Sightseeing

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Denmark

Grand Tour of Copenhagen

The Grand Tour of Copenhagen covers all the major sights of the capital. We pass by the Tivoli Gardens and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. We drive through the colorful canal district, past the National Museum to Christiansborg Palace, home to the Danish Parliament. We continue on to the old Stock Exchange and across Kongens Nytorv, where we can see the Royal Theatre, world-famous for its Royal Ballet.

The tour continues past the colorful harbor district of Nyhavn to Amalienborg Palace - winter residence of the Royal Family. This is followed by a visit to the Gefion Fountain and the Little Mermaid, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale. We then pay a visit to one of the many magnificent churches in Copenhagen and pass Rosenborg Castle, where the crown jewels are protected by the Royal Guard.

 

City and Harbor Tour

The tour starts off passing the Tivoli Gardens and the New Carlsberg Glyptotek, one of the art museums, continuing along four artificial lakes to the Gefion Fountain. Then on to Kongens Nytorv and the old Fish Market, where we change to a boat. A leisurely cruise takes us through the bustling harbor passing Copenhagen's wonderful towers and famous palaces ­to the Little Mermaid. Then we enter the picturesque canals of Christianshavn, with the old buildings and Our Saviour's Church. We also pass through the beautiful canals of Frederiksholm and Gammel Strand, where the tour ends in the very heart of Copenhagen, only a two-minute walk from the main shopping street "Strøget". Some of the sights of the capital are best seen from the seaside, so remember your camera or video and you will have an ever lasting memory.

 

Hamlet Tour

Through the beautiful forests north of Copenhagen to the impressive Frederiksborg Palace in Hillerød built in the Renaissance style by King Christian IV in 1625. The visit to the castle includes the very fine national historical museum, the Chapel, and the Knights´ Hall. Next we pass the Royal Family´s summer residence of Fredensborg Palace surrrounded by a beautiful park. Upon arrival in Elsinore you will see the impressive Kronborg Castle from the outside, which was the scene of “Hamlet”. The castle was built between 1574 and 1585 to protect Danish interests and also to protect the Danish treasury by levying tolls on the shipping which passed through the narrow straits. The coach returns to Copenhagen on the coastal road passing fashionable resorts and exclusive residential areas on the way.

 

Castle Tour of North Zealand

Through the beautiful forests north of Copenhagen to the impressive Frederiksborg Palace in Hillerød built in the Renaissance style by King Christian IV in 1625. The visit to the castle includes the very fine national historical museum, the Chapel, and the Knights´ Hall. Next we pass the Royal Family´s summer residence of Fredensborg Palace, surrrounded by a beautiful park. Upon arrival in Elsinore you will visit the impressive Kronborg Castle, which was the scene of “Hamlet”.

The castle was built between 1574 and 1585 to protect Danish interests and also to protect the Danish treasury by levying tolls on the shipping which passed through the narrow straits. The coach returns to Copenhagen on the coastal road passing fashionable resorts and exclusive residential areas on the way.

  

Sweden

Beauty on Water (Grand Tour of Stockholm)

This northern city is one of the most stunning capitals in the world. It is situated on 14 islands and is surrounded by water so clean that you can swim and fish right in the heart of the city. This makes it a real beauty on water. Stockholm is also the gateway to the archipelago, a world of 24,000 islands, rocks and skerries, and Lake Mälaren with its castles, picturesque small towns and beautiful countryside. A sightseeing tour of Stockholm will include city districts such as Södermalm, Kungsholmen, Djurgården and famous sights as the Royal Palace, the Parliament Buildings, the Cathedral etc. You will also visit the enchanting Gamla Stan (Old Town) with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops. This three-hour tour could be extended with an hour thus allowing a visit to the famous Vasa Ship Museum. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the City Hall, built in 1923, with its famous Blue and Golden Halls where the Nobel Prize Banquet is held each year.

