• Stockholm, Sweden
  • Stockholm’s Stortorget Square
  • Kalmar Castle in Sweden
  • Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Island bike ride, Ærø, Denmark
    Ærø Island, Denmark
  • Harborfront, Oslo, Norway
    Oslo, Norway
  • Norway's Sognefjord
  • Bryggen waterfront, Bergen, Norway
    Bergen, Norway

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Best of Scandinavia in 14 Days Tour

from $5,195 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $875

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

Dates & Prices

2018

2019

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 21 group sightseeing events • Walking tour of Stockholm including historic Gamla Stan • Vasa Ship Museum • Stockholm City Hall • Kalmar Castle • Copenhagen walking tour • Roskilde Cathedral • Roskilde Viking Ship Museum • Ærø Island bus tour • Ærøskøbing Old Merchants' Court • 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 • Jotunheimen scenic drive • Sognefjord cruise • Bergen walking tour • Fløibanen funicular to Mount Fløyen…and more
  • All group transportation from Stockholm to Bergen
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels (and two-bunk cabins on the overnight cruise)
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • 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 2019
  • 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 your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions 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 of 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 hour. 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 hours. 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. Sleep in Copenhagen (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. 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 visit 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 hours. Bus: 4 hours. 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 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 hours. 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 hours. Bus: 3 hours. 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 hour. 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 hour. 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 the Jotunheimen Mountains (1 night). Bus: 6 hours. 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 Bergen, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Boat: 2½ hours. Bus: 6 hours. 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. To cap off our morning, we'll ride the funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen for thrilling views of Bergen, islands, and fjords. The rest of your afternoon is free to do some hiking, explore more of Bergen, 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.

Physical Demands

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 (possibly several blocks) 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

Marta

Charleston, IL

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! This is our second trip with Rick Steves company. The group was fantastic. Good balance of cities and rural areas. Our guide Pol was exceptional. He was extremely knowledgeable, careing and consummate hostess -- surprising us with picnic lunches and treats along the way. We injoyed the beauty of Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Our bus driver was suth an important part of our tour, with his driving skills and gentle personality. .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many!! The next morning after orientation in Stockholm we had a local guide. About half way through the tour when we got to the old town he invited all 28 of us up to his apartment. The weather was extremely hot and it was so nice to have a little brake, sitting down in this living room, drinking cold water while he was talking about his family. He has five children and his daughter also work as a guides for Rick. And fjords and mountains were our favorite things."

Janet

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour group experience and I cant say enough WOW WOW WOW's. It was the perfect size, the perfect amount of touring and free time. I'm already looking at the tours for 2019 and 2020.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is hard to pin down, but my favorite was definitely Ærø Island. Suzanna's B&B was so quaint and welcoming. Walking through the small town of Aeroskobing felt like walking back 100s of years ago."

Wayne

Georgetown, TX

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A very nice tour. Great guide great tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked Norway the best; the mountains; the fyords. The wow moment was the fyors cruise."

Joseph

Somers, CT

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are both retired and never ever took an organized tour. We were both apprehensive because we like to do things at our own pace. We were pleasantly surprised. The tour of Scandinavia was structured, but it also had plenty of time on our own, and we liked that. Additionally, our guide, Pål, was a wealth of information and entertainment. He did everything one could expect and more. His little "fika" surprises were a treat. He was an awesome tour leader.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Obviously, the fjord cruise was awesome and many would consider this their wow moment. But oddly enough, the City Hall in Stockholm was most interesting to me. I really enjoyed seeing all of the design features that the architect incorporated into the building. You have to look for them, but they are there. Perhaps I liked it as much as I did because I would have designed the building in a similar fashion. Our local guide for the City Hall was excellent."

Chris

Pittsboro, NC

Tour: 07/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was another great Rick Steves Tour. Great guide, accomodations, included meals, bus driver, etc. Oh, our tour group peers were great as well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway has the best scenery on this tour. The mountains and fiords were stunning!"

Gaylord Dietrich

North Aurora, IL

Tour: 07/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great experience!! Simply outstanding - I will cherish the travel memories of this trip as some of the best in my lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway's fjords - majestic, awesome, beautiful."

Kimberley

Saint Petersburg, FL

Tour: 07/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first organized land and Rick Steves tour. We normally travel independently but after evaluating different travels options we felt this was our best value to get a great overview of Sxcandanavia. We were not disappointed. The tour was well organized, and it was nice to not have to spend hours deciding where to go, searching for hotels/guides/travel options etc. Our tour guide, Ylva, was fabulous and our travel companions were a lot of fun to be around. Highly recommend!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed all the places we visited and each stop had its own special charm. We particularly were amazed at the gorgeous Norway scenery on our drive through the Jotunheimen mountains and the fjord cruise which was spetacular."

Susan

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour. Scandinavia is quite scenic, and the history is fascinating. Ylva did a great job as tour guide. She gave us a lot of information about the culture and history of the places we visited and was most enthusiastic. The local guides in Stockholm and Copenhagen in particular were very good. Lodging and food (large breakfast buffets everywhere we visited) were fine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments. My favorites were the Jotunheimen Mountains (Norway), with waterfalls too numerous to count along the huge fjords, and the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo."

Marc

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Superb tour! I enjoyed traveling with a delightful group and outstanding guide, Ylva. Ylva was personable, informative, and delightful as she guided us through the wonderland of Scandinavia and gave us enough information to enable us to put our experiences in perspective.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stockholm's VASA museum was very well done and a tour we joined was fascinating. Skansen in Stockholm is the first outdoor museum in the world and maybe the best with wildlife, historic homes and a great acquarium. We did this on our own and this took most of a day). Jotunheimen Mountains provided spectacular views. I was surprised how much I liked Bergen. Walkable, fun, historic with great views from the high point above the town."

Gail

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. Gabriella was a great tour guide and Mats an excellent bus driver. We had an excellent group to travel with and am recommending Rick Steves'Tours to all my friends.

William

Ames, IA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First Rick Steves' tour. Very satisfied. Actual experience matched the billing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure if I can pick one. Each of the capital cities were amazing to explore. And the other cities were interesting as well. Good blend of city and country."

Judy

Renton, WA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing. Our Guide, Gabriella, made this trip so enjoyable with her knowledge and enthusiasm. Our bus driver, Mats, was such an important part of our tour, with his driving skills and his gentle personality. We learned so much about the Scandinavian countries and enjoyed the beauty which we found ourselves surrounded by. The whole tour was every bit of what we had hoped for when we signed up!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many!! Our visit to Frogner Park in Oslo, and viewing Gustav Vigeland's sculptures definitely brought me a "WOW"! An amazing collection of works! The fjords of Norway, with little settlements reflected in the water, were WOW moments for me also."

Kathleen

Bothell, WA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing tour leader, Gabriella, and her knowledge and enthusiasm made this trip extremely special. The only negative we experienced was very hot temperatures and no air conditioning in Scandinavia anywhere! The itinerary was well-planned leaving lots of free time to explore or just sit and people watch. We enjoyed the beauty of Sweden, Denmark and Norway and the energy of their people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in the "garden" guest house on Aero Island in Denmark and listening to the owner tell her story. Beautiful place!"

Dianne

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gabriella must be one of Rick Steves' stellar guides. She had enough enthusiasm to spark up any of us who were down or tired from traveling. We were an older group with many of us visiting Scandinavia for the first time. Part of my ancestry is from Sweden and Norway and it was very special to see where my ancestors left from to come to America.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We got tricked - the entire group! At the orientation meeting Gabriella had explained her last name, Ylvasdotter. It meant daughter of Ylvas. The next morning in Stockholm we had a local guide. About half ways through the tour he talked a little about his family. He had five children and his wife was named Ylvas. When we got to the old town he invited all 26 of us up to his apartment. Ylvas was there and it turned out they were Gabriella's parents!"

Marilyn

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was just a great tour. Gabriella did a great job making sure our time was well spent, making small adjustments as needed.I learned a lot about these countries and their history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was the mountains of Norway and the dive through the glacial area and the fjord cruise."

Patricia

Shaker Heights, OH

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. Group was fantastic. Loved the balance of cities and more rural areas. Wonderful introduction of this part of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list."

Roger

Renton, WA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour (my first) greatly exceeded my expectations. My wife had been on a previous tour, and knew what to expect, but she too was very impressed. Our guide was exceptional. She was extremely knowledgeable, and a consummate hostess -- surprising us with picnic lunches and treats along the way. The driver for our tour did an excellent job, and quickly became a welcomed member our tour "family". I can't remember when I had a greater feeling of "getting my money's worth".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many.... Seeing the Viking warship Vasa up close, the guitar collection in the Abba museum, visiting Christiania and Tivoli Gardens, seeing the Vigeland sculptures, cruising the Naeroyfjord. Having our driver sing and play for us on one of our final nights. We "tacked on" a visit to Balestrand and a trip on the Flamsbana railroad. All good!!!"

Sharon

Silver Creek, WA

Tour: 07/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We did a lot walking and that was all OK. Standing for longer than 15 minutes could be uncomfortable. I have lived most of my life in rural area, and being in larger city and finding museums, etc with a map was a little intimidating. This was during our free time. But it also was a learning experience. I lost weight!!! I attribute this to the Asa Scandinavia walking program. (either that or my sedentary life style at home, I suspect the latter) But thanks Asa!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ferry tour of fjord"

Caren

Elgin, IL

Tour: 07/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour ever and we loved it! Went with another couple who are experienced travelers and they said this was the best, and they were right! Our accommodations were wonderful, our tour guide was excellent, the bus and driver were great! Everything was planned so well and therefore went as planned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Don't really have just one! But loved the mountains and fjord in Norway! Stunning!! Enjoyed roaming the streets in each city and going in the shops and eating the local food!"

Douglas

Roseburg, OR

Tour: 07/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good exposure to Scandinavia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Fjords of Norway."

Nancy

Lacey, WA

Tour: 07/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and my 2nd tour overall. I like the way you provide some touring time and some free time. I enjoyed the stops we made, and it appears that many of the important ones were covered during the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was meeting H. C. Andersen (AKA Mr. Karpen) in Coppenhagen. Totally unexpected and very delightful."

Patricia

Meadowbrook, PA

Tour: 07/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scandinavian tour was excellent! It was full of natural beauty, interesting cities, and loaded with fascinating history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was in Norway. The jaw dropping beauty of the mountains made it impossible for even my very old iPhone to take a bad photo."

Jacqueline

Farmingdale, NJ

Tour: 07/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In the limited time of 2 weeks we enjoyed a good overview of Scandinavia both old and new; Viking days, kings and queens, ancient battles,modern peace, trolls, gnomes, and modern socialist society. Tasted local foods, learned basic customs and language.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one thing, each day brought new discoveries and interesting sights. Vasa ship in Sweden, lively Copenhagen, quiet and quaint Aero,flower filled Oslo, and the northern Norway landscape where all favorites."

Frank

Farmingdale, NJ

Tour: 07/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WE were pleasantly surprised at the food quality. We went believing the "You don't go there for the food" line, but were impressed with the overall choices and quality

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in Aeroskobling in Denmark and the fjords and mountains of Norway were highlights. Was very surprised at the flower displays throughout Oslo. One of the most floriferous capitals in Europe"

Janet

Roseburg, OR

Tour: 07/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our fourth tour so we mostly knew what to expect! Everything was set up well. I really enjoy going through more rural areas and especially liked the evening in Kolmar (random event happening[INVALID]an ABBA cover band in the plaza!) and the time on Aero. I thought the hotels were good and the group meals were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Like I said above, I enjoy the rural areas and really liked Aero."

Leona

Mcgaheysville, VA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Scandinavian tour was incredible and we enjoyed our tour very much. Our start in Stockholm set the tour of 14 days in such a positive way. It checked all of our anticipated boxes for this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fjords and the boat ride thru the fjords was breath taking."

Gary

Bend, OR

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We have always been independent travelers and have used the Rick Steves guidebooks for past travel in Europe. This was our first tour. I think the tour was well balanced between the guided portions and free time. The historical information provided by our guides, especially Pål, our trip leader, far exceeded what we would have learned on our own. All of the other travelers on our tour were fun to be with and it was sad to say goodbye at the end of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's very hard to pick any specific moment from the trip. There were many "wows". I especially enjoyed the trip through the mountains of Norway and sailing in the fjord."

Francisco

Irvine, CA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our fourth Rick Steves tour, and like the previous ones, this was fantastic! The tour itinerary was a good mix of culture, adventure, food, fun, and free time to explore on our own or reflect and relax. Pål Johansen, our guide, was outstanding in many ways. He brought Scandinavia to life for us, and he had the uncanny ability to balance directing the entire group while also zoning in on tour member's specific needs. The local guides added their unique perspectives along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Nobel "chain" of city halls and museums in Stockholm and Oslo was a highlight for me. I came away encouraged that facts and humanity still matter. I also appreciated learning about the Viking culture beyond the stereotypes. However, my favorite series of "wow" moments was the scenic bus and ferry rides through fjord country. Simply majestic!"

Lucy

Columbia, MD

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Despite the record breaking heat (it reached 90 in Bergen!) and little to no rain or AC, this was the best of the 5 Rick Steves tours we've experienced. Sweden, Denmark and particularly Norway are jaw dropping in beauty, their culture is a model for the world, our guide was the best, our hotel accommodations were great and the food was better than in Italy, Spain and France. Scandanavian food is highly underrated! It is tasty and healthy and not full of pasta carbs and heavy sauces.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Clearly my favorite wow moment was experiencing the Jotunheimen Mountains and Fjord country between Oslo and Bergen. I will never forget the sparkling jade and deep blue waters. Breathtaking!!!"

