• Stockholm, Sweden
  • stockholm-stortorget-square
    Stockholm’s Stortorget Square
  • 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

from $4,995 + Air

Optional Single Supplement $1,125

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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!

Dates & Prices

2015

2016

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 19 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, including the 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
  • $100 Shopping Spree (per household) at the Rick Steves Travel Store to get guidebooks and gear for your trip
  • 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 2016
  • 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 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. Boat: ½ hr. 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 over tea, 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, learning about Norway's history and politics along the way. With your Oslo Pass, you’ll have plenty of free time to visit the Norwegian Resistance Museum, or your choice of the city’s other fine museums. Before tonight’s dinner, we’ll gather for a visit to Frogner Park, home to Gustav Vigeland's whimsical, lifelike sculptures. 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 visit 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: Maihaugen and Giant's Country

Driving northwest from Oslo, today we'll learn about daily Norwegian life and traditions. We'll tour the 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 (replicating the fjord cruise portion of the "Norway in a Nutshell" route). We’ll enjoy lunch on the ferry 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

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. 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

Glenn

Roseville, CA

Tour: 08/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful itinerary. Lisa was an outstanding guide, handling everything expertly behind the scenes so that we were never distracted by the usual bumps that happen on tour. The pacing seemed spot on. The two nights on Aero Island were a very nice change of pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of several, it had to be the ferry trip through the fjord on our way to Bergen - simply stunning!"

Ken

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 08/09/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

All 25 tour participants got along very well - not a sorehead in the bunch. We had never been to this part of the world and wanted to experience it first hand and learn something about the culture, history, scenery, architecture, and people and our objectives were well met.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hell-fire and damnation thunder and lightning storm during the night on Aero. A close second was the fjord ferry ride."

Kenneth

Stoughton, WI

Tour: 08/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third tour, we had high expectations, they were met, not exceeded. Our last tours were 17 days, so I missed the mid-tour vacation from vacation, which was shorter. The pace was excellent, the [INVALID]ion of sites was good, although a less viking time would be OK. I think more scenic Norway was in order. Maybe this tour needs to be longer, but I understand expenses in Scandinavia. The group was the slowest and oldest, with some folks clearly not up to the pace. 27 members: too many.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vigeland sculpture park, although Stockholm in general was close second. I could see a picnic in that park and another day in Sweden, maybe in the archipelago."

Max

Stoughton, WI

Tour: 08/04/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought that Scandinavia was an amazing place to visit. I enjoyed visiting the three Scandinavian countries and learning about the culture, lifestyle and history of each of those countries. Each country offered a different yet interesting aspect to it, but I wish we could have spent one more day in Stockholm rather than one more day in Copenhagen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment from the trip was learning about the culture of the Scandinavians, how close seemingly every Scandinavian is to nature and aware of the dangers to it, and how politically progressive they are."

Ann Marie

Irvine, CA

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! I saw so much in the two weeks-things I had never known about. The mixture of the history, culture and site made the trip come alive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the island of Aero. How charming and quaint!"

Marshall

Springfield, NJ

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful trip filled with great sightseeing experiences, wonderful tour guide(s) and outstanding travel companions. I was glad we came in a day early prior to the tour to get our sites and bearing to Stockholm and see a few more things than on our tour. The accommodations were well located, the food was fine, and the experiences were broad and diverse. The tour was exactly as advertised, and we had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vasa museum to see a 400 year old war ship in a 98% original state was a quite unexpected surprise. Aero Island in Denmark lived up to it's billing and was wonderful laid back, beautiful and full of small surprises. My wife and I liked Oslo much more than our pre-trip expectations. It was a very nice city."

Eugene

Centerville, KS

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful group tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway mountain tops and the fjords"

Nancy

Centerville, KS

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was paced just about right, busy, lighter day, alternating, some just happened that way. All the things we needed were provided just when we needed them. Pal had it all together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The high points in Norway were wow moments, and all the photo stops up there. I enjoyed seeing the places where the Nobel prizes were awarded and the ceremonies held. Also the Peace prize. Lots of wow moments seeing the archipelagos, and the harbors and just trying to understand the history from so long ago. All the restaurants were so well chosen also. Variety."

Susan

Holliston, MA

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour far exceeded our expectations [INVALID] from the expert guiding by Pal Johansen to all the delightful surprises along the way. We had a HAPPY - WONDERFUL time !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we arrived in Copenhagen. We were on our way to a group dinner with Pal leading us and all of a sudden we stopped in a plaza and 'Hans Christian Andersen' appeared and invited us to sit on the steps of a nearby building. He started talking to us about his life. It was such a wonderful surprise! Then the waitresses from a nearby cafe crossed the sqare and server us 'Jagermeister' in tiny glasses. When Richard Karpen departed we all looked at each other and asked "Did that really just happen?"

Irene

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 5th trip with Rick Steves'. As was true with the previous 4 tours, my experience was excellent. I continue to participate in Rick Steves' tours because of the winning combination of structured, tour group time and many hours of freedom to explore as I wish. The guides I have had over the years have been uniformly outstanding. (See more below re: Pal.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, experiences in "out of the way" or rural settings always constitute the "wow" experiences. So, Aero Island and the 2 days we spent in the mountains and on the fiord and driving along the river valleys in Norway were my "top" wow moments."

Wanlapha

Camas, WA

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized, our tour guide was well prepared with each area he had taken us. There was very well arranged with accommodations and transportations that we arrived through the destination safely and on time. All staffs were helpful and very friendly and including our bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moments were Stockholm, such of nice , clean and friendly city . ÆRO Island was lovely and great hospitality from Pension house's owner( made us feel like home). Oslo was another beautiful city to chill and hang out . Enjoyed each stopped when we ride through the glacier and along the Fjord."

Georgia

Riverside, CA

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This will be the last Rick Steves tour that I take. I walked 75.9 miles on this trip and I sat out three free afternoons and one morning, because of the excessive amount of walking. There were times when we walked over half an hour to get to dinner and then the same amount of time back to our hotels. In addition, some of this walking was while we carried our luggage, our back packs, etc. It may be that your trips are planned for younger people, but most of our group was over 60.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island was grand as was the trip on the Norwegian fjord."

Robert

Camas, WA

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the Scandinavia tour. The pace was good and was not hindered by the large group size of 28 passengers (previously I have only used small group tour operators like Intrepid and Exodus). The provided meals were excellent. Favorite cities were Stockholm and Oslo. I found Copenhagen and Bergen too full of tourists (myself included).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Christmas dinner and bike ride on Aero were the best. Damien Hirst in the Oslo modern art museum was an unexpected surprise."

John

Holliston, MA

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"meeting H. C. Andersen Walking thru the Nobel Peace Museum (not part of the tour - but you gave me the opportunity to get there.) seeing the FRAM, and the Vasa , and the Gjoa. seeing the Baltic after dark. Meeting such pleasant co-tourists"

Virginia

Des Peres, MO

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip of a lifetime. We picked this tour because it seemed comprehensive in understanding culture,history, politics and geology.We both have some Scandinavian heritage so we used great care in choosing & Rick Steves' guides books have always enhanced our travels. Nicole made it exceed expectations in every way. I have seldom met such a capable, caring, thoughtful, encouraging, interesting and humorous individual. I really can't imagine the trip without her joyous spirit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wonderful "wow" moments. Finding Hans Christian Anderson, wating in Copenhagen. Nicole helping me get a little Mermaid picture. Seeing the Viking ship Museum in Oslo(early before the crush) Thanks again to Nicole. Biking Aero Island, thanks to Nicole helping an aging biker. Staying in the mountain hotel, near Maihaugen & fiords & waterfalls. Loved having both information & free time. A great balance & fun interesting people to travel with & miss. Also loved the berries."

Ellen

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fantastic tour. I enjoyed everything about it - the places we visited, my fellow travelers, our guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say my 'wow' moment was Aero. I hate to use the words 'quaint' and 'charming', but that's what Aero was."

Gary

Des Peres, MO

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

first of all Nicole was a wonderful guide (not to take anything away from Aine) Contagious enthusiasm and mor energy than I have had for a long time. She provided great recommendations for activities and lunch and dinner spots for our days on our own. Information on history and general information on the countries was much appreciated. Our hotels were all well located and comfortable. Having dinner included at the Wellington in Stockholm was a bonus. Provided meals were good everywhere

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time on the island was especially good (can't spell it) I never would have found this place on my own. Was also good to see how countries could work when the government serves the people"

Audrey

Detroit, MI

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the Fiords, the drive and the boat tour. The cities were also wonderful. We especially loved Oslo!"

