Surrounded by glaciers, spectacular coastlines, deep fjords and steep mountain ranges, Scandinavian countries regularly rank top of the class on the UN Happiness Report. After 17 days traversing three stunning northern nations during the summer you’ll understand why.
Kick things off in Oslo, the contemporary capital of Norway, where you’ll take in the city highlights, including the stunning Oslo Opera House. The next day fly to Kirkenes and take a king crab safari where you'll learn how to catch, prepare and devour these giant crustaceans Norwegian-style.
With a full belly, it’s time to board a five-night cruise southbound with Hurtigruten. Undoubtedly, the best place to view the outstanding Arctic landscape is from the water and you’ll be wowed again and again as you sail through the awe-inspiring Lofoten Islands, for instance. As you cross the Arctic Circle on day four of the cruise, partake in the tradition of downing a spoonful of cod liver oil on the deck.
On day nine of the tour (and day six of the cruise), you’ll disembark in Bergen, ride the Flåm Railway – it takes you through some of Norway’s wildest countryside – before arriving in Sweden, home of ABBA, meatballs and IKEA. There’s the chance to explore Stockholm before moving on to Gothenburg, where the highlight of the day here is a tour on historic Paddan boats.
The itinerary culminates in a tour of Copenhagen. Denmark’s capital boasts plenty of the things we love, including a groundbreaking food scene, old castles and Viking history. Be sure to try smørrebrød, an open sandwich consisting of a slice of rye bread, fish or meat, vegetables and sauce on top. Wash it down with a pint of pilsner and finish off with a scoop of sorbet from one of the many famous ice-creameries Copenhagen is famous for. Skål.
- Being completely immersed in the Arctic landscape
- Exploring some of the world’s finest cities
- Taking to the water to catch king crabs then getting to eat them
- A five-day cruise from Norway to Sweden with Hurtigruten
- Leaving. After all, these are ranked some of the happiest places on earth
Prices for the 17-day Scandinavian Splendour tour with Bentours start at US$6260 a person, twin share.