SEPT. 18-26, 2023 (9 Days)
If you are ready to be captivated in a long journey that will encompass you with mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords, then this tour is for you!
From the bustling capital of Oslo to the gorgeous fjords of Naeroy, Auerland, and Geiranger, Norway offers plenty of activities for nature lovers and cultural travelers to see and do. Find out why the Flaim Railway is considered one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. Bask in the natural beauty of the picturesque town of Lillehammer. Discover Bergen, the gateway to the Norwegian Fjords, and explore Tromso, home to a breath-taking botanical garden, a fascinating polar museum, and the oldest research institution in Norway. Do not forget to travel back in time to the era of the Vikings in the famous Viking Ship Museum in Oslo! Norway is a beautiful country with a rich cultural heritage. From its stunning natural landscapes to its vibrant cities, Norway offers a unique cultural experience. From the traditional Sami culture in the north in Kirkenes to the modern urban culture of the south, Norway is a country of diverse cultures and traditions. Traditional Norwegian music, art, food, and clothing are all part of the Norwegian cultural experience. Whether you are interested in exploring the country’s natural beauty or learning about its rich cultural history, Norway is sure to provide a memorable experience. Are you looking for a unique and exciting travel destination? Look no further than Norway! With its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and delicious food, Norway is the perfect place to explore.
DISCOVER THE GLISTENING FJORDS, GLEAMING GLACIERS, AND BREATHTAKING WATERFALLS MIXED WITH THE CULTURAL CAPITALS OF NORWAY!
Day 1 (Sep. 18)
ARRIVAL TO OSLO
Arrival to Oslo
Meet your driver and guide and transfer to the hotel. Transfer to the city, tour of Oslo depending on the arrival time; tour of Oslo: Royal Palace (outside), Vigeland sculpture park, Opera House, Akershus fortress (outside), City hall, Aker Brygge Dinner and overnight in Oslo
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day sightseeing of Oslo Including:
Holmenkollen ski jump:
The Holmenkollen Ski Jump is a massive ski jump with a history stretching for over 100 years. Atop the ski jump is a platform where visitors can take in some of the most breath- taking views of Oslo, the fjord and the region beyond
Vigeland Sculpture Park:
Vigeland park Sculpture Park in the Frogner Park with more than 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. Attracting more than a million visitors every year, free-to-enter Vigeland Park in Oslo is one of the top tourist attractions in Norway. It is the largest sculpture park by a single artist in the world, with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron by acclaimed Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, whose realistic work represents the cycle of human life. The sculptures in the park, a tribute to the complexity of humankind, are centred around The Monolith. Carved out of a gigantic stone block, it is the highest point in Vigeland Park and depicts 121 humans climbing around and clinging to each other, with children at the top. Every figure represents a different stage of life.
Day 2 (Sep. 19)
Dating from 1299, this medieval castle and royal residence developed into a fortress in 1592 and was rebuilt into a renaissance castle between 1637 and 1648.Akershus Castle today contains banquet halls, the Royal Mausoleum and the government's reception rooms, and its small, historic church is the home of the royal sarcophagi.
Holmenkollen Ski Museum - with jump tower and time permitting, we will visit these museums: Munch, Polar, Nobel Peace Prize center, Kon-Tiki, etc..
Oslo Opera: walking on a roof top is a must!
Overnight in Oslo.
Day 3 (Sep. 20)
OSLO TO STAVANGER
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Kistefos. Kistefos offers world-class architecture, industrial history, art exhibitions, and an impressive sculpture park in scenic surroundings After lunch continue your journey to Flam. Transfer to the city and here people can decide either to go hiking to the Pulpit Rock or take a cruise on Lysefjord and see the Pulpit Rock from the fjord.
Pulpit Rock Hiking; The bus will take the group to the starting point, it takes aprox 45 minutes by bus; then they will hike up to the top of Pulpit Rock and back, hiking takes 2 hours each way; then the bus will take them back to the hotel.
