S C A N D I tour 2002


Scandinavian Tour...."not" the tour from Hell

contiki itinerary

London. Depart from the Royal National Hotel in London.

London to Esbjerg. Whilst we met the Contiki Crew, we travel from London to Harwich to join our DFDS ferry. The 20-hour crossing to Denmark allows plenty of time to meet fellow travellers and make the most of the many facilities on board the ship.

Esbjerg to Copenhagen. We arrived in Esbjerg late morning then travelled across Denmark to Copenhagen, the city of Hans Christian Andersen.

Copenhagen Sightseeing. Our sightseeing tour included Copenhagen’s famous sights like the Geffion Fountain, the Royal Palace and the Little Mermaid. Plus a visit to the Carlsberg Brewery this morning. Later on, we popped into the Tivoli Gardens.

Copenhagen to Stockholm. After a short ferry crossing, we arrived in Sweden and headed north to Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city.

Stockholm Sightseeing. Today an orientation tour with an opportunity to visit the 17th Century warship ‘The Vasa’. That night we explored the cobbled streets of Gamla Stan (the old town) and sampled the local fare.

Stockholm to Oslo. Our route today takes us through Sweden and across the Norwegian border to the capital city of Oslo.

Oslo Sightseeing. A whole day to enjoy the many sights. A chance to visit the Kontiki Museum with its amazing raft, see the Gustav Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park and the famous Olympic ski jump, Holmenkollen.

Oslo to Andalsnes. On to Lillehammer, host town for the 1994 Winter Olympics, and a chance to try the bobsled run. We then follow a picturesque route past lakes, waterfalls and mountains to our campsite on the Romsdals Fjord.

Andalsnes Sightseeing. Today we follow the ‘Trolls Road’ past the Stigfass Falls and up the mountain for fabulous views of the glacial valley below. Our optional fjord cruise, past some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, was an experience you’ll never forget.

Andalsnes to Trondheim. On to Trondheim, the former capital of Norway, an ancient town where much of the original wooden architecture still remains. See the Kristiansten Fortress and later that night we headed off to go ten-pin bowling.

Trondheim to Mo I Rana. We journey to ‘Hell’ today, before taking in more of Norway’s stunning beauty as we travel past spectacular scenery to Mo I Rana for two nights.

Mo I Rana Sightseeing. A chance to visit the Svartisen glacier (Norway’s second largest). This afternoon we visit the Arctic Circle Centre for our first glimpse of northern Scandinavia.

Mo I Rana to Moen. Today, we crossed the Arctic Circle to Narvik, a bustling port completely rebuilt after World War II. Our campsite is situated by the river.

Moen to Hammerfest. On to our northern-most point, the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’, crossing some of the most famous salmon fishing grounds in the world. This evening we visited Nord Kapp, the Northernmost point of Europe.

Hammerfest at Leisure. A chance to try your hand at deep-sea fishing with our local Captain as you enjoy the view of the scenic coastline. Tonight enjoy a fish supper.

Hammerfest to Rovaniemi. We leave the mountains of Norway to travel south through the lakes and forests of Finland. Cross back over the Arctic Circle to Rovaniemi, the traditional home of Santa Claus.

Rovaniemi to Jyvaskyla. First a visit to Santa’s house before we head further south to Jyvaskyla. Perhaps a game of volleyball or a sauna at our lakeside camp.

Jyvaskyla to Helsinki. We continue southwards to Helsinki, Finland’s capital. Our sightseeing tour takes in the Olympic Stadium, the massive underground church and Sibelius Park, a memorial to Finland’s greatest composer in the ‘White City of the North’.

Helsinki to Stockholm (Baltic Ferry). Time to further explore Helsinki. Tonight we board the luxurious Baltic ferry for our overnight “thousand island” cruise to Stockholm, Sweden.

Stockholm to Copenhagen. Arriving in Stockholm early morning, we begin our journey southwards across Sweden. After a short ferry crossing, we arrive in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen to Esbjerg And Harwich. After the morning in Copenhagen we journey across Denmark to the port of Esbjerg, there we board the DFDS ferry for our relaxing cruise back to England. A huge 'last night' party

Harwich to London. Arriving early evening in Harwich, we take the coach back to London

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