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Nobel Week Tour 2022

This once-in-a-lifetime educational experience is one you don't want to miss. Each year, a group of NSHSS members travels to Stockholm, Sweden in December to celebrate our organization's co-founder, Claes Nobel, and his family's history with the Nobel Prize Ceremony. Join us this year for our return to Sweden!

During the Nobel Week tour, you will have a chance to:

  • Experience the Nobel legacy first-hand
  • Explore Stockholm, Sweden: a world hub for sustainability and STEM research
  • Learn about Swedish society and culture
  • Expand your horizons and independence through international travel

See tentative itinerary below for more details. Itinerary is not final and is subject to change.



Nobel Week Tour 2022

December 3-11




Check out the 2021 Nobel Week Tour!




NSHSS Academic Tours are available to participants who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the start date and have proof of vaccination. 

Proof of vaccination, as follows, will be required at tour check in:

Original vaccination record issued by the country’s health authority that administered the vaccination (i.e., U.S. CDC's Vaccination Record Card). Copies or photos are not accepted.

The name and birth date on the vaccination record must match the participant’s travel documents and show the participant is fully vaccinated. The vaccination dates must indicate the participant has completed the required doses no later than 14 days prior to the tour start date. Vaccine type, dates administered, and lot numbers must be clearly visible.

Participants are strongly encouraged to review their vaccination records and ensure they meet our standards prior to traveling to the starting point of the tour to prevent a situation where they may not be able to participate in the tour.


→ All travelers on this tour MUST be 16 years of age or older and have a valid passport.

Travelers on this tour should book their incoming flights on December 3 and outbound flights no earlier than December 11, as program activities run from December 4-10. NSHSS Tours staff will coordinate pickups at Stockholm Arlanda Airport and airport drop-offs on those dates only. Any tour participants who would like to arrive early or extend their stay will be responsible for booking their own additional accommodations.

→ ​All NSHSS travelers are required to agree to the official Booking Conditions before departing on tour.

→ $500 deposit is NONREFUNDABLE but will be applied towards the total tour fee.
Flights are NOT included in the program fee.


Tentative Itinerary

This itinerary is not final and is subject to change.

Travelers on this tour should book their incoming flights on December 3 and outbound flights no earlier than December 11, as program activities run from December 4-10. NSHSS Tours staff will coordinate pickups at Stockholm Arlanda Airport and sending off participants on those dates only.


Saturday, December 3 

Arrive in Stockholm 


Daily breakfasts at hostel included 

Sunday, December 4  

Guided tour of Stockholm City Hall, housing the Stockholm City Council and ceremonial halls where the Nobel Banquet takes place every year on December 10

Afternoon visit to the Christmas market at the outdoor museum, Skansen  

Orientation meeting and dinner at the Generator Hostel


Monday, December 5  

Visit to Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet.

Morning train ride to Stockholm University: All-day lectures on Sweden, Alfred Nobel and the Nobel prize process
Guest lecturers: Professors Astrid Gräslund (Chemistry) and Merrick Tabor (Political Science)

Enjoy lunch in the student canteen & visit the university bookstore


Tuesday, December 6  

Train trip to the nearby city of Uppsala to visit the historic sites and Sweden’s oldest university and a walking tour of historic sites


Wednesday, December 7 

Museum day! Participants can choose the museums of their interest that they would like to visit

Optional visits to Karolinska Institutet (Medicine) and Royal Institute of Technology (Engineering)

Evening: creative session at the Generator Hostel, where you’ll create your own Swedish souvenir 


Thursday, December 8  

Open lectures at Stockholm University by Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry, and economic sciences


Friday, December 9 

Nobel Week Dialogue, a full day event with Nobel laureates and experts speaking on the theme: “The future of life”


Saturday, December 10: Nobel Day!

Morning: Visit and guided tour of the Nobel Prize Museum  

Afternoon: Live stream the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo

Evening: A very special Nobel dinner and our own Nobel Ceremony at the Faculty Club of Stockholm University
Dinner provided 


Sunday, December 11 

Travel back home or extend your trip!

See More On Instagram

For an inside look at everything travelers experienced during last year's Nobel Week Tour, check out the Nobel Week Highlights on the NSHSS Instagram!



Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to all of your tour questions here!


Why is there a vaccine mandate for this academic tour in place?

