Scandinavia and Iceland Escorted Group Tour
From Copenhagen, Denmark To Reykjavik, Iceland - 20 Nights

Departing from:
Copenhagen, Denmark
Destination:
Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration:
20 Nights
Offer:
Exclusive Fully Escorted Small Group Tour
Travel Dates:
20/10/24 to 09/11/24
Offer Expires:
30/06/24

From

AU$13,720

Price per person

Package Details

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Itinerary:

Day 1, Home to Copenhagen 

Today we depart on our adventure! We will pick up from your house and transfer to the airport for your flight to Copenhagen. 

Day 2, Arrive Copenhagen (B,D)

We will be met at the airport by an English-speaking guide and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy the day at leisure until the welcome dinner at hotel.

Overnight: Scandic Copenhagen or similar

Day 3, Copenhagen (B)

Today we hop aboard the bus for a guided sightseeing tour of 3 castles north of Copenhagen – Kronborg Castle, Frederiksborg Castle and Fredensborg Castle. Kronborg Castle, Frederiksborg Castle, and Fredensborg Castle are three of Denmark’s most famous and historically significant castles, each with its unique architectural style and historical context.

Kronborg Castle: Located in Helsingør at the northeastern tip of Zealand, Kronborg Castle is best known as the setting of William Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet.” This 16th-century fortress, overlooking the Øresund Strait, is renowned for its Renaissance architecture. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Kronborg has served various roles throughout history, including as a royal residence, military barracks, and prison.

Frederiksborg Castle: Situated in Hillerød, north of Copenhagen, Frederiksborg Castle is a splendid example of Scandinavian Renaissance architecture. Built in the early 17th century by King Christian IV, this castle is set amidst beautifully manicured gardens and reflects on a large lake, adding to its scenic beauty. Today, it houses the Museum of National History, showcasing Denmark’s history through a rich collection of paintings, furniture, and decorative art.

Fredensborg Castle: Located in Fredensborg on the island of Zealand, this castle is often used as the Danish Royal Family’s spring and autumn residence. Built in the 18th century, Fredensborg Castle is known for its Baroque architecture. The castle is surrounded by Fredensborg Palace Gardens, one of the largest and most beautiful in Denmark, featuring both baroque and romantic landscaped gardens.

Each of these castles offers a unique glimpse into Denmark’s rich cultural heritage and architectural history. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: Scandic Copenhagen or similar

Day 4, Copenhagen to Oslo (B,D)

After breakfast we check out of the hotel, before commencing a Guided walking tour of Copenhagen – where you will see City Hall Square, Tivoli Gardens, New Carlsberg Glyptotheque, National Museum, Old Stock Museum, Naval Church, Christiansburg Palace, and the famous Little Mermaid.

This afternoon you will be transferred to the pier for the overnight ferry in an outside cabin to Oslo and there is a stop in Fredrikshaven enroute. (Departs 14:15- check in 90 minutes prior) .

Overnight aboard the ferry.

Day 5, Oslo (B)

After disembarking the ferry embark on a scenic drive through beautiful Oslo en-route to Holmenkollen. Visit the Historical Museum with Viking Ship exhibition, and pass national landmarks such as the Parliament building, the National Theater and the magnificent Royal Palace.

A guided walk through the extraordinary Vigeland Sculpture Park, the largest sculpture park in the world created by one single artist, is invigorating and inspiring.

Overnight: Clarion The Hub or similar

Day 6, Oslo to Bergen (B)

Today we walk a few minutes to the station to board the train from Oslo to Bergen.

The train journey from Oslo to Bergen crosses some of Norway’s most spectacular landscapes. It includes mountainous terrain, scenic valleys, and picturesque fjords. The highest point of the route is at Finse, which is also the highest railway station in Northern Europe.

One of the most notable parts of the journey is the crossing over the Hardangervidda plateau, the largest mountain plateau in Europe. The train also passes through numerous tunnels and over bridges, offering stunning views of the Norwegian countryside.

