- After visiting Oslo, you'll spend two weeks on a journey of discovery through Norway's most beautiful wild landscapes
- At the end of the trip, you'll be served up a good dose of clean air in a traditional community on the Lofoten Islands.
- The itinerary includes mini-cruises on the fjords to discover the seals, birds, waterfalls and legends
- The itinerary includes a car so you can roam freely, and acccess to our local Concierge
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Stay in the Lofoten Islands in a 'rorbuer' a converted fishing cabin on stilts over the waterThe name alone evokes a change of scenery and a feeling of being far away: LOFOTEN. With its fjord-laden terrain, quiet and peaceful meadows where flocks of sheep have taken up residence and fishing villages dotted along the bays, the Lofoten Islands archipelago really delivers. It's a diverse destination that will appeal to those who enjoy aesthetic contemplation, sportsmen in search of outdoor activities, visitors in search of a welcoming hospitality and bird lovers. And to really immerse yourself in the experience, you'll sleep in a traditional 'rorbuer', a refurbished cabin on stilts where fishermen stayed during long fishing voyages. The soul of these old lodges has not been compromised for the sake of comfort; in fact, it's quite the opposite. It's an authentic experience in a beautiful setting.
International flight to Oslo
Upon arrival, transfer to the heart of the capital and two-night stay in a beautiful, modern, no-frills chain hotel, close to the train station and the new Oslo Opera House.
The Norwegian capital is both urban and close to the water and the fields, and can be explored through its towering buildings and picturesque villages, its islands and pine and larch forests. There's always a focus on nature.
Hotspots include - The castle - the Royal Palace - the National Theatre - Kristian district - the National Gallery of Fine Arts - the Munch Museet - Vigeland's sculpture park - the residential and up-market atmosphere of the Fragnerkilenn marina - the trendy district of Hedgedehaugsveien - the museums and peninsula of Bigdoy - Holmenkollen ski-jumping hill.
Oslo - Bergen
No other train runs between two European cities at an altitude as high as that between Oslo and Bergen. The line crosses the country from east to west, rolling out impressive mountain scenery, especially when crossing the Hardangervidda mountain plateaux. Upon arrival in Bergen, you'll spend two nights in the city in an old-fashioned hotel known for its historical style.
In the valley surrounded by seven hills served by two cable cars, Norway's second largest city has capitalised on its provincial charm for visitors who come here to discover the attractions of a historic city in a relaxed atmosphere deeply rooted in nature.
Things to see and do Climb to the top of Mount Floyen by funicular to admire the magnificent landscapes of the fjords - walk back down to the city, passing by the forest and the residential district of Sandvika - saddle up and discover the city along its cycling routes - stroll between the colourful wooden houses of the old Hanseatic district of Bryggen - tour the coast by sea kayak - enjoy a meal of freshly caught fish.
Bergen - Flam
Pick up your hire car and drive northeast towards Flam, nestled in the enchanting landscape of the fjords. Along the way, you'll stop off at Tvinde Falls and Fano Waterfall. Spend the night in a wooden hotel, overlooking the Aurland fjord and mountains.
Already included - A boat trip on the Naeroyfjord (with a guide), to discover the history of the fjord, the region, and the local wildlife.
Option - Flam scenic train, an iconic experience.
Flam - Boverdalen
Head north via Borgund, home to one of the country's finest standing wooden churches, and then continue along the Lustrafjord. Upon arrival in Boverdalen, you'll spend the night in a secluded retreat, a mountain idyll with its old wooden architecture and forest location.
Boverdal - Alesund
Included in the itinerary - Exploration of one of the most beautiful fjords in the country, the Geirangerfjord, by high-speed boat, with a guide.
Then continue north along Eagle Road, famous for its stunning views of the fjord, before taking the Linge-Eidsdal ferry. You'll then journey east to Alesund, a vibrant port city with an interesting history of Art Nouveau. Spend the night in the city.
Alesund - Haholmen Island (Averoy)
You'll leave the port of Alesund and get on Troll Road, a majestic mountain route that winds between the valleys and joins the Atlantic Ocean Road to the northwest.
