The Exclusive Grand Tour of Norway
The Exclusive Grand Tour of Norway is an extensive Norway trip with fjord cruises & stay in Balestrand fjord village, the Flam Railway & the Bergen line, picturesque Bergen, an unforgettable Hurtigruten cruise along the Norwegian coast with 2 wonderful excursions;
Trollstigen hairpin road & the North Cape. Calls at historic Trondheim, Arctic Bodo, the Lofoten Islands, Arctic Tromso & optional land excursions. The trip starts & finishes in Oslo
This is an individual/unescorted trip (you do not travel with a group).
Prices from NOK 35395 per person
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DAY TO DAY ITINERARY:
DAY 1 – First night in Oslo
Check in at the centrally located, classic Hotel Continental, with excellent restaurants. This family owned hotel is Norway’s only member of “The Leading Hotels of the World”.
Spend 1 night in Oslo (included in the tour price).
Read about Oslo – Norway’s capital
DAY 2 – Oslo to Balestrand
Bergen line: Morning departure by the scenic Bergen mountain train line through the scenic Hallingdal valley and across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau to the tiny Myrdal station.
Read about the Bergen line
Flam Railway: Disembark at Myrdal station, walk across the platform and board the famous Flam Railway; an unforgettable descend from mountain to fjord through the spectacular Flam valley, with mountain peaks, the beautiful Flam river, cascading waterfalls, a spectacular bridge & tiny farms.
Read about the Flam Railway
Fjord cruise: In Flam you board an express boat for a fjord cruise on the Aurlandsfjord branch & the main Sognefjord to the beautifully located Balestrand village. Overnight at the Kviknes hotel. Room with fjord view in the historic wing & Buffet dinner included.
Spend 1 night in Balestrand
Read about the Sognefjord
DAY 3 – Cruise to Bergen
A 4 hour cruise to the mouth of the Sognefjord, then along the scenic coast with islands & local fjords, narrow straits & tiny settlements. The boat takes you to the very heart of Bergen, close to the fish market. Check in at the centrally located Hotel Opus XVI or similar, superior room with breakfast.
Spend 1 night in Bergen
Read about Bergen
DAY 4 – Cruise departure
A relaxing day in Bergen before the Hurtigruten cruise departure in the evening.
Make sure to visit the authentic areas with tiny wooden houses and narrow streets in Bergen!
Evening meal on board.
Spend 6 nights on board
General cruise information & facilities on board
3 hour fjord cruise from Bergen to Mostraumen
This spectacular tour from Bergen takes you up the 27-kilometer long Osterfjorden in Hordaland province. Underway, the fjord narrows between the steep mountains as you are brought safely through the strong currents of the shallow and narrow Mostraumen strait.
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DAY 5 – Geirangerfjord
Morning arrival to the Art Nouveau town of Alesund. Enjoy a full day cruise to the famous Geirangerfjord, with the “Seven Sisters” waterfalls. Disembark in tender boats in Geiranger village. (The ship sails into the Geirangerfjord from June to August, in May you can enjoy 3 hours at leisure in Alesund.) Read about the UNESCO Geirangerfjord
Trollstigen hairpin road (02.06-01.09)
Enjoy the amazing excursion by coach across the Golden route – with the Eagles road & the breathtaking Trollstigen hairpin road. Enjoy marvelus views from Eagles road.
DAY 6 – Historic Trondheim
Through the wide Trondheim fjord to the picturesque, historic city of Trondheim. Spend 4 hours at leisure in the city, or take an optional sightseeing tour.
Make sure to visit the authentic areas with tiny well preserved wooden houses at Bakklandet, the old bridge “Gamle Bybro” & the Nidaros Cathedral.
Departing Trondheim the ship passes by the tiny, historic Munkholmen island, and continues along the scenic Troendelag coast
Read about historic Trondheim
DAY 7 – Arctic Bodo
Passing the Arctic circle before the call at the beautifully located Arctic town of Bodo, surrounded by spectacular mountain peaks & islands. Time to visit the town or you can take an adventurous RIB-safari to
the Saltstraumen maelstrom – the world’s strongest maelstrom. Its impressive strength is caused by the world’s strongest tide occurring in the same location.
Departing Bodo the ship continues across the Vestfjord towards the impressive Lofoten wall & the unforgettable Lofoten Islands – the most spectacular archipelago!
Calls at the villages of Stamsund & Svolvaer.
You can join a real Viking feast at Lofotr Museum (optional excursion)
Read about the Lofoten Islands
DAY 8 – Tromso
Along the spectacular Arctic coast and through a marvelous archipelago before the arrival to Tromso – Europe’s northernmost University town. Time to visit the town before the cruise sets off towards the north, or join the sightseeing “The Arctic capital”.
DAY 9 – The North Cape
In todays main port Honningsvag you join the amazing North Cape excursion by coach across Mageroya island – Norway’s northernmost island. Then on to the North Cape cliff – an impressive, 307-metre (1,007 ft) high cliff with a large flat plateau on top.
Then cruise along Finnmark’s barren coast, passing the Svaerholdtklubben Bird Colony and the unbelievable rock formation of Finnkjerkja.
Read about the xcursion to the North Cape
DAY 10 – Kirkenes & Oslo
Continue along the Finnmark coast before the ship sails to the south-east into the Bokfjord and on to the Arctic town of Kirkenes, close to the Russian border.
Disembark after breakfast on board. You can take the scheduled airport bus (20 mins), or ask the reception desk on board to order a taxi for you.
Flight to Oslo and check in at the same hotel as per day 1. Spend 2 nights in Oslo (included in the tour price).
DAY 11 – Main sights of Oslo
Enjoy the 4 hour Selected city sightseeing including the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Holmenkollen Ski Jump & the Fram museum or the Kon-Tiki museum.
In the evening you can join the very popular evening cruise on the Oslo fjord on a traditional sailing yacht, including a traditional, Norwegian prawn buffet. (optional/additional costs)
Add sightseeing or Fjord cruises in Oslo
The trip finishes after breakfast on day 12
THIS TRIP INCLUDES:
4* Hotels w. breakfast buffet (+ dinner in Balestrand)
in Oslo, Balestrand, Bergen. Upgraded rooms
6 nights in standard, outside cabin w. separate beds and private shower/toilet. All meals on board (food only)
Express boat Flam-Balestrand
Express boat Balestrand-Bergen
Excursions & sightseeing
1. Land excursion from Geiranger
2. Land excursion to the North Cape
3. Oslo city sightseeing
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