Arctic Magic

Norway in a Nutshell + Hurtigruten cruise + Snow Igloo overnight!
8 days
February
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This fabulous winter tour has it all! Explore the cities of Oslo and Bergen, take the wonderful Norway in a Nutshell journey including a ride on the famous Flam Railway, and cruise on the renowned Hurtigruten coastal ferry from Bergen to Trondheim. Next, board the Dovrebanen train to Lillehammer, where you will spend an overnight in Scandinavia's southern most Snow Hotel, in a Snow Igloo!

Some departures have the itinerary Oslo - Flam - Bergen - Trondheim - Snow Igloo (as shown in detail below) and others have the reverse itinerary.

Day 1 Oslo Arrival
Arrive in Oslo and make your own way to your hotel. Take a stroll through the old wharf area of Bryggen, now bustling with bars and cafes. Time to enjoy the city sights including the many fabulous museums - the Viking Ship Museum, the Fram Polar Exploration Museum, the Kon-Tiki Musem, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, the Munch Museum, Maritime Museum and more. Visit the fantastic architectural masterpiece that is the stunning Opera House and perhaps take a guided tour of the Royal Palace. Overnight at the Thon Hotel Terminus, Oslo or similar.  

Day 2  Oslo - Myrdal - Flam: Bergen Railway & Flamsbanan Railway
Breakfast at the hotel before making your own way to Oslo Central station for the train from Oslo to Myrdal. Travelling on the Bergen Railway, northern Europe's highest-altitude railway line, is a unique experience. The journey takes you through towns, villages and over high mountain ranges, with stops along the way servicing the local population.

Change trains at Myrdal (just cross the platform) then continue on the fabulous Flamsbanen mountain railway down to Flåm. This journey takes you through some of Norway's wildest and most magnificent scenery. On the 20 km-long train ride you will see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains, and farms clinging dizzily to sheer slopes. Marvel at this masterpiece of engineering, descending 825 metres in less than one hour, and enjoy the stops for you to appreciate the waterfalls and mountain scenery, as the train makes its way down to the charming, fjordside village of Flam. Arrive in Flåm and walk the short distance to your hotel. Overnight at the Flamsbryyga Hotel, and a special Viking Plank dinner with a selection of local delicacies, served in the restaurant of the Aegir Brewery.

Day 3 Flam: Fjord Safari and Cruise Flam - Gudvangen- Voss - Bergen
This morning enjoy an exciting Safari by RIB boat on the fjord. This spectacular and exciting 1.5hr adventure takes you on an exhilirating ride - being so close to the water is an amazing experience! You will be fitted with special warm, waterproof suits, goggles and hats, so you will stay warm and cosy.

Then this afternoon walk down to the pier to board the ferry which takes you on a leisurely cruise to Gudvangen, along the Aurlandsfjord and then the UNESCO listed Nærøyfjorden, one of Europe's narrowest fjords, and surrounded by enormous snow capped mountains. The water in the fjords does not usually freeze due to warmer ocean tempeatures, but the stunning waterfalls do - a truly amazing sight.

At Gudvangen board the bus which waits for you at the pier, and take the exciting ride up the Stalheim Canyon past waterfalls and sheer cliffs, to the lakeside town of Voss. The bus drops you off at the Voss railway station, where your train to Bergen is waiting. On arrival in Bergen, make your own way to your hotel. This old Hanseatic trading city is full of history and tradition, an international city that has retained its small-town charm and atmosphere, and offers an exciting blend of nature and culture. Visit the Fish and Flower markets, take the funicular up Mount Floyen for amazing views, and explore the shops, cafes and centuries old wooden houses of the old wharf area. Overnight in Bergen at the Thon Rosencrantz Hotel or similar.  

Day 4 Bergen - Overnight on Hurtigruten ferry
Today there is time to further explore Bergen. This evening, make your own way to the pier, to board the Hurtigruten ferry for your cruise to Trondheim. The ferry departs at 20:00hrs. 2 nights onboard in an unspecified standard outside cabin with private facilities, including breakfast.

