• Stockholm, Sweden
  • Bicycling in Stockholm
  • Kalmar Castle in Sweden
  • Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Ærø Island, Denmark
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Norway's Sognefjord
  • Bergen, Norway

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Best of Scandinavia in 14 Days Tour

Scandinavia is Western Europe's most prosperous, pristine and progressive corner. Starting in Sweden, your Rick Steves guide will treat you to the top sights, including Stockholm's impressive Vasa Ship Museum, historic Kalmar Castle, Copenhagen's fun-loving pedestrian center, Denmark's charming Ærø Island, Oslo's proud maritime museums and whimsical Frogner Park sculpture garden, a nostalgic Norwegian open-air museum, and a waterfall-filled fjord cruise — all ending with a harborside walking tour of ruddy-cheeked Bergen. Join us for the Best of Scandinavia in 14 Days!

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24-28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art and culture of Scandinavia come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 20 group sightseeing events • Walking tour of Stockholm including historic Gamla Stan • Vasa Ship Museum • Stockholm City Hall tour • Kalmar Castle tour • Copenhagen walking tour • Roskilde Cathedral tour • Roskilde Viking Ship Museum • Ærø Island coach tour • Oslo walking tour • 24-hour Oslo Pass covering transportation and entry to nearly every major sight • Norwegian Resistance Museum • Frogner Park sculpture garden • Bygdøy Viking Ship Museum • Norwegian Maritime Museum • Kon-Tiki Museum • Fram Museum • Maihaugen Open-Air Folk Museum tour • Jotunheimen scenic drive • Sognefjord cruise • Bergen walking tour...and more
  • All group transportation from Stockholm to Bergen
  • 13 nights accommodations in memorable, centrally-located hotels (two-bunk cabins on the overnight cruise)
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Free stuff including Rick Steves' Scandinavia guidebook, map, moneybelt and earplugs
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2014
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions Agreement for important details regarding everything listed above

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2-4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2-6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2-8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Sweden

We'll meet at our Stockholm hotel at around 4 p.m. for a Välkomna till Skandinavia get-together, followed by dinner and an orientation walk around our neighborhood. Sleep in Stockholm (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Stockholm's Old City and the Vasa

This morning we'll enjoy a walking tour through the cobbled alleyways of Stockholm's Gamla Stan (Old City), learning about its historic Stortorget Square, Cathedral and Royal Palace. After free time for lunch, we'll board a boat and cross the harbor to visit the Vasa Museum, where we'll marvel at the remains of the 200-foot warship Vasa, which sank here on her maiden voyage nearly 400 years ago. Your late afternoon is free to explore more of this cosmopolitan city. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Modern Stockholm and Cozy Kalmar

This morning we'll tour Stockholm's City Hall, home of the Nobel Prize banquet and striking mosaic murals celebrating humanism and the ideal of people working together in community. Then, after stopping along the Göta Canal for a lunch break, we'll drive through beautiful birch forests on our way to the seafaring, bridge-and-water-laced town of Kalmar, where we'll sleep (1 night). Bus: 6 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 4: Kalmar Castle and Copenhagen

Today we'll explore what may be Sweden's most striking, historically-significant building: bay-and-moat-ringed Kalmar Castle. As we tour the castle's interior and beautiful grounds, we'll learn about Sweden's 16th-century struggle for independence from the Danes. Then, to reach Copenhagen, we'll drive across the awe-inspiring five-mile Öresund bridge and tunnel connecting Sweden and Denmark. We'll get to know our neighborhood by strolling up to the lively Strøget pedestrian center, followed by dinner together at one of Denmark's oldest restaurants. Sleep in Copenhagen (2 nights). Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: Playful and Progressive Copenhagen

This morning we'll dive into the sights and sounds of Copenhagen's historical center on a walking tour with a local guide. The rest of your day is free to enjoy Europe's best people-watching on the Strøget, tour the Renaissance Rosenborg Castle, visit the fanciful Tivoli Gardens or experience the counterculture of Christiania. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: Viking Ships and Ærø Island Charms

After breakfast we'll drive to Roskilde to prowl through the evocative Viking Ship Museum, where we'll learn about the rough-and-tumble, yet surprisingly sophisticated, Viking culture of a thousand years ago. We'll also tour Denmark's venerable Roskilde Cathedral, the resting place of 38 kings and queens of Denmark, and the first Gothic church ever built of brick. Then a scenic ferry ride will take us to the nostalgic little island of Ærø and the old windjammer port of Ærøskøbing. Tonight we'll enjoy a traditional Danish feast together. Sleep on Ærø (2 nights, groups may be split between two B&Bs). Boat: 1½ hrs. Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 7: All Day to Explore Ærø Island

You'll have the morning free to relax and savor this epitome of small-town Denmark, or get Ærø-dynamic and pedal a rented bike past thatched cottages, tidy farms and windswept bluffs. We'll regroup just before noon for a bus tour of the island, stopping en route to enjoy a tasty smørrebrød lunch together. We'll return to Ærøskøbing to learn about island life from a local resident, then be free for dinner and the rest of the evening. The pub by the harbor is a fun place to meet the locals. Bus: 3 hrs. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 8: Overnight Ferry to Oslo

Today we'll drive back to Copenhagen. After some free time for lunch, we'll hop aboard an overnight ferry for Oslo. It's a big boat; choose to dine at a buffet fit for a Viking or grab something smaller at the ship's café. After dinner, you can dance the night away in the nightclub, linger in the tax-free shop or enjoy the scenery as we cruise to Norway in style. Sleep on ferry (1 night). Boat: 18 hrs. Bus: 3 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 9: Historic and Artistic Oslo

We'll greet the sun as we glide up the Oslofjord — one of the most scenic parts of our tour — and into Norway's capital. Once ashore, we'll take a walking tour around the harbor and through the heart of Oslo. We'll learn about Norway's history and politics, including an inspiring visit to the WWII Norwegian Resistance Museum. After lunch, we'll visit the popular Frogner Park, home to Gustav Vigeland's whimsical, lifelike sculptures, and then share dinner together. Sleep in Oslo (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

Day 10: Norway's Seafaring Past

Today we'll cruise across the harbor to Bygdøy peninsula for a treasure trove of nautical history. We'll tour the Viking Ship Museum to learn about Scandinavia's best collection of Viking vessels and artifacts. Nearby, you'll also have time to see the impressive Maritime Museum — as well as special museums devoted to the innovative Fram polar explorer and the ocean-crossing rafts of adventurer Thor Heyerdahl (Kon-Tiki and Ra II). Inspired by Norway's seafaring history, you'll be free to sail back to Oslo's harbor. From there, armed with your Oslo Pass (giving you free admission to most museums and public transportation), you'll have the rest of your afternoon and evening free in this vibrant city. Boat: ½ hr. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: Lillehammer and Giant's Country

Driving northwest from Oslo, today we'll learn about daily Norwegian life and traditions. We'll tour Lillehammer's beautifully-situated Maihaugen Open-Air Folk Museum, including its array of sod-roofed houses and remarkable 12th-century stave church, constructed entirely from wood. After a scenic afternoon drive through farmland and forests, we'll settle into our rustic, creaky mountain hotel, located in the heart of Giant's Country. We'll share a traditional dinner together, and sleep in Elvesæter (1 night). Bus: 6 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 12: Fjord Country and Bergen

Make sure your camera is charged-up: today is scenery day! After breakfast our bus will climb the highest road in northern Europe (4,600 ft.) to the windswept Jotunheimen for a panorama of glittering snow and 8,100-foot peaks. We'll then take a dramatic corkscrew-drive down to sea level and hop aboard a ferry for a 2½-hour scenic Sognefjord cruise between cliffs and waterfalls (part of the "Norway in a Nutshell" route). Then we're back aboard our bus for one more scenic stretch of highway before you're free for dinner and the rest of the evening in ruddy-cheeked Bergen, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Boat: 2½ hrs. Bus: 6 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 13: All Day in Charming Bergen

A local guide will walk us through the salty history of this seafaring town, starting at the Bryggens Museum and through the enchanting old Hanseatic wharf area, where wooden warehouses lean together and recall their glory days as a center of North Atlantic trade. Your afternoon is free to explore more of Bergen, ride a funicular to the top of Mt. Fløyen for a thrilling view, or buy one of those hand-knit wool sweaters that caught your eye back at the wharf. This evening we'll gather for a hearty Norwegian feast to share travel memories and toast new friends. Skål! No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Those returning home can catch a short flight from Bergen to Copenhagen, London or other European cities for your direct flight home. Farvel!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Activity Level

Our tours are physically active! It’s an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Scandinavia in 14 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily...

