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- New tour 2022
14 days - Escorted summer tour of Norwegian Fjords and Coastal Route
This incredible guided 14-day summer journey traverses the stunning landscape of Norway. Join our exclusive 50 Degrees North semi-escorted tour, travelling from Oslo via Bergen to Kirkenes, at the very top of Norway. Visit the traditional Stave Church of Lom and the magnificent Luster and Sognefjord region. Experience the valley of Gudbrandsdalen, surrounded by national parks, an abundance of locally produced food, old architecture, and great hiking trails.
Board the classic Norway in a nutshell® train journey from Flåm and catch the express boat along the Norwegian fjords to Bergen. Feast on fresh seafood at the Bergen Fish Markets before joining a Northbound Norwegian Coastal Route Voyage along the Norwegian Coast to your final stop, Kirkenes.
• Small group sizes from just 8 to 18
• Genuinely inclusive, no additional tour costs
• Leisurely 2- and 3- night stays
• Hand selected, small hotels
• No unnecessary bus driving
• 'Down Time' guaranteed
- Day 1
- Arrive Oslo; meet your escort & group for the welcome dinner
- Day 2
- Train to Lillehammer, visit the Norwegian Olympic Museum (ski jump), and do not miss the impressive Garmo Stave Church
- Day 3
- Private minibus to travel to Lom, a small town encapsulating the very essence of the Norwegian countryside
- Day 4
- Day tour to Geiranger and join a fjord rib boat safari before returning to Lom to visit its famous Stave Church
- Day 5
- Continue your journey together to the heart of the Norwegian fjords
- Day 6
- Spend your day relaxing, hiking and taking in the views in the peaceful little town of Aurland. Enjoy the harbour area with unspoilt views of the fjord and gardens.
- Day 7
- Aurland to Flåm, and step aboard the world famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal Station with several stunning lookout points along the way, then express boat to Bergen.
- Day 8
- Guided walk in Bergen, lunch at the fish markets before boarding your Coastal Voyage
- Day 9
- Florø - Molde - A day for architectural and natural masterpieces
- Day 10
- Kristiansund to Rørvik - Discover medieval spirit in the old capital
- Day 11
- Brønnøysund to Svolvær - Welcome to the Arctic Region! Experience the Lofoten islands
- Day 12
- Stokmarknes to Skjervøy, via Tromsø
- Day 13
- Øksfjord to Berlevåg - North Cape
- Day 14
- Kirkenes - Capital of the Barents Region and Summer King Crab Safari
- Start Place
- Oslo, Norway tours
- End Place
- Kirkenes, Norway tours
- Country Visited
- Norway tours
- 14 Days
- Group Size
- 8 - 16
All transportation (by buses, trains, and boats) between destinations is included in the price (note: upon your arrival to Oslo, we recommend the express train between the aiport and main train station). This includes travel between Lillehammer and Aurland by private 50 Degrees North minibus, which will accommodate spontaneous photo stops as well as food and rest stops.
Transfer from Bergen Hotel to the port by shuttle bus.
Norwegian Coastal Voyage - outside cabin
Click here to see the Havila fleet - Norwegian Coastal Voyages
Transfer to Kirkenes Airport
- 7 nights’ hotel accommodation in shared double/twin rooms with private facilities
- 50 Degrees North Scandinavian escort for the first seven days
- 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners
- All transport between destinations by buses, trains and boats
- 50 Degrees North minibus (or similar) between Lom and Aurland. Stop along the way for unexpected photo opportunities, National Tourist Route monuments or quick rest stops.
- Geiranger day tour with fjord rib boat safari. (Subject to change due to weather/snow conditions on the mountain).
- Flåm Railway excursion
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
- Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes 6 nights in a Outside Twin unspecified with toilet & shower
- Full board on board a Coastal Route (Kystruten) ship, other meals as per itinerary. Full board includes buffet breakfasts & lunches and a 3 course sit down dinner in the evening.
- Transfer to Kirkenes Airport
International flights, domestic flight Kirkenes to Oslo, travel insurance, luggage handling, optional excursions on your Kystruten voyage, lunches and dinners that have not been detailed in the program, and items of personal nature. A small tip for the bus driver will be appreciated - your escort will advise you with details about this.
King Crab Safari in Kirkenes can be added.
Day 1 - Arrive Oslo; meet your escort & group for the welcome dinner
Arrive Oslo and make your own way to your central hotel in the heart of Oslo. The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer the discerning traveller. If you arrive early, we can recommend a walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle & the Harbour area. Check in will be between 10am - 3pm. Close to the hotel, climb the new Opera House for a chance to orient yourself to this small capital. Within 20 metres of the hotel reception is the super helpful Oslo tourist information booth with maps and information for your exploration. If you have a few hours, we suggest heading to close by beautiful peninsula of Bygdøy by ferry to visit the Viking Museum and Fram Museum this afternoon.
