• Skandinawië: Fjorde, Gletsers en die Midernagson

    20 Julie – 2 Augustus

Swede & Noorweë

20 Julie – 2 Augustus 2020

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When summer comes, the Land of the Midnight Sun truly lives up to its name. Then brilliant sunshine bathes the shores, fjords, mountains peaks and bays in fire red, soft pink and golden yellow. The deep, soft greens of pine and hardwood form a startling contrast to this. Because of the intense, extended daylight, lasting 24 hours a day above the Arctic Circle, every Norwegian“night” is an extraordinary experience.

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Day 1 : 20July 2020

 JOHANNESBURG–COPENHAGEN

We meet at OR Tambo International Airport and check in for our flight. The flight will be an overnight flight via Europe.

Overnight Aircraft meals on-board aircraft

Day 2: 21 July 2020

COPENHAGEN

We arrive in Copenhagen and make our way through passport control, collect our luggage and meet our guide.

We enjoy a city orientation tour on our way to the hotel fot 4 hours. Copenhagen is considered one oftheworld’s premier design capitals. The city’s thousand-year history was written by ambitious kings, inspiring artists and creative designers. Their influence is seen in the magnificent palaces, copper-roofed town houses and cobbled squares. We drive past all the major sights including the Tivoli Gardens, the old Stock Exchange and the National Museum, across Kongens Nytorv, where we will see the Royal Theatre, world- famous for its Royal Ballet. The tour continues past the colourful harbour district of Nyhavn and on to Amalienborg Palace – winter residence of the Royal Family and on to the Gefion Fountain and the Little Mermaid, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale.

In the afternoon we have free time to explore the city, its museums, pedestrian streets or a boat cruise on the canals is also another option.

Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner in the romantic Tivoli Gardens; time to get to know the rest of the group.

Overnight: Imperial Hotel or similar with breakfast and dinner

Day 3: 22 July 2020

COPENHAGEN – OSLO

Today we drive through the countryside, along the Danish Riviera, to the castle districts. The scenic route takes us past holiday homes, hunting grounds and parks. We visit the Castle of Frederiksborg in itsmagnificent setting in Hillerød. We also visit the National Museum, the Chapel and the Knight’s Hall. Thetour then continues to Hellsingør and we Kronborg Castle, the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

We also enter the home of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa.

We board our ferry for a relaxing overnight sea journey to Oslo. On board we enjoy a delicious meal in one of the good restaurants. Various facilities make this a highlight of the trip. Quiet pubs, lively nightclubs, shops, movies and a deck from which to take photographs are all available.

Overnight: DFDS Seaways Copenhagen with breakfast and dinner

Day 4: 23 July 2020

OSLO

We enjoy a Scandinavian buffet breakfast on board before we disembark.

First on the list is a visit to the Viking Ship Museum and the Fram Museum. Here we get to know more about the early Norwegian sailors, merchants and raiders, as well as the national Polar explorers.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure to enjoy the city by yourself. We enjoy dinner tonight in a local restaurant near the hotel.

Overnight: Thon Hotel Bristol or similar with breakfast and dinner

Day 5: 24 July 2020

OSLO – ALTA – HONNINGSVÅG

After breakfast we depart for the airport for our flight to Alta, beyond the Arctic Circle. There we will board a coach and drive to Honningsvåg. In this wide expanse of wilderness, the Nordic Lapland, the only life is an occasional herd of reindeer. The Midnight Sun shines here from mid-May to the end of July. Honningsvåg is the last village before the North Cape and our gateway to this natural splendour.

We visit North Cape Rock. This point, which is situated at more than a thousand feet above the sea, marks the northernmost corner of Europe. The majestic cliff formation is the final frontier to the Arctic Ocean. For many centuries, this has been a destination for adventurers as well as royalty.

Tonight we learn more about the gigantic King Crabs and the crabbing industry. King Crabs are caught and we are also shown how to prepare them. The brave are free to hold the crabs, which can weigh up to fifteenkilograms. A snap of its claw could remove one’s finger! Of course we also have the opportunity to feast on the catch for dinner.

On a clear night we can see the sun shine at midnight, the famous Midnight Sun! We continue to the hotel and settle into our rooms.

Overnight: Scandic Nordkapp or similar with breakfast and dinner

Day 6: 25 July 2020

HONNINGSVÅG – ALTA – OSLO

After breakfast, we return to Alta where we visit the UNESCO World heritage site and its prehistorical rock

carvings. Here we learn more about the first inhabitants of Norway. Afternoon flight from Alta to Oslo.

We arrive in Oslo, are met by our guide and transferred to our hotel. After dinner, why not stroll through the city to enjoy the sights and sounds?

Overnight: Thon Hotel Bristol or similar with breakfast and dinner

Day 7: 26 July 2020

OSLO – VINSTRA

We enjoy a leisurely breakfast, before we start our journey to the fjordlands.

We start our day with a visit of the Oslo City Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded on the 10th of December every year.

On route we visit the famous Vigeland Park. At Vigeland Park, we admire the sculptures by celebrated Norwegian sculptor, Gustav Vigeland. These 212 famous works of art celebrate life, from birth to death. It will be one of the memories of Oslo that you will treasure for ever!

