• 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

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

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Scandinavia come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 21 group sightseeing events • Walking tour of Stockholm including historic Gamla Stan • Vasa Ship Museum • Stockholm City Hall • Kalmar Castle • Copenhagen walking tour • Roskilde Cathedral • Roskilde Viking Ship Museum • Ærø Island bus tour • Ærøskøbing Old Merchants' Court • Oslo walking tour • 24-hour Oslo Pass covering transportation and entry to nearly every major sight, including the Norwegian Resistance Museum • Frogner Park sculpture garden • Bygdøy Viking Ship Museum • Norwegian Maritime Museum • Kon-Tiki Museum • Fram Museum • Maihaugen Open-Air Folk Museum • Jotunheimen scenic drive • Sognefjord cruise • Bergen walking tour • Fløibanen funicular to Mount Fløyen…and more
  • All group transportation from Stockholm to Bergen
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels (and two-bunk cabins on the overnight cruise)
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2–8 miles of walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Sweden

We'll meet at our Stockholm hotel at 4 p.m. for a Välkomna till Skandinavia get-together, followed by dinner and an orientation walk around our neighborhood. Sleep in Stockholm (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Stockholm's Old City and the Vasa

This morning we'll enjoy a walking tour through the cobbled alleyways of Stockholm's Gamla Stan (Old City), learning about its historic Stortorget Square, cathedral, and Royal Palace. After free time for lunch, we'll board a boat and cross the harbor to visit the Vasa Museum, where we'll marvel at the remains of the 200-foot warship Vasa, which sank here on her maiden voyage nearly 400 years ago. Your late afternoon is free to explore more of this cosmopolitan city. Boat: ½ hour. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Modern Stockholm and Cozy Kalmar

This morning we'll tour Stockholm's City Hall, home of the Nobel Prize banquet and striking mosaic murals celebrating humanism and the ideal of people working together in community. Then, after stopping along the Göta Canal for a lunch break, we'll drive through beautiful birch forests on our way to the seafaring, bridge-and-water-laced town of Kalmar, where we'll sleep (1 night). Bus: 6 hours. Walking: light.

Day 4: Kalmar Castle and Copenhagen

Today we'll explore what may be Sweden's most striking, historically significant building: bay-and-moat-ringed Kalmar Castle. As we tour the castle's interior and beautiful grounds, we'll learn about Sweden's 16th-century struggle for independence from the Danes. Then, to reach Copenhagen, we'll drive across the awe-inspiring five-mile Öresund bridge and tunnel connecting Sweden and Denmark. We'll get to know our neighborhood by strolling up to the lively Strøget pedestrian center, followed by dinner together. Sleep in Copenhagen (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: Playful and Progressive Copenhagen

This morning we'll dive into the sights and sounds of Copenhagen's historical center on a walking tour with a local guide. The rest of your day is free to enjoy Europe's best people-watching on the Strøget, tour the Renaissance Rosenborg Castle, visit the fanciful Tivoli Gardens, or experience the counterculture of Christiania. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: Viking Ships and Ærø Island Charms

After breakfast we'll drive to Roskilde to prowl through the evocative Viking Ship Museum, where we'll learn about the rough-and-tumble, yet surprisingly sophisticated, Viking culture of a thousand years ago. We'll also visit Denmark's venerable Roskilde Cathedral, the resting place of 38 kings and queens of Denmark, and the first Gothic church ever built of brick. Then a scenic ferry ride will take us to the nostalgic little island of Ærø and the old windjammer port of Ærøskøbing. Tonight we'll enjoy a tour of the Old Merchants' Court and atraditional 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 where 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

Valerie

Landenberg, PA

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was hesitant to do one of these tours because we were concerned about the amount of free time and that there would be too much structure...were highly pleasantly surprised. The amount of free time plus the provided guidance was great. Your tour guide- Laurel, was definitely the highest reason we loved this tour. She was amazing! She managed to keep 30 people of varying ages and interests all involved and all happy. Her dedication, patience and obvious enthusiasm made this trip outstandin--

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming into regency on the ferry through the fjords--was breathtakinh"

Hank

Caledonia, ON

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great organization of activities. Tour guide and bus driver were both very approachable and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The group of people attending really seemed to 'gel' together making for a very memorable experience"

Susan

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed Laurel, our guide, the varied itinerary, great group of travelers, Mats, our coach driver. Pretty much the whole trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bike riding and touring Aero Drive through the Norwegian mountains"

Tom

Malvern, OH

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our group was fantastic. Plenty of humor, singing, and consideration. Laurel was a fantastic tour guide. She did all the extra things that made it so much better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a consistent "wow' moment. I think our impromptu concerts and singing on the bus was certainly a highlight."

Myrna

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 08/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's Tour and I was very impressed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very difficult to pick my favorite moment. After visiting, wonderfully busy cosmopolitan cites of Stockholm and Copenhagen , I very much enjoyed our visit to Aero Island. It was great to regroup and enjoy a beautiful this island and it's peacefulness."

Edward

Grand Haven, MI

Tour: 08/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Logistics were well planed and executed. Great people. Wonderful guide. Interesting and inspiring itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero"

Laurie

Madison, WI

Tour: 08/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was made even more outstanding because of Gabriella and her professionalism, expertise, and positive energy! The tour route and locations of lodging made additional independent exploration easy and enriching. We would welcome having you share our positive assessment with Gabriella! She is a gem!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus ride and photo stops in the Jotunheimen Mountains were breathtaking. Gabi provided Norwegian music during bus ride which added to the enjoyment. Time spent in several cathedrals and stave churches provided additional "wows"!"

Leslie

La Grande, OR

Tour: 08/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gabriella was totally amazing. She was so full of information but so happy,organized,and into every moment of our tour. You could tell how much she enjoyed her job and sharing her knowledge of these countries with us. We loved everywhere we wnt and everywhere we stayed. The people who helped us were amazing and easy to understand. Our bus driver was a gem and kept us on schedule and had drinks and a clean bus always.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"we thought it was so cool when we took our first city tour in Stockholm and our guide turned out to be Gabby's father. He was such a good guide you can tell she had an incredible teacher. Then later we learned her mother was a guide too."

Chris

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 08/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All in all the Scandinavian tour surpassed our expectations. The hotels, the food, and especially our Rick Steves primary guide were outstanding. Walking, people watching, along with story telling tour guides is the preferred way my husband and I wish to travel. We had an outstanding, memorable time with the group and our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You know...that is a very hard decision...but I guess it was our visit to the Jotunheimen Mountains and our stay in the wonderful mountain hotel. The spectacular view we had of the glacier from our room was incredible...and the hotel itself, we could have spent a full day roaming around the hotel grounds and looking at all the interesting pieces of art and craftsmanship."

Christine

Westfield, NJ

Tour: 08/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved this tour since it had a great combination of city touring , history And culture . We also enjoyed some more tranquil time on An island and amongst the fjords. I particularly like the balance of city and countryside during vacations.i

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed hiking on the mountains of Norway and The ferry ride through the fjords. The views were amazing And the scenery was beautiful."

Barbara

Grand Haven, MI

Tour: 08/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderfully varied with the many interesting experiences in the big cities to the overnight ferry ride to the beauty of the fjords and rugged mountains. I wondered what it would be like to visit so many ship museums but have to say I genuinely enjoyed them and learned a lot about the Vikings and their influence on the world in the process. Aero! What a surprise, a hidden gem of colorful wonky houses, quiet walks along the beach, and bike rides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had heard Norway fjords and mountains were gorgeous but was wowed by the beauty of the many waterfalls, rugged mountains, green valleys, tiny hamlets and sparking clear waters. The fjord trip was a hundred times more beautiful than the Seven Gorges area in China, that's for sure."

Stasia

Devon, PA

Tour: 08/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Gabriella was a great tour leader! She did all she could to make it an exceptional trip. I was very surprised that all but 1 of the local guides were not native to the country in which they were the local guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway fjords"

Jan

Chula Vista, CA

Tour: 08/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful guide. She was very knowledgeable about the history of Scandinavia. The Fjords, the sculpture park and Gabriella,s father's presentation were the WOW moments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Fjord ferry trip was the best."

Roderick

Westfield, NJ

Tour: 08/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never visited any of the Scandinavian countries, this tour gave a great overview of the People, their culture and their beautiful sites. Plus having Gabriella pushed the experience over the top!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Norwegian country side especially on the waterfall-filled fjord cruise."

Barbara

Chula Vista, CA

Tour: 08/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scandinavia tour is a great view of three different countries with many shared historical realities, attitudes and ways of viewing the rest of the world. As we traveled through the countries, I enjoyed learning about their similar, and yet different, ways. This tour is fast-paced and full of terrific opportunities to sort out and learn more about each of them, taste their food specialties, admire the differences in the scenery and physical aspects of each country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing "up close and personal" the gorgeous FJORDS in Norway was certainly one of the most memorable moments of this trip. The majesty and beauty of these areas will remain in my memory forever!"

Carol

Wellsville, NY

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Tour #10 and just as fantastic as all previous tours! A good balance of information (history and current), wonderful lodging (location and quality), an enthusiastic tour guide (Yiva-knowledgeable, caring and energetic)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive over and through the "Home of the Giants" - the above-the-tree-line mountains of Norway. Views were awesome, the switchback turns unbelievable and well-navigated by Lief our very calm and skilled bus driver, and all enhanced by the Norwegian music played by Yiva (guide) on our bus. All was a complete "package" of sight and sound."

Ann

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Although I have travelled a fair amount, I had never been to the Scandinavian countries and wanted to experience them. This trip is a wonderful exposure to Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, their culture, history, and art.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the drive into the Jotunheimen Mountains, with the melting glacier water coursing like a fountain spilling down the mountain side."

Kathleen

Cody, WY

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very active and ambitious tour, and thanks to our amazing tour guide Ylava it was a huge success. This tour gave us an overview and insight into Scandinavia. Ylva is so knowledgeable, interesting, and fun. She related the history, culture, and politics in a professional and engaging manner. The tour members were exceptional. It was a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Biking riding on Aero Island was special. Ylva, on her own time, invited anyone who was interested on a bike ride along the shore. Aero Island is very special."

Deb

San Diego, CA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The two week trip flew by far too fast! I really didn't want it to end. The location of the accommodations at each location was very well appointed. The mix of city, island and mountain was just perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't know anything about Aero Island. Really I think I could live there. The folks that live there have such a bond and made us feel so welcome. What a find that place is. I don't know if I would have traveled there on my own so thank you Rick for discovering the island and Susanna so many years ago."

Roderick

Napa, CA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An extremely well organized and power packed tour of the Scandinavian Countries. Not only did we experience the difference in geography, history, culture, and personality make up of each Country but our outstanding local guides and our exceptional Tour guide constantly gave us present day issues that each Country is addressing. This is our 8th Rick Steve's Tour and all have been stellar but this Tour was a leg above throughout. Kudos to our Tour Guide, Ylva, who worked her magic 24/7.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each Country had its "Wow" factor. Stockholm as one of the most comfortable feeling cities I have ever experienced along with the most outwardly content people from young to senior. Denmark and especially Copenhagen demonstrated such a high level of energy and the overall fitness displayed by all the bikes was remarkable. Norway's geographical majestic splendor was a constant "wow" moment."

Elizabeth

Medford, MA

Tour: 08/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a lovely tour, highlighted by the guidance of Åsa. It was a balance of city, small town, and rural in all three countries. I had some moments which I did not expect. Denmark was my least favorite, but I would not have done without the stay in Ærøskøbing with Susanna. And we were in Copenhagen on a crazy weekend with several huge end of summer events, so perhaps I am not being fair. Åsa really was an expert guide, mixing close guidance with do-it-yourself tips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two and I really can't say why, but neither was expected. The Gustav Vigeland park. There was a particular sculpture that gave me peace. And a moment in Oslo Cathedral that involved an interaction and also gave me peace."

Richard

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 08/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing. It was well planned and balanced between busy city and rural experiences. Also balanced were busy times and free time to explore on our own. The boat trips were especially enjoyable. There was a lot of time spent on the bus, but the bus was clean and modern. Hans (aka Hasse) was a great driver and a very pleasant guy, becoming part of the family. I could have used a little less time spent on information from our guide on the bus and more quiet time for reflection.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd say our trip up Oslo fjord. It was a beautiful morning which helped."

Marcia

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 08/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing! I very much enjoyed visiting the many museums, churches and castles. The historical knowledge that the various tour guides related was phenomenal. A bit less of repeated information would have been nice. The "surprises" along the way were delightful. Throughly enjoyed the mix of bustling cities and small towns. I love to walk, the amount of cobblestone walking would have been good to know in advance. I thought was mix of free time with scheduled time was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjord cruise was spectacular!"

Kay

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 08/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was wonderful! This was our first Rick Steves' tour and we could not have had a better guide or travelled with nicer people. The "whispers", a "buddy", the schedule for the day made our tour move effortlessly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday I experienced a "wow" moment! The history shared by each guide, the beauty in the cities, the food we ate, but my biggest "wow" moment came at our final meal together. I realized how much I enjoyed Asa and each of my fellow travelers. We were all strangers when we met in Stockholm but by Bergen we were a little family. Skal!"

