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10 days - Escorted Small Group tour with northbound Norwegian Coastal Voyage, Oslo to Tromsø
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 includes visiting Oslo, Bergen and the fjords before travelling up the Norwegian coast to Tromsø.
• Northbound voyage on the Norwegian Coastal Voyage (Kystruten) to Tromsø
• Sights and sounds of the Norwegian coast
• City tours 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 Oslo; meet your escort & group for the welcome dinner
- Day 2
- Modern Oslo - Guided city tour
- Day 3
- Depart Oslo by early train and enjoy the spectacular journey to Flåm
- Day 4
- Start with a spectacular 2 hour cruise from Flåm, marvel at the fjords and villages then head to Bergen
- Day 5
- Explore Bergen - head to the hills above Bergen, museums or fine dine by the water before transferring to the harbour.
- Day 6
- Ålesund- Art Nouveau architecture and Geirangerfjord
- Day 7
- Trondheim- Medieval city
- Day 8
- Welcome to the Arctic Circle and Lofoten
- Day 9
- Coastal Voyage, disembark in Tromsø and visit the Ishavskatedralen
- Day 10
- Departure this morning in Tromsø
- Start Place
- Oslo, Norway tours
- End Place
- Tromsø, Norway tours
- Country Visited
- Norway tours
- 10 Days
- Group Size
- 6 - 18
- Escorted Tour
- Easy escorted voyage & tour suitable for singles and couples
Coastal ferry, bus, train and transfers.
- 5 nights in 4* hotels in central locations, and 4 nights cruise accommodation in an outside cabin on the coastal ferry
- Daily breakfasts
- English speaking Tour Escort
- English speaking local guide for city tours in Oslo & Bergen
- Norway in a Nutshell with fjord cruise
- Train from Oslo - Myrdal - Flåm, Cruise to Gudgvangen, Bus to Voss then train to Bergen
- Welcome dinner in Oslo
- Voyage from Bergen to Tromsø, 4 nights in unspecified outside cabin with window, TV, toilet & shower (Pre-booked cabin upgrades available on request subject to availability).
- All meals 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.
International flight tickets, Norwegian coastal voyage optional excursions, any airport taxes, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.
Portage is not included - you will be responsible for carrying all your luggage.
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. If you have a few hours, we suggest heading to close by beautiful peninsula of Bygdøy by ferry to visit the Fram Museum this afternoon.
Your escort will meet you this evening in the hotel lobby and have a welcome dinner at Engebret (or similar), a traditional Norwegian restaurant with an elegant, white table-clothed dining room in an 18th-century building.
AccommodationThe Hub or similar
Day 2 - Modern Oslo - Guided city tour
The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer the discerning traveller, and you have a full day to discover the city. After breakfast, you will meet a specialist Oslo guide for a four hour city tour by minibus. Depending on your guide and time, you will visit some of the Oslo highlights, including the Kontiki & Fram museums, the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Ekerbergeparken and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum.
Afterwards, you can walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle, the Harbour area and the new Opera House.
Day 3 - Depart Oslo by early train and enjoy the spectacular journey to Flåm
Catch an early morning train from Oslo to Myrdal. The train journey over Northern Europe’s largest mountain plateau is spectacular. In the comfort of your train, watch fjord scenery with beautiful waterfalls, flowing rivers, deep valleys and mountains.
Arrive in Flåm and have the afternoon to explore this small fjord side village. Optional walks and activities such as a fjord rib boat safari can be arranged.
AccommodationFretheim Hotel or similar
Day 4 - Start with a spectacular 2 hour cruise from Flåm, marvel at the fjords and villages then head to Bergen
The day starts with a spectacular 2-hour fjord cruise from Flåm to the tiny fjord village of Gudvangen. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Aurlandsfjord & the Næroyfjord-a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The boat docks in Gudvangen, and from there the journey continues by bus through Nærøydalen, with its charming villages and scenic winter landscape. The bus will arrive in Voss, where you continue the tour by train on the Bergen Railway.
On arrival into Bergen, settle into your hotel and perhaps head down to the fish market or fish restaurants by the wharf for dinner. Looking for something special? Consider a boat ride out to the Cornelius Fish Restaurant, on a private island outside of Bergen.
AccommodationAdmiral Hotel or similar
Day 5 - Explore Bergen - head to the hills above Bergen, museums or fine dine by the water before transferring to the harbour.
After breakfast enjoy a 3-hour walking tour of Bergen, including a visit to the popular Fish Market, the famous Bryggen Harbour with its gabled pack-houses, and the old Hanseatic Quarter.
The afternoon is free in Bergen - be sure to enjoy the indoor & outdoor fish markets with their platters, sushi & paella options. Ride on the funicular to Mt. Fløien for the best views of the city and fjords way below. Keep an eye out for your coastal voyage vessel that arrives into Bergen during the afternoon.
In the mid afternoon you will transfer to the cruise terminal for check-in. Settle into your cabin & then meet your escort for your first meal on-board the ship.
Please note, you carry your own luggage onboard from the pier to check in/cabin.
An information meeting is usually held on the evening of departure from Bergen and included details of safety onboard. There is an information folder in each cabin and safety procedures are illustrated on the back of your cabin door and in public areas. The cruise tour leader on board will assist with general information and optional excursions available.
TransportationNorwegian Coastal Voyage
Day 6 - Ålesund- Art Nouveau architecture and Geirangerfjord
A winter expedition along the coast of Norway is a beautiful experience. The landscape is covered in pure white snow; the air is fresh, pure and crisp. Clusters of cosy houses glow on the shores like embers, and the stunning backdrop of snow-clad mountains reflects the polar twilight.
