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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
7,999
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
7,999
Flights start at
975
Program No. 3332 RJ

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Activity Level: On Your Feet (2)
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Jun 19 - Jul 6, 2022
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8,299
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On Your Feet departures will include additional coach transfers to and from some meals and activities. Please see itinerary for details.

Aug 7 - Aug 24, 2022
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Jun 19 - Jul 6, 2022
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9,699
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On Your Feet departures will include additional coach transfers to and from some meals and activities. Please see itinerary for details.

Aug 7 - Aug 24, 2022
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9,699
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Activity Level: Keep the Pace (9)
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Jul 3 - Jul 20, 2022
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7,999
Jul 10 - Jul 27, 2022
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7,999
Jul 17 - Aug 3, 2022
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7,999
Jul 31 - Aug 17, 2022
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7,999
Aug 14 - Aug 31, 2022
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8,099
Aug 28 - Sep 14, 2022
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8,099
Sep 4 - Sep 21, 2022
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8,099
Sep 11 - Sep 28, 2022
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8,099
Oct 2 - Oct 19, 2022
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8,099
Activity Level: Keep the Pace (9)
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PRICES
Jul 3 - Jul 20, 2022
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9,349
Jul 10 - Jul 27, 2022
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9,349
Jul 17 - Aug 3, 2022
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9,349
Jul 31 - Aug 17, 2022
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9,349
Aug 14 - Aug 31, 2022
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9,599
Aug 28 - Sep 14, 2022
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9,599
Sep 4 - Sep 21, 2022
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9,599
Sep 11 - Sep 28, 2022
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9,599
Oct 2 - Oct 19, 2022
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9,599

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…

  • Explore Scandinavia’s ties to the sea during two overnight voyages.
  • Taste a traditional Danish Christmas dinner of pork, potatoes, cabbage and rice pudding.
  • A musician discusses Finnish music and plays the native 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Stockholm, A Cultural History
by Tony Griffiths
A literary, cultural guide to the art, architecture, traditions and history of Stockholm.
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18 days
17 nights
44 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Copenhagen
D
Imperial Copenhagen

Activity note: Check-in available from 3:00 PM.

Afternoon: After checking in to the hotel, we’ll have some time to relax and settle in to our rooms before meeting in the lobby at 5:30 p.m. ahead of our welcome dinner and Orientation meeting.

Dinner: At the hotel we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: 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. After our Orientation meeting, the rest of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
3
Museum of Art & Design, Canal Field Trip, Christmas Dinner
Copenhagen
B,L,D
Imperial Copenhagen

Activity note: Walking about 3 miles, and walking/standing at the museum.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, the typical European style breakfast buffet features a variety of breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: We’ll begin the morning with a lecture at the hotel on Copenhagen’s past and present, followed by a walking field trip through Copenhagen’s medieval quarters. We’ll walk through a maze of narrow streets to admire this bustling neighborhood’s charming old houses, unique shops, cafes and delis. After our walk we’ll take a short panoramic motorcoach ride to familiarise ourselves with more of central Copenhagen.

Lunch: At the Danish Museum of Art and Design.

Afternoon: We’ll begin our afternoon activities with an expert-led field trip to 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 will culminate with an expert-led field trip by boat along the canals of Copenhagen, drifting past Amalienborg Castle, The Black Diamond, The Little Mermaid, Christianshavn, the Parliament building, and the Christiansborg Castle.

Dinner: We’ll enjoy a traditional Danish Christmas dinner of pork, potatoes, cabbage and rice pudding at the charming Kobenhavnercafeen restaurant, with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Christiansborg Castle, Glyptotek, Tivoli
Copenhagen
B,L,D
Imperial Copenhagen

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, a lecture on “Denmark, Danes and Democracy” will enlighten us about the country's social welfare system, politics, and the Danes as a people. We’ll then set out on foot to explore more of Copenhagen with our Group Leader.

Lunch: At a local restaurant we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

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: We’ll dine at Restaurant Paafuglen, one of the oldest and most original Tivoli restaurants, with decorated mirrors dating back to the 19th century. We’ll enjoy a 3-course plated and served dinner (with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase) in cozy surroundings, with a view of the Tivoli Gardens.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Denmark's Golden Age
Copenhagen
B,L
Imperial Copenhagen

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

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.

Lunch: At a local restaurant we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

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: 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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Kronborg Castle, Louisiana
Cruise ship
B,L,D
DFDS cruise ship

Activity note: Walking about 1.1 miles, and walking/standing at sites. Due to limited space in the cabin on the overnight ferry to Oslo, your luggage will be kept in storage. Therefore, please bring a smaller bag to pack your essentials in for the ferry overnight.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board a motorcoach for a field trip to Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is perhaps better known as Elsinore, the setting for much of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. From the UNESCO inscription: “Located on a strategically important site commanding the Sund, the stretch of water between Denmark and Sweden, the Royal castle of Kronborg at Helsingør (Elsinore) is of immense symbolic value to the Danish people and played a key role in the history of northern Europe in the 16th-18th centuries. Work began on the construction of this outstanding Renaissance castle in 1574, and its defences were reinforced according to the canons of the period's military architecture in the late 17th century. It has remained intact to the present day.” After our field trip to Kronborg Castle, we’ll board the motorcoach and ride to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, located on the coast to the north of Copenhagen with a view across the sea to Sweden. The museum’s founder, Knud W Jensen, intended it to be a home for Danish modern art when it opened in 1958. However, he quickly broadened his geographical scope and the museum now holds a significant international collection, making it Scandinavia’s leading museum of modern art.

