traveling after the Scandanavia tour

We are going to be going on the Rick Steves Scandanavia tour this summer. We always enjoy adding on 5-7 days of travel after the tour ends. What have some people done?

Posted by Charlie
Honolulu/Seattle, HI/WA, USA
1841 posts

We took that GREAT RS tour a few years ago. What scenery! Since the tour ended in Bergen, Norway, we chose to spend the rest of our monthly stay visiting Helsinki and Tallinn and started our flight home from Bergen. RS now has a tour that covers those two places plus St Petersburg. If that was available when we went on the Scandinavian tour, we might just have put those two tours together. If you decide to go to either one of those two places on your own, I would advise taking the ferry over to Stockholm where your tour starts. We flew and really missed out on a great ferry ride sightseeing. I live in Hawaii most of the year so I am use to high prices but I was shocked by the high prices in Scandinavia, especially in Bergen.
Take lots of stuff to take pictures with - film,memory cards, act. charlie

Posted by Charlie
Honolulu/Seattle, HI/WA, USA
1841 posts

We took that GREAT RS tour a few years ago. What scenery! Since the tour ended in Bergen, Norway, we chose to spend the rest of our monthly stay visiting Helsinki and Tallinn and started our flight home from Bergen. RS now has a tour that covers those two places plus St Petersburg. If that was available when we went on the Scandinavian tour, we might just have put those two tours together. If you decide to go to either one of those two places on your own, I would advise taking the ferry over to Stockholm where your tour starts. We flew and really missed out on a great ferry ride sightseeing. I live in Hawaii most of the year so I am use to high prices but I was shocked by the high prices in Scandinavia, especially in Bergen.
Take lots of stuff to take pictures with - film,memory cards, etc. charlie

Posted by Brad
Gainesville, VA
7211 posts

Bergen is an awkward place to end, kind of the middle of nowhere. From there it's almost a given you will need to catch a flight. Since you will have to fly out, you can pick just about anywhere. I have a personal aversion to backtracking, otherwise I might add Tallinn, Helsinki, and/or Gdansk (is it possible to do those before you join the tour in Stockholm?). Since Scandinavia is behind you when you reach Bergen, I'd probably fly to Hamburg and tour northern Germany - but you could also fly to somewhere in the UK and visit there.

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

Actually, Bergen is a great place to begin a driving tour of Norway. I haven't done the RS tour (any RS tour) but I have spent quite a bit of time in Norway, and suspect that the short taste you will get on the tour will leave you wanting to see more of this beautiful country. Here is what I would suggest: Rent a car in Norway and head up the coast by road and ferry (Hwy 1 crosses several fjords by ferry, including the spectacular Geirangerfjord where you might want to spend the night to have more time to explore. contine up to Alesund, (another night?) and then on to Molde. Then find your way to the Troll Path (Trollstigen): http://www.bestnorwegian.com/trollstigen.html I would prefer to drive it downhill rather than up, for the views. After that, depending on your time, you could visit Trondheim. If the car rental one-way rates are not prohibitive, you can turn in the car and fly out of Trondheim. Otherwise, pick a route back from Andalsnes (the bottom of the Troll Road) back along Geirangerfjord (maybe Hwy 15) to pick up the 1 for a return to Bergen. Bring lots of money.