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

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Best of Scandinavia in 14 Days Tour

from $5,495 per person + air

Single Supplement $725

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

Dates & Prices

2023

What's Included

You'll get at least 20 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our Best of Scandinavia tour:

  • 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
  • Norwegian Maritime Museum
  • Kon-Tiki Museum
  • Fram Museum
  • Norwegian Open-Air Folk Museum
  • Norwegian mountain scenic drive
  • Sognefjord cruise
  • Bergen walking tour
  • Fløibanen funicular to Mount Fløyen

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • 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 group transportation from Stockholm to Bergen
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • 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.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

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.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Stockholm.

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.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Boat: ½ hour. Sleep in Stockholm.

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.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 6 hours. Sleep in Kalmar.

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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Copenhagen.

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 National Museum, visit the fanciful Tivoli Gardens, or experience the counterculture of Christiania.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Copenhagen.

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 a traditional Danish feast together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 4 hours. Boat: 1½ hours. Sleep on the island of Ærø (groups may be split between two B&Bs).

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 this afternoon for a bus tour of the island. 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.

Walking light to strenuous: your choice. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep on the island of Ærø.

Day 8: Coastal Sweden

Today we'll sail off the island of Ærø as we drive up the Swedish coastline to the seaside town of Varberg. Along the way we'll stop for lunch before saying "farvel" to Denmark. In the quaint town of Varberg, your guide will provide an orientation before setting you free for dinner on your own.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Boat: 2 hours. Sleep in Varberg.

Day 9: Historic and Artistic Oslo

Our destination today is historic and artistic Oslo. Upon arrival, 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 (giving you free admission to most museums and public transportation), 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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 4½ hours. Sleep in Oslo.

Day 10: Norway's Seafaring Past

Today we'll cruise across the harbor to Bygdøy peninsula for a treasure trove of nautical history. After the short ferry ride, we'll visit the captivating Fram Museum to marvel at the ship that took modern-day Vikings Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen farther north and south than any vessel had gone before. Nearby, you'll also have time to see the impressive Maritime Museum and the Kon-Tiki Museum featuring 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, you'll have the rest of your afternoon and evening free in this vibrant city to explore more of the many museums it has to offer.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Boat: ½ hour. Sleep in Oslo.

Day 11: Norwegian Traditions and Scenic Mountains

Driving out of Oslo, today we'll learn about daily Norwegian life and traditions. We'll tour a Norwegian 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, and share a traditional dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 6 hours. Sleep in the Norwegian Mountains.

Day 12: Fjord Country and Bergen

Make sure your camera is ready: Today is scenery day! After breakfast, our bus will climb over the mountains for a panorama of glittering snow and 8,100-foot peaks. We'll then take a dramatic corkscrew drive down to sea level. After lunch, we'll hop aboard a boat for a 2-hour scenic Sognefjord cruise between cliffs and waterfalls (replicating the fjord cruise portion of the "Norway in a Nutshell" route). 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.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 6 hours. Boat: 2½ hours. Sleep in Bergen.

Day 13: All Day in Charming Bergen

This morning our guide will walk us through the salty history of this seafaring town, including 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!

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Bergen.

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. Be content with sharing bathroom facilities at your Ærø B&B.

Reviews

Dale

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides, great food, great choices, wonderful in all respects!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vasa ship, surely the best for me"

William

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The three best moments: Hokan's tour of old town Stockholm and his home; Asa's picnic of Swedish delights on the way to Copenhagen; the boat tour we hired in Stockholm during the first day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the night and morning in Kalmar, which had a great underground restaurant and a fabulous medieval history narrated by Asa and a castle guide."

John

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience to travel through the three Scandinavian countries, experiencing their individual geographies, cultures, history, people and cuisine. Asa, Heidi, Mikeal the driver, and our fellow travelers each made the trip very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through Norway's Jotunheimen Mountains and the Sognefjord cruise."

Deborah

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

More than we exoected

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords"

Barbara

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour. I could not imagine a more knowledgable and entertaining tour guide, as well as a congenial and compatible group of fellow travelers as accompanied us on this two-week Scandinavian experience. The itinerary was well planned and provided us with opportunities to become immersed in the culture unlike any of our previous foreign travel experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The two "wow" moments were during our stay on Aero Island and Aeroskobing and our days spent in the Jotunheimen Mountains and the overnight stay at the Roisheim Hotel. The quaint and charming ambience of the Aero Islands and the rugged and raw beauty of the Norwegian Mountains were spellbinding!"

Kristine

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great time! Our trip was filled with beauty, history, education, laughter, camaraderie and wonder. Our guide, Åsa, was wonderful from the time we met. She kept the tour fun while we were learning about Scandinavia. Her enthusiasm was inspiring. Our apprentice guide, Heide, was also very knowledgeable and fun. It was more fun to have a a Swede AND a Dane as our guides?? We had a great tour group as well. A wonderful bunch of new travel friends! No grumps! So I guess we liked the tour??

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Røisheim Hotel! The bath tubs! The food! The owners and staff! The rustic charm! The bathtub accessed via ladder! One more if I may. Our local guide in Stockholm, HÅkan (sp?) invited us into his home as part of our tour. To get that close and personal was a gesture above and beyond. There was a bonding that seemed to take place and we were given yet another example of, how he put it, “we’re all the same”. ??"

Phillip

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great tour. Nice group of fellow travelers, wonderful itinerary, superbly organized and Åsa was a wonderful guide. She was knowledgable, energetic, and was great at sharing her experiences with the history, customs, and sights of Scandinavia.The local guides and Heidi (assistant) were informative and lended their own expertise. It was a great tour in a beautiful part of Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In terms of sights, the mountains and fjords of Norway particularly the overnight at Røsheim Lodge. But what I keep thinking most about is one of Asa's talks as we were on the bus. She took a hypothetical Swede we named "Swen" and went through his entire life explaining the government entitlements that he received, some of the social customs, and how the social values are reflected and strengthened with the state policies. I learned as much about Sweden in that hour then I did from the sights!"

Anita

Tour: 08/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very interesting countries. They have many aspects in common but are distinctly different.The guide was knowledgable, the tour group traveled very well together...............................................................

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing beauty taking the ferry trip up a fjord."

Rachel

Tour: 08/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing tour. I could not have gone to those places on my own independently. Ylva is an excellent guide. She brought Scandinavia’s history and culture to a level I could understand and appreciate it. The group was welcoming and friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords are my “wow “ moments but the cities were a joy to explore too."

Denise

Tour: 08/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish this was conducted so professionally and with such attention to details. And it was overall a lot of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Copenhagen on a warm Friday afternoon with sun shining. Everyone was out riding bikes, jogging, walking, swimming, taking in the last of summer in the most lively fashion!"

Ida

Tour: 08/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful, pretty comprehensive tour of major cities of Scandinavia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the beautiful city of Stockholm, especially along the harbor. Of course, it was our first stop!"

Christine

Tour: 08/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ylva & Leif (bus driver) were an outstanding team! Due to a landslide outside Oslo, our trip was reworked with a new hotel & route! Leif was exceptionally adept at navigating the hairpin turns on a route he had not driven before. Finding a hotel to accommodate 28 on a Friday night, with dinner & breakfast was challenging, but Ylva was successful & many felt adding Lindstrom Hotel in Laerdal, Norway to future Scandinavian tours would be a pleasant change. Small, quiet town. Stunning scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Frogner Park & Gustav Vigeland's Sculpture Park (Oslo, Norway). Breathtaking sculptures in a stunning setting.... such a peaceful before dinner activity! I MUST mention our stay on AEro Island (Denmark)!! charming, colorful houses. fabulous weather. comfortable room at Pa Torvet. love-able local guide, John (known as Louisa's husband) & learning how AEro has revived their economy (w/weddings) & the entrepreneurial partnerships being developed (AEro Whiskey, restoring buildings on town square)."

Gary

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide (Nina) did a fabulous job guiding us through each of the countries. She provided us with a ton of history and little surprises along the way which was very thoughtful. And, as someone with Celiac Decease, she did her best to make sure my GF needs were met. As with our last RS tour, all of the local guides were outstanding especially Haakan in Stockholm. Our driver (Christer) was funny, witty and navigated us through some difficult spots. Nina and him seemed to pair up very nicely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bike ride exploring the Aero Island countryside and the Sognefjord cruise in Norway on the electric ferry. So quiet, smooth and breathtaking!"

Derk

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! First tour of any kind, so was unsure what to expect. Size of group (25) was good, ample free time, GREAT tour guide (Nina) who was knowledgable, kept us engaged and paced the schedule well. Provided meals were were highlights, hotels were comfortable and well located, plenty of good options to keep us busy. Learned so much about the 3 Scandinavian countries, their histories, similarities and differences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one, but probably travel through the mountains in Norway – including our stay at Röisheim. Close second was the fjord cruise."

Shirley

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

excellent group, all guides wonderful, Nina knowledgeable and friendly as well as patient and organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"when we were in Stockholm our local guide invited us all to his apartment."

Dave

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour guide did an excellent job and her humorous personality and manner of speaking was enjoyable. We saw many beautiful sites and the commardry amongst the whole group was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Fjords in Norway."

Mary Jane

Tour: 08/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fiord trip in Norway"

George

Tour: 08/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cruise on a fjord. Outstanding scenery."

Larry

Tour: 08/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day revealed new delights in Scandinavia. Some were in the historic hearts of urban capitals. Some were on a remote island, or in countryside, mountains and fjords, or on an overnight ferry. Our excellent guide, Pal Johansen, used the time on extended bus trips to share charming stories of growing up in Norway, as well as insights into the cultural differences between each country, their Viking past and historic rivalries. The group meals and accommodations were all excellent. Great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It happened while I was walking after dinner on a coastal trail on Aero island on a beautiful balmy summer night. As I walked, I watched the stars compete with the softly glowing lights of a nearby village and listened to the waves lapping a few feet from the path. Sometimes the quiet moments are the best ones."

