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    14 days - Visit Oslo, Norway in a Nutshell, Bergen then voyage to Svalbard

    This 14-day independent itinerary includes The Svalbard Express – Northbound Voyage from Bergen to Svalbard as well as a stay in Oslo and Bergen.

    Between Oslo and Bergen, we have included the Norway in a Nutshell® tour which takes you through some of Norway’s most beautiful fjord scenery that includes the breathtaking experiences on the Bergen Railway, the Flåm Railway, the Aurlandsfjord, the Nærøyfjord and the journey to Bergen. In the comfort of your train and cruise boat, watch fjord scenery with beautiful waterfalls, flowing rivers, deep valleys and mountains.

    Highlights include

    • Visit the capital of Norway, Oslo with private city tour
    • Board the Flåm Railway and explore the Norwegian fjords
    • Head into the High Arctic on the northbound leg of our nostalgic route that connects mainland Norway with Svalbard, at the edge of the world
    • Enjoy life aboard exceptionally designed MS Trollfjord, freshly refurbished in 2023 with the finest materials and ship craftsmanship
    • Visit a variety of charming coastal communities on mainland Norway and on Svalbard and take your pick from authentic, locally run optional excursions
    • Experience variations of summer the length of Norway, basking in 24 hours of daylight from the glorious Midnight Sun at the height of the season
    Day 1
    Arrive Oslo
    Day 2
    Explore Oslo with a private guided tour
    Day 3
    Depart Oslo by early train and enjoy the spectacular journey to Flåm
    Day 4
    Start with a spectacular 2 hour cruise from Flåm, marvel at the fjords and villages then head to Bergen
    Day 5
    Board MS Trollfjord for your journey northbound to Svalbard
    Day 6
    First port of call, adventure capital, Åndalsnes
    Day 7
    Norway’s oldest fishing community
    Day 8
    Visit the historic town of Stokmarknes
    Day 9
    Tromsø, northern Norway’s urban Arctic hotspot
    Day 10
    Honningsvåg, the gateway to the North Cape, the famed “northernmost point of Europe”
    Day 11
    Between Norway and Svalbard 
    Day 12
    At the edge of the world - arrive Longyearbyen
    Day 13
    Discover Longyearbyen with an Electric Bike adventure
    Day 14
    Depart Longyearbyen
    Start Place
    Oslo, Norway
    End Place
    Longyearbyen, Svalbard
    Destinations Visited
    Norway
    Svalbard
    Duration
    14 Days
    Start Date
    Scheduled
    Travel Style
    Expedition Cruises
    Travel Style
    Independent
    Suitability
    Moderate activities including city walking tours and no porterage
    Code
    50DN1265

    Please note that all our itineraries, inclusions, dates and prices displayed on this website may change at any time. If you book an itinerary today and have this confirmed it will be the itinerary that is delivered to you. However, the online itinerary on our website may change in the meantime.

    As a Certified B Corporation, 50 Degrees North has designed this tour using handpicked local hoteliers and suppliers who share our ethos of delivering services and activities of high social and environmental standards.

    The CO2-e per person per day of all tours is carefully measured following each season. We fully offset all emissions of our tours on your behalf, and we constantly look at ways to reduce emissions where possible.

    Details

    Transportation
    • Flåm Railway
    • Oslo to Bergen train journey
    • MS Trollfjord between Bergen and Longyearbyen
    Included
    • All accommodation in shared double/twin room, single supplement available
    • Daily breakfast
    • Voyage from Bergen to Longyearbyen 10 nights in a twin outside cabin with toilet & shower
    • All meals on board the Express Coastal Ferry, other meals as per itinerary
    • Norway in a Nutshell® train/ferry/bus ticket from Oslo to Bergen or vice versa
    • Discover Oslo with a private city tour
    • Sightseeing with an electric bike in Longyearbyen
    • Luggage porter transfer on the Norway in a Nutshell®
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees

    Included during the Express Coastal Voyage:

    • Unlimited select beer, wine, and spirits at Flora, Árran, and the 1893 Bar, served during restaurant and bar opening hours excluding breakfast
    • Unlimited mineral water, tea, and coffee
    • Afternoon snack in the 1893 Bar
    • Culinary demonstrations and food tastings
    • Multi-lingual Coastal Experience Team
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Daily themed lectures, photography guidance, arts and crafts
    • Access to fitness room and sauna
    • Movie nights, music entertainment, and library access
    • Selection of equipment for outdoor activities
    Not Included

    International flights, travel insurance, luggage handling & optional excursions.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive Oslo

    Arrive to Oslo and make your own way using the express airport train (19 mins) to your central hotel in the heart of Oslo. The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer for the discerning traveller. If you arrive early, we can recommend a walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle & the Harbour area.