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (several blocks possible) and up stairways to reach your hotel; then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Sleep in a cabin with no window on the overnight ship from Copenhagen to Oslo.
  6. Be content with sharing bathroom facilities at your Ærø B&B.

Reviews

Robert

Summerville, SC

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed visiting "Socialist" countries and learning about their system of values, which are quite different than our own in many respects. Learning a bit of their "History" was also quite interesting; the Viking Period, the Middle Ages, and WW2 in particular. The food was mostly enjoyable. I ate lots of salmon and herring. The group meals were less enjoyable as choices were limited, and perhaps not what I would have preferred.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountain scenery in Norway was spectacular. And Bergen was my favorite city, especially the "Fish Market" area, where the food was cooked to order. We enjoyed "Fish Cakes" and "Fish Soup" - Delicious!"

Harriet

Summerville, SC

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Each country was interesting in it's own unique way. The Vasa Museum in Stockholm was very intriguing.It was more than a ship-it had a personality. The reconstructive bust startled me. Copenhagen was full of life.My favorite was AEro Island. Had a fun time exploring the streets of this delightful village.Wish we had more time here. Norway's beautiful Fjords and Fish market I wish the pace was a speck slower so I could digest every thing around me. Tour guide was full of wonderful information

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW! was it meeting an author in Stockholm OR jumping on a trampoline in Copenhagen Or the trolls in Norway? Many other favorites."

Nicholas

Branchburg, NJ

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome experience. Our guide, Yila was incredible knowledgable and charismatic. It was a lot of fun to see everything with her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords in Norway, absolutely stunning."

Melissa

Flanders, NJ

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the Scandinavia in 14 Days Tour was an amazing experience. The guides were incredibly knowledgable and passionate about the areas we visited. I really felt like we became well acquainted with the areas that we traveled through in a short amount of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was bike riding on Aerø island. It was awesome seeing such a small part of Denmark and the island was beautiful."

Karen

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour. At the beginning I wasn't sure there was enough to see but I soon realized that it was my ignorance of Scandinavian history and culture that colored my perception. We had so many experiences that we were never bored. Taking the overnight ferry to Oslo, biking on Aero, picnicking in Sweden, and touring museums - all fun and informative. I loved the long days and learning about Scandinavia. As always just enough tour and independent time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Was there one "wow" moment? The scenery was so fantastic it's hard to pick one. The ride to Bergen from Elveseter was spectacular. Even through the rain I was awestruck at the beauty of the mountains. Riding a bike on Aero with the sea on one side and the fields on the other was another singular experience."

William

Stockton, CA

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded all my expectations:, tour guides, hotel facilities, meals, places visited, advise by tour guides and companionship with others in the tour. Our group was delightful. Although we yukked when Lisa made us do the "Rick Name Game," it did make us more comfortable with one another and forced us to learn each others name. The tour bus was outstanding and our driver, Lars was a charming old Swede who sang a good morning song to us each morning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking in the museum in Stockholm and looking us at the Vasa ship. It was overwhelming! The lay out of the museum was outstanding. Other wow moments included the countryside and water falls in Norway. Lastly although each city we visited was facinating, I loved the charm of Bergen."

Judith

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time exploring our roots. It was the first time in that area of Europe for all of us. I found it to be charming, warm, pristine and full of history. The tour was a great mix of history, activity, free time and fun meals. We had perfectly placed hotels, and an interesting mountain lodge. The road trip way up north over the mountains was sublime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was wowed at the mountain scenery, and all of the amazing Viking ship museum experiences. The island of Aero was almost Disney perfect."

Ray

Rantoul, KS

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoy the tour very much. Thier so much to see and do and try to get it all in. The locals were very frendily and helpful when you was lost.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taken the river cruse in Stockholm and seeing everything from the water is one. But in Bergen, Norway looking down on city and the water way it dont get any better. Stockholm ice box was outstanding place to have a drink enjoy that very much also. It was suggested by ours guide and a group of us went along with the tour guide"

Michael

Plainsboro, NJ

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the tour. The schedule was a great mix of cultural experiences, fun times, and free time. Everything was made more special by the wonderful people who organized, ran, and joined us on the tour. The accommodations were great, the food was very good, and the bus was comfortable. These things allowed me just to relax and enjoy every moment of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many of these it is hard to narrow them. I loved the Viking museums and was thrilled to get a chance to explore up close and personal some aspects of this culture that I have studied academically for so long. I loved traveling through the mountains and fjords of Norway, where everything you see is like a stunningly beautiful work of art. I also really treasured the few times when I was able to sit down and talk at length with local people we had met along the way."

Danielle

Plainsboro, NJ

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great introduction to Scandinavia! I had never been, and it left me wanting more. We really saw the individuality of these three countries, something I don't think Americans usually understand - we lump our idea of "Scandinavia" into one clean and orderly box, with fish and cream sauce. But Lisa and Pal did a great job of drawing our attention to the character of each big city, the personality of the countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As we were driving through Jotunheimen, coming down from the peak, Lisa put on some atmospheric music - the Grieg piano concerto. Hearing that powerful music, and seeing the amazing landscape that inspired that composer brought me to tears - that's something I'll always remember."

Basil

Six Mile, SC

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we expect from RS: comfortable hotels centrally located, ancient, stately and innovative buildings, beautiful objects and art, knowledgeable local guides to explain their significance, gorgeous scenery, a wide range of unfamiliar foods, perfectly prepared, guidance on local languages and pronunciation, information on customs, beliefs and politics of the societies we visited, and congenial company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning how the Vikings built their boats by laying the keel, stern and prow, then constructed the hull of planks riveted together at the edges with wooden rivets and only added ribs at the end. I had never thought wooden rivets were a possibility, nor that one could form a hull without ribs."

James

Woodbury, CT

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A Rick Steves tour is like a traveling party, with the celebration moving from place to place through some of the most picturesque and historically significant sites in Europe. The tour members are enthusiastic, curious and energetic with never a whimper---not that there was anything to whimper about. It is such a comfort to leave all the details to Mr. Steves and the guides so that we tour members can devote ourselves to the sights, sounds and tastes of the wonderful places we experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visually, it was the unforgettable day we crossed the majestic snow-capped mountain range of Norway, with the music of Edvard Grieg on the bus sound system and then descending to our voyage on the fjord. Our photos couldn't begin to capture the grandeur of the day."

Rebecca

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

AS always, the tour was planned with a great mix of city energy and more bucolic days on the bus. The rhythm was perfect and the mostly two-day stops really allowed for time to get immersed in the area we visited. Top notch all the way, including the excellent tour guides, both accompanying us and locally. I had come from a cruise to this group and felt as if I had come home to "my" people - my own special companions. Small gripe - some group dinners too heavy and too late in the evening.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A rather quiet WOW but Aero was surprisingly my highlight. It was a place I knew nothing about so had no expectations. But the inn (Susanna is the soul of that experience), the town, the beach huts, the lovely island itself made for the nicest time on the trip for me. After an aborted Baltic swim, biking back through a rainstorm beside Lisa who was trying to take a phone call(!)while we were practically drowned by the rain made a memory of a certain piquant kind. Bergen was pretty great as well."

