If you’ve dreamt of experiencing Scandinavia’s Land of the Midnight Sun, this vacation in Norway will make your dreams come true. Your adventure begins in Oslo. Explore the islands and picturesque fishing villages, with visits to Tromsø, Harstad, and Svolvær, learn about the history of this magical region before beginning your excursion to the Lofoten archipelago. Enjoy a visit to Lofoten Museum in its authentic 19th-century setting. After exploring the fascinating and stunning scenes on the Lofoten Islands, take a ferry across the Vestfjord to mainland Norway. As you fly back to Oslo for a farewell dinner to celebrate your Norway vacation, we know you’ll carry your days in the Land of the Midnight Sun with you always.
Day 1: Oslo
Welcome to Oslo! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 2: Oslo
Today gives you a good introduction to Oslo, the country’s hub of trade and industry. Sightseeing with a local guide features the national theater, considered the home for ibsen’s plays; the unique storting building, seat of parliament; and the royal palace, residence of norwegian monarchs since 1849. Stroll through magnificent frogner park with gustav vigeland’s extraordinary sculptures; and visit the city hall, where the nobel peace prize ceremony is held each year. Afterwards, an optional excursion is available to see relics of norway’s glorious seafaring past—including 1,000-year-old viking ships!
Day 3: Oslo–Alta–Honningsvag. Excursion to The North Cape.
Board the plane and fly across the Arctic Circle. Land in Alta, and proceed to honningsvåg. After dinner, enjoy [lf] an exciting excursion to the north cape located at 71°10′21″n, a sheer cliff rising 1,000 feet from the atlantic ocean. See the iconic globe, and visit the north cape hall with its visitor center, before returning to your hotel.
Today’s distance: 155 mi / 250 km
Day 4: Honningsvag–Alta
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon return to Alta, considered the northernmost city in the world and catch glimpses of the new northern lights cathedral.
Today’s distance: 130 mi / 210 km
Day 5: Alta–Tromsø.
Visit the Alta museum with its spectacular rock carvings, a UNESCO world heritage site. Discovered in 1973, they are evidence of a settlement going back to before 4,000 bc. Drive south and enjoy ferry crossings on the Lyngenfjord and the Ullsfjord with views of the Lyngen alps. Arrive in lively and colorful Tromsø, the largest town in northern Norway, surrounded by high mountains and beautiful fjords.
Today’s distance: 286 mi / 460 km
Day 6: Tromsø
During an orientation walk with your tour director, explore the old wooden buildings in the historic center. Then, visit the impressive Arctic cathedral, the city’s landmark, with its peaked roof and stained-glass windows. Choose from our optional excursions: ride the Fjellheisen cable car and maybe visit Sommarøy island, pearl of nature.
Day 7: Tromsø–Harstad.
Continue further south via the coastal island of Hinnøya, and arrive in Harstad, city of culture. Here, visit Trondenes historical center, a museum focusing on the history of the area from the early Viking settlements to the Nazi occupation during world war ii. Also see trondenes church nearby, dating back to late medieval times.
Day 8: Harstad–Svolvær. Excursion to Kabelvag And Henningsvær
Head for Svolvær, and start your Lofoten adventure! The Lofoten archipelago is known for its magnificent natural scenery with dramatic mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, tiny fishing villages, white beaches, and crystal-clear water. Stop for pictures and fantastic views of Sildpollnes with its chapel. Arrive in bustling Svolvær, Lofoten’s capital. For hundreds of years, artists have been inspired by the light and the scenery. In the afternoon, travel to Kabelvåg and see Lofoten cathedral dating back to 1898 and the village used by fishermen during the famous Lofoten fishery season. The town has preserved much of its old architecture and from its square you can see the statue of king Øystein on the hill. Visit the Lofoten museum, an authentic 19th-century setting, with the former village owner’s residence, rorbu cabins, general store, boathouse, and garden. Continue to the famous fishing village of Henningsvær with its codfish drying racks, lovely harbor, and art galleries.
Day 9: At Leisure In Svolvær
To make the most of your stay, experience the viking age on an exciting optional excursion to the lofotr viking museum in borg which houses an impressive reconstruction of the chieftain’s house.
Day 10: Svolvær–Ramberg–Reine–Moskenes–Bodø
Another scenic day! Take pictures of beautiful ramberg beach, before heading down to the well-known, picturesque fishing village of reine, situated on several small islands. In Moskenes, board the ferry and cross the Vestfjord to Bodø on mainland Norway.
Today’s distance: 81 mi / 130 km
Day 11: Bodø–Oslo
After a visit to Bodø’s interesting Norwegian aviation museum, board the flight to return to Oslo. Tonight, celebrate your Arctic journey with a farewell dinner
Day 12: Oslo
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
• 03 nights’ accommodation in Oslo
• 01 night accommodation in Honningsvag
• 01 night accommodation in Alta
• 02 nights’ accommodation in Tromso
• 01 night accommodation in Harstad
• 02 nights’ accommodation in Svolvær
• 01 night accommodation in Bodo
• Welcome & farewell dinner in Oslo
• Guided sightseeing, walk through Frogner Park and visit City Hall
• Flights – Oslo – Alta; Bodo – Oslo
• North Cape excursion in Honningsvag
• Visit the Rock Carvings in Alta
• Orientation walk & visit the Arctic Cathedral in Tromso
• Visit to Trondenes Historical Center in Harstad
• Excursion to Kabelvåg with Lofoten Museum visit and Henningsvær from Svolvær
• Visit the fishing village in Reine
• Visit to Norwegian Aviation Museum in Bodo
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