• 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 $5,095 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $875

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

Dates & Prices

2018

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
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2018
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions 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 at one of Denmark's oldest restaurants. 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

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."

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."

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!"

Chris

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jim

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marida

Hendersonville, NC

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marvin

Hendersonville, NC

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joanne

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Jane

Aiken, SC

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ronald

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marian

Torrance, CA

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Aero Island and BergenP"

Melissa

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gary

Rumney, NH

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Auburn, MA

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Todd

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carl

Calgary, AB

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mike

Lake Hamilton, FL

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gail

Placentia, CA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paul

Placentia, CA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Columbus, IN

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathryn

Viroqua, WI

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Terri

Seneca, SC

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ferry trip viewing the fjords."

Beryl

Bend, OR

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Calgary, AB

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ellen

Lake Hamilton, FL

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjord cruise!"

Mariane

Columbus, IN

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Gilroy, CA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Connie

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gabe

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Tampa, FL

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Edward

Tampa, FL

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour met or exceeded every expectation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Chris

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lou

Bismarck, ND

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Bismarck, ND

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming into Oslo."

Nancy

Tubac, AZ

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Poplar Bluff, MO

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Poplar Bluff, MO

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Herb

Saint Charles, MO

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dottie

Saint Charles, MO

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Harriet

San Carlos, CA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Dunlap, IL

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Jo

Peoria, IL

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judy

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bill

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judy

Gilroy, CA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joseph

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 08/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our cottage on Aero island."

Michael

Fitchburg, WI

Tour: 08/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Andrea

Ocean City, NJ

Tour: 08/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cyndi

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 08/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lisa

Fitchburg, WI

Tour: 08/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 08/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marie

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tom

Kearney, NE

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bryan

Frederick, MD

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jane

Eatonville, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Katherine

Spencerport, NY

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diana

Eagan, MN

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Natalie

Boston, MA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Wichita, KS

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Howard

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pamela

Yakima, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Shepherdstown, WV

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Grace

Oakville, ON

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeffrey

Port Washington, NY

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Very well organized tour. Very knowledgeable and fun guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rose

Sequim, WA

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeannette

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeanne

Evanston, IL

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A nice mix of structured and free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting with a beer overlooking Oslo harbor"

Toni

Grass Valley, CA

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Des Plaines, IL

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Des Plaines, IL

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Ellyn

Appleton, WI

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Appleton, WI

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Port Washington, NY

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Philip

Chicago, IL

Tour: 08/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cathy

Auburn, WA

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jenifer

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Auburn, WA

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tammy

Toronto, ON

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lyn

Bellaire, MI

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gary

Bellaire, MI

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Terry

Richmond, VA

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tom

Frederick, CO

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

San Anselmo, CA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paul

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Dallas, OR

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

San Anselmo, CA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero island."

Margaret

Franklin, TN

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

Dallas, OR

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Mona

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jim

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick a favorite."

Kathleen

Lititz, PA

Tour: 07/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bennie

Austin, TX

Tour: 07/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Houston, TX

Tour: 07/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Lititz, PA

Tour: 07/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laura

Ft Mcmurray, AB

Tour: 07/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 07/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went well, our guide was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bike riding on Aero Island in Denmark"

Thomas

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Liz

Hollywood, FL

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sharon

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Westminster, MD

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Takoma Park, MD

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diane

Takoma Park, MD

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dennis

Normandy Park, WA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride on the Sognefjord."

Susan

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joan

Gaithersburg, MD

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Qun

San Diego, CA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Areo and LittleHammer (national park)"

Bill

Spicer, MN

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sights and flavor of Aero."

Neil

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Timothy

Moorpark, CA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Gettysburg, PA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This, my third Rick Steves tour, was a fantastic experience as were the other two. Our guide was very knowledgeable, considerate, and had a great sense of humor. I learned so very much about Scandinavia, its people, governments, economies, etc. On top of all that, the scenery was fabulous, the cities were interesting, and the included meals were wonderful. Overall, it was a great tour with wonderful people to travel with. I liked having a guide who was of Scandinavian descent and had lived there

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's really difficult to pick just one aspect. But among my favorite parts of the tour was sailing along the fjord in Norway with the spectacular scenery."

Lynda

Fort Wayne, IN

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to single out just one."

Hans

Fargo, ND

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was rather pleased with the whole tour. Educational history lessons etc. Growing up in Germany I was rather familiar with old stuff, buildings etc. However the various landscapes and local citizen of Scandinavia make the difference.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjord tour"

Mary

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience that helped me get a glimpse of what is like to be Swedish, Danish and Norwegian.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island :Tea with our hostess, Susanna of Pension 44. Her charming hospitality was endearing; truly the best Danish "Hygge" tradition I could have experienced."

Dennis

Spokane Valley, WA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Lodi, CA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judith

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was just the right amount of structure and free time. The sites chosen to visit gave a wonderful overall view of the country. The group got along famously. It was everything I expected of a RS tour and more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pinpoint one but standing inside a 1000+ year old stave church and hearing what life was like at the time was amazing. Seeing the Viking ships and the cruise on the fjord rank right up there too."

Julie

Omaha, NE

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julia

Gettysburg, PA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Touring Scandinavia was on my bucket list for years. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. All my expectations were met or exceeded.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The highlight of my trip was wandering around on Aero Island. Our last evening there, we walked along the shore line and followed a path that took us to a string of tiny colorful beach huts. Spectacular!"

Jeffrey

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Unforgettable; educational; stimulating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Make a solo bike trip on the island of Aero, Denmark along a quiet and narrow bike path, about 6 miles, back to our hotel. The landscape was just at it might have been centuries ago. No electrical poles/wires in evidence; occasional glimpses of the Baltic; seeing small groups of cattle, horses and goats along the way. Fantasizing that any moment, I might see knights and ladies on horseback. Wildflowers everywhere. Infrequent well kept farmhouses; fields of golden grain ready to harvest. Wow."

Jim

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We liked the contrast among the major cities and between the urban and natural settings. It was interesting to learn about the national identities, personalities, and history of the countries. The settings of the major cities on the water was spectacular. It was a complex and challenging trip but we saw and learned far more than we expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course there are more than one: the graciousness of Stockholm; the energy and youthful spirit of Copenhagen; the morning ferry arrival in Oslo with its beautiful setting on the water; the charm of Aero Island; the view of Kalmar Castle at dusk; and, of course, the grandeur of the fjords."

Patricia

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anne

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Phyllis

Fargo, ND

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip of a lifetime for me. I'm of Norwegian heritage and have always longed to visit the country of my origin. It didn't disappoint! The hotel accommodations were all top notch and the daily tours and guides were wonderful. We had a nice mix of planned activities and free time to do our own thing. Never felt rushed or pressured.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a toss-up between the beautiful fjord country in Norway and the enchanting Aero Island. Both were beyond belief, but then the entire trip was just amazing."

Carol

Glen Ullin, ND

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

everything was very organized. the accomodations were clean and comfortable. our guides did a very good job

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the fiords"

Barbara

Rochester, MN

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were impressed with our tour from start to finish. Our guides were excellent. The pace of the days was perfect. We loved the combination of tours led by wonderful local guides followed by lots of free time during which each tour member could pursue those activities that most interested them. We also appreciated the overall flow of the two weeks. Ambitious days spent in the busy Scandinavian capitals were followed by more leisurely days in quieter locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of them! Of course, our cruise up the Sognefjord was a feast for the senses. But, we also loved Aeroskobing and our stay with the gracious and lovely Suzanna in her wonderful home."

