Scandinavia, In the Footsteps of Vikings Tour
18 Superb Days
- Leisurely 2 and 3 night stays
- Small group size from just 10 to 28
- Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour costs
- Character hotels in superb locations
- Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
- 'My Time' guaranteed
- Cruise or hike the iconic Pulpit Rock
- Explore the UNESCO listed Bryggen wharf
- Ride on the Fløibanen funicular up Fløyen mountain
- Stay 2 nights in beautiful Balestrand on the shores of the Sognefjord
- Ride on the world famous, scenic Flam Railway
- Cruise down the UNESCO Geiranger Fjord
- Drive over the famous Troll’s Road
- Drive the length of the Atlantic Ocean Road, voted the world’s most beautiful drive!
- Stay 3 nights in the scenic Lofoten Archipelago
- Sleep in ‘Rorbuer’ fisherman’s cabins set on stilts over the Reinefjorden - voted Norway's prettiest fjord
- Visit Bygdøy peninsula, Norsk Folkemuseum and the Viking Ship Museum
The Norwegians got it right!
When I went to Norway researching this tour I naturally ticked off a number of ‘must include’, classic sights such as Oslo, the scenic Flam Railway, Geiranger Fjord and Bergen’s wharves. But then I dug deeper checking out the ‘what else’, and I was astonished at the extraordinary sights that are simply missed or brushed past by the other, oh so conventional tour programmes out there. Bergen is great, but I found (and the Norwegians agree) that Stavanger is more charming, with its own heritage wharves, quaint old town and 18th century alleys. Plus Norway’s iconic Pulpit Rock is just a morning cruise away. I also hiked to the top of the rock. It was stupendous! So we offer you the choice – cruise or hike! Likewise, hidden in the north are the virtually unspoiled Lofoten Islands, the ultimate Norwegian beauty spot. The scenery is astounding and here we stay 3 nights in historical, stilted, fisherman cabins perched on rocky outcrops over crystal clear water of the Reinefjorden - which the Norwegian’s voted their most beautiful fjord. We visit historical fishing villages, a huge Viking Longhouse and even ride through the archipelago on a power boat discovering sea eagles and shooting the maelstrom - the world’s largest whirlpool. Absolutely superb. I mean, really, how could ‘everyone else’ bypass the Lofoten? Ridiculous! Or miss the unbelievable Atlantic Road – built with North Sea Oil money and voted the world’s most scenic drive – yet avoided just because ‘they’ don’t have time? Criminal! And that’s just for starters… We see, do and experience so much more because we avoid those nasty one night stops and, by hopping on a few flights we save well over a week's unnecessary bus driving. At Albatross, we don’t just touch on regions, we explore them properly. Just like the Norwegians do!
Day 1: Oslo welcome
Your tour commences this evening in Norway’s capital Oslo Join us tonight for a welcome drink before dinner.
Day 2: Norsk Folkemuseum and the mighty Viking longboats
This morning we will visit Frognor Park to wander amongst hundreds of the artist Vigeland’s amazing giant sculptures. Next, on the Bygdøy peninsula, we visit the fascinating Norsk Folkemuseum where dozens of historic regional dwellings, houses, buildings and even villages have been saved, brought in and reconstructed. As a finale we see the mighty Viking longboats and treasures in the Viking Ship Museum. The remainder of your day is at leisure in Oslo to explore. Your hotel is located right in the heart of town. Nearby there is a long, lively pedestrian mall, Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace. Make sure you visit the pretty port lined with excellent cafés, bars and restaurants.
Day 3: Stavanger and 3 massive Viking Swords
After flying directly to the beautiful city of Stavanger we stop at Sverd i fjell – a massive monument of three gigantic Viking ‘Swords in the Rock’. Commemorating Norway’s unification into one kingdom in 872, they symbolise peace, unity and freedom. Later we have ‘My Time’ exploring Stavanger’s delightful cobblestoned old town, wooden wharf and the colourful houses along the Øvre Holmegate. We stay two nights in Stavanger.
Day 4: Lysefjord scenic cruise and world-famous Pulpit Rock
Day 5: A scenic drive to Bergen
Day 6: Bergen’s Bryggen and funicular up Fløyen mountain
Day 7: Flam Railway, Viking homestead and 800 year old Hopperstad Stave church
Day 8: Swiss villas, Viking mounds and ‘My Time’
Day 9: Bøyabreen Glacier and Geiranger Fjord cruise
Day 10: ‘My Time’, waterfalls, walks and the Dalsnibba Skywalk
Day 11: The Eagle’s Road and the famous Trollstigen
Day 12: The stunning Atlantic Ocean Road and German bunkers
Hand Selected Experience
The Atlantic Ocean Road
The Norwegians could have squandered the massive wealth coming in from North Sea Oil. But instead they invested in huge
infrastructure projects building massive bridges, tunnels, super scenic drives and incredible panoramic lookouts. And they did it with such architectural style! We looked at these and built our tour around the best. Take the Atlanterhavsveien – or Atlantic Ocean Road. Not only voted ‘the most beautiful coastal drive in the world’ and ‘the world’s best road trip’, the Norwegians even awarded it the heady accolade of Norway’s ‘Construction of the 20th century’! That is really saying something. Since then they
have even extended it with a tunnel that goes 250 metres under a fjord. Utterly incredible. The Norwegians know about it, Albatross know about it and now you know about it! Join us…
Day 13: Trondheim and Nidaros Cathedral
Day 14: Bodø and the fabulous Lofoten Islands
Crossing the Arctic Circle, we take a short flight north to Bodø (avoiding 3 days of driving!). From here we board another small aircraft for a breath-taking flight over scenic islands and skerries, into the wonderful Lofoten Archipelago. Arriving in Leknes we drive south through incredible scenery to Reine where we stay the next three memorable nights in historic fisherman’s cabins.
