Welcome to Scandinavia


Outdoors

The great outdoors is rarely greater than in Europe's big north. Epic expanses of wilderness – forests, lakes, volcanoes – and intoxicatingly pure air mean engaging with nature is a viscerally pleasurable experience. National parks cover the region, offering some of Europe's best hiking as well as anything from kayaking to glacier-walking to bear-watching. Spectacular coasts invite exploration from the sea, whether there be rugged fjords, cliffs teeming with seabirds or archipelagos so speckled with islands it looks like an artist flicked a paintbrush at a canvas. Wildlife from whales to wolverines awaits the fortunate observer.

City Style

Stolid Nordic stereotypes dissolve in the region's vibrant capitals. Crest-of-the-wave design can be seen in them all, backed by outstanding modern architecture, excellent museums, imaginative solutions for 21st-century urban living, internationally acclaimed restaurants and a nightlife that fizzes along despite hefty beer prices. Live music is a given: you're bound to come across some inspiring local act, whether your taste is Viking metal or chamber music. Style here manages to be conservative and innovative at the same time, or perhaps it's just that the new and the old blend with less effort than elsewhere.

Seasons

They have proper seasons up here. Long winters carpeted with thick snow, the sun making cameo appearances if at all. Despite scary subzero temperatures, there's a wealth of things to do: skiing, sledding behind huskies or reindeer, snowmobile safaris to the Arctic Sea, ice fishing, romantic nights in snow hotels, visiting Santa Claus and gazing at the soul-piercing aurora borealis. Spring sees nature's tentative awakening before the explosive summer's long, long days, filled with festivals, beer terraces and wonderful boating, hiking and cycling. Autumn forests display a glorious array of colours, offering marvellous woodland walking before the first snows.

Green Choices

You'll rarely come across the word 'ecotourism' in Scandinavia, but those values have long been an important part of life here. Generally, green, sustainable solutions are a way of living, rather than a gimmick to attract visitors. Scandinavia will likely be affected by climate change significantly, and big efforts to reduce emissions are being made across the region. Travelling here, you'll be struck by the excellent levels of environmental protection, the sensible 'why don't we do that back home' impact-reducing strategies and the forward thinking. It makes for pleasurably enlightening travel.


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$47.56 Day Trips & Excursions

Golden Circle and Thingvellir Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

The tour begins with a geothermal area in the picturesque landscape of Lake Thingvallavatn (this part of the tour may not be included in winter).  Your tour also includes a visit to Thingvellir, where the Icelandic parliament Althingi was founded in 930, making it the oldest functioning parliament in the world. It is here that the slowly diverging tectonic plates of America and Europe meet. Your tour continues to the beautiful waterfall of Gullfoss, a highlight of any visit to Iceland, along with the incredible spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur. You will also visit Skalholt church, the ancient seat of the Icelandic bishops. On your way back to Reykjavik you'll travel through fertile agricultural areas.

$62.47 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Copenhagen Card

Choose between a 24-, 48-, 72- or 120-hour Copenhagen Card when you book, and then collect your card and free Copenhagen map at Copenhagen Airport or a central redemption point in the city.Valid for the set number of hours from the time you first use it, your card helps you get the best from your time in Denmark’s lovely capital, with included public transport and free admission to 73 top Copenhagen attractions. Additional, valuable discounts on exciting activities, tours and other transport, plus money-off deals at museums, shops and restaurants are also included.You can use your card to travel quickly and easily between the sights, enjoying free, unlimited transport on the Copenhagen region's Metro, buses and trains, including journeys to and from Copenhagen Airport. Plus, show your card to get free entry to the Tivoli Gardens, the city’s legendary amusement park, with its white-knuckle rides, wooden coaster, carousels, parades and beautiful gardens.In addition, perhaps use your card to enjoy complimentary admission to Den Blå Planet, Copenhagen’s spectacular aquarium; take a hop-on, hop-off bus sightseeing tour; and admire the city from the water on a relaxing canal cruise. What's more, your card entitles you to free entry to historical highlights such as the fascinating Amalienborgmuseet (Amalienborg Museum) with its recreated royal palace interiors, and the grand Rosenborg Slot (Rosenborg Palace), built by King Christian IV in the 17th century.See the Itinerary below for a full list of attractions and discounts included on the card.

$99.90 Day Trips & Excursions

Southern Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Beaches Day Tour

After getting picked up at your designated pickup location, take off for the coast of southern Iceland to immerse yourself in unbelievable natural beauty. Visit the small village of Vik, known for its gorgeous seaside views, and check out the black sand of its nearby beach. Continue on to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Here, walk behind and through the waterfall to Skógafoss, another neighboring waterfall with a 197-foot (60-meter) drop. There will be numerous photo opportunities here, as the area is known for its magnificent views. Don’t miss the Sólheimajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, which are constantly moving and some of the most famous natural wonders of the area. Spend time marveling at their size before ending the tour and heading back to Reykjavik.

$107.85 Day Trips & Excursions

Iceland Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Tour from Reykjavik

The tour will pick you up from Reykjavik between 10:00 to 10:30 am and will take you to see the beautiful sights of the Golden Circle after the morning crowds have already come and gone. You will also visit a natural hot spring pool where you can relax in the beautiful 100-104°F (38-40°C) water, the Viking way. On this tour you will visit the three major sights on the Golden Circle. Thingvellir is the site of the World´s first Parliament, which met each year outdoors, beginning in 930 AD and continuing until 1798. We will drive to one of Europe´s largest waterfalls and Iceland’s pride: the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall. We will go also to the geothermal fields near Haukadalur, where you will be able to stand up close to the erupting geyser, Strokkur. We will visit the hot spring nature bath, which the locals named the Secret Lagoon because it has up until recently, only been known about by very few people. This is a truly enjoyable tour, combining two of the best things Iceland has to offer; fantastic scenery and a warm, relaxing nature bath.

$120.55 Day Trips & Excursions

Castles Tour from Copenhagen: North Zealand and Hamlet Castle

Leave Copenhagen behind as you head north through magnificent Danish countryside and coastline towards Elsinore and Kronborg Castle. Chosen as the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet, this magnificent renaissance castle is on the UNESCO world heritage list.After lunch (own expense), your tour continues towards Fredensborg, where the Queen's summer residence of Fredensborg Palace is attractively located in the middle of a lovely park, bordering the idyllic Esrum Lake.The next highlight on your tour is Frederiksborg Castle, built by King Christian IV in 1601 - 1625. This pearl of history, built in magnificent Renaissance style with a touch of baroque, is now a national historical museum, containing treasures of painting, tapestry, porcelain, silver and furniture.

$49.90 Day Trips & Excursions

Grand Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik

This grand Golden Circle tour takes you to southwest Iceland's most popular attractions with the help and knowledge of a local guide. Begin your day with pickup from your designated pickup location in central Reykjavik. Visit Geysir geothermal area, where the most active hot spring Strokkur spouts steaming water up to 30 meters high into the air every eight minutes. Then see Gullfoss, or the 'Golden Falls,' an iconic waterfall located in the glacial river Hvítá. Watch the water plummet down into the 32-meter-deep crevice. Afterward, make your way to the historical and geological wonder of  Þingvellir National Park, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart from each other at a rate of few centimeters per year. Þingvellir has sat proudly on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2004. Top off the tour with included entry to Kerið, a volcanic crater lake roughly 890 feet (270 m) long and 180 feet (55 m) deep. After a full day of sightseeing, you will conclude with drop-off at your original departure point.