Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Customer Protection:

Authentic Scandinavia is a member of the Norwegian Tour Guarantee fund (RGF), which guarantees for all package travel in Norway. Norwegian tour operators are required by law to be a member of RGF. Read more about the Norwegian Tour Guarantee fund

Travel Insurance:

We recommend that each customer has adequate travel insurance; also to include cancellation cover (should be arranged in your home country).

Flights to Scandinavia:

Flights are not included in our package tours - Since our customers come from all over the world we have only included the ground services within Scandinavia.

Below is a selection of airlines with flight connections to Scandinavia:

Flights within Scandinavia:

Flights within Scandinavia are not included in our package tours and must be booked by yourself. This will give you the freedom to choose any departure, based on your own requirements (price and departure time).

The following airlines offer flights within Scandinavia:

Both Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian Air Shuttle offer a wide selection of flights all across Norway and Sweden, as well as between the Scandinavian capitals (SAS also offers flights between Helsinki and the Scandinavian capitals).

Finnair offers a wide selection of flights all across Finland, as well as between Helsinki and the Scandinavian capitals.

Please be aware that the airlines generally have a 1 suitcase per person limitation.

Independent Rail Tours:

Our Independent Rail Tours are a selection of eco-friendly package tours, where travel is by public transport, including train, boat and/or bus. Several tours also include overnight cruises, scenic railways and fjord cruises. Please note that all Independent Rail Tours are non-escorted, and you will not be travelleing as part of a group (unless otherwise specified).

Independent tours – finding your way:

If booking an independent tour we will provide you with a detailed step-by-step travel itinerary, including information on how to get from the airports, how to find your hotels, train stations etc. Please note that airport- and hotel transfer is not included in the price.

Public transportation (train/boat/bus):

The public transportation in Scandinavia is highly dependable. In case of close connections please rest assured that we have included departure times that correspond with the connecting transportation. However, we always recommend that you inform the driver/conductor of your connecting transport. If you have booked a tour including a combination tour ticket (i.e. Norway in a Nutshell) please note that this is an independent, yet scheduled, excursion and the transportation always corresponds.

Selecting a travel date:

Under "Price Details" for each specific tour you will find the travel periods for the tours. If a longer date range is specified this means that you can start the tour every day of the week during that period. If only one date is specified this means that the tour can only start on this specific date (unless you would like to add additional nights before the start of the tour). The price for the different travel periods or dates is specified.

Child rates:

The following child rates apply for our independent tours, self-drive tours and Scandinavian cruises with Hurtigruten:

  • Infants 0-3 years: Free of charge in parents' bed
  • Infants 0-3 years: EUR 15,- per baby cot per night
  • Children 4-15 years: 50% reduction on the adult rate
    • Exception Scandinavian cruises with Hurtigruten: Child reduction is only 25% on the adult rate
    • Exception Iceland tours: 50% discount valid only for children up to 11 years
  • Adult price applies for children 16 years and older (Iceland tours: adult price applies for children 12 years and older)

Göta Canal only accepts children from the age of 7. Children need to sleep in their own bed and have to pay the full price of an adult.

Due to the fact that the Escorted Coach Tours in Scandinavia are unsuitable for younger children, children under the age of 12 will not be accepted. Children between 12 and 18 years must be accompanied by an adult, and will have to pay the full adult rate. Escorted Coach Tours in Iceland are unsuitable for children 0-5 years. Children 6-11 years get a 50% reduction on the adult rate.

Please note that the child rates above are valid when up to two children are staying in extra beds (or a bed sofa) in a room with two adults. In Iceland, it is only possible to have one child per room with two adults (except infants).

Please send a request to info@authentic-scandinavia.com if you have other requirements than those listed above.

Language:

Please note that most Scandinavians speak very well English. German is also widely spoken by persons working in the travel industry.

Local currencies:

  • Norway = Norwegian kroner (NOK)
  • Sweden = Swedish kronor (SEK)
  • Denmark = Danish kroner (DKK)
  • Finland = Euro (EUR)

You can get local currency from ATMs all across Scandinavia, but please be aware that your bank will charge you a service fee and exchange rate fee for the transaction. The fee is however likely to be less than if you exchange money in your home country.

Most restaurants and shops will take credit cards, but it is always a good idea to ask beforehand. Many places will not accept AMEX.

Passport and visa requirements:

On arrival in Norway, you must show a valid passport or other official document that satisfactorily establishes your identity and nationality.

For some nationals a visa is required as well. A visitor's visa is valid for a maximum of three months. Entry clearance follows strict rules and procedures. For full details about visa requirements and application procedures, visit your nearest Norwegian Embassy or Consulate.

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