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Denmark/Sweden

The Beat of the Nordic Heart: Vibrant Copenhagen and Stockholm

Program No. 21898RJ
Lose yourself in the artistry, architecture, medieval charm and gourmet cuisine of these two magical Scandinavian cities as you explore with the experts and during plenty of free time.
Length
10 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
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4,099
Flights start at
1,000

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May 28 - Jun 6, 2023
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Jun 11 - Jun 20, 2023
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Jul 2 - Jul 11, 2023
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Jul 9 - Jul 18, 2023
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Aug 6 - Aug 15, 2023
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Sep 3 - Sep 12, 2023
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Oct 1 - Oct 10, 2023
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 28 - Jun 6, 2023
Starting at
4,999
Jun 11 - Jun 20, 2023
Starting at
4,999
Jul 2 - Jul 11, 2023
Starting at
4,999
Jul 9 - Jul 18, 2023
Starting at
4,999
Aug 6 - Aug 15, 2023
Starting at
4,999
Sep 3 - Sep 12, 2023
Starting at
4,999
Oct 1 - Oct 10, 2023
Starting at
4,999

At a Glance

Copenhagen is the capital of the “Happiest Nation in the World,” shelters the planet’s most bicycle-crazed residents and claims author Hans Christian Andersen and “The Little Mermaid.” Stockholm is home to the 17th-century “Vasa” warship, 70 miles of kaleidoscopic art in a subway system called Europe’s most beautiful, and Alfred Nobel, founder of the prestigious prize. Join us in Denmark and Sweden on a discovery of these Scandinavian sister capitals, from vibrant neighborhoods and nautical history to modern politics, gleaning insight from local experts while enjoying plenty of time for adventures on your own.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 4 miles daily, paved city streets with many cobbled areas; taking public transportation.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Discover Copenhagen’s bookstores, university-driven energy and cozy public square.
  • Learn about the founder of the prestigious Nobel Prize, Alfred Nobel, and join an expert for an exploration of Stockholm's City Hall, home to the Nobel ceremony.
  • Explore the proud warship of Vasa which was restored in the 1960s, and hear a lecture at the Vasa Museum.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Stockholm, City of My Dreams
by Pers Anders Fogelstrom
Young Henning Nilsson arrives in Stockholm on the eve of the Industrial Revolution, eager for success, love and a fully experienced life in this Swedish classic of historical realist fiction, happily now available in an English translation.
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living
by Meik Wiking
Why are the Danes so happy? Some contribute it to the emphasis on the sense of comfort and community known as Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga). Wiking teaches readers about this national philosophy with practical, attainable suggestions of how to incorporate hygge into everyday life.
Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark
by Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin
Groundbreaking feminist Wollstonecraft records her observations of a late 18th-century journey through Scandinavia in this small masterpiece, rich in detail of people and place.
The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages
by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a chronology.
The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
by Michael Booth
Guardian journalist Booth writes with laugh-out-loud humor and brutal candor about the Scandinavians, mixing history and his own experiences in Nordic regions in this searing cultural portrait.
Smilla's Sense of Snow
by Peter Hoeg
Set in Denmark and Greenland and aboard a secret ship, this page-turner, out in a 20th anniversary edition, includes an excellent portrait of modern-day Copenhagen. Beneath its eerie surface, the novel wrestles with racism and the tangled relations between Denmark and Greenland.
The Saga of the Volsungs
by Jesse Byock (Translator)
A piece full of traditional lore, including runic knowledge, jealousies of princes, betrayals, unrequited love, the vengeance of a Barbarian queen, the greed of Attila the Hun and the mythic deeds of a dragon-slayer.
DK Eyewitness Top Ten Copenhagen
by DK Publishing
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Copenhagen and a pull-out map.
Birds of Europe
by Lars Svensson
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
Stockholm, A Cultural History
by Tony Griffiths
A literary, cultural guide to the art, architecture, traditions and history of Stockholm.
DK Eyewitness Top Ten Stockholm
by Eyewitness Guides
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions.
The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen
by Hans Christian Andersen, Diana Crone Frank, Jeffrey Frank
A newly refurbished collection of 22 tales, adroitly retranslated by Diana and Jeffrey Frank and with the original illustrations.
The Messiah of Stockholm, A Novel
by Cynthia Ozick
Set in the dark of Stockholm's winter, this atmospheric short novel follows the peregrinations of Lars Andemeing -- and his search for his father Bruno Schulz.
The Vikings, Lords of the Seas
by Yves Cohat
An indispensable reference that fits in your pocket, this slim volume is packed with maps, archival photos and illustrations.
Copenhagen Map
by Berndtson & Berndtson
A handy laminated street map of Copenhagen in full color at a scale of 1:11,000.
How to Be Danish, A Journey to the Cultural Heart of Denmark
by Patrick Kingsley
Patrick Kingsley interviews Danes, from Copenhagen to a variety of places, including the so-called "happiest town in the world," introducing a homogenized yet highly intricate Danish culture.
Missing
by Karin Alvtegen
Set in contemporary Stockholm, this tautly constructed tale marks the U.S. debut of Karin Alvtegen -- Sweden's Queen of Crime. Intricately plotted and emotionally complex.
A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland
by T.K Derry
The story of 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.
Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings
by John Haywood
This history of the Vikings tells their story through a series of innovative maps and excellent photographs. It traces the routes of 9th-century Viking merchants and explorers throughout Europe and the New World.
Winter's Tales
by Isak Dinesen
A collection of 11 haunting short stories by the Danish writer most famous as Karen Blixen. With their Nordic settings, the Gothic tales draw upon the folk tradition and myths of Denmark. Originally published in 1942.
The Vikings
by Else Roesdahl
This well-written look at Norse civilization goes beyond the limited view of the ruthless Viking invaders, creating a full picture of the vibrant, artistic, agricultural and exploratory culture
Stockholm Map
by itmb
A convenient, detailed map of Stockholm and surroundings at a scale of 1:12,000.
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10 days
9 nights
16 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Denmark, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Copenhagen
D
Phoenix Hotel Copenhagen

