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Four Scandinavian Capitals

Program Number: 3332RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/23/2013 - 7/10/2013; 6/26/2016 - 7/13/2016; 7/10/2016 - 7/27/2016; 7/24/2016 - 8/10/2016; 7/31/2016 - 8/17/2016; 8/14/2016 - 8/31/2016; 8/21/2016 - 9/7/2016;
Duration: 17 nights
Location: Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Finland
Price starting at: $5,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 43; 16 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

With a midsummer sunrise at 3 a.m. and winter days lit by thousands of candles, Scandinavia keeps its own time and seasons. Experience the unique pace of the Nordic lifestyle in the four capital cities of Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki. Learn about their distinct histories, languages, cuisines and artistic traditions as you study alongside local experts in museums, palaces and energetic neighborhoods.


• Explore Scandinavia’s ties to the sea during two overnight cruises.
• Taste a traditional Danish Christmas dinner of pork, potatoes, cabbage and rice pudding.
• A musician discusses Finnish music and plays the native kantele.

Activity Particulars

Walking on cobblestone streets, periods of standing, and use of public transportation.

Date Specific Information

6-23-2013, 6-26-2016, 7-10-2016, 7-24-2016, 7-31-2016, 8-14-2016

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Copenhagen (Denmark), 4 nights; embark vessel, 1 night; disembark Oslo (Norway), 3 nights; coach to Stockholm (Sweden), 4 nights; embark vessel, 1 night; disembark Helsinki (Finland), 3 nights; departure.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Copenhagen (Denmark)
4 nights

Local experts provide insight into this coastal metropolis as you walk through Old Copenhagen and view spectacular architecture. Visit Louisiana, Scandinavia’s leading contemporary art museum, and dine on the magical grounds of Tivoli. Enjoy Danish delicacies like smorbrod, a type of open sandwich, and a Christmas dinner.

Embark vessel
1 night
Disembark Oslo (Norway)
3 nights

Norway’s great art welcomes you to the capital, from the sculptures of Gustav Vigeland to the National Museum of Art. Discover the Norwegian Folk Museum’s 140 original rural buildings. Delve into the life and works of playwright Henrik Ibsen. Sample delicacies like reindeer, trout and lutefisk in Oslo’s oldest restaurant.

Coach to Stockholm (Sweden)
4 nights

Expert lectures introduce the Sweden of yesterday and today. Apply what you’ve learned at Millesgarden Statue Park and Stockholm’s City Hall, home to the annual Nobel Prize Gala. Test your palette with assorted pickled herrings and long-standing favorites like kottbullar (meatballs).

Embark vessel
1 night
Coach to Helsinki (Finland)
3 nights

Join an art expert to explore the National Art Gallery of Finland. A discussion introduces daily life in modern Finland, where residents enjoy one of the world’s highest living standards. A visit to the Hvittrask house illustrates the work of three famous Finnish architects.

Copenhagen: Four-star hotel in historic Town Hall square. Oslo: Renovated historic hotel in the center of town. Stockholm: Modern hotel in a fashionable neighborhood. Helsinki: Four-star hotel in the heart of the city. Onboard vessels: Comfortable en suite cabins.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Anette Florie Maman

