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Beauty of Norway – Enjoy the natural beauty of the country

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Enjoy a relaxing holiday in Norway including the Norwegian Coastal Voyage and Oslo to Bergen Train.

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From the “Seven sisters” Waterfall in Geirangerfjord, Norway

Here’s round-up inspiration of a tour which is a combination of what many consider to be the world’s most beautiful cruise voyage and rail excursion. The Norway in a Nutshell train journey and the Norwegian Coastal Voyage. Major highlights include Oslo, the Flåm Railway, Bergen, Geirangerfjord, Tromsø, Lofoten Islands, North Cape and Kirkenes.

If you have ever dreamt to visit Norway this tour will give you unforgettable memories for a great holiday where you explore Norway and its stunning landscape at your own leisure for 13 days/12 nights.

Itinerary of an unforgettable tour within the beauty of Norway

Day 1: Welcome to Norway’s Capital! 
Arrive to Gardermoen Airport in Oslo. For an easy and comfortable way to get to your hotel in central Oslo, we are happy to arrange a private transfer for you.

If you arrive early, we suggest buying an Oslo Pass for free travel on all public transit along with free admission to over 30 museums and attractions plus special offers on entertainment, restaurants, shops and more. The pass can be purchased at tourist information centres or at most hotels and major attractions in the city. Spend the night at a hotel in central Oslo.

Highlights: 
Oslo, Norway’s capital city
Norway

From Oslo, capital of Norway

The first sight that greets most visitors to Norway is Oslo, Norway’s capital city and home to Gardermoen Airport, the country’s major international gateway. As Norway’s seat of government, the city also serves as the country’s cultural and economic centre. But despite its status as Norway’s largest city (metro pop. 1,442,318), Oslo is well known for its “small town” feel and natural beauty in addition to its abundant cultural and historical attractions.

Optional:
• Private Airport transfers in Oslo
• Oslo Pass

Day 2: The Highlights of Oslo
Get to know the capital city today! Included in the package is a five-hour guided city sightseeing tour by boat and bus, which takes you to many of Oslo’s most impressive sights, including the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Ski Museum, the Viking Ship Museum, the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Royal Palace, the Polar shipFram”, Akershus Fortress and other sights in central Oslo. After the tour, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city, with the chance to dive deeper into the sights you find most attractive. You may also wish to stroll along the main shopping street, Bogstadveien, or just relax in one of Oslo’s many parks. Spend the night in Oslo

Highlights: 
Holmenkollen Ski Jump
Norway

From Holmenkollen Ski Jump

Holmenkollbakken is a large ski jumping hill located at Holmenkollen in Oslo, Norway. It has a hill size of HS134, a construction point of K-120, and a capacity for 30,000 spectators. Holmenkollen has hosted the Holmenkollen Ski Festival since 1892, which since 1980 have been part of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup and 1983 the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup. It has also hosted the 1952 Winter Olympics and the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 1930, 1966, 1982 and 2011.

Here you will also get some historic glimpses from the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994 and Oslo in 1952. The Ski Museum is the oldest museum of its kind in the world - it was opened in 1923.
Viking Ship Museum
Norway

The Oseberg at the Vikingship Museum at Bygdø in Oslo

The Viking Ship Museum (Norwegian: Vikingskipshuset på Bygdøy) is located at Bygdøy in Oslo, Norway. It is part of the Museum of Cultural History of the University of Oslo, and houses archaeological finds from Tune, Gokstad (Sandefjord), Oseberg (Tønsberg) and the Borre mound cemetery.

The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship. Additionally, the Viking Age display includes sledges, beds, a horse cart, wood carving, tent components, buckets and other grave goods. Many fully or nearly fully intact Viking ships are on display. Its most famous ship is the completely whole Oseberg ship.
Vigeland Sculpture Park
Norway

From the Vigeland Sculpture Park

The Vigeland Park is the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist, and is one of Norway's most popular tourist attractions. The park is open to visitors all year round.

The unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland's lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland was also in charge of the design and architechtural layout of the park. The Vigeland Park was mainly completed between 1939 and 1949.

Most of the sculptures are placed in five units along an 850 meter long axis: The Main gate, the Bridge with the Children's playground, the Fountain, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life.
The Royal Palace
Norway

From the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway

The Norwegian monarchy dates back more than one thousand years. Harald Fairhair, regarded as the first Norwegian king, united the petty kingships of Norway into a single realm in about 885. From the time of Harald Fairhair until the present day, Norway has had more than 60 named sovereigns. The current King belongs to the House of Glücksburg, which has ruled Norway since 1905.

