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Full Hurtigruten Cruise and Bergen Railway Holiday
This holiday will show you all the very best of Norway. A full Hurtigruten cruise north from Bergen to Kirkenes, the Oslo-Bergen railway and all the sights in between, this trip will tick all the boxes.
Duration: 13 days/12 nights
Prices start from: £2,758pp (€3,091) - subject to currency fluctuations
Season: Daily departures all year round. (Flights to Oslo not included)
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If you are looking to go to Norway and see everything everyone is talking about, this is the perfect holiday for you.
You will really get what all the fuss is about as you enjoy your 6-day Hurtigruten cruise along the beautiful Norwegian coast, past fjords, mountains, villages and cities like Tromso and Bergen, not to mention the magnificent Lofoten Islands and the North Cape.
It is not for nothing this journey has been named the most beautiful sea voyage in the world.
In addition you will get to travel on the incredibly scenic Oslo-Bergen railway, taking the Norway in a Nutshell trip on the world famous Flaam Railway.
Day 1 – Arrival in Oslo
You will be met by the local Nordic Visitor representative at Oslo Gardermoen airport and taken to your city centre hotel in Oslo (flights to Oslo are not included in the price, check deals in the search box on your left).
Depending on your time of arrival, you will have time to explore Oslo on your own. Take a trip up to Holmenkollen for magnificent views of the city and the Oslo fjord, or take a stroll around the Akershus fortress followed by a drink on the posh Aker Brygge marina.
Spend the night in Oslo.
Day 2 – The Sights of Oslo
Spend the day in Oslo exploring some of the many sights here.
As part of the package you get a four hour guided tour of the most important sights, including the Holmenkollen Ski Jump arena, the Viking Ship Museum, the royal palace, the Fram museum and the Vigeland Sculpture park.
After the tour you will have the rest of the day free to enjoy Oslo. Stroll down the pedestrianised Karl Johan street just people watching or for a spot of shopping.
Spend the night in Oslo.
Day 3 – The Oslo-Bergen Railway – Norway in a Nutshell: Part 1
You start out early and catch the Bergen train from Oslo central station in the morning.
This train journey is the highest in mainland Europe and offers spectacular views along the way.
It has been voted among the 20 best railway journeys in the world, with good reason.
The train takes you through some of Norway's best skiresorts and mountains on its way to the village of Myrday.
Here you will get off and change to the Flaam railway, which is a 20km jaw dropping ride down a mountain gorge to the village of Flaam on the edge of the Aurlandsfjord.
The railway has an altitude difference of a whopping 3,000ft, making it the steepest in the world!
When you reach Flaam you will have free entry to the Flaam Railway Museum, where you can learn more about how the railway was built and its history.
Spend the night in a hotel in the beautiful Flaam area.
Day 4 – Flaam to Bergen: Norway in a Nutshell: Part 2
In the morning you will be taken by boat from Flaam and into the UNESCO World Heritage listed Naeroyfjord, which is the narrowest fjord in Europe.
The sights here are amazing, towering mountains, waterfalls and small farms clinging to the rocks.
In Gudvangen you will leave the boat, and get on a bus which will take you up Northern Europe's steepest stretch of road. Stalheimskleiva winds its way up to Stailheim Hotel, where the journey will be more than rewarded with breathtaking views.
From here the bus will continue to the ski resort area of Voss, where you again will board the Oslo-Bergen train for its final stretch into Bergen.
Spend the night in a hotel in Bergen city centre.
Day 5 – Historical Bergen
Bergen has been a bustling trade port since viking times and held an important strategic position as a part of the Hanseatic Trade League in the middle ages.
The lively student town is rich with history and beautiful houses, such as the amazing UNESCO World Heritage listed Bryggen port area, with its colourful warehouses.
Spend the day exploring Bergen, one of the real “musts” on a holiday to Norway.
Included in the price is a one-hour mini train guided tour around the centre giving you a quick introduction to all there is to see and do in this cozy city.
Spend the day in Bergen.
Day 6 – Bergen and An Evening on Hurtigruten
Enjoy another day in Bergen.
Stroll the cobbled narrow streets lined with cafes and shops or head to the busy market square with its fresh fish market.
