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The Grand Tour of Norway - 12 days

Scandinavian Cruises, Start in Oslo

Travel from Oslo by train to the fjord village of Flåm. Enjoy a fjord cruise on the famous Nærøyfjord before arriving in Bergen, the Gateway to the Fjords. Continue your Norway tour with a 6 nights Hurtigruten cruise along the coast of Norway to Kirkenes.

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Hurtigruten is currently running a campaign with up to 20% reduction on the voyages Bergen-Kirkenes and Kirkenes-Bergen when booking before April 20. This offer is valid for travel in 2017, and does not apply for existing bookings or for any other services relating to the cruise booking.

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Tour details

This tour can commence in: Oslo

Day 01: 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: Travel from Oslo to Flåm; Bergen and Flåm Railway

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

Day 03: Fjord Cruise and 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

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Bergen.
  • Hurtigruten cruise departure:
    • 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 June 1 to October 31
    • Departure at 22:30 hrs the rest of the year.
  • Shore excursions can be booked in advance (see add-ons).
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 06: Cruise to Ålesund/Geirangerfjord or Hjørundfjord

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Stathavet, a stretch of open sea
    • Ålesund, the art nouveau town
    • The Romsdals Alps
    • Hustadvika, a stretch of open sea
  • 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
  • Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 07: Cruise to Trondheim, Norway's first capital

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Trondheim
    • Stokksundet
    • Kjeungskjæret, Norway’s most charming lighthouse
    • 6000 islands and skerries along this leg.
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum
    • Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral
    • Munkolmen Island
  • Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 08: Cruise across the Arctic Circle to Lofoten

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • The Arctic Circle
    • Vestfjorden
    • Lofoten Wall (mountain chain)
    • Svolvær
    • Raftsundet (during the night)
    • Trollfjorden (from April, depending on ice/snow)
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • Svartisen Glacier
    • RIB boat safari, Saltstraumen
    • Lofoten Viking Feast
  • Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 09: Cruise Vesterålen Islands to Tromsø

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Gibostad, historic trading post
    • Tromsø
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • Whale Watching (only sold onboard)
    • The Arctic Capital Tromsø
    • Dog Sledding, Tromsø
    • Scenery & Huskies, Tromsø
    • Polar History Walk, Tromsø
    • Kayaking, Tromsø
  • Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 10: Cruise to Honningsvåg/Optional North Cape excursion

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • The North Cape (only on shore excursion)
    • Fishing station
    • Sværholdtklubben, bird cliffs
    • Finnkjerka, mountain formation
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • The North Cape
    • Bird Watching Safari
    • A taste of Lapland
    • Snowmobile trip in Lapland
    • Sami Autumn
  • Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 11: Arrival in Kirkenes (Hurtigruten) - Oslo (flight)

  • Breakfast onboard.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Kirkenes, the turning point of the journey
  • Hurtigruten Cruise arrival in Kirkenes at 09:00 hrs.
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • The Russian Border
    • Riverboat to the Russian Border
    • Snowmobile Safari, Kirkenes
    • Kirkenes Snow Hotel
    • ATV/Quad-safari to the Russian Border
    • Husky Sledge Adventure
    • Arctic Bushcraft
  • Flight from Kirkenes to Oslo (booked by yourself)
  • Accommodation in Oslo

Day 12: Departure from Oslo

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

Day 01: Oslo, the capital of Norway

Arrival 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. Arable fields, vast forests and the untouched nature areas. The city’s surroundings provide recreational opportunities that are frequently taken advantage of by the city’s inhabitants, as well as increasingly by visitors. Sights of interest in Oslo include the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum, the Munch Museum and Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Accommodation in Oslo.

Day 02: Travel from Oslo to Flåm; Bergen and Flåm Railway

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure from Oslo by train to Myrdal. The train journey is part of the Bergen Railway, classed as one of the finest train journeys in the world. This railway connects the two largest cities in Norway and shows the diversity of the Norwegian landscape. In Myrdal you will change to the Flåm Railway, which passes through wild and beautiful mountain scenery with waterfalls and steep mountain sides from a height of 900 metres and down to the Sognefjord. There is no other adhesion railway in the world running on normal tracks that is so steep over a long distance. Afternoon is at leisure in Flåm.
Accommodation in Flåm.