James

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

On the whole, I had an excellent tour experience. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Sweden, Denmark, and Norway and was most impressed by all three countries. I thought the tour was very well organized. I liked all of the major cities, but I wished the tour allowed more time in Stockholm and Copenhagen. One day was not enough time for those two great cities. I enjoyed Aero Island also, but I would gladly have traded the two days there for another day in both of Stockholm and Copenhagen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive through the mountains in Norway was absolutely beautiful."

Sue

Elk Mound, WI

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was excellent! This was my third Rick Steves tour, so I had high expectations going in....and I was not disappointed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fact that the tour afforded me the flexibility to rent a bike one day and have the best bike ride of my life along the Baltic Sea. All by myself! It was a fantastic morning for me! BEST BIKE RIDE EVER!"

Nancy

Half Moon Bay, CA

Tour: 07/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked the activity level. We had a variety of experiences - museums, hotels, food, transports, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This trip did"t have a "WOW" moment."

Carolyn

Olathe, KS

Tour: 07/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Practically perfect! This tour exceeded my expectations and was sprinkled with pleasant surprises.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm sorry, but with 12 "wow" moment-packed days, I cannot come up with a favorite."

Victor

Anamosa, IA

Tour: 07/19/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very favorable. Good itinerary, excellent hotel selection and the more rural places we stayed at were a very pleasant surprise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both the Jotunheimen area of Norway and the Sognefjord were spectacular."

Mary

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 07/19/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a good introduction to Scandinavia and, in my mind, a land tour such as this is a much better way to explore and learn about these countries than taking a cruise. The itinerary was the right mix of historical, cultural, and natural sites alternating between larger cities and small, quaint towns. We like RS tours because there's a good balance between group activities and doing things on your own with the tools and information provided by our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Highlights of the trip for me was the Vasa Museum in Stockholm and the drive from Elvesaeter through the Jotenheimen Mountains down to the Sognefjord."

Susan

Edgewood, WA

Tour: 07/19/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought it was a nice introduction to Scandinavia. We truly appreciate having a backbone of the logistics in place so we can enjoy the experiences and branch off at times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm afraid my "wow" was taking a three-day kayak and hiking trip in a Norwegian fjord after we finished in Bergen."

Richard

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 07/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was outstanding–the leader, the itinerary, the sites visited, and the side tours were all excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ærø was excellent and totally unanticipated; of course the Sognefjord cruise was spectacular"

Robert

Edgewood, WA

Tour: 07/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding tour with a great itinerary, good pacing, and an excellent guide. We covered a lot of territory but the tour never seemed too tiring. We also did a lot of walking, which we really enjoyed (as opposed to sitting in a bus).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Norway fjords had the greatest wow factor."

Mary Pat

Yankton, SD

Tour: 07/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour guide, Pal. Cleverly scripted schedule balanced between urban and rural, structured and free time, cultural-historical and easy-going fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Listening to Grieg while driving through the Norwegian Mountains. 2. Walking into the Oslo Viking Museu"

Fred

Lynchburg, VA

Tour: 07/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the "vacation in a vacation" on Aero Island. Staying there in the preserved town of Aeroskobing let us relax and step back in time. Afternoon tea there with the owner Susanna at Pension Vestergade enabled us to really get to know the people and their lives."

Carole

Carmel, IN

Tour: 07/14/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved what we did see. Ran out of energy to see some additional things

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Viking museum in Oslo that presented the ship that was the most significant archaeological find in Scandinavia"

James

Salem, OR

Tour: 07/14/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour. We usually travel around Europe on our own, but it seemed that, since Scandinavia is so big, having a tour bus to get from point to point would be a big help, and it was. Having Pal,, our tour guide from Norway, was a big, big, big plus. I can't imagine having a better guide. However, our other tour guide was also awesome, so there must be a pattern here. We're glad we used Rick Steves Tours for this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were three. The Isle of Aero was a delight. Relaxing and beautiful, and the ferry ride to the island was a nice extra. Second was the Norwegian Mountains, and the boat ride on the Sognefjord. Beautiful beyond belief. And lastly, was something we did on our own. We broke away from the tour group, and while they were taking a walking tour of Bergen, we went to Edvard Grieg's house for a tour and concert. The concert at Grieg's house ended up being our top highlight."

Emily

Fresno, CA

Tour: 07/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel very fortunate to have experienced travel in the 3 countries of our tour. From all the information we were given by our tour guide and local guides, to the beauty of Scandinavia-its tops. Aside from all the beautiful sights, this trip was very special to me as I'm of Norwegian & Swedish heritage. We had a great group of people, and had lots of fun together. Western Europe as a whole has so much to discover.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one "wow" moment, but it would have to be the Sognefjell Road in Norway, over the high mountain pass with beautiful views of the snow covered mountains. Takes your breath away. Being on the top deck and cruising into the Oslofjord from Copenhagen to Oslo, was also very exciting-such beauty!"

Donald

Carmel, IN

Tour: 07/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great trip! The pace was just right, the guide was fantastic and the things we saw covered all the bases. The group was the correct size for this type of tour. The addition of the Whisper Devices was a great move. We could listen to the guide and at the same time move around and take pictures, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it is hard to pick one. The whole tour was WOW because I got to share the beauty of nature with my wonderful wife!"

Jeff

West Linn, OR

Tour: 07/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a nice mix of time in the big cities and the countryside. I loved the mix of history and culture that combined to give a very good picture of the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of Norway was beautiful. The scenery was fantastic."

Mark

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Yet another great trip (our 10th with ETBD). Scandinavia was all we expected and much more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. 1) Aero (and our room there) 2) the Vasa 3) Oslo (overall)."

Emilie

Willmar, MN

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves' tour. What I like the best about the Rick Steves' tour is... the group tour of the city in the morning, and then having the opportunity to explore on my own in the afternoon. I learn the lay of the land 1st, and then I have the confidence to go out on my own. If you choose to, you can also have the entire day on your own, too. The information I learn from the various guides, I could never learn by just reading the signs posted at each exhibit or the guidebook.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every place we went was spectacular in it's own way. I loved our picnics, that Nica arranged for us. She had us trying all sorts of different foods, that I would have never searched out on my own."

Marilyn

Springfield, OR

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I honestly can not pick a "favorite wow" moment. Everything was a wow!"

Josh

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My experience was overall very good. I personally would have preferred to spend a little bit more time in the major cities, and less time in places like Kalmar and on Aero Island.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Stockholm."

Virginia

Fulton, MO

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a phenomenal trip. One big plus was the variety of experiences, ranging from urban masterpieces such as City Hall in Stockholm and the sculpture park in Oslo, to majestic scenery viewed from a bike on Aero Island and a boat or bus throughout Norway's breathtaking fjords and mountains. All the logistics were handled perfectly, the accommodations were well-located and our guide was superb. Not to mention our fantastic bus driver, who maneuvered through the switchbacks with ease.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but I would single out the ferry ride through the Sognefjord. Spectacular doesn't even describe it."

Tom

Ottawa Lake, MI

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves Tour (in 2 years) and it met our expectations. The group size is just right, not too large, and not too small. I like the self sufficiency (carry our own luggage, walking and public transportation in the cities), and the right mix or organized touring and self touring in the cities. I enjoyed interacting with fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say there was one "wow" moment. I have traveled enough to experience that every place has its own charm. I enjoyed everyplace we travelled. I organized our 1300+ photos before completing this survey, and I have to say that the entire tour was a continuous wow."

Marsha

Kenosha, WI

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a first-time "Steveian", with Scandinavian roots and family members and friends who were 4-6 RS trip veterans, I knew a bit about what to expect. The 25 delightful group members including a recent high school grad and a couple of septuagenarians bonded well with our savvy guide, Nica and competent man-at-the-wheel, Per-Inga. There were no grumps only smiling, eager, impressionable travelers ready to experience all there was to learn, eat,drink and see in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of WOW's all involving breathtaking waterfall sightings from the ferry on the fjord to a snowy mountaintop view from an 8000 foot peak ; from rock collecting on the Baltic to a tour of the Kalmar castle;from a visit to the Resistance museums in Norway, Sweden and Denmark to the unique Stave Churches and stately cathedrals. Though I am still telling stories of "Hans Christian Andersen's" visit on a square in Copenhagen and a taste of whale meat in Bergen."