Lunch: At a local restaurant we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll transfer by motorcoach to Copenhagen’s port, where we’ll board the cruise ship that will take us overnight to Oslo in Norway.

Dinner: We’ll have a buffet dinner in the ship’s dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Frognerparken, National Opera House
Oslo
B,L,D
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile.

Breakfast: In the cruise ship's dining room.

Morning: Welcome to Oslo! Once ashore, we’ll board a motorcoach for a panoramic field trip through the city, including a stop at the recently built Opera House. We’ll then have an introduction to Norway's great sculptor, Gustav Vigeland, contemplating 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. We’ll take a walk through the entire park.

Lunch: We’ll delight in lunch with a view as we dine at the Frognerseteren restaurant. This destination will afford us a great vista of the city.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our transfer by motorcoach to the hotel, stopping at the Holmenkollen ski jump arena for another great viewpoint across the city. Once we arrive at the hotel, we’ll check in and have some time to relax and unpack before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: After dinner we’ll convene for a short welcome session with information about the Oslo portion of our journey, and the rest of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
8
National Museum of Art, City Hall
Oslo
B,L,D
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Activity note: Walking about 1.8 miles, and walking/standing at sites.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll begin the morning with a short lecture at the hotel on Norway’s past and present. After the lecture, we’ll board a motorcoach and ride to the Edvard Munch Museum, where we’ll hone our artistic eyes during an expert-led field trip.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy lunch at Vinterhaven (Winter Garden) restaurant in Hotel Bristol, across the street from our hotel. Vinterhaven is a timelessly classic restaurant that is the "heart" of Hotel Bristol. Since 1920, politicians, authors, musicians, and actors have found inspiration between these hallowed walls. The ambience is an experience in itself; a spot that truly lives and breathes its long history.

Afternoon: After lunch we’ll have a field trip to City Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony takes place. We’ll enjoy a talk and expert-led walk through part of this magnificent building, then visit the Nobel Peace Center before returning to the hotel on foot.

Dinner: We’ll dine at the Hereford Steakhouse restaurant, across the street from our hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Oslo Museums
Oslo
B,L,D
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 1.5 miles with some uneven terrain, and walking/standing at the museum.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll begin the day with a short briefing at the hotel about today’s program, followed by a lecture on Norwegian literature, with an emphasis on modern works. We’ll then board a motorcoach for a field trip to Bygdøy. The Bygdøy peninsula hosts several great museums, and our field trip will take us to see some of the most important ones. We’ll 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. We’ll look for the Oseberg's animal-head post and four-wheeled cart, and the elegantly carved sleigh used by Viking royalty.

Lunch: A short walk will take us down to the Lanternen restaurant overlooking Frognerkilen Bay, where we’ll be able to enjoy the sea breeze and the scenery while we eat.

Afternoon: After lunch we’ll make a short ferry journey (approximately 3 minutes) to the Bygdøynes pier. We’ll then have some free time to explore the nearby museums, including the Kon-Tiki Museum centered around Thor Heyerdahl’s famous raft, the Norwegian Maritime Museum, and a museum dedicated to the late 19th-century polar exploration ship Fram. We’ll return to central Oslo at the end of the afternoon on another ferry.

Dinner: At a local restaurant we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Transfer to Stockholm
Stockholm
B,L,D
Radisson Blu Royal Viking Stockholm

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; total driving about 330 miles, approximately 8 hours, not including breaks.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board a motorcoach for our transfer to Stockholm in Sweden.

Lunch: We’ll stop for lunch in Karlstad en route, where we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal at a local restaurant with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our motorcoach transfer to Stockholm, stopping en route at the city of Örebro. Upon arrival in Stockholm, we’ll check in to our hotel and have some time to relax and unpack before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: After dinner, we’ll have a brief orientation session to prepare us for our time in Stockholm. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
11
Stockholm City Hall
Stockholm
B,L,D
Radisson Blu Royal Viking Stockholm

Activity note: Walking about 1.5 miles.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, we’ll begin the day with a lecture teaching us about the unique qualities of Swedish culture and the economy today in light of its historical roots.

Lunch: At a local restaurant we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll set out on an expert-led field trip by motorcoach. Most attractions of Stockholm are within a few miles’ walking distance from the central station, and during our field trip we will see all of them. We’ll make a special stop at 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.