Crisse

Tour: 08/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour! The itinerary was impeccably planned to perfection. Our tour guide, Pal, was the best of the best. He was very knowledgeable, kind, caring, and inclusive. Plus, he always had a special treat for us on the bus--chocolate, fresh berries, licorice, and cinnamon buns. The hotels were in prime locations and of high quality, the included breakfasts were exceptional, and the group dinners allowed us to sample the local cuisine. Fabulous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moments were seeing the incredible Vasa warship in Stockholm; going for an early morning jog in Copenhagen and stumbling upon the "Little Mermaid" statue, so peaceful in the early morning light; and spending the day biking through the beautiful fields and farms of Aero."

David

Tour: 08/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scandinavian tour went very well (as all previous RS tours have). Pal did an outstanding job with a great mixture of information, history, humor and insight in to the area. I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in the area and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many choices. Probably the best were the ferry coming up the Oslo fjord or the drive over the Norwegian mountains to Bergen."

Jacqueline

Tour: 08/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

"Oh-sa", our tour guide, was the most entertaining, creative, fun-loving, well informed guide I've ever had on any of my 4 tours with the Rick Steves tour company. Different stops on this tour.The glass factory and a cheese making stop and I believe a Viking stronghold . The cheese factory and the Viking defense grounds should stsayon the itinerary. I have visited Chihuly in Seattle and Murano Island in Venice so the glass visit wasn't insightful. They did their best to entertain. I danced a lot

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Fjord Country!!! And Aero Island. I biked and it was an other worldly experience. I want to return to that island someday. The accommodations in the Jotunheimen mountains. I loved all the trees!! And the water."

Neil

Tour: 08/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fun, educational and beautiful trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the old town center of Stockholm"

Louise

Tour: 08/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much about these amazing countries and their unique and conjoined histories. Our guide was so knowledgeable and made our experiences incredibly interesting. Local guides were excellent and enthusiastic as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Vasa museum and seeing this enormous ship that was preserved for all to see. Similar feelings when I saw the Viking field of long houses surrounded by the huge walls of protection in Trelleborg."

Scott

Tour: 08/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

our 4th Steves tour......it lived up to the usual great experience. Our guide Asa was fantastic, she had a ton of knowledge about each city and country. She even coordinated her daily dress to match the activity or visit we would experience that day. The showers in the hotels had a lot to improve on......but we understand they were typical European bathrooms. The meal selections were excellent. This Scandinavian trip addded some "firsts" for the trip, all of these new choices were fine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stay and experiences on AEroskobing Island (AEro Island). How this small island turned an economic disaster into a prosperous Wedding/Whisky/Beer destination.......going from a couple of weddings a week to near 2500 a year now.....brilliant!!"

Elizabeth

Tour: 08/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide, Asa, was excellent. One of the best guides in my experience and I have traveled a bit. Scandinavia is a lovely area to visit: very historical, full of wonderful arts and museums. These countries felt safe and welcoming and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Kon Tiki which I read about in high school in the 1960's. The glass factory tour and dinner with dancing. Riding along incredible landscapes with music and chocolates."

Lori

Tour: 08/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great trip sightseeing and meeting new friends. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and attentive to the needs of our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most memorable for us was the time spent on the island of Aero, a combination of relaxation, history, beautiful scenery and camaraderie."

Phyllis

Tour: 08/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First RS tour, amazing! It was very energetic and we walked miles. Tour guide Åsa was awesome, informative, very helpful and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Æro Island was delightful. But it's hard to choose just one wow moment, there were many."

Richard

Tour: 08/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first trip to Europe and went exactly as advertised. Our guide was absolutely outstanding - very knowledgeable, personable and kept it fun. The local guides were an unexpected bonus and added a lot of local knowledge. It seemed like there were quite a few extras that wouldn’t happen on other tours and never if you traveled on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Vasa was stunning."

Roberta

Tour: 08/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Asa was truly a wonderful guide. She was very known about all aspects of the Scandinavia. She was also very friendly and entertaining- singing and dancing. The sites were well chosen. Going to the glass factory and the brown cheese factory was a special treat as well. The only negative that I have is the shower set up in the hotels. They need to put up hooks to hang your clothes while showering so they don’t get wet. Don’t need the day trip on the fjords- too long

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Island of Aero, the beauty of elvster, the fjords and Bergen. Copenhagen and Stockholm had so much history. I also loved the fact that they are all trying to decrease the carbon footprint. The food was wonderful- except the herring ??. Our guide, Hakan took us to his home which was a great treat. All our guides were wonderful, friendly and able to paint a wonderful picture of their city. Richard that played HC Anderson was an extra bonus"

Dan

Tour: 08/16/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very difficult to pick a single experience that was VERY GOOD with the exception of ASA, our RS Tour guide. ASA began our tour with an exceptional greeting in Stockholm. We were received at the hotel with open arms and the introduction of our total group of 27 guests. There was a GLASS FACTORY, FOOT FERRY, and our exceptional bus driver Pienia (sp).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Scandinavia."

Paul

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The places we visited were good. Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo are musts, I suppose, but balanced with Kalmar, Aero, Roskilde, Lillehammer/Maihaugen, the Mountains, the fjords and Bergen, it made for an outstanding tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm a small-boat nut, so the boat workshop at the Viking Ship Museum was just wow for me. And Aero Island is a place I could stay forever."

Melinda

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint! Our guide, Ylva was wonderful in every way and made our travel experience delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very difficult to decide but our stay on Ero Island and our overnight in the Jutenheim Mountains at the Elvester Inn were favorites."

Marguerite

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fjord cruise"

Sam

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience, wonderful countries and great group members. Ylva was a great source of information

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo"

Patricia

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rediscovering my Scandinavian roots, making new friends who enjoy traveling too and having a marvelous, knowledgeable and discreet tour hostess made the experience all that I could hope for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oslo was my favorite. The overnight ferry, the Oslo fjord, waterfront sauna huts, evening sunset jazz cruise, Vigeland open air sculpture garden, modern progressive city with deep Norse roots were the highlights."

David

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very educational - loved learning about the culture, government, food, religion (or lack thereof), etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Fjords in Norway"

David

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience. The weather was outstanding throughout and our fun and energetic guide (Ylva) provided a backdrop of history and culture to each day. I especially liked the information about modern Scandinavian life, from taxes and healthcare to music and marital status.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the actual home of our local guide in Stockholm (and learning that it was also the home of our tour guide). Also, the "chance" meeting of Hans Christian Andersen on the streets of Copenhagen."

Jane

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour guide, Ylva Gunillasdotter! We fell in love with Sweden, Denmark and Norway and came home filled with facts, hygge, and unforgettable memories!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose just one. Bike riding in the countryside on Aero Island in Denmark with Ylva and some of our group was one of the most Nordic activities I loved."

Nancy

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved Scandinavia! Full of water, bikes and clean streets. As always I enjoyed learning about the history and cultures of the countries. There is a good balance of leader led tour time and independent time. Rick Steve's tour members and the guides are always wonderful and this tour did not disappoint!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the rain stopped and the sun peaked through the clouds and we were able to fully enjoy the fiords."

James

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful Rick Steves'...again! We had a wonderful guide to go with a wonderful group of new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments but my favorite was the amazing natural wonders of Norway."

Susan

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional guide, congenial traveling group, nicely balanced and well paced itinerary, beautiful sights!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island - Regeneration Project, Night Watchman tour, and free time!"

Corinne

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was a wonderful overview of Sweden, Denmark and Norway! Our tour guide Ylva was great and very knowledgeable. We had great participants! No complainers! I appreciated the mix of activities and of course the opportunities to try culturally relevant foods!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our local tour guide Hokan in Sweden took us up to see an apartment and it turned out to be the one he and our tour guide shared. It was so wonderful that they invited our whole group into their home and we could see first hand how Swedes live."

John

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Three fascinating countries, especially in the current US political environment. Wonderful guides - both tour leader and local guides. A great mixture of activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tranquility and charm of Aero Island."

Barry

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great Tour! Interesting mix of big cities, smaller towns and beautiful scenery! Ylva was a great guide, sharing a lot of knowledge of Scandinavian culture and politics. We enjoyed her positive and enthusiastic attitude. Great tour members, fun bus driver and overall awesome experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite part of the tour was Norway. Oslo is a beautiful, interesting city and Norway scenery is out of this world!!! The drive thru the Norway mountains and the Sognefjord fyord cruise were spectacular. Ærøskøbing, on Ærø island in Denmark was also a highlight. Cool small village, fun local guides, fun bike ride and awesome hotel!"

Jo Ann

Tour: 08/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was better than I envisioned. Gabriella is one of the best tour directors I have experienced with 4 Rick Steves tours completed - energetic, organized and positive. Michael the bus driver was a valued team member, and we enjoyed drinking a beer and sharing meals with him. I learned so much about history individually and how independent the Swedish and Norwegian people are from Denmark.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jotenheimen drive through Norway - stunning scenery and the bus driver competently negotiating the 1.5 lane road with mere inches to spare. The other "wow" moment happened when Hakan, the local guide for Gamla Stan in Stockholm, invited us to his home to use the facilities."

John

Tour: 08/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Second RS tour thought the first couldn't get any better. It did

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First taste of caramelized goat cheese"

Wendy

Tour: 08/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Laundry! Even though it states that Scandinavia doesn’t have many laundry mats finding any was extremely difficult. Found a Wine/Beer bar on a college campus with 4 wash machines and two dryers. Caught the tram home at 12:30am with clean but wet clothes. Would be nice if the tour had a list of any laundry mats. The sinks are rather small.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was a reunion trip with friends from RS 21 days of Europe tour 6 years ago. Had a great time with my old buddies."

