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Wonders of the Norwegian Fjords & Hurtigruten Cruise

(12 days / 11 nights)

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Mountainous Bends to Breathtaking Fjords

This 12-day tour takes you along some of Norway’s most magnificent fjords, while visiting beautiful cities like Oslo, Trondheim, and Bergen. Starting in Oslo, you will have the chance to explore the bustling capital city on your own, visiting numerous attractions, before taking a scenic rail journey to Trondheim, followed by setting sail on a Hurtigruten cruise to Bergen where you will meet your small group. Your guide will take you to charming villages, navigate the twisty Gaularfjellet road, and explore the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord where you see famous waterfalls like the Seven Sisters, the Suitor, and the Bridal Veil. This tour is the perfect combination of independent travel and a guided small group tour.

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Note: The pre-tour in Oslo, including the journey to Trondheim and Hurtigruten coastal cruise, is not part of the guided small group tour. You will meet your tour guide and group on day six at the evening welcome drinks in Bergen.

12 days / 11 nights

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Approx 5521 EUR

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Tour Highlights

  • Sail along the Norwegian coast on the famous Hurtigruten cruise
  • Stroll through Norway’s grand capital, Oslo and visit charming Trondheim
  • Visit the dramatic deep fjord of Geiranger and Sognefjord
  • Roam the UNESCO site, Bryggen in the beautiful town of Bergen
  • Sail along the Norwegian fjords on boats and ferries
  • Board the Loen Skylift, and enjoy one of the most spectacular fjord views in Norway
  • Experience the legendary Flåm railway, one of the world’s steepest railway lines
  • Explore the Norwegian Scenic Routes through Gaularfjellet, Aurlandsfjellet and Sognefjellet
  • Stay at quality boutique or premium hotels carefully selected by our Norway travel experts
  • Enjoy a hassle-free travel experience with a designated tour guide

Travel style

Guided Small Groups i

Interest

Culinary Experience i, Culture and History i, Fjords i, Hurtigruten cruise i

Pace level

Level 3/3 (Express) i

Activity level

Level 2/4 (Moderate) i

Season

Jul - Aug

Max group size

16

Departure

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Interest

Culinary Experience i, Culture and History i, Fjords i, Hurtigruten cruise i

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: ARRIVAL IN 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 House, and the Akerbrygge area.

    Spend the night at Thon Hotel Opera or similar.

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  • Day 2: EXPLORE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF OSLO

    This morning, get an early start to explore the Norwegian capital at your own pace. 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, Akershus fortress, and Oslo City Hall.

    Another option is to tour Oslo on your own visiting some of the above attractions, or others like the Kon-Tiki 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 at the Thon Hotel Opera or similar.

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet

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  • Day 3: RAILWAYJOURNEY TO TRONDHEIM

    This morning you will head out early to Oslo Central Station to board the half-day (6.5-hour) journey aboard the Dovrebanen train. The train route passes over the Dovre mountain plateau through historic towns and nature preservations and includes great variations in terrain and altitude. The journey concludes with a steep, curvy descent down to the lowlands where Trondheim is located.

    Spend the afternoon discovering Trondheim, known as a Medievel city, including Bakklandet, an idyllic neighbourhood full of history and culture. Here you will find the remarkable Nidaros Catherdral  - with architecture that rivals Paris‘s Notre Dame, as well as other attractions such as the Ringve museum and gardens, Munkholmen and the Old town bridge.

    Spend the night at Thon Hotel Nidaros or similar.

    Included:
    • Direct train between Oslo and Trondheim
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet

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  • Day 4: HURTIGRUTEN COASTAL VOYAGE

    Today, you will embark on a cruise that will have you discovering the martitime beauty of Norway. You will head to the Trondheim harbour to board a Hurtigruten cruise ship for the Norwegian Coastal Voyage. It will then set sail along the Trondheim Fjord and past Hitra Island.

    In the late afternoon, the boat will dock at the city of Kristiansund and the town of Molde. This journey passes through some breathtaking coastal landscapes, and the final port of the day is a brief stop in Ålesund, after midnight.