Hand Selected Experience
Lofoten land of the Vikings
Some call the Lofoten Archipelago the most beautiful place on earth. The Norwegians do, also saying the dramatic Reinefjorden, where we stay 3 nights, is the prettiest fjord of all. Maybe it is the utter absence of mass tourism or visually polluting cruise ships, or maybe it is that incredible ‘natural light’ - famous with avid photographers. I say it is all the above, plus the surreal setting. A series of beautiful islands, each with their own authentic fishing villages. Hamnøy, Sakrisøy and the island of Moskenesøya, (where we stay in historic fisherman’s cabins) set against an almost unbelievable backdrop of the majestic Lofoten peaks rising from the Arctic Ocean. This is where the Vikings settled. Perhaps so because it is comfortable being on the warm ocean currents,
maybe because of the wealth from massive schools of cod. But I reckon its really because the Vikings were a bunch of softies and just thought it a beautiful place to live!
Day 15: A RIB boat ride to the ‘maelstrom’
Day 16: ‘Å’, Flakstad Fisherman's Church and Nusfjord
Day 17: A Viking Longhouse and Oslo
This morning we visit the amazing Lofotr museum with its Viking Longhouse, relics and treasures. 1,200 years ago, the Lofoten Islands were heavily populated by Vikings and this enormous Longhouse is the biggest ever discovered. A local guide will take us through the authentically reconstructed rooms, where costumed characters re-enact the ancient Viking community life. Afterwards, we make our way to Leknes Airport to board our flight to Oslo, via Bodo. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner in a local Oslo restaurant.
Day 18: Oslo
Your tour ends today after breakfast.
Incredible Value Inclusions
- ALL excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
- Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
- Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach and 3 included flights
- 17 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
- Hotel porterage (1 bag per person) at most hotels*
- 29 Meals – including breakfast daily (B) buffet lunch in Nusfjord (L) and 11 dinners (D)
- Welcome drink in Copenhagen, Viking soup in Lofoten
- Hand Selected Albatross Experiences – Lofoten RIB boat ride, drive the Atlantic Ocean Road, Viking Longhouse, Pulpit Rock cruise
- Local guides as described in the itinerary
- ALL tips to your Tour Manager, Driver and Local Guides
- Free WiFi at hotels
With no additional 'on tour' costs!
*Note: Porterage is not included at the hotel in Molde
Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo - 3 nights
This 4 star hotel features modern architecture and is conveniently located in the heart of Oslo, within easy walking distance of the pedestrianised shopping area.
Radisson Blu Atlantic, Stavanger - 2 nights
This excellent, modern 4 star hotel has been selected because of its superb location barely 100 metres from the old town and port.
Radisson Blu Royal, Bergen - 2 nights
This charming hotel is nestled next to Bryggen, the city’s historic wharf area and offers vibrant hotel rooms furnished with stylish, contemporary décor reflecting its harbour setting.
Kviknes Hotel, Balestrand - 2 nights
Superbly located right beside the fjord, this is the region’s most historical hotel. Kaiser Wilhelm once stayed here, the period décor is beautiful and each evening there are piano recitals in the bar. The restaurant has sweeping views across the fjord. We will stay in the connected, modern bedroom annexe.
Hotel Union Geiranger, Geiranger - 2 nights
First Class and the best hotel in town, the Union has stupendous views down the length of the gorgeous fjord.
Scandic Seilet, Molde - 2 nights
Modern and stylish, this sail-shaped hotel is located right beside the Romsdal Fjord and a short distance from the heart of the town. Note: Porterage not included at this hotel.
Scandic Bakklandet, Trondheim - 1 night
Located on the waterfront in of the old town, the Bakklandet district is very picturesque with its 17th and 18th century wooden buildings, shops, cafés and restaurants.
Historic Rorbuer cabins, Lofoten Islands - 3 nights
In this renovated fisherman’s village each authentic cabin is completely different and unique. Perched on wooden stilts, many cabins sit out over the shallows of the crystal-clear fjord. Newly restored, they combine the atmosphere of their old use as fishermen's dwellings with modern comfort. With private facilities each Rorbu (Rorbu singular, Rorbuer is plural) dates back over 100 years. What an experience!