Joseph Wayne

Port Republic, VA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent trip, our guide, Pal, was so knowledgeable and shared so much helpful information. We kept on schedule literally almost to the minute, but without ever feeling rushed. We had sufficient rest time and free time. I tend to keep going to the point of exhaustion so that I don't miss anything. Our schedule provided opportunity to take in as much as I wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Certainly the fjord cruise. Oslo was an unexpected surprise. There were many "wow" moments."

Bayard

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 07/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guide is excellent. Courteous, knowledgeable and informed, responsive to participants' needs and questions, friendly, managed group and complicated logistics well. Local guides were excellent and appropriate. Adherence to timelines was well managed. Bus transportation was excellent, air conditioning worked well! Driver was outstanding, friendly and very expert. He deserves a special commendation for the Norway leg. He had excellent navigation skills. Tour itinerary was better than we expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oslo to Bergen was an absolute knockout drive. Photo stops were good. Songefjord ferry trip was also a great experience."

Carolyn

Macon, GA

Tour: 07/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

[INVALID]When traveling, favorite times are always nature and wildlife. The pastoral peace of Aero and the mountain hike in Norway was a welcome relief from the frenetic pace of Stockholm & Copenhagen. [INVALID]I enjoyed learning about the history of Scandinavia. This was our first venture into this part of the world. [INVALID]As a life long "save the whales" advocate who had pledged not to go to Norway as long as it still whaled, I was caught off guard to learn Norway does indeed still whale. My dilemma

Favorite "WOW" moment

"-traveling through the mountains and waterways of western Norway--so beautiful"

Kathleen

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 07/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was the best ever... she brought us together as a group always going above and beyond. Always upbeat informative and easy to understand. I also want to include the bus driver!! I could not believe how he could drive on the crazy winding roads i never feared with him at the helm!! I would recommend this Scandinavia tour for everyone

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords the deep canyons and the beauty of it all"

Julie

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 07/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent! This is my fifth tour with Rick Steves' Tour Company and I always thoroughly enjoy the attention to details in coordinating everything from local guides, lodging, restaurants, and sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moments were: * Aeroskobing - I could have spent another day there! * Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo * Loved, loved our day in Jotunheimen mountains, Mat Pakke at the tip of Lustrafjord, and our Sognefjord ferry cruise"

Margaret

Danville, KY

Tour: 07/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful introduction to Sweden, Denmark and Norway. The structure of the tour was excellent, a mix of informational and group involvement with free time. Seeing each of the capital cities and then smaller places, Viking and Hanseatic museums, the lovely retreat on Aero, Lillehammer folk museum, up the mountain, the fascinating hotel in the mountains, down the mountain and fjord cruise... Having a bus with a friendly driver made me feel like we were all explorers together...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many 'wow' moments. The first one was in Stockholm after the marvelous tour walking down the hill and up to Gamla Stan. His wry sense of humor and fun as well as knowledge shared made him very popular and then he invited us into his home near the square - torg. The wow was finding out he was our main guide, Gabrielle's father. It just started the tour out on a family note of welcome."

Kathy

Boulder, CO

Tour: 07/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great..... well-done and fun! Especially enjoyed our tour guide Gabby (she is phenomenal), our driver Mots (he's so calm and thoughtful) and our assistant tour guide Erin (she just rocks)!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" portion for me was Aero Island..... loved everything about this (accommodations, scenery, food and bike ride)"

Debra

Shepherdsville, KY

Tour: 07/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our second Rick Steves tour and we continue to be more than impressed with the quality of the tours. I feel like we not only had the opportunity to see the important "tourist" sites but also saw many out of the main stream places that were enchanting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say it was our time on the island of Aero in Denmark. We loved our B&B Pa Torvet in Aeroskobing and the charming shops and houses."

Carol

Maumelle, AR

Tour: 07/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Morning view of Oslo Fjord from dining room on overnight ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo."

Laurel

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Scandinavia was a trip to remember. We had a great group of travellers (not one grump among us) and Pal was an outstanding guide. The tour offered the best of the larger capital cities as well as out of the way towns to explore. There was a good balance between structured time and free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Vasa Museum in Stockholm gave me my first "wow" moment. The spectacular scenery on the drive from the Jotunheimen mountains down to the fjords in Norway, more than qualified as my second "wow" moment. With its beauty and tranquility, Aero Island rates as my third "wow" moment."

Rowena

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although this was a very pricey tour, I felt like it was money well spent. Everything ran like clockwork! There was lots of go, go, go but also time to rest and relax. I felt like we were well taken care of and all the little details were carefully worked out in advance (or on the fly!). I always felt safe and supported. Pal even went out of his way to retrieve my husband's money belt that he accidentally left in the hotel in Copenhagen!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of Wow moments. I think, perhaps, the two bike rides we took on Aero Island were right up there at the top of my list. The group ride along the coast in gale force winds was at times terrifying and exhilarating! Later, my husband and I took a ride out to the beach to see the "little" cottages. So lovely."

Linda

Kent, WA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Scandavia was so much fun! We had an outstanding tour guide and bus driver which made the trip carefree for us. Our travel group was very compatiable. In fact it was difficult to say good bye at the final dinner together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments how do I pick just one. I would say that our stay in Aero at the Pension Bed and Breakfast was a real treat along with a bike ride along the coast."

Edward

Millwood, VA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Your Scandinavia trip was a lovely, fascinating introduction to the region. It wa a thoughtful balance between experiencing urban and rural facets, as well as providing insights into the social and cultural characteristics of its people. Understanding better how Scandinavians have reshaped their societies for the collective good was thought provoking. Our guide was exemplary and his deft, congenial leadership added much to the positive experience[INVALID] including to our harmonious group dynamics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was particularly taken by the idyllic, summer charms of the island of Aero, with its rolling wheat fields against the backdrop of the sea. Biking on the island was a special treat. The town of Aeroskobing is picture perfect, and our lodging, Pension Vestergade No 44, is the definition of coziness. But for spectacularly beautiful vistas, nothing can match the trip through Norway's Fjord country."

Michael

Darien, CT

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience exceeded my expectation. The optional hiking and biking activities offered by our guide, Pal Johansen, figured significantly into this. The other tour members were all companionable - not one grump - punctual, and engaging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite moment was morning biking on Aero. It was cool, sunny and windy along the coastal trail which made it for me."

Nancy

Darien, CT

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was time to visit the land of fjords and fairy tales. Our outstanding guide, Pal, was the perfect balance of historical and cultural knowledge and as well as engaging personal stories and "bus treats." The hotels were clean and well located. The tour was the perfect balance of scenery, sites, and museums as well as time on our own to explore. Between the Rick Steves guidebook and Pal's suggestions, we never ran out of things to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not one "Wow" moment, but many "This is great!" ones: biking on Aero island, toes in the Baltic at Kalmar, some splendid sunsets, on deck on the overnight ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo, sampling reindeer and moose meat, riding the Flying Trunk at Tivoli Gardens, and marveling at the bravery of the men on the Kon Tiki and the people involved in the Resistance. Oh, and seeing The Little Mermaid statue. On the bucket list since I was 9."

Christopher

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific tour; exceeded our(very high) expectations. Our guide, Pal, was truly exceptional in every respect. Best tour guide we have had in our many travels (in three decades of travel with the U.S. Foreign Service and with other tour companies).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two "wow" moments -- Vasa ship museum in Stockholm, and the spectacular fjords in Norway."

Rebecca

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, this was a solid tour with a great itinerary. We were lucky to have excellent weather on our tour, clear blue skies and no rain the entire time. The scenery, especially in Norway was just spectacular. As usual, a good mix of group activity and free time. This is my ninth RS tour and I would definitely recommend it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery on the drive over the mountains in Norway followed by the Sognefjord cruise. I also enjoyed the down time on Aero island. Visiting Tivoli at night. The visit to the Vigeland sculpture park in Olso."

Elizabeth

Oakdale, CA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had visited Scandinavia on a different tour eight years ago and it was good, but this tour gave us much more insight into the "soul" of Scandinavia. The information, both historical and contemporary was excellent. Our tour members were a wonderful group to travel with and we feel, we made many new friends. Seeing and experiencing the sights of the three different countries was not only enlightening, but enviable (speaking as a USA citizen).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed the Living Museum in Oslo, not too far from the Viking Ship Museum. Having Scandinavian roots, myself, I thought, "Wow!" this explains so much to me. If we are allowed two, the opportunity to visit a Stave Church in the mountains of Norway, was just wonderful."

Stephen

Honolulu, HI

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the adventure I was looking for - terrific guide in Ylva and driver in Leif, great group of convivial fellow travelers and the weather made it all come together. This was our 4th RS tour (best of Europe, with Martin, Spain, Scotland with Martin and Liz being the others) so we were used to the "SURPRISES" like Hans C. Anderson regaling us over a brief toast - Richard was, as you know, an excellent story teller - I also told him he should do a one man "George Carlin" review (on his own).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"AERO and Roskilde Cathedral and the open air museum in Lillihammar. Wish we had spent less time @ Viking Museum and more at the cathedral - that was our own call but if I had read more about the cathedral, I would have gone inside before the official tour began. Traveling during the World Cup and meeting and cheering with Europeans in hotel lounges gathered around the TV provided its own special memories."

Margaret

Littleton, CO

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Hard to find much wrong. Would have liked more time in some of the church's/ museums. But our guide did have a good handle on the driving time. Distances were long in the bus, but understandable. And the bus was great. Our guide's information as we drove was excellent. Very weak meal in Oslo. I understand that things are more expensive in Scandinavia, but this meal was just not very good. Copenhagen needs 3 days. The Art Muesumn ( Carlsberg) near Tivioli, is excellent..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island, the B & B owner Suezann, wonderful Going to Elva's house Fjords"

Roberta

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of Scandinavia exceeded our expectations in every way; even Mother Nature contributed to a wonderful trip, with sunny weather nearly every day. Ylva brought warmth, humor and her deep appreciation for history to our tour, enriching our experience in so many ways. Our driver, Leif, was remarkable and unflapable, whether driving through hairpin curves or crowded city streets. The itinerary was excellent - a nice mix of bustling, modern cities, quaint villages and gorgeous natural wonders.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The quaint village Ærøskøbing - it was a perfect respite, filled with crooked lanes, tilting cottages, wedding bliss, a quaint harbor, and the most outstanding accommodations of our trip. Pa Torvet was amazing in every way!"

Elka

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide (Asa), hotels, food, bus driver, and local guides were all excellent, and we enjoyed the company of our tour-mates. We experienced most of what we would have done on our own, and a lot more we wouldn't have due to time and travel constraints. Every day was an adventure, we learned a great deal about Scandinavian history, culture, the economy, and so much more. We'd never taken a tour of any kind before, and this one exceeded all our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Viking Museums just kept getting better and better. Also loved the outdoor folk museums with their collections of original structures. And of course,the Jotunheimen Mountain bus ride and the Sognefjord cruise."

Karen

Rochester, MN

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are normally independent travelers, but we very much enjoyed this tour. Asa was a wonderful tour guide, and our bus driver was great! We appreciated the smaller group size and having extra room on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the flexibility of our guides and our group - one day we made a detour and celebrated Midsummer holiday in a town our tour guide and bus driver had never been to. We had a lovely picnic and celebrated with the whole town, dancing around the maypole. Perfect!"

Kathryn

Alameda, CA

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never been to Scandinavia and knowing relatively very little about the country I can now say that I'm pretty fluent in it's culture thanks to our wonderful tour guides! I would give the tour a 10 out of 1-10! This was my first Rick Steve's tour, but it won't be my last. The tour was perfectly [INVALID]d, times were easy to make, schedules were comfortable and I felt I really experienced the 3 countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me my favorite moments were celebrating Mid Summer with Asa. Dancing around the pole with so many other locals and visitors I truly felt that I was experiencing an authentic moment. I only wish I had had flowers for my hair!"

Robert

Munds Park, AZ

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So our friends ask us what we liked best on the tour. Our answer is "all of it". We saw a significant portion of each country, the tour guide was great, the bus driver was great, the background information on each country was very educational and useful, the local guides were very good, the sights and sites visited were interesting, and the accommodations were above expectations. I'm running out of superlatives...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The City Hall in Stockholm was a true surprise. As a public building the architecture, interior decorations and the building's use was a surprise. What the great churches are to southern Europe, the City Halls (Stockholm and Oslo) are to Scandinavia."

Kate

Grass Valley, CA

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was very thorough, enjoyed seeing so many places while learning about them along the way. The accommodations were excellent and extremely well located for getting around the cities. Our guide was superb and made the trip a positive experience for everyone. My only negative was that there was almost too much information provided. I could have used a little more quiet time on the bus rides. Also, the "orientation" session the night the tour started lasted too long--about 6 hours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite stops were the Design Museum in Copenhagen (on our own) and the sculpture garden in Oslo."

Sherry

Munds Park, AZ

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a perfect mix. Of cities and countryside. Of walking and bus riding. Of scheduled time and free time. We arrived with basically no knowledge of Scandinavia. We left with a huge amount of knowledge about history, culture, economics, geography, and most fun of all, pop culture. Really, we didn't want to go home. There were so many special moments and samples of all things Scandinavian, we really felt like we had an appreciation of what it might be like to be a local.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive through Jotunheimen National Park followed by a ferry ride through the Sognefjord, all in one day!"

Robert

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour, it has taken awhile to process everything I learned , heard , saw ,tasted, touched and experienced..Guide/s first class. Asa made me understand Scandinavian culture, and history. She is a great teacher and our driver ,Mathias, worked well together. They both were great at talking about their country and its physical environment. Asa enriched our time on the bus with Cultural comparisons of the three countries. .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronneby and the mid-summer celebration, the wonderful make shift picnic and dance around the festive pole."