Anne

Omaha, NE

Tour: 08/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. Asa was a delightful guide and Hans "Hassa" did an excellent job as our driver. He was very personable and helpful and had a good rapport with Asa. We learned about history, geography, political systems, culture, customs, current issues, the differences and relationship among the 3 countries. Our group was very congenial and we made some good friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some of the waterfalls in Norway were spectacular. Aero Island was delightful in many ways and a good place to relax midway in the tour."

Shelley

Topeka, KS

Tour: 08/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fabulous every day. This was my 11th RS tour. The schedule was well coordinated, our tour guide was the best, the bus driver skillfully got us safely to our destinations, and we had a nice group. It was the perfect balance of scheduled activities and free time. Variation of hotels, museums, countryside, city, beautiful scenery and trolls. We were lucky to have such perfect weather. The whisperers worked out great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a lot of internal "wow" moments; the majestic, raw beauty of the fjords, idyllic houses and scenery on Aero Island, the Vigeland in Oslo, but probably my "WOL" moment(wowing out loud) was the VASA."

Margaret

Lancaster, CA

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a memorable tour full of positive experiences - even though it rained much of the time! The hotels were very comfortable and in good locations. The group and our guide were the best one could ask for. I saw every Scandinavian sight I had hoped to see from Viking vessels to the scenic mountains, forests and fjords

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course the majestic scenery was a "wow", but I will always remember enjoying our Hans Christian Anderson tour guide and eating a reindeer steak."

Dana

Halifax, PA

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Resistance Museum on Oslo."

Xiaotong

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking on the street of every city in the tour is my favorite moment."

Don

Lancaster, CA

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Quite enjoyable- the itinerary was great- well balanced scheduled tour activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Day 12: the scenic views from the ferry on the Sognefjord"

Sandra

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour! It has whet my appetite for more of Scandinavia and I now want to see more of the country sides and northern areas. The local people were so nice and eager to share their worlds which added to the warm and welcome feeling I had as we moved around. I think the sights that we visited were well chosen and sufficiently varied in nature so as not to be repetitive. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a broad introduction to this part of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It has to be our tour of Stockholm's Gamla Stan led by the local guide Hakon. He gave us a wonderful glimpse into Sweden's rich history and it's modern culture. He and his wife Ylva graciously opened their home to us which included an in-depth parlor discussion and Q&A session into modern every-day Swedish life, taxes, politics, etc. I found it immensely interesting and felt that I reached my goal of getting an insider's view of the modern culture."

Barbara

Burley, ID

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the tour, and hope to take more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my "wow" moments was a daybreak stroll through the streets of Copenhagen, when the water in Nyhavn was absolutely serene and before the myriads of bicycles filled the bike lanes and the cafes became crowded with people. Later that day, I loved the way that Richard Karpen surprised our group as we were crossing a plaza to dinner. Dressed as Hans Christian Andersen and in character, he acquainted us with Andersen's life."

Stanley

Brownsburg, IN

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Have done several Rick Steves trips and this trip and Sicily were clear favorites. We saw a lot on this trip and there were all kinds of new surprises, big and small.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sogneford cruise and road trip"

Shari

Bonney Lake, WA

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a fabulous tour, as always! I loved learning about Scandinavia. I didn't know much about the history of this northerly section of Europe and learned a lot. It is quite different from other parts of the continent & it was interesting to learn about some of the reasons for that-both past & modern. The scenery was the highlight--so the rain, the clouds were the biggest challenge. We were there in August, but I got the impression that the weather is a bit of a crap shoot year round.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably sailing in the fjords, followed closely by the Jotenheimen mountains, despite the bad weather we had those days. Also, the Stave church in Lom."

Carol Ann

Ashland, OH

Tour: 08/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience, very informative. Time for on-your-own very helpful and necessary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island"

Linda

Boerne, TX

Tour: 08/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the RST Scandinavia tour was good. Liked all the locations of the Hotels. I would have liked less of the castle tours and I would have preferred more outdoor scenery experiences because the area is so beautiful. Perfect weather for August month. Would have enjoyed more time at Vigeland in Oslo with a possible RST catered lunch on the park grounds rather than a group dinner. Hotel selections all were more than adequate - even the Aero Island shared bath situation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vigeland Sculpture Park and Museum in Oslo, Norway was my favorite "WOW" moment. I wish we could have spent more time there. In fact, it would have been wonderful to experience a RST catered Picnic Lunch with all the trimmings while admiring the scenery/sculptures of the Park. There much to see to see there and too little time. It wasn't close to our Hotel, so going over there again on our own would have taken a lot of our free time."

Lenna

Boise, ID

Tour: 08/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The superb thing about the tour was the fact that in each country we saw not only the capital and the well known sights that most tourists see; we also experienced more rural parts of each country by spending a night or two "off the beaten path".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole experience exploring the lovely Danish island of Aero was phenomenal."

Craig

Boise, ID

Tour: 08/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized. Tour guides were very knowledgeable. Right mix between organized tour events and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fram museum in Oslo."

Greg

Olympia, WA

Tour: 08/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nina and the local guides were all great....big plus for me....learning about the culture and history and what we can learn from Scandanavian countries was very worthwhile,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of wow moments.....fiords on the way to Bergen...bike ride on Aero, Gamla Stan with Hokan as our guide,"

Douglas

Boerne, TX

Tour: 08/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For me this tour reflected the character of the Scandinavian region--interesting to be sure, but quieter and more subtle than some other parts of Europe. There are iconic sights--Viking longboats, fjords, Munch's "The Scream", and the Little Mermaid--but less of the flashiness of the Louvre, the Trevi fountain and the Berner Oberland. The focus became less about iconic sights and more about the Scandinavian people, history, landscape and contemporary culture. I loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Gustav Vigeland sculpture park in Oslo. I wish we'd had more time there. The Vasa warship, Fram research ship and Viking ships were close contenders."

James

Glen Ellyn, IL

Tour: 08/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall rank is between Very Good and Outstanding. This was my first "tour", so I have no "tour" to compare to. The variety of boat/ferry trips along with the stay on Aero Island provided unique experiences that I would not have thought about doing on my own. The itinerary was well done ; the convenience of the hotels was well planned. I thought the local guides also added to the overall experience. Tour and bus size were definitely a plus. The VASA museum could be eliminated-redundant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ferry ride through the fiord country was spectacular. A bit more information on the geography would have been appreciated."

Bonnie

Shickshinny, PA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scandinavian tour was wonderful. The museums, historical sites, cities and small towns were very interesting, I learned so much about an area that I hadn't paid much attention to before. The itinerary was balanced, lodging and group meals were very good. The traveling by bus had well planned stops. Our driver, Mats, was excellent and very helpful. Our guide, Gabriella, kept us informed,safe and entertained.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in the mountains of Norway was breathtaking."

Michael

San Diego, CA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having Gabriella as our guide made the trip a wonderful experience from start to finish. Use of "whisperers" is a great tool that allows group to maintain contact with guide while not restricted to being within a few feet of her. Visiting 3 countries with similar but different languages,history and kings/queens eventually resulted in my tuning out the details. The main story line and historical events were important, but which king did what/when fell by the wayside in my mind.

Tim

Austin, TX

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding from day 1 to day 14. We had a great blend of large city, small/mid size towns, and scenic rural/nature locations (island to mountains/fjords) with many wow moments. Our guide, Gabriella, was awesome and led the tour with great aplomb. The hotels were comfortable and strategically located to the key sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments including the fjords, Aero island, Kalmar castle, but for me, the real completely unexpected standout was Oslo. For a city of only 650,000 people, it is rapidly being converted into one of the world's top cities. It is amazing to see the preservation of the old while converting and cleaning up much of the old industrial city to new world class venues. It is also the capital of the electric car movement. Truly amazing."

Dan

Shickshinny, PA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gabriella was a fabulous tour guide. Full of energy, a wonderful laugh and so much knowledge! Max, the bus driver was wonderful, from skillful driving to guitar songs in the evening. The bus, so comfortable, great views, nice seats, clean, and new. The accommodations were great. All of the breakfasts were top notch. If you left hungry is was your fault! The local tour guides were very knowledgable. The sites that were chosen to be visited encompassed a wide range of interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A hard one to choose, the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo? The Vasa Ship Museum in Stockholm? Wandering the streets around Aero? Cruising the Fjords on the ferry?"

Doreen

Lake Villa, IL

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I went with my daughter on our first trip overseas. We chose Rick Steves Tours because of our lack of experience. We were so happy we did! Our tour guide, Gabriella, was smart, humorous, caring and really portrayed a love for her job. We appreciated the walking tour as we entered a new city and the way Gabriella would point out landmarks which made us confident to explore on our own. The local city and museum guides were excellent too. The Buddy System and whisperers are genius.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stockholm, Gamla Stan, Kalmar Castle, Viking museums, Roskilde Cathedral (wanted more time there), Oslo, Jotunheimen Mountains, the fjords and Bergen."

Barbara

Beaufort, SC

Tour: 07/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been curious about the social and political systems of the Scandinavian countries. Like always, the RS tour presented us with an honest look at this aspect of life. Of special interest is the commitment of the citizens to taking care of each other and the environment. Pal and the local guides did an excellent job of presenting this to us. The tour was well organized and had several delightful surprises, like the two days on AEro.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding through Jotunheimen mountains while listening to my favorite classical music composer, Edvard Grieg. There were several WOW moments, but this transported me."

Pace

Allen, TX

Tour: 07/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steves tour and I enjoyed all aspects of the tour very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our local guide in Stockholm, Haakam, invited the group to his apartment in the Gamla Stran. We were able to talk to him about his family and life in Sweden. This is the type of experience that we have on a Rick Steves tour that no others do. A similar experience was on Aero when we heard several examples of how the residents have worked to rebuild their communities after some difficult economic times."

Karrie

Westfield, NJ

Tour: 07/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip. The guided trip probably gave us three times the experience would have had, if we planned it ourselves. We really enjoyed each day and also getting to know our fellow travelers. Also we appreciated the mix of urban, mountain, and island living that we got to see. It was great to learn about the socio-economic reality of each country today, as well their fascinating history. The timing was great. There was never too much time on the bus and each day had interest

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was not a particular moment, but getting a feeling about what it was like to grow up and be a citizen in the three countries was a revelation and gift. I think a lot of that came from the discussions our our guide, Pål, along with the other local guides. Also there were many moments when I saw little things that reminded me of things from my Scandanavian heritage - that was fun, and always a little startling."

Elizabeth

White Bear Lake, MN

Tour: 07/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Going to Scandinavia was a trip we have looked forward to for many years and we were absolutely thrilled in being in the Rick Steves Scandinavian Trip with a wonderful group and amazing guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fiords of Norway were beautiful and it was wonderful taking the ferry to go through them."

Barbara

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 07/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first tour and impressed with attention to details. Also the sharing of cultural traditions, food and lifestyles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Aero in Denmark. The tour guide in Stockholm. Evleseter hotel in Norway."

Connie

Stillwater, MN

Tour: 07/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Immensely enjoyable! Pål was an excellent guide. The tour was well organized and the itinerary very interesting with expert local guides, a mix of history and current affairs provided a good balance. Scenery was outstanding and hotels, food, transportation all top notch! Our Swedish bus driver absolutely the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"""Wow" Moments .. getting on the overnight ferry in Copenhagen and waking up to views of villages along the coast of Norway and slowly entering the gorgeous harbor of Oslo! Wow! the opera house the architecture .. and the beautiful city of Oslo and all the city offers in art, open space, history, culture, natural beauty! And.. the spectacular drive over the mountains, fjord ferry, and on to Bergen.. the view from the funicular. Great memories!"

Faith

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I have ancestors in Sweden and Norway, so to take this trip was personal for us. The places we visited were so much better than if we had planned this ourselves, even if we had doubled our time there. We loved learning so much about each of the Scandinavian countries. It was like a crash course in each country. We visited museums, artworks, castles, churches, palaces and city halls everywhere. What an education we received.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was magical when we stayed in the Norwegian mountains. Then drove through the Jotunheimen mountains with its waterfalls and glaciers. The icing on the cake was our ferry trip through the fjord known as Sognefjord. Nature at its finest."

Patsy

Houston, TX

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a great introduction to a part of Europe we had never seen. It included a wonderful variety of scenery, history (e,g., open-air museums, stave churches, Viking museums), art (Munch collection, Vigeland park), politics, and food. I loved all of the traveling that we did by water. There was such a variety (boats, ferries, cruise ship), and the scenery was so beautiful. These touches are the reason we love the Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moment was the scenery along the Sognefjord in Norway. My second favorite "wow" moment was the beautiful island of Aero."

Stephanie

Springfield, VA

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour! Ylva was a fantastic guide and really provided the Scandinavian point of view.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a hard one as we had several great moments. I think Aero is one of our new favorite places- hard to believe that island actually exists. Everything there is living its best life (including us)."

Karen

Dubuque, IA

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip and our tour guide was AWESOME! I would write more but I am so overwhelmed with my workload from being gone that I really don't have the time. But my lack of words does not mean it wasn't wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was traveling through the fiords via boat."

Linda

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary is what attracted us to this tour and it did not disappoint. The hotels selected were well-located, as promised. The guides were good. The bus and driver were excellent. It was out first experience with your company and we were well prepared by the pre-trip communications.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Absolutely LOVED the magical accommodation in the mountains."