Mary

Six Mile, SC

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We joined a happy, congenial group, knowledgeable about Scandinavia and eager to learn more. This was my 7th Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint. The mix of being together and being on your own was just right. Looking back at photos and videos, it is amazing what we saw and learned in the time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were "wow" moments and surprises. The biggest "wow" was the cruise on Sognefjord, a feast for the eyes. Milford Sound in New Zealand impressed me but Norway wins hands down for scenery. One of the surprises was seeing Hans Christian Andersen return from the grave to tell us about his life and work. That tickled my fantasy. The other surprise was being treated to champagne by our fellow travelers because it was our 50th wedding anniversary at tour's end. What a great bunch!"

Mark

Modesto, CA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

On a previous Rick Steves tour, we asked our coach driver what his favorite tour was to drive. Without hesitation, he answered, "Scandinavia - because it's so beautiful." We agree. The natural beauty was matched only by the beauty of the people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment for the tour was our final dinner together when each member of the group shared his or her favorite "wow" moment. It was a very moving opportunity that enabled each of us to relive the experience through the eyes of fellow travelers."

Tsun-Chiu

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very nice tour with a mix of beautiful scenery and interesting cities. I have learned a great deal of history, culture and people's life of Scandinavia countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful mountains and glaciers of Norway."

Karen

Asheville, NC

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour. It was fabulous. The activities for each day were seamless; the organization & timing worked perfectly. We did so much! Asa was the quintessential tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of "wows." I loved City Hall in Stockholm with the Elsa steps. I loved the fjords, mountains & waterfalls of Norway. I loved Aero in Denmark & the boats on the canal in Copenhagen."

Paul

Eugene, OR

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great guide, well-planned itineraries, comforatable motels, interesting bus rides, boat rides were a plus

Favorite "WOW" moment

"cycling around Aero Island, Denmark"

Yung

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time on this tour. Under the expert guidance of our guide Aosa, I enjoyed the beautiful scenarary and leaned about the way of life in the Scandinavian countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The magical Elvesaeter."

Richard

Camas, WA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great even with the rain at times. The group got along well and there was cooperation on all the activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ferry ride through the fjord in Norway and Aero Island."

Beverly

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed it immensely because our time was well organized, the highlights were interesting, the group was fun and our guide was excellent. Even though these are all hallmarks of the RS tours, this tour went extremely well. There were many logistical issues on this trip and they all seemed seemlessly managed. Many thanks to all involved!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed learning about the three countries - their similarities and their uniqueness. We were given an excellent overview of how they were connected, how they competed, and eventually how they evolved into being three of the most contented societies and stable regions of the world. In today's world, this is a "wow" achievement."

Richard

Asheville, NC

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour leader in Asa! Great group of people. Good mix of organized time and free time. Excellent "history" and "culture" presentations by our guide (Asa).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some of the unexpected "fun" moments included: * the unexpected "meeting" with HC Andersen (played by someone named Richard) in Copenhagen; * the treats/ snacks passed out on the bus that represented traditional sweets/ candies and other snacks typically consumed in the countries visited * Ærø Island in Denmark"

Edward

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Asa made all the difference in this tour. It rained every day and she made the tour a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring Stockholm City Hall and Kalmar castle. Both were enjoyable times. Touring the Fram museum."

Marla

Lewisville, NC

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Despite rain EVERY day during our tour, Asa kept us busy, laughing, happy, and fed so that the rain was totally NOT an important factor on our trip. Our group bonded immediately which made for a relaxing and fun experience for all. Scandinavia was beautiful, the museums spectacular, and the local people very friendly and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment of the trip was on the island of Aero in Denmark. Aeroskobing was delightful. Our Christmas dinner in July at Mumm Restaurant was fabulous. Our tour of the island with a stop at a spectacular beach, a visit to Bregninge Church, lunch at a fortress, and a taste of Viking Blood (Mead) were all memorable. The highlight of this island experience was a picnic with my husband at one of the beach huts at sunset. Breathtaking!"

Susan

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Typical of Rick Steves tours, the group of fellow travelers was outstanding and the tour guide full of interesting history. Our 'vacation from our vacation' in Aero was petty heavily scheduled but the activities so interesting that it didn't matter. Asa kept everything running smoothly and on time, the accommodations were top notch, and the transportation very comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even in the rain, the cruise through the fjords in Norway was nothing but breath-taking scenery."

Daniel

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group of people so that makes the trip special. Saw a lot of country so we had to spend a lot of time traveling but Asa kept us going with talks, interesting info on the countries and societies, snacks and music. The best RS tour for us out of the four we have taken.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the fjords on the boat were that moment. We had rain every day of the trip and that included the day on ferry but even with grey skies the fjord valleys are very impressive."

Stacy

Cary, NC

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable experience which was made so by the organization of the program, the comfort and accessibility of the facilities (transportation, hotels and so on), the knowledge, preparation and warmth of the guide and the convivial nature of the tour group as a whole. The only negative in the experience was the weather which was somewhat uncooperative but of course nothing can be done about that!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well our "wow" moment actually came outside of the tour as we were able to locate the tombstones of my husband's great grandparents. Within the tour, I would say the biggest wow would have been the island of AERO. Very nice change of pace in the middle of the tour in a very scenic and relaxing setting."

Laura

Modesto, CA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Because we've taken Rick Steves' tours in the past, our expectations were very high. And like the previous tours, this one far-exceeded our very high expectations. It was well organized with a good balance of group and individual time. Asa's skill meant that the group coalesced very quickly, which made for a very convivial experience. Previous reviews of this tour noted the rain (every day), but to be honest that didn't stop us in the least; it sort of became a running joke!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Vasa museum in Stockholm, Kalmar Castle, our time in Aero, and the drive to and the cruise through the fjords. Another "wow" was all the information I learned about the societal decisions made by the citizens of these nations."

Keith

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a good tour and I will be experiencing the memories of it for many years.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are two moments that really stick out. The first was the warship Vasa. What a vessel and to think that it was preserved for so many years. It really showed the power of Sweden at that time. The other was the ferry ride through the fjords. What beauty. Pretty hard to improve on it."

Kristen

Missoula, MT

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual with a Rick Steve's tour, this tour exceeded my expectations. The guides were informative and knowledgeable AND happy to share about their area. The tour members were congenial and courteous to all, which really makes the trip so much more fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The setting at Elveseter was incredible. All the details in the furnishings and decor, the history and the beauty of the setting; if the food had been a little bit better, this would have been over the top. This location probably had the worst food, but I still think it was worth it to see the museum quality living space and stay in such a historical spot."

David

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The large group size detracted a bit and made a couple of dining facilities too small for the group. The leader should be given the authority to subsidize drinks when it's appropriate to expedite the dinner. Happened at least twice including the farewell dinner. Certainly the rather high price of the tour could provide the funding. Other aspects of tour were top notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive through the Norway mountains on an absolutely perfect day."

Nancy

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each country I had some wonderful experiences especially when I went exploring which I love to do in the non group time. The best for me was the two days pre-tour in Stockholm. I did an Archipelago Cruise to Grinda and Skansen both were wonderul. Post-Tour I took a 7 hour train from Bergen back to Oslo and flew home from Oslo. The scenery on the train was so beautiful and a pleasant, relaxing train ride. I was surprised that the cities we visited were overflowing with people and so crowded.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" was walking out to the Small Beach Bungalows on Aero Island. The Bungalows face West for the sunset. When I was there, there were dark clouds, strong winds and choppy waves. Quite dramatic but a really wonderful experience!!!"