 

Drottingholm Palace - The residence of the Royal Family

The crown jewel among Swedish palaces, beautiful Drottningholm is located 11 kilometres west of Stockholm on Lovö Island in Lake Mälaren. "Versailles in miniature", is an oft-used epithet for this former summer residence - now the permanent home – of the Swedish Royal Family. The palace, which originally was built as a Baroque place and later extended and refurbished in the Rococo style, boasts magnificent suites from the 1600s, 1700s and 1800s, extensive parks, its own theatre and a Chinese pavilion. The Drottningholm Court Theatre is a unique attraction with its original scenery, 200-year old stage machinery and interior decoration virtually untouched by the passage of times. The theatre is still used for opera and ballet performances.

The unique, recently renovated Chinese Pavilion in the park was King Adolf Fredrik's birthday present to his queen, Lovisa Ulrika, in 1753. The Chinese Pavilion contains some of the most notable examples of European Rococo décor with Chinese influences. The waterfront palace, Drottningholm, with its baroque gardens, Chinese Pavilion and Court Theatre was recently placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its great cultural and historical value. The difference between the three-hour and the four-hour tour is that on the shorter tour time does not allow us to visit the interior parts of the Court Theatre and of the Chinese Pavillion.

 

Uppsala with the oldest university in Sweden  

Considered to be one of the world's leading baroque museums is the stately Skokloster Castle, beautifully situated on Lake Mälaren between Stockholm and Uppsala. Built between 1654 and 1676 Skokloster Castle is the pre-eminent representative for Sweden's Age of Greatness.

The castle displays the most elaborate examples of Swedish Baroque with numerous paintings, furniture, paintings, textiles etc.

After a guided tour at Skokloster Castle the motor coach continues to Uppsala, located 72 kilometres north of Stockholm. As early as in the 6th century Uppsala was a political and religious centre.

It was from here that the old pagan kings ruled. Legend says that there was a splendid temple here, decorated with gold.

Every ninth year the mid-winter sacrifice was held, when streams of people came from all the provinces in the kingdom of Svea in order to offer sacrifies to the gods. Eventually christianity conquered the Aesir cult and Sweden's first cathedral was erected on the site of the old heathen temple. However, the archbishop took the name of Uppsala with him and moved down the river Fyris to the considerably more lively trading centre of Östra Aros, where a new cathedral was built. The new Uppsala grew up around the cathedral.  

The large historical Uppsala Cathedral was consecrated in 1435. Several famous scientists and kings have their chapels here. There is a fine museum in the north tower full of ecclesiastical textiles and gold and silver objects. In one of the cathedral's chapels lie the holy relics of Sweden's patron saint, St. Erik, in a gold casket.

Uppsala University is the oldest in Scandinavia. In the 17th and 18th centuries the university became a centre of research, mainly in the field of natural history. Many are the geniuses that have spread Uppsala's reputation worldwide and six Uppsala scientists have received the Nobel prize. Today teaching takes place in seven different faculties. The number of students in Uppsala has increased from approximately 45 in the fifteenth century to over 30,000 in the 1990s.

 

Norway

Oslo Panorama Tour

Our tour of the Norwegian capital takes us past most of the major sights of the city including the University; Stortinget, where the Norwegian Parliament sits; the Royal Palace at the end of Oslo's main street Karl Johan's Gate which is named after the King who built the palace. Other buildings are the National Theatre in Baroque style, but with the interior in Rococo style with a touch of Art Nouveau; the Cathedral, Our Saviour's Church, was inaugurated in 1697.  

We also take in the unique architecture of the City Hall from 1950, where the Nobel Peace Prize is presented each year on the 10th of December.  

Finally we take a walk around the stunning Vigeland Sculpture Park which has no less than 212 of Gustav Vigeland's bronze and granit scultures and several wrought iron gates. There are over 600 figures depicted in the 212 sculptures and gates!

 

City Tour of Oslo

Your tour of Oslo takes you past the University, and Stortinget where the Norwegian Parliament sits, the Royal Palace at the end of Oslo's main street Karl Johan's Gate, named after the king who built the palace. Other buildings include the National Theatre built in the Baroque style yet with a Rococo style interior with just a touch of Art Nouveau. The Cathedral, Our Saviour's Church, was inaugurated in 1697.  