Theresa

Apo, AE

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great bunch of people on our Scandanavia trip! Our guide Laurel was super. Our bus drive, Lief, was the best. We had not one glitch with the bus in 3 different countries and 2-3 ferry rides. In addition to his great bus driving skills and keeping the bus in tip-top running order, he was so helpful and had a great sense of humour. He even went swimming with a couple of people from our tour - and everyone was so helpful with remedies when he got stung by a jelly fish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city guide in Stockholm said after the tour to meet by the Oak Tree. The City Hall guard at the entrance heard this and sang, with enthusiasm, "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree" - the whole refrain over our guide's mike!! Best wow moment - Fjords in Norway. Awe-inspiring. Also, the island of Aeros was so much fun: bicycling around the island and eating outdoors in hurricane force winds."

Jennifer

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved Scandinavia and our guide and our local walking tours. Our tour demographic was a little challenging for me - I am a middle-aged woman travelling with teenage son and my mother. The tour was mostly retired couples. There were a few older single people in the mix as well plus a couple of single people around 19 years older than I am. No one anywhere near my son's age and no families. We also had some pretty difficult personalities on the trip.

Ann

Basking Ridge, NJ

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was definitely as described, except the ferry to Oslo. My husband told me that we would have to sleep sitting up,but the ferry was like a cruise ship,very nice. The amount of scheduled v. free time was fine. All of the accommodations were fine, though next time I'd avoid sharing a hall bathroom (Aero). The group meals were fine, but if someone has a lactose problem the restaurants should provide alternatives esp. desserts!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of wow moments. The Vaga, the Stockholm City Hall, the Viking ships, Tivoli, Vigeland, the view from above Bergen, to name a few."

Bob

Tumwater, WA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an absolutely phenomenal time during the entire tour. Laurel James was a wonderful guide and kept up the energy in our tour group. Loved the integration of culture, history, entertainment and beautiful scenery. I was intrigued as well by the subtle differences in culture and people among the countries. Am so glad we committed to the tour and actively participated in all group activities!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The duration of sunlight during July in Stockholm was a major surprise. The lighting and beauty of Kalmar for a photographer was a dream. Kalmar Swedes didn't rock at a rock concert! The island in the middle of Copenhagen's harbor (Old Nazi HQ) was so intriguing... and really enjoyed Aeroskobing island! The Viking ship museum and Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki were marvelous! My heart goes out to Norway...just loved the hard-working people and we toured the Amerigo Vespucci Italian ship at dock! !"

Joe

Powell, OH

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good and met our expectations (from previous RS tours) in the quality of local guides, our tour leader, transport and learning opportunities. The first week of the tour was during a very un-nordic heatwave. The heat, humidity and lack of air conditioning significantly detracted from our overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Jotunheimen Mountains and the Sognefjord cruise. We had wonderful weather - sunny and warm. The scenery was amazing!"

William

Port Angeles, WA

Tour: 07/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first travel overseas lead by a guide and the first with Rick Steves. I really loved finally getting to learn about the country I was traveling through and Garbriella was fantastic. While I appreciated learning about all the kings and castles, I will probably better remember the information about how Scandinavians live, The pace was excellent, with guided tours part of each day joined with substantial free time. The special dinners were the only mediocre part.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nothing really stood out as a "wow" moment. Obviously, the glitter of castles and cathedrals is something we don't see in the US. But I was attracted as much to what I saw around in the everyday - the clothing people wore and cars they drove. Just me I guess. Maybe, the quality of life, evident in everything from the fine plumbing in the hotels to the dress and clean houses and neighborhoods. It is such a contrast with the US."

Kathleen

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 07/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the first gathering my experience was informative, interesting, well organized, a good balance of city areas, museums, well traveled and unexpected places laced together with, Gabriella's infectious laugh and expertise. Interesting information included; historical information of cities, countries, particular groups, structures of governments, cultural groups, connections between these countries, histories of ancient peoples, Vikings and aristocracies, rural and urban. Spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments on this tour were the Stockholm venue for the Nobel Prize. The quiet beauty of Æros island in Denmark's archipelago. Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo. Glaciers and snow fields and waterfalls in Norway."

Paula

Lake Barrington, IL

Tour: 07/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I have been on many tours in the past but we feel that this is the best one we have ever had. The mixture of history, culture, and scenery was in perfect harmony. We enjoyed staying in the heart of the cities but also the reprieve of some "country" visits as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the fjords was something we have always dreamed of and the cruise was perfect. Of course, we were so lucky to have beautiful weather during that part of the trip as well. The Norwegian countryside was breathtaking. Aero Island was also memorable. It was sweet and relaxing."

Helene

Coralville, IA

Tour: 07/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I always wanted to go to Scandanavia, and was pleased to have finally achieved this goal. Our tour guide, Gabriella, really enhanced the experience. It was a nice variety of urban and rural settings, cultural (museums) and natural (swimming in the fjord) experiences. I appreciated the short orientation of each city when we arrived, followed by a more involved tour and free time the next day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in the fjord was absolutely invigorating after a warm day on the bus, but it was all good. I really Aero Island. It would be a great place to go back to. And the scenery of Norway was absolutely stunning."

Sarah

Port Angeles, WA

Tour: 07/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A well-planned and thoughtful itinerary; a perfect balance of structured activity, time (and guidance) to explore on our own, and 'down time.'

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The side trip over to Aeros Island."

Korrie

Bothell, WA

Tour: 07/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 2nd Rick Steves tour. LOVED our guide[INVALID]she was informative, kind, and funny. It was a pleasure to see and learn about Scandinavia[INVALID]I wasn't very familiar with the area, despite the fact that many of my ancestors came from Scandinavia. While I enjoyed the tour, the high cost of Scandinavia was a bit of a downer. There were times when I wondered if I was enjoying the tour enough to offset the cost[INVALID]not always sure I did. I don't regret going, but I probably won't hurry back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part o the trip was when we got OUT of the cities and into the countryside. Loved driving out of Oslo, especially since the countryside reminded me of my native western Montana! The scenery of the mountains and the fjords was my favorite."

Charles

Coralville, IA

Tour: 07/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A well-paced trip which included modern cities and discussion of Scandinavian history and Viking influences. Beautiful scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viking ship museum; a swim in the fjord."

Thomas

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pol was the best guide possible. Did it all without ever showing any effort. Great!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "20 minute" (per Pol's estimate) walk thru the history of Norway museum. From Vikings to Rolling Stones to our future (in the hands of our Lord). Mind blowing!"

Paul

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the group size (less than 30), tour group leader (Pål Johansen) and itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was probably the our visit to the Vigeland sculptures in Oslo. Incredibly moving. The suggestion that we interact with the sculptures by placing hands on augmented the experience a lot."

Trisha

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Scandinavia was simply outstanding. Our group followed the Rick Steves' #1 rule and no one was ever grumpy, but rather, we made friends easily and became a wonderful group of traveling companions. Our Guide, Pål, was exceptional-the best tour guide I've ever experienced. He had planned thoroughly and included many little extras, to stretched our learning and make the experience fun! Also, the trip was well balanced between cities and more rural experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I could list many but here are a few that come to mind...Pål guiding some of us on an optional hike in the Jutenheiman Mountains, where he guided us to a beautiful waterfall. Visiting both the Maihaugan and Skensen open-air historical Folk Museums. Both brought much of Scandinavia history to life. Visiting Æro island and staying in Suzanna's B&B. The shared baths just added to the unique experience."

George

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the way things were planned out. We felt like we were getting the most from our time, for example how the overnight ferry trip was coordinated with the other events on the itinerary. Pal was a great guide (as were the guides on my other two Rick Steves trips). He was informative and attentive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords."

Suzanne

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was great. All the people participating were friendly and up for the adventure. Our guide was beyond excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Gustav Vigeland sculpture park."

Frank

Davis, CA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Saying "outstanding " is an under statement! Our guide Pal was the best and made our tour very exciting! He is so knowledgeable and a great personality!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a Wow moment for me! I loved this tour"

Jane

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I am rating this tour "very good" instead of "excellent" because we had some local guides that simply weren't that good. The guides I'm speaking of were, at times, kind of bumbling, droned on and were not very interesting, loved having an audience and talked quite a bit about themselves and their spouses, and lectures were patchy and hard to follow/hold my interest. That said, I must emphasize that we also had amazingly entertaining and well informed guides as well that were fascinating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide, Pal Johansen, was an excellent guide. He was very knowledge, knew how to share his knowledge in an interesting/organized way, and threw some fun and unexpected "specials" in for us, i.e. reading us children's folk tales! He was also kind, fit in like one of us,but also knew when to be the leader. The hotels, places we went, and things we saw were simply outstanding This was my 4th Rick Steves tour and my favorite in those areas; food was not one of the highlights of the trip!"

Mike

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Although I had been to Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen in the late 70's, I still enjoyed seeing them again. Loved the fact that our guide Pal was from Oslo. This was our third RS tour and first time we had a local rather than an American. Gave us a little different perspective. Loved the cruise through the fjord. Enjoyed Bergen as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had to be the cruise through the fjord, even though it was rather hot."

Mary

Federal Way, WV

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My over all experience with the tour from beginning to end was handled very well by all the staff at Rick Steve's office. Once ready to go on the tour our guide always provide and made us all fill safe, satisfied and filled our heads with knowledge and experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in the fjords and riding bikes on a free day choice with our tour guide. Also, how special seeing my grandsons feel important and the inter action that Pal our guide too was enjoying as they all shared together."

Gary

High Springs, FL

Tour: 07/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Smorgasbord of the culture, economy and history. I will be months digesting the information and experiences. The tour opens the door to my desire to return and see more. Ylva is amazing, and my fellow travelers are also amazing. The group added to the enjoyment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The guided tours of the National Museum in Copenhagen; the Jotunheimen Mountains and the fiords in Norway"

Kenneth

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 07/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and it exceeded our expectations. We liked the variety of the sights we visited. We appreciated the overnight ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo because it gave us more time to explore Norway and greatly reduced time in the bus. The vox box radio with private ear phone greatly enhanced the amount of information we learned during the walking parts of the tour (with Ylva and the local guides).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about how the Scandinavian countries have implemented their democracies."

Michael

Novato, CA

Tour: 07/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rich Steves guided tour although we have used his guide books on our other European tours. Ylva was excellent and the key to making it a great tour. Details below. It was also helpful to have Rich along. He worked seamlessly behind the scenes to help Ylva and was able to explain other Rick Steves tours when we asked about that. Mats was an excellent bus driver, very friendly and an interesting person to talk to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our first morning we had a local guide. As we walked along a Stockholm old city cobblestone street and he described some of the architecture, he asked if we might like to see the insides of an apartment building. Of course, the group said yes and we entered a doorway and went up the stairs into the apartment. It dawned on us that this was his (and Ylva's) home and that he was her husband (long term partner since they are not married). What a surprise!! He was also an excellent guide!"

Lynn

Novato, CA

Tour: 07/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent tour. I learned so much and met really nice people, both fellow travelers and local people. We had a wonderful tour guide and assistant and even though I was initially concerned about the size of the group it all worked so well. The buddy system and the Vox Whisper system for listening really helped all that happen. We got a nice slice of life in 3 Scandinavian countries and expanded our world views. We did so much in such a short time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although we had many good moments I think the one I tell most often is being invited by our local guide, Haakan, into the private home in Gammala Stan to see the interior. And the surprise that not only he resides there, but so does his partner, our tour guide, Ylva. And they have 5 children together (now adults). I gained so much respect for how the social system creates such a wonderful space and respect for all. A real slice of Scandinavian life."

Myrna

Houston, TX

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been looking forward to this trip for years and it more than met my expectations. The time was balanced between cities and rural areas. Our guide, Osa, was truly outstanding. The group was wonderful in that we all shared the same travel values. I learned so much about Scandinavia in aspects of history, politics, arts, music, geography, aesthetics, food, language, customs, and more. I loved Richard Karpen's surprise visit and dramatization of Hans Christian Andersen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments, but the most fantastic one was driving through the gorgeous Norwegian mountains listening to Grieg's music. It was an aesthetically rich experience that filled my senses. Our driver was excellent so that there was no worry about our safety."

Elliot

Winters, CA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour and thought it ^excellent overall. I think the tour guide Asa was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Time spent on the island Aero."

Brian

Chippewa Falls, WI

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour! Good group members and outstanding guide. Osa was organized, educational and fun. Really made the country come alive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Frogner Park!"

Maurice

Woodbridge, VA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Asa was one of my favorite guides. It was our first time in Scandinavia and loved what we learned and experienced. However, the tour was too busy to "stop and smell the roses" or savor a special sight or group of locals. Simply put, it needed to be either a few days longer or less time spent at many stops/sights. Most walking tours (local or combo of local and Asa) were 3 hours....2 hr max would be enough. Needed more free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Planned: Drive thru Jotunheimen mountains. Back Door: Local concert in Kalmar town square."