Karie

Lynden, WA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

For me the tour was long. I did get tired of all the museums, especially seeing three viking ship museums. I loved Aero Island. What a nice dinner we had and the people were lovely. Our group got along so well, we had our own patio party with appetizers and drinks and this was a very nice memory. The bed and breakfast's that were chosen were beautiful. The overnight ferry was enjoyable as well. Some of us gathered for drinks and dancing at the club, we had a very good time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Fjords were beautiful, and we had a spectacular day to go with it. I can't think of any "wow" moment besides that."

Nina

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband & I thoroughly enjoyed having Ylva as our tour guide. She has such a wealth of knowledge of history. Very energetic lady. This was our 3rd Rick Steves tour and we have enjoyed each one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Aero was such a welcome visit (2 nights). We were wishing that we had more time & spend a few more days there. The ferry ride through the fjords was everything we had expected. Such beauty. Our stay at the Elvesaeter Hotel was fun but the real beauty of that day was going over the glacier covered mountain pass. Our bus driver for the 2 weeks was Lars & he was not only a good driver but lots of fun."

Eileen

Chester, MD

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The people who go on Rick Steve's tours have a lot in common, and so it's nice to meet a new group of people with similar interests. Each of us had researched something that we really wanted to do on the trip, and it was fun to share that with others. Having a large bus to spread out in was comfortable and pleasant. Having time on our own to pursue interests (sometimes with other tour members) was good fun and satisfying. We did not feel like we missed exeriences

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Boat ride thru the fjord country. We really enjoyed Stockholm and we were glad we spent some time there before the tour. We did a Food Tour of Sodermalm and that was great. We were the only Americans on the food tour so we learned a lot. Great value! Stockholm was wow for me. Lots to explore, great culture and much to learn. Wonderful people and city."

William

Sequim, WA

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour varied nicely between big cities and smaller towns. There was ample time for us to pursue our own interests in each area as well as enjoy the well-chosen arranged tours. The people were great and our guide was superb. The driver, Lars, became a valued member of the group. The weather was warm and rainless, which added to the positive experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a few "wow" moments. The water was spectacular in each country - in Stockholm, in AEro and throughout Norway where some of it was snow in the mountains. The views from the hilltops in Oslo (at the end of the T-bahn line) and in Bergen were gorgeous. The charm of AEroskobing , particularly the Pension Vestergade, was welcome after the traffic of Copenhagen."

Stephanie

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ykva was excellent - and our driver good as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Christiana (sp)"

Joan

Sequim, WA

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband, Bill, and I seldom take tours because we enjoy exploring on our own and like to interact with locals. This tour enabled us to do a lot on our own and our native guide was so informative and told us a tremendous amount about the history, culture, economics, education, etc. of the countries we visited. When we ate together as a group, our guide gave us interesting local choices to [INVALID] for our meal. There were 20 of us on our tour - a large number but a compatible group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in Norway is spectacular. The day when we drove over the mountains and took the ferry cruise on the Sognefjord was incredible! Aero Island was also unique...a very special place!"

Nancy

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was just wonderful. The experience surpassed my expectations. The history that was provided on the tour to accompany our sites and coach travel were so very helpful and informative. I found the pace of the tour very appropriate for what we did and the places we toured. Our group of travelers - 20 in total - were a really exceptional group and were a key component of this trip going so well along with the interaction of our tour leader and our coach driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two wow moments of the trip; I thought that the island of Aero was magical and the Sognefjord non-stop breathtaking. And...our coach driver made every morning special when he would sing his good morning song to us in Swedish. It sounds corny but our whole group loved it and looked forward to it."

Garry

Coeur D'alene, ID

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very educational and smoothly conducted. The bus driver, Lars, was a special addition. I especially appreciated how Ylva included him as a part of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Idyllic Aero Island and the spectacular fjords of Norway."

Clark

Roseville, CA

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had little knowledge of the area and didn't know what to expect, but it was a great experience. I was more intrigued by the cultural difference than other European locations I'd been. Ylva was very knowledgeable about the economic and political aspects of a their government, perhaps due to her experiences with the Parliament. The country is beautiful, the pace of the tour (including shift between urban and rural) was just right and, again, the tour group and guide all meshed well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite stay: Ærø Island. Favorite city: Oslo Favorite evening: Elvesæter"

Carol

Olympia, WA

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe, and I found it well planned with a variety of experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fjords, Norway's mountains, Kalmar castle, and Roskidle cathedral. The time on Aero was beautiful and relaxing. I also went to three open air folk muesums-enjoyed these very much. The hike in Norway to the waterfall was a treat."

Harriet

West Lafayette, IN

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We knew Scandinavia would be beautiful, but it far exceeded our expectations with its scenery and beautiful sunlight. Each country was beautiful in its own way. We learned a lot of history and saw wonderful works of art.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We got two tickets at the last minute to a sold out house at the Opera House in Oslo.It is a magnificent building and we really enjoyed watching Swan Lake. We also liked the Vasa museum, Aero Island and finding our way on the tram and walking to the beautiful Edvard Grieg home on our free afternoon in Bergen. About the only thing we didn't like was the breakdown of our ferry engine during our fjords tour but even then the behavior of the large crowd on board was remarkable."

Diana

Nampa, ID

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour of Scandinavia was a great experience, we felt that we were able to get a glimpse of the culture, food, life in the various countries. We saw the big cities as well as small towns, which was perfect. We so appreciated Asa's knowledge, experience and her very kind and helpful attitude towards everyone and with everything. It was a special treat to have both Asa and Pal as they were both fantastic as tour leaders but also gave us special insight to their native countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to Aero island was our favorite, it was such a charming and quaint village and we all just loved this magical little place."

Danielle

Nampa, ID

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall I really enjoyed my first Rick Steve's tour. There was so much learning and exploring in each major city, we were able to get a good feel for the cities if we used our time wisely. The guides were very professional and stuck to a good schedule.

Donald

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an outstanding tour that is in the tradition of other Rick Steve's tours that I have taken. The tour was run exceedingly well, all of the guides were top notch, time was used efficiently, and the amount of free time was just right. It left me wanting more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip was a "Wow" moment."

Pamela

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fast paced, lots of free time, guide with a personality, good traveling companions. Need another food option for picky eater...can't go wrong with pasta.

Catherine

San Luis Obispo, CA

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful and I was very happy that things are still great with the Rick Steves tours as I had not been online for many years.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was.....Æro island the hospitality of Suzanne and the lunch hosted at the hunting grounds."

Maxine

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 08/18/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really liked this tour. The itinerary was a wonderful alternation of big cities and small locales, walking and riding (bus and boat) and high culture (buildings, museums & palaces) and everyday activities (picnics, ferries & ice cream). Lisa was a perfect guide for this tour with her low-key, yet organized approach. Our well-traveled group was particularly congenial and prompt. Giving us Oslo passes was a brilliant idea. I was glad to have paid more for the extras on this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I could have spent a lot more time in the city halls of both Stockholm and Oslo. Entering each was a mesmerizing experience and we didn't even have time to contemplate the exteriors. I loved revisiting the Vasa, still an extraordinary experience. I loved the ferry through the fjords; especially a repeat visit to the Nærøyfjord, previously seen in May. The biggest surprise was Tivoli Gardens at night--so glad I went."

Bruce

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 08/18/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour went very well and met my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, Tivoli gardens at night, the Vasa, Aero, and overall beauty of the three countries. Of course the cost of food and drink was also a wow moment."

