Scandinavian Panorama - 13 days

Escorted Coach Tours, start in Copenhagen

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Guaranteed departure (Copenhagen-Stockholm). The Scandinavian Panorama tour includes all three Scandinavian capitals; Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm, as well as the Norwegian fjord region; Hardangerfjord, Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord. Possibility to add-on Helsinki.
The selected tour can commence in Copenhagen.

Day 01: Arrival in Copenhagen

  • Transfer from Copenhagen Airport Kastrup to your hotel.
  • Meet with your guide at 19:50 hrs in the hotel lobby.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Admiral Hotel.
  • Possibility to upgrade to deluxe room, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 02: Copenhagen - the capital of Denmark

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 3-hour sightseeing tour of Copenhagen with local guide.
    • including Amalienborg, Nyhavn, Little Mermaid and more.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Copenhagen.
  • Recommended activities:
    • Tivoli Gardens – entrance included.
    • Exploring the shops along Strøget
    • Visit Rosenborg Palace
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Accommodation at Admiral Hotel.

Day 03: Copenhagen - Oslo (overnight cruise)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Copenhagen.
  • Overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo (dep. 5pm).
  • Dinner and accommodation onboard a cruise ferry from DFDS Seaways.
  • Possibility to upgrade to commodore cabins, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 04: Oslo - the capital of Norway

  • Breakfast onboard.
  • Morning arrival in Oslo.
  • 3-hour sightseeing tour of Oslo with local guide.
    • including Vigeland Sculpture Park, Viking Museum and more.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Oslo.
  • Recommended activities:
    • Visit at Oslo’s Opera House
    • Sightseeing cruise on the Oslo fjord
  • Dinner and accommodation at Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel.
  • Possibility to upgrade to business class room, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 05: Oslo - Hardanger Mountain Plateau - Ulvik

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Oslo by coach.
  • Stop for lunch in the mountain village of Geilo.
  • Visit Vøringsfossen Waterfall.
  • Overnight in the fjord village of Ulvik.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Rica Brakanes Hotel.

Day 06: Ulvik - Hardangerfjord - Bergen

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Ulvik by coach.
  • 2-hour sightseeing tour of Bergen.
    • including Bryggen Wharf & Fish & Flower Market
  • Dinner and accommodation at Rica Ørnen Hotel.
  • Possibility to upgrade to superior room, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 07: Bergen - Flåm Railway - Fjord Cruise - Balestrand

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Bergen by coach.
  • Train Voss-Myrdal
  • Flåm Railway, Myrdal – Flåm.
  • 2-hour cruise on the Nærøyfjord to Gudvangen.
  • Overnight in the fjord village of Balestrand.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel.
  • Possibility to upgrade to fjord view room, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 08: Balestrand - day at leisure

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Balestrand.
  • Recommended activities:
    • Visiting the local aquarium and art gallery
    • Renting a bike or rowing boat from the hotel
    • Hiking in the nearest mountains
    • A walking tour of Balestrand
    • Excursion to Fjærland
  • Overnight in the fjord village of Balestrand.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel.

Day 09: Balestrand - Briksdal Glacier - Fjord Cruise - Geiranger

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Balestrand by coach.
  • Detour to visit the Briksdal Glacier.
  • Typical Norwegian lunch at Briksdal.
  • 1-hour cruise along the Geirangerfjord.
  • Overnight in the fjord village of Geiranger.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Union Hotel.
  • Possibility to upgrade to fjord view room, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 10: Geiranger - Olympic town of Lillehammer - Oslo

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Geiranger by coach.
  • Stop for lunch in the Olympic town of Lillehammer.
  • Return to Oslo for the last overnight in Norway.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel.
  • Possibility to upgrade to business class room, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 11: Oslo - Stockholm

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Oslo by coach.
  • Stop for lunch in Karlstad.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Clarion Hotel Sign.
  • Possibility to upgrade to superior room, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 12: Stockholm - the capital of Sweden

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 4-hour sightseeing tour of Stockholm.
    • including Old Town, City Hall, Royal Palace and more.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Stockholm.
  • Recommended activities:
    • Sightseeing tour by boat.
    • Visit at Vasa Museum.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Accommodation at Clarion Hotel Sign.

Day 13: Departure from Stockholm

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Airport transfer to Stockholm Airport Arlanda.

Terms & Conditions

Booking conditions
All bookings, changes, alternations and cancellations must be made in writing. All rates are quoted in euro (EUR) per person and include taxes and VAT. Authentic Scandinavia guarantees no changes in the prices of confirmed tours. A detailed list of all services included in the tour price will be specified under each tour (please see Price Details). Any extra expenses incurred by the client during the tour, for example use of telephone, hotel mini-bars, etc. must be paid directly by the client to the hotel or other provider of such services, prior to departure.

