From the Baltic Sea to the Atlantic Ocean

Scandinavian Gems

FJORDS AND ARCHIPELAGOES
HELSINKI  | STOCKHOLM |  OSLO  |  FLÅM  | BERGEN

9-night individual journey
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Legendary Flåm Railway and Bergen Railway
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Deluxe stateroom on Baltic cruise
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Carefully selected four-star hotels with breakfast
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VIP arrival service with private guides and drivers
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Privately guided city walks with local insiders
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Flights from and to London
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ONLY £ 2950*
*per person when two travelling together

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Journey from East to West across enchanting Scandinavian scenery: Stockholm’s picturesque archipelago. The wilderness of the Norwegian landscape. The majesty of her fjords. And experience quality of life in the Nordic capitals: The design vibe of Helsinki. The watery beauty of Stockholm. The scenic perfection of Oslo. You travel first-class, including on two of Norway’s most spectacular railways. In all cities except tiny Flåm, arrivals are made perfectly seamless with private guides and drivers, and followed by privately guided city walks with local insiders.

Nordic highlights

Three capitals. Two stunning railways. One scenic cruise.

Imagine this. You wake up early in the morning and gaze out the window of your deluxe stateroom.  An impossibly picturesque, seemingly endless sweep of rocky isles presents a wonderland of deep forests, fields of wildflowers, isolated dots of small red cottages, and bobbing yachts. This is how you arrive at Stockholm from Helsinki:  On a cruise through an archipelago of 30,000 islands.

Then imagine this. A few days later, you depart Oslo on one of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world, passing through scenery so wild that the route was planned with the help of Norwegian Polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen, who crossed the mountains on skis in 1884.

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Norway has three railways
that are regarded as amongst
the finest in the world
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Finally, imagine the improbability of changing trains to an even more scenic journey that same day: The Flåm Railway with its steep and dramatic 800-meter plunge from the high plateau down to the shore of the narrow Aurland Fjord. Norway has three railways that are routinely rated as amongst the finest in the world, and you have just experienced two of them.

Of course, you probably also fear that such a journey across Scandinavia’s untamed scenery must be somewhat of a hassle. But imagine how wonderful it would be to travel first-class all the way, with private guides welcoming you at every train station (except tiny Flåm) and escorting you to a chauffeured car and onwards to your perfectly located four-star boutique hotel.

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Go for the midsummer nights
or travel in winter for
the magic of frozen fjords
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And imagine experiencing the hidden treasures of Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo, and Bergen, as local insiders invite you on privately guided city walks, giving you a personal and authentic introduction to their city.

This is what a Scandinavian journey is like when served by Silver Tray. You may depart every day year-round. Go for midsummer nights where the sun lingers late over the Baltic Sea, and where you can kayak in the Norwegian fjords. Or go in the winter, when the Stockholm archipelago and the Aurland Fjord are frozen, and the Norwegian peaks snow-capped.

The journey

Your day-by-day itinerary

This 9-night individual journey from Helsinki to Bergen includes first-class rail travel and a deluxe stateroom on the overnight Helsinki-Stockholm cruise ferry. You stay at carefully selected and perfectly located four-star boutique hotels. In all cities except tiny Flåm, you are pampered with VIP arrival service with private guides and drivers, followed by privately guided city walks with local insiders. Flights from and to London are included, as are chauffeured transfers from and to the local airports.

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Day 1
Arrive to Helsinki from London

Helsinki is the only city in our collection where a visit to a sauna is one of our recommended highlights. Saunas are to the Finns what pubs are to the Irish, and the capital has several saunas that are open to the public, some of them incorporating great views of the scenery around town, one even with an outdoor deck and sea-side restaurant. At all of them, it’s a great opportunity to chat with the locals.

Once you are dressed again, head for the city’s Design District, with more than 200 shops, studios, museums and art galleries showcasing the very best of modern Finnish design. The most unique architecturally sight in Helsinki has to be the Rock Church that was quarried out of the natural bedrock and then topped with a copper dome.

Wherever you go in Helsinki, you are always close to the sea. It is one of the most characterizing elements of the city, and the Helsinki Archipelago consists of over 300 rocky outcroppings and islands.

 

 

Visit the Rock Church and the Design District
Day 2
Helsinki

Helsinki is the only city in our collection where a visit to a sauna is one of our recommended highlights. Saunas are to the Finns what pubs are to the Irish, and the capital has several saunas that are open to the public, some of them incorporating great views of the scenery around town, one even with an outdoor deck and sea-side restaurant. At all of them, it’s a great opportunity to chat with the locals.