    Discover the new area of Bjorvika with the new Opera House and Munch Museum and then explore the charming shopping streets, cosy cafés and exciting eateries of Grünerløkka. After going shopping at numerous design boutiques, vintage shops and flea markets, head to the Mathallen food hall for local specialties. Lastly, visit the new National Museum of Norway down by the harbour before finding a spot in one of the local fish restaurants for dinner.

    Transportation
    Clarion Hotel the Hub or similar for standard version.

    Amerikalinjen Superior Room or similar for superior version.

    Restaurants
    Restaurant options in Oslo

    Day 2 - Explore Oslo with a private guided tour

    Discover the must-sees of beautiful Oslo including the Royal Palace and Vigeland Park on a private walking tour of its most famous sights. Enjoy all the landmarks of Oslo's city centre on a 3-hour walking tour with a local guide. Get a taste of the life in this vibrant capital through its famous sights, and enjoy its architectural and cultural diversity.

    See the Royal Palace, the Norwegian Parliament, and the University of Oslo, and stroll the bustling Karl Johan pedestrian shopping area. Take the tram to the iconic Vigeland Park and explore the incredible and unique works of sculptor Gustav Vigeland.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast

    Day 3 - Depart Oslo by early train and enjoy the spectacular journey to Flåm

    Catch an early morning train from Oslo to Myrdal. The train journey over Northern Europe’s largest mountain plateau is spectacular. In the comfort of your train, watch fjord scenery with beautiful waterfalls, flowing rivers, deep valleys and mountains. In the afternoon, you check into the cosy mountain hotel in Flåm. Overnight in Fretheim Hotel.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Fretheim Hotel or similar.

    Day 4 - Start with a spectacular 2 hour cruise from Flåm, marvel at the fjords and villages then head to Bergen

    The day starts with a spectacular 2-hour fjord cruise from Flåm to the tiny fjord village of Gudvangen. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Aurlandsfjord & the Næroyfjord - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Gudvangen you change to the connecting bus to Voss. In Voss you change to a train that takes you to Bergen. Overnight Clarion Hotel Admiral or similar with breakfast.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Transportation
    Superior version includes a private transfer Gudvangen to Bergen
    Accommodation
    Borgen Børs Hotel Standard or Deluxe room.

    Day 5 - Board MS Trollfjord for your journey northbound to Svalbard

    After waking up in your hotel, you might have a bit of time in the early morning to explore more of Bergen before a transfer meets you at your hotel to bring you to our comfortable guest lounge at the Bergen Terminal.

    Once we’ve been welcomed aboard, you’ll meet your ship’s Coastal Experience Team, who will be your hosts and guides to the Norwegian coastline and Svalbard. Get acquainted with your shipmates and take some time to get comfortable in your new home-away-from-home.

    Enjoy your first meal aboard the ship, and watch the row of colourful buildings on the seafront get smaller behind you as you sail into the Norwegian Sea.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner

    Day 6 - First port of call, adventure capital, Åndalsnes

    Located along Isfjord at the end of Romsdalfjord, Åndalsnes is your first port of call. After docking in the morning in the town centre, you’ll get the chance to explore this picturesque coastal town, home to about 2,000 people.

    From 1838 until 1964, the village of Åndalsnes served as the administrative centre of the old municipality of Grytten, during which time it had to be completely rebuilt after an attack during World War II. Now, Åndalsnes is a modern town with its own local newspaper, in one of Norway’s most stunning natural locations.

    The literal highlights of Åndalsnes are the mountains that tower over the town. Experience the Norwegian concept of friluftsliv – a love of the outdoors – through a variety of activities, such as hiking to Rampestreken viewpoint.

