• 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

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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!

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Scandinavia come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 20 group sightseeing events • Walking tour of Stockholm including historic Gamla Stan • Vasa Ship Museum • Stockholm City Hall tour • Kalmar Castle tour • Copenhagen walking tour • Roskilde Cathedral tour • Roskilde Viking Ship Museum • Ærø Island coach tour • Ærøskøbing Old Merchant Court 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 store credit for your household to use toward guidebooks and other 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 tour the renovated Old Merchants' Court and learn about island life from a local resident over tea. You'll 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

Harriet

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized. Our guide, Ylva was very knowledgable and available to us at any time. The local guides were also very good. The local guide in the stave church in Lom was one that was not easily understood and seemed very nervous. Otherwise, I enjoyed the tour very much. The other members of the tour group were a great group and we enjoyed all of them very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords were so amazing it is difficult to take a picture that can do them justice. They were breathtaking."

Carl

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fun trip, learned a lot about Scandinavia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt, cruising the fjords."

Barbara

Hagerstown, MD

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I learned about the Socialist system & found it very interesting. Overall, I feel Road Scholar takes better care of their travelers. e.g. picking up at airport and providing transportation back to airport . We came a day early to help with jet lag. No problem with suitcases and stairs even though we were the oldest on the trip (83 & 79).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought it would be the Sognefjord cruise but I'm not even sure we did that cruise - it certainly wasn't anything like the cruise shown on your DVD. Maybe something should have been pointed out as we cruised by it - the ferry was jammed with people taking pictures of themselves in as many poses as there were people. No "wow" here."

Harold

Hagerstown, MD

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour but was disappointed that many attractions listed on the itinerary were closed. It would have been nice if your advance literature had mentioned this possibility. We paid full price for entry to the Skansen and found that it was 95% closed because we were out of season.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Songnefjord cruise, except that the boat was very crowded, I can't imagine what it would be like in peak tourist season."

Elizabeth

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a better guide or a better experience. Ylva is better than outstanding. Sweden is by far my favorite county, but Norway was wonderful as well. I went to Sweden by myself two years ago and loved it but, thanks to our amazing guide, it was really wonderful to know more about what I was seeing, the backstories, what places are good to eat, etc. I was NEVER bored!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenic drive through Jotunheimen was breathtaking. I also really loved the tour of Stockholm that we took with Hakan. He was funny and so full of great information. It was a wonderful day!"

Roberta

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Conversation with two of the members of the skiing school group at Evelseter. Photos of the new snow on the snow fields. Hello! We all know what it's like to hit transparent ice below the snow while making a sharp turn at speed. I will watch you at the Olympics and cheer and hope. Walking on Aero."

Deborah

Bloomington, IL

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

With this being our first tour, we didn't know what to expect. Everything far exceeded all of our expectations. Ylva, our guide and Matz, our bus driver, as well as the other tour members made the experience very special. We made many wonderful friends, learned the history, politics, religion and in-depth information about the culture and customs in all three countries. We will definitely be taking another Rick Steve's tour!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many - the Hans Christian Anderson surprise, the special treats on the bus trips, going to Ilva's home, the wonderful time spent at the B&B on Aeroskobing. There was something special everyday."

Jeri

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had never been to Europe before and this was a great first experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There week many; Stockholm was my favorite city: Aero Island was awesome, the unexpected small things tha Yiva added."

Stephen

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really liked this tour because it gave me a chance not only to learn a lot about Scandinavia, but, due to our wonderful guide, to sample the drinks, licorices, candies, pastries, coffees, herring, fish and other goodies that made the trip a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I truly enjoyed the overnight ferry ride from Copenhagen to Oslo - it was like an ocean cruise, but was close enough to land so we could see some sights. The dinner and breakfast were delightful, and I liked shopping in the duty free shop - for candy. I also was delighted to meet Hans C. Anderson in Copenhagen, and listen to his tales."

