Day 1: New Zealand – – Oslo
Board your flight for the journey to Oslo, the capital of Norway.
Day 2: Oslo (B)
Welcome to Norway! Your flight arrives in Oslo and you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. Drop your bags off in your room and head out into the city to begin exploring, or use the remainder of the day to unwind and relax after your flight.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.
Day 3: Oslo – Bergen Railway – Bergen (B)
Today, get to know Oslo’s bounty of green spaces, world-leading museums and fascinating Viking heritage. Rise early for an informative Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour to see the landmarks of the city and let yourself be enchanted by it’s lively charm. There’s much to discover, so at the conclusion of your bus tour use any free time to explore the city at your own pace. Stroll down the green parks and admire the unique stone and bronze sculptures in all their splendour. Cute country houses from the 1950’s, and replicas of the Old Town of Oslo are just a few examples of what can be discovered. Afterwards, take the famous Bergen Railway to Bergen, which is the highest railway of Scandinavia. On its way across the Hardangervidda plateau, the mountain railway covers a distance of 100km. Enjoy the great view at the wild and pristine mountain landscape.
Day 4: Bergen – Flam Railway – Bergen (B)
In the morning a fantastic experience awaits. The Flåm Railway has been described as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world and is one of the leading tourist attractions in Norway. The train runs from the end of Aurlandsfjord up to the high mountains at Myrdal station. During the journey you will witness some of the most stunning scenery Western Norway has to offer. The train runs alongside spectacular mountainsides, foaming waterfalls, through 20 tunnels and offers many vantage points for the perfect photograph. In the late afternoon, get to know Bergen during a city tour to learn more about the important history of the former Hanseatic city. The old port area, Bryggen, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the picturesque narrow streets and past traditional colourful houses. Be sure to check out the local fish market, which is one of Norway’s most visited outdoors markets.
Day 5: Bergen – Geiranger – Molde (B)
Today you take a trip to the most famous Norwegian fjords: the gigantic Geirangerfjord, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005 and enchants its visitors with a magical and incomparable landscape. Enjoy a stunning boat trip on the fjord and take a closer look on the famous waterfalls, “The Seven Sisters”, “The Bridal Veil” and “The Suitor”, the majestic fjord cliffs and abandoned mountain farms. You may be lucky enough to see porpoises playing in the fjord, so have your camera at the ready!
Day 6: Molde – Trondheim (B)
Drive towards Trondheim today, passing the Atlantic Coast Road with seven bridges that allows the road to follow the islands in the sea like a snake. This Norwegian Scenic Route opened in 1989 and is considered the most beautiful road trip in the world by some, thanks to the combination of modern engineering and spectacular natural surroundings. Once you arrive in Trondheim, get to know the city during a city tour. See the Nidaros Cathedral, which still contain elements from the 12th century and is considered the country’s national shrine. The old town of Trondheim, surrounding the Nidelva river and Trondheim Fjord, will delight you with its colourful houses and vibrant downtown area.
Day 7: Trondheim – Rognan/Bodo (B)
Continue the drive towards Rognan, on your way you will see a particularly rustic part of Scandinavia. Pass the village of Levanger, known for its beautiful old wooden houses and the stunning lake Snåsavatnet. Afterwards, your journey continues through pristine nature and the romantic valley of the Vefsna River into the wonderful Viking world of the Northern Country. An unforgettable highlight awaits you as you reach the Arctic Circle for the first time and cross this world-famous line.
Day 8: Rognan – Bodo – Lofoten/Vesteralen (B)
This morning a ferry to Moskenes awaits. Enjoy the fresh breeze and the stunning view of the small islands as you cruise. Board a bus tour and be impressed by the Lofoten, the 140km long island chain with many picturesque fishing villages. The Lofoten Islands are draped across the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle. This rare wilderness offers an untamed landscape of majestic mountains, deep fjords, squawking seabird colonies and long, surf-swept beaches.
Day 9: Lofoten/Verseralen – Swedish Lapland (B)
Jump aboard a Trollfjord cruise today to explore the extraordinary Lofoten islands and Trollfjord, a narrow fjord bordered by steep-sided mountains. The white-tailed sea eagle is one of the main attractions in the area, but you can also observe a variety of sea birds, seals, porpoises and even whales! Afterwards, continue the drive onto Swedish Lapland, the home of Sami, who are the descendants of an aboriginal, nomadic population. The Sami people live in four countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The total population in these four countries is estimated at approx. 80,000, of whom around half live in Norway. They make their living from herding reindeer, fishing, farming and hunting.
Day 10: Swedish Lapland – Umea (B)
Today you leave behind the picturesque landscape of Swedish Lapland and reach the shores of the Gulf of Bothnia which will accompany you on your way to Luleå, the lovely capital of Norrbotten. Here, visit the church village “Gammelstad”, the old centre of the city. Stroll around the village, where you can find over 400 small cottages which representing the old Luleå. It takes you back in time if you look inside the small cottages in order to examine the old-fashioned furnishings and traditional utensils. Continue along the coast to Umeå, the region on the “High Coast”, and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 11: Umea – Stockholm (B)
Today the Bothnian Sea shore is a faithful companion on your journey. Enjoy the picturesque scenery before you visit the town of Sundsvall. It is known for its “Stone Town” around the picturesque market square Stora Torget. Out of the province, you will now reach the famous university town of Uppsala with its imposing cathedral, before reaching Stockholm in the late afternoon.
Day 12: Stockholm – Oslo (B)
In the morning you have the opportunity to get to know the Swedish capital during a guided city tour. There is plenty to see: the imposing Royal Castle, the view of Sweden’s most famous “Terrace” and the extremely well-preserved “Gamla Stan” (Old Town) are just a few examples of the probably most beautiful capital in Scandinavia. Stroll along Stockholm’s typical sandstone walls and houses and discover historic sites. Now you continue in direction Mariefred. Discover the typical Swedish village with its picturesque streets and colourful wooden houses. Overnight stay within the area of Oslo.
Day 13: Oslo – – New Zealand (B)
Take breakfast at the hotel before checking out and taking a transfer to the airport in time to board your return flight to New Zealand.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the cruise terminal to your next travel arrangements.
Day 14: New Zealand
Arrive home in New Zealand today.