Richard

Tour: 08/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

wonderful guide, interesting places to see, good combination of planned tours and free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"hiking to a waterfall in Norway and swimming in the Baltic Sea"

Connie

Tour: 08/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Surprising, delightful and warming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure there is one "wow" moment...except not knowing what to expect and discovering similarities but differences in lifestyle, beauty and history. The overall feeling that there is a system that people fare well and to the tourist eye it feels like they have not lost that..."

Don

Tour: 08/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was another tremendous tour. Gabby was a super tour guide and worked hard to ensure that everyone was having fun. The pace was just right and the free time that we had allowed that flexibility that makes a Rick Steves tour so great. We learned a lot about the three countries, their history, culture and people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough to come up with one but having our tour guide's father who is also a Rick Steves guide, take the group up to their apartment to have a chat session was great. The wonderful boat trip on the Norway fjord was a day that we won't ever forget."

Alecia

Tour: 08/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scandinavian tour was overall excellent. Our guide Gabriella was highly knowledgeable, and the bus driver Michel(sp.?) was professional and a great person to get to know.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will never forget the charming Aero Islands in Denmark."

Jan

Tour: 08/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am a big history fan and was very interested in the Viking era. I saw so many artifacts form that era and was able to relate to the poeple of that time. My favorite quote from a Swedish tour guide: " You Americans are one of the newest democracy, only since 1920" . We looked at him quisically. He continues: " You gave women the vote about 1920, How could you be a democracy if ony half of your citizens can vote?". WOW!"

Joni

Tour: 08/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was well organized and we enjoyed interesting sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just about everything was a wow!"

Carol

Tour: 08/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was very active, with a good mix of downtown big city and time in the countryside. The meals were outstanding and the local tours were very interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful scenic drive through the Norwegian mountains and floating down the fjord were spectacular!"

Samuel

Tour: 08/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scandinavia was beautiful as expected. Nina was an excellent guide and the people in our group seemed to bond and really care about each other. We think everyone felt like they were part of the group and wanted to help others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sognefjord ferry cruise was amazing! The ferry took us close to a series of waterfalls, breathtaking beauty, the mountains, the glaciers and the colorful small farms and cottages."

Bill

Tour: 08/07/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was excellent, especially the Viking and Heyerdahl ships and the Norway scenery. I was disappointed that we only had one day in Copenhagen and half of that was taken up by a walking orientation tour. So many things to see and so little free time to see them. Our guide, Nina, was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Norway fiords"

Joan

Tour: 08/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Nina was an outstanding tour guide, she was patient, kind and so informative. I especially liked her conversations on the bus, enlightening us on the culture of the country de jour, playing music, games and talking local politics. She was the highlight! The bus driver Jonas was a great driver and kept us safe while we took in the sights. I was satisfied with all the hotels, they were comfortable and offered the most delightful breakfasts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love the the balance of city and nature in all three countries and came to appreciate the art of hygge, the coziness and also the pursuit of a balanced life. Denmark overall was an amazing country, I love Copenhagen and wish we had more time there. Aero was a dream, I loved swimming in the Baltic!"

Deborah

Tour: 08/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was wonderful. As with our last Rick Steves' tour, the tour guide made the tour very enjoyable, educational and fun! By the end of the tour, we felt that we were a family and we made some very good friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the fjords in Norway!"

Robert

Tour: 08/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyable 14 days, with an outstanding guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sognefjord cruise. The scenery was spectacular throughout the cruise"

Brenda

Tour: 08/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All guides were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Especially enjoyed the fjords in Norway"

Barbara

Tour: 08/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great tour with many great sights to see!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to the stave church in Lom. The tour guide was so sweet and talked about how our entrance fees would be used to apply new stain to the church this fall. I also loved the scenery of the fjords."

Laura

Tour: 08/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pal was perfect! Right balance of professionalism and courtesy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Norwegian fjords and AERO Island"

Kim

Tour: 08/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding for the 3 days we were able to participate. I tested positive for COVID and my husband and I left trip as required. Although reimbursed, it was disappointing to be sure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Vasa and having our tour guide in Stockholm welcome us into his home were amazing."

Janet

Tour: 08/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The camaraderie and planned and unplanned experiences on this tour were top notch and just as expected from a Rick Steve’s tour. The only reason I give it a “very good” vs. “outstanding “ rating is that the specter of COVID changes things. There isn’t much that can be done about it other than what the RS organization does to mitigate the effects. But the fact is, when there is the daily “will I make it to the end?” hanging over us and when we see people leaving the tour it colors the enjoyment

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time on Aero island and the time in the mountains were the best."

Theresa

Tour: 08/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall tour was great--the neverending worry about Covid and who would get it next and have to leave the tour was very stressful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Amazing Pal! He is wonderful and a perfect tour guide. It was a stressful start as we lost a few people after a few days due to covid. Pal did a great job helping us focus on the trip and that we'd just deal with things as they happened."

Robert

Tour: 08/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour of Scandinavia, from big cities to the small island of Aero. We liked our traveling companions and our guide was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjord cruise was beyond spectacular - if we return to Norway this is where we will go."

Christine

Tour: 08/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was blown away by the entire experience. It was so much more than I expected. Our guide Pol was wonderful, knowledgeable, kind, patient, candid and so sweet. He added to the experience in so many little thoughtful ways - the treats, readings, music, stories, rescues, etc. The pace of the trip was spot on. There was no feeling of being rushed. There was a nice balance of planned activities and free time. The food was great! The hotels were perfect and located within easy walking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide in Stockholm took us to his home! And, it was clear and sunny in Bergen!"

Frank

Tour: 07/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a lot of fun with a great guide and the rest of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything"

Jim

Tour: 07/31/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nice balance of modern life and the past. Our guide did a great job of keeping us informed especially during some rather long bus rides, not an easy task. Really enjoyed Scandinavia a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably seeing the Vassa ship."

Michelle

Tour: 07/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved everything about this tour! Asa, our tour guide was awesome. Very professional, calm, knowledgeable about each countries history, and added special detail, for example, the crayfish picnic, making fun memories! I so enjoyed learning about the Norwegian culture and history from Asa. My family had a farm 50 km south of Bergen which was purchased from King Frederick V around 1730. Visiting the Maihaugen farm helped me visualize my ancestor’s farm. Wonderful trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to say as many wow moments! Was in awe of the Vasa ship story! Loved Stockholm! Beautiful city and loved the history. Copenhagen wowed me with the colorful buildings, bustling city, many bikes, very eclectic. Aero Island stay was special. Enjoyed a fun bike ride! Norway ???? beautiful fjords, staying up in the mountains was a treat, and then Bergen??. Learning about my Norwegian heritage, strolling Bryggen harbor, and absorbing the culture and history. The entire trip was wow!"

Michael

Tour: 07/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

well planned, great guide with outstanding local knowledge of each country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the top of the mountain over looking Bergen!"

Kathy

Tour: 07/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a trip of a lifetime. In 14 days we covered a lot of ground and learned an amazing amount of information about the Scandinavian countries, cultures, food, language, politics, lifestyles, even climate. Absolutely loved this trip and I highly recommend it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We often told our tour guide Asa that she was our wow moment as she was an amazing tour guide. During this tour I had many wow moments from learning about the Vikings and their ships, relaxing in Aero, and experiencing the fjords up close and personal."

Peter

Tour: 07/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th Rick Steves tour. We had high expectations and were not disappointed. Asa our tour guide was fantastic. Great local guides, centrally located hotels, good food and wonderful tour companions. This was an excellent tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero island was a wonderful vacation from our vacation."

Bob

Tour: 07/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour leader. Good itinerary, Comfortable hotel and bus.Nice, respectful fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything in Oslo was great."

Jeffrey

Tour: 07/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I very much enjoyed learning about the cultures, history, traditions, people, culture, geology, and food of the three countries we visited. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Scandinavia tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, and it is very difficult to name just one. I really enjoy history and outdoor adventures/expeditions, along with many other activities. Learning that Roald Amundsen and his team originally set out to reach the North Poll, and found out it had already been reached, and he changed the mission of his expedition mid voyage to reach the South Poll. And, his Expedition, although incredibly difficult, actually reached the South Poll! What an amazing piece of history!"

Norma

Tour: 07/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was very well planned, with a good mix of group and individual activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the city of Bergen, Norway, from the top of the funicular. What a spectacular sight, with the city, harbor and boats all visible below."

Ed

Tour: 07/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was outstanding and our driver was as well! All the places we visited and the meals we had were great. It was a wonderful experience in every way!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Fram Museum in Oslo!"

Jonathan

Tour: 07/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island bicycle ride with the tour leader and others members of the group."

Dorothy

Tour: 07/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an adventure of a lifetime! Ylva, our guide shared her heart, literarily her home, and her incredible way of life with us! Her in-depth knowledge of the historic Viking past, sea-faring exploits, the essence of Nordic customs and culture, and experiences in culinary delights never ceased to broaden our horizons!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Engaging with the people and their way of life.. cycling on the island of Areo and Djurgarden; meeting Hans Christian Anderson-getting a book recommendation; ascending Holmenkollen Ski Jump; pondering Frogner Sculpture Park; enjoying an Edvard Grieg Concert; essence of the National Museum of Norway, climbing the highest road in Northern Europe, admiring the architecture of Lom Stave Church, walking a bit of St. Olaf’s Way with wonder and awe in one of most scenic peaceful areas of the world!"

Ann

Tour: 07/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was wonderful and the other members were very friendly and cooperative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I absolutely loved the scenery of Norway. The beautiful mountains, falls, and lakes. The wow moment would be seeing the fresh water along side the water from the glaciers."

A C

Tour: 07/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well planned and executed itinerary. Ylva expertly delivered the history that I thrive on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Norwegian mountain farm/lodge."

Jeff

Tour: 07/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, great driver, great local guides, excellent accommodations, the only drawback was that twice there were two days in a row of city walking tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a wow moment: the roadside picnic lunches, the bike ride to the top of Ærø, being seated with a young English couple for dinner on the overnight ferry, the mountain lodge."