Debra

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was expecting a lot of rain so planned inside visits like to museums and my own free time itinerary. It was sunny or didn't rain more than a mist while visiting the cities. I also was expecting the food to be boring. I couldn't been more happy with the breakfasts that are always excellent and meals out. Everyone speaks English, is kind and friendly. So my experience was better than expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course the Sonnefiord with it's magnificence was top on my list. I was quite impressed with the one night before the fiord bed and breakfast dorm room facilities. The very tall mountain view from our bunk bed room was gorgeous and the dorm party with the duty free wine purchased on the ferry added to the fun. It's amazing how many fellow travelers can fit into a dorm room for a glass of wine."

Joe

Fulton, MO

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip was absolutely wonderful. Nicole was informed, helpful and very nice to work with. Great plan, trips, and scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Snow on mountains and the fjords in Norway! Takes your breath away!!"

Anne

Racine, WI

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although the people on the trip are always an important part, the part I love best is the information about the places we visit - the culture, politics, and history. Your guides are always very informative and open about their own views.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many of those moments, but my top picks would be the Vasa, Aero Island, and the fjord cruise."

Debra

Springfield, OR

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide and driver were excellent, flexible, caring, capable, fun. What was delivered was what was promised. Our group bonded particularly well and had a great comaraderie (can't seem to spell this right) and mutual respect and support. Some bus days were long but the distances are formidable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vigeland Sculpture garden was spectacular and I could have spent all day there. Wandering Aeroskobing early in the morning or late at night was magical."

Nancy

Longmeadow, MA

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the island of Aero. We had good weather there and a wonderful two nights in the oldest B&B. Our hostess there was great."

Phyllis

Council Bluffs, IA

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour experience was a very good one. We enjoyed all the events and places. It is too bad that we had so many rainy days, but that is out of your control. The people on our tour were a really interesting and friendly and that is one of the very special things about the Rick Steves experience. I really appreciate and enjoy the group dinners. Tasting the local specialties broadens our horizons and taste buds. Plus they are the best time to really get to know your tour mates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For Mike and I a wow moment was the fiord cruise. The spectacular scenery was indeed, awe inspiring. Other favorites of mine were the two Nobel Prize venues we visited and I was impressed by the stave churches. The Vasa Museum and the Viking museum in Oslo were unique and very interesting."

Bob

Athens, GA

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very pleased with the tour

Judith

Watertown, MA

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. It was our sixth Rick Steves' tour, and it was one of the best, which was due in large part to Asa's expert guiding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cruise through the Norwegian fjorde."

Christina

Suffield, CT

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great first tour!! We learned so much we would never have known and actually looked forward to time on the bus, where we settled in for fabulous scenery with commentary by our wonderful guide Asa. She was the reason we enjoyed this tour so much- she was informative, funny, thoughtful and energetic. We loved the music, readings and occasional local treats. We came home feeling we have special insight into what Scandinavia and its people are all about.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although the scenery was spectacular- especially the fjords of course, my favorite moment was seeing the incredible Gustav Vigeland sculpture garden in Oslo. The sculptures are beyond description- a truly emotional experience. Thank you so much for taking us to see them and explaining the process of how they were created."

Angie

Houston, TX

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scandinavian tour exceeded my high expectations for a wonderful Rickonian experience. We had just the right amount of time for touring and for free time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the countries we visited was extraordinary. WOW! Our personal wow moment was spending our 50th anniversary on Aero Island (the sweetheart island) and celebrating with our fellow travelers. I understand we had the honeymoon suite, too! Nice!"

Steven

Suffield, CT

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

"There's no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing" as the mantra goes. That being said, I think it's still hard to do a "fair" evaluation if you've had a lot of rain. I'll try to forget that. Really enjoyed my first RS tour!! Though I was somewhat leery about the "bus time",it turned out I really enjoyed the time to relax, read, talk, watch the scenery etc. Much better than when I'm on my own tour and have to be the driver or navigator.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norwegian mountains beyond Elvesater; better than the fjord cruise!! Sculpture garden in Oslo; awe inspiring."

John

Peoria, AZ

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth RS tour, and was very enjoyable. The weather was a lot colder than we thought for this time of the year. We learned so much about the Scandinavian people and culture from our guide, Asa, who did an outstanding job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments on this trip (Vasa ship museum, Sognefjord cruise, etc.), but would have to say my most favorite times were riding bikes with the group early one morning on Aero island and hiking with the group in Norway at Elvesaeter."

Marjorie

Davis, CA

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary, great guide, great group - just as the Web site promised. I used to travel independently, but once I took my first Rick Steves tour, I was hooked. Why travel alone when I could let someone else who knows the country make all the arrangements. All I need to do is to show up and enjoy my trip with a knowledgeable guide and a couple dozen wonderful new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would probably say the Norwegian mountain pass and the fjord ferry ride were top of my list, but I also loved all 3 capital cities. They each have their own character, but share a beautiful setting on the water. I just wish we had more time to visit each of them."

Jeffrey

Longmeadow, MA

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour with plenty of cultural diversity. A perfect mix of city and rural traveling. Scenery ???? This trip defines it. We had a great tour guide matched by outstanding fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but I was not prepared for the size and beauty of the Vasa in Stockholm. Magnificent. I could not leave the museum for hours after our guided tour ended. The journey and stay on Aero Island was also a highlight. Picture perfect and the nice break in the trip to relax."

Merle

Victoria, BC

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It exceeded my expectations. Our guide was very knowledgeable and had a wonderful way of communicating the information to us. I felt that we got a very comprehensive introduction to Scandinavia and insight into the people and culture of each country. It was a delightful combination of fun, exploration, experience and learning. I so appreciated the amount of free time we had too. The free time provided a good balance with the programmed group part of the tour. The itinerary was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved driving through the mountains in Norway. Wowed when we stopped at the top elevation and saw the cross-country ski team training. Blown away by the spectacular scenery from our ferry ride through the fiord, A personal "wow" moment that happened for me on my trip was making my very first connection to my extended Swedish family. Very special that it happened while i was on this tour and could share it with our guide and fellow travellers."

Edmund

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, I want to compliment Ylva as highly as possible. She was informed, organized, dedicated, witty, and totally approachable. We couldn't have had a better guide. I particularly enjoyed the ferry through the fjords, the amazing sculptures in Frogner Park, the Munck museum, the hike to the waterfall that Vlva led (even though she wasn't feeling well that day), and the view above Bergen. The many group meals were a pleasant surprise; I had no idea they would be so plentiful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vigeland sculptures were something I will never forget. How ironic that an artist whose personal life was such a mess could create such wonderful tributes to family life."

Pamela

Medford, OR

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome guide, Ylva, made everything interesting and taught us so much about Scandinavia! - This was our 6th Rick Steves tour and probably the best group of people ever...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our "city guide" in Stockholm was Haakam. He told us about a fire that had occurred in his apartment building, but had fortunately missed his flat. Then he invited us in to see the apartment which was so personal and gracious of him. Come to find out, it was also where our guide lives. It was a real "behind the scenes" experience! I'll never forget it!"

Roxanne

Chandler, AZ

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. This is the first tour I have ever taken so I have nothing to compare it to. I learned a lot about the countries, their histories, and life in the present.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fiord cruise"

Nancy

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have always traveled independently and was a tad leery of a tour. But I completely enjoyed it. Our tour guide, Nica, was great. I learn so much about the culture and politics and food etc. of each country. She made each person feel special and did several things way above the call of duty. I enjoyed all of the local guides, but I particularily liked Ylva in Stockholm. I learned a great deal about social democracy and she very kindly let us into her home on Gamla Stan when it rained.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Norwegian scenery took my breath away. Elvesaeter through to Bergen. was stunningly beautiful."

Shaun

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow, I couldn't imagine having a better time. Nicole was a great guide. The bus was top-notch, and I think we must've hit all the highlights there were to see. The time away from the group was just enough to keep us feeling fresh and free.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The waterfalls on the fjord in Norway as we headed toward Bergen on the ferry."

Cherry

Prince George, BC

Tour: 06/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed all aspects of the tour. The hotels are centrally located and very nice. The busy days in the cities were interspersed very well with lovely, quieter days in the country or in the smaller villages. It was great to see both aspects of the countries. We were introduced to the special foods (and drinks) of each country and encouraged to try everything! The tour guide (Nicca) was excellent as were the local guides. We learned some of the history of each area as we travelled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walking tours Aero The ferry to Oslo Frogner Park in Oslo The drive over the mountains to Jotunheimen"

Walter

Holliston, MA

Tour: 06/23/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very pleasant and educational

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ferry ride through the fjord with countless waterfalls was a moment to live for!"

