From the natural beauty of western Norway to the world’s biggest small town, Stockholm, to the warm vibes (and even warmer citizens) of Copenhagen, Scandinavia is Europe’s best kept—and prettiest—secret. Get ready to fall in love. Over and over.
Skål!-ing all over Scandinavia
Ducking into cafés and inhaling Danish pastries
Kayaking around Stockholm’s 14 distinct islands
Channeling your inner Nobel Prize winner
Gawking open-mouthed at Norway’s ancient fjords
What you'll get
Round-trip flights & airport transfers (or book 'em yourself)
9 nights in handpicked accommodations
An expert Tour Director
3 insider city tours with local guides
Entrance to Christiansborg Palace, the Vasa Museum, and more
- Day 1: Overnight flight
Board your overnight flight to Denmark. Godnat, and see you tomorrow.
- Day 2: Arrive in Copenhagen + Welcome Dinner
Welcome to Copenhagen! Denmark is Scandinavia’s smallest country, which is fitting since it’s also the coziest. The Danes even have a word to describe a psychological state of togetherness: hygge, pronounced “hoo-gah.”
- Meet an EF representative and fellow travelers as they arrive at the airport.
- Transfer to your hotel to check in and check out your room.
- Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot.
- Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Copenhagen
Explore the happiest place on Earth (no, not Disney World). In the morning, hit up the National Museum and Nyhavn, the historical and energetic waterfront district.
- Join a local guide for a walking tour of Copenhagen.
- See some big crowns, big jewels, and tiny people in paintings at Christiansborg Palace.
Free time suggestions
Pastries: Wienerbrød, or “Vienna bread” is the term for all sweet, flaky Danish confections and are a must-eat. Hit the cafes for frøsnapper, hindbærsnitte, spandauer, and more.
Botanical Garden: The lush oasis that is Copenhagen’s botanical gardens has over 13,000 plant species set in 19th-century greenhouses. It’s free, and there’s beer. Skål to that.
- Day 4: Free day in Copenhagen + optional Danish food tour
The agenda today is totally your call. More pastries? Do you. Sightseeing? Love it. In the afternoon, hop on an optional Danish food tour and chow down like local.
Free time suggestions
Tivoli Gardens: Gorgeous gardens AND a rollercoaster?! This park has attracted and inspired visitors since the 19th century, including Walt Disney. Go at night for the twinkle lights.
Designmuseum Danmark: You may have heard, but Danish design is kind of a big deal. The Rococo-style building houses arts, crafts, industrial design, fashion, and more from Scandinavia and around the world.
Danish Food Tour (extra cost)
Inhale all the Danish tasties while a local guide fills you in on the history.
This excursion is pre-book only; if your trip is less than three days away, please call 800-766-2645 to purchase.
- Day 5: Travel to Stockholm
Hop a train to another Scandinavian jewel: Sweden, known for friendly people, meatballs, and fika, a daily coffee break Swedes use to slow things down and enjoy the moment.
- Settle into your room before wandering Stockholm’s 14 islands
- Scope out the iconic subway station art as you bop from stop to stop
- Enjoy an included dinner with your fellow travelers.
- Day 6: Explore Stockholm + optional urban kayaking excursion
Tour Stockholm, aka the Venice of the North, with a local guide. And believe us when we say there’s a lot to see—a city founded in 1252 is going to have collected a few sites along the way.
- Stop at the Vasa Museum, home to the recovered wreckage of Vasa, a Swedish warship that sunk 20 minutes into its first, and last, voyage.
- Visit Stockholm City Hall and walk down the same stairs that Nobel Prize winners walk down every year.
- Walk through Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s charming and iconic old town.
Urban Kayaking (extra cost)
Spend a few hours kayaking between Stockholm’s 14 distinct islands with a local Swede.
The ability to swim is a requirement for this excursion.
Note: This excursion is seasonal and only runs from May through September. Availability is subject to your tour’s departure date. This excursion is pre-book only; if your trip is less than one day away, please call 800-766-2645 to purchase.
- Day 7: Free day in Stockholm
You’re free to get to know Stockholm on a more personal level. Relax at a café, head back to the old town, or try something completely different (ride the metro; many of the stations double as art galleries).
Free time suggestions
Skansen: Explore 150 houses and exhibits in an open-air museum, some of which are inhabited by staff in traditional clothing. There’s also an open-air zoo with Nordic fauna like brown bears and reindeer.
ABBA Museum: If you’re a fan of the 1970’s Swedish pop group, ABBA (or the early-aughts musical Mamma Mia!) then you can’t miss the interactive museum dedicated to their legacy.
- Day 8: Travel to Bergen
Say adjö to Sweden—today you're flying to Norway, the land of the midnight sun, fjords, and highly caffeinated locals. After you land, you have the whole day free to explore.
Free time suggestions
Compose Yourself: Toldhaugen is the former home of Edvard Grieg, a rockstar of Romantic-era composers. Visit the house and explore the museum dedicated to his legacy.
Hot Buns: Follow your nose to any one of Bergen’s bakeries for a traditional Norwegian pastry: the cinnamon roll (or skillingsboller). Baker Brun has been baking these beautiful buns since 1893.
- Day 9: Tour of Bergen + optional Ulriken cable car
See some of the top Bergen sights, like the city’s old town that looks like somewhere Thor would hang out. But first, coffee. Scandinavians drink a lot of it—nearly 22 pounds per person each year in Norway, second only to Finland.
- Join a local guide for a bus and walking tour of Bergen.
- Walk through Bryggen, the oldest part of the city where 62 traditional wooden houses give you a glimpse into the city’s past.
- Smell your way through the fish and flower markets.
Ulriken Cable Car (extra cost)
Ride a cable car up Mount Ulriken and take in the stunning views of Bergen and the fjords.
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
- Day 10: Fjord cruise + Farewell Dinner
Today you’ll experience what makes Norway one of the most beautiful countries in the world: the fjords. Formed millions of years ago by glacier movement, Norway’s fjords attract visitors from all over the world.
- Cruise through jaw-dropping scenery from Bergen to Mostraumen, where the famous fjords make up 16,400 miles of Norway’s 18,000-mile coastline.
- Share some laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included Farewell Dinner with your group.
- Day 11: Fly home
Hadet bra, venner!
Translation: Goodbye, friends! Your next destination awaits—home. But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?
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Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5
Based on 18 authentic traveler reviews
Great tripHailey, traveled Aug. 2023
I love Serai!! She truly made this trip more amazing than it already was. This trip has it all. Nature, city, and everything in between. The perfect trip if you wanna get away from the “common” European destinations.
Fjords & FoodAnonymous, traveled Aug. 2023
This trip was awesome! Each city had something extra and my guide had several suggestions to help us explore. Norway was the best! Loved doing the short mountain hikes on Ulriken, swimming in the North Sea at sunset, and eating the best salmon in the fish market. You definitely don’t need cash in any of the cities (except couple change for tipping the guides... See more
We Love a Scandi Summer!Kayla, traveled Aug. 2023
WOW, incredible trip! Serai was the BEST tour director I’ve had - knew so much and gave great recommendations! Overall, the trip was the perfect pace - Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Bergen were all incredible cities to see. Definitely book the urban kayaking - it was one of my favorite parts of the trip!
10/10 experience!Anonymous, traveled Aug. 2023
Serai, Our Tour guide was absolutely amazing!!!! She truly stepped above and made sure we had a well organized, and fun trip! She truly made sure everything ran smoothly for us which made transitioning for one country to another very easy!!! Scandinavia is Absolutely beautiful!!!! Denmark, Sweden, and Norway is filled with many things to go and see and eat!... See more