Journey beginning at Oslo, Norway tours and ending at Kirkenes, Norway tours
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This incredible 16-day summer journey traverses the stunning landscape of Norway. Join our exclusive 50 Degrees North escorted tour, travelling from Oslo via Bergen to Kirkenes, at the very top of Norway. Discover Lillehammer’s open air Maihaugen museum, visit the traditional Stave Church of Lom and the magnificent Luster and Sognefjord region. Experience the valley of Gudbrandsdalen, surrounded by national parks, an abundance of locally produced food, old architecture, and great hiking trails.
Board the classic Norway in a nutshell® train journey from Flåm and catch the express boat along the Norwegian fjords to Bergen. Feast on fresh seafood at the Bergen Fish Markets before joining a Northbound Hurtigruten Voyage along the Norwegian Coast to your final stop, Kirkenes. July Departure guaranteed.
Day 1 – Arrive Oslo; meet your escort & group for the welcome dinner
Arrive Oslo and make your own way to your central hotel in the heart of Oslo. The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer the discerning traveller. If you arrive early, we can recommend a walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle & the Harbour area. Check in will be between 10am – 3pm. Close to the hotel, climb the new Opera House for a chance to orient yourself to this small capital. Within 20 metres of the hotel reception is the super helpful Oslo tourist information booth with maps and information for your exploration. If you have a few hours, we suggest heading to close by beautiful peninsula of Bygdøy by ferry to visit the Viking Museum and Fram Museum this afternoon.
Your escort will meet you this evening in the hotel lobby at 6pm and then enjoy a welcome dinner at Ekebergrestauranten, a special modernist, 1920s hillside restaurant, with your group.
Day 2 – Train to Lillehammer, visit the Norwegian Olympic Museum (ski jump), and do not miss the impressive Garmo Stave Church
After breakfast, board your train at the Oslo Central Station and head towards Lillehammer, the small town that rose to international fame when it hosted the Winter Olympics in 1994. Check into your central hotel.
Spend the day at your leisure: Browse the local shops, visit the Norwegian Olympic Museum(ski jump), and do not miss the impressive Garmo Stave Church.
There is a light complimentary supper served in the hotel.
Day 3 – Maihaugen Museum and guided mountain stroll
After breakfast, join your guide to visit Maihaugen Open Air Cultural Museum. With close to 200 buildings, it is one of Northern Europe’s largest open-air museums and is one of the largest cultural facilities in Norway.
Set on the lovely mountain side, experience Norwegian life like it was 200 years ago, participate in exciting walking plays and visit houses from different decades during the 1900’s. Take a walk amongst the sunburnt buildings and take a stop to watch traditional crafts and the animals that are grazing in the fields.
Return to Lillehammer and enjoy a casual guided stroll through the mountains, including transfers. This walk can be prepared for different abilities or enjoy a leisurely coffee and cake in the centre of Lillehammer. Bike riding, lake walks and other options can be arranged with your escort. (Activities will be arranged according to the weather, either in the afternoon of day 2 or day 3).
Day 4 – Private minibus to travel to Lom, a small town encapsulating the very essence of the Norwegian countryside
After breakfast, take a private minibus to Lom, a 3-hour scenic drive from Lillehammer. This bus trip takes you through some of Norway’s most beautiful highlands and lush valleys. Experience the valley of Gudbrandsdalen surrounded by the national parks, an abundance of locally produced food, old architecture, and good hiking.
Lom is a small town encapsulating the very essence of the Norwegian countryside. Situated in the famous Jotunheimen National Park, Lom is surrounded by majestic nature. Check into your charming historic hotel. Dinner is included this evening.
Day 5 – Day tour to Geiranger and join a fjord cruise before returning to Lom to visit its famous Stave Church
Day tour to Geiranger, which is 1.5 hours’ drive away from Lom. On arrival, join a fjord cruise and experience the Geirangerfjord UNESCO World Heritage site. The scenery here is absolutely breathtaking. Take a closer look at the “Seven Sisters”, “Bridal Veil” and “Suitor” waterfalls, the majestic fjord cliffs and abandoned mountain farms. Perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to see porpoises playing in the fjord.
Travelling back from Geiranger, the minibus can stop at the famous Lom Stave Church, constructed in Norman-style in 1170. It still operates as the local church today.
