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Walk through the colors of Copenhagen's harbor on FTLO's Scandinavia trip.

The
 
SCANDINAVIA
 
trip

New friends explore old sights in Scandinavia.

FOR THE LOVE OF

PROGRESSIVE THOUGHT

CRAFT COCKTAILS

 

NATURE

 

SOCIAL EQUALITY

 

MODERN DESIGN

 

DISCUSSION

FIKA

 

VIKINGS

 

NEW NORDIC CUISINE

SCANDINAVIA

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Our small group trip to Scandinavia caters to travelers in their 20s and 30s looking to explore the modern marvels of Oslo, the charming old streets of Stockholm, and the idyllic harbor of Copenhagen.

Scandinavia is a community-centric region and one of the best places to travel with a group of new friends. Over eight days, you’ll crisscross the beautiful and progressive capitals of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark as you’re introduced to the Scandinavian way of life. You’ll find similarities among the three nations yet also fall for their nuances and appreciate their subtle differences.

 

This trip moves at a quicker pace than some of our others since we visit three cities in three different nations. Expect eight days of discovery that will broaden your mind and leave you planning your return.

8 days/7 nights

starting at $3,899 USD

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Limited single room upgrades starting from $749 are available and can be added during booking, subject to availability.

 

Payment can be broken down into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installments.

Included

  • All accommodations in a shared room with one other person with the option to upgrade to a private room (limited availability)

  • Trains from Oslo to Stockholm and Stockholm to Copenhagen

  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners (dinners are at nice, local restaurants with drinks included)

  • Welcome drink in Oslo

  • Entrance + ride pass at Tivoli Gardens

  • Copenhagen bike tour

  • Locally guided Norwegian tastings and Oslo walking tour

  • Olso Floating Sauna Experience

  • Walking tour of Stockholm

  • Entrance to Vasa Museum

  • Mid-morning fika in Stockholm

  • FTLO Trip Leader

*All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

not included

  • Flights (fly into Oslo, out of Copenhagen)

  • Airport transfers

  • Mandatory trip insurance

  • Meals not mentioned (budget around $350-$500, depending on consumption)

  • Incidental expenses

Denmark's capital is great for exploring with the travel crew.

day by day

*Itinerary is indicative and is subject to change

Day 1 - Oslo
Arrive

After you land in Oslo, head to our hotel in the center of town to drop off your bags and unwind. Congrats, you made it to Scandinavia!

That evening, we’ll roll to a nearby rooftop bar for welcome drinks with the crew. Take in the view; this is one of Europe’s most unique capitals—a place where modern glass towers come face to face with a thousand years of history.

After unwinding with new friends, we’ll mosey on over to our welcome dinner, and you’ll dive right into your first Norwegian eats.

Enjoy floating saunas in Oslo.

Velkommen!

Day 2 - Oslo
Nordic Delights

Wake up and grab some grub at the hotel before we head out for a day of Oslo exploration. Today, we’re checking out the old, the new, and the delicious as we meet up with a local guide and trek off on a tour of the town that’s just as tasty as it is informative.

You’ll sample some of the most delectable Nordic dishes as you learn the ins and outs of a city chock full of trendy cafes and exciting restaurants. Along the way, you’ll find more than a few modern marvels (hello opera house!) and discover why this is consistently ranked one of the most livable cities in the whole world.

In the afternoon, we’ll head to the harbor for one outrageously steamy good time aboard a floating sauna, and then you can hit the town and cruise to the coolest bars around with new friends.

Day by day
The food in Scandinavia is diverse.

devour

Day 3 - Oslo, Stockholm
Sights of sweden

Get an early start this morning, we’re rolling out along one of our favorite romantic routes as we board the train from Oslo to Stockholm, so grab a coffee and soak up those oh-so-picturesque sights.

We’ll get into the Swedish capital by mid-afternoon and make our way over to the hotel. Relax if you’d like, or hit the streets and check out the colorful cobbled streets of the charming old town for some historical fun.

That evening, we’ll all get together to twist up some Scandinavian specialties at our own private cocktail-making class. Then grab dinner with friends and check out Stockholm’s vibrant nightlife.

Stockholm's old streets are great for walking around with friends.

stroll

Day 4 - Stockholm
city of islands

We've got a big day ahead of us, so toss on those walking shoes; we're starting our day on the cobbled streets of Gamla Stan.

These medieval nooks and crannies are as cute as they come in Europe and are filled with history—some date to the 13th century. We'll grab a mid-morning Fika (Swedish coffee and snacks) with friends and then cruise over to one of Europe's best museums to check out the world's only intact 17th-century gunship.

Kick back and relax in the afternoon or keep on exploring before we all meet up for a fantastic group dinner.

The restaurants in Sweden are great.

dine

Day 5 - Stockholm
Waterfront Chillin’

The morning is free, but we recommend having breakfast like a local along the harbor and then strolling the waterfront to check out the view.

Meet up with the rest of the crew in the middle of the day; we’re heading out on a cruise to get a whole new perspective on the 14 islands that make up this friendly capital.