Steven

Alameda, CA

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Never a dull moment! The organization and philosophy of the tour was excellent. I was educated, entertained and exhilarated throughout the 14 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of Norway...can't pick just one moment!"

Thomas

Grass Valley, CA

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Tour guide, Asa was excellent. Not only was she extremely knowledgeable of the places we toured, and willing to share every detail, but was also very communicative with just the right amount of humor. her great sense of humor combined with the flood of information she provide was just the. She also gave us enough information so we knew how to plan our days and what was expected. The local guides were also very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Asa made special arrangements for us to participate in a "Mid-Summer" festival which just happened to occur in a Swedish village on the same day the tour was scheduled to stop our bus ride for a picnic. The country village we stopped in was perfect. We were able to join in dancing around the Mid-summer pole along with all the locals and have a perfect lunch with the locals. A wonderful experience."

Henry

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best trips we have ever taken. In fact it is hard to imagine how it could have been better. We had an absolutely fabulous tour guide (Asa), we really liked all of our fellow group members, the hotels were all centrally located (with excellent breakfasts!), the group dinners were wonderful, and we came away with the feeling that we had been on a cultural exchange rather than just a trip. Wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. The architecture in Oslo knocked our socks off, of course including Vigeland sculpture park but also the new and interesting buildings as well. The Vasa ship was much more impressive than we had thought it would be, it was immense and beautifully displayed, with excellent historical exhibits and informative explanations. I guess I would say that each stop had its own highlights, like a CD full of "greatest hits"."

Catherine

Hernando, MS

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was exactly as described and very good. The guide, Asa, was excellent. She was organized, personable, and very knowledgable about everything Scandinavian. A good group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero (the island) was so charming and peaceful. Much more than I expected."

Tracy

Richland, WA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We didn't know much about Scandinavia before our tour. We learned and saw so much! Spectacular scenery, just the right balance of guided tours and great time to explore the cities ourselves. We really enjoyed the different modes of travel on this trip: bus, bay taxis, ferry. The trip across the Jutenheiman Mountains was spectacular. We enjoyed the multiple picnic stops with this trip; Laurel and Tara made them amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jutenheiman Mountains! Oh, my goodness what a great memory!"

Erika

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Rick Steves, Best of Scandinavia in 14 Days tour was fabulous! It facilitated exploration of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway [INVALID] highlighting foods, history, and integration into everyday life in each country. Loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment from our tour was jogging along the shore on AEro Island, passing the swan sanctuary, watching the wind ripple the grain fields. Ah, so peaceful."

Katherine

Springfield, OH

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am of Swedish heritage and have wanted to take a trip to Scandinavia for over 30 years. Despite my high expectations, this trip exceeded them! It was a wonderful mix of cities and countryside, scheduled tours and individual time, and good pacing. I LOVED all the museums we went through and fascinating local guides. It was especially interesting to have several local guides who were not native to their country as it provided a unique perspective of the culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My biggest "wow" moment was walking into the VASA museum and seeing the huge, beautifully restored Vasa warship. The awe of walking through the door and immediately coming upon the ship was akin to the first time I turned the corner in the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence and saw the statue "David"."

Christine

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time with a tour and it was a fabulous experience. As an introvert by nature, i was not sure what to anticipate traveling with 28 plus 2 guides. The group included multiple subgroups who had traveled together before but were inclusive and delightful. The planning was meticulous with a great balance of urban and rural. The geography covered was huge (wouldn't give up anything!). I suggest limiting the group size to 24 and add 3+ days to allow a slightly slower pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glaciers and fiords of Norway, viking ship museums, Nobel Peace Museum. That being said, every place we visited was so enriching. That which is still most stimulating for me was the exposure to a culture that has found a way to successfully blend capitalism and socialism with powerful end results. I'm still pondering the elements that created a society/culture with "cradle to grave security". This example as well as a lifestyle committed to the environment brings such hope."

Brad

Richland, WA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful scenery, knowledgeable guides and wonderful food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide in Stockholm took our entire group into his home, which was built in the 1600s. Also loved the overnight cruise to Oslo."

Marcus

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed see parts of Scandinavia that I would not have experienced on my own. Enjoyed being shown parts of the countries by "locals"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The road from Elvester to Bergen with its magnificent views and frequent stops"

Joel

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Laurel set a terrific tone for the whole tour: fun, enthusiastic, relaxed, and curious. There was a great balance between city and town, between museums and experiences. I would highly recommend it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords. They were sublime. There were other lovely moments -- like on Aero or even in the bustle of Copenhagen -- but being in the fjords I felt transported."

David

Ashburn, VA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall a very good tour through a beautiful section of Europe that is somewhat overlooked. Of the three major cities, Oslo was the most surprising and their museums the most enjoyable. Only negative aspect in my mind was that some of the hotels were not up to the usual high RS standards -that would be my only criticism. Everything else great and highly organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the fjord drive. It was a beautiful drive through the mountains and the bus made frequent stops throughout the day for pictures. Also the tour director played some great music which enhanced the experience."

Lynn

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Professional, liked having lots of room on the bus. It was a great first time experience travelling with Rick Steve's tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Girls on bikes in Copenhagen and the fjords of Norway."

Jeri

Camas, WA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great tour Very informative and I learned a lot about Scandanavia. I thought our group was a little to big, 28 people, which made it hard for the local tours. I also thought the distances in the bus were pretty long, but to see all that, it was necessary

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Johntenheimen mountains in Norway and the ride down the fjord in the small ferry. The cross-country skiiers on the glaciers in Norway."

Barbara

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first time in Europe, first time travelling as a retired couple, first time with a tour group; a lot of firsts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyone asks me what was the highlight of your trip? I tell them every day was a highlight. We were quite overwhelmed by all the terrific scenery, the fabulous food, the informative museums, the interesting tour guides. We especially enjoyed being allowed into the home of our Stockholm guide."

Carol

Chehalis, WA

Tour: 06/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour of Scandinavia was a top tier tour, first class! We stayed in hotels that offered utilitarian rooms, often with lovely views, and food and drink availability, very nice! Walking tours always informative and relaxed with excellent guides! Our bus transportation was very comfortable. I very much enjoyed our comparisons/contrasts of city explorations and small towns stay, just the right amount of loveliness! Overall an excellent experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Highlights: Tour of the Nobel building! Aero Island, delightful!! Hans Christian Anderson, brought his life and writings to life! Norwegian Lodge and tour over the pass! Overnight boat tour to Oslo. Picnic on way to Bergen! Circle of Life Statues Park in Oslo! Guides were all fantastic!! All the INTERESTING INFORMATION given us by Pol as we traveled together on the bus! Loved his laid back yet thoroughly competent delivery, exceptional!! Enjoyed the music selections as well!"

Wayne

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 06/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour far surpassed my expectations! I have wanted to travel to Scandinavia for many years given my heritage.The opportunity to visit Norway and Sweden, were my primary objectives.However, this tour included visits to Denmark (e.g., Copenhagen, Ærø Island), Jontunheimen mountains, Sognefjord, and several boat cruises. In addition, we stayed in ideal locations to further explore the sites, the culture, the people and the food. Finally, our tour group was great, and so much fun to travel with!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments! My favorite "wow" moment was staying at the Elvester Hotel in Norway. After dinner, our tour group gathered to sing songs. Our driver, Mats Karlsson, played his guitar; I played a few songs as well. My other "wow" moments included the ferry ride to Ærø Island, the ferry ride from Copenhagen to Oslo, the time spent on Ærø Island, the drive over the Jontunheim Mountains, the cruise through the Sognefjord, Frogner Park in Oslo, and the view of Bergen from Fløyen."

Sarah

Longview, WA

Tour: 06/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first guided tour and my first time over the pond in 19 years! What I loved about the tour was that each day we were exposed to the culture, history, and uniqueness of each town/city we visited. The wonderful thing about having a guided tour was that I was able to learn so much more about where I was but then also have the flexibility to discover and explore on my own...or with new friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Reflecting back, I realized that I don't have a favorite "wow" moment, I can list "wow" moments from every day...that was not something I expected when embarking on this trip. Falling in love with the food, the towns, and the complete essence of where I was can never be replaced. This trip has ignited my passion for travel! Pal completely spoiled us with personal history, experiences, and laughter. I know I couldn't have asked for a better guide who has such a gift for what he does!"

Sharon

Centralia, WA

Tour: 06/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think that I've covered this in the following sections. The only problem on the entire trip was the lack of leg room on the bus. I didn't think that tourist class place seats could be beat, but the bus seats were EVEN closer. At 5'7" I was uncomfortable, but, fortunately I had two seats to stretch out a little.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is difficult to answer. Aero definitely touched me. The statures at Vigeland Park were breathtaking. The architecture everywhere and flowers were wondrous. he Norwegian mountains and the lovely lodge in which we stayed were wonderful in all ways."

Nancy

Hastings, MN

Tour: 06/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Such an amazing and memorable trip: Tour of Scandinavia. We signed on in January for our June trip. Unsure of our expectations. My goal was to see Greece. My husband wanted to see Norway. There were no tours that were inclusive and included Norway. We signed onto Rick Steves Sandinavian Trip. Because Norway was a huge part of this trip. This was our first (but not our last) Rick Steves trip. We were so impressed and ENJOYED our tour director: Paul and his companion, bus driver Matz.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite WOW moment was Copenhagen...our hotel looked down onto all of the canals and colorful buildings. Then we took a canal cruise and went through the city with a colorful explaination of buildings and history. Secondly, Kalmar Castle...memorable authentic and amazing. May I continue? Aero Island...oh my gosh. Suszanne's B&B, bike riding and supurb weather was over the top. Once again: Pal. My husband's WOW moment of the tour was Norway, The ferry into Oslo. The Fram Museum and Kon-Tiki R11"

Andrew

Wauconda, IL

Tour: 06/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great mix of natural wonders, city walking tours, cultural experiences and culinary delights. Travel is lengthy but well worth it to experience several Scandinavian locations. Our guide, Pål, was outstanding, spoke perfect English, and provided a flawless experience, supplementing the agenda multiple times with various Scandinavian treats while traveling on the bus. Local city guides were excellent and extremely knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We expected the fjords to be the highlight of the trip and they did not disappoint us as they are amazing. However, we loved charming Æro Island and were lucky to encounter an interesting local Danish person who gave us a tour of his house and furnishings from his many travels!"

Ann

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 06/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Bob and I enjoyed our trip to Scandinavia. It was very well organized and we were able to really get a good feel for each city we visited. Our guide, Pal, was the best guide you could ever have on a trip. The hotels were very convenient and lovely to stay at. I would recommend this trip to anyone wishing to see all the sights and sounds of Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just too many to list."

Thomas

Oak Park, IL

Tour: 06/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized; the daily itineraries were varied and gave the right amount of flexibility and free time. Food and accommodations were very good. Co-travelers were a very friendly group whose company was very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ship museums were all really interesting, but the Vasa Ship !useum was especially awesome. I also really enjoyed the bike ride some of us took on Ærø island."

Jerome

Southlake, TX

Tour: 06/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Expectations were high and the Steves organization did not disappoint. If anything, expectations were exceeded.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to account for in limited space. The abundant and timely free time was much appreciated."

Sharon

Ridgecrest, CA

Tour: 06/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

OMG I don't even know where to begin. This Scandinavian trip was phenomenal. I loved learning about the history of each country which provides the foundation for where the country is today with respect to its politics, health and well being of its citizens. I love learning about the overall culture (art, literature, music, food). Cant' wait for my next trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. Each country had a "wow" factor. In Sweden it was the Vasa Museum. The whole story of the vessel from its inception to its demise and salvaging was incredible. In Denmark it was the city of Copenhagen and Island of Aero, City of Aeroskobing. Wonderful. In Norway it was the National Gallery and the Fram Museum. All of these countries are full of friendly, incredible people. Our visit could not have been any better."

Brenda

San Mateo, CA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall was pretty much as expected. Fine experience with no frills. At my age, almost 75, I do prefer a bit more luxury but this was certainly worth the try.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the ceremony room for the destination weddings and the revitalization of that charming little town as told by the very sharp local young man whose wife came up with the wedding destination idea. Fascinating!"

Carol

Fargo, ND

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Both Gabriela and Ellen were great guides. The group was wonderful. Not a single whiner! This is my 3rd Rick Steve's tour, and I think that the tour expectations self-[INVALID] a good group. Also, with only 26 members, we all met each other, and it is always fun to be walking on our own in a new city, but yet run across people we know! I loved the combination of cities, mountains, fjords, and history. There was a good blend of group and on our own time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Gustav Vigeland sculpture park, Frogner Park, in Oslo was a wow moment for me. I was unaware of this park and these sculptures. They were beautiful, powerful and emotional. I also expected that the fjords and moutaints would be a wow moment, and they did not disappoint!"

Kevin

Abbotsford, BC

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have always wanted to tour Scandinavia, since it is from where my Grandparents immigrated from. I saw more and learned many things from Gabriella that I would have missed if I had toured on my own. I really enjoyed the tour and met some great people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't follow to many sporting events, but love to follow the winter Olympic events. Being in Lillehammer was cool because of having seen all the sights with the 94 Olympic coverage, I never thought I would actually ever be there."