Bob

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great locations for our hotels. Fun and informative leaders. Interesting and cordial group members

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour, with guide, of the schoolhouse in the outdoor museum at Lillehammer showed me what my father's schoolroom and education were probably like in Southern Sweden at the start of the 1900s."

Raymond

Maple Ridge, BC

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pal is an amazing tour guide and it was a bonus to have Gabriella along as an apprentice. Everything was very well organized and there were many diverse activities and optional extras that Pal offered. All aspects of the tour exceeded our family expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A group picnic at the start of a spectacular fjord in Norway along with the opportunity for us crazy Canadians to jump into the fjord and reconnect with our ancestral heritage."

Leigh

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful experience. The accommodations were centrally located, the excursions and specific local attraction guides were excellent. I rate our tour guide 10 out of 10. In summary, the 14 day Best is Scandinavia was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the scenic ferry ride from Kaupanger to Gudvangen through the Sognefjord fjord. Another site I loved was the Denmark's Roskilde Viking Ship Museum an Cathedral."

Patricia

Plano, TX

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip, fun and interesting people, got lots of information on cities that we'd be visiting plus language lesson nearly every day. I loved saying "moron". Guides were helpful, engaging and just fun to be around. This was one of my top trips of the 6 RS trips we have done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oslo was my wow place."

Pam

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One word....Fantastic! Tour leaders, Pâl and Gabriella, were the best! And Mats, our driver, superb! Great group of fellow travelers, fun and full of adventure! Everyone went with Pâl & Gabriella to Christiana in Copenhagen!! Eating traditional foods, and Aquavit! Unique,fascinating cities; quaint Aero; high snow capped mountains in Norway; breathtaking fjord near Bergen; open air folk museum, Viking museums, castles. A well organized tour with lots of walking and learning opportunities!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Island of Æro. Beauty of Norway; boat ride in a fjord. Watching our Canadians jump in the fjord, with Pâl, hanging back a minute, then walking in with them! Bus ride from Elevester to Bergen."

Nadine

Coatesville, PA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves Tour. The trip was awesome!!! I also learn a lot about the people and their cultures of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway!!! Our guide Pål Johansen is excellent!!! His knowledge, kindness, and humor made the trip much more fun and interesting!!! I truly enjoyed every moment of the trip!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of "WOW" moments and it is hard to pick one."

Linda

Loveland, CO

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Scandinavian Tour experience was over-the-top fantastic! I did some reading about the Nordic culture and was curious to see how each of these countries lived together yet apart. This tour did not disappoint!! We were treated to excellent tour guides in every stop, learned their rich history and traditions, stayed in lovely comfortable inns, ate delicious foods, and made many new friends. I love that R.S. Tours operate in such a smooth, professional manner and that you travel as a family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was our time in Aero, Denmark. Our group was split between 2 B&B's, we stayed at Gunner's Pa Torvet. He is such a gracious, welcoming host & the accommodations/food were excellent. I loved the Danish Christmas Feast in that charming little inn, as Pal told us about Danish holiday traditions. It was a classic Rick Steves' celebration of the gifts of travel! Our bike ride in the morning mist was lovely too, riding through fields of rye, oats and barley!"

Traci

Anoka, MN

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! Great variety of sites, topography, and a good balance of guided tours and free time. It was my 1st Rick Steves tour. I had heard only positive things about them and the trip lived up to the expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The very best was ferry ride through the fjord."

James

Loveland, CO

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Can't say enough about our guides Pal and Gabriella. Their knowledge and genuine concern for each of us was over the top. The hotels and group meals were very good. Mats our bus driver did a fantastic job and became an important part of the group. Our fellow travelers were fun, intelligent and on time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Aero and the bicycle ride around the island. Pal took the time to show us the difference between oats, rye and barley as we biked by. The fjords of Norway were awesome."

Nancy

Westboro, MO

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great! Enjoyed all the sightseeing and variety of activities. Also enjoyed staying in the city centers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I enjoyed the time we spent on Aero the most, although also loved seeing Stockholm for the first time and the Norwegian fjords."

Robert

Marietta, GA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves tour, and, as with the other four, it was a very pleasant experience. In general, we do not like group bus tours, but RS tours are very different. When you consider time and money, it would be difficult to beat such a tour as this as an independent traveler. The tour was well organized, the guides, local guides, and driver were excellent, the hotels were good and in very good locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were no outstanding "wow" moments for me on this tour, but every day, and sometimes several times a day, there were great moments of enjoyment. The little, simple things such as a stop at a small church or a bicycle ride along the sea made the day."

Dale

Auburn, AL

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The landscapes were beautiful and the cities very clean and modern, while still maintaining historically important architecture. Everyone we met was very friendly and helpful. The fact that they all spoke English (as good or better than Americans can) was a plus, since the Nordic languages are quite challenging and unfamiliar. All of the local guides and our tour guide, Ylva, are very knowledgeable and were very happy to share many details about Nordic history, customs and culture with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many high points to only pick one. Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo each had their own unique appeal (and great food). Although busy, each city provided a relaxing, yet stimulating, experience. My favorite overnight stop was near Dalen, Norway, in the peaceful hills just before reaching "Giant's Country" and my favorite outdoor spot was the top of "Giants Country" where cross country skiing was taking place on July 1st (skiing in summer, what a treat!)."

Jennifer

Great Falls, VA

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well planned with a nice balance between top tourist attractions and off-the-beaten-track gems. There was also a thoughtful mix of time spent with [INVALID] and apart from [INVALID] the group. My overall experience would have been "outstanding" instead of "very good" had we not stayed in Hotel Bethel in Copenhagen. I was not expecting five-star (or even four-star) accommodations, but Hotel Bethel reminded me of the youth hostels I stayed at when I was in my 20s.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Zip-lining in Holmenkollen! Too bad it only lasted 25 seconds."

Patricia

Port Chester, NY

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It started with a great tour guide and an excellent itinerary. Perfect balance of cities, towns, countryside. An extra free day in Copenhagen and Oslo would have been ideal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus driver/ undercover Swedish chef chopped fresh herbs for our midsummer picnic. Reindeer is delicious, herring is not bad, and vikings had good teeth. And I think I'm Norwegian."

Steven

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent introduction to the history culture and social systems of the region while experiencing the beauty of Scandinavia

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains and fjords of Norway"

Eric

Valencia, CA

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. Scandinavia is so green and there are many beautiful lakes and rivers everywhere. I came during the summer solstice and I have never been so far north during that time. I was able to video outside at 12:30 in the morning and there was still light out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Technically, the Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen wasn't part of the tour, but the cellar beneath the castle with all the ancient weapons and jewelry was amazing. I am still scratching my head trying to figure how artists could carve some of those ivory sculptures and vases. I have seen the original artwork for M. C. Escher, and like Escher's art, you can stare at one of those intricate sculptures for hours."

Bonnie

Stone Mountain, GA

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves group tour exceeded our expectations. Fellow travelers really contributed to the overall experience - interesting, fun and well-traveled. We now have a much longer list of future Rick Steves trips to take. Ylva was very knowledgeable, approachable and very engaged with the tour members, as was our driver, Hans. Itinerary was well planned and executed and packed in a lot of interesting places and activities - would have enjoyed more free time on Aero and Copenhagen

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Its hard to pick just one: 1. Pulling into Copenhagen and seeing the row of colored homes on the canal across from our hotel, after seeing that iconic picture many times but never "in person" before. 2. the view of Bergen from top of funicular ride; 3. crown jewels of Danish royal family. 4. Collection of full size paper costumes of Medici era at Kalmer castle."