Amendments to confirmed reservations
Changes to confirmed tours will incur a EUR 50 amendment fee. This fee will apply to each amendment made for the tour.

Refunds and unused services
Travel arrangements cancelled or amended within 24 hours of your departure or once travel has commenced will not qualify for any refunds, nor can services be substituted for alternative arrangements. Unused services are non-refundable.

Cancellation
All cancellations must be made in writing to info@authentic-scandinavia.com.

The date of the cancellation shall be when Authentic Scandinavia receives it in writing (our office hours are Monday-Friday 09:00 – 17:00 hrs, CET).

The following cancellation fees apply on Independent- and Escorted Tours:
Over 30 days prior to departure - Loss of full deposit
Between 30-15 days prior to departure - 50% of total payment
Between 14-0 days prior to departure - 100% of total payment

The following cancellation fees apply on tours including Hurtigruten & Göta Canal, and our Winter Tours:
Over 60 days prior to departure - Loss of full deposit
Between 60-42 days prior to departure - 30% of total payment
Between 41-28 days prior to departure - 60% of total payment
Between 27-0 days prior to departure - 100% of total payment

Passport, visas, customs, currency and health regulations
Every participant is responsible for providing his/her own travel documents (i.e. passport, visa, vaccination certificates etc). We recommend a careful examination of the customs/duty regulations and currency regulations for the respective destination(s). Please note that your passport details are required for all bookings including cruises (overnight cruises, as well as all cruises with Hurtigruten).

Travel insurance
Authentic Scandinavia recommends that each customer has adequate travel insurance, also to include cancellation cover.

Authentic Scandinavia can not be held responsible for loss of luggage, or other personal possessions, for personal injury, accident or illness. In the event of personal injury, accident or illness, Authentic Scandinavia cannot be required to make any refunds should the tour be partially cancelled or cancelled.

Cancellation by Authentic Scandinavia
Due to reasons of higher power and reasons beyond our control, Authentic Scandinavia reserves the right to cancel the tour. Monies paid for services will be refunded, but Authentic Scandinavia will not be liable for any further claims.

Liability by Authentic Scandinavia
Authentic Scandinavia has the obligation to choose all services carefully, and to prepare the tour in the best way possible. In the unlikely event that services are not fully carried out due to an error through Authentic Scandinavia, we reserve the right to provide equivalent services in compensation. In this case, further damage claims will not be accepted. Subject to this settlement, in case a breach of contract is committed the direct liability of Authentic Scandinavia for immediate loss or injury to the client subsists, provided that the breach was not caused by Force Majeure or the behavior of the client or a tour participant, and that it is a question of the non-performance of a promised service or an alteration of services which has less value than the service agreed upon in the original agreement. The amount of this liability is restricted by the sum of the agreed cost of the tour.

Furthermore the providers of the various services are basically personally liable to the client, in case the services are not being carried out in a satisfying way or to their full extent, contrary to the expectations.

The liability of the individual coach, taxi, shipping and other transport companies contracted by Authentic Scandinavia for the purpose of organizing a tour, depends on the appropriate laws of the general conditions of business, on the contracts obligations and on common usage.

Any arising complaints must be directed to Authentic Scandinavia immediately and confirmed in writing. In case complaints cannot be solved on the spot, they have to be directed to Authentic Scandinavia in writing within 30 days after the termination of the tour. Later claims cannot be taken into consideration.

Activities
Some of our tour packages include activities such as dog sledding, and optional activities such as glacier walks, snowmobile safaris, ice fishing and similar. In this relation Authentic Scandinavia acts as an agent only for the activity providers, thus Authentic Scandinavia shall not under any circumstances be held liable for injury, damage, loss or accident caused by participation in or in connection with such activities.

Acceptance
By paying the deposit/final amount the customer has accepted the general terms and conditions listed in this document, as a part of the agreement between Authentic Scandinavia and the customer.

Privacy policy
We ask for personal information in the booking request section. This information is necessary to ensure that we are able to make and confirm your booking. This information will not be used for any other purpose, and will not be shared with any other outside parties except for necessary information given to our suppliers involved in your reservation (hotels etc.).

The personal information will not be sold or shared, and your e-mail address will not be forwarded to outside parties.

Booking & Payment Procedure

1) Reservations
All reservations will be on request; you will not receive an immediate online confirmation.

