Scandinavian Sampler

Scandinavian Sampler – 2 weeks
Denmark & Norway

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Scandinavians are friendly, relaxed, secure folk.  You’d feel secure too, if all your friends drove Volvos and your health club was a government program.

This is an unusual part of the world, full of cultural surprises & breathtaking scenery.  Those who think Tolkien was writing fiction may find it all a bit unnerving.  Hobbit houses in Denmark and Rohan horsemen in Norway will have you looking for elves and goblins in no time.  Maybe they’re Swedish.

Denmark has a nationwide system of interstate... bike paths, and a crime rate so low that people leave their bikes unlocked in downtown Copenhagen. 

Sparsely-populated Norway (half the people of Los Angeles on the land area of California) mandates public access to private land, operates more daily passenger trains than Amtrak, and makes Lutheran pastors employees of the state.

As for the scenery:  scenic Denmark has zero in common with scenic Norway.  On the one hand, the hospitable comfort of wood-paneled pubs, thatch-roofed cottages on trim farms, and ocean vistas around every corner.  On the other, mountains and fjords that once demanded time to reach and effort to visit, and still demand imagination to grasp.

Heather-covered moors, rolling fields and endless Baltic skies frame Denmark’s industrious ports and fairy tale villages.  In Norway, the miracle seems to be that humans are present at all, and often they aren’t.  Try to imagine the stillness of a fjord at dusk, mountains vanishing into the depths of a glass ocean in a sheer drop.  OK, give up now.  You can’t.mtNScSmpMap

The similarities are in history and culture.  Norway was long a Danish possession; the languages are close, and the economies interdependent.  Travellers to both are surprised at the modernity of human intervention.  The rapid development of these civilizations roughly coincides with the advent of central heating:  easy to grasp once you have been snowed on in August (August snow bonus available in Norway only).

Beyond the scenery, you’ll discover surprising social organization (public services in places where the public is mostly sheep), and a tender concern for the beautiful surroundings, for the greater pleasure of us all.

As the Norway portion is not a road-bike trip, other equipment and clothing is recommended.  A “Norway Packing List” suggests Norway-specific stuff to bring.

Our Cycle Trips

Overview Map
of the places we stage trips

Departure Calendar
of our scheduled trips

Trips by Length / Title

Short Trips from Paris

What's Included
... the Trip Cost

Additional Services...
...which you can add to your trip.

Other Trips We Offer


Thumbnail view of the trip’s itinerary

For details within each region, including ride difficulty, click on the name under “Region Visited”...
Days of the Week
Region Visited
1 - 7
See Access Package for travel options to reach Odense.
Su - We
Jutland: the Lake District and Arhus
We - Sa
Fyn & the Baltic Islands, Sa to Copenhagen
Su & Mo
Travel to Norway
Morning in Copenhagen, afternoon / overnight travel to Norway, by train or boat (cabin berth provided).
We take an overnight boat for this trip, with a spectacular morning trip either up the Oslo fjord, or along Norway's west coast (choice depends on sailing dates).
9 - 15
Travel to Finse, Glacier Hiking
Tu - Th
Biking to the Sognefjord
Fr & Sa
Aurlandsdalen Hike
Sognefjord by boat, on to Voss.
Voss Access Package continues to Bergen, and...
15 & 16
Su & Mo
...includes a berth on the overnight sleeper train to Oslo

Scandinavian Sampler — Facts & Figures
2018 Dates
Baggage Services Offered*
July 8 - 22
$4,675 US
$5,775 C
3,650 €

Daily, Half
(Daily service during the Norway week is included
in the trip price)

* Prices in $ and € do not include precisely the same thing.   Click here for details.

Prices of Optional Extras (links lead to explanations)
$ prices include both cycles.
€ prices include mountain bike rental & transport in Norway.
For information on bringing your own touring cycle for the week in Denmark, see here.
** At least 4 riders must subscribe to a given baggage service for it to operate. Services already confirmed to be operating appear in bold.   If the “Daily” service is confirmed, the “Half” service may no longer be offered to future sign-ups, though it will be provided to those who have previously selected it.

“Daily” service is included in the price during the Norway section of the trip.
Daily Baggage Transfer is already included on the Norway portion of the trip.  These are the costs to add the service in Denmark.
*Does not include private cabin on mid-trip night ferry.  Add 10% if desired.

Reaching & Leaving Your Trip:  General Information on Access Packages
Specific information on reaching your trip’s start in... Fredericia
Specific information on departing from your trip’s end... Voss