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The True Spirit of Scandinavia

Program Number: 13171RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/29/2013 - 6/18/2013;
Duration: 20 nights
Location: Denmark/Norway/Finland/Sweden
Price starting at: $5,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 56; 19 Breakfasts, 18 Lunches, 19 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

In Scandinavia water meets land, folk meets modern and mountains stand high above plunging fjords. Experience the contrasts and commonalities of Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland as you meet local artists and folk school teachers, explore medieval villages and sophisticated cities and discover the true spirit of Scandinavia.




Highlights

• Voyage across the Baltic Sea on an overnight cruise from Stockholm to Turku.
• Pass underneath Norway’s extraordinary Pulpit Rock and 3,000-foot-high Kjerag mountain on a fjord excursion.
• Learn about the traditions of Scandinavian life as you stay at folk schools and share coffee and local snacks with families at their homes.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some cobblestone streets and uneven terrain.




Date Specific Information

5-29-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Stavanger (Norway), coach to Klepp, 3 nights; coach to Stavanger, board vessel, 1 night; coach to Askov (Denmark), 3 nights; coach to Copenhagen, 1 night; coach to Saltsjö-Boo (Sweden), 3 nights; coach to Stockholm, board vessel, 1 night; coach to Turku (Finland), 2 nights; coach to Helsinki, 1 night; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A. 1 night
Arrival Stavanger (Norway), coach to Klepp, 3 nights
Coach to Stavanger, board vessel, 1 night

A musical welcome awaits you in the coastal community of Klepp. Explore this beautiful region of Norway, delving into its industry, art and stunning geological features. Visit Utstein Kloster, a monastery from the Middle Ages, and the home of 19th-century author Arne Gaborg. A boat excursion takes you deep into the Lysefjord below massive granite cliffs.



Coach to Askov (Denmark) 3 nights
Coach to Copenhagen 1 night

Learn about Denmark from its oldest town, Ribe, established in the eighth century as a Viking settlement, to the modern capital of Copenhagen. Folk college faculty lead field trips to the Hans Christian Anderson Museum in Odense and the studio of a Danish textile artist.



Train to Saltsjö-Boo (Sweden) 3 nights
Coach to Stockholm, board vessel 1 night

Discover Sweden through the eyes of native instructors who reveal little-known secrets and discuss today’s big political and social issues. On a field trip led by social historian Paul Reichberg, explore Stockholm’s magnificent City Hall, inspired by Renaissance palaces and Viking traditions. An overnight study cruise on the Baltic Sea takes you to Finland



Disembark Turku (Finland)
2 nights
Coach to Helsinki
1 night
Departure

Explore Turku, Finland’s oldest city — founded in 1229 — and home to its first universities. Visit the Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum for a look at what life was like here in the pre-industrial era. Continue investigating Finnish life in the capital, where lectures and excursions highlighting the composer Sibelius and prominent architects.




Accommodations
Klepp: Modern rooms at folk school with private baths. Askov: Rooms with private baths at historic folk school. Copenhagen: Four-star hotel in city center. Saltsjo-Boo: Rooms with private baths at a folk school housed in an island manor. Study cruise: Cabins on modern cruiseferry. Turku: Rooms at folk school with private baths. Helsinki: Hotel in the heart of the city.
Meals and Lodgings
   Palace Hotel
  Copenhagen, Denmark 1 night
   Askov Højskole
  Askov, Denmark 4 nights
   Jaeren Folkehogskule
  Klepp, Norway 5 nights
   Tollare Folkhogskola
  Saltsjö-Boo/Stockholm, Sweden 4 nights
   M/S Galaxy
  Cruise ship, Finland 1 night
   Paasikivi Opisto
  Turku, Finland 2 nights
   Sokos Hotel Presidentti
  Helsinki, Finland 2 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
web: www.scandichotels.com
  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