Nancy

Yakima, WA

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day on the tour, I would say "this is all so fantastic, how can the tour tomorrow to be as wonderful as it was today?" And yet, it was. Soon I would repeat- How can it be getting better and better every day-each experience, when so far, it has been so absolutely fantastic? But it did. Every day was truly better than the magical one before. Our tour guide, Pal (pronounced similar to Paul), was outstanding. We experienced and learned about Scandinavia in many different, memorable ways.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway. I loved all the places we toured-from Stockholm, to Copenhagen to Aero. But when we cruised up the fjord into Oslo the trip became magical. The scenery in Norway was breathtaking. Oslo is a beautiful city in a majestic setting with wonderful ship museums, opera house, Nobel Peace museum,statue park and more.As we traveled north and then into the mountains and fjords and finally Bergen, Norway won my vote as the most beautifully stunning country I have had the privilege to visit"

Richard

Bethesda, MD

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pal is the best guide we have ever had. Knowedge, humor, tolerence and kindness

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to recount"

Alena

Columbus, OH

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth Rick Steves tour, and they seem to get better each time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fjord cruise in Norway and views looking down on Bergen. I also enjoyed the viking museums, city halls, Denmark's crown jewels, Vigeland Park, and meeting "Hans Christian Andersen"."

John

Bismarck, ND

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a most wonderful adventure. I think the best way to describe it was there were 24 vacationers together for 14 days in three countries and I never heard one complaint. In fact, they all raved about the trip and especially about the tour guide. I couldn't be happier about the experience. The quality of the rooms, food, hotels, and the tour guides was excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment on the trip was entering Oslo on the overnight ferry from Copenhagen. What a wonderful sight. It was emotional for me because it brought back memories of my Norwegian grandparents and thinking of what they must have felt leaving such a beautiful place."

James

Springfield, IL

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was more than expected. Very well managed in every respect. My overall view is that in addition to a great vacation experience, the tour had the feel of a well designed learning experience. The geo-political content for all three countries was well presented by our guide and by other local guides. The mix of group tour time and free time was good and allowed for a relaxed but still structured two weeks. Most import was the professional skill and great personality of Pol Johanse.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very difficult to [INVALID] any one among so many. Standing in the hall of the Nobel Prize in Oslo where President Obama stood was one. Seeing the landscape of the Swedish farms which my grandparents left over a hundred years ago was a wow moment for me. The ride from Oslo to Bergen with the also a major wow."

Richard

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pal was a GREAT tour guide. When I couldn't find something in a number of stores I had looked in, I told Pal. He found the item and bought it for me, letting me reimburse him later.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjord cruise in Norway."

John

Victoria, BC

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized. Everything went without a hitch. Good group to travel with. I don't think there was one sour grape in the bunch. We all got along very well. Lot's of variety in the trip. Nice restaurants. Picnics. Eat on your own. Go out with the group. It wasn't all museums - we got to see a lot of the local color. Saw beautiful buildings as well as beautiful flowers. Boat rides. Bus rides.(excellent bus driver) Bike rides. Lots of walking. Good local guides. Stockholm guide the best

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sailing through the Fyords was my "wow" moment along with walking to the top of the mountain overseeing Bergen along with travelling through the land of the giants listening to the music of Grieg. Very moving and memorable moments."

Laura

Bethesda, MD

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Pal, was the BEST! All information about our agenda was clearly stated. His lessons on the bus were informative, some were personal, and the delivery was entertaining. He shared photos, music, stories, books, and local treats.Our two picnics were a delight!We visited places of amazing beauty and history and there were numerous "Wow" moments. Even a bike ride in the pouring rain was a positive experience. Great group, sights, and guide made this trip a memory maker!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One moment is too tough!No words can aptly describe the fjords of Norway...every other minute was amazing! Coming into Oslo on the overnight ferry was wonderful! And,I loved the four ship museums we visited in Sweden and Norway."

Jerry

Richardson, TX

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I have been traveling overseas for over 30 years using Rick Steves tours, independent travel and river cruise. This was the best trip that we have ever had. I learned a lot about the history of Sweden, Denmark and Norway As through the years they sometimes working together and sometimes Not. Pal was a wonderful guide who helped us know more about the people in each country and a generalization of their personalities----and the parts that it probably played in each world war.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The complete 14 day tour was a "wow" experience. Our tour group was made up of experienced travelers and we meshed together really well. Pal was the best tour guide that we have ever had. While on each bus trip he tied in the history of the area, played music typical of the area and helped us to try to learn a few words in the language of the country. He also gave wonderful options for those interested such as lunch at Christina's in Copenhagen, a bicycle tour on Ero Island, etc."

