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Complete Norway - Winter

(13 days / 12 nights)

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Oslo to the Arctic, by Rail and Sea

This 13-day self-guided tour is a combination of what many consider to be the world’s most beautiful cruise voyage and rail excursion—the Norway in a Nutshell® train journey and the Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage. You will spend 7 days cruising the Norwegian coastline where you will visit both big towns and small fising villages, cross the arctic circle and sail even further north. You will experience diverse nature, deep fjords, UNESCO protected areas and get the opportunity to join optional shore excursions. If you are in luck, you may see the northern lights make an appearance during your cruise.

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13 days / 12 nights

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Approx 4026 EUR

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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a full-board 7-day Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes
  • Searching for the majestic northern lights in northern Norway
  • Board the Norway in a Nutshell® tour to experience breathtaking landscapes
  • Complete your northern adventure by sailing across the Arctic Circle
  • Experience the legendary Flåm railway, one of the world’s steepest railway line
  • Explore the colourful, charming cities of Bergen, Trondheim and Oslo
  • Cruise through dramatic fjords like Aurlandsfjord and Næroyfjord
  • Experience life in the northern towns of Honningsvåg and Tromso

Travel style

Independent Cruise i

Interest

Culture and History i, Fjords i, Hurtigruten cruise i, Northern Lights i, Soft Activities i

Season

Oct - Apr

Departure

Daily

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: Welcome to Oslo

    When you arrive at Oslo‘s Gardermoen Airport, make your way into Oslo‘s city centre. Many travellers opt to take the express train to Oslo Central Station, but we can arrange a private transfer for you (at additional cost). For those arriving early, we recommend exploring Oslo by foot, spending the afternoon at sights including the Munch Museum, Akershus fortress, Oslo Opera, and the Aker Brygge area.

    Spend the night in Oslo.

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  • Day 2: The Highlights of Oslo

    This morning, get an early start to explore the Norwegian capital. We recommend booking a guided bus tour that will take you along the famous landmarks of the city. Highlights include the beautiful Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Royal Palace, and Oslo City Hall. Another option is to tour Oslo on your own visiting some of the above attractions, or others like the Viking Ship Museum, Fram Polar Ship Museum and Karl Johans street.

    Spend another night in Oslo.

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  • Day 3: Norway in a Nutshell - The Flåm Railway in Winter

    Get an early start and head to Oslo Central Station, where you’ll begin the Norway in a Nutshell® railway journey towards Bergen, with an overnight stop in Flåm. This train ride takes you over Norway’s “mountainous rooftops”, through charming villages like Gol and Geilo.

    In Myrdal, you’ll switch trains to the famous Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana) for an incredible ride to the beautiful village of Flåm, which is especially lovely in winter. Enjoy a relaxing day in Flåm, where you can follow one of the many hiking trails in the mountains around the village, or participate in an optional activity such as a winter fjord safari.  

    Spend the night in Flåm.

    We highly recommend booking our luggage transfer for the travel between Oslo and Bergen.

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  • Day 4: Norway in a Nutshell to Bergen

    In the morning, you’ll board a boat to sail through Aurlandsfjord into the World Heritage-listed Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in all of Europe. This is perhaps the most beautiful arm of Sognefjord, with its mighty waterfalls and small farms clinging to the steep mountainsides. The boat docks in Gudvangen, and from there the journey continues by bus through Nærøydalen, with its charming villages and scenic winter landscape. The bus will arrive in Voss, where you continue the tour by train on the Bergen Railway to Bergen.

    Spend the night in Bergen.

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  • Day 5: The Capital of the Fjords

    Despite being an international city, Bergen, “The Capital of the Fjords”, has all the charms of a small town. Here you’ll find Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with remarkably preserved old houses, a lively fish market, cable cars offering stunning views, great museums and more. We recommend riding the Fløibanen Funicular to Mount Fløyen to enjoy the panoramic winter view of the city or a cable car up Mt. Ulriken. Bergen is also known for its museums dedicated to history within trade and fisheries, architecture, musical art and contemporary art.

