Traveller Tours: Join our reader tour through Denmark, Sweden and Norway

Join an award-winning author and the director of the Nobel Prize Museum on a Traveller-designed journey from Denmark's design capital to Norway's majestic fiords.

Where do you begin to describe the splendours of Scandinavia? Do you start with the spectacular natural scenery? The ingenious and inspired design heritage? Its rich, unique and, at times, violent history? Or perhaps with the singular attitude to life of the Scandinavian people?

Well, we've solved the dilemma for you by combining the key elements that characterise this amazing and beautiful part of the world into one irresistible package. It's our latest Traveller Tour, a 12-day journey around the key Nordic nations of Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Your principal guest host on the tour, which has been specially-designed by the editors of Traveller along with ourpartners at Collette, will be my respected colleague Helen Pitt, who is an award-winning journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and the author of The House.

Helen's lauded book details the controversies surrounding the construction of the Sydney Opera House, which was designed by the brilliant Danish architect, Jørn Utzon. The House took Helen all the way to Denmark to complete her research and won her the coveted 2018 Walkley Book Award.

This makes Helen a perfectly-placed and highly-knowledgeable figure to guide our readers through Scandinavia on our insights-rich, 12-day return journey from Copenhagen, with visits to Stockholm, Oslo and Bergen. As a Traveller Tours bonus gift, each reader who books a place on the tour will receive a signed copy of The House.

We're also pleased to present two other special guest hosts. Erika Lanner, director of Stockholm's Nobel Prize Museum, will present an exclusive talk on the concept and history of this fascinating and important institution, and offer rare insights into the renowned Nobel Prizes and their laureates. Readers will also be able to tour the museum.

Finally, you will also meet Rasmus Høgh Kristensen, a young design expert at Paustian, the landmark Danish furniture design store. The Paustian building in Copenhagen's Nordhavn was designed by Jørn Utzon.

We'd love you to join us. - Anthony Dennis, Traveller editor

THE ITINERARY

DAY 1 JULY 17

DEPART AUSTRALIA

Board your overnight flight to Copenhagen.

DAY 2 JULY 18

COPENHAGEN

Arrive in Copenhagen and enjoy time at your leisure. Attend a welcome cocktail reception and meet award-winning author and reporter Helen Pitt, who will provide an overview of the journey ahead. This evening, Helen will join you for a dining experience that highlights Copenhagen's New Nordic Cuisine movement.Meals D The Admiral Hotel, Copenhagen

DAY 3 JULY 19

COPENHAGEN

Scenic summer view of Nyhavn pier with color buildings, ships, yachts and other boats in the Old Town of Copenhagen, Denmark traveller tours scandi 2020 Colette 
Copenhagen, Stockholm old town, Aurlandsfjord

Copenhagen's colourful Nyhavn pier. Photo: iStock

Enjoy a city tour with Helen during which you will visit iconic buildings designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. Make a stop at Paustian, a famed Danish furniture design house, known for its sleek, modern style. Meet design consultant Rasmus Høgh Kristensen who will give a talk and Q&A on high-end Danish design and show you around Paustian House, one of Denmark's most notable buildings, (and designed by architect Jørn Utzon). Hear Helen's insights about Utzon and the stories about him she collected while researching her book in Denmark. B

DAY 4 JULY 20

COPENHAGEN – STOCKHOLM

Helen will join you as you fly to Stockholm. Here you have the choice to explore Gamla Stan (the old town) on a guided walking tour or see the city on a coach tour. Tonight, dine on Swedish cuisine in the old town at Fem Sma Hus. B D Scandic Grand Central, Stockholm

DAY 5 JULY 21

STOCKHOLM

Explore the Vasa Ship Museum, home to the legendary Swedish war ship built in the 1600s by King Vasa, before visiting the Nobel Prize Museum. Meet the museum's director, Erika Lanner, who will give a talk and Q&A on the history and concept of the museum and The Nobel Peace Prize. B

DAY 6 JULY 22

STOCKHOLM – OSLO

Journey through Sweden's picturesque countryside by high-speed train andarrive in Oslo, nestled betweena fiord and forested hills. This evening, join Helen as she shares stories from her30-year career as a reporter. B DThon Hotel Europa, Oslo

DAY 7 JULY 23

OSLO

Visit Vigeland Park and see a collection of more than 200 sculptures that are the life's work of Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. This afternoon, take a private tour of the Oslo Opera House, the design of which has won several major awards. B

DAY 8 JULY 24

OSLO – FLÅM


You can see my collection of photos of stunning Norway: mountains and fjords (Oslo, Geiranger, Geiranger Fjord, Alesund, Bergen, a Lot of Fjords, Jotunheimen, Jostedal, Glaciers, Trollstigen, Aurland, sunrises, sunsets, and much others!!) in the following link below:

http://www.istockphoto.com/search/lightbox/13853578

Idyllic fjord landscape panorama, dramatic sunrise, Norway, Scandinavia

Aurlandsfjord (Norwegian: Aurlandsfjorden) is a fjord in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. The fjord flows through the municipalities of Aurland, Vik, and Lærdal. The 29-kilometre (18 mi) long fjord is a branch off of the main Sognefjorden, Norway's longest fjord. The fjord is deep and narrow, reaching a depth of about 962 metres (3,156 ft) below sea level, and its width is generally less than 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) wide. About 11 kilometers (6.8 mi) south of the mouth of the fjord, the Nærøyfjord branches off from it to the west. The village of Flåm sits at the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord; other villages along the fjord are Aurlandsvangen and Undredal. Most of the fjord is surrounded by up to 1,800-metre (5,900 ft) tall, steep mountains with little habitation along the fjord except for in a few small valleys.
Large parts of the fjord is included in the Nærøyfjord section of the West Norwegian Fjords UNESCO world heritage site.
 traveller tours scandi 2020 Colette 
Copenhagen, Stockholm old town, Aurlandsfjord