Barbara

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 08/18/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

ETBD nailed it again!! Structure, free time, food, general info was just perfectly balanced Even the bus driver added to the positive experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on deck of the overnight boat ride as we entered Oslo Fjord. Amazing! There were other wows, but this was special"

Sherri

Edmond, OK

Tour: 08/18/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scandinavia is beautiful, especially Norway. The itinerary [INVALID]nated city and rural experiences, giving us changes in pace that kept us rejuvenated. Long bus days were broken up with stops that gave us a broader view of the country and enriched the experience. Loved the picnics and the villages and sites we saw along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose one. All the experiences in the fjords were amazing. We got up early on the overnight cruise to Oslo and experienced the beauty of those fjords in the stillness of the morning. We took an evening cruise in the Oslo fjord and were blown away with the sunset that lasted for over an hour. The fjord cruise of the Sognefjord and Naeroyfjord to Gudnangen provided the most dramatic scenery of all."

Walter

Naples, FL

Tour: 08/18/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall experience was very positive. We particularly enjoyed Lisa, our tour guide and bus driver, Andrej, and assistant, Cynthia were a terrific bonus. The great weather and compatible group added to the fun as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"More than a moment, but the warm, sunny weather and lack of rain (one day excepted) that late in the season was the highlight."

Patti

Madison, WI

Tour: 08/18/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide & assistant guide were EXCELLENT! The bus ride was smooth & comfortable and the driver - Andrej was an safe driver and had a good sense of humor. There was a great mix of bigger burgs - Stockholm, Copenhagen & Oslo and neat new small towns I was not familiar with before this trip - Kalmar, Roskilde, Aero & Elvesaeter. Our co-travelers were interesting and fun. If we won the lottery, I would do every trip in the RS catalog.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A discussion at The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo reminded me how much I absolutely love international people connections. We went there on a free day and joined a tour which included people from - Turkey, UK, Norway, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, Canada, & Poland etc. We had a long discussion about why the EU won the prize in 2012, why Norway and Turkey are not a part of the EU today and many other thought provoking topics. Pure heaven! Picked up a post card for each winner & plan to keep learning."

Joan

Eugene, OR

Tour: 08/11/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my second Steves Tour [INVALID] Heart of France last year. Ylva was wonderful [INVALID] positive, energetic and enthusiastic, offered challenges to the more fit but was reasonable in expectations. The icing on the cake was her willingness to open her home to our group so that we could actually see the inside of a home in Old Town, Stockholm. She was very respectful of all in our quite diverse group, aged approximately 20 to mid-seventies. I love that Steves allows such diversity on their tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly enjoyed the bus tour through the mountains of Norway and the expert and safe driving of Silvan (from Belgium). He was also a great asset on this trip -- his always smiling face and positive attitude was a real plus. And his partaking in the bike ride on the Denmark island of Aero. Aero was also quite a treat and relaxing opportunity right in the middle of the tour."

Fred

Denver, CO

Tour: 08/11/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was a very good experience. Ylva, our guide, worked hard to help us understand differences in culture and way of life. She is a very special person. The scenery was outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjord boat and the bus ride over the mountains was the best."

Barbara

Denver, CO

Tour: 08/11/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Whoever ordered the perfect,sunny weather Thanks! This was our second R.S. tour and again we were not disappointed. Ylva gave 110% to make our tour a memorable experience. Never thought we would enter a private residence in Stockholm, all 24 of us in our Guide and Partner's home. This was truly above and beyond.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus ride from Elfvastatter(spelling?) Norway over the J... mountain range while Ylva had the "Secret Garden" CD playing. The mountains and music were magical to me."

Jack

Stillwater, MN

Tour: 08/11/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very happy with it. Comprehensive, both educational and fun, good pacing, good balance between planned group activities and time on our own. Liked some of the little surprise "extras" such as meeting up with Hans Christian Andersen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to name just one: Stockholm City Hall, Vasa Museum, Roskilde Cathedral, Village of Aerokjoping, Frogner Park/Vigeland sculptures, and Elvesaeter are among places that stood out for me."

Lawrence

Canyon Country, CA

Tour: 08/11/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very busy, action-packed tour of most of Scandinavia. I found our tour group open, friendly and engaging. The tour guide was knowledgeable, professional and informative. The tour assistant simply a delight; helpful and fun! A credit to your organization.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our bus tour through the Joutunheimen mountains."

Jim

Lexington, KY

Tour: 08/11/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was overall very well done with excellent guides and a interesting and pleasant participants. We were afforded concise and interesting overviews of the culture of each country, had good accommodations and, for the most part, good food. What we found out about each country was inspiring in some instances, providing us with an appreciation of each of the cultures. In many cases we were reminded of values and practices from knowing families whose origins were from these countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up the Oslo Opera House roof in the early evening with a full moon shining on the white marble of this impressive structure."

William

New Bern, NC

Tour: 08/11/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was nicely paced, each day was packed with excitement and new things to see and learn. We were lucky and we had a great group that worked well together. Punctuality and fun were always present. Our guide worked within the planned itinery but frequently put together little side events during our "free time" it was a blast ! Even our bus driver "Silvan" was involved in our special hikes and side trips. Wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Aero, Denmark is a majical place. Small little town, cobble streets, very nice. We toured the island by bus and ended at a very nice renovated farm. The smorrebrod lunch was superb. That afternoon back at the hotel the guide and our bus driver Silvan asked if anyone wanted to take a bike tour of the island. Sure enough we put together a small group and off we went to see what the coastal area had to offer. was a beautiful experience, completely off the itinery."

Erin

West Roxbury, MA

Tour: 08/11/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was absolutely fantastic. We got to see so much in a limited amount of time. We really enjoyed learning about the history of the different countries and Ylva was extremely knowledgeable about a variety of subjects. Our only regret was not arriving in Stockholm a day earlier. We really loved that city and did not feel that we had enough time there. The pre-tour information recommended arriving a day or 2 early and we now realize that was good advice!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"From a "sightseeing" perspective, I think it was the Viking Ship museum. From a scenery point of view, driving through Jotunheimen was absolutely breathtaking."

Steve

Eugene, OR

Tour: 08/11/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Learned a lot about Scandinavia and saw much more than we could have if we were on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Touring the Stockholm City Hall. 2. Viewing Vasa ship. 3. Seeing Stockholm at night from high walking bridge. 4. Bicycle trip on Aero island."

Cindy

Houston, TX

Tour: 08/11/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First rate all the way. Tour guide was the best - outstanding! Hotels were wonderfully situated to allow easy access by foot to the locality. The inclusion of special dinners and the treat of several picnic lunches was perfect. Having travelled before with larger tour groups I really appreciated the smaller group and the chance to learn every person's name. I really felt that at the end I have more than 20 new friends. The itinerary was carefully chosen to maximize the learning experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island was truly a special experience of historical Denmark. Islands are magical and this island (which I believe that only Rick Steves Tours visits) gave us a chance to experience history, serenity and beauty. Staying at Susanna's Pension was wonderful and the afternoon tea gave us special insights into what living on Aero is about."

Marlene

Westerville, OH

Tour: 08/04/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour. Fascinating countries. Outstanding group of fellow travelers. Loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would have to be the bus trip through the mountains in Norway, and the fjords. The scenery was amazing, and I appreciated the several photo stops we made to drink it in."

Linda

Auburn, CA

Tour: 08/04/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scandinavian tour exceeded my expectations, particularly the educational component. Not only were the selected stops intriguing and exceptional, we learned about the religion, culture, politics, royalty, etc of the 3 countries we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Aero was my "wow" moment. The beach huts, the Night Watchman tour (a must), the cobblestone streets and old houses, what an enjoyable couple of days, not to mention the weather was great. Even the boat ride over was scenic."

Jeri

Auburn, CA

Tour: 08/04/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was wonderful, fantastic and beyond my expectations. Since I am a rookie traveler, I appreciated having all the accommodations and transportation pre-arranged but now, with the travel "training," I feel more confident that I could travel on my own. I felt there was a good balance between guide tours and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Besides having Rick show up "out of the blue" in Copenhagen.............. I have been working on my genealogy for many years and one of the purposes of this Scandinavian tour was to visit Denmark and Norway where some of my ancestors had emigrated. So my "WOW" was visiting the church (Holmens Kirke) where my Great-Grandfather (and all) were baptized."