The hike to Pulpit Rock is Norway’s most iconic hike, with views of the Lysefjord and this slab of rock that almost looks like it is from another planet. This giant monolith is also known as Preikestolen. The hike is five miles round trip, the shortest on this Norway itinerary. It is an easy hike that anyone with average fitness can do, including children. Since it is Norway’s most popular hike, expect lots of crowds, especially during the peak travel season from June through August.
Lysefjord Cruise: The group will have some free time before the fjord cruise, then they will board the cruise at 15:00, it takes 3.5 hrs; then they will return to the hotel. Optional Cruise: 68 €/pp
Overnight and dinner at Stavanger.
Note: Add on flight from Oslo to Stavanger is additional. Current price is estimated at USD$100/ pp including 23 kg checked bag, departing 10:40 am, arriving 11:30 am.
Day 4 (Sep. 21)
STAVANGER TO FLAM
Breakfast at the hotel. We depart from Stavanger to Voss (about 5hrs). Arrive in Voss about 2pm and take the train to Myrdal. Take Flamsbana, it is one of the main attractions in Norway and the most scenic ride in Europe. Prepare to witness spectacular scenery including mountainsides, tiny, charming villages, foaming waterfalls, go through 20 tunnels and take pictures at many viewpoints. The hour will fly by! we arrive in Flam. Overnight and dinner at Flam area.
Day 5 (Sep. 22)
FLAM TO BERGEN
Breakfast at the hotel in Flam. We take a Naeroyfjord cruise from Flam to Gudvangen arriving at 11:30 am. Take a Fjord cruise through Narefjord. The narrow and spectacular Nærøyfjord is surrounded by steep mountains with snow covered tops that stretch up to 1800 meters above sea level. Water falls cascade down the mountains and picturesque villages dot the landscape. Narefjord is a branch of the Sognefjord – King of the fjords. We will then continue to Bergen and arrive in the afternoon around 3:00 pm. This is free time to relax and walk in the city. Dinner and overnight in Bergen.
Day 6 (Sep. 23)
BERGEN TO LOFOTEN
Breakfast at the hotel in Bergen.
Bergen is Norway’s second-largest city and a gateway to the fjords. Founded in 1070 A.D., Bergen boasts architecture influenced by the prosperous 14th-century German trading organization, the Hanseatic League.
We will visit the UNESCO-listed wharfs in the colorful Bryggen district, now a neighborhood with artisan’s shops, complete with cobblestone streets. Just across the street is the famous fish market, which serves delicious seafood. Then we will take the Fløibanen funicular which will take us up Mount Fløyen for lovely views of the city.
After the sightseeing tour in Bergen, transfer to the airport (about 5pm ) and take a flight to Harstad/Narvik. Meet your driver in Narvik ariport and drive to Svoalver/Lofoten and arriving around 8pm. Dinner and overnight in Svoalver.
Note: Additional Domestic flight from Bergen to Svolvaer is estimated at $166/pp departing 12:05pm, arriving 5:55pm
Day 7 (Sep. 24)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Located far north of the Artic Cirlce, Lofoten is a place where mother nature reminds you of God's glorious creations. With dramatic, imposing beauty everywhere you look, Norway's Lofoten islands are like nowhere else on earth. From idyllic fishing villages to remarkable beaches that seem so out of place in Arctic Norway, the Norwegian islands of Lofoten have it all. Experience the midnight sun, charming villages, and incredible nature.
We have a full day of scenic sightseeing tours in Lofoten. The National Scenic Routes are beautiful driving tours that are a little out of the ordinary. There are many interesting stops on the way: REINEHALSEN is one of Norway’s most famous photo points where we will stop for photo opportunities.
RAMBERGSTRANDA is a beautiful beach, Nusfjord is one of Norway’s oldest and best-preserved fishing villages…
We will also get to see Lofoten island from different perspective. Experiencing Lofoten by RIB enables you to learn a lot about the nature, wildlife and settlement in Lofoten while getting lots of fresh sea air. Abandoned fishing villages, countless small islands and skerries, abundant bird colonies and perhaps the chances are high that you will see an eagle or more. It’s the fourth largest eagle in the world with a wingspan up to 265 cm and a weight almost at 7 kg. This is but a sample of what you can expect to see on a RIB safari. On the way back we will visit the famous Viking museum. The chieftain house at Borg is the largest Viking era house ever discovered. We will take an excursion to Reine, one of the most picturesque place in Lofoten island. Dinner and overnight. (Viking dinner possible). Note: There's a great possibility of Northern Lights ocurrence during our stay in Lofoten.