William

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is our second Rick Steve's trip, we went to Spain with Helen as our guide last Fall 2014; the trip was excellent. This trip as Asa as our guide was excellent but not as "active" as Spain. By the large geographic area it entails we had to spend more time on the bus as I would have preferred. It would have been nice to be able to spend an extra day in each city but I know that you want to keep the trip to 13-14 days because Americans don't allow themselves more vacation time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island and Paa Hotel (Gunnar's place)and Norway mountain lodge."

Allen

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time on the tour. I can't think of anything that I would add to make it better. Our guide Asa provided lots of useful information and was always handy to offer assistance and directions. It is very apparent that she loves her job and enjoys the people. I would sign up for another tour with her as guide in a heart beat. Our bus driver was both a very good driver and a very nice man. I really enjoyed a long talk that I had with him during the tour. Overall, a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I met a couple of people, one from Sweden and another from Denmark and had a very nice conversation wight them."

Mary Ann

Boise, ID

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide (Asa) and bus driver (Mats) made our tour seem like we were traveling with new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment were the sculptures in Vigeland Park and the Munch and Van Gogh special time line/ comparison exhibition."

Carmen

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed exploring three countries I'd never visited before. The group was outstanding and full of enthusiastic, fun travelers. We had the most fantastic guide we could have asked for, which made the tour really wonderful. There was a nice balance of meals as a group and meals on our own. Overall, I had a very enjoyable tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This moment was definitely when we drove into the mountains and had the opportunity to take incredible pictures of the snow-capped mountains and the scenery all around. It was breathtaking and I'm so thankful we were given this opportunity. It was a "wow" moment for sure!"

Elizabeth

Vacaville, CA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th Rick Steves Tour and it was just as spectacular as the rest have been. What a great mix of gorgeous countryside and interesting cities! Our guide, Asa, was enthusiastic,knowledgeable, and friendly. She did an excellent job of introducing us to Scandinavian culture and history. I never would have attempted this trip on my own, but the tour made it so easy and enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best "wow" moment was shaking hands with Bill Clinton in front of Oslo's City Hall. A close 2nd was the day we drove through Norway's mountains & then took the ferry thru the fjords. The vistas were breathtaking - stark, snow covered mountains, picturesque,lush valleys with colorful wildflowers, and powerful waterfalls cascading down into crystal clear water in the narrow passageways. God's glory was definitely displayed in His Creation for all to see."

Lisa

Winter Park, FL

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was lovely and brilliant. We learned fascinating thinks while having a delightful time. This is our second Steve's tour. Didn't think it would be possible to match the first, but we did. His [INVALID]ion of guides and itinerary is magical and the tour group genuinely fond of each other. I'm confident any Steve's tour would be fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were about to walk down a narrow ally in Stockholm when we encountered another group trying to do the same. Our guide asked where they were from and they replied "Russia." Our guide said "Russia, mast America. Let's walk through together." It was a magical moment in this fairy tale land."

Scott

Vacaville, CA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. Thought there was a very good mix of cities, countryside and small towns. Really enjoyed the numerous times we were on the water, from the local ferries in the big cities to the overnight trip to Oslo and especially the cruise up the fjord. On the rides, there were always interesting stops if even just for a quick bite to eat. Great bus driver as well. Very personable and capable. Aero island was very relaxing. Great group of fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You can never have just a favorite wow moment. The Vigeland statues were amazing. The fjords breathtaking. The Vasa was very cool. The special exhibit of Munch and Van Gough was once in a lifetime. Although not usually a part of your tour, a chance encounter including a hand shake and brief conversation with Bill Clinton in Oslo was very memorable."

Brad

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wanted to do this particular trip to see the land of my heritage ... Norway. To my delight I found that I love the country and want to go back and see more of it someday. Everyone on the tour was a pleasure and I enjoyed making many new friends. The guide was superb! I feel like we had the perfect blend of guided tours vs. free time. Loved every minute!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "Wow moment" was discovering how much I enjoyed the cities of Stockholm and Oslo in particular. A close second "Wow moment" was the the spectacular scenery of the fjords."

Michael

Redwood City, CA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As one who has traveled independently, and scoffed at tours, I am impressed. I learned more, faster than when I am on my own. Your tour was the perfect introductory immersion in geography, history, and culture of a place as a basis for further visits, study, or as an end point in itself. The personal time for contemplation, reviewing what had been learned, chatting with locals, and exploring was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many, but mainly while sitting in a church started in the early 1100s, I felt the march through time of all those successive generations of people standing with there fears, hopes, dreams, superstitions, insights, slowly evolving into us. We are them in so many ways."

Ruth Ann

New Ulm, MN

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good group. Well planned. Nice mix of city and rural experience. I especially liked our guide's work on Aero: She talked to a local merchant and convinced him to open the "Buy Local" shop for us. We were able to buy wonderful locally produced cheese and purchased the most wonderful hand made soap as a gift for our pet sitter.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"City Hall in Stockholm - the Golden Room"

Jeanne

Mobile, AL

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was very well organized. Asa did an outstanding job as tour guide. She was friendly, hospitable, welcoming, knowledgeable and engaging. The local tour guides were also excellent. I liked that there was a combination of scheduled tours and free time to spend exploring on your own. It was also nice to know that we had the freedom to skip a scheduled event if we desired. However the scheduled tours were so informative my husband only did this once on Aero island.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords, but also learning about Scandinavian history and culture. Growing up in America, I don't ever remember studying anything about Northern Europe except a little bit about the Vikings."

Diane

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fabulous trip. Sights were amazing and our guide Åsa was the best! She brought this trip to life. We were fortunate to be with an absolutely wonderful group of people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ærøs island, and staying at Vestergarde Pension 44, and the Munch/ VanGogh exhibit at the Munch museum. To come face to face with works of my two favorite artists was a dream come true. Also, to grow to care about such a wonderful group of people that we were blessed to travel with is hard to express in words. I felt I was traveling with a group of close friends."

John

Boise, ID

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 7th Rick Steves tour and I believe it is my favorite. The blend of big cities with small towns was perfect. The overnite ferry was great. It was a short cruise in the middle of our tour. Our guide, Asa, was outstanding. It was like you were traveling with a good friend who knew Scandinavia. We travel internationally a lot on our own, but sometimes it is easier and more fun to travel in a group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was the dinner the last night of the tour. We had a great meal and than Asa, our guide, danced the tango which was her way of saying goodbye to our group."

Mary

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, it was a perfect experience and lived up to all my expectations. Our leader, Asa was the best. She was funny, kind, thoughtful, very smart, and so obviously loved her job. Every extra thing that could have been done, she did. Because of the Rick Steves philosophy of no grumps, etc., we had a group of like-minded travelers who made it a great trip too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Such a hard question. For me, seeing some of the countryside of southern Sweden where a number of my ancestors came from was a big moment for me. The island of Aero was super as were the fjords seen from the fery boat. So many wows."

Judy

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed our tour. The accommodations were good, food interesting and our guide Pal was outstanding (Laurel was great too). Other than a bit of rain in Copenhagen the weather was good. I enjoyed our local guide in Stockholm as he painted the city in wonderful imaginative colors, that only a seasoned native could do. He was my favorite local guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many great moments that it is hard to choose. The modern building in Oslo were interesting to see. The Viking ships and the many boat rides were fun. Watching the x-country skiers in the snow was a surprise."

Ralph

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Never having traveled in Scandinavia before, the whole trip gave me a better understanding of the geography, history, and social environment of the countries. Thank goodness everyone speaks English because any attempt to pronounce the Scandinavia words based on the letters involved is hilariously off base.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vasa Ship Museum in Stockholm was the single most awe inspiring element of the tour. The ship itself, sunk on its maiden voyage in 1628 and raised more than 300 years later, was amazing."

Richard

Reston, VA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great "best of" tour of Scandinavia. There was a good balance between organized tour time and free time. I also feel we came away with a good flavor of all the locations we visited. The mid-tour "vacation" on Aero was perfect, especially because the tour had a quicker pace than the other RSE tours we've taken (e.g. three one-nighters), and had more walking as well. Between the tour and free time, we averaged about 6 miles/day, with a high of 10 miles one day (we did walk a lot during free time).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was when Pål, our guide, was talking to us about the reproduction Viking ship at the museum in Roskilde. We were all standing on the dock, and Pål hopped up on the gunwale to speak. I was a little jealous that he got to get on the boat, and was thinking it was only allowed for the guides. I mean, how neat would that be, standing on a Viking ship?!? Next thing I know, he's inviting us all on the ship for a group photo! Nice! And we all got a copy of the photo - perfect!"