 Askov Højskole
Type: Campus/Dorm
  Description: Established in 1865, Askov Folk High School is one of the oldest and most well-known Danish folk schools. The aim of the school is to develop and influence culture both locally and globally, taking an active approach to the way in which society develops. It is located in the southern part of Jutland in the town of Vejen, a 3-4 hour drive from Copenhagen and near Kongeaen, the Danish-German border until 1920. The campus is surrounded by a lush park. Accommodations are a 5-minute walk from the main building.
  Contact info: Maltvej 1
Vejen,  6600 Denmark
phone: +45 76 96 18 00
web: www.askov-hojskole.dk
  Room amenities: Each room has a table and chair, and a private bathroom with a shower.
  Facility amenities: The school offers a lounge, library, Internet, fax machine and laundry facilities.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Jaeren Folkehogskule
Type: Campus/Dorm
  Description: Jaeren Folkehogskule is pleasantly situated atop a hill very close to the town center of Klepp.
  Contact info: Soren Ovretveits veg 9
Kleppe,  4352 Norway
phone: +47 51 42 06 55
web: www.jarenfhs.no
  Room amenities: Each room has a sink, writing desk, and cupboards. All rooms have private bathrooms and are located in a new building just constructed in 2005. Rooms are on the first and second floors, there is no elevator.
  Facility amenities: The school has a dining room, lounge, kitchens available in the residence hall, gym, sauna, fax machine, Internet access, and laundry and ironing facilities.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Tollare Folkhogskola
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Tollare Folk School is located 7 miles from Stockholm in the town of Saltsjö-Boo on the island, Varmdön. Tollare is a beautifully restored 16th-century manor house in a traditional Swedish style and is gloriously situated in a park right at the Baltic Sea. There is direct bus service from the school into Stockholm.
  Contact info: Saltsjo-Boo,  132 42 Sweden
phone: +46 8 505 686 00
web: www.tollare.org
  Room amenities: Each room has a private bathroom.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers refrigerators and facilities for making tea and coffee in the lounges, laundry facilities, library, Internet access, pay phones, fax machine, a gym hall with some equipment, and a sauna. Rooms are on the ground and first floors.
  Smoking allowed: No

 M/S Galaxy
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Built in 2006, the M/S Galaxy offers excellent dining, wellness facilities, and activities for the entire family. A luxurious and relaxing stay awaits its passengers as they cruise the Baltic Sea.
  Ship Information: Length = 212 meters, Width = 29 meters, Speed = 22 knots, Cabins = 795, Passengers = 2800.
  Contact info: Keilaranta 9
Espoo,  02151 Finland
phone: +358 9 180 41
web: www.tallinksilja.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a LCD television, telephone, refrigerator and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The ship offers different restaurants, five bars, three shops, an excellent sauna department and a modern conference room.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Paasikivi Opisto
Type: Campus/Dorm
  Description: Paasikivi Opisto is situated on the island of Kakskerta in a beautiful rural setting just 10 miles from the city of Turku. It is one of the youngest folk schools in Finland, founded in 1980.
  Contact info: Harjattulantie 80
Turku,  20960 Finland
phone: +358 207 488600
web: www.paasikiviopisto.net
  Room amenities: Each room has a private bathroom.
  Facility amenities: The school offers a restaurant, swimming pool, small gym, lounge, fax machine and Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No

 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
web: www.sokoshotels.fi
  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 Welcome Dinner at the hotel. You will be staying at Palace Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Helsinki, Finland. After breakfast at the hotel. You will be staying at Sokos Hotel Presidentti the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety 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
  Transportation to site: Train from airport to central train station. Approximate cost is 35 Danish Kroner (DKK). From train station, take taxi (approximate cost = 90 DKK), or walk approximately 15 minutes to hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Helsinki
  Nearest city or town:  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
(Wednesday, May 29)
   
 In Transit: International overnight flight from US/Canada.

