• 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

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

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Scandinavia come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 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

Michael

Monument, CO

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vasa museum, little island in Denmark, country side in Norway"

Marcia

Escondido, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my husband's and my first European Tour after several trips "going it on our own" using the Rick Steves books to help us along. I was not sure what to expect. Overall the experience was amazing. While I was not able to always keep up with the activities (due to unexpected shin splints) and therefore sat out some of the events, it was comforting to me to know that while I entertained myself in a park or small café, my husband was not held back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My most memorable "wow" moment was relaxing with a glass of wine, cruising down a beautiful Norwegian fiord with new found friends and seeing a perfect, intense, full arc, seven color rainbow! Life doesn't get any better than that."

Frank

St Albert, AB

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Asa, our tour guide, the bus driver, and local guides, were 1st class professionals, making the Scandinavian experience fun, informative, and generaly awsome. The organization od the tour, the places visited, have us appreciation of the Scandinavian way of life. The tour companions were helpful and fun to be with.The weather cooperated throughout this early September period, not being too hot or cold, with plenty of sunshine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oslo Opera building, old Norwegian wooden churches, organization and transportation of Scandinavian cities, grate food in hotels and restaurants"

Ann

Huntington Station, NY

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a fabulous time! Asa was a great tour guide and went out of her way to make our time in Scandinavia an experience to remember. It was especially enlightening to have a guide who grew up in Sweden to be able to explain the society, politics, etc and to also then compare and contrast with Denmark and Norway. Loved the food, Loved the experience and had a great group. This was my 6th Rick Steves tour and overall a great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt when we were going through the mountains of Norway and seeing the fjords. That was my absolute favorite!"

Sharolyn

Monument, CO

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a good time. Had a great bunch of travelers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"VASA museum Norway's countryside"

Carl

Midland, MI

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Traveled with a congenial crew, rapidly felt like cousins. Learned a lot about a very civilized people, saw impressive stuff, ate well but did not get stuffed. Got enough rest. Happy travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Portrayal of Hans Christian Anderson, telling of his life times and philosophy."

John

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was our first RS and was exceptional. Ylva was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, professional as was our driver Johanas. We saw and learned lots more than we could ever have managed on our own. The hotel choices were wonderful and great locations. Food choices were good with a reasonable split between included and self-directed. Transportation was excellent and breaks were well timed. We particularly enjoyed participating in the evolving camaraderie of our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The group was invited to visit our tour guides' flat in Stockholm. We were honored. Kalmar Castle, the guide and displayed Baltic map enlightened me to what the Baltic was, and is, all about. The Thief Area in Oslo with it's superior contemporary architecture was jaw dropping. Fjord waterfalls !!!!!! OMG !!!!"

Laura

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this tour was amazing,very informative,educational and fun! The sites were all very interesting. The guide was very informative ( I will talk about her in another question) The hotel locations were all very centrally located making it easy to get around. The amount of time on the bus was nicely cut up by stops to more sites and fun. I also really was happy with getting to know the other people on our tour. Lots of fun people, that I hope to see again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the tour of the Rosenberg Castle! To see a castle with so many actual pieces of furniture and pictures as it was ,was very exciting to me! The local guide, dressed in costume was very entertaining. He was the same "The same Christian Anderson" quide."

Joseph

Pinole, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife & I enjoyed our trip as well as our guides. We were very pleased with the group every one had positive additudes. Enjoyed not driving the bus & driver were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the trip was a "Wow", but I loved Denmark ,the people , bicycles, the sculptured park( Amazing)"

Elizabeth

Park Falls, WI

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour met my high expectations. I enjoyed our guide and the whole group. I would have been glad to spend more time in each place, but then wouldn't have gotten to see so much of the 3 countries. I liked the balance of time as a group with time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through Jotenheimen in September, snow falling, listening to amazing Scandinavian music provided by Ylva. It was perfect."

Robert

Saint Charles, IL

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again, excellent guide(s). The Rick Steves concept works really well. All friendly tour mates, great accommodations, comfortable transportation, and as much or as little information as you want to absorb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting our guide's partner in their home in Stockholm."

Floyd

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments on this tour. Really enjoyed Copenhagen with the colorful buildings along the canal just outside of our hotel and the steady stream of bicyclists of all ages, including 3 wheelers made in Copenhagen's Christiania carrying the spouse, child and even the familiy dog in the front basket. The hippy community, Christiania, was well worth the visit. All the boat trips had beautiful scenery. Recommend renting a bike on Aero and riding to Søby, even in the rain."

Paul

Whitewater, WI

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A few negative aspects on this tour prevented a "perfect" score. Overall, I enjoyed very much the history, scenery, architecture, culture and appreciated the effort that comprised our tour. All logistics were handled well and Ylva was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. The mix of tour activity and free time was optimal. Hotels were conveniently located and with three exceptions, comfortable and more than adequate. The tour should have begun in Bergen and ended in Stockholm.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning and seeing first hand how systems of socialized education and medicine have merged to create highly successful societies, healthy populations and thriving economies. Having read extensively prior to the trip I was prepared to be skeptical but my experience with this tour erased any doubts. The US has lots to learn from the Scandinavian countries."

Margaret

Whitewater, WI

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was an excellent opportunity to learn about three distinct Scandinavian cultures. It's a busy tour, but includes a wide variety of venues - city, mountains, sea, farm, cruise - so the traveler can experience many aspects of the countries through which we travel. The food was fabulous, and the scenery breathtaking. More time in Copenhagen instead of the side trip to Aero. The Little Mermaid could be optional. Start in Bergen, end in Stockholm.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Sweden: learning about the city parliament process. So different than the government system in the US, and it gave me a lot to think about. 2. Denmark: Copenhagen - beautifu, interesting city. Worth more time than it's allotted. 3. Norway: the bus ride through the Jotunheimen mountains."

Kathryn

Pinole, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the entire experience. It is such a pleasure to explore and not have to do all the leg work. I think Rick Steves Tours have a great balance of planned activities and personal time. The people in our group were wonderful. We started as stranger and ended as dear friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several things stand out in my memory. The Fjords of Norway on a rainy day were breathtaking. The friendly people of Denmark will forever hold a place in my heart. The hospitality of our tours guides in Stockholm was so touching and insightful. The sweet island of Aeros and it's rainbows. I was awestruck by the history of the area and the architectural accomplishments."

