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Aurora Safari by Rail & Cruise

(8 days / 7 nights)

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Set a record for how often you say “wow”

This action-packed tour includes the famous Norway in Nutshell® train journey, a short cruise along the fjord-studded coastline, Arctic traditions like dog-sledding and a chance to see northern lights in Norway’s far north! As one client raved, “I have managed to cover Norway in one trip, by travelling with train, boats, cruises, dogs, snowmobiles and flights, and never got bored”.

8 days / 7 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 2288 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

Travel style

Partially Guided i

Interest

Active i, Best Seller i, Culture and History i, Dog Sled i, Hurtigruten cruise i, Northern Lights i

Season

Sep - Mar

Departure

Daily

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Welcome to Oslo

    For an easy and comfortable way to get to your hotel in central Oslo, we are happy to arrange a private transfer for you.
    If you arrive early, we suggest buying an Oslo Pass for free travel on all public transit along with free admission to over 30 museums and attractions plus special offers on entertainment, restaurants, shops and more. The pass can be purchased at tourist information centres or at most hotels and major attractions in the city.

    Spend the night at a hotel in central Oslo.

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  • Day 2: Journey to the Fjords

    Get an early start at Oslo Central Station, where the Bergensbanen train departs for a scenic journey over the mountainous rooftop of Norway on your way to Bergen. This railway, voted as one of the best in the world, takes you through the charming villages of Gol and Geilo on your way to the Myrdal Station.

    At Myrdal, switch to the Flåm Railway for an incredible 20 km ride with 900 meter descent down to the beautiful town of Flåm. Here, you’ll have free admission to the Flåm Railway Documentation Centre beside Flåm Station, where you can learn more about the engineering of the world’s steepest railway line.
     
    From Flåm, continue by boat through the Aurlandsfjord and into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in Europe. This is perhaps the most beautiful part of the Sognefjord with its mighty waterfalls and small farms clinging to the steep mountainsides, bound to leave you breathless.

    At Gudvangen, a bus takes you through the magnificent Nærøy Valley to Voss, where you will board the train for the last stretch to Bergen.

    Spend the night at a hotel in Bergen.

    We recommend that you book luggage transfer for the Norway in a Nutshell part of your travel. Your luggage will be picked up in Oslo and will be waiting for you upon arrival in Bergen. Pack an overnigh bag if you spend the night in Flåm. Price per item is €40.

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  • Day 3: Step Back in Time in Bergen

    After breakfast, most of the day is free to explore Bergen at your leisure. Despite being an international city, this “capital of the fjords” has kept its small town charm. Here, you’ll find the colourful old wharf of Bryggen, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its well-preserved old buildings, along with a vibrant fish and flower market, cable cars with stunning views, great museums and more.

    Later in the day, board the Hurtigruten ship for your next adventure--the Norwegian Coastal Voyage headed toward Trondheim. If conditions are right, you may even be accompanied by the beautiful northern lights as you sail into the night!

    Spend the night on board the cruise ship in an outside cabin. 
     

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  • Day 4: Explore Beautiful Ålesund

    During the night the ship makes short stops at Florø, Måløy and Torvik, and around noon the ship calls at one of Norway’s most picturesque cities, Ålesund. Here you have 3 hours to explore this city known for its Art Nouveau architecture with its lavishly decorated pastel buildings. And for a great bird’s eye view, head up to Aksla, a hill overlooking the city.

    After your shore break, the cruise continues towards Trondheim with a short stop at Molde around dinner time.

    Spend another night on board the cruise ship. 

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  • Day 5: Trondheim the Viking Town 

    Arriving to Trondheim early in the morning, we suggest a nice breakfast at one of city’s lovely coffee shops before enjoying some leisure time in the “Capital of the Vikings”. Established as a Viking trading post in the 10th century, this city offers an array of historical attractions and museums.

    Spend the night at a hotel in Trondheim

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  • Day 6: Paris of the North & Northern Lights

    Head to the airport in the morning for your short flight to Tromsø, the “Paris of the North”, Northern Norway’s largest city and the region’s cultural hotspot. After checking in to your hotel in central Tromsø, enjoy dinner at one of the fine local restaurants and then head out into the wild on a guided tour to see some of the brightest aurora displays in the world.*

    Spend the night at a hotel in Tromsø.

    *The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed. 