Patty

Woodbridge, VA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a lot of preconceptions about Scandinavia before I came on this tour: the people looked like olympic athletes, the vikings were a bunch of thugs in horned helmets, Scandinavian weather was rainy all the time and the food was nothing but herring and cheese. I was wrong on all counts. The Scandinavians looked like us, the vikings were explorers and settlers as well as raiders, our weather was beautiful on all but one day and the food was a smorgasbord of delicious regional specialties.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite memories came on the mountain drive .. the bus kept stopping at scenic overlooks, each more breathtaking than the last. My other "wow"came on the tiny island of Aero. My husband and I shared a delightful one-bedroom "apartment" at Gunnar's. My daughter and her boyfriend joined us from Susanna's hotel, the four of us opened all the windows and doors to the courtyard and then cooked and shared a lovely meal together as the evening sun moved across the sky. It was magical!"

Judie

Toluca Lake, CA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We covered a lot of territory in a short amount of time; three countries, city, rural, island, fjords, museums, churches. Whew!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive through the mountains to the fjords. The scenery was breathtaking."

Rod

Alamo, CA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour that even beat our expectations. Great mixture of historic sites, beautiful scenery, recreation (Aero island bike ride, hike), and leisure time. Our guide, Aso Danielsson was informative, helpful, and fun. She did a marvelous job herding tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moment was the quaint island of Aero, Denmark. The town was cute, uncrowded, and a chance to ride bikes on an easy, scenic path. The people on the island were amazing and even invited my wife and I over for dinner!"

Patrick

Moorpark, CA

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an excellent/outstanding overview of the 3 major Scandinavian countries by a very knowledgeable guide and driver. The members of the tour also did great and no problems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"None. Wife loved mountains and fjords."

Sukyee

Milpitas, CA

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No doubt Norway in a nutshell! Jontunheimen Mountains is pristine!"

Marcia

Bolingbrook, IL

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best tour guide ever!!! The weather was so perfect and I shared a room with a super nice roommate through the whole trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two: seeing an alpine forest and relaxing on the island of AEro."

John

Redmond, WA

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scandinavia is beautiful - beyond a doubt! The tour was full of activities to better appreciate the beauty. Plus our guide, Gabriella, was outstanding! She brought knowledge and enthusiasm which kept the whole group entertained and educated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although Sweden and Denmark are beautiful countries, Norway is tops. One big wow was climbing through the Jotunheimen Mountains covered with glaciers, then twisting down intro Sognefjord. Weather was perfect and the views magnificent."

Jan

Moorpark, CA

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group of friendly enthusiastic travelers ready for the next days adventures on time everyday. Hotels and food were very good. People we met were warm and welcoming... and most spoke English. Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo & Bergen have many historical & cultural places to visit but my favorite moments were in the charming small villages such as on Aero Island and in the Jotunheimen Mountains. I loved all the water - lakes, oceans, fjords & waterfalls. So tired at the end

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite wow moment was on the day we drove through the upper altitude green valleys of the Jotunheimen Mountains in Norway. The snow covered peaks, the glaciers, the waterfalls, the rocks were all beautiful but I was surprised by the aqua blue glacial melt river flowing through the valleys. Every turn in the road provided more beautiful postcard pictures."

Amy

Metuchen, NJ

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with past Rick Steves Tours - the Best of Scandinavia was wonderful and met all our expectations Our guide Gabriella was outstanding both personally and in sharing her knowledge of history, current events and customs in Norway, Denmark and her home country,Sweden. We had wonderful tours, meals and experiences in the vibrant cities and the beautiful countryside (Aeroskobing, Jotunheimen, Sogenefjord cruise). Enjoyable and like-minded tour members added to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was a "wow": city tours in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo and Bergen; visits to castles and history, viking ship and open-air folk museums; and the breathtaking bus ride and fjord cruise in Norway. Our visit to the little Danish island of Aero was an unexpected pleasure. The landscape, history and art of Bergen was also a special "wow"."

Joanne

Lincoln Park, NJ

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great choice, our Scandinavian tour was a fabulous experience! Each country was clean and beautiful, great architecture, and invigorating fresh air! Good tour group, fun getting to know each other. Food was wonderful and plentiful. There was a lot of bus time, however scenery was breathtaking! Weather was great(better than typical),only two rainy times. Optional bike ride on Aero and hike to waterfall in Jotunheimen Mts, both guided by Gabriella, made the tour even more delightful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"AERO ISLAND!!!! Amazing oasis...a quaint, storybook village, so peaceful and welcoming. We enjoyed a nice quiet retreat of bike riding, strolling along beach and seaport. Tea & dessert at Pension Vestergade. Delicious holiday feast, small shops and lovely inn all added to the calm, charming atmosphere of Aero...I loved it!"

Lynn

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The locations we visited and the sights we saw were fantastic! The guide and bus driver were friendly, informative, and super helpful. Our tour group was well rounded and fun, accommodations were good, and it was fun to try new foods as part of the group meals. Overall, the tour exceeded my expectations in all respects.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was riding the ferry through Sognefjord. A close second was our drive through the Jotunheimen Mountains. The scenery is unsurpassed. Of course, I have to mention Aero Island as well. I enjoyed the "vacation from our vacation.""

Sara

Kent, WA

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our tour of Scandinavia. We have been on 3 previous tours so knew that we would have adequate free time to do our own thing while still getting to see the highlighted points of interest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving across the highest pt of our the Norway tour & the cruise down the fiord."

Deborah

Oak Park, CA

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an overall great experience! The group was an interesting mix of people who got along extremely well. Our guide, Pål, was exceptional: caring, organized and knowledgeable. Also fun! All the guides made the areas we saw come alive. Our stops were interesting and culturally impressive. Hotel and restaurant choices were also great. Especially enjoyed the variations of travel : on foot, by bus and boat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Vasa in Stockholm."

David

Glenview, IL

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. our guide is very knowledgeable, and gave us a very interesting info about the three countries. He loves his job and he just wanted to show us everything he could about these countries. He is wonderful, thoughtful, kind and patient. I love how he makes everything seamless, buying the ferry tickets while the group had a tour. He told us that we should meet him on the top of the ferry as we went into Oslo, as he could show us some sights, rather than wait in line

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Vasa ship museum, I was overwhelmed by the size and beauty of the ship. Pal had told us, that this could be the wow moment of the trip. I was still unprepared The incredible detail of the carvings and the colors.2 The Fjords of Norway, were also a great moment. I was chatting with Hans the bus driver and he told me that the little village, that we were going by, had their own tunnel through the mountain. #3 The Danish Hot Dog was fantastic (recomended byPal) Balanced Flavors"

Jeffrey

Glenview, IL

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great trip, fun group, brilliant guides (organization & leadership, openness to tough questions, hilarious anecdotes, musical enhancement, balance between "alone time" vs "group time", opportunities to absorb culture and explore sites. As this was my first tour experience, I expected a more challenging time dealing with structure and 28 people, but was pleased with the guides' approach. They handled individual issues along the way with tremendous patience, empathy and skill.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mountain and fjord views in Norway stood out as expected, and the Swedish navy and Viking ship museums were stunning. Ærøskøbing was a treat. I had great walking experiences in Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo. But I was wowed by the quality of insight provided by the tour guides as well as the intelligence, depth, warmth, and humor of the local guides. Thanks Pal, Nina, Benny, Haakon & Ilsa, and Hans Christian Anderson."

Sandra

Conroe, TX

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing. Pal was best tour guide ever. He really made the trip enjoyable. His connection to the people on the tour was so great. He was humorous, he provided history, snacks, played local music and read some chapters of books during bus trips. When we had free time he provided the names of restaurants that were recommended, including Rick Steves' favorites. Nina was also great and enjoyed her very much. I cannot imagine her having a better guide to apprentice under than Pal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ærø Island was special. The bed and breakfasts were great. Also liked the mountain country and last but not least the Fjords and mountains in Norway were the most beautiful sites I have ever seen. Also Hansa the bus driver was the best driver I have ever seen. We all felt very safe with him and he was really a neat person."

Nancy

Westlake Village, CA

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this trip. I enjoyed being in Scandinavia, which was a first for me. I loved out tour guide, I loved the mix of educational touring and independent activity. I think we had a pretty special group, so that was a very important part of the trip too. I think the pace was about right, the mix of serious education, fun anecdotes, food, excitement, and humor was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments on the trip, but I think my favorite was the Vigeland sculptures. The effect of seeing them all at once was just overwhelmingly beautiful. They evoked several different emotions for me, most of them about human connection. I could have looked at them and reacted to them for several hours. I had not been aware of this artist before our trip."

Patricia

Glenview, IL

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

More that what we expected, and we expected a great experience! The touches of local history, local treats/chocolates was very nice Our guide Pol had great stories, had just enough info on bus to keep us interested without being overwhelming. We loved the music he played. Our tour group was great, everyone friendly, made the trip even better. LOVE that we could see Van Gogh Alive, --another added bonus I loved the variety -city, boat, sea, mountains Very active tour, we kept busy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many Art: Vigland sculptures-- amazing so emotional!; Munch museum -loved the variety of his paintings wow city: Oslo, much more than I had expected, loved it! Food: all the group dinners, trying reindeer and elk! The roadside picnics were very special-trying open face sandwiches, local fruit Scenery: entering Oslo by ferry, the Jotunheimen Mts, fjord cruise-spectacular! Aero island-what a jem! Loved everything about this Favorite lodging : Elveseter hotel-amazing decor"

Debby

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just wonderful. In particular, I appreciated the mix of structured time and free time. I also appreciated the orientation walks whenever we arrived at a new destination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! The drive through the Norwegian mountains, followed by our trip through the fjord, was a highlight among highlights."

Peter

Westlake Village, CA

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We got what we expected. Great guides, and very nice countries to see. Liked our fellow travelers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed many things nothing in particular stood out"

Kresta

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip of a lifetime. We did and saw so many interesting and beautiful things. I think a Rick Steves' tour is the best way to travel especially to a new part of Europe. We were able to maximize our time in each location. We were given an orientation of each location which allowed us to more easily go out on our own in our free time. The fact that each hotel was well situated in the heart of everything allowed us even more flexibility.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is almost impossible to choose just one "wow" moment of the tour. One "wow" moment was seeing how Scandinavia is addressing our climate and all of the green initiatives. Loved seeing more bikes in Demark than cars. My breath was taken away as we drove through Jotunheimen Mountains. Such beautiful country. We saw glaciers, huge rocks, glacial lakes and streams. Absolutely beautiful! Æro Island in Denmark was also amazing for different reasons. The island town was so idyllic and perfect."

Mark

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pål is an excellent guide; Nina was an excellent assistant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains between Oslo and Bergen."

Bill

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoying a simple bike ride around beautiful AEro island."

Harold

Monett, MO

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All of the arrangements were great and right on time based on our schedule. From the bus, to hotel's, food, etc. But the real plus was our guide, Asa. She was a walking fountain of information about the history of what we were seeing, as well as very versed in the customs and local flavor of the area where we were. She answered question readily and really interacted with the group. I would go with her guiding capabilities anywhere, anytime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Vasa ship up close and personal. Just the size of the ship was amazing, and to think that is was made all by hand labor."

Chere

Washington, UT

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed seeing the 3 countries and learning about their history. I have Scandinavian heritage but was never really interested in it until I actually visited the countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the beautiful mountains and waterfalls and the fiord cruise was awesome."

Joann

Boulder, CO

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best trip ever. First time to Scandinavia and loved all of the sites and activities. Everyone was incredibly friendly and spoke English. The food was delicious. The cities were very walkable, safe and clean. Credit cards are the accepted and preferred method of payment, even for small amounts, so avoided the nuisance of local currency which is different for each country. While we had ATM cards with us, they were never used. Surprisingly, our weather was nearly perfect, even in Bergen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cruising the Archipelago on a warm, sunny day. We arrived Stockholm a day early and this was a perfect way to get over jet lag."

Stephen

Portage, MI

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I found the tour guide to be personable, likable, and thorough. Good grasp of the areas and history. I particularly like the small things about the cultures and places and her own background and life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Copenhagen"

Linda

Monett, MO

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic trip from beginning to end. You warned us about the requirement to walk and carry and I thought I was in good enough shape. NOT!!! Thanks to family members and new friends from the group, I had help when needed. It was all much appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the nice picnic area, off the beaten path, to enjoy the crayfish celebration. Food was tasty, the first coffee from the bus was wonderful, and the location was inviting."

Everett

Sunriver, OR

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great guide and great group of people to travel with. Saw amazing places and learned so much about the history of Scandinavia, especially the Vikings. Food was a little strange sometimes but we got by. Great breakfasts. Especially loved the free time we had to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island. Didn't expect much but was overwhelmed by the quiet beauty and peacefulness. Took some time off to relax at the beach. Wonderful experience."

Joan

Timmins, ON

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved all of it, except for one beach experience, described below. It was well organized, I was kept busy, and I loved the mix of group time and me time. So appreciated. I felt I saw key things in each country, and I was able to look up information about the places we visited. I now have a good understanding of the differences amongst the different Scandinavian countries. I felt safe (except for the one incident) and I feel confident that I could return on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but if I have to pick one, it would be Aeros Island. The island visit came at the perfect time in the trip and provided a much needed rest and relaxation from a busy itinerary. It was such a charming and low key place. If I may pick two moments, the other is Kalmar. It's history was something I knew nothing about."

James

Monett, MO

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was well planned and operated. Asa and Leif were fantastic in their respective roles!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Norwegian fjord boat trip was my favorite moment. The combination of scenery and weather was quite amazing! I would be remiss without mentioning the trip through Old Town Stockholm with Houkam(sorry for the spelling)! He was a fantastic local guide, very loquacious and easy to follow. I also feel the need to mention our trip to Ærøskøbing as it was quite remarkable in it's own right."

