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Scandinavian Explorer


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  • Duration: 12 days
  • Price: from $3,499

    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on these remarkable Scandinavian Tours. Reserve by November 17, 2016 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.
Also available: St. Petersburg Extension!
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Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your tour includes
  • 2 nights in Stockholm
  • 1 night in Bergen
  • 2 nights in Lofthus (the Fjords)
  • 1 night in Oslo
  • Overnight Cruise to Copenhagen
  • 2 nights in Copenhagen
  • 1 night in Helsinki
  • 3-night extension to St. Petersburg
  • Stockholm Town Hall
  • Gamla Stan (Medieval Town)
  • Bergen Markets
  • The Fjords
  • Voeringfoss Waterfall (Norway)
  • Copenhagen City Tour
  • Helsinki’s Senate Square
  • St. Petersburg Extension
  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via Finnair
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-Scandinavia flights, ground and sea transportation
  • Accommodations at Superior First Class hotels
  • 15 meals: 10 full buffet breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)
  • Sightseeing tours including admission fees as per itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking Tour Director and local guide

Your extension includes:

  • High Speed Train journey from Helsinki to St. Petersburg
  • Accommodations at superior first class hotel in St. Petersburg with private bath
  • Daily full buffet breakfasts (B)
  • Farewell dinner (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as specified in itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking local guide

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Guided Tour Pricing

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(Land only pricing available upon request)

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ST. PETERSBURG EXTENSION: Add $789 per person double occupancy / $989 single
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $699.
Business Class Upgrade
JFK-Helsinki-JFK $3495
If taking the St. Petersburg extension, a visa is required (for Russia)
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating voyage on your Scandinavian tours begin as you depart New York this evening on your overnight flight.
Day 2
Arrive Stockholm (Sweden).
Today, arrive in Stockholm, the beautiful capital of Sweden that was founded in the 13th century and built on fourteen islands that are connected by dozens of bridges. You’ll embark on a guided tour to see the Town Hall where the Nobel Prize banquets are held as well as Gamla Stan, the fascinating medieval old town where the Royal Palace, Parliament and Riddarholm Church are located. The tour concludes at your centrally located upscale hotel. This evening your tour director hosts a welcome dinner and briefing. Clarion Hotel Sign Stockholm (D)
Day 3
Today is at leisure to enjoy beautiful Stockholm at your own pace. Explore the narrow streets of Gamla Stan or visit the Vasa Museum, where you may view the restored warship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. Your hotel is ideally located for independent exploration. (B)
Day 4
Stockholm/Bergen (Norway).
This morning embark on a short flight to Bergen, the capital of Norway’s majestic fjord region. Join your tour director for a walk from your harbor side hotel to the colorful open-air fish and flower market and to the lively 14th century merchant quarter of Bryggen. Later, enjoy some leisure time to explore this 900 year old Hanseatic town independently. Radisson Blu Royal Hotel (B)
Day 5
Bergen/Flam/Lofthus: “Norway in a Nutshell”.
Over the next few days venture into the heart of Norway’s Fjord region and admire some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. A day of scenic splendors begins with a drive to Voss where you’ll embark on an express train to Myrdal. Here board the world famous Flam Mountain Railway for an hour-long thrilling ride descending 2,600 feet and passing through 20 tunnels, thundering waterfalls and towering mountains en route to the quaint village of Flam. Next, enjoy a delightful leisurely cruise through majestic Sognefjord and its smaller arms and admire the grandeur of the sheer cliffs that flank the fjord. Disembark in Gudvangen where you’ll rejoin your motor coach and drive through the bends of the Stalheim Canyon to Lofthus, an enchanting village on the shores of Hardangerfjord, Norway’s second largest fjord. Your landmark hotel faces the majestic fjord. Ullensvang Hotel (B,D)
Day 6
Lofthus is located on the shores of the Hardangerfjord, in a region that is blessed with stunning natural beauty and is surrounded by snowcapped mountains and pristine fjords. The day is at leisure to explore at your own pace from your ideally located resort hotel, or perhaps you may wish to the charming Hardanger Folk Museum optional excursion. (B,D)
Day 7
Today journey though Norway’s scenic countryside with a stop to view the mighty Voeringfoss Waterfall cascading 600ft. Later arrive in Oslo where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of this old Viking capital. You’ll visit Vigeland Sculpture Park where impressive bronze sculptures can be viewed. You’ll also see City Hall, the waterfront and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Thon Opera Hotel (B)
Day 8
Oslo/Overnight Cruise.
Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore at your own pace. You may visit the Viking Ship Museum where you can see the remains of well-preserved old wooden ships. Later, transfer to the pier located on the Oslo Fjord and embark on a comfortable overnight cruise, sailing through the North Sea. Relax on board and enjoy a sumptuous smorgasbord dinner before retiring to your private cabin. DFDS Line Cruise (B,D)
Day 9
Copenhagen (Denmark).
Enjoy the splendid early morning scenery as you sail into port to start your Copenhagen travel in Denmark’s capital and delightful cultural center. An included guided city tour features Hans Christian Andersen’s renowned Little Mermaid, Christiansborg Palace – seat of the parliament and Nyhavn, world famous and recently restored district. The afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own. A brief walk from your hotel brings you to Stroget, a lively pedestrian street with delightful atmosphere, tempting shopping and abundant cafes. This evening enjoy an included dinner in a famous local restaurant. Scandic Copenhagen Hotel (B,D)
Day 10
Today is at leisure for independent exploration. Your hotel is centrally located in the lively and colorful city center, bustling with parks, cafes, restaurants and shops. You may also join an optional “Castle of North Zealand” tour. This evening we suggest a visit to renowned Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s famous amusement park. (B)
Day 11
Copenhagen/Helsinki (Finland).
Today fly to the charming harbor city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. On an included guided afternoon tour see Senate Square surrounded by 19-century classical buildings and the colorful Market Square. Scandic Grand Marina Hotel (B)
Day 12
Helsinki/USA or St. Petersburg.
Morning at leisure to explore independently. Later today, fly back to the USA or continue your exciting journey with an extension to St. Petersburg, Russia. (B)