Once you are dressed again, head for the city’s Design District, with more than 200 shops, studios, museums and art galleries showcasing the very best of modern Finnish design. The most unique architecturally sight in Helsinki has to be the Rock Church that was quarried out of the natural bedrock and then topped with a copper dome.

Wherever you go in Helsinki, you are always close to the sea. It is one of the most characterizing elements of the city, and the Helsinki Archipelago consists of over 300 rocky outcroppings and islands.

 

 

Visit the Rock Church and the Design District
Evening
Cruise to Stockholm

Early evening you board the most luxurious cruise ferry in Scandinavia and set sail across the Baltic. The Silja Line vessel features numerous restaurants, including a gourmet offering. But don’t stay up too late: You’ll want to be up for sunrise and watch the entire four-hour voyage through the Stockholm archipelago.

This impossibly picturesque, seemingly endless sweep of rocky isles presents a wonderland of deep forests, fields of wildflowers, red cottages and bobbing yachts. The huge archipelago of 30,000 islands is unique in Europe and one of the highlights of your journey.

Upon docking in Stocking, you will be met by your private guide who will escort you to your waiting chauffeured car and join you for the ride to your four-star hotel. Then, she will invite you on a privately guided two-hour city walk. As a local insider, they have an excellent idea of what to show you. But remember This your private guide, so feel free to mention anything you would like to experience on the walk.

 

Deluxe stateroom on luxurious cruise ferry
Beautiful vistas as you sail through the Stockholm archipelago
VIP arrival service with private guide
Privately guided city walk with local insider
Day 3
Stockholm

Several European cities optimistically refer to themselves as the ‘Venice of the north’, but in Stockholm’s case it is not without merit. Spreading idyllically across a Baltic Sea archipelago of fourteen islands, it seems as if wherever you look, your gaze is met by water.

Stockholm was officially founded in 1252. The most embarrassing event in the city’s history happened on a summer’s day in 1628 when the Swedish Navy’s new flagship was launched and proceeded to capsize and sink five minutes into her maiden voyage, right in the middle of the harbour. Today, the Wasa has been raised and returned to close-to-mint condition, making her dedicated museum an incredible experience.

Stockholm is easy to get around on foot or public transport, and numerous charming ferries ply the natural harbour. Various districts have their own unique vibes – the island of Södermalm has a laid-back air and is a draw for the creative set, while Östermalm is the picture of refined elegance. Nestling between these two areas, Norrmalm is a busy and vibrant downtown spot. For most visitors, the most time is spent in the charming Old Town that includes the royal palace.

 

 

The Venice of the North
Sail the Stoickholm archipelago
Day 4
Stockholm-Oslo

Board a comfortable Intercity train for the six-hour journey to Oslo. The train has a casual bistro with hot and cold meals. Try to catch a glimpse of Vattern, one of the largest lakes in all of Europe.

Upon arrival at Oslo, you will be met by your private guide who will escort you to your waiting chauffeured car and join you for the ride to your four-star hotel. Then, she will invite you on a privately guided two-hour city walk. As a local insider, they have an excellent idea of what to show you. But remember: This your private guide, so feel free to mention anything you would like to experience on the walk.

 

Direct InterCity train
Bistro
VIP arrival service with private guide
Privately guided city walk with local insider
Day 5
Oslo

Oslo may be a small capital, but its setting is second to none. Located at the edge of the long and narrow Oslo Fjord, and nestled against steep hills, the city is an all-year outdoor destination. In summer, locals relax on the waterfront promenade or take a swim at one of the city centre’s artificial beaches. In winter, they take the tram up the hills and go skiing.

A few years ago, the centre of Oslo was unequivocally the elegant Karl Johans Gaten boulevard leading all the way to the royal palace, but recently city planners have spent a good chunk of their oil money on rejuvenating the waterfront. This includes a spectacular opera house shaped like an iceberg and with trails leading to its roof. Next to it, the new Munch Museum is where you can confront his slightly disturbing Scream.

Beautiful new harbour with stunning architecture
Great scenery
Day 6
Oslo-Flåm

Norway has three railways that are routinely rated as some of the most spectacular in the world, and Flåm Railway is the jewel in the crown. The most interesting statistic about the Flåm Railway is not its diminutive length of just 20 km, but the dramatic 800 altitude meters it plunges down from the high plateau to the shore of the Aurland Fjord.