    For a more sedate way to take in the sights, sit back for a relaxing ride on the Romsdal Gondola or travel the winding Trollstigen Pass by bus. Whichever activities you choose, this day will bring you the best views of Isfjord and Romsdalfjord, and the surrounding peaks.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 7 - Norway’s oldest fishing community

    You’ll sail along the coast of the Helgeland region in the morning. When you see islands rising out of the water in the distance, you’ll know we’re almost at our next destination.

    Træna is an archipelago that sits at the edge of the Arctic Circle, 33 nautical miles northwest of the mainland. Made up of around 500 islands, islets and skerries, with only four inhabited year-round, Træna is a quiet municipality, with birdlife thriving on the mostly uninhabited isles.

    Though small, this archipelago has a long history, with archaeological finds indicating that the islands have been inhabited since the Stone Age. Some of these ancient relics have been found in a cave on the island of Sanna, which is now used as a venue for an annual music festival.

    Spend the afternoon in one of Norway’s oldest fishing communities. If weather permits, you might be able to enjoy such activities as culture walks, Arctic swimming, or even island hopping.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 8 - Visit the historic town of Stokmarknes

    Spend a full day in Vesterålen, an archipelago just northeast of Lofoten. This island chain is the namesake of our very first Coastal Express ship to sail Norway’s rugged coastline in 1893.

    Dock in the historic town of Stokmarknes. Visit the Hurtigruten museum that immortalises our inspiring legacy. Hurtigrutemuseet can be found along the waterfront, where our retired 1956 ship, MS Finnmarken, proudly stands encased in a glass building. Here, you’ll find archives, photographs, and artefacts displayed throughout a range of interactive exhibitions. On a guided tour, you’ll be immersed in the atmosphere of a different era as you explore the retired vessel.

    Besides visiting the museum, you may be able to enjoy hiking and other activities on the islands, including a Sea Eagle safari in the fjord that gave your ship MS Trollfjord its name.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 9 - Tromsø, northern Norway’s urban Arctic hotspot

    Tromsø is northern Norway’s urban Arctic hotspot, boasting impressive architecture, hip restaurants, and the world’s northernmost university. Rich in polar history, it makes for a natural stopping point before we go further north and into the High Arctic.

    This modern city has a long legacy, with artefacts being found nearby that date back to the Ice Age. The city grew in importance after being declared a kjøpstad, or “market town” in 1794, despite only being home to 80 people. It became a centre of Arctic hunting in the mid-1800s, and by the end of the 19th century, Tromsø was an established Arctic trade centre.

    Dock here in the morning, giving you a whole day to explore this historic Arctic city and its surroundings. Learn more about the culture and polar history of Tromsø on a city walk. Or go watch graceful seals at the Polaria centre, one of the world’s northernmost aquariums where you can see various species of Arctic marine life up close.

    There may also be an option to visit the striking Arctic Cathedral which has an impressively large multi-coloured stained-glass window. Or towering over Tromsø is Storsteinen Mountain, accessible via Fjellheisen Cable Car for exceptionally beautiful views of the city, mountains, and fjords.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 10 - Honningsvåg, the gateway to the North Cape, the famed “northernmost point of Europe”

    Around mid-morning, arrive at Honningsvåg, the northernmost city in mainland Norway. Honningsvåg is a fairly young city, having only been declared as such in 1996, and it remains one of Norway’s smallest cities today.

    Spend some time wandering around or head straight to Honningsvåg Church which dates back to 1885, making it the oldest building in the area. Peruse local pieces at the Once Upon A Dream art gallery or drop into the Artico Ice Bar for a drink or two on the rocks.

    Honningsvåg is also the gateway to the North Cape, the famed “northernmost point of Europe”. The plateau stands 307 metres above the sea, and is just over 1,000 miles south of the geographical North Pole. Take a moment to gaze out across the sea from a top the soaring cliffs, watching the waves crash against the rocks below.

    Standing proudly on top of one of the cliffs is an iconic globe monument which invites all visitors to take a quick selfie. Selfie sorted, you’ll also want to visit North Cape Hall, which has a variety of exhibits and a short film that tells of the cape’s history.

