Follow in the footsteps of Vikings from long ago with this comprehensive journey through Norway, which includes adventures by foot, by rail and by boat.
About the Tour
The allure of Norway is otherworldly, from its charming villages and ancient structures to its waterfalls and rugged mountains. On this 13-day expedition, enjoy glimpses of each facet of this dynamic country. Begin in Oslo, with guided touring, before moving onto the harbor town of Bergen, where wooden houses sit alongside a backdrop of towering mountains. Also in Bergen, enjoy the first of four total scenic railway excursions: the Bergen and Flåm Railroads. Moving on to Geiranger, take in views of Dalsnibba viewpoint, Europe's highest fjord, and several stunning waterfalls. Aboard the Rauma Railroad, we continue to Trondheim, a village that dates back to the 10th century. Yet another scenic journey, the Nordland Railroad takes us on a 452-mile journey across the Arctic Circle to Bodø. The views from this rail line are simply remarkable, with the landscapes looking much like they did centuries ago. Wrapping up with even more incredible scenes, the Lofoten Islands are the perfect conclusion to this idyllic journey. Imagine the possibilities and adventures to come in a country where the views are just as dramatic as the history.
- Four scenic rail journeys: Bergen Railroad, Flåm Railroad, Rauma Railroad and Nordland Railroad
- Hotel accommodations for 12 nights
- 21 meals including 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 8 dinners, including a Viking plank feast with beer and a farewell meal in Oslo
- Guided walking tour of Bergen
- Visits to Borgund Stave Church and Dalsnibba viewpoint
- Cruise along Geirangerfjord
- The Trollstigen road to Åndalsnes
- Free time in Trondheim
- Exploration of the Lofoten Islands including Nusfjord, Uttakleiv beach and Henningsvaer
- Midnight Sun excursion
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
Days 1 - Arrive in Oslo
Arrive in Oslo, and transfer to the Thon Opera Hotel to meet your group and Tour Manager. Take the remainder of the day to get acquainted with this waterside capital. Overnight Oslo.
Day 2 - Oslo to Bergen
Begin your day with a guided tour of Oslo. We visit some of the most beloved sights throughout the city, including the stately Royal Palace, the Opera House and City Hall. Following the tour, we continue to the station for our train journey to Bergen. The all-day journey presents the scenic pleasures of Norway, with its lush evergreen forests, mountainous surroundings and typical Norweigan villages. Upon arrival in Bergen, we are transferred to the hotel for check-in, then you are free for the rest of the evening. The city of Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains and is based around its harbor. In the Bergenhus district, there are well-preserved medieval buildings. On the other side of the harbor is the Klosteret area, which has beautiful 18th-century wooden houses and charming alleys that lead to the Nordnes peninsula. Overnight Bergen. (B, D)
Day 3 - Bergen
Admire the charms of Bergen on today’s guided sightseeing tour of the city. As we walk through the narrow streets of Bergen we enjoy a look at the old Hanseatic waterfront of Bryggen and the local fish market, amongst other sights. The tour concludes at a local restaurant, where we will enjoy a lunch made of freshly caught seafood. Following, we board a motorcoach to tour the various bridges of Bergen. This evening is yours to continue your explorations of this dynamic city or to seek out some of the cuisine that has earned Bergen’s title as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Overnight Bergen. (B, L)
Day 4 - The Bergen Railroad and the Flåm Railroad
Some of the most spectacular natural scenes in Norway are put on display today as we embark on two scenic rail journeys today, beginning with the Bergen Railroad. Leaving Bergen and skirting the colorful fishing villages of the coastline, the train makes its gradual ascent into the inland’s craggy mountains. We travel through hand-drilled tunnels, alongside impressive fjords and through resort towns en route to Myrdal, which is located at nearly 2,850 feet above sea level. Here, we disembark our train and board the famous Flåm Railroad for an unforgettable descent into the unspoiled surroundings of the Flåm Valley. This railway is a branch line of the Bergen Railroad and takes passengers on a 12 1/2-mile (20-kilometer) journey through horseshoe curves, past rivers and waterfalls, through remarkable tunnels, beside snow-capped mountains and across remote farmlands to Flåm on the shores of the Aurlandsfjord. This evening, we enjoy a Viking plank feast, complete with a selection of local beers. Dinner is served the atmospheric Ægir Brewery, a traditional Norse-style building set beside Aurlandsfjord. Overnight Flåm. (B, D)
Day 5 - To Geiranger
A memorable journey through the beyond of Southern Norway beckons as we set out from Flåm by coach. Rugged landscapes brimming with mountains, glaciers and fjords make the route to Geiranger one of immense beauty. During the northerly route, we visit the Borgund Stave Church, which was built in 1180 and is one of the most recognizable stave churches in the country. Enjoy the picturesque setting on the King’s Road and the church’s intricate carvings, including dragons’ heads on its roof. We also stop at the Dalsnibba viewpoint, to take in Europe's highest fjord view at a staggering 4,900-foot elevation. The journey presses on to Geiranger, and as we arrive, we settle in at our hotel for the evening. Overnight Geiranger. (B, D)
Day 6 - Geirangerfjord