Telisa

Dallas, TX

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We didn't know what to expect on our first RS tour, but it was absolutely amazing. Our group ranged in age from 12 to 76, and everyone had the trip of a lifetime. This was a family Swedish and Norwegian heritage trip for us, and we learned so much while getting to see the best of each country (along with some awesome off the beaten path places too!). And, we would not have had the experience we did without our tour guide Asa and bus driver Leif, both of whom were absolutely amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down - the Norwegian fjords! Unbelievably gorgeous."

Marsha

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour and our guide were so well organized and educational, allowing for a variety of in-depth experiences to learn about Scandinavian history, achievements, beauty and lifestyles, and appreciate the way all citizens and the earth's resources are cared for. There were equal opportunities for free time and guided discoveries, as well as well-timed breaks between big cities. Even the bus travel included lots of stories and lessons from our amazing guide, Ylva.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"These stood out among many: the ease of traveling via Stockholm public transit, our dinner in Stockholm (4 kinds of pickled herring and learning to mix the flavors that went with Swedish meatballs), visit to Ylva's apartment, Midsomer and an evening beach stroll with new friends in Aero, the sculptures in Frogner Park, the surprise of seeing skiers and hikers in the beautiful Jotunheimen Mountains."

Marcia

Lakewood Ranch, FL

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour, especially learning so much about my Scandinavian heritage from our Swedish guide, Ylva.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed our visit to the little Danish island, Aero. So quaint and interesting."

Barbara

Eugene, OR

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful, loved to country and had the right balance of free time and guided time. Ylva was the best. The country was beautiful and their philosophy on life and conservation was so far ahead of the US. When we got home, we stayed overnight in a hotel, and the continental breakfast was a dismal failure compared to what we got used to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains, fjords and waterfalls in Norway. Also the philosophy of life in Denmark and all the bicycles parked at the train station."

Jerry

Eugene, OR

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway geography."

Corrine

Moorhead, MN

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. Guided tours weren't too long plenty of free time to personalize your trip. I learned way more than I ever thought I would about the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountain chalet and the trip up and back down the mountains in Norway."

Eleanor

Stafford, VA

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was perfect. So many wonderful experiences were provided. Scandinavia is magical. This tour exceeded my expectations. The balance of activities and free time was perfect. The information provided by our excellent tour director Ylva was entertaining and instructive and enhanced every experience. The hotels were well located and comfortable. We had an amazing group of fellow travelers. Everyone felt at home and comfortable. Lief is an expert driver, always helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive through fijord country and the cruise between the waterfalls and cliffs certainly deserve a "wow." It was a dramatic experience. Aero Island provided a more subtle but never the less impressive stay in a beautiful and peaceful setting. Really tranquil and a good chance to reflect on all we had seen to that point."

Dolly

Eagan, MN

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to visit the hotel that my Great Grandfather stayed at in 1918"

Robert

Cheyenne, WY

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! Both our tour guide and our driver were great, and all of the local guides were perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say that seeing the Vasa ship was much more impressive than I thought it would be-- I had read about it before the trip and was looking forward to seeing it, but it is so awesome in real life!!"

Gary

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm 1/2 Dane and the family history buff.Scandinavia has been a dream that the Steves tour has fulfilled.Our guide Ylva was a fountain of information on history, culture and customs who took great pride in her heritage and shared it openly with the group. The food drink and accommodations were amazing as were the sights people we encountered. Well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was the Vasa Museum. A beautifully displayed artifact of significant importance to the history and people of the country."

Lawrence

South Cle Elum, WA

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour covered a great variety of sites and subjects in each country. We got a taste of the big cities in each country. We also got to experience life in smaller communities/areas in each country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The excitement and energy of Copenhagen. We stayed in a great hotel adjacent to an area of Copenhagen with lots of activities."

Ann

South Cle Elum, WA

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded all my expectations. Our tour guide was outstanding, the tour members were lots of fun, the accommodations were great, and we saw so many unbelievable sights and beautiful scenery. From start to finish, everything was well organized and efficient. I thought it was about the right amount of structured time and free time. The marvelous weather we had did not hurt either!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to be travelling through the mountains in Norway. My prime motivation for taking the trip was to see Norway (because of family ties), so that was pretty special for me. But really, there was a "wow" every day!"

Ronald

Lakewood Ranch, FL

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ylva was entertaining, very informative, very personable and extremely helpful. She acted very confidently and she delivered a mix myth and real history of Scandinavia. She periodically checked with us to determine if there was anything that we were unhappy with or critical. There was none from anybody. We were a happy group but not a homogeneous group. Ylva made us seem very comfortable. Her summer eve picnic and name game was a total ice breaker, conversation improved among the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of AERO, that was an unbelieveable experience. It was like taking a vacation from the tour and entering another world. Every aspect was just fantastic, interesting and a photographic experience. And it was a total surprise because none of the descriptive materials prepared us for what we would experience. Our accomodations were very pleasant and continued to enhance the island experience."

Richard

Grass Valley, CA

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was the best. from the facilities we stayed at to the attractions we went to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the vasa warship"

Judy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third tour with you and fourth in total. All have been good but this was the nicest group of people ever. And our tour guide Ylva was nice, fun, energetic, informative and sensible. Add all that to the great locations and you have a great tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I decided to do the zipline down from the Holmenkollen jump. I had a long wait as there was a ski camp in line. So I started chatting with the group of 12-13 year old girls in front of me. They were eager to talk, funny, informative, and very curious. While strapping me into my harness, the attendant informed you "you don't have to hang on". The wow moment was then turning around as I zipped off to see my young friends at the rail waving and cheering me on."

Barbara

Grass Valley, CA

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything and more than I expected would sum it up! I was not sure if I was a "tour" person/traveler, however, I think that if we had not done the tour, we would have missed so many important and valuable connections that our guides tied together in each of the cities and countries. I think we would have wasted time trying to figure out how to best navigate our trip. An extra bonus was also having great folks on our tour...such fun group meals and enough independent time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, there were so many "wow" moments that came from the landscape, history, culture, traditions and food from each city and country. One very special wow happened when a guide gave us a tour of old Stockholm then invited us to see a typical upstairs flat in old Stockholm. The surprise that was kept however, was that Ylva (our R.S. main guide) and our city guide were partners and that we were in their home! We saw family their photos on the walls! It was such a generous, personal touch!"

Sheryl

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scandinavia was our 2nd RS trip and it was wonderful. First of all I cannot say enough good things about our guide, Laurel. She is exactly what you want in a guide: enthusiastic, passionate about Scandinavia, on time, and friendly to EVERYONE. Sweden, Denmark, and Norway were so interesting and beautiful, and Mother Nature poured sunshine upon us. We had a terrific tour group that was kind, friendly, and eager to learn. A great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the bus trip through the Jutenheimen Mountains, ending in a spectacular, sunny ferry ride in the fjords. It was better than I could have even imagined! Other high moments were the Viking Museum, the FRAM Museum, the 11-12th century stave churches in Norway, and free time in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Bergen."

Dalyce

Qualicum Beach, BC

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where to begin?!? Well, what a fabulous vacation with such a great group of travellers. A real pleasure to meet and spend time with in this beautiful part of Europe. Our guide, Laurel, was so much fun and got us to all our destinations without a hitch. Of course some credit has to go to our driver, Jonas! They were a great team! Seeing the cities along with all the beautiful countryside was a perfect introduction to Scandinavia. If you'v ever thought to go - don't wait!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You cannot pick just 1! Our favourite by far though was definitely the last ferry ride through the Fjords - it was a beautiful warm sunny afternoon - just perfect. Aero Island was a close second. The overnight ferry to Oslo was also fantastic."

Thomas

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An 8 out of 10.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a wow moment."

David

Billings, MT

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great Tour Guide, Great group of people. We had many long travel days (scheduled breaks every 2 hours was a good idea). How to improve challenge (you know already): What activity can be done to mask a bathroom breaks while traveling. The ice cream breaks for 45-70 minutes were a good example. Too bad not always an option when traveling many miles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway's Fjords (Politics: Sweden's government using private enterprise to deliver services provided by the government. 80% workforce participation and everyone is treated like/expected to act like an adult. Now I understand how it works for them.)"

Stephen

Lone Tree, CO

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour, great group of travelers, loved this part of the world!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Songnefjord ferry trip and Viking museum in Oslo."

Cheryl

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Positive, helpful, informative Laurel! She felt like "one of us" rather than "the leader". Our tour group was exceptionally compatible. I gained a nice balance of new knowledge and fun experiences. Nice balance of tour time and alone time for exploration and rest. The bus was comfortable but I wish we had WiFi in every country we visit. Johan was a conscientious driver. I loved visiting the tour guides apartment in Old Town Stockholm. I loved Aero Island & cycling!

James

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

To me it takes several things to have a good experience. A good tour guide, good city tour guides, a good group of fellow travelers and good weather. We were blessed with all of these. Our group was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Traveling the fiords."

Cathy

Billings, MT

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even though it was beyond Rick Steve's control (or so I believe) the weather was perfect (sunshine 90% of the time)! My husband and I also enjoyed the museums, the group meals (local foods), the walking tours, our free time to explore, the Swedish strawberries, and the list goes on. I couldn't have asked for anything more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I truly enjoyed the ferry ride down the fjord in Norway. My other favorite moment was our stay on the island of Aero."

Greg

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The only thing that keeps me from rating the tour as "outstanding" was the amount of time we spent in the cities of Scandinavia. By the time we got to Bergen I was done with the tourist crowds. I would have preferred to have spent more time in small communities like Aero away from the hustle and bustle. That said, I knew the itinerary included a lot of time in cities when we booked.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ferry ride through the Norwegian fiords was spectacular. During this short 2 1/2 trip I saw the most awe inspiring scenery of my life."

Jonny Sue

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous in every way! Well organized, well paced with a nice blend of scheduled activity (museums, guided walks) & free time to either explore on our own, or hang out. We were lucky/blessed to have fabulous weather for 11/12 days. The scenery..oh my! From the colorful old buildings of Nyhavn in Copenhagen to the colorful little beach houses on Aero Island, to the stunning blue green water of the fjords in Norway and the deep green of the Norwegian woods, this trip was a feast for eyes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are 2: riding bikes on Aero Island, then seeing the view from the top of the funicular in Bergen as the sun set at 11pm. It was the last thing we did, and made a grand finale."

John

Vacaville, CA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think the three best things of the Rick Steves' tour format are learning from our tour guide and local guides, having about half of the time to explore on our own, and making new friends with our travel companions. The Scandinavia tour was successful on all three counts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Here are a few... Finding time to attend a Sting concert in Stockholm on our free evening. Ascending the spire at the Church of Our Savior in Copenhagen. Bicycling through the beautiful country side on Ærø. Hiking to the treeline in the mountains of Jotunheimen. Enjoying the scenery from the Sognefjord cruise."

Noel Darris

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful. From our excellent guide (Pol Johansen), to the accommodations, to the balance of free time to tour time, everything was just first class.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to to tp the Norwegian Fjords but I truly had a a wow moment everyday."

Jan

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour! I had high expectations and they were exceeded :) This was my second Rick Steves tour and it was just as great as the first, so I am sold. I really liked the itinerary - Stockholm was a great place to start as there was plenty to do when we arrived a day early. I loved all 3 countries, and having Aero in the middle and ending in Norway really felt like the perfect flow. I felt really lucky to have Pal as our guide, and also to have such fantastic tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My two favorites are the day in Aero and our day driving Sognefjell Road with the Fjord cruise. Different places, but they both really highlight the beauty of nature in this region."

Judith

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Our guide Pal was knowledgeable, helpful and always cheerful. All our local guides were the same. Everyone had a great sense of humor. Kept our group positive. Like the progression from Stockholm south to Copenhagen, Aero; the night aboard the ship; ferry down the fjord and ending in Bergan. Gave a great sense of history for all three countries. Learning the political systems in each country, cultures, environmental solutions, social programs and architecture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nobel Peace Museum; Vegiland Sculpture Park; Van Gogh exhibit in Kalmar Castle; Aeroskebing; fjord ferry trip; mountain lodge and trip over the mountains, Bergan tram to fabulous vista of city."

John

Rock Hill, NY

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a well orchestrated and highly enjoyable experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Peaceful aero island. Also the very creative Oslo Opera House"

Margaret

Pewaukee, WI

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience is "exceeded expectations". Fantastic tour guide & local guides. I was leery of signing up for a "guided tour", as I like to do lots of walking & exploration following Rick Steves guidebooks. This trip had the perfect balance of guided/tours and "free time". Well planned trip with a beautiful variety of locations & adventures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment from this tour was definitely the Søgnefjord cruise! Spectacular & stunningly beautiful. What an experience! Our cruise was highlighted a bit by Tyler finally rescuing his drone camera. Which later Tyler shared his beautiful drone camera trip experience with our group. Thank you Tyler for sharing such priceless memories & a beautiful gift!"