The Royal Palace are today the official residence of King Harald V and Queen Sonja.

The King’s duties are mainly representative and ceremonial. When the Constitution states that: “the executive power is vested in the King”, this now means that it is vested in the Government.

A bit more about Oslo and what to do

Oslo was founded around 1049 by King Harald Hardråde, though recent archaeological findings indicate that settlements existed here much earlier. The city has been regarded as Norway’s capital since the reign of King Håkon V (1299–1319) and from the 17th century to the early 20th century it was known as Christiania until the original name Oslo was restored in 1925.

Situated at the end of the Oslofjord in eastern Norway, Oslo is surrounded by green hills and mountains and is often cited as being one of the world’s greenest and most liveable cities. Here, nature is never out of reach: within the city limits are 40 islands, 343 lakes and countless parks. By some estimates, nearly 95% of the city’s residents have a park or an open green space within 300 meters of their dwelling.

Thanks to Oslo’s proximity to nature, “getting away from it all” is a journey measured in minutes. With ample public transportation and many parks and attractions close at hand, manoeuvring around Oslo is relatively easy and stress free. In just a short commute from the city centre visitors can be strolling among the unique sculptures in Vigeland Park or perhaps exploring the trails in the Nordmarka forest.

The city itself is an interesting blend of traditional Scandinavian design and modern cosmopolitan influences. This fusion of “old meets new” can be seen at Aker Brygge, the old waterfront area that is now a buzzing neighbourhood of trendy shops, bars and restaurants. Nearby are some of Oslo’s most historic landmarks, such as the Akershus Fortress and the Royal Palace.

Other noteworthy attractions include the Viking Ship Museum, the Norwegian Folk Museum, the National Gallery, The Nobel Peace Centre, Dom Kirke Cathedral, the Fram Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump among many others. For those interested, there are also numerous sightseeing tours to experience these highlights with a local guide by bus, boat or foot.

With so much to see and do in Oslo, many visitors find that the most cost-effective and convenient way to take in the sights is with an Oslo Tourist Pass. This pass can be purchased in several locations and provides free travel on the city’s public transit system and free admission to many attractions as well as discounts at various shops, cafes and other services.

Day 3: Norway in a Nutshell® – Part One: to Flåm
Get an early start today and head to Oslo Central Station, where you’ll board the train for a mountainous ride towards Bergen. This ride, voted one of the 20 best railways in the world, also takes you through charming villages like Gol and Geilo. In Myrdal, you’ll switch trains to the Flåm Railway for an incredible 20 km ride with a 900-metre descent to the beautiful village of Flåm. Here, you’ll have free admission to the Flåm Railway Documentation Centre, located right beside Flåm Station, where you can learn about the construction of the world’s steepest railway line. Spend the night in the Flåm area.

We recommend that you book luggage transfer for the Norway in a Nutshell part of your travel. Your luggage will be picked up in Oslo and will be waiting for you upon arrival in Bergen. Pack an overnight bag if you spend the night in Flåm. Price per item is €40.

Highlights: 
Gol
Norway

An exact replica of the town’s old stave church from the 13th century that was eventually moved to the Folk Museum in Oslo

Gol, a small town with a population of about 4,400, is a popular stop for travellers on their way to Geilo. This area is known for good skiing in the wintertime and hiking, biking, and swimming in the summer months. Gol is also home to the Gol Bygdetun, an open air museum containing well-preserved old buildings dating back to the 1600s, including an exact replica of the town’s old stave church from the 13th century that was eventually moved to the Folk Museum in Oslo.
Geilo
Norway

From the mountain village of Geilo

The mountain village of Geilo is one of the largest and oldest ski resorts in Scandinavia and is a popular winter destination for both alpine and cross-country skiing as well as dog sledding, tobogganing and ski orienteering. Serving as a gateway to Hardangervidda, Europe’s largest mountain plateau with incredible natural wonders, Geilo also makes an ideal place for summertime getaways. Here, visitors can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rafting, fishing and wildlife safaris in the area.
Myrdal
Norway

From Myrdal area

High up in Norway’s “mountainous rooftop” at 866 meters above sea level is Myrdal, a remote mountain station serving as the transfer point between the Oslo-Bergen train route and the famous Flåm Railway. Myrdal is also popular in summer months among hikers and bikers for the spectacular mountain trail that leads down to the village of Flåm on the Aurlandsfjord with amazing views of cascading waterfalls and majestic mountains on the way.
Flåm
Norway

From the tiny village of Flåm

Nestled in the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord, the tiny village of Flåm (pop. 400) is a paradise for nature lovers with its steep mountainsides, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys.