Laura

Tour: 07/26/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was fine but not as good as previous Rick Steves tours. I think some of this may be the fallout of Covid.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unfortunately I didn't have one on this tour"

Yong

Tour: 07/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scandinavian countries we visited were not that impressive, except during the Fjord cruise in Norway, but our guide Gabriella along with other fellow tour group members made the trip very memorable. Although all RS guides of my previous 3 RS tours were exceptionally great, Gabriella tops them all with her detailed planning, preparation, and execution every day and for each event. Picnic lunch during bus travel days and an impromptu bus picnic due to rain was also great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Numerous waterfalls from high mountain cliffs during the Fjord cruise in Norway"

Agnes

Tour: 07/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had been to the Scandinavian countries which also included Finland and Russia about 6 years ago and have seen most of the "attractions". The travel mates were nice and the guide was good in a normal way most tours are run. But as we all know, how we LOVE our travel mates and the guides who really make the tours THE EXPERIENCE.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too Many WOW moments, 1. Our tour guide Gabriella and the local guides 2. The precious moment the whole group went across the street from the hotel to take a good peak at a travel mate’s underwear hanging by a window – The non-stop laughing and commenting 3. The hotel in Lom, Norway 4. The “Baby Trolls” we met everywhere 5. The Fjord 6. The view of Jutunheimen National Park (Norway) with Gariella’s back ground music"

Theresa

Tour: 07/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went smoothly. Gabby, our guide, was exceptional. She was personable, fun, and nothing ruffled her. Hotels were centrally located and we lucked out with the weather, which was pleasant for almost the entire trip--not too hot like much of Europe..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't think of a "wow" moment. What I enjoyed immensely was learning and experiencing the culture of the 3 major cities we visited: Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo. One thing that struck me was how intune with nature people are in Scandinavia. I noticed even the hotels we stayed at didn't have carpet in them, just wood floors. Stockholm has at least twenty times more park benches then I have ever seen in a city. Also, there is an emphasize on being sustainable."

Michael

Tour: 07/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was wondeerful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vasa museum in Stockholm."

Angela

Tour: 07/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing experience. We were traveling to countries that we had never been to before and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Nina was a great tour guide and took care of all of us very well. She was knowledgeable and always happy to help guide us to what we wanted to do. All the hotels were great, even the rustic creaky one in the mountains:) The itinerary was super and we covered a lot of ground in two short weeks. We really enjoyed our fellow tour members we all had a fabulous time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had I been able to hike along the way while going through the mountains then that would have been my wow moment on this trip. Instead my wow moment was riding bikes on the Island of Areo with some fellow tour members, so fun and we even got wet when it rained and it was still great fun."

Bruce

Tour: 07/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip with a Rick Steves group. I was such a treat to go on a trip with the itinerary, accommodations, travel, guides, many of the meals and much more all taken care of. The selection of stops and time spent at each seemed just right to me. I came away with a good feel for the culture, geography, history, and lifestyle of the Scandinavian countries. The balance of time for planned activities and free time was good. And everything went smoothly!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the mountains of Norway stood out to me as the most stunning scenery of the trip. The snow capped mountains, glaciers, rivers, alpine lakes, and green summertime vegetation were magnificent. I am an active outdoorsman and mountain enthusiast so it was a bit hard to do no more than experience it from the bus, but the scenery will be etched in my mind for a long time."

Luwana

Tour: 07/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole trip was amazing! Nina is a fabulous guide and did so much background work it was amazing. Everything went really smoothly. I like the fact that we had down time to see other sites of interest in each area. The only thing I would suggest is to have just a little more time at Kalmar and at one of the churches on the way to the Ferry. Matias our bus driver was fantastic I felt safe with him as well. The accommodations and the food were beyond this world!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying at the mountain resort and the Fjords... ABBA museum, castles and the food and the churches. The walking tours were so full of fabulous information."

Cynthia

Tour: 07/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beyond my wildest expectation. Can’t wait for my next tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero island stillness at night."

Barb

Tour: 07/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved finally seeing Scandinavia after hearing about it so much, living in Minnesota and Wisconsin. It exceeded my expectations! I enjoyed experiencing it all with my wonderful new RS family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the color of the lakes and rivers from glacial runoff in the Jotunheimen Mountains."

Kristina

Tour: 07/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Nina is a lovely person. She is patient, knowledgeable and made this trip so wonderful. She gave us such good information and our picnics and time with her was very special. We had a good mix of learning about the different countries and having free time. It was our first Rick Steve's tour and will definitely be going on another one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island in Denmark was absolutely magical. Driving in Norway through the mountains, fjord tour and the stops along the way were the highlight."

Justin

Tour: 07/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have high expectations and Rick Steves delivered on all of them!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjord boat tour and passage over the mountains in Norway, such beautiful mountains"

Mark

Tour: 07/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour, we had a wonderful time. Guides were top notch, food was fantastic, hotels were great and we had plenty of time to do things on our own. I highly recommend Rick Steves tours !!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stopping in the middle of the longest tunnel in the world for a photo op!"

Maren

Tour: 07/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of Scandanavia tour was amazing!!! Great guide on the tour and interesting local guides. Our tour group was not too big and having group meals really helped bond us together. It was a great way to be immersed in the culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through old town Stockholm and seeing the first city of our tour. Our guide made the journey exciting and fun for our group!"

Milo

Tour: 07/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great blend of modern metropolitan Scandanavia mixed with the quaint and quiet contrast of everyday life in smaller communities was enjoyed. When led by a knowledgeable and well-versed guide, it was all we had hoped for since initially booking this tour 2 years ago.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably driving into the Juntenheim Mountains of Norway with the glacial lakes everywhere we turnred"

Tamra

Tour: 07/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so difficult to pick just one! Cruising down the fjord was breathtaking!"

Andrew

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great overview of Scandinavia with clear direction and very well organized. Good mix of group activities with individual free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several: Vasa, Aero Island. Norway’s fjords."

Mark

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Packed with thoughtful sites and experiences to capture the most of the areas we toured.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Oslo Opera House."

Bonnie

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was a lifelong dream come true! We saw such a variety of sites and learned so very much about Scandinavian history and current culture. Asa, our tour guide, was exceptional. She was always enthusiastic, prepared, fun, possessed great knowledge and had fantastic linguistic skills.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since high school I have been fascinated by the explorer Thor Heyerdahl. To visit the KonTiki museum in Oslo and see the actual KonTiki and the Ra II was a major highlight. An additional highlight was the Fram Museum next door where we toured the actual arctic ship. Wow!"

Nanci

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing with our tour guide, Asa Danielsson! We experienced and saw a lot with pleasant surprises a long the way! It was a very active tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of it was a "Wow! Experience!""

Melinda

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotels were close to all sightseeing so it was easy to walk. Liked the 24 hour pass for transit and museums. Excellent food. All the fellow travellers had the same attitude toward travelling. Tour guide was very informative. Enjoyed the little extras, sandwiches for lunch, schnapps with every new country, stopped for a special cinnamon bun and Aero Island.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through Jotunheimen and taking a Sognefjord cruise."

Harry

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great tour, jam-packed and very interesting and entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite “wow” moment was cruising up the fjords in Norway; so beautiful."

Virginia

Tour: 07/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time, our guide and fellow tour members were wonderful to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the local guides and their insight, along with Ylva sharing history and her perspective from living in Sweden and being a guide. All the places we visited were made more special because of them. I was surprised by how much I liked Aero."

Kimberly

Tour: 07/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was definitely a worthwhile trip, and the amount of places and info packed into 14 days was awesome. Ylva was a great guide, and our group was made up of a great mix of people- they made the trip even better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Traveling thru Jotunheimen was pretty epic (shoutout to Leif our driver!), but really the entire tour was full of "wow" moments!"

Taylor

Tour: 07/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In a word "fantastic." So much to learn dating all the way back from Viking history to the present day. Our guide was expansive in sharing her knowledge of Scandinavian culture, history, education, and approach to life. Her encouragement for us to ask questions was especially helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Undoubtedly, the fjords. Seeing them from the bus en route to Bergen as well as from sea level on the fjord tour. Breathtaking!"

Jeanne

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our group had a last-minute guide change and ultimately lost 50% of the participants due to COVID. We were able to participate in approximately half the tour. Our guide experience was that we learned less and had a little less color or depth to the bus talks than previous RS tours. To be fair, the guide was very nice and organized and had less than 24 hours notice of this assignment. We felt like there was more bus time on this trip but there was not. We had some great local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The postcard ready colored houses on Aero and in Copenhagen were beautiful in person and very much let you know where you were in the world!"

Cynthia

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Sweden and Denmark were not very impressive. Our guide was for that part of the tour wasn't very well prepared..she became ill in Denmark along with half the people on tour. Our new guide; Gabrielle joined us on Aero Island which is a wonderful spot. Tour through Aero Islands and Norway was phenomenal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of Norway! Oslo; Bergen; the fjords; the mountains; forests; small towns; the food..."

Donald

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations, it was like taking a college class on the history and daily life of Scandinavia. The guides were knowledgeable, energetic and creative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cruise on the Norwegian Fjord was my highlight, it is a experience that you have to be there to understand."

Gordon

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was affected by two changes of guides due to covid. Initially, a guide was assigned to the tour on very short notice which limited her ability to be fully prepared. The second guide was actually originally assigned to the tour. This change occurred half way through the tour. Further, half the tour member had to leave the tour due to covid. Despite these difficulties, overall the the Very Good, divided between the beginning which was Adequate and the end which was Outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sognefjord ferry ride on a perfect day."

Barbara

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Despite the disruptions due to Covid, the tour was excellent. It was well-paced with the right balance between group activities and free time. The range of experiences and sites was broad and varied. I appreciated the attention to historical context that enriched our experiences so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but 2 really bubble to the surface. 1: Visiting Hakan's apartment in Stockholm. Such an intimate peek into city life there. 2. The entire, glorious, sun-filled, eye-dazzling day traveling through Norway's snow capped mountains, waterfall rich fjords, and picturesque rural countryside. Wow!"