Gail

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best trip of our lives!! We love Scandanavia, our guide - Pol \ and the Rick Steves' tour experience! It was the perfect mixture of guided time, with experts, and free time, with suggestions. We got to know the culture - music, food, politics, so much more than when we travel on our own. We ate foods I would never try on my own, and it was good! And I do believe we had the best tour guide in Pol Johansen that Rick Steves' has.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to decide [INVALID] from picnic at Kalmar, to riding bikes in AEro, to Oslo Ski Jump (which you MUST rank higher), to Beautiful Norway! I'd have to pick the mountains and fjords of Norway!! I couldn't get enough of their beauty!!"

Susan

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it all. The choice to begin the tour in Stockholm and head west is best. Please do not change that. Most of the hotels were excellent and those I cared for least were still very good, always great locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Aero. Spectacular."

Janet

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour went beyond my expectations. I fell in love with Scandinavia, even the language. The tour was so well organized and our tour guide, Pal, was perfect, as were all the local tour guides. It was so easy to become a "family" with all the people in the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments. I was blown away by the Vasa ship and the Viking museums. Aero Island was sublime and the perfect place to relax. Kalmar Castle was gorgeous, especially the grounds on a perfect day. The mountains and the Fjords were awesome. I loved the cities, too, especially Oslo."

Sally

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was well thought out, with interesting stops along the way to provide needed breaks during long drives. Ample free time was scheduled to explore on our own from centrally located hotels.. Detailed information was provided ahead of the trip about daily schedules and hotels so we were well prepared. We enjoyed the inclusion of picturesque ferry rides to reach destinations efficiently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Scenery during Norway drive, and Aero was special."

Mary

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The flow of the days was satisfying. Local guides were great. Tour guide was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Copenhagen."

Thomas

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good, engaged, and empathetic guide. Our group was relaxed, respectful, and fun... individuals mixed well with one another. Enjoyed the variety of the activity as well as the pace. Historical information and current, political climate was relevant and insightful. Lodging was comfortable, well-situated for our activities, and staff were helpful... B & B was outstanding. All of the boating opportunities (except the overnight cruise) were much enjoyed. Aero is a keeper!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the scenery on our bus ride to and over Norway's tallest peak....glaciers, snow, lakes, and cross country skiers were awesome. Fjord boat ride was a close second."

Catherine

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gabriela was an amazing tour guide! Energetic and the right information at the right time. Great optional activities and information and a willingness to go along with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overwhelming scenery on the ferry through Norwegian fjords. The Vigeland Park and sculptures drew me back the following day during our free time."

Diane

Denton, TX

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the tour. Well organized, great guide and bus driver. The meals we shared together, including the picnics, were fun. Restaurants were well chosen, not overwhelmed by our crowd and we never felt rushed. Very nice balance of time together and time on our own to pursue our interests. Providing tickets, transit passes helped make our time more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While I enjoyed the cities and seeing the ships in various museums my favorite time was the country time. Days 11 and 12 in the Norwegian country side marveling at the mountains and the waterfalls. At one point on the Sognefjord cruise I realized that I could see eight different waterfalls from where I was standing. Some of them were small but they were falling water. It filled me with awe."

Charlie

Lutherville, MD

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 9th RS Tour. All of our tour guides have been great. But Gabriella is best we have ever had. Besides being outstanding in all of the categories below, she was completely unguarded and totally herself. It was like travelling with your best friend who just happened to be an expert on the region. I absolutely loved her!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love all the little surprises on RS tours. But my "wow" moment was when our local guide - Hakan - took us into his home in Gamla Stan Stockholm. The "wow" moment was when he showed us a picture of his children and there was Gabriella! We had a great visit and shared his excitement for Gabriella's pregnancy and his coming grandchild!"

Myranda

Hastings, MN

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my favorite tour I have taken. Gabriella was filled with spirit and energy. We could tell she is very proud of her country!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the trip up the mountains and the fjord cruise. The scenery felt magical."

Jean

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experiences, great tour guides especially Gabby, delicious meals and delightful surprises

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Vasa museum!!"

Carl

Albertville, MN

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 5th Rick Steve,s tour all have been very enjoyable. I was really looking forward to Sweden I'm from Minnesota lots of Swedes and Norwegians in our state although I'm German. Our guide Gabriella was fantastic the history we learned from her and the personal attention she gave each of us with time schedules and museums unbelievable. There was 28 of us and we all bonded lunches together dinners together and shared information no grumps as Rick would say.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Fjord of Norway were a WOW it is the most beautiful country seen more waterfalls than I had ever hoped to see in a life time. Switzerland is beautiful but Norway is lush and green and so planted friendly the U.S. can only hope to achieve that some day and I'm not even all on board with climate change but Norway will sell you on it. Copenhagen was the other wow. I loved Sweden it met my expectations its what I expected. But Norway just WOW."

Fran

Lutherville, MD

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gabriella was the very best of all 9 of our Rick Steves tour guides. She was instantly happy, smiling, energetic, and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed being with her and our fellow tour members in Scandinavia. One of the big surprises was meeting her brother who just returned from Brazil in the subway station in Stockholm. We could not have planned that! Our next surprise was finding our local guide in Stockholm was her father! He invited us to his home which was so personal and welcoming!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest WOW was finding out from Gabriella's father that she was pregnant! Our entire tour group was so happy and surprised. She was so energetic and happy throughout the entire tour! Another WOW was our bus ride through the mountains of Norway and the boat ride through the fjord."

Robert

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steves tour and one of the best. Our guide, Gabriella, was outstanding and so were the other guides that assisted along the way. In particular, I really enjoyed the guide work by Haakon in Stockholm. His speaking was incredibly precise and lyrical, almost like he was reading poetry; and he was funny and engaging. He is really special. The Stockholm hotel was excellent overall despite the very small shower. The breakfast and free dinner they offered were very nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Vigeland sculpture park & museum in Oslo was my true "wow" moment. This park and outdoor museum is absolutely stunning and unlike anything else I have seen in my travels. It is a testament to the artistic dedication of the Norwegian government that they fully funded the creation of this enormous sculpture park that took Vikeland 25 years or more to create. The various Viking ship museums we visited were also fascinating, as were the Fram and Vasa museums."

Rochelle

Clarksville, MD

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the Scandinavia trip tremendously. Because the trip had several countries & cities it was interesting to compare & contrast the sights, scenery, geography, design, & political approaches. Like others will say, our tour guide Gabriella was simply outstanding; she prepared us well and made every location fun & easy to navigate. There was a nice blend of sea, land, buses, & boats on this trip. We had glorious weather almost the entire time, and when it rained it was tolerable too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Aero Island. It was beautiful & easy to walk & browse. There were fun outdoor sights to see. I enjoyed Stockholm quite a bit too, with its mix of old & new buildings, historic & contemporary sites, plenty of space, and not overly touristed. Copenhagen was equally fun, but more crowded. Oslo was breezy and fun. This entire trip, for the most part, was not overly crowded with tourists (Bergen was an exception) which made the vacation pleasant - our early June timing was outstanding."

Michael

Edmond, OK

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick tour. Did Ireland last year. Both trips were wonderful. Ylva, our Scandinavian guide was very personable, informative and knowledgeable about culture, history and politics. Having never been to this part of the world before, my knowledge of the region was quite limited. While I am now certainly not an expert, my understanding of the region and its development and impact on the rest of the world is much greater. Our driver, Mats, was also wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No particular "WOW" moment, but seeing the restored ships from as much as 1,000 years ago was truly amazing."

Judith

Columbia, MD

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour immensely and learned a lot about some countries whose socio-political systems we in the US should study seriously. I also enjoyed Ylva, our guide, whose efforts to acquaint us with the history and cultures of the countries we were visiting were superb. When we had questions that she couldn't answer, she would follow up so that she could answer later.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very difficult to choose just one, so I will list a few: a) Frogner Park: the fascinating sculpture garden; b) staying on Aero Island and learning about its regeneration; c) the Vasa Museum; the Roskilde Viking Museum; the Viking Museum in Oslo - everything to do with Vikings; d) being part of the winning trivia team on the overnight ferry to Oslo, LOL"

Elinor

Washington, DC

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nice group of tour participants, very compatible. Tour group leader was excellent. All the hotels were good. Good mixture of big city and small town experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overnight ferry cruise into Bergen. The mountains and fiord were lovely!"

Antoinette

Beaver, PA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized, Enuff free time, very knowledgeable and friendly tour guides. Good choice of places to visit! Fellow travelers were all friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The castles, especially Kalmar! The final dinner together!"

Kathie

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved all of it. Thought it was a good mix of museums and outdoor sites and activities. The overnight cruise was a nice touch; Aero Island and the lovely Pension with Suzanne our host were lovely and a nice change of pace. Loved our free time to explore. Fun getting to know and share with the other tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 2 1/2 hr cruise down the Sognefjord. It was breathtaking and we had a beautiful sunny day. It was like a dream!"

Fred

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We did stay within the city center areas of four major Scandinavian cities so that we could explore the rich history, culture and dynamics of each. However there was also a pleasurable blend of non big city stays that provided balance with their rural settings. The stay at Pension 44 with Susanne as a host was awesome. The over night stay on the ferry ride added something special. Using the Rick Steves guide, tearing out the pages, we used our free time to further explore each area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This may be difficult to choose just one, however the Fjord ferry ride and the stay at Aero Island were both very enjoyable and relaxing."

Arthur

Benicia, CA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Visited many places, learned many, many things, enjoyed tour members and the experience. For me, learning the culture and history of the last 150 years in Scandinavia was extremely worthwhile.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"a. Jotunheimen mountains and Sognefjord cruise b. Frogner park and Vigeland statues c. Viking museums"

Ray

Columbia, MD

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A good tour which we have already told our friends. Good historical information, cultural as well as views and inspirational experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sculptural Park which had to be seen to realize the significance. We also appreciated the guide taking us into her apartment for details of living in the area."

Gerry

Campbell, CA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 9th Rick Steves tour, well done and memorable as always. We didn't expect to be bowled over by any famous icons or wonders of the world, but - once again, we were mesmerized by the rich cultural experiences offered by each country of this tour. As always, the Rick Steves touche highlighted the subtle differences and some of the unique traditions of each Scandinavian country. We would never be able to replicate the personal touches experienced during our tour if we were touring on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring our guides home with her husband and hearing how they raised their kids in Norway was fascinating. I wish we had more of these types of interactions in every tour."

Thomas

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had mixed feelings about a tour. In the past, when we traveled, we used Rick Steves' books to plan our own travel, made our own reservations, rented a car and went on our own schedule to see what we wanted to see. This was our first tour, and we were a bit nervous about being with a group, being on someone else's timetable, and going where someone else wanted us to go. Of course there are trade-offs, but we thoroughly enjoyed our Rick Steves' tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to count. Scandinavia is so beautiful, the people were so nice, and everything was easy. We just showed up. I must say that this Rick Steves' tour really took care of us. In addition to an amazing tour guide, we had an exceptional bus driver who was just one of the group. We stayed in very nice hotels, ate at great restaurants. They could have tried to cut corners to enhance profits, but that didn't happen. It was top drawer all the way."

Nan

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ylva was very organized, patient and knowledgeable in the political, social and historical aspects of Scandinavia. Mats, our driver, was friendly, helpful and an overall great guy. We've never joined a tour before in our travels, but it was a pleasant surprise to share our experiences with other like minded people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too hard to pick one "wow" moment, but arriving in Stockholm, probably my favorite city on the tour, was quite exciting."

Carol

Yakima, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of Scandinavia was a great mix of cities and small towns. We came away with a new appreciation for the Scandinavian way of life. Our tour guide, Asa, was exceptionally good. She loves her job and it shows. We appreciated the way our bus driver, Pinge, helped with the picnic, even bringing homemade rolls. He was good company and a great driver. We felt very safe with his driving. Our tour companions were a well traveled group and we appreciated hearing about their experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the B&B on Aero. Suzanne's hospitality was genuine and her B&B is a beautiful old home. I also enjoyed John's presentation regarding the revitalization of the island economy. Also, I truly enjoyed the uniqueness of Elveseter. It was a combination of Disney and an art museum. Two inspired choices that make these tours so memorable."

Mary Lois

Bee Cave, TX

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour really exceeded all expectation! Seeing the three countries and learning about the history and social aspects helped me better know and understand my genetic roots. I would really enjoy more Sweden and Norway tours if they were to be developed -- I just know there's more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really, just too many to mention but here are a few: SWEDEN Gamla Stan walk with Hakan; Stockholm City Hall; Fika break with Pinge's homemade cinnamon rolls DENMARK Aeroskobing & Gunnar and his Pa Torvet Inn, Roskilde, HC Anderson NORWAY Vigeland Park, Viking Ship Museum, Bergen, Bus ride from Elvesaeter Hotel to the fjord, Stave church Asa herself!"

Michael

Bee Cave, TX

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded all expectations, especially learning about culture history, celebrations, and daily life and sharing some of those. Fika is a keeper! Loved HCA link in Copenhagen. Markets in Stockholm and Bergen particularly memorable. Absorbing the history was key part of enjoyment. Would be thrilled to go on more Sweden and Norway tours especially, plus more time on Aero where B&B hosts were standouts. THANKS GUNNER!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"SWEDEN: Gamla Stan and visit to Hakan's home; Saluhall and sharing 1.5 hour conversation over lunch with two locals; Vasa ship history. DENMARK: HCA plus Copenhagen (lifelong dream) and the quiet joy of AEro; NORWAY: Oslo and reindeer dinner, plus viking ship museum; crosscountry skiiers in mountains; Bergen fish market environ and the Hanseatic League history lesson. Everywhere--pickled herring!!"