Richard

Wyoming, MN

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour guide and assistant were excellent. The tour group got along very well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Flying into Stockholm."

Andrea

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth Rick Steves tour and as you can expect we have enjoyed each of them. We enjoy the smaller groups, the organized tours in each location each morning and time to ourselves each afternoon. The dinners together are very enjoyable and the food is usually very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overnight ferry ride was different from any other RS tour and a lot of fun. The drive over the mountain pass was amazing with all the snow still there in the month of June. Of the cities themselves I believe Copenhagen was my favorite with the canals, beautiful buildings and all the bicycles!"

Thomas

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The first 9 Days of the Tour were great. The final 5 days were not so great. I contracted an illness and do not hardly remember anything after arrival in Oslo on the ferry. I missed the Maritime Museum, Thor Heyerdahl and the Resistance Museum all because I was too sick to attend. The Oslo Pass was not usable for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Snow on the Jotunheimen and Sognefjord Cruise."

Rosemary

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scandinavia in 14 Days tour was a fabulous introduction to Sweden, Denmark and Norway and just whetted out appetite to return. The tour gave us a great introduction to the capital cities of each country and also a view of the countryside...and if you're from the Midwest, you will find that Sweden and Denmark particularly look a lot like home! The schedule was well-paced with plenty of time to explore on your own after introductions to the various locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one "wow," but the first one that popped into my mind was the trip to the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo...amazing, amazing work. Other wows would include Aero Island, the fjord ferry trip, the Viking Museum, and the drive across Norway."

Ryan

Loomis, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really appreciated that Pål was Norwegian and that he had roots in Denmark. He was so knowledgable about so many things to do with Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. Pål would tell us little facts like how j-walking is common for most Swedes but Danes basically never do. I loved learning about little details that are not mentioned by scholars and academics. Also, the planning of all the group activities, meals, and hotel accommodations were amazing. This tour was the highlight of my summer!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Copenhagen, it was pouring rain on our tour of the city. When the tour ended, everyone just wanted to find shelter from the rain, but Pål said that he would be willing to take a group of us to Christiania on our "free time". My parents and I were the only ones to take him up on his offer, so Pål, Laurel, my parents, and me were our own private tour group, so to speak. I loved Christiania! It was so great that Pål and Laurel were willing to take us there."

Richard

Canyon Country, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pal was a wonderful tour guide. He went the extra mile in emersing us into the culture of the country we were in. He would let us try typical chocolates, food, cookies and played music that was typical to the country we were visiting. I learned a great deal about my Norwegian heritage from Pal as we traveled through Norway.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vasa Museum was a "wow". Also enjoyed the Viking ship Museum. Bus ride from the 4600 ft Mtn, down corkscrew drive down to Sea level and the cruise on the Sognefjord. Frogner Park was a "wow" seeing all the statutes."

Jonathan

Loomis, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip to Scandinavia was fantastic. It gave us a wonderful introduction to Sweden, Denmark and Norway. I felt our tour kept us on a reasonable schedule and allowed us to fit in as much as we wanted. The tour had a good combination of the major cities and the small towns. The combination of museums, castles and churches was just right with the amount of free time for us to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was great to have a dusting of snow and to travel down the fjord while there were waterfalls around every bend."

Robert

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour of Scandinavia just the right amount of time in each city. We saw all of the major sites at each stop, including some quite interesting ones that I would not have thought to visit on my own. Pal and Laurel were amazing guides! I am grateful that they were our group leaders

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the royal wedding in Stockholm was a WOW moment, but that was totally by accident of timing. On the tour, the stop over in Aero was such a delight. I never would have thought it so much fun to spend the night in the attic of a 200 year old B&B!"

Mary

Littleton, CO

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guides. Lodging in the cities was fine. Lodging, the one night in the mountains was inadequate. No shower curtain in our room.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to Pal read stories to us that made the trip meaningful. He was always ready answer our questions. The fjord trip was wonderful."

Lynn

Riverside, IL

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was brilliant! In addition to fantastically beautiful sights and enchanting cities, I gained insight into the cultures of the places we visited. I travel to gain a greater understanding of the world and how I fit into it. Conversations with locals challenge me to consider life from other perspectives and thereby defy the stifling insular American stereotypes. Pål and Laurel went out of their way to share their infectious love of Scandinavia with us, and for that I'm grateful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really? I have to pick just one? This is tough! The sheer magnificence of charcoal, snow capped peaks in stark contrast to the lush green forests--devoid of trolls, for the record!--gave me goosebumps and reminded me what it's like to be in awe of nature. As if that wasn't enough, we followed the drive to Jotunheimen with a refreshingly brisk ferry through the Sognefjord. It was spectacular! A close second would be the Viking museums!!"

Mont

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was what we hoped for because we couldn't have covered as much, or have known to cover, if we did the trip on our own.

Faith

Red Bank, NJ

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The countries were beautiful, clean and populated by friendly people. Ylva was fun and able to deliver a wealth of information in an entertaining manner. Itinerary was near perfect - only regret is that we didn't have more time in Kalmar.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On day 12, en route from Elvesaeter to Bergen, we lunched at a park at the head of a fjord. The water was so still, the magnificent scenery was reflected perfectly in the water. It seemed unreal it was so beautiful."

Laura

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All my expectations were met.. great tour guides bus driver and traveling companions. Well planned itinerary. H

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed the journey through mountains and fjord ferry ride for the beauty and time to enjoy the scenery."

June

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour. I could not absorb all the history, political upheavals and long street names, which I think is my shortcoming, not the tourleader's problem. I did not 'click' with my room partner, and she asked for a private room early on. That was a temporary downer, but I decided it was not really my problem. But then I had to put more effort into sharing my experiences with others on the tour. I found friends with similar interests and most were happy to include me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jotunheimen - But another favorite was the cruise across Sognefjord. Way too many pictures of rock faces and waterfalls. Does Rick Steves even control the weather? Clear blue skies, no rainy days -- so nice."

Gary

Sequim, WA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience. Excellent pacing and variety.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway's fjords as seen from the ferry."

Cameron

La Crosse, WI

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the guide and group members enormously. The itinerary was excellent, just wish the tour could have been longer to see more of some of the cities we were in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Elveseter Hotel, and the fjord cruise. Also, our guide let us visit her apartment in Stockholm."

Carlene

La Crosse, WI

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Comfortable interesting accommodations Good amount of free time Very professional, well informed guide - also lots of fun Also very interesting local guides Well organized travel plans with comfortable bus and excellent driver Good 'overview' experience, but left me wanting more time in most cities

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Traveling down through the fjords in Norway."

Richard

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What can I say? It was a great tour. The resort island Aero was very relaxing and one of my favorite parts of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While being guided through old town of Stockholm our local guide, Haaken, invited our tour group into his apartment! It was fun to see the inside of the buildings we were just walking past. It was also revealed that Haaken was our tour guide, Ilva's, husband! It was a fun moment. You had to be there! The apartment was neat!"

Elizabeth

Northport, NY

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th RS trip and it's a style of travel that we love. Our Scandinavian adventure was the perfect balance of planned activities and free time. The breathtaking scenery, rich history and culture, welcoming people, great tour mates. excellent guide and driver, and good weather on most days made for a most enjoyable 2 weeks! This trip had more time in transit via bus, ferries, and overnight ferry, but that gave us time for learning, resting, and Ylva's neverending supply of sweet treats!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible for me to choose just one after any RS tour. I'm still in awe of the Vasa Museum! Such a monumental research undertaking, and one that is ongoing. The charm of Aeroskobing and the feeling of having stepped back in time was a "wow" for me. The Viking Museum exhibits showed how small the ships were in which the Vikings ventured far out to sea, and that made me say "wow!" The breathtaking beauty of the fjords is, of course, a "wow.""

Marilyn

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I like that we visited rural areas in each country as well as the capital cities. It gave a good balance to the trip. Outdoor picnics also helped us enjoy the countryside. Having Hans Christian Anderson show up during our tour of Copenhagen was very special. Paying him to guide us in the Rosenborg Castle was well worth it. Good mix also of museums of history, art and outdoor folk museums. The Vasa Museum, Viking Museum and the Kon-Tiki and Norwegian Resistance Museum were my favorites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the Sognefjord cruise with the tall, snow-capped cliffs and numerous waterfalls. Runner-up: the panoramic view of Bergen from the top of the hill from the Funicular which we did on our own."