Day 2: Welcome to Denmark
(Thursday, May 30)
   
 Afternoon: Meet and greet at Copenhagen airport and transfer to hotel.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner in hotel dining room.
 Evening: After dinner, we have a welcome and short orientation meeting in a separate room at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Palace Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Copenhagen / Welcome to Askov Folk School
(Friday, May 31)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Guided walking excursion of Copenhagen.
 Lunch: Hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Transfer by coach to Askov Folk School. We arrive and get our room assignments.
 Dinner: Folk school dining room.
 Evening: Welcome evening and exploration of the campus.
   
Accommodations: Askov Højskole
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ribe / Meet Danish Families
(Saturday, June 1)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Lecture: "Introduction to Danish History, Literature, Geography, Business, Politics and Welfare System."
 Lunch: Folk school dining room.
 Afternoon: Excursion to Ribe, Denmark's oldest town. Founded in the 8th century, Ribe began as a Viking settlement. Here we will see the Ribe Cathedral and Viking Museum. The Vikings made Ribe so important that the Danish king gave the monk Ansgar permission to build a cathedral there in 860. During the Middle Ages, the town of Ribe grew up around this cathedral, which was constructed between 1225 and 1250. The present cathedral stands on the site of Denmark's first wooden church. From 1982-1987, the cathedral was further decorated with mosaics, frescoes and new stained-glass windows in the apse by Carl Henning Pedersen. The Viking Museum tells the story of the Vikings in the area. Here, one can experience the intense and authentic atmosphere from the time of the Vikings. Through artifacts, archaeological digs and open workshops, the museum has reconstructed 8th century Ribe and made the Vikings come to life.
 Dinner: Folk school dining room.
 Evening: Meet Danish families in their homes.
   
Accommodations: Askov Højskole
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Visit a Local Textile Artist / Kolding Castle Museum
(Sunday, June 2)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Lecture: "Danish Visual Arts and Danish Handicrafts" (including a presentation of the Skagen tradition). Known for its light and therefore sought by many artists, Skagen is the area on the tip of Northern Jutland. Visit a local textile artist.
 Lunch: Folk school dining room.
 Afternoon: We travel to Kolding where we will visit the Castle Museum. Castle Museum - Koldinghus, a royal castle, ruin, and museum, was built in the middle of the 13th century and was one of Denmark's most important royal castles in the centuries that followed. In 1808, a fire left the castle in ruins - a romantic relic. Today the castle has been restored by contemporary Danish architects and houses a museum which is a center for cultural activities and special exhibitions of international standing.
 Dinner: Folk school dining room.
 Evening: Film.
   
Accommodations: Askov Højskole
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hans Christian Andersen Museum / Open Air Museum
(Monday, June 3)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: All day excursion to Odense, Denmark's third largest city, where we will visit the museum of Hans Christian Andersen and the Open Air Museum. Odense, located at the mouth of Odense Fjord, is one of the Danish cities with the most ancient history. The city's name is made up of two words, "Odins Vi", which means Odin's shrine - proof that the god, Odin, must have been worshiped here in pre-Christian times. Today, the city is a religious and commercial center located almost in the center of Denmark's second largest island, Funen. Odense was the home of Hans Christian Andersen and the composer Carl Nielsen. Hans Christian Andersen Museum - Hans Christian Andersen, the son of a poor peddler and an illiterate mother, was born and raised in Odense. The museum is a biographical museum as well as a museum of literature. Throughout his life, Andersen was active as a visual artist. The museum's exhibitions chronicle the writer's life, shedding light on his childhood years as the son of a poor shoemaker, his schooling, his debut as a writer and career as an author, and the years before his death. One can see his drawings from his literary works, his drawings from his many trips abroad and his imaginative, sometimes grotesque paper-cuts. Open Air Museum - A complete rural village environment from the 18th and 19th centuries has been created outside of Odense to recreate country life in the 1850s. Houses from this time period have been demolished and then reconstructed here. One will see half-timbered buildings, fences, farm animals, a village pond, village lanes and how agriculture was practiced using traditional methods.
 Lunch: Lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Continue our excursion in Odense.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in the folk school dining room.
 Evening: Farewell party!
   
