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Ultimate Norway Aurora Trip

(14 days / 13 nights)

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Discover the Majesty of Northern Norway

This 14-day winter tour in Norway gives you a chance to see northern lights while enjoying the pristine arctic nature while enjoying thrilling activities. You will cruise along fantastic fjords on a Hurtigruten ship, ride the rails on the Norway in a Nutshell tour and explore charming cities like Bergen, Oslo and Trondheim. Further north, you will get to zoom across the vast wilderness on a dog sled, chase northern lights in Lofoten and Tromsø, and stay at the famous Snow Hotel.

14 days / 13 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 4033 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Tailored tour options
  • Value for your money
  • Specialists in winter travel to Norway
  • Great customer reviews 

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Tour Highlights

  • Sail on a scenic Hurtigruten Coastal Cruise
  • Visit the remote and wild Lofoten Islands
  • Stay in an ice room at the world-famous Snow Hotel in Kirkenes
  • Enjoy the tranquility of the winter season and hunt for northern lights
  • Explore Tromsø, the “northern lights capital” of Norway
  • Board the Norway in a Nutshell® tour to experience stunning landscapes
  • Experience the legendary Flåm railway, one of the world’s steepest railway lines
  • Stroll through Norway’s grand capital, Oslo and visit charming Bergen
  • Sail through dramatic fjords like Aurlandsfjord and Næroyfjord, branches of spectacular Sognefjord
  • Embark on a thrilling dog-sledding tour in the arctic wilderness

Travel style

Independent Cruise i

Interest

Active i, Best Seller i, Dog Sled i, Fjords i, Honeymoon & Romance i, Hurtigruten cruise i, Ice/Snow hotel i, Northern Lights i

Season

Dec - Mar

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 Royal Palace, Akershus fortressOslo City Hall, Oslo Opera House, and the Aker Brygge area. Other notable attractions include the beautiful Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum and Karl Johans street.

    Spend the night in Oslo.

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  • Day 2: NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL IN WINTER - 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, 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 recommend booking our luggage transfer for the travel between Oslo and Bergen.

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  • Day 3: 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, which is especially beautiful in the winter months. 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 4: EXPLORE BERGEN & BOARD THE HURTIGRUTEN

    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 view of the city or a cable car up Mt. Ulriken to survey the winter landscape.

    In the evening, you embark on the Norwegian Coastal Voyage with Hurtigruten. Onboard you’ll stay in a comfortable outside cabin with private facilities. 

    Spend the night on board Hurtigruten.

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  • Day 5: BEAUTIFUL 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 6: TRONDHEIM THE VIKING TOWN

    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 7: 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 among the wild nature.

    In the evening, the ship will dock in Svolvær, Lofoten, a small, picturesque fishing village with a charming Scandinavian atmosphere where you will disembark and spend the next two nights. After checking in you can take an evening stroll between stockfish racks and traditional fishermen huts called ‘rorbuer’ and if you are lucky the northern lights might appear.

    Note that once you cross the Arctic Circle, your chances of spotting the northern lights increases, so keep your eyes peeled at night.*

    Spend the night in Svolvær.

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

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  • Day 8: LOFOTEN AT LEISURE

    Spend the day in Svolvær at your leisure. We recommend a stroll through town or a walk to the nearby island of Svinøya for a visit to the art museum and excellent views of Svolvær, the Svolvær Geita, the sea and the surrounding islands.

    Optional acitivites like a thrilling RIB boat safari and a northern light excursion are available today. We recommend ending the day with a visit to the “Magic Ice bar” and its gallery with magnificent ice sculptures.

    Spend the night in Svolvær.

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  • Day 9: FLY TO TROMSØ & NORTHERN LIGHT HUNT

    Start the day with an early morning flight to Tromsø Airport and make your way to your hotel by bus or taxi. After settling in at your hotel, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the charming city of the "capital of Northern Norway". Spend the rest of the day at leisure in Tromsø exploring the charming Arctic city and its various attractions, including the Polar Museum, the Arctic Cathedral and the Fjellheisen cable car.

    In the evening it’s time to leave the city lights behind on a guided small group tour for chance to enjoy some of the brightest northern lights in the world.

    Spend the night in Tromsø.

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  • Day 10: DOG-SLEDDING & AURORA BOREALIS

    Spend the first half of the day at leisure in Tromsø exploring the charming Arctic city and its various attractions, including the Polar Museum, the Arctic Cathedral and Fjellheisen cable car. For those who are looking for more adventures you can add optional activities in the morning.

    In the late afternoon you will be transferred to the wilderness centre, Camp Tamok. There you will join a thrilling dog-sledding tour into the white landscapes, through an uninhabited forest landscape surrounded by majestic mountains. After the tour you will have another opportunity to look for auroras while enjoying a hearty dinner in a lavvu, a traditional Sami tent, at Camp Tamok, before being driven back to your hotel.  