A Copenhagen native, Anette Maman studied literature at Copenhagen University and went on to work at the Danish Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. She returned to her home country to study at the Copenhagen Business School where she graduated as a bilingual correspondent in English and German. As a lifelong learner, Anette is constantly studying and learning – especially in Danish history – and she recently received her professional bachelor’s degree in communication and Danish history at the age of 50.
Meals and Lodgings
   Palace Hotel
  Copenhagen, Denmark 4 nights
   DFDS cruise ship
  Cruise ship, Finland 1 night
   Hotel Bondeheimen
  Oslo, Norway 3 nights
   Clarion Collection Hotel Wellington
  Stockholm, Sweden 4 nights
   Tallink Silja Line
  Cruise ship, Finland 1 night
   Sokos Hotel Presidentti
  Helsinki, Finland 3 nights
 Palace Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Palace Hotel is centrally located at the City Hall Square in Copenhagen, boasting beautifully renovated rooms and charming settings. Designed in Jugend style by architect Anton Rosen, the hotel was built in 1910 and continues to be praised by all. It was completely renovated in 2008 and has a new, contemporary design. The hotel is a minute’s walk from the pedestrian area of Strøget, with views of the City Hall and the famous Tivoli Gardens.
  Contact info: Radhuspladsen 57
Copenhagen,  1550 Denmark
phone: +45 33 14 40 50
  Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, television, mini bar, telephone, safe, trouser press and free WIFI Internet access.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, free wireless Internet access, laundry services, business center with computer and printer, and a health and fitness center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 DFDS cruise ship
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: This cruise ship is a 4-star vessel that takes guests on a 16-hour cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo. One of its many highlights is a scenic morning sailing through the Oslo Fjord up to Oslo, but the entire journey at sea with the white nights of Scandinavia is something special to behold.
  Ship Information: Participants will be sailing on either the Crown of Scandinavia or the Pearl of Scandinavia. Information for the Crown: 169.4 meters in length and 27 meters in width, 21.5 knots, 2026 passengers, 450 cars, built in 1994, restored in 2010. Information for the Pearl: 176 meters in length and 29.6 meters in width, 21 knots, 2100 passengers, 365 cars, built in 1989, restored in 2001 and again in 2005.
  Contact info: Sundkrogsgade 11
Copenhagen,  2100 Denmark
phone: +0045 33 42 33 42
  Room amenities: Each room has a private bath, desk and chair, linens and towels.
  Facility amenities: The ships offer restaurants, lounges, cafes, bars, swimming pool and sauna facilities, Internet access, movie theater and entertainment on board.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Bondeheimen
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Established in 1913, the Best Western Hotel Bondeheimen is a metropolitan hotel with old Norwegian charm. It is situated in the middle of Oslo city center, next to the main street and close to all major sights and shops.
  Contact info: Rosenkrantz gate 8
Oslo,  0159 Norway
phone: +47 23214100
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, AM/FM alarm clock, coffee/tea maker, mini bar, free Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a coffee shop, two computers in lobby for guest use (free of charge), 24-hour front desk, restaurant serving traditional Norwegian food, gift shop, guest laundry, dry cleaning, complimentary newspaper, elevator, ice/vending machines, fax and photocopy services and free Internet access in all rooms.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Clarion Collection Hotel Wellington
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Built in 1938 and designed by Ernst Grönwall, the Hotel Wellington was once a residential building before it was converted into a hotel in 1967. It is located in the very heart of the most fashionable district in Stockholm, Östermalm, famous for its covered markets and bustling streets. The hotel, with its warm coloring and classic style, creates an inspiring atmosphere where guests will feel right at home. With shopping, restaurants, picturesque bridges and the Old Town within walking distance, the Hotel Wellington is a great place to stay while exploring both historical and present-day Stockholm.
  Contact info: Storgatan 6
Stockholm,  114 51 Sweden
phone: +46 (0)8 667 09 10
  Room amenities: Each room has a television with a DVD player, telephone, safe, coffee & tea making facilities, trouser press and iron, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, terrace, sauna, laundry services, safe at front desk, coffee & tea facilities, free wireless Internet access in the rooms and lobby, and a computer in the lobby with printer.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Tallink Silja Line
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: You will travel either with the Silja Serenade, built in 1990, or the Silja Symphony, built in 1991.
  Ship Information: Length = 203 meters, Width = 31.5 meters, Draught = 7.1 meters, Speed + 21.5 knots. 986 cabins, 2852 passengers.
  Contact info: Keilaranta 9
Espoo,  02150 Finland
phone: +358 9 18041
  Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bath with hair dryer, telephone, and radio.
  Facility amenities: The ship offers restaurants, shops, bar, swimming pool, lounge, air conditioning, fax machine, pay phones, sauna, and Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Sokos Hotel Presidentti
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Sokos Hotel Presidentti is located next to the Kamppi mall in the heart of Helsinki. Within walking distance are museums, theaters, shopping centers, Sibelius Academy and the Finnish Parliament House.
  Contact info: Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 4
Helsinki,  00100 Finland
phone: +358 20 1234 608
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, iron, hair dryer and free wireless Internet access.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, swimming pool, air conditioning, laundry services, fax machine, pay phone, saunas, business center with Internet access and free wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services, if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 800-241-1404
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Copenhagen, Denmark. 5:30 PM in hotel lobby. You will be staying at Palace Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Helsinki, Finland. After breakfast in the hotel dining room. You will be staying at Sokos Hotel Presidentti the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Many train and bus lines have service to Copenhagen. From main station, take taxi or walk to hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Copenhagen
  Nearest city or town:  In town
  Nearest highway: E 20
  Nearest airport:  Copenhagen/Kastrup
  Transportation to site: Train from airport to central train station (approx. 35 Danish Kroner DKK). From train station, take taxi (approx. 90 DKK), or walk approx.15 minutes to hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Helsinki
  Nearest city or town:  In Helsinki
  Nearest highway: Mannerheimintie
  Nearest airport:  Helsinki/Vantaa
  Transportation from site: The Finnair Airport bus leaves from the railway station, about three blocks from the hotel. It takes 35 minutes by bus every 20 minutes from 5:00 AM to 12:00 midnight. The bus costs 7 euros. By taxi it takes approx. 30 minutes and costs about 30 euros.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: In Transit
(Sunday, June 23)
 In Transit: Depart on international flight to Copenhagen.

