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Norway, June 2024

NORWAY, JUNE 4-14, 2024

Oslo – Flåm – Bergen - Trondheim - Bodø - Narvik - Stockholm


Join us for our inaugural adventure to Norway!! Norway has everything we love: astoundingly beautiful scenery, a well-linked rail system, and did we mention….FJORDS??!!?? We’ve long wanted to visit this breathtaking land, and have designed an itinerary that gives us some great cities, some amazing train rides, a ferry route that features UNESCO World Heritage Site vistas – and all of this during the season of extended daylight, so we’ll have to force ourselves to sleep for fear of missing things.


June 4: Arrive Oslo, overnight Oslo. We’ll gather in Norway’s capital city for a chance to meet our fellow travelers and do some exploring.

June 5: Oslo – Flåm. We’ll board the train for the first leg of our epic journey across the southern tip of Norway on what is considered one of the world’s most scenic journeys. In Myrdahl we’ll transfer to the legendary Flåmsbana train one of the world’s steepest stretches of line on normal tracks, renowned for its spectacular turning tunnels that wind in and out of the mountains. 18 of the 20 tunnels on the Flåm Railway were constructed by hand. We’ll overnight in Flåm.

June 6: Flåm – Bergen. This morning we’ll take the ferry down the Sognefjord – a five hour journey through what is arguably one of the most scenic fjords in Norway. We’ll end the day in the fabulous city of Bergen. Overnight Bergen

June 7: Bergen. A full day to explore this great coastal city with plenty of time to visit the historic wharf with all its colorful houses, take the funicular up to Mt. Floyen for some spectacular views, or strike out on your own adventure. Another night in Bergen

June 8: Bergen to Alesund. Today we board the ferry for our three day journey North along the coast. We’ll have comfortable staterooms, freshly prepared meals on board – an experience more like a cruise ship (without the gambling and cabaret shows).

June 9: On ferry. Today we get to the Geiranger Fjord, a UNESCO WORLD Heritage site with its steep mountainsides and dramatic waterfalls. Another night on board

June 10 – On ferry. Today we have an opportunity to stretch our legs in the historic city of Trondheim, which was founded over a thousand years ago. Nidaros Cathedral is the landmark of the city; it is Norway's national shrine and one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe. Our last night on board.

June 11 – Today we cross over the Arctic Circle! A full day of cruising past little fishing villages and glaciers. In the evening we arrive in Svolvaer, where we’ll disembark and spend the night.

June 12 – Svolvaer to Narvik. This morning we’ll head out in our chartered van for a scenic overland journey to Narvik, where we’ll have a little time to explore before we board the evening overnight train. We’ll head out into the night (which may well still be light) and shortly cross into Sweden and a stunning ride down the western shore of the Gulf of Bothnia. Overnight on board the train.

June 13 – Arrive Stockholm. Our arrival in Stockholm in the early morning gives us plenty of time to stash our bags at our hotel and head out for some exploring. Overnight in Stockholm

June 14 – Departure Day: For those who booked round trip air travel from Oslo, there is a direct train (about 5.5 hours) from Stockholm to Oslo. Multiple international flights depart from Stockholm as well.

$4989.00 per person. Included in your trip fare:
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation, solo-occupancy (couples share)
  • 3 night in private accommodation on ferry
  • Guide services where we use them
  • Meals included for the three days onboard the ferry
Trip fare does not include:
  • Airfare to and from Norway (but we're happy to consult about best options)
  • gratuities for hotel staff, tour guides and drivers
  • Within 30 days of deposit, pay your remaining balance of $4489 through our online store.
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We understand that the new realities of travel are such that we need to be more flexible than ever before. We are also an extremely small business with many fixed costs that can't always be recovered if a trip needs to be postponed or cancelled due to health and safety concerns. We will be completely transparent if a scheduled trip looks like it needs to be adjusted in any way that might impact your enjoyment of the experience. Please read through our cancellation policy carefully and feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

Cancellation policy: Deposits, whether paid separately or as part of a full payment up front, are non-refundable. Outside of deposit and credit card fees, full refund will be given up until 90 days prior to start of trip. 50% refund 60-89 days. No refund less than 60 days prior to start of trip. Reservations are fully transferable to another person.The payment of a deposit or any part or full payment for a reservation shall constitute consent to all the provisions contained herein.

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