Karen

Durham, NC

Tour: 08/04/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour and we were very impressed with the professional staff, how well run it was, the variety of experiences, the educational emphasis for each country and the congeniality of the group itself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a toss up between Aero Island and the mountainous countryside of Norway."

Tovi

Renton, WA

Tour: 08/04/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful adventure from start to finish ... being in this beautiful part of the world, filled with rich history including agonies and ecstasies where Baltic nations vide for control of the seas. I found the cities to be sophisticated and quaint at the same time enhancing the life of the people and the society. The people, the food, the scenery, OH My! The planned events and options provided excellent group and individual experiences. It was magic - I loved being part of it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walk with the Night Watchman on Aero Island. He took the part and brought us into the scene. I felt we were in a time warp as we strolled through the village of a day gone by. And, since my ancestors were Danes whose society moved back and forth from Denmark to Germany in this area, I visualized their lives here."

Mark

Durham, NC

Tour: 08/04/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First, the tour leadership was fantastic and fun. Kudos to Åsa, Laurel, and our bus driver, Andrej, for making our tour a great learning experience and fantastic social event. Through their leadership our group bonded quickly, and throughout the two weeks there was never occasion for anyone to invoke the "no grumbling" policy. Will definitely take advantage of future Rick Steves tours and would love to have Åsa as a guide again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountain pass through Norway. Absolutely breathtaking."

Vi

Mountain View, CA

Tour: 08/04/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic! I would highly recommend it! Having Asa as our guide made this trip delightful! I really liked all the variety on this trip plus how the tour was so well planned and run. Each day was filled with enjoyable and interesting events. I like the way the tour included free time for people to explore on their own. I needed the restful break in AEroskobing, and was glad you included this time and place in the trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having beautiful sunny weather for our drive over the mountains in Norway and our Sognefjord cruise."

Norman

Renton, WA

Tour: 08/04/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first extended guided tour. It fulfilled my expectations. The overall sightseeing, education and camaraderie of all the participants were excellent. I appreciated the exploratory walking tours of the major cities (Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo) which provided a sense of direction for future free time exploration. I also appreciated the timely stops for photography. The historical information was wonderfully presented and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The age of the inner city buildings and the stories they could tell. I enjoy historical information and these cities were choice places to gain knowledge."

Linda

Danville, CA

Tour: 08/04/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good but pace too fast - wish we had more time to see things & ask questions. Definitely would have skipped Aero for a 3rd night in Oslo & Copenhagen with a day trip from Copenhagen to the sights we saw on the way to Aero. As with the other RS tours we have taken, our guide, Asa, the comfortable bus & our driver, Andrej, made seeing Scandinavia so much easier than doing it on our own!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stockholm & Norway Mt Lodge"

Joyce

Goshen, IN

Tour: 08/04/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think "the next Rick Steves tour can not be as good as the last", but then it is! This tour was excellent from beginning to end. Asa, Laurel and Andrej were THE BEST and the group was wonderful -- interesting and friendly people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but a few of my favorites: *all of Osa's "surprises", including one she did not plan: running into Rick Steves as we walked in Stockholm! That was definitely a highlight of the trip. (And made for some great pictures to send home!) *Frogner Park *everything on Aero Island, especially the night watchman's tour *ferry ride and views of the fjords *all the flowers in Oslo *all the local "feasts" *the drive into northern Norway and our mountain hotel were wonderful"

Jep

Goshen, IN

Tour: 08/04/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What continues to please me is the camaraderie of the participants. This particular tour had a delightful mix of folks, each with a unique and interesting story to tell. Rick Steves tours shapes the invitations in such a way that they attract optimistic, eager-to-learn, friendly people. Top flight tour guide, Asa and side-kick Laurel made it a wonderful adventure. Asa was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, welcoming and kind. Laurel was always there to help. A-one tour, all the way around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many mini-Wow moments, but several particular moments stand out: - Wonderful encounter with "H.C. Anderson" in Stockholm - Chance meeting with Rick Steves and partner on the street in Stockholm - The Jotunheinen mountain pass in Norway, with its cloudless, panorama views - The Vasa Museum in Stockholm - The little Island of Aero and the tour guide - The town halls in Stockholm and Copenhagen - Sculpture Garden in Oslo"

Jean

Washington, DC

Tour: 08/04/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was organized down to the last detail, but still had opportunities for serendepity. I took the trip not quite knowing what to expect. My expectations, vague as they were, were exceeded time and time again. Our hotels were right in the centre of each city in which we stayed so it was easy for me to learn my way around quickly and to wander off on my own adventure feeling safe and confident about my ability to navigate the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two stand out. One, visiting Susanna's Pension in Aero. Absolutely beautiful space to match Susanna's personality, a gem in this village. I would have loved to have been housed there, but glad she was gracious enough to have us all over for tea. The other standout was having my high school history and geography lessons come alive with all the great waterways that I went on (including the fjords that we travelled on) or saw from afar: the canals, rivers, seas."

Kathie

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 07/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned and well executed so that we were able to see and appreciate the best sights available. Nothing we could have handled as well on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments but next to the Vasa Museum and the Open Air Folk Museum, I think my favorite was the fjords and dramatic countryside."

Greg

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 07/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves tour. It equaled all previous ones in excellence of the guide, organization, scheduling, choice of sights to see, great local guides everywhere, interesting tour group members to get to know, and good food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best WOW was the natural beauty of Norway. It is a gorgeous country and the Sognefjord was the highlight."

David

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 07/28/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Ilva did a good job. Generally well organized and prepared. Good speaker and her talks on the bus were very informative. Local guides were excellent as always.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"These activities stood out for me: a. The Vasa museum in Stockholm was pretty special. We spent most of the day there. b. Enjoyed the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. Beautifully presented and wonderfully preserved boats and artifacts. c. Elveseter in the mountains was a lovely retreat location. Wish we had more time to walk the trails and enjoy the beautiful scenery. d. Maihaugen in Lillehammer was very nice and we could have spent more time there."

Judy

Boise, ID

Tour: 07/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was wonderful. It covered the three countries very well considering that we had only two weeks. I really enjoyed all the water travel too. Also our tour was quite small so it was much more personal. A nice variety of cities and small places plus Aero Island.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip over the Jotunheimen Mountains to the fjord country and then the ferry trip through the Sognefjord. It was so enjoyable being right there on the deck of the ferry taking in the beauty of the waterfalls, the little villages, the lush green landscape and the rugged terrain. WOW!"

Christine

Nampa, ID

Tour: 07/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour included a great variety of sights and activities. There were good choices for free time for things to do or just to stop and soak it all in. I learned so much about the three countries. Overall, it was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many things to choose from. I had at least one from each country. In Sweden. Stockholm is a beautiful city. In Denmark. The charm of Aero Island. In Norway. The beautiful trip over the mountains to the Sognefjord and the fjord boat trip scenery."

Carol

Hinsdale, IL

Tour: 07/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are saavy travelers and the reason we pick Rick Steve tours is the "freedom within the framework" that the tour provides. The tour gets us in places that we would never think of . .and yet we can explore on our own or check out a restaurant that we want to enjoy! The Scandenavia trip was no exception. Our tour guide Ylva was terrific (probably my fav guide thus far and we have been on 8 of these tours!) I loved the mix of bus time, ferry time and walking time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment had nothing to do with any of the cities that we visited. But it was the personal experience that the Stockholm tour guide, Hokum, surprised us with when he took us to his home and revealed that Ylva was his wife. So cool! The fact that these two let 16 strangers traipse up to their personal home was amazing!"