Day 2: Orientation to Program
(Monday, June 24)
 Afternoon: Arrive at Copenhagen's Kastrup airport (CPH). Transfer to hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Orientation and getting to know one another.
Accommodations: Palace Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Danish Museum of Art and Design and Guided Canal Field Trip / Traditional Danish Christmas Dinner
(Tuesday, June 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: A morning lecture on “Copenhagen’s Past and Present” will teach us about the capital’s history and prepare us for our walking excursion through old Copenhagen, also known as the Latin Quarter. Walk through a maze of narrow streets to admire this bustling neighborhood’s charming old houses, unique shops, cafes and delis. Continue by coach, passing The Little Mermaid, the symbol of Copenhagen, and other highlights before ending at the Danish Museum of Art and Design.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Danish Museum of Art and Design.
 Afternoon: After lunch, we will begin our afternoon activities with a guided excursion of the Danish Museum of Art and Design. The building was once a part of the former Royal Frederik Hospital, which was constructed from 1752 to 1757 under King Frederik V. It was restored in the 1920s to house the collections of the museum, which consist mostly of European decorative and applied art from the Middle Ages to the present, arranged in chronological order. Our afternoon culminates with a guided field trip on the canals of Copenhagen as we drift past Amalienborg Castle, The Black Diamond, The Little Mermaid, Christianshavn, the Parliament building, and the Christiansborg Castle.
 Dinner: Enjoy a traditional Danish Christmas dinner of pork, potatoes, cabbage, and rice pudding at the charming Kobenhavnercafeen restaurant.
Accommodations: Palace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Christiansborg Castle / Glyptotek / Tivoli
(Wednesday, June 26)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Our morning lecture will enlighten us on "Denmark, Danes and Democracy."
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: You may choose to visit Christiansborg Palace or the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Art Museum. Christiansborg Palace is the home of Denmark's three supreme powers: the executive power, the legislative power, and the judicial power. Christiansborg Castle is the only building in the world which is the home of all the supreme powers of a nation. The Glyptotek Museum is an art collection, an architectural monument and a cultural institute. One of the most popular art museums in Denmark, Glyptotek houses a vast collection of Danish art from the 19th and 20th centuries.
 Dinner: Dine at Restaurant Paafuglen, one of the oldest and most original Tivoli restaurants, with decorated mirrors dating back to the 19th century. Enjoy your dinner in cozy surroundings, with a view of the Tivoli Gardens.
Accommodations: Palace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Denmark's Golden Age
(Thursday, June 27)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Denmark's Golden Age for art, literature and architecture took place from 1800 to 1850. Our morning lecture will introduce us to two famous Danes, Soren Kirkegaard and Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark's literary giants in the Golden Age. Copenhagen celebrates Soren Kierkegaard's 200th anniversary this year.
 Lunch: Enjoy Danish Smørrebrød during our lunch at Ad Libitum.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to enjoy as you please.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
Accommodations: Palace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Kronborg Castle / Louisiana
(Friday, June 28)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Our morning field trip will be to Kronborg Castle, known by many also as "Elsinore," the setting for much of William Shakespeare's famous tragedy Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Our journey will then take us to Louisiana, Scandinavia’s leading museum of contemporary art.
 Lunch: A picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Transfer to board overnight cruise ship to Oslo.
 Dinner: Enjoy a traditional smörgåsbord in the ship’s dining room.
Accommodations: DFDS cruise ship
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Frognerparken / National Opera House
(Saturday, June 29)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the cruise ship's dining room.
 Morning: Welcome to Oslo! Our short, guided sightseeing excursion by bus through the city, including a stop at the brand new Opera House, will precede an introduction to Norway's great sculptor, Gustav Vigeland. Contemplate this artist's talents as we view the Vigeland sculpture park, Frognerparken. This wonderful park's architect was Vigeland himself and it is home to 212 sculptures that depict the life of man from birth to death.
 Lunch: Delight in lunch with a view as we dine at the Holmenkollen restaurant. This destination will afford you a great vista of the city.
 Afternoon: We travel to our hotel to settle in. Later in the afternoon we will convene for a short welcome session with information about the Oslo portion of our journey.