Kenneth

Great Falls, VA

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Outstanding in almost all respects. One or two of the hotels (Bethel in Copenhagen and the Farmstead in Norway) were less than outstanding. Regarding the former, even though the location was great, booking a better hotel -- even if a bit farther away would be an improvement. Best part of the tour: The guide. Ylva was fantastic in all respects.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Aero, as well as the numerous interactions (bike ride, hikes, ...) with the tour leader."

Thomas

Madison, WI

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good mix of touring and free time. I liked the hotel selections.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roskilde. Seeing the longboat sail and watching others being built in the traditional manner. Learning more about a period of history often glossed over."

James

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The sites were a good combination of major cities and smaller venues.. The group was very compatible. Hotels were generally good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Island of Aeros."

Cindy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

my 3rd RS tour, and this one was as great at the rest. The only thing I didn't care for was the size of the group at 28. My last trips were 21 and 21. It just meant it took longer for comfort stops, rejoining during walks. Some of the people on this tour were not particularly prompt, and I will the rules had been enforced, and we left someone behind, just once!.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"RS Scandinavia is an excellent mix of cities and rural experiences, my favorites being the day on Aero and the day you leave Olso and day after Elevester, over the mountains, on the boat. We were exceptionally lucky to have great weather almost the whole trip."

Harry

West Richland, WA

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very nice immersion into what Scandinavia is all about. I came away with a strong feeling of affinity for the Scandinavians and their sensible approach to life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ferry ride down the fiord was pretty spectacular."

Char

Palatine, IL

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was outstanding. Our tour guide, Asa Danielson, was absolutely amazing. We learned so much about the cultural, historical,social and political aspects of all of Scandinavia. The scenery was gorgeous! The food was excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Frogner Park - Gustav Vigeland's sculptures Mount Flyen - views of Bergen Jutunheimen Mountains"

Charlene

Lacey, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A fun tour guide [INVALID]d a light hearted atmosphere .every one felt like adult, and family. All talked to each other and watched out for each other. I found it eye opening and educational, and fun. The stories, songs, pictures, and descriptions were great. I got a lot more out of it than I imagined. Met some really nice people. Meals were good. Accomadations were great. Slept good the whole trip. Bus seats not so comfortable. Especially on long ride days. Our bus driver was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We arrived in Stockholm, people on bikes everywhere. Everywhere we went in Scandinavia people rode bikes!"

Gerald

Lacey, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are independent travelers who decided we wanted to share a trip with travel buddies this time (our previous Rick Steve's tour was in 2001. We really enjoyed the trip...thank you. Every one on the tour with us was fascinating, fun and easy going. There is no way on earth that anyone traveling independently could pack as many experiences into 14 days as you all do. WOW! But, there are two sides to that coin. See #16.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When ASA explained Swedish culture to us on a long bus ride using the journey through life of a Swedish boy and girl named Saga and Ralph."

Toni

New Franklin, OH

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Good balance between city and countryside. Accommodations and food were of good quality. Good organization. Asa and Peng took excellent care of the group including during medical and dental urgencies. I benefited greatly from knowledgeable local guides and I loved the on bus lectures. I learned about Scandinavia in the past and in the present. I really appreciate the "on your own" time. If I were to change something it would be to add 3 days, one in each capital, of on your own time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Best City: Stockholm. Best nature: Jotunheimen mountain drive. Best museum: Vasa and Oslo Viking Ship. Best meal: Traditional Danish Christmas at Mumms and game stew at Rorbua. Best hotel: Thon Rosenkrantz, Bergen. Best travel companions: all of my group!"

Lilja

Vernonia, OR

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was comprehensive and covered the major highlights of the capitals and other key sites in Scandinavia. Our guide and our driver could not have been better. Asa was knowledgeable, spirited, interesting, organized and just a lot of fun. Her background information on Scandinavian life, history and customs really filled gaps in my knowledge and helped us appreciate the places visited to the fullest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, it's hard to narrow down. We got lucky on our days in Bergen that the weather was so nice, and the view of the city from the top of the funicular ride was an awesome cap to many days of "wow" moments."

Brian

Palatine, IL

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour with very knowledgeable guide. Great itinerary, feel I got to really know each country and their culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the cross country skiers at the top of the Jotunheimen mountains in Norway! The Gustav Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park were amazing."

Clay

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I choose this tour because of its itinerary that included Aero Island and Bergen as additions to the major cities, and so many scheduled museums and sites. Good balance between urban and countryside. For such a comprehensive tour, we had a good amount of time on our own. Our guide, Asa, was amazing[INVALID]fun, knowledgeable, and on top of every situation. I learned so much from her about Scandinavia, especially her narrative on the life of a Swede. And our bus driver was the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several: Rowing a Viking boat at the Viking Ship Museum in Denmark, staying on Aero Island and a bike ride there, Vasa Ship Museum in Stockholm, and Vigeland's sculpture garden in Oslo. And I'm going to add our driver Pinge's cinnamon rolls!"

Craig

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Scandinavia tour was number 12 since 2001! You are the best! I am planning for my 2018 tour! Ireland is my destination!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour group was on Aero Island. A beautiful island!Quiet and peaceful! A lovely bike ride, even in the rain!"

Patricia

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel lucky to have learned about my heritage, my people, their history and way of thinking. I'm now very proud to be Scandinavian! Asa's stories about the Scandinavian people gave us a true window into their lives and I feel we learned valuable knowledge from her that we could not have gotten on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus tour to the highest peak and largest glacier in Norway. AND Aero Island in Denmark."

James

Fort Wayne, IN

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a well-planned, smoothly-run group experience. Group members got along very well, with a mix of singles and couples.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island. I loved the quiet beauty of it."

Joan

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an excellent mix of time in big cities - Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo and time outside the hustle and bustle like Kalmar, Aero, and the amazing day of driving into the mountains ending with a boat tour of the fjords.I felt like the balance between urban energy and rural relaxation was excellent. It was a really well paced tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was more of a quiet one on this tour. Elveseter. I have never been to a place like it - truly magical. It seemed that everyplace that I looked I would discover something new. It could be a marvelous little painting, a breathtaking view of the mountains, or an odd little carving of a troll hiding in a corner. My favorite night was spent in front of a cozy fireplace, chatting with friends from the tour and watching the dark settle into the mountains."

Damaris

Bailey, CO

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with previous RS tours, we had a wonderful time. Pal is organized, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and kind. He must have been a boy scout in a previous life. And, he has a great sense of humor. Laurel was also a great addition to the team. We enjoyed all the guided visits provided for us, learned much, and we appreciated the informed suggestions of ways we might want to spend our free time. This trip was all that we hoped for- perhaps even better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose a favorite moment. I was amazed at the Stockholm City Hall, I was awestruck at the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Copenhagen. I was charmed by Aero island and want to live there when I grow up, at least in summer. And I loved the bus ride up in the mountains of Norway and the boat ride through the fjord to Oslo. Mostly I was thrilled to spend time in the land of my Swedish ancestors."