Accommodations: Askov Højskole
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Transfer to Norway
(Tuesday, June 4)
   
 Breakfast: Early breakfast in the folk school dining room.
 Morning: Travel via motorcoach to Hirtshals. Board the ferry and depart for Kristiansand at 11:45 AM.
 Lunch: Light lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Kristiansand harbor at 2:00 PM and transfer by bus to Jæren Folkehogskule (3-4 hours). Receive your room assignments.
 Dinner: Folk school dining room.
 Evening: Welcome session and introduction to Norway. Singing together.
   
Accommodations: Jaeren Folkehogskule
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Utstein Kloster / City Cathedral
(Wednesday, June 5)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Lecture: "Norway from Ice-Time to Soft Ice-Time." An introduction to Norwegian history and the Norwegian welfare system.
 Lunch: Folk school dining room.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Utstein Kloster, a monastery from the Middle Ages. Afterward we will go to Stavanger to visit the Petroleum Museum and the 800-year-old City Cathedral. Stavanger is considered the oil capital of modern Norway.
 Dinner: Folk school dining room.
 Evening: Concert by the mixed choir, "Vivace." Enjoy coffee and tea with the choir members.
   
Accommodations: Jaeren Folkehogskule
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Arne Garborg
(Thursday, June 6)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Lecture: The author Arne Garborg - his "kingdom" and his literary works.
 Lunch: Folk school dining room.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Knudaheio (Garborg's writer's hut) and the Garborg home (where he grew up).
 Dinner: Folk school dining room.
 Evening: Norwegian folk music, dancing and old song traditions. We will learn a few folk dances. Afterward we enjoy coffee and tea and have a social meeting with the dancers.
   
Accommodations: Jaeren Folkehogskule
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Lysefjord cruise / "The Pulpit"
(Friday, June 7)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Full day excursion to and on the Lysefjord. We take a coach to Lauvik where we board a ferry for a 2 1/2 hour boat ride on the magnificent Lysefjord. A guide will tell us about the secrets of the fjord while passing underneath the extraordinary cliff, "the Pulpit," and the 3,000 foot high Kjerag Massif. The latter is the "stage" of base jumpers from all over the world, and if we are lucky we might see some of them in their flight down from the sky. We continue by bus up the steep mountain's 27 hair pin turns.
 Lunch: Lunch at the "Eagle Mountain" with a spectacular view of the Lysefjord.
 Afternoon: Crossing the mountains, we will come back down through the Sirdal valley - the most popular spot for winter sports in this part of the country. Visit the Sirdal Mountain Museum.
 Dinner: Folk school dining room.
   
Accommodations: Jaeren Folkehogskule
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Edvard Grieg / Jaeren beaches
(Saturday, June 8)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Lecture on composer Edvard Grieg's life and music.
 Lunch: Folk school dining room.
 Afternoon: Field trip to the famous Jæren beaches, including a visit to Friluftshuset, an information center on outdoor life and nature.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in the folk school dining room.
   
Accommodations: Jaeren Folkehogskule
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Transfer to Stockholm
(Sunday, June 9)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to Stavanger Airport, Sola, for departure to Stockholm.
 Lunch: En route.
 Afternoon: Arrive at folk school and check-in. Welcome and information about Tollare and the program.
 Dinner: Folk school dining room.
 Evening: A walk in the neighborhood followed by coffee or tea in the manor house.
   
Accommodations: Tollare Folkhogskola
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Vasa Museum
(Monday, June 10)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Lecture: "The History of Sweden."
 Lunch: Folk school dining room.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we discover the Vasa Museum. The museum displays the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Vasa that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. Later in the afternoon we travel by coach to the Old Town where we will enjoy some free time to explore.
 Dinner: Folk school dining room.
 Evening: We meet with locals for discussion.
   
Accommodations: Tollare Folkhogskola
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Uppsala
(Tuesday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Departure by coach for Uppsala where we will visit botanist Linneaus' gardens, "Hammarby."
 Lunch: Restaurant in Odinsborg, Old Uppsala.
 Afternoon: Explore Uppsala. Late afternoon we return to Tollare.
 Dinner: Folk school dining room.
 Evening: Lecture on "Swedish Art" by Johan Linder, Uppsala University. Coffee or tea will be served in the manor house after the lecture.
   
