Scandinavian City Ice Break

Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm & Helsinki!

Our favorite Scandinavian product: Enjoy all four capitals of the Northern countries! Have you ever been on an Icebreaker before? This tour is your chance. You will cross the North and Baltic Sea, navigating on the ice!  Enjoy all that the beautiful North has to offer combined with style and comfort. Welcome to Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm & Helsinki! The Capital cities of the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Copenhagen

Danes are said to be the happiest people in the world, and Copenhagen the world’s most liveable city. Why? Because every bit of Copenhagen is designed for life. From the buildings and architecture, the food and the water, the many bikes and the intelligent infrastructure. They have free education, free health care, and a society firmly focused on the life balance between work and play.

Copenhagen is a pocket-sized fairy tale and at the same time, a buzzing and innovative hub of ideas. Copenhagen is a city large enough for every kind of life philosophy. Yet it is small enough to bicycle from one end to the other in twenty minutes.

The Copenhageners excel in combining simple and sustainable solutions with a casually sophisticated lifestyle. A lifestyle based on tradition, history and culture, yet constantly moving forward. This gives Copenhagen a unique blend between the harmonies of old world charm and the beat of a truly cosmopolitan city.

This is Copenhagen – a city for life.

Oslo

Oslo is one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities. With a population approaching 700,000 and new neighbourhoods with eye-catching architecture popping up all the time.

The largest city in Norway is quickly transforming into a cosmopolitan hub with a number of world-class museums, restaurants, and art. Yet it still maintains the relaxed atmosphere of a much smaller town.

The city is green in more ways than one, it is nestled between the Oslofjord and hundreds of square kilometres of forested hills. The compact city centre is easy to explore on foot or by bike. An efficient public transport system makes the whole of the city accessible without a car.

Norway’s capital since 1814, Oslo is home to the Norwegian government and the Royal Family. The country’s largest cultural institutions, which include the Norwegian Opera & Ballet, the National Theatre and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design.

Live music is a big part of the city’s identity, and every year Oslo’s clubs and arenas host thousands of concerts that showcase the talents of everyone from local bands to international superstars.

In short, Oslo is an easy-going city with a family and children friendly atmosphere in combination with a diverse nightlife, including a prospering gay scene. All this is flanked by a full range of other venues that are there to match your personal tastes and interests.

Stockholm

Stockholm is like no other capital in the world. Built on fourteen islands. It rises gracefully from water so clean. You can go swimming or fishing in the very heart of the city.

Its waterfront is alive with boats, from ferries to shuttle you around the city. To sailboats and yachts that cruise out into the vast archipelago that stretches into the Baltic. Of course getting around doesn’t require a boat. You can walk, bike, drive or take advantage of the city’s impeccable mass-transit system.

The history of Stockholm dates back to the 13th century. The best place to discover it is in Gamla Stan, the Old Town. Gamla Stan is famous for its winding, cloistered streets, boutiques, and cozy restaurants, all gathered close by to the Royal Palace.

An hour’s boat ride brings you to the gardens of Drottningholm Palace, the pastoral residence of Sweden’s Royal Family.

Within the graceful architecture of this historic capital you will discover a cultural life of exceptional vitality and energy.
Stockholm has 24,000 islands of the skärgård (archipelago) protecting the urban islands from the open seas. The city is best seen from the water.

The metropolis of Stockholm, a statistical unit stretching through several municipalities, had a population of 1,695,946. As a capital, Stockholm is the site of the Government and the Parliament of Sweden. It is also the residence of the head of state, King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Helsinki

Helsinki is the capital of Finland. Founded in 1550, the “Daughter of the Baltic” has been the Finnish capital since 1812. It was rebuilt along the lines of a miniature Saint Petersburg by the tsars of Russia. Today, Helsinki pulls off the trick of being something of an international metropolis while still retaining a small-town feel.

The best time to visit is in summer. This is when Finns peel off their overcoats and flock to outdoor bars and cafes to enjoy the sunshine.

Helsinki’s current population is about 629,500. The Greater Helsinki region including the suburbs of the neighboring administrative areas has a population of over 1.3 million.

Energetic visitors can explore Central Helsinki on foot as it is a rather compact city. A combination of walking and public transportation might be most convenient to cover the sights in Helsinki.

Surrounded by sea and a vast archipelago, Helsinki is at its best in the summer. When the harmony between the city and nature is at its fullest.

Helsinki is a fun city to visit. Take your coat and warm boots for a winter visit and enjoy the snow. Alternatively go in summer when the sun hardly sets and stroll in the green parks until midnight.

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Day 1

Copenhagen – Arrival:
* Arrival at Copenhagen Airport and own transfer to the city center.
* Check in at the hotel and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure in this beautiful capital!
* In 2008, the magazine Monocle listed Copenhagen as the number one of the Top 20 Most Livable Cities, and rewarded the city with the title “Best Design City”.
* In addition, it has also been classified as a World City of Culture and has the 3rd biggest city centre in Western Europe after London and Paris!
* Overnight at The Square or similar.
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Day 2

Copenhagen:
* Enjoy a Scandinavian breakfast at the hotel.
* Today you have the opportunity to discover this wonderful city.
* Did you know that the Danish monarchy is the oldest in the world and Queen Margrethe ll resides in the middle of the city?
* Copenhagen is a world class metropolis that offers something for everyone.
* In Copenhagen you can find world famous attractions such as the “Little Mermaid”, the amusement park Tivoli, the Royal Theatre, the modern Opera House, the Royal Castle Amalienborg with its Royal guards, the Carlsberg Brewery and many more.
* Overnight at The Square or similar.
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Day 3

