Steve Staruch

Featuring the Copenhagen Classical Music Festival and Oslo Chamber Music Festival!

Summer in Scandinavia 2024

Join YourClassical MPR host Steve Staruch and fellow classical music lovers to experience the Nordic world of fjords, castles, glaciers, and the legacy of the Vikings on this Minnesota Public Radio and Earthbound Expeditions adventure. Travel by train, ferry, and coach through Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. Ride the world's most scenic railway lines to Bergen, tour Danish castles and palaces and attend the Oslo and Copenhagen classical music festivals. See the Danish crown jewels, preserved Viking ships and the warship Vasa, rescued after more than 300 years on the bottom of Stockholm harbor. To top it off, you’ll be treated to a performance at the home of Edvard Grieg in Bergen. This 12-day Minnesota Public Radio classical Scandinavia journey has it all! . Make your reservation today by calling the friendly folks at Earthbound Expeditions for details.

Trip Host

Steve Staruch

Steve Staruch can be heard on Classical Minnesota Public Radio from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays, including hosting Music with Minnesotans, Regional Spotlight and Friday Favorites. Prior to joining the staff of MPR in 2004, Steve presented a variety of radio programs on WCAL in Northfield, Minn., where he created an immensely popular call-in program, and on WXXI in Rochester, N.Y. Outside radio, Steve also enjoys work as a freelance tenor and violist. Steve and his wife, Naomi, enjoy traveling, gardening and hosting dinner parties. Steve hosted the custom travel trip Classical Prague and Poland in 2019.


Day 0: July 31

Depart the USA for Stockholm, Sweden!

Day 1: August 1 - Välkommen till Sverige! Welcome to Sweden!

Your Scandinavia journey begins at 6:00pm at the group hotel in Stockholm. Meet your host and travel companions for an introductory walk of the city center. This evening you’ll enjoy a welcome reception and included dinner. Sleep in Stockholm (D)

Day 2: August 2 - Discover Stockholm

Enjoy an optional day trip to the Opera på Skäret festival in Swedish countryside. You’ll travel by 1930s train and enjoy lunch and dinner on the train. Upon arrival to the Opera på Skäret you’ll be treated to an exceptional opera. Excursion times: 9:00am -11:00pm Price: $199 per person. Or, begin your discovery of Sweden's capital with a guided visit to the impressive City Hall, where the annual Nobel Prize festivities take place. Tour the Vasa Museum, featuring the impressive Vasa, an ornate royal warship that sank in Stockholm's harbor following its launch in 1628. With your free afternoon, you may want to take a canal tour or stroll the cobbled streets of medieval Gamla Stan (Old Town). Sleep in Stockholm (B, L)

Day 3: August 3 - Stockholm Royal Drottingholm Palace

After breakfast, enjoy a boat cruise to the remarkable Drottingholm Palace Theatre. Included in your tour, the palace opera house! One of the few 18th century theaters in Europe that still functions. It is still used today for operas and plays. What makes this historic space so very special is that it still has its original stage machinery. After, enjoy lunch and a free afternoon in Stockholm. Sleep in Stockholm (B, D)

Day 4: August 4- From Sweden to Denmark for the Tivoli Festival

Depart Stockholm for Copenhagen today. You’ll arrive just in time to enjoy a short stroll along the waterfront to view the Little Mermaid sculpture and Amalienborg Palace before dinner. This evening enjoy a “Welcome to Denmark” drink followed by dinner. Sleep in Copenhagen (B, D)

Day 5: August 5- Charming Copenhagen

This morning you are invited to join a knowledgeable local guide for a fascinating walk through the old alleyways of Copenhagen. We’ll visit the city’s charming harbor of Nyhavn and stroll down the Stroget, Copenhagen’s main pedestrian avenue. Our walking tour of the old town center will end right before lunch and your local guides will be available to offer you lunch restaurant suggestions as well as ideas for how to spend your free afternoon. This evening you have tickets to teh fabulous Copenhagen classical festival! Sleep in Copenhagen (B)

Day 6: August 6 - Legendary Castles

Today we journey to North Sealand, filled with quaint villages, historic palaces, lovely lakes and dense forests. We’ll visit 17th-century Frederiksborg Castle, built by Christian IV in Danish Renaissance style. You’ll savor regional fare at local restaurant and drive the Yellow Roads along the "Danish Riviera" back to Copenhagen. The evening is yours. (B, L)

Day 7: August 7 - Free Morning in Copenhagen and an evening sunset cruise to Norway

The morning is yours to stroll the merry streets of Copenhagen. Art lovers might consider visiting the National Gallery, while history buffs might choose to visit the impressive National Museum. Perhaps you'll spend the morning in the Tivoli Gardens or explore the Renaissance Rosenborg Palace, home to the Danish crown jewels. This afternoon we meet back at the hotel and transfer to the ferry terminal. Board the overnight ferry to Norway and enjoy an included dinner and sunset cruise on the Baltic Sea. Sleep aboard the ferry (B,D)