Why not take advantage of your already included airfare to Europe and add a visit to enchanting St. Petersburg – “Venice of the North” Extension starts on day 12.

Day 12 Extension
Helsinki/St. Petersburg (Russia).
This morning board a high-speed train for the comfortable 3.5 hour ride through the scenic Finnish countryside en route to St. Petersburg, Russia. One of Europe’s most magnificent cities, St. Petersburg, the former capital of Czarist Russia, was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. Its architecture, natural beauty and rich culture are unparalleled! After arriving at the city-center train station, you’ll be met by a local expert and enjoy a guided city tour. Drive along the famous Nevsky Prospect and see Peter and Paul’s Fortress, St. Issac Cathedral and other highlights. End your day with a spectacular boat ride along the Neve River and canal. Sokos Vasilievsky Hotel (B)
Day 13 Extension
St. Petersburg: Hermitage/Peterhof Palace.
This morning enjoy an included guided excursion outside the city to visit Peterhof Palace, the summer residence of the Czar. It was built to rival Versailles and is surrounded by magnificent gardens. Upon returning to St. Petersburg this afternoon discover one of its most celebrated treasures, the famous Hermitage, located at the Winter Palace. A local expert will guide you through the Hermitage’s priceless art collection. The evening is free and you may wish to attend a cultural performance. (B)
Day 14 Extension
St. Petersburg.
Today is at leisure to explore at your own pace from your conveniently located upscale hotel. This evening join your fellow travelers for a festive farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 15 Extension
St. Petersburg/New York.
Morning transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA. Your memorable journey concludes as you arrive New York later today. (B)

Optional Tours

To enhance your Scandinavian tours (& St. Petersburg, if applicable), you will be offered several optional tours. Rates are in US Dollars and are based on a minimum number of participants. You’ll need to decide while in Stockholm which of the tours you want to participate in and pay your Tour Director at the beginning of your trip. Payment is by cash only (U.S. dollars).  Credit cards are not accepted. Optional tours are non-refundable once reserved and paid for.  Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates.

