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:
See the tentative itinerary below for more details. Itinerary is not final and is subject to change.
This itinerary is not final and is subject to change.
Sunday, December 3
Arrive in Stockholm
Orientation meeting and dinner at the Generator Hostel
Daily breakfasts at the hostel included
Monday, 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
Train ride to Stockholm University: Afternoon lectures on contemporary Sweden, Alfred Nobel, and the Nobel Prize process
Tuesday, December 5
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
Evening: creative session at the Generator Hostel, where you’ll create your own Swedish souvenir
Wednesday, December 6
Visit and guided tour of the Nobel Prize Museum
Free time to explore the old town, Gamla Stan, where the royal palace and Christmas market are!
Thursday, December 7
Museum day! Participants can choose the museums of their interest that they would like to visit (museum admission is not included, but most are free for students!)
Optional visits to Karolinska Institutet (Medicine) and Royal Institute of Technology (Engineering)
Reception at the U.S. Embassy residence for presentations, refreshments, and Q&A
Friday, December 8
Open lectures at Stockholm University by Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry, and economic sciences
Evening: Cultural Event
Saturday, December 9
Morning train ride to Gothenburg to attend the Nobel Week Dialogue with Nobel laureates and experts talking on a science-related topic. A full-day event, return by train in the evening.
Sunday, December 10: Nobel Day!
Morning: Museum visit to the Christmas market at the outdoor museum, Skansen
Evening: A very special Nobel dinner and our own Nobel Ceremony at the Faculty Club of Stockholm University
Monday, December 11
Travel back home or extend your trip!
Check out Nobel Week recaps from previous years!
Find the answers to all of your tour questions here!
No! NSHSS has decided not to implement a vaccine mandate for our Nobel Week tours as the World Health Organization no longer defines Covid-19 as a pandemic. However, participants are strongly encouraged to take a COVID test and ensure they are negative prior to traveling to the tour's starting point to prevent a situation where they may not be able to participate in the tour.
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 reserve 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 in total. If you select TWIN, you reserve 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 in total. If you select SINGLE, you reserve an entire hostel room for yourself. All tour pricing is per person.
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.
Each attendee (parents and guests included) must complete their own 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, students, siblings, or guests), ALL attendees would fill out their own individual enrollment form with their personal information, and ALL select QUAD.
No! As an NSHSS member, benefit members and 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 who want to attend the tour.
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.
The package includes hostel accommodations for the week, ground transportation, breakfasts on program days, one dinner OR lunch per program day, guided tours and activities within the programming, a full-time tour director, NSHSS swag, a Swedish souvenir, and all gratuities.
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.
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 given free time to eat independently with their peers. Be sure to bring cash or a global credit card and plan to provide yourself with one meal per day, 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 arriving at the airport.
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, allowing 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 to 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!