Peggy

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good but I wished we had started from Bergen and finished in Stockholm The end of the trip was the most active and we were getting tired. Also we could have spent a few days at the end in Stockholm and the airport is easier.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Fjords and seeing the inside of our guide's apartment in Gamlastan."

Beatrice

Troy, MI

Tour: 08/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

we had the opportunity to visit 3 countries, thus getting a taste of all 3, especially the cities, Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen. Our tour leader was excellent, very organized, fun, told great stories about life in Scandinavia, very helpful, etc. I would give Pal a 9 1/2. I also liked the people on the tour. This was our first Rick Steves tour; we generally travel with Road Scholar. We liked it a lot, although it had less information for participants than I am accustomed to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Downtown Copenhagen - outdoor eating, bicycles, the fun people seemed to be having. The mountains of Norway."

Susan

Glenview, IL

Tour: 08/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed this, my 7th RS tour. Being of Swedish decent, I enjoyed learning more about Sweden. I found the history and culture of Norway and Denmark also fascinating. Loved all the boat rides and overnight ferry was really fun. The island of Aero was a wonderful retreat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a few lovely moments on the tour. First, the beauty of Stockholm and all that city has to offer. The island of Aero was a wonderful two days. The island is a little hidden gem. Our drive in the mountains of Norway that ended with the ferry ride through the fiord was full of natural beauty."

William

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 08/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed all aspects of the trip. Our guide and driver were terrific. The local guides were all excellent. We learned an incredible amount of information about the Scandinavian countries. All of the cities visited were vibrant. Norway's mountains and fjords were beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everybody in Scandinavia we met was able to speak English. Even when we weren't in the tour group, this allowed us to have conversations with people [INVALID] from the high school student in Stockholm who stopped us on the street to interview us for a school project to the people in their twenties sitting at an adjoining table at a sidewalk cafe in Copenhagen."

John

Omaha, NE

Tour: 08/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really didn't know what to expect prior to going but was really amazed by each new day's sights, sounds, people, food, tour buddies,and Pal's lessons and personal stories not only of Scandinavia but of his travels. This tour exceeds Rick's advertising by light years. These three countries that we had payed little attention to until now are a whole different flavor of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While waiting (at Rick's suggested bench area) for the Swedish Palace changing of the guard prior to the tour start, a young family sat next to us with a boy in a stroller. I asked if they were Swedish. The father said no they were German. I asked if The boy was a baseball fan. The father had been to Boston and Fenway Park and was a fan. I had made a habit on each of our trips to give away one baseball in each country we visit. This was my Swedish/German baseball gift to the boy in the stroller."

Kari

Cheyenne, WY

Tour: 08/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being Scandinavian, it has always been a dream of mine to visit. Knowing our limited skills in planning, we decided to take another RS trip. My expectations were exceeded in every way possible. The beauty of the countries is of course incredible, but we would have missed so much if we had tried to do it on our own. Our guide Pål, was knowledgeable, energetic, fun, and creative. He made every bus ride go by quickly with his stories, music and language lessons. It was a trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can I pick three!? The first was our trip to Aeros Island. What a magical place with a wonderful story of survival. Loved the B and B and Susannah, riding bikes, beer tasting, and the surprise evening concert put on by Mats, Pål and The other B and B owner. Second was coming into Oslo early morning on the overnight ferry. The third was driving in the Jotenheim Mts. on our way to the fjord ferry trip with Grieg playing in the background."

Doug

Cheyenne, WY

Tour: 08/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An unforgettable journey through Scandanvia with our Norwegian born guide and Swedish bus driver. We learned many things about custom, history, language, culture, foods, music,...from our guide Pal who entertained us with these interesting facts and folklore during our bus travels. The accommodations were typical Rick Steve's quality and we experienced the food cultures of these countries by the dining choices that were made for the tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Growing up in Montana and now living in Wyoming for more than 30 yrs I was wowed by the beautiful scenery. The rivers, mountains, and forests reminded me of home."

Donna

Omaha, NE

Tour: 08/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned. I felt like our guide, Pal, was tuned into our needs. He was very knowledgeable about our tour countries. He blended humor and expertise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aeroskobing was awesome. It was beautiful, quaint,and inspiring. I loved hearing about the community working together to revitalize the island. Susana's story was wonderful."

Judith

Grass Valley, CA

Tour: 08/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the differences between each country. Don't usually like big cities but there was so much to see and explore that we were constantly busy. Enjoyed the vacation on Aero. What a wonderful place to live and I already picked out my Sunset Beach cottage. The drive through the farmlands of Sweden was great. The boat trip from Copenhagen to Oslo was exciting and fun. The trip through Norway was just a constant day of outstanding scenery and geological delights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. I'll pick one from each country. In Sweden it was the changing of the guards at the castle and the band riding in on horseback. Very impressive. In Denmark it was the tour through Rosenborg Castle with Richard Karpen. He was also a wonderful Hans Christian Anderson. In Norway it was the majesty of the scenery - glaciers, waterfalls, fjords, lakes, mountain peaks. Really a day to remember."

Dana

Idlewylde, MD

Tour: 08/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All aspects of the tour were excellent -- principal tour guide and local guides, hotels, restaurants and activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one particular wow moment; for me the best part of the trip was learning about the culture, government, history and customs of the three countries we visited from our tour guide Pal, our driver Mats, and the local guides."

Ellen

Steamboat Springs, CO

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour of Scandinavia! Gabrielle was an excellent guide full of knowledge beyond what we expected. Her organizational skills made every day go smoothly. Our tour group members became friends immediately. We not only shared like interests as we traveled, but also truly enjoyed each other's company during meals & on the bus. The little facts & background Gabrielle shared made the daily touring so much more interesting than other tour guides we have had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island just took my breathe away! It was so quaint & laid back. Riding a bike along the countryside was so relaxing as the beautiful scenery unfolded in front of me. The mountain lodge in Norway was just amazing in a beautiful setting & full of history. Driving from there up to the glaciers & down to our ferry was beautiful & a little scary on those narrow, curvy roads. Our bus driver, Pinion, was amazing!"