We also take in the unique architecture and the City Hall from 1950, where the Nobel Peace Prize is presented each year on the 10th of December.  

Visits at the Viking Ships Museum and the Kon-Tiki Museum. The Viking Ships Museum houses the three Viking Ships from Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune. The museum also houses impressive findings from these and other Viking burials which include small boats, richly carved sledges and wagons, textiles, harnesses, tools and kitchen utensils. The Kontiki Museum displays vessels and objects from Thor Heyerdahl's various expeditions: the Kon-Tiki balsa-wood raft from 1947, the papyrus boat, Ra II, from 1970, monumental statues from the Easter Islands and findings from Peru and Polynesia.

 

Oslo Highlights

General sightseeing tour such as:

The University; Stortinget, where the Norwegian Parliament sits; the Royal Palace at the end of Oslo's main street Karl Johan's Gate, named after the king who built the palace. Other buildings are the National Theatre in Baroque style, but with the interior in Rococo style with a touch of Art Nouveau; the Cathedral, Our Saviour's Church, was inaugurated in 1697; the City Hall from 1950, where the Nobel Peace Prize is presented each year on the 10th of December.  

Visits at the Viking Ships Museum housing the three Viking Ships from Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune. The museum also houses impressive findings from these and other Viking burials which include small boats, richly carved sledges and wagons, textiles, harnesses, tools and kitchen utensils. The Kontiki Museum displays vessels and objects from Thor Heyerdahl's various expeditions: the Kon-Tiki balsa-wood raft from 1947, the papyrus boat, Ra II, from 1970, monumental statues from the Easter Islands and finds from Peru and Polynesia.  

We also take a walk around the stunning Vigeland Sculpture Park which has no less than 212 of Gustav Vigeland's bronze and granit scultures and several wrought iron gates. There are over 600 figures depicted in the 212 sculptures and gates.

 

Modern art in Oslo

The Museum of Contemporary Art

The exhibition shows some of the key works in the Museum's collections. It encompasses a broad range of exhibits, from abstract paintings and sculpture of the 1950s and 60s to the latest installations, color photography and video art. This art not only expresses individual aesthetic and artistic standpoints, but also reflects important cultural changes and technological progress made during the period.

The exhibition is organised thematically. It addresses questions of style and technique, and broader societal issues. Major Norwegian artists are represented, as well as international artists, all of whom have made important contributions to the art scene.

 

The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art

The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art is an independent part of the Astrup Fearnley building complex, which covers approximately one half of a city block. Designed by LPO architects and designers, the museum opened in the autumn of 1993 and encloses an area of about 2,500 m².

The exhibition spaces cover two floors. The height of the galleries varies from 3,5 to 10,5 meters. In the design of the gallery spaces, emphasis is upon the rooms expressing humility in relation to the artworks; simultaneously they provide the works with a beautiful and functional frame. Emphasis is also laid upon the entryway and exhibition spaces being airy and pleasant to move about in. The floor-design provides great flexibility for temporary constructions and installations. The choice of materials expresses quality but with limited means—here the artworks are the main focus. The concrete wall, like a circular movement in the museum, establishes a powerful but nevertheless subdued backdrop; the stairway to the main gallery, formed in steel with steps of smoked oak, shows an unambiguous connection between the two floors. The stone floor is made of Cascais Azul, a Portuguese sandstone.

 

Finland

Helsinki - The capital of The Land of Thausands Lakes

Helsinki was founded in 1550 by the Swedish King Gustav Vasa. In 1748 the building of the Suomenlinna Fortress began. This drew more people to the city and gave it a more cosmopolitan air. As a result of the war of 1808-1809, Sweden was forced to cede Finland to Russia. In 1812 Tsar Alexander declared Helsinki the capital of autonomous Finland. In 1917 the city was to become the capital of the independent Republic of Finland. In safeguarding its historical heritage, Helsinki has again and again been forced to reassess the past. Cultural influences from both East and West have moulded the life of the city, which has nevertheless preserved an outlook on life that is inherently Finnish. Over the years the city has spread and its population multiplied, yet nature is still close at hand - the sea and islands are dominant features of the landscape.

