Explore the landscape and history of Norway's northerly reaches.

Enter a world of extremes where night looks like day, day looks like night and regardless of the season, the scenery's much more than alright. Leave the Arctic Circle behind and discover northern Norway's captivating sights and long, fabled history. Begin in the capital, Oslo, and make your way to Trondheim, the Viking city home to the Nidaros Cathedral and the remains of St Olav, Norway's patron saint. Explore the rugged, unbelievably picturesque Lofoten Islands by land and water before finishing in Tromso, a vibrant city famed for its cultural offerings despite its relative isolation.


Start
Oslo, Norway
Finish
Tromso, Norway
Destination
Norway
Style
Original
Code
BMSN
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Visit Trondheim, which translates as 'a good place to live', and stroll past the colourful wooden storehouses flanking the river.

  • Gaze at the immense Nidaros Cathedral, an incredible Gothic building that houses the remains of St Olav, the patron saint of Norway.

  • Explore the long-adored Lofoten Islands, a patchwork of fishing villages, by land and sea and take in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the entire world.

  • Finish in Tromso, hundreds of kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, where the arts and culture scene is thriving despite its isolated, northerly location.

Is this trip right for you?

  • The areas visited on this trip can be very cold at night throughout the year, especially at the start and end of the season. Please bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions, including base layers, hat, gloves, scarf, coat and anything else that you think may be applicable.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same gender. The exception is the overnight train from Oslo to Trondheim which is quadruple share on mixed gender basis. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. However, if you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge (some exceptions may apply). Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together/apart. Some accommodation on this trip may also have shared bathroom facilities.

  • This trip is designed to give you a fair amount of free time so you can explore each destination at your own pace. We will, however, take you on regular orientation walks, so you'll be on your feet quite a lot. While this may be tiring for some, it’s the best way to get your head around a place and to set yourself up for further discoveries.

  • While we have thoroughly researched this area of the world to put together this adventure, please be advised that this is a new trip for Intrepid. To be frank, things may not always go to plan. When we head to new destinations, we usually find there are more pleasant surprises in store than unpleasant ones, but the warning is sincere. If this concerns you, we recommend you wait a year until the trip has been ironed out.