The train journey is approximately 6 hours and 30 minutes. Upon arrival in Bergen transfer to hotel and check in for 2 nights. Day at leisure.

Overnight: Zander K Hotel or similar

Day 7, Bergen (B)

In the morning join a round-trip cruise from Bergen in spectacular fjord scenery. This fantastic tour takes you up the 27- kilometer long Osterfjord. We sail our bow right up to a waterfall to catch a bucket of ice-cold mountain water for you to sample.

In the afternoon explore the Hanseatic city of Bergen with a walking tour, with its historic harbour area – Bryggen, where some of the best fish restaurants are located and where you can walk through the narrow wooden alleyways and get a feel for how it used to be. A return journey on the funicular railway (Floibanen) is included and here you will enjoy the most amazing views of Bergen.

Overnight: Zander K Hotel or similar

Day 8, Bergen to Oslo (B)

Travel through some of Norway’s most beautiful fjord scenery including the breathtaking Flam railway. Your pass includes a train from Bergen to Voss, a bus from Voss to Gudvangen then by boat from Gudvangen to Flam and train from Flam to Myrdal to Oslo. On arrival we walk a few minutes to the hotel.

Overnight: Clarion The Hub or similar

Day 9, Oslo to Stockholm (B)

Board your train to Stockholm (full day journey).

The distance between Oslo and Stockholm by train is approximately 500 kilometers. The train passes through picturesque countryside, including forests, lakes, and traditional Scandinavian villages. While it may not be as dramatic as the Oslo to Bergen route, it still offers plenty of scenic views typical of the Nordic region.

Upon arrival in Stockholm, we take the shot walk to the hotel for the next 2 nights.

Overnight: ProfilHotels Centraal or similar

Day 10, Stockholm (B)

Morning sightseeing tour by boat – Under the Bridges of Stockholm, the perfect way to see Stockholm at its most beautiful, from the water. Travel under 12 bridges and through the lock that connects the Baltic Sea to Lake Malaren.

In the afternoon indulge in a 3 hour panoramic tour of Stockholm including a walking tour of the Old Town and entrance to the Royal Palace.

Overnight: ProfilHotels Central or similar

Day 11, Stockholm to Helsinki (B,D)

The morning at leisure. Then transfer to the pier and embark the overnight ferry to Helsinki (departure est. 4:45pm)

Overnight: Ferry to Helsinki.

Day 12, Helsinki (B)

Disembark and board the coach for a city tour of Helsinki, seeing Senate Square, the University and the Lutheran Cathedral. See Market Square, Kaivopuisto Park, statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski and the Sibelius Monument as well as Temppeliaukio Church (the Rock Church). Heafd to the hotel for checkin for the next two nights.

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: Scandic Grand Marina or similar

Day 13, Helsinki to Tallin to Helsinki (B)

After breakfast today we head to the ferry pier to board the ferry to Tallin, Estonia, about 80 kilometers away. It is among the best-preserved historic cities in Northern Europe with a rich mercantile past, flourishing in the 14th and 15th centuries, when it was one of the leading members of the powerful Hanseatic League.

Its fairy tale like Old Town is a strong testament to this golden period of Tallinn’s history. Post the collapse of the Soviet Union, Tallinn experienced a construction boom and has added some stunning examples of modern architecture to its cityscape.

Return transfers to the Old Town and enjoy a 2 hour walking tour. Return to Helsinki by ferry and transfer to hotel.

Overnight: Scandic Grand Marina or similar

Day 14, Helsinki to Reykjavik (B)

After breakfast transfer from the hotel to the airport for flight to Reykjavik! Upon arrival into Iceland we will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Klettur or similar

Day 15, Reykjavik (B)

This morning enjoy a city tour of Reykjavik. You will get the highlights of the history and culture of Iceland‘s capital. You will stop at Hallgrímskirkja church, Höfði house where Reagan and Gorbachev met in 1986 to begin the process of ending the Cold War, and Harpa concert hall.