2) Confirmation of services
You will receive a confirmation by e-mail as soon as all services (hotels, trains etc.) included in the selected package tour are confirmed. The confirmation will be sent to you between 24- 48 hours after the reservation has been made (Monday-Friday).

3) Payment
Information about payment procedures will be sent to you by e-mail simultaneously with the confirmation of all services. We offer the following methods of payment:

  • Secure online payment by credit card
  • By credit card through our office terminal (credit card details must be sent by fax)
  • Bank transfer
The following credit cards are accepted: VISA and MasterCard

4) Deposit
A deposit of EUR 100 per person is due within 10 days of receiving our confirmation. For package tours including Göta Canal and longer voyages with Hurtigruten, as well as for Escorted Coach Tours, Partly Escorted Tours and Winter Tours, a deposit of 10% of the total booking price is due within 10 days of receiving our confirmation. The deposit is non-refundable. By longer cruises with Hurtigruten we refer to cruises of 3 nights and more.

5) Additional add-ons
Once we have received your deposit you can book additional add-ons, including sightseeing, city cards etc. Further information will be sent in a separate e-mail as soon as we have received your deposit. Should any of the additional add-ons be essential for your to commit to the reservation, please kindly specify the required add-ons in the remarks field when submitting your reservation (step 3 in the booking process). Examples of such add-ons may be dog-sledding, overnight at ice hotel etc.

6) Final payment
Final payment is due 45 days prior to travel. For package tours including Hurtigruten and Göta Canal, as well as our Winter Tours, the final payment is due 65 days prior to travel.

7) Last minute bookings
Bookings made less than 45 days prior to travel must be paid in full as soon as you receive our written confirmation.

8) Failure to complete payment
Automatic cancellation of your booking will occur if payment has not been received by the specified date.

9) Travel Documents
The travel documents will be sent to you by e-mail after we have received your final payment. The documents will be sent no later than 2 weeks before the start of your tour.

About Escorted Coach Tours

The escorted coach tours are especially designed for those who seek a standard of accommodation and services above the norm. Together with a professional English speaking tour escort and local guides you will be introduced to Scandinavia, its capitals and breathtaking nature. All departures are guaranteed, meaning that all tours will be performed regardless of the number of participants

Frequently asked questions about Escorted Coach Tours

What is included in the tour price?
For an overview of the services included in the tour price for each package tour please refer to “Price Details” for each tour.

How large is the group?
The maximum number of persons per tour is 44.

Is this a bilingual tour?
All coach tours are accompanied by an experienced English speaking tour escort. The guiding and information provided will be in English only.

When and where will we meet the guide?
The tour escort will meet you at your hotel at 19:50 hrs on the first day of the tour (followed by dinner).

Is airport transfer included?
Transfers by car, taxi or bus between the local airport mentioned in the tour itinerary and your hotel on both arrival and departure is included in the price of our escorted coach tours.

Transfers will be arranged to coincide as conveniently as possible with your flight arrival and departure times. All clients will be met at the airport by a representative, who will assist you in finding the transfer vehicle.

In the case of delayed arrivals due to flight changes or other causes of which Authentic Scandinavia has not been informed in advance, then Authentic Scandinavia is no longer responsible for providing the transfer. We regret that no refund can be given to clients who do not make use of the transfer offered in the tour program.

Airport transfer is only included if you arrive/depart at the main airports on the same day as the escorted coach tour start/end. I.e. if booking an additional overnight airport transfer is not included in the price. We will however provide you with detailed information on how you can get from the airport to your hotel by public transport.

Please be aware that certain airlines offer cheaper flights to alternative airports from the main city airport, even though these airlines may advertise the destination as Oslo, Stockholm, etc. Such airports can be situated more than 2 hours drive from your hotel. If you are arriving at or departing from a different airport from the one mentioned in the tour program, airport transfer is unfortunately not included.

What is the difference between a panorama tour and city sightseeing tour?
City sightseeing tours are guided by an authorised local guide. Museums and other places, to which entrance is included, are specified in the list of services for each tour. The mention of a famous sight, such as a royal palace, does not imply that entrance to this attraction is included in the program.

A panorama tour is intended to familiarise you with the city or town by showing you the major points of interest. Transportation may be by coach or on foot, and the tour may be conducted by a local guide or by your tour escort. A panorama tour does not include any entrances.

Are all meals included in the tour price?
Dinner (3 courses or Scandinavian buffet) and buffet breakfast are included during every day of the tour, including dinner on day of arrival and buffet breakfast on day of departure. Please note however that in Stockholm we have included lunch instead of dinner on the second day, as we have found this particular arrangement is preferred by many clients. On days which are mostly spent travelling by coach inside Scandinavia, lunch is also included. Days on which lunch is included, are carefully indicated under the list of services for each tour.

