’s longest suspension bridges.

13
Lofthus/Oslo
B
B
Lofthus/Oslo

En route to Oslo, we stop in Eidfjord to tour the Hardanger Nature Center showcasing the natural and cultural worlds of fjord country.  Later we stop for photos at Voeringfoss Waterfall, considered Norway’s most beautiful, with a vertical drop of nearly 600 feet.  Then we begin our route across the wild and barren Hardangervidda, Europe’s largest mountain plateau, which provides grazing lands for reindeer herds.  We pass the resort town of Geilo, travel through the farm-dotted landscape of Hallingdal Valley, and proceed along Lake Kroederen, arriving in Oslo early evening.

En route to Oslo, we stop in Eidfjord to tour the Hardanger Nature Center showcasing the natural and cultural worlds of fjord country.  Later we stop for photos at Voeringfoss Waterfall, considered Norway’s most beautiful, with a vertical drop of nearly 600 feet.  Then we begin our route across the wild and barren Hardangervidda, Europe’s largest mountain plateau, which provides grazing lands for reindeer herds.  We pass the resort town of Geilo, travel through the farm-dotted landscape of Hallingdal Valley, and proceed along Lake Kroederen, arriving in Oslo early evening.

14
Oslo
B
B
Oslo

This morning we visit the Museum of Cultural History, Norway’s largest collection of cultural artifacts, featuring fascinating Viking Age exhibitions as well as Egyptian mummies and several ethnographic displays.  We also tour the nearby Kon-Tiki Museum, with the original vessels and artifacts from Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 voyage across the Pacific.  This afternoon is free for independent exploration.

This morning we visit the Museum of Cultural History, Norway’s largest collection of cultural artifacts, featuring fascinating Viking Age exhibitions as well as Egyptian mummies and several ethnographic displays.  We also tour the nearby Kon-Tiki Museum, with the original vessels and artifacts from Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 voyage across the Pacific.  This afternoon is free for independent exploration.

15
Oslo
B
D
B
D
Oslo

Our panoramic morning tour introduces Oslo’s highlights, including the Royal Palace, built in the early 19th century; imposing Askershus Fortress and Castle, around which Oslo was planned; and Akerbrygge, the redeveloped harbor area.  We visit Gustav Vigeland’s renowned bronze sculptures of human figures at Frogner Park; and the esteemed Munch Museum, dedicated to the life and work of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. The museum contains at least one print of every painting that Munch created throughout his life, and more than half of his original creations. Then this afternoon is free to explore on our own; tonight we gather for a farewell dinner at our hotel.

Our panoramic morning tour introduces Oslo’s highlights, including the Royal Palace, built in the early 19th century; imposing Askershus Fortress and Castle, around which Oslo was planned; and Akerbrygge, the redeveloped harbor area.  We visit Gustav Vigeland’s renowned bronze sculptures of human figures at Frogner Park; and the esteemed Munch Museum, dedicated to the life and work of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. The museum contains at least one print of every painting that Munch created throughout his life, and more than half of his original creations. Then this afternoon is free to explore on our own; tonight we gather for a farewell dinner at our hotel.

16
Depart for U.S.
B
B
Depart for U.S.

We transfer to the airport this morning for our return flight to the U.S.

We transfer to the airport this morning for our return flight to the U.S.

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 14 nights’ accommodations: 13 nights in Superior First Class, First Class, and unrated hotels; 1 night aboard DFDS ferry
  • 27 meals: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Ferry, rail, and private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Copenhagen 60 66 70 69 64
Oslo 61 68 72 70 60

Average Temperature (°F )

  May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Copenhagen 60 66 70 69 64
Oslo 61 68 72 70 60

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Post-Tour Extension

Stockholm – On Your Own

4 days, 3 nights
From
$995
+ from $345 Single Supplement

Stockholm – On Your Own

4 days, 3 nights
From
$995
+ from $345 Single Supplement

Add an independent stay in the delightful Swedish capital to your Scandinavian sojourn.