Kenneth

Oakland, CA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was more walking involved than in previous tours we've signed for, but not a problem. We were glad that we wore our light hiking boots because of the ubiquitous cobblestones in all three countries. We hit the key sights and were allowed to go about sightseeing on our own to pursue & explore our own interests. Our group was among the most congenial we've experienced, and at the same time we had time to ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island was pretty nifty. Wandering among the historic houses (and using the Steves' guidebook) and cycling outside of the town was memorable. Other highlights include the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, and the City Halls of Stockholm and Oslo, Norway. I figured just another couple of city halls, but these were spectacular and I'd visit them again. The free time we were afforded allowed time for the ABBA The Museum in Stockholm and the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark."

Anne

Moss Beach, CA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The group was large but very congenial, and I think Pal was an excellent guide. He is very likeble and witty, and artfully balanced the days so we had time to see the sights and also had time to explore on our own. The bus driver was also very good, and friendly. Pal entertained us during the bus rides with excerpts from novels, native songs (classical and folk) and discussed the philosophy behind the social welfare state in Scandinavia so it made more sense to me, an "independent American."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part of the trip was on the island of Aero in Denmark. The area is concerned with their self sustaining water, agriculture and tourism and the people we met who operate the hotels worked together to this end. It's a very charming place, one that I felt an attachment to while we were there. Meeting the people and learning about their problems and successes made the trip so much more meaningful."

Melinda

Denver, CO

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an GREAT tour!! Our guide Pal was excellent, really made it a wonderful experience. The places we went were all interesting, enjoyed learning about the countries and their histories. We had a great group of people, really enjoyed traveling with them. So happy I did this tour, would highly recommend to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved going to Aero island and going through the mountains in Norway. Also seeing the Vasa Museum was amazing."

Grace

Sisters, OR

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well paced. Good information. Variety of experiences. Very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful scenery in all of the countries. The Vigeland sculpture garden was amazing. Loved Aero Island."

Judy

Denver, CO

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th RS tour and exceeded my expectations. Our tour leader, Pal, was terrific, the mix of cities and towns was good, hotels were well situated, good mix of group/free time, and the group was fun and easy to travel with. Thoroughly enjoyed everything we did on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Aero Island in Denmark, the scenery in Norway."

Curtis

Tigard, OR

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Th guides were excellent, informative and fun to be around. The pace was also excellent. Accommodations were spot on, nothing fancy but roomy, clean and comfortable. Stops were very interesting and caused me to investigate more upon return to the States.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many to choose from, but I would say I liked the two museums (Viking Museum and Kon Tiki Museum) in Oslo. Very informative and interesting. Right behind was the Fram Museum - crazy Norwegian explorers. The beauty of the country was also wonderful."

Carol

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Colorful cities, charming Aero, sparkling waterways, maritime marvels, historic and artistic treasures, gorgeous mountains and beautiful fjords[INVALID]-this was a terrific tour. Pal's enthusiasm and sharing of culture, stories, tales, music, photos, and special insight enriched our travels so much. Our group was friendly and the hotels were comfortable and in perfect locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire time on Aero Island was so memorable. The musical ride through the snow-covered mountains of Norway followed by drifting down the Sognefjord was wonderful. A heart-stopping moment was seeing Ai Weiwei's installation in Copenhagen, Soleil Levant, made of 3500 disgarded lifejackets from refugees on Lesbos, Greece."

Ken

Bailey, CO

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with all Rick Steves tours we've taken the experience was enjoyable and met all of our very high expectations. Our traveling companions were interesting and congenial and all of the guides were both fun and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Given my Danish heritage, perhaps my favorite wow moment came when we took a bus tour of Aero Island and stopped at a lovely chapel and wandered the grounds for a few minutes. I walked among the graves and noted that the vast majority of markers had last names ending in "sen". It dawned on me with such clarity that Denmark was indeed the country of my family origins. My other wow moments involved anything to do with Viking ships."

Jackie

Pass Christian, MS

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was by far an excellent trip. It exceeded all my expectations and then surprised me time and again. Pal our fabulous tour guide was able to provide us with all that we needed to fully appreciate and understand these three countries. Whether it was with local music on our scenic bus rides or an impromptu hotdog roast in a local park before we journeyed through the majestic fjords. I felt that he was always getting us ready for what was to come next. I will definitely recommend this tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This whole tour was a "wow" experience. The scenery alone speaks for itself. We went from eye popping museums full of Viking ships,to a colorful quaint little picturesque island that was truly a "vacation" from our vacation, to snow topped mountains,to a memorable boat ride through the fjords. Enjoyed visiting a good balance of large and small coastal towns in another part of the world."

Darlene

Oakland, CA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So informative - learned and experienced more than I could have on my own. A good balance of tours/free time, city/country, group meals/dining on own. This was my first Rick Steves tour and hope to take more in the future. Pal was an exceptional guide - patient, funny, always introducing new photos, stories, music, foods to enhance our understanding of Scandinavia. Our tour companions were a pleasure to be around- made the trip more fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) The Vasa Museum - a real "wow" when I entered the room and saw the immensity of the ship! Fascinating visit! 2) Listening to music while driving through the Norwegian countryside. Didn't want it to end - lovely. The music provided by Pal really enhanced this part of the drive."

Nedra

Westfield, IN

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was thrilled with the tour. This was my first one and I had hoped it would be as nice as the ones I had seen on PBS.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was not one wow moment for me. One of my favorite days was the overnight in the mountains of Norway."

Michael

Olympia, WA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Visiting three distinct countries and learning about their cultures was what the Rick Steve's tours have been all about and this tour did not disappoint. Learning about physical & cultural geography along the way, by boat or bus we learned about the differences and similarities among the countries as we traveled in them. This was an outstanding tour and I don't have one negative thing to say about the experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several WOW moments! One would be seeing the Kon Tiki & RA rafts in the Kon Tiki museum in Oslo, Norway. Another would be the island of Ero in Denmark. The island was so peaceful and seeing the very old buildings there made being there very special.Being on that island was like going back in time and I absolutely loved it there!"

Jean

Montgomery, AL

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour far exceeded my expectations. I have been a Rick devotee since 2000, and I always planned our yearly trips to Western Europe with his guidebooks. Scandinavia with its 3 languages and 3 currencies, seemed overwhelming to plan so I sign us up for the tour. I so appreciate the ease with which we moved from hotel to museum to bus to ferry. Our guide and bus driver were wonderful. I can't wait for my next adventure with Rick!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was riding bikes on Aero - so beautiful! Also, when I won the Scandinavia quiz given by Asa on the last day (I even beat my husband by one)!"

David

Chevy Chase, MD

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed seeing new places every day. The guides were excellent. The itinerary was well thought out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ferry ride through the fjords of Norway. Amazing to see."

Peggy

Garden Grove, CA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I love the "gathering" of the tour members before the actual "meeting". People gradually coming to the hotel eager to introduce themselves and meet everyone. Love the ages of 30's to 80's. Sixth tour and the people are always wonderful! And I know that's because the tours are wonderful and led by super people! This one included such great cities. Copenhagen was my favorite. Enjoyed the boat ride in the harbor (even though it broke down and we had to change boats!) Loved Vigeland's statues!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I absolutely loved the drive through the Jotunheim Mountains in Norway. Full of snow and rounded on the tops. Our guide and driver were kind enough to make several fun stops for walking and picture taking. We also got in a steep, uphill climb after we arrived at our mountain hotel, which was not far from a lovely waterfall."