Your escort will meet you this evening in the hotel lobby at 6pm and then enjoy a welcome dinner at Ekebergrestauranten, a special modernist, 1920s hillside restaurant, with your group.
AccommodationOslo The Hub or similar
Day 2 - Train to Lillehammer, visit the Norwegian Olympic Museum (ski jump), and do not miss the impressive Garmo Stave Church
After breakfast, board your train at the Oslo Central Station and head towards Lillehammer, the small town that rose to international fame when it hosted the Winter Olympics in 1994. Check into your central hotel.
Spend the day at your leisure: Browse the local shops, visit the Norwegian Olympic Museum(ski jump), and do not miss the impressive Garmo Stave Church.
There is a light complimentary supper served in the hotel.
AccommodationClarion Collection Hotel Hammer or similar
Day 3 - Private minibus to travel to Lom, a small town encapsulating the very essence of the Norwegian countryside
After breakfast, take a private minibus to Lom, a 3-hour scenic drive from Lillehammer. This bus trip takes you through some of Norway’s most beautiful highlands and lush valleys. Experience the valley of Gudbrandsdalen surrounded by the national parks, an abundance of locally produced food, old architecture, and good hiking.
Lom is a small town encapsulating the very essence of the Norwegian countryside. Situated in the famous Jotunheimen National Park, Lom is surrounded by majestic nature. Check into your charming historic hotel. Dinner is included this evening.
AccommodationFossheim Hotel or similar
Day 4 - Day tour to Geiranger and join a fjord rib boat safari before returning to Lom to visit its famous Stave Church
Day tour to Geiranger, which is 1.5 hours’ drive away from Lom. On arrival, join a fjord rib boat safari and experience the Geirangerfjord UNESCO World Heritage site. The scenery here is absolutely breathtaking. Take a closer look at the “Seven Sisters”, “Bridal Veil” and “Suitor” waterfalls, the majestic fjord cliffs and abandoned mountain farms. Perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to see porpoises playing in the fjord.
Travelling back from Geiranger, the minibus can stop at the famous Lom Stave Church, constructed in Norman-style in 1170. It still operates as the local church today.
Please note that the Geirangerfjord visit is subject to change due to weather and snow conditions. The mountain road from Lom to Geiranger normally opens from end of May. Alternatively, enjoy the day in Lom, visiting Brimi Bue, a popular Lom hot-spot for fresh local produce and traditional Nordic flavours, owned by renowned chef Arne Brimi. Indulge yourselves in the historic atmosphere of Lom open-air museum and its houses dating from the early 1600s and experience the old farmer culture. The Norwegian Mountain Centre is also worth a visit.
AccommodationFossheim Hotel or similar
Day 5 - Continue your journey together to the heart of the Norwegian fjords
Depart Lom for another scenic journey through the spectacular mountain and fjord country of Breheimen and Jostedalsheimen. Stop at Sognefjellshytta (approx. 1 hr drive) for a coffee/tea break, then sit back and enjoy the scenery until your next stop at the cubist stone at Mefjellet. The final stop before descending down the mountain is at Nedre Oscarshaug – another fantastic spot for photos and great views.
After lunch at Skjolden Hotel, drive approx. 20-30 mins to Feigumfossen and continue to the charming Urnes Stave Church (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest church in Norway). Catch a ferry to Solvorn and continue over Aurlandsfjellet. Lastly, enjoy a stop at Stegastein before arriving to the peaceful village of Aurland.
AccommodationVangsgården Gjestegiveri or similar
Day 6 - Spend your day relaxing, hiking and taking in the views in the peaceful little town of Aurland. Enjoy the harbour area with unspoilt views of the fjord and gardens.
Spend your day relaxing, hiking and taking in the views in the peaceful little town of Aurland. Enjoy the harbour area with unspoilt views of the fjord and surrounding gardens. Optional visits to local mountain farms, guided hikes or a fjord safari can be pre-booked (at additional cost).
AccommodationVangsgården Gjestegiveri or similar
Day 7 - Aurland to Flåm, and step aboard the world famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal Station with several stunning lookout points along the way, then express boat to Bergen.
Short transfer from Aurland to Flåm, and step aboard the world famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal Station with several stunning lookout points along the way. Thanks to its steep incline (from sea level to almost 900 meters above sea level in a short hour), the train-ride is rated as one of Europe’s best rail journeys and has become a real highlight for visitors in Norway.
Return to Flåm to board the express ferry to Bergen. Take in the fresh air on Norway’s longest fjord, the Sognefjord, during this 5-hour ferry-ride towards Bergen. Check into your centrally located hotel at the end of the day.
