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Michael E. Leahy
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We have been to many, many places all over the world, with many different tour companies.  None of them compare to the Odysseys Unlimited small group experience.

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The small group is wonderful and the quality of tour directors is exceptional.

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This trip far exceeded our expectations: the small group size, the quality of the tour director (the best we’ve ever had), the ability to have dinners on our own, the lower cost without a significant reduction in the quality of the accommodations.

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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Copenhagen sightseeing, including Rosenborg and Christiansborg palaces
  • 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 Viking Ship and Kon-Tiki museums
  • Norway’s outstanding natural scenery
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Copenhagen, Denmark

Day 2: Arrive Copenhagen After arriving in the Danish capital today, this evening we meet our fellow travelers and Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director at a welcome dinner and briefing about the journey ahead at Copenhagen’s festive Tivoli Gardens. D

Day 3: 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. B

Day 4: 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. 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. B,L

Day 5: Copenhagen/Oslo, Norway After a morning at leisure, we set off mid-day for Rosenborg Palace, where we see the dazzling crown jewels; and the cozy fishing village of Dragor, with its historic buildings and cobblestone streets. Later we board the overnight DFDS ferry to Oslo, settling in our private outside cabins and enjoying dinner on board. B,D

Day 6: 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. Mid-afternoon we depart for the village of Gaala and our ski lodge hotel. B,L,D

Day 7: Gaala/Geiranger A day of beautiful scenery is in store as we travel from Gaala to Geiranger, en route negotiating hairpin bends 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, it measures 10 miles long and 960 feet deep. B,D

Day 8: 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. B,L,D

Day 9: 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. Upon arrival in Bergen this evening, we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 10: Bergen We see the highlights of this beautiful city, Norway’s second largest, on a morning tour, including Trolhaugen, country home of composer Edvard Grieg; the lively fish market; the colorful 14th-century Hanseatic merchants’ quarter of Bryggen (a UNESCO site); and 16th-century Bergenhus fortress. The afternoon is free to enjoy Bergen as we wish. B

Day 11: 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. Last, 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. Mid-day we reach our hotel, with the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner tonight is at our hotel. B,D

Day 12: 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. 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. B,L,D

Day 13: 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 Voringfoss Waterfall, considered Norway’s most beautiful. We reach Oslo early this evening. B

Day 14: Oslo This morning we visit the Viking Ship Museum, housing the well-preserved remains of wooden ships that crossed the ocean in search of new lands more than a thousand years ago. 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. B

Day 15: Oslo A half-day tour of the pastoral Norwegian capital features the Munch Museum, housing an extensive collection of works by the Norwegian Modernist; and Vigeland Sculpture Park, with its intriguing bronze and granite sculptures of human figures by artist Gustav Vigeland. Then this afternoon is free to explore on our own; tonight we gather for a farewell dinner at our hotel. B,D

Day 16: Depart for U.S. We transfer to the airport this morning for our return flight to the U.S. B

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

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)
Tour Dates & Prices

2020 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

May 3*
May 7
Sep 3
Sep 6+
Sep 10
May 14
May 17+
Aug 20
Aug 23+
Jun 11
Jun 16
Jun 25
Jun 30
Jul 9
Jul 21
Aug 6
Aug 10
New York$5,694$5,894$5,994$6,194
Atlanta, Balt, Bos,
Char, Chicago,
Cinc, Cleve,
Detroit, Miami,
Phil, Wash, DC
$5,994$6,194$6,294$6,494
Dal, Hou, Minn,
Orlando, Tampa
$6,094$6,294$6,394$6,594
Denver, Los Ang,
Phoenix, Port (OR),
San Fran, Seattle
$6,194$6,394$6,494$6,694

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $499, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $1,395. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2020 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Accommodations: *Scandic Ornen (Bergen); +Scandic Torget (Bergen)

Airline upgrades (subject to availability) on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: Business Class – $3,595 per person; Premium Economy – $1,495 per person

A visa is not required for this tour.

Accommodations
    Scandic Copenhagen, Copenhagen / Days 2-4 / First Class

    The Scandic Copenhagen sits in the center of Copenhagen, within easy walking distance of the Tivoli Gardens and just across the street from The Lakes, a chain of peaceful waterways popular with pedestrians and bicyclists.  This contemporary hotel’s amenities include a restaurant and bar, fitness center, sauna, bicycles for rent, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, and laundry service.   Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, ironing facilities, TV, and phone. 