Dinner: At a local restaurant we'll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Stockholm’s Old Town, Vasa Ship Museum
Stockholm
B,L,D
Radisson Blu Royal Viking Stockholm

Activity note: Walking about 3 miles, plus walking/standing at museums.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, we’ll gather for a lecture on “Sweden Today,” in which an overview of the political landscape of Sweden will give us 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. After the lecture, we’ll set out on foot to explore Stockholm’s Old Town.

Lunch: At a local restaurant we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll take a short boat ride from the Old Town 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. An expert-led excursion through the museum will include a 30-minute film showing the complex salvage operation of the ship. The rest of the afternoon is free time for independent exploration. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Within easy walking distance (or a short bus ride) from the Vasa museum you will find several interesting museums and art collections. Further choices include The Nordic Museum, The Kaknas Tower, The Modern Museum of Art, Liljevalch's Art Gallery, and the Museum of Photography.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: We'll attend a cultural event. The date and time are tentative, until further details are available. These will be confirmed during the program.

DAY
13
Drottningholm Palace
Stockholm
B,L,D
Radisson Blu Royal Viking Stockholm

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles, walking/standing at sites.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach for a field trip to the UNESCO site, Drottningholm Palace. We’ll enjoy an expert-led exploration of most of the Palace, as despite being the permanent home residence of the King and Queen of Sweden much of it is open to the public. The portrait gallery and exquisite furniture are prime examples of Swedish craft and art from the 18th and 19th centuries. Stockholm was built on water and its waterways offer a convenient means of transportation. The journey by boat from the present residence of the royal family takes an hour as we pass residential communities along the way back to the city.

Lunch: Aboard the boat from Drottningholm we’ll have a 2-course meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Once we return to central Stockholm, we’ll have some time to explore and relax before dinner.

Dinner: Tonight we will have dinner in the Old Town.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Skansen Open Air Museum, Millesgården Statue Park
Cruise ship
B,D
Tallink Silja Line

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles, walking/standing at field trip sites. Due to limited space in the cabins on the overnight ferry to Helsinki, your luggage will be transported via bus to the hotel in Helsinki. Therefore, please bring a smaller bag to pack your essentials in for the ferry overnight. You will receive your luggage at 3:00 PM on Day 15, after our visit to the National Art Gallery of Finland.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board a motorcoach for a field trip to Skansen Open Air Museum, begin with a talk and demonstration teaching us about Swedish art and craft traditions and history, followed by an expert-led walk through 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.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own at one the cosy restaurants and cafés at Skansen.

Afternoon: After lunch we’ll proceed to the spectacular Millesgården Sculpture 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 an attractive setting in the inlet to the city. Milles was a long-time US resident and is also represented in many major US cities. After our field trip we’ll proceed by motorcoach 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 archipelagos in the world.

Dinner: Aboard the ship, we’ll enjoy a traditional smörgåsbord in the dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Ateneum, the National Art Gallery of Finland
Helsinki
B,L,D
Sokos Hotel Presidentti

Activity note: Walking about 1.5 miles, and walking/standing at the gallery.

Breakfast: In the cruise ship's dining room.

Morning: Once we arrive in Helsinki, we’ll board a motorcoach for a panoramic field trip to familiarise ourselves with some of the city’s key landmarks, including Sibelius Monument and Senate Square, finishing at our hotel.

Lunch: At a local restaurant we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll take an expert-led field trip to the Ateneum, the National Art Gallery of Finland. We’ll contemplate some of the Ateneum's most famous and interesting paintings, followed by time to explore the Ateneum independently. We’ll return independently to the hotel, three blocks away from the Ateneum.

Dinner: At a local restaurant we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
16
Musiikkitalo
Helsinki
B,L
Sokos Hotel Presidentti

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile, and walking/standing at the music hall.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, we’ll gather for a lecture providing us with a short history of Finland. We’ll follow the country’s story from the early years to the present as we focus on Finland’s relations with the world and especially with the U.S. We’ll then learn about daily life in Finland with a glimpse into the everyday life of a typical Finnish citizen.

Lunch: At a local restaurant we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch we’ll explore the Musiikkitalo Music Hall on an expert-led field trip. This music center is Finland’s most modern, and is home to the Sibelius Academy, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. We’ll then have some free time for independent exploration. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
17
Ainola, Jean Sibelius' Home Museum, Hvitträsk
Helsinki
B,L,D
Sokos Hotel Presidentti

Activity note: Walking/standing at sites.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach and ride to the Lotta Museum in Tuusula, where a musician will give us insight into Finnish Music and delight us with the sounds of a kantele, a traditional Finnish instrument. We’ll then 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: At a local restaurant in Järvenpää we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch we’ll take an expert-led 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 in the early 1900s 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: At a charming local restaurant, we’ll have a 3-course plated and served farewell dinner with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

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

DAY
18
Departures
Helsinki
B

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll transfer by motorcoach to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL). 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. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys.






Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.