 Dinner: Dinner at Brasserie 45, situated in the heart of Oslo, a mere stone's throw from the National Theatre and the City Hall.
 Evening: The evening is at your disposal. Enjoy your first night in Oslo as you wish.
Accommodations: Hotel Bondeheimen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: National Museum of Art / Nobel Peace Center
(Sunday, June 30)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Our morning begins with an information session about today's program and a short lecture on "Norway, Past and Present." Next, we hone our artistic eyes during our guided excursion of the National Museum of Art.
 Lunch: A short walk will take us down to Aker Brygge where we will eat lunch in one of its finest restaurants, Druen/The Grape.
 Afternoon: Next we embark on an excursion to the new Nobel Peace Center for a guided visit through this modern and magnificent museum. Here you will "meet" all the Nobel Peace Prize laureates and be exposed to thought-provoking exhibits on humanity's fragile conditions. A 15-minute walk will take us back to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy the evening as you wish. You will have the option to take part in a city walk and get to know the downtown area.
Accommodations: Hotel Bondeheimen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Oslo Museums
(Monday, July 1)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Our morning begins with an information session about today's program. Next, we will hear a lecture on Norwegian literature's Henrik Ibsen, an extremely influential Norwegian playwright who was largely responsible for the rise of the modern realistic drama. Held to be the greatest Norwegian author of all time, Ibsen is celebrated as a national symbol by Norwegians and as one of the most important playwrights in world history. Following the lecture, a bus will take us out to Bygdøy. The Bygdøy peninsula hosts several great museums and our excursion will take us to see some of the most important ones. Marvel at one of Scandinavia's greatest archaeological treasures, the Oseberg ship, at the Viking Ship Museum. This richly ornamented 19m-long dragon ship is the burial chamber of a Viking queen and her slave. Look for the Oseberg's animal-head post and four-wheeled cart, and the elegantly carved sleigh used by Viking royalty. Our next stop is the Norwegian Folk Museum, which has a rich collection of buildings from different parts of the country in addition to exquisite indoor exhibits on subjects such as Sami culture.
 Lunch: A short walk will take us down to the Lanternen restaurant overlooking Frognerkilen Bay. Enjoy the sea breeze and the scenery while you eat.
 Afternoon: The afternoon is at your disposal to explore more sights or simply to enjoy the city. Your program staff will provide you with possibilities. One very interesting option is to take the ferry (3 min) to Bygdones, where you can use your admission to visit the Norwegian Maritime Museum's collection of maritime curiosities, the Kon Tiki Museum and the Fram Museum. Later in the day, we take the same ferry (10 min) to Aker Brygge, close to City Hall. A former dockyard and industrial site, Aker Brygge was rebuilt in 1982 and was the largest property-rebuilding project of its time in Oslo. Aker Brygge has been a model for other cities when it comes to rebuilding old dockyards. Today, more than 6 million people from all over the world visit Aker Brygge to see and experience its special architecture. This unique community will stay in your mind as we walk back to the hotel.
 Dinner: Experience dinner in Oslo’s oldest restaurant, Stortorvets Gjæstgiveri, one of only three buildings to have escaped complete destruction during the many fires that roared through the city during the late 19th century. Enjoy this revered vestige of Oslo's past as we are also treated to a cultural program.
Accommodations: Hotel Bondeheimen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Train to Stockholm
(Tuesday, July 2)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: We depart for Stockholm by train.
 Lunch: Lunch en route.
 Afternoon: We arrive at our hotel in Stockholm.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Introduction to Stockholm program. An evening lecture will provide an overview of the program and of the city in preparation for tomorrow's excursion.
Accommodations: Clarion Collection Hotel Wellington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Millesgården Statue Park
(Wednesday, July 3)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Lecture: "Sweden Yesterday." Learn about the unique qualities of Swedish culture and the economy today in light of its historical roots.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Guided bus excursion. Most attractions of Stockholm are within a few miles walking distance from the central station. During our excursion, we will see all of them. A special stop will be made at the Millesgården Statue Park. This was once the home of the most important 20th century Swedish sculptor, Carl Milles. Today it displays replicas of his most famous sculptures in a most attractive setting in the inlet to the city. Milles was a long-time US resident and is also represented in many major US cities.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Clarion Collection Hotel Wellington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: The Vasa Ship Museum
