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Sweden

Text information page with information on crime, traffic rules, and general regulations with regard to Swedish law.
The official Swedish website for tourism and travel information. Good source for cultural events and info on Stockholm.
Stockholm is never boring around the year. There's something going on in Stockholm around the year.
Summer extends from June to August. Winter is from December to March, wet with long periods of frost. February is the coldest month. Spring and autumn are generally mild. Monthly average temperatures in Stockholm are highest in July at about 22°C (70°F), when you can rely on nine hours of sunshine. The average temperature in the northernmost mountains at this time is about 11°C (52°F), but you should be prepared for occasional sub-zero temperatures and snow falls, even in summer; the range of temperatures north of the Gulf of Bothnia is almost 30°C (86°F). Sweden's northern latitude means that it never gets really dark from mid-May to late July, with the trade-off being a pervasive December dimness. Annual rainfall is greatest around Gothenburg at well over 700mm (28in) and falls mainly as snow in Lapland, blanketing the region for 200 days of the year. Many coastal ports are frozen all winter, while the Stockholm archipelago can be iced in for a couple of months.

Norway

Read about facts and figures on Norway.
Oslo is host to a number of annual festivals of: theatre, chamber music, jazz, rock, contemporary music.
Norway's coastal areas have a surprisingly temperate climate thanks to the Gulf Stream, especially in the summer months. The mountainous inland regions experience more extreme ranges of temperatures, and the northern highlands suffer Arctic conditions. The country is at its best and brightest from May to September, and at its worst between November and March when average temperatures are below freezing. Midnight-sun days, when the sun never drops below the horizon, extend from May 13 to July 29 at Nordkapp in the far north, and from May 28 to July 14 in the Lofoten islands. Even southern Norway has daylight from 4 am to 11 pm in midsummer. On the other hand, the sun does not rise in the north from the end of November to the end of January.

Finland

Here are some basic facts on Finland.
Helsinki is an active and energetic city in which many events are held throughout the year.
Finland can get very cold - in the south it gets down to -15°C in January and February, while in the north it's often below -30°C during the winter months. It's also dark most of the day during this time. During the summer months, expect about 15°C in the north and around 20°C in the south (although it can get above 30°C).

Denmark

Useful information on things to do and places to visit in Denmark.
Copenhagen Events:- Wonderful city with so much happening everyday.
Considering its northerly location the climate is relatively mild, moderated by the effects of the warm Gulf Stream which sweeps northward along the west coast. Expect wet weather year round. The most pleasant months in which to visit are from May to August, when temperatures can hover around 25 degrees and daylight lasts almost 18 hours. In the coldest winter months of January and February, the average daily temperature lingers around freezing point - and while that may be cold, it's nearly 10 degrees Celsius above average for this latitude.

Iceland

Practical information and things to do in Iceland.
Interesting brief history of Iceland

Do I need visa?

Scandinavian countries are a part of Schengen treaty. Citizens from the following countries/territories require a visa when entering Sweden / any other county in Scandinavia, check the list.

Where and how to apply for a Schengen visa?

You should apply at the Embassy in your country of residence.

If you want to visit one Schengen country, apply for a visa at the Embassy of that country. If you want to visit several Schengen countries, apply at the Embassy of the country of your main destination. If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but do not have a main destination, apply at the Embassy of the Schengen country of your first port of entry.

You must apply in person at the Embassy during the opening hours to lodge your application.

Your application should be lodged at the Embassy at least 30 days before the proposed journey is undertaken.

Please note that holders of Schengen visas are still subject to immigration control and are not guaranteed entry into any of the Schengen countries, even though they may hold a valid visa for these countries.

Typical documents required for visa to Sweden

When applying for a Tourist visa for Sweden, you must submit all of the following documents:

Please note that all documents are required at the same time, or your application will not be accepted. Please bring all of the originals as well as a set of photocopies.

Application for Schengen Visa completed, signed and dated

Appendix B: Questionnaire for Visa Applicants

Appendix D: Family Appendix for Applicants

Passport. The passport should be valid for three months after departure from the territory of the Schengen countries and contain a blank visa-page.

Two (2) recent passport photographs with a light background.

Proof of purpose of the visit: evidence of accommodation, e.g. confirmed hotel reservation or confirmation of organised tour

Evidence of occupation/student status. Proof of your current occupation, i.e. an original letter from your employer, a solicitor a recent bank statement, etc.

Evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay, i.e. original recent bank statement, traveller's cheques or postal order A valid personal travel medical insurance covering

  • 30,000 Euro
  • emergency treatment by a doctor
  • urgent ambulance transportation
  • transportation back to the applicant's home country if required for medical reasons
  • (or E111 for EU-family member)

Parental consent is required for minors.

Your entry visa must be entered in your passport before your arrival in Sweden.

Please note the above is only an example and you must contact the local Embassy in your country for the specific details and information.

Baggage

  • Once you arrive early and the rooms are not available, you can keep the luggage in the locked room of the hotel temporarily. 
  • Also, you can use the locked room facility once you have checked out in the morning. We provide transfers from the hotel so it is convenient to pick up the luggage from the hotel.
  • If you are on a cruise, you can keep the luggage in the cabin room. 
  • If you arrive from Copenhagen by cruise to Oslo, the sightseeing bus has enough space for the luggage.

Please note these are general guidelines as we cannot take any responsibility for your luggage.

  1. Before leaving home, please make two sets of photocopies of all your travel documents i.e. your entire passport and traveler's checks.
  2. Leave one set at home and carry the other set in your baggage but never with the originals.
  3. Avoid carrying too much money in person.
  4. We suggest that you do not keep all money, credit cards or travelers checks in one wallet or purse.
  5. Always take extra care of your luggage and handbags in crowded places like stations and sightseeing spots where pickpockets abound.
  6. Most hotels have lockers (either free of cost or at a nominal charge). You should store all your valuables in these lockers.

Nature of tour and booking procedure

Our tours are broadly of two categories:

  1. Independent (self guided): These are open throughout the year. As per your individual travel plan we arange stay with breakfast, surface transport in Scandinavia and standard city sightseeing guided tours. 
  2. Fixed group: These are with fixed itinerary and on prior announced dates. You may like to join in and match these dates to suit your travel plan. You can request for extra days in specific cities or join only a portion of the trip.

  • You send us broad details of your travel dates and type of package as per the places and duration you would like to visit by email or easy to fill booking form for the standard packages.
  • We work out the details as per your wish list and provide you an itinerary and cost.
  • You review the itinerary and provide us the comments. Once we have mutually worked out a final itinerary, on your approval we send you a secure link for advance payment through credit card.
  • We send you the final tour confirmation by email with a detailed itinerary.
  • Balance payment needs to be done at least 30 days before the tour start date by bank transfer / credit card.
  • We send you all the vouchers by email on receipt of full payment.
Once we agree on the final itinerary and cost, you need to pay 25% advance payment for booking the package.
You can book as early as 365 days prior to departure and as late as 7 days prior to your departure date.
Full payment needs to be done at least 30 days before the start date of your tour by bank transfer or secure credit card online link.
You should book international airline tickets in your own country as we do not arrange international tickets outside Scandinavia. You may contact us for suggesting an appropriate arline and choice of arrival and departure cities in Scandinavia.
All the countries in Scandinavia are covered by Schengen agreement. It is recommended to check with local consulate of any of Scandinavian countries in your region for any advice and information. You are expected to send us a copy of your Travel documents before your departure. If you need a visa, you need to apply at the local consulate and we can help you by providing Travel Confirmation letter once the travel arrangements are booked.
We have fixed date as well as independent tour so are flexible to accommodate any desired dates. Please follow our packages for the nature of tour and available dates.
We welcome single families as well large families.
No, most of our packages are self guided. Packages are designed so it is fun to be on your own and we provide you with all the critical transfers from airport to hotel, cruise terminal etc whenever distance is more than 800 meters. Moreover, the hotels are quite central and thus you are never feeling lost.

Changes and Cancellation

We allow cancellations as per our policy of days remaining from the tour start date. You need to send us email for the same so applicable refund can be worked out,

Following are the cancellation refunds applicable for any cancellations made due to unforeseen circumstances of the participant:

  • 60 days prior to departure: 90 % of invoice value is refundable
  • 59-31 days prior to departure: 75 % of invoice value is refundable
  • 30-15 days prior to departure: 50 % of invoice value is refundable
  • 14-1 days prior to departure: 25 % of invoice value is refundable
  • Canceling after tour commences: No refunds

Please note that the cost of any prearranged flight booking, train, cruise and any initial payment for guaranteeing the tour is non refundable and thus shall be deducted from the above amount.

You can make any amendments / changes before the final bookings have been confirmed.