Day 8 (Sep. 25)
LOFOTEN - TROMSO
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will have a scenic drive to Tromso by bus, admiring spectactular landscapes from snow capped mountains lakes, waterfalls and valleys. Arrive Tromso in the evening. Dinner and overnight in Tromso.
Day 9 (Sep. 26)
Breakfast at the hotel in Tromso.Located 400km north of the Arctic Circle at 69˚N, the small city of Tromsø bills itself as Norway's gateway to the Arctic, and there's definitely more than a hint of polar atmosphere around town. Surrounded by chilly fjords and craggy peaks that remain snowcapped for much of the year, Tromsø sits on the eastern edge of Tromsøya, and is linked to the mainland by a gracefully arched bridge.
The Artic Cathedral:
Today we will have a full day of sightseeing in Tromso. We will check out the iconic Arctic Cathedral, with its beautiful stained-glass mosaic also called the Tromsdalen Church, which was dedicated on November 19, 1965. The cathedral is a landmark visible from the Tromsø Sound, the Tromsø Bridge and when landing in Tromsø by aircraft. The 11 aluminium-coated concrete panels on each side of the roof provide the cathedral’s form.The glass mosaic is one of artist Victor Sparre’s most prominent works. It depicts God’s hand from which departs three rays of light: one through Jesus, one through a woman and one through a man. The glass work contains many symbols and generates considerable attention among tourists.
For a fine view of the city and the midnight sun, take the cable car to the top of Mt Storsteinen (421m). There's a terrace and (pricey) restaurant at the top, from where a network of hiking routes radiates.
In Tromsø there is always a good chance of seeing the northern lights in the period September until April. These are the months of the year when it is dark enough outside to see the lights dance across the sky.
Tromsø is in the centre of the northern lights’ oval, which means we can see the northern lights even when the activity is low. The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, is our favourite natural phenomenon. It is unpredictable and surprising. It can appear almost out of nothing, fade away and reappear in just minutes. Experiencing the northern lights is something you will remember for the rest of your life.
After dinner we will spend the night chasing Lady Green aka the Northern Lights with a private photographer. If we are lucky we will enjoy and experience the spectacular show of the Northern Lights. Dinner and overnight in Tromso.
INCLUDED (OSLO - TROMSO):
EXCLUDED (OSLO - TROMSO):
Hotel accommodations in 4* hotels
Breakfast Buffet Daily & Dinner
Tour escort through out the entire tour
Sightseeing & Admission fees per itinerary
Experienced & English-Speaking Local guides
Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
Airport & Hotel Transfers
Free Wi-Fi at hotels
Whispers for entire tour
Roundtrip International Airfare
Tips for guide & driver
Domestic Flights from Oslo to Stavanger is additional. Current price is estimated at USD$100/ pp including 23 kg checked bag, departing 10:40 am, arriving 11:30 am.
Domestic Flight from Tromso - Oslo is additional. Current price is estimated at USD $71/pp departing at 8:15am , arriving Oslo at 10:10 am.
Lysefjord cruise in Stavanger = 68€ pp
NOTE: "Northern lights are a natural phenomena and are visible according to the weather conditions. Chances of seeing the Northern Lights during the winter are very good above the Arctic Circle, but cannot be guaranteed. Not seeing the Northern Lights is not subject to compensation
Lysefjord cruise in Stavanger = 68€ pp
OPTIONAL TOUR TO ICELAND - SEE ICELAND ITINERARY
(Sept. 28-Oct.4 - 7 Days)
Note: For those who would like to proceed to Iceland, please see the itinerary at: https://www.goamazingtours.com/iceland
For those who will not join this optional tour, they will fly home departing from Tromso airport to Oslo to connect to their International Flights home.