    Spend another night in Bergen.

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  • Day 6: Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage

    Enjoy the early part of the day exploring Bergen. In the evening, you’ll enter the next stage of your journey as you embark on the Norwegian Coastal Voyage with Hurtigruten. Norway’s dramatic 2,000-kilometre west coast is one of Europe’s great attractions, and for more than 100 years, this popular journey has been offering travellers a unique combination of history, culture and incredible views.

    After your fjord cruise sets sail, you will enjoy a tasty Norwegian dinner buffet consisting of the best ingredients from the coast and you can spend the rest of your evening at leisure. Onboard you’ll stay in a comfortable outside cabin with private facilities. 

    Spend the night on board Hurtigruten

    Please note that you can board Hurtigruten as early as 16:00 or as late as 21:00 for the 22:30 departure.

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  • Day 7: Journey to Ålesund

    You will continue your scenic winter coastal voyage today from Florø to Molde. This morning, you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. As the ship sails past the West Cape, you will enter the open ocean before reaching Ålesund, which is known for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. You will get a chance to explore Ålesund during a 3-hour stop.

    Spend the night on board Hurtigruten.

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  • Day 8: Historic Town of Trondheim

    Early in the morning, the ship pulls in to the historic city of Trondheim. Here you will have about 3.5 hours to explore the city on your own or take an optional sightseeing tour. Trondheim is the original capital of Norway, and until the 16th century, the city was known as Nidaros. Here you will find Nidaros Cathedral, which is one of Scandinavia’s largest buildings from the Middle Ages, along with tiny, picturesque old wooden houses. From Trondheim, the ship sails on to Rorvik, where the southbound and northbound coastal ships meet.

    Spend the night on board Hurtigruten.

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  • Day 9: Over the Arctic Circle & Northern Lights

    Today you will cross the Arctic Circle while enjoying spectacular sights, including islands and skerries with interesting rock formations jutting out of the deep waters. The ship will dock in Bodo for 2.5 hours, which is a lovely place to wander, catching glimpses of sea birds and rolling nature.

    In the evening, the ship will make a 1-hour stop in Svolvær, Lofoten, a small, picturesque fishing village with a charming Scandinavian atmosphere. You can take a stroll between stockfish racks and traditional fishermen huts called ‘rorbuer’, and for people that wish to spend more time in Lofoten, optional shore excursions are available. Note that once the ship crosses the Arctic Circle, your chances of spotting the northern lights increases, so keep your eyes peeled at night*.

    Spend the night on board Hurtigruten

    *Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

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  • Day 10: Tromsø, "Paris of the North"

    In the morning, you’ll pass Risøyhamn, Harstad, and Finnsnes before sailing across the Vagsfjord to a magnificent archipelago in the north. Later today, the ship stops in Tromsø, where you will explore the lively town in northern Norway, which is beautiful in the soft winter light. Nicknamed "the Paris of the North”, this city was a major port of call for Arctic expedition and hunting ships in the 19th century--a part of history that is still evident here. Throughout the year, you can join guided hikes and discover more of Tromsø and its surroundings. After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, you will board the ship and continue your northbound journey.

    Spend the night on board Hurtigruten.

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  • Day 11: The Beauty of North Cape

    Finnmark's landscape is not to be missed with rugged bird cliffs and vast snowy terrain. The ship stops at Honningsvåg today, and we recommend that you board a bus for a short optional excursion to the famous North Cape. After this shore stop, the ship navigates east toward the pretty fishing villages of Kjollefjord, Mehamn, and Berlevag (the heartland of the Sámi people). You can experience snowy valleys, fresh winter air, and perhaps even the mesmerizing northern lights in the starry sky.

    Spend the night on board Hurtigruten.

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  • Day 12: Reaching Cosy Kirkenes

    Enjoy one last breakfast at sea before the ship docks in Kirkenes around 9:00 this morning. This Arctic town lies on the borders of Russia and Finland and is home to some 3,300 inhabitants, including the Sámi, the native people of Lapland. For such a small town, Kirkenes offers an impressive range of things to see and do, and the rest of the day is free for you to try out an optional excursion or just relax in the town. It is here that your cruise up north comes to an end.