This evening head out for a local dinner (not included) with your escort and say 'goodbye'.
AccommodationClarion Hotel Admiral or similar
Day 8 - Guided walk in Bergen, lunch at the fish markets before boarding your Coastal Voyage
Bergen is the perfect strolling town and with your guide, you will explore the historical centre of Bergen, being transported back to a time when Bergen was the centre of political power and trade for the entire North Atlantic. It was the Capital of the Kingdom of Norway for a short period, before the capital was moved to Oslo in 1299, and the town grew to become the largest in Scandinavia.
The Hanseatic League established itself here in 1350 and had a trade monopoly that lasted 200 years. While in Bergen you might wish to visit the UNESCO heritage listed historical area around the harbour known as the Bryggen district, and the home of Edvard Grieg, Troldhaugen, Norway's internationally famous composer. Enjoy lunch at the new Bergen Fish Market - a fantastic modern architectural designed building with a great outdoor and indoor dining area.
With your group, transfer to the ferry terminal and check into your cabin from approximately 6pm. Enjoy a group dinner as you depart Bergen, at 8pm. Remember to note, you are travelling in the midnight sun summer period so you can enjoy LONG sunset/ light evenings on deck.
Day 9 - Florø - Molde - A day for architectural and natural masterpieces
If you wake up early the next day, you have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. Sail past the West Cape, and out on the open sea. The ship then navigates through skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund.
Distinguished by its numerous spires, towers and highly-ornate buildings, Ålesund is a town renowned for its beautiful art nouveau architecture. It owes this to a devastating fire that burned a large proportion of the city to the ground in 1904. The entire town was subsequently rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, art nouveau. If you like marine life, you can join an optional visit to Atlanterhavsparken - one of Northern Europe’s largest salt-water aquariums. The tour includes a visit to the open-air pool to see the resident penguins. After visiting Atlanterhavsparken, we continue onwards and upwards to Mount Aksla where you will get an amazing panorama of the area.
Next, the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord passing sheer, 800 metre cliffs and impressive waterfalls en route.
Molde is known as the ‘city of roses’. This attractive coastal city also has a wonderful view to 222 mountain peaks, called ‘the Molde panorama’.
Day 10 - Kristiansund to Rørvik - Discover medieval spirit in the old capital
Few large cities have managed to preserve their intimacy as effectively as Norway’s third largest city, Trondheim. Viking king, Olav Tryggvason, founded this ancient city as early as 997. Visit Norway’s national shrine, Nidaros Cathedral, the country´s only Gothic-style cathedral built over the burial place of St. Olav, Norway’s patron saint. Here you can marvel at the cathedral’s incredible architectural details and exquisite works of art.
You can also explore Trondheim from sea level in a kayak along the river Nid all year, or experience the city on a bicycle and try out the world’s only bicycle lift from April to September.
In the afternoon, the ship sets a northwest course, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous charming islets and rocky outcrops. After passing through the narrow Stokksund, the ship heads towards charming Rørvik.
Day 11 - Brønnøysund to Svolvær - Welcome to the Arctic Region! Experience the Lofoten islands
Today you will cross the Arctic Circle! This invisible line is situated at 66 degrees, 33 minutes North and demarcates the Arctic region. In summer, this means enjoying 24-hour daylight and the midnight sun. Even if you aren’t awake when we cross the Arctic Circle, the captain will make sure that the occasion is memorable: If you are sailing in Arctic waters for the first time, you can participate in a daytime Arctic Circle ceremony out on deck.
Near the village of Ørnes is Svartisen, Norway’s second-largest glacier. In Bodø, you can join an adventure in harmony with nature, eagles, and the deep blue sea. Visit Saltstraumen, where you witness the world’s most powerful tidal current. There is also a good chance you’ll observe sea eagles on this exciting journey through wild landscape.
Later the same afternoon, you will spot the 3,000 ft high Lofoten Wall on the horizon. Tucked between tall mountains, majestic granite cliffs, and white-sand beaches, seeing beautiful Lofoten is a truly extraordinary experience. The additional charm of the Lofoten Islands is revealed in its small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere. Take a stroll between stockfish racks and traditional fisherman’s huts called ‘rorbuer’.
At Stamsund, you can join a historical journey to the Lofotr Viking Museum, where you are invited into the chieftain’s house, a full-size reconstruction featuring exhibits of finds dating back to the Viking Age. The chieftain and lady of the house invite you to join them for a real Viking meal in the banquet hall, providing a taste of the Viking Age, complete with traditional food, drinks, costumes, singing, and dancing.
