Modernist Denmark / Sweden / Norway
April 30-May 10, 2019
USModernist, the nonprofit educational archive hosting the world's largest
website for mid-century Modernist houses, has curated a truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the world's best
architecture and the stunning natural beauty of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway -
with virtually everything included!
11 days and 10 nights of the
heart-pounding Modernist architecture
You just won't believe where you're going
and what you're going to see. Seriously, you won't!
Did you know that
Scandinavia is home to some of the world's best Modernist buildings? It's
no secret that Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian design has influenced
architectural style for
the last century. You will see - and visit - incredible architecture and
Is the flight connection
somewhere ghastly like Newark or JFK?
No, you'll fly to Europe directly from RDU.
Are breakfasts included? Yes, all
of them. Hotels?
Nice modern ones. Ground transportation? Of course, and
all tours and admissions. Wow, that’s incredible!
We think so, too.
Special Features Included:
Roundtrip flight from RDU airport to Copenhagen via
Paris on DELTA, plus
a connector flight from Bergen to Copenhagen on SAS.
Our own touring buses, with our own professional licensed
guides leading customized architecture and design tours in English. Many
buses have free wifi.
Your own three-day bus and subway pass around
Copenhagen. Public transport is clean, efficient, and brilliant in Scandinavia.
Modern, double-occupancy hotel rooms with breakfast and free internet. With
the exceptions listed below, lunches and dinners
are on your own.
Special welcome and farewell dinners with wine or
All scheduled site admissions.
Plus, each person gets a free year's membership in the Mod Squad/Terazzo Level ($125 value).
Tuesday April 30 - Departure!
DELTA Airlines and Air France to Copenhagen via Paris overnight.
Wednesday May 1 - Arrival!
You'll get a three day metro pass upon
We step right on Copenhagen's metro and 20 minutes later walk a
few blocks to our hotel, the centrally located Scandic Copenhagen.
Relax in your cozy room or start exploring
the charming city center on your own. We
recommend a visit to the world-famous Tivoli Gardens, an
elegant old-world amusement park.
Our hotel, the Scandic Copenhagen.
Enjoy our welcome dinner at the nearby rooftop restaurant, Illum,
including wine and beer. It's the best view of the city!
Thursday May 2 - Copenhagen!
After breakfast, we visit the
brilliant Copenhagen Opera House,
attracting both opera and architecture lovers from all over
You'll also see
buildings by the most famous architect from Denmark, Bjarke Ingels,
including 8 House, VM Houses, Tietgenkollegiet, and Mountain
Copenhagen Opera House
Friday May 3 - Sweden and Malmo!
In the morning, after having a
delicious breakfast, we go to Malmo, Sweden, to
explore the Oresund Bridge and the Turning Torso by Calatrava.
lunch (on your own) we visit sites in Malmo including Moderna Museet, Malmo Triangeln
station & University Hospital, Hyllie Water Tower, and Emporia
shopping area. On the way home from Sweden, we'll
visit the National Aquarium.
Turning Torso by Calatrava
Ankarspelet public housing
Blue Planet -
The National Aquarium
Saturday May 4 - Copenhagen Modern then Cruise!
After breakfast we go for touring
more great modern architecture: the Crystal Building,
the Denmark Architecture Center, Frosilo, and the Black Diamond.
Lunch is on your own.
Then we'll go to more
Bjarke Ingels projects such as Amager Bakke (a ski slope
built on a power plant), Urban Rigger, and Superkillen.
That afternoon we board a romantic overnight ferry to
Oslo, Norway. Dinner is on your own on board from one of
restaurants. There's also a casino and a wellness area.
The Crystal Building
Danish Jewish Museum
Sunday May 5 - Buildings of Oslo!
In the morning, after having a
delicious breakfast on the ship (provided), we arrive in Oslo and
start touring with Tjuvholmen then the MAD building in the
The tour ends at our hotel, the
Clarion Hub, dead center of Oslo!
afternoon is free time for exploring the city. Lunch and
dinner are on your own.
The newest Oslo's borough, Tjuvholmen,
contains the highest concentration of intriguing outdoor design in
the entire city.