Something to see on the way - Kornstadffjord and the lovely village of Lyngstad.
On arrival in Averoy, a quiet little fishing port with colourful houses set on a piece of land facing the Norwegian Sea, you'll head to the boat where you'll be staying for the night. Averoy is full of charm, standing alone on its island, and has a unique atmosphere.
Haholmen - Trondheim
Now head off to Trondheim, which was Norway's capital in the Middle Ages and is now a 'bustling' university town. On the way, you'll stop off in Roros, a city built entirely of wood, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Stay overnight in one of Trondheim's most modern hotels, whose breakfast are famous.
Must-sees - Nidaros Cathedral - Fish Market - Ringve Museum.
Option - Extend your stay by two nights in Roros.
Now it's off to the Lofoten Islands
Flights to Bodo and connecting flight to Leknes, the second airport in the Lofoten Islands. Collect your second hire car and set off to the region of Reine, just south of the archipelago, where the mountains drop straight down into the ocean. Stay for three nights in a stunning setting in a 'rorbuer': a cabin on stilts that was once used by fishermen on long fishing voyages. The soul of these old lodges has not been compromised for the sake of comfort; far from it. The Bar Restaurant is Reine's oldest business. It serves fresh fish and local dishes, and the chef serves up traditional Norwegian fare.
Exploring the Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten Islands are ideal for doing many sports in breath-taking environments. Some can be done alone, others with a guide.
To see and do - The walking and cycling tour of the Glomtind (about five hours) that will take you off the beaten track to experience the splendid panorama of the Vestfjord and the west of the Archipelago (altitude of 1,572ft) - a day kayaking through the archipelago, with a break on a sandy beach - cooking the catch of the day (your own, of course) in your 'rorbuer'.
Option - A fishing trip to Sjostrand with an enthusiastic captain - a kayaking trip through the islands, with a guide.
Return hire car to the airport. Flight to Bodo and Oslo then return international flight.
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Flam's scenic train
The Flam railway line travels between the mountains and the fjord. The experience offers stunning views of the beautiful, wild snow-capped peaks. On this 12-mile train journey, you'll see Norwegian nature at its most sublime and impressive. You'll see rivers flowing through deep ravines and waterfalls cascading from steep cliffs, snow-covered mountain slopes and mountain farms. The Flam Railway is one of the steepest in the world on normal railway tracks. Athletes and/or those who wish to take their time will also be able to descend by bike.
Fishing in Sjostrand
Captain Borge, a fisherman with more than 35 years' experience, will take you on board the Iversen Jr for a fishing trip off Ballstad, one of the best fishing areas in the region. The outing lasts about three hours, and you'll leave not only with your catch of the day but also with good recipe ideas.
Option Mid-June to mid-August
KAYAK AROUND THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS
Sea kayaking is a fantastic way to explore and enjoy the unique landscape of the Lofoten Islands. Discover the wildlife Kayaking makes it easy to get around and access small coves in narrow fjords and effortlessly paddle through old docks past moored boats.
Are you a lover of wildlife and the great outdoors away from the hustle and bustle? Then this extra trip is for you. The Vesteralen Islands are a well-kept secret located north of the Lofoten Islands. It's a little-known archipelago unspoiled by tourism. Here you can find wild and spectacular landscapes, fjords, bays of fine sand, deep valleys... and, of course, the ocean, the world of whales and orcas that you may be lucky enough to spot during a sea expedition.
With a few extra days
Coastal Express and the Far North - If you are not pressed for time, we really recommend that you to extend your trip and head to the surprising Tromso, the largest city at this latitude at 69 °39 '30 North. You'll leave the mainland for an overnight cruise aboard the iconic Norwegian Coastal Express, which allows you to reach the North Cape, a windswept site where 984-foot cliffs resist the waves and the North Pole is on the horizon. There, you'll take time to discover this part of the world in a car or on snowshoes, with a private waterfront home as your base.
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