Loraine

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I chose this tour because I have some Scandinavian DNA and because it was listed as one of the least active tours. Due to some medical issues, I sometimes had a hard time keeping up, but I wasn't alone at the back of the pack. Even with the challenges, I loved the tour and learned a lot. Gabriella, Ellen and my tour mates were great to be with. I got help when needed and opted out of a couple of things when I ran out of steam. That worked for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"#1 The drive over the highest road in Norway. Simply spectacular and our driver was great. #2 The Viking ships, especially in Oslo. Loved the fact that the best-preserved burial ship was for 2 women. #3 The Vasa museum. Great story about the arrogance and ignorance some leaders possess. #4 Every group dinner. I must've made the best choices for me, because every meal was terrific."

Bettina

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. The guides managed to keep things running smoothly and rarely let the work show. Gabriella was very knowledgeable and her personality quickly created friends out of strangers. The tour was a fantastic way to learn history and culture. The itinerary was well thought out and did not seem as rushed as I feared. Yet,I am glad we added 2 days in Stockholm. The driver was outstanding and very dear and kind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My family was fortunate to have rooms in a small cottage in the garden behind the main building in Aeroskobing. That alone was like a mini vacation. Although we enjoyed everything, I think the picnics, the time in the smaller towns and countryside were treasured. The mountains and fjords were the most impressive scenery. Snow flurries in June are memorable. In the cities, the architecture and the way they blend the historic with the modern is amazing."

Babak

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very pleasant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway Fjords"

Kent

Killdeer, ND

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was well satisfied with the mix of both cultural enrichment and natural beauty offered on this trip. Gabriella and Ellen both did an excellent job of tying in their personal experiences, with lessons on history, language, art, and how it relates to contemporary Scandinavian culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was at the Stave Church in Fossbergom. The local guide revealed the pipe organ in the nave had been purchased with donations made by Norwegian immigrants to the Dakotas (where I'm from) that wanted to share the success they enjoyed in America with their church community back home in Norway. That was a great experience."

Shaun

Abbotsford, BC

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first rick Steve's Tour and I thought that the experience was good. I was able to see a lot of different things in each of the places that I visited and try different types of foods. The at Rick Steve's were very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite "wow" moment was when I got to visit the VASA Ship's, and go aboard it and look at all of the different things."

Sharon

Vallejo, CA

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on our best of Scandinavia trip! It helped that the weather was very cooperative for the majority of our trip. The majestic views were just that!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sognefjord cruise was amazing. I wish we could have had more time in Norway and the Fjords of Norway."

Pamela

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour truly delivered what was promised, the highlights of Scandinavia. The cities of Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen and Bergen were beautiful and bustling. The countryside was serene and scenic. The history of the this part of the world and the museums were fascinating. We easily walked our 10,000 steps a day so stayed in shape even though we were on the bus quite a bit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Danish island of Aero. It was relaxing to be in a small town, on an island apparently few tourists see. More wow moments? Cruising down a Norwegian fjord on a small local ferry."

Mary

Duvall, WA

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I dont know what I expected, but I did not expect a trip so full of new experiences,surprises, information, humor, laughter and walking! Asa was amazing: whatever you do, do not let her get away! Just when I thought that it couldn't get any better, along came Asa with something new that made it better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably going over the mountains and into the fjords of Norway. Watching Leif (our bus driver) taking all those hair pin turns only added to the experience."

Victor

Vallejo, CA

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all so good, but the sculpture garden in Oslo was one of the best things."

Barbara

Los Alamos, NM

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves "Tour". There were several reasons we chose it; we liked what areas were included, the timing was right for us, the travel philosophy was similar to ours, and the "no grumps" and the "take care of yourself and be considerate of your travel mates" concept was great! We have been on other tours where some people were late for the bus, complained profusely and had other "grumps". Because this was such a long trip for us that required considerable planning (see m

Louise

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour is a good over-view of the three countries. The metro passes made it easy to use our free time to see art museums on our list. Food was good and plentiful, with fun snacks of local candy and cinnamon buns. Our guide was easy to talk with, and made sure she got around to everyone. There was a lot of discussion about their way of life from social and political to food and housing. We really enjoyed that part of the tour. All the ferries and boats were lots of fun. Loved Aero!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day driving over the mountains of Norway was amazing! Wish we had 2 days up there to see more. The canal boat tour in Copenhagen was also fun-surprised that isn't on our tour."

Myron

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well balanced between planned activities and free time. Very informative about history, life, political system and concepts of common welfare. Local guides enhanced the dimensions of the tour, were knowledgeable and very open in their discussion. One even took us into his apartment for a glimpse of his daily life. Free time allowed us to pursue areas of personal interest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island was particularly charming. However, the mountains and fjords of Norway exceeded my expectations for sheer natural beauty. Urban wows: The Munch Museum and Frogner Park (Vigeland sculptures)."

Mary Jane

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We chose this tour as we had never traveled here before, and were interested in seeing why this part of the world has the reputation of having the happiest people living in it. Aasa, native Stockholmian, was our very qualified guide who showed us why they are a happy people. She intertwined stories of history and culture with hands on examples of their love of nature - voluntary hikes and bike rides. In general good mix of cities and nature.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everybody usually says the fiords and I don't disagree......but I will add the Vigeland Park in Oslo. Aasa was our private guide for these very interesting statues and she did it with much authority and grace. She has an uncanny ability to know when the group needs guidance and when the group needs time to reflect"

Wiley

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have talked about a Scandinavian tour for several years and my ancestry dna reported a 28% Scandinavian heritage. So we planned an 80th birthday tour of that area. Overall we like the Rick Steves approach of seeing different cultures and getting a little bit further off the tourist trail. Our main guide was of the highest caliber in organization and great personality. The local guides all revered Mr. Steves and the hotels were not the giant lodges and had friendly competent staffs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am not a "wow" person but this tour was everything I expected and a bit more in allowing me to experience the locals that I enjoy reading the history about and seeing the countryside up close. Maybe seeing the warship Vasa and hearing the history of that sad moment for the king."

Patrick

Dover, NH

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the kind of tour that you just do not want to end. From the beginning to the end, every day was filled with memories in the making. Asa our tour Guide was spectacular, and it was so obvious that there was so much planning that went into every day's activities. At the end of the tour we were awarded our "Viking" pins, and I still wear mine proudly today.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountain pass in Norway was breathtaking, and it was especially fun seeing the cross country skiers out in training on the snow covered hills of the mountain pass in early Jun. We all took turns in the front seats of the bus, and were rewarded with beautiful scenery. What a treasure. We had so many discussions with the locals as encouraged by Asa and were rewarded with a much deeper understanding why the people of these Scandinavian countries are amongst the happiest people in the world."

Gerry

Lacey, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scandinavia's travel appeal started as a desire to know the lands from where two of my grandparents emigrated. My wife also has Scandinavian ancestry so we were both interested in the trip from a heritage perspective. For us the tour provided a balanced overview of the culture, politics, cuisine and geography of the three countries. The mix of different modes of transportation (bus, multiple ferries, subway, funicular railway) added additional tour interest. Overall a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For my wife the "wow" moment was when Ylva and her partner shared their home in Gamla Stan with the tour group. Seeing their home brought "ordinary" life in Stockholm into focus. My "wow" moment was our ferry ride through the Sognefjord. The dramatic views were better than I had expected... classic Norway."

Denise

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour! Beautiful scenery and very interesting history and culture. We loved our guide Ylva's enthusiasm and passion for sharing her homeland with us. We actually got the chance to visit her flat in Stockholm to see how an average family lived. It's the backdoor experiences and the discussions on culture, history and politics of the region that make Rick Steves tours special!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many! The drive in the mountains - Jurgen (our driver) navigating the hairpin turns with the bus from the top of the mountain to the valley below! Loved the Elvester Hotel in the mountains - gorgeous surroundings and hike!!!"

Peggy

Orlando, FL

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always on Rick Steves' Tours, the guide was a combination of professionalism, organization, knowledge, caring, thoughtfulness and humor. The members of our group got along beautifully and we were good friends early in the tour. The itinerary was an ideal way to get an overview of Scandinavia and its diverse customs, excellent governments, outstanding education ,friendly people, as well as Viking history in all three countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "Wow" moments. The first was when our guide, Ylva, surprised us by having her "husband" our local guide in Stockholm, take us to their beautiful, historic and private home and show us how they live. What a wonderful way to introduce us to the lifestyle of Swedish families in a section of Stockholm. The Fram Museum in Norway was an unusual and wonderful way to give us the feeling of being on the actual journey with the explorers Frogner Park was breathtaking and exquisite."

Jeff

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had my doubts about seeing three countries over 14 days, but the tour hit all my needs - historical, cultural, physical sights. This never could have been done without the expertise of our guide, Ylva. (More about her below.) The tour bus also offered a great way to see sights on the road with the distractions of driving and was comfortable enough to rest when necessary. The vox devices were invaluable in allowing you to not be obsessed with staying within earshot of the guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many great moments, but the "wow" moment was being on Aero Island in Denmark. The hotel, the bike ride, the meals, the walks around town...all great. The best "wow" on Aero was picnicking on the beach in front of the colorful cabanas and wading into the water at 9PM while the sun was still high in the sky!"

Nancy

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first tour, but not our last! Perfect mix of group and free time. We have traveled on our own, but having the hotels, check ins, transport, and day passes arranged for us took all the work and risk out of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe visiting Ylva's home, maybe first sight of the Norway mountain hotel, but definitely Aero Island. 48 hrs of total fairyland charm."

Brian

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time seeing the Scandinavian sights plus hearing about the history and culture. I experienced/learned more than I thought I would. Weather was almost perfect for our visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A tie between visiting Ylva's apartment/flat (family surprises!!!) versus a post-dinner hike near the Elveseter Hotel up in the mountains."

Huntington

Centerville, PA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sognefjord Norway"

Lise

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed my tour of Scandinavia. We saw so many things I cannot remember everything. With our great guide I learned so much about Scandinavia. We used the whisper system to listen to her. It is a good way for the guide to talk to us and you can hear every word.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My visit to the Fram museum was probably the most amazing. It is a real ship that you can visit and see how the occupants lived, what they wore, what they ate, and where they slept."

Carol

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time.

Jean

Byron, MN

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The reviews turned out to be true! This was our first organized tour, so we took a leap of faith based on all the previous reviews. We were thrilled with this trip from the accommodations, to the transportation and tours, the food, our fellow travelers and our guide. Just fantastic. It's also true that there were no grumps! There was plenty of opportunity and freedom to be with the large group, break up into smaller groups, or explore independent of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"They say mishaps lead to memories! On our ride up through the mountains in Norway, our bus had a mini crisis. Our guide Pal and bus driver Mattias stayed calm and so professional under pressure, even injecting bits of humor throughout. They always have a plan "B" just in case..."

Cynthia

Boulder, CO

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved everything about the tour! Our guide was outstanding, the itinerary was well chosen, food & accommodations good, the country was spectacular! The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is that the numbers of participants have become too large for me. Even though I enjoyed everyone on our tour, I feel 28 people is too large of a group to travel with. I will be looking for tours that offer the same outstanding guides and itineraries as Rick Steves tours, but smaller group size.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The weekend on Aero Island!"

Norene

Longmont, CO

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This Rick Steves tour did not disappoint me. It was active and yet relaxing too. Our tour guide, Pal was fun and OUTSTANDING with his depth of history knowledge, and culture of each country as well as sharing his personal experiences growing up in Norway. The tour was well planned with bus and ferry transfers, meeting local tour guides, hotel check ins, and group meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the Vasa Museum, Frogner Park, the peacefulness of Aero Island, the beautiful scenic drive through the Norway mountains and the ferry ride in the fjord. I was surprised that the weather was so perfect with no rain on our tour."

JP

Boulder, CO

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded expectations and I had high expectations. Pal is simply an outstanding guide. We've been on other Rick Steve's tours and Paul is exceptional. I would also say our guides on the other tours have also been excellent but Pal is a really excellent. I also want to thank Pal for delivering some outstanding weather! Good work, Pal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably enjoyed Aero the most... but the whole tour was most excellent. There were many, many wow moments. The fjords are like the grand canyon... until you walk up to the rim it is impossible to appreciate the scale and enormity of it all. Norway is like that."

Doug

Longmont, CO

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding and well planned and executed. Pål was an outstanding guide and was very organized. Tour members were really engaged and got along well. Our tour had outstanding weather with no rain which added to a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vasa Museum in Stockholm, as well as the trip through the Jotunheimen mountains and the Sognefjord fjord cruise. Our tour group was lucky to have had outstanding weather on our trip so we were able to see lots of sun, even in Bergen."

Linda

Charlevoix, MI

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Despite the biggest heat wave in Scandinavia in years, we had a wonderful time. We had gorgeous weather every day. Our guide Pal was terrific and the scenery was out of this world!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As usual, there were too many "wow" moments to make a good choice. The two that I settled on were the feeling of awe at seeing the Vasa and driving through the mountains of Norway. The Vasa is enormous, and knowing that it was 98% original was mind blowing. The mountains were stunning and the experience was enhanced by Pal's decision to play the Peer Gynt Suite on the bus sound system while we drove."

Marshall

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How well the guide handled the unexpected"

Robert

Fort Walton Beach, FL

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great guide. Outstanding tour mates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Northern Norway, mountains and fiords."

Sue

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the whole trip. Our guide Asa, was incredible. Knowledgeable, joyful, well organized, considerate and helpful. Gabriella added to the delightful experience. Our accommodations were always clean and comfortable. The bus, boats, ferries and other transportation modes were easy. The overnight ferry was a treat. Really enjoyed our side trip to Aero. What a charming place! From the bustling cities to the calm and beautiful of the waterfalls in the fjords, this is one trip to remember

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The waterfalls of the Fjords. Many many "Wows""

Martha

Flint, TX

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very pleased with the tour. Liked the welcome meeting where we got to hear what others' experiences had been with Rick Steves tours. Liked the balance of structured events with free time & freedom to opt out if we didn't want to participate in an activity. Liked the dinners/lunches that introduced us to typical local cuisine & culture. Liked staying in one place two nights. Liked the city pass for museums & transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Vasa Museum"

Gregory

Flint, TX

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It is apparent from the start that these people are professional and the tour has been polished from repeated use. I would recommend it to anyone

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to "Hall of the Mountain Gods" while driving through the mountains of Norway."