Clarion Hub Hotel
Monday May 6 - More Oslo!
breakfast, we see the new Oslo Opera House, Statoil Office building,
and Westerdals School of Communication.
Lunch and dinner are on
The Statoil Headquarters is considered one of
the best office buildings in the world.
The Westerdals School of Communication is
a a magically updated industrial area in Oslo.
Tuesday May 7 - The Fjord Train!
Following breakfast we walk across the
street to the railway
station for the scenic train to Myrdal into the mountains towards
Bergen, then we connect to the world famous Flam Railway.
Lunch is on your own en route, available on the train.
Upon arrival we
are greeted and walk to the Aegir Hotel to rest and
A group dinner that night at Aegir Brewery is
You will have an unbelievable
trip admiring the nature
and picture-postcard scenery of Norway.
The fjords are the soul of Norway, considered
the best preserved attraction on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Flam Railway is a spectacular train journey of Norway's magnificent nature and fjord landscape. The
journey runs through 20 tunnels and 863 meters in altitude in the span of an hour.
Wednesday May 8 - Onward to Bergen!
After your morning breakfast we
ride the train back up the mountain from Flam, then catch a
high speed train to Bergen, arriving about 2pm. Pack a light
lunch from the general store in Flam!
Free time that afternoon and
evening to explore the city.
Our hotel, the Scandic Ornen
Thursday May 9 - Beautiful
Following breakfast we
go on thel Floibanen Mountain Train 1000 feet above sea level
with amazing views over Bergen. Then we
tour Bergen University College, Gronneviksoren
student apartments, Norwegian School of Economics, the
Documentation Center, and Kranen.
That night, a special farewell dinner at the
Bella Sky Hotel, where we will stay!
At 3pm we take a short flight back to
Copenhagen on SAS (included).
10 - The Journey Home!
You will leave with fabulous memories, lots of photos, and a heart full of
architecture, wonderful people, and natural beauty!
After an early breakfast, we shuttle to the
Copenhagen airport to fly Air
France and DELTA via Paris to RDU.
$5,499 per person Double Occupancy
$6,299 per person Single Occupancy
The trip requires a valid US
passport expiring no earlier than May 10, 2020. There are no travel visas
As we are on the move constantly, absolutely no checked baggage allowed.
Yes, you will survive with one carry-on rollerboard/suitcase (maximum dimensions
9" x 14" x 22") and one personal bag / purse / laptop. You'll be
However, if you buy a lot of stuff while we
are travelling, not to worry. Carry a collapsible bag in your rollerboard.
Checked baggage will be allowed on the flight home
(you are responsible for baggage charges).
Clothes to bring:
climate is unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers.
Bring a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and warm clothes. May there is
not like May here. Be prepared for sunny and chilly. Most
tours are walking, so make sure to bring convenient walking shoes.
Tips in Scandinavia are not required or expected. Servers
are paid well by the hour and tips in restaurants are voluntary. If you
especially enjoyed the meal service provided, including a 5% tip would be considered generous.
Language: Most Scandinavians speak perfect English and you won't have any language barrier.
Staying over in Copenhagen:
Once air tickets are issued, you may modify your tour to stay longer in Copenhagen
or stop for a few days in London on the way back. This involves a change fee and any fare difference is handled directly with
the airline. They are pretty good about this -- as long as you are changing
dates and not cities. You may also add your frequent flyer number (or
Global Entry number, if you have one).
Proceeds benefit USModernist's ongoing documentation,
preservation, and promotion projects. Questions? Contact Executive Director George
Smart at (919)740.8407.
The Fine Print:
Once payment is made, there are no refunds for any reason except for trip cancellation. However, you can transfer your place to another person with at
least four weeks written notice to USModernist.
All participants must sign a liability
release in order to travel, as is standard with all USModernist trips.
Architects can get self-reported CEU hours if arranged in
advance with the AIA.
Parking at RDU airport is not included.
The itinerary and order of trip events are subject to
change without notice or refund. Sites sometimes change their minds at the last minute about
granting access, in both directions yes and no, so you'll have to be flexible as we go along.
There is a small but possible risk of overnight stay if flights are delayed, in which case participants are responsible for any additional costs of meals, lodging, transportation, and incidental expenses. The chances of this happening are small but it could happen.