Gary

Kihei, HI

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good guides, terrific itinerary and pretty good, but not outstanding food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fjord cruise and mountain passage."

Allen

Clearwater, MN

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide and bus driver. Good balance of structured and free time. Couldn't have asked for a better tour group

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ferry on the fiord in Norway"

Betty

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

George and Betty have 20 RS' tours between them ... including a RS led tour in London. That doesn't make us experts, but it does give us experience. That experience helps us observe what works and does not work on tours. This Scandinavia tour worked well. Well designed and executed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not all tours have Wow experiences. That's not negative nor detracts from the tour. Our usual Wow experiences have been unannounced surprises, unanticipated happenings. This tour's Wow-like experience would best be classified as a very personal, generous, moving gift offered by Ylva and her husband, local guide Håkan. Invited into their home, gave a mind-expanding insight into Swedish, Stockholm life otherwise not accessible by tour groups."

Linda

Sequim, WA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole trip was absolutely marvelous. It was well organized. The sights were very interesting. Our group was wonderful. Everyone got a long well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, but my favorite was the ferry trip through the fiords of Norway. What spectacular scenery!"

Steven

Roseville, MN

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a very positive experience on our Scandinavia in 14 Days Tour. Our personal goal was to better understand our Scandinavian heritage, and our guide, Lisa, was extremely helpful. She really made an effort to explain similarities and differences in culture in the countries, and she reinforced her comments by referring to history. Also, if she didn't know something, she was very open to investigating for us. Lisa had a knack for recognizing when to move and when to cool it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really loved the fjords in Norway and touring the Norwegian mountains and countryside in conjunction with the Stave church in Lom and Maihaugen Cultural Museum which had typical examples of parsonages and farm houses. We also really enjoyed Gamla Stan (old town) Stockholm. The architecture was breath-taking and the guide Haakon was excellent."

Carol

Boyne City, MI

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, excellent meals, wonderful trip leader, well selected rooms, great variety, loved the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Aero Island (old Europe- non city site), the Oslo Opera House(new world cultural site), the fjord trip( nature at its best). Oslo was the best city on the trip. Stockholm the least favorite. Suggestion - You need to push the Opera House and its tour and a performance in your book and with the guides. I think this could really add to trip. Would have done both if were told in advance. The impromtu visits to the stave churches was great."

Roger

Gold River, CA

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour (our 3d) was an outstanding experience on many levels of history, culture, food and current aspects. As we had travelled independently previously, we considered sightseeing Scandinavia on our own. We are very glad we took the tour, as we experienced so much more, from Lisa our guide as well as local ones and our traveling companions. The continued information given on the long bus rides was a bonus. The meals were a lesson in local cuisine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How long can a Wow moment be? My favorite was a five+ hour long "wow" drive to the Fjords and the Fjord cruise on a ferry. The weather was great and the scenery just kept getting more spectacular. The waterfalls were too numerous to count. Other wow moments: The Vasa Museum, Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde (working museum), Fram arctic ship, Munch Museum exhibit with Van Gogh), Malhaugen Open-Air Museum, Bergan's Hanseatic Bryggen Museum"

Cheryl

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was very interest to see the changes in Scandinavia since my last visit in the 1960's. Naturally, now there are so many modern buildings - some of them very new, like the opera house in Oslo. It was too bad to have so much construction going on in Copenhagen, where it was difficult to get a feel for the old section . . . but that's progress.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was traveling over the mountains through snow, some of which was higher than our bus. I loved seeing how the forests, especially in Sweden, grow right up to the edge of the cultivated fields, where I saw a moose grazing. The granite formations, so colorful and rounded by the passing of the glaciers, were fantastic. I was also very interested in the Hanseatic League museum in Bergan. The ferry ride through the fjords was magnificent -- all those waterfalls!"

Curtis

Redmond, WA

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vasa ship in Stockholm Going over the pass in Jotunheimen National Park We spent 3 weeks traveling on our own after the tour and especially enjoyed the island of Goteland and its city of Visby in Sweden. In Norway we enjoyed the cities of Throndheim and Roros which is a UNESCO site."

Mary

Brush Prairie, WA

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed Scandinavia very much. Too bad it's so expensive, might have spent more time there before and/ or after! But we knew about it ahead of time so... Tried to be ok with it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the vasa and also the Fjords! Also, not on the group activities, we loved the ABBA museum in Stockholm! Also enjoyed seeing the Stockholm marathon before the tour started."

Patrick

Brush Prairie, WA

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

this was our 2nd of doing 2 tours back to back and after our tour last year feel very comfortable in Europe. Each trip has been better than expected. It would be nice if one drink would be included with our meal. Some group dinners, paying for drinks would force us to stay later than we would like waiting to pay.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norwegian Fiords"

Susan

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I joined the Best of Scandinavia tour and really enjoyed Sweden, Denmark and Norway. The structure of the tour was great, with good amounts of free time built in. The walking tours and other arranged events were excellent and our guide Lisa did a great job giving us ideas on our options during free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Countryside and fjords in Norway were breathtaking. I'm so glad we spent time at the mountain villa and spent the day touring through the fjords. The views were breathtaking and it was so nice to see Scandinavia outside of the main cities."

Peter

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A very enjoyable tour of the major Scandinavian cities, with a considerable amount of 'countryside' touring as well. It was well organized, well led, and met all our expectations. It was a 'busy' experience in the sense there were many scheduled activities and lots of moving around, the inevitable result of seeing all the places on the tour. The group was relatively small and compatible, and the logistics were relatively smooth. I had no major complaints or discomforts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was a nice trip/tour, but nothing stands out in my mind as a 'wow' moment. I enjoyed the patter, entertainment and efforts of Guide Lisa, both on and off the bus. I was very impressed by the hosting/business efforts put forth by Susanna at the Pension Vestergade on Aero."

Betty

Ely, MN

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We sing the praises of Rick Steves'Tours. It is just the Best way to travel and fully enjoy the experience. This is only #2, but we have not been disappointed. It's unfortunate, but we had several not so pleasant experiences with Asian travelers. I know this is not something you can control.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying at Elvesaeter and traveling by bus on the Jotunheimen Mt. Road. Aero Island was pure joy and Susanne a marvelous hostess."

Carolyn

Coquitlam, BC

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the tour very much. Pace was good; Lisa, our tour guide was great at orientating us to the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Aero Island, our stay at Suzanne's Pension was lovely. The overnight ferry to Oslo was fun. Enjoyed the drive to Bergen and the boat ride down the Sonjeford (despite the weather!). Also, Bergen is a great town--more there than I expected."

Julia

Helena, MT

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I experienced mostly quite positive days throughout my tour. The organization of the days worked for me - I felt as though I knew what was happening and what options there were in each day, which was important to me. I saw places I would have never seen on my own, such as Aero Island and learned history from the guides who joined us here and there that I would have not had access to on my own, as well. Again, important to me. I felt safe everywhere we were, including in each hotel we stayed in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My vote is spilt between Aero Island and the Vasa Warship Museum. I am drawn to Aero Island because of its uniqueness, beauty, rural feeling and ancient history (which I would have liked to learn more about). I am drawn to the Vasa Warship Museum because of the multi-layers presented there - of history, power, abuse of power, unanswered questions, excellent of presentation, science, preservation and conservation - all fascinating."

Gordon

Victoria, BC

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two things were quite unique. The fully floated Vasa ship. Secondly the road tunnels in Norway the longest being 24.5 kilometers."

Ingrid

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vasa"

Beverly

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is a good mixture of sights. The Mailhaugen Open-Air Folk Museum was a disappointment as many of the exhibits were not yet open in May.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vasa Museum"

Natasha

Cuba City, WI

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall tour experience was great. We had a great group of people, a wonderful guide, and breathtaking countries to see. Once again our Rick Steves experience was well worth our time and money.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vasa Museum in Stockholm was incredible! The trip up to Elveseter through the mountains was amazing. While we were at Elveseter my brother and I, with another member of our tour group, went for a hike up the mountain for a spectacular view of the peaks."

Donald

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour and splitting up 26 participants into two groups for Museum special tour guides is great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Compatibility of all tour members and civility in getting along even though we had lots of rain and even snow conditions in Norway and less than expected accommodations which most people just endured. Not quite sure why certain hotels where selected as in other RS tours, I had found the accommodations to be most satisfying. Oh, this is not a "wow" moment is it?"