Judith

Placentia, CA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour. The destinations and highlights were fantastic. I left knowing I'd seen the best each country had to offer. Our guide, Asa, was exceptional. The group size was a bit too large for my taste (28 vs our "go-to" O.A.T. Groups of 16). The scenery, especially on the Norway drives and fjords, was incomparable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Norway fjord will always be with me."

Haldon

Placentia, CA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The was very good. Asa was an excellent guide, incorporating Scandinavian culture into the experience. The scenery was outstanding and the walking tours were an interesting combination of history and modern day culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ferry on the fjords in Norway."

Marilyn

Mattoon, IL

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the pace , the mix of structured and free time .our guides & the cultural experiences . Our guide,Ylva, was very knowledgable and competent ; She was able to problem solve quickly and efficiently with never a criticism of the mistakes she was called upon to fix. Anja was also a delight. Our bus drive was a gem too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the display of clothing made out of paper at the Kalmar Castle ( I think ) was the best of all the moments. They were just magical."

Martin

Waterloo, IA

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour. The day crossing of the mountains in Norway was the best of all.if I had to I would say that I would have liked to see more of the countryside of Swedan. The tour guide was great. She always had a solution for any problem.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The many waterfalls in Norway."

Jana

Evanston, IL

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional tour experience! The meals, particularly the breakfasts, were expansive and varied in selection. There was a great variety of guided activities that mixed Scandinavian eras, natural beauty and modern culture. When we needed a break, we opted out of some things to just soak in the friendly cafes, lovely parks and waterfronts. We found the Scandinavian people warm and friendly and easy spoke English, which helped us navigating on our own. Rick Steve's tours attract the best members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overnight ferry between Copenhagen and Oslo was not the rustic experience I expected. Totally a great cruise ship with wonderful restaurants, lounges and scenery to boot. Oslo was our Wow city. We loved the architecture, the lovely parks, especially the Vigeland Sculpture garden, fountains and National Gallery."

Charlotte

Ocoee, FL

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the small touches of hospitality Ylva provided: for example, fresh strawberries for our afternoon break and a visit from "Hans Christian Anderson." Impressed by Ylva's knowledge, sense of fun, and sincere dedication to each traveler. She puts her whole heart into the job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. I loved our traditional Christmas dinner on Aero. So festive and delicious. Also, the tour of the castle at Kalmar with paper costumes on exhibit was stunning."

Brian

Holyoke, MA

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

"The Best of Scandinavia" was an outstanding vacation--I would do it again in a second. It was the perfect mix of urban and rural. I learned a great deal about Scandinavian culture, politics, food, and history. The distances covered in this trip are impressive--almost all moments on the bus are photo opportunities. Ylva was everything you hope for in a tour guide. Her assistant Anja was an added bonus!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Almost all of Norway was a "wow" moment. The view of the fjords provided by the ferry were beyond words. I will also never forget the smell of stockfish!"

Bill

Shepherdstown, WV

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed decent weather, good guides and a really nice group of fellow travelers. We enjoyed special treat when Hakan (our Stockholmn guide) and Ylva (our overall tour guide) showed us their apartment in the old town. It was really nice of them. Most tourist don't ever get to see the inside of the old town. Everyone we met was very friendly and helpful. When our train ride from Bergen to Oslo was cancelled (after 4 hours), the lady sitting across from us offered to give us a ride to Oslo.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Norway scenery by far. The high country with it's peaks, water falls, valleys, and most of all Sognefjord were fantastic. The only thing that could have made it better was blue sky. We also got to go square dancing in Oslo and met some really nice folks. One couple was coming to the US to visit their son and we were able to find them some US square dances to attend."

Bill

Ardmore, PA

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" was seeing the Vasa. The most interesting thing was learning about their social economic system. We have much to learn from it."

Cathy

Ardmore, PA

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a tour with many opportunities to learn not only about the history, culture, politics, and foods of Scandinavia, but also an opportunity to learn why it is that Scandinavians are consistently named the happiest people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sweden: Visiting our guide's home and meeting her family; The Vasa - I had no idea it was so incredible and it's story so amazing. Copenhagen: The surprise appearance of Richard, the H C Andersen interpreter who delighted us with stories, biography, and a toast; The Danish Smorebrod lunch at the Farm and the walk Norway: The mountains and the Fjords and the hike up to the waterfall. I also enjoyed our visit to Lillehammer, especially the Olympic Museum"

Karlene

Auburn, CA

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful tour experience! This was my 2nd tour (21 Day Best of Europe was the first) & I was not disappointed. The locations visited were sometimes touristy & sometimes not...which I loved. There was the right mix of scheduled & free time. Our group jelled right away & even though 4 didn't join up until 4 days later, we made them feel right at home like they'd been with us the whole time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My most powerful "wow" moment did not involve the sites of Scandinavia, but the interactions of Scandinavians. Learning about their mindset (especially Swedes & Danes) was an eye-opener. How they work together so everyone is taken care of & how their politicians do not make politics a career. Æero was probably my favorite place because it was so quaint & I could really envision what it would have been like to live & work there centuries ago."

Joseph

Auburn, CA

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RicK Steve's tour and I am again amazed by the guides knowledge of the history, customs,charactar etc etc of all the countries we visited. The second and very important, is the group of people we were with. We started out as 27 strangers, once we got our 4 stranded friends, and ended up with a feeling of friendship. People mixed together at meal times and you always felt welcome to join anyone for conversations. This group was an absolute joy to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overnight ferry ride was awesome !!"

Rita

Humboldt, IL

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and it was truly one of the nicest tours that we have been on. The balance between group activities and individual time was perfect. It allowed us to pursue individual interests while not missing any highlights of the area. At the same time, we were able to experience local culture and activities that gave us a better understanding of the history and life of the people we encountered

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery was spectacular, the history was inspiring but by far the best part of the trip was the people. Our tour guide was remarkable in her knowledge, enthusiasm, ability to handle even lost passports, and in her generosity. Our fellow travelers were interesting and fun to be with and the people of all three countries were welcoming, and helpful in so many situations."

Michael

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed all three Scandinavian countries, especially Norway. Our tour members were nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Æroskobing Island, Norwegian fjord ferry ride."

Scot

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. The Rick Steves style of travel ensures that you get a real flavor of the culture and histories of the places you visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains and fjords of Norway."

Elaine

Shepherdstown, WV

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great people to travel with, one of the best groups. Great guides and very friendly locals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed Æro Island the most. It was a nice break from the big cities and such a lovely little village. Just loved walking around viewing the houses, gardens and just meeting people."

Holland

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Pal, adding additinal insight into the cultures of the different areas made the tour come alive like none other (our previous 4 Rick Steves tours) by reading fairytales, and playing music and sharing his stories added so much. He also inspired interaction between tour members that my husband and I more fully enjoyed this time. Unfortunately a fall necessitated my trip to a clinic in Oslo. Pal made rhat easy, and when I needed additional consideration he made it happen easily.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gee, there were many. I suppose the boat trip through the fiords"

Kenneth

Grand Junction, CO

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great well organized tour. Our assigned guide Pal (Paul) was very good-very knowledgeable, enthusiastic,and organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our bus ride out of the mountains of Norway with our guide Pal playing the music of Edvard Grieg on the bus."