Day 5 Hurtigruten On the way to Trondheim
Make sure you get up early this morning to admire the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, as your ferry sails past the West Cape. Relax on board - and tonight maybe the Northern Lights will come out and play! Your vessel has plenty of spaces to relax and watch the passing views, both by day and night, from the Panorama Lounge indoors to the sheltered rear deck outdoors.

Day 6 Trondheim Arrival
This morning arrive in Trondheim, disembark and make your own way to your hotel.  Discover the sights of this Medieval city, including the magnificent Niadros Cathedral, and Bakklandet, an idyllic neighborhood full of history and culture. 1 night in Trondheim at Thon Hotel Nidaros or similar.

Day 7 Trondheim - Hunderfossen & Overnight Snow Hotel
This morning make your own way from your hotel to the Trondheim Railway Station, to board the Dovrebanen train bound for Oslo. From Trondheim the train runs along the Gaula, a river teeming with salmon. There is a sharp incline as the train passes the mountain slopes of Oppdal through Drivdalen. The train then passes the Dovrefjell mountains, famous for musk oxen, myths and trolls, and the Gudbrandsdalen valley with its cultural treasures, then continues to Lillehammer.

On arrival at Hunderfossen near Lillehammer, disembark and make your own way the short distance from the station to the Hunderfossen Hotel Resort & Snowhotel. Here you will stay overnight in a Snow Igloo-  a unique sleeping experience! The Snow Hotel is located at the heart of the resort, just next to the Ice Cathedral and the Ice Bar. Various international ice artists are invited to sculpt in snow and ice and create the igloos, which are  different every year. Your stay includes one ice drink in the Ice Bar and a 2 course dinner at the resort's restaurant.

Tonight you will sleep soundly in your private, and silent snow chamber, nestled in blankets on warm sheepskin underlays - a truly wonderful experience! Toilets, showers and saunas are located nearby.  

Day 8 Departure and Train to Oslo or Oslo Airport.
Enjoy breakfast at the resort and a shower or sauna. Then make your way back to the train station for your train bound to Oslo and the airport. The train stops at Oslo Central Station before continuing on to the Oslo Airport, so you can choose your disembarkation point.

Departures 2018: 03, 04, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 & 25 February with the above itinerary

Also departures 08, 09, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27 and 28 February 2018 with the itinerary in reverse: Day 1 Oslo, Day 2 Hunderfossen Snow Igloo, Day 3 Trondheim, Day 4 overnight on Hurtigruten ferry cruise, Day 5 Bergen, Day 6 Flam, Day 7 Oslo.

Includes: hotel accommodation in nominated hotels or similar in standard rooms with private facilities; 1 night in Snow Igloo at Hunderfossen Resort; daily breakfast; 5 course Viking Plank dinner at Flåmsbrygga Hotel; 2 course dinner at Fossekroa in Hunderfossen Resort;  trains Oslo-Myrdal - Flam, Voss - Bergen, Trondheim - Hunderfossen,  Hunderfossen - Oslo Central or Oslo Gardermoen Airport;  RIB safari Flam 1.5hrs with use of warm outer thermal clothing; ferry Flam - Gudvangen; bus Gudvangen - Voss; Hurtiguten coastal ferry cruise Bergen to Trondheim or vv in unspecified outside cabin with private facilties including breakfast.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3116.00
Single AUD$ 4258.00

Includes: hotel accommodation in nominated hotels or similar in standard rooms with private facilities; 1 night in Snow Igloo at Hunderfossen Resort; daily breakfast; 5 course Viking Plank dinner at Flåmsbrygga Hotel; 2 course dinner at Fossekroa in Hunderfossen Resort;  trains Oslo-Myrdal - Flam, Voss - Bergen, Trondheim - Hunderfossen,  Hunderfossen - Oslo Central or Oslo Gardermoen Airport;  RIB safari Flam 1.5hrs with use of warm outer thermal clothing; ferry Flam - Gudvangen; bus Gudvangen - Voss; Hurtiguten coastal ferry cruise Bergen to Trondheim or vv in unspecified outside cabin with private facilties including breakfast.

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