(Thursday, July 4)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Lecture: "Sweden Today." In this lecture, an overview of the political landscape of Sweden will give an understanding of a system which has given the Swedish citizens an exceptionally high standard of living across the board. Today the "Swedish model" is rapidly changing.
 Lunch: We will explore the old town by foot and have our lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: A short boat trip from the Old Town takes us to the museum island of Djurgården, where we will visit the Vasa Ship Museum. This outstanding museum features the full body and ornamentation of a war ship that sunk on its maiden voyage in Stockholm in 1628 and was salvaged 333 years later. The prime condition of this ship has made it internationally unique. A guided excursion through the museum will include a 30-minute film showing the complex salvage operation of the ship. The rest of the afternoon is at your disposal - you will be prepared for your "free time" choices in advance. Within easy walking distance (or a short bus ride) from the Vasa museum you will find several interesting museums and art collections, including The Nordic Museum, Liljevalch's Art Gallery, Prince Eugene's Waldemarsudde, and The Historical Museum.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Clarion Collection Hotel Wellington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Stockholm City Hall / Skansen Open Air Museum
(Friday, July 5)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Lecture: "Sweden Today" (continued). Continue to learn about the political and cultural landscape of Sweden in preparation for our excursion to the Stockholm City Hall. This remarkable building, inaugurated in 1923, combines many architectural and ornamental styles into a unique structure that is the pride of Stockholm. Many people worldwide have seen the magnificent Nobel Prize gala dinner taking place in the “Blue Hall” of City Hall.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Field trip to the Skansen Open Air Museum. The world's oldest open air museum, Skansen is comprised of historical buildings from different social and geographical areas of Sweden, including farmland, herb gardens and both domestic and wild animals.
 Dinner: Tonight we will have dinner in the Old Town.
Accommodations: Clarion Collection Hotel Wellington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Drottningholm Palace
(Saturday, July 6)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning is at your disposal. You may want to use your free time to visit a museum of your choice. Options include The City Hall Tower, The Kaknas Tower, The Modern Museum of Art and the Museum of Photography. Your program staff will advise, assist and also accompany you to selected attractions.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Boat excursion to Drottningholm Palace. Stockholm was built on water and its waterways offer a convenient means of transportation. The journey to the present residence of the royal family takes an hour as we pass residential communities along the way. We enjoy a guided exploration as most of the Palace is open to the public. The portrait gallery and exquisite furniture are prime examples of Swedish craft and art from the 18th and 19th century. Later in the afternoon we will travel by bus to the Silja Line Terminal and board our cruise ship destined for Helsinki. Hours after our departure, we will pass through one of the densest and richest archipelagoes in the world.
 Dinner: Enjoy a traditional smörgåsbord in the ship’s dining room.
Accommodations: Tallink Silja Line
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15: Ateneum, the National Art Gallery of Finland
(Sunday, July 7)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the cruise ship's dining room.
 Morning: We arrive in Helsinki and enjoy a guided bus excursion, including Sibelius Monument, Church in the Rock and Senate Square, before arriving at our hotel.
 Lunch: Savor your first lunch in Helsinki at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, we will visit the Finnish Art Gallery. An art expert will serve as our guide through the Ateneum, the National Art Gallery of Finland. Contemplate some of the Ateneum’s most famous and interesting paintings during our excursion, and then take advantage of time to explore more of the museum on your own.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Sokos Hotel Presidentti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Finlandia Hall
(Monday, July 8)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: We will hear a lecture covering a "Short History of Finland." Follow Finland’s history from the early years to the present as we focus on Finland’s relations with the world and especially with the U.S. Next, listen to a lecture on "Daily Life in Finland" as we catch a glimpse into the everyday life of a typical Finnish citizen.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Introduction to the Finnish architecture in the hotel lecture hall. Then guided tour in Finlandia Hall, the masterpiece of the famous Finnish Architect Alvar Aalto.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: Tonight we are treated to an evening music program.