Accommodations: Tollare Folkhogskola
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Stockholm City Hall
(Wednesday, June 12)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Lecture on the history of Stockholm.
 Lunch: Folk school dining room.
 Afternoon: A guided field trip through Stockholm's City Hall followed by some free time to explore the city on your own.
 Dinner: Folk school dining room.
 Evening: Farewell evening with live music.
   
Accommodations: Tollare Folkhogskola
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Millesgården
(Thursday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Lecture on the European Union.
 Lunch: Folk school dining room.
 Afternoon: Guided excursion through Millesgården, former home of Carl Milles, the famous Swedish sculptor. Departure for the Silja Line terminal to board overnight ferry to Finland.
 Dinner: Ship dining room.
   
Accommodations: M/S Galaxy
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Welcome to Finland
(Friday, June 14)
   
 Breakfast: Ship dining room.
 Morning: Arrive in Turku harbor. We travel by chartered bus to the folk school, about a 30 minute ride, and once there we can have breakfast and settle in. Later in the morning we will have an introduction to the program.
 Lunch: Folk school dining room.
 Afternoon: Lecture: "Introduction to Finnish Culture and Society." Coffee break. Lecture: "Short History of Finland."
 Dinner: Folk school dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy a Finnish music program. There will also be the possibility of going to a sauna.
   
Accommodations: Paasikivi Opisto
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Naantali / Turku
(Saturday, June 15)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: All day excursion to Naantali and Turku. Naantali is a medieval convent town and the summer residence of Finland's president.
 Lunch: Local restaurant in Turku.
 Afternoon: Turku is Finland's former capital and eldest city, founded in 1229. On our guided sightseeing excursion by bus, we will see Turku Castle, Turku Cathedral and the Handicrafts Museum.
 Dinner: Folk school dining room.
 Evening: Farewell party with folk dances and music.
   
Accommodations: Paasikivi Opisto
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Hvittrask
(Sunday, June 16)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Lecture: "Kalevala, the National Epic of Finland."
 Lunch: Folk school dining room.
 Afternoon: Depart by chartered bus for Helsinki. On the way we will visit Hvittrask, the Home Museum of three Finnish architects Eliel Saarinen, Herman Gesellius and Armas Lindgren. Arrive in Helsinki. Check-in and settle in at the hotel.
 Dinner: Local restaurant in Helsinki.
   
Accommodations: Sokos Hotel Presidentti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Helsinki
(Monday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Guided sightseeing excursion by bus in Helsinki. Highlights will include the Sibelius Monument, Church in the Rock and Senate Square.
 Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time to enjoy as you please.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Sokos Hotel Presidentti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Departures
(Tuesday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to Helsinki-Vantaaa Airport (HEL) for departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Saltsjö-Boo/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 www.waldemarsudde.se
  The Medieval Museum
The Medieval Museum at the Royal Palace in Norrbro is a small modern museum depicting medieval Stockholm. For additional information, visit www.medeltidsmuseet.stockholm.se
  The Nordic Museum
The Nordic Museum holds collections of cultural historical value. For additional information, visit www.nordiskamuseet.se
  The Skansen Outdoor Museum
The Skansen Outdoor Museum is comprised of historical buildings from different social and geographical areas of Sweden, including farmland, herb gardens and both domestic and wild animals. For additional information, visit www.skansen.se/en
  Helsinki Design Museum
Finland's Design Museum houses a permanent collection of Finnish design along with changing exhibitions.
  Kansallismuseo, the Finnish National Museum
Kansallismuseo, the Finnish National Museum, is the museum of history in Finland. The progression of the Finnish people through the centuries through timelines, hard times and different cultural themes is on fascinating display.
  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 www.nba.fi/en/museums/seurasaari_openairmuseum
  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 www.suomenlinna.fi/en/fortress
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

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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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