George

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The pace was perfect, just enough free time. The itinerary was well-conceived, a great mix of history, culture, food, and fun. The guides were terrific, super organized, prepared, and friendly. The accommodations were comfortable and convenient.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The FRAM museum in Oslo. Who knew?"

Susan

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved everything about this tour! Asa was a fantastic guide, we learned so much about each country's history, culture, and traditions from her...all so interesting. We were happy with all of the hotel and meals provided and enjoyed the chance to try many traditional foods along the way. The bus and driver were fantastic. Getting from place to place went smoothly! I wasn't sure if we would like a structured tour, but we did and will likely do another Rick Steves griping the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but I loved our surprise "Hans Christian Anderson" encounter and his performance! It was just a perfect addition!"

Deborah

Matthews, NC

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of Scandinavia was a great trip. Our guide, Asa, was exceptional. Her attention to detail and knowledge of the region's history and culture was amazing. I also loved how she exposed us to the region's traditions and foods/treats. I learned things I never could have learned on my own. From the scenery in Norway to cities and museums, the tour provided a wide range of adventure. The tour also provided a good balance between organized activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments - the scenery (mountains and fjords) and stave church in Norway, quaint island of Aero, city hall in Stockholm and Oslo art museum. Every place we visited provided lasting memories."

Judith

Putnam, CT

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

informative, fun, active, beautiful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"driving from the lodge in the mountains of Norway to the fjord"

Jerry

Bothell, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So much to see and so little time. Our guide, Ylva, did an excellent job giving as much history and background to support all the sights we visited as well as great guidance for our free time. I felt that visiting three countries with the amount of time we had was well balanced and the knowledge of our guide superb. Being of Norwegian descent, I was thrilled to be in my grandparents' homeland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I had to choose one out of the many places we visited I would say going through the Jotunheimen Mountains. It was absolutely breath taking. At times it felt as though we were the only people on the entire mountain. Absolutely fabulous."

Elisabeth

Alamo, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized, managed and had a good pace. Ylva was an excellent guide with lots of information, energy, and personal warmth. Her positive attitude was constant and she was so helpful with special requests, such as dealing with a food allergy. The only negative impression I came away with was regarding the Thon Hotel in Bergen. My roommate and I sent our laundry to the front desk on a Friday morning. The desk confirmed it would be returned Friday but it was not, and they d

Deborah

Port Republic, MD

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was very enjoyable.Our guide was energetic, patient and very knowledgeable.She also has a good sense of humor and is a warm person.The tour was an excellent introduction to a less well known part of the world and each stop left us wanting to stay longer! There was a good mix of walking tours, museums, historic sites and free time with interesting commentary throughout. Now it is up to us to process all that we've learned!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "Wow" moments which were very much enhanced by the fantastic warm and sunny weather which we experienced- a big surprise to everyone, including the Scandinavians! One such moment was the morning we came into Oslo Harbor on the overnight ferry and saw the entire beautiful city spread out in front of us- another was riding through the Jotunheimen Mountains with its sharp hairpin curves and fantastic vistas- thank heavens for the skill of our experienced bus driver-"

Patricia

Newport, NS

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just a super trip but that is why I pick rike steeves tours

Favorite "WOW" moment

"aero island enjoyed sunsets and my pictures"

Penni

Macdoel, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful experience! We had a great time and enjoyed every day of the tour. Great guide and fun travel mates.The activity level was accurately portrayed and we feel asleep easily at night!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several. The Norwegian Fjords. Christiania in Copenhagen. And the two blissful nights on Aero Island."

Ann

Marlborough, CT

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized. Interesting variety of experiences from biking to touring castles. Good overview of the similarities and differences of the 3 countries that we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fantastic drive through the Jotunheimen Mountains. Both an otherworldly and spiritual experience. The sun was shining on the jagged snow capped peaks and Nordic skiers were floating over the fields. Could have stayed there all day!"

Susan

Oshkosh, WI

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour guide in Ylva, very knowledgeable about the Scandinavian countries, always a bit of history in her talks. The city guides were informative. Loved the mountains and fjords of Norway, the cities of Sweden and the lovely island of Aero in Denmark. Food was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sharing the sunset over the Baltic sea on Aero with new friends and good local beer."

Peter

Guerneville, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is a part of the world we haven't been to before. It is surprisingly under-populated for an area with so much history. We took a chance on the weather and paid a price for it but we're still happy we made the journey. Lots to see. Lots to learn about. Lots of interesting people and life styles and interesting food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive over the mountain in Norway was an amazing day."

Janet

Moultonborough, NH

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never taken a ground travel package in Europe before, so we were concerned we would sit on a bus and be lectured to. In fact, we found this experience excellent. Asa was interesting, knowledgeable and a wonderful story teller! The places we went were well thought out. We arrived in Stockholm several days earlier than the tour, and to our delight, we loved all the recommended-by-Rick-Steves activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords of Norway were even more spectacular than we imagined. After the wonder of the glaciers, it was amazing to be even more 'wow-ed' by the fjords!"

Gail

Portola Valley, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The actor who played Hans Christian Anderson. He gave a delightful impersonation of the author with dramatic embellishments including a quick Argentine tango with our guide."

Bobbie

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was impressed with the itinerary. A good mix of city, small towns and scenic drive in Norway highlands.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Viking museum in Oslo with all the artifacts. Also the scenic drive in Norway highlands."

Mary Jane

Aiken, SC

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour ever, but having seen Rick's show on PBS and reading so many great reviews on his website, I was confident that I would have an enjoyable experience. I have always been a solo traveler and have seen many corners of the world, but at 57 I thought it would be nice to be spoiled a bit. I arrived a week early to spend time in the south of Sweden, and stayed another two weeks to hike in the Lofotens. I love the tour - and our leader, Ylva was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can I pick just one? I am intrigued by the political and social scene in all parts of Scandinavia, so seeing Stockholm's City Hall and learning about Sweden's parliament was definitely a highlight. A beautiful building but also one where important things happen within its walls. Norway was so beautiful that it was almost impossible to take it all in. The Peace Museum in Oslo."

Melissa

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience in three beautiful countries that I've wanted to visit for many years. I envy and marvel at their cultures, societies, and values. No wonder they're such happy, healthy people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of "wow"s! Special moments were Stockholm's City Hall, the stay on Aero, the visit to Oslo's Nobel Peace Center, the piano recital and tour of Grieg's home...and sensing that I was walking in my parents' footsteps."

Jim

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride through the Norwegian fyord was amazing!! But there were MANY wow moments!"

John

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience and certainly met all of my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vasa Museum in Stockholm and the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde were two "wow" moments for me. The craftmanship involved in "resurrecting" these artifacts from the past was truly impressive."

Chris

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. This was our second Rick Steves' tour and we were ready for the routines like the "buddy" system and appreciate that as a safe process. Our guide, Ylva, was amazing and she puts a whole lot of positive energy into her leading us on an amazing trip. She made herself clear that she was available to us, if we had an issue to come to her. Our group was awesome, too! The three countries we visited were different and the same and each had their own beauty. We had great weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was quietly sitting on the boat as we floated through the Fjords in Norway!!!!"

Marian

Torrance, CA

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was very interesting , loved learning about the history of Scandanavia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Aero Island and BergenP"

Joanne

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is quite rigorous - maybe the most rigorous of all the Rick Steves tours we have taken! There was a lot of walking and a lot of walking on cobblestones, uneven surfaces, through heavy traffic, up and down many stairs and over wet streets. The tour catalogue has it listed as "least active". Nevertheless, it was a fun tour filled with many different experiences and learning opportunities. I would recommend it and would do it again. The countries are beautiful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was twofold: seeing "The Portrait of Madame Matisse" in Copenhagen and "The Scream" in Oslo; driving through Boverdalen and the Jotunheimen area. So beautiful!"

Marida

Hendersonville, NC

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really wasn't expecting all of the others on our tour to be as fantastic as they were! I thought there would be grumps and some people that I just didn't like, but guess what? Everybody was great! This in and of itself made the overall tour experience great for me. I also loved that you guys have really done a great job planning this trip and dotting all the "I"s and crossing all the "T"s.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords have to be the WOW moments. I always feel nature trumps man-made things, even when those are fantastic. Especially loved the Viking ship museum at Roskilde. There were people working there who had so much knowledge and were super accommodating about talking with all of us. The statue garden was really unique. Everything on Aero was fantastic!"

Marvin

Hendersonville, NC

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, so we were not completely certain what to expect from the experience. We were very pleased with the way the whole tour was put together. The itinerary was great with lots of culture, history and politics, big city touring and relaxing mountain cruising. We found the balance between structured and free time to be just right. Ylva was an absolutely outstanding tour guide and our group of fellow travelers could not have been more fun, easy-going and congenial.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive through Giants Country, the stay at the mountain retreat in Elvester (with its completely unexpected art collection)and the cruise through the fiord were absolutely other-worldly. Those two days would have made the trip worthwhile on its own."

Nancy

Auburn, MA

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide...I learned so much more than I expected from her commentaries. Scandinavian history was truly enlightening...and not studied very much in US schools. Norway's fiords and hills...and waters...so very scenic...I would go back in a heartbeat!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing on a bus higher and higher on a partly cloudy day in the hills of Norway...to see snow and clouds...hovering on the mountain tops...great pictures!"

Gary

Rumney, NH

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic trip. Our whole group got along well throughout the tour. Our guide, Ylva, was great! Every detail of the tour was coordinated very well by Ylva over our 2 weeks. We had done two other tours, on our own, using Rick's books, but this tour gave us a fantastic history of the countries we visited. Everywhere we went, the people were very nice and very helpful. Overall, a well done taste of all 3 Scandinavian countries

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think our "wow" moment was our trip through Northern Norway. From our stay at Elveseter, which was a great place to stop for the night, with their great local dinner and good conversation into the evening. The trip from Lom to Bergen the next day took us through some of the most beautiful scenery to be seen anywhere with waterfalls, mountains, snow (Sept), glaciers and then the fjord. A picnic along the way by the fjord was a great stop. And the ferry cruise through the fjord was phenomenal."

Ronald

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great learning experience in each of the countries visited. The guide, Ylva, was wonderful in presenting the cultural lessons including economics, political systems, education, healthcare, and the Arts. I enjoyed the itinerary that balanced large cities and rural life in each of the countries. The inclusion of a holiday experience on Aero Island demonstrated how these tours seemed to always have that "Europe thru the backdoor" charm. Times on ferries/ships added to the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway was my Wow experience primarily for the moments in Oslo (Opera House, seven great museums visited, and the Vigeland sculpture park), bus tour thru the mountain region, ferry ride thru the fjords! We also added the "Norway in a Nutshell" tour back thru the fjords to Flam and train trip back to Oslo that really accented our visit. We also made a tree-day stopover in Iceland on the front-end of the tour that was great!"

Mike

Lake Hamilton, FL

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, this was a great Rick Steves' tour with just the right balance of scheduled activities and free time. All of our local guides shared their knowledge in their own unique style. The scheduled activities were educational and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus ride down the highest road in northern Europe. I got to see it first hand from the front seat."

William

Calgary, AB

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip gave me the opportunity to touch the ground my ancestors walked on. My wife and I fell in love with Stockholm and Kalmar with it's charm and laid beauty. Copenhagen was charming from the first glance out the hotel window, Aero Island a treat beyond compare. Norway, start to finish, was a pleasant surprise around every corner. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island. We were pulled into the easy pace, awesome old world beauty and down home charm. Gorgeous and restful."

Todd

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My teenage daughter and I have never been to Europe. She was excited to go specifically to Scandinavia. We were pleasantly surprised by the balance in structure and free-time. We felt that the experience was informative but not over-the-top.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our "wow" moment was seeing churches and castles that are older than our country (USA) There is a pride in the history by each country we visited. Seeing the fjords and glaciers was awe inspiring."

Carl

Calgary, AB

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was and is now a highlight of my travelling life. The areas we visited, the places we stayed and the food all made it a wonderful experience. Our bus driver (Pinge) and our guide (Pal) were knowledgable, friendly and professional and made the tour what was was....amazing. I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many "Wow" moments on the entire tour. Having said that my favourite "wow moment" was the bus drive through and down the Norwegian mountains and the ferry ride though the Fjords. The day we rode the ferry, the bus was the only vehicle on board and we had the boat to ourselves. Simply amazing."

Gail

Placentia, CA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end, we "wowed" over many sites we saw. We laughed together as a tour group. We cried at the end. We loved our guide. Our bus driver was personable and a superb driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many that it's difficult to find a "favorite".. Being on the island of Aeros for 2 nights was the highlight for me. This was so quaint, charming, so full of history. The pace so peaceful. Had a wonderful traditional Christmas dinner at the Restaurant Mamm. Could easily have spent more time here."

Paul

Placentia, CA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide Pal, coach driver Per-inge, and local guides were fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow factor" for me was Pal Additionally, he, coach driver Per-inge, and the local guides brought to-life the art, culture, and history of each country. They really allowed us to make the most of the behind-the-scene contribution made by the RSE cadre. Additionally, I really liked the time in the village Aeros on the island of Aero, DN. Quaint and relaxing experience. The Christmas Dinner and the time on the Farm were both memorable experiences."