Dawn

Richardson, TX

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Totally awesome! A little (and sometimes a lot) of every type of looked-forward-to experiences for a trip. Great tour guide and bus driver! We had all types of transportation, great hotels or special B&Bs, fabulous history shown from the centuries of interaction between Sweden,Denmark,and Noway, breathtaking scenery, food specialties from each country, and much interaction w/ locals. Plus we had time on our own--for rest, or for more exploring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the picnic lunch (one of two) that we had, when our guide prepared (in front of us) a Norwegian dessert which we ate, with all kinds of other goodies provided. Another "wow" moment was being able to wander around in the Christiana area of Copenhagen and eat lunch there with the "locals"."

James

Seminole, FL

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Learned a lot about Sweden, Denmark and Norway history that I had not known. It is interesting to contemplate the progress of the civilizations when you see the current capital cities Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo. I also liked Bergen NO. the best I think.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vasa was amazing but the Viking restored ships were really my "wow". Seeing the Viking ships up close was simply amazing. What a tribute to Viking engineering and craftsman skills."

Terry

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My heritage is Swedish and Norwegian so I was really looking forward to making a connection. Sweden and Denmark were great but I really loved Norway. I would really love to spend more time in Norway. I hear there might be a Best of Norway in the works and if that happens I'll be the first to sign up! Our guide,Pål Johansen, was fantastic. He shared so much of his personal life, his family life with us. He really made Scandinavia come alive with his personal stories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was one of our longer bus days. We were driving on Sognefjell Road, through Jotunheimen (Home of the Giants). This is the highest pass in Northern Europe and the landscape is all snow, rock and water. It's unlike any alpine scenery I've ever seen. Pål picked this moment to play Edvard Grieg's "Peer Gynt". The music seemed to have been written just for this scene. The scenery and the music were such a powerful combination they brought tears to my eyes."

Kristin

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scandinavia in 14 Days Tour was a dream come true for me. Each and every experience was simply magical. The hotels, bus, ferries, walking tours, museums/sites, free-time, and meals were wonderful. What truly made the tour such a grand experience was our tour guide, Pål !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My family roots are from Norway and it has long been my wish to see this beautiful country. Whilst there, Pål helped me locate the cemetery where my great-uncle was buried. Pål looked it up for me and showed me on the map, and then advised me of the proper train stops. I took many pictures and recorded a video so that all family members across the states could see this part of our history. Finding this, was a highlight for me!"

Vicki

Seminole, FL

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Like a small group. You have improved on places to stay. I didn't have to share a bathroom. Rooms slightly bigger. Places to stay were quite charming. All guides were informative but not boring.

Lynne

Victoria, BC

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish excellent and honest suggestions from RSE books / DVD's / and emails welcoming us to our Scandinavia tour. Fantastic leadership under Pal J's gentle yet strong leadership. Insights, humor, treats on the bus, a feeling of belonging with a like-minded group, a no grumps rule that was respected, wonderful cafes & restaurants, lots of options re: how to spend each day, just enough time for personal r & r so we felt well-rested, unique hotels, b & b's, family-run places, beauty

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norwegian high country, Elvester lodge and the incredible artwork - plus early AM hike in the mountains. Picnic by the fjord and the boat trip through the gorgeous fjords. I was so overwhelmed and excited by the sheer beauty and great satisfaction of being there that I cried. Combination of the fulfillment of a long-time dream plus the mtn top experience combined with Grieg's music "Peer Gynt" being played on the bus. Others had out their kleenex as well A lifetime memory."

Michael

San Diego, CA

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual the tour was everything we expected from a Rick Steves outing. The itinerary was great with a good mix of city and country. We especially enjoyed Æro Island in Denmark. Our guide was, knowledgable, entertaining and thoughtful. We learned a lot about everyday life in Scandinavian countries. Unfortunately we left the tour before the finish for health reasons. TravelGuard was ver attentive and efficient and got us home very fast. Our tour guide was very helpful and understanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour of Stockholm City Hall and seeing the places where the Nobel Prize Ceremonies take place each year."