    DFDS Ferry, Copenhagen / Day 5 / Not rated

    A modern overnight cruise ferry holding some 2,000 passengers, the DFDS ferry traveling between Copenhagen and Oslo offers a host of amenities and activities, including several restaurants and bars, nightclub, cinema, three small indoor pools, Jacuzzi, sauna, and tax-free shopping. Each small yet comfortable cabin has a private toilet and shower, and sea view.

    Wadahl Hotel, Gaala / Day 6 / Not rated

    This century-old hotel enjoys a tranquil and serene mountain setting in the heart of Norway’s ski country. The hotel prides itself on offering guests hospitality in a traditional Norwegian setting. Amenities include a swimming pool, sauna, tennis, and miniature golf; restaurant, fireplace lounge, and bar. The hotel also offers laundry and dry cleaning service and Internet access. The 100 guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer (upon request), mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Union, Geiranger / Days 7-8 / First Class

    Dating to 1891 and rebuilt in 1979, the fourth-generation family-run Hotel Union sits amidst the splendid scenery of Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Amenities and facilities of the 197-room hotel include indoor and outdoor pools, spa, several restaurants and bars, Internet access, and a collection of vintage cars (including a 1919 Cadillac) once used to drive visitors around the area. Comfortable guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, TV, and phone. Please note that due to the unique nature of the hotel, rooms may vary.

    Radisson Blu Royal, Bergen / Days 9-10 / Superior First Class

    The recently renovated Radisson Blu Royal is superbly located in the city center of Bergen near the historic wharf area.  The hotel offers two restaurants and a bar; a fitness center with sauna and solarium; a safe at reception; room service; and laundry service. Each of the 263 guest rooms has private bath, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Ullensvang, Lofthus / Days 11-12 / Superior First Class

    Family run for five generations, this gracious 172-room hotel sits on the eastern shore of Sorfjorden, part of majestic Hardangerfjord. The hotel has two restaurants, a bar, and several lounges; Internet access; indoor swimming pool; indoor tennis court; fitness room; golf simulator; Jacuzzi; sauna; and solarium. During the summer guests can lounge in the delightful fjord garden (where composer Edvard Grieg’s cottage still stands), swim in the surprisingly comfortable waters of the fjord, or explore the fjord by row boat or paddle boat. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Thon Opera, Oslo / Days 13-15 / First Class

    The Thon Opera is located close to the Oslo Central Station and a short walk to shops and dining on Oslo’s main street and many other attractions.  The 480-room hotel’s amenities include a restaurant and bar; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, fitness room; and laundry and dry cleaning services.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, minibar, TV, and phone.

    Scandic Continental, Stockholm / Extension / First Class

    Additional information to come.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

Stockholm – On Your Own

4 days/3 nights for $895 total price
Single Supplement: $325

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

 

Your Tour 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

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Tour Directors for this Journey
Christiaan Dahl

“Simply a superb Tour Director! She went out of her way to arrange small ‘extras’ along the way that added so much!”
Donald Smith
Meriden, CT

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

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 was so organized, yet flexible and fun. She made every individual feel they were special … She is a definite asset to Odysseys Unlimited!”
Maria & Rick Biko
Metuchen, NJ

Karin Elisabeth Hansen

“Karin was truly superb. … It’s hard to come up with appropriate superlatives about her. Norway and Copenhagen really came alive for us because of her!”
Norman & Christine Gutzler
Charlottesville, VA

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

Juliette Leonhardt

“Juliette was one of the very best tour directors I’ve ever experienced. She gets A++ in all categories. She also worked very hard and served long hours to assure that every detail was taken care of. And, she made the trip one of the best experiences we’ve ever had.”
Herschel W. Lawson
Atlanta, GA

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 eighth trip with Odysseys and I have always had a terrific tour leader.”
Janice M. Hahn
Visalia, CA

Emma Vestrheim

“Emma is a truly remarkable guide.  We always felt confident that all would go as planned under her leadership…. She was friendly, helpful, cheerful – overall a wonderful guide.”
John & Holly Fisher
Enfield, CT

Anne Weitemeyer

“Every concern addressed, every question answered, every opportunity taken to offer our little band of travelers a lesson on the history and customs of Norway.  Anne excelled.”
John & Eva Gonroff
Saratoga Springs, NY

Destination Insight

Suggested Reading

John Haywood
Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings
The history of the Vikings told through a series of innovative maps and excellent photographs. This book traces the routes of the ninth-century Viking merchants and explorers throughout Europe and onto the New World.