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  • Day 7: Aurora Cruise or Arctic Adventure

    Your activities today in Tromsø will vary depending on the month of your travel:

    1st of September – 1st of December: Northern Lights Cruise

    Spend the early part of your day as you wish. In the evening enjoy a northern lights cruise. Sailing away from the city lights, the view of the aurora from the sea is brighter. Of course, the boat will stay in calmer waters so you will not have to worry about high winds or choppy waves. For extra comfort, the boat has a heated lounge with windows for viewing northern lights. On board you will get hot drinks, biscuits and a warm meal. We recommend wearing a hat, gloves, scarf and thermal layers for this cruise.

    1st of December – 31st of March: Arctic Adventure

    Today it’s all about nature! Head to the Tromsø Wilderness Centre, where a team of Alaskan huskies eagerly await to take you on a dog sled ride. Or if you prefer machines, you can zoom across the snow on a snowmobile. During this excursion, you will also have the opportunity to get an authentic taste of Sami culture and possibly taste some of their traditional foods. After a day of adventure in Norway’s winter wonderland, return to the city and enjoy a well-earned dinner at a restaurant of your choosing.

    Spend another night in Tromsø. 

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  • Day 8: Departure Day

    After exciting week of adventures in Norway the time has come to fly back to Oslo, where you will fly onwards to your final destination.

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Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

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

The entire adventure was top notch all the way through

Everyone keeps asking us how we managed to plan such an incredible trip...a trip of a lifetime. We tell them Nordic Visitor! It was difficult to place our trust in a company we knew nothing about other than what we saw online. I started working with Bjarni over eight months in advance to plan this and his professionalism and quick responses to my many questions and concerns made me feel assured we had chosen the right company. There was one issue that arose with our Hurtigruten booking but Bjarni took care of it immediately and we were more than impressed with the outcome. The entire adventure was top notch all the way through. I really can't wait to travel with Nordic Visitor again. It may be a few years but we will be back!

Excellent holiday

An excellent holiday delivered by a top rate company.

Above and beyond for us

Bjarni Olafur Eiriksson went above and beyond for us during our trip. During our stay in Tromso the weather was bad most days and he had to re-arrange several tours. We are most appreciative of all the help, guidance and options he presented us so that we could maximize our experience during such rainy weather. Though the Aurora hid behind the clouds we enjoyed every part of the trip and were able to do snowmobiling, hike a mountain, and went on a dog sledding tour which was one of the best experiences. Thank you Bjarni! Without any doubt we will travel again with Nordic Visitor in the future -hopefully near future!

I couldn't be more pleased with Nordic Visitor!

I couldn't be more pleased with Nordic Visitor!  On both my tours with you Iceland and Norway the service was absolutely perfect!  I have been travelling for 31 yrs and I have to say the service provided by Nordic Visitor (through Sindre) was exemplary!!  And they went beyond perfect in Norway when I came down with pneumonia!  I have never had such good service from a tour company before ever!  If not for the fact that I have been to all the other destinations on their list I would have no hesitation in booking with them again!

We definitely recommend Nordic Visitor to others

Kolbrun arranged for us to have an extra night in Oslo before beginning our tour. The train ride from Oslo to Bergen was terrific. We had time in each city to see the sites and thoroughly enjoyed the cruise aboard the Hurtigruten MS Nordkapp. Two of the highlights were seeing a spectacular display of the Northern Lights and experiencing the dog sledding in Tromso. We definitely recommend Nordic Visitor to others.

It exceeded my expectations

On our trip, we met a few other Americans. Told them about Nordic Visitor and they were impressed. I found Nordic Visitor's website very user-friendly. I love that all the documents sent was super easy to just hand the concierge and the 2 excursions we booked already had our names down. I loved the 2 excursions in the package we chose. Overall, it exceeded my expectations and I'm so glad I chose this particular trip. 

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Approx 2288 EUR

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

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Tour Information

50% non-refundable deposit required: This package requires a non-refundable deposit payment of 50% of the total price since it contains certain travel arrangements. See details

Optional
We recommend that you book luggage transfer for the Norway in a Nutshell part of your travel. Your luggage will be picked up in Oslo and will be waiting for you upon arrival in Bergen. Pack an overnight bag if you spend the night in Flåm. Price per item is €40.

Other

  • In northern Norway, the northern lights activity is strongest between mid October to mid April. Displays can only be seen at night if skies are clear. Please note that sightings cannot be guaranteed.
  • Some of the activities are dependent on weather conditions. In the unlikely event that an activity is cancelled due to weather, an alternative will be offered.

Note

  • 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. 
  • This is an independent, self-guided tour. All accommodations, rental car and train or 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.

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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