Kathy

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a terrific tour experience, Ylva was so very knowledgeable and also courteous and personable. We learned so much about the areas that we visited, and I think that we had a good mix of personal time and time with the group. I like the fact that smaller cities were included on the tour, and we had a chance to see how people out of the big cities live. The meals that we had were at great restaurants, and the hotels and breakfast buffets were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vasa museum in Stockholm and Vigeland Park in Oslo, also the stave church in Lom. For scenery it was probably the trip down the Sognefjord in Norway and the Aero Island."

Carl

Eureka, CA

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

14 days of excitement, entertainment and education!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Elevseter."

Kathleen

Eureka, CA

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Location of hotels was perfect. We like small groups ....... 24 was a perfect number. Using the vox boxes worked very well. We could hear Ylva without having to crowd together to be able to hear her in traffic, crowds. Our bus driver, Mats, was wonderful.......his "wake up" song he sang to wake up those snoozing on the longer bus rides always got a round of applause . He was very courteous and most important a good driver! The itinerary was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a few..... Ero Island was definitely a favorite as well as our overnight stay in the mountains at the farmstead Elvesaeter was a pleasant surprise. The ferry ride through the fjords in Norway is unbelievably beautiful. Stockholm and Copenhagen were my favorite cities. Frogner Park's sculptures by Gustav Vigeland were amazing....."

Esther

Princeville, IL

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, the tour was wonderful. It was filled with planned, as well as surprise, events that kept our interest. Our tour group was very compatible, and there definitely were no "grumps".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island. My favorite places are quaint, small and out of the way. Aero Island fit in all those categories. I loved exploring all the little streets and alleys. Going to Suzanna's B&B and hearing her talk about life on the island was a real treat"

Richard

Princeville, IL

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well planned and well run. The tour guide was exceptional. The small extras like picnics and ferry rides were an unexpected pleasure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was spending time on Aero island. The ambiance was a truly enjoyable experience."

Charles

Littleton, CO

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As we have come to expect our overall tour experience was outstanding. We have come to depend on Rick Steves tours to provide us with a good balance of breadth and depth of experiences. The itinerary included all the "must see" iconic sights and experiences. The tour presents a good value and all the details are well attended to so we were able to spend carefree time taking in the sights and history. There is also a good balance of organized events and free time to explore our own interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The favorite "wow' moments were the upclose and personal interactions we had with the locals - visiting the home of our Stockholm city guide and conversations with Suzanna at her B&B in Aeroskobing. The experiences of seeing first hand the day to day life and home of a typical city dweller and the conversations with a local were eye opening and gave a good "through the back door" experience of what it is like to be a resident of Scandinavia."

Lorraine

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time, Loved guide Ylva and bus driver Mats. Good balance of group time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"probably fjords but we enjoyed everything so hard to choose."

Priscilla

Littleton, CO

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always it was a great mix of thorough overviews of an area, good local tours, visits to important sites/museums and time on our own to explore. I appreciated the combination of big city and small town stays. The quality of each experience was consistently high and worthwhile. I was always thankful for the small size of our group when I saw the huge groups from tour ships.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire experience was a wow. The history of the countries and the land itself was fascinating plus the people were welcoming and friendly. I loved our peaceful stay on beautiful Aero Island; it is totally charming and picturesque."

Judy

Eaton Rapids, MI

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the pace of the tour and the variety of sites we visited. I learned so much about an area of the world that I knew very little about. The cities were fantastic, especially Stockholm and Bergen, but what always makes it special for me is the time spent in more rural areas (Aero Island, the resort in Norway, etc.). Discussing their daily lives, religion and politics with local people was a real highlight, too. All in all, it was a great trip for me and met all of my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I truly enjoyed everything because there was such a variety of activities. I enjoy the being on the water and all the boat/ferry/ship travel was great! My best moment was on the way to Bergen, travelling through the fjord on the ferry boat when a very black storm blew over us. I felt like I was in an episode of the Vikings (wrong kind of vessel but right view)!"

