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In cities rich with Norwegian culture, aboard a 100-year-old railway and deep in the arctic circle on a luxury cruise ship, experience the best of the Land of the Midnight Sun.

10 days From $3,395 per person
Travel among a group of like-minded travelers led by a professional tour manager
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2023 Tour code: GR-NLJA-23

About the tour

Norway is brimming with Viking history and untamed landscapes, all of which are yours to behold on this journey by land and sea. Each step along the way, you are engulfed into the Norwegian way of life, from its cuisine to its traditions. Beginning in Oslo, we get our first tastes of Norway at a local restaurant and on a guided tour that presents the intricacies of the city.  In contrast to its varied architecture, Norway's wide-open expanses are the focus as we venture from Oslo to Trondheim aboard the Dovre Railway. This heritage railway boasts over 100 years of history and follows a 7-hour route through the stunning Gudbrandsdalen Valley en route to our next destination. In addition to having free time to explore Trondheim independently, we also use this Viking city as the commencement point for our arctic cruise. We board an elegant Havila cruise ship and begin sailing north toward the Arctic Circle and the breathtaking Lofoten Islands. Majestic fjordlands and charming fishing villages make for a picturesque journey. We anchor in several of these coastal destinations and enjoy sightseeing and optional excursions that offer a greater understanding of the local way of life. Between ports, keep watch for whales, orcas, sea birds and animals in the water and animals like reindeer frolicking near the shores. We dock for the final time in Kirkenes, one of the northernmost cities in Norway, and conclude our trip with a full day of adventure that showcases the beauty and traditions of this part of the world. Extremes are presented in both the weather and the scenery in the Land of the Midnight Sun.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 – Oslo

Arrive in Oslo and transfer to your hotel. This evening, get to know your Tour Manager and fellow travelers during dinner at a local restaurant.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Exploring Oslo

Our day begins with a guided tour as we meet our guide at the avant-garde opera house, where you can access the roof for some of the best views in the city across Oslo fjord, before continuing to the Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle that's protected the city for much of the last millennium, and 'Kvadraturen' - the oldest existing district in Oslo. With free time in the afternoon, you may like to visit some of the city's renowned museums, such as the Viking or Fram museums, or watch the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 3 – The Dovre Railway

We journey to Trondheim today, travelling by train along the Dovre Line. Nicknamed 'the trail of the trolls', this railway meanders through Norway's inland countryside, passing broad farmlands, expansive lakes, babbling rivers, rich deep forests, narrow valleys and high mountain passes. Continuing north, we enter the valley of Gudbrandsdalen, known for its unique landscapes and vibrant local communities, reaching the highest point of our journey at Hjerkinn. Finally, the approach to Trondheim takes us beneath Snøhetta, the highest mountain in the Dovrefjell.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Trondheim

Discovering the history of Trondheim on today's guided tour, we see the Old Quarter and the colourful waterfront houses of Bakklandet as well the Gothic architecture of Nidaros Cathedral with its magnificent rose window. We also make a stop at the sumptuous Royal Residence, the largest wooden building in Northern Europe with up to 140 different rooms. The rest of your day is free to continue sightseeing at your own pace. Amongst the city's broad avenues, old warehouses and pretty timber dwellings, there are a number of attractions waiting to be explored, such as the Ringve Music Museum and the Archbishop's Palace Museum - a treasure trove of local archaeological finds.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Arctic cruise

We transfer to Trondheim's port to begin a four-night cruise aboard our Havila ship. Featuring plush bedrooms, restaurants, a café, Jacuzzi on deck and shopping facilities, these brand-new ships are one of the most relaxing and comfortable ways to explore the northernmost part of Norway. Heading into open water in the afternoon, we pass the Kjeungskjær Lighthouse, a bright red octagonal structure situated at the meeting point of Trondheimsfjord and the North Sea, before navigating the narrow strait of Stokksund on our way to the coastal town of Rørvik.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - The Arctic Circle, Bodø and Lofoten Islands

Continuing northwards, we cross the 66.5 degrees northerly latitude, celebrating as we enter the Arctic Circle. We reach Ørnes and drop anchor. With a choice of optional excursions available, you could visit Bodø's Salmon Centre for a guided tour to learn about one of Norway's most important industries. Back on board afterwards, we catch our first glimpse of the steep granite cliffs and silvery beaches of the Lofoten Islands. Described as Europe's most dramatic and spectacular isles, the Lofoten Islands are tethered to mainland Norway by a series of bridges that resemble spiky teeth. Home to small fishing communities, their houses built on timber piles with seawater under the floorboards, and imposing cliffs, we sail the strait of Raftsundet before reaching the sapphire waters of tapering Trollfjord.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Risøyhamn and Tromsø

Gliding past Risøyhamn, Harstad and Finnsnes, enjoy the sight of everyday life in the Arctic before we disembark in Tromsø, the largest city in northern Norway. Here you can make the most of more optional excursions, including a tour of the Arctic capital that takes you on a cable car ride up one of the surrounding mountains or time at Tromsø's unique modern cathedral. Re-boarding our ship, we cruise through bountiful waters home to orcas, humpback whales and lots of different Arctic birds. Departures from September onwards may also experience the magical Northern Lights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - North Cape and Honningsvåg

Today takes us to Norway's North Cape, where the icy waters of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans mix. During summer we may chance upon herds of reindeer as the northernmost strip of land here is dotted with settlements of indigenous Sami people whose main sources of livelihood are reindeer herding and fishing. We disembark at Havøysund to visit the world's most northerly fishing village as well as the North Cape Plateau before continuing to Honningsvåg. Here, you could join an optional guided tour of the Northern Cape, including time at the Northern Cape Hall visitor centre, ahead of our sailing to Kjøllefjord to learn about the traditional way of life of the Sami people. On our June departure, we may even have the right conditions to admire the full beauty of the Midnight Sun.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - Kirkenes

Our cruise ends in Kirkenes, a city situated on the Finnish-Russian border. We're met by a local guided for a coach tour of the area that takes us to the scenic shores of Langfjorden as well as to the Svanhovd Botanical Gardens, a place where the diversity of life this side of the Arctic Circle can be fully appreciated. After a three-course lunch enjoyed in a replica of a traditional Viking longhouse, we continue to a nearby husky kennel to meet these hard-working creatures and learn about how vital they still are to life in this part of the world.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 – Tour Conclusion

Today we fly to Oslo, where our tour concludes. You are free to extend your stay in Norway or return home at leisure.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

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 vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Thon Hotel, Kirkenes

Thon Hotel, Kirkenes

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Clarion Hub

Clarion Hub, Oslo

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Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

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