Day 8: August 8 - Oslo, Sculptures and Viking Ships

Enjoy awe-inspiring scenery as you cruise up Oslo Fjord. Upon arrival in Norway's capital city, we’ll have a private tour of Oslo’s highlights, including the Viking Ship Museum, which features three well-preserved Viking ships dating to 800 AD, found in royal burial mounds with fascinating artifacts. You’ll also have time to see the Vigeland Sculpture Park, with its 212 life-sized sculptures by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, who devoted his career to the project. Sleep in Oslo (B, L)

Day 9: August 9- Opera House and Oslo Chamber Music Festival

This morning meet your fellow travelers for an exclusive tour of the Norwegian National Opera House. After, enjoy free time this morning to enjoy the many sights of Oslo. We suggest a visit to the Fram Polar Ship Museum or the Edvard Munch Museum. This evening youhave tickets to the celebrate Oslo Chamber Music Festival! Sleep in Oslo (B)

Day 10: August 10 - A Scenic Train to Bergen and the Grieg Music Festival

Today we travel west past the gorgeous fjords and mountains – aboard the Oslo to Bergen scenic train. Bergen is located on the Byfjord and is famous for its ancient harbor and open-air fish market. Your hotel is located right on the harbor in the city's old wharf district, featuring traditional wooden buildings and a medieval atmosphere. Founded in 1070 during the days of the Hanseatic League, it is one of the oldest large trading ports in Northern Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival in Bergen, we’ll tour the home of Edward Grieg and enjoy a piano concert featuring his works. Sleep in Bergen (B, L)

Day 11: August 11- White Lady Cruise to the Fjords of Norway

Today, enjoy a fjord cruise to Mostraumen. On this half day excursion, you will see western Norwegian scenery at its best, with narrow fjords and majestic mountains. Since we’ll be departing early tomorrow morning, join your host and fellow travelers for a farewell luncheon feast featuring regional specialties. Sleep in Bergen (B, L)

Day 12: August 12- Return Home with a Lifetime of Memories!

Your Scandinavia tour ends after breakfast in Bergen, Norway. ***Note: You may wish to stay on and further explore the fjords and enjoy the beauty of Norway.


  • With YourClassical MPR Host Steve Staruch
  • Pre-trip gathering (may be virtual)
  • With expert Earthbound Expeditions guide
  • Tickets to both the Oslo Chamber Music Festival and Copenhagen Classical Music Festival
  • The Edvard Grieg Piano Recital
  • Scenic train from Oslo to Bergen
  • Backstage tour of Oslo Opera House
  • Fjord cruise in Norway
  • Walks with knowledgeable local guides
  • Transport by air-conditioned private motor coach
  • 11 nights in centrally-located four star hotels
  • Overnight ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo
  • All breakfasts, plus 11 additional meals featuring regional specialties

Pricing and Terms

$6,395 per person, double occupancy $1,950 single supplement August 1: trip begins in Stockholm, Sweden August 12: trip ends in Bergen, Norway Ways to Save! Pay your final balance by check and save $150. Reserve your space by April 1, 2024 and save $50. MPR Custom Travel Alumni and Earthbound Expeditions alumni save $100. Reservations - $500 per person deposit is due at time of sign up. Final payments are due 75 days before departure. Deposits and payments can be made by check or credit card. Terms and Conditions Detailed terms and conditions including details on: -Reservations and Deposits -Final Payment Information -Consumer Disclosure may be found at


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Health Matters: It is the responsibility of each guest to be aware of their physical abilities or limitations, and to be in sufficient good health to undertake the trip. To make the most of your journey and participate in the various planned group activities, you should be able to be on your feet and walk unassisted for two to three hours (often over uneven cobblestones or pathways) with frequent standing. Guests will need to carry their own bags on/off the ferry and the train as well as walk uneven cobbled stoned streets. If you have questions about the physical requirements for your journey, please email or call our travel office.

Concerts, Festivals and Events: If (for any reason) the organizers of a scheduled concert, festival or event cancel or postpone a planned activity with little or no notice, Earthbound Expeditions will do its utmost to secure a similar event or secure another concert(s). Strikes, unscheduled delays, lack of funds and acts of God are beyond the control of Earthbound Expeditions. Cancellation of an event, festival or concert is not cause for refund.

Hosted Journeys: If a host or special guest is unable to attend as planned, Earthbound Expeditions will do its utmost to find another host who has similar interests, talents expertise. The inability of a host to participate in a tour is not grounds for a full or partial refund.

OPTIONAL GROUP FLIGHT - Details coming soon!

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