    Spend the night on board the cruise ship, in a private cabin. 

    Included:
    • Overnight cruise on Hurtigruten from Trondheim to Bergen
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet

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  • Day 5: SAIL TO HISTORIC BERGEN

    During the night, the ship calls at Torvik, Maløy, and Florø as the journey weaves through islets and stunning landscapes before coming within view of its final destination—Bergen. Here you will disembark early in the afternoon to enjoy some leisure time as you wish. 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.

    Spend the night at Bergen Børs Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet

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  • Day 6: THE CAPITAL OF THE FJORDS

    Continue to explore beautiful Bergen today. We recommend riding the Fløibanen Funicular to Mount Fløyen to enjoy panoramic views over the city or to take a cable car up Mt. Ulriken. Bergen is surrounded by 7 mountains so this is an ideal place for hiking. Bergen is also known for its museums that cover the city’s history, architecture, music and art. We recommend visiting the Edvard Grieg museum and the KODE art museum, which is Scandinavia’s largest museum for art and music. If you wish to explore the fjords further, optional fjord cruises are available.

    At 18:00, you will join your group for a welcome drink with your tour guide. This is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow travel companions for the next 6 days. Tonight, you dine on your own in Bergen.

    Spend another night at Bergen Børs Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Welcome Drink and Group Information Meeting with your Guide
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet

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  • Day 7: EXPLORING THE MAJESTIC FJORDS ROUTE

    This morning the guide will meet you at the hotel and we will start the first leg of the trip by heading to Norway’s adventure capital, Voss and the beautiful Tvindefossen waterfall. Your journey will then continue to Sogndal along the Sognefjord—Norway’s longest and deepest fjord—taking in sights including the towns of Stalheim, before continuing to the beautiful Aurlandsfjord, where we will make a 3-hour stop. Here, you will experience the famous Flåm Railway, or Flåmsbana, a steep train ride between Flåm and Myrdal—a treat for photographers or train enthusiasts alike!

    After a scenic drive, the tour will make a stop at Stegastein, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Aurlandsfjord. End the day with local and fresh dinner at the exclusive and unique Bestebakken in Hafslo.

    Spend the night at Bestebakken or similar.

    Included:
    • Flåmsbana Railway Journey – Return Tickets
    • Visit to Stegastein Viewpoint
    • Ferry on Lærdalsfjorden (30 Minutes)
    • Breakfast: Norwegian Breakfast Buffet
    • 3-Course Dinner at Bestebakken

    Driving distance approx. 238 km / 148 mi
    Estimated escorted time with guide as a group: 9-10 hours (including 30-minute ferry crossing and 2 hour railway journey from Flam to Myrdal)

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  • Day 8: SOGNEFJELLET NATIONAL TOURIST ROUTE & THE SKYWALK

    This morning we will visit Urnes, one of the oldest stave churches in Norway, which is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. To reach the church we will board a ferry from the charming village of Svolvorn before making our way north along Lustrafjorden to the famous National Tourist Route “Sognefjellsvegen”. This route is the highest and most impressive mountain pass in Northern Europe. The landscape reveals vast, towering mountains as it passes through the Jotunheimen national park.

    From Lom, the tour heads to the Dalsnibba skywalk, which is Europe’s highest fjord viewpoint by road. There you will enjoy sweeping views of Geiranger, as well as across to the mountains and the mighty Blåbreen glacier. Our journey then continues to the Geiranger village where you will enjoy dinner with the group.

    Spend the night at Hotel Union or similar.

    Included:
    • Guided Tour of Urnes Stave Church
    • Dalsnibba Skywalk*
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet
    • Dinner at the Hotel  

    Driving distance approx. 240 km / 149 mi 
    Estimated escorted time with guide as a group: 9-10 hours

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  • Day 9: EXPLORE THE MAJESTIC GEIRANGER FJORD

    After breakfast you can spend the morning on your own, exploring Geiranger until noon. With its fairytale landscape, Geiranger has a lot to offer for nature lovers like snow-covered mountain tops wild waterfalls, lush green vegetation and the deep blue fjord. You can go hiking, kayaking, go on a rib boat safari, relax at the nearby spa or visit the chocolate factory in town.