Marianne

Scarborough, ON

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour flow was exceptionally well planned. Our travel time was integrated into the tour, so that we used every possible hour to see things, or to hear informative information from Ylva while we were on the bus. The accomodations and included meals really added to the experience, as the quality was high and the places we went to were very unique and charming. My expectations were exceeded, as Ylva and Matz took us optionally to some places on our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think that every day has its own wow moments. Staying on Aero was a big wow, as no other tour company offers this option and I really loved being there. I also really enjoyed the optional hike to the waterfall that Ylva offered to us in Elvesaeter. Of course, the fjord cruise was fantastic, I loved Bergen, and I was thrilled when we stopped in Giant's country to take pictures of the mountains."

Anne

San Diego, CA

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the trip and would go back to Scandinavia in a flash. Great tour guide, bus driver (who kept an eye on my husband with his back problems), and travel group. Nice mix of big city and smaller, quieter areas (like Æro Island). Also liked the mix of scheduled and free time. We are very sorry we were not able to finish the tour due to my husband's back problems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How does one choose? I'm a museum geek and it had to be the prehistory section of the Danish National Museum in Copenhagen. The wealth and depth of the collection was astounding. Second wow was walking around Djurgärden (Stockholm) in the wonderful weather we had on the trip. And that first glimpse of the Vasa."

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."

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!"

Steve

Duluth, MN

Tour: 08/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was [INVALID]ed because Sue Morgan's roots are in Sweden. Having previously participated in three Rick Steves' tours we knew what to expect. Our expectations were satisfied. Local guides in major cities add to the experience. We appreciate the free time that is made available. We like to make some decisions on our own concerning points of interest to visit. We enjoyed learning about the countries and their customs. We en

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This question is always difficult to answer. There were many "wow" moments on the trip but the loudest "wow" was exclaimed during the cruise through the Sognefjord. Although the "wow" was more muted, the buildings and their contents at Elveseter were sufficiently impressive to make one catch ones' breath. Honorable "wow" mentions go to Maihaugen Open-Air Folk Museum at Lillehammer, the Vasa Museum and the entire experience on Ærø Island."

Chris

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was really looking forward to the trip and I feel it delivered everything I was expecting and more. It was a very well curated "best of" experience and had a lot of unexpected and fun things. I've always wanted to explore Scandinavia and this was a great first step.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ferry trip through the fjords was the most spectacular thing I've ever seen. The trip to the fjord ferry over the glacier was also just amazing. The mountain lodge was really enjoyable, and the two days on Aero were really relaxing and special too."

Nancy

Roseville, MN

Tour: 08/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We appreciated the thought that went into planning this tour. There was a mix of big city and rural, of high culture and folk culture, of restaurant meals and group picnics, of sea and mountains, of walking and bus or ferry travel. The itinerary was carefully planned to allow breaks after strenuous walking days and after full group activities. Perhaps best of all was traveling with a relatively small group of congenial, curious, and energetic people whom we got to know during the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our first evening on Aero Island the street lamps flickered on at dusk as we strolled the crooked cobblestone streets toward the harbor. When we met the night watchman carrying his lantern, we felt as if we'd traveled back in time as well as across cultures."

Tim

Roseville, MN

Tour: 08/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was outstanding. It featured: 1. Well-planned itinerary with excellent use of local guides 2. Knowledgeable tour guide with excellent people skills 3. Tours of the "can't miss" sights and personal choice on the secondary ones 4. Nice mix of quaint and modern hotels 5. Group of other friendly, inquisitive people

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was looking forward to the Norwegian fjords and I was not disappointed. They were beautiful. Sailing slowly down the inlet as the sun glinted off the water on the fjord's many waterfalls made for an idyllic day. I also very much enjoyed the Norwegian Maihaugen village. I really got an idea of what life had been like in Norway.... and the 1932 era farmwife was like going back to talk with my grandmother."

Gail

San Diego, CA

Tour: 08/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, carefully planned, and we lucked out with perfect weather every day. Need I even say: the scenery is majestic and I'm in love with Oslo!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords, and staying at the Elveseter Hotel in Norway."