Ann

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour lived up to my expectations in every way. Even though it was a bigger group than I am accustomed to I found it a true pleasure. The tour members were inclusive, fun, positive, and interested in all there was to learn and experience. I felt our guide, Gabriella, was exceptionally well suited to our group and added so much to our knowledge and enjoyment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the culture and history of the 3 countries, Aero Island, the Viking museums, the trip through the mountains, Maihaugen, the Stave churches and much more."

Susan

Ashland, OR

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our first guided tour. Didn't know what to expect. Our guide, Gabriella was outstanding. Our driver Pena was also beyond any expectations. We assumed that "afternoon free" meant we would have the entire afternoon, not just a couple of hours. The best part of travel for me is finding a mom and pop lunch spot deep in an old alley, meeting someone completely unexpected at a cafe or bar and learning from them. The other tour members were friendly. We had much in common with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm telling all of my young friends about King Harald Bluetooth and how he became the model for our Bluetooth technology and the rune symbol we use today. The natural beauty of Norway. I'm an Oregonian so I see lots of stunning natural beauty. It takes a lot for my jaw to drop outside. However, Norway did it."

Tom

Tukwila, WA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour guide was great. I really enjoyed the tour expecially the bus ride. The male guide in Norway (all of them) were really good. I wish we could have seen inside some of government buildings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A number of them. But the ferry ride in the morning going into Norway was great."

Lonny

Ashland, OR

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first "guided" tour and found all to be well organized. our previous touring has been more on our own, with much more freedom from group activities. pluses and minuses for sure. Gabriella could not have been better, she was wonderful as a guide, knowledgeable and well organized. very enthusiastic through the entire tour. The bus driver Pen Ya (spelling error) was very nice, a great driver and a positive impact on tour. The bus and tram tickets appreciated. Orientation walk great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can not point to a single wow moment, my travels give me a feeling and understanding of other cultures and much of that sinks in and is remembered at times much after the tour ends. The history was very interesting and presented very well.The insight into the living culture of the people in the region past and present was very interesting for me. Gabriella's sharing of her and her families lives was a great plus in understanding the present culture. The local guides were very interesting."

Patricia

New Castle, DE

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway...the lodge, the mountains, the fiords...."

Laurel

Steamboat Springs, CO

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was just wonderful. We loved all of the places we visited. The museums were all quite special, especially The Vasa Museum. The restaurants we went to as a group were unique and served some wonderful local food. The walking was not strenuous, but there was plenty of it. The cobblestones challenged us. Once again, on this tour, the balance between group time and open time was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd have to say when Gabriella took us to her father's home and we learned that they were related was quite a moment! Even though it was a rainy day, the scenery through the Jotunhelmen Mountains and the Sognefjord blew me away."

John

West Linn, OR

Tour: 08/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceded our expectations , this was the first time we had been on a group tour and we did have some reservations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oslo Norway , the Olympic ski jump . Beautiful view from the top . Scary to think skiers actually go down that jump !"

Bonnie

West Linn, OR

Tour: 08/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was fantastic! I wasn't sure what to expect as this was my first travel tour with any group, but my husband and I had a great time. The guides were fun, enthusiastic, informative and just made the whole experience better. We saw things we never would have discovered on our own. The addition of local guides was perfect, adding some local flair to the wonderful cities. I loved the mix of old and new hotels, the restaurants were great and we had a good amount of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably our stay in Aero, at Pension Vestergade No.44 with Suzanna. I just loved her hospitality and humor! The Pension was incredible-I loved every inch of it."

Sylvia

Waco, TX

Tour: 08/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed it very much. I always enjoy the activities and the fellow tour members on Rick Steves' tours. I enjoyed the cities and the countryside's beautiful scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to see the remains of real Viking ships, over a thousand years old, was very interesting and special. I liked Ærø Island and considered it our "vacation from our vacation." After six Rick Steves' tours, I have begun to look forward to the out-of-the-way, break stop as a child does a special treat. The fiord scenery was wonderful."

Christopher

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 08/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding 2 week trip. Well organized, great guides, excellent accommodations and clean, comfortable bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive through the Norway fjords."

Sandy

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 08/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"jotunheimen mountains and trip over the pass with glaciers & then ferry along the fiord & waterfalls."

Elizabeth

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Tour: 08/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. We had a wonderful guide and assistant guide. The group was one of the most congenial and friendly group of people I have ever traveled with. We bonded pretty quickly and when the tour was over it was a bit sad to say good by. All of our arrangements were handled efficiently, and I always felt secure about knowing when and where to go.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I celebrated my birthday while on this tour. The day of my birthday was the day we drove into the mountains of Norway where we saw glaciers, had a picnic lunch and then took a ferry ride through the Fjords. The scenery was spectacular in both areas. This was a birthday I will never forget!"

Mary

Rosemary Beach, FL

Tour: 08/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was demanding with covering 3 countries, 36 hours in the bus, over 1000 miles of travel (not including the overnight ferry), and 8 hotels. But I am very glad I did it because it was the best way to get a good sense of Scandinavia. The tour guide, Laurel, was excellent - as were the local guides - and Jesse. Plus, I loved the way the time was set up - that is, some scheduled activities along with a fair amount of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about Scandinavia - the similarities and differences between the 3 countries we visited. This was a great education about the culture, the people, the history, etc."

Thomas

Rosemary Beach, FL

Tour: 08/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Laurel, was terrific. She did a wonderful job. She answered every question asked, and if she didn't have the answer immediately, she got it and answered the question later that day or the next. Seeing Scandinavian countries, people, food, major cites was the goal. This was well done, just what I hoped for. I wish there were a way to cut down all of the bus time. We spent 36 hours on the bus plus 15 hours on the ferry. Could you cut this tour into two parts? Add Norway to Holland

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the cruise through the fjord."

Susan

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 08/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. We enjoyed the cities, the countryside, meals, history and the weather. Even the day we were caught in a rain deluge in Copenhagen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so may wow moments! Aero Island and Maihaugen ranked very high."

John

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 08/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. Our guide was great, very organized, knowledgeable and personable. The local guides were also great. The tour was fast paced but not overly so. We really liked seeing both the cities and rural areas in each country. Overall a wonderful trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the excursion to Aero island."