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Geirangerfjord by boat today, as we set out for a cruise of this UNESCO-listed site. Acclaimed for its stunning landscape, this 9-mile branch of the Storfjord boasts towering sides and plunging waterfalls, including the Seven Sisters and the Suitor. On the steep shores, lofty forests, abandoned farm buildings and immense stretches of nature capture the beauty of the Norweigan countryside. In sunshine, this UNESCO World Heritage site is alive with color and contrasts - the lush greens of the trees clinging to the rock abutting the deep blue water and the brilliant white of the snow-capped peaks in the distance. When it rains, countless waterfalls appear from nowhere, flowing majestically into the water below. We disembark our boat in Hellesylt and enjoy a scenic drive back to Geiranger. Overnight Geiranger. (B)
Day 7 - The Rauma Railroad to Trondheim
Following the serpentine course of the Trollstigen mountain road*, we continue to Åndalsnes today. The drive is simply breathtaking, with its cinematic views over the mountainous valleys and their crystalline waterfalls. On arrival in Åndalsnes, we board the famous Rauma Railroad - called Europe's most beautiful railway journey by Lonely Planet - to Trondheim, our base for the next two nights. The 71-mile long railroad line delivers a spectacular journey through magnificent landscapes. We navigate alongside the emerald waters of the River Rauma for much of the trip and move at a leisurely pace that gives you photo opportunities at highlights, such as the Kylling Bridge and Trollveggen, Europe’s highest perpendicular mountain wall. Navigating through hillsides and below jagged mountain peaks, the train arrives in Dombås, where we change trains and board the Dovre Railway, which takes us through even more incredible sights as we approach Trondheim. Upon arrival, the remainder of the day is yours to get acquainted with this ancient city. Overnight Trondheim. (B, D)
Day 8 - Trondheim
Spend the day exploring Trondheim's broad avenues, old warehouses and pretty timber dwellings independently. Founded in the 10th century, Trondheim is one of the oldest and largest cities in Norway. This was the former seat of the Norwegian kings and a Scandinavian spiritual center throughout the Middle Ages. In 1681, a huge fire damaged much of the city, though this was swiftly rebuilt in a grand style, much of which survives. Today, this city is widely regarded as a cradle of culture within Norway. During your free time today, discover the history, which erupts from the winding lanes and centuries-old buildings. Perhaps visit the Nidaros Cathedral or cross the Old Town Bridge. The Kristiansten Fortress offers yet another look at the rich history of the city. If you prefer a museum experience, there is the Ringve Museum with its musical instruments from all over the world and the Trøndelag Folk Museum, an open-air heritage museum with over 80 authentic buildings to explore. Overnight Trondheim. (B)
Day 9 - Across the Arctic Circle to Bodø
After breakfast this morning, we transfer to the Trondheim train station to board the Nordland Railroad bound for Bodø. The 452-mile route takes us through the varied landscape of northern Norway, past gently sloping hills and distant mountains, majestic lakes and deep forests. We travel along the rocky coastline in stretches and gaze out over the open sea and the small islands within it. We cross the Arctic Circle as we enter the Saltfjellet Mountains and shortly before reaching the town of Lønsdal, the highest point of the railroad. The train reaches Fauske before turning due west for the final stretch to Bodø. The Nordland Railroad is rightly one of the world's most famous train routes, offering unbelievable views as the train passes through unconquerable landscapes. Watch as clear blue lakes, sparkling fjords and the spectacular Svartisen Glacier roll by our windows as we approach Bodø this evening. We are transferred to our hotel upon arrival, and then you have the evening to take in the magnificent surroundings. Overnight Bodø. (B, D)
Day 10 - The Midnight Sun
We depart Bodø by speed ferry and make our way to Moskenes at the tip of the Lofoten Islands. Upon arrival, we board a scenic coach to Svolvaer, the tiny capital of these stunning islands, which are often described as Europe's most dramatic and spectacular. Watch as small fishing communities, filled with houses built on timber piles, and imposing cliffs alter the landscape. We arrive in Svolvaer with time to admire the harbor, the colorful buildings and the imposing mountain backdrop. We have dinner late this evening and then embark on a night-time excursion to Gimsoy Beach. Enjoy views of the never-setting Midnight Sun and enjoy hot drinks on the beach while our local guide tells us stories about Lofoten and the Midnight Sun. Overnight Svolvaer. (B, D)
Day 11 - The Lofoten Islands
We continue to explore the Lofoten archipelago today on an excursion that includes the traditional fishing village of Nusfjord; picture-perfect Uttakleiv Beach, with its wandering tidal pools, emerald waters and black boulders; and free time in Henningsvær. The charming fishing village of Henningsværof features some of the most well-preserved architecture of the traditional Norwegian villages, as well as a beautiful harbor surrounded by pastel-hued homes. Later, we return to Svolvaer and enjoy a group dinner. Overnight Svolvaer. (B, D)
Day 12 - To Oslo
Take in the lovely scenery of Norway once more as we transfer back to Oslo today. Upon arrival, we enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Oslo. (B, D)
Day 13 - Tour Conclusion
Bid farewell to Norway as you depart your hotel this morning and make your way to Oslo’s international airport for your return flight home. (B)
Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo
The modern Thon Hotel Opera is perfectly located next to Oslo Central Station and just a short walk from Karl Johans Gate, the city's main pedestrian thoroughfare. The hotel has a restaurant, a bar serving snacks and light refreshments, a sauna and fitness studio. The rooms are comfortably furnished and facilities include climate control, a television, telephone, minibar, tea, and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.
Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen
Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz is a recently refurbished 4-star hotel situated on Bryggen, Bergen's historic waterfront. The hotel features a restaurant and lobby bar to relax in, as well as a gym. All of the rooms feature contemporary decor and come equipped with bathrobes and Bose facilities. Other offerings within the rooms include a minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone, television and a hairdryer.
Fretheim Hotel, Flåm
The historical Fretheim Hotel is located within a 19th-century white clapboard building in the city of Flåm. In the early 2000s, the hotel was updated to include a modern section, as well. Guests can choose to stay in either. Surrounded by nature, the hotel has an impressive view of the nearby fjord and surrounding mountains. Guests enjoy access to a restaurant, bar and coffee shop onsite, and the rooms are equipped with television and a hairdryer.
Union Hotel, Geiranger
Located on the edge of the beautiful Geirangerfjord, the Union Hotel is a facility where modern and classic family-run hotel amenities collide. The hotel is set above the town of Geiranger and looks out over the surrounding fjords and mountains. Within the hotel, guests enjoy access to two restaurants, a bar and nightclub, a terrace serving light snacks and drinks, an indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath, an outdoor pool (seasonal), a spa offering various therapies and treatments (pay locally) and a fascinating vintage car museum. Rooms are comfortably furnished and feature a telephone and television.
Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim
The Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel is situated in the heart of Trondheim, within walking distance of its shops, restaurants and Bakklandet, the city's old quarter. The hotel features modern decor and contemporary furnishings throughout. There is a fine dining restaurant, which offers a variety of culinary experiences. The comfortable rooms come equipped with individual climate control, telephone, television, hairdryer, minibar and Nespresso coffee-making facilities.
Scandic Havet Hotel, Bodø
The centrally located, 4-Star Scandic Havet Hotel in Bodø sits scenically between the Norwegian sea and the town. There are two restaurants within the hotel - one of which is located on the 17th floor and offers panoramic views of the Arctic town and the sea. There is also a gym and a laundry service (payable locally). The rooms are complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, hairdryer and an in-room safe, and best of all, the local shopping districts are just minutes from the hotel.
Thon Hotel Lofoten, Svolvaer
The 4-star Thon Hotel Lofoten is perfectly located in Svolvaer Harbor, within easy walking distance of the town's attractions. A restaurant, a pub and a lounge and bar are all found within the hotel, and guests enjoy free access to a local gym just steps from the hotel. The rooms come with a telephone, flatscreen television, free Wi-Fi Internet, a minibar and a hairdryer.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest railroad journeys in the world, this high-altitude trip through southern Norway links the old Hanseatic city of Bergen and the Norwegian capital, Oslo. The harsh climate experienced in this part of the world has produced a landscape that is breathtaking and wild, and the Bergen Railroad enables us to soak up the spectacular views whilst relaxing in warm, comfortable carriages.
A branch line of the Bergen Railroad, the scenic Flåm Railroad offers a ride to remember as it travels 12 1/2 miles between Flåm in the valley and Myrdal, which is set at nearly 2,900 feet elevation. The ride itself is spectacular, presenting waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, vast farmlands and beautiful forests. The train moves through twists and turns, tunnels and steep grades to present this scenery of otherworldly beauty.
Rauma Railroad is a 71-mile rail line that operates between Åndalsnes and Dombås. The train travels along the valley carved by the River Rauma and offers magnificent views of the Alpine massif along the way. Enjoy travel through tunnels and along the shores of the beautiful Romsdal Fjord. Switchbacks, twists and turns and incredible alpine vistas are all hallmarks of this route. In all, the journey takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete.
Nordland Railroad is the longest railway in Norway and follows a 450-mile route from Trondheim to Bodø. The journey includes views of lakes and rivers, fjords and glaciers, as well as bountiful farmlands and lush forests. In the Saltfjellet mountain range, the Nordland Railroad crosses the Arctic Circle. This train is one of the few in the world capable of this feat. Pass through regions famous for the Aurora Borealis in the winter and the “Midnight Sun” in the summer, and enjoy some of the most spectacular coastline in the country before arriving in Bodø. From start to finish, the route is completed in nearly 10 hours.