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    10 days - Escorted Small Group tour with southbound Norwegian Coastal Voyage

    Embarking on a winter’s pilgrimage to Norway in search of the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, is a bucket-list topper. And, with good reason! It’s a truly magical experience, with dark skies overhead bursting into grand, ethereal colours. But, sightings are never guaranteed, so it pays to travel alongside a local guide and mix up your locations above the Arctic Circle. This short winter tour starts in Tromsø then travels down the Norwegian coast, riding the Bergen to Oslo train into the heart of the Norwegian fjords.

    Our Northern Lights small group touring plans for 2021 have been made based on the assumption it will once again be safe to travel by late 2021 and early 2022. With only a $100 booking deposit to secure your spot, you won’t need to worry about any additional decisions until 150 days prior. At which time we should know tour operations can proceed in a safe and confident manner by the time your holiday is scheduled to take place.

    Why book with us? We offer very flexible rebooking conditions with transfer of full deposit, Scandinavian tour leader and booking directly with local Scandinavian experts based in Norway.

    Highlights include

    • Southbound voyage on the Norwegian Coastal Voyage (Kystruten) from Tromsø
    • Scandinavian Escort
    • Sights and sounds of the Norwegian coast
    • City tours Tromsø, Oslo and Bergen
    • Opportunity for spotting the northern lights
    • Small group sizes from just 8 to 18
    • Genuinely inclusive, no additional tour costs
    • Hand selected, small hotels
    • No unnecessary bus driving
    • 'Down Time' guaranteed

    Day 1
    Arrive Tromsø and settle in to your hotel
    Day 2
    Discover Tromsø - The Arctic Capital and board the coastal ship in the late evening
    Day 3
    Vesterålen and Lofoten
    Day 4
    Embrace the 7 sisters mountains in the Arctic Circle
    Day 5
    Old towns of Molde and Kristiansund, then Trondheim
    Day 6
    Western Islands, then disembark in Bergen
    Day 7
    Discover Bergen with a guided tour
    Day 8
    Bergen to Oslo Scenic Train Journey
    Day 9
    Modern Oslo - Guided city tour
    Day 10
    Departure Day
    Start Place
    Tromsø, Norway tours
    End Place
    Oslo, Norway tours
    Country Visited
    Norway tours
    Duration
    10 Days
    Group Size
    6 - 18
    Suitability
    Easy escorted voyage & tour suitable for singles and couples
    Code
    FDNCTL

    Details

    Transportation

    Coastal ferry, bus, train and transfers.

    Included
    • 5 nights in 4* hotels in central locations, and 4 nights cruise accommodation in an outside cabin on the coastal ferry
    • Daily breakfast
    • English speaking Tour Escort
    • English speaking local guide for city tours in Tromsø, Oslo & Bergen
    • Bergen to Oslo train with seat reservation
    • Oslo city pass valid 24-hours
    • Farewell dinner at Engebret Cafe
    • Voyage from Tromsø to Bergen, 4 nights in unspecified outside cabin with window, TV, toilet & shower (Pre-booked cabin upgrades available on request subject to availability).
    • Full board on the Norwegian Coastal voyage
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees
    • Booking with Confidence- we want you to be confident in booking with 50 Degrees North, and we will always have your best interest and safety in mind. In these times of uncertainty during the COVID-19 crisis, we have put in place further measures to make booking with us easier and more flexible.
    Not Included

    International flight tickets, Norwegian coastal voyage optional excursions, any airport taxes, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive Tromsø and settle in to your hotel

    Arrive Tromsø, the Arctic Capital and starting point for your journey. Check in to your hotel and explore the city. Many of the epic Arctic expeditions used Tromsø as a starting point- the famous explorer Roald Amundsen sourced both crew and suppliers here. With the presence of the Norwegian Polar Institute, the city has cemented its position as the Polar Capital of Norway.

    Ishavskatedralen, the Arctic Cathedral is a unique landmark well worth visiting. Experience Tromsø's best views by taking the Fjellheisen cable car to the top of the mountain ledge Storsteinen and maybe enjoy a beer from the world's northernmost brewery.

