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Experience life in the Arctic Circle and feast like a Viking

13 days From £2,995 per person
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2021 Tour code: AYJ21

About the tour

Experience glorious Norway and travel aboard some of the most scenic rail routes in the world through the wild terrains of cliffs and fjords. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Midnight Sun and explore both the modern cities and quaint fishing villages of this fascinating country.

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Itinerary

Days 1-3 - London and Oslo

Following a direct flight from London Heathrow to Oslo, we transfer to our hotel, the Scandic Byporten.

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, City Hall, the stately Royal Palace, and Frognor Park. The rest of the day is at leisure in Oslo.

On Day 3, we transfer to the station for our train journey to Bergen. On arrival, we check into our hotel, the Thon Rosenkrantz. Here, the evening is at leisure.

Bryggen, Bergen
Day 4 - Bergen

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 where you can take a stroll out to the Nordnes peninsula.

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  • Breakfast
Bergen
Days 5-7 - The Flåm Railway and Geirangerfjord

We enjoy 2 scenic journeys by rail today, beginning with the Bergen Railway. The train makes its ascent into the rugged mountains, travelling alongside deep fjords and passing through numerous tunnels hewn out of the solid rock before arriving in Myrdal, situated 2,840 feet above sea level. Here, we board the famous Flåm Railway for an unforgettable ride along one of the steepest lines in the world.

A branch line of the Bergen Railway, the scenic Flåm Railway takes passengers on a wonderful 12.5-mile journey up one of the steepest railway lines in the world. On its journey towards Flåm, located at the innermost corner of Aurlandsfjord, the train negotiates horseshoe curves, twists, turns and 20 tunnels - 18 of which were drilled by hand. The scenery is spectacular, with rivers and waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and remote farms passing by the window as we travel from Myrdal. On arrival in Flåm, we check into the Fretheim Hotel before dinner.

On Day 6, we travel by coach to Loen, located in the innermost part of the Nordfjord region. We begin by taking the Mannheller-Fodnes ferry to Skei, where we stop at Thon Hotel Jølster to sample Norwegian waffles and coffee. On arrival in Loen, we check into the Hotel Alexandra for 2 nights.

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. Acclaimed for its unique landscape, this 9-mile-long branch of Storfjord (meaning 'Great Fjord'), Geirangerfjord boasts towering walls that overlook some of Europe's finest scenery. Along its shores, a number of waterfalls - including the Seven Sisters and Suitor - plunge from the forests to the waters below. In sunshine, it comes alive with colour and contrasts, the lush green of the trees clinging to the rock contrasting with the blue water and the brilliant white of the snow-capped peaks in the distance. When it rains, more waterfalls appear seemingly from nowhere, cascading majestically into the water below. After disembarking, we take a scenic drive from Hellesylt back to Loen.

Geirangerfjord
Days 8-9 - The Rauma Railway and Trondheim

We make the journey to Åndalsnes today, travelling along the serpentine Trollstigen mountain road* in order to 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 whose emerald waters keep us company for the most part of our journey. On arrival, we check into the Radisson Blu Royal Garden, our base for the next 2 nights.

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

*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 10-11 - Across the Arctic Circle to Bodø and the Midnight Sun

Departing Trondheim, we travel north on the Nordland Railway for our 452- mile journey to Bodø†. The route takes us through the beautiful and varied landscapes of northern Norway. 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.

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 beautiful Lofoten Isles. Described as Europe's most dramatic and spectacular islands, the Lofoten Isles are tethered to mainland Norway by a series of bridges which resemble spiky, wired teeth. After checking into the Thon Lofoten, we take a nighttime excursion to Gimsoy Beach, where we see the never-setting Midnight Sun (weather permitting).

†Please note: you will need to transport your own luggage for this rail journey.

Bodo
Days 12-13 - The Lofoten Isles and London

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 scenic village surrounded by mountain scenery. We stay at the Thon Lofoten hotel in Svolvaer for the night.

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

Lofoten

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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 Havet Hotel

Scandic Havet Hotel, Bodo

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Thon Hotel Nordlys, Bodø

Thon Hotel Nordlys, Bodø

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Fretheim Hotel, Flåm

Fretheim Hotel, Flåm

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Alexandra Hotel, Loen

Alexandra Hotel, Loen

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Scandic Byporten, Oslo

Scandic Byporten, Oslo

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Thon Hotel Lofoten, Svolvaer

Thon Hotel Lofoten, Svolvaer

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Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

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Trains

Bergen Railway
Flåm Railway
Nordland Railway
The Raumabanen Railway

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