Accommodations: Sokos Hotel Presidentti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 17: Ainola, Jean Sibelius' Home Museum / Hvitträsk
(Tuesday, July 9)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: We travel by chartered bus to the Lotta Museum in Tuusula where a musician will lecture us on Finnish Music and delight us with the sounds of a kantele, a traditional Finnish instrument. Afterwards we will enjoy a coffee break and a slideshow about the Lotta Movement during World War II. Next we take a field trip to Ainola, Jean Sibelius’ Home Museum. Here we will see the composer’s home as it was while he lived there with his family, as well as the graves of the composer and his wife.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Järvenpää.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we take a guided field trip to Hvitträsk, one of Helsinki’s architectural highlights. The former studio home of famous Finnish architects Eliel Saarinen, Armas Lindgren, and Herman Gesellius, Hvitträsk was built of logs and natural stone and ranks among the most remarkable architectural creations of its time. The artistic unity of the house with its forest surroundings was a remarkable achievement.
 Dinner: Our program concludes with a farewell dinner in a charming local restaurant.
Accommodations: Sokos Hotel Presidentti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Departures
(Wednesday, July 10)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Departure by chartered bus for Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL).
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Copenhagen Christianshavn Quarters
Enjoy a stroll along the canals of the Christianshavn Quarters, built by the Danish King, Christian IV in the 17th century. Built for his army and navy, many boats and house boats float along their edges, with colorful houses and people sitting and enjoying coffee.
  Museum of Liberty (Frihedsmuseet)
Designed by architect Hans Hansen, the Frihedsmuseet, translated "freedom museum," is dedicated to the Danish resistance during World War II. Documents relating to the Danish resistance against the Nazis from 1940 to 1945 can be seen here, including photographs, newspaper articles, letters and more.
  Rosenborg Castle and the Crown Jewels
The Rosenborg Castle is a renaissance castle from the 17th century, built by the famous Danish king, Christian IV. This small but elegant castle still holds the setting of when the king himself lived there. Apart from the castle interior, the collection of Crown Jewels is worth a visit. The jewels are still worn by the Royal family today. Next to the castle is the King Garden (Kongens Have); a stroll through this park gives its guests the impression of daily life for Copenhagen citizens.
  Statens Museum for Kunst
The Statens Museum for Kunst, the national gallery, holds a collection of national art from the Golden Age to modern times. The building is composed of an old and new wing, and is surrounded by a lovely park that was formerly a part of the Copenhagen ramparts.
  Oslo Kon Tiki Museum
Original vessels and objects from Thor Heyerdahl's world famous expeditions, such as the Kon-Tiki raft, the papyrus boat Ra II, Easter Island statues and a model of Tigris, can be found at the Kon Tiki Museum.
  Norwegian Maritime Museum
Travel to Bygdønes by ferry, where you can use your admission to visit the Norwegian Maritime Museum's collection of maritime curiosities. Get the feel of the old sailing ships and steam vessels from the ship interiors, maritime objects and exquisite ship models on display at the Norwegian Maritime Museum.
  The Fram Museum
Uncover the history of the polar explorers at the Fram Museum where you'll find the world's most famous polar ship, Fram, the museum's main attraction. The ship, which dates back to 1892, is displayed in its original condition with both interior and objects perfectly preserved.
  Helsinki Seurasaari Open Air Museum
Founded in 1909, the Seurasaari is an open air museum that presents the traditional Finnish way of life. Cottages, farmsteads and manors from the past four centuries have been relocated onto this island, representing the different provinces of Finland to give an overall view of life in the old Finnish countryside. For additional information, visit
  Suomenlinna Seafortress
On an island off of Helsinki, the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress was built during the Swedish era as a maritime fortress and a base for the Archipelago Fleet. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and has more than 800 year-round residents. For additional information, visit
  Stockholm Prince Eugene's Waldemarsudde
Located in his private villa, Prince Eugene's Waldemarsudde art museum presents turn of the century art, from the 19th to the 20th century. It also has a restaurant and café. For additional information, visit
  The Medieval Museum
The Medieval Museum at the Royal Palace in Norrbro is a small modern museum depicting medieval Stockholm. For additional information, visit
  The Nordic Museum
The Nordic Museum holds collections of cultural historical value. For additional information, visit
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Suggested Reading List