You arrive at the Flåm Railway’s starting point at Myrdal, a stop on the Bergen Railway. For the past few hours you have already been suitably impressed (this journey was, after all, also on Norway’s three-best list), but the main event lies ahead of you. Along the way from Myrdal to Flåm, your nose will remain constantly pressed against the window as the train passes waterfalls, deep gorges, ferocious rivers, and small farm desperately clinging to the steep hillsides.

In tiny Flåm, a transfer would be ridiculous. Simply make your way the few steps to your hotel.

One of the most famous railways in Europe
Constant views of waterfalls, gorges, and wild rivers
Day 7
Flåm

Flåm is a paradise for those who seek unique and spectacular experiences in nature. Wonderful as hiking around Flåm is, the high point of your visit will be a fjord cruise on one of the most beautiful fjords in Norway. Included in your itinerary, this cruise through the narrow and dramatic Nærøy fjord offers non-stop stunning views of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks and charming villages.

 

 

Great scenery at head of narrow fjord
Day 8
Flåm-Bergen

Norway has three railways that are routinely rated as some of the most spectacular in the world, and Flåm Railway is the jewel in the crown.

Departing from Flåm at the edge of the fjord, your train will ascend 800 dramatic altitude meters over the next just 20 km. Along the way, your nose will remain constantly pressed against the window as the train passes waterfalls, deep gorges, ferocious rivers, and small farm desperately clinging to the steep hillsides.

The train terminates at the small Myrdal train station where you will change to the Intercity train to Bergen. Here you will be met by your private guide who will escort you to your waiting chauffeured car and join you for the ride to your four-star hotel. Then, she will invite you on a privately guided two-hour city walk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World-famous Flåm Railway
Dramatic views of gorge, river and waterfalls
VIP arrival service with local insider
Privately guided city walk with local insider
Day 9
Bergen

Charming and picturesque Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway but seems much smaller. Maybe that’s because Bergen is dwarfed by the grand scenery all around her. In just a few minutes, a funicular can whisk you from the city centre to the top of one of the local mountains, where you can rent a mountain bike and explore the trails. From the highest of the local peaks – reachable by cable car – you can see not only the city, but also the Atlantic Ocean, the fjord, and the surrounding mountains.

Let us hasten to add that Bergen itself also has much to admire. Narrow cobblestoned alleys and the old wooden buildings on the waterfront promenade all invite for a stroll. Afterwards, visit the city’s famed fish market, in operation since the 13th century, and still a great place to sample the fine local cuisine in one of the many seafood restaurants that are crowded around it.

Beautiful historic centre
Great scenery all around the city
Day 10
Fly home to London

Four-star boutique hotels

Stay in charming, comfortable and centrally located four-star boutique hotels carefully curated by Silver Tray. Breakfast is included, as are transfers between the train station and the hotel.

Your trains

Silver Tray has curated Europe's best trains and finest routes for you. See a few of the trains you will experience on this journey.

Bergen Railway

The Bergen Railway is internationally recognised as one of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world. It is one of Europe’s highest mainlines, and it passes through the wild scenery of the Hardangervidda National Park at 1200 meters altitude. The railway was a huge national project when construction started in 1875 and turned out to be very challenging. Parts of the route were determined by the Norwegian Polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen, after he had crossed the mountains on skis in 1884.

Flåm Railway

The most interesting statistic about the Flåm Railway is not its diminutive length of just 20 km, but the dramatic 800 altitude meters it plunges down from the high plateau to the shore of the Aurland Fjord. Norway has three railways that are routinely rated as some of the most spectacular in the world, and Flåm Railway is the jewel in the crown. Along the way from Myrdal to Flåm, your nose will remain constantly pressed against the window as the train passes waterfalls, deep gorges, ferocious rivers, and small farm desperately clinging to the steep hillsides.

Your Silver Tray service includes

First-class rail travel

+ First-class rail travel
+ Deluxe stateroom on Helsinki-Stockholm cruise ferry
+ Flights from London to Helsinki and Bergen to London

Four-star boutique hotels

+ Four-star boutique hotels
+ Highly rated and carefully selected
+ Perfectly located in city centres
+ Breakfast included

Private city walks

+ Two-hour city walks by local insiders in all cities except Flåm
+ Fully customizable experiences
+ Insider advice about local restaurants and hidden gems

VIP arrival service

+ VIP arrival service in all cities except tiny Flåm
+ Private guide waiting at your train car upon arrival
+ Private transfer to hotel
+ Private transfer from the hotel to train station upon departure

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