Day 03: Fjord Cruise and bus/train to Bergen

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure before departure by boat from Flåm to Gudvangen, located at the head of the Nærøyfjord. The Nærøyfjord is the narrowest fjord channel in Europe, and has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. From Gudvangen the journey continues by bus through Nærøy Valley and up Stalheimskleiva Road, with its 13 steep hairpin bends (Stalheimskleiva is only open during the summer). The last part of today’s journey 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. Bergen is, with good reason, called the Gateway to the Fjords. The city is located on the west coast of Norway with close proximity to the famous Norwegian fjords. Sights of interest include the Hanseatic Bryggen Wharf, Fløibanen Funicular, Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum). Accommodation in Bergen.

Day 05: Bergen – evening cruise departure

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure in Bergen before your journey with Hurtigruten/The Norwegian Coastal Voyage starts in the evening from Bergen. The cruise heads north along the western coastline of Norway to Kirkenes. The world’s most beautiful sea voyage is a journey through history and maritime culture. Passengers get to experience everyday life along the coast, and the mix of tourists, local travelers and transported goods make this a unique experience.
All meals are included onboard Hurtigruten, and are served at set times in the dining room. During the cruise you can choose from a wide selection of optional shore excursions (please see add-ons for further information and prices). 6 nights onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 06: Cruise to Ålesund/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/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: Cruise to Trondheim, Norway's first capital

Morning arrival in Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city. The city was founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997 BC, and occupies 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 BC) to King Harald V (1991 -) have been crowned and blessed. Hurtigruten will dock in Trondheim for about 4 hours. We recommend that you join one of the optional shore excursions.

Day 08: Cruise across the Arctic Circle to Lofoten

Early in the morning you will cross the Arctic Circle and enter the Land of the Midnight Sun; where the sun never sets during the summer. During winter time you will have the opportunity to experience the Northern Lights. You will have 3 ½ hour in Bodø, where you can join an optional sea safari to the Saltstaumen currents, before the cruise continues across the Vestfjord to the Lofoten Islands. Lofoten stretches like a wall of mountains to the southwest in the sea. The archipelago consists of mountains and peaks, wide open ocean, sheltered inlets, stretches of seashore and large virgin areas. For centuries, catching cod and drying them has been a way of life and Lofoten’s largest industry. Two of the most recognisable sights are therefore the fishermen’s shacks and the Stockfish which is cod that has been hung to dry on a wooden frame. Possibility to join a Viking Feast on land (please see add-ons for details).

Day 09: Cruise Vesterålen Islands to Tromsø

Morning at sea, before arriving in Tromsø at 14:30 hrs where you will have 4 hours at leisure. Tromsø is the world’s most northern university town and the largest city in the Nordic countries north of the Arctic Circle. The city lies between the sharp craggy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, and combines wild scenery with urban life. Sights of interest include the Polar Museum, Polaria, the Arctic Cathedral and chairlift with spectacular view of the city. Hurtigruten docks 5 minutes by foot from the heart of the city. Join an optional excursion or explore the city on your own. We recommend a visit at Mack, Tromsø's own beer brewery/bar.

Day 10: Cruise to Honningsvåg/Optional North Cape excursion

Morning at sea, before arriving in Honningsvåg around noon. Take a stroll in the small fishing village of Honningsvåg or join the optional excursion to the North Cape. From Honningsvåg you will travel by bus through the arctic scenery of Magerøya Island, which provides summer grazing for over 4,000 reindeer, to the North Cape Plateau. At 307 metres above sea level the views are unforgettable.

Day 11: Arrival in Kirkenes (Hurtigruten) - Oslo (flight)

While you sleep, the ship continues sailing east along the Varanger peninsula, past Båtsfjord and Vardø. At breakfast time, you will arrive in Vadsø, the administrative centre of Finnmark. It was from here that the Arctic explorers Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth began their flights over the North Pole in the airship, Norge. Kirkenes is the last stop on the northbound journey with Hurtigruten. The town lies between two time lines, Helsinki and Moscow. Possibility to join one of the shore excursions in Kirkenes before flying back to Oslo (flight not included in the price). Accommodation in Oslo.

Day 12: Departure from Oslo

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

The Grand Tour of Norway

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