A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland

Author: T.K Derry

Description: Scandinavia from prehistory to the present with chapters on the Viking and Lutheran kingdoms, medieval times, monarchies, the World Wars and modern period, emphasizing the common cultural, political and social backgrounds.

Birds of Europe

Author: Lars Svensson

Description: Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second revised edition of this exquisite guide has been brought up to date with revised text and maps.

Cod, A Biography of a Fish That Changed the World

Author: Mark Kurlansky

Description: A sparkling extended essay on the cod in the tradition of Lopez or McPhee, looking at the importance of the fish to cuisine, commerce and history, throwing light on Viking voyages, the Hanseatic League, and both Scnadinavian and Canadian economic history.

Eyewitness Guide Norway

Author: Eyewitness Guides

Description: This handsome, illustrated guide covers nature, culture, history and attractions.

Eyewitness Guide Stockholm

Author: Kaj Sandell

Description: This superb, fully illustrated guide to Stockholm and surrounding islands features dozens of local maps and site diagrams.

Growth of the Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun

Description: The epic tale of a homesteader in the mountainous Norwegian interior, which helped win Hamsun a Nobel Prize in 1920.

Helsinki, A Cultural and Literary History

Author: Neil Kent

Description: A literary guide to Helsinki, its history and culture, organized into three sections: city of architects and engineers; city of music and arts; and city of hospitality. With maps and black-and-white illustrations.

Iceland, Land of the Sagas

Author: Jon Krakauer (Photographer), David Roberts

Description: Krakauer and colleague David Roberts hike and climb around Iceland in this classic travel narrative, reissued as a paperback and featuring Krakauer's color photographs. The book interweaves the natural and cultural history of the island with the authors' own adventures.

Insight Guide Scandinavia

Author: Insight Guides

Description: From Denmark to Sweden, Norway and Finland, this guide introduces the region with outstanding color maps and photographs.

Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin

Description: Groundbreaking feminist Wollstonecraft records her observations of a late 18th-century journey through Scandinavia in this small masterpiece, rich in detali of people and place.

Norwegian Folk Tales

Author: Peter Asbjornsen

Description: This rich collection of stories, interpreted by a leading scholar on ancient traditions and tales, will delight both adults and children.

Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings

Author: John Haywood

Description: The history of the Vikings told through a series of innovative maps and excellent photographs. This book traces the route of the 9th-century Viking merchants and explorers throughout Europe and on to the New World.

Rough Guide Copenhagen

Author: Lone Mouritsen, Andrew Spooner

Description: A pocket guide to Copenhagen, its history, culture and attractions.

Scandinavia & Finland Map

Author: Michelin Travel Publications

Description: With an index, area maps and table of driving times and distances, this handy, frequently updated map covers all of Scandinavia, including Finland, at a scale of 1:1.5 million on one side of the sheet.

Scandinavia Map

Author: HEMA Maps

Description: This detailed map (1:800,000) shows Denmark and southern Scandinavia on one side and Norway, including Spitsbergen, on the reverse.

The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen

Author: Hans Christian Andersen, Diana Crone Frank, Jeffrey Frank

Description: A newly refurbished collection of twenty-two tales, adroitly retranslated by Diana and Jeffrey Frank and with the original illustrations.

The Summer Book

Author: Tove Jansson

Description: A modern Scandinavian classic, Jansson's sweet, slender novel follows a young girl and her grandmother as they while away a summer on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland.

The Vikings, Lords of the Seas

Author: Yves Cohat

Description: An indispensable reference that fits in your pocket, this slim volume is packed with maps, archival photographs and illustrations. It tells of the Norse homeland, discoveries and settlements, and features a useful chronology and excerpts from the Viking Sagas. Part of the "Discoveries" series.

Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga

Author: William Fitzhugh (Editor), Elisabeth Ward (Editor)

Description: An extensively illustrated volume of Viking culture, history and exploration that focuses especially on voyages to North America. Published in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibit, it features essays and 400 color photographs.

We Die Alone

Author: David Howarth

Description: Howarth's riveting account of courage, determination and valor in Nazi-occupied Norway follows Jan Baalrud's extraordinary escape by ski across the Lyngen Alps.

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