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
DAY 1 JULY 17
Board your overnight flight to Copenhagen.
DAY 2 JULY 18
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'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
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
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
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
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
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
Transfer to theairport for your return flight. B
• 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 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 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
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
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