Explore the best of Norway on this intimate journey as you cruise through the country's deep fjords, hike up majestic mountains and through breathtaking national parks, take in the cosmopolitan culture of Oslo, see the bustling wharf of Bergen,the dazzling beauty of UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord, and the picturesque landscapes of Lofoten Islands. This trip showcases the highlights and shows you Norway's magic at every turn, from the Northern Lights and Viking lore to the midnight sun and Norse mythology. There's nothing like seeing Norway up close and personal, on foot and immersed in its landscapes.
Welcome to Oslo, the capital of Norway and one of Europe's most sophisticated cities. Upon arrival at the airport, transfer to the hotel to settle in and then have a brief orientation with the entire group. Set out to explore parts of the city by foot, including a visit to the famed Opera House with its impressively angled roof. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner in the city.
After breakfast, set out to explore Oslo with a walking tour to the Vigelandsparken (Vigeland Sculpture Park), filled with more than 200 stunning sculptures by Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland, including a mosaic labyrinth and a stone forest composed of carved figures. After lunch at the hotel, return to the airport and take a short flight to Bergen, Norway's second-largest city. Check into the hotel, and then take a stroll along the city's colorful and popular waterfront "kaia." Enjoy dinner at a restaurant in town this evening.
Start this day with one of Norway's most popular hikes - to Rundemanen, high above Bergen. Hike for 4 to 5 hours (depending on the desired pace of the group) on a rocky path to a mountain plateau overlooking the city. At the top, take in breathtaking views of distant snowcapped peaks, and neighboring fjords and islands. At the end, descend by cable car from Mt. Floyen to the charming Bergen harbor, and on to the overnight cruise aboard the Hurtigruten, which begins at 8pm.
Begin today with a Scandinavian buffet breakfast on board the ship. Take in magnificent views as the ship cruises deep into the narrow Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO-protected fjord renowned for its majestic mountains, dramatic cliffs, and stunning waterfalls. Arrive to the tucked-away town of Geiranger, check into the hotel, and transfer to the nearby trailhead. Begin the hike on well-maintained trails leading high above Geirganger to the viewpoint at the Storsæterfossen Waterfall. Soak up the vistas before returning down the same trail. Enjoy dinner at the hotel, overlooking the harbor and fjord.
After breakfast, board the minibus and transfer one hour to the top of the Trollstigen, a serpentine road showcasing some of Norway's most breathtaking views. Stop at Trollstigen's viewing platform which juts out over a ledge hovering 2,788 feet above the valley, to take in the vistas and visit the café. Continue the scenic drive down into the Andalsnes valley, in the heart of the Romsdal Alps. Enjoy a circular hike beneath majestic peaks, passing glistening lakes. In the afternoon, continue to the hotel - home for the next two nights.
Wake to a sumptuous breakfast prepared by the talented chefs at Hotel Aak, before the morning walk. Today's short hike leads along Lake Eikesdalsvatnet to the Mardalsfossen waterfall, one of the ten highest waterfalls in Europe. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax or explore the natural surroundings on your own. Prefer more activity? The hosts are happy to take you on a tour of the gardens or arrange for a wine tasting in the cellar - just tell your guide what you want to do.
Today starts with a transfer to the charming town of Eikesdalen, home to just 65 inhabitants. Meet with a local farmer to learn the story of Norway's earliest inhabitants and, if you're lucky, see reindeer. Then continue to the Aursjovegen, a scenic road featuring several 180-degree hairpin turns through a dramatic landscape renowned as Norway's best area for hiking. After a hike, continue along the magnificent Aursjoveien road down to the Sunndal fjord, and to the town of Oppdal, a hikers' home base during the summer.
After breakfast, journey into the heart of the rugged mountain range of Trollheimen ("home of the trolls"), a vast landscape of green, idyllic valleys sprinkled with lakes between high peaks. If the weather cooperates, enjoy a swim in the lake; otherwise return to the hotel to unwind at the spa. Later this afternoon, there is an optional visit to Vang, one of the largest Viking graveyards in Norway. After dinner, transfer to the nearby train station and board the overnight train to Bodo, north of the Arctic Circle.
Rise and shine and enjoy breakfast aboard the train this morning. In Bodo, board a nearby ferry for the grand finale of the Norwegian tour - Lofoten Island. Take in the magnificent archipelago within the Arctic Circle, with its jagged peaks, sheltered bays of bright-blue water, white-sand beaches, and windswept grasslands. Upon arrival, head to the quaint fishing village of Hamnoy in Reine, change into hiking clothes at the hotel, and set off to explore the island on a short hike. Tonight, enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants.
After breakfast, begin exploring the outer reaches of Lofoten Island. Start with a scenic drive to the Lofotr Viking Museum, built on the site of a former Viking village. After touring the museum, enjoy an afternoon hike on Vestvagøya, a centrally located island in the Lofoten archipelago. Bring a bathing suit for a dip in the ocean above the Artic Circle. Return to Hamnoy to explore the charming village and its many galleries and shops. Enjoy your farewell dinner at Krambua on the harbor, renowned for its fresh fish straight from the sea.
After breakfast, transfer to Leknes airport in time for the flight to Oslo. Departure flights are subject to change without notice but will depart in the morning with every attempt to get you into Oslo before 1pm. The currently anticipated flight schedule will arrive into Oslo between 12pm and 1pm but please check in with your guide to confirm the arrival time for your specific departure.
MT Sobek's expertly crafted Norway itinerary is organized to perfection, enabling travelers to cover 1,400 miles in just 10 days.
You'll follow professional, local and highly qualified guides as you hike majestic mountains and explore Scandinavian villages.
Best of Norway's Great Outdoors is an MT Sobek best-seller and one of our most sought after classic adventures.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Spectacular and moderately paced hikes, overnight trains, scenic cruises, and cultural encounters.
Traditional fishermen's cabins and sleek Scandinavian-style hotels with modern amenities. A scenic overnight cruise and a night train ride.
Norwegian summers can be both hot and cold. The weather can change quickly -so be ready for sun, rain and maybe wind.
On Day 1, your trip leader will meet you in the arrivals hall of Oslo's Gardermoen Airport (OSL) between 12pm and 12:15pm. We'll then transfer as a group to our hotel in Oslo.
This trip is moderate with good paths, so hiking poles are not mandatory. However, if you like to hike with poles, you should bring your own on this trip.
No. We recommend bringing your own small bottle of Woolite or similar to wash items in your room.
No. Because of the sea breeze that we frequently encounter on this trip, the mosquitos are not a problem.
On the last day of the trip, when we transfer from Leknes to Bodo by plane, there is a weight limit of 8 kilograms (17 pounds) for your CARRY ON LUGGAGE ONLY.
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"Norway is an incredible country not to be missed. This trip exceeded expectations in beauty, guides, experience and awakening to a wonderful part of our world."
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MT Sobek Guest, Best of Norway's Great Outdoors