The Fjords
Open-Air Hardanger Folk Museum Excursion (approx. $49 per person)
Travel back in time to 18th and 19th century Norway with an excursion to the Hardanger Folk Museum. You’ll begin with a drive to Kinsarvik, once the busiest ferry port in Norway, to embark on your ferry ride to the charming port town of Utne. Stroll through the open-air section of the museum, which features historic buildings along the picturesque shore and offers a chance to savor the way of life for the people of Hardanger long ago. The main museum building hosts a permanent exhibition of world-renowned Hardanger embroidery, traditional costumes, and an impressive collection of old Hardanger fiddles. Later, before your return ferry ride, you’ll have a chance to explore Utne, including the historic Utne Hotel, which is one of the oldest hotels in Norway dating back to 1722.  Please note: This optional excursion requires a minimum of 15 participants to operate.

Excursion to the Castles of North Zealand (approx. $115 per person)
Enjoy an excursion to Denmark’s lovely countryside in North Zealand. First, visit the beautiful Frederiksborg Castle, completed by King Christian IV in 1625. Continue past the Royal Family’s summer residence, Fredensborg Palace, attractively located in the middle of a lovely park and surrounded by the idyllic Esrum Lake. Later, arrive in Elsinore where you’ll see the outer walls and towers of the impressive Kronborg Castle, setting of Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet”. The castle was built to protect Denmark’s interests and to collect tolls from ships passing through the narrow straits. Return to Copenhagen via the scenic coastal route, lined with fashionable residential districts and exclusive resorts.
Please note: This optional excursion requires a minimum of 20 participants to operate.

St. Petersburg Ext.
Evening Folklore Performance at Nikolaevsky (Approx. $90 per person)
Enjoy a splendid and colorful Russian folk show “Feel Yourself Russian” at one of St. Petersburg’s architectural masterpieces, the lavish and historic Nikolaevsky Palace. The spectacular folklore show is composed of the some of Russia’s best folk ensembles and is held in the Palace’s Concert Hall which used to be the formal ballroom. You’ll be dazzled with amazing dances of Cossacks, Russian folk orchestra playing the accordion, balalaika as well as other exotic musical instruments, lyrical round dances and heartfelt songs that will acquaint you with the cultural traditions of Russia. During the intermission you’ll be served a drink of your choice and traditional Russian snacks. Roundtrip transfers with a guide from your hotel to Nikolaevsky Palace are included. Please note: This optional excursion requires a minimum of 15 participants to operate.

St. Petersburg Ext.
Catherine Palace Excursion (Approx. $70 per person)
Travel outside St. Petersburg to Tsarskoe Selo, the main summer residence of the Russian royal family, famous for its magnificent Catherine’s Palace and park. The other name of the town is Pushkin in honour of the renowned Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Enjoy a guided visit to the main landmark of Pushkin, Catherine’s Palace, featuring splendid interiors designed by eminent architects. The collections of the palace contain a large number of precious works of art, such as furniture, porcelain, statues and canvases including the personal belongings of Russian emperors and members of their families. One of the most remarkable interiors of Catherine’s Palace is the Amber Room. During the palace excursion you will get to know about the Amber Room’s mysterious history and see its fully restored interiors. You will enjoy the result of restoration works performed by skilled masters, who needed all their professionalism to recreate the eighth wonder of the world. The palace lies at the centre of a large architectural and park ensemble that you’ll also have an opportunity to view. Return to St. Petersburg later today. Please note: This optional excursion requires a minimum of 10 participants to operate.

Trip Preparation


Your flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Scandinavia and back are on Finnair. Your flight is scheduled to depart at 5:30PM. We recommend that you check-in 3 ½ hours before departure. Your return flight is scheduled to arrive back to JFK at about 4PM. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.


Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. You may call Finnair (800-950-5000) two weeks before the departure and provide them with your AAdvantage number. Please note that smarTours is not involved in either your seat assignment or in the crediting of miles. It is between you and the airlines! Also note, mileage accrual eligibility is subject to change without prior notice.


You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. U.S. passport holders do not require a visa to enter the Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland).  If you are taking the St. Petersburg extension, U.S. citizens require a visa to enter Russia.  Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates of the countries visited on this tour as to the most current visa requirements. Since obtaining a visa directly from the Russian consulate requires an invitation letter (which we will secure), we have arranged for “CIBT” to facilitate the visa process for you. Please use the following link to download instructions and forms at If you have any questions regarding obtaining your visa, you may call CIBT at 1-800-406-1523. Also, please note that visa procedures may change at any timeYou should check with CIBT online at, for the most up to date instructions and rates before submitting your paperwork. We suggest that you apply for your Russia visa 60 to 45 days before departure. Please note that if you wish to request an individual invitation letter (instead of the group invitation letter that we will provide) there will be an extra charge for doing so. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip. 


Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please advise us in writing should your address change. 


Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions. 


You may expect day time temperatures averaging in the 50’s and low 60’s in May and September, 60’s and 70’s in June through August. Nights will be cooler. 


The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $30 – $50 per meal per person.  Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.  


Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency.   It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations. 


Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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by George Good on smarTours

Our 8/25/2016 trip was very enjoyable. The hotels were all 4 star and well located. Good food and a nice group of people. Pear (spelling?) our main guide made us feel welcome, was attentive, informative and always had a smile. Our secondary guides were very knowledgeable about the area we were visiting. It was sometimes difficult to hear them clearly on the bus tours but they never hesitated to repeat what was missed. The beginning of the trip was not ideal due to the long layover in Helsinki which after the long flight was tiring. The experience left us enriched. We will travel with Smartours again.

by Sue Holloway on smarTours
Very Very Good Trip

Everyone on this tour, including my sister and I had travelled with smartours before. Thre's a reason....a lot of bang for your buck. The accommodations on this trip were excellent...not only 4 star but in very central locations. The included tours were all very good too. The guide pointed out things of interest for our spare time. The guide was very good. I don't rate him excellent for one reason...he never gave us his cell phone number or hotel room number. How could he be reached in an emergency....? Everything else was great!

by Patti Shreeve on smarTours
Scandinavian explorer

We had a wonderful time traveling with Betty Levin through Scandinavia. The people were gracious and friendly, the food was delicious, the cities were clean and beautiful and the scenery was spectacular. Highlights were; Skansen open air Museum, Wassa Museum, Tivioli Gardens, the cruise from Oslo to Copenhagen and,of course, the fjord cruise. The hotel on the fjord was fabulous.

by Cindy Li on smarTours
A Dream Came True

It was an overall quality, funfilled Nordic experience. The sightseeing was compact butesrscti provided ample free time to explore on our own leisurely. The hotels all located in central area of each city, though provide convenience but quality of each varies and some are less than ideal. The best one being Ullensvang. Special mention is our tour director Pam Boudrot who made a big difference in making the trip so memorable. She was professional, informative, and meticulously caring to the smallest details to ensure all have the best time possible. My family and friends have all been traveling with SmarTour's before, but I highly recommend that Pam Boudrot be in all my future adventures with SmarTour's

by Ed Lewis on smarTours
Scandanavian Explorer

Wonderful accommodations, food and guide. Perfect balance of planned excursions and free time. Trip over, with lengthy airport layover in Helsinki was tiring. Would have loved an extra night in Oslo.

by Sandra Phelps on smarTours
Scandanavia and Russia

Hotels in Sweden, Copenhagen and Bergen were good; Oslo, on ship, Helsinki and St. Petersburg were excellent. Our guide in Scandanavia, Kristina, was excellent, personable, knowledgable and so accommodating. In spite of several setbacks, she persevered and thought on her feet; Valery in Russia was knowledgable. My first time with SmarTours. Found tour via search engine. Just as advertised. I feel too much time was spent in Norway - could have been condensed to two days and given more time to Denmark or Finland.

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