Terry

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I did not anticipate how much bus time there was on this trip (my fault). 1500 miles is a lot of ground to cover in two weeks. Asa made the trip wonderful. The sights were interesting, enhanced by Asa and the local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive and subsequent ferry through the fjords from Boverdalen to Bergen. Beautiful!"

Paulette

Odessa, DE

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was just an incredible trip, filled with one memorable experience after another. Of course, the Norway Fjords were a magnificent sight to behold and one that I will always cherish, but there were so many delightful surprises throughout the trip. I especially enjoyed the quaint shops and lovely hotel stay on Aero Island, seeing the beauty of Copenhagen and the enthusiastic bikers, seeing the Viking vessels, the mountain retreat stay surrounded by gorgeous views, and the sculpture gardens.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Next to the Norway Fjords which simply have to be seen to be believed... a particular favorite was the tour of the Sculpture Gardens -- highlighted by the passionate narration of our guide, Asa. A very moving experience. Our guide Asa made this very active trip an incredible journey for all of us. Her love, knowledge, and passion for her country clearly shown through the entire experience and her enthusiasm was contagious. Overall, a great tour!"

Cynthia

Newberry, SC

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall our experience was quite good/positive. The places we visited were great, our tour director was outstanding, our driver was outstanding and we felt he performed "above and beyond." Our local guides were extremely good! The accommodations were good, for the most part.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time on AEro was a highlight! We were lucky to be in the care of Susannah while there. She was accommodating, hospitable, and the epitome of an inn-keeper. The quiet of AReo was refreshing and much needed."

Deborah

Memphis, TN

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect balance of activity and independent time, as well as the right amount of time at each location- capital cities and small, historic towns. I feel I experienced the best of these 3 Scandinavian countries. Group size was good, as well as the RS tour methods. The guide, Asa, and driver, Pinge, were excellent- very knowledgeable and interesting. The local guides were top-notch, also. No complaints about the hotels,food or bus. These countries were beautiful,clean, safe, and thought-provoking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Norway's scenery from the mountains to the fjords. 2. Aero Island-everything, especially Pension 44."

Suzanne

Glasgow, KY

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour and gave us an overall feeling of what life is like in Scandinavia. There was a perfect mix of transportation styles, large and small communities, architecture, topography, and life in general. We also had a great group of travel buddies. Thanks for the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two favorites. The first were the fjords and our time there and the second was Aero. I loved hearing about how the island has made an industry of marrying couples from around the world. How romantic and special that is !! We also loved out hotel there."

Melinda

Union City, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Asa was very warm and welcomed us to her country of Sweden and all the customs of Scandinavia. Beautiful countries, overall very clean. Accommodations were excellent. It seemed very fast paced which is why not outstanding (stay at Aero island first then Copenhagen and overnight to Oslo??). Our bus driver Penge was outstanding. He was engaging, warm, friendly and extremely helpful besides maneuvering over the narrow mountain hairpin roads. I would want him on all our tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was the bus ride on the Sognefjell Road and the cruise on the Sognefjord. Breathtaking and magical. There was still snow throughout the mountains dotted with frozen lakes and seemingly hundreds of spectacular waterfalls around every corner."

William

Union City, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well thought out and the pace was just right. None of the bus rides were horribly long and Asa kept us entertained throughout the rides. We were blessed with great weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Norway fiord boat and bus ride was breathtaking . What a beautiful country!!"

Ken

Yakima, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Fjords of Norway were just "beautiful." The island of Aero was also a treat."

Michele

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great! I loved learning about the history, culture and politics of the Scandinavian countries. Laurel and the local guides were all superior.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the time on Aero Island."

David

Hamilton, NY

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun to share a vacation with people who don't complain about less than perfect outcomes, but relish every event that they have never experienced. As with past tours, there is no tension. It's great to delegate all the strain to wonderfully trained guides. Total relaxation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visual experiences in Norway: Mountain views and Fjords. Viking history"

Grant

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour went to interesting sites. The accommodations and meals were excellent. The guides were professional and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ships at the Viking museum in Oslo."

Tom

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. A nice pace. Several nights were late for me but that is my issue and not a tour problem.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the pedestrian only section of Copenhagen was special. For the first time in my life I experienced a city as human. It was really special."

Jana

Hamilton, NY

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide. Friendly, helpful, attentive, knowledgeable. The towns we visited were amazing, full of history, explained to us further in detail by excellent local guides. All transportation from country to country worked well and provided additional sightseeing especially on the ferry. Jonas, our bus driver, a pleasant young man did an amazing job. He drove us safely everywhere, especially through some very tight spots.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going through the Fiords in Norway on the boat. What an amazing scenery.Loved it. Seeing Vasa and other Viking ships. They are impressive and well displayed."

Jill

Manhattan Beach, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Bob really said everything we both felt. Great trip laurel was a wonderful guide and great companion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of it"

Robert

Manhattan Beach, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Laurel was a great leader. She guided us flawlessly and performed wonderfully under less than ideal circumstances when a mechanical failure occurred. She has an infectious joy and galvanizing effect which helped create a great atmosphere of camaraderie. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and have signed up for 2 more next year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the whole city of Bergen after riding the funicular to the top in Bergen. Seeing the fjords as we rode on the ferry. Breakfast with all the terrific people on the tour. So many moments occurred on a daily basis."

Sylvia

Toronto, ON

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was truly thrilled with every aspect of our trip to Scandinavia, from our wonderful tour manager, Laurel , the the eloquence and interesting local guides, to the magnificent cities, towns and countryside. I especially enjoyed learning about the history and culture of Scandinavia along side my like-minded fellow 'Rick Steves' travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several 'wow' moments. It is impossible to choose just one. For me visiting the island of Ærø off the coast of Denmark was especially memorable. The bucolic farming country with its rolling hills, whitewashed and wooden Stave churches and its Jewel-like villages were all a highlight. Also, the mountains and fjords of Norway took my breath away!."

Arthur

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group, variety of sites, and fantastic guide (Laurel) and driver (Jonas). Wonderful mix of cities, towns, mountains, fjords, and countryside. We would never have found unique places like Aero on our own. Local guides (esp Hans C Anderson) were outstanding and all gave their unique perspective of their local region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway-from Oslo to the fjords to the view of Bergen from the furnicular. Really enjoyed sharing the "attic" with Laurel our guide on Aero."

Mary Alice

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the trip and our group very much. The three countries are really interesting and beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Stockholm and the fiord cruise."

Jim

San Mateo, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour immensely. Always something to see and something to do. The tour group was great. Everyone was friendly and got along very well. Our guide Laurel and driver Jonas were great. We had a couple of unexpected snags, but it always worked out. We never missed out on anything. I would recommend anyone to travel and experience Scandinavia The scenery and experiences were unforgettable. .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of "WOW" moments. But, I loved the ferry ride to AERO. Didn't expect what I saw in this town. A bunch of the tour group rented bicycles and we pedaled around the island. Saw a grave site dating back 5000 years. fascinating. AERO was amazing."

Ronald

Delta, BC

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was profoundly impressed at how much better most things are currently being done in Scandinavia than in North America in general. The list of things is virtually endless. As an example, the system of roads, bridges and tunnels we traveled on in Norway was outstanding. Our guide Laurel was a real pleasure to talk to and interact with. She has a charming and bubbly personality, someone who is genuinely interested in your personal well being, and the well being of the whole group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite moment of the whole trip was the outstanding panoramic view of the city of Bergen, Norway, and its surrounding islands and sea, from the top of the Funicular on a rare day of crystal clear skies and brilliant sunshine."

Carol

Delta, BC

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Laurel was excellent - knowledgeable, organized, cheerful and fun. Enjoyed the tour very much - had never been to Scandinavia before. Loved the pedestrian friendly capital cities in all three countries (even though we had to watch out for bikes!) - we in Canada could learn a lot! Our hotels and meals were varied and good - enjoyed the Scandinavian open faced sandwiches with shrimp piled high. Tour members soon became great travel companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in the mountains of Norway plus the Sognefjord cruise was my favourite part of the tour. The scenery along the fjords was amazing- waterfall after waterfall! Learning about the Viking history and especially seeing the Viking boats was also great."

Mahala

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour hit all of the highlights that we expected plus some that were even more amazing. We loved the ferry ride through the fjords. Made us want to stay there forever. I feel we saw all the most amazing parts of the 4 countries and our companions were so very nice. We felt right at home with everyone. Loved our tour guide Laurel and Jonas the driver was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was traveling through the fjords. They are amazingly beautiful and for someone who doesn't like to be on boats, I had the best time! Seeing all the homes along the banks made me want to stay and find a place of our own. Beautiful country!"

Laura

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the trip and the other members of the tour. We got along well and everyone was responsible. I had never visited Scandinavia (and probably never will again) so the trip was my one impression. I liked the variety of history, culture, scenery and food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the mountains in Norway followed by the boat trip through the fjords."

Susan

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was truly amazing! We saw such natural beauty and met wonderful people! We relaxed and experienced things we never would have found on our own. From riding bikes on the island of Aero to going through a snowstorm in Norway, it was a wonderland! The fjords were enchanting! What a feast for the eyes and soul. We feel like experts about the Vikings now. Meeting fellow tour members was the "icing on the cake",people who shared a similar love of learning and seeing a new part of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, I loved listening to the haunting music of Secret Garden as we drove through a snowstorm in the Norwegian mountains. The waterfalls in the fjords were gushing in May. A "wow" moment was taking a bath in a big barrel like you'd stomp grapes in for our bathtub! Now we know about stave churches and Viking ships. Riding bikes on the island of Aero was so fun! It felt like a moment out of Sound of Music with the wind in our faces and ocean, sheep, wheat fields, and solar panels alongside."

David

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the over all experience. The guide was very good willing to help at any time day or night. Knowing the answers and solving any problems that came up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"seeing the viking artifacts."

Pam

Jewett, TX

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful Rick Steves tour, as always. Gabriella was an excellent guide--very resourceful, welcoming, and energetic. Matias, our friendly bus driver, skillfully and safely drove us on and off ferries, over the mountains, and through city streets. These three Scandinavian countries, while similar, are also very different; and it was fun to experience their cultures and countrysides. This tour offered many unique experiences outside the typical European travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vasa Museum and Viking Ship Museum. Oh, and did I mention the Swedish meatballs???"

Robert

Alameda, CA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

found tour very tiring on go all the time not much free time glad we spent 5 days before and five days after on our own

Favorite "WOW" moment

"ferry ride down through the fjords hot dog in coppenhagen and the fram museum read a lot about polar explorers"

Holly

Alameda, CA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

At the time I found the tour very tiring, but looking back on it, it was a fantastic trip. Lots of great memories. And, I learned a lot. We also had a fantastic group of people and a terrific tour guide, Gabriella.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Fram (sp?) museum about polar exploration was fantastic. The trip up the Sognefjord."

Stanton

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As anticipated, it was the right mix of cities, villages, nature, major sites, out-of-the-way places, group time, and free time. True, there were very few mornings to sleep in, but it was worth it in order to squeeze in so much. Also, the cruise ship from Copenhagen to Oslo (described way too modestly in the itinerary as an overnight ferry) exceeded expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have a "wow" category: Things made of wood. The Scandinavian past seemed so tangible with my face up close to dark, ancient timbers carved into farmhouses, warships, stave churches, exploration ships, lodges, Aeroskobing doors, and the beams of a Hanseatic enclave. It was a fascinating peak at working-class Old Europe in a land with more wood than marble."

Michelle

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the variety of locations from big cities to small villages, cultural insights, history lectures, view into everyday life currently and way back into the past and important travel tips. Our hotels were comfortable and in centralized locations, with great food choices.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments but last few days in the mountains of Norway were incredible. My husband and I loved our stay at Roisheim, our drive to the highest point in Norway and then all the way down to the fiords. It gave us a view of the incredible natural beauty of this wonderful country."

Cynthia

Katy, TX

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the Best of Scandinavia tour. Our group consisted of many Rick Steves travelers and that really made a difference regarding attitudes, flexibility and congeniality. Our guide, Gabriella, was absolutely GREAT. Of course, all RS guides are wonderful but from all my RS trips, Gabriella is one of two guides that really stood out as exceptional. The tour was everything I was expecting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Norwegian fjord cruise was the WOW moment. "WOW" says it all."

Robert

Fountain Valley, CA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour. We could not have been more impressed. Everything about the tour was top notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fjord cruise"

Steven

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a terrific tour. Only down side was the amount of time on the bus, but Scandinavia is a big area so what can you do if you want to see it all? The bus stopped at interesting places for lunch and most rest stops and the ferry rides were unique and beautiful. Overall a super time with a terrific guide, skilled bus driver, and a fun group. ""No grumps (were) allowed."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Gustav Vigeland's Sculpture Garden on a beautiful afternoon in Oslo. Our guide, Gabriella gave a wonderful historical background on the sculptor and the intrigue leading to the city's donation of the land for his mansion, studio, and gardens. Then we had time to wander on our own to enjoy the splendor and creetvitiy of the park."