Tour Information

For a group of over 15 persons, we always have a Tour Manager escorting our group tours in Scandinavia. For independent tours you helped by our instructions.
All our Tour Managers speak English very fluently.
Yes for Group travel we have guided facility in selected cities as mentioned in your tour itinerary.
Optional tours are excursion, which are not included in your Main tour cost. If you want to avail of these optional excursions then you have to pay an additional amount.
We include regular sightseeing tours in cities as per the detail itinerary. We take adequate care to pick your sightseeing destinations.

Travelling by Coach

It is not permitted to eat on the coach, but however clients do, which inevitably results in the coach being in a mess. The driver can only get a chance to clean the coach only in cities where you spend more then one night in a hotel. Hence if possible avoid eating on the coach as you spend most of your time on the coach.
Smoking is strictly not allowed on the coach, you can smoke during the frequent comfort stops.
Our buses have seating capacity from 15 to 50 seats depending on the group size.

Meals

We serve continental breakfast in the hotel / aboard your cruise. The breakfast is preset and includes bread, butter, jam, cereals, tea, coffee and juice.

Lunch/Dinner (if ordering as a supplement) Your meals will be a two course buffet with a choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, unless specified otherwise in your itinerary.

We also offer special Pure Vegetarian food as a supplement. In case if you require any item not forming part of the group menu, then you will have to buy the same on your own e.g. mineral water etc. SP reserves the right to change the food and breakfast arrangements on any tour and the time of service, if circumstances make it necessary to do so.
Normally, tap water is safe for drinking throughout Scandinavia. However, we suggest you buy mineral water bottles at your own cost if you so desire. Most hotels, restaurants and rest stops do not serve water unless you buy it.

Fellow passengers

Passengers who book on our tour are group of families / friends who like to travel together for vacation from all parts of the world.
Any disability requiring special attention should be reported to us by you at the time the booking the tour. We will try to make efforts to accommodate the special needs of the disabled tour participants, but it is not our responsibility in the event if we are unable to do so, nor is it our responsibility for any denial of services by carriers, hotels, restaurants, or other independent suppliers. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to a tour member for walking, dining, and getting on and off motorcoaches and other transportation vehicles, or other personal needs. A qualified companion must accompany travelers who need such assistance. People in need of wheelchairs should carry the folding variety as it saves on space and is easier to carry it on the coach.

Children

As per the fire regulations in Europe, a maximum of 3 persons are allowed in a room. The rooms in some hotels are comparatively small, hence we recommend only 3 persons in one room. Triple rooms are usually no larger than twin rooms and the third bed is often a rollaway bed or cot placed in a twin room. Inter-connecting rooms are not always possible.
A child below 12 yr. can share the bed or is give an extra cot with his/her parents. A maximum of 3 perons may be allowed in a twin room.

Medical and Insurance

We strongly recommend that you carry a small first aid kit such as tablets that are useful for fever, headache, cold, and cough.
Medical Insurance is compulsory, as treatment abroad can be very expensive. You have to take an extensive Travel Insurance policy to cover yourself and your belongings for the entire length of your journey. Such policies include medical costs, loss or damage to baggage or property, traveler's checks, personal injuries/accidents, etc.
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Miscellaneous

Time management is of utmost importance to ensure that we cover all places mentioned. Delays on the part of a few passengers could result in the entire group missing out on sightseeing and other services.
We recommend that you change money at banks or foreign exchange bureaus as they give a better rate than hotels.
The cost of portage is not included in the tour cost.
Tipping is not included in your tour cost.
You can make telephone calls either from your hotel room or from phone booths found in all cities. Telephone calls from the hotel room involve a high service charge. The telephone booths or kiosks are usually of 3 types - those that accept coins, phone cards or credit cards.
VAT means Value Added Tax. Vat are refund of taxes on your purchase in Europe, Britain and other European countries, Value added Tax (VAT) is charged on most goods and the same varies from country to country so it is best to check with the shopkeeper before any purchase. Some stores offer relief from VAT, under the retail exports scheme. The counter export scheme enables you to take possessions ones of your purchases immediately, together with retail export scheme form. This form must be filled by the shopkeeper and presented, together with goods you are exporting to the customs officer for certification by departing the country border / airport, from one country to another. After the bill is certified by the customs, send it to those shopkeepers from whom you made those purchases. The refund will be sent to your address. It is advisable to tell the shopkeeper before making a purchase that you want to claim refund of VAT. You need to show your passport if you wish to take the advantages of the scheme. So do not forget to take it with you when you go shopping. Some stores specify a minimum value for goods purchase under the scheme.