Your ship continues north past skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund. Enjoy examples of Art Nouveau style in the Apotekergate and Kongensgate pedestrian precinct. Make sure you see Ålesund from above, taking 418 steps to the top of Mount Aksla. The Atlantic Sea Park (Atlanterhavsparken)-one of the largest saltwater aquariums in Europe is also worth a visit.
Molde - known as the 'Town of Roses' is another exceptional place to catch beautiful views of 222 mountain peaks at the Molde Panorama.
Leaving Ålesund we head north towards Trondheim. Overnight on board the ship.
Day 7 - Trondheim- Medieval city
When visiting the old royal city of Trondheim, be sure to get a good view from the Old Town Bridge. (Gamle Bybrua) Dating from 1861, this neo-gothic wooden bridge used to be the only way into the town centre. Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300 is Norway's largest Gothic religious edifice. In the neighbouring Archbishop's Palace, the Norwegian Crown Jewels are kept. In the city of Trondheim, the Hanseatic, waterside storehouses built on wooden stilts are just as charming as Stiftsgården- the largest wooden building in Norway and residence for the Royal Family when visiting Trondheim.
When leaving Trondheim, you set course for the beautiful Kjerungskjær lighthouse and thousands of little islands and picturesque rocky outcrops. After passing through the narrow Stokksund, the ship will arrive at the charismatic Rørvik.
Day 8 - Welcome to the Arctic Circle and Lofoten
This morning, between Nesna and Ørnes you will pass a globe on a small islet, which heralds your crossing of the Arctic Circle. The Arctic Circle marks the border to the Arctic region. In summer this means 24-hour daylight- often referred to as the Midnight Sun. During autumn and winter, being above this degree of latitude give you the best chance of experiencing the Northern Lights. Passengers sailing in Arctic waters for the first time are given an Arctic Circle Babtism by Njord, the ruler of the Seven Seas. This comes in the form of an ice cube down you front or back but is entirely optional and great fun to watch if you don't want to participate.
Heading towards Bodø the ship sails along the Helgeland coast where you will pass the unique Torghatten mountain with its 30-metre-high, 25-metre-wide and 160-metre-deep hole through the middle.
In the afternoon, your ship gradually closes in on the Lofoten wall mountains towering above the tiny and colourful fishing villages of the Lofoten Islands. This is an extraordinary place to disembark and take a stroll.
These islands are renowned for their small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere surrounded by majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches. Complete your visit with a stroll between the stockfish racks and 'rorbuer', the traditional red fisherman's residences.
Day 9 - Coastal Voyage, disembark in Tromsø and visit the Ishavskatedralen
During the night the ship navigates the narrow Raftsund strait. After a stop in Harstad situated on the largest island of Norway- Hinnøya, you continue via Finnsnes to Tromsø and disembark.
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 worlds northernmost brewery.
Day 10 - Departure this morning in Tromsø
After breakfast, independent transfer and depart Tromsø.
- Price per person, seaview superior with a double bed. Any other cabin type including twin cabins are subject to price and availability.
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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 Oslo 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 also offer an extention tour to Helsinki and Tallinn after your tour.
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.
MEDICAL AND HEALTH INFORMATION:
All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy group travel. During winter, roads and footpaths can be icey so please consider carefully how much luggage you bring as you will be responsible for carrying all the luggage on these outside paths. There is no portage service in Scandinavia and your tour escorts cannot help you, beyond reason.
Scandinavia is a fairly accessible destination for people with restricted mobility and other disabilities and is actively working to be more accessible every day. However, please note that our group tours are often not suitable for persons with limited accessibility due to inclusions and pace. 50 Degrees North is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability and we can tailor-make independent itineraries for travellers when needed. Please contact us for further details.
This spectacular itinerary ensures as little time driving as possible and celebrates the best of the coastline accessible by train, ship, and RIB boat. Norway is a pioneer in sustainable and innovative travel, and we have selected activities which embrace that; for instance, the Flam railway, which takes you along one of the world’s most spectacular train rides, is powered by hyrdro-electric energy from the Kjosfossen waterfall, one of the iconic stops on route.
At the heart of this journey is your trip by ship through the Fjords. Traditionally the company Hurtigruten had exclusive access to this route, but in 2017 the Norwegian government ended their 130-year monopoly by granting the operator Havila, who themselves have a rich history in the region dating back to 1950, access and allowing them to also take travellers along the coastline. With this change comes innovation; traditionally the ships on this route are powered by fossil fuels however the Havila ships are fitted with batteries (the largest ship battery pack in the world) and can run on renewable hydroelectric power for up to 4 hours at a time. Not only will the lack of noise and emissions improve the tourist experience and disruption to the vulnerable fjords, 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. The hull is specially designed for maximum energy efficiency, and excess heat from cooling water and sea used for heating on board.
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 (who will be your hosts in Oslo and Bergen) 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 encourage guests to eat less meat and substitute this for plant-based alternatives.
Porter service offers safe and secure transportation of your luggage, allowing you to travel through the fjords between Oslo and Bergen with just an overnight bag. Please pack your overnight bag according to the number of nights you will be away from your main luggage. Bring any valuables and medications with you.
You leave the luggage at the hotel reception before 6:30AM and the Porter Service will pick it up and deliver it to your hotel in Bergen by 9:00PM that same day. It will be stored safely until you arrive in Bergen (up to three to four nights later as required).
Please note that 1 piece of luggage per person is included unless otherwise specified.
Please note this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 14.