Jayne

Pekin, IL

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just like our last tour with Rick Steve's this was a great experience. I like the fact that free time is always built into the schedule. The museums and stops are very interesting. I especially like the extra touches by the bus driver and guide for photo opportunities, local food favorites, and interesting trivia about the area we're traveling in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island was probably my favorite place, a delightful escape from reality."

Thomas

Ely, MN

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As the tour progresses, a feeling that you are experiencing a very good situation takes hold of you. This feeling builds throughout, and continues even now after the tour is over. The overall experience can best be described when I was asked by friends and aquaintances how I liked Scandinavia, and I responded by saying,"Extraordinary" and "Exceeded my expectations!"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just when I thought that the day had been an amazing one that nothing could top it, the next day served up more of the same, and I repeated, "This is also amazing." I was especially impressed by the quality of the workmanship that occurred in the construction of the castles and cathedrals we visited along the way. Simply astonishing what was accomplished with rudimentary tools. I am a "detail" person and everywhere I looked, there were unique details that caught my eye."

Annette

Cuba City, WI

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great sights, great information, great tour guide and great group! It was our family vacation and it held the interest of each of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment would be the trip through the mountains in Norway. The drifts along the road were higher than the bus and there were beautiful flakes of snow falling. It was a spectacular sight."

Karen

Folsom, CA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Usually, there is one person on a tour that requires more of the tour guide's attention and seems to irritate everyone. There was no one like that on this tour. Everyone was thoughtful and kind. I loved the surprises we received from the tour guide. The guide knew the history of the areas we visited and I loved hearing the stories. It was so nice to be on a trip with other Rick Steve "junkies." I felt like I was with my "own people".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm embarrassed to say but I loved being surprised with a visit with "Charles Dickens". Totally corny I know but he was very entertaining and told us some history as well. The natural beauty in Norway is beyond description."

George

Cuba City, WI

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My family and I have traveled with Rick Steves before. We went to Germany,Switzerland and Austria five years ago and had a wonderful time. Our tour to Scandinavia was FANTASTIC. Every day was full of adventure and learning opportunities. We were able to learn that the Scandinavians were and are a adventureous people that have added so much to Europeon History. All three countries that we traveled to were very beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW moments were everywhere. Vasa, the ship that sunk 20 minutes into her maiden voyage, and raised 400 years later. The Viking ships at Roskilde. Maihaugen folk museum.The list goes on and on."

Dennis

Woodbury, MN

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable tour to countries where my grandparents on both sides originate. Especially enjoyed Norway portion of trip and staying in Thon hotels, my mother's maiden name. Her parents came from the area around Oslo. I also enjoyed the visit to Stockholm where my paternal grandparents were from. Ylva did a great job of teaching us the Scandinavian history, cultural, and religious details. Copenhagen was a bit disappointing, but Rosenberg palace was superb. Olympic ski jump hills, wow!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed the Vasa museum in Stockholm and the Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen, but the Aero Island visit and the Sognefjord boat trip were close seconds. Walking around the village on Aero Island was so relaxing and pleasant. Oh, and I forgot, Bergen, loved the waterfront and the funicular trip, what a view! Ski jump at Lillehammer was awesome."

Maryann

Chicago, IL

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my third tour and I was satisfied that I saw and experienced all the highlights of Scandinavia in the 2 weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the viking ships in the museums in Norway."

Joan

Chicago, IL

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband John and I have been traveling with ETBD since 2002. This was my eleventh and John's tenth "Rick Trip " and ranks in the top! The variety of the itinerary, stays in major cities and covering so much of the more out of the way parts of Scandinavia Drew us to this tour. Every facet was better than I anticipated. Our group was made up of such smart, fun people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was enchanted with Aero Island and our two night stay in Aeroskobing. Seeing the fjords was something I'd always imagined and the views on Sognefjord cruise were beyond my imaginings."

Dale

Twisp, WA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "WOW" moment was seeing the area in Norway where my grandfather was born. We could see the area on our left from the ferry about 1 hour before we reached Oslo."

Beverly

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scandinavian tour was wonderful. We had a great time. It exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ylva was an outstanding guide. I loved her energy and the way she kept us moving."

Bruce

Grandview, WA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going over the "hill" from Oslo to Bergen was astonishing."

Susan

Grandview, WA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Scandinavian tour far exceeded my expectations. Every single aspect of it was sensational from our tour guide, Ylva, to the sights in Scandinavia that we saw.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although I know a number of people who had taken Rick Steves' tours, I just didn't realize how organized and fun the tour would really be. I'm not sure what I expected, but this was simply the best."

Marstin

San Anselmo, CA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves' tours have always impressed me. Whether the wonderful fellow travelers, pacing, surprises of noted extra tour guides, treats in unexpected places, abundant photo ops, local food and the exceptional meals, orientation is a strange city, suggestions for our own activity - simply outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just too many to recount, but for starters: Gamla Stan Stockholm, Vas Museum, Kalmar Castle, Aero Island and biking, Vigeland Park in Oslo, Kon Tiki and Fram "ships", open-air folk museum - Norway an overnight in Elvesaeter, Norway, Bergen - museum, walks/hikes, etc. too many to recount."

Noreen

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The was my first tour, and it met all my expectations. Being prepared was part of the reason. The food in these countries was terrific. Our dinners or lunches in first night cities was always the highlight and so enjoyable to do group dinners. I am of Norwegian heritage so I could not get enough salmon and herring. Even when we ate on our own, I gravitated to herring, and miss it now. What made this tour all so wonderful was our tour leader Ylva!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Day 12! The scenery on the bus trip to meet the 2 hour ferry cruise, then the sights on the cruise itself, and the bus ride into Bergen. I think I was in heaven. That scenery and this trip in total checked off a bucket list trip for me."

Pauline

Belmont, CA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first organized tour and i was very impressed with the overall organization of the tour - the logistics worked perfectly. The tour memebers were alminteresting and very respectful to ech other. The highlight for me was having a guide andn our guide Ylva in particular. She is knowlegable, kind and thoughtful, interesting and funny. I learned so much more about all aspects of the 3 countries thanks to her. She claerly loves her job and was a huge part of a great expereince dir me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway was the hightlight, starting with our hotel in the forest, to the fjiords and the stave chuches. It really is a beautiful country."

Linda

San Anselmo, CA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, my experience was outstanding! The tour through Scandinavia exceeded all of my expectations! Such fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so hard to single out a favorite "wow" moment, but I must say, that the drive through Norway from staying at Hotel Elvesaeter to driving the scenic Sognefjord Road to the Fjord Cruise to Bergen was magnificent. Beauty beyond belief!"

Elise

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd Rick Steves tour and it continued to be the best way to visit Europe. Everything went off without a hitch. The food was delicious (lots of smoked salmon and herring!), the people on the tour were fun, and the places we visited were amazing! Our guide, Ylva, was the best! We learned so much from her, and loved her wonderful personality as well as her desire to make this tour meaningful to all of us. We also had a wonderful group of people on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each country had its own charisma, but I have to admit that the fjords of Norway were spectacular! Copenhagen's museums were extremely interesting, especially seeing the jewels in the castle with our Hans Christian Andersen guide. Stockholm's Nobel Museum was amazing, especially ending our tour with the special Nobel ice cream! This Scandinavia tour gave us so many memories to cherish for a long time!"

Robert

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Ylva provided us with a wonderful historic base for the sights we were seeing, as well as giving us an intimate glimpse into the life of everyday Scandinavians. Each country provided its own individual charm and beauty, and Ylva was key to helping understand the people and places of this beautiful corner of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus ride through the "Land of the Giants" in Norway was absolutely beautiful. We had fantastic weather that day, which made the experience even better. I also enjoyed our bike ride through the countryside on Aero Island. Once again, Ylva provided us helpful background information and personal insights to make the land come alive."

Robert

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steves tour and 6th European tour overall. Ylva was FAR AND AWAY the best guide we have ever had!!!! Knowledgeable, informative, friendly, energetic. I enjoyed the tour very much. Originally I had researched going to just Norway (ancestral lands), but opted for the RS Scandavia tour, and I am glad I did. I am very glad I ended up getting to Sweden.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Optional group bike riding on Aero Island. Optional group walk to the top of the Bergen funicular."

Ronald

Alma, AR

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th tour. As we have come to expect from Rick Steve's tours, a very good itinerary was made outstanding by our very good guide, Ylva, who provided history, local guidance, and daily enthusiasm. Having a guide who is a native of that region is always nice as they seem to "personalize" the overall experience for each of us. Our tour group got along very well, which always makes the tour much more enjoyable. Most were RS veterans which probably helped, as they new what to expect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We looked forward to the fjords of Norway, which was an area of Scandinavia we had never been to, and they did not disappoint!"

