With some vacations, you need to sit back and savor a magnificent natural setting. Cruising the fjords and exploring the islands, this is a classic nine-day journey through Norway’s natural beauty. There are waterfalls and peaks, northern lights and Arctic Circle treats. Experience colors, charm, royal history and inspiring cultures. To learn more about other Norway itineraries, visit the Norway tours page...
Bergen – Colors of the Fjord-Side City
Bergen is quick to charm. White-painted wooden houses stretch out along the cobbled streets. The old wharf is made from timber, Bryggen a World Heritage Site that’s impossible to miss when you start to explore. Stroll more of the lanes and the houses are painted greens, yellows, and reds that make every steep street appear like a postcard. It is the natural setting that makes Bergen so unique. Steeped forested slopes provide the backdrop while fjords stretch out beyond the wharf, a convergence that quickly gets you in the mood for this journey through Norway.
Touch down in Norway’s second city today, and transfer to a hotel on the waterfront, within the historic center. This is the country’s former capital and Bryggen is likely to be the place you discover in the afternoon. Waterfront facades are divided by timber-filled alleyways, gables, and statues dot the area, and there’s always a memoir to the Hanseatic League. If you need energizing, try a cinnamon bun, Bergen is famous for them. Alternatively, take a walk to the fish market, where displays of shellfish decorate the stalls. Evenings are delightful here as well, walking along the dimly lit lanes of the waterfront.
Bergen – Historical Bergen Plus Galleries or Hiking
Norwegian Coast – The Coastal Voyage Begins
Norwegian Coast – Through the Skerries and Islands to Alesund
Norwegian Coast – Royal Trondheim and Traversing the Channels to Rorvik
Lofoten Islands – Into the Arctic Circle: Islands and Lights
Day 7 - 8
Lofoten Islands (Svolvaer) – The Magic of the Archipelago
Svolvaer – Departure
- Spend four days cruising the Norwegian Coast, a majestic journey through fjords and islands
- Feast your eyes on the colors of Bergen, Norway’s historical capital a relaxed place to start any vacation
- Travel into the Arctic Circle and three nights in the Lofoten Islands, Norway’s most spellbinding archipelago
- Gaze up at the aurora borealis, nine days in Norway providing great opportunity to witness the spectacle
- Explore the royal city of Trondheim, admire Alesund’s architecture and find the rococo-style wooden Stiftsgarden
- Climb the steps to Mount Aksla, pass majestic waterfalls, and navigate a supreme set of fjords
Norway’s coastline defies the imagination. Fjords extend, roll after roll of rock and water dominating the landscape. Silence and solitude follow you, this a place to be alone with nature and escape the world. Fragrant smells greet you on rugged islands while crashing waterfalls arouse many senses. Spectacular aurora displays fill the night while wild stretches of nature become your daytime playgrounds. From Bergen to the Arctic Circle and the Lofoten Islands, this is a coastline unlike any other on the planet.
It’s not all vistas and viewpoints though. There are culture and history here as well. Bergen’s streets are doused in color, traditional houses making many a postcard in Norway’s historic, former capital. Trondheim is packed with royal tales while in the Lofoten, you stay in a rorbu, a traditional fishermen’s hut on the water. During the journey, you find rococo-style wooden buildings, a Gothic cathedral, quaint fishing villages and bohemian towns. It’s impossible to miss coastal Norwegian culture as it is quick to make an impression.
Bergen is a delightful place to start, Norway’s second city more like a colorful village along the coast. Spend a day getting your bearings then a day discovering its history, perhaps with some hiking and art galleries as well. From here, you set off on a Hurtigruten, a four-day journey north through the fjords, traversing the channels, passing the waterfalls, traveling into the Arctic Circle. You disembark in Svolvaer and spend the final three nights in the heart of the Lofoten Islands, choosing from many different ways to discover and explore.
This is a nine-day tour that can be as active or as relaxed as you want it to be. Norway’s coastal towns and villages are invariably laid-back, quiet places where you walk pedestrianized streets and fjord-side boulevards. When on the boat you hardly need to move; just sit back and appreciate the majesty of the setting. However, there can always be an adventure with activities like cycling, scuba diving, hiking, kayaking, safari on the sea and through the fjords. On most days, you have a choice to create a program that suits, all of it beneath razor-sharp peaks and a clear, cobalt sky.
It’s a journey for the heart and a voyage for the soul, taking you to secret coastal gems along the Norwegian coast. Geirangerfjord, Saltstraumen, Kjeungskaer, Stokksund, and that’s just a small sample as you make up to half a dozen stops every day. In the Lofoten Islands, you’re surrounded by towering granite peaks and emerald valleys, with white sandy beaches fringing the coast. Svolvaer is a calm base for taking it all in. Like every day on this tour, the natural world becomes your playground and there are so many angles to discover. When the sun drops, you could be looking up at the northern lights.
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