The Magic of Norway

Fast Hydrofoil from Sognefjord arriving in Bergen - © John Robson
Bergen
Bergen Funicular from Mount Floyen - © John Robson
Bodø
The Dorvefjell
Myrdal
Narvik
Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim
Flam Railway - © Bob Cable
NSB The Bergen Railway, Rhune Fossum
Sognefjord near Flam - © John Robson
Trondheim

Holiday Highlights

  • Stunning mountain and fjord scenery
  • Sognefjord Cruise – Norway’s longest and deepest fjord
  • Leisure time in Bergen, Oslo and Narvik
  • Spectacular rail journey across the Arctic Circle
  • The Lofoten Islands
  • The Ofoten Railway to Kiruna
  • 12 days from £2,920pp
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Tour Dates:
Wednesday 1 June to Sunday 12 June 2022

Steep sided fjords, mountains and wide open country are all part of the varied stunning scenery on offer as we travel through Norway by train, including crossing the Arctic Circle.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Fly to Bergen

Morning flight from London to Bergen, the gateway to Norway's fjords which is located on the south western coast. Transfer to our city centre hotel for a 3-night stay.

Day 2 – Sognefjord & Flåm Railway

We start the day by taking a cruise along the Sognefjord from Bergen to Flåm, situated at the head of the fjord. The Sognefjord is Norway's longest and deepest fjord and stretches more than 200km inwards to the foot of the Jotunheimen Mountains. Enjoy panoramic views of some of Norway's most spectacular scenery. After a break for lunch we take the Flåm Railway, climbing to a height of over 800m en route to Myrdal, before returning to Bergen on the main line.

Day 3 – Explore at Leisure

Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European city of culture. It is a delight to explore with its colourful waterfront area and fish and fruit markets. Known for its university, famous for its world-renowned museum collections – you could easily spend a day here. There is also the funicular railway to the top of Mount Fløyen which affords magnificent views of the town and the shoreline.

Day 4 – Bergen to Oslo

The Bergensbanen is Northern Europe's highest railway and is also known as the "Roof of Norway". This scenic journey takes us from the coast, with views of fjords, waterfalls and rivers, up towards the mountains, then down past lakes and through forests, before reaching the low lands that surround the capital. Taking around 7 hours, the line has 180 tunnels and 22 stops. It is comfortable on board and there is a cafe carriage. We have a 2-night stay in Oslo.

Day 5 – Free Time

Oslo has much to offer with its maritime history being chartered in the Kontiki and Viking Ship museums. Visit Ekebergparken Sculpture Park for artworks of internationally renowned artists, as well as traces of Oslo's long and diverse history. Rock carvings and ruins from the Stone Age and cemeteries that date back to 900-400 BC can also be found there. For transport lovers there is a good tram and metro network and you can buy a 24-hour ticket which covers all modes of transport.

Day 6 – North to Trondheim

Another beautiful rail journey today, the Dovrebanen takes us through the Gudbrandsdal Valley, across the Dovrefjell mountain plateau and through the National Park to Trondheim. On the way, look out for sights such as Mjosa Lake (Norway's largest lake), the Dovrefjell's wild muskox and traditional log timber houses. The train services are now more infrequent but our early start does mean that we have a free afternoon and evening to explore the city with its magnificent Nidaros Cathedral.

Day 7 – Across the Arctic Circle

Still travelling north we are treated to a wonderful vista of mountains and fjords all from the comfort of the train! We cross the Arctic Circle late afternoon (the summit of the line) before dropping down to the coast and the port of Bodø. Being so far north the daylight hours last well into the late evening and the views across the harbour are stunning.

Day 8 – Lofoten

Today we have a private coach transfer from Bodø via road and ferry to Svolvaer, the capital of the Lofoten Islands for a 2-night stay. We have a guided tour of the city in the afternoon and dinner is included at the hotel.

Day 9 – Discover Lofoten & Henningsvaer

A full day excursion by coach to enjoy the beauty of the islands. Lunch is included at the Lofotr Viking Museum. The museum gives an insight into life during the Viking era using reconstructions and original objects. After lunch we continue to Henningsvaer, often referred to as the Venice of the North due to the many waterways within the town. We return to our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 10 – To Narvik

This morning we travel by private coach and ferry back to the mainland and the port of Narvik. Free afternoon to explore. Being the end of the Iron Ore rail route from Sweden the port is a hive of activity processing this commodity. Alternatively there is a War Museum depicting the heroism of the Nordic people.

Day 11 – Train to Kiruna

Today we offer an optional excursion to travel the Ofoten Railway from Narvik to the mining town of Kiruna, a stupendous journey winding its way through vivid and scenic landscapes. There will be free time in Kiruna before returning to Narvik for our final night in this wonderful country.

Day 12 – Return to London

Coach transfer to the airport for early afternoon flight back to London. Arrive into London early evening.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Scandic Bergen City, Bergen

Scandic Byporten, Oslo

Scandic Bakklandet, Trondheim

Scandic Hotel Havet, Bodø

Scandic Hotel Vestfjord, Lofoten

Scandic Hotel Narvik, Narvik

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Flights in Economy Class by scheduled airline
  • All rail travel as stated in standard class
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 1 lunch and 2 evening meals
  • All transfers as stated
  • Excursions as specified
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £2,920
Single room supplement: £610
Deposit for this holiday: £200

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