Owing to its amazing scenery, Flåm has been a popular tourist destination since the 19th century and now receives upwards of 450,000 visitors annually, including passengers from over 130 cruise ships per year. As a major travel junction, the village is perhaps best known as the end point of the famous Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana), one of the steepest train tracks in the world.
Flåm Railway
Norway

Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana) at Myrdal station

Known as one of the most beautiful—and steepest—railway journeys in the world, the Flåm Railway is a must-do for any train enthusiast. As the train winds its way from the lofty heights at Myrdal (866 meters high) down through the narrow valley to the village of Flåm on the Aurlandsfjord, passengers are treated to spectacular views of majestic peaks and tumbling waterfalls.

The train travels slowly with occasional stops at prime viewpoints, giving you the opportunity to take photos or just soak in the beauty of the scenery. You will definitely need your camera on this trip!

This “Norway in a Nutshell” video comes from the “Rick Steves’ Europe” TV series. To learn more, visit ricksteves.com.

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Day 4: Norway in a Nutshell® – Part Two: to Bergen
From Flåm, you’ll be transported by boat onto the Aurlandsfjord and into the World Heritage-listed Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in Europe. This is perhaps the most beautiful and wildest arm of the Sognefjord, with its tall mountains, mighty waterfalls and small farms clinging to the steep mountainsides. The boat will then take you to Gudvangen, and from there you’ll be transported by bus up Stalheimskleiva, Northern Europe’s steepest stretch of road, which winds through 13 hairpin bends on its way up to Stalheim Hotel. After pausing for a bit to enjoy the beautiful panoramic view at the hotel, you will continue to Voss, where you’ll board the train for the last stretch to Bergen. Spend the night in Bergen.

Highlights: 
Aurlandsfjord
Norway

Autumn in Aurlandsfjord - Photo: Frithjof Fure

The Aurlandsfjord is a 17-kilometer arm of the world’s second longest fjord, the Sognefjord (204 km), starting at the village of Flåm and ending at Mt. Beitelen, where the scenic Nærøyfjord arm takes over.

Considered one of the Sognefjord’s wildest and most spectacular branches, the Aurlandsfjord is popular with cruise passengers for its snow-covered peaks, waterfalls and idyllic farms clinging to the mountainsides.
Nærøyfjord
Norway

From Nærøyfjorden, a UNESCO World Heritage site

This beautiful fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site, will take your breath away. An arm of Sognefjord (the longest and deepest fjord in Norway), Nærøyfjord is named after the Norse god of the sea, Njord.

With such a name to live up to, you can expect to see nature at its best, with imposing mountains on both sides of the fjord towering above the tranquil sea. As the ship manoeuvres through this narrowest of fjords, it almost seems as though you can reach out and touch the waterfalls. This type of idyllic setting is what many come to Norway to experience.
Sognefjord

Sognefjord is the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. - Photo: Kurt Hamann

Sognefjord is the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. At its deepest, the fjord is about 1,300 meters (4,265 ft.) below sea level and extends over 200 kilometres inland to the national parks of Jotunheimen and Jostedalsbreen. The sheer mountainsides framing the fjord reach heights of over 1,000 meters (3,280 ft.) and the average width of this majestic fjord is roughly 4.5 km (~2.8 miles) across.

Notable towns located along this fjord and its branches include Sogndal, Balestrand, Flåm and Gudvangen, which is situated on the Nærøyfjord, a branch of the Sognefjord.
Gudvangen
Norway

From the village of Gudvangen

Gudvangen, which roughly translates to “field of the gods by the water”, has been receiving cruise ships in its harbour since the 1850s. Situated at the end of the picture-perfect Nærøyfjord, this charming little fjord village has a rich Viking history and around 100 inhabitants.
Stalheimskleiva
Norway

From Tvindefossen Waterfall in Voss, Norway

Norway has a reputation for steep and winding mountain roads, but one in particular outshines the rest! The Stalheimskleiva road north of Voss is not only Norway’s steepest road, but one of the steepest in all of northern Europe. This labyrinth of a road twists and turns around 13 hairpin bends as it ascends 1.75 km (1.1 mi) from the Nærøy Valley to the village of Stalheim, with inclines as steep as 20%.