Anne

Osprey, FL

Tour: 08/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was delivered as promised. Laurel and Jesse conducted a tour where everyone got along and worked with everyone else. The accommodations were fine and the bus transportation was comfortable. There was a lot of time on the bus, however. Good location for the hotels. We saw the primary attractions at each stop. Having the Oslo pass was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying right on the Nyhavn. We arrived with the afternoon sun shining on the the famous row of houses with the sailing masts floating in front for the iconic view of Copenhagen. I must say visiting the Viking Ship Museum is a "wow" also."

Judith

Avon Lake, OH

Tour: 08/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the trip was wonderful, especially the participants. I couldn't have asked for a better group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "Norway" experience, the fjords, mountains,lakes, little villages nestled into the hillsides was spectacular."

Suzanne

West Lake Hills, TX

Tour: 08/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fabulous! Loved the people !!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords !!!!"

Brian

Avon Lake, OH

Tour: 08/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent set of well-planned experiences. Was a little disappointed in the sheer number of hours on the bus, but other than breaking the tour into two, I don't have a solution to the boredom. Local color presenters were well prepared, informative, and a delight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing the Norwegian Resistance Museum after watching the film "The King's Choice" a month before. A close second were the bronze statuary in the Vigeland Sculpture Park. A very close third was the Opera House in Oslo."

Yale

San Diego, CA

Tour: 08/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stockholm city hall. Amazing!"

Mary

San Diego, CA

Tour: 08/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour. I could not have asked for a better guide than Pal and the itinerary gave me a very good glimpse into life in Scandinavia. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone and everyone. I enjoyed the time in the major cities, the time for reflection in the countryside, and the island adventure. Perfect! Perfect! Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I so enjoyed the is Danish island and its tranquillity and remoteness after the hustle, bustle of the big cities"

Ross

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 08/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

3 great countries - indeed the Best of Scandinavia in 2 weeks. Pal Johansen is the king of tour guides - very smart, knowledgeable, and focused on outstanding traveler service with a great sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the evolution of relationships develop within our group from the orientation introductions to the final supper together and how everyone followed the Rick Steves rules of travel."

David

Everett, WA

Tour: 08/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves tour and, in my opinion, our best. Our guide, Pål, was as good as any we have had and was a lot of fun. He had a good grasp of the history, the area and made the tour go very smoothly. Our local guide in Stockholm was also outstanding and even brought us into his apartment so we could see how a city dwelling Swede lives. Although the tour was active it was not exhausting and we didn't feel worn out at the end. Thanks, Pål and Rick Steves Tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat tour through the fjords was on my bucket list and it did NOT disappoint. Simply awesome!"

Barbara

Urbandale, IA

Tour: 08/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Covered a lot of ground in two weeks. Very good and attentive guides. Good food and accommodations. Very good trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Local guides. 1100 year old wooden church. Scenery and cleanliness of cities."

Mary

River Forest, IL

Tour: 08/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip and a superb guide? Great group to travel with and we hope to see everyone again on another Steve's tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the NOrwegian fjords. A little piece of heaven!!!"

Carmine

Duncan, BC

Tour: 08/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the trip and all the places we saw. Our guide Pal was excellent with a great sense of humour. I liked the way the tour was different at every location, some modern hotels and bathrooms

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stockholm was my favorite, enjoyed all the water trips and the Vasa Museum. Also enjoyed meeting "Hans Christian Anderson"!!!!"

Gary

Duncan, BC

Tour: 08/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There were so many interesting places we visited,it is difficult to identify which we enjoyed the most.That to me is a sign of a great holiday. Our tour guide was excellent,humerous and loaded with knowledge of each of the countries.When we have time to review the over 2,000 photos we took,some highlights will emerge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As I said above that is hard to identify now. Bergen' s fish market and the view from the top of the funicular is the most recent and they stand out now. Djurgarden and the Museums,The Vasa Museum was especially interesting. Aero was quaint and relaxing break in a very fast pace tour."

David

River Forest, IL

Tour: 08/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th Rick Steves tour and, as with the others, "travelling as a temporary local" provides the best possible cultural immersion to help understand other cultures and peoples. Of particular interest were the social programs ("All residents are part of our family and you take care of family members." - our local Swedish guide), environmental and historical stewardship and a cashless society. Pal is an exceptional guide and our group was both interested and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The salvaged Viking ships in Norway and Denmark, as well as the largely intact Vasa in Sweden were fascinating. The stave churches in Norway are amazing, predating most cathedrals. Our photos of the scenery (particularly in Norway) will serve to remind us (but can't really capture) the grandeur, which must be seen in person."

Damon

San Anselmo, CA

Tour: 08/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. Wonderful guide, great balance of urban and rural experiences, and amazing countries. Things were well organized, our fellow travelers were positive and congenial, and we learned a great deal about the culture and history of the Scandinavian countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We've come home seeing that those three beautiful countries (Sweden, Denmark, and Norway) have done much we in the U.S. can only hope to emulate, particularly in how they care for every citizen, how they steward the environment, and in how they get their systems and their infrastructure to work well. Specific wow moments include walking on Aero, traveling the Norwegian fjords by boat, Gay Pride weekend in Copenhagen (wild!), and just soaking in the elegance of Stockholm."

John C.

Fresno, CA

Tour: 08/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time and want to take more Rick Steves tours. I especially liked our stay on the island AEro with a bike ride. Seeing the Vasa Museum and the ancient Viking ships. The tour was well planned because we learned history of the countries, life styles of citizens, the economy and how an average person gets along...taxes, national debt, social benefits and how they are paid for. Changed my misconceptions of social democracies.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Vasa and the Viking Museum and the timber-framed houses of a fairly tourist free island, AEro."

Mary T.

Fresno, CA

Tour: 08/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every RS tour is outstanding. This trip was one of the most educational in that the philosophy of the Scandinavian countries was evident and discussed almost daily. The tour was well paced, covered 3 countries capitols and historical sights, offered meals on travel days, and visited the high mountains of Norway with an overnight stay in a traditional mountain setting. Our group was friendly and cohesive, our tour director quietly led us to new adventures daily, our bus driver had our trust.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus drive into northern Norway."

Donald

Lansing, NY

Tour: 08/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being 50% Norwegian and 25% Danish I was interested in learning about those two countries. The tour did an excellent job of providing a firsthand view of the landscape, communities and people. The tour guide, Pal, did an excellent job of providing insight and perspective on all aspects geology, history, and current events.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment came at several locations where we observed old viking ships. This included the warship Vasa in Sweden. It was interesting to learn how careful and precise they had to be in even choosing which part of the tree should be used to construct specific structures within their ships."

