Scandinavia Adventure: Norway, Denmark and Sweden
$4,695 + Airfare
Jun 24 – Jul 8, Jul 20 – Aug 3
Session 2, Session 4
|Who can go on this trip?||
Students from all over the world!
9, 10, 11, 12
|Places we visit:||
Bergen, Juklavass Glacier*, Voss, Flam, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm
|Optional group flight there:||
New York (JFK) to Bergen
|Optional group flight back:||
Stockholm to New York (JFK)
Join Travel for Teens this summer and discover the best that Scandinavia has to offer! Explore the photogenic cities of Bergen, Oslo, Copenhagen, and Stockholm. Cruise through impressive Norwegian fjords and scenery searching for trolls, enjoy saunas, charming towns and beautiful countryside in Sweden, and discover why Denmark is considered the happiest country in the world. In addition to these well known cities we will also visit some lesser known gems of this region including charming local towns that are off the typical tourist track. This itinerary highlights the awe-inspiring nature and stunning cities Scandinavia is famous for and is the perfect balance of adventure and cultural immersion.
On This Trip You Will:
- Step back in time and walk through the centuries-old UNESCO listed Bryggen Wharf in Bergen
- Cruise through the world’s second largest fjord, discovering waterfalls, forests, and mountains along the way
- Be amazed by the blue ice and deep crevasses of Juklavass glacier*
- Whitewater raft down the magnificent Stranda river
- Challenge yourself on a high ropes course
- Marvel at the engineering feat that is the Flåm railway, one of the most scenic in the world
- Discover the Nordic seafaring spirit that originated with the Vikings
- Bike through the coolest parts of Copenhagen with our local guide**
- Discover new Nordic cuisine at 108, the little sister to Noma, one of the world’s best restaurants
- Feel the fairytale magic that inspired Walt Disney and Hans Christian Andersen at Tivoli gardens
- Relax at a traditional Swedish sauna
- Discover the Latin Quarter of Aarhus for the perfect mix of small town Danish charm and Copenhagen cool
- Sample incredible Norwegian seafood, Danish Smørrebrød and Swedish meatballs
- Wander the cobblestoned streets of Medieval Gamla Stan, one of the largest and best preserved in Europe
*This is an optional excursion.
**Biking is not mandatory, we will provide a walking tour option for those who choose not to bike.
DAY 1: GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS FROM NEW YORK (JFK)
Start your journey on the rugged West coast of Norway in beautiful Bergen, one of the most important old ports in Europe. Experience the history of UNESCO Heritage Listed Bryggen Wharf, eat the freshest seafood at the central Fish Market and hunt for trolls as you hike to the top of Mt. Floyen. For the adventurous, you can choose to get geared up and hike the Juklavass glacier, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
DAYS 4 – 6: VOSS & FLAM
Catch the train inland to tiny Voss, home of extreme sports, where you’ll tackle a high ropes course and whitewater raft down the mighty Stranda River. You’ll even have the option to try your hand at aerial acrobatics in a vertical wind tunnel! Spend the evening stargazing at our lakeside accommodation on beautiful Lake Vangsvatnet.
Our journey between Voss and Oslo will be an adventure filled with natural beauty. We’ll take a boat trip through the Sognefjord, Norway’s deepest and longest fjord extending more than 200km inland to the foot of the Jotunheimen mountains. This area is considered one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world and is well known for its mountains, waterfalls, and lush forests. After cruising the fjord we’ll have some time to explore quaint Flåm for a taste of small-town Norway before catching the famous Flåm railway up the mountain and on to Oslo!
DAYS 6 – 9: OSLO
We’ll have three full days to explore this harborside city. Check out the trendy neighborhoods of Grünerløkka and Aker Brygge, become a chocolatier at the Freia chocolate factory, and learn the fascinating history of Nordic sea and polar exploration at some of Oslo’s world-famous museums. Finally, take in the stunning Oslo Fjord as we say goodbye to Norway and continue our journey to Denmark via an overnight ferry!