Copenhagen – Oslo (Cruise):
* After breakfast at the hotel, use your morning for some last minute shopping in Copenhagen.
* In the afternoon, own transfer to the port to embark on the overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo.
* On board you can lean back and enjoy this relaxing cruise.
* Overnight on board in a seaside cabin.
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Day 4

Oslo:
* Continental breakfast is served on board. Disembark in the morning.
* Welcome to Oslo, the capital and largest city in Norway!
* Own transfer to the city center and check in at the hotel.
* Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure in Oslo.
* Explore the third largest but oldest Scandinavian city. Use the chance to have a look at its museums and attractions.
* Oslo’s history goes back to 1000 years ago, when the first camps were built at the inlet of the Oslofjord.
* The city is known for its green image and is surrounded by the blue Oslofjord, lakes, green hills and forests.
* Overnight at Scandic Oslo City or similar.
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Day 5

Oslo:
* After the Scandinavian breakfast at the hotel, time at leisure to discover more of the most beautiful city.
* Oslo is a charming city with over 500 000 inhabitants.
* The city is characterized by a mixture of old and new architecture, parks, hills, museums, monuments, lakes, forests and of course the fjord.
* It is a vibrant city, excellent for shopping, to experience culture and sports activities.
* We recommend visiting the Vigelandsparken, also known as Frognerparken.
* Go for a walk among the famous sculptures or further to the Royal Palace and the Akershus fortress.
* Oslo has a wide range of restaurants and a lively nightlife.
* Overnight at Scandic Oslo City or similar.
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Day 6

Oslo – Stockholm (Train):
* Enjoy a continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.
* Your journey will continue by train.
* In just about five hours you travel from Oslo to Stockholm.
* Welcome to Stockholm, one of the world’s most beautiful capitals, the largest city and capital of Sweden.
* Check in at the hotel and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
* Overnight at Scandic Norra Bantorget or similar.
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Day 7

Stockholm:
* After your Scandinavian breakfast at the hotel, time at leisure to discover the beautiful Stockholm.
* The city is built on 14 islands and is one of Europe’s largest and best-preserved medieval cities.
* The city offers a wide variety of stunning scenery.
* Stockholm offers a huge range of museums, theatres, sights, attractions and events for every taste and even much more.
* Overnight at Scandic Norra Bantorget or similar.
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Day 8

Stockholm – Helsinki (Cruise):
* Enjoy a Scandinavian breakfast buffet and another day at your leisure to discover the Swedish capital.
* In the afternoon make your way to the port, where you board the overnight ferry to Helsinki.
* Relax and make use of the entertainment onboard.
* Overnight on board in a seaside cabin.
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Day 9

Helsinki:
* Continental breakfast is served on board.
* Disembark in the morning and welcome to Helsinki.
* Helsinki is a modern cultural city which, throughout 450 years of history, has existed in the crosscurrents of the East and West.
* The colorful layers of history can be seen everywhere; a walking tour of the city centre or of the magnificent Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress will open your eyes to a fascinating past.
* Sights of interest are the historical centre, Senate Square, the Parliament building, Finlandia Hall, the Sibelius Monument and Temppeliaukio Church.
* Overnight at Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti or similar.
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Day 10

Departure:
* Breakfast at the hotel.
* After breakfast you will depart from Helsinki according to your own itinerary.
* Services end in Helsinki
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Scandinavian experience. We thank you for your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* 7 nights hotel accommodation with shower/WC
* 2 night in a seaside cabin (2 separate beds) with shower/WC
* 9 Scandinavian breakfasts
* Train Oslo-Stockholm
* This tour is valid from 1st October 2017 to 31st March 2018

* International flights
* Insurance: All types
* Entry visas for all countries
* Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
* Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.
* This tour is valid from 1st October 2017 to 31st March 2018

* Rates are LAND ONLY, and Exclude International flights; departure & Fuel taxes
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, supplier rate changes and fuel levies.
* We will be happy to provide you with additional information or services to include as private transfers, sightseeing, guide services etc – all prices available upon request.
* The price is based on accommodation in tourism class hotels (3-4 stars). If any of the hotels are fully booked we reserve the right to find alternatives of equal standard.
* Prices for departures over Christmas/New Year are on request. Some services might not be available during those days or have special rates.
* This tour is valid from 1st October 2017 to 31st March 2018

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* This tour is valid from 1st October 2017 to 31st March 2018

Scandinavian City Ice Break aeril view of Stockholm in the summer
view of the sculpture in the Vigelandsparken Oslo
view of the entrance to the Tivoli Park Entrance in Copenhagen
aerial view of Suomenlinna Martime Museum
view of Stockholm Sweden in the winter with snow
view of Stockholm in the evening with buildings refelcting in the wayer
Sibelius Monument Helsinki
exteriot view of the royal palace in Oslo
exterior view of Finlandia Hall Helsinki in the winter
View of the Old City of Stockholm
View fo colourful building across the water in Helsinki
Finnish Parliament House in Helsinki
view of Helsinki across the water
Interior of the Temppeliaukio Church Helsinki
view of Oslo from across the water
view of the entrance to the Temppeliaukio Rock church Helsinki
exteriot view of Drottningholm Palace Stockholm with water feature in the foreground
View of The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen
Exterior view of the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen
Exterior view of the Opera House in Copenhagen in the evening
View of the Elephant entrance at Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen showing elephan sculptures guarding the entrance
Exterior view of the Amalienborg Castle Copenhagen
View across the water of the Akershus Fortress in Oslo Norway
Aerial view of part of Stockholm in the summer