Craig

Hinsdale, IL

Tour: 07/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great combination of activities, tours and sights. Doing this tour allowed us to do things my wife and I would not normally have done on our own. This tour has expanded our horizons. The guide was the best we have ever had too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wow moments. Trying different types of food: whale (yuk), moose, raindeer, etc. I would not have normally tried it."

Pat

Ellensburg, WA

Tour: 07/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and it exceeded all of my expectations! The information that was sent to us by mail, email and the website did an excellent job of preparing us for the trip. Our guide and bus driver were fantastic. I think there was a good balance or structured time and free time. There was a nice balance of transportation modes. I was happy with the locations of the hotels since they were convenient to places we could walk to. The rest of the tour group were very compatible

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of "wow" moments on this trip but most unique was A bike ride that I went on on The island of Aero, Denmark with guide, Ylva da and Jacob, our bus driver. Jacob."

Mark

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 07/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. This was our 5th tour and they keep getting better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vasa ship in Stockholm"

Megan

Rochester, MN

Tour: 07/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and included a variety of activities with a good balance of activity levels and interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking up to the Castle in Kalmar, Sweden."

Arline

Astoria, OR

Tour: 07/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide, Asa, was wonderful - personality plus and very knowledgeable about all the places we visited. We also had a wonderful group of travellers. I liked that we were able to sample traditional foods like reindeer steak and moose stew - both delicious! We loved the maritime museums, boat cruise through the fjords, island of Aero, Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, and our stay in Elvesater. Museum-quality art and objects there were phenomenal! Our bus driver, Andrej, was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus ride over the Sognefjell Highway and Tvindefossen Falls. I've seen lots of waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, but Tvindefossen Falls was more magnificent than any I've seen before. The second "Wow" moment was Vigeland Sculpture Park. I'd never heard of Vigeland, but his sculptures are so moving. I could have spent hours poring over the statues."

Wendy

Rochester, MN

Tour: 07/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience with Rick Steve's Scandinavia in 14 days tour was wonderful! I think it had the sights I wanted to see mixed with the right amount of free time built in to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The natural beauty of Norway had to be seen in real life to appreciate. The bus ride through the mountains provided many breath taking views."

Thomas

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, very nice! We took two days before the tour to have brief experiences in Helsinki and Tallin and the overnight ferry[INVALID]I recommend this. The tour was pretty much as expected and very enjoyable with great sights, good food, and excellent information. We did have, as expected, some rain but were surprised by mod high temps in Denmark (July). Hotels ranged from good to a bit unpleasant. Our group was great (no grumps) and our guide was knowledgeable and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't limit myself to one special moment. City Hall in Stockholm and the mountains and fjord in Norway and Oslo (museums, sculpture park, Oslo pass). Being able see the Munch exhibit and the Nationalist Romantic style paintings in the National Gallery (Oslo), and the traveling viking exhibit at the National Museum in Copenhagen (tour guide helped us do this on way back through Copenhagen) were all great."

James

Orange Park, FL

Tour: 07/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great package overall. Leader, driver, itinerary and accommodations exceeded our dreams.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The flowers at Tivoli, the crags and fjords in Norway, the friendliness of all we met."

David

Sylvania, OH

Tour: 07/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

well organized Lisa keep us together and moving she was enthusiastic, a font of knowledge. Good sampling of sweeden, denmark, and norway. Good mix of big city and smaller towns. Like any big city, to much to see or do in stockholm, oslo, and copenhaegen. The Ice Bar was a delight. The reindeer steak at Steaker in Oslo was excellant. We ate at several restaurants that Lisa recommended at various places. The Unicorn in Oslo was our last meal and a top notch restaurant , albeit pricey.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the mountain area, esp above the tree line if I had ti pick one. The changing of the guard in stockholm was a close second. I had not experienced an event like that before."

Josephine

Long Valley, NJ

Tour: 07/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the longest vacation I have ever taken. Usually I'm ready to come home after 10 days. However I didn't want this trip to end & after being home for a week I want to go back to Scandanavia!! Lisa was a fabulous guide & Laurel was a lot of fun & made the trip very enjoyable. I loved the itinerary. There was the perfect combination of bus, boat & foot travel & every day was a new adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved visiting Aero Island. It was such a quaint & beautiful spot. I especially loved meeting with a local b & b owner & resident of the island. She was so informative & genuine. My first glimpse of the Norwegian fjords was breathtaking & something I'll remember always."

Frank

Long Valley, NJ

Tour: 07/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour experience was very informing and relaxing. Everyone seemed to have a good time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The B & B we stayed at in Aero. The food, especially the reindeer."

Cathy

Sylvania, OH

Tour: 07/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In spite of the size of the group, Lisa was able to move us all along very smoothly and pleasantly, never felt "herded" or pushed. She was extremely pleasant, knowledgeable, conscientious and competent.

Stanley

Clyde Hill, WA

Tour: 07/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned, our guide was excellent, weather was perfect, the tour group was very friendly and compatible! I brought my entire family and even my grandson of 22 said it was the best trip he ever had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The natural beauty of Norway, Mt's, waterfalls, fiords!"

Penny

Lexington, KY

Tour: 07/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic experience, from the guide to the participants and the hotels. Everything happened seamlessly, which I am aware is the mark of a huge amount of foreplanning and experience. It was wonderful to see the surprises which every day brought, from sights and new cultures to hotels and interesting food (especially the great bread!!). I would recommend this tour in a heartbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So difficult to choose just one. I suppose it's the appreciation of each country's residents for their own history. This shows everywhere-- museums, keeping cities and countrysides clean, showing off special food items, even rivalry among the several Scandinavian countries."

Jennifer

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 07/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! I got to meet a lot of amazing people. I made many friends in my tour group including the magnificent tour guide, bus driver, and assistant tour guide. I don't think things could have gone any better and got to experience some expectantly great weather!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ærø Island was extremely gorgeous! I could have stayed there forever! Swimming in the Baltic while I was there was definitely one of my favorite experiences!"

Charles

Lexington, KY

Tour: 07/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scandinavian tour was all I hoped it would be. Lisa, our guide was terrific in every way. She was essential to helping us build a group identity and her skill at being the ''guide'' we needed at each moment on the tour was a mix of her professionalism and her gifted personality. Thanks, Lisa.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was especially looked forward to the fjord part of our trip and I was not disappointed. The smaller Naerofjord and the Aurlandsfjord that branch off Sognefjord gave us an up close and personal fjord experience. Truly a picture opportunity a minute. I loved it!"

Janet

Livingston, NJ

Tour: 07/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a transformative experience in countries I knew little about ahead of time beyond the surface. The choices of focus were excellent. I was a bit put off at first about how much time we had to structure ourselves, but I grew to like that in many ways. We did, in fact, find our way further into experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"However, I think a warning is in order for how many meals are on our own in these very expensive places. The comparable Road Scholar tour is $2000 more in price but more comprehensive in meal coverage. We clearly spent that and more. It turned into Scandinavia on $1000 a day for two when one figures program, flights, and meals. The Jotunheimen Mountains were a wow for scenery. Our bus driver Jacob was amazing in skill in those mountains and a nice guy besides."

Grace

Kingwood, TX

Tour: 07/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As I have come to expect from the RS organization, the tour was well run and balanced with group time vs personal time. It was another wonderful trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't really have a wow moment on this tour (might have been different if the fjords had been clear, but they had their own personality in the mist), but the place I enjoyed most was the island of Aero. It was nice to be able to slow down and relax. Driving over the Jotunheimen Mountains really was "other worldly", esp. when covered in mist. Would love to see them in the clear weather, but they had their own particular charm as they were."

