In the Footsteps of the Vikings

Tour Info

Duration: 18 Days
/ 17 Nights
Countries: Norway
Seasons: Summer
Available: 13 June | 3 July | 15 August 2023
Travel Style: Group Tours

See the classic Norwegian sights of Bergen, the Flam Railway and Geiranger. Add unique highlights such as the iconic Pulpit Rock, picturesque Stavanger, the beautiful Atlantic Road and glorious Lofoten Islands and you have captured the essence of Norway. Sleep in historic ‘Rorbuer’ fisherman’s cabins over the Reine Fjord, visit an enormous Viking Longhouse, follow the Troll’s Road and take a power boat out to see Jules Verne’s ‘Maelstrom’. This is the real Norway!

Escorted Tour

From $14,987 pp

Highlights:

✔ See the Viking 'Sword in the Rock'
✔ Walk across the raging Gudbrandsjuvet gorge
✔ Scenic Flåm Railway
✔ Explore the ‘time capsule’ fishermen’s village of Nusfjord
✔ Cruise the UNESCO Geiranger Fjord

Price Includes:

Based on sharing Twin or Double Room. Note: Porterage is not included at the hotel in Molde, Trondheim & Lofoten Islands.
✔ ALL excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
✔ Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
✔ Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
✔ 3 Domestic flights included
✔ 17 nights specially selected hotel accommodation*
✔ 29 meals including breakfast daily, (B) buffet lunch in Nusfjord (L), and 11 evening meals (D)
✔ Welcome drink on arrival in Oslo
✔ Lofoten RIB boat ride
✔ Drive the Atlantic Ocean Road
✔ See the Viking Longhouse
✔ Cruise past or hike to Pulpit Rock

Itinerary

Your tour commences this evening in Norway’s capital Oslo Join us tonight for a welcome drink before dinner.

This morning we will visit Frognor Park to wander amongst hundreds of the artist Vigeland’s amazing giant sculptures. Next, on the Bygdøy peninsula, we visit the fascinating Norsk Folkemuseum where dozens of historic regional dwellings, houses, buildings and even villages have been saved, brought in and reconstructed. As a finale we visit the Museum of Cultural History. The remainder of your day is at leisure in Oslo to explore. Your hotel is located right in the heart of town. Nearby there is a long, lively pedestrian mall, Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace. Make sure you visit the pretty port lined with excellent cafés, bars and restaurants.

As a highlight we enjoy a scenic cruise down the Lysefjord, one of Norway’s most breathtaking fjords, to the Vagabond’s Caves and one of the world’s most iconic sights – Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock). For those that enjoy a good walk we have something special! Instead of taking the Pulpit Rock cruise, we can arrange for you to hike to the top and stand on that gigantic rock slab overhanging the fjord. A magnificent experience and the views on top are sensational! Your afternoon is at leisure exploring Stavanger’s cafes, shops and excellent museums.

As a highlight we enjoy a scenic cruise down the Lysefjord, one of Norway’s most breathtaking fjords, to the Vagabond’s Caves and one of the world’s most iconic sights – Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock). For those that enjoy a good walk we have something special! Instead of taking the Pulpit Rock cruise, we can arrange for you to hike to the top and stand on that gigantic rock slab overhanging the fjord. A magnificent experience and the views on top are sensational! Your afternoon is at leisure exploring Stavanger’s cafes, shops and excellent museums.

Our journey to Bergen today takes us along the coastal road and then inland through the spectacular landscape of mountains, glaciers and pristine fjords. We hop between lush green islands on bridges and ferries, hug the scenic shores beside deep fjords, before arriving into the famous Hanseatic city of Bergen, where we stay two nights in the heart of the old town.

This morning we are joined by a local guide for a walking tour of this historic town and the old terraced houses of the UNESCO listed Bryggen on Vågen Harbour. We have also included a ride on the Fløibanen funicular up Mount Fløyen to take in the magnificent views over Bergen. The rest of your day is ‘My Time’ – it is a pleasure exploring this historical port city.

A fabulous day ahead! Catching the train, we cross the undulating hills of Vestland, through Vossevangen, to Myrdal where we ride on the world famous, scenic Flam Railway. After a stop beside the massive Kjosfossen (waterfall) we follow the picturesque valley to Flam. Later, we take the dramatic Vikafjellsvegen high road across the Stølsheimen plateau. At Myrkdalsvegen, a photo stop for the colossal waterfall that crashes right next to a hairpin bend. Continuing, we soon reach Vik and visit the 800 year old Hopperstad Stave church, one of the oldest in Norway. Crossing the massive Sognefjord by ferry, we reach beautiful Balestrand set right on the fjord shores. This is the real Norway, far from the crowds, where we stay two peaceful nights.

A very leisurely start. A local guide will join us to take us on a short walking tour through the historic village, passing authentic wooden Swiss style character villas, small Viking mounds and a classic English church with a leprosy history. The rest of the day is entirely free in a perfect location. ‘My Time’ to relax, enjoy local walks, hire a bike or maybe visit The Cider House orchard and brewery*?