    Accommodation
    Clarion Hotel The Edge
    Restaurants
    Restaurant options in Tromsø

    Day 2 - Discover Tromsø - The Arctic Capital and board the coastal ship in the late evening

    After breakfast, join a guided city tour of Tromsø. See the highlights of the city on this walking tour. If you would like to add a winter adventure such as dogsledding or cultural tours, there will be time this afternoon to do this. Late this evening, you will board the boat and meet your group escort and the rest of the group.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Restaurants
    Restaurant options in Tromsø
    Skarven
    Optional Add Ons
    Vulkana - Luxury Spa Boat

    Day 3 - Vesterålen and Lofoten

    Today you will pass through Risøyrenna, a channel providing vessels an 'inside route' between Harstad and Sortland. Coming into Sortland- the blue city, local artist Bjørn Elvenes came up with the idea of turning the city into a three-dimensional artwork using a blue colour palette. You then continue onto Stokmarknes, where you will see the MS Finnmarken as a monument as you come into port. You can also learn about Norway's coastal history at the Hurtigruten museum.

    Continuing south from Stokmarknes it looks as if you are sailing straight through the mountain wall, but you sail through an opening in the narrow Raftsundet, a picturesque narrow channel between the Vesterålen and Lofoten islands. If time and weather permits, you will take a detour into the spectactular Trollfjord where steep cliffs hug the ship's sides, home to the majestic sea eagles. The daylight sailing through the Lofoten Islands is a highlight for many as the Lofoten region is renowned for its natural beauty with steep mountains, fishing villages and beautiful scenery.

    Svolvær is the main settlement on the Lofoten Island followed by Stamsund where the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten Wall can be viewed.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Kystruten Ship

    Day 4 - Embrace the 7 sisters mountains in the Arctic Circle

    The Helgeland coast with hundreds of islets, fertile farmland and steep granite walls is worth getting up early to experience. Today will also be the last one north of the Arctic Circle as you cross it between Ørnes and Nesna. This part of the coast is rich in local lore with stories including the legend of the Seven Sisters, a picturesque row of peaks, and the myth about how the arrow formed the hole in Torghatten mountain.

    On our way from Sandessjøen to Brønnøysund, the Vega Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is on the list due to the unique interaction between man and nature as the local population have protected the eider duck nests in return for the highly valuable down from the birds.

    Brønnøysund is a vibrant and pretty little town - nice for a stroll through Havnegata looking at the small boats and bustling life of the archipelago.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 5 - Old towns of Molde and Kristiansund, then Trondheim

    Today gives you another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. Nidaros Cathedral is Scandinavia's largest medieval building and three Queens, and seven Kings have been crowned here.

    The town of Kristiansund, located on the scenic Atlantic Road, holds the rather obscure title of Norway's klipfisk (dry and salted cod) capital because of the nature of its main export. Whilst in Kristiansund you can visit the Atlantic Road, one of Norway's most picturesque and frequently visited tourist destinations.

    Passing the islands of Munkholmen and Hitra you cross the open sea to Molde, known as the 'city of roses' due to its lush Gulf Stream locations. When leaving Molde you can see the pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 6 - Western Islands, then disembark in Bergen

    As your voyage comes towards the end, you pass Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy during the night and in the morning you might want to enjoy the last leg of your journey seeing the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedalsbreen glacier, Norway's longest fjord- the mighty Sognefjord and the gorgeous Bergen Archipelago.

    Transfer to your hotel and then head out to explore Bergen.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Clarion Hotel Admiral

    Day 7 - Discover Bergen with a guided tour

    After breakfast, enjoy a three-hour sightseeing tour of Bergen. Bergen is the perfect strolling town and a free detailed guide of Bergen is available from the Tourist Office centrally located on Fisketorget. As you explore the historical centre of Bergen you'll be 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. Be sure to visit the new Bergen Fish Market - a fantastic modern architectural designed building with a great outdoor and indoor dining area.