John

Columbus, IN

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As expected with a Rick Steves tour, the Best of Scandinavia was enlightening, educational, and a well conducted tour with many experiences and sights to reflect on in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments for lasting memories. The one that stands out for me was the relationship established with a young Norwegian. It was refreshing to interact with a local resident."

Terri

Seneca, SC

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding organization of daily events. Overwhelmed by the Scandavian history that we learned from Pål and the local tour guides. It was a total immersion of verbal history, visual history, local politics, music from Scandanavian artists and local foods and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ferry trip viewing the fjords."

Beryl

Bend, OR

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour! Pal was amazing - so organized and fun! Scandinavia is beautiful, so clean and interesting. We, again, had a nice balance between busy cities and charming, quiet countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" was the fjord trip in Norway. Simply gorgeous!"

Ellen

Lake Hamilton, FL

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extremely informative and educational. Enjoyed learning about and experiencing the culture. Scandinavia shows Americans that a country can be both traditional and progressive. The tour was well organized and had a great balance between organized activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjord cruise!"

Mariane

Columbus, IN

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very beautiful part of the world. Enjoyed Pal's historical accounts and the local traditions and customs he taught us. He is a very good guide. My favorites parts were Gamla Stan in Stockholm, the bike ride in Denmark (island), and the hike in Norway (the lodge).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the waterfall at the end of our hike in Norway."

Kathryn

Viroqua, WI

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour and again, it did not disappoint. Scandinavia was beautiful, and I learned a lot about my heritage. Thank you! We had a wonderful guide, the tour went flawlessly, information was abundant and helpful and our traveling companions were fabulous. It was a total pleasure being in this group of happy, friendly and fun people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjord cruise provided a lot of "wow" moments. Truly gorgeous scenery but also experienced "wow" moments in the Viking museums. I knew so little about the Vikings and my interest in them has really increased since the trip."

Carol

Dunlap, IL

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved everything about this trip. It was a very congenial group of people which was expertly brought out by our accomplished guide. It was a good mix of history, culture and scenery. Every local guide was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a toss-up between Aero Island and the trip over the mountains in Norway."

Mary Jo

Peoria, IL

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour but it won't be my last. The tour was varied in activities, had nice free time, exceptional guides, good traveling companions, delicious food and lots of special memories. I also liked we had access to so many different types of transportation -walking, bus, trains, ferry and overnight boat. I'm really looking forward to planning my next trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How about a split between the Vasa Museum in Stockholm and Frogner Park in Oslo? Both were works of art and amazing in their own way."

Judy

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've always wanted to get to this part of the world, and the tour was outstanding! I'm blown away by Asa's knowledge of the culture, language, and especially the history of the three countries we visited. She does an amazing job of teaching, while also making the whole experience just plain fun! Having Laurel along as her helper was also really nice, and added to the overall enjoyment of the trip. Once again, Rick, great job of putting together a truly wonderful experience!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think our visit to Aeroskobing really stood out for me. Loved the quaint village, with enough time to fully explore without the intrusion of the crowds from cruise ships! Staying with Suzanna in her lovely B&B made for a perfect experience. A most charming hostess. We learned how important you have been in revitalizing the town! Cheers to you. A message for you from Suzanna, Rick... She said, "give my love to Rick and tell him to please write a book about travel in the United States"."

Bill

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. It was all delightful. I especially enjoyed the two Viking museums, the trip over the mountains (glaciers!) and down the fjord in Norway, the Vigeland sculptures, and the absolutely charming island of Aero.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park just blew me away. So perceptive, so expressive. I could have spent a full day absorbing the stories they tell."

Gabe

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was excellent. We had a few issues: The hotel room is Stockholm was very small. This might have been our fault, as we booked a couple of days early on Booking. com rather than with the hotel directly. We arrived from Copenhagen by train and got taken for a ride by the taxi ($70 for a two mile ride), and this needs to be further emphasized on your information sent to people in advance of the tour. None of the hotels had air conditioning. this created sleeping problems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive across the mountains in Norway. Magnificent."

Connie

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good [INVALID] our group was on time all the time, no one complained and there were no personality issues/clashes. Our driver, Hasse, was excellent and step-on guides knowledgeable, informative, and entertaining. Saw/experienced many different sights. Beautiful countries with stunning landscapes interspersed with big European cities that offer many adventures and amenities. Highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island and Vigeland Park in Oslo. Did not know either existed -- truly gems and added much to my overall experience."

Carol

Tampa, FL

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time in this tour; the guides were very personable and the other travelers very nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow was how wonderful our driver was on the scenic roads in Norway!"

Edward

Tampa, FL

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour met or exceeded every expectation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Asa doing the Tango dance with her friend in Bergen the last night of the tour."

Susan

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scandanavia is beautiful! The islands, mountains and fjords are worth seeing. I learned so much about Viking history and the culture in that part of the world. I highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have three ~ The Vasa ship museum, Aero Island and the stave church in Lom."

Chris

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide Asa is one of the best we've had in the four tours we've been on with Rick Steves. Without her, I'm not sure the tour would be as exciting or we would have learned as much as we did. With so many stops and so little time in each city, this tour could have easily been a blur. However, Asa was the balancing factor to ensure we were able to "stich" together our experiences in three countries that are similar in some ways but mostly quite different.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough to pick just one so, I'd have to split between the fun, lively feel of Copenhagen and Oslo with the mountain region of Norway (excluding the long bus rides)!"

Lou

Bismarck, ND

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good group; wonderful tour guide (Osa) and assisstant (Laurel) Accomodations were good, but my only complaint would be the noise from the street in Copenhagen. (..I know,it can't be helped) I was very thankful for having some down time in the cities where we stayed two nights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sognefjord cruise after the beautiful and hairy ride through Jotunheimen Giant country."

John

Bismarck, ND

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable. We were able to see the best of all three countries with time for ourselves as well. The tour guide and assistant were wonderful. Just wished we had more time in Aero and Oslo.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming into Oslo."

Nancy

Tubac, AZ

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our first Rick Steves Tour. Really enjoyed the other guests. If you have complainers etc, it doesn't matter where you go and what you see. Almost all the guests have been on other Rick Steves Tours. Very telling. The Buddy System and the Name Game made a lot of sense and helped up move along. We had a great tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought the Christmas Dinner was delicious and interesting. The ferry on the fjord in Norway's was outstanding. We also liked learning about how these Scandinavia countries political system works. The very best part was our visit to Aero! Charm, charm, charm."

Barbara

Poplar Bluff, MO

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very new experience and interesting tour. I was particularly interested in visiting Sweden because my great grandmother immigrated from there in the late 1800s. I wanted to touch the soil and experience the country she left. Our guide, Asa, was excellent at explaining the history in these 3 countries although my brain didn't absorb the details enough to win the "quiz" at the end of our tour. ?? Asa also took time to speak about life now in each country and their traditions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Aero Island and would have enjoyed a little more time to wander the roads. What an inspiring story about how the residents of Aeroskoping are working to rebuild and become a wonderful tour destination. The wow moment was meeting the diverse group of people in our tour group and getting to experience all we saw with them. The mountains and fjords were spectacular. We were so lucky and had beautiful weather most of the trip. The food was also an interesting experience."

David

Poplar Bluff, MO

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was better than I anticipated. Asa made it a great tour with her enthusiasm and ability to communicate her knowledge of the history of these countries. She explained about each country's culture and people in a way that was very enlightening. She and Laurel worked great together. They are both just great people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say the wow moment was in the mountains of Norway. The vista of lakes, glaciers, and mountains was spectacular."

David

Gilroy, CA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This has to be one of our favorite tours! The beauty of Scandinavia is near the top with other European locations. It's just the right mix of city, fjords, mountains, old-and-new, culture, history, food and countryside. Just a terrific experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments including Aero Island, the Vasa ship museum, the scenery going over the Jotunheimen high mountain pass, and the beauty of the waterfronts in Stockholm, Copenhagen and Bergen."

Herb

Saint Charles, MO

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a very nice tour but not my cup of tea. There was not enough time at some of the sights and too much time at others. Also, the LONG bus ride\ferry ride was way too long of a day. It was back to back with another long bus ride day. Having said this, the information provided by Asa during the ride was very interesting and informative. I could have done without the music she played.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It could have been the VASA museum but we were sort of dumped there without much direction and the people I was with wanted to leave, so I did not get the chance to explore. Therefore, I thought Pension 44 on Aero island was outstanding. Suzanne was a great host and very interesting to discuss her B&B and the island in general."

Dottie

Saint Charles, MO

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome tour guide and apprentice! Both very knowledgeable about all of Scandinavia and fun, as well! Awesome group of travelers on the tour, No Grumps! I learned a lot about Scandinavia. The museums we went to were amazing: Vasa Museum in Stockholm; Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde; Viking Ship Museum on Bygdøy peninsula; Fram extremely interesting and seeing the Kon-Tiki I learned about in school years ago. Hans Christian Andersen popping up in Copenhagen was a fun surprise!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No doubt, my favorite "wow" moment was Ærø Island and the enchanting town of Ærøskøbing!! I wish I could have stayed a lot longer. What a gem! Rick Steves has a knack for discovering these out-of-the-way places no other tour would visit!"

Harriet

San Carlos, CA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scandinavia tour was fantastic from the first day to the last day. Asa and Laurel were so helpful throughout the tour. The group was very friendly and congenial. Besides the tours with the group, we had time to do some touring on our own. I had such fun running around the grounds of Kalmar Castle early in the morning. Since I am interested in Ironman races, it was fun to see the set up for the Kalmar Ironman race and then seeing the athletes in the Copenhagen Ironman race. Wonderful tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the old Viking ships at the Roskilde's museum, visiting Frogner Park to see the sculptures of Gustav Vigeland, and ferrying through the fjords in Norway."

Judy

Gilroy, CA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scandanavia in 14 days tour was excellent. Our tour guide, Asa, was so knowledgable about each of the countries that we visited and she had so many stories to share which made the trip so enjoyable. Asa was very organized as well so everything went so smoothly. The landscape was beautiful, particularly in Sweden and Norway. As always, the local tour guides were friendly, knowledgable and humorous. They really added a special touch to the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords were so beautiful and something that I had always heard about but had never seen. Another "wow" moment was the VASA ship at the VASA museum."

Andrea

Ocean City, NJ

Tour: 08/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fabulous! It had a good balance of experiences and locations. It was extremely well planned, which wasn't easy considering the itinerary. There was enough time on our own, plus some optional experiences. It would have been almost impossible to do this on your own. This is the benefit of an organized tour. I especially loved Aero Island! My least favorite was Maihaugen. The tour members were very nice and congenial. The tour guide, Ylva, and driver, Per-Inge were exceptional!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a few "wow" moments, including Aero Island (especially the bike ride and doing yoga with Ylva), the free concert(in honor of the King & Queen's 80th birthday), in front of the palace in Oslo featuring the Philharmonic orchestra and pianist George Li. It was incredible! The drive through the Jotenheimen to see the glaciers! It was magnificent! Of course, the cruise along the Fjord! Unbelievable scenery!"

Joseph

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 08/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

History has always been my highest interest as well as political science. This tour had both. This was our second tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our cottage on Aero island."

John

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 08/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our eighth RS tour did not disappoint. Ylva was a marvelous travel guide, our travelling companions were active, lively and smart and the destinations unforgettable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway's fjords were the 'crown jewel" experience for me. The stunning combination of the glaciers, clouds, green grass, high mountain tops, green water and carved valleys was remarkable."

Lisa

Fitchburg, WI

Tour: 08/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Guide very knowledgeable on the history and culture of countries. Suggestion...better sleeping accommodations in cities with loud music festivals that go til 3am. At 1:30am I fought for a room on opposite side of hotel! I was told, "I knew about the festival and was given ear plugs." I'd argue I wasn't told "Nothing helps when you can feel the music in your body and you'll be sleeping in a very hot room with the windows closed and no air!" Note: There were quiet, empty rooms available!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views of the Fjord on the ferry ride on the way to Bergen."

Cyndi

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 08/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ylva is priceless. She's extremely knowledgeable, energetic, intelligent, tactful, experienced, pleasant, fun, engaging, organized, reasonable, caring, interesting, interested, well spoken,funny... She absolutely blew our mind! She is irreplaceable. I hope she receives a bonus and award for the best of the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving over the mountain pass in Norway, through the glacier fields. The beautiful blue ice melting into the otherworldly colored water of the fjords. Ylva was playing a sort of "Norwegian Enya" music while we drove through. I felt I was in a movie and just cried."

Michael

Fitchburg, WI

Tour: 08/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, a very good experience. We had an excellent guide, our group got along very well and the trip was, as advertised, the best of Scandinavia in 14 days. The mix of sights was very good, with just enough castles, churches, and museums to keep things interesting and enough free time to wander around on our own. I personally would have liked to spend a couple more days in a couple places (Stockholm & Aero), but that would have required adding more days or cutting out some destinations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Thor Heyerdahl's original (not mock-ups or recreations) Kon-Tiki and Ra II at his museum across the bay from Oslo."

Tom

Kearney, NE

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

My experience was "good" based on my comparison with other Rick Steves tours we have taken.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip through the fjords would be my "wow" moment."

Mary

Wichita, KS

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

With the gift of Lisa's expert knowledge of the history, art, language, geography, food and music of Scandinavia, our family of 5 enjoyed the trip of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island, strolling along the streets after dinner, watching the sunset over the water, talking to the locals and watching them enjoy themselves in the Aero Island way."

