Scandinavia (End Helsinki – From May 2020)(Multi Share,Start Copenhagen, End Helsinki)
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Duration: 12 Days
Museums and cinnamon buns by day, hot saunas and Swedish meatballs by night - welcome to Scandinavia! A candy bar of experiences for both the Nat Geo nerd and the metro magnet. This holiday will get you deep into the enchanting countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden & Finland.
Day 1
Start Copenhagen
Good morning globe-roamers and welcome to 12-days of memory-making magic. After a bit of a mingle with the new squad we'll getting into the spirit of our imminent adventures in Copenhagen. We've got all day tomorrow to suss out the city, so today can stay reserved for Contiki hangs if you're feeling social.
Day 2
Copenhagen
Constantly named amongst the most livable cities in the world, Copenhagen is an artwork of locals on bicycles, Danish pastries in cute café windows, & Renaissance architecture. Being a bustling university town and home to the hippie hood of Freetown Christiania, nightlife and unique culture can be found at every turn. Explore the sites with your Trip Manager & sign up to an optional tour of Carlsberg Brewery - straight to business!
Day 3
Copenhagen to Oslo
Before you go bursting out of your travel clothes thanks to your new-found pastry dependency, we're bailing on Denmark. Next stop: Norway!To the call of castles, fresh seafood, & pretty parks, we respond! Today we're taking on Norway. We'll be surrounded by 200 bronze statues eating Krumkaker pastries before we can say "jeg elsker Norge!" (that's "I love Norway," folks).
Day 4
Oslo
Oslo, both the capital and biggest city of Norway, is a riverside metropolis back-dropped by mountains of greenery and filled with easy-going culture. Pottering around museums and pretty buildings will keep us busy by day, while taking a stroll through the city should keep you busy by night.
Day 5
Oslo to Voss via Hardangervidda
Though you'll feel like you know Norway inside out by now, you can't really grasp the country until you've witnessed its great open plains & small country towns...Before we arrive in our overnight hub, we'll coast through the rugged river and rock landscapes of Telemark and Hardangervidda regions, with nature worthy of an Instagram or two...Tonight's stop, Voss is the adventure capital of Norway. We'll take the chilled out approach here, with a night of relaxing and getting to know the crew in our lakefront lodge, it's like waking up in a movie.
Day 6
Voss to Geiranger Fjord via Sognefjord
The outdoor vibes don't end today, we'll be getting back to nature from sun up 'til sun down. Wild animals and spectacular scenery are on the cards so keep that camera of yours charged to full.Norwegian countryside and pretty waterfalls will highlight our journey to the 200km long Sognefjord, a sight set to take your breath away.After lunch at Boyabreen glacier - which will see you pondering more rural life goals - we'll continue our journey to Geiranger Fjord where we'll spend the night surrounded by some of mother nature's finest.
Day 7
Geiranger Fjord to Gjovik via Lom and Lillehammer
There's no way we can drag you away from this place first thing this morning, even though we have a whole lot of adventure to fill the day. A morning cruise around Geiranger Fjord amongst cascading waterfalls should ease you into things.This little town is steeped in history, with the jewel in the crown being Lom Stave Church, one of the few left in the world and dating back to the 12th Century. Yes, you read that right. These wooden churches are about as medieval as they come and religious or not, this cute little spot (and town) will delight!The alpine ski resort of Lillehammer will appear in front of us shortly after our drive past old farms and unspoilt Norwegian countryside. Home of the 1994 Winter Olympics, you'll have the chance to live out your "Cool Runnings" dreams with an Olympic Bobsled Ride - squeal!!A night of traditional Norwegian life set on Norway's largest lake, yes please and thank you! Soak up the vibes before we set off for Sweden.
Day 8
Gjovik to Stockholm
Today we drive outta Gjovik through lands known to host bears, moose & wolves. Yes, yes, you read correctly - bears, moose & wolves.The forests will eventually part and we will descend upon the 24,000 islands of Sweden's capital, Stockholm. Spend the night getting out amongst this eclectic buzzing city, maybe even signing up for the quintessential ice bar experience.
Day 9
Stockholm
Wander the quaint medieval streets of Gamla Stan & try to catch the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace. All that ground covered will earn you some Swedish salmon & an Absolut on the rocks.
Day 10
Stockholm to Overnight Baltic Ferry
Soak up your last dose of Swedish cool this morning before we take our next journey...by sea! A luxurious cruise will be carrying us away from Sweden on the hunt for Helsinki.
Day 11
Overnight Baltic Ferry to Helsinki
You only have to look to Finland's quirky array of annual festivals - Wife Carrying World Championships? - to understand that this place has character. Some sources claim Finland is also home to the most heavy metal bands per capita in the world, and the heaviest coffee consumption in the world - we love these people! Between hanging with locals, be sure to rummage the South Harbour Markets, see the city's many sites, & find time for some sauna hangs.
Day 12
Depart Helsinki
The trip ends after breakfast so it's time to swap addresses & say farewell to your new friends.
  • See the Little Mermaid, the Gefion Fountain and the Royal Palace
  • See Hamlet’s Kronberg Castle
  • Orientation tour of Oslo
  • See the impressive Tvindefossen Waterfall
  • Take in breathtaking views as you cruise the stunning Geiranger Fjord
  • Scenic drive through unspoilt forests & lakes, known for bears, moose & wolves
  • See Gamla Stan (the old town) & see the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace
  • See the Uspenski Cathedral, Senate Square and the harbour
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