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Experience life in the Arctic Circle and feast like a Viking

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20202021
13 daysFrom £3,295 per person

2020 Tour code: AYJ20

About the tour

Travel the length of Norway aboard some of the world's most impressive railway lines, discovering its delightful cities and island communities along the way. Experience life in the Arctic Circle and feast like a Viking on our thirteen day tour.

Highlights

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Itinerary

Days 1-3 - London to Bergen

Following a direct flight* from London to Oslo, we transfer to our hotel, enjoying dinner on our arrival. We explore Oslo on a guided tour on the morning of Day 2, visiting some of the most beloved sights of the Norwegian capital, including the incredible Opera House, the City Hall, and the stately Royal Palace. Following the tour, we continue to the station for our train journey to Bergen. Upon arrival, we check into our hotel and then you are free for the rest of the evening.

The city of Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains and is based around its harbour. In the Bergenhus district there are well-preserved medieval buildings. On the other side of the harbour is the Klosteret area, which has beautiful 18th century wooden houses and charming alleys, where you can take a stroll out to the Nordnes peninsula.

We take a sightseeing tour on Day 3 with a guided walking tour of the city that includes the old Hanseatic waterfront of Bryggen, the narrow streets of Bergen, and the local fish market. After a seafood lunch there will be a tour of Bergen's bridges by coach.

*Please note: your luggage will travel on the flight from the UK with you, as opposed to via our luggage service.

Bryggen, Bergen
Days 4-6 - The Bergen Railway

The city of Bergen is surrounded by 7 mountains and is based around its quaint harbour. We enjoy a guided tour that includes the old Hanseatic waterfront of Bryggen, the narrow streets of Bergen, and the local fish market. After a seafood lunch here, there's a tour of Bergen's bridges by coach. The Bergenhus district of the city is known well-preserved medieval buildings, while on the other side of the harbour is the Klosteret area, home to 18th-century wooden houses and charming alleys.

We enjoy 2 scenic journeys by rail on Day 5, beginning with the Bergen Railway. The train makes its ascent into the rugged mountains, travelling alongside deep fjords and passing through numerous tunnels before arriving in Myrdal. Here, we board the famous Flåm Railway for an unforgettable ride along one of the steepest lines in the world. The scenic Flåm Railway takes passengers on a wonderful 12.5-mile journey up one of the steepest railway lines in the world. The scenery is spectacular, with rivers and waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and remote farms passing by the window.

On Day 6, we travel by coach from Flåm to Loen, located in the innermost part of the Nordfjord region. We begin by taking the Mannheller-Fodnes ferry to Skei, where we stop to sample Norwegian waffles and coffee, before continuing to Loen by coach.

Geirangerfjord
Days 7-8 - Geirangerfjord & Trondheim

On Day 7, we travel to Geiranger via the Dalsnibba viewpoint, Europe's highest fjord view at a staggering 4,500 feet. We enjoy the scenery of Geirangerfjord by boat, cruising the calm waters of this UNESCO-listed site. Along Geirangerfjord's shores, a number of waterfalls - including the Seven Sisters and Suitor - plunge from the forests to the waters below. After disembarking, we take a scenic drive from Hellesylt back to Loen.

We make the journey to Åndalsnes on Day 8, travelling along the serpentine Trollstigen mountain road* and admire the cinematic views over the mountainous valleys and their waterfalls. From here we travel on the famous Rauma Railway to Trondheim, journeying along the banks of the River Rauma for the most part of our journey.

*The opening date of Trollstigen Road varies due to road and snow conditions. Early departures before mid-June may travel on an alternative route.

Trondheim
Days 9-10 - Across the Arctic Circle to Bodø

On Day 9, we take a walking tour of Trondheim, seeing the Old Quarter with its colourful wooden houses, the Old Town Bridge, and the Nidaros cathedral.

Departing Trondheim on Day 10, we travel north on the Nordland Railway for our 452-mile journey to Bodø†. We cross the Arctic Circle at 66 degrees north shortly before reaching the town of Lonsdal, the highest point of the railway. The train reaches Fauske before turning due west for the final approach to Bodø.

† You will need to transport your own luggage for this rail journey.

Bodo
Days 11-13 - The Lofoten Islands and home

On Day 11, we board a speed ferry to Moskenes, before taking a scenic coach journey through idyllic fishing villages to Svolvaer, the tiny capital of the Lofoten Isles, where we stay for 2 nights. The Lofoten Isles are tethered to mainland Norway by a series of bridges which resemble spiky, wired teeth. Later, we take a nighttime excursion to Gimsoy Beach to experience the never-setting Midnight Sun (weather permitting).

On Day 12, we continue to explore the Lofoten archipelago by visiting the charming fishing village of Henningsvaer, the petite harbour town of Kabelvåg, and Lødingen - a village surrounded by mountains.

On Day 13, we transfer to Evenes airport for our flight to Oslo. Here, we take our flight back to London Heathrow.

Lofoten

Additional information

Please Note

Please note, hotels may differ depending on departure date.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen

Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen

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Scandic Bodo

Scandic Bodo, Bodo

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Fretheim Hotel, Flåm

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Union Hotel, Geiranger

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Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo

Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo

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Thon Hotel Lofoten, Svolvaer

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Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

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Trains

Bergen Railway
Flåm Railway
Nordland Railway
The Raumabanen Railway

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