Day 12 - Stokmarknes to Skjervøy, via Tromsø
Get ready for a day full of exciting activities. During the morning hours, your ship will briefly dock at Risøyhamn, Harstad, and Finnsnes. The ship then proceeds to Tromsø, the capital of the Arctic, for a prolonged stay. Many epic Arctic expeditions used Tromsø as a starting point.
After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, you will continue the northbound journey.
Day 13 - Øksfjord to Berlevåg - North Cape
Enjoy magnificent sub-Arctic landscapes as you cross the 71st parallel on the journey toward the North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent. You may see herds of grazing reindeer and small camps belonging to the indigenous Sámi people.
The ship arrives in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. An optional excursion to the North Cape plateau puts you at 71° 10’ 21” N, only 1,245 miles away from the Geographic North Pole. Standing atop the 1,000 ft high North Cape plateau imparts a sublime sense of being at the end of the world. While admiring the view, be sure to take a picture of this amazing place! Close to the North Cape you find one of the world’s most exciting nature reserves, Gjesværstappan.
The ship then continues north, sailing into the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. You pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation of Finnkirka, as the ship approachs the next stop, the fishing village of Kjøllefjord. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the Sámi people, and explore the wonderful landscape in summer and autumn. Learn about Sámi traditions and their way of life, and hear traditional Sámi ‘joiking’ (song). Along the way, guides tell you about the Sámi people, the geographic and climatic conditions, life on the Finnmark coast, and how the local population effectively utilizes nature in both summer and winter.
Day 14 - Kirkenes - Capital of the Barents Region and Summer King Crab Safari
The vistas become more dramatic as you approach Kirkenes. You will arrive early in nearby Vadsø, and just after breakfast, arrive in Kirkenes. At 30° East, Kirkenes is farther east than St. Petersburg and Istanbul! It is also Hurtigruten’s turning point for the return trip west southbound along the coast. Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents region and the gateway to the east.
The Russian frontier is a just few miles away from Kirkenes. This afternoon, you have the option of a final group lunch with the Summer King Crab Fishing Safari!! If you enjoy eating crab, be sure to arrive HUNGRY!
Transfer to the airport and fly back to Oslo. Or stay an additional night locally in Kirkenes.
Price per person, twin share.
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Your escort will be with you from Day One until after dinner on Day 7. This tour can also be done as a fully escorted 7 day tour, without the Kystruten voyage.
When securing your Kystruten cabin with us, please take note of the dimensions of the cabin to ensure that you are satisfied with it's size. There is additional storage room available on board if you wish and you just need to contact staff to request it when you are on board.
You can pre-book your optional excursions with us. However, you can also wait until you are onboard and do it then - however, there is a maximum number and they can book out. It is not possible to pre-book within 2 weeks prior to departure. Excursions and their contents are subject to maximum/minimum numbers and weather/local conditions.
Just remember that when you are travelling along the coast, you are joining a piece of history and practical everyday life in terms of the boats still operating to support the local vicinities they visit: locals bringing their cars home, post being delivered and supplies being dropped off and collected. When the boats stop for a few hours it is not just to let you have a stroll around the local World Heritage Site.
This itinerary has been designed to not only showcase the best of Norway, but to highlight some of the beautiful regions which are accessible by public transport, and to keep bus driving to a minimum. This includes the famous Flåm railway, which is powered by the Kjosfossen waterfall, one of the iconic stops on route.
Your journey along the iconic Norwegian coast line comprises a large element of this tour. Traditionally the company Hurtigruten had exclusive access to this route, but in 2017 the Norwegian government ended their 130 year monopoly by granting Havila access and allowing them to also take travellers along the coastline. Traditionally the ships on this route were powered by fossil fuels, however, the new Havila ships are fitted with batteries (the largest ship battery pack in the world), and are able to partly run on renewable hydroelectric power. Not only will the lack of noise and emissions improve the tourist experience and disruption to the environment, but the approach is essential to meet the strict zero emissions regulations for the fjord region to be introduced by the Norwegian government later this decade. We are proud to partner with Havila for this journey, and welcome their new, green ships.
All of the accommodations have been hand selected for their ties to the local community, and for their environmental credentials. One example is our support of Nordic Choice hotels, which are famous for their efforts in sustainability. The accommodation is ISO 14001 certified (which is given to enterprises that have a high-quality environmental managing system for organizational performance), has launched plastic free initiatives in partnership with WWF, where possible is powered by renewable energy and are taking great strides to reduce water consumption and reduce the use of chemicals. Even though access to water is not an issue in Nordic countries compared to other parts of the world, this hotel is conscious of the energy consumed for heating, and chemicals required for purification, so reduction makes up part of their overall environmental policy. In addition to this they provide sustainable, organic, fair trade food, and only use sustainably produced palm oil. Your hosts also encourages guests to eat less meat and substitute this for plant based alternatives.