If you dare take your eyes off the road there are some spectacular sights on both sides, including the Stalheim waterfall (126 m/413 ft) and the Sivle waterfall (142 m/465 ft). The Stalheim Hotel, located at the top, also offers a great view over the road and valley.
Voss
Norway

From the “Adventure Capital of Norway” - Voss

Voss is considered the “Adventure Capital of Norway” with its numerous outdoor activities—ranging from mild to extreme—in both winter and summer.

Located between the Hardangerfjord and Sognafjord, the spectacular landscapes are well-suited for adventurous activities such as para-gliding and white river rafting in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Bergen
Norway

Sunset in Bergen, Norway

Norway’s second largest city with a population of about 250,000, Bergen is known as the “Gateway to the Fjords”. Situated between Norway’s longest fjord, Sognefjord, and the beautiful Hardangerfjord, Bergen makes a great starting point for exploring Norway’s famously rugged coastline, which National Geographic called one of the “20 Best Trips of 2011”.

Today, this city surrounded by seven hills is just as busy, with a vibrant city centre, colourful neighbourhoods and a wealth of cultural and historical attractions along with spectacular landscapes all around. Whether you arrive here by car, train, plane or cruise ship, you won’t be disappointed by all that Bergen has to offer!

Day 5: Bergen at your Leisure
Despite being an international city, Bergen has kept the atmosphere and charm of a small town. Here you’ll find Bryggen–listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, exceptional old houses, the vibrant fish and flower market, cable cars offering stunning views, great museums and more. You may also wish to do the one-hour “mini-train” express sightseeing tour through the city center, with highlights such as the Maria Church, King Håkon’s Hall and the Rosenkrantz Tower along with panoramic views of the city from the Fjellveien Road. Spend the night in central Bergen.

Highlights: 
Bryggen
Norway

From Bryggen the old wharf of Bergen

Bryggen, the old wharf of Bergen dating back 900 years, is a must-see for any visitor. Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site since 1979, Bryggen serves as a reminder of the city’s major role in the Hanseatic League trading empire between the 14th and 16th centuries. Over the years many fires have ravaged this part of town, the latest in 1955, but the colourful old wooden buildings and narrow cobblestone alleys have been carefully restored to their original medieval characteristics.

Day 6: Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage
Enjoy the early part of the day at your leisure in Bergen. In the evening you’ll enter the next stage of your journey as you embark on the Norwegian Coastal Voyage with Hurtigruten. Norway’s dramatic 2,000-kilometre west coast is one of Europe’s great attractions, and for more than 100 years this popular journey has been offering travelers a unique combination of history, culture and incredible vistas. Onboard you’ll stay in a comfortable outside cabin with private facilities.

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Day 7: Ålesund & Geiranger Fjord
Depending on the season, today‘s journey will either take you to the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund or the UNESCO World Heritage site of Geirangerfjord. In the wintertime, the ship makes a 3-hour stop in Ålesund, where you can explore this quaint town and its marvellous architecture at your leisure. In the summertime, the cruise ship sails up the Geirangerfjord, past tumbling waterfalls like the Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil, as it navigates from one fjord to another. *

The Geirangerfjord cruise operates from 15 April – 14 September.

Highlights: 
Ålesund
Norway

From Ålesund

Situated on a cluster of small islands at the entrance to the Geirangerfjord is the charming port city of Ålesund (pop. 42,900), named Norway’s most beautiful city.

In 1904, a factory fire swept through Ålesund virtually wiping out the whole city. But after a remarkable effort from the local population and other contributors from afar, the city was rebuilt by 1907 in what was then considered a “modern” style. The young Norwegian architects who designed the new houses were influenced by that period's popular new style—Art Nouveau.
Geirangerfjord
Norway

From Geirangerfjord

Arguably the most beautiful fjord in the world, Geirangerfjord will take your breath away with its peaceful waters, majestic mountains, amazing flora and magnificent waterfalls such as the suitably named Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil. Make sure to have your camera on hand!

One of Norway's most visited tourist sites, Geirangerfjord has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, jointly with Nærøyfjord, since 2005. Approximately 150 – 200 cruise ships sail along this 15-kilometre long fjord each year.
Seven sisters & Bridal Veil
Norway

From Geirangerfjord, Seven sisters seen in background - Photo: Terje Rakke

Two of the high points for cruise passengers in the Geirangerfjord are the Seven Sisters (De Sju Søstre) and Bridal Veil (Brudesløret) waterfalls. Both are at their most beautiful in the springtime (May – June) when the snow melt creates a surge of water down the mountainside.