Katherine

Orono, ME

Tour: 08/04/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Scandinavia is a unique corner of Europe. This tour gave a good overall view, including cities, small towns, and scenery in all three countries, plus a good introduction to the Scandinavian way of life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be hard to beat the day driving through Norway's mountains and fjords."

Denise

St Petersburg, FL

Tour: 08/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a better than expected time, mostly due to the excellent work of Asa. She made Scandinavia come alive for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vigeland Park. What a fabulous surprise in the middle of a rather modern/urban city. It was beautiful and awe inspiring. I had to return on my free afternoon!! PS--The fjords in Norway were cool, too!!"

Kathleen

Madison, WI

Tour: 08/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved Scandinavia! It was so much more comfortable and relaxing than other European countries I've visited. The Rick Steves tour was a great way to see it. Great little details and surprises, e.g.Hans Christian Anderson. I was impressed by the accomodations, which were just what can be expected from watching Rick Steve ' s Europe. Our tour guide, Asa - fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. For me personnaly, it was visiting the birthplace of my grandparents during free time, Halbaek,Denmark."

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."

Irmgard

River Forest, IL

Tour: 08/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd Rick Steves tour and once again it did not disappoint. Being educated about the countries before and during the trip, the central location of the hotels, the food, the many places to see both indoors and out, the free time, and the guide are just some of the things that made it so enjoyable. Scandinavia was beautiful, the people welcoming, the history fascinating, the air SO CLEAN, and the group we were with was very congenial. We had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How to choose a "wow" moment? Too many to choose from! Loved Stockholm with its easy-to-get-around facilities and so many interesting sites to visit; the Resistance Museum in Olso; the snow-covered mountains in Norway; the numerous cascading waterfalls along the fjord; and the Sognefjord steep-sided cliffs. Breathtaking! And as strange is it seems, the crusty delicious breads at the breakfasts were also a "wow" for me! :-)"

Carolyn

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 08/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was expecting this tour to be very good because I am so familiar with the books and television shows, but it exceeded all my expectations. I could tell it had been very carefully refined and implemented with the benefit of an outstanding guide. There were always little "extras" and "unexpected" things that other tours would never have included -- like all the Swedish candy and stopping for the wonderful Norwegian buns on the way to Lillihammer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. I had to really think about this. I finally decided the best was the City Hall in Stockholm. Walking in the footsteps of all those Nobel Prize winners, especially since we had a gentleman in our group whose boss had won the prize in '89 and he had attended the banquet there."

Mary

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 08/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the trip we had talked about taking for 30+ years! We finally made it! My husband and I had taken two Rick Steves city tours, so we were aware of the high quality of your trips. This one did not disappoint! We experienced a taste of so much of history and culture of the area where my husbands family immigrated from. We appreciated hotel locations, guided tours and options to make our own decisions how to utilize our time. Whispers are a great help for those of a a bit slower to keep up

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Always a tough question, but Aero was such a treat! Our asst guide Fredrik said that no other tour company takes people there. Relaxing "vacation away from vacation". Enchanting!"

Jill

Napa, CA

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was not only enjoyable, but also informative. Pal was an outstanding tour leader and he was ably assisted by Julia. I found the pace, variety and accommodations excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Norway. Both Oslo and the trip to Bergen were the highlights for me."

Jan

Napa, CA

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredible - the countries, the activities and sights that were included, the balance between group touring and "free time", and of course our guides - all excellent! Local guides were so knowledgeable and interesting too - especially in Sweden.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too hard to pick just one! Riding bikes into the sunset on Aero Island, wandering among and touching the Vigeland statues, the Oslo Opera House, the mountains and fjords of Norway, the Bergen fish market and wharf area - and sharing it all with a fun and friendly group of tour mates, and fantastic guides."

Deana

Napa, CA

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scandinavia was at the top of our "where to go next?" list and we were not disappointed. The country's are gorgeous and the experiences we had are sealed in our minds. Pal was an excellent guide [INVALID] has learned from some of the best and is adding his own flavor which as a native of Norway is terrific! The group was well rounded and had a good time getting to know each other and sharing group time together. The 'vacation within a vacation" on the island of AERO was just tremendous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments are too hard to pick out - there are so many; but I did enjoy the water experiences and the island of AERO a lot! The foods of the country's were highlights [INVALID] from breakfast to snacks and evening meals! The scenery is amazing and the people grand and welcoming!"

