We recommend that all Nordic Visitor travellers read through the following information about our self-guided tours, travelling with the Hurtigruten cruise ships, boarding the Norway in a Nutshell tour, the terms and availability, and other useful information for your travels.
OUR SELF-GUIDED TOURS
This is an independent, self-guided tour. All accommodation, train, cruise and ferry tickets (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor, but travellers are ultimately responsible for getting to hotels and to any train or ferry departure points by the specified times.
The cruise includes cabin accommodation (unspecified cabin with windows/port holes) with private facilities, and breakfast is included. All ships have restaurants, a cafeteria, laundry room, WIFI and on-board activities. The Hurtigruten Coastal voyages are not like conventional cruises as there are 11 different ships that vary in size and age that sail the Norwegian coast on different dates. Optional shore excursions are available onboard, and we recommend that you pre-book them (can be done until 4 weeks prior to arrival depending on availability. We are unable to offer guaranteed cabin numbers for port-to-port and short voyages (less than 5 nights). You can disembark the ship in ports where the stop is for more than 30 minutes.
NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL® TOUR
Included is the famous Norway in a nutshell roundtrip , from Bergen to Bergen, where you will travel by train, bus and ferries among beautiful scenery and charming villages. This journey is a combination of train, cruise and bus. Transfer points and connections are easy to find and clearly marked or announced. You will receive a ticket with information about transfer points and timing with your final travel documents. Here is the departure timing along with the approximate duration of the journey.
· Departure from Bergen: 08:39
· Arrival in Flåm: 11:55
· Departure from Flåm: 13:30
· Arrival in Bergen: 18:55
BUS TO STAVANGER
Coastal bus for 4.5 – about 5 hours, which takes you along the rugged west coast of Norway, through fjords and islands to Stavanger. The bus ride includes two ferry crossings, where you can stretch your legs, visit the cafeteria and enjoy the view from the passenger deck.
THE PULPIT ROCK HIKE
Included in the tour is a self-guided hiking tour by boat and bus to the Pulpit Rock. The terrain is hilly with an altitude difference of 350 m. The hike takes approximately 4 hours back and forth for a total distance of approximately 8 km. Transportation to the starting point of the hike and back takes a little over one hour each way. You will be provided with an open ticket, so you can choose your departure time. Please note if you prefer rather going on a boat tour and skip the hike, you can choose so during the booking steps online (see our optional activities).
We recommend that you bring enough food and drink. Please note that the tour requires hiking shoes and appropriate hiking clothing.
You will travel by boat from Fiskepirterminalen in Stavanger to Tau. From Tau, the trip continues by bus to the Pulpit Rock cabin. The bus returns to Tau and Stavanger several times a day. You will have an open ticket for your return journey so you can choose your departure time. The bus driver can also inform you about the return hours from the Pult Rock cabin. From Tau, you take the ferry back to Stavanger.
WHAT TO PACK
Hiking shoes and appropriate hiking clothing
Light gloves, hat and scarf
Lip balm and moisturiser
Sunglasses and sunscreen
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day
AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.