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Aurora Safari by Rail & Cruise

(10 days / 9 nights)

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Stunning Fjords & Majestic Auroras

Visit one of the northernmost inhabited areas in the world and experience amazing winter scenery and unique winter activities on this 10-day tour. This package includes a Hurtigruten cruise along famous fjords, riding the rails on the Norway in a Nutshell tour, as well as time in cities like Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. You will also have chances to catch the majestic northern lights!

10 days / 9 nights

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Approx 2617 EUR

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— 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
  • 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 breathtaking landscapes
  • Experience the legendary Flåm railway, one of the world’s steepest railway lines
  • Stroll through Norway’s grand capital, Oslo, visit charming Bergen and the medieval city of Trondheim
  • Sail through dramatic fjords like Aurlandsfjord and Næroyfjord, branches of spectacular Sognefjord
  • Embark on a thrilling dog sledding tour (Dec-Mar)
  • Join a majestic Northern Light Cruise (Oct-Nov)

Travel style

Independent Cruise i

Interest

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

Season

Oct - 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. Enjoy a relaxing day in Flåm, where you can follow one of the many hiking trails in the mountains around the village.

    Spend the night in Flåm.

    We recommend booking our luggage transfer for 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

    Please note that you can board Hurtigruten as early as 16:00 or as late as 19:30.  

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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 charming Ålesund during a 3-hour stop.

    Spend the night on board Hurtigruten.

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  • Day 6: TRONDHEIM THE VIKING TOWN

    Arriving to Trondheim early in the morning, you will disembark the ship to explore this lovely Viking city. 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.

    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. Other attractions include Bakklandet, an idyllic neighbourhood full of history and culture, Ringve museum and gardens, Munkholmen and the Old town bridge.

    Spend the night in Trondheim.

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  • Day 7: FLY TO TROMSØ & NORTHERN LIGHT HUNT

    Start the day with a flight to Tromsø Airport, collect your luggage and make your way to your hotel. We recommend taking the airport bus (Flybussen) or a taxi to your hotel. After settling in at your hotel, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the charming city of the "capital of Northern Norway". There are many restaurants in city centre for an early dinner to start the holiday with a taste of a true arctic meal.

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

    Spend the night in Tromsø.

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

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  • Day 8: ARCTIC ADVENTURE

    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.

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

    1 October – 1 December: Northern Lights Cruise

    In the evening, enjoy a northern lights cruise where you will sail away from the city lights, and view the stunning auroras from sea. After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.

    1 December – 27 March: Dog Sledding & Aurora Borealis

    In the late afternoon you will be transferred to the wilderness centre, Camp Tamok where you will join a thrilling dog sledding tour. 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 transferred back to your hotel.  

    Spend the night in Tromsø.

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  • Day 9: EXPERIENCE TROMSO

    Explore Tromsø at your leisure today or join one of our optional activities in the arctic. 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 lights cruise or a guided reindeer sledding tour.

    Spend the night in Tromsø.

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  • Day 10: DEPARTURE FROM THE NORTH

    After an incredible time exploring the magnificent north, it‘s time to bid farewell to Norway. Your tour will conclude in Tromsø, where you will make your way by bus or taxi to the airport.

    Note: If you need assistance with flights from Tromsø 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.

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. 

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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Approx 2617 EUR

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Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, what to pack for your holiday and useful information about the activities that are included during the tour.

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, 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 TO TROMSØ
Included in the package is a domestic flight between Trondheim and Tromsø. Most days offer direct flights several times a day but in some cases the flight will be connecting in Oslo. Your travel consultant will book the best option for your travel dates.

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. Please note that this tour is only available to those arriving after 1 December.

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

  • 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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