Angela

San Anselmo, CA

Tour: 08/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The high quality of the historical perspectives, the fascinating stories, the positive interaction with the group, the clear guidance and instructions, all from our terrific guide, Pal, made the trip so very memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the fjords by boat was unbeatable as a magnificent adventure. The island of Aero was exquisite on so many levels. We loved being able to hike down to the pebbly beach and experience the Baltic up close."

Jack

Urbandale, IA

Tour: 08/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thought was a great tour ,number 5 for my wife and myself Pal was one of the best guides to date . He added lots to the tour and helped that he had done it for 6 yrs . Good attitude on time cheerful !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip!"

Susan

Great Falls, VA

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our fourth RS tour, and we really enjoyed it. We like that we hit the major cities in Scandinavia, but also went to a few sites that we'd never have found on our own. We especially liked Aero Island in Denmark. The place was charming, and the folks who talked about building up the town to become viable again, were very interesting speakers. As usual, a fine mix of hitting the highlights and leaving us enough time to do what we want that wasn't covered by the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed the overnight cruise from Denmark to Norway. I wouldn't exactly call the ship a "ferry"; it was more of a small cruise ship, with very nice bars and restaurants. We enjoyed our hike with Ylva up to the waterfall in Boverdal, although I thought the climb would kill me! That hotel was charming, as was the scenery."

Mary

Omaha, NE

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

really enjoyed the variety of activities, keeping the experiences different.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"a couple. Of course the fijords!!!!!!!!!!!!! But Stockholm was amazing. I could live there if it weren't for the lack of sunshine and cold temps for most of the year."

Jennifer

Afton, MN

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour experience. I am so glad I took the tour with my granddaughter because we will for ever remember all the. wonderful sights and people we met on our tour.

Kay

Canfield, OH

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This is the 7th Rick Steves tour I have taken. Unlike the other six, this group never seemed to totally click. Everyone was always quiet on the bus and couples generally kept to themselves. Although Ylva was a great guide, she was generally around only for group activities. If she had been more visible at other times and engaged people more, the group might have "gelled" better and more quickly. If this had been my first tour, I am not sure I would have signed up for other tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing sunrise on the overnight boat to Oslo. Spectacular! The scenery -- especially the fiords and the rugged terrain of Norway was beautiful."

Sanders

Shreveport, LA

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was another great Rick Steves tour. Ylva is an excellent and experienced tour guide. Great itinerary which was expertly executed by the Rick Steves team. One again, felt like a real "insider" at many places such as Aerø Island and the mountains of Norway.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being on Aerø Island was very special Vigeland Sculpture Park (Frogner Park) in Oslo was a delightful unexpected surprise Loved the Mountains and hiking in Boverdalen Norway"

Karla

Dubuque, IA

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I did learn so much about Scandinavia! But, for me, it just didn't compare to Greece and Italy. The continuity of expert guides and very interesting groups did not fail and we have come to expect and appreciate this!! Ylva, guide, and Jonas, driver, took very good care of us!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was being in the the mountains/fjords of Norway! And with that being said, I would suggest that the tour spend one more night in the mountains and one less night in Bergen. Bergen is fine, but definitely felt more "touristy" than the other cities. I would have preferred to have a day to hike in the mountains (like in the Dolomites)"

Suzanne

Shreveport, LA

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I wanted to see and experience Scandanavia, but, not on a cruise. This met my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo"

Jean

Newcastle, WA

Tour: 08/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Each day we visited interesting places and felt that we received an great introduction to Scandinavia. Our tour guide enthusiastically shared about the history and culture of each country and kept us engaged even on some of the longer bus rides. So glad we took this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible to choose just one moment. However, we were especially fond of Aeroskobing in Denmark. It goes without saying that our boat trip through the Sognefjord in Norway was a wow moment."

Sibyl

Wimberley, TX

Tour: 08/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Only 500? No way but here goes. Inching toward 80, and with aches and creaks, I wandered along with Åsa and group joyously taking in the wonders of Sweden (Gamlastan, Royal Opera tour and four hands piano concert there, meeting my same-named fb friend of 9 years), Denmark (Ærö Island, my lodging at Susannah's and Rick's map room where I left my door ajar for lookieloos, Nyhavn, Copenhagen), Norway (stave churches, Lillehammer, outdoor folk museum, Bergen (home of my paternal grandma).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Surprise....not Ærö Island (very close second), but the invitation to sing a hymn in Urnes stave church by the local guide, himself a singer in the choir there. Somehow it happened a chance few words passed between us that I, too, was a choir singer. After he sang acapella a hymn sacred to Unes and known only there, he led back to the organ which he opened up, found Amazing Grace in his hymnal, and away we went. Just W O W. No way to top that. It was amazing."

Patricia

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 08/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great introduction to the land, people and culture of Scandinavia--their similarities and differences. The large cities were excellent and the small towns and mountain hotel great. Asa showed us all the highlights as well as little treats along the way. Our driver, Mats, was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I woke up early in Copenhagen and went for a walk along the canals before most were up and about. Beautiful! Our hotel location made it possible. The fjords were, of course, beautiful."

Carl

Davis, CA

Tour: 08/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very impressed with the quality of the tour. I learned a lot from our outstanding guide, Asa, as well as from the local guides. This was my first tour; I have traveled independently to Europe frequently, so this trip was a lot different. I feel that the tour maximized my time by freeing me up from having to do a lot of logistics. Scandinavia seemed quite complicated logistically so it was nice to have the tour take care of that for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to single out a specific moment. For me, what really sticks is the greater appreciation I now have for the history and culture of the Scandinavia region, past to present."

Donald

Shorewood, WI

Tour: 08/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Both my wife and I enjoyed the tour. It gave us a flavor of the region, lots of history, and a sampling of the culture. We learned a lot about the kings, queens, warriors, and the land changes over the centuries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a tie but, I must say the most impressive thing was Oslo's harbor front, especially the Opera House. I have always enjoyed architecture and that structure was amazing, allowing visitors to walk on the 'roof' of the building. Unfortunately, we did not have time to take a tour of the interior of the building. That is one regret that my wife and I had. We wanted to see the inside but there was too much to see. The other was the Viking Ship and the Fram Museums. Both were very impressive."

