Scandinavia, In the Footsteps of Vikings
21 days from $14,085 pp twin share
- 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
Visit and see the classic Scandinavian sights such as Bergen, the Flam Railway and Geiranger. Now add unique highlights such as iconic Pulpit Rock, lovely Stavanger, the incredible Atlantic Road, and the glorious Lofoten Islands. Sleep in historic ‘Rorbuer’ fisherman’s cabins over the Reine Fjord, visit an enormous Viking Longhouse, follow the Troll's Road and take a power boat out to see Jules Verne's 'Maelstrom'. This is the real Norway!
- Stay 2 nights in the heart of Copenhagen
- 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
- Enjoy an afternoon cruise on a Hurtigruten ship from Bodø to the Lofoten Islands
- 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: Copenhagen welcome
Your tour commences this evening in Copenhagen. Join us tonight for a welcome drink before dinner.
*9 September departure stays at Hotel SP34.
Day 2: Nyhavn colourful wharf and Amalienborg Palace
With a local guide we enjoy a panoramic tour of Copenhagen including sights such as the Little Mermaid, Christiansborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace and Nyhavn’s colourful wharf. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore this wonderful city.
Day 3: Stavanger and 3 massive Viking words
After flying directly to the beautiful city of Stavanger (saving 2 long days driving!) 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
As a highlight we enjoy a scenic cruise down the Lysefjord, one of Norway’s most breathtaking fjords, to the Vagabond’s Caves and one of the world’s most iconic sights – Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock). For those that enjoy a good walk we have something special! Instead of taking the Pulpit Rock cruise, we can arrange for you to hike to the top and stand on that gigantic rock slab overhanging the fjord. A magnificent experience and the views on top are sensational! Your afternoon is at leisure exploring Stavanger’s cafes, shops and excellent museums.
Day 5: Driving through Fjordland to Bergen
Following the scenic coastal route to Bergen we hop between lush green islands on bridges and ferries. Hugging the scenic shores beside deep fjords, we arrive into the famous Hanseatic city of Bergen, where we stay two nights in the heart of the old town.
*28 May departure stays at Clarion Hotel Admiral Bergen.
Day 6: Bergen’s Bryggen and funicular up Fløyen mountain
This morning we are joined by a local guide for a walking tour of this historic town and the old terraced houses of the UNESCO listed Bryggen on Vågen Harbour. We have also included a ride on the Fløibanen funicular up Mount Fløyen to take in the magnificent views over Bergen. The rest of your day is ‘My Time’ – it is a pleasure exploring this historical port city.
Day 7: Flam Railway, Viking homestead and 800 year old Hopperstad Stave church
A fabulous day ahead! Catching the train, we cross the undulating hills of Hordaland, through Vossevangen, to Myrdal where we ride on the world famous, scenic Flam Railway. After a stop beside the massive Kjosfossen (waterfall) we follow the picturesque valley to Flam. Next, at Gudvangen on the tip of the Nærøyfjord a local guide will show us around a recreated Viking village, complete with craftsmen and local characters. Later, we take the dramatic Vikafjellsvegen high road across the Stølsheimen plateau. At Myrkdalsvegen a colossal waterfall crashes right next to a hairpin bend. Following a photo stop, we soon reach Vik and
visit the 800 years old Hopperstad Stave church, one of the oldest in Norway. Crossing the massive Sognefjord by ferry, we reach beautiful Balestrand set right on the fjord shores. This is the real Norway, far from the crowds, where we stay two peaceful nights.
Day 8: Swiss villas, Viking mounds and ‘My Time’
A very leisurely start. A local guide will join us to take us on a short walking tour through the historic village, passing authentic wooden Swiss style character villas, small Viking mounds and a classic English church with a leprosy history. The rest of the day is entirely free in a perfect location. ‘My Time’ to relax, enjoy local walks, hire a bike or maybe visit The Cider House orchard and brewery?
Day 9: Bøyabreen Glacier and Geiranger Fjord cruise
After visiting the Fjordland Glacier Museum we enjoy a stop by the mighty Bøyabreen Glacier on the edge of the Jostedalsbreen National Park. Departing from Hellesylt we enjoy a wonderful cruise down the UNESCO listed Geiranger Fjord, passing the famous Seven Sisters waterfalls to charming Geiranger where we stay the next two nights.
Day 10: ‘My Time’, waterfalls, walks and the Dalsnibba Skywalk
There is so much to see and do. Opposite the hotel is the Geiranger Museum and there is a waterfall walkway right into town. Maybe hike or catch a taxi up to the rustic restaurant cabin at Westerås, with its panoramic dining terrace. For the more energetic the Storseterfossen waterfalls are a must - here you can even walk on a rocky terrace inside, behind the falls. Late afternoon, when all the crowds have gone, we drive up the Dalsnibba Pass to visit the incredible Geiranger Skywalk – Norway’s highest
lookout with exceptional views across the snow covered mountain tops.
Day 11: The Eagle’s Road, the famous Trollstigen and Andalsnes
Winding up a dozen hairpin bends of the Eagle’s Road we stop at Ørnesvingen lookout where the waterfall has been diverted over the cliff edge on a glass shelf. After a farewell look far down onto the fjord and Geiranger we then experience the zig zag walkway that snakes its way over the Gudbrandsjuvet gorge. Next… the world famous Trollstigen or ‘Trolls Road’. From the lookouts we gaze down on the amazing hairpin bends and the route we will soon follow down the valley, and to the craggy mountains
above - folklore tells us these are Trolls turned to stone by sunlight. After a lunch stop at Andalsnes we continue to Molde. Dinner tonight is in our hotel restaurant with stunning views directly over 200 peaks. Amazing!
