Through the Land of the Fjords - an independent voyage through Norway
Join us on an independent journey showing you the best of Norway from south to north. From Oslo travel by train to Lillehammer, famed from past Winter Olympics. Journey to Lom and its 12th century Stave Church from where you travel over the mountains to take a boat trip on the spectacular Geirangerfjord.
Across spectacular mountain and fjord country reach the peaceful village of Aurland for a free day to do as you please. Next, board the famous Flåm Railway, with its many scenic views of fjords and mountains before taking an express ferry along Sognefjord, to Bergen. After a free day in this lively coastal city, board the coastal ferry system for a 5-day cruise along the stunning west coast of Norway. Navigating past island and through channels and fjords, we visit such highlights as Ålesund, with its art nouveau architecture and the Royal City of Trondheim. Cross the Arctic Circle to reach the stunning Lofoten archipelago, enjoy some hiking and kayaking and reach the North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent. End your trip in Kirkenes, a town close to the Russian border.
Activity / Theme
Culture, Nature & Wildlife
Train, private vehicle, ferry, ship
Hotels (7 nts), Norwegian Coastal Voyage - outside cabin (6 nts), all with private facilities
Months of Operation
May, June, July, August, September
Adventure Coordinators Insider Tip:
The perfect trip for independently-minded travellers who want the hassle of booking accommodation and transportation taken care of. If you prefer to join a small group, join our Best of Norway
DAY 1 Start Oslo
DAY 2 To Lillehammer, free time
DAY 3 Via Gudbrandsdalen to Lom
DAY 4 Geiranger fjord boat trip, Lom Stave Church
DAY 5 Travel through the heart of the Norwegian fjords
DAY 6 Free day in Aurland
DAY 7 Flåm Railway to Myrdal, express boat to Bergen
DAY 8 Bergen guided, fish market, board Coastal Voyage
DAY 9 Ålesund and Geirangerfjord
DAY 10 Royal Trondheim
DAY 11 Arctic Circle & Lofoten islands
DAY 12 Mountain hiking & kayaking
DAY 13 North Cape
DAY 14 End Kirkenes
The Norway trip was fantastic - I was very impressed with how the itinerary was planned and executed. Everything was well-organized. The ship (Havila) provided excellent service, and I would highly recommend them. The rooms on the ship were spacious compared to other ships I have been on , and the food was excellent. The excursions were very good and worth taking. Unfortunately we had very thick fog the day of the Geiranger Fjord and Trollstigen, however that is beyond anyone's control. (Ironically, we had changed our dates slightly to ensure we could do this excursion!) I still enjoyed the drive and the brief glimpses we did get of the scenery on that day, and it was a true Norwegian experience!
I really enjoyed the self-guided land tour as well. This was my first time doing a self-guided tour (aside from fully independent travel) and found it was an excellent option to consider for future tours. Everything was well-organized, well-communicated and pick-up times were punctual and on time. On the drive from Lom to Aurland, unfortunately our driver gave the group an option of whether we wanted to stop to see the Urnes Stave Church or take an earlier ferry, as well and shorten the cross-country drive by taking the 24.5 km tunnel to Aurland, cutting the drive by about 2.5 hours. Unfortunately most chose not to stop at the church, and so we missed that. Since it was on the itinerary, I don't think the driver should have presented it as an option. (there were only two of us who wanted to stop to see it). When most of the group also opted to take the tunnel to shorten the drive, I voiced my opinion in that I wondered why the rush to get to Aurland and miss the beautiful sunny day and scenery of Norway, and drive in a dark tunnel instead. I told them I would respect the majority choice, however I felt I needed to share my perspective. Fortunately, in that case, they changed their mind and we were able to enjoy the drive across the mountains and countryside. (in the itinerary the tunnel was listed as an option if weather was poor, which I can fully understand, however with the gorgeous weather, I felt the driver could have simply proceeded with the drive and not presented the option). These were very minor things in the overall picture, and again, I would highly recommend Fifty Degrees North tours based on my experience this time.
Accommodations and food were great.
Thanks for all your help in working out the details of this trip - definitely a highlight for me in 2023!
Edith - Toronto, ON
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners plus full board on the Norwegian Coastal ship
All transport between destinations by buses, trains and boats
Premium mini-coach from Lom to Aurland.
Geiranger day tour with fjord boat safari
Flåm Railway excursion
24-hour emergency service
Taxes and service fees
Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes
Transfer to Kirkenes Airport
Sample tour. Itinerary, accommodation, transportation, inclusions and prices are correct at the time of publication but may change without prior notice. Please inquire.
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