Patty

Redmond, WA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was well orchestrated and well planned. Our group and bus driver were great, just the right amount of direction and yet freedom to do what we desired most of all. I have waited a long time in my life to get to Scandinavia and I was not disappointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the "outlying" areas more than the big cities. Aero Island and Lillihammer stand out. Tough to beat Suzanna and the B&B with its' fabulous Danish cakes (so she calls them...Danish pastry beyond words). I was privileged part of group to stay in her "light" room."

Nancy

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

An outstanding tour with great guide and great tour members

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Norwegian mountains between Oslo and Bergen--just beautiful"

Dennis

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was very informative and a lot of fun. An excellent tour guide and a good group of tour colleagues. Scandanavia is a big place. The only negative was there was a bit too much bus time. The guide and bus driver worked hard to break it up with fun picnics and singing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island was beautiful and we got to stay at an excellent B&B there (Suzanna's). Comparable was the stay in the Norwegian mountains and the bus ride over the pass to the west coast of Norway."

Sarah

Culver City, CA

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour, and I was impressed by the way you get to know the country you are exploring in a much deeper way than you do with many other tour companies. The trip was only 2 weeks, but we learned so much about the culture of the three countries we visited in that short time that it felt like a longer vacation. Our guide was truly excellent---a kind person and a great leader. The pacing was great in that we had busy days and then calmer days in between.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on a trail in a grassy field on Aero island at dusk, feeling the wind off the ocean and hearing the waves crash against a beach lined with tiny colorful beach shacks used by the locals."

Mary

Edmond, OK

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the boat ride through the fjord in Norway."

Shirley

Oak Harbor, WA

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was wonderful. However, we did not expect Norway to be so expensive. The lack of an occasional beer or wine on this trip was different from other RS tours we have taken. Bergen was the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride through the Fjords was beautiful. I knew prices would be high in Scandinavia, but WOW!"

Jamie

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I saw wonderful places and learned a lot about the places I visited. I also learned about the people who live over there from an expert who was born and raised in Sweden. Asa's insight was very valuable and helped me to learn the why behind the what. I'm glad I was able to visit the cities, the small villages, and the wildernes areas. It is a beautiful region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the scenery of Norway the best."

Mathieu

Culver City, CA

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time on the tour. I did a "Best of Europe" tour in 2008, so I had high expectations for my Scandinavia tour. I'm happy to say that the tour exceeded all of my expectations. Asa was an incredible guide, and the itinerary for the trip was so masterfully done. I really appreciate the mix of big city excitement, and more small town rural charm. I felt that the pacing was perfect, and we just got to see so much in only 2 weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably seeing the fjords on the way to Bergen, was the biggest wow, but honestly, the whole trip was a wow."

Mike

Oakdale, MN

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it! Excellent balance of structured and free time, city and country. Well-planned, well-organized, and well-executed. Everything went without a hitch. I was very impressed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour was a two-week-long "wow" moment for me! The museums, the hotels, the meals, the events, our guides - all were wonderful. Have been to Europe a few times, but never Scandinavia - loved it! - even more than I expected to - and loved the way Rick Steves Tours introduced me to it."

Roger

Buckley, WA

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

as with our past experience with rick steves this tour was well planned, well executed and very interesting! all stops and facilities were first class.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Aerie was simply the most enjoyable of all stops. Simply delightful!!nuy"

Joel

Rice Lake, WI

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our driver Lars was fun to be around. he added a lot to our experience. Asa did a wonderful job. She was very knowledgable, She was funny. She used the bus time very well to fill us in on what we were about to see or local candy treats. A great teacher. Answered all my (many) questions. The trip met my every expectation. The room selections were better than most of the rooms we have stayed in using Ricks books.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out our room window in the Norwegian mountains. the panoramic view of Stockholm on our neighborhood walk after a wonderful dinner."

Nancy

Buckley, WA

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This being our only trip to Scandinavia, everything on the tour was new and exciting for us. Our trip leader, Asa was an excellent leader and presented a wealth of historical and current cultural information. The Stockholm evening walk to dinner was a bit long and late, but overall, the pace was vigorous but certainly doable and enjoyable even for us septuagenarions. The tour included a great variety of sites; major cities, fishing villages, varied landscape, waterways.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our trip to Aero Island. We were not familiar with this hidden gem and thoroughly enjoyed our retreat time there. What a charming place!"

Yvonne

Oakdale, MN

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS Tour so we do not have anything to compare it to, but I have to say that I felt it exceeded my expectations!!!! The overall 14 day experiences were very well planned out. Our guide Asa was the best!!!! Very knowledgeable, personable & very fun to be around !!!!I felt each day on the tour was well balanced with guided time & time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one!!!!!! Loved Stockholm!!!!! Loved AEro Island!!! Loved the scenic bus drive through the mountains in Norway!!!! Loved the beautiful Sognefjord ferry ride !!!!! Loved eatting all the authenitic Scandinavian food!!!!! ( Not so sure about the herring & the whale !!!) Loved the drinks as well !!!!! (OUSO & Auqavit(sp?). SKOL!!!!!!"

Ray

Oak Harbor, WA

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I felt the tour was well done considering the countries being visited. I have been to Scandinavia a number of times so there were not many new experiences for me. I went mainly because my wife wanted to see this part of the world. I am not a big city person so I get tired of the congestion and crowds. I have also seen enough castles, churches, and museums to satisfy me for a lifetime. On the plus side there were some very good memories and moments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some of the new things I experienced were: Seeing the Vasa museum, eating whale meat, the island of Aero, and the waterfalls along the fiords."

Mary

Boise, ID

Tour: 08/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt the tour was so well thought out. I especially loved our stays in the out-of-the-way places: Aero Island and Elvesaeter. Our guide, Nica, did a wonderful job of teaching us the culture of each country. I am still thinking about all the experiences we had, and would highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to say. There were many Wow moments; how could there not be with such beautiful scenery? Our day traveling through the mountains, and then a fjord, in Norway, was spectacular."

Camille

Dallas, TX

Tour: 08/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was wonderful from start to finish. I enjoyed the mixture of big city and small towns. Just when I needed a rest we went to a wonderful, more restful place. The guide, assistant and bus driver were great. The city tours were very professional and well done. A perfect amount of free time We used your guide books to travel Ireland in 2003 & 2008 and Italy in 2006. We followed the books for the entire trip and they were wonderful. This is why we wanted to go on the guided tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island was a delight and a place I would love to go back and spend more time. The Norway mountain bus ride and the ferry ride through the fjords were both so beautiful and peaceful."

Allen

La Crescent, MN

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Rick Steve's Scandanavian tour was very well planned and carried out by two excellent tour guides and of course our expert bus driver Lars who was also informative and very personable as well.The [INVALID]ion of guest tour guides, mueseums, points of interest, ferry cruises, group meals, and hotel acomodations were fantastic.We also met some great people on this trip and I we plan to stay in touch and hopefully vacation together again on another "Rick Steve's" tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming into Oslo on the ferry in the morning was an amazing sight to see and the reality of touring the homeland of our ancestors hit."

Vera

North Plainfield, NJ

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing vacation. Big Skol to our Swedish tour guide, she really enhanced the experience with her personal experience and knowledge of things Scandinavian. SKOL to assistant Nica, bus driver Bjorn, the Local Tour Guides , all my tour buddies and the friendly folks encountered along the way. I'm glad to have spent an extra 3days in Stockholm, clean, green and a beautiful Baltic Setting. I think Ylva has a good gig, Traverse through Denmark and Norway BUT call Stockholm Home..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many WOW moments, but I especially enjoyed quaint Aero Island ; riding our rented bikes with our tour buddies, and then embarking on some Independent Travel, riding to the tip of the Island and the lighthouse . The ride to and from Elvesater was memorable as was the Hike in Elvesater and visiting some SNOW...."

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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.

Trip Resources

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

Transportation

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.

Many 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. Most tour members will arrange to fly into Stockholm and out of Bergen ("multi-city" on flight booking websites). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight or additional overnight stay. 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 to decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you have additional European travel or tour questions, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing On Your Own

If you arrive in Stockholm before your tour begins, use the 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 the 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.

Packing

Scandinavia is known as the "Land of the Midnight Sun" due to its long spring and summer twilights. We recommend that you bring a sleep mask and earplugs for easier sleeping.

For more advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick's packing tips.