Dinner is served at set times, and in the case of late arrivals it may not be possible to serve dinner after that time. We regret that no refund can be made to clients who arrive too late for dinner. Similarly no refund can be made for clients who are unable to take breakfast at the hotel because of early flight departures. Beverages are not included in the tour price, except where specifically stated in the itinerary.

Vegetarian or special diet meals can normally be arranged; however these must be requested at the time of booking.

Extra nights: Clients who have reserved extra nights before the start or after the end of a tour have Scandinavian buffet breakfast included each day.

How much luggage can I bring?
Each person may bring 1 piece of luggage per person on the coach, plus one carry on/hand luggage. Hand luggage must be stowed on the overhead shelf. For reasons of security and as a precaution against theft, we strongly advise the use of hardback suitcases which can be locked. On domestic flights inside Scandinavia and Russia, passengers are allowed a maximum of 20 kilograms of luggage per person.

Is porter service included?
The carrying of 1 piece of luggage per person between the coach and your hotel room during the tour is always included in the tour price. Because of security regulations, passengers are normally required to collect and deliver their own luggage at airports.

Can I join only parts of the tour?
It is unfortunately not possible to join only parts of the tour, as the place will then be blocked for other travelers for the entire tour. It is however possible to add additional services before and/or after the tour. I.e. you can combine an escorted tour with one of our independent tours or a cruise with for example Hurtigruten or Göta Canal.

What is the child reduction for the escorted tours?
The escorted coach tours are unsuitable for younger children, thus children under the age of 12 will not be accepted. Children between the ages of 12-18 must be accompanied by an adult (no child reduction).

How will I receive my travel documents and tickets?
All travel documents will be sent by e-mail. Included in the travel documents are a detailed travel itinerary and travel vouchers. You will receive one travel voucher for the the escorted coach tour, and one travel voucher for each additional service booked. These vouchers are your proof of payment and must be presented to the tour leader and hotel reception upon check-in.

About the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

If you are outdoors one evening during wintertime you might catch a glimpse of some flickering curtains of lights, apparently dancing across the dark sky. This is Northern Lights - Nature's own firework.

Facts about Northern Lights:

  • The Northern Lights are particles that are hurled into space after storms on the sun’s surface. They are attracted by the magnetic North Pole (and South Pole) and enter the atmosphere in a ring-like zone around the poles.
  • The best places to see the Northern Lights are above the arctic circle, making Northern Scandinavia ideal for Northern Lights observations.
  • The Northern Lights are visible between November and March when the sky is dark and clear, depending on the Northern Lights activity.
  • The best chances of spotting the Northern Lights are away from the lights of the city centres.
  • The greatest frequency is between 6 pm and 2 am.
  • Patience and dedication will pay off. The Northern Lights may be visible for a couple of minutes or most of the evening.
  • Most of the Northern Lights outbursts visible in Northern Scandinavia are green, but large outbursts can also include other colors.
  • Northern Lights observations are never guaranteed.

How to increase your chances of experiencing the Northern Lights:

  • Go on a Northern Lights visit to a dark place away from the city lights. Our Northern Lights hosts provide a lavvo (traditional Saami tent) with an open fire, a hot drink and a slice of cake while you are waiting for the Northern Lights to appear.
  • Participate in an evening activity like dog sledding, a sleigh ride, a trip with reindeer and sled, snowshoeing or a cross-country skiing course. This way, you can enjoy a fun winter activity whilst at the same time wait for the Northern Lights to appear.
  • When in Tromsø take bus 37 to Tromsø Museum and take a long stroll along Tromsø Island’s dark western side. Use a couple of hours strolling to the bus terminal at Giæverbukta, from where there are frequent departures to the city centre right up until 11:30pm.
  • Hire cross-country skis at Sportshuset in Tromsø. Go on a long ski trip in the floodlit ski tracks above the city. Good exercise, fresh air, great views and maybe the appearance of the Northern Lights as well. There are also good floodlit ski tracks across the bridge in Tromsdalen.
  • Go on the popular excursion, departing Tromsø by bus at 4pm and arriving in Skjervøy in time to return to Tromsø on the Costal Express Steamer (Hurtigruten). The ship travels through utter darkness and has excellent viewing lounges, which makes it possible to sit inside without missing out on the possibility to see the Northern Lights. It is possible to check the weather forecast and book this tour at the Visitors’ Centre right up until an hour before departure.