Please note that the Geirangerfjord visit is subject to change due to weather and snow conditions. The mountain road from Lom to Geiranger normally opens from end of May. Alternatively, enjoy the day in Lom, visiting Brimi Bue, a popular Lom hot-spot for fresh local produce and traditional Nordic flavours, owned by renowned chef Arne Brimi. Indulge yourselves in the historic atmosphere of Lom open-air museum and its houses dating from the early 1600s and experience the old farmer culture. The Norwegian Mountain Centre is also worth a visit.
Day 6 – Continue your journey together to the heart of the Norwegian fjords
Depart Lom for another scenic journey through the spectacular mountain and fjord country of Breheimen and Jostedalsheimen. Stop at Sognefjellshytta (approx. 1 hr drive) for a coffee/tea break, then sit back and enjoy the scenery until your next stop at the cubist stone at Mefjellet. The final stop before descending down the mountain is at Nedre Oscarshaug – another fantastic spot for photos and great views.
After lunch at Skjolden Hotel, drive approx. 20-30 mins to Feigumfossen and continue to the charming Urnes Stave Church (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest church in Norway). Catch a ferry to Solvorn and continue over Aurlandsfjellet. Lastly, enjoy a stop at Stegastein before arriving to the peaceful village of Aurland.
Day 7 – Spend your day relaxing, hiking and taking in the views in the peaceful little town of Aurland. Enjoy the harbour area with unspoilt views of the fjord and gardens.
Spend your day relaxing, hiking and taking in the views in the peaceful little town of Aurland. Enjoy the harbour area with unspoilt views of the fjord and surrounding gardens. Optional visits to local mountain farms, guided hikes or a fjord safari can be pre-booked (at additional cost).
Day 8 – Aurland to Flåm, and step aboard the world famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal Station with several stunning lookout points along the way, then express boat to Bergen.
Short transfer from Aurland to Flåm, and step aboard the world famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal Station with several stunning lookout points along the way. Thanks to its steep incline (from sea level to almost 900 meters above sea level in a short hour), the train-ride is rated as one of Europe’s best rail journeys and has become a real highlight for visitors in Norway.
Return to Flåm to board the express ferry to Bergen. Take in the fresh air on Norway’s longest fjord, the Sognefjord, during this 5-hour ferry-ride towards Bergen. Check into your centrally located hotel at the end of the day.
Day 9 – Guided walk in Bergen, lunch at the fish markets before boarding Hurtigruten Voyage
Bergen is the perfect strolling town and with your guide, you will explore the historical centre of Bergen, being transported back to a time when Bergen was the centre of political power and trade for the entire North Atlantic. It was the Capital of the Kingdom of Norway for a short period, before the capital was moved to Oslo in 1299, and the town grew to become the largest in Scandinavia.
The Hanseatic League established itself here in 1350 and had a trade monopoly that lasted 200 years. While in Bergen you might wish to visit the UNESCO heritage listed historical area around the harbour known as the Bryggen district, and the home of Edvard Grieg, Troldhaugen, Norway’s internationally famous composer. Enjoy lunch at the new Bergen Fish Market – a fantastic modern architectural designed building with a great outdoor and indoor dining area.
With your group, transfer to the Hurtigruten terminal and check into your cabin from approximately 6pm. Enjoy a group dinner as you depart Bergen, at 8pm. Remember to note, you are travelling in the midnight sun summer period so you can enjoy LONG sunset/ light evenings on deck.
Day 10 – Florø – Molde – A day for architectural and natural masterpieces
If you wake up early the next day, you have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. Sail past the West Cape, and out on the open sea. The ship then navigates through skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund.
Distinguished by its numerous spires, towers and highly-ornate buildings, Ålesund is a town renowned for its beautiful art nouveau architecture. It owes this to a devastating fire that burned a large proportion of the city to the ground in 1904. The entire town was subsequently rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, art nouveau. If you like marine life, you can join an optional visit to Atlanterhavsparken – one of Northern Europe’s largest salt-water aquariums. The tour includes a visit to the open-air pool to see the resident penguins. After visiting Atlanterhavsparken, we continue onwards and upwards to Mount Aksla where you will get an amazing panorama of the area.