*Cider House orchard and brewery is closed in September

After visiting the Fjordland Glacier Museum we enjoy a stop by the mighty Bøyabreen Glacier on the edge of the Jostedalsbreen National Park. Departing from Hellesylt we enjoy a wonderful cruise down the UNESCO listed Geiranger Fjord, passing the famous Seven Sisters waterfalls to charming Geiranger where we stay the next two nights.

This morning we drive up the Dalsnibba Pass to visit the incredible Geiranger Skywalk – Norway’s highest lookout with exceptional views across the snow covered mountain tops. Returning to Geiranger, the rest of your day is at leisure. Opposite the hotel is the Geiranger Museum and there is a waterfall walkway down into town. Maybe hike or catch a taxi up to the rustic restaurant cabin at Westerås, with its panoramic dining terrace. For the more energetic the Storseterfossen waterfalls are a must – here you can even walk on a rocky terrace inside, behind the falls.

Winding up a dozen hairpin bends of the Eagle’s Road we stop at Ørnesvingen lookout where the waterfall has been diverted over the cliff edge on a glass shelf. After a farewell look far down onto the fjord and Geiranger we then experience the zig zag walkway that snakes its way over the Gudbrandsjuvet gorge. Next… the world famous Trollstigen or ‘Trolls Road’. From the lookouts we gaze down on the amazing hairpin bends and the route we will soon follow down the valley, and to the craggy mountains above – folklore tells us these are Trolls turned to stone by sunlight. Later, we continue to Molde. Dinner tonight is included. Our hotel sits right beside the Fjord and from here the views span out of over 200 mountain peaks. Amazing!

Travelling through Elnesvågen (home of Jarlsberg cheese) we reach Bud. Here we make a fascinating visit deep down inside the WWII German artillery bunkers – an essential part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall defence. Now it is time to experience one of the world’s greatest drives as we follow the entire length of the Atlanterhavsveien – the Atlantic Ocean Road. Voted ‘the most beautiful coastal drive in the world’, this stunning route criss-crosses islands and skerries with sweeping bridges, passing incredible scenery. Lunch time will be enjoyed in the old port of Kristiansund before we continue north to spend the next 2 nights in the pretty city of Trondheim.

This morning we will walk you through Trondheim, Norway’s 3rd largest city. Dating back to the 11th century this photogenic town has colourful warehouses along the waterside, pedestrianised walkways and the striking Nidaros Cathedral – the world’s northernmost medieval cathedral. We have included entrance and a guided visit. Your afternoon and evening is free – ‘My Time’ to explore and do as little or as much as you want.

Crossing the Arctic Circle, we take a short flight north to Bodø (avoiding 3 days of driving!). From here we board another small aircraft for a breath-taking flight over scenic islands and skerries, into the wonderful Lofoten Archipelago. Arriving in Leknes we drive south through incredible scenery to enjoy a short stop on Sakrisøy Island with its fish drying racks and seafood delicatessen. Next stop Reine, where we stay the next three memorable nights in historic fisherman’s cabins.

Here, in the most western part of the Lofoten archipelago, at the mouth of dramatic Reinefjorden, we stay in the village of Reine, set with an almost unbelievable backdrop of the majestic Lofoten peaks rising from the Arctic Ocean. After time to explore we board RIB boats (Rigid Inflatable Boats) to experience a ride to the tip of the Lofoten archipelago to see sea eagles and visit the giant Moskstraumen – the huge maelstrom whirlpool featured in Jules Verne’s ‘20,000 Leagues under the Sea’. The rest of your day is free. ‘My Time’ to explore your sensational location, maybe on foot or hire a bike? Kayakers – you might like to join an escorted kayaking trip up the sensational, placid Reinefjorden. No experience is necessary, and it is an incredible experience!

At the end of the road south we find the pretty harbour town simply called ‘Å’. This beautifully preserved village contains a number of heritage buildings, cafés, museums, shops, and the Lofoten’s oldest working bakery. Later we visit Flakstad Church, which honours the hundreds of sailors and fishermen from the local communities who have perished or been lost in the unforgiving sea. At our next stop we explore the ‘time capsule’ fishermen’s village of Nusfjord with its old-fashioned village store, preserved sawmill, forge and cod-liver oil workshop, before enjoying a buffet lunch in the Karoline Restaurant.

As a finale, we visit the amazing Lofotr museum with its Viking Longhouse, relics and treasures. 1,200 years ago, the Lofoten Islands were heavily populated by Vikings and this enormous Longhouse is the biggest ever discovered. A local guide will take us through the authentically reconstructed rooms, where costumed characters re-enact the ancient Viking community life.

Sadly, it is time to leave these spectacular islands. This morning we make our way to Leknes Airport to board our flight to Oslo, via Bodo. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner in a local Oslo restaurant..

After breakfast, check out and depart according to own arrangements.

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