The Seven Sisters waterfall gets its name from its seven separate streams, the tallest of which measures 250 metres (820 ft). According to local folklore, the sisters dance playfully down the mountainside while the Friaren waterfall (known as the “Suitor”) flirts with them from the opposite side of the fjord.

Day 8: Historic Town of Trondheim
Early in the morning, the ship pulls in to the historic city of Trondheim. Here you will have about 3.5 hours to explore the city on your own or take an optional sightseeing tour. Trondheim is the original capital of Norway, and until the 16th century, Trondheim was known as Nidaros. Here you will find Nidaros Cathedral, which is one of Scandinavia’s largest buildings from the Middle Ages, along with tiny, picturesque old wooden houses. From Trondheim, the ship sails on to Rorvik, where the southbound and northbound coastal ships meet. Spend another night on board the ship.

Highlights: 
Trondheim
Norway

From Trondheim - Photo: Terje Rakke

Founded in 997 as a Viking Age trading post, Trondheim briefly served as the capital of Norway. Later, during the Middle Ages when the city was known as Nidaros, it still held a powerful position as the seat of the Archdiocese and Northern Europe's most important Christian pilgrimage site. Although wars and fire ravaged this medieval city in the 17th century, a number of relics and ancient sagas survived to tell the story of this city and its fascinating history.
Nidaros Cathedral and Archbishops Palace
Norway

From Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim - Photo: Terje Rakke

Formally known as Nidaros, Trondheim was also the religious center of Norway in its time. According to folklore, King Olav Haraldsson (who was responsible for ushering in Christianity to Norway), was buried after his death at the Battle of Stiklestad in sandy ground near the river.

After miracles started happening, the body was moved to the town church. A spring began to flow near his first grave site and many were reported to be miraculously healed of their ailments from the water. The king was ultimately declared a saint and martyr. Around 1070 Olav Kyrre, the king’s nephew, built an impressive stone church, Nidarosdomen, on the site where the king’s body had lain.

Day 9: Over the Arctic Circle
Today you’ll cross the Arctic Circle as the ship heads toward the beautiful Lofoten Islands. You’ll enjoy spectacular sights, including islands and skerries with majestic rock formations, whose origins are the stuff of legend. Optional shore excursions are available today. Spend another night on board the ship.

Highlights: 
Lofoten Islands
Norway

From Lofoten, Norway

Northern Norway, a mere 2000km/1300mi away from the North Pole, is where the warm Golf Stream meets the Arctic, where Norwegian fishermen and Sami reindeer herders live and where the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun are at home.

Towering peaks, blue fjords, endless plains, thousands of islands, lush forests, colorful fishing villages and vibrant towns and cities constitute the most scenic, varied and easily accessible region of the Arctic

Day 10: Tromsø, “Paris of the North”
In the morning you’ll pass the medieval Trondenes Church before calling at Harstad. Afterwards, the ship sails across the Vagsfjord and to a magnificent archipelago in the north. Later today, the ship stops in Tromsø, a lively town and by far the largest in northern Norway, with over 50,000 inhabitants. Nicknamed “The Paris of the North”, this city was a major port of call for Arctic expedition and hunting ships in the 19th century–a part of history that is still evident here. Spend another night on board the ship.

Highlights: 
Tromsø
Norway

Tromsø by night

This city of many nicknames has also been known as the “Paris of the North”. As far back as the 18th century, visitors were pleasantly surprised to find such rich culture, intellectual life and current fashions so far north. That reputation lives on today as visitors are charmed by the city’s friendly residents, the compact and historical city centre, the active year-round cultural life, the amazing seasonal contrasts, the abundant outdoor activities and—most of all—the northern lights.

Optional:
• Shore excursions

Day 11: The Beauty of North Cape
Finnmark’s landscape and wildlife is not to be missed. Rookeries of puffins and gannets along the cliffs and pods of Orca hunting for herring make for a unique experience. The ship stops at Honningsvåg today, and we recommend that you board a bus for a short optional excursion to the famous North Cape. After this shore stop, the ship navigates east toward the pretty fishing villages of Kjollefjord, Mehamn, and Berlevag. Spend another night on board the ship.