DAYS 10 – 13: COPENHAGEN & AARHUS
With more than half the population commuting by bicycle, Copenhagen is on track to become one of the ‘greenest’ cities on earth. Feel like a local as you cycle through the best parts of the city led by our Copenhagen native guide. Take a refreshing dip or hang out with the locals by the river at Islands Brygge, and enjoy delicious Smørrebrød – open sandwiches – at one of the city’s famed food halls. Spend a magical evening at Tivoli gardens, the second oldest operating amusement park in the world, where the likes of Walt Disney and Hans Christian Andersen drew inspiration for their timeless classics.
We’ll round out our time in Denmark’s with a trip along the seaside–we’re off to the second city of Aarhus and European Capital of Culture for 2017! See what everyone is smiling about in this city by the sea with walks through the funky Latin Quarter and world-renowned art museums.
DAYS 13-15: STOCKHOLM
Watch the countryside change as you speed over to our last stop, Stockholm, possibly Europe’s most beautiful city. Shop to your heart’s content as you meander through the winding cobblestone streets and vibrant public squares of charming Gamla Stan, one of the best preserved Medieval cities in Europe. Check out the wonders of Skansen, the oldest open-air museum in the world; learn about the mighty Vasa – the world’s only preserved 17th century warship; witness famous Scandinavian design in the hip neighbourhood of Södermalm, find the best Swedish meatballs in town and hear stories of Stockholm’s gruesome past on a ghost tour through the city. Finally, finish off your incredible adventure with a fancy final dinner with your newfound best friends.
Who can go on this trip? What kind of teen typically goes on this trip?
We have teens join this program from all over the world! They are typically culturally curious teens who are excited about making new friends, stepping out of their comfort zone, expanding their horizons, and trying something new.
This program is only for students who are currently in 9th through 12th grade and approximately 14 to 18 years old. Students living outside of the USA are welcome to join!
Where do we stay?
Our hotels are specifically chosen to be in safe areas and well-suited to facilitating group supervision. We stay in centrally located accommodations, usually within walking distance of the main attractions. This means we do not use large, impersonal chain hotels on the outskirts of cities. We prefer to select smaller, family-run hotels where we establish personal relationships with the owners.
In Bergen, Oslo, Copenhagen, and Stockholm we stay in modern, convenient hotels right in the city center, in proximity to all the attractions and transit networks. For example, our Stockholm hotel is a 5-minute walk from Gamla Stan. In Voss, we stay right on Lake Vangsvatnet.
For safety reasons, we do not publish the names of the accommodations we use. We do not feel it is safe to publish the name of a hotel where a group of teenagers is staying abroad. After registering, participants and parents are given access to our secure parent website where you will be able to see the names of all of the accommodations for a trip.
Do most travelers go by themselves?
Yes, in fact over 75% of students who travel with us choose to come independently. This encourages teens to step further outside their comfort zone and make new friends. We believe that one of the most rewarding and exciting elements of travel is the new friendships that are formed along the way. If you travel by yourself, you are bound to make new friends from all over the country and even the world. The best part is, you can travel again with your new BFFs on another TFT trip the next summer!
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! We just ask that if you come with a friend, you and your friend(s) are still open to meeting new people and sharing this special experience with the entire group.
What do students generally like most on this program?
Students love that they are able to explore picturesque cities alongside breathtaking nature in one of the most beautiful regions of Europe. This trip perfectly blends nature, adventure, history, and culture to give them an incredible overview of Scandinavia.
What is unique about this program?
This action-packed itinerary presents a fantastic way to experience all that this unique region has to offer, including everything from the glaciers and fjords of Norway through to UNESCO Heritage Listed cities. A carefully crafted itinerary coupled with over a decade of TFT expertise in leading trips through Europe means this program provides unique insider access to the best of Scandinavia.
What is included?
Ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, chaperones and guides, trip related activities, trip related activity admissions, taxes and tips.
Not included (not intended to be an exhaustive list): Airfare, rail passes, lunches, visas and visa application fees, beverages other than tap water, activities and admissions not referenced in the itinerary or deemed not trip related such as movies, clubs and the like, expenses incurred by the participant that are outside the trip description such as damage to hotels, excess baggage fees and the like, expenses related to unforeseen circumstances such as transportation strikes, natural disasters and the like, personal and medical expenses.
How do the optional group flights work?