Next, the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord passing sheer, 800 metre cliffs and impressive waterfalls en route.
Molde is known as the ‘city of roses’. This attractive coastal city also has a wonderful view to 222 mountain peaks, called ‘the Molde panorama’. Discover the town with a short group walk or join a Hurtigruten optional excursion.
Day 11 – Kristiansund to Rørvik – Discover medieval spirit in the old capital
Few large cities have managed to preserve their intimacy as effectively as Norway’s third largest city, Trondheim. Viking king, Olav Tryggvason, founded this ancient city as early as 997. Visit Norway’s national shrine, Nidaros Cathedral, the country´s only Gothic-style cathedral built over the burial place of St. Olav, Norway’s patron saint. Here you can marvel at the cathedral’s incredible architectural details and exquisite works of art.
Optional activities can include visiting Ringve Museum of Musical History, where the history of Norway’s music is brought to life. This beautiful manor house is surrounded by a wonderful botanical garden, and provides fantastic views of both the city and the fjord.
You can also explore Trondheim from sea level in a kayak along the river Nid all year, or experience the city on a bicycle and try out the world’s only bicycle lift from April to September. Join the Expedition team for a hike to discover more of the surroundings of Trondheim.
In the afternoon, the ship sets a northwest course, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous charming islets and rocky outcrops. After passing through the narrow Stokksund, the ship heads towards charming Rørvik.
Day 12 – Brønnøysund to Svolvær – Welcome to the Arctic Region! Experience the Lofoten islands
Today you will cross the Arctic Circle! This invisible line is situated at 66 degrees, 33 minutes North and demarcates the Arctic region. In summer, this means enjoying 24-hour daylight and the midnight sun. Even if you aren’t awake when we cross the Arctic Circle, the captain will make sure that the occasion is memorable: If you are sailing in Arctic waters for the first time, you can participate in a daytime Arctic Circle ceremony out on deck.
Near the village of Ørnes is Svartisen, Norway’s second-largest glacier. An optional excursion today includes a trip to the Svartisen Tourist Center to admire the beauty of this enigmatic ice world and visit a moose farm. Afterward, the excursion continues along the beautiful Helgeland coastline to Bodø, where you rejoin the ship. In Bodø, you can join an adventure in harmony with nature, eagles, and the deep blue sea. The excursion heads to Saltstraumen in a RIB (rigid inflatable boat), where you witness the world’s most powerful tidal current. There is also a good chance you’ll observe sea eagles on this exciting journey through wild landscape.
Later the same afternoon, you will spot the 3,000 ft high Lofoten Wall on the horizon. Tucked between tall mountains, majestic granite cliffs, and white-sand beaches, seeing beautiful Lofoten is a truly extraordinary experience. The additional charm of the Lofoten Islands is revealed in its small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere. Take a stroll between stockfish racks and traditional fisherman’s huts called ‘rorbuer’.
At Stamsund, you can join a historical journey to the Lofotr Viking Museum, where you are invited into the chieftain’s house, a full-size reconstruction featuring exhibits of finds dating back to the Viking Age. The chieftain and lady of the house invite you to join them for a real Viking meal in the banquet hall, providing a taste of the Viking Age, complete with traditional food, drinks, costumes, singing, and dancing.
Between Stamsund and Svolvær, you have the chance to experience life on an organic herb and cheese farm, or visit the Lofoten’s only craft brewery, situated in an old fish-landing facility in Svolvær.
Day 13 – Stokmarknes to Skjervøy – Feeling Like a Polar Hero
Get ready for a day full of exciting activities. During the morning hours, your ship will briefly dock at Risøyhamn, Harstad, and Finnsnes. The ship then proceeds to Tromsø, the capital of the Arctic, for a prolonged stay. Many epic Arctic expeditions used Tromsø as a starting point.
If you want to experience peace and tranquility on the sea, why not join the optional kayaking excursion in summer? Paddle in the waters off the Tromsø coastline with the mountains as a stunning backdrop. This is a great way to silently glide through these pristine waters and get close to marine wildlife.
After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, you will continue the northbound journey.
Day 14 – Øksfjord to Berlevåg – At the Top of the World – North Cape
Enjoy magnificent sub-Arctic landscapes as you cross the 71st parallel on the journey toward the North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent. You may see herds of grazing reindeer and small camps belonging to the indigenous Sámi people.