Highlights: 
North Cape
Norway

From North Cape - Photo: Johan Wildhagen

As mainland Europe’s northernmost point at the latitude of 71° north, North Cape (Nordkapp) is one of the most popular stops on Norwegian coastal voyages. Rising to a magnificent 308 meters above the Barents Sea, the cape was originally an important orientation point for sailors but is now better known for its spectacular nature and wildlife viewing opportunities. Along with breath-taking views, guests can enjoy sightings of sea birds and possibly orcas as well as northern lights in the wintertime.
Kjollefjord
Norway

From Kjøllefjord

Kjøllefjord is the largest village in the northwestern part of Nordkinn Peninsula in the municipality of Lebesby, Norway, located on the shore of a small fjord of the same name, which empties into Laksefjord.

The sea cliff of Finnkirka is visible in the mouth of the fjord from Kjøllefjord. The majestic and church-like rock formation is said to have been a place of sacrifice in ancient times, and is still used as a coastal landmark. It is a well-known attraction, and is illuminated by a projected light show during Hurtigruten's ocean liner passings.
Mehamn
Norway

Mehamn in winter

Mehamn is a village in the Gamvik municipality in the county of Finnmark in northern Norway. The village abuts the base of a small Vedvik peninsula, itself part of the greater Nordkinn Peninsula, at the southern end of Mehamn Fjord, a bay in the Barents Sea. The village (pop. 700) are serving the administrative center of the Gamvik municipality.
Berlevag
Norway

From Berlevåg

Berlevåg is situated in the northern part of the Varanger Peninsula, facing the open Barents Sea. There are two settlements in the municipality, the village of Berlevåg and the village of Kongsfjord (with approximately 45 inhabitants).

The sea and the islands along this part of Finnmark's coastline are home for thousands of seabirds. As well as the large seabird colonies with thousands of nesting birds, there are also areas of unspoiled nature consisting of mountains, moorlands, and marshes. This enables birdwatching in a natural environment.

Day 12: Kirkenes – Land of the Midnight Sun
Enjoy one last breakfast at sea before the ship docks in Kirkenes around 10:00 in the morning. This Arctic town lies on the borders with Russia and Finland and is home to some 3,300 inhabitants, including the Sámi, the native people of Lapland. For such a small town, Kirkenes offers an impressive range of things to see and do, and the rest of the day is free for you to try out an optional excursion or just relax in the town. Spend the night in Kirkenes.

Highlights: 
Kirkenes
Norway

From Kirkenes - Photo: Terjr Rakke

The small town of Kirkenes (pop. 3,300) lies just a few miles from the Russian and Finnish borders. Because of the town’s location, the Russian Revolution, Finnish immigration and World War II have all left permanent marks here. To learn more these periods of history, visit the Grenselandsmuseet (Border Country Museum), which tells the story of war and peace along the border, or the Andersgrotta Cave, a vast underground bunker that sheltered the town's residents during WWII.

The Snow Hotel, located just outside of town, is another of Kirkene’s biggest attractions with its remarkable architecture and hand-crafted ice sculptures. Kirkenes is also the northern end of the popular Norwegian Coastal Voyage, which cruises daily along the coastline to and from Bergen.

Day 13: Departure from Kirkenes
After an incredible time in Norway it’s time to head home today. From Kirkenes Airport you will fly to Oslo-Gardermoen Airport, where you will connect to your flight back home.

Note: If you do not have enough time between flights, an additional night in Oslo can be added to your package. Contact for details.

As a memorial of this incredible time in Norway, watch this video below of beauty of Norway and what you can expect to see. Enjoy yourself.

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Scandinavia – a way to go recommends Nordic Visitor for your travel in the Nordic region.

If you are interested to book this tour or check prices and availability, please send request to Nordic Visitor. A travel consultant will respond to your request within one business day.

Please note!
• Extra nights can be added to this package on request.
• Accommodation for this package can be upgraded. 

Accommodation

Nordic Visitor offer a variety of accommodation options to suit all travel needs. To ensure that the accommodations included in their packages meet their own high standards for quality and service, each establishment has been hand-picked by Nordic Visitor local travel experts.

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You can read more about beauty of Norway and its culture into our Norwegian category.

You can learn more of the beauty of Norway from the Official website of the Norwegian Tourist Board.

Visit our site at: wowgotravel.com to discover more tours like above within Nordic region as Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and associated autonomous territories including Greenland (Denmark), the Faroe Islands (Denmark) and Åland Islands (Finland) as well as the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard (Norway)

 

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