Linda

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tours that were planned for us. They were the leading tours in each city and I enjoyed all of them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cruising through the fjords in Norway. Standing out on the deck and looking at all the different vistas and waterfalls-amazing!"

Andrew

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very well organized trip and we had a great guide in Nina.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think there were a couple of sights that stand out for me: Vigeland Sculpture Park and Elviseter."

Richard

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great group of fellow travelers and Nina was a great tour leader. Our problem was that we didn't get to finish the tour because of testing positive for Covid.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The local tour guide in Stockholm was excellent, he even invited us to his apartment for a mid-tour break."

Susan

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a warm and friendly group of people led by our fabulous guide, Nina and the friendliest bus driver, Christo. Nina not only shared her vast knowledge of the places we went and of the different countries' culture, she also shared her personal warmth that made one feel as though she genuinely cared about you and the time that you were having on the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was taking the ferry on the Sognefjord cruise. The scenery was awe-inspiring. During the two and a half hours the weather went from drizzly to heavy rain to sunny, so that we saw the mountains, the waterfalls, the clouds and sky in various permutations. Standing outside, feeling the wind, the rain, the sun on my face, while surrounded by such grandeur is something that I shall remember all of my life."

Kenneth

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great overall guide and local guides. Good locations/activities

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several areas: Jutenhelmen mountains & Sognefjord cruise; Copenhagen,Oslo"

Bob

Tour: 06/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience! Thoroughly enjoyed the culture, tradition, and beauty of Scandinavia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Traveling by boat on the fjords."

Michael

Tour: 06/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent but tiring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The home of the giants in the Norwegian mountains."

Carol

Tour: 06/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour to Scandinavia with the outstanding guide, Ylva was wonderful in so many ways. We enjoyed the picturesque cities with the many colorful buildings along the water, delicious meals and guided walks learning about the history and culture of each area. The outdoor activities including the fjord boat cruises, the mountain drive, the outdoor folk museums and eating at the Bergen fish market were all memorable. Ylva's great commentaries made our trip so much richer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was definitely the days spent on picturesque Aero Island! The bike ride along the beautiful coastline was amazing. We loved walking to the colorful bathing cottages and wading in the sea water as we enjoyed the beautiful scenery. The visit to Aero was a welcome refresh between our city visits."

Robert

Tour: 06/28/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed it very much. I did have trouble keeping up at times since I like to take likes of photographs, not just snap shots.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding an electric ferry in Norway, the stave church, Getting a better understanding of Scandinavian culture and government policy.."

Michael

Tour: 06/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scandinavia trip was outstanding. This was our 4th Rick Steves trip and everything went like clockwork. Ylva (our guide) was outstanding. The trip was a success in a large part due to her attention to detail.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island and the fjords"

Debra

Tour: 06/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scandinavia was new territory for me. I loved its natural beauty, moving between three countries, our amazing guide and the congenial tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1- Seeing Ylva's condo. I just love seeing how people live. I consider it a great honor that Ylva shared her home with us. 2- Vasa ship 3- Vigeland Sculpture Gardens"

Mary

Tour: 06/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all a wow moment"

Carol

Tour: 06/28/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour and the wonderful fellow travelers who were with me. I learned a great deal and appreciated the free time given throughout the tour to explore on my own. Our tour guide was a wealth of knowledge although sometimes all the history became overwhelming. She also was an incredibly fast walker and many of us had trouble keeping up. However, she did slow down after her mid term eval. Overall beautiful countries, each different in many ways, with a lot to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vigeland Scupture Garden!"

Elyse

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a very strange tour experience in that my mom tested positive for COVID about halfway through the tour, and our 4-person family group had to leave the tour. Prior to that, we had a wonderful experience. The local guides were great, particularly in Stockholm. The tour was well paced and the stops were interesting. My favorite city was Copenhagen. After we left the tour, we continued to the same destinations but spent extra time in the mountains in Norway, which had spectacular scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Jotunheimen Mountains in Norway. The scenery was so amazing! I also thought the Fram Museum was a close second."

Francis

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

With excellent guidance we experienced Scandinavia from rural icons to icy mountain tops. Tasted many local foods at restaurants locals dine,traveled on public transits to get the feel locals do. Traveled over world class fjords on the latest of ferries. Learned history and cultures of all three counties from local guides and did it all with great touring companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island will always be a placed to remember, the real thing that appears as a move set, the smell of farmland in the air while riding a bike with fellow tour members along the Baltic bays and threw fields of wild flowers and grape seed."

Jon

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and ran well despite the Covid problems. Gabriella was a fantastic guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cruise through the fijords."

Kirk

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The right duration to visit the highlights of the counties.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ferry on Sognefjord."

Rebecca

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As always, the tour is exceeded expectations! Hotels were great! Scheduled activities and local guides were top notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the free time in Copenhagen. I really knew my way around by tour’s end. (These responses would have been different I'm sure if Covid hadn’t cut our trip short.)"

Jody

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip to Scandinavia was wonderful. We enjoyed our travel companions and our guide Gabriella was a delight. My testing positive for COVID half-way through the tour put a halt to travel with our tour group. As I was feeling fine after the first 24 hours; we rented a car, booked hotels, and continued on a modified version of our original trip itinerary. The Rick Steves' staff was quite helpful in getting us back to Oslo from Aero Island, however the Travel Guard people were totally worthless.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the sunset at the beach huts on Aero Island. We watched as the sun slowly slipped into the water lighting up the windows of the colorful cottages. Sharing the sand with a sweet couple dancing in their wedding attire made the experience even better."

John

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great overview of Scandinavia, given the available time and the amount of ground to cover.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially liked the drive over the mountains in Norway and the fjord cruise. This was the quintessential Norway that I imagined. Beautiful."

Sally

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It surpassed our expectations! Loved learning all about Scandinavia and it’s people, governments, history, and way of life. We were also blown away by the beauty of this northern part of Europe. Our tour guide, Pål, was fantastic! He was very kind, patient, organized, and personable and made our tour special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, it’s difficult to pick just one! Probably the best and most memorable walking tour we’ve ever had anywhere was in Stockholm with Haalkum (sp?). He was so interesting along with being humorous, but then took us all to his apartment in the old town for a break serving us water, letting us use his bathroom, and explaining daily life and living expenses in Stockholm! What a guy!"

Steve

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable…interesting and friendly group of fellow travelers…tour guide’s attention to detail was impressive… the balance between scheduled events and free time was very good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vasa ship and Fram and Kon Tiki museums"

Lawrence

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the first introductions to the final dinner, the tour met my very high expectations and often exceeded them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide surprised us often with local treats. For me the best was the Swedish Princess Cake. This had special significance to me since I recognized the cake from an episode of The Great British Baking show. Yes, there were tons of visuals. But that was a lovely personal connection for me."

Ruth

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and gave a great overview of Scandinavia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the culture, government, and education systems in Scandinavia. And, of course, the beautiful scenery."

Maggie

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide was well versed in history and culture. His attention to detail was impressive. He remembered I didn’t eat shrimp and made allowances that I did not ask for but waappreciated. He genuinely likes his job as tour director.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Vasa ship and learning about Bluetooth."

Pam

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Informative, only 22 tour mates, giving us plenty of room on the bus, they followed Covid protocols, which was reassuring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our local tour guide in Stockholm, Hagen(?spelling) He was amazingly friendly, knowledgeable and kind. In fact he took us up to his home in Ole town to show us the construction of the time, we all sat down with water and we could ask him any questions about his life in Stockholm, he was very candid"

Andy

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great to be traveling again, and I couldn't have asked for a better guide than Pål, who was also excited to be back on the road leading tours. Scandinavia is such a beautiful part of the world, an engaging mix of natural beauty, cleanliness, organization, kind and easygoing people--and a lot of fish! Great group also, the usual Rick Steves mix of good spirits, energy, and curiosity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found the Jotunheimen mountains particularly stunning, and the Grieg music Pål chose for part of the sojourn there really made the moment."

Susan

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I learned a lot about Scandinavia interspersed with lots of fun moments with tour companions and eating and drinking local delicacies.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly loved the little town of AEroskobing."

Jodi

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where do I start... Bucket list fulfilled! I've wanted to visit Norway since I knew what Norway was, and to be able to also visit Sweden and Denmark was icing on the cake. The trip was worth every penny and then some. I'm still smiling 2 weeks after getting home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was very personal; our guide, Pål Johansen, and a number of members of the group helped me achieve it. My great-grandmother took a picture in 1957 in front of one of the sculptures in Vigeland Park while visiting family. I was able to recreate the picture. I never had the chance to meet Nettie but I can say that I stood where she stood."

Sharon

Tour: 06/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent! We saw so many wonderful things, learned lots about the social structure of the three Scandinavian countries and experienced food and unique celebrations as well, thanks to the creativity of the wonderful Åsa.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Ærøskøbing! We rode bikes through the gorgeous landscape and down the lanes lined with small fairytale houses. I also loved our guesthouse, På Torvet"

James

Tour: 06/14/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords of Norway"

Michael

Tour: 06/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An absolutely wonderful trip that allowed us to explore the cultural, political, and societal differences that demonstrate why there is much to emulate from all 3 Scandinavian countries. We also ate a variety of foods that were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island."

Jim

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time. Weather was very good. Got to see everything and more on our list.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Norwegian fjords and the drive down from the mountain pass. All the waterfalls were a bonus as well."

Christina

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Scandinavia was wonderful due to our knowledgeable and positive tour guide. It was so well planned, with a balance of strenuous city walking tours and some optional activities. The meals were delicious, and accommodations were full of local flavor. We were able to pack so much in to each city we visited. Our guides gave us helpful information about sights and city transportation, and historical information about each country. We were lucky to have great weather the whole time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The old town in Stockholm, Gamla Stan. Our city tour guide led us into his own home for a glass of water and a bathroom break. It was a surprise that he was our guide’s partner! We didn’t know until he pointed out the two portraits on the wall and we recognized them both!"

