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.
We recommend you wait to book flights to Scandinavia, and other parts of your travels, until we can confirm your desired travel dates for this tour. This is due to varying availabilities aboard Norway cruises, as included in this package. Contact us for more details.
OUR SELF-GUIDED TOURS
This is an independent, self-guided tour where all accommodation, train and cruise tickets (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor. However, all travellers are ultimately responsible for getting to hotels and to any train or cruise departure points by the specified times.
FITNESS LEVEL AND ADVENTURE PACKAGES
You should have moderate to good physical fitness to take part comfortably in this tour. This is because packages set in the Arctic are considered adventure travel due to the specific conditions you’ll experience. Arctic travel can sometimes involve extreme weather conditions as well as vigorous activity and animals (like huskies and reindeer) on many excursions.
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 in this package is the famous Norway in a Nutshell tour, from Bergen to Oslo, where you will travel by train, bus and ferry among scenic landscapes and charming villages which are especially lovely in the soft winter light. Transfer points and connections are easy to find and clearly marked or announced. Here is the information regarding the estimated departure time along with the approximate duration of the journey.
Journey to Flåm:
· Departure from Bergen Central Station: 08:39 - Arrival in Flåm Village: 14:00
· Duration: 5 Hours & 21 minutes
Journey to Oslo
· Departure from Flåm: 08:50 - Arrival in Oslo: 14:45
· Duration: 6 Hours
There are places to store your luggage during each leg of your journey. Be aware that if you do not book luggage transfer in advance, you have to carry your luggage from train to bus to boat etc.
NORTHERN LIGHTS & WINTER TRAVEL
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 Lofoten and Northern Norway.
In northern Norway, northern lights activity is strongest between mid October to early April. Auroras can only be seen at night if the sky is clear and there is solar activity. Please note that sightings cannot be guaranteed. For more information about northern lights, please refer to the travel guide.
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 more sunlight compared to the winter months.
WHAT TO PACK
If booking the additional luggage transfer - An overnight bag in Flåm
Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
Mid-layers such as a fleece jacket/wool sweater
Gloves, hat and scarf
DEPOSIT PAYMENT & CANCELLATION CHARGES:
This tour package requires a non-refundable deposit payment of 50% of the total price at the time of booking. View more information on deposit payments and cancellation charges here.
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 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.