Bruce

Morongo Valley, CA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The majority of the tour members were experienced travelers. We never had to wait for anyone, everyone was on the bus or at the meeting place on time ready to go. Paul, the guide, was knowledgeable, very helpful with our various problems and interested in what we had to say.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many interesting places and beautiful scenery but my WOW moment was while we were on the familiarization walking tour of Copenhagen. We encountered Hans Christian Andersen. He told us of his background, discussed some of his stories while thoroughly enchanting and delighting us. This encounter was so unexpected and fun that it is my WOW moment."

Mildred

Nashville, TN

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the third Rick Steves' tour that I have taken. All were excellent, but I would have to say that this was perhaps the best one because of Pal. In my mind, he is the ideal tour leader. Not only is he well-organized, knowledgeable, funny, etc. His manner is friendly but also authentic. I loved all of the "special touches" he added to our trip, i.e. Norwegian candy bars when the group was tired from a long city tour, toasts at impromptu picnics when we stopped at scenic spots.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the VASA Museum!"

Travis

Carson City, NV

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Can't say enough good things about Paul and our driver Mots (sp). Both were excellent at their jobs and on a personal level went a long way toward making the trip a success.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vasa Museum."

Susan

Alcoa, TN

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have done many Rick Steves tours, and I always say the most recent one was the best, but this one really was. Totally different from any other RS tour we've done because Scandinavia is totally different. Not big on Baroque cathedrals or huge art galleries, though we saw some good ones. The natural wonders of the area steal the show in Scandinavia. Throw in a few 1,000-year-old Viking ships,some stave churches and a couple of fjords and it's like nothing we've ever experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down, the fjords. Pictures don't do them justice."

Douglas

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent guides and choice of hotels and site seeing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Art Museum Hotel in Elvesaeter. The unique art and craftsmanship displayed in restoring/maintaining the hotel was fascinating and impressive"

George

Morgantown, WV

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being our fourth RS Tour, we have come to expect the format. What was outstanding (again) was the quality of the tour guide Yiva and driver, Leif. Then, of course, was the venues. The menu for Scandinavia was balanced between urban and rural. The overnight on the ferry (luxury liner) to Oslo was delightful and the Sognefjord boat time spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A personal interaction with a traveler who had pressed the automatic coffee machine button twice to fill (overfill) his cup. Just the chemistry of that moment confirmed again that special people select the RS Tour motif."

Kay

Brighton, MI

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hotels in very convenient locations. The balance of group time and free time is great. The overnight ferry was nice. It was wonderful to watch the sunset on the water and see the freighters. Cabin was comfortable. Scandanavia is beautiful, full of helpful, friendly people and so clean and easy to enjoy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful parks in Stockholm and Oslo. The peace and serenity of Aero and the Norwegian mountains."

Don

Chemainus, BC

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

WELL ORGANIZED 2 WEEKS,WITH A NUMBER OF SPECIAL EXPERIENCES. THE SIZE OF THE GROUP (28) WAS LARGER THAN I HAD ANTICIPATED,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"THE FJORDS IN NORWAY, AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PHOTOGRAPHY WITH MIST ON THE WATER'S SURFACE."

Barbara

Collegeville, PA

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the funicular in Bergen to the top of the summit and then walking back down"

Linda

Morgantown, WV

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned and filled with an interesting variety of historic and cultural exposures that we enjoyed. We had the usual Rick Steves recipe of lunches on our own, breakfasts provided, and 1/2 the dinners- usually at notable restaurants that added to the experience. We loved the harbors with boats, bridges, cafes. The guide was excellent and very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many to choose from, but perhaps the ferry cruise on the fjord in Norway was one of the biggest Wows."

Kenneth

Brighton, MI

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The rating above says it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vasa Museum in Stockholm."

Bill

Morgantown, WV

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful group! Knowledgeable and caring tour leader. Ilva was exceptional!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Aero and the wonderful Pensione!"

Mavis

Morgantown, WV

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was wonderful. It was informative, diverse in its activities, flexible enough for individual time to explore, fun and beautiful. The other tour members were very compatible; the tour leader was one of the best we've had on our tours. I was very pleased with the entire experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After leaving Elvester, riding in the bus on the Sognefjell Road, we came upon waterfalls which were absolutely magnificent. We stopped and got out to take pictures."

Marcia

Crescent Springs, KY

Tour: 09/06/16

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

As my seventh Rick Steves' tour, this one was the largest at 28. The extra few people made the trip more unwieldy, especially since some people were physically unable to do what was expected of participants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero island was my favorite experience with the mountains of Norway coming in second."

Melanie

Saginaw, MI

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome! The best part was the people and Pål, our guide. Also Penge, our driver! We were lucky to have such an interesting, cohesive group and the perfect guide. I realize this is mostly chance, but many of our tour members have been on numerous RSTours and were seasoned travelers. I think the style of your tours attracts people who are genuinely interested in other people ..perfect travel companions! And my highest praises for the kindness, warmth and professionalism of both Pål and Peng

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose..probably the mountain drive in Norway or Æros Island"

Sheila

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Though I have traveled extensively this was my first organized tour. I didn't like the clumps of gawking people I saw who were on tours. I still don't like that aspect, but the positives of this tour far outweigh my discomfort. This tour gave me so much more than I ever could have done on my own. I could never have have found the out-of-the-way locations, or been able to get there or learned all the amazing things about Scandinavia. I'm now a believer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Jotunheimen on a beautiful sunny morning with Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite playing over the bus's PA system. Absolutely spectacular! Or maybe it was 4 of us with a bottle of wine and crackers, watching the sun set over the Baltic on the beach in Ærøskøbing."

Willard

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was well organized, interesting and lived up to it's billing! Our Tour Director Pål did an excellent job of managing the entire experience, was very knowledgeable, and handled all of the issues very well. The local tour guides were entertaining while providing an in depth experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most impressive single site was the Vasa. Our favorite country overall was Norway, but we certainly enjoyed Sweden and Denmark."

Ann

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I didn't really know what to expect even though I've been on 2 other shorter RS tours. This one involved much more bus time. I'm glad we took the chance and made the time to visit and to better understand a part of the world far from Texas! Our time on the bus passed quickly- Penge and Pål kept us safe, informed and well entertained!! We ate a couple of very strange local delicacies on that bus.. Greatly appreciated all the extra walking tours Pål took us on - made me feel like a local!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two WOW times: The bus trip from Elvesæter Hotel to Bergen - a day filled with spectacular mountain scenery. AND The time we spent on Æro. The meals and our companions were outstanding!!"

Anne

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scandinavia was a part of the world with which I was essentially unfamiliar. This tour resolved that. It was vital experience. The landscapes, the people, the lifestyles were all eyeopening. I would not have missed it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sculpture garden in Oslo. The images remain in both my mind and my heart...thank you for the chance to discover this amazing place."

Cathy

Madison, SD

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was extremely enjoyable! We had a marvelous tour guide and very fun/cohesive group. Learning about the culture and history of Sweden, Denmark & Norway as we traveled about was quite interesting. Our guide Pal made things even more enjoyable by sharing bits and pieces of his personal history. The only thing we wanted more of was NORWAY. That just means we have to go back and explore what we didn't see/experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the mountains in Norway!"

Chris

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was quite wonderful. Our tour guide Pal was very knowledgeable, very interesting and entertaining. He had some surprises know and them. I can't imagine doing Scandinavia without him. We had great food and great accommodations.