Anita

Woodruff, SC

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords"

Debbie

Orange, CA

Tour: 08/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized, educational, and a delightful experience. The pacing was about right. This is an active tour and there is a lot of walking, but there was adequate down time to rest. The group meals were wonderful, most of the hotels were nice. Our guide, Pal, was outstanding. Beware if you have him as a guide, he does a pop quiz towards the end of the tour, so pay attention! We had a great group of people traveling with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains and fjords of Norway were spectactular. I also found Oslo to be a delightful city, and would go back in a heartbeat. Seeing the Vasa, Kon Tiki and Viking Ship museums was an incredible experience. Aero Island is not to be missed."

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"

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."

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!"

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?"

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."

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"

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."

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."

Carol

Largo, FL

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cruising through Norway's fjords."

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."

Charles

Bettendorf, IA

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall good. Lots of fast pace travel. Parts were very seismic and breathtaking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Aero was the best . Seeing the Viking museum in Norway with the burial ships almost like being back in that period in time."

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."

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."

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"

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!"

John

Austin, TX

Tour: 07/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was simply excellent in almost every way. It had an excellent mix of must-see tourist sites with smaller out-of-the-way attractions that a person would never find on their own or expect from "ordinary" tours. the accommodations were well located in the inner city making it convenient to walk around on our own when we desired. There was a nice mix of authentic food to sample. The staff was wonderful, Nica, Anya and Per we friendly, helpful, informative, organized and charming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The speed of the train shuttle from the airport to downtown Stockholm. It was an appropriate introduction to the advanced infrastructure in Scandinavia I learned about and grew to admire. It became for me a symbol of the advanced nature of these wonderful countries."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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)."

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."

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!"

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"

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!"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!!"

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."

Audrey

Stockton, CA

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall tour experience was very good with a couple of major exceptions which took the bloom off the roses.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Thoroughly enjoyed touring lovely Stockholm. Resting extra nights in the Wellington to recoup. Touring the Old City, City Hall, the Vasa Museum & boat rides for a different city view. For me, best was Norway. From majestic snow-covered mountains, pristine waters, picturesque Fjords & breathtaking vistas. My'wow' moment: Walking down from Mt. Flayen enjoying waterfalls, lush fern-covered hills & surprise Trolls sprinkled throughout."

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."

Hank

Stockton, CA

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable, great companions, excellent tour guide, beautiful country. Bus ride were long and tiresome but the result was worth the effort!

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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

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."

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."

Ronald

Norwood, NY

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

+ wide variety of types of places, activities, and persons visited. + interacting with "real folks": "locals". + our bus driver, Mats. + "free time". + "whispers". + functioning toilet on bus + Communion, Hedvig Eleonora Kyrka. + Skansen (ST). + "Restaurant Skindbuksen" (CO). + The Glyptotek (CO) - felt too rushed at times. Not as good overall as "Ireland", '13 and "France South of the Loire", '14 .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjord boat ride in Norway: + on a small ferry (not a plush "tourist ship"). The old captain even inviting kids & adults into the helmhouse. + time length: not just half-an-hour and then onto the next place. Rather, time to soak-in the natural beauty and to realize "I'm finally, at 72, in Norway! And, this is beautiful!" + no audio whisperers, nor other commentary. + specifically, from/to villages (not cities): Kaupanger to Gudvangen. + lovely weather!"

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"

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!"

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."

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!"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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.

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!!"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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

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."

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!"

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."

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."

Laura

Clearwater, MN

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was absolutely the best tour! From the tour country information and experiences to firsthand viewing of the fabulous Norwegian vistas, "Enjoy" is not sufficient to describe this most pleasurable tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Norway mountains, staying at a renovated century old farm with museum quality paintings then hiking up a nearby mountain to up closely view a waterfall."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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"

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?"

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."

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."

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."

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."

Ingrid

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vasa"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

Weather

Sweden / Stockholm

Sweden Weather


Denmark / Copenhagen

Denmark Weather


Norway / Oslo

Norway Weather

Pre-Tour

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

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.