Visit Perlan and enjoy the Wonders of Iceland and Northern Lights planetarium show. Áróra, the first ever interactive Planetarium Film, a piece of art that brought together Iceland’s most notorious writers, musician and photographers. It’s a journey, through the unique landscape of Iceland, to observe Northern lights as you’ve never seen them. Way beyond the traditional planetarium experience, we’ll invite you to join the dance, and create your own Northern lights.

This afternoon you free to shop along Laugavegur and Skolavordustigur.

Later tonight we will board our private coach to go in search of the Northern Lights on the outskirts of Reykjavik (subject to the experts advice that we stand a good chance of seeing them. If the chances are low, we will do this the next night).

Overnight: Klettur or similar

Day 16, Thingvellir to Geysire to Gullfoss (B)

The Golden Circle. See Iceland’s most renowned natural attractions and geological wonders. At the Geysir geothermal field take a walk around bubbling hot springs and spouting geysers. Then observe Strokkur, the most active geyser of the area, spouting up to 25-30 metres. Enjoy a taste of bread baked in the geothermal hot ground.

Afterwards head to the famous Gullfoss waterfall where enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep, meandering gorge. Finally make a quick stop at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where two of the earth’s tectonic plates meet.

Visit Friðheimar cultivation centre and stables. This is a major tomato growing operation in Iceland supplying fruits to the shops year-round all made possible by harnessing the abundant geothermal power available in Iceland.

If we were unsuccessful in our search on the previous night, we will once again head out in search of the Northern Lights (subject to the experts advice that we stand a good chance of seeing them. If the chances are low, we will do this the next night).

Overnight: Klettur or similar

Day 17, South Shore (B)

Drive to the south shore, an area of Iceland that is beautiful to view in the winter.

This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icelandic farms, often with Icelandic horses in the fields. This part of Iceland is home to the new Lava Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Stop at the spectacular Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls.

Visit Skogar Museum with its cultural heritage collection of 15,000 regional folk craft artifacts. The items are exhibited in 3 museums and 6 historical buildings. It is well known throughout Iceland for being the best of its kind with a collection of artefacts from local curator Thordur Tomasson. The unique collection of mementos of this region’s past is housed in beautifully preserved old turf-roofed houses known as Byggdarsafnid Skogar.

Head onwards to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sands and admire the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

If we have not been fortunate enough to spot the Northern Lights, tonight we will head out in search of them (subject to the experts advice that we stand a good chance of seeing them. If the chances are low, we will do this the next night).

Overnight: Klettur or similar

Day 18, Blue Lagoon (B,D)

This morning visit the Blue Lagoon, a highly popular destination for visitors to Iceland. Mineral-rich hot water from far beneath the earth forms the spectacular lagoon, where a luxurious health spa has been developed in the rugged lava landscape. The lagoon’s geothermal seawater is known for its positive effects on the skin. Includes: Comfort Entrance (incl. bathing + towel + drink + Silica Mud Mask)

Afternoon is at leisure.

FAREWELL DINNER at the hotel.

If we have not been fortunate enough to spot the Northern Lights, tonight we will head out in search of them (subject to the experts advice that we stand a good chance of seeing them.

Overnight: Klettur or similar

Day 19, Reykjavik to Home

Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight home

Day 20

Day 21, Arrive Home

Upon arrival back on the Gold Coast we will be met by our transfer driver and taken back home.

Inclusions

  • Return international airfares in Economy Class
  • Door to Door transfers from Northern rivers and surrounds
  • All Accommodation
  • Breakfast Daily,
  • Walking/Sightseeing tours in each city by local guide
  • 2 Overnight Ferrys
  • 3 Train Journeys with exceptional scenery
  • Round-trip cruise from Bergen in spectacular fjord scenery
  • Private Northern Lights tour
  • Explore Iceland’s Golden Circle
  • Admire the extraordinary black sands beach
  • Spend a day relaxing at the Blue Lagoon

Terms

Single supplement + $1450.00

Deposit of $4000 required at time of booking

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Tour Cost: Total tour cost reflected in this brochure is per person twin share. (minimum 10 passengers to be guaranty departure fully escorted)

Single Supplement applies.

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