Travel by train on the Bergen- & Flåm Railway through the magical winter scenery of Norway. Experience a fjord cruise through the icy waters of the Nærøyfjord, embark on a Norwegian coastal cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes and overnight at an ice hotel. Welcome to Norway's winter wonderland! This is an independent tour.
This tour can commence in: Oslo
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. With it's close proximity to nature Oslo offers excellent opportunities for winter activities. I.e. over 2600 kilometres of prepared cross-country ski trails, frequently used by both the city's inhabitants and visitors. Other winter activities include tobogganing and ice skating. Accommodation in Oslo.
Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure to explore Oslo. Oslo offers many well known sights such as the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum, the Munch Museum and Oslo Opera House. With the hop-on/hop-off Oslo cruise you can easily go from the city of Oslo to Bygdøy peninsula where the Kon-tiki and Fram Polar Museums are located (please see add-ons for further details). Accommodation in Oslo.
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 meters above sea level. During wintertime the scenery is quite spectacular with its pure white snow, colourful skiers and perhaps even with clear blue sky. 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. Accommodation in Flåm.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you have the opportunity to experience the tranquility of the spectacular Norwegian fjord region outside the main tourist season. The morning is at your own 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. During the winter the boat sometimes has to break its way through the ice; the cracking of the ice makes this an even more magical experience. From Gudvangen the journey continues by bus through Nærøyfjord Valley to Voss, where you will continue by train to Bergen. Bergen is Norway’s second largest city and the world’s only city surrounded by 7 mountains and 7 fjords. Accommodation in Bergen.
Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure. Even though Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, it is rather a town with the charm and atmosphere of a small town; you can walk practically everywhere in only 20 minutes and instead of tall buildings you will find wooden houses and narrow streets. Take a stroll along Bryggen Wharf before heading to Mount Fløyen with Fløibanen funicular for a spectacular view of the city. Other sights of interest include Edvard Grieg's home Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum). Your journey with Hurtigruten/The Norwegian Coastal Voyage begins in the late evening from Bergen, heading north along the western coastline of Norway to Kirkenes. During the cruise you will experience everyday life along the coast, and the mix of tourists, local travelers and transported goods make this a unique experience. Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet and 3-course dinner are included during the entire cruise. In addition you can choose between a wide selection of optional shore excursions, which can be booked in advance or onboard the ship (please see Add-ons for further information and prices).
Morning cruise arrival in the city of Ålesund, where you will have three hours at leisure. Ålesund burnt down in 1904 and was rebuilt in Art Nouveau style. Most of these buildings are well preserved and make Ålesund unique in Norway in terms of architecture. In Ålesund you have the possibility to join a sightseeing tour before your cruise continues to the heart of Romsdalen with its dramatic Romsdal Alps.
Today you will arrive 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. During wintertime Hurtigruten will dock in Trondheim for six hours before continuing along the Helgeland coastline. You will have the possibility to go on a walk to the city centre on your own, or to join a shore excursion.
In the early morning you will cross the Arctic Circle, entering the Land of the Northern Light. In Bodø you will have 2,5 hours at leisure before the journey 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 recognizable sights are therefore the fishermen’s cabins and the Stockfish which is cod that has been hung to dry on a wooden frame. Please note that you will arrive to Lofoten in the evening (dark outside). This evening you have the opportunity to join a Viking Feast on the Lofoten Islands (see add-ons).
Your cruise will continue during the night and morning, passing Vesterålen Islands before arriving in Tromsø at 14:30 hrs. In Tromsø you will have four hours at leisure, or you can join one of Hurtigruten's shore excursions; dog sledding or sightseeing in Tromsø (see add-ons). The arctic city of 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 Arctic Museum, the Mack brewery and more. Evening cruise departure from Tromsø.
This morning you will spend at sea before arriving in Honningsvåg around noon, where you have 3,5 hours at leisure. Excursion possibility to the North Cape Plateau where you can admire the panoramic view of the open wide expanse of the Arctic Ocean. Entrance to the North Cape Hall with viewing platform, souvenir shops, cinema, cafeteria and restaurant, is included in the shore excursion price. The cruise continues in the afternoon towards Kirkenes.
While you sleep, the ship continues sailing east along the Varanger peninsula, past Båtsfjord and Vardø. At breakfast time, you will pass by 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. At 9 am you will arrive in Kirkenes, the last stop on the northbound journey with Hurtigruten. Here you will disembark, but you have the opportunity to choose optional winter excursions, i.e. a king crab safari or a snow mobile safari (see add-ons). Accommodation in Kirkenes.
Kirkenes is located in Finnmark, Norway’s most northern county, and shares border with both Russia and Finland. You have the morning at your own leisure in Kirkenes and have the option to choose between several exotic winter activities. At 6 pm a guide will pick you up at the hotel and bring you to Kirkenes Ice Hotel where you will spend the night under comfortable reindeer-hides and in warm sleeping bags (see hotel description for further details). Dinner will be served in the cozy restaurant around the open fire place. For guests having trouble sleeping in the Snow Suites, there is a small sleeping area by the restaurant. Accommodation at Kirkenes Ice Hotel.
In the morning you can walk down to the sauna by the lake to warm up before having breakfast in the warm restaurant. Departure from Kirkenes will be according to your own itinerary by plane to Oslo (please note that the flight is NOT included in the package price). Please see Price Details for flight information. Accommodation in Oslo.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Oslo according to your own itinerary.