Janice

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each day seemed to get better and better, topping the day before with experiences. Our tour guide Ylva was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one. Too many wonderful moments and sights."

Pat

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guide, nice fellow-travellers, perfect itinerary. Joyful to be travelling again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying on the Danish island of Aero. Had never heard of it before. Wonderful change from the big busy cities."

Deborah

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really loved the Best of Scandinavia tour — the sights, the foods, the culture and history of the countries/cities we visited. Never a dull moment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be difficult to highlight one moment — so many parts of the trip were highlights."

Joan

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first RickSteves tour was outstanding ! Nice balance of free time and tour activities. I never expected the in depth information on the 3 countries we visited ( Scandinavia ) provided by our tour guide but loved hearing it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the fjord cruise on sognesfjord."

Cheryl

Tour: 06/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on the Scandinavia tour. Our guide Gabriela was fantastic: very knowledgeable, organized and fun. I enjoyed learning about the history, culture and politics of Scandinavia, as well as seeing incredible sights and beautiful nature.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were many incredible moments, I especially enjoyed the city of Oslo, the mountains and fjords of Norway and Bergen."

Hans

Tour: 06/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really captured why the Scandinavian countries are regularly rated the happiest in the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm always impressed by the local guides that Rick Steves find. My favorite "wow" moment was when Haakon (spelling?), the Stockholm guide, lead us to his home in the Gamla Stan old town, a block away from the Nobel museum, and showed us how Swedes lived modern lives in the middle of a well-cared for historical neighborhood. Also to find that that was the house where our tour guide grew up in!"

Joan

Tour: 06/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our main guide, Gabriella, was excellent! I loved her personality and organization skills. She was always responsive to questions and interacted with each of us personally. She was easy to hear and understand because of her clear articulation of history and facts and her animated presentation kept me interested and in tune.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gabriella’s flexibility in allowing us to experience the impromptu piano/voice concert in Denmark’s oldest cinema was a highlight. She helped make this happen and it bonded our entire tour group."

Brad

Tour: 06/07/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide was excellent, the group was cooperative and fun, and the schedule was packed with great things to see and do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved all of Norway- the city of Oslo, the fjords and the drive through mountains."

Karen

Tour: 06/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"fjords and waterfalls"

Judi

Tour: 05/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The written words cannot describe this fantastic tour of Scandinavia with a great guide to lead us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many to select from but our visit to Oslo's Vigeland was probably a WOW moment for us. Asa gave us a tour around The Fountain and its Tree of Life, she described each individual bronze statue in terms that took our breath away! The next probably WOW moment was the fjord cruise, nature at its best."

Lucinda

Tour: 05/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour and we were very fortunate to have an excellent guide - Asa. She has spoiled us, I believe, for all others. The scenery is unsurpassed in Scandinavia and the towns, cities, tours, ferries, hotels were all excellent. We were very comfortable everywhere we stayed and the various meals were enlightening! Met some wonderful new friends on the tour too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our hotel in the mountains was extraordinary and the cruise down the fjord. Loved all the cities too!"

Ron

Tour: 05/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour took me and granted me access to many places that I wouldn't have seen trying to do this on my own

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The electric ferry ride into Bergen. The streets of Copenhagen The streets of Stockholm"

Gael

Tour: 05/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Scandinavia tour is our fourth Rick Steves tour. The main reason why we think this is the best one so far is because of our remarkable tour guide, Asa. Experienced, friendly, and ever so organized, Asa represents the cream of the crop! We would like to take another tour with Asa as our ringleader!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two different wow moments: * Aero Island - bicycle riding with Asa * Oslo's Vigeland Sculpture Park, with beautiful, emotional interpretative commentary by Asa - outstanding!"

Deborah

Tour: 05/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour can only be described with superlatives - Our guide Åsa was the best: Not only did she take great care of us, she introduced us to celebrations and traditions in each country we visited - our bus driver was amazing, especially on the winding road up to Jotunheimen - my touring mates were fabulous - the cities and countryside we visited were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the island of Åero and the winding road up to Jotunheimen were high points for me. Although the view at Jotunheimen was obscured by rain and fog and not expecially picturd-worthy, the in-person view was breath-taking. I especially enjoyed the island of Åero because it gave me a taste of life outside of the major cities."

Donald

Tour: 05/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great guide (Asa) and a great group of fellow travelers. We saw many unique and interesting sites and scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Will you settle for 3 "wows?" The Vasa ship restoration in Stockholm, the sculptures in Frogner Park in Oslo, and the incredible scenery on the trip from Oslo to Bergen are most memorable."

Dan

Tour: 05/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour guide! She made our experience so memorable, informative, challenging, exciting and fun! We had some wonderful hotels and our bus driver was incredible navigating the single roads of Norway.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing how much we had seen and experienced, and that it was due to our incredible guide and her ability to bring our group together and form a fun group of travelers. She made it happen!"

John

Tour: 05/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The right balance of time, experiences, and opportunities coupled with a top-tier tour guide, Asa.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two many for one "Wow." Here are some: From Asa: (1) Profile of a typical Swedish family from birth to death that created an understanding of the community welfare state and principle of "fewer very wealthy people and fewer very poor people." (2) The metaphor of the three countries like siblings in a family and how the history and events shaped each one. (3) How Copenhagen has embraced public transit and the bike Learning about my Swedish roots."

Laurie

Tour: 05/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was so personable, fun, knowledgeable, and made this trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many . . . it was the little times when we had drinks in a park with silly crayfish hats on, or stopping for the famous buns at the red and yellow store, or the way she described the Vegeland Circle of Life, or her recapping the tour on our last dinner together. It was the little extra efforts to make the experience so memorable."

Roger

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous! Ylva (our overall guide) was funny, caring, responsive and an absolute delight overall. Although problems with Covid arose during the last portion of the tour, all those affected were asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic and responsible isolated and withdrew from the tour. Outbreak occurred despite careful attention to handwashing and masking; social distancing was practiced as possible, but on at least one occasion (overnight ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo) was not possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the real Fram and Gjoa in Oslo. Close second was the fjord cruise with thousands of waterfalls pouring down from melting snow."

Robert

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Energetic, adventurous, friend-making, highly informative. We went to places I wouldn't have otherwise considered, stayed in excellent hotels at central locations, wandered fascinating streets and neighborhoods, and made fast friends among our tour group. Ylva, our guide, was terrific and robust, full of information that she reemphasized so that we kept learning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjord cruise (two hours) in Norway. Stunning scenery that literally shut the mouths of the entire boat. It was so quiet and awesome that everyone on board (hundreds) spoke only in hushed tones as in a library. Nature just simply overwhelmed us. But slowly on a boat, not racing through on a bus or train. Truly a wow moment."

Donna

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the entire tour . Sometimes it felt a little rushed. The Accomodation was great( overall), comfy beds, great locations .The food was delicious! The guide was passionate about ensuring our needs were met. We had a super group! The cultural shift around Covid, was surprising. Not a suprise when 13 out of 15 who tested , were positive by the end of the tour. Pretty tough to avoid it in countries without any precautions. Really tough to see people have to leave the tour due to Covid.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Aeros, the fjords and our group were all wow."

Linda

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I fell in love with the Scandinavian countries on this tour. Kind, friendly, and helpful people, gorgeous countryside, rich culture and history, amazingly clean and green. They seem to do everything right!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were SO many! Perhaps that 1/3 of Sweden must be kept green, and that 1% of building costs must go to art, resulting in cultured cities rich in history profuse with gardens, parks, and tree canopied walking paths. The Raoul Wallenberg memorial in Sweden (during our first local guided tour) was a distinctly poignant experience honoring the struggles against Naziism and the Jewish suffering during WW2. The waterfalls in the Norwegian Fjords were also spectacular, never to be forgotten."

Steve

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We loved the tour up until my wife and I contracted Covid. We missed the mountains and fjords because of it. There was little to no compliance with RS mask regulations and distancing. As a result 13 of 18 members became positive from asymptomatic to more moderate symptoms. Our guide Ylva was very knowledgeable and energetic but she was too lax with the RS protocols which goes along with how Scandinavians think.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most definitely the Vasa ship. It’s something I will never forget. I enjoyed all the ship museums from Viking ship to Fram. I also enjoyed going to Ylva and Hakon’s home. So nice of them to welcome us."

Ervin

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour experience. This was our first tour with Rick Steve's and we could not have been more satisfied. The accommodations and meals were great. The bus and boat travel in-country were very well organized and we never felt rushed. We especially liked the local guides that were provided at many of our stops. They added a colorful background to our various stops in a knowledgeable and entertaining way. Our primary guide was also very organized, knowledgeable, and made the tour fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our wow moment was the bus trip through the mountains of Norway. It was a clear day and the views were amazing. Standing on the glacier and watching x-country skiing, wow. The bus driver knew exactly where to stop for the best views of the snow pack and waterfalls. On a day trip through a fjord, the boat's pilot was able to navigate close to a waterfall that had formed from the ice melt. Experiencing the water cascading down the rocky cliffs into the fjord close up was amazing."

Susan

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Such a wonderful group - guide, driver, local guides, and lovely fellow travelers. All kind, considerate, interesting, and so much fun to be with. Locations were mostly new to us, and such a great combination of city tours, small towns, and countryside. Absolutely one of our best trips ever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aero Island in general, and the music concert that set up outside our window (we had a living room!) in the town square."

Wellington

Tour: 05/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guides, great accommodations in each stop. Balanced activities, options and time to do our own thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Richard’s appearance as HC Anderson. The fjord experience along with the trip across the snow covered Joltenheim mountains"

Rosemary

Tour: 05/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an ambitious tour and was run exceptionally well. With buses, ferries and 7 different hotels so much could go wrong but it did not. Enjoyed all of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many. Norway with the mountains and fjords was amazing. Also enjoyed visiting all of the cities, Sweden, Copenhagen, Oslo and Bergen. Beautiful."