Natalie

Boston, MA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very excellent tour experience. Lisa was outstanding as a guide. She is an amazing representative for the company and did a fantastic job. I would prefer more time in the big cities, especially Copenhagen. Spending 8 hours on a bus to go to a farm hotel was not worth it. The scenery was nice, but after 2 hours I think that is sufficient to take in the scenery. There are so many museums and cultural activities in the cities that it would be nice to have another day in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lisa as the tour guide. She accommodating so many requests, was extremely patient, and was always ready to have fun. She did a good job of giving information on the bus and teaching us about Scandinavian culture as well as giving us quiet moments to rest. I have only done one other Rick Steves' tour, but Lisa was just the best."

Diana

Eagan, MN

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Three beautiful countries we were very excited to visit. It was fun, non-stop, educational, informative and overall a whole lot of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband fell in love with Copenhagen. He loved the canal where we stayed, the scenery, the people, the city. I loved Gamla Stan in Stockholm. I could probably live there! We also,loved Aero Island -- what a terrific place."

Katherine

Spencerport, NY

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was the 4th Rick Steves tour I have taken. It was excellent, as usual. I would have rated it as outstanding but for one thing. The length of the guided tours in the cities tended to be a little too long. I do not remember having 3 hour guided tours on my other tours. Three hours is just too long. For one thing, my brain stopped taking in the excellent information for about the last 30 to 40 minutes. Also, the seemed to spill over into meal times, which again, caused "brain fade".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the Sculpture Garden in Oslo. Outstanding!"

Jane

Eatonville, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour of any kind and, my goodness, it will be hard to top this wonderful adventure. I loved that everything was arranged to give us the best of all the countries we visited ...no fumbling, no long waits. Even the bus rides were productive, with samples of the the countries' music and commentary on the sites were were seeing or about to see. I loved that we experienced city life AND rural or small town life, as well. I also appreciated the time we had to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many Wow moments, but I loved Aero, especially hearing about how the island has reinvented itself via community action. "We all do better when we all do better," was the slogan on the t-shirt I bought there. I also enjoyed the guides we had in Stockholm, because as they spoke of the culture and government there, I could recognize aspects of my mother's personality. Later, our guide Lisa helped my brother and I identify the town from which my mother's family came. Lisa was amazing!"

Marie

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

From start to finish the tour was filled with history,fascinating sights,and beauty.Our tour guide,Lisa Rybloom was outstanding.There were some days with long bus rides but she made them seem shorter with all she had to offer and how she timed the events of the day.Seeing the major cities in each country was great but spending time in places like Aero Island, Bergen and at Elveseter were very special and memorable.Fewer layers and/or hours of history may be considered within each city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On Rick Steve Tours you can never have one favorite "wow" moment. There were a few: Aero Island,the ride through Norway, staying at Elveseter Hotel with its roaring river outside, the 2 hour scenic Sognefjord cruise between cliffs and waterfalls,seeing Bergen,the breakfast and hotel in Bergen, the Vasa warship, the Roskilde Cathedral and the exhibit by Ai Weiwei. When a traveler can have multiple "wow moments" of a region it must really be a terrific tour through the back door."

Pamela

Yakima, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been on 8 European bicycle tours. This was my first Rick Steeves tour. Of all the guides on all my trips, Lisa was by far the best, and I really liked the other guides. Lisa injected so much extra information, good humor, and interest into our bus times that it wasn't so bad doing some 6 hour days on the road. Our days were extremely well-organized and the moving of 28 people from bus to tours to hotels was always seamless. I loved all the places we visited!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My best moment on the the tour was actually the entire time we stayed on Aero Island. It was a great respite from the constant go,go,go that most of the days entailed."

Howard

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Sweden, Denmark and Norway are beautiful. I enjoyed the vistas and seeing each area. Our guide lacked depth in terms of providing background on the lifestyle and concerns of the people who live there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tremendous focus on a clean environment was great to see. They are world leaders in taking care of their environment. Their cities were beautiful. I liked seeing the Viking museum and the ships which gave them a competitive advantage for a long period of time. Also enjoyed the Vasa Museum for the tremendous work, craftmanship that went into making that ship."

Bryan

Frederick, MD

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a very well-organized and very active tour itinerary, which we have come to expect from our many previous Rick Steves tours. Our guide, Lisa, did an excellent job providing leadership and instruction and cultivating the group culture. The hotels were great and the group meals provided very tasty and healthy options. The Scandinavian cities that we visited were wonderful and the local guides were very informative and interesting. The scenery was beautiful and very photogenic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two favorite wow moments. The first was a solo climb I made up the helical spire of Church of Our Savior in Copenhagen, during free time. The climb was thrilling, especially on the outside helical staircase, and the views of Copenhagen were spectacular! The second wow moment was our bus tour through Jotunheimen National Park, which provided breath-taking views of mountains, water falls, valleys and lakes. I must have taken 1000 photos during that road trip!"

Philip

Chicago, IL

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed how well the tour was organized and timed. We got to see a lot, learn a lot, and still have enough down time. Bus and ferry transfers, hotel check-ins, local tours, group dinners were all well organized and efficient. Pal was outstanding as our guide. He kept everything flowing overall but I also felt that he was also very aware of each individual and their needs. I think he answered every question and there were many. He was fun, personable, and very kind to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the "changing of the guard" in Stockholm. Frogner Park was a "wow" moment too."

Jeannette

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Sweden to Denmark to Norway in 14 days! This was our 1st visit/ tour to Scandinavia, and it was truly awesome! My husband and I were among 28 total travelers and it couldn't have been better. We had a diverse group of travelers but all seemed to "mesh" very well. Our tour gal Pal (pronounced Paul) was absolutely wonderful, he was engaged and interested in each traveler and enthusiastic about the three countries we visited, and had an in depth knowledge of each country that was astounding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really, all of it! Sweden is vibrant and beautiful, Denmark is energetic, progressive, and seafaring, and Oslo/Bergen is very modern and blessed with so much natural beauty. We were thinking the whole time that we both wished we lived here and how blessed we were to visit our ancestral home. All of these Scandinavian countries are so clean and lovely that we (as Americans) can sure learn a big lesson from their environmental and economic policies."

Rose

Sequim, WA

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was on a magical journey for 14 days, visiting these pristine countries in the company of the best tour guide ever, Pal, and the best bus driver, Leif, and 20 something happy tour mates. The trip was very well planned to the smallest details. Local guides were very good and some were stars. Our hotels were well located and accommodations were adequate to excellent. The meals set up by the tour were outstanding and the service was good. t

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The old city and city hall of Stockholm were memorable especially the rooms where the Nobel prizes are awarded. The trip through the mountains of Norway and the ferry ride on the fjord were breathtaking to say the least."

David

Appleton, WI

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect mix of group and individual activities, urban and rural, modern and historical. Gained a much better understanding of the cultures, their common heritage and unique differences. Active yet relaxing. Well thought out and executed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viking ships museum in Oslo had some incredible relics in mint condition."

Mary Ellyn

Appleton, WI

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a truly awesome experience for me. Pal was absolutely superb as our tour guide. He really made the experience special by talking about culture and then adding in his own personal stories from his experiences growing up in Norway. The hotels were first rate with excellent and helpful staff. The city tour guides were also excellent. Hakon in Stockholm really stood out for me, but all were exceedingly excellent. And calling it an experience describes exactly what the tour is.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved being in countries where people actually care about each other and don't mind pay 45% tax so that they can have "equal" services. I felt a special regard for all Scandinavians because of their values."

Nancy

Shepherdstown, WV

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed every day of the tour. It was well planned, with a variety of city days and rural days, group experiences and time on our own, and enjoyable boat trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the mountains of Norway. The snow, clouds, and glaciers were stunning. And then we came down out of the mountains and had a beautiful boat ride on the fjord."

Deborah

Port Washington, NY

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful and consistent with our previous experiences traveling on a Rick Steves' tour. Great group of people and a wonderful tour guide. Wonderful itinerary. Good balance of group and individual time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ærø Island was my favorite "wow" moment. Although I was originally disappointed to leave Copenhagen believing that another day in this wonderful city would have been ideal, Ærø did not disappoint."

Jeffrey

Port Washington, NY

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Very well organized tour. Very knowledgeable and fun guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island was my favorite part of the trip."

Susan

Des Plaines, IL

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The places we visited were all the hot spots. A great balance between group and independent time our tour guide set the tone for celebrating diversity in our travels as well as with our travel companions. Thank you Pål. It was hard to say goodbye to our new friends. I hope our paths cross again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ferry through the fjiords of Norway ???? was more awe inspiring than I could have imagined. I am humbled by the beauty and power of nature."

David

Des Plaines, IL

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic experience. Great group, tour leader, nice balance between private time and group activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many. Loved the tour through Stockholm. The mountains through Norway and Aero Island are breathtaking."

Grace

Oakville, ON

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Our tour manager Pal was outstanding; he provided us with historical & anecdotal insight into Scandinavia without overwhelming us with too much talking. All the hotels were in great locations and I really enjoyed the pension in Aeroskobing and the Thon hotel in Bergen. My least favourite hotel was the one in Kalmar; I found it rather rundown. I would have liked a little more time in Copenhagen, but this is a personal preference.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many; I really enjoyed the Pension 44 in Aeroskoping, it was utterly charming and Susanna is a gem. The Roisheim Hotel in Lom was a great stay but participants should be warned about the barrel tubs and should be given the option of showers vs tubs prior to arrival. Being the youngest on tour at 46, even I found it awkward climbing into the tubs; I'd heard some of the older participants skipped bathing rather than tackle the tubs. The Thon hotel in Bergen was phenomenal!"

Jeanne

Evanston, IL

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A nice mix of structured and free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting with a beer overlooking Oslo harbor"

Toni

Grass Valley, CA

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! This was our first Rick Steves tour and it exceeded our expectations. It was perfectly paced, and the perfect mix of scheduled and free time, big cities and small quaint towns. Loved that the hotels were all located in historic downtown areas within walking distance of nearly everything. Hotels were all very nice and our tour guide, Pal, was OUTSTANDING. The group of 28 tour members started out as strangers but we all bonded which added to the enjoyment of the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to name just one. Since this was our first time to Europe in 17 years, it was all a wow. Perhaps the wow is just how easily the tour group functioned, and maintained a schedule without feeling rushed. I think Pal's leadership had a lot to do with this. I also especially liked the little island of Aero and the opportunity to bike ride along the coast."

Terry

Richmond, VA

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. We have traveled on our own for the most part but have used Rick Steves' guide books more than any other publication. With the practical approach outlined in the guidebooks, I was a Rick Steves "believer" before we started the tour. I was not disappointed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the scenery, especially in Norway. Of course all the cities were beautiful but I am partial to the more rural and small town settings. The glaciers and fjords with their small settlements along the way were awesome. Loved Aero Island."

Cathy

Auburn, WA

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved our guide Asa, and the tour was all I was hoping for. Most of the places we stayed were fun and unique and well-located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sailing into Oslo on a gorgeous, sunny morning."

Jenifer

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never done a "tour group" before, I was a little hesitant about the experience. We're not "those" type of people. This trip so far exceeded our expectations! Asa is a FANTASTIC tour guide. Our group had so many fun and interesting people too. Our locations were phenomenal. Hotels and meals were all great. It was the perfect ratio of group time vs time for ourselves. All so great in fact that we're already planning another Rick Steve's experience! I guess we are "those" people after all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Uhhhhh, Everything! Maybe Aero Denmark at Suzanna's house."

William

Auburn, WA

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I loved our tour. We had never visited Scandinavia and wanted to both see and better understand that part of the world. We learned about the region's history, geography, culture and languages. We met some interesting locals. And we did it all in the company of some wonderful traveling companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many highlights that it's hard to pick just one. I think my very favorite experience was our time on Ærø Island -- especially the bike ride with Åsa and our stay at Susanna's bed and breakfast. She was a marvelous hostess, and the breakfasts were wonderful."

Gary

Bellaire, MI

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I felt that the tour was well-planned--that the trip was balanced well between countries, city- and country-life, and walking versus bus-riding. At times I felt that the pace was too fast. Because the food in Scandinavia is not great, there should have been a food option for those who preferred neither of the local foods. Also, I wish there had been more cultural events (or at least recommendations), such as musical concerts and other forms of entertainment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stockholm was definitely a "wow" for me. I loved the city and could have spent an extra day there."

Lyn

Bellaire, MI

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have a head full of wonderful images. I feel enriched by learning customs, politics, food and the world view of the countries we visited. Our guide, Aasa was bright, energetic, articulate and organized. She and Hasse made the trip what it was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say there were several, but I think I will remember most fondly the beauty of the Danish countryside, particularly on the bike ride on Aero Island. The countryside in Norway after staying in Elvesaeter was terrific as well as the along the Sognefjord."

Tammy

Toronto, ON

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the third RS tour we have taken. All have been excellent and outstanding. So it is surprising to say that this one was even more excellent and more outstanding than the others. Our tour guide was absolutely terrific and the group was very cohesive. I think Asa deserves the credit for making the experience so very enjoyable and smooth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in the warm Baltic Sea on Aero with fellow travelers was an unexpected and delightful pleasure."

Jim

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't know how it could have been better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick a favorite."

Karen

San Anselmo, CA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fine time. Good leaders and guides. I think we really like longer times in a place than the tour gave, but the itinerary was clear. Time in Stockholm should definitely be longer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walk thru astockholm, culminating with a visit to our tour guide's apartment, and then learning he was our leaders partner, and it was her home as well. It was a sweet moment, and it gave us the only real look at any ordinary Scandinavian's home and actual living space."