    If you are looking for something special, we recommend visiting the Restaurant Cornelius.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Clarion Hotel Admiral
    Restaurants
    Cornelius Fish Restaurant

    Day 8 - Bergen to Oslo Scenic Train Journey

    After breakfast transfer to the Bergen Central Railway Station and depart Bergen by train travelling across the Western fjords and the Hardanger Plateau, with its highest point at Finse (1222m).

    The journey is considered one of the most picturesque in Europe - 7 hours of beautiful scenery. Starting through gentle snow covered countryside landscapes dotted with quaint farmhouses, the journey just keeps getting better with fjords, waterfalls, barren mountain peaks and classic Norwegian forests. Comfortable classy trains with free Wi-Fi, free coffee & tea and large seats will make the day thoroughly enjoyable. There is a small cafe on board or bring your own packed lunch (like the locals do).

    Arrive in Oslo and walk to your hotel.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    The Hub Oslo

    Day 9 - Modern Oslo - Guided city tour

    After breakfast, enjoy a city tour with minivan and local guide to see some of the Oslo highlights: the local harbour, the distinctive town hall, the Vigeland Sculpture Park and more. Please note itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions.

    The afternoon is free in Oslo, and you will still have a valid Oslo Card on hand to catch the sights you haven’t already experienced.

    This evening, meet your group for the final group dinner at the Engebret, a traditional Norwegian restaurant with an elegant, white tableclothed dining room in an 18th-century building.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    The Hub Oslo

    Day 10 - Departure Day

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport by express train.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices
    • Price per person, double share and single supplement available. Costing is based on an outside cabin with window on your voyage.
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    From Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    17 Oct 2022
    26 Oct 2022
    17 Oct 2022
    26 Oct 2022
    EUR 2,618
    Available
    Standard
    17 Oct 2022
    26 Oct 2022
    17 Oct 2022
    26 Oct 2022
    EUR 1,475
    Available
    Extra for Single
    19 Nov 2022
    28 Nov 2022
    19 Nov 2022
    28 Nov 2022
    EUR 2,316
    Available
    Standard
    19 Nov 2022
    28 Nov 2022
    19 Nov 2022
    28 Nov 2022
    EUR 1,150
    Available
    Extra for Single
    22 Dec 2022
    31 Dec 2022
    22 Dec 2022
    31 Dec 2022
    EUR 2,450
    Available
    Standard
    22 Dec 2022
    31 Dec 2022
    22 Dec 2022
    31 Dec 2022
    EUR 1,250
    Available
    Extra for Single
    24 Jan 2023
    2 Feb 2023
    24 Jan 2023
    2 Feb 2023
    EUR 2,590
    Available
    Standard
    24 Jan 2023
    2 Feb 2023
    24 Jan 2023
    2 Feb 2023
    EUR 1,290
    Available
    Extra for Single
    26 Feb 2023
    7 Mar 2023
    26 Feb 2023
    7 Mar 2023
    EUR 2,435
    Available
    Standard
    26 Feb 2023
    7 Mar 2023
    26 Feb 2023
    7 Mar 2023
    EUR 1,225
    Available
    Extra for Single
    31 Mar 2023
    9 Apr 2023
    31 Mar 2023
    9 Apr 2023
    EUR 2,650
    Available
    Standard
    31 Mar 2023
    9 Apr 2023
    31 Mar 2023
    9 Apr 2023
    EUR 1,350
    Available
    Extra for Single

    Important Information

    PLEASE NOTE: Winter 2022/23 departures have unspecified outside cabins with windows on the Norwegian coastal voyage, we are able to upgrade cabins on request to superior or suites.

    We recommend arriving into Tromsø a day or so before the tour starts and enjoying this city. The first few days on tour is very busy and not being affected by jetlag will help you enjoy the activities (we can add a husky ride, reindeer safari and other local experiences).

    You can pre-book your optional Norwegian Coastal Voyage excursions with us. However, you can also wait until you are on board and do it then - however, there is a maximum number and they can book out (unlimited numbers on the North Cape tour). 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. Our 50 Degrees North escort will also be available to take you on a casual walk through the main cities that you visit during your Norwegian Coastal voyage.

    Other travellers will join at various points along the way as this tour is a shorter section of a longer small group journey. The group size will never extend beyond it's maximum numbers.

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