    After lunch, we will start our journey to Loen with a 65-minute ferry through the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord where you see famous waterfalls like the Seven Sisters, the Suitor, and the Bridal Veil, along with abandoned fjord farms in the mountains. The sightseeing ferry ends in the small village of Hellesylt where we start the drive south towards Loen.

    Upon arrival in Loen the group will enjoy dinner at Hotel Alexandra.

    Spend the night at Hotel Alexandra or similar.

    Included:
    • Ferry Through Geiranger Fjord Including Audio Guide
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet
    • Dinner at Hotel Alexandra

    Driving distance approx. 61 km / 38 mi
    Estimated escorted time with guide as a group: 5 – 6 hours (including 90-minute ferry crossing)

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  • Day 10: LOEN SKYLIFT & TWISTY ROADS

    We will start the morning by boarding the magnificent Loen Skylift, a cable car that will transport us to the altitude of 1011 meters with amazing views of the fjord. Later, the tour will continue south towards Byrkjelo village where we will make a short stop for a rest.

    The drive will continue south along the scenic lakes Jölstravanet and Hakedalsvatnet, before travelling the scenic route of Gaularfjellet where the road twists and turns through nine hairpin bends, revealing jaw-dropping scenery. We will make a short stop at Utsikten where you can admire the panoramic views of towering mountains and lush valleys. 

    Next, our journey continues to the historical hotel at Balestrand where you will enjoy the last group dinner.

    Spend the night at Kviknes Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to Loen Skylift
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet
    • Dinner at your Hotel

    Driving distance approx. 190 km / 118 mi.
    Estimated escorted time with guide as a group: 7-8 hours

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  • Day 11: JOURNEY BACK TO BERGEN

    Start today with a visit to the Cider House, a family-run organic orchard and cider producer, located in the village of Balestrand. Here you can sample some cider and non-alcoholic beverages and have a tour of the farm.

    After our visit to the Cider House, we will head back to Bergen, with a short ferry crossing from Balestrand to Vagnes. We will pass Vik village where you find Hove Church, the oldest stone building in the Sogn region. You will be driven over Vik mountain to Myrkdalen, the centre of agriculture for the region, where there lies a beautiful cultivated landscape.  We will then return to Voss and continue back to Bergen, where you will spend the evening.

    Spend the night at Bergen Børs Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Cider House visit
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet

    Driving distance approx. 195 km / 121 mi.
    Estimated escorted time with guide as a group: 6-7  hours  

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  • Day 12: Departure

    When it‘s time for your Norwegian adventure to come to an end, you can either take the airport bus from one of the many departure points in the Bergen city centre or you can take a taxi directly from your hotel to Bergen-Flesland Airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, you can choose to enjoy some last-minute shopping, visit one of Bergen‘s many museums or relax at a café, enjoying the last few moments of this amazing journey.

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet

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.

Conveniently located next to the Airport Train terminal at Oslo Central Train Station, Thon Hotel Opera is a delightful central hotel with public transport at your doorstep. The hotel is c...

Conveniently located next to the Airport Train terminal at Oslo Central Train Station, Thon Hotel Opera is a delightful central hotel with public transport at your doorstep. The hotel is c...

The Thon Hotel Nidaros is centrally located in Trondheim, near the central station and many attractions, restaurants and shops. In this area you’ll be able to find many trendy nightl...

Hurtigruten has long been synonymous with Norwegian cruises. To sail from Trondheim to Bergen, you’ll board an overnight cruise. The Hurtigruten ships all have a comfortable interior...

Bergen Børs Hotel, which is located by Torgalmenningen, is in an architecturally significant building, occupying the upper floors of the old stock exchange dating back to 1862. Its...

Bergen Børs Hotel, which is located by Torgalmenningen, is in an architecturally significant building, occupying the upper floors of the old stock exchange dating back to 1862. Its...

BesteBakken is a boutique hotel along the scenic Sognefjord in the county of Luster. Its buildings are modern and comfortable, rich in tradition, and offer a cosy atmosphere. The property,...

