Hurtigruten Cruises

Fjords & Hurtigruten - 10 days

Independent Rail Tours, Start in Oslo

Travel from Oslo on the Bergen-, Flåm- and Dovre Railway, enjoy a fjord cruise on the spectacular Nærøyfjord and explore the Hanseatic city of Bergen before embarking on a 2-night cruise with Hurtigruten, including the Geirangerfjord (in summer) and Trondheim.

Tour details

This tour can commence in: Oslo or Bergen

Day 01: Arrival in Oslo, the capital of Norway

  • Arrival in Oslo according to your own itinerary.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Vigeland Sculpture Park
    • Viking Ship Museum
    • Oslo Opera House
    • Kon-tiki Museum
    • Munch Museum
  • Accommodation in Oslo.

Day 02: Bergen- & Flåm Railway to Flåm

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Bergen Railway from Oslo to Myrdal.
  • Flåm Railway from Myrdal to Flåm.
  • Accommodation in Flåm.

Day 03: Fjord Cruise - By bus & train to Bergen

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure in Flåm.
  • 2-hour fjord cruise on the Nærøyfjord.
  • Bus from Gudvangen to Voss (Stalheimskleiva).
  • Bergen Railway from Voss to Bergen.
  • Accommodation in Bergen.

Day 04: Bergen, the Gateway to the Fjords

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Bergen.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Bryggen Wharf
    • Fløibanen funicular
    • Edvard Grieg’s home Troldhaugen
    • The Fish and Flower market
    • Old Bergen Open Air Museum
  • Accommodation in Bergen.

Day 05: Bergen - evening cruise departure with Hurtigruten

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Bergen.
  • Evening cruise departure with Hurtigruten.
    • Baggage delivery available from 13:00 hrs
    • Check-in commences at 15:00 hrs (latest 1 hour before departure)
    • Embarkation commences at 16:00 hrs
    • Evening buffet onboard from 18:00-21:30 hrs
    • Departure at 20:00 hrs from Mai 1 until October 31
    • Departure at 22:30 hrs the rest of the year.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 06: Ålesund / Cruise on the Geirangerfjord or Hjørundfjord

  • Breakfast onboard Hurtigruten.
  • Possibility to spend the day in Ålesund.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Ålesund sightseeing tour
    • Art Nouveau style town
    • Art Nouveau Museum
    • Atlanterhavsparken aquarium
    • Mount Aksla
  • Hurtigruten Cruise to Geirangerfjord = no time in Ålesund
    • Available for cruises with start in Bergen between June 1 and August 31
  • Hurtigruten Cruise to Hjørundfjord = no time in Ålesund
    • Available for cruises with start in Bergen between September 1 and October 31
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • A Taste of Norway
    • Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass
    • Art Nouveau Walk of Ålesund
    • Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium & Mount Aksla
  • Dinner onboard Hurtigruten.
  • Accommodation onboard.

Day 07: Arrival in Trondheim, former capital of Norway

  • Breakfast onboard Hurtigruten.
  • Morning cruise arrival in Trondheim.
  • Day at leisure in Trondheim.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Nidaros Cathedral
    • Kristiansten Fortress
    • Trøndelag Open Air Museum
    • Ringve Museum
    • Bakklandet
  • Accommodation in Trondheim.

Day 08: Travel by train to the Olympic town of Lillehammer

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Dovre Railway from Trondheim to Lillehammer.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Lillehammer.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Maihaugen Open Air Museum
    • Olympic Museum & Arena
  • Accommodation in Lillehammer.

Day 09: Travel by train to Oslo

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Train from Lillehammer to Oslo.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Oslo.
  • Accommodation in Oslo.

Day 10: Departure from Oslo

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Oslo according to your own itinerary.

Day 01: Arrival in Oslo, the capital of Norway

Arrive in Oslo according to your own itinerary. The Norwegian capital is beautifully situated at the head of the Oslo Fjord and surrounded by forested ridges. Oslo offers many well know sights such as the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum, the Munch Museum and Oslo Opera House. Accommodation in Oslo.

Day 02: Bergen- & Flåm Railway to Flåm

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure from Oslo by train. The 5-hour train journey from Oslo to Myrdal is part of the Bergen Railway, classed as one of the finest train journeys in the world. The train journey will bring you across Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau, with Finse as the highest train station at 1222 metres above sea level. In Myrdal you will change to the Flåm Railway, connecting the Bergen Line to the Sognefjord. You will pass through wild and beautiful mountain scenery with waterfalls and steep mountain sides before reaching the fjord village of Flåm. Flåm is Norway's only fjord village with train connection. Afternoon at leisure to explore Flåm. The area also offers great hiking opportunities. Accommodation in Flåm.