We’ll grab lunch together, and then the day is yours. If you’re up for it, grab a scooter and ride over to the ever so hip Södermalm to wander the streets of Stockholm’s answer to Brooklyn. Try to find dinner at one of the neighborhood’s chic spots before you hit the bars one last time in Sweden.

The islands of Sweden.

Marvel

Day 6 - Stockholm, Copenhagen
Down to denmark

We've got one more scenic Scandinavian ride in store for you today; we're hopping the train to Copenhagen. We'll get to our hotel in the afternoon, and then it's off for a sip of suds to welcome us to town.

We're checking out one of the best breweries this colorful capital has to offer before dinner, so grab a few pints if you like. From there, we're heading to Tivoli Gardens, the oldest operating amusement park in the world and supposedly Walt Disney's inspiration for Disneyland.

After some roller coaster madness, grab a bite with the crew and then see where the night takes you.

Ride bikes through old Scandinavia streets.

PLAY

Day 7 - Copenhagen
Bike like a dane

Wake up early for a full day of exploring on two wheels with a Danish guide to check out the city like only a local would.

On our tour of these neoclassical streets, you’ll learn about the remarkable history of the nation and this city which grew from humble beginnings as a traditional Viking village in the 12th century.

After poking around in the past and an introduction to the social progress of the present, head out and explore with friends on your own. The city’s harbor, parks, and palaces are easy to get around and a blast to explore. That night, we’ll all grab drinks and one final dinner together to celebrate an awesome week.

Day 8 - Copenhagen
Farvel!

And just like that you twisted through Scandinavia and three of the most iconic cities in Europe. Grab a final breakfast with friends before you head off.

If you’ve got some more time, well then we’re jealous. Keep on trekking and discovering all this special place has to offer.

 

Got a few more days to spare on the way home? Check out some unreal mountain views in Iceland with the FTLO crew. We’ll see you next time!

"The road to a friend's house is never long."
– Danish proverb

Stockholm is historic and beautiful.

FAST FACTS

Fast facts

Just for Fun

Group travel to Scandinavia for young professionals and young adults

Advertising to children under the age of 12 is illegal in Norway and Sweden.

Group travel for 20 somethings to Scandinavia

Denmark has more than twice as many bicycles (4.2 million) as cars (1.8 million).

Group travel for 20 somethings to Scandinavia

Sweden is a leading recycler, sending just 4 percent of its trash to landfills.

Group travel for 20 somethings and young adults to Scandinavia

In Norway, no one can disguise their earnings, as every citizen's tax returns are made available for everyone else in the country to inspect.

Trip notes

  • While we can’t guarantee private rooms, you should book your trip earlier if you prefer one, as they usually fill up.

  • The closest arrival airport is Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL).

  • The closest departure airport is Copenhagen Airport - Københavns Lufthavn, Kastrup (CPH).

  • Though they are amazing, Scandinavian countries are known for being quite expensive. Average prices are much higher than most US cities. For example, in Oslo, a 5 mile taxi ride is around $20 and an average cocktail price at trendy bar is $16.

  • On European trips, we stay as close to historic city centers as possible. This means your accommodations will often be on the small side, quirky, and unique (we love this!).

  • Credit/debit cards are widely accepted in Scandinavia - in fact, some establishments will not accept cash and travelers can often get away with exclusively using a card in these countries. Just make sure that your card does not charge any foreign transaction fees as these can really add up!

More information regarding visa requirements and Covid restrictions can be found here.

ABout scandinavia

​As a region, Scandinavia offers a winning combination of delicious food, cool locals, intriguing architecture, progressive thought, phenomenal shopping, and modern design.

 

Located in in northern Europe, Scandinavia is traditionally made up of Norway, Denmark and Sweden, all three of which consistently rank as the happiest countries in the world, with Denmark currently being number one. According to National Geographic, this is in thanks to "an abundance of free public services, such as health care and education" as well as a strong sense of community.

ALL OF SCANDINAVIA

  • Tap water is okay to drink

  • Visas are unnecessary for North American travelers

  • Double check your passport is valid for 6-months after your return date

 

DENMARK

  • The national currency is Danish krone

  • The national language is Danish

  • Tipping is unnecessary but it is common to leave 10% if you are satisfied with the service

SWEDEN

  • The national currency is Swedish krona

  • The national language is Swedish

  • Tipping is unnecessary and not expected

 

NORWAY

  • The national currency is Norwegian Krone

  • The national language is Norwegian

  • Tipping is not compulsory but it is common to leave 10-20% if you are satisfied with the service

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flights

Fly into Norway (OSL)

You'll need to be in Oslo by 2pm on Day 1. We do recommend flying in earlier to have some time to explore the city on your own!

Fly out of Denmark (CPH)

We recommend flying out of Copenhagen on day 8 or extending your trip and enjoying a few more days in Denmark.

Flights

Want to check out flights for your trip?

Feel free to also set up flight alerts to Copenhagen and from Stockholm so you can grab the best deal!

*FTLO is not responsible for any fees or costs related to flights. We strongly suggest that all travelers wait until they receive the official FTLO Greenlight Email to book flights. This will be sent 3-4 months prior to the start date of your trip.

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Alumni Reviews

REVIEWS

We know how much you'll love the Scandinavia trip...
but don't take our word for it! Check out some of our alumni reviews. 

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