Among the most striking features of the Helsinki architecture are the largish areas built in a uniform style. The city thus has whole blocks and even districts representing Neoclassical, Art Nouveau, National Romantic, functional or modern architecture. The oldest area in Helsinki that has been preserved intact is the Senate Square, surrounded by public buildings. The Senate Square in the simple neoclassical style is reminiscent of old St. Petersburg. In the 1970s Helsinki acquired some important new public buildings - e.g. the Finlandia Hall, the City Theatre, the new National Opera, the official residence of the Finnish President and the Temppeliaukio Church - which are now important landmarks on the Helsinki street scene.

A city tour includes all essential sights in the city centre including the Sibelius Park with the Sibelius Monument, an unusual steel monument from 1967, commemorating the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Pay a visit to Temppeliaukio Church (The Church in the Rock), completed in 1969 and carved out of a solid rock and topped with a copper dome. Only the dome is visible from the outside. The pantheon-like interior is enhanced by the rugged granite walls and the copper-plated cupola. The excellent acoustics make this a favourite venue for concerts.

 

Old wooden town of Porvoo                                        

A tour to the picturesque town of Porvoo, the second oldest town in Finland. Porvoo was granted town status in the 14th century and is one of the treasures in the history of Finnish architecture.

The town plan from the Middle Ages, the low small houses, picturesque yards and narrow streets form a historically unique wooden town milieu. The symbols of Porvoo – the red warehouses on the riverbanks – tell the story of seafaring and trading.

Worth visiting is the Cathedral, the "crown" of Old Porvoo, from the 15th century.

There will be some free time for a cup of coffee and for a walk in the old town with delightful shops and craftsmen's workshops.

 

An excursion to Helsinki's Hinterland

Saarinen's Hvitträsk and Sibelius' Ainola

Many charming places close to Helsinki make ideal destinations for an excursion and add a new dimension to even the briefest visit to the capital. Nature experiences and culture can be combined.

The artists' homes along the shore of Lake Tuusula offer the double pleasure of the fine works they contain and the beautiful scenery in which they are set.

One of Art Nouveau's priceless pearls is Hvitträsk, a studio and villa complex about 30 kilometres from Helsinki. Building started in 1902 to serve as the home and the workplace of the renowned trio of architects who designed it: Eliel Saarinen, Herman Gesellius and Armas Lindgren. The architects at Hvitträsk have designed e.g. the Central Station and the National Museum in Helsinki.

The buildings were constructed of logs and natural stone and are designed to blend in with the majestic rocks, deep forests and crystal-clear waters which form their setting. The villa is complemented by the beautiful, well-coordinated interior.

The main building was a cultural home, which received many famous visitors that included Jean Sibelius, Gustav Mahler and Maxim Gorki. It is now a museum and exhibitions are arranged during the summer. There is a delightful sauna beside the lake and the whole area is a ruggedly beautiful nature park.

Ainola, the home of Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1857) is also on the shore of Lake Tuusula.

It has its name from Aino, wife of the Finnish master composer.

The site was found by Eero Järnefelt, the painter and brother-in-law of the composer. Järnefelt took Sibelius out skiing to a hill on which some stately trees were growing. Sibelius was enchanted by the place, and his good friend the architect Lars Sonck was given the job of designing a new home for the family, which at that time consisted of father, mother and three little daughters. Work on the building was begun in spring 1904. The logs were brought from the middle of Finland about 400 kilometres away. In September the family moved into their new house. The top floor of the house, however, was not completed until 1911. Lars Sonck, by the way, also designed Kultaranta, the summer residence of the President of the Republic, near the town of Naantali, the Kallio Chuch in Helsinki and the cathedral in Tampere.

The grave of Jean and Aino Siblelius is in the garden at Ainola.

The excursion is a suggestion and can always be changed according to your client's wishes.

The excursion can be extended with two hours which will allow time for lunch. Only lunch for groups can be arranged. Individuals will have to pay the lunch directly to the restaurant.

Please ask Delta of Scandinavia for rates on the extension, and for groups incl. lunch.