The next few days of the tour are done by coach and ferry. From now on we will gasp at the breath-taking scenery. Enough memory cards and batteries for cameras are indispensable. We travel through Lillehammer, which gained international fame as the host of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. Since then, tourism has flourished in this Norwegian city.

Skiing is excellent, of course, but even non-skiers can experience the thrill of the slopes by taking a lift to the top of Lysgårdsbakken Olympic ski jump site. Explore the awesome collections and structures of the Maihaugen open-air museum or hike the Fåberg Cultural Trail to the site of ancient petroglyphs.

Overnight: Wadahl Hogfjells hotel with breakfast and dinner

Day 8: 27 July 2020

VINSTRA – GEIRANGER

After breakfast, we depart for Geiranger situated at the head of the Geiranger Fjord. Our journey takes us onthe scenic “Road of the Trolls”, Trollstigen, curving its way through the dramatic Norwegian mountains, aptlynamed The King, The Queen and the Bishop. Waterfalls cascade down the slopes as we navigate this popular summer attraction. The road is closed in autumn and winter.

After a short ferry trip from Linge to Eidsdal, we continue to Geiranger, where we overnight.

Overnight Hotel Union Geiranger or similar with breakfast and dinner

Day 9: 28 July 2020

GEIRANGER – LOEN

The ferry to Hellesylt takes us through the UNESCO-protected Geiranger Fjord. This fjord is known as the jewel of the Norwegian fjords. Spectacular sights of emerald to deep-blue water, wild waterfalls and lush, green inclines and by now deserted farms await us. We have an opportunity to capture the memories of this breath-taking natural wonder once again.

From Hellesylt we continue to view the Briksdal glacier.from the newly buidt ski lift in Loen.

In the afternoon we return to Loen, a smaller village located in the heart of the Northern Fjord. This region is home to some of the oldest farms in Norway. Some sources claim that these were established long before the advent of Christianity.

Overnight Hotel Alexandra or similar with breakfast and dinner

Day 10: 29 July 2020

LOEN – BERGEN

After breakfast, we travel to Flåm. En route we explore the Sognefjord by boat.

We continue from Myrdal to Bergen by train. The train journey provides some of Norway’s most magnificent sceneries. This route is a masterpiece of engineering. On the 20 km train journey, rivers cutting through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains and mountain-farms clinging dizzily to sheer slopes are part of the exhilarating scenery.

The Flåm Railway line is one of the world’s steepest railway lines on normal gauge. The gradient is 55/1000on almost 80% of the line, i.e. a gradient of one in eighteen. The twisting tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountain are some of the most daring and skilful engineering feats in Norwegian railway history.

On arrival in Bergen, our bus driver awaits the group to transfer us to our hotel. We have enough time to freshen up before going to a local restaurant for dinner.

Overnight Radison Blu Royal Hotel or with breakfast and dinner

Day 11: 30 July 2020

BERGEN

After this morning’s panoramic city tour of Bergen, it is clear that Bergen is one of the most picturesquetowns of Norway. We start by walking through Bryggen, the old wharf and quarters of the Hanseatic League. Driving through the charming streets of Old Bergen, we learn more about the history of this city. We make our way to the home of famous Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg, where we join a lunchtime concert.

This afternoon we spend time exploring the quaint shops in Bryggen or the mainstream shops located within walking distance from our hotel. If shopping is not on your agenda why not visit one of the many cultural attractions or take the Fløybanen funicular to view Bergen from 987 metres above sea level?This will be for your own expense

Bergen is a vibrant city. Make the most of your time here and enjoy dinner on your own at the fish market tonight.

Overnight Radison Blu Royal Hotel or with breakfast

Day 12: 31 July 2020

BERGEN – STOCKHOLM

After breakfast, we check out and make our way to the airport, from where we fly to Stockholm. Stockholm, one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, is built on fourteen islands connected by 57 bridges. The beautiful buildings, greenery, fresh air and proximity to water are distinctive traits of this city. The Royal National City Park (the first National City Park in the world) is a green space indispensable in the bustling city.

On arrival, we are met and we start our city tour of Stockholm, visiting the most famous buildings and viewsof this wonderful Swedish capital. This includes a stop at Fjällgatan for a magnificent view of Stockholm’sislands and waters. On this tour we see Södermalm, Kungsholmen, Djurgården and the Royal Palace, the Opera, the City Hall and many other sights.

This afternoon is at leisure to explore the shops and sites at your own pace. Stockholm is the place to shop on this tour, as prices are lower than in the other major cities.

Tonight we enjoy our farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight Hotel Kung Carl or similar with breakfast and dinner

Day 14: 01 August 2020

STOCKHOLM – JOHANNESBURG

With its 750-year history and rich cultural life, Stockholm offers a wide selection of world-class museums and attractions. Most of the city’s attractions can be reached on foot, and there is a good chance of experiencing city life, the history of civilisation and natural scenery, all in the course of the same day. Spend the morning exploring on your own and doing last minute shopping.

In the afternoon, we are transferred to the Stockholm Airport for our flight to Istanbul and Johannesburg.

Overnight Aircraft with meals on-board aircraft

Day 15: 02 August 2020

Johannesburg

Early morning arrival in South Africa after an unforgettable tour.

BON VOYAGE!

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