The tour was well paced, covered 3 countries capitols and historical sights, offered meals on travel days, and visited the high mountains of Norway with an overnight stay in a traditional mountain setting. She answered every question asked, and if she didn't have the answer immediately, she got it and answered the question later that day or the next. My friend step up and trowed water in to stove, like normally people do in sauna. The tour was fast paced but not overly so. The Vikings from Denmark, however, left the biggest mark on the English.
Weather was almost perfect for our visit. There was a good mix of history, culture, art and natural wonders and a variety of experiences, accommodations, food, and modes of travel. We have traveled on our own, but having the hotels, check ins, transport, and day passes arranged for us took all the work and risk out of the trip. The country village we stopped in was perfect. The Russian influence especially in architecture makes Helsinki cool and people are usually very proud of it. They walked in silence behind their parents and did not make eye contact with passersby. Maybe some Finns were completely lost in translation with this article, but I totally agree.
It gave us a flavor of the region, lots of history, and a sampling of the culture. I also liked the people on the tour. I saw a book with the same title as this one advertised in a catalog, and thought it looked interesting, so I sought it out at our library. What a delightful trip that included something for everyone. Granted this was my first bar I had ever been in and when I was carded i was not told to leave. Came to America circa 1900. Our guide, Ylva, did an excellent job giving as much history and background to support all the sights we visited as well as great guidance for our free time.
To cap off our morning, we'll ride the funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen for thrilling views of Bergen, islands, and fjords. Enjoyed the music selections as well! We started as stranger and ended as dear friends. We saw so many things I cannot remember everything. Physical Demands Our tours are physically active! Everything else is just nonsence, distraction and takes your mind off whats important. The 1660 Treaty of Copenhagen forced Sweden to return Bornholm and Trøndelag to Denmark—Norway. My Norwegian mother used to say Swedes were Norwegians with their brains kicked out…I never understood that but seems to be a Norwegian pastime. Gabriella did a great job making sure our time was well spent, making small adjustments as needed.
I always felt safe and supported. Nonetheless, we got a beer each and sat down. Went with another couple who are experienced travelers and they said this was the best, and they were right! We had a wonderful guide and assistant guide. Scandinavian countries: Denmark Constitutional monarchy with a Parliamentary system Norway Constitutional monarchy with a Parliamentary system Sweden Ceremonial monarchy with a Parliamentary system Nordic countries: Finland Parliamentary republic Iceland Parliamentary republic Åland Islands an autonomous province of Finland since 1920 Faroe Islands an autonomous country within the Danish Realm, self-governed since 1948 Greenland an autonomous country within the Danish Realm, self-governed since 1979 Svalbard, which is under Norwegian sovereignty, is not considered part of Scandinavia as a cultural-historical region; but as a part of the Kingdom of Norway since 1925 , it is part of the Nordic countries Norden. Three sovereign successor states have subsequently emerged from this union: Denmark, Norway and Iceland. The topography of Iceland is varied and it is one of the most volcanic regions in the world. The sweet island of Aeros and it's rainbows.
This is my fifth tour with Rick Steves' Tour Company and I always thoroughly enjoy the attention to details in coordinating everything from local guides, lodging, restaurants, and sites. The topography of Sweden flat to rolling lowlands as well as mountains in its western areas near Norway. Now I am used to it. I enjoyed the time in the major cities, the time for reflection in the countryside, and the island adventure. The members of our group got along beautifully and we were good friends early in the tour. Our tour guide, Ylva, was fabulous and our travel companions were a lot of fun to be around.
Even with the challenges, I loved the tour and learned a lot. Loved everything about the tour and experience. I have no complaints whatsoever and I believe that this tour was very well done. It's a busy tour, but includes a wide variety of venues - city, mountains, sea, farm, cruise - so the traveler can experience many aspects of the countries through which we travel. We especially liked Aero Island in Denmark.
Unfortunately, the library didn't have the book I'd seen pictured, but had this earlier edition of it -- the author was the same, but the cover photo was different, and I think this book is about a decade older than the updated edition I was seeking. Break the ice, it only takes one word, and they very nice and honest if they are that way to begin with, of course. It is covered with large forests of , , and. We were able to join in dancing around the Mid-summer pole along with all the locals and have a perfect lunch with the locals. The name probably comes from Skathiney, the island of Skadi, which might refer to the old Norse goddess Skadi or the identical word for harm, damage. I learned things I never could have learned on my own. Oslo was an unexpected surprise.