Joan

Banning, CA

Tour: 08/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scandinavian Tour was our best Tour yet. I wish I could point out one or two defining moments but it was an overall feeling that we got that made it so. Our tour guide, Asa, was so knowledgeable, was so nice and seemed to read our minds when we needed a snack or a stop. How does she do that? Around every corner she seemed to have a surprise or and place to show us and kept us guessing what she would come up with next. This is just on the bus portions of the trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Again, it was hard to pick one moment but I'd go with the Vigeland Park in Oslo. That was so much more than I was expecting. Great place. Asa was able to explain what the statues may have been representing and really added to the park visit. What a difference having someone who knows her stuff discuss the statuary art."

John

La Crosse, WI

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed it very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying on the canal in Copenhagen."

Nancy

San Diego, CA

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best group of people I have ever travelled with and they made everything fun. Our guide, Gabriella, was so knowledgeable about the history of Scandinavia and made the whole tour so interesting. Everything ran smoothly, no glitches. Just a magical 2-week experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow to Kalamar Castle and the tour led by a local guide wearing period clothing. Wow to Malhaugen and the tour of thatched cottages, church and school we saw there."

Cathy

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Scandinavian tour was a great experience. From the history of Sweden, Denmark and Norway, to the beauty of the Fjords and the mountains, this tour was tip top( no put intended). The reason I wanted to go to Scandinavia was to learn about countries so different from mine. I learned to love the culture, the art and the different languages, so my goal was met. I so appreciate my guide, my group, and our bus driver for making this a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually, there were two WOW moments. One involved our guide. We got to meet her mother and her father,also guides. For some reason, that just warmed my heart. The other wow was the Frogner Park sculpture garden. The sculptures touched me deeply, not to mention the entire garden was beautiful."

Paul

Yellow Springs, OH

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great way to access the sites and learn the underlying stories both with Gabriella and the specific local guides. The group members were pleasant to meet and quite compatible as most were RS tour veterans and imbued with the philosophy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the moment of entering the Vasa ship museum and looking up at its size and realizing the complexity of building it and its immediate failure!"

Robert

Burlingame, CA

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the sites visited and our main guide and local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought the mountains in Norway was a wow moment."

Penny

Venice, FL

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was very warm in Sweden and Copenhagen, which made the hotels very uncomfortable. Aside from that, enjoyed the trip immensely. We arrived a few days early in Stockholm and were glad we had extra time for exploring because the tour time was not enough. The stay on Aero was wonderful as well as the mountain stay/drive. Would recommend this tour to anyone interested in an overall taste of Scandinavia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we had tea with the owner of the B&B in Aero and saw our bus driver doing the dishes for the owner! A great example of how all of the people work together and put themselves out to insure a great time! Mountain drive also beautiful, even in the rain!"

Kurt

Venice, FL

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good mix of cities and scenery. Each city had its own personality. However, we only passed through the Norway fjords rather than spending a night in them. The Elveseter Hotel is unique, but I would have preferred dusk and dawn on the shore of a fjord. All tour members were very friendly and courteous, focused on enjoying all that was offered by the guide and the surroundings. It was a very good group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The huge number of waterfalls in the fjord was amazing. Everywhere you looked there was a waterfall, and not just little spillways, but dozens and hundreds of feet tall waterfalls. A close second wow moment was revisiting Frogner Park 57 years after my first visit there, finding it having changed little, and being able to recreate a photograph my father took of my family when I was 11 years old."

Lynn

San Diego, CA

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Typical Rick Steve's tour: Fun, informative, perfectly paced and pulled off without a clutch. Nice mix of lodging. Great upgrade in the "listener" from my tour three years ago -- a boon for a mostly deaf guy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first look at Stockholm. An amazingly beautiful city."

Linda

Eagle Point, OR

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. Loved all the places we saw. I felt that it was a bit heavy on big city's and traveling time. I would have liked more time on Aero island and In the mountains. Even though it said we would be on the island for two days we arrived late and really only had one full day there and left the next morning. As always ( this is our 4th tour). Your guides are the absolute top notch!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fiord ride. Viking ship museum. And sculpture gardens."

Linda

Marana, AZ

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredible! Gabby was so knowledgeable and really gave us an inside look at the cultures of Sweden, Norway and Denmark. We can away knowing so much more about these countries than we ever though possible. The group was fun to be with and Gabby did so many fun activities to help us bond together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved our day on Aero Island and wish that we could have had longer. We were so fortunate to stay at Suzanna's B&B! The afternoon tea and treats that she provided were delicious. Her stories about how the B&B came to be were so interesting. I'll always remember early morning coffee in the library with other tour members as we waited for her to call us to breakfast."

Bonny

Healdsburg, CA

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very stimulating well planned tour of cities and rural areas, excellent informative local tour guides, loved the restaurants you picked for our shared dinners, liked our hotels..they were all so well situated for where the action is, we had the unusual circumstance of 90 degree weather eventually dipping to 80! Laurel was good about breaks, wc pit stops etc she read short stories to us, shared local candy, shared local popular music etc etc we like the people that you attract

Favorite "WOW" moment

"it was almost all wow..truly every day was an adventure..I dont like to diminsh great experiences by picking one"

Joanne

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves tour, and it was outstanding!! Best guide ever, wonderful fellow travelers, a great itinerary, and fabulous local guides. Loved everything about the tour and experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can never pick just one. Loved meeting Hans Christian Anderson on the street in Copenhagen! Loved being surprised by being able to visit three stave churches, which I hadn't expected to be able to do! The best would be the fabulous boat ride through the Narrow Fjord in Norway! The weather even cooperated to make it so unbelievably beautiful!"

Robert

Wild Rose, WI

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gorgeous scenery in Scandinavia..... love the history of the countries that we visited. Each country was a little bit different.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the snow capped mountains in Norway and some with glaciers was a stunning sight, plus the many waterfalls coming down into the fiords."

Noah

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved how the tour took us to places that otherwise would have been very hard to find by ourselves and that didn't have many other tourists in them. The tour guides were very knowledgable and personable. I have no complaints whatsoever and I believe that this tour was very well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was driving through the Jotunheim Mountains. The scenery was beautiful and the picture stops made everything amazing."

