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Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Finland

Four Nordic Capitals

Discover the secrets of Europe’s most northern cities, diving deep into culture, art and the traditions of Scandinavian design.
Program No. 3332RJ
Length
18 days
Starts at
8,099
Flights start at
975
Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Finland

Four Nordic Capitals

Discover the secrets of Europe’s most northern cities, diving deep into culture, art and the traditions of Scandinavian design.
Length
18 days
Starts at
8,099
Flights start at
975
Length
18 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
8,099
Flights start at
975
Program No. 3332RJ

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Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
Activity Level: Keep the Pace (12)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 2 - Oct 19, 2022
Starting at
8,099
Apr 30 - May 17, 2023
Starting at
8,799
Jun 4 - Jun 21, 2023
Starting at
8,799
Jul 2 - Jul 19, 2023
Starting at
8,799
Jul 9 - Jul 26, 2023
Starting at
8,799
Jul 16 - Aug 2, 2023
Starting at
8,799
Jul 23 - Aug 9, 2023
Starting at
8,799
Aug 6 - Aug 23, 2023
Starting at
8,799
Aug 20 - Sep 6, 2023
Starting at
8,799
Sep 3 - Sep 20, 2023
Starting at
8,799
Sep 10 - Sep 27, 2023
Starting at
8,799
Oct 1 - Oct 18, 2023
Starting at
8,799
Activity Level: Keep the Pace (12)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 2 - Oct 19, 2022
Starting at
9,599
Apr 30 - May 17, 2023
Starting at
10,499
Jun 4 - Jun 21, 2023
Starting at
10,499
Jul 2 - Jul 19, 2023
Starting at
10,499
Jul 9 - Jul 26, 2023
Starting at
10,499
Jul 16 - Aug 2, 2023
Starting at
10,499
Jul 23 - Aug 9, 2023
Starting at
10,499
Aug 6 - Aug 23, 2023
Starting at
10,499
Aug 20 - Sep 6, 2023
Starting at
10,499
Sep 3 - Sep 20, 2023
Starting at
10,499
Sep 10 - Sep 27, 2023
Starting at
10,499
Oct 1 - Oct 18, 2023
Starting at
10,499
Activity Level: On Your Feet (2)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jun 18 - Jul 5, 2023
Starting at
8,899
Itinerary Note

On Your Feet departures will include additional coach transfers to and from some meals and activities. Please see itinerary for details.

Aug 13 - Aug 30, 2023
Starting at
8,899
Itinerary Note

On Your Feet departures will include additional coach transfers to and from some meals and activities. Please see itinerary for details.

Activity Level: On Your Feet (2)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jun 18 - Jul 5, 2023
Starting at
10,599
Itinerary Note

On Your Feet departures will include additional coach transfers to and from some meals and activities. Please see itinerary for details.

Aug 13 - Aug 30, 2023
Starting at
10,599
Itinerary Note

On Your Feet departures will include additional coach transfers to and from some meals and activities. Please see itinerary for details.

At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Varies by date
Walking up to 3 miles daily. Please note that the Activity Level for this program varies by date. Please make sure that you are attending a departure date that best fits your activity level. On Your Feet departures will include additional coach transfers to and from some meals and activities. Please see itinerary for details.
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…

  • Embark on two overnight voyages of Scandinavia.
  • Taste a traditional Danish Christmas dinner of pork, potatoes, cabbage and rice pudding.
  • Enjoy musicians playing the Finnish kantele.
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.
Cross and Scepter
by Sverre Bagge
From the Vikings to the Reformation, Sverre Bagge spends little time with myths in his scholarly Scandinavian history, instead focusing on the development of northern European societies and their rise from the Dark Ages.
Stockholm, A Cultural History
by Tony Griffiths
A literary, cultural guide to the art, architecture, traditions and history of Stockholm.
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.
We Die Alone
by David Howarth
Howarth's riveting account of determination and valor in Nazi-occupied Norway follows Jan Baalrud's extraordinary escape by ski across the Lyngen Alps.
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.
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.
The Summer Book
by Tove Jansson
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.
Norwegian Folk Tales
by Peter Asbjornsen
This rich collection of stories, interpreted by a leading scholar on ancient traditions and tales, will delight both adults and children.
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 Naked Shore, Of the North Sea
by Tom Blass
Journalist Blass travels by ferry, tram and airplane to the borderlands of the North Sea, seeking out the men and women who have devoted their lives to studying the mysteries of the inclement sea.
The Northmen, The Viking Saga
by John Haywood
Viking historian John Haywood delves into the Vikings’ age of expansion (793 CE -1241 CE). His magisterial chronicle answers myriad questions about the Vikings, their technology, their society and why it went into decline.
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.
Growth of the Soil
by Knut Hamsun
The epic tale of a homesteader in the mountainous Norwegian interior, which helped win Hamsun a Nobel Prize in 1920.
Insight Guide Scandinavia
by Insight Guides
From Denmark to Sweden, Norway and Finland, this guide introduces the region with outstanding color maps and photographs.
Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga
by William Fitzhugh (Editor), Elisabeth Ward (Editor)
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.
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.
Helsinki, A Cultural and Literary History
by Neil Kent
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.
Scandinavia Map
by Michelin Maps
With an index, area maps and a 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.
The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life
by Anu Partanen
An emigrant to America from Finland, Anu Partanen compares and contrasts America with Scandinavia, debunking myths about socialism as she compellingly argues that the US would benefit from the Nordic approach.





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