Alternatively, take the cable car up to Floyen, the town mountain, where you have great views of the city and its surroundings and also plenty of great hiking trails into the wilderness.
In the evening it is time to board one of the world famous Hurtigruten ships for your 6-day cruise north along the Norwegian coast.
The Hurtigruten cruise has been named the world's most beautiful sea voyage by National Geographics, and has a long tradition of connecting remote Norwegian ports in the North with the rest of Norway for more than 100 years.
Onboard you will stay in a comfortable outside cabin with private facilities (upgrades available).
Day 7 – Aalesund and the Geiranger Fjord
The ship sails north all the way through the north, calling at various smaller ports.
Hurtigruten is still an important means of transportation in Norway, and as many locals as tourists use Hurtigruten to get around, making this a very different kind of cruising experience.
In the morning you reach the city of Aalesund, a fishing town situated on three islands connected by bridges.
The whole town burned to the ground in 1904, and was completely rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style, making for a very interesting and fairytale like town.
You will have time to get of the Hurtigruten here and have a look around town, before the ship again sails north.
Another highpoint of the day will be the UNESCO World Heritage listed Geiranger Fjord, one of the most famous of the Norwegian fjords.
Hurtigruten offers several optional shore excursions (not included).
Day 8 – The Viking Capital of Trondheim
Hurtigruten arrives in the historical city of Trondheim early in the morning, and you will have time to explore the town at your own leisure or on one of the Hurtigruten excursions.
Trondheim was the first capital of Norway, and has plenty of viking history, including the impressive Nidaros Cathedral.
Day 9 – Crossing the Arctic Circle and the Lofoten Islands
Enjoy beautiful views as the Hurtigruten sails further north along the coast, passing the Arctic Circle and reaching the Lofoten Islands.
The Lofoten archipelago is another one of Norway's gems and must-sees, with its rugged mountains, white sand beaches, fishing villages and traditional way of life.
In the summer time, enjoy the midnight sun from deck, or in the winter perhaps see the northern lights dance across the skies.
Day 10 – Tromso – The Paris of the North
Enjoy a beautiful morning on the Hurtigruten as it makes its way through some of Norway´s most famous sceneries.
In the afternoon, the ship docks in the city of Tromso, also dubbed the Paris of the North. The town has been a hub for trade and polar excursions for centuries, and has a lively and international feel.
Hurtigruten offers a range of shore excursions whilst in Tromso, depending on the season, including dog sledding, fishing and guided tours.
Alternatively, explore the town centre on your own, visiting the Polar Museum, the seals at Polaria or take the cable car up to Floya for great views of the area.
Day 11 – The North Cape
Finnmark is the northernmost region of Norway, that stretches north and east towards the border to Russia.
Today you will have the chance to see the amazing wildlife living on the giant cliffs Hurtigruten passes on its way towards the North Cape. Sea eagles, gannets and puffins all reside in these out to sea rocks.
In Honningsvaag you will be taken by bis to the famous North Cape, where you will get your certificate stating you have been “at the top of the world”.
The ship then continues, sailing past the North Cape plateau, and further east stopping in quaint fishing villages like Kjollefjord, Mehamn and Berlevaag.
Day 12 – Kirkenes and The Russian Border
The Hurtigruten ship arrives at its final destination, Kirkenes, after breakfast.
Kirkenes is a small town on the border with Russia, and home to a large Sami community.
You will have the chance to take part in one of the many activities on offer here, including husky dog sledding, king crab fishing or Sami experiences, or just spend the day exploring Kirkenes at your own leisure.
Spend the night in a hotel in Kirkenes.
Day 13: Returning Home
You will catch your flight from Kirkenes airport taking you to Oslo, where you can catch a connecting flight home. (Flights Kirkenes-Oslo included)
What will it cost and what is the accommodation like?
The travel agent for this package is Nordic Visitor, prices in this article is taken from their website and were originally in Euros, so they will be subject to currency fluctuations. Go through to the booking process at NordicVisitor for updated prices.
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The prices listed here includes accommodation in the Comfort category.
This means all hotel rooms/cabins are well-appointed and comfortable. All rooms have en-suite toilet and shower or bath facilities . Breakfasts are always included in the price. Many hotels have restaurants on site.
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