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(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.

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13 days / 12 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 4068 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
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  • Value for your money
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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a full-board 7-day Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes
  • Complete your adventure up north by sailing across the Arctic Circle
  • Visit the dramatic deep fjord of Geiranger and explore the charming village
  • Board the Norway in a Nutshell® tour to experience breathtaking landscapes
  • 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
  • Enjoy a bus ride through the steep hairpin beds of Stalheimskleiva
  • Marvel at the majestic waterfalls the Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil
  • Experience life in the northern towns of Honningsvåg and Tromso

Travel style

Independent Cruise i

Interest

Best Seller i, Culinary Experience i, Culture and History i, Fjords i, Hurtigruten cruise i, Soft Activities i

Season

May - Sep

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. You will then have the rest of the day to explore at your own leisure.

    Spend another night in Oslo.

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

    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. 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 kayaking, fjord sightseeing or visiting the Stegastein platform.

    Spend the night in Flåm.

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

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  • Day 4: Norway in a Nutshell to Bergen

    Spend the morning at leisure, either relaxing at the hotel or taking a walk along the fjord. 

    Around noon, 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, from where you’ll be transported by bus up Stalheimskleiva, Northern Europe’s steepest stretch of road. After a thrilling ride around 13 hairpin bends and a brief pause to enjoy the view from Stalheim Hotel, you will continue to Voss to board the train for the last stretch of the journey 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 and flower market, cable cars offering stunning views, great museums and more.  We recommend riding the Fløibanen Funicular to Mount Fløyen to enjoy the panoramic 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.

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  • Day 7: Ålesund & Geiranger Fjord

    You will continue your scenic 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.

    From the 2 June – 1 September, the ship sails to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Geiranger fjord, where you will see 800-meter high mountains and wondrous waterfalls like the Seven Sisters and the Bridal Veil. In this season travellers can choose to stay in Ålesund for a few hours or join the cruise to Geiranger, which we highly recommend.

    Spend the night on board the ship.

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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 another night on board the ship.

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  • Day 9: Over the Arctic Circle

    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.

    Spend another night on board the ship.

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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, the main event of the day, where you will explore the lively town in northern Norway. 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 another night on board the ship.

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  • Day 11: The Beauty of the North Cape

    Finnmark's landscape and wildlife is not to be missed. Scores of puffins and gannets along the cliffs and pods of Orca hunting for herring make for a unique experience. The ship stops at Honningsvåg today, and we recommend that you board a bus for a short optional excursion to the famous North Cape. In the summer, you may see herds of grazing reindeer and small camps belonging to the indigenous Sámi people. After this shore stop, the ship navigates east toward the pretty fishing villages.

    Spend another night on board the ship.

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  • Day 12: Kirkenes - Land of the Midnight Sun

    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 ends at Kirkenes Airport, where you will fly to Oslo-Gardermoen Airport at noon, connecting 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

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Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Wonderful trips

This is our second Nordic Visitor trip and they both have been wonderful trips.  We've enjoyed many of the excursions you've recommended and are grateful for the expertise of your staff who planned our trips. When you add Faroe Islands to your itineraries, let us know.

Exciting and fun

I wish I were younger! This was my first tour and cruise, and it was exciting and fun. Loved everything our travel agent Petra arranged. She is wonderful

So easy and successful

It took all the effort out of organizing a trip. Normally I spend weeks, researching and making selections, but this was so easy, and so successful. I should add that I booked late, on impulse, contacting Bjarni on Sept. 13th for an Oct. departure. So glad we went in the early part of Oct., because with the dark days coming and fewer tourists, many of the Hurtigruten excursions were ending for the season (on land, our mini tour of Bergen was cancelled (but we purchased bus passes and created our own tour.) The water package was included in our cruise - not sure about the environmental impact of that, since we got a total of 4 plastic bottles every day. We would have preferred the beer package - beer and Norwegian food are great together, and the drinks on board were extremely expensive - we shared a beer at dinner. I was a little intimidated by the title "Expedition" team, but that actually turned out to refer to a wonderful team of 4 who organize tours, hikes, lectures, music (and dancing!) sessions, and generally offer the opportunity to learn about Norway's history, stories and music, geography and culture, both onboard and in port. "Excursions" or "Activies" is probably a more accurate term. Bring lots of money! the Excursions are pricey but worth every penny. Another note on booking cabins on the beautiful Nordkapp - ask for a portside cabin for the northbound trip - there are fewer stops southbound, and often in the dark.

We enjoyed our tour immensely

We enjoyed our tour immensely—it was well planned for us to see a lot of Norway. The travel documents were excellent, with good maps and very helpful stickers and highlights. We chose Nordic Visitor because they are local travel specialists, and they even replied to our emails on Easter holiday.

P.S. Iceland is next...

 

Excellent

Kolbrun did an excellent job of planning and understanding what kind of accommodations we needed.  The hotels were well placed near train stations and the information sent was correct and useful. She responded quickly to a mistake in the dates and made adjustments with an excellent attitude and accommodation. 

Great customer service!!

The only hotel that we were disappointed with was in Bergen but we only had to mention it to our travel advisor Kolbrun and she immediately addressed the concern and issued us a credit. Great customer service!!
We also left a pair of glasses at our hotel in Flam. The hotel staff must have contacted Kolbrun to let her know and she had the glasses returned to us, again great customer service.  We have never had hotel staff find and return lost items before and we really felt Kolbrun was watching over us and had our back. Thanks, Kolbrun.
 

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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Quality

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 4068 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

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Optional activities

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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 travel (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. Flight time depending on availability.

NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL® TOUR
Included is the famous Norway in a Nutshell tour, from Oslo to Bergen,  where you will travel by train, bus and ferries between 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.

Journey to Flåm:
·        Departure from Oslo Central Station: 08:11
·        Arrival in Flåm Village: 14:25   
·        Duration: 6 Hours & 15 minutes

Journey to Bergen:
·        Departure from Flåm: 11:00
·        Arrival in Bergen: 17:00
·        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 you have to carry the luggage yourself from train to bus to boat etc, but the connections are all within proximity for easy transfer.

WHAT TO PACK

  • If booking the additional luggage transfer - An overnight bag in Flåm
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves, hat and scarf
  • Camera
  • Lip balm and moisturiser
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen

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 depositFor 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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