From kayaking with dolphins beneath the midnight sun to flying in a helicopter to otherwise inaccessible fjords, this 10-day Norway tour will provide experiences that many only experience in their dreams. So much of Norway remains completely untouched; it is a country of epic glaciers, wilderness islands, untrammeled fjords, whales, wonder, and the Arctic Circle. Handcrafted as a summer expedition, this is the chance to travel where few people ever venture.
Bergen – The Hanseatic Legacy
Bergen was integral to the Hanseatic trading alliance between northern Europe’s medieval powers, and evidence of this legacy continues to impact the city today. A local guide will meet you at the airport for a short transfer into central Bergen and your fjord-side hotel. Then, you can explore the narrow streets of history, passing traditional colored houses to remnants of a medieval era. From the harbor to the Hanseatic Museum, you can follow a rich tale of seafaring people and peaceful trade, passing everything from fishing boats to charming cafes. Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a very popular Norwegian destination.
Bergen – Mt. Sandviken or Fjord Cruise
Seven fjords and seven mountains stretch out around Bergen. The finest view of Bergan can be captured from the top of Mt. Sandviken. Here, you can gaze across the city and the fjords while their rugged mountains reflect peacefully in the water’s surface. It is approximately a three-hour hike to the summit, and this includes 900 steps that are featured in the world’s steepest race. If that sounds like too much, then you can alter today’s activity to a fjord cruise. In a small boat, you can travel along the water and admire incredible panoramas. Bergen becomes very pretty late in the evening as the sun’s golden tones persist for hours.
Fjaerland – Europe’s Largest Glacier
For the next two days, you will be on a wilderness road trip with a local driver. During your trip, you will traverse traffic-free roads and take local ferries across fjords. After today’s winding journey, you can hike a short trail to view Jostedalsbreen, which is Europe’s largest glacier. Only 300 people live in Fjaerland town, and the sense of escapism is exquisite, especially when you gaze at the surrounding mountains. Today will be a day of iconic Norwegian landscapes, such as stark granite slopes, calm water, and forests that carpet vertiginous mountains.
Norddal – Iconic Geirangerfjord
Geirangerfjord is perhaps the world’s most famous fjord. It is only three hours by road to Norddal, but today’s drive will take most of the day because you will stop to explore Norway’s nature and culture. Waterfalls tumble out of sheer mountain cliffs, and summer is a great time to see them due to the alpine melt. Wooden houses dot the shoreline, which is evidence of people who have attempted to live and work here. Stories abound of remote dwellers, and you may start to believe some of the local legends. Yes, this is a famous Norwegian destination, but there is a remarkable sense of space and a feeling of exploring the unknown.
Trondheim – Western Fjord Expedition
Today, you will travel further into the fjords. The road to Trondheim is very long, and you can save time by traveling by helicopter. By flying by helicopter, you can venture across landscapes that remain completely untouched and uninhabited. You will set off early in the morning and soar over Geirangerfjord before heading north. Swooping lower, you will touch down in the wilderness for a picnic by the water and chance to walk in forests that are dominated by elk. Continuing your journey, you will then land on an island next to a fjord at a place that is enveloped by the dramatic frames of Norway’s mountains.
Tromso – Kayaking With Dolphins
After a scheduled flight, you will land in the Arctic Circle, which is the land of the midnight sun. The sun does not stay high in the sky, but it does skip along the horizon, creating a prolonged sunset scene. The hues glisten along the horizon with hints of bright red and orange. The sunset scene is magnificent from anywhere but most impressive from the water because you can appreciate all the reflections while paddling. After a day exploring Tromso with a local guide, you will paddle out beneath the midnight sun in search of dolphins and other marine animals. Dolphin encounters are not unique to Tromso, but they are much more special during the sunset.
Senja – Wild and Natural Surroundings
Today, you will have a three-hour drive along a fjord en route to Norway’s second-largest island. Beaches without footprints hide behind yellow-green forests, mountains rise thousands of feet, rivers trickle into tranquil lakes, and coastal pools reflect golden summer tones. This Eden is missed by almost everyone who visits Norway, but there is a tourist infrastructure here. You will be staying at a luxury cabin on the coast, where you will be immersed in a vast and almost unending work of nature. In between all the outdoor exploration, you can get a taste of local delicacies in a small village, including Senja cod, goat cheese, cured reindeer meat, and pickled fish.
