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Northern Norway Explorer

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

4.6 out of 5 based on 14 reviews submitted.
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NZD $5,873
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Enter a world of extremes where night looks like day, day looks like night and regardless of the season, the scenery's more than perfect. 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.

Trip overview

Map of Northern Norway Explorer including Norway
Start
Oslo, Norway
Finish
Tromso, Norway
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Norway
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
BMSN
This trip generates 45.17 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Visit Trondheim, which translates as 'a good place to live', stroll past the colourful wooden storehouses flanking the river, ride the northernmost tram and enjoy a forest walk and picnic just like the locals do.
  • 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, and head out to the narrow Trollfjord for a chance to see sea eagles and to take in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the entire world.
  • Hop on an e-bike in Tromso, and learn about life 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.
  • 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.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight between 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

Map of Northern Norway Explorer including Norway

Inclusions

Meals

6 breakfasts

Transport

Train, Public bus, Flight, Ferry, Tram, E-bike

Accommodation

Hotel (7 Nights)

Activities
  • Svolvær - Leader-led hike to Linken Peak
  • Svolvær - Trollfjord Cruise & Sea Eagle Safari
  • Tromsø - E-bike city tour
Add on activities
  • Trondheim - Ringve Music Museum - NOK140
  • Trondheim - Rockheim National Museum of Popular Music - NOK160
  • Trondheim - Kristiansten Fortress - Free
  • Trondheim - Stiftsgarden - NOK120
  • Trondheim - Nidaros Cathedral - NOK120
  • Svolvær - Sea Kayaking Excursion Day - NOK995
  • Svolvær - Traditional Fishing Trip - NOK1095
  • Svolvær - Lofoten War Museum - NOK100
  • Svolvær - Bike Hire - NOK450
  • Svolvær - Hike to Tjeldbergtind - Free
  • Svolvær - Sea Kayaking Excursion Evening - NOK1095
  • Tromsø - Tromsø Museum - NOK70
  • Tromsø - The Polar Museum - NOK100
  • Tromsø - Cable Car to Fjellheisen - NOK320

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Important notes

Please note due to overnight train overbookings this summer, all departures in 2023 season apart from 26 July, will follow amended schedule with a local flight from Trondheim to Bodo on day 3, followed by evening ferry and overnight stay on Lofoten Islands. Updated itinerary: Day 1 Oslo, Day 2 Trondheim, Day 3 Afternoon flight to Bodo and ferry to Lofoten Island, overnight on Lofoten Islands, Day 4 Lofoten Island (hike), Day 5 Lofoten islands (Trollfjord Cruise & Sea Eagle Safari), Days 6-8 Tromso.

Due to this change, we are forced to remove the Bymark Walk and picnic lunch on Day 2 in Trondheim. This will be replaced with a similar standard hike to Linken peak on Lofoten Island on Day 4. For those who are up for a further challenge and exercise your leader can additionally take you on the extended Tjeldbergtinden hike.

1. A single supplement is bookable for this trip. Availability is limited due to small properties we use. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

4.6 out of 5 based on 14 reviews submitted.
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Mafwa · Traveled August 2023
Great way to experience length of Norway and see amazing scenery, churches, museums, and more. Be prepared for a couple of long (all day) travel days.
Review submitted 28 Aug 2023

Tammy · Traveled August 2023
Review submitted 31 Aug 2023

SAMIR · Traveled August 2023
Great trip. Shane was amazing. Made the whole trip very relaxed. Great group of people on the tour. I would say logistical wise. I’ve never been in intrepid trip with so much public transport and resulting unpredictability. 3.5-4/8 days spent in purely travel although the ferry rides were dramatically scenic. Norway was beautiful.
Review submitted 30 Aug 2023

Helena · Traveled July 2023
An amazing adventure! Well worth it if you'd like to see as much Norway as possible. The travel days were well balanced with local walks and time to explore. Definitely recommended!
Review submitted 17 Jul 2023

James · Traveled July 2023
The real meat of this tour takes place in Trondheim, Svolvær and Tromsø, and each of those locations will stun with their charm, beauty and remoteness. Once you cross the arctic circle and the midnight sun makes its appearance, prepare to be amazed at 3am as to why it’s still bright out!
Review submitted 15 Jul 2023
Northern Norway Explorer
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NZD $5,873