    Sailing away from Honningsvåg, you’ll enjoy dramatic views of the plateau from the sea. The ship will head further into the Barents Sea, leaving mainland Norway’s coast far behind.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 11 - Between Norway and Svalbard

    The southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago, Bjørnøya sits just past the halfway point between mainland Norway and Spitsbergen. You'll be viewing this inaccessible land from the ship in the afternoon, so think of this as the prologue to your Svalbard adventure.

    Upon seeing the island, you might notice the lack of trees, and even bushes. Very little grows here, with the land partly being covered only by a layer of moss and lichen. Whatever does grow here is fertilised by the abundant birdlife that nests on the sea cliffs. Get your camera ready to capture Little Auks, Puffins, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and Northern Fulmars flying over dramatic cliff tops and steep slopes, alongside many other seabird species.

    Contrary to its name, which means “Bear Island”, the only native mammals are Arctic foxes. The island was named after a polar bear was spotted swimming in the waters nearby, but this is an unlikely sight this far south.

    Aboard the ship, you can learn about Bjørnøya’s history through polar history lectures. You might find out about the historic expeditions that led to its discovery, and the subsequent claims that various countries have made to the island. Discover the strategic importance of this unreachable sanctuary, and the role Bjørnøya played in World War II.

    Sailing on from Bjørnøya, continue to make use of MS Trollfjord’s various onboard facilities to relax, such as the sauna or fitness room.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 12 - At the edge of the world - arrive Longyearbyen

    Today, arrive at the Svalbard archipelago and Spitsbergen, the largest of the three main islands. Magnificent brown and green mountains rise and ripple up from the High Arctic tundra while rivers of snow-melt trickle through the valley plains, glistening under the summer sun.

    Take a moment to just be here, now, in Svalbard. You’re at a latitude more than 78°N and under 820 miles / 1,500 kilometres from the North Pole itself. The air is fresh and pure, and the overall temperature in summer is mild thanks to a warm northern branch of the Gulf Stream.

    You’ll disembark the ship at Longyearbyen, nestled on the banks of a sweeping, large fjord. It is the biggest settlement in Svalbard and pegged as the world’s northernmost settlement with a population greater than 1,000.

    Home to some 2,000 inhabitants from across the world, it originally sprang up as a coal mining colony in 1906. Today, it is a hub for adventure travellers, as well as scientists and engineers attached to local research projects, like the famous Global Seed Vault.

    After transferring and checking in to your hotel, you can discover the lovely restaurants and cafes on offer in Longyearbyen.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Funken Lodge, standard room or superior room depending on package.

    Funken Lodge is a lovely new hotel nestled 15 minutes away from the town centre.The lobby, library room and restaurant are beautifully designed and super cozy and welcoming. There are thick carpets, lots of pillows and a fireplace. Enjoy nice views to the mountains and water. There is a wine cellar, champagne cellar and a fitness centre.

    We also recommend booking the Huset restaurant, with one of Scandinavia's largest wine cellars with over 15 000 bottles.


    Day 13 - Discover Longyearbyen with an Electric Bike adventure

    This morning, you will head off an electric bike tour of Longyearbyen. Combining comfort and efficiency on an electric bike tour, see a range of Longyearbyen's sights while getting close to nature. The birdlife is at its best during the summer months, and silently moving through the wilderness will bring you close to the action. Electric bicycles are the perfect way to explore the sealed and unsealed roads around Longyearbyen. This three hour tour visits Adventdalen, the ‘Advent Valley’, to take a look at the inland birds and other wildlife, as well as the original industry here in Longyearbyen - mining.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Funken Lodge, standard room or superior room depending on package.

    Day 14 - Depart Longyearbyen

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart. Those with the superior package, have a private transfer included.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast

    Dates & Prices

    Price per person, twin share. Standard version includes Polar Outside Cabins on the Svalbard Express voyage. Self transfer in Oslo on the standard version.

    Superior version includes private transfers and different hotels/higher room categories, plus Arctic superior P2 cabin on the Svalbard Express voyage.

