Nordic Magnificence

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JUN. 12-22, 2016 $3,995
Bergen, Oslo, Copenhagen, Gothenburg
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Nordic Magnificence

JUN. 12-22, 2016
Bergen, Oslo, Copenhagen, Gothenburg

Scandinavia evokes thoughts of Nordic mariners charging the waves aboard gracefully arched Viking ships. Its landscape is imprinted with the last ice age — stunning fjords, jutting glacier-covered mountains and crystal-blue lakes. Begin your journey in picturesque Denmark. Admire the country’s pristine landscape, boasting wide and marshy fjords, lush meadows and gently rolling countryside. Journey through the Oslo Fjord to Norway, birthplace of legends about princesses, heroes and trolls, and discover the cities of Oslo and Bergen. Through your journey, enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences as you witness the natural beauty of the region. Enjoy and optional extension to Stockholm, a bustling capital set in a breathtaking archipelago.

Cost: $3,995
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Activity Level: Moderate Activity
COVID-19 Information:
  • Groups are limited to 28 travelers to maximize your travel experience.
  • Enjoy an overnight ferry ride and witness the dramatic Oslo Fjord.
  • Marvel at one of Europe’s largest plateaus on the Bergen Railway.
  • Thrill to the Highlights of Norway as you ascend to new heights on one of the world’s steepest train rides, cruise the Sognefjord and delight in a breathtaking overland journey.
  • Experience Hans Christian Andersen’s Copenhagen and the city’s other highlights.
  • Delve into Nordic history, traditions and culture during excursions and lectures.

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Arne Lunde
The Scandinavian Section
Arne Lunde is associate professor of Scandinavian Studies and Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA. He teaches courses on Nordic national cinemas and filmmakers, as well as on nineteenth-century Scandinavian literature. Lunde’s publications include the book Nordic Exposures: Scandinavian Identities in Classical Hollywood Cinema. Among his current research projects is a book on Swedish director Ingmar Bergman's films in the 1940s and 50s, as well as a globalized, transnational history of Nordic cinema. Lunde has travelled extensively within Norway, Sweden, and Denmark and has strong expertise in the cinema, media, literature, art, and cultural histories of those Nordic nations.



DAY 1 | June 12.
Depart for Copenhagen, Denmark.

DAY 2 | June 13. Copenhagen, Denmark
Upon arrival, transfer to the Copenhagen Admiral Hotel and check in.
Independent Exploration: Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Copenhagen. Consider a stroll through the center of the city, which is easily accessible from the hotel. Later, gather with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.

DAY 3 | June 14. Copenhagen
Educational Focus: Contemporary Scandinavia. Enjoy a discussion about current issues in the region and its role in the European Union.
Excursion: Castles and Canals. Explore Rosenborg Castle, a 17th-century treasure built in Dutch Renaissance style by King Christian IV, and see the Crown Jewels and other royal treasures. Later, cruise along Copenhagen’s beloved waterways and see some of the bustling capital’s most renowned sites, including the Opera House, Amalienborg Palace and The Little Mermaid, the treasured landmark designed in 1913 by Edvard Eriksen.
Local Flavor: Savor local specialties during lunch at a Copenhagen restaurant.
Independent Exploration: Spend the afternoon pursuing individual interests. Perhaps visit picturesque Tivoli Gardens.

DAY 4 | June 15. Copenhagen
Excursion: Hans Christian Andersen’s Copenhagen. No one can think of Denmark without also thinking about Hans Christian Andersen, famous for his stories that have delighted millions of children and adults alike. Enjoy a walking tour into the fairy-tale land of the famous writer as you stroll through quaint alleys and charming squares and learn about the lifestyles of local residents and famous Danes, including Anderson, who spent much of his life here.
Independent Exploration: Spend the remainder of your last full day in Copenhagen at leisure.

DAY 5 | June 16. Copenhagen / Cruising
Independent Exploration: Take advantage of free time this morning for a last visit to one of Copenhagen’s treasures. This afternoon, transfer to the port to board an overnight DFDS Seaways ferry to Oslo, Norway. Settle into your private cabin or witness the breathtaking views from the deck as the ship sails toward the Oslo Fjord.