David

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour from start to finish. I had high expectations for Scandinavia, and I wasn't disappointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had just completed my tour of the Kon-Tiki Museum when I had my "wow" moment. I noticed this quote on a wall in the museum: "Borders I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people" - Thor Heyerdahl"

Jerry

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour. Pal was one of the best guides we've ever had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crossing the mountains of Norway. Visiting the Isle of Aero."

Esther

Alhambra, CA

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was originally feeling pretty skeptical about this particular trip to Scandinavia because i thought it was going to be kind of boring and not enough things to do. This particular trip was my sister turn to pick the location and she decided to go with Scandinavia. Well, this particular trip seriously blown my mind away. It was SERIOUS AMAZING trip ever. There was always something to do everyday and I learn something everyday. There was no pressure to do everything all at once...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick a favorite WOW moment. I enjoyed every moment of the trip.....if I seriously have to pick 1 WOW moment[INVALID][INVALID]having meals with the group. We all tried to sit with different people at each meal to get to know one another and no one felt left out. I really enjoyed getting to know people and having a real conversation. And to tie into have meals with each other[INVALID][INVALID]I really enjoyed the Aero Island. Our group sat in the patio area to have snacks/wine together and socialized."

Edyth

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour surpassed my expectations. Everything came together: weather, great group of fellow travelers (all 28); exceptional tour guide and bus driver. Everything flowed so smoothly, effortlessly, and with a great relaxed energy. Very good mix of city and countryside. Definitely want to return to Aero Island.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything Aero Island and bus trip through Jotunheimen National Park and mountains."

Shelley

Vicksburg, MI

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were for the third time again amazed at how much we loved our Rick Steve's tour! Our guide Pal went out of his way to make our trip the best! He even took time off of his work schedule to share adventures with us. It helped that every day was sunny in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. We really loved the countryside of Norway! AMAZING trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fiords in Norway and the Suzanna's Bed and Breakfast on Aero Island!!!"

Paul

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! Excellent Tour guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Pal took us on an optional hike in Norway"

Jorge

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I truly enjoyed the tour, although there were a couple of things that prevented it from being perfect. It was obvious to me that the trip was carefully planned from star to finish. It was full of interesting activities and thoughtful details.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to AEro was probably my favorite feature of the tour. I had been to Scandinavia, back in the 1980s; therefore, I knew what to expect most days. But the visit to AEro was special and charming. It stroke me like a charming fairyland, devoid of pretension and gimmicks."

Jan

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Asa our guide was wonderful - We had a very good group of travelers and I enjoyed this a lot

Robin

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole experience from beginning to end was fabulous. Asa was so welcoming and made sure everyone was included and having a good time. The hotels were well located and the sights we saw were incredible! Scandinavia is a beautiful area, and the folks there take such pride in their countries. The colors, the light, the friendly folks made the trip extra special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Viking Ship museums were wow moments for me. To see these small ships that were so well built they could sail to Great Britain, Iceland and North America was amazing. They looked so delicate and were decorated with fanciful carvings and decoration that took such skill. And of course the fjords were amazing!"

Greg

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Asa was truly wonderful, knowledgeable and attentive. She and Mats not only educated us but made us feel welcome and safe. I loved learning about the Vikings in each country we visited. The Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo was amazing. Staying with Susana in Aero was so relaxing. Best memories are standing atop the ship as we cruised into Oslo, the bus trip and ferry on the Sognefjell Road and Sognefjord. A fantastic trip. PS Each hotel location was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Stockholm city tour with local guide Hakan. His passion for his city and his incredible ability to teach us about Sweden's politics, economy and it's people. A parliament of the people, for the people and by the people. His guidance set the tone for each of the other cities and countries that we visited."

Linda

Ormond Beach, FL

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scandinavian tour had everything you could want and more. We had an excellent guide, beautiful sites, ferry rides, a quiet island, history, and so much more. The tour was comprised of a fun bunch of people with similar travel agendas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Norwegian mountains and fjords were pretty spectacular. The waterfalls were so abundant and just cruising on the ferry allowed us to see the beautiful scenery."

Dee

Cottage Grove, WI

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderfully organized, well planned, many "tidbits" added by both the trip's guide and the local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two. The view from the mountain resort in Norway and the Vigeland statues"

Sue

Kaysville, UT

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scandinavia tour was wonderful! I'm amazed it was able to cover such a wide area and remain thoroughly enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wow moments. I loved taking the "jazz" canal boat ride. It was so fun to cruise the canals and listen to the awesome jazz group. The group would duck as we went under bridges and people on the bridges would stop, watch and listen. Great fun!"

Susan

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves' tour and we really enjoyed it. I thought the itinerary was perfectly paced and well planned. I came home feeling that I had really seen and experienced the Scandinavian countries. There was a good balance of tour time and free time. I really liked how well our bus time was planned. Asa was so well prepared and she gave us information in pieces that we could understand and in the end she did a good job of tying all the pieces of information together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "Wow" moments. I liked Stockholm and I would like to go back and spend some more time there. Copenhagen was probably my favorite city. I had heard about the bikes but one really has to experience the traffic to appreciate how many bike riders there are. Norway was another great experience. Our drive through the mountains and ferry through the fjords was amazing."

Regina

Surprise, AZ

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What can I say??? We went to Croatia last year with your group and it was so great, we signed up for the Scandinavian tour. I just wanted this trip to be at least that good. Needless to say, it was even better. Our tour guide was fantastic. The bus was a long ride but we learned so much from the guides narration and pictures that she passed around. There wasn't one part I didn't love. The hotel rooms in 2 areas could have been better but that is only a small complaint.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the fiord ferry boat ride in Norway and crossing the Norwegian mountains."

Michael

Surprise, AZ

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was great. It was everything I expected the tour to be. Asa was an excellent tour guide. She kept us busy and on the bus she provide a wealth of knowledge. She did a great job of telling us how the cultures of all three countries were similar n=but yet very different in some areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was the entire trip on day 12 to Bergen. First we went over the mountains which was spectacular and then cruised for a couple of hours in the Fjords."

Bonnie

Muray, UT

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great experience. We really learned a lot of history. Another day in Bergen and Stockholm would have been nice. There was so much to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords in Norway were spectacular, I also thought Aeros was a beautiful place I would have liked one more day there. Learning more about the history of Scandinavia and the vikings was great.The ships in the museum were wonderful."

Philip

Lawrence, KS

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Asa made this trip better than I could have imagined. She has an infectious smile on her face at all times and the knowledge skill and leadership to make things run smoothly without the members knowing how much energy she puts into preparation. Everything nice just happens with ease.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Aero Island and staying with Suzannah. Beautiful place to visit and I hope I get to return soon. Suzannah and her historic home were amazing."

David

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip provided significant insight into the people, the land and the culture of Scandinavia. The pace of the tour was fast, I felt that we could have spent an extra day in both Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo and Bergen but we saw the major highlights of those cities so I guess that was the tradeoff. Our tour guide went to significant effort to discuss the modern day culture and this was really appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several for me; the glaciers in Norway and the Viking museum in Oslo. It is really hard to choose because there were so many!"

Michael

Eugene, OR

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As this tour covered so much territory (geographic & cultural), I would have liked to spend an extra day in each capital and an extra day on Æro. I loved the 17 day Italy tour and I think this Scandinavian tour could benefit from being longer. We did so much that I felt many of the days were compressed by the schedule. For instance, I would have enjoyed a longer bike ride on Æro, but cut it short so I wouldn't miss the wonderful smørrebrød lunch. I would have spent more time in some museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Æro was a highlight along with the Norwegian fjords."