Adrian

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 07/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful group of people (many in their 5th, 6th, 7th...Steve Ricks Tour) and the most dedicated and knowledgable tour guide. When considering also the beautiful July weather, the Grand Tour of Scadinavia was an amazing experience full of magical moments. So many beautiful moments and memories to last a life time !!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip was one "wow" moment after another but if I have to choose a few... Gamla Stan guided tour, Copenhagen guided tour, Vasa Museum, magical Aero Island and cottages, Elvesaeter, overnight ferry to Oslo and charming Bergen. I did not mentioned Sognefjoird because it rained heavily and we could not appreciate, but could guess its grandeur and beauty."

Herb

High Point, NC

Tour: 07/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour of 26 travelers, and all but one couple had been on numerous Rick Steves Tours so they knew the level of activity involved on the tours. Ylva was a very good guide providing structure as well as independent time for your own investigations. The tour provided a good mixture of vibrant cities and more relaxed small towns and rural areas. My wife and I enjoyed the number of opportunities for ferry and water transportation involved in this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having a beautiful day of sunshine in Bergen to walk up and down the mountain to view the town and surrounding fjiords. We were expecting rain for most of the time in Bergen. I think we "lucked out". ( The Fjiord cruise might have been a "wow" moment except it was somewhat foggy and rainy that day - the only rain we encountered on the entire tour)"

Chizuko

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 07/07/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was my 11th RS tour, and I wasn't nervous about logistics of the tour. It was not one of my best tours, but I still enjoyed Scandinavia. I've learned that the best tour experience for me comes through the friendship and the camaraderie of my travel buddies. On this tour, I often found myself alone during the free time, but this forced me to venture out more on my own and discover kindness and friendliness of the local people, which I never experienced in my previous tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Notion of a small world: I ran into a couple I know from my ski club on Bygdoy Peninsula, west of Oslo. Then at the last breakfast table I discovered that one of my travel buddies was a nephew of another ski club member. I enjoyed visiting the unbelievable Vigeland Sculpture Park, walking on Oslo Opera House which resembled the iceberg and watching fjord as we rode the bus across Norway accompanied by the beautiful music of "Secret Garden" ."

Douglas

Kingwood, TX

Tour: 07/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th RS tour. It met the same high standards as each of the others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't have a wow moment on this tour. I was thinking it would be the ferry ride through the fjord in Norway, but alas, it was raining too hard to stand on the open deck for most of the trip and the mountains were shrouded in clouds. Pretty nonetheless, but the moment fell short of a wow."

Jill

Plymouth, MN

Tour: 06/30/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw and experienced so much on this trip it's hard to remember it all unless we sit down and go over our pictures. The guides, as usual, were wonderful and the scenery was great. The draw back was that we did so much, with little time in between experiences, we didn't have time to reflect on what we were seeing or to absorb the culture and ambience of the different countries. We spent a lot of time travelling and in the bus. Jacob, our driver, was fantastic, as a driver and colleague.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords of Norway"

Dick

El Macero, CA

Tour: 06/30/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall tour experience was very good. Weather was outstanding and everything went smoothly. Central location of hotels is an outstanding feature. We felt very comfortable in wandering away from our hotels without the fear of getting lost. Bus is very comfortable with outstanding drivers. Tour provided food was very good and we used Rick Steve's guidebook to find restaurants when we were on our own for lunch or dinner and all the recommendations we used were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The waterways(rivers, lakes, waterfalls and particularly the fjords) of Norway were my "wow" moment."

Charles

Bridgewater, VT

Tour: 06/30/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

For me, a small town boy from northern Minnesota, the tour was a rewarding experience because of my loving wife, the great group of people on the tour, and the engaging tour guide. I found the walking tours with local guides an excellent introduction to the cities visited and the Scandinavian countryside beautiful. The hotels were very good and the food excellent. I would like to bike along the canal in Sweden and hike in the mountains of Norway. Perhaps on another trip to Scandinavia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the time in the mountains of Norway and the ferry ride on the Bergen Fjord."

Susan

Bridgewater, VT

Tour: 06/30/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

we celebrated our 40th anniversary with this tour... the people on the tour were very compatible and friendly... there was a nice balance between planned activities and free time... we were very comfortable all the way around, although the cobblestones were a little tough on the legs!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"an unexpected rock concert outside our hotel in sweden (kalmar) we heard eva eastwood, and danced on the cobblestones... i have bought 3 cds of hers already... also loved the sculpture garden in oslo, b/c it reminded me of dancers the only thing i would have liked more of would have been live performances...!! meeting susan on aeros island was a real treat...more time with locals would have been nice"

Bobann

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/30/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great trip and everything for the most part was excellent. We had a great time, met a terrific group of travelers, and I will remember this trip for a long time. And the bonus of having absolutely fabulous weather most of the time was a treat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many ... the Vasa, dancing at the rock concert in Kalmar, watching our guide & driver ride the roller coaster at Tivoli, rest & relaxation on Aero Island, statues in Frogner Park, Fjord cruise, view of Bergen from Mount Floyen ... everytime we turned around there was something that caused me to say wow."

Janet

Mount Prospect, IL

Tour: 06/16/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The scenery in Scandinavia is beautiful and the accommodations were nice. Ylva, our tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and we enjoyed learning about the Scandinavian culture. Overall it was a great vacation. The food included in the trip was delicious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vasa Ship was amazing to me. It was so well preserved. I didn't expect it to be that large. I enjoyed Oslo and the town halls were also quite a work of art."

Dan

Costa Mesa, CA

Tour: 06/16/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. Great tour Guide (Ylva de Silva), she was absolutely fabulous. Straight out of central casting for a smart, friendly scandinavian woman. The tour featured good hotels, good food and a great bus with driver. Our guide was very personable and was constantly doing special little things for the group. Like buying chocolates or local snacks for on the bus. We toasted in a parking lot with Vikings blood. Overall a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oslo city Hall, Radhuset The mural depicting World War 2. Our local guide explained the figures and the chronography with such passion and pride. The young men fleeing to the forests, the loss of fredoms, firing squads and the triumphant return of the young men to help drive out the Nazi's. Our guide really helped me feel that sense of nationalism that Norway was struggling with. Great building with lots of symbolism. Great local guide and our tour guide made it really come alive for me."

Weather

Sweden / Stockholm

Sweden Weather

Denmark / Copenhagen

Denmark Weather

Norway / Oslo

Norway Weather

Pre-Tour

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Sightseeing On Your Own

If you arrive in Stockholm before your tour begins, use Rick Steves' Scandinavia guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of Swedish (although many locals speak English well), and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

Here are suggestions for sightseeing in Stockholm that we will not be doing as a group (see your guidebook for details): Royal Armory; Skansen; archipelago cruise; Millesgården sculpture museum; Drottningholm Palace; Royal Palace Museums; day trips to Uppsala or Sigtuna; overnight trips to Helsinki or Tallinn.

Transportation

Most tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. We recommend talking to your travel agent about "open jaws" airline tickets (flying into and out of different cities). Stockholm and Bergen are transportation hubs, making additional travel before or after your tour quite easy.

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips and decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

Prior to your tour departure, you will receive detailed directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as contact information for your first and last hotels in case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations.

For specific details about traveling in Scandinavia, please see Rick Steves' Scandinavia guidebook. If you need more information about additional European travel or for specific questions about your tour, contact the Tour Department at 425/608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Trip Resources

Learn more about SwedenDenmark, and Norway: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews and articles, plus find a list of recommended books and movies.

Packing

While it is important to pack light, there are two items we'd like you to consider when packing for this tour. Scandinavia is known as the "Land of the Midnight Sun" due to its long spring and summer twilights. We recommend that you bring an eye shade and earplugs for easier sleeping.

For ideas on what to pack, check Rick's Packing List and our Women's Packing List.