We recommend that all Nordic Visitor travellers read through the following information about our self-guided tours, travelling with the Hurtigruten cruise ships, staying overnight at the Snow Hotel, the terms and availability, and other useful information for your travels.
The minimum age for this tour is 7 years old.
Due to fluctuating vacancy aboard the cruise portion of this tour, we advise you to contact us to confirm availability on your desired travel dates before booking other components of your travels (e.g. flights).
OUR SELF-GUIDED TOURS
This is an independent, self-guided tour. All accommodation, flight, 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, airport or ferry departure points by the specified times.
All planned activities (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor. For each planned activity, you can expect a different tour operator and guide, and you will have free time between activities. Nordic Visitor works with a small group of handpicked suppliers that are highly rated and deliver excellent service that meet our high standards.
DOMESTIC FLIGHT BETWEEN BERGEN AND TROMSØ
Included in the package is a domestic flight between Bergen and Tromsø. Most dates are available with direct flight but in the case that it is not available, we will book you on a flight connecting in Oslo to the north. The flights departing from Bergen are often early morning flights, so please be advised that it can mean that check-in at the airport can start at 06:55. Your travel consultant will choose the best option for your itinerary and travel dates.
The tour in Kirkenes takes about 2 hours, travelling 10-12 km, where you will be driving in pairs, one driver and one passenger, switching places half way. No experience is required. Warm clothing and equipment will be provided on location for the activity.
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 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.
THE SNOW HOTEL EXPERIENCE
You will be spending one night at the Snow Hotel in one of their amazing ice rooms. Included with your stay at the Snow Hotel is transfers to/from the hotel, a hotel tour, dinner and a visit to the ice bar.
For those who prefer not staying in an ice room at the Snow Hotel, there is the option of staying in a small cabin, which are comfortable and warm including an amazing panoramic window and lounge where you can feel comfortable while looking for the northern lights. Please select this option from the optional activity if you prefer switching to a cabin.
NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL® WINTER TOUR
Included in this package is the famous Norway in a Nutshell tour, from Oslo to Bergen, 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 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
There are places to store your luggage whether you are travelling by bus, train or ferry. Be aware that if you do not book in advance optional luggage transfer, you have to carry your luggage yourself 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.
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.
Some of the optional activities are dependent on weather conditions. In the unlikely event that an activity is cancelled due to weather, an alternative will be offered.
WHAT TO PACK
Warm winter parka and waterproof pants
Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip, preferably insulated
Mid-layers such as a fleece jacket/wool sweater
Insulated gloves, hat and scarf
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.