Upon registration, you will be contacted by our International Logistics Team to discuss this trip’s flight details. You are not required to take the group flight, although there are several advantages to doing so. The group flight is chaperoned by TFT staff, it offers an opportunity for the students to get to know each other before the trip starts, and we get preferred group flight prices on trips that have group contracts (ask for details). Parents are responsible for arranging for participants to get to the group flight airport. Travel For Teens staff are at the airport, greet arriving participants, and help them get to where the rest of the group has assembled. For more information about Flights, visit our Flights page.
Who are the counselors on the trip?
The Trip Director for every trip is a seasoned teen travel professional with extensive TFT experience. Trip Directors often live or have lived and worked in the destination country. Extensive knowledge of the language and culture of the destination is crucial. Our Senior Counselors are experienced, responsible and fun-loving individuals whom our participants can share experiences with and look to for guidance and support. At Travel for Teens we pride ourselves on our rigorous staff application process and the professionalism of our full time and summer staff.
It is the job of the counselors to keep the trip fun and exciting, the learning and the laughter in good balance, and to oversee the safety of the participants. Minimum ratios are on average one staff member to every seven participants. Trips may also include one or two Junior Counselors, who are college students with a history of TFT travel, and one or more Counselors in Training (CIT’s) with limited responsibility. CIT’s are not counted in staff-participant ratios.
What are the safety qualifications for our staff?
All of our staff members attend a week-long training session every May to prepare for the upcoming summer and go over safety precautions and protocols. Likewise, every counselor is CPR/First Aid certified and Trip Directors are Lifeguard certified. All staff undergo a rigorous interview process and thorough background check.
What is the average group size?
Group size is important! A smaller group size provides unique opportunities that a large group cannot accommodate. Think of your favorite local restaurant; could it easily accommodate a group of 50 teens? Probably not! Our group sizes average between 14 to 21 students, which means that we are able to comfortably use local transport, enjoy local restaurants, and have a more authentic experience overall! A smaller group size also eliminates the likelihood of cliques, meaning that our groups all tend to bond as a cohesive unit. We guarantee that you’ll have enough people to meet some new best friends, but not so many that you feel like “just a number” or lost in a crowd.
How does this program connect to other programs?
Most of our Europe programs are designed specifically so that participants can combine them with other trips. If you are connecting to another program, your counselor will escort you to the airport on the last day of the trip and help you get to your next destination where you will meet up with your new counselors and group.
What is the food like on this trip?
In a word – Delicious! At TFT, we believe food should be an integral part of the travel experience and always make an effort to eat at authentic establishments when we can. What better way to immerse yourself in the culture of a place than by sampling the local delicacies, and we encourage students to do so whenever possible! Just as we stay away from Americanized hotel chains, we try to avoid restaurants with menus that cater only to tourists because every good traveler knows the best food is found wherever the locals are eating!
Norwegian cuisine offers some of the freshest seafood in the world. For the adventurous, try a delicious reindeer hot dog! Have the best smoked salmon of your life with a delicious Smørrebrød (open sandwich) in Denmark and sample the world-famous Swedish meatballs. These are just some of the delights on offer, and with New Nordic cuisine becoming so popular, you will have no shortage of delicious meals to try and enjoy.
We also love to have picnics al fresco, and do this whenever possible, which is a great way to taste some local food while sitting out in the fresh air taking in the sights and sounds of our surroundings.
As always, we are willing and able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten allergies, and other dietary restrictions.
Do I need any vaccinations for this trip?
We recommend that you check with your family doctor regarding vaccinations and medical advice for the areas you will be visiting. For more information, please check out the World Health Organization’s website www.who.int/en/.
How much free time do we get?
Our counselors are with the group nearly always. Every day we will break up into smaller groups to give our participants some choices and flexibility in their itinerary. We do offer some free time to do some shopping, for example, in defined areas that we are very familiar with. If participants are ever shopping by themselves within these defined areas they go in groups and for no more than an hour. On this trip due to the smaller city sizes, the group will have short periods of free time to explore some of the safe pedestrian and shopping areas of every city we visit. A counselor will always be nearby when participants have free time in each city. A lifeguard certified counselor will be supervising the students any time they are involved in water activities.
What kind of visa do you need for this trip?
Any US citizen that enters Europe is automatically granted a free 90-day tourist visa. If you are coming from somewhere outside the US, please be sure to check your country specific visa requirements.
Do I need to speak the language?
No, our skilled staff members will help you get around and even teach you a few fun phrases!