The Nordic Countries Express

Day 1: Welcome to Fantastic Finland

Your exciting holiday begins at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport where you are greeted and transferred to your hotel in the heart of Helsinki, Finland’s bustling capital. For those who arrive early, we recommend buying the Helsinki Card, which grants free entry to major city attractions and museums as well as unlimited travel on public transportation. Spend a relaxing night in Helsinki.

Day 2: From City to Sea Magic 

After your complimentary breakfast at the hotel, spend the first part of your day exploring more Helsinki attractions such as Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, the New Opera House, or the Sibelius Park and Monument. Later, spend an enchanted evening on the sea as a cruise ship whisks you away to Stockholm, Sweden’s stylish capital. Take full advantage of the on-board amenities including cafes, restaurants, and shops and spend the night in one of the ship’s comfortable cabins. 

Day 3: Sail into Stockholm 

Savour the maritime scenery during breakfast as the ship navigates through Sweden’s Archipelago, a collection of over 30,000 islands and inlets. After pulling into the harbour at Stockholm, a city built on 14 islands, check in to your centrally-located hotel. To see the best of Stockholm, we recommend the Stockholm Card, which offers free admission to 75 museums and free travel on Stockholm’s public transit system. We suggest a visit to the Vasa Ship Museum or City Hall’s famous Blue Hall, site of the annual Nobel Prize banquet. Spend the night in Stockholm. 

Day 4: Awe-inspiring Oslo 

After a tasty Scandinavian breakfast, it’s time to board the train for Oslo, Norway’s magnificent capital. From your hotel conveniently located in the heart of Oslo, you have easy access to many of Oslo’s top attractions. Bask in the cosmopolitan glow of Bogstadveien, Oslo’s busy shopping street, or simply unwind in one of the city’s lush parks before dinner at a cosy restaurant of your choice. Spend the night in Oslo. 

Approx. duration of the train trip is 5 hours and 50 minutes.

Day 5: Vikings, Ski Jumps and Palaces 

Take advantage of this diverse city with the Oslo Pass, which provides unlimited travel on all public transport, free admission to over 25 museums and discounts on many other attractions, restaurants and shops. We recommend a visit to the Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Jump Tower, the Viking Ship Museum, Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Royal Palace, Akershus Fortress, or the historic Arctic expedition ship “Fram”. Spend the night in Oslo. 

Day 6: Memorable Journey to Bergen 

Enjoy an early breakfast then head to Oslo Central Station to board the Bergensbanen train that winds though Norway’s breathtaking mountainous terrain on its journey to Bergen. This railway, voted one of the 20 best in the world, takes you through the charming villages of Gol and Geilo before a stop at Myrdal to switch trains. The next 20 km of the journey is on the world famous Flåm Railway, which descends nearly 900 metres to the charming village of Flåm, where you join a boat trip headed to Aurlandsfjord and then Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The boat then docks at Gudvangen, where a bus takes you up Stalheimskleiva, Northern Europe’s steepest stretch of road that winds around 13 hairpin bends on its way up to the panoramic Stalheim Hotel. Finally, after a short vista break*, the bus continues to Voss so you can board the train for Bergen, where you will spend the night. 

* Please note that the bus road up to Stalheimskleiva is only operated May-September. At other times the bus goes directly to Voss

Day 7: History Comes to Life in Bergen

Norway’s second largest city and “capital of the fjords” has no shortage of activities! From your centrally-located hotel, you have an excellent starting point for exploring the cultural and historical highlights of this must-see city. Visit Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which dates back 900 years as a major Hanseatic trading centre. You can also catch a glimpse of local culture at the lively Fish Market or ride the Floybanen Funicular to Mount Floyen to enjoy the panoramic view of the city. We also recommend an afternoon ride on the mini-train sightseeing tour around the city centre. Spend the night in Bergen. 

Day 8: Departure

For transportation to Bergen-Flesland Airport, you can take the airport bus (Flybussen) from one of the various departure points in the city centre or you can take a taxi directly from your hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon, you have the opportunity to do some last-minute shopping, visit one of Bergen‘s museums or enjoy a relaxing lunch at a café after this amazing journey.

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