Full Scandinavian breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Oslo and a farewell dinner in Bergen
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 Arrive In Oslo, Norway
Welcome to Oslo, ancient capital of Norway! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 2 Oslo
Today gives you a proper introduction to Oslo, the country’s hub of trade and industry. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, considered the home for Ibsen’s plays; the unique Storting building, seat of Parliament; and the Royal Palace, residence of Norwegian monarchs since 1849. Stroll through magnificent FROGNER PARK with Gustav Vigeland’s extraordinary sculptures; and visit the CITY HALL, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held each year. Afterwards, an optional excursion is available to see relics of Norway’s glorious seafaring past—including 1,000-year-old Viking ships!
Day 3 Oslo–Gol–Borgund–Flåm
Depart the city and drive northwest through Hallingdal, a large valley with rich traditions in iron production, cattle trade, and traditional folk art, music, and dance.See the medieval stave church of Gol, then, via Hemsedal, continue to Borgund, and admire one of Norway’s best preserved stave churches, dating back to 1180. Travel through the world’s longest road tunnel (15 mi./24.5 km.) to Aurland, and arrive in the picturesque village of Flåm, situated at the head of Aurlandsfjord. You may wish to join an exciting optional cruise on the famous Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 5 Hardangerfjord–Utne–Steinsdalsfoss–Bergen
Nature’s splendor is on full display today, as you travel south around Sørfjord and then north to the peaceful village of Utne. Cross the fjord by ferry, and continue your journey on the Hardanger National Tourist Road to Norheimsund and stop at the majestic Steinsdalsfoss waterfall, where a trail leads you behind the cascading falls without getting wet. Later, arrive in lovely Bergen, the “City of Seven Mountains.” An orientation drive introduces you to this city that was founded in 1070. See Bergenhus Fortress with its medieval Hakon’s Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower; the charming Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the harbor; and the famous Fish Market. Tonight, why not sample regional dishes at a traditional restaurant?
Day 6 Bergen
Step back in time and explore Bryggen on foot along narrow, cobblestone alleyways past colorful wooden houses. Also see the 12th-century St. Mary’s Church, where Hanseatic merchants attended religious services until the 1870s. For a bird’s-eye view of Bergen and its magnificent surroundings, ride the Fløibanen funicular up to Mount Fløyen. Tonight, toast your unforgettable vacation at an included farewell dinner at your hotel.
Day 7 Bergen (Embarkation)
Morning at leisure before embarkation.
Day 8 Florø–Molde
Cruise north to Ålesund, a beautiful town with perfect examples of Art Nouveau architecture.
Day 9 Kristiansund–Rørvik
The architecture and surroundings in Trondheim create a beautiful and almost-mythical setting, whether you are exploring the city by foot, bike, or boat. Why not take a guided tour to discover the city’s most striking features.
Day 10 Brønnøysund–Svolvær
The Arctic Circle marks the border of the Arctic region. In summer, this means 24-hour daylight—often referred to as the “Midnight Sun.” During fall and winter, being above this degree of latitude gives you the best chance of experiencing the Northern Lights.
Day 11 Stokmarknes–Skjervøy
Get ready for a day full of exciting activities! Visit Risøyhamn, Harstad, Finnsnes, and the capital of the Arctic, Tromsø. Several optional excursions are available, such as whale watching, polar history walks, and mountain hikes.
Day 12 Øksfjord–Berlevåg
Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape when crossing the 71st parallel on your journey towards the North Cape, the northernmost point on the continent. In summer, you might see herds of reindeer and campsites belonging to the indigenous Sámi people.
Day 13 Båtsfjord–Kirkenes (Disembarkation)–Oslo
The vistas become more dramatic when approaching Kirkenes, just a few miles from the Russian border. This is Hurtigruten’s turning point, and the end of the northbound voyage. Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents region and the gateway to the east. Disembark, and transfer to the airport to board your flight back to Oslo.
Day 14 Oslo
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.