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About Your Fjord Cruise & Rail Tour
Discover the beautiful land and seascapes of Norway on our self-guided fjord cruise and rail tours. These packages combine the priceless local knowledge of our travel experts with the freedom of independent travel. When you book a Nordic Visitor self guided tour, you can expect:
•An authentic travel experience operated by an established and trusted agency
•A dedicated travel consultant who will arrange your tour
•All relevant bookings for your chosen itinerary/package*
•A detailed online personal itinerary and all of your tickets emailed at least a month in advance
•Handpicked accommodation for a restful and comfortable stay
•24/7 phone support during your adventure for peace of mind
Nordic Visitor has made it as easy as possible to plan your tour. Start your journey by following these simple steps:
1. Pick your favourite Nordic Visitor tour
2. Confirm your package
3. Check your confirmation email
4. Book your flights
5. Get ready for your trip
*Tickets dependent on tour and if applicable
Why choose Nordic Visitor
Trusted local travel experts
Nordic Visitor has been creating unforgettable travel experiences in Norway since 2005. Our English-speaking consultants have all travelled extensively throughout the country, and use their in-depth knowledge of locations, train routes, fjord cruises and hidden gems to make your itinerary extra special.
Nordic Visitor is dedicated to the best service quality, and this is reflected year after year when TripAdvisor awards us with their Certificate of Excellence. We also take great pride in our customer feedback: 97% of our travellers say they would recommend us to friends and family.
Value for your money
Nordic Visitor is a travel agency with a trusted network of hotels, local guides and local suppliers, so when you book with us, you know that we’ve done the legwork and have extensively tested every aspect of a package. This also saves you time meaning you can focus on enjoying your epic Norwegian adventure.
Your trip is planned before you arrive with trains booked, Hurtigruten tickets bought and cruise cabin and hotel room reservations made. Your travel consultant will have already organised any extra excursions or days, so when you touch down, you know that you will have a stress-free journey awaiting you.
Customisable tour options
We’ve got many years of rail and cruise tour experience under our belts, so we’re well versed in customising an itinerary to suit your travel wish list. By choosing our packages, you can choose your prefered dates, add extra days and optional activities such as fjord kayaking or city walks.
You are in good hands
Enjoy the service of a dedicated travel consultant, before, during and after your trip. When you travel with us, you will have access to our 24/7 helpline in case of any urgent issues and if anything interrupts your travel plans, we will modify your itinerary as needed so you don’t miss a thing.
Established and award-winning, Nordic Visitor has a tried and trusted online payment system for ease of use and reliable cyber-safety. All you need is an initial deposit of 50% for our Hurtigruten cruises and train tours, and you can rest assured your preferred dates are secured.
NORWAY FJORD CRUISE & TRAIN REVIEWS
Hear from our wonderful customers who have put our tours to the test.
We were very impressed with the entire experience and feel it was also a good value. It was a very stress-free... read more
We were very impressed with the entire experience and feel it was also a good value. It was a very stress-free travel experience for us.
Excellent job is all I can say. In planning my email questions were answered promptly and "with a... read more
Excellent job is all I can say. In planning my email questions were answered promptly and "with a smile" by Gudmunda Palmadottir. What can I say, she is fantastic.
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Your Fjord Cruise and Train Highlights
Imagine a Nordic adventure of a lifetime, where you will sail through ancient fjords and see the mountainous lands where Vikings once lived. Book our tour, and soon you could …
- Start the Norway in a Nutshell journey from the historical and cultural cities of Oslo and Bergen
- Ride the famous trains of Norway and see the deep valleys and verdant mountains from the Flåm, Dovre and Rauma railways
- Sail on a fjord cruise through the Unesco World Heritage site Geirangerfjord, and see the Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil waterfalls
- Marvel at Sognefjord, the ice age fjord that is the longest and deepest in Norway
- Cross the arctic line, and visit North Cape where you’ll see breathtaking scenery of mainland Europe’s northernmost point
- Feed your inner culture vulture and see a range of art nouveau works, sculpture and installations at the Kode Museum of Bergen
- Hike to the 1982 ft high sheer cliff, Pulpit Rock and view the Lysefjord in all her glory
- Go wildlife watching on the Lofoten Islands where you could see seals, puffins and if you’re in luck, a pod of orca whales
- Engross yourself in the history, culture and customs of Northern Norway at its unofficial capital, Tromsø
Frequently Asked Questions
About Fjord Cruise & Train Tours
You may have a few questions about your self-guided fjord and cruise tour, so we’ve gathered the important ones for your convenience. You can also find more information about Norway in our travel guide, or if you want information about payment details and processes, check out our FAQs.
