Norwegian Coastal Voyage & Scandinavian Capitals

July 6, 2017 - July 20, 2017

See the best of Scandinavia, a land of spectacular fjords, waterfalls, mountains and glaciers. Explore Stockholm’s deep history your way with a choice of a guided city tour or a walking tour of Old Town (Gamla Stan), a maze of charming streets lined with colorful townhouses. Spend time in Denmark, “Scandinavia’s greatest little kingdom.” See why Copenhagen is Northern Europe’s coziest capital. Norway is indeed one of the most beautiful places on earth, and home to many natural wonders, stunning cities and fascinating history. Take a step back in time as you hear stories of its rich Viking heritage. Meander through the streets of Bryggen, the ancient trading port of Bergen founded in the 11th century. Sit back and relax as you discover Norway’s rugged coastline and pristine waterways with six nights on a Hurtigruten ship, an ideal way to experience the “World’s Most Beautiful Voyage.” During the summer months, experience the land of the midnight sun. From October to March, you’ll be dazzled by the spectacular northern lights. Your tour culminates with a true milestone as your ship sails across the Arctic Circle to the very top of Europe.


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Meet your tour guides
Joe Satrom

Joe Satrom has been involved in the travel industry in some capacity for three decades. He is a graduate of North Dakota State University. He served as North Dakota Tourism Director in the 1970s and was on the National Board of Travel Industry of America and the Old West Regional Commission. He also was awarded the state's highest tourism honor, the Greater North Dakota Association's Tourism Award. He served as the Friendship Force Chairperson for North Dakota and organized the first exchange visit between Bismarck and Hamburg, Germany. Joe currently serves on a policy committee for the National Tourism Association.  He served as the first Chairman of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. He served as TRMF Chairman a second time and retired from the board in 2006. He was a delegate to a White House Conference on Tourism. Joe is a member of the Board of Directors of Satrom Travel & Tour.

Photo was taken in Norway.


Katherine Satrom

Katherine has been in the field of travel for three decades. A graduate of North Dakota State University, she holds a Master's Degree from Northwestern University. In addition to travel, her past experience includes administrative positions with the University of Mary and the North Dakota State Government, involving communications, marketing and advertising, administration, and coordination of human resources. She has served on the Old West Regional Commission Advisory Committee on Tourism, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce board and the state board of the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce. She also was a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business and has served on the Aviation Committee of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. She is on the Board of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

Photo was taken in Keukenhof Gardens, Amsterdam

Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight Flight

July 6, 2017

Set out for Scandinavia, one of the world’s most incredible regions. Explore the fascinating capital cities of Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo. See majestic mountains, fjords, fishing villages, historic towns, and experience a true milestone as your ship sails across the Arctic Circle to the very top of Europe.


Day 2: Stockholm, Sweden - Tour Begins

July 7, 2017

Your tour opens in captivating Stockholm, a perfect blend of old and new. Gather this evening with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in the old town at Fem Sma Hus. This stunning restaurant is comprised of five connected timber-framed houses from the 17th century and captures the flavor of a bygone era.


Day 3: Stockholm

July 8, 2017

This morning it’s your choice! You may choose to embark on a tour of Stockholm’s city sights, showcasing the city’s greatest vistas and fascinating attractions including the Riddarholm Church, the Royal Palace and the Parliament, concluding with a visit to Stockholm’s City Hall. Or, perhaps you would prefer to explore the narrow streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town) during a guided walking tour with a stop at one of Sweden’s sweetest traditions, a candy cane-making factory, for a demonstration. Later, we make a stop at the one-of-a-kind Vasa Ship Museum to learn about its shocking maiden voyage, when it sank in one nautical mile. This ship, commissioned in the 1600s by King Vasa, was raised 334 years later from the bottom of the harbor. Perfectly preserved, it offers a rare glimpse into the amazing craftsmanship of the 17th century. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore Stockholm independently.


Day 4: Stockholm - Copenhagen, Denmark

July 9, 2017

Take a morning flight* to delightful Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Later, join a local expert on an engaging city tour. View Denmark’s center of Parliament, known as Christianborg; Amalienborg Palace, the residence of the Danish royal family; and the Royal Theater. See the Little Mermaid Statue, a 1913 sculpture honoring Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fictional character.


Day 5: Copenhagen

July 10, 2017

Today you may choose to spend your day at leisure in Copenhagen or perhaps join an optional excursion to Frederiksborg Castle, formerly the residence of the Danish royal family.


Day 6: Copenhagen - Oslo, Norway

July 11, 2017

Fly* to Norway, a land of intense natural beauty and famous for its deep fjords, steep mountain roads, Viking legends and well-preserved historical sites. Upon arrival, your tour of regal Oslo features the remarkable Viking Ship Museum, Karl Johan Street, a view of the Royal Palace, City Hall and the new Opera building. Then it’s on to Vigeland Park where you will find the collection of statues and sculptures that comprise Gustav Vigeland's life’s work.

*Internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. These flights need to be arranged and purchased separately if you arrange your own air. Internal flights are included with the air portion of your tour if you purchase the air through Collette Vacations.


Day 7: Oslo - Myrdal - Flam Railway - Fudvangen - Voss - Bergen

July 12, 2017

Today you embark on the legendary “Norway in a Nutshell” tour! All aboard the Bergen Railway to experience Europe’s most scenic rail journey. Have your camera ready as this legendary tour takes you through Norway’s most breathtaking fjord and mountainous terrain on its way to Bergen. Switch trains in Myrdal and travel 12 miles on the famous Flåm Railway, a masterpiece of engineering, taking you 2,800 breathtaking feet in 55 minutes to the village of Flåm on Sognefjord, Norway's longest (120 miles) and deepest (more than a mile). Next, cruise Nærøyfjord (UNESCO), the narrowest fjord in Europe with stunning views of waterfalls and small farms clinging to the steep mountainsides. In Gudvangen, your journey continues by bus with the breathtaking Stalheimskleiven hairpin road (available May through September only), a thrilling ride around 13 hairpin bends. In Voss, board the train for Bergen, one of Norway’s oldest and most iconic cities.


Day 8: Bergen - Norwegian Coastal Voyage

July 13, 2017

Join your fellow travelers on a leisurely paced walking tour of Bergen. Explore the picturesque, old Bryggen Wharf (UNESCO) with its tiny wooden houses and narrow streets. Mingle with the locals at the fish market, located in the "heart" of the city. Then prepare for your memorable 6-night cruise – the “World’s Most Beautiful Voyage” – sailing along the stunning Norwegian coastline. This evening board your Hurtigruten ship. Sit back and take in the treasure trove of landscapes, scenery, sights and sounds that surround you.


Day 9: Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Northbound

July 14, 2017

This morning’s view from the ship will be of either the tranquil Stadthavet Sea or the majestic Geirangerfjord as we make our way to the charming village of Alesund. Take a stroll through the fairy-tale streets of Alesund, a vibrant town known for its colorful art nouveau architecture and its stunning setting at the entrance of the Geirangerfjord. Then it’s on to Molde for a brief stop at this trading and cultural hub dating back to medieval times.


Day 10: Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Northbound

July 15, 2017

Today, enjoy some time in the historic city of Trondheim. Founded by Viking King Olav in A.D. 997, it was the location of the first capital of Norway and is still the city where new kings receive their ceremonial blessings. Later, continue toward the Land of the Midnight Sun, passing rugged coastlines en route to Rorvik which sits among 6,000 islands.


Day 11: Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Northbound

July 16, 2017

Today you become one of a select few as our cruise ship crosses the Arctic Circle on our way to Bodo. Gaze at the distant rugged peaks and to the infinite sky…keep an eye out for white-tailed sea eagles found in this region. Continue sailing, crossing the stunning Vestfjord and past the breathtaking Lofoten Islands before pausing briefly at the villages of Stamsund and Svolvaer. Later, sail on past the majestic Trollfjord.


Day 12: Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Northbound

July 17, 2017

Take in the serenity as we sail past a chain of islands on our way to the small town of Harstad. Stop here for a moment before continuing on to Tromso, capital of the Arctic. Find yourself immersed in beautiful fjords and mountains. Located 220 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Tromso is home to the world's northernmost university, botanical garden and cathedral.


Day 13: Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Northbound

July 18, 2017

Your voyage continues along Norway’s northernmost region, pausing briefly along the way at sleepy villages and busy ports surrounded by breathtaking panoramas. Have some time in the peaceful town of Honningsvag, the capital of North Cape, situated closer to the North Pole than it is to Oslo.


Day 14: Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Northbound

July 19, 2017

Early this morning we arrive in Kirkenes, home to the Sami people who have herded reindeer for centuries. Disembark your ship and fly* back to Oslo. Gather this evening for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip filled with the breathtaking scenery and cultural treasures of Scandinavia.

*Internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. These flights need to be arranged and purchased separately if you arrange your own air. Internal flights are included with the air portion of your tour if you purchase the air through Collette Vacations.


Day 15: Oslo - Tour Ends

July 20, 2017

Your tour comes to a close today.

Pricing and Information

Book Now & Save $200 Per Person:

Inside Double Rate: $8,649
Inside Single Rate:  $11,349
Outside Double Rate: $9,749
Outside Single Rate: $13,249

 

For bookings made after January 7, 2017 call for current rates.

 

Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Bismarck Municipal Airport or Fargo from Hector Airport; Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges; Hotel Transfers

 

Not Included in Price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $350 per person

 

Round Trip Air from Minot International airport is also available; please add $100 per person

 

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