Study & Travel (Multi-Destination) Programs

The Vikings: Itinerary

AIFS Flight Dates

Outbound: June 16 to Copenhagen | Inbound: July 7 from Oslo

The Vikings

Academic Program: June 18 - July 6

Tuesday, June 16

Optional overnight flight from the U.S. to Copenhagen.*

Wednesday, June 17

Arrive Copenhagen. (Including Own Travel Students). Transfer to accommodation.* Balance of day free to relax.

Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark, was originally a Viking fishing village in the 10th century. Cosmopolitan and historic, the city is famous for its historical center, Tivoli Gardens, Nyhavn Canal and Royal Quarter, and Hans Christian Andersen. Situated on the coastal island of Zealand and Amager, it is linked to Malmö, Sweden by bridge.

Thursday, June 18

Morning orientation with AIFS staff. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Copenhagen to iconic places in the city, followed by a traditional welcome meal.

Friday, June 19

Morning class. Afternoon excursion to the National Museum of Denmark. This is the largest museum in Denmark, focusing on both Danish and foreign culture and history and featuring an extensive exhibition on the Viking Age.

Saturday, June 20

Day trip to Roskilde Viking Ship Museum. This museum of ancient and medieval maritime culture includes five Viking ships.

Sunday, June 21

Free day. Enjoy summer solstice festival celebrations on Sant Hans Aften, which include bonfires and late evening gatherings.

Monday, June 22

Morning class. Free afternoon.

Tuesday, June 23

Day trip to Ladby Viking Museum and Telleborg Museum of the Viking Age. Ladby Viking Museum is a major ship burial site, discovered in 1935, and the only one of its kind in Denmark. Believed to be the burial site of a prince or chieftain, it offers an engaging overview into the history of the Vikings. On return to Copenhagen, you will stop at the Telleborg Museum of the Viking Age to explore this huge circular fort from 900 AD. It also features displays on Viking life and culture in a modern museum.

Wednesday, June 24

Morning class. Free afternoon.

Thursday, June 25

Day trip to Jelling with guided tour of its UNESCO sites. Jelling is home to some of Europe’s most prominent Viking Age monuments, including burial mounds and rune stones. The Jelling Church also marks the transition from paganism to Christianity.

Friday, June 26

Morning departure to Malmö by train. Free afternoon to settle in and explore the capital of Skane, Sweden’s third largest city.

Saturday, June 27

Day trip to Foteviken Museum. This archaeological open-air museum conveys how life might have been in the Viking Ages. Experience the “Market Village” with activities, Viking games, crafts, and reenactments.

Sunday, June 28

Morning departure to Stockholm by train. Settle into the accommodation, followed by a historical center walking tour. Stockholm, Sweden’s beautiful and elegant capital city, is made up of more than 14 islands and 50 bridges. It is famous for its old town, Gamla Stan, and home to the Nobel Museum.

Monday, June 29

Free day.

Tuesday, June 30

Day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Viking town of Birka. Located on the island of Björkö, Birka was once the most elaborate trading network of Viking Scandinavia.

Wednesday, July 1

Morning class. Afternoon visit to Vasa museum, which displays the only almost fully intact 17th-century ship salvaged.

Thursday, July 2

Day trip to Uppsala. Visit Gamla Uppsala, explore its royal mounds, ruins and burial sites and accompanying museum.

Friday, July 3

Morning class. Afternoon visit to the Swedish History Museum and its Viking Age exhibition.

Saturday, July 4

Morning departure to Oslo. Settle into hotel and free afternoon.

Sunday, July 5

Visits to the Historical Museum and the Viking Ship Museum.

Monday, July 6

Morning class and final exam. Farewell traditional meal.

Tuesday, July 7

Optional return flight to the U.S.*

Dates and itinerary are subject to change.

*Included for students on the AIFS Flight Package only.