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

This 15-day independent itinerary includes The Svalbard Express – Northbound Voyage from Bergen to Svalbard as well as a stay in small fjord village, Aurland, 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. We have also added a activity program in Aurland including a waterfall walk and picnic. In the comfort of your train and cruise boat, watch fjord scenery with beautiful waterfalls, flowing rivers, deep valleys and mountains.

Then join a voyage of a lifetime along the Norwegian coast, stopping for day visits to some of the premier spots along the way including Tromsø, Åndalsnes, Træna and the North Cape.

Highlights include

  • Visit the capital of Norway, Oslo with private city tour
  • Board the Flåm Railway and explore the Norwegian fjords with a stay at boutique property in Aurland
  • 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 and private transfer to your hotel
Day 2
Explore Oslo with a private guide
Day 3
Depart Oslo by early train and enjoy the spectacular journey to Flåm
Day 4
Enjoy an organic breakfast before heading down to the lake for rowing, then a easy hike to a traditional pasture farm for lunch before an outdoors hot tub & sauna back at your lodge
Day 5
Start with a spectacular 2 hour cruise from Flåm, marvel at the fjords and villages then head to Bergen with a private guided transfer
Day 6
Board MS Trollfjord for your journey to Svalbard
Day 7
First port of call, adventure capital, Åndalsnes
Day 8
Norway’s oldest fishing community
Day 9
Visit the historic town of Stokmarknes
Day 10
Tromsø, northern Norway’s urban Arctic hotspot
Day 11
Honningsvåg, the gateway to the North Cape, the famed “northernmost point of Europe”
Day 12
Between Norway and Svalbard 
Day 13
At the edge of the world - arrive Longyearbyen
Day 14
Discover Longyearbyen with an Electric Bike adventure
Day 15
Depart Longyearbyen
Start Place
Oslo, Norway
End Place
Longyearbyen, Svalbard tours
Destinations Visited
Norway
Svalbard tours
Duration
15 Days
Type
Expedition Cruises
Suitability
Moderate
Code
50DN1270

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.

Details

Transportation
  • Flåm Railway
  • Oslo to Bergen train journey
  • MS Trollfjord between Bergen and Longyearbyen
Included
  • All accommodation in superior shared double/twin room, single supplement available
  • 2 night stay at Aurland 29|2 boutique hotel in the Norwegian fjord region
  • Activities at Aurland 29|2 including half day waterfall guided hike and lunch on arrival at riverside lodge
  • Daily breakfast and two dinners (alcoholic drinks not included) at the boutique riverside lodge
  • Private transfers including private transfer from Oslo airport to hotel, private transfer from hotel to train station, private transfer Gudvangen to Bergen, private transfer from Bergen hotel to ferry terminal, private transfer from Funken Hotel to airport
  • Expedition Suite on the voyage from Bergen to Longyearbyen
  • 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:

  • Full board with all-day dining at Flora, Arran and fine-dining à la carte restaurant Røst
  • 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
  • Choice of restaurant dining times
  • Exclusive Røst Afternoon Tea with sparkling wine
  • Exclusive dinner with the ship’s senior officers
  • Unlimited minibar
  • Daily turn-down service
  • Fast track priority check-in including exclusive Espolin Johnson lounge access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Multi-lingual Coastal Experience Team
  • Access to fitness room and sauna
  • Daily themed lectures, photography guidance, arts and crafts activities
  • Movie nights, music entertainment and library access
  • Culinary demonstrations and food tastings
  • Selection of equipment for outdoor activities
Not Included

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

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Oslo and private transfer to your hotel

Arrive to Oslo and private transfer 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.

Accommodation
Continental Junior Suite with balcony or similar

Day 2 - Explore Oslo with a private guide

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
Restaurants
Maaemo
Restaurant options in Oslo
Optional Add Ons
Summer night on Oslo fjord

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. On arrival, private transfer to your boutique riverside hotel in the Aurland valley.

Experience the heart of the Norwegian fjords in this terrific spot. Enjoy a bowl of hot soup, local organic bread and fresh apple juice in our converted Smokehouse. To top it up and to get you ready for the hiking adventure, we serve a lovely home made dessert. After dessert, we head on to a lovely waterfall hike to Turlidfossen. Here we enjoy a nice cup of warm coffee or tea and a cinnamon roll while we take in the view. After our hike, relax in the calm and quiet garden before dinner is served in our converted Smokehouse.

Overnight at a boutique riverside lodge.

Porter service included to transfer your large luggage from Oslo to Bergen.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner

Day 4 - Enjoy an organic breakfast before heading down to the lake for rowing, then a easy hike to a traditional pasture farm for lunch before an outdoors hot tub & sauna back at your lodge

The day starts out with a breakfast of champions, giving you a taste of the magic that is local, organic ingredients. After breakfast it is time for a calming and mindful session at the lake, trying your skills in a traditional Norwegian rowboat. After testing your skills at rowing we leave the boats and go ashore for a small hike to one of Aurlands traditional pasture farms.

The region has a long and proud tradition with cheese, and up on the summer farms, Norwegians have been spending their summers producing cheese and taking care of livestock for generations. The tradition continues through hard working farmers and their love for natural and organic produce. On the summer farm you have a rich lunch in rustic surroundings, whilst enjoying the fantastic view. After the farm visit, the wood red hot tub and sauna awaits you. Sit back, relax and enjoy your surroundings with a glass of local drink before sitting down in the converted Smokehouse for dinner.

Overnight at a boutique riverside lodge.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 5 - Start with a spectacular 2 hour cruise from Flåm, marvel at the fjords and villages then head to Bergen with a private guided transfer

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 will be met by a private van for a guided journey to Bergen. This takes you through the beautiful Stalheim canyon with the Stalheimskleiven hairpin road (May to September), into Voss and then drive into Bergen. Overnight Clarion Hotel Admiral or similar with breakfast.

Please note that you are able to add an optional visit to the Viking Village Gudvangen today, however, you will not arrive in Bergen until 20.40pm.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Opus XVI Deluxe room

Day 6 - Board MS Trollfjord for your journey 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 private 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
Accommodation
Expedition Suite

Day 7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - 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 12 - 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 13 - 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, Junior Suite.

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 14 - 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
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 15 - Depart Longyearbyen

After breakfast, private transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals
1 Breakfast

Dates & Prices

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End Date
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29 Apr 2024
13 May 2024
29 Apr 2024
13 May 2024
AUD 26,662
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13 May 2024
27 May 2024
13 May 2024
27 May 2024
AUD 26,662
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27 May 2024
10 Jun 2024
27 May 2024
10 Jun 2024
AUD 26,662
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10 Jun 2024
24 Jun 2024
10 Jun 2024
24 Jun 2024
AUD 26,662
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24 Jun 2024
8 Jul 2024
24 Jun 2024
8 Jul 2024
AUD 26,662
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8 Jul 2024
22 Jul 2024
8 Jul 2024
22 Jul 2024
AUD 26,662
Limited availability
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22 Jul 2024
5 Aug 2024
22 Jul 2024
5 Aug 2024
AUD 26,662
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5 Aug 2024
19 Aug 2024
5 Aug 2024
19 Aug 2024
AUD 26,662
Available
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19 Aug 2024
2 Sep 2024
19 Aug 2024
2 Sep 2024
AUD 26,662
Limited availability
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2 Sep 2024
16 Sep 2024
2 Sep 2024
16 Sep 2024
AUD 26,662
Limited availability
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