Post-Tour Extension Price Includes

  • Air transportation Oslo/Stockholm, inclusive of airline taxes and fees
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at Scandic Continental (First Class)
  • 3 meals: 3 breakfasts
  • Transfer to airport

Pricing: $995 all dates. Single Supplement: $345 in 2024; $395 in 2025

Accommodations

Tour Directors

Wenche Rossvoll

“Wenche has a passion for her country, a passion for touring, and a passion for the people in her care! She was amazing. This was my 8th trip with Odysseys and I have always had a terrific tour leader.”

Janice Hahn
Visalia, CA

Andrew Hutter

“Andrew is a gem! He is attentive, superbly knowledgeable about the area, personable, capable – too many superlatives to list. He is an asset to your company and lots of fun to travel with.”

Tom & Diane Docherty
Palm City, FL

Elsa Maréchal

“Elsa was a wonderful guide – very knowledgeable and very warm and caring. She was a delightful traveling companion and it was a pleasure to spend time with her.”

Max & Lois Mendelson
Schenectady, NY

Ania Szwajgier

“We have always had outstanding tour directors but Ania was the most outstanding one ever!”

Joan Putney
Richmond, VA

Aurore Fourdin

“She was extraordinary. Always open to questions, very friendly…knowledgeable of the areas, great suggestions where to eat…I cannot say enough great things about Aurore.”

Dean Goings
Van Nuys, CA

Helena Friberg

“After 13 tours with Odysseys, we can say that Helena is in the top three of all the tour directors we have had. She is so good at what she does! She made every individual feel they were special.”

Maria & Rick Biko
Metuchen, NJ

Davide Fanciulli

“Davide was outstanding in all areas…His skills as a storyteller brought to life a wide swath of Scandinavian history, from ancient to contemporary.”

Nina Galin
Santa Rosa, CA

Tour Directors

Ania Szwajgier

“We have always had outstanding tour directors but Ania was the most outstanding one ever!”

Joan Putney
Richmond, VA

Helena Friberg

“After 13 tours with Odysseys, we can say that Helena is in the top three of all the tour directors we have had. She is so good at what she does! She made every individual feel they were special.”

Maria & Rick Biko
Metuchen, NJ

Andrew Hutter

“Andrew is a gem! He is attentive, superbly knowledgeable about the area, personable, capable – too many superlatives to list. He is an asset to your company and lots of fun to travel with.”

Tom & Diane Docherty
Palm City, FL

Davide Fanciulli

“Davide was outstanding in all areas…His skills as a storyteller brought to life a wide swath of Scandinavian history, from ancient to contemporary.”

Nina Galin
Santa Rosa, CA

Elsa Maréchal

“Elsa was a wonderful guide – very knowledgeable and very warm and caring. She was a delightful traveling companion and it was a pleasure to spend time with her.”

Max & Lois Mendelson
Schenectady, NY

Wenche Rossvoll

“Wenche has a passion for her country, a passion for touring, and a passion for the people in her care! She was amazing. This was my 8th trip with Odysseys and I have always had a terrific tour leader.”

Janice Hahn
Visalia, CA

Aurore Fourdin

“She was extraordinary. Always open to questions, very friendly…knowledgeable of the areas, great suggestions where to eat…I cannot say enough great things about Aurore.”

Dean Goings
Van Nuys, CA

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Guest Photos & Testimonials

This was a terrific tour; the guide was incredible, and the itinerary made the most of the available time.
John Pascale
New York, NY
Thank you for a wonderful tour to Denmark and Norway that was full of so many special moments that brought these countries very close to my heart!
Janet Bedell
Adams, MA
This was a terrific tour; the guide was incredible, and the itinerary made the most of the available time.
John Pascale
New York, NY
Thank you for a wonderful tour to Denmark and Norway that was full of so many special moments that brought these countries very close to my heart!
Janet Bedell
Adams, MA
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