Scandinavia: Explorers & Innovators

Sep 3 - 19, 2020
$12,990per person, twin share (land content only). $3,195 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Mindy MacLeod
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Scandinavia has long celebrated its marvellous natural environment – snowcapped mountains, vast forests, sublime fjords and waterways. The relationship of Scandinavians to their environment has shaped their history, from Viking explorers to maritime empires, and its unique modern design aesthetic that enjoys enduring popularity around the world. This tour combines Viking archaeology, maritime history and some of the best of Scandinavia’s scenery with an exploration of the modern art and architecture it has inspired. A highlight is a 5-night cruise on the renowned Hurtigruten Line, aboard the MS Richard With, from inside the Arctic Circle to Bergen.

Ms Richard With

The MS Richard With is a Hurtigruten cruise ship that proudly carries the name of the company’s founder. Onboard, we have booked Arctic Superior cabins on the upper deck of the ship, which underwent a complete refurbishment in late 2018. Passengers requiring twin beds will be accommodated in Polar Outside cabin types. The ship features a panorama lounge and sun deck where the dedicated onboard expedition team offer insightful lectures and presentations.


  • Five nights on the Hurtigruten Line, exploring Norway’s stunning fjords and rugged arctic coastline on a cruise from the Arctic Circle to Bergen
  • Scandinavia’s beautiful waterfront cities: Stockholm’s archipelago, Oslo’s architectural revival and Bergen’s historic harbour
  • Stockholm’s Vasa museum, a testament to the country’s former maritime glory
  • Historic Uppsala, Sweden’s spiritual and intellectual heartland
  • Fine art collections, from the Viking period through to the works of Edvard Munch
  • The Scandinavian design aesthetic of Arne Jacobsen, Jorn Utzon and Henning Larsen

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Your Tour Leader

Dr Mindy MacLeod is specialist in Swedish and Old Norse language and literature with two masters degrees and a PhD on runic epigraphy. Mindy has studied and worked in England, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland and speaks Swedish, German and French and a smattering of other European languages.


Days 1–4: Explore Stockholm’s Viking and maritime history, cruise the archipelago and travel to medieval Uppsala.

Days 5–7: Travel via Orebro’s royal fortifications to Oslo. Explore the National and Munch Museums and Norway’s seafaring history at Bygdoy’s maritime institutions.

Days 8–12: Fly to Kirkenes and board the MS Richard With for a spectacular southbound voyage, following Norway’s coastline through the Arctic Circle to Bergen.

Days 13–14: Discover the legacy of the Hanseatic trading routes in World Heritage-listed Bryygen.

Days 15–17: Fly to Copenhagen and uncover the Scandinavian aesthetic at the Design Museum.

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Getting There

The tour begins at our hotel in Stockholm and ends at our hotel in Copenhagen. Emirates, Qatar and Finnair offer flights into Stockholm and out of Copenhagen from most Australian cities. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.


A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 60 days before departure: $500*
  • 60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
  • 44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
  • 14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due

*This amount may be credited to another ADFAS Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.

Unused Portions of the tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Travel Insurance

ADFAS Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ADFAS Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an ADFAS Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

Will the itinerary change?

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ADFAS Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

ADFAS Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

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Sep 3 - 19, 2020
$12,990per person, twin share (land content only). $3,195 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Mindy MacLeod


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Tour Consultant

For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:

Rebecca Fussell 02 9235 0023
or 1800 639 699 (Outside Sydney)
(outside Sydney)