DAY 6 | June 17. Oslo, Norway
After breakfast, admire the Norwegian coastline as the ship approaches Oslo.
Excursion: Oslo. This city offers something for everyone, including breathtaking vistas, peaceful parks and fascinating museums. Admire the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and visit its museum, which highlights the history and importance of skiing in Norway. Finally, stroll the grounds at Vigelandsparken, the city park famous for its sculptures by Gustav Vigeland.
Local Flavor: Savor regional specialties during lunch at an Oslo restaurant. Continue to the Radisson Blu Scandinavia and check in.
Independent Exploration: Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

DAY 7 | June 18. Oslo
Excursion: Nordic Seafarers. Visit the Viking Ships Museum, home to the Gokstad, Tune and Oseberg — the world’s best-preserved Viking ship — ships as well as Viking ships found along the Oslo Fjord, some buried in the waters for more than 1,000 years. Continue to the Kon-Tiki Museum, and see the original Kon-Tiki raft (1947) and the papyrus boat Ra II (1970).
Independent Exploration: Spend your last afternoon in Oslo at leisure.

DAY 8 | June 19. Oslo / Bergen
Excursion: Bergen Railway. Delight in a remarkable rail journey from Oslo to Bergen on one of the world’s most scenic routes. Cross the Hardangervidda, a massive plateau rich in flora and fauna. The tracks climb to Finse, the highest point on the route, then the landscape changes dramatically as the train edges along dramatic fjords, tumbling waterfalls and green forests. Upon arrival in Bergen this afternoon, check in to the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
Independent Exploration: Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

DAY 9 | June 20. Bergen
Educational Focus: The Origins and Cultural Influence of Norway’s Fjords. Learn how the Sognefjord —Norway’s largest fjord — and Hardangerfjord — its longest —were formed and how they affect the region.
Excursion: Bergen. Nestled beside a harbor and surrounded by mountains and fjords, Norway’s second largest city is said to have “its head in the sky and its feet in the sea.” View King Haakon’s Hall, Rosenkrantz Tower, Hanseatic warehouses and St. Mary’s Church. Then, visit the home of Edvard Grieg.
Independent Exploration: The rest of the day is at leisure.

DAY 10 | June 21. Bergen / Flåm
Excursion: Highlights of Norway. Admire breathtaking views during a panoramic journey through Norway. Depart by train and travel along the eastern fjords to Myrdal, then switch to the famous Flåm line, from which you will witness some of Norway’s best scenery. In Flåm, at the edge of the unspoiled Aurlandsfjord, enjoy time at leisure. Later, cruise on the flawless Sognefjord, the King of Fjords, to Gudvangen, or “gods place by the water.” Enjoy a scenic drive to lovely Voss, touted for its beautiful setting, which features mountains, forests, lakes and waterfalls, then return to Bergen via train. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers to recount your Scandinavian adventure during a Farewell Dinner.

DAY 11 | June 22. In Transit
After breakfast, transfer to Bergen airport for the return flight to your gateway city.


Copenhagen Admiral Hotel
Situated near local attractions, including Gefion Fountain, the uniquely designed Copenhagen Admiral Hotel is housed in a converted 18th-century warehouse. Enjoy a drink in its renowned bar and restaurant. Each guest room features exposed wooden beams and a maritime ambiance. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.


Radisson Blu Scandinavia
Ideally located near Karl Johans Gate and the Oslo Fjord, the Radisson Blu Scandinavia boasts convenience to local attractions as well as breathtaking views of Oslo’s natural setting. After a day of exploring the city, perhaps take a lap in the indoor pool, work out in the fitness center or have a drink in the hotel’s bar. The well-appointed guest rooms are finished with modern décor. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.


DFDS Seaways
Stay in private, outward-facing Commodore Class cabins as the ferry cruises overnight from Denmark to Norway. Take advantage of shopping on the ship, or enjoy live entertainment. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.




Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Located on Bergen’s beautiful waterfront in the Bryggen district, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel incorporates the traditional aesthetic of this historic area and offers a convenient base from which to explore Bergen. Each night, relax in your well-appointed guest room, decorated with comfortable yet modern finishes. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.


Pricing: $3,995 to $4,245
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