    Spend the night in Kirkenes.

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  • Day 13: Return to Oslo & Departure

    After an incredible time in Norway, it's time to head home today. Your tour will conclude at Kirkenes Airport, where you will fly to Oslo-Gardermoen Airport at noon, and connect to your flight back home.

    Note: If you do not have enough time between flights, or you would like more time to explore the capital, an additional night in Oslo can be added to your package. Please contact your travel consultant for details.

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three-star hotel. All provide breakfast (included in the price).

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Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a four-star hotel or the best accommodation available in the area at the time of boo..

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Price per person from

Approx 4026 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

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Tour Information

We recommend that all Nordic Visitor travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, journey durations, deposit payments, what to pack for your holiday and more!

OUR SELF-GUIDED TOURS
This is an independent, self-guided tour. All accommodation, train and cruise 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 cruise departure points by the specified times.

HURTIGRUTEN CRUISE
The cruise includes the best available outside cabin (unspecified cabin with windows/port holes) with private facilities, and included meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). The fare is in the BASIC price structure, so cabin number/grade and dining time will be assigned onboard. If you wish to choose your cabin number and dining time, you can upgrade your fare to SELECT.

All ships have restaurants, a cafeteria, laundry room, WIFI and onboard 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).

DOMESTIC FLIGHT – KIRKENES TO OSLO
Included is a flight from Kirkenes to Oslo that will depart around noon and arrive in Oslo around 14:10. Please make sure that your connecting flight home is in the evening or plan to spend an additional night in Oslo. There are only two flights from Kirkenes each day, one departing around noon and one leaving in the evening. The flight time for your tour package depends on availability.

NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL® WINTER TOUR
Included is the famous Norway in a nutshell tour, from Oslo to Bergen,  where you will be travelling by train, bus and ferry among wintry scenic landscapes 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 information regarding the estimated departure time along with the approximate duration of the journey.

Journey to Flåm:
·        Departure from Oslo Central Station: 08:25 - Arrival in Flåm Village: 13:55   
·        Duration: 5 Hours & 30 minutes

Journey to Bergen:
·        Departure from Flåm: 09:30 - Arrival in Bergen: 14:57
·        Duration: 5 hours & 30 minutes

WINTER TRAVEL & NORTHERN LIGHTS
Travelling in the winter season in Norway is highly recommended and very enjoyable. You will get a chance to see the snow covered landscape, and it‘s not as cold as one would think. For more information about weather conditions, please refer to our Norway travel guide

Please be advised that northern lights can only be seen from northern Norway, which is part of this tour package, but sightings cannot be guaranteed as northern lights are a natural phenomenon. The best months to experience the northern lights are October through March, with peak visibility from November through February. Please note that as the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, we cannot guarantee sightings even if the tour is operated.

Also, please note that there are limited opening hours during the Christmas and New Year‘s season throughout the country.If you have any questions about this, please contact your travel consultant for further information.

SPRING TRAVEL IN NORWAY
If you are travelling to Norway during the spring (end of March - end of April), please be advised that many attractions and museums still have winter opening hours during this time. Also, the weather is much milder in the spring and you will get to experience warmer temperatures and and more sunlight compared to the winter months.

WHAT TO PACK

  • If booking the additional luggage transfer - an overnight bag for Flåm
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Binoculars
  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Thermal base-layers
  • Mid-layers such as a fleece jacket/wool sweater
  • Umbrella
  • Gloves, hat and scarf
  • Camera

DEPOSIT PAYMENT
If the tour is booked less than 3 months prior to arrival, the overall package price may be subject to change due to possible fare increases for domestic flights. Be assured that we will notify you of any price changes before your payment is completed.

As this tour includes railway, flight and cruise tickets along with other non refundable services we charge upon booking a 50% non-refundable deposit required. For more information - click here

CURRENCY RATE
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.

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