Norway is a land of intense natural beauty which is hard to overstate. Mountains of dizzying heights, deep fjords carved out by ice age glaciers, waterfalls cascading down mountainsides, and the awe-inspiring Midnight Sun. The spectacular architecture, affluent cities, quaint Sami settlements and exciting local cuisine enhance the experience further. Norway’s natural wonders, dramatic and diverse, range from serene forest-covered hills in the southeast, spectacular fjords and glaciers in the west, and the Arctic wilderness in the north. The seals and eagles reign, the whales and fish patrol the deep fjords, and small villages sleep along the sides of each fjord.
The Summer Norway adventure will awake the explorer in you. We'll journey from the historic Old World Bergen, following the otherworldly West Coast among the world's most beautiful islands and fjords to the epic North Cape, then the tiny Kirkenes in the extreme Arctic wilderness, to end the adventure in the sophisticated capital city of Oslo. With its stirring and varied landscapes, the Norwegian coast is one of the most exciting and varied adventure destinations in the world, and we will explore this rugged coastline, coming face-to-face with natural wonders of epic proportions and enjoying the local culture and the everyday life of people who live here.
We'll start with 2 days in the old Hanseatic League town of Bergen, venturing out to experience Norway in a Nutshell, the iconic train journey that traverses the hauntingly beautiful Norwegian landscapes of the magnificent fjords, idyllic rural vistas, taking the spectacular Flam Mountain Railway and cruising on the Aurlandsfjord and the narrow Nærøyfjord. Then, we'll board the Hurtigruten Expedition Ship, M/S Polarlys and travel for 6 days along the West Coast of Norway until we reach Kirkenes, in the extreme Arctic. After a short flight, we'll finish in Oslo, staying at an upscale hotel in the heart of Norway's sophisticated capital, and visiting its cultural highlights: the National Gallery of Norway, the Vigeland Sculpture Park and the Viking Ship Museum.