Gary

Tour: 05/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour gives you a great look at Scandanavia, its people, sites, cities, and culture. There's an excellent mix of museums, sites of interest, nature, history, pageantry, and cultural perspectives

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We would rate the ferry ride (2 hours) through Naerofjord as incredible and one of our "wow" moments. The funicular trip up the mountain in Bergen is a close second. It's hard not to also mention having a great time on the island of Aero in Denmark."

Kathryn

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the warmth and enthusiasm from Gabriella. Very knowledgeable and told great stories to illustrate the Scandinavian way. By the way, this is Jim Smith, husband of Kathy Smith.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moments were in Stockholm and Bergen."

Renaita

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love everything about the tour. Gabriella was the best guide possible, and the tour was very smooth, interesting, educational and entertaining at the same time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding a bus from Røisheim. The views are absolutely terrific!"

Linda

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Asa, was informed, professional, creative, and fun. The itinerary worked well and the long bus rides were broken up with regular stops that were interesting: a special bakery, picnic sites, a scenic village, waterfalls. Museums were interesting, the tour group travelled well together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is tough to decide - there are many special moments - but I would say walking along the beach to the little cottages on Aero Island was very memorable."

Jeanine

Oakland, CA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well-organized, very nice hotels, knowledgeable tour leader and local guides. Great bus driver. Interesting to visit countries where the government actually works for the people, a great contrast to the U.S.A. Didn't know much about Scandinavian history, and was very interested to learn.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Norwegian mountains, fjords, and crashing waterfalls was unsurpassed."

Thomas

Greenwood Village, CO

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a terrific time. Ylva was an outstanding tour director. Always upbeat, helpful,self-sacrificing and very accessible. We enjoyed the hotels, food, scenery, and learning about the history and culture of Scandinavia. We had a very nice group of folks on our tour. No drama at all. Kudos also to Pena, the bus driver who always had a great attitude and went above and beyond every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We went for a hike in Boverdalen, Norway before a late dinner at The Roisheim Hotel. It was drizzling rain and we felt like we could have been in a scene from "The Hobbit." The forest and mountain views were breath-taking and we glimpsed Norwegian snow capped peaks for the first time."

Feliza

Seal Beach, CA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 5th RS tour. Ylva was a great guide. Obviously a proud Swede but a wonderful guide in Denmark and Norway too. I am 68 and her pace was just right for me. I appreciated all of the history and information she shared with us during bus travel time. She offered us a mid tour evaluation so she could make adjustments if needed which I thought was a nice idea.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sorry but for me there were three Wow moments: Seeing the Vasa Viking ship was the most incredible moment but I enjoyed seeing the polar ship Fram, the Oslo burial ships, the Kon Tiki and Ra II. I loved visiting Ylva and Hakan's home. It was very special to spend a generous amount of time in their home to see how locals live. Staying on Aero Island in Susanna's Pension 44 and just experiencing the Island was definintely a favorite "moment"."

Wei

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed this tour very much. The tour was well arranged with good balance of guided tours and free time. The tour guides were very knowledgeable. Our bus driver was excellent, very helpful and pleasant. The hotel locations were excellent. It would be better if all hotels could provide an electric kettle to make coffee or tea in the rooms.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was Oslo. The city landscape was simply gorgeous. The city tour was memorable. The breakfast at Thorn hotel in Oslo was wonderful, with plenty of options of quality food. In fact, breakfast in all Thorn hotels we stayed was fabulous. I also enjoyed our stay at the mountain hotel at Boverdal, particularly the wooden bath tub and food ( breakfast, packed lunch and 5-course dinner)."

William

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was exceptionally good in both conception and execution. Tour mates were fun and interesting. I learned a lot about some incredible countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was most impressed with the scenery on the bus ride over the mountains of Norway and the stay in the hotel at Rosheim where we stayed in a remodeled stable."

Barbara

Oakland, CA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the Scandinavia tour! I learned so much about history, architecture, current events and system of government, current social programs, all about trade and shipping past and present, and just enjoyed the beauty of grand cities, islands, ferries, canals, countryside, and rural and rustic surroundings. All the countries are similar and yet distinctly their own too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was just blown away at how magnificent and well-constructed the Viking ships were and that they traveled @ 15 knots with sails and oars and our Oslo overnight ferry traveled at 16.5 knots--roughly the same speed 1300 years later!"

Kathleen

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steve's tour and probably my favorite. Ylva, our guide, was knowledgable, fun and adapted to our group. The itinerary was full but not exhausting. Our fellow tour participants were the nicest group you could ask for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed all of the tour but really thought the night staying at the Roisheim Hotel, eating dinner together, staying in a converted (but beautiful) cow stable and then driving over the snowy mountains listening to Norwegian music was my favorite experience."

Christine

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour! There was a variety of places (small towns, large cities, old and new buildings), strange and delicious foods, lovely tour members to get to know, knowledgeable tour guides. Our primary guide, Ilva Gunillasdotter, was fabulous! It was so much fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Stockholm, when we climbed up to the view point high above the city, at night after our first evening together and looked out at the beautiful city."

Christine

Scarborough, ME

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, fun, varied. Great people, great guide, wonderful bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the deck of the "Fram", a polar expedition boat used in the early 1900's. The Fram museum was the highlight of my Scandinavian tour."

Cathy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the tour experience. The only thing i would change would be to have two days in the Norway mountains, My husband and I would have liked to spend more time exploring that area. I don't know how that could be manage if you did not want to add another day to the tour. Maybe only one day on the island?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the mountains in Norway."

Carrie

Fargo, ND

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my sixth Rick Steves tour and it was wonderful. Our guide Ylva was fun, very knowledgeable and engaging. I loved Stockholm, the island of Aero, Copenhagen and beauty of Norway. All of the tour members and our driver made this trip one to remember.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments include the Fram Ship and the view from our room in Copenhagen."

Jen

San Leandro, CA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

really loved it so much, and think it may be one we repeat when the weather will be less wet. Probably my favorite trip of the 6 taken with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"3 WOWs ....The Viking ship museums. The beautiful scenery through my great-grandmothers farming area. Oslo sparkling after the rainstorm"

Paul

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. Our tour leader, Ilva was fantastic. She was kind, helpful, friendly, efficient and provided wonderful information about history, culture, politics, religion and so much more. The group was great. I loved the way Ilva handles the Name Game, so much better than my last Rick Steves tour. We all learned each others names, developed connections with and helped each other along the journey.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of mini wow moments but the big one was standing on the deck of the ferry across the fjord on our way to Bergen in the pouring rain and watching the hundreds of waterfalls cascading down the mountain sides into the fjords. I literally had my mouth open and saying Wow!"

Loren

Duvall, WA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

(continued from wow moments below) Also, Aero, the twenty seven new friends we made (our group was thirty one with the guides and driver, but we knew two of the tour members already.) The ferry boats. I love ferries. The overnight trip to Oslo especially the night club dancing. Th breakfast food! Oh my! Learning to pose for photos while assuming the "Kingly Stance!" Overall experience: Very highly recomended. I am going to need much more time to assimliate it all

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments. I'm not sure I can pick one or even five without feeling like I'm leaving out so many more that are worthy of the wow label. Of course, the big ones were the Vasa museum, the Thor Heyerdal musem, the Fram museum, the fjords, Skansen, The Army museum, the kayak soccer game, the dance party (dance mass!) in the church in Stockholm, the street scenes in Stockholm, the architecture, our guided tour in Old Town especially being invited up into Hokum(?)'s home. see more above"

Shirley

Medford, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour. The guide, driver, and felow travelers were awesome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nina and Bea took those of us who wanted to on a morning bike ride along a coastal trail on the isle of Aero. The stubbly post-harvest fields of grain, paired with a murder of crows circling in a beutiful blus sky looked straight from a Van Gogh painting. It was magical!"

Eileen

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and the first time in Europe. I had an amazing time. It was a nice mix of sightseeing and educational opportunities. The mass of bicycles was a little disconcerting given they had the right of way. The three countries were unique but had a very Scandinavian 'socialist ' appeal which I found refreshing. I love the mix of the modern and past especially in Copenhagen. Just seeing buildings and objects everywhere that were 100's of years old was mind blowing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ferry through the fjords is on the top of my list. But I will also say seeing the Vassa ship was also mind blowing. When I saw it on the itinerary I thought a boring ship? But walking into the museum was definitely a wow moment."

Joseph

Medford, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found the Scandanavian tour to be a fantastic introduction to the region. I enjoyed the tour's pace and the hotel accomodations were better than I'd expected. Nina was a great guide who knew Scandanavia well and loved sharing her knowledge of the history and the sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most unexpected was our Stockholm city guide, Haaken, who not only showed us the Old Town, he brought the whole group into his Old Twwn apartment where he described city life and was open to questions. A second was the relaxing Danish isle of Aero, where the pace was slow and a chance to slowly unwind from a busy trip. A third was the Norwegian Malhaugen open air museum - what a delight!"

Ruth

Ocala, FL

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While the beauty of this region is amazing, the differences and the similarity of the cultures of the three countries we visited was fascinating. Our understanding was enhanced by all the local guides who seemed to come from diverse backgrounds with interesting perspectives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing the story of Raoul Wallenberg at his thoughtful memorial in Stockholm."

James

Fairfield, IA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a well-run, interesting, scenic tour. The group was really wonderful to travel with, everyone!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Jotunheim national park. I was grateful we got to make frequent viewing stops."

Jan

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the entire trip. We were struck with the geographical similarity between southern Sweden/Denmark and home--no wonder there are so many Scandinavians in the upper Midwest! Nina, our guide, told us that Norway would be dessert and it was--the scenery, especially within the fjords, is spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many, including the VASA Ship Museum, the Kon-Tiki raft, and FRAM ship. Other wows were the incredible bridge/tunnel between Sweden and Denmark, and the expression "Be kind to others," the phrase that our city guide Haakan told us is used in Stockholm instead of the usual "good-bye.""