Robyn

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was also the walk through Frogner Park and marveling at Gustav Vigeland's lifelike sculptures that capture the simple life moments between parents and children, as well as growing old. A father swinging a child in the air or the Toddler having a temper tantrum. Moments captured for eternity."

Christina

Hacienda Heights, CA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gabriella made the trip. Very knowledgeable. Always upbeat and willing to help. She's the best tour guide we've ever had on previous tours ( non-Rick Steve's tours). I loved the accommodations, especially the rustic B&B in Norway.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lustre Fjord. Most beautiful and serene place."

Fay

Mandeville, LA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have now taken 10 RS tours of Europe and this was by far the best. My expectations were always met or exceeded. The itinary and pace were perfect. There was enough group time and personal time for. A perfect balance. The information given by our guide was just enough to whet the appetite to ask questions and discover even more. Gabbie's bubbly personality always kept everyone in the group upbeat and positive as we moved through some of the prettiest parts of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments on this tour as e scenery was spectacular. However the trip to the Danish island of Aeros was special and will be remembered for the beauty and charming lifestyle it offered. The time there was most enjoyable.shshe"

Hilary

Fountain Valley, CA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had very high expectations and were not disapponted. Gabriella, our tourguide was delightful. She was extremely knowledgeable, patient and kind. There was a nice balance of organized tours and meals and free time. Our bus driver Mattias was very personable and skilled, he got us through some very tight situations including snow.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"THe cruise through the fjords was spectacular. Also, being in snow in May, was pretty special."

Jeannie

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I would have liked more quiet time on the bus. We were told to get some local money and then the next day were told that credit cards were accepted everywhere and even for very small purchases. We took a small loss exchanging the money.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved being the mountains. The place we stayed was wonderful."

Cathy

Tempe, AZ

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trifecta of guides Asa, Nina and bus driver Mats and their knowledge and enthusiasm for everything Scandinavia made for another awesome Rick Steves tour! I was thrilled to learn so much about the land of my forefathers. Of course my fellow travellers were a great group as well and by the end of 2 weeks we all felt like friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite city would be Oslo with its many museums, parks, great restaurants and abundant shopping. The various modes of public transportation made it a snap to get to all parts of the city. Also our short time on the island of Aero was like a step back in time. Wish we could have spent more time relaxing and exploring there."

Monica

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love RS tours for the 'value added' benefits: the education, the efficiency of movement, the ideal itineraries, the new friends, and we certainly don't go hungry! This tour was no exception. I choose this tour because I wanted to understand how Scandinavian countries manage themselves...politically, socially, and economically. Learning from people who live there was a perfect way for me to really 'get' how their system works!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmmm...that's hard. I think it had to be learning about the prevalence of alternative power that each country prioritizes. That power plant in Copenhagen with the ski slope on the roof made my jaw drop!"

Kyla

Fort Wayne, IN

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fantastic experience all around[INVALID]terrific guides, terrific group. I learned so much about the history and culture of Scandinavia. I loved seeing the land of my ancestors! So gorgeous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Vigeland sculpture garden in Oslo--a peaceful place to reflect on life."

Rita

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was terrific. Our guide, Asa, was a wonder! A professional in the best way and 100% positive. Asa makes her job seem effortless. I can't say enough good things about her. I learned so much and was particularly interested in the social benefits that each country offers. Impressive! Rick Steves' tour members are usually friendly and personable travelers. Our tour group was great! We shared time, food and travel stories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vasa Museum was outstanding. It's an interesting story and well presented in this museum. I also loved our night in the mountains, complete with snowflakes on our way down the mountains the next day."

Brian

Fort Wayne, IN

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent exposure to Scandinavia culture and scenery facilitated by a remarkable guide.

Wes

Coralville, IA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guides and the city guides were accommodating and informative. I enjoyed the variety of accommodations quality and quantity of food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many 'wow' moments. The Nobel Prize hall, the glacier, and the festivities in Bergen. The outstanding "wow" moment was not on the trip itinerary. We used our free time to visit the Grieg home outside of Bergen. The tour also featured a short concert in the recital hall.....a most beautifully, acoustic treasure"

Richard

Chandler, AZ

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves has been our been our tour guide since the mid 1980's, albeit through his book "Europe through the Back Door". However, this tour was our first tour of any kind (city tours aside). We would do it again in a heartbeat. Traveling with friends years ago gave us total freedom to choose what to do, where to stay, where to eat and how to get there. With that freedom came a fair amount of stress. This tour took the stress out of traveling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well I love to make people smile, so having two weeks with 28 wonderful people, two great guides, Asa & Nina, and the best driver ever, Mats, was a "wow time" for me. However to name one trip "wow" moment would be impossible. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed our surprise visit from H.C. Andersen or Hans Christian Andersen as we call him here in the States."

Randy

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of Scandinavia Tour exceeded my expectations, particularly in terms of getting to know the Scandinavian culture, history and politics. This was my third Rick Steve's tour and I felt the group dynamics were strong and supportive. I have liked all my previous RS guides, but Åsa's friendly personality and genuine desire to "teach" us (both vicariously and by direct experience) put her in the "master guide" category.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"From a cultural perspective it was the afternoon on the bus that Åsa described the life of Bjorn from birth to death. It provided great insight into the Swedish culture and lifestyle. From a historical perspective, it was the Viking history and museums/boats we saw. Aesthetically, the scenery of the Norwegian fjords was my biggest wow."

Jane

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fabulous. My husband and I are not usually "tour" people. That said, we loved this tour and hope to take another of the Rick Steves tours next year. It was so well organized, offered a balance or planned and free time. The other tour participants were active and there were no "grumps." Yay.The places we stayed, and the places we visited were wonderful. The tour leader, Asa, was perfect in every way. She was fun, well organized, shared lots of great information, and was very nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vasa Museum; the Oslo opera house; the meals. I could go on."

Linda

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides were outstanding! I learned so much about Scandinavia, and I'm in love with their culture. All three countries were both interesting and beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite wow moment was having a guide like Asa. She made everything wonderful. If I had to pick one moment it would be landing on Aero at Susanne's Pension."

Wayne

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 12th tour so I may not have been as wowed as some. Pretty fair tour and as usual the group was great. This may have been the best group I have been with. No bad apples at all. Tour leader was a little rusty on her English. Will probably be better as the season progresses. One thing you should probably by aware of (I'm sure you are), cash is not needed at all in Scandanavia. Everything is credit card. We even bought one post card with a credit card and the cashier didn't even blink.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess I exhausted my character limit above. Anyway, I think 28 people in a group is getting too big. 24 or so is a lot better. After this tour we spent 12 days on Hurtigruten. Lots to see in Northern Norway as well. Wow moment: Our stay at the Roisheim Hotel. Very unique. Every room was different."

Pamela

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another wonderfully balanced Rick Steves tour- our fourth! At the end of a tour I feel that I have had the privilege of such an impressive combination of history, culture, government, culinary, social, and pure fun unique experiences. The Best of Scandinavia was no exception and perhaps was the best to date.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first day included a walk to the Gamla Stan (Old Town) where our guide, Ylva lives with her husband, Haakan, who was also our local guide for the day. It was very chilly and rainy and they kindly took us, a large group, into their tiny 800 sq. ft. second floor (third) historic apartment home from 1600 to warm up. We walked up curving stone steps worn down from hundreds of years of footsteps. It was a privilege to be welcomed into their home and it helped make history come alive."

Robert

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another well executed RS tour. I came away with a much better sense of how Scandinavians have organized themselves for the greater good. The evolving look at history through the centuries set the stage for today's life and emerging challenges. We accessed, as usual, all of the must see locations ahead of the crowds with nicely executed efficiency.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I resist ranking most experiences as the process takes away from the uniqueness of each. If forced; In this case, by a slim margin, it would be Aero."

Dana

Osprey, FL

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the tour but less than previous ones as it all felt "touristy". Made a poor choice in Copenhagen to go to Christiana. I was disappointed in the experience as it was not the interesting counter culture, artsy community expected. Instead it was shady drug dealing which resulted in a major police bust while we were there eating lunch. We had to dodge yellow police tapes to get out of the area. There were far more interesting things to do in Copenhagen than that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being invited into Ylva's apartment."

Lisa

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was an excellent taste of Scandinavia. I appreciated learning about the history, culture, and politics of all three countries, and of course marveling at the spectacular natural beauty of the mountains and fjords. Thank you for a great, relaxing, informative two weeks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It wasn't a moment, but a visit: I loved Oslo! My enjoyment and "wow" grew and grew across the two days we spent there. From the architecture to the museums to the walking opportunities, it was fantastic."

Debra

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent time on our tour. It was a great itinerary mixing cities and more bucolic locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several WOW moments: the drive over the Jutenheimen mountains and fjord cruise; Wasa museum; Frogner sculpture park; the view from our hotel room onto Nyhavn in Copenhagen; finding two houses in Bergen where my grandfather lived as a boy."

Elizabeth

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a mellow feeling tour for me since it wasn't overly active. I especially enjoyed hearing about the role of women in these countries and hearing about the education, health services, and parental leave after the birth of a child. And every place was so clean! Big cities and small towns and parks and boats and fish and old, old, old buildings and mountains and snow and waterfalls! Something for everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking in and viewing the Vasa was a wow. Seeing the religious art (removed by invading armies) referenced by an East Europe (earlier tour) guide about their empty churches. Finding that I actually enjoyed the herring starters for our first group meal and how deliciously tender reindeer was. Aero was a delight!! I also enjoyed seeing young families out and about."

Kathryn

Alling, BY

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day was unique, fascinating and beautiful in its own way. There was so much to absorb that it took some time after returning home to review photos and journal notes, so that the specialness of each day could really soak in. Each location merited more exploration than time could allow. I didn't want to sleep on the bus for fear of missing something!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to name just one, but the Jotunheimen Mountain experience was definitely the WOW scenery day and probably my most favorite experience. Waking up to sunshine at the lovely Roisheim Hotel for a mountain hike with Ylva followed by a spectacular, blue-sky scenic drive and a fiord cruise was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!"

Daneen

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Ylva and our bus driver were outstanding. However, this is my first trip with a Rick Steves' group and felt sorry for Ylva having to manage 28 people of diverse backgrounds and physical conditions for 2 weeks. She did an excellent job but I find other similar hiking/walking groups have 2 guides assigned, for even less people and shorter days for trips. Why do you stress you guides this way? Also, I'm not used to these "whisper"boxes. While it helps a single guide,it also limits comraderie

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting the Crown Prince of Denmark and also meeting some new interesting people on my trip."

Linda

Mission Viejo, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another wonderful RS tour-our 4th. Again, the RS tour guides are the secret ingredient to making these trips more educational and fun. Ylva did a marvelous job. I was surprised that I enjoyed the food more than Italy - who knew that pickled herring, paired with the right items such as white potatoes and cheese, would be great when you combine all 3 together in 1 bite. Loved the group dinner at the mountain resort with the filet of deer and the pickled salmon salad with sour cream dressing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many Wows. Favorite cities: Oslo and Copenhagen. Landscape: The fjords and Jotunheimen mountains of Norway. Biking in Aero Island, Denmark."

Barbara

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very good experience. First time in the northern countries so we were not quite prepared for the cooler weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway. It is incredibly beautiful."

Dave

Osprey, FL

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Ylva enlightened us to the overall magnificence of this often overshadowed part of the world. We tend to focus on mainland Europe and yet what are some of the pioneering aspects of social well-being, parenting, education, healthy living, happiness are alive and well in Scandinavia. Rick, talk about carbon neutral efforts! They are so far ahead of us in their efforts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overall magnificence of the Jotunheimen Mountains with all the many glaciall waterfalls, rivers, and streams nearly overflowing the road."

Robert

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, we liked the trip, but found the orientation walks not really helpful. The hotels were good, and the local guides great. Our guide, Ylva, was a good guide, but sort of outran some of the slower of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norway, in the mountains on the way to Bergen."

Richard

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour that included the history, culture, politics, and natural history of Scandinavia. Excellent guides, lodging (location and facilities), food, and transport (bus, and ferries). A very good mix of organized tours/learning, and private time to get away and get a good feel for Scandinavia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many WOWs: 1) Vigeland's sculptures at Frogner Park - unexpectedly impacted by the beauty and thought put into the arrangements, 2) Aero Island Langdysse Tinstedet Dolmen - tomb / meeting place of ancients, 3) Many moose, 4) Jotunheimen Mtns - waterfalls, breath-taking scenery, and 5) Fjord cruise."

Deborah

Memphis, TN

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful, exceeded our expectations! It was so interesting learning about the culture, politics and differences between Norway, Sweden and Denmark. I loved the mix of city and country touring. The 2 day stay at Aero was really relaxing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Elveseter Hotel setting in Boverdalen was magical, wish we could have stayed here for two days. The Vasa Museum was a wow moment too!"

Sharolyn

Monument, CO

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a good time. Had a great bunch of travelers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"VASA museum Norway's countryside"

Michael

Monument, CO

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Huntington Station, NY

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frank

St Albert, AB

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marcia

Escondido, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peggy

Granville, MA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute

Floyd

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Saint Charles, IL

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paul

Whitewater, WI

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Weather

Sweden / Stockholm

Sweden Weather


Denmark / Copenhagen

Denmark Weather


Norway / Oslo

Norway Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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