Paul

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour started in Copenhagen for me. I got some excellent morning and documentary photos. The weather was good with some overcast days. Generally we got to see all the sites that were planned. The historical lectures were very helpful. And the degree of professionalism was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Queens reception hall and tapestries were best of all. The harbors were better than I expected. The Aero Island part of the tour was unique. Of course the Jutonheimen Mountain National Park was very invigorating. See my photos at www.artphotography.bz (Google+)."

Michael

Dallas, OR

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was excellent and well paced considering how far we travelled. I appreciated the interspersing of a small town or rural experience after each major metropolitan experience. The variety was nice and it gave one a better sense of the culture. I also valued the samplings of local cuisine as part of the tour experience. I greatly enjoy history, architecture and museums, but it is nice to add flavors to be remembered as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The intimacy of Kalmar Castle and being able to view the wood work and tapestry up very close. There were multiple spectacular "wow" moments but that one gave me the greatest sense of the individual craftsmanship that goes in to creating something that will last and be treasured for generations."

Michael

San Anselmo, CA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good overall. Some hotels a bit substandard. Fjord boat trip to Bergen was too long and not very scenic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero island."

Margaret

Franklin, TN

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had been looking forward to seeing Scandinavia for a long time, as that is the primary place of my heritage. It did not disappoint - beautiful country and interesting places to see. Even though most people there speak English, the language barrier makes it a little harder to negotiate (transportation signs- menus not always in English etc) Also, the currency is a bit of a challenge. Would have liked a little more guidance on conversion of currency in each of the countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the little Island of Aero! Enjoyed the beautiful walk from the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde up toe the Roskilde Cathedral. Loved the stay in the Jotunheimen Mountains (reminded me of Switzerland) and the drive through the mountains in Norway. Spectacular!"

Mona

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was excellent. The tour was well organized, our guides were very knowledgeable,they knew the geography and history, very personal and kind,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the scenic drive from Elvsaeter through the heart of Jotunheimen mountains."

Tom

Frederick, CO

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good tour, well planned with lots of stuff to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How beautiful Norway is. How expensive Norway is. Our tour guide in Stockholm was Ylva's husband and they took us into their home to show us a typical Swedish apartment, very nice. Over night ferry to Oslo."

Kathleen

Dallas, OR

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was packed with interesting experiences, while giving us enough time on our own to explore. We were encouraged to go out on our own, and Ylva was always willing to advise how best to get the most out of our free time. --and not judgmental if that turned out be the need to take a nap. Several of the local guides were remarkable in their ability to bring us closer to their culture, --Sophie and Richard Karpen in particular, both in Copenhagen. Also the city guide in Sweden.

Nancy

Houston, TX

Tour: 07/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 6th Rick Steves trip, so I am obviously "sold" on the quality and value of his trips.First, Rick Steves forbids tipping the guides, yet the guides have always done an excellent job, like Pal on this trip. Not worrying about what, how, and when to tip is comforting, especially knowing that the guides must be well-paid by Rick to be so competent. Some people don't like carrying their own bags or walk several miles, but I love it. I keep physically active. This trip was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oslo, Norway was an unexpected pleasant surprise, possibly now my most favorite European city. Our Oslo pass allowed us to visit all the main museums and take the ferries of our choice. The city was gorgeous, filled with hip, athletically fit, friendly English-speaking people. And the economy was booming. We lost count of the number of building cranes. The trek up the new Opera House was spectacular. So was the cruise through the fjords!"

Bennie

Austin, TX

Tour: 07/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I cannot remember saying WOW so many times in a row.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Norway. 2. Stockholm City Hall."

Kathleen

Lititz, PA

Tour: 07/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was great! Our guide Paul was amazing. His knowledge of the three countries, his patience and his overall helpfulness were just great. Our group was good too. We had a nice cross section of folks from all walks of life. Everyone was friendly and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the display of paper clothing on display at Kalmar Castle. I love paper of all kinds (books, cards, journals etc) so seeing these beautiful and lifelike items made 100% from paper was just spectacular. I don't think I would have ever found this castle or town on my own and certainly would never have had the chance to see these beautiful items. I which I could have stayed there for hours."

David

Lititz, PA

Tour: 07/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very good experience. We had never been to this part of Europe before. The tour just kept getting better and better as we traveled from Sweden to Denmark to Norway.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say that I had a single, favorite "wow" moment. Aero was great as was the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo."

Laura

Ft Mcmurray, AB

Tour: 07/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour. I loved the balance of guided tours and activities vs. free time. The orientation tours were very helpful to get your bearings and the restaurant tips were helpful. The hotels were very centrally located and this really helped with getting the most out of each day! Hotel Bethel in Copenhagen was in such an amazing location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was the day we spent on Aero Island. I loved cycling through the fields with the ocean on my left. I was in my "happy place"."

Robert

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 07/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went well, our guide was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bike riding on Aero Island in Denmark"

Susan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were enchanted; for years we delayed taking this tour as feared it not as exciting, exotic, or interesting destination as our previous tours with RS. We were wrong and came home hoping we could instantly push repeat! We loved each destination but especially the beauty and versatility of Stockholm, Kalmar at sunset, serene Aero, our mt. retreat. Bergen was a delightful ending and it did not rain! Not a place I regretted experiencing; Copenhagen was terribly crowded but grand and vibrant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sooo many! Strolling the richly varied streets of Stockholm, especially Gamla Stan, the castle in Kalmar, walks along Copenhagen's canals and especially the serenity of the island Aero; the drive north through Norway ending with the cruise through the fjords. Pal played lovely bits of music and loved Swedish jazz leaving Stockholm, hearing Peer Gynt in the mountains, and Garrison Keillor's lecture! Open market visits are a must too!"

Liz

Hollywood, FL

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time. Tour was well organized. It was a nice blend of informative tours and guides and free time to adventure. Lodgings were great, especially breakfast. Tour guide Lisa was great. Our bus driver, Mats, was superb, a smooth ride start to finish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just being in Scandinavia. Also all the other tour members were a pleasure to get to know. We had a ball, and especially Lisa made the trip such an unbelievable experience."

Diane

Takoma Park, MD

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

excellent We enjoyed the camadarie of the group. The benefit of the tour is having all the logistics (hotel, various transportations, special meals, local guides, admissions & tickets) arranged ahead of time since we were only staying in each place a day or two. This was so much more complicated than our last years do-it-yourself London trip where I studied the Rick Steve's London book, then we stayed in one hotel for 11 nights and must of done 90% of the stuff in the book!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"driving north from Lillihammer, thru the mountains and valleys and staying at the excessively charming Elvesaeter "chalet", then driving on and seeing the glaciers. Also the trip to Aero Island with its architecture and rural lifestyle intact While the 2nd is accessible by train & ferry, the former is not accessible except by car/private bus; either way, as solo travelers making ALL the reservations necessary for such "side" trips from major cities is just more"

Susan

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour and tour guide. Lovely to see this part of the world and all it has to offer. Great group of people to share the wonderful experience with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"biggest wow was just experiencing the culture and how that translated into the care and happiness of the people living in these countries. Lovely part of the world to visit."

Sharon

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful, our tour guide Lisa was very knowledgeable about each country and gave us great recommendations and directions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was plenty of wow moments, from seeing Moose on our trip to going to Denmark which I was in about 25 years ago."

Dennis

Normandy Park, WA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our ninth Rick Steves tour and it was as good as all the others. Lisa was one of our best tour leaders and Mots was one of our best drivers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride on the Sognefjord."

Robert

Takoma Park, MD

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very happy with the tour. The guides were uniformly good, and we were able to get a really good feel for the countries. The hotel locations were perfect, within easy reach of transportation and sites in the bigger cities. Our bus driver was also excellent, and an extremely interesting individual. My only suggestion was to spend more time in Stockholm.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trip to Aero, and the guitar singalong with our driver and one of the tour members."

Deborah

Westminster, MD

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a bucket list tour for me. The tour was a good length with plenty of interesting things to see and do. The cities included were easily managed for accessibility and ease of movement on our own. Our guide was knowledgeable, capable, and a good time manager. She brought the group together as a unit but respected our individuality. I was glad to see the "Buddy" system was in use and we were able to have a group picture that is coveted by those of us who have done previous tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down it is the Fjord country. Cities are great but nature holds the trump (oh, did I say that!) card every time! The area reminded me of Switzerland from a previous tour but on steroids. Taking pictures at the beginning of the ferry ride was expected, the middle was the time to relax, and the end of the ride was the grand finale of powerful scenery."

Thomas

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We enjoyed the tour and the camaraderie of the group. The cities and countrysides were interesting for their similarities and their differences. We came away thinking that 2 weeks rushed the tour a bit. Given the geographic distances covered a 3 week tour might have made things feel a little less time constrained.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have not once felt unwelcome in the places we have been with Rick. I have reveled in the freedom to enjoy travel. In a food hall in Denmark a German man asked me if I was from the US and said he would like to come but was afraid because of our leader. For the first time in my life I felt the need to apologize about a president's conduct and the effect it is having on people who would like to experience travel to America but for the false impressions being spread of who we are as nation. WOW!"

Timothy

Moorpark, CA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my high expectations. Our group was terrific, and this tour has a well-thought out balance of big city/fast pace and rural/restful pace that worked well for us. Scandinavia has a rich history, a distinct culture, and breathtaking scenery, and all of this came to life under Ylva's expert guidance. Even the long bus days flew by. Excellent weather on Aero Island, in the mountains and on the fjord (and even in Bergen) made this trip especially memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I know that everyone loves Aero Island, and we did, too. However, on this tour, the beautiful drive from Elveseter in the Jotunheimen mountains down to the Sognefjord was my big "wow" moment. Also, we had a surprising amount of fun exploring Christiania when we were in Copenhagen. Finally, we'll never forget watching the sunset during the overnight ferry to Oslo!"

Neil

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great introduction to the local people, food and scenery of Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Each country with their own traditions, customs, food and sights made the tour come alive from beginning to end. The tour group had a traditional meal in each of the countries and enjoyed their music as part of the bus ride. Making friends with others in the group was a rewarding experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Jotunhelmen mountains with their snow, the ruggedness of their peaks and the resulting waterfalls as well as the Sognefjords - the scenery was simply amazing. Also, my wife is 50% Danish and we totally enjoyed the traditional Danish Christmas dinner on the island of Æro."

Qun

San Diego, CA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It's good but it needs quite of improvement compared to the other 9 RS tours I took. Itinerary needs some work and guide is good but not great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Areo and LittleHammer (national park)"

Bill

Spicer, MN

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our trip. The entire roster of travelers was filled with fun, interesting people. Our guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Room accommodations were all we expected and more. We especially enjoyed our time on Aero. The side trip to the museum and lunch at the castle on Aero was something we could have skipped and would have enjoyed a trip to an operating farm, if that would be feasible. I realize that might cause some difficulties because of customs issues.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sights and flavor of Aero."

Joan

Gaithersburg, MD

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip. I much enjoyed seeing and touring each of the capital cities. Aero was charming and the Norwegian mountains and scenery were awesome. We also had an excellent tour group; I think we enjoyed each others' company and enjoyed sharing this outstanding trip together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" for me was that each day was excellent - sights, scenery and adventures. We were, I know, also extraordinarily lucky to have gorgeous weather throughout the trip - sunny, 60's or low 70's. Since the D.C. area was suffering with high temperatures and humidity, I felt especially lucky."

Anne

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous, close knit group of travelers-we bonded quickly and had a great tour! Scenery was breath taking, weather surprisingly cooperated with us, and we saw and did so much! Plenty of built in down time and freedom to do what we wanted. I highly recommend this tour as a "must see" part of the world!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Flying into Oslo with a view of the beautiful scenery we were about to join. The country scene of farmland and forests-everything neat and clean, the red and white homes and barns-gorgeous! My favorite city was Stockholm, my favorite place Aero Island. Locals were so accessible and helpful, everyone so nice and friendly!"

Patricia

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour-so much to see and do yet all done at the perfect pace. Everything was well organized. I have done other RS tours and thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The guides were ideal, as usual, and so knowledgeable. I also enjoyed the amount of down time on this tour. There is nothing I would change about this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spending time on the ferry to Aero Island visiting with a mother and daughter who lived on Aero. We had a great time discussing their lives and life on Aero Island. They invited us to join them for breakfast the next day and conveniently did not give us their address!"

Lynda

Fort Wayne, IN

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of people, two knowledgeable, efficient, and fun-loving guides, outstanding local guides, and a variety of experiences added up to an outstanding trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to single out just one."

Susan

Lodi, CA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Finding out a lot about each country, especially from Lisa that made each place interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"NORWAY - all of it, especially the beautiful scenery of snow fields, half frozen lakes, Giant's country, the real Viking ships of Roskilde, and reindeer meat!"

Julie

Omaha, NE

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A great tour. There was a lot to see and to learn. The major cities were crowded with cruise ship passengers. I might suggest going off-season if there is such a thing. It might have been nice to explore more of the Swedish countryside. I would have liked to see some rune stones in-situ. The island of Aero in Denmark was very relaxing. The Norwegian mountains and fjords were beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow! It was snowing in July in the mountains of Norway and people were cross-country skiing!"

Dennis

Spokane Valley, WA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We could not have been happier with our Best of Scandinavia tour. Lisa was a wonderful guide who had ties to the area and a great historical perspective. I couldn't imagine a better vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In all reality, there were many "wow" moments, but if I had to choose, it would probably be the fjord boat ride."

Weather

Sweden / Stockholm

Sweden Weather


Denmark / Copenhagen

Denmark Weather


Norway / Oslo

Norway Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in your online customer account. About one month prior to the tour departure, in your customer account you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly into Stockholm and out of Bergen ("multicity" on flight-booking websites). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Scandinavia.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Scandinavia guidebook.