    Spend the night in Tromsø.

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  • Day 11: EXPERIENCE TROMSØ

    Explore Tromsø at your leisure today or join an optional activity. Notable city attractions include the Art Museum of Northern Norway and Polaria. For a fantastic bird’s eye view over the city, you can take a ride up the Fjellheisen cable car to Mt. Storsteinen (421 m / 1382 ft.). Another alternative is booking an optional activity such as a northern light cruise, or a reindeer sledding tour.

    Spend the night in Tromsø.

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  • Day 12: JOURNEY TO KIRKENES

    Head to Tromsø airport before boarding the domestic flight to Kirkenes for your journey furthern north.

    Kirkenes, located about 400 km (240 miles) above the Arctic Circle in northern Norway has just over 3,000 inhabitants, including the native Sami people. This is remote, scenic slice of Norway. We recommend booking optional activities like dog-sledding or a King Crab safari or spending time around town.

    We recommend the Border Country Museum (Grenselandsmuseet), which tells the story of war and peace along the border, or the Andersgrotta Cave, a vast underground bunker that sheltered the town's residents during WWII.

    Spend the night in Kirkenes.

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  • Day 13: THE SNOW HOTEL EXPERIENCE

    Today you will be transfered from your hotel to the Snow Hotel where you will experience a true arctic wonder. You will have the opportunity to take part in optional activities like a King Crab safari, a dog-sledding tour, or a snowmobile excursion.

    In the evening, you will enjoy a drink at the Snow Bar and feast on a 3-course meal by the fireplace at the Høyloftet Restaurant before preparing for an amazing night in your special suite made of snow and ice*! If you are up for a northern lights hunt, you can sign up for an optional aurora tour.

    Spend the night at the Snow Hotel.

    *Please note that we offer the option of choosing to stay in a private cabin instead of in an ice room at the Snow Hotel. Click the optional activities for further information.

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  • Day 14: SAY GOODBYE TO THE ARCTIC NORTH & KIRKENES

    Spend the morning warming up in the Snow Hotel’s sauna and enjoying a hearty breakfast. Visit the on-site friendly reindeers and meet the happy Huskies before being transferred back to Kirkenes after a thrilling experience at the Snow Hotel. If you departure flight is in the afternoon there are optional activities such as dog-sledding, snowmobiling and a King crab safari available today for those who are interested.

    After an incredible time in Norway, it's time to head home today. Your tour will conclude in Kirkenes, where you will make your way back home.

    Note: If you need assistance with flights from Kirkenes, or booking additional nights in Oslo before and after your holiday in the North then please contact us 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 4033 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

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Optional extras

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Tour Information

We recommend that all Nordic Visitor travellers read through the following information about our self-guided tours, travelling with Hurtigruten cruise ships, staying overnight at the Snowhotel, as well as the terms and availability, and other useful informationfor 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, train, flight and cruise tickets (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor, but travellers are ultimately responsible for getting to hotels, airports and to any train 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.

HURTIGRUTEN CRUISE
The cruise includes cabin accommodation (unspecified cabin with windows/port holes) with private facilities, and breakfast 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.

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
Svolvær to Tromsø
Included in the package is a 2-3 hour domestic flight between Svolvær and Tromsø. All flights include a short stop in Bodø. Your travel consultant will book the best option for your travel dates. Please note that in cases where the flight times impact the northern lights small group tour due to a late arrival, adjustments to your tour will be made.

Tromsø to Kirkenes
Included in the package is domestic flight from Tromsø to Kirkenes. This flight normally takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Your travel consultant will book the best option for your travel dates. Please note that tours are subject to availability and you should book your Norway tour package before booking your international flights.

DOG SLEDDING
The tour starts with a 75-minute bus transfer between the hotel and Camp Tamok. The dog sledding itself 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. Total duration of the tour is 8 hours. Warm clothing and equipment will be provided on location for the activity.

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.

THE SNOW HOTEL EXPERIENCE
You will spend one night at the Snow Hotel. Included with your stay are transfers to/from the hotel, a hotel tour, dinner and a visit to the ice bar. The Snow Hotel consists of 20 dreamlike rooms, uniquely carved by master ice sculptors from around the world.

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 is comfortable and warm. Please select this option from the optional activity if you prefer switching to a cabin.

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

  • If booking the additional luggage transfer - an overnight bag for Flåm
  • Warm winter parka and waterproof pants
  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip, preferably insulated
  • Thermal base-layers
  • Mid-layers such as a fleece jacket/wool sweater
  • Insulated gloves, hat and scarf
  • Camera

DEPOSIT PAYMENT
As this tour includes railway tickets and non-refundable services, we charge upon booking a 50% non-refundable deposit. 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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