Bill

Cleveland, TN

Tour: 08/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fine time, lots of interesting places to see, fine travel partners, a chance to delve into the cultures and foods. Much more exciting than the 12 days cruise up the Norway coast afterwards.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the children's museum of viking ships. It was extremely well done. All ferry travel was a treat. We have such few opportunities to use public buses and tams, that I enjoyed getting around the cities this way. The bus/ferry ride in the fjords was great. The whole area loved the outside and was dynamically active on bikes, and walking."

Earlene

Denver, CO

Tour: 08/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed this trip! We went to beautiful cities and the hotels were very nice. in my Golden Years here, I still appreciate quaint but I like an elevator that works & can get me up to the 8th floor with my suitcase. The group meals were a very nice quality & I loved trying the local cuisine. Ylva was an excellent tour guide. She was knowledgeable, fun, caring & delightful to spend 14 days with. She arranged special treats for us & I appreciated her sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had never slept on a boat before so I enjoyed the whole ferry experience. The trip up the fjords will never be forgotten. Thank you!"

Nancy

Lansing, MI

Tour: 08/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic trip. It was everything I expect from a Rick Steve Tour -- fun, active, and educational. The guide and the coach driver were thoroughly engaged in making sure we had what we needed to enjoy ourselves. I encourage everyone to take the public transit in every city you visit; these are safe, clean, easily negotiated, and demonstrate how cities are livable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one. Stockholm's old town; "little houses" on the beach at Aero island; Oslo city hall; the fiords of Norway were beautiful."

Jola

Cleveland, TN

Tour: 08/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was our 7th Rick Steves tour, and it certainly met all of our expectations. Our tour guide, Ylva, was exceptional. She did a wonderful job of informing us of the complicated history of Scandinavia in a way for us to be able to remember it, and she also explained the many social, religious, and political differences in the area. She epitomized Rick's book, Travel as a Political Act. All of this and the spectacular scenery made the tour of Scandinavia one I would highly recommend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments. The invitation to visit our guide's home in Stockholm along with her partner was special,as we were able to really see how a Stockholmer lives. Having tea with Susannah in Aero provided us with a chance to ask questions about living on this wonderful island. Meeting "Hans Christian Anderson" was an unexpected surprise. All of these unscheduled opportunities are what made this tour so special."

Helen

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 08/14/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed learning about the Scandinavian people and seeing beautiful scenery. The customs, stories, and beliefs of these people were especially interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments. The most surprising one was the sight of glaciers in Norway's Giant Country."

Robert

Wauna, WA

Tour: 08/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was what I had expected. The history of the Scandinavia region was great. Learning about the social systems in the 3 countries was eye opening informative. The knowledge that Ylva imparted was super.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Passing through the Home of the Giants in Norway although all the places we visited were just super."

Gabriele

Wauna, WA

Tour: 08/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very positive experience. Our fellow tour members were openminded, intelligent, accepting of the different culture we were exposed to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"going over the mountains in Norway was awe inspiring and the fjords were beautiful."

Carl

Fox Point, WI

Tour: 08/14/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour provided an excellent introduction to Scandinavia. It has instilled in me a desire to return, perhaps for a driving tour. The hotels were excellent, as were the meals provided by the tour. The bus was comfortable and our driver was incredible. Our guide Yvla was very good: knowledgeable, eager to help, very pleasant as a dinner companion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive through the mountains in Norway and the fjord cruise."

Barbara

Fox Point, WI

Tour: 08/14/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful introduction to Scandinavia. Yvla was an excellent guide -- very caring, very knowledgeable. Pinya was a fantastic bus driver-- we appreciated his skills and personality. I was disappointed that we did not enter some of the buildings pointed out on tours -- especially the churches in the old quarter of Stockholm. It would have been better to do that than the long walk there -- maybe we could have taken the subway?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero. Yvla described it as vacation from our vacation -- and she was right. A gem, getting more popular due to the weddings. Glad we got to see it before it changed too much."

Marie

Davenport, IA

Tour: 08/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 7th Rick Steves tour and turned out to be one of our favorites. The itinerary was great with just enough structure and free time. Our guide Ylva was the best. Her knowledge and love of Scandinavia was shared with all of us. We saw some beautiful scenery while on the bus and felt we were in good hands with our competent bus driver Pinghe.On his day off he even baked homemade cinnamon rolls for our "Fika" the Swedish coffee break.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ride over the mountains was outstanding. The lunch we ate together at the end of Lustre Fjorde was very special. We were also warmly welcomed into the home of Ylva and Hakan on a walking tour of Gamla Stan in Stockholm. Another treat was a surprise visit from Hans Christian Andersen (Richard Karpen) during a walk to a local restaurant in Copenhagen."

Cheryl

Lansing, MI

Tour: 08/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had such an outstanding experience on our first tour that we tried to lower our expectations thinking that we must have had the best guide and best experience on our first trip, the second can't be as good... We were wrong. This trip was equally as outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably boating down the fjords in Norway - "WOW""

Dennis

Denver, CO

Tour: 08/14/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The organization and logistics were handled very well; I can't think of any errors that made any impact. The tour is very busy and we saw an amazing number of sites. The tour guide and driver were excellent. Minor complaints: the local tour guide in Copenhagen was disappointing as discussed below; on the bus tour of Aero the Stone Age burial ground could be skipped, and the rest of the day on Aero should be free to wander around the quaint village, which is what I did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjord cruise would be the obvious choice, but my favorite was the drive from Elveseter to the ferry at Kaupanger to begin the fjord cruise. This scenery was wonderful, and I was grateful for several photo stops. I would also choose Vigeland Park in Oslo, which is beyond description. This is a wonderful gem that I will always remember. Another candidate is the Vasa Museum. Walking in and seeing that massive ship up close was breathtaking."

Patricia

Sugar Grove, OH

Tour: 08/07/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. We had plenty of time on our own plus time with our tour companions. We liked the variety of experiences including the variety of transportation modes. Our guide, Asa was so considerate and extremely knowledgeable. She was always aware of our needs. Our driver Mats was also super and very skilled. The pllaces we visited were magnificent. We had always toured on our own and were a bit concerned about going on a tour but we would do another Rick Steves tour in a heartbeat!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sculpture garden in Oslo! Fantastic!"

Weather

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Denmark / Copenhagen

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Norway / Oslo

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Pre-Tour Planning

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

Trip Resources

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

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. About one month prior to the tour departure, we'll email you directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as the complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Transportation

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

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. Most tour members will arrange to fly into Stockholm and out of Bergen ("multicity" on flight-booking websites). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight or additional overnight stay. Stockholm and Bergen are transportation hubs, making additional travel before or after your tour quite easy.

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

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

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

Sightseeing on Your Own

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

Here are suggestions for sightseeing in Stockholm that we will not be doing as a group (see the guidebook for details): Royal Armory, Skansen, archipelago cruise, Millesgården sculpture museum, Drottningholm Palace, Royal Palace Museums.

Packing

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

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

Special packing note: We use an audioguide system for many of our sightseeing and museum tours. If you wear a hearing aid, we strongly recommend bringing headphones that go over your ears to allow you to fully enjoy these tours.