Mary

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and experiencing a part of the world to which we had never traveled. Our guide, Laurel, was a fantastic leader and our fellow tour members were wonderful travel companions. By the time the tour ended, it almost felt like we were all members of a friendly extended family. We saw beautiful scenery, visited vibrant cities, and learned about the different, though interrelated, culture and history and each country. The local guides were a valuable addition to the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In our free time one evening in Copenhagen, my husband and I took a local bus ride to meet a Danish friend of our son and daughter-in-law. She had invited us to a local outdoor party with her neighbors. We got to drink a beer and chat with the local people and even hold one their pet cats (a special treat since we were missing our cats at home)."

Mark

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing!! Everything was outstanding - my first time and very happy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway"

Keith

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vasa ship and museum"

Nancy

Wild Rose, WI

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Other then unforeseen problems, the tour was wonderful!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cruise ship to Oslo and the stay in the mountains"

Aubrey

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I rated the tour overall as "Outstanding." Laurel, our guide, was one of the outstanding key elements of our experience. Her attitude, continually positive and upbeat, was wonderful. Being an American that has lived in Sweden for several years gave her a unique perspective that was great for an American tour group. The local guides were all great, providing different perspectives. The itinerary, group/personal time allocations, and lodging were all very well planned. Highly recommended.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had no single "wow" moment. Norway was the most scenic, but I also enjoyed all of the little differences between the different countries and locations. The Scandinavian culture(s) are different in a positive way from our American culture, and I enjoyed experiencing all of it."

Carolyn

Claremont, CA

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved our tour. In so many ways, there were unexpected great surprises, both large and small. There were many wonderful group dinners, with food choices I might not otherwise try, so got to try many new tastes. The tour guests were always exceptional: fascinating, pleasant conversationalists, positive attitudes, etc. I attribute this to the type of tourist that a Rick Steves tour attracts. Our guide, Laurel, was delightful: staying on top of the unexpected, and offering wonderful insight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was seeing and being on the fjords.They were everything I hoped to see and do. An unexpected surprise was getting to see the Naeroyfjord - just spectacular. Getting to hear from the exceptional local guides and enjoy their stories and presentation. Time and again, marveling at the expert organization of the tour in getting us to the castle, the ferry, the monument, etc. just at the right time, for the right amount of time, and fitting in an amazing number of sights."

Elizabeth

Ashland, OR

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I expected (except possibly the heat!). The tour was a great cross section of cities and country. This was my fifth Rick Steves' tour and I believe this was the best group; we were like family by the end. Our guide Laurel was amazing. She had several surprises and special treats for us, and she is so much fun! As an American living in Sweden for several years she was wonderful at comparing the cultures. I highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so hard to pick a favorite. I was so looking forward to the Norwegian Fjords and they did not disappoint - amazing and the weather cooperated. I also loved the night in the mountains and the time on Ærø Island."

George

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour- Laurel our tour guide was exceptional. We had a fantastic time- learned a lot and enjoyed an active and informative experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Aero island visit was fantastic Staying at the B and B hosted by Susannna was quite special"

Tonia

Huntington, NY

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Scandanavia tour met all of my expectations. I wanted to see Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo, and was curious about Bergen, which turned out to be just as delightful as the other 3 better known cities. Aero Island and the Fjords of Norway, and other stops along the journey, such as The Kalmar Castle, were beautiful and historically important, and I would have had to do a lot of planning to design such an efficient, far-flung trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out of our hotel window in Copenhagen and seeing the actual line of builings that is in the photograph on the cover of the 2018 version of The RS Scandanavia guidebook"

Ronald

Claremont, CA

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steve's tour so I knew what to expect as far as schedule and routine. Everything went as planned and if not our guide filled in with an additional experience. As was well described in the tour description, there was more bus time and less walking than our Northern Italy trip last year and this was fine for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was our buss ride down the western side of the Jotunheimen Mountains. We come to this huge lake. It wasn't till an hour later I found out that this lake was really the Sognefjord. We were at sea level."

Peter

Minnetonka, MN

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour despite the unseasonably hot weather. Although we are not of Scandinavian descent, it almost felt like we were "going back to the homeland" since we're from Minnesota! We were impressed with the natural beauty of Scandinavia, the architecture, the friendly people, and modern society there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was our thoroughly relaxing stay on Ærø Island and exploring it by bike. It provided a nice respite from the summer crowds of large cities. My wife Diane's favorite experiences were the beautiful Sognefjord cruise, the overnight ferry to Oslo, and the scenery of the Jotunheimen Mountains. The fjords were a real showstopper!"

Don

Everett, WA

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Laurel, was simnply amazing. She handled every detail with care and a few difficult situations calmly and with "grace." She added a special flavor to our tour. Our city guides were knowledgeable, friendly, and all had a great sense of humor. The tour was an outstanding value. It was a bit unexpected that nearly all passes & misc. transportation were part of the package as well as many meals. This was our first tour and will not be our last. Don Barbacovi

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Fjords as well as the ferry ride to Bergen."

Susan

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just WOW! It was more than I had anticipated. We had so many surprises that I was just blown away. I loved the dinners and lunches when we this all together. The local guides were so knowledgeable when we were walking around. I enjoyed have the local guide first, which got us oriented to a city and when out on your own you did not look like a tourist with deer in headlights look. Also, our group seemed to meld together. It was great fun and our group was so kind and generous to our son.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a hard one b/c there are so many but to me it was the last night when we ate in back alley of the wooden warehouse area of Bergen. It was so lovely and seemed fitting to a wonderful end to a wonderful tour!"

Nancy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/31/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed visiting and learning about all three Scandinavian countries. I wish we could have spent another day Stockholm and had a real FREE day in Aero in addition to the planned events. Our tour group was very congenial- perhaps the best group we have traveled with so far.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to the Vigeland sculpture park was so amazing. I thought about some of the most moving statues for days afterwards."

Michael

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour initially was a "sleeper" regarding my priority list. I significantly underestimated not only the importance and contribution of the countries and culture to international harmony, but the lasting impression that has been established and shared by the people to take care of each other. The experience was grounded in relationships within the tour group and between the guides and the tour group and with every person we came in contact with in the various countries visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat trip through the Fjords was indescribable set up perfectly by the drive through the mountains on the way to the ferry."

