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The True Spirit of Scandinavia

Program Number: 13171RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/29/2014 - 6/14/2014;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: Denmark/Norway/Finland/Sweden
Price starting at: $4,979.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 43; 15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 14 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

5-29-2014

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
   Jaeren Folkehogskule
  Klepp, Norway 3 nights
   MS Bergensfjord
  Klepp, Norway 1 night
   Askov Højskole
  Askov, Denmark 3 nights
   Palace Hotel
  Copenhagen, Denmark 1 night
   Tollare Folkhogskola
  Saltsjö-Boo/Stockholm, Sweden 3 nights
   M/S Galaxy
  Cruise ship, Finland 1 night
   Paasikivi Opisto
  Turku, Finland 2 nights
   Sokos Hotel Presidentti
  Helsinki, Finland 1 night
 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
  Additional nights prior:  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: 2:00 PM

 MS Bergensfjord
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Fjord Line provides a safe and comfortable ferry service between Norway and Denmark. On board, you can buy very reasonable tax-free goods, eat a delicious meal in one of the three restaurants, relax and enjoy good music and wake up in Denmark refreshed and rested.
  Ship Information: Built: 1993 Length: 134,4 m Height: 35 m Width: 24 m Maximum speed: 19 knots Depth in water: 5,2 m Passengers: 850 Cabins: 207
  Contact info: Fjord Line
Hovland, Mail Box 513
Egersund,  N-4379 Norway
phone: +47 51 46 40 99
web: fjordline.com
  Room amenities: All the cabins are comfortably furnished and have a private bathroom with shower.
  Facility amenities: The ship offers three restaurants, a pub, lounges, and a nightclub. There is an ATM (deck 3) and wireless Internet is available in designated areas. NOK, DKK and Euro banknotes (not coins) can be used on the ship. (Coins, only Norwegian and Danish). Upon payment in Euro you will receive change in NOK.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 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

 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

 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, and a gym hall with some equipment. 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:
Klepp, Norway. 5:30 PM Welcome Dinner at Jaeren Folkehogskule. You will be staying at Jaeren Folkehogskule 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)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Klepp
  Nearest city or town:  Bryne (5km), Sandnes (12km), Stavanger (25km)
  Nearest highway: R44, E39
  Nearest airport:  Stavanger/Sola airport (20 km from the school)
  Transportation to site: Take the "Jaerlines" airport bus, via the Rogaland taxi company, from the airport to downtown Klepp. The bus departs every hour (every half hour during rush hour) and takes 25-30 minutes. Check www.jaerlines.no for prices and more information. From downtown Klepp, take a 3-minute taxi ride to the school (approx. 70 NOK). Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the airport to the school. It will cost approx. 400-500 NOK.
  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
(Thursday, May 29)
   
 In Transit: International overnight flight from US/Canada.

Day 2: Welcome to Norway
(Friday, May 30)
   
 Afternoon: Flight arrival from U.S. and transfer by bus to Jæren Folkehogskule (approx. 30 minutes). Receive your room assignments.
 Dinner: Folk school dining room.
 Evening: Welcome session and introduction to Norway. Singing together.
   
Accommodations: Jaeren Folkehogskule
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Utstein Kloster / City Cathedral
(Saturday, May 31)
   
 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 4: Lysefjord cruise / "The Pulpit"
(Sunday, June 1)
   
 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 5: Arne Garborg
(Monday, June 2)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Lecture on 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: Transfer by coach to the harbor to embark overnight cruise to Denmark.
   
Accommodations: MS Bergensfjord
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Welcome to Denmark
(Tuesday, June 3)
   
 Breakfast: On board cruise ship.
 Morning: Arrive in Hirtshals, Denmark. Transfer to Askov.
 Lunch: Folk school dining room.
 Afternoon: Room assignments and orientation to Denmark.
 Dinner: Folk school dining room.
 Evening: Welcome evening and exploration of the campus.
   
Accommodations: Askov Højskole
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Ribe / Meet Danish families in their homes
(Wednesday, June 4)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Introduction to the program and orientation to Denmark. Take in a lecture: "Introduction to Danish history, literature, geography, business, politics and welfare system."
 Lunch: Folk school dining room.
 Afternoon: Field trip 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. Here, one can experience the intense and authentic atmosphere from the time of the Vikings.
 Dinner: Folk school dining room.
 Evening: Meet Danish families in their homes.
   
Accommodations: Askov Højskole
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Danish Art & Handicraft / Odense, hometown of Hans Christian Andersen / Denmark's Constitution Day
(Thursday, June 5)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Lecture on Danish visual arts (including a presentation of the Skagen tradition) and Danish handicrafts. Known for its light and therefore sought by many artists, Skagen is the area on the tip of Northern Jutland. Then, visit a local textile artist.
 Lunch: Folk school dining room.
 Afternoon: Afternoon field trip to Odense, Denmark's third largest city, where we will visit the museum of Hans Christian Andersen. 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, 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.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in the folk school dining room.
 Evening: Farewell party!
   
Accommodations: Askov Højskole
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Copenhagen
(Friday, June 6)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Travel via motor coach to Copenhagen.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Arrive at hotel. Free time to explore Copenhagen on your own.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Palace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Transfer to Stockholm
(Saturday, June 7)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Depart Copenhagen for Saltsjö-Boo, Sweden by train.
 Lunch: En route to Stockholm on the train.
 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 11: Stockholm City Hall
(Sunday, June 8)
   
 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 12: Vasa Museum
(Monday, June 9)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Tollare Folkhogskola
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Lecture on the European Union
(Tuesday, June 10)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Lecture on the European Union.
 Lunch: Folk school dining room.
 Afternoon: Optional program / free time in Stockholm.
 Dinner: Ship dining room.
   
Accommodations: M/S Galaxy
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Welcome to Finland
(Wednesday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Arrive in Turku harbor. We travel by chartered bus to the folk school (approx. 30-minute ride), have breakfast there and settle in. Later in the morning we will have an introduction to the program.
 Lunch: Folk school dining room.
 Afternoon: Take in a lecture entitled "Introduction to Finnish Culture and Society." Take a coffee break before attending another 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 15: Naantali / Turku
(Thursday, June 12)
   
 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 16: Helsinki
(Friday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: Folk school dining room.
 Morning: Depart by chartered bus for Helsinki. On the way we will visit Hvitträsk, the home museum of three Finnish architects: Eliel Saarinen, Herman Gesellius and Armas Lindgren. Arrive in Helsinki.
 Lunch: Local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Check-in and get settled at the hotel. Then, enjoy a guided sightseeing excursion by bus in Helsinki. Highlights will include the Sibelius Monument, Church in the Rock and the Senate Square.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Sokos Hotel Presidentti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Departures
(Saturday, June 14)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to Helsinki-Vantaa 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.

Suggested Reading List


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Helsinki, A Cultural and Literary History


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Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark


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Nordic Gods and Heroes


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Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings


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Scandinavia & Finland Map


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Scandinavia Map


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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.



Stockholm, A Cultural History


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The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen


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The Vikings, Lords of the Seas


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