Day 03: Fjord Cruise - By bus & train to Bergen

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure in Flåm before you will depart on a 2-hour fjord cruise on the Nærøyfjord to Gudvangen. The Nærøyfjord is the narrowest fjord channel in Europe, and has recently been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. From Gudvangen the journey continues by bus through Nærøyfjord Valley and up the Stalheimskleiva, with its 13 steep hairpin bends (Stalheimskleiva is only open during the summer). The last part of the excursion will be by train from Voss to Bergen, Norway’s second largest city and the world’s only city surrounded by 7 mountains and 7 fjords. Accommodation in Bergen.

Day 04: Bergen, the Gateway to the Fjords

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure in Bergen, the world’s only city surrounded by 7 mountains and 7 fjords. Attractions in Bergen include the Hanseatic Bryggen Harbour, Fløibanen Funicular, Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum). If you prefer a more active Bergen experience we recommend hiking between Mount Ulriken and mount Fløyen. The hike will take you about 4-5 hours on marked trails and offers beautiful views along the way. Accommodation in Bergen.

Day 05: Bergen - evening cruise departure with Hurtigruten

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure in Bergen before departing with Hurtigruten/The Norwegian Coastal Voyage. Two nights and one full day onboard the ship. Dinner and accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 06: Ålesund / Cruise on the Geirangerfjord or Hjørundfjord

Breakfast onboard Hurtigruten. Today you have the choice between exploring the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund or to follow Hurtigruten on a cruise along the well known Geirangerfjord or Hjørundfjord (the detour is possible on cruises starting from Bergen between June 1 and October 31). Ålesund was completely destroyed by a devastating town fire in 1904, and rebuilt again in the Art Nouveau style, making it a truly unique town in Europe. The town centre reveals a lively urban scene with pleasant restaurants and cafés, and the picturesque Brosundet canal with its fishing boats. Sights of interest are the Atlantic Sea-Park, one of the largest aquariums in Northern Europe and the Sunnmøre Museum, an open air museum with an impressive boat collection and more than 50 old houses in beautiful surroundings (entrances not included). The beauty of the town can be appreciated from Mount Aksla, with a breathtaking view of the town. If you take the detour to the Geirangerfjord (possible on departures from Bergen between June 1 and August 31) you will cruise along the Geirangerfjord, with its waterfalls and mountain farms situated high up on the mountainsides, in places you will be amazed that people and livestock could survive. The Geirangerfjord has been included on UNESCO's World Heritage list. On departures from Bergen between September 1 and October 31, the detour goes to the Hjørundfjord instead. Surrounded by the majestic Sunnmøre Alps with unpolished nature and steep rock walls, the Hjørundfjord is one of the most long-standing and stunning fjords in Norway. Evening departure from Ålesund. Dinner and accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 07: Arrival in Trondheim, former capital of Norway

Breakfast onboard Hurtigruten. Morning arrival in Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city. The city was founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997, and holds a special place in Norwegian culture and history. Trondheim was Norway’s first capital and continues to be the coronation city where Norway's Kings from Harald Hårfagre (10th century) to King Harald V (1991 -) have been crowned and blessed.
We recommend a visit at the Nidaros Cathedral, built over the grave of St. Olav. Next to the cathedral you will find the Archbishop’s Palace, the oldest secular building in Scandinavia. Other sights of interest are Kristiansten Fortress, the Monk’s Island, Trøndelag Open Air Museum and Stiftsgården – the Royal Residence in Trondheim. We also recommend a stroll in Bakklandet, located on the east bank of the river Nid. Here you will find old wooden buildings which were formerly worker’s dwellings but are now partly restored as homes or charming shops and restaurants.
Accommodation in Trondheim.

Day 08: Travel by train to the Olympic town of Lillehammer

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure by train from Trondheim to Lillehammer. The 5-hour journey on the Dovre Railway will bring you across the Dovre Mountain and through the Gudbrandsdal Valley to Lillehammer, the host town of the 1994 Winter Olympics. In Lillehammer we recommend a visit at Maihaugen Open Air Museum. The museum reveals the past of the people living in the Gudbrandsdal valley dating back almost 300 years. Experience life between the wars in the inland town of Lillehammer and of homes and the domestic environment during the 20th century. Also recommendable is a visit at the Olympic Museum and the Olympic Arena (Lysgårdsbakken). Accommodation in Lillehammer.

Day 09: Travel by train to Oslo

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Lillehammer by train to Oslo. Afternoon at leisure in Oslo. Accommodation in Oslo.

Day 10: Departure from Oslo

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Oslo according to your own itinerary.

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