Hotel Union Geiranger is steeped in history as it was built in 1891, but it does not lack in modern comfort. The hotel, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, has 197 rooms, indoor and out...

Hotel Alexandra is a family-run hotel situated along Nordfjord, with history dating back to 1884. The hotel has an in-house restaurant, pool and spa, as well as amazing views of Nordfjord....

Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand, is located beside the sweeping Sognefjord, and has been hosting guests since 1877. Today, Kviknes is a modern 190-room hotel with old-world charm and atmospher...

Bergen Børs Hotel, which is located by Torgalmenningen, is in an architecturally significant building, occupying the upper floors of the old stock exchange dating back to 1862. Its...

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Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants.

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Tour Information

We recommend that all Nordic Visitor travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, deposit payments, what to pack for your holiday, and useful information about the activities included on the tour

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.

Please note that this tour is not recommended for families with young children.

YOUR PRE-TOUR IN OSLO, TRONDHEIM & THE HURTIGRUTEN CRUISE
On this tour, you will get all the exciting adventures of the Wonders of the Norwegian Fjords tour plus the chance to explore the beautiful cities of Oslo andTrondheim and board a Hurtigruten coastal voyage all at your own pace. The pre-tour in Oslo, including the journey to Trondheim and the Hurtigruten cruise, is not part of the guided small group tour, it is a self-guided tour. While your accommodations in Oslo and Trondheim, including the railway journey to Trondheim and cruise tickets (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor, travellers are ultimately responsible for their own time during the first few days of the trip. You will meet your tour guide and group on day six at the welcome meeting in Bergen. 

HURTIGRUTEN CRUISE LINE
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 differ from conventional cruises. There are 11 different ships that vary in size and age that sail the Norwegian coast on different dates. Optional shore excursions are available, and we stongly recommend that you pre-book all excursions. We are unable to offer guaranteed cabin numbers for port-to-port calls and short voyages (less than 5 nights). You can disembark at ports where the stop is scheduled for more than 15 minutes.

YOUR NORDIC VISITOR GUIDE
Our team of local expert guides at Nordic Visitor are highly recommended by our travellers and staff with years of experience. What they offer is local knowledge, love for their country, their stories, favourite places and sites where travellers, on their own, would not hear about or visit. They always have some trick up their sleeves and hidden gems to surprise our clients and therefore we recommend that you join our guided small group tours to get a personal experience for your Norwegian adventure. There will be one guide per tour. As an expert on Norway, the guide is also a valuable resource for questions about local customs, language, shopping, food and other practical travel information.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION
To ensure comfortable seating for everyone on our tour, we need to limit the size and amount of luggage. We request that you leave non-essential luggage at the hotel in Bergen and to only keep with you, daily essentials like camera, wallet, medication and other essentials.Please contact your Nordic Visitor travel consultant if you have any questions about luggage.

To ensure comfortable seating for everyone on our tour, we need to limit the size and amount of luggage on the van. Each guest is allowed one suitcase or large bag that can be stored in the back of the van and one smaller item (e.g., a small backpack or daypack) to keep inside the van for daily essentials like camera, wallet, medication and other essentials. Unfortunately carry-on suitcases (cabin bags) are too large to store inside the van in the overhead racks. If you have any questions about luggage, your Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be able to assist you.

FITNESS & ACTIVITY LEVEL
Please note that this tour includes quite a lot of walking during sightseeing tours. This means you need to be prepared and able to walk between 3-5 kilometres during days where sightseeing tours are included. You also need to be able to carry your own luggage when boarding trains, buses and cruises.

FOOD & DRINK
A daily breakfast buffet is included at your booked hotels and cruises for the duration of your stay. You will also enjoy four dinners with the group, included in your package. They will include either a set 2-3 course dinner menu or a dinner buffet with a good variety of local fresh ingredients. Please notify your travel consultant in advance of any dietary restrictions. Other meals and drinks are not included during the trip.

WHAT TO PACK
• A small backpack to store your daily items on the bus
• Waterproof jacket
• Comfortable shoes
• Small umbrella
• Camera
• Sunglasses and sunscreen
 

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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