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."

Cindy

Denver, CO

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many highlights, but if I had to pick one it would be the drive through the mountains in Norway -- stunning!"

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."

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."

Terry

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

An excellent tour in every way except some of the hotels. Hot weather combined with no AC in hotels resulted in miserable nights in Stockholm and Kalmar. Experience in the rooms and bathrooms in Stockholm, Kalmar, and on the Copenhagen-Oslo ferry was less than enjoyable. Later, in Norway, the Thon hotels were much better. I would be willing to pay a bit more and have hotels of that caliber throughout.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Viking ships in Roskilde drove home the concept that to be a Viking meant enduring incredible hardships and being totally fearless. The kind, gentle Scandinavians have a very violent past!"

Stephen

Aurora, CO

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour, though good, did not live up to my expectations for a Rick Steves tour. There were several things that I found disappointing, but our guide, Pal, was not one of them. He was more than outstanding. Without him I would rate the tour as good at best, and possibly even adequate or poor. It was incredibly hot in both Sweden and Denmark, and I certainly don't blame the tour for that. But it did affect our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two. The visit to Frogner Park in Oslo with its Vigeland sculptures was stunning. I truly cannot remember a park anywhere else in the world that affected me as much. The second, was the boat ride on the fjord on our way to Bergen. I had always heard about the beauty of the fjords, but it really can't be comprehended until it is experienced. I should also say the visit to Aero was wonderful."

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."

John

Welches, OR

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pål was such a welcoming and knowledgeable young man. He kept us moving at a reasonable pace and shared insight all along the way. While on the tour bus Pål would give us a little more history about what we'd seen and on what we were about to see. He moved within the group as was very good at interacting with all

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention. The Abby, castles, Vigeland park, the fjords. Stockholm, Copenhagen, Aero, Oslo, Bergen. But have to mention Pål's ability to bring a very diverse group of people together in such a short time in which we looked after and took care of each other on this tour."

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."

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."

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!"

John

Alexandria, LA

Tour: 07/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was great!!! My wife & I had done 4 other Rick Steves' trips, but I wasn't sure I would enjoy Scandinavia as much. Was I ever wrong! History, beautiful scenery, & our guide Ylva made this one of our favorite trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pretty much it was all a wow moment form me. Meeting the lovely people of Scandinavia and talking with them at a shared table at lunch. Learning the differences between the USA and Scandinavians in how people live their everyday lives. As far as things, it was seeing the Kon-Tika was fun. I read the book in high school and would have never thought I would see it. Aero Islands, Bergen, Kalmar (where we joined a concert near the hotel), Fjord Country."

Marsha Barr

Alexandria, LA

Tour: 07/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved Scandanavia! Beautiful countries, friendly people. Felt right at home. This was our 5th RS tour & as always, it was a fantastic way to travel, meet like-minded travelers, & see lot of things we wouldn't have seen on our own. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You've heard this before - too many "wow" moments to pick just one. Loved Aero, the fjord ferry ride, the Oslo Opera House, the Viking museum - just to choose a few."

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."

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."

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!!!"

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."

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.

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"

John

Elgin, IL

Tour: 07/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first vacation tour and we are very glad it was a Rick Steves tour. The way the tour was organized was great and our Guide was even better. The bus was very comfortable making our travel from place to place very pleasant. The use of Whisperers is genius allowing us freedom to walk around the areas that we were visiting and still hear everything the Guide was sharing. We did not have to stay close to Asa and she did not have to strain her voice to be heard.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment/experience of the trip was the Fjord cruise. The scenery was spectacular."

Lynda

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 07/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent trip! Åsa, our tour guide, was delightful and we were pleased by the itinerary and sights we saw.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was incredulous at my first glimpse of the Vasa. I was awed by the size of the ship and how well it was preserved. The story of how/why it went down and of how it was rediscovered and restored only added to my fascination."

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!"

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"

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."

Douglas

Roseburg, OR

Tour: 07/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good exposure to Scandinavia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Fjords of Norway."

Kristi

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I hoped it would be. The scenery in Scandinavia is fantastic, and I really enjoyed learning more about Scandinavian history and culture, including their form of government and social benefits. The itinerary was a great mix of active days in beautiful cities and relaxing visits to small scenic towns and rural areas. The trip was especially meaningful to me because my heritage is Norwegian, and I was fortunate to see several towns where my ancestors once lived.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip over the Jotunheimen Mountains and the bus ride and ferry cruise along the Sognefjord was probably my favorite day of the tour."

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!"

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."

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."

Linda

Langley, WA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a really great experience, thanks to our outstanding guide Pal and the incredibly beautiful Scandinavian countries we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Aero was an unexpected delight and something I will never forget. Likewise, Norway's fjords were breathtakingly beautiful."

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!!!"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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)"

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"

Leslie

Danville, CA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was outstanding. The group meals, the guidance of Päl, our wonderful bus driver, our fellow travelers were all wonderful. This was our second Rick Steves tour and every bit as good as the first. I loved the fact that Päl took us bike riding and hiking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one "wow" moment, but there were many special moments. Æerø Island bike riding, the sunsets, the group fika , all were fabulous. The city halls in Oslo and Stockholm were out of this world. And arriving in Roskilde just as Sweden was beating Switzerland was memorable!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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"

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."

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."

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!"

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"."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"."

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!"

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Linda

Coraopolis, PA

Tour: 06/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ferries and fjords and trolls, oh my! What a delightful trip that included something for everyone. There was a good mix of history, culture, art and natural wonders and a variety of experiences, accommodations, food, and modes of travel. We enjoyed our fellow travelers and the people we met along the way. Who wouldn't like an entire island of people whose motto is, "We all do better when we all do better."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, and this isn't a wow moment as much as something that was fascinating and I have shared with others since our return. I was impressed with the multi purpose incinerator in Copenhagen. It combines function with a climbing wall, a year round ski slope and a green picnic area on top overlooking the city. What a remarkable idea!"

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

Babak

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very pleasant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway Fjords"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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

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."

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)."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

Huntington

Centerville, PA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sognefjord Norway"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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!!!"

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."

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."

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!"

Carol

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time.

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."

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..."

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."

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!"

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"

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."

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""

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."

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"

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!"

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-"

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

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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.