After a brief, early stop in Hammerfest you arrive in Havøysund, where you can disembark for an overland RIB expedition, where you will see the North Cape from the sea. Then you go ashore to visit the northernmost fishing village in the world, before a bus takes you to the North Cape where you can enjoy the spectacular view.
The ship arrives in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. An optional excursion to the North Cape plateau puts you at 71° 10’ 21” N, only 1,245 miles away from the Geographic North Pole. Standing atop the 1,000 ft high North Cape plateau imparts a sublime sense of being at the end of the world. While admiring the view, be sure to take a picture of this amazing place! Close to the North Cape you find one of the world’s most exciting nature reserves, Gjesværstappan. Join Hurtigruten for an optional birdwatching safari to experience Finnmark’s largest flock of puffins, and a large number of kittiwakes. During the nesting season, this area teems with life, and mighty sea eagles hover above in search of prey. Guillemots, razorbills, cormorants, Arctic skuas, northern fulmars, Brünnich’s guillemots, and the large northern gannet fill the air with a cacophony of shrieks and screeches.
If you want to learn more about local life in this remote region, join a fishing village visit that takes you across the island of Magerøya’s fantastic scenery to the fishing communities of Kamøyvær and Skarsvåg. Along the way, your guide tells you about the area’s nature, its local culture, and history.
The ship then continues north, sailing into the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. You pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation of Finnkirka, as the ship approachs the next stop, the fishing village of Kjøllefjord. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the Sámi people, and explore the wonderful landscape in summer and autumn. Learn about Sámi traditions and their way of life, and hear traditional Sámi ‘joiking’ (song). Along the way, guides tell you about the Sámi people, the geographic and climatic conditions, life on the Finnmark coast, and how the local population effectively utilizes nature in both summer and winter.
Day 15 – Kirkenes – Capital of the Barents Region and Summer King Crab Safari
The vistas become more dramatic as you approach Kirkenes. You will arrive early in nearby Vadsø, and just after breakfast, arrive in Kirkenes. At 30° East, Kirkenes is farther east than St. Petersburg and Istanbul! It is also Hurtigruten’s turning point for the return trip west southbound along the coast. Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents region and the gateway to the east.
The Russian frontier is a just few miles away from Kirkenes. On arrival, the group will transfer to the Kirkenes Snowhotel to check in. We will be staying in the lovely wooden Gamme Cabins with lovely big views of the forests and lakes. This afternoon, the group will enjoy a Summer King Crab Fishing Safari!! If you enjoy eating crab, be sure to arrive HUNGRY!
Celebrate the final night with a festive group dinner at the Kirkenes Snowhotel.
Day 16 – Transfer to Kirkenes Airport for flight to Oslo
After breakfast, transfer to the Kirkenes aiport for the flight back to Oslo.
- 9 nights’ hotel accommodation in shared double/twin rooms with private facilities
- 50 Degrees North Scandinavian escort
- 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners
- All transport between destinations by buses, trains and boats
- 50 Degrees North minibus (or similar) between Lom and Aurland. Stop along the way for unexpected photo opportunities, National Tourist Route monuments or quick rest stops.
- Geiranger day tour with fjord cruise. (Subject to change due to weather/snow conditions on the mountain).
- Flåm Railway excursion
- Day tour to Maihaugen and walking forest tour (weather dependent)
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
- Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes 6 nights in a Outside Twin unspecified with toilet & shower
- Full board on board the Hurtigruten ship, other meals as per itinerary. Full board includes buffet breakfasts & lunches and a 3 course sit down dinner in the evening. You are presented a menu when you check in. Visiting 34 ports, Hurtigruten have an exceptional opportunity to get fresh produce from local suppliers everyday. This means delicious new and fresh ingredients, both from coastal and inland areas.
- King Crab Safari in Kirkenes
- Transfer to Kirkenes Airport
International flights, domestic flight Kirkenes to Oslo, travel insurance, luggage handling, optional excursions on Hurtigruten voyage, lunches and dinners that have not been detailed in the program, and items of personal nature. A small tip for the bus driver will be appreciated – your escort will advise you with details about this.
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