Senja – Norway’s Second-Largest Island
With a full day on Senja, your outdoor expedition can continue. Today, you can hike on wilderness trails, paddle on the Arctic Ocean in a kayak or across a lake, go fishing in the river, or relax on a secluded beach. Cycling is another great option for today, and you can also explore in a vehicle on 4WD trails to immense lookout points. Back in the cabin, you can get really warm around a fire before stepping out into the midnight sun and basking in your surroundings.
Andenes – Summer Whale Watching
While many know about the Lofoten Islands, the Vesteralen archipelago remains mostly undiscovered. Andenes will be your first destination here, which is another place of wild diversity, from alpine peaks to dazzling fjords and quiet beaches. The scenery is always impressive, and so are the whales. On a whale-watching cruise, you can get close to the remarkable giants. Whale watching takes place year-round up here, and the summer water usually brings a surge of action. The other advantage of summer is that the boat operator has so much daylight to work with, so today’s tour can run at the best time for calm water and more whales.
Bergen – Departure
After a short transfer to the main Vesteralen airport, you will fly back to Bergen and connect with your international flight.
- Savor a scenic flight above Norway’s fjords, including the opportunity to explore places disconnected from civilization
- Customize an off-the-beaten-track adventure on Senja, which is one of Europe’s wildest islands
- Experience the Arctic Ocean on a sublime whale-watching cruise
- Embrace the energy of the midnight sun during five summer days in the Arctic Circle
- Indulge in a hike above Bergen on Mt. Sandviken and cruise along the city’s surrounding fjords
- Discover Europe’s largest glacier and gasp at the scale of Norway’s wilderness
- Travel down Geirangerfjord and discover why it is Norway’s most iconic natural attraction
- Feast on local delicacies, including pickled fish and cured reindeer meat
- Immerse yourself in Norwegian culture and history as local guides show you around traditional places in Bergen, Trondheim, and Tromso
Almost all of Norway is off the beaten track. Even at famous destinations like Geirangerfjord, you will not see many other people. In such vast landscapes, you can always have a private adventure, especially when local guides know how to take you beyond the typical stops. Fjords stretch out pristine and blue, islands await exploration, and arctic waters come alive with the antics of whales and dolphins. You can hike mountains, cross fjords, marvel at glaciers, and spend many hours without seeing another soul.
Handcrafted as the ultimate off-the-beaten-track summer expedition, this luxury 10-day Norway tour will lead you to the fjords and the Arctic Circle. Featuring private tours and specialist guides, this is a journey that will show you the wild in addition to offering you all the necessary comforts that a luxury vacation entails. You can kayak with dolphins as the midnight sun creates phantasmal orange hues, swim in the Arctic Ocean at deserted island bays, and fly in a helicopter to the most remote fjords.
You will begin your tour by flying to Bergen, which is the gateway to the fjords and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although it is a popular destination, you can still venture off the beaten path with two local guides. First, you will explore the Hanseatic legacy before hiking to Mt. Sandviken on day two. Days three and four will be an epic road trip to Fjaerland and Norddal, which will also incorporate Europe’s largest glacier and a winding trail along Geirangerfjord. On day five, you will explore from the air, crossing the fjords to Trondheim with two stops along the way. From here, you will fly to Tromso and the golden light of the Arctic in summer.
In Norway, you can do so much in a day. From Tromso, you will experience kayaking with marine life, and on Senja island, the adventure will continue on land and water. From coastal treks to sampling traditional delicacies, this large island will offer two active days in places without other visitors. By skipping the more touristic Lofoten Islands, you can travel to Andenes, which is a year-round whale-watching destination and a favorite for all nature lovers. From fjords and snowy mountains to serene beaches, the scenery here is incredible. From Andenes, you will fly back to Bergen to meet your outbound flight after ten days in places where few others venture.
$3,745 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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