NSHSS made the decision to implement a vaccine mandate for our Nobel Week tours as part of our commitment to the health and safety of our staff and tour participants. We follow CDC guidance, which currently recommends that individuals who are not up to date on their vaccines delay domestic and international travel. We believe vaccines are necessary to protect our staff and tour participants as accommodations are such that many students are sharing hotel rooms (and often beds), eating meals, and riding in close proximity in transportation together.

Read more about the NSHSS COVID-19 policy here.


What does QUAD, TWIN, & SINGLE mean, and how does it affect tour pricing?

These terms refer to hotel room occupancy. All aspects of the tour are the exact same for each attendee, so we base the tour price on the attendee's hostel room preference. If you select QUAD, you are reserving ONE SPOT for yourself in a hostel room with 3 other tour participants. The hostel room will have two beds with two people in each bed and 4 students in the room total. If you select TWIN, you are reserving ONE SPOT for yourself in a hostel room with 1 other tour participant. The hostel room will have two beds with one person in each bed and 2 students in the room total. If you select SINGLE, you are reserving an entire hostel room for yourself. All tour pricing is per person.


Do I have to purchase a second tour for my parent to attend?

Yes! To attend the Nobel Week Tour, each attendee must purchase a tour by filling out an enrollment form individually with their personal information. Parents are allowed to accompany their students on this tour, and they would participate in all aspects of the tour just as every other member does.


If a parent and/or guest wants to attend the tour with their member, which room option should we select as a group?

Each attendee (parents and guests included) must fill out their own individual enrollment form to attend the tour. Please note tour prices are per person regardless of group size. Adults can only be placed in a room with students they are attending the tour with. If a parent and a student would like to attend the tour and room together, the student would fill out an enrollment form and select TWIN and the parent would fill out their own enrollment form (with their information as both the traveler and payment contact) and select TWIN. If the student does not want to room with their parent and would like to be paired with other students attending the tour, the parent must select SINGLE and then the student can select any rooming option. For a group of 4 attending the tour (any combination of parents, student, siblings, guests), ALL attendees would fill out their own individual enrollment form with their personal information and ALL select QUAD.


If a parent and/or guest wants to attend the tour with their member, do they have to use Non-Member pricing?

No! As an NSHSS member benefit, members, along with their guests, can use the NSHSS member tour pricing. Please note tour prices are per person. Non-Member pricing is reserved for students unaffiliated with NSHSS that would like to attend the tour.


Does NSHSS provide transportation to Sweden?

Each attendee is responsible for their own transportation arrangements. NSHSS does not assist with airfare and flights are not included in this tour price. With NSHSS members all over the country, it would be too difficult to facilitate flights for every member coming from different airports at different times. Some members also choose to extend their trip in Europe past the tour dates, so we are able to offer a lower price for everyone without flights included.


What is included in the tour package?

The package includes hostel accommodations for the week, ground transportation, breakfasts on program days, most dinners, guided tours and activities within the programming, a full-time tour director, overnight security, and all gratuities.


Can I not stay in the hostel and have that cost subtracted from the tour fee?

The NSHSS Nobel Week Tour is only sold as an all-inclusive tour package, so, unfortunately, we cannot remove the hostel cost from the tour price as that is a large part of the package. Keeping all tour participants at the same hostel makes it easier to keep everyone accounted for overnight so we don't run into logistical issues in transportation to and from the hotel and daily activities.


Will there be meals provided during the tour?

NSHSS will provide a welcome dinner reception upon attendees' arrival in Stockholm on Day 1. On each full tour day, breakfast will be provided at the hostel. Some lunches and most dinners will be provided, but on the other days, tour participants will be taken to a popular area and be given free time to eat on their own. Be sure to bring cash or a global credit card and plan to provide your lunches, as tour participants are welcome to eat at an eatery of their choosing. This is always a great opportunity for students to make friends with other participants, shop for souvenirs, and have some freedom to explore the area a little. On departure day, attendees can enjoy breakfast at the hostel before making their way to the airport. 


Do you offer financial assistance for this tour?

As NSHSS tours are entirely optional to our members, we currently do not have any financial assistance programs for our tours at this time. However, payment arrangements are very flexible to allow participants to create their own payment plan and pay the tour fee in increments of their choosing at any time and as many times as they would like up until the final due date. Please be sure check out our NSHSS Scholarships page for multiple scholarship opportunities where many of the scholarships are open to both high school and college students. Keep an eye out as new scholarships are always being added!