    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    From Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    30 Apr 2024
    13 May 2024
    30 Apr 2024
    13 May 2024
    AUD 9,598
    Available
    Standard
    30 Apr 2024
    13 May 2024
    30 Apr 2024
    13 May 2024
    AUD 6,882
    Available
    Extra for Single
    30 Apr 2024
    13 May 2024
    30 Apr 2024
    13 May 2024
    AUD 12,532
    Available
    Superior
    14 May 2024
    27 May 2024
    14 May 2024
    27 May 2024
    AUD 9,598
    Available
    Standard
    14 May 2024
    27 May 2024
    14 May 2024
    27 May 2024
    AUD 6,882
    Available
    Extra for Single
    14 May 2024
    27 May 2024
    14 May 2024
    27 May 2024
    AUD 12,532
    Available
    Superior
    28 May 2024
    10 Jun 2024
    28 May 2024
    10 Jun 2024
    AUD 9,598
    Available
    Standard
    28 May 2024
    10 Jun 2024
    28 May 2024
    10 Jun 2024
    AUD 6,882
    Available
    Extra for Single
    28 May 2024
    10 Jun 2024
    28 May 2024
    10 Jun 2024
    AUD 12,532
    Available
    Superior
    11 Jun 2024
    24 Jun 2024
    11 Jun 2024
    24 Jun 2024
    AUD 9,598
    Available
    Standard
    11 Jun 2024
    24 Jun 2024
    11 Jun 2024
    24 Jun 2024
    AUD 6,882
    Available
    Extra for Single
    11 Jun 2024
    24 Jun 2024
    11 Jun 2024
    24 Jun 2024
    AUD 12,532
    Available
    Superior
    25 Jun 2024
    8 Jul 2024
    25 Jun 2024
    8 Jul 2024
    AUD 9,598
    Available
    Standard
    25 Jun 2024
    8 Jul 2024
    25 Jun 2024
    8 Jul 2024
    AUD 6,882
    Available
    Extra for Single
    25 Jun 2024
    8 Jul 2024
    25 Jun 2024
    8 Jul 2024
    AUD 12,532
    Available
    Superior
    9 Jul 2024
    22 Jul 2024
    9 Jul 2024
    22 Jul 2024
    AUD 9,598
    Available
    Standard
    9 Jul 2024
    22 Jul 2024
    9 Jul 2024
    22 Jul 2024
    AUD 6,882
    Available
    Extra for Single
    9 Jul 2024
    22 Jul 2024
    9 Jul 2024
    22 Jul 2024
    AUD 12,532
    Available
    Superior
    23 Jul 2024
    5 Aug 2024
    23 Jul 2024
    5 Aug 2024
    AUD 9,598
    Available
    Standard
    23 Jul 2024
    5 Aug 2024
    23 Jul 2024
    5 Aug 2024
    AUD 6,882
    Available
    Extra for Single
    23 Jul 2024
    5 Aug 2024
    23 Jul 2024
    5 Aug 2024
    AUD 12,532
    Available
    Superior
    6 Aug 2024
    19 Aug 2024
    6 Aug 2024
    19 Aug 2024
    AUD 9,598
    Available
    Standard
    6 Aug 2024
    19 Aug 2024
    6 Aug 2024
    19 Aug 2024
    AUD 6,882
    Available
    Extra for Single
    6 Aug 2024
    19 Aug 2024
    6 Aug 2024
    19 Aug 2024
    AUD 12,532
    Available
    Superior
    20 Aug 2024
    2 Sep 2024
    20 Aug 2024
    2 Sep 2024
    AUD 9,598
    Available
    Standard
    20 Aug 2024
    2 Sep 2024
    20 Aug 2024
    2 Sep 2024
    AUD 6,882
    Available
    Extra for Single
    20 Aug 2024
    2 Sep 2024
    20 Aug 2024
    2 Sep 2024
    AUD 12,532
    Available
    Superior
    3 Sep 2024
    16 Sep 2024
    3 Sep 2024
    16 Sep 2024
    AUD 9,598
    Available
    Standard
    3 Sep 2024
    16 Sep 2024
    3 Sep 2024
    16 Sep 2024
    AUD 6,882
    Available
    Extra for Single
    3 Sep 2024
    16 Sep 2024
    3 Sep 2024
    16 Sep 2024
    AUD 12,532
    Available
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