Jay

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

overall tour well thought out with logistics/timing and knowledgeable guides. really enjoyed in city tour guides and learning of interesting history of each city/church/castle etc. Disappointed in lodging/rooms as in most cities, (exception Copenhagen Denmark) were small, beds too small and very noisy, only so much crammed in ear plugs to cancel out. Feedback on group meals more frequent during start of tour to get to meet new members, most of meals +60% were on own during this tour +14 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"engaged locals throughout tour providing help, wanting to get to know/understand a visitor from US. Spent +1 hour with local art gallery owner who shared his home town best spots to eat, tour, relax. Ferry ride thru Fjord was spectacular even on a grey rainy day."

John

Eagan, MN

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderfully friendly group shepherded by two trusted guides, Nina and her side kick, Bea. The tour alternated between guided group activities and blocks of time on our own. The balance between the two was about right. We also struck a balance between visiting urban, old town areas and more park-like natural areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd have to say our ferry ride on Norway's largest fjord, Sognefjord, was stunningly spectacular. But so were the Jotunheimen Mountains we crossed and the sod-roofed Roisheim Hotel in which we stayed the day before. I also loved the canal in Copenhagen's Nyhavn Street at which we stayed, and our exploration of beautiful Aero Island with its strip of tiny beach front huts was outstanding."

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"

Elisabeth

Malvern, OH

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was amazing! The accommodations were eclectic with a mixture of hotels and charming small lodgings. This is what we like when traveling on a Rick Steves tour. The group meals were excellent and gave us a taste of the country. This was our second tour with RS and in both tours we liked the rural stops every bit as much or more than the hustle of the cities. We always come home with new friends and a better understanding of other cultures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip through the Norway mountains and the trip up the fiord had to be one of my favorite days. But saying that, the day spent on Aero was a day in paradise."

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."

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"

Jay

Scappoose, OR

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well planned out! Laurel made the trip very enjoyable! The bus driver, Motts, did a great job of getting us from place to place safely. The meals and accommodations were very satisfactory! The cities were interesting to explore and the country side was beautiful!! I would highly recommend the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip from Oslo up through the Fjords was the highlight for me and to cap off the trip with 2 nights in Bergen made it all very special!!"

Diane

Wadsworth, IL

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing tour - wonderful locations to visit, great logistics for hotels and travel, excellent guide and bus driver, fun travel companions. Such a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The natural settings were my favorite - Jotunheimen was my "wow". So beautiful, clear and stunning. Aero was my second favorite."

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"

Avis

Oak Harbor, WA

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Am Swedish by heritage, so this was a special trip. Loved the itinerary and the big cities except for Copenhagen. Too many people and bikes. Have been there twice before so this was different. Great location, though, for the hotel. Supplied coach was comfortable with plenty of room. Hotel rooms were comfortable, if a little crowded for two people. Loved the team of Laurel and Mats and my traveling companions who made this experience richer.. Everyone was well educated and well traveled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For city sites: the City Hall where Nobel Prizes are awarded. The cellar of the Royal Palace in Stockholm with Hakan as our tour guide - wonderful. Another was the Van Gough presentation in Castle Kalmar. For country sights, the wow came in going to Aeroskobing on the ferry and the fjords of Norway. We also had special moments when Mats and Gunnar played and sang for us at Pa Torvet, and when Mats, Hank, and Jay played at Elvester Hotel. There were so many other times of wow moments."

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."

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!"

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."

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"

Bruce

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 08/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I usually do not select the highest ratings on surveys but this tour [even the weather] deserves it. Another day each in Oslo and on Ærø would be worth it, much to see and learn, making this a 16 day tour. Good itinerary, well organized, efficient travel between stops. We started the tour not knowing a lot about Scandinavia, learned so much about the history and culture, and left wanting to return - a perfect result.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not any one moment, but the Resistance Museum in Oslo would be a highlight. Very well done and broader in scope than you might expect. On a practical point, no cash needed. We never had to hit an ATM; we only used credit cards throughout the three countries. And it seems to work. Each country has its own currency – no Euros – so cashless is very easy for tourists and handy; not sure how the residents like it though."

Debra

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 08/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was such a surprise. I had an image of Scandinavia in my mind and it was pretty vague and stereotypical. Some images held true (sleek design and high taxes) but, with both Gabriella's and all our local guides' help I was able to understand and appreciate the distinctions between countries, their part in world history that I didn't know or had forgotten, while making me think more about what it means to be a citizen of any country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even though I live amid the powerful beauty of the Cascade mountain range and the Columbia River Gorge, the drive through the Jotunheimen was jaw dropping. My pictures could not capture the experience of glacier and mountain panoramic views coupled with the thundering sound of water and crisp air. With the sound track from Secret Garden playing in the bus, it was one of the most uplifting, immersive experiences I've ever had."

Joni

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really felt like I saw everything there was to see in each of the countries I visited. If I had done my own tour created from the book, I can't imagine what else I would have done. And since we had free time, we could explore everything we wanted. I really loved having breakfast available every day. It was fun to sit with new friends and in almost every case, the variety was outstanding. Gabby made everything so pleasant and so easy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At Kalmar Castle there happen to be a Van Gogh exhibit that was outstanding. I wish we had more time there to watch the whole thing. It was magical. Learning about Viking history was so interesting and seeing ships from so long ago also amazing. Gabby's stories were the best part of all. Hearing about local customs and trying local foods (candy, cinnamon buns, etc) made it so much more meaningful."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Terri

Glenshaw, PA

Tour: 08/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Gabriella was a generous and informative guide who shared a great deal of insight on Norway, Denmark and her home country of Sweden. The information that she shared included historical (which I love to hear) as well as economic, political and personal. Each country brought a variety of experiences. The local guides bring so much to the itinerary and each one that we had did a very good job of sharing insights to the particular area. Of note was Richard, who portrayed HC Anderson!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our itinerary for day 6 when we toured Roskilde Cathedral and began our 2 night stay on lovely AEro island. Roskilde holds so much history for the Scandinavian areas and AEro was charm defined. The people we met there were so genuinely kind."

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."

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"!"

Marcia

Marana, AZ

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed learning about a totally different culture. Saw many gorgeous buildings, palaces, museums. Beautiful scenery, especially on the fjord ferry ride.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the ferry ride through the fjord, with all the waterfalls. Also Aero Island was such a quaint, fun little place."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

Goolpranee

Avondale, AZ

Tour: 08/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Without this tour I wouldn't have a chance to learn about Scandinavian cultures, folklores, history or food. Our tour guide, Asa is one of the best. She's willingly to share her love and passion of Scandinavia. One thing caught me off guard is how Sweden has very few toilets for different genders, men, women and children often use same public toilets. In that case toilets are unclean. My summaries of three countries are Sweden is enjoyable. Denmark is most vibrant. Norway is most beautiful,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiences in Aero island Denmark is my most wow moment. We rented bicycles and explored beach houses and villages on our own. That island is so lovely and breathtaking. Thank you Rick Steves for these encounters. Second wow moment is sitting at a lounge of Elveseter hotel, Boverdalen town, Norway and looking out at the glaciers on the top of the mountain. I will never forget that moment. That hotel has very nice decor inside and outside. Wish we could stay there for one more night."

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."

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."

Cynthia

Ramona, CA

Tour: 08/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Scandinavia tour was great! The planned time and free time was just right. Asa was a wonderful tour guide! She was always doing little things for the group that made that moment really special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fjords; so pretty and more than I expected."

James

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 08/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Scandinavia was a wonderful group adventure tour. Our leader, Asa, was knowledgeable, well-organized, and enthusiastic. She was adept at responding to our individual needs while maintaining harmony, punctuality and joy within the group. The walkings tours of Scandinavian cities and villages, castles, and museums were informative and interesting. The expertise of the local guides and use of the "whisper" audio system were flawless. A great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was Asa's surprise stop at the Stave Church in Lom, Norway. Lom was the birthplace of my grandfather Eilev Nyoygard. The stop was for a docent tour of the church built in 1158 and time to stretch and take photos. My grandfather Eilev had emigrated at age 16 from Lom to America. Suspecting we might have relatives buried here, I walked the church graveyard and found the graves of Eilev's siblings Imbert, Anne and Ole. I was thrilled to my Nordic soul, as was my sister, Mary."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

Anne

Woodside, NY

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I so enjoyed this tour and experiencing each of the countries - from the cities to the charming island of Aero to the majestic fjords. While the pace was not always relaxing, the excellent coffee in all three countries helped keep me going, and it was a great adventure. It also makes me want to go back and explore more of northern Norway (hint, hint, in case RS wants to add a tour).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really loved visiting the 1,000-year-old Lom Stave church. The graffiti is written in runes! But, during the trip I was posting on Instagram about my unserious attempts to meet a member of one of Scandinavia's royal families. I like royalty, so why not? Walking home from dinner in Oslo, we ran into a taping of "God Sommer Norge" and suddenly I'm mere feet away the Crown Princess. Hard to beat that!"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

Stephanie

The Villages, FL

Tour: 08/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. Tour guide was outstanding. Every city and all stops along the way she played music, Funny monologues, read revenant and interesting points about city or country. Purchased candy , buns, cookies, pastries, fruit, and any food items that would put us in the mood for where we were. She was attentive and kind. Also thoughtful and understanding. The most helpful guide I've ever known. She was extremely knowledgeable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aeros island and Norway Fiords"

When To Go & Weather

Any time between May and September is a good time to visit Scandinavia. However, the summer months, while the most crowded, offer the best weather and long days. The months of May and September are best for combining minimal crowds and mild 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 the Itinerary section of your tour account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour in the Documents section of your tour account.

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into Stockholm (ARN) and out of Bergen (BGO) — choose "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.