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: At 5:30 p.m. we’ll gather in the hotel lobby and proceed to our Orientation meeting. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room we’ll have a three-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Origins of Copenhagen
Copenhagen
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Phoenix Hotel Copenhagen

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet features breads, cheeses, cold cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: At the hotel, we’ll gather for a lecture on the history of Copenhagen and Denmark. We’ll then set out on an expert-led walk through Copenhagen’s Latin Quarter — named for the once-widespread use of the Latin language in this area close to the University’s historic site.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. The area near the Cathedral and the pedestrian street, Strøget, offers plenty of dining choices.

Afternoon: After lunch we’ll have a choice of two field trips, exploring either the Christiansborg Palace and the Royal representation rooms or The New Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum. Christiansborg Palace is the home of Denmark's three supreme powers: the executive power, the legislative power and the judicial power. Christiansborg Palace 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: On your own to enjoy what you like in the city center.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
The Danes: the Happiest People in the World
Copenhagen
B,D
Phoenix Hotel Copenhagen

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Denmark has been ranked as the Happiest Nation in the World by the UN Conference on Happiness. Today’s lecture will introduce us to the Danes, their democracy, their daily life including the social welfare system, and Copenhagen’s ambition of being carbon neutral in 2025. After the lecture we’ll meet a local who will take us on a walk through their daily life as an urban parent, showing and telling about the life of a Danish family. We’ll stop at a local cafe for a light snack and coffee.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time. This block of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: This evening we’ll join local families at their homes, where we’ll gain some personal insights into life in Denmark over coffee.

DAY
5
Danish Architecture
Copenhagen
B,L,D
Phoenix Hotel Copenhagen

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning's expert-led field trip will take us by canal boat to the new urban areas of Copenhagen: Sydhavnen and Islands Brygge. Hear a field lecture about new Danish architecture and trends. Your morning continues by bus or metro (elected the best Metro in the World) to the new quarters of Copenhagen: Ørestaden, where the ambitious and internationally famous Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels (BIG) has designed the controversial dwellings named “The Mountain,” “WM house,” and “8-tallet.” Enjoy a guided walk through the area.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy a Danish lunch at the “8-tallet” panoramic café with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll take an informal field trip to the free city of Christiania, also known as "the hippie city," founded by hippies who occupied the old, empty military buildings in the mid-1970s. Today, the occupiers have turned less militant, but Christiania still has its own rules and democracy. We’ll see the creative architecture of the commune's buildings during an expert-led visit through the area by one of the inhabitants.

Dinner: We’ll have a farewell to Copenhagen dinner at a local restaurant with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure to prepare for check-out and transfer tomorrow.

DAY
6
Transfer to Stockholm
Stockholm
B,L,D
Hilton Stockholm Slussen

Activity note: The train journey to Stockholm takes approximately 5.5 hours. Please note that during this train transfer, your luggage will be stored close to you in your train compartment.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board a motorcoach and ride to the railway station where we’ll begin our transfer by train to Stockholm.

Lunch: On the train.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Stockholm we’ll transfer by motorcoach to the hotel, where we’ll check in and have some time to relax and unpack before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel we’ll have a three-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: After dinner we’ll have a welcome briefing introducing us to Stockholm.

DAY
7
Stockholm
Stockholm
B,L
Hilton Stockholm Slussen

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet features breads, cheeses, cold cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: At the hotel we’ll attend a lecture on Swedish history and the trends and challenges of today. Following the lecture, we’ll board a motorcoach for a panoramic field trip through central Stockholm with commentary from a local expert.

Lunch: At a local restaurant we’ll have a two-course plated and served meal, giving us the chance to try the real Swedish meatballs, with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch we’ll explore one of Stockholm’s museums to learn about the fascinating history of Sweden, both ancient and modern. Our Group Leader will inform us of the specific museum during the program.

Dinner: On your own to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Vasa Ship and the Island of Djurgården
Stockholm
B
Hilton Stockholm Slussen

Activity note: Walking from Djurgården to the hotel takes approximately 30 minutes (1.5 miles); public transportation is also available.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll begin the morning with an expert-led walk around Stockholm's Old Town, Gamla Stan, then encounter the proud warship of Vasa at its dedicated museum on the island of Djurgården. On its maiden voyage in 1628 it sunk, but was raised and restored in the 1960s.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like on the island of Djurgården.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the many museums on Djurgården, including Nordiska Museum, Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde, Skansen Open Air Museum, Liljevalchs Gallery, and the Abba Museum. We’ll return independently to the hotel.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
The Nobel Prize, Sweden Today
Stockholm
B,D
Hilton Stockholm Slussen

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: The prestigious Nobel Prize is well known throughout the world, and the founder of the prize, Alfred Nobel, was Swedish. This morning, we’ll learn about Alfred Nobel and Swedish political life during a lecture. We’ll continue the morning with an expert-led field trip to City Hall, which is home to the Nobel ceremony.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration.

Dinner: At a cozy local restaurant we’ll have a three-course plated meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure tomorrow.

DAY
10
Departures
In Flight
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Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon. Depending on flight times, some participants may depart prior to breakfast.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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