Day 12: The stunning Atlantic Ocean Road and German bunkers
Travelling through Elnesvågen (home of Jarlsberg cheese) we reach Bud. Here we make a fascinating visit deep down inside the WWII German artillery bunkers – an essential part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall defence. Now it is time to experience one of the world’s greatest drives as we follow the entire length of the Atlanterhavsveien – the Atlantic Ocean Road. Voted ‘the most beautiful coastal drive in the world’, this stunning route criss-crosses islands and skerries with sweeping bridges, passing incredible scenery as it winds its way up to Kristiansund. After an enjoyable lunchtime at leisure in the old port amongst the wooden sailing vessels, we return to Molde. Your evening is at leisure.
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
This morning we continue north to visit Norway’s 3rd largest city, Trondheim. Dating back to the 11th century this photogenic town has colourful warehouses along the waterside, pedestrianised walkways and the striking Nidaros Cathedral - the world’s northernmost medieval cathedral. We have included entrance and a guided visit.
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!). After lunchtime at leisure in the town, we board one of the famous Hurtigruten ships to enjoy an afternoon cruise past scenic islands and skerries, into the wonderful Lofoten Archipelago. Disembarking at Stamsund, 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’
Here, in the most western part of the Lofoten archipelago, at the mouth of dramatic Reinefjorden, we stay in the village of Reine, set with an almost unbelievable backdrop of the majestic Lofoten peaks rising from the Arctic Ocean. After time to explore we board RIB boats (Rigid Inflatable Boats) to experience a ride to the tip of the Lofoten archipelago to see sea eagles and visit the giant Moskstraumen – the huge maelstrom whirlpool featured in Jules Verne’s ‘20,000 Leagues under the Sea’. The rest of your day is free. ‘My Time’ to explore your sensational location, maybe on foot or hire a bike? Kayakers - you might like to join an escorted kayaking trip up the sensational, placid Reinefjorden. No experience is necessary, and it is an incredible experience!
Day 16: ‘Å’, Flakstad Fisherman's Church and Nusfjord
At the end of the road south we find the pretty harbour town called simply ‘Å’. This beautifully preserved village contains a number of heritage buildings, cafés, museums and shops and the Lofoten’s oldest working bakery. Their cinnamon buns are famous and certainly worth queuing for! Later we visit Flakstad’s tiny Fisherman's Church, built to honour the hundreds of sailors and fishermen from the local communities who have perished or been lost in the unforgiving sea. At our next stop we explore the ‘time capsule’ fishermen’s village of Nusfjord with its old-fashioned village store, preserved sawmill, forge and cod-liver oil workshop. As a finale, on our way home, we take a break on Sakrisøy Island with its fish drying racks and seafood delicatessen.
Day 17: Henningsvaer and Viking Soup in a Longhouse
The scenery is breathtaking as we follow the coast road to the iconic harbour town of Henningsvaer. With time to explore, make sure you check out the unusual soccer stadium carved into the island rocks. Later 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, with its arts and crafts and throne rooms. On the lake you will see some longboats. After enjoying a bowl of steaming, traditional Viking lamb soup, we continue to Leknes Airport to board a plane for the brief flight to Tromsø, capital of the North!
Day 18: Arctic Cathedral, the fascinating Polar Museum and ‘My Time’
First stop will be at the Ishavskatedralen - the Arctic Cathedral, standing high over the Tromsø Sound. Later we visit the fascinating Polar Museum depicting the achievements of the great explorers and the harsh life of the early hunters and trappers. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 19: Flight to Oslo and ‘My Time’
We catch a flight to Norway’s capital, Oslo. Your hotel is located right in the heart of town and after checking in you will have free time to explore the nearby sights at leisure. There is a long, lively pedestrian mall. Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace are nearby. Make sure you visit the pretty port lined with excellent cafés, bars and restaurants.
*15 June departure stays at Radisson Blu Plaza.
Day 20: Norsk Folkemuseum and the mighty Viking longboats
This morning we will visit Frognor Parkland 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. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 21: Oslo
Your tour ends today after breakfast.
Incredible Value Inclusions
Over $2,300 value of extras already included
- 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
- 20 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
- Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
- 33 Meals – including breakfast daily (B) and 13 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 on most coaches and at hotels
- Albatross Travel App and ‘On Tour’ Travel Map
- Albatross Memories Photobook
With no additional 'on tour' costs!
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen - 2 nights
Located in the city centre, this modern 4 star hotel provides contemporary accommodation and is within easy walking distance of
many of the major attractions.
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.
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!
Radisson Blu Tromsø - 2 nights
This boutique style, 4 star hotel showcases breathtaking views of the city, the Bay of Tromsø and the surrounding mountains.
Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo - 2 nights
This 4 star hotel features modern architecture and is conveniently located in the heart of Oslo, within easy walking distance of the pedestrian shopping area.
Dates and Prices
|Start Date||End Date||Price Per Person||Guaranteed to Depart||Availability|
|28 May 2019||17 Jun 2019||NZD $14,297||Sold Out|
|15 Jun 2019||5 Jul 2019||NZD $14,297||Sold Out|
|17 Aug 2019||6 Sep 2019||NZD $14,085||Space Limited - Call Now|
|2 Sep 2019||22 Sep 2019||NZD $13,665||Sold Out|
|9 Sep 2019||29 Sep 2019||NZD $14,297||Space Available|
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