Itinerary

Welcome to Norway, where you’ll discover the irresistible charm and eccentricity of Oslo. With so much to see and do in Oslo we recommend that you plan to arrive a few days before the trip begins, so you can see as much of the city as possible. Why not head to the National Gallery of Art to glimpse Edvard Munch's famous painting, The Scream. Tonight why not seek out some traditional Norwegian fare with the group.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend the welcome meeting. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Today is a free day for you to enjoy all that Oslo has to offer. Perhaps travel to the nearby area of Holmenkollen and visit the Ski Museum, housed inside the famous monumental Holmenkollbakken (ski jump), which looks more like a work of art than a sports venue. Highlights in the museum include the history of skiing over the past 4,000 years, of Norwegian polar expeditions, and lesser known glimpses from the Winter Olympics at Oslo and Lillehammer. At the top of the jump tower there are 360 degree views of the city, its fjords and forests. Alternatively put some time aside for island hopping on Oslofjord, putting the hammer down at the Viking Museum, browsing the harbour-front Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, tasting local flavours at the food hall Vulkan, exploring the immense Akershus Castle & Fortress, or checking out the cool shops in the Grunerløkka district. There's so much to get stuck into.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Holmenkollen Museum - NOK130
  • Island Hopping on Oslofjord - NOK90
  • Fram Museum - NOK100
  • Viking Ship Museum - NOK100
  • Museum Edvard Munch - NOK100
  • Resistance Museum - NOK50
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you'll leave Oslo behind and take the train across the stunning countryside to Trondheim (approximately 7 hours). Trondheim was the first capital of Norway and remains the city where kings go through their coronation. Its name translates as 'a good place to live', with 'trond' meaning 'a good place' and 'heim' home, and it truly is. The city is situated on the Trondheimsfjord and colourful wooden storehouses flank the Nidelva River that runs through town, while the city's outskirts are surrounded by hilly wilderness. There are some great seafood restaurants in town, so why not venture out with the group for a bite to eat in the evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Although a global ban on commercial whaling came into effect in 1986, approximately 1,000 whales are still being killed every year, as Iceland, Norway and Japan ignore the ban. We strive not to visit places that serve whale on any of our trips, however often this is unavoidable and there is a likelihood that you will come across whale meat on a menu or at a market stand.
Spend a day exploring Trondheim at your own pace. An absolute must see is the Nidaros Cathedral, an immense Gothic cathedral built from 1070 on, which remains the northernmost Gothic structure in Europe. Quite simply, it's incredible. Trondheim is a great city to explore on foot thanks to a bunch of lovely cafes and the Nordre Gate pedestrian-only area. There are several museums to visit including the Archbishop's Palace, which contains the real Crown Jewels, and the Rockheim Museum, providing a history of Norwegian pop music since the 1950s. Transfer in the evening to the station for an overnight train to Bodo, departing just before midnight.
Accommodation
  • Overnight Train (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Ringve Music Museum - NOK130
  • Rockheim National Museum of Popular Music - NOK140
  • Kristiansten Fortress - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Norwegian overnight trains are very comfortable, with 2 passengers per cabin, and all bedding provided.
Wake up just north of the Arctic Circle as we pull into the beautiful town of Bodo this morning. There's ample time for you to explore this interesting town until we leave on the afternoon ferry to Svolvaer on the Lofoten Islands. Bodo is a modern city as it was essentially destroyed by German bombers during WWII. With a dramatic backdrop of rugged ranges, Bodo has the densest population of white-tailed sea eagles in the world, so once you're done exploring why not grab a drink or some food by the quay and take in the vista while these impressive birds circle above (just watch your food). Board the afternoon ferry to the Lofoten Islands (approx 3.5 hours). Arrival will be at around 9 pm. Upon arrival settle into your comfortable accommodation in the town of Svolvaer.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bodo Nordland Museum - NOK100
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please note that you will have all day to explore Bodo, from our arrival on the overnight train in the morning (around 9 am) until our departure on the ferry to Svolvaer in the afternoon (around 5 pm). Your luggage will be stored at the train station for this duration, which is also where you will find toilet facilities.
The Lofoten Islands are known for picturesque fishing villages, pristine nature and, of course, the Midnight Sun. This is viking country, and the beauty of the area is unparalleled and near-impossible to convey in words. Svolvaer, one of the main towns on the islands, relies heavily on fishing and an ever-growing tourism industry as it's used as a primary base to explore the other islands. There are several optional activities for you to choose from, so why not enjoy a boat cruise down the fjords, kayaking around the islands or hiking through the dramatic granite peaks jutting out of the ocean. Whatever you decide, you're guaranteed a pristine environment and scenery for days.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Morning Sea Kayaking Excursion Svolvær
Optional Activities
  • Trollfjord Cruise Svolvær - NOK795
  • Traditional Fishing Trip Svolvær - NOK845
  • Lofoten War Museum - NOK100
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Depart the Lofoten Islands on a long travel day to Tromso. Located far above the Arctic Circle, Tromso is northern Norway's major cultural centre thanks to a range of music and arts festivals and an increasing student population courtesy of the University of Tromso. It's also a popular destination for travellers chasing the northern lights, depending on the season. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening on arrival in town.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you're free to explore Tromso at your leisure. Learn about the region's fascinating history at the Polar Museum and Tromso Museum, check out the many art galleries or perhaps take a boat cruise in the surrounding waters (the city is actually built on an island). No visit to Tromso would be complete without a beer at the city's oldest pub, Olhallen, part of the Mack Brewery that is even older than the pub. It was founded by Ludwig Mack, a baker who cared not for the drunknness of the townsfolk. Mack started brewing beer in 1877 as a less alcoholic alternative to the spirits drunk by most, and as of 2018 the brewery is still family owned and frequented by young and old, traveller and local, student and teacher.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Tromso Museum - NOK60
  • The Polar Museum - NOK60
  • MS Polstjerna - NOK60
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip comes to an end today. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. If you want to extend your stay in Tromso we are happy to book additional accommodation for you, subject to availability. Please enquire at the time of booking.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts

Transport

Train, Public bus, Overnight train, Ferry, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (7 Nights), Overnight train (1 night)

Included activities

  • Morning Sea Kayaking Excursion Svolvær

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. The price of the single supplement does not include the following nights, where a single room does not form part of the package. In this case you will be matched up with another traveller of the same gender. If a single room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option for you to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night:
- Day 4: Overnight Train
Please also note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

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