Norway's Aurlandsfjord. Photo: iStock

Travel north to Norway's majestic fiord region and visit the Borgund Stave Church, built in dedication to the Apostle Andrew in 1180. Arrive in the village of Flåm, nestled at the entrance to the stunning Aurlandsfjord. Take the famous Flåm Railway and ascend 900 metres past mighty waterfalls, towering mountainsand stunning valley. B DFretheim Hotel, FlAM

DAY 9 JULY 25

FLÅM – BERGEN

Spend the morning at your leisure. Later, arrive in Bergen, a historic Viking village and the gateway to the fiords. B D Scandic Neptun, Bergen

DAY 10 JULY 26

BERGEN

traveller tours scandi 2020 Cornelius Seafood Restaurant. Images from website

Enjoy dinner at the acclaimed Cornelius Seafood Restaurant. 

Take a guided tour of World Heritage-listed Bryggen, a historic harbour known for its picturesque wooden warehouses. Enjoy the long Scandinavian summer's day, with dinner at the acclaimed Cornelius Seafood restaurant on the tiny island of Holmen in the company of Helen. Savoura delicious meal while admiring the views of mountains. B D

DAY 11 JULY 27

BERGEN – COPENHAGEN

Fly to Copenhagen and enjoy the final evening of your tour at leisure. BThe Admiral, Copenhagen

DAY 12 JULY 28

DEPART COPENHAGEN

Transfer to the airport for your return flight. B

TOUR Options and Add-ons

You can add a three-day Aalborg extension from July 28 to 30. Pricesfrom $2459pp twin share, single supplement from $400pp.

DAY 1 JULY 28

COPENHAGEN – AALBORG

Fly to Aalborg, a Danish city known for its revitalised harbour and architectural gems. D hotel scandic Aalborg, Aalborg

DAY 2 JULY 29

AALBORG – COPENHAGEN

Visit the Utzon Centre, Aalborg's cultural landmark celebrating the design and vision of architect Jørn Utzon. An expert from the centre will hold a Q&A session. Take an afternoon flight to Copenhagen.B L The Admiral Hotel, Copenhagen

DAY 3 JULY 30

COPENHAGEN

Transfer to theairport for your return flight. B

Inclusions

• 16 meals (10 breakfasts and 6 dinners)

• Insights and expertise from guest hosts

• Visits and tours to museums

• All baggage handling (one bag per guest)

• Services of a professional Tour Manager

•Group coach transfer upon arrivaland departure

•Transportation via deluxeair-conditioned coach

• All taxes and service charges

• Flights within Europe

MEET YOUR EXPERT TRAVELLER HOSTS

THE AWARD-winning AUTHOR AND REPORTER

HELEN PITT

Helen Pitt, Sydney Morning Herald senior Journalist. Photographed Tuesday 19th November 2019. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH NEWS 191119

Helen is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. In a career spanning more than 30 years, she has covered topics ranging from politics to pop culture and has also been the Herald's Opinion and Letters editor. Helen is the author of The House, which traces the stories and controversies behind the building of the Sydney Opera House. The book demanded intensive research, some of which was undertaken in Denmark. In 2018 Helen won the Walkley Book Award for her work.

She has also written for The Bulletin and The New York Times Digital, and worked as a television reporter at Euronews. Helen is fluent in French and has lived in Sweden.

THE MUSEUM DIRECTOR

ERIKA LANNER

traveller tours scandi 2020 expert Erika Lanner, direct of director of Nobel Prize Museum
Photo: Nanaka Adachi

Erika is the CEO and director of the Nobel Prize Museum. Its videos, in-depth guided tours and artefacts tell the stories of the Nobel laureates and their work, and consider ways to build a better world through science, humanism and cooperation. Erika trained as a lawyer and has worked at a leading law firm in Sweden, served in the Swedish Courts and was Nobel's general counsel for 13 years. She has studied at Uppsala University in Sweden and at the Australian National University.

THE DANISH DESIGN CONSULTANT

RASMUS HØGH KRISTENSEN

traveller tours scandi 2020 expert RASMUS HOGH KRISTENSEN

Rasmus is a design expert and retail consultant at Paustian, the renowned furniture design store in Copenhagen. Paustian designs and produces its own collections and also carries and exhibits work from leading international brands and designers. Rasmus joined Paustian in 2014. The Paustian building in Copenhagen's Nordhavn is the work of the Danish architect Jørn Utzon, who also designed the Sydney Opera House.

YOUR SCANDINAVIA TRAVELLER TOUR

WHEN AND HOW MUCH

DEPARTURE DATE July 17, 2020

DURATION 12 Days

PRICES From $9719pp twin share (international flights included from $2570pp). Single supplement $1700pp

BOOKINGS Phone 1300 792 195

Sat 9am-5pm and Mon-Fri 9am-6pm

EMAIL ausales@collette.com

IMPORTANT NOTE Circumstances beyond Traveller's control may affect the guest lineup. Operational or logistical changes or issues related to the itinerary before, during or after the tour are the responsibility of Collette. To view further booking conditions visit gocollette.com.au

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