A fjord is a narrow inlet connected to the sea with steep cliffs and is created when a glacier retreats from land, leaving behind a U-shaped valley that was “cut” or segregated by the ice.
Want some travel inspiration and photos of the fjords? Read our blog on the best Instagram locations in Norway.
When you travel on a self-guided tour, you travel without a guide or a group. You’re certainly not alone though, as you’re provided with all of your itineraries, tickets, bookings and recommendations. We have a 24-hour emergency helpline as well, so should anything unexpected arise, we’re only a phone call away.
The fjords were formed during the ice age. Each one is a natural phenomenon that brings travellers from across the world to views its clean waters, steep cliffs and natural wildlife. The best way to discover the fjords really depends on how you like to travel.
Our rail and cruise tours offer you the best of both worlds. You have an expert guide to help you plan your route and bookings, but all of the perks of self-guided travel. These include choosing how much time you want in each area, and having the freedom to add dates and activities within the tour.
On the other hand, self drive options are also popular due to the flexibility that comes with our packages. Our driving tours allow you to venture to restaurants and attractions that are further off the beaten path, all in your own time.
If you’d prefer a local guide to show you around, then a small group tour could be the right match for you. Our group tours are unique in that we keep numbers low so that you have more time to spend learning from your guide. We also use smaller minibuses that are more versatile when sightseeing.
However you prefer to see the fjords, you can rely on your travel consultant to help you plan out your journey and be there each step of the way.
Each travel season has pros and cons so there’s no straight answer to this – however we can give you a good idea of what it will be like in Norway during different times, so that you can make the best decision for your trip.
Chasing the northern lights is understandably on many people's bucket lists. Many travellers head to Northern Norway hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive “dancing” aurora borealis.
The best time to see them is in the autumn and winter seasons, between September and March. So be ready to wrap up warm as these months bring wintry conditions such as snowfall and chilly temperatures.
If you’re keener to experience Norway in milder weather, though, the spring and summer seasons are well-known for long days, "midnight sun", and warm weather. Perfect if you want those summer snaps of the fjords and the opportunity to join bird watching and kayaking excursions.
Whichever you prefer, we have reliable departure dates and most of our packages can be booked in any month.
Learn more about seeing the northern lights in Norway on our blog on the best time and areas to see them.
No two fjords in Norway are alike as they are naturally formed geological features. The sights from a fjord cruise along Sognefjord will differ greatly to those seen in Geirangerfjord. However, we can recommend the most popular choices that you could see on our rail and cruise packages:
Check out our comprehensive blog article on the most beautiful fjords in Norway for detailed information on which ones may be best for you.
Yes, you can choose your preferred arrival date as most of our packages have daily departures. We recommend booking as soon as you can, though, as you will want to secure your ideal dates.
Also, please be aware that we need a few days to confirm bookings. Once we have organised all your travel plans in Norway, and confirmed this via email, then you can book your flight tickets with confidence.
Our travel consultants understand that you may want more time in the charming fjord villages and cities. You can add days before, during and after the tour. Simply add these on when booking online or if you’ve already booked and want to add dates then contact your dedicated travel consultant as soon possible.
We appreciate that our customers have travel wishlists when they come to Norway, so we cram as many must-see attractions and insider recommendations as we can into our packages. But you can still add extra days to your trip.
If you have a particular must-do activity, or a must-see place, discuss it with your consultant. We’ll do our best to add it to your itinerary.
Also, our standard Norway in a Nutshell® itineraries go from Oslo to Bergen, but you can also travel in the opposite direction. Keep an eye out for links that say, "Looking to start your tour from Bergen instead?" if this is your preference.
We carefully choose accomodation that’s both comfortable and convenient for our guests. The majority of our hotels are based in the city centre and are within walking distance of the stations. However, your hotel can book a taxi for you to get to the station if that is your preference.
You should always bring a variety of sensible layers to add or remove when travelling in Norway. The weather can be unpredictable, so don’t forget to pack:
- A warm jumper or fleece
- A waterproof jacket
- Gloves, scarves and hats
- Comfortable walking shoes/boots/trainers
- Warm socks (specifically for winter travel)
An umbrella can also come in handy, and cruise passengers may wish to bring binoculars to see the fjords and the local wildlife better. To get ideas on how to dress well for the Nordic climate, check out our useful packing guide.
Get in touch with our friendly team if you want to learn more about our packages, book an optional cruise or arrange additional days.
Our main phone number is
+354 578 20 80
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