T.K Derry
A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland
Scandinavia from prehistory to the present with chapters on the Viking and Lutheran kingdoms, medieval times, monarchies, the World Wars and modern period, emphasizing the common cultural, political and social backgrounds.

Eyewitness Guides
Eyewitness Guide Norway
This handsome, illustrated guide covers nature, culture, history and attractions.

Michelin Travel Publications
Norway Map
A handsome map of Norway at a scale of 1:1,000,000, with a place index and shaded relief.

Lone Mouritsen, Andrew Spooner
Pocket Rough Guide Copenhagen
With information on key sights and a full-color, pull-out map, this is the guide to take along.

Andreas Viestad
Kitchen of Light: The New Scandinavian Cooking
By a celebrated Norwegian food writer, this handsomely illustrated compendium pairs recipes with an engaging history of Scandinavian cuisine.

William Fitzhugh (Editor), Elisabeth Ward (Editor)
Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga
An extensively illustrated volume of Viking culture, history and exploration that focuses especially on voyages to North America. Published in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibit, it features essays and 400 color photographs.

Gwyn Jones
A History of the Vikings
Jones integrates history and archaeology in this classic portrait of the Vikings.

Sverre Bagge
Cross and Scepter, The Rise of the Scandinavian Kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation
Bagge spends little time with myths in this scholarly history, but focuses on the development of northern European societies and their rise from the Dark Ages to the Reformation.

Magnus Magnusson (Translator), Paulsson Herman (Translator), Snorri Sturlusson, Hermann Palsson (Translator)
King Harald’s Saga
A classic biography of the last Viking warrior King Harald and an account of the 1066 conflict between Norway and England.

Michael Booth
The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
Guardian journalist Michael Booth writes with laugh-out-loud humor and brutal candor about the Scandinavians, mixing history and his own experiences in Nordic regions in this searing cultural portrait.

Eric Dregni
In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream
A Minnesotan of Norwegian extraction, Dregni writes entertainingly of Norwegian culture and the immigrant experience in this delightful account of a year living with his wife and infant son in Trondheim on a Fulbright scholarship.

Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin
Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark
Groundbreaking feminist Wollstonecraft records her observations of a late 18th-century journey through Scandinavia in this small masterpiece, rich in detail of people and place.

Josef Paul Hodin
Edvard Munch
This is an illustrated biography of Norway’s best known artist, with excellent reproductions of his work and plenty of historical information.

Karen Fossum
Don’t Look Back
In her U.S. debut, Norwegian mystery author Karen Fossum weaves a tale of intrigue set in a small mountain town outside of Oslo.

Knut Hamsun, Sverre Lyngstad (Translator)
Mysteries
An odd character settles in a small Norwegian village and charms the locals. First published in 1890, this book is an insightful look at life in Norway and our favorite of Hamsun’s many novels.

Peter Asbjornsen
Norwegian Folk Tales
This rich collection of stories, interpreted by a leading scholar on ancient traditions and tales, will delight both adults and children.

Hermann Palssom, Paul Edwards
Orkneyinga Saga, The History of the Earls of Orkney
A fusion of myth and legend, circa A.D. 1200, by an unnamed Icelandic author. The medieval chronicle has its center of action among the Orkney Islands, describing their conquest by Norwegian kings during the Viking expansion of the ninth century.

Per Petterson
Out Stealing Horses
A deliberate and astonishing novel. Looking back on his early childhood in rural Norway, Trond Sander fixates on a fateful childhood summer. In 1948, after the death of a child, his father’s decision to abandon the family and the crippling guilt of his best friend, the course of Sander’s life would be altered forever.

Kevin Crossley-Holland
The Norse Myths
This classic collection includes 32 tales of Nordic gods, goddesses and heroes. With an overview of the Norse world, cosmology and gods.

Robert B. Haas
Through the Eyes of the Vikings, An Aerial Vision of Arctic Lands
In this captivating collection of oversized aerial photographs, Haas (Through the Eyes of the Gods) reveals the surprising diversity of color and life in the arctic landscape, including Norwegian fjords, Alaskan tundras and Swedish waterscapes.

Tony Soper, Dan Powell (Illustrator)
Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide
This compact, illustrated guide covers the many petrels, ducks, gulls, terns and other seabirds, as well as the rich abundance of life existing under the waves, that populate the vast Atlantic region from the British Isles to Newfoundland.

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