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NORWAY - FJORDS AND THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

Norway Fjords and the northern lights Tour Packages from India

The unique and spectacular Norwegian Fjords are a “must see” – with snow covered mountains, beautiful colours and spectacular fruit tree blossom in spring –scenic in the summer season and exotic in the winter season. The Naeroyfjord – a narrow branch of the Sognefjord and the Geirangerfjord are both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

During the ice age both the ice and the rivers carved deep valleys in the mountains. As the climate changed, most of the ice melted, and the valleys were gradually filled with salt water from the coast, thus creating the Fjords. Not all of the ice melted though, leaving parts of the mountain areas covered with ice, thus creating glaciers. The Sognefjord is the Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, and considered the main fjord of Norway, with many branches - such as the narrow Naeroyfjord, the Aurlandsfjord, The Fjaerlandsfjord and the Lusterfjord. Due to the fjords cutting through the western country the car ferries crossing the fjords are considered parts of the road system in Norway. The climate in the western Fjord areas is excellent for fruit growing, with the spectacular spring fruit blossom you have ever seen. Gaeirangerfjord carves its way from the coast and the Alesund coastal town to the fjord village of Geiranger, with spectacular waterfalls and tiny mountain farms clinging to the mountain sides. The famous “Golden route” mountain road with breathtaking Trollstigen hairpin road offers marvelous views of the Geirangerfjord. You will experience a spectacular journey on the Flam Railway with views of the breathtaking waterfalls and dramatic mountain peaks – one of the world’s steepest rail lines from Myrdal mountain station to the sea level and the Flam Village by the Sognefjord. The journey on the Bergen line between Oslo and Bergen across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau and National Park, with its altitude at 1222 mtrs above sea level will also hold you in awe. The Northern lights are bright dancing lights formed by collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as “aurora borealis” in the north and “Aurora australis” in the south. Auroral displays appear in many colours – shades of red, yellow, green, blue and violet, but the most common being pale green and pink shades. The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow. The Northern lights can be best seen in Greenland, Iceland and the Northern coast of Norway and over the coastal waters of north Siberia.
This tour begins in Bergen, known as the gateway to the Fjords of Norway and as you experience the beautiful landscape all around, you will visit some important sights, including the Bryggen Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that was a significant trading port from 14th to 16 century. You will proceed to Balestrand, the fjord village along Sognefjord – the world’s longest and deepest fjord and from the comfort of your hotel room or outside along the coast, you can simply admire the beauty of the magical fjord, or embark on an excursion to Fjaerland and the Glacier Museum, on board the motor vessel “Fjord Lord” and experience one of the most beautiful fjord arms in Norway. In Flam, you will enjoy the heritage fjord Safari where you will discover the UNESCO World Heritage areas of Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord by RIB- Boat. Your journey from Flam to Myrdal on the Flam Railway, will be one in a lifetime experience passes as the train through wild and beautiful mountain scenery with waterfalls and steep mountain slopes from the Sognefjord and reaching up to a height of 900 mtrs. Further from Myrdal to Oslo you will travel on the Bergen Line known to be one of the finest railways in the world. Visit the many interesting sights in the Norwegian capital including the Vigeland Sculpture Park and the Akershus Fortress, and the many popular museums. As you arrive in Tromso, the city of Northern Lights, your search for the Northern lights begins with lot of excitement and fun. And as you enjoy the reindeer sledding, dog sledding and the visit to the Ice Domes, your evening is focused only on spotting the lights and capturing the photos in your cameras. As you experience the unforgettable moments, you savour the Sami meal around an open fire in a Sami tent, bringing your tour to an end.

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Tour Inclusion:

  • Accommodation in 3*/4* hotel on twin sharing basis with daily breakfast
  • Bergen 2 nts/ Balestrand 2 nts/Flam 1 nts/Oslo 2 nts/Tromso 3 nts
  • Airport transfers
  • Sight seeing as per the itinerary
  • Cruise to Naeroyfjord and Aurlandsfjord in Flam
  • Northern lights chase in Tromso
  • Train tickets on Flam Railway and Bergen Line
  • Flight tickets from Oslo to Tromso
  • Air tickets from Kolkata/Delhi/Mum Oslo- Bergen and return from Tromso-Oslo

Tour Exclusion:

  • Overseas Medical insurance
  • Visa charges/fees
  • Tips/Porterage and expenses of personal nature
  • Meals other than Breakfast specified in the itinerary
  • Optional tours

Itinerary

Duration: 10 nights/11 days

Destinations: Bergen - Balestrand – Flam - Oslo – Tromso – Oslo

Day 1

Arrive Bergen (Norway)

On your arrival at Bergen, Norway’s 2nd largest city, you will be met by our representative, who will transfer you to your hotel. Check into your hotel and relax for a sometime, while you enjoy the scenic beauty all around you. Bergen is referred to as the gateway to the Fjords due to its close proximity to the Norwegian Fjords. Bergen is surrounded by mountains and the Fjords including the Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest Fjord. Founded in 1070, trading in Bergen may have begun as early as 1020s. Bergen is often known as the “City of Seven Mountains” (being surrounded by seven mountains and seven fjords) and was the capital of Norway from 13th century until the 1830s, during which period it was a significant trading port. What remains of the quays, Bryggen, is a UNESCO World Heritage site which features wooden houses on the old wharf, once the centre of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire. Explore the area around you. Overnight at the Hote

Day 2

Bergen

Have your breakfast at the Hotel. You will then explore Bergen - even though Bergen is Norway’s second largest city, it has the charm of a small town. One of the most recognizable sights in Bergen is the Hanseatic Bryggen Wharf with its wooden buildings and quaint shops - a UNESCO World Heritage site – which was the Hanseatic League’s trading empire since the 14th to the mid 16th century. Though many of the buildings were ravaged by fire, the main structure still remains preserved; See Edvard Grieg’s home Troldhaugen – the former home of the Norwegian composer, with a museum with a permanent exhibitiobn of Edvard Grieg’s life and music; The Fish and Flower market; Bergen Aquarium; and Gamle Bergen (Open air Museum) – a reconstructed old town with 50 wooden houses dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries – a reminder of what Bergen used to be like. In the 19th century, Bergen was Europe’s largest city with its steep and thick streets, squares and alleyways. Also take a trip with Floibanen Funicular, which will bring you from the city centre and up to Mount Floyen, where you will get a panoramic view of the city with surrounding fjords and mountains. Later return to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 3

Bergen – Balestrand

This morning after your breakfast you will embark on a 4 hour cruise along the coast and Sognefjord – the world’s longest and deepest fjord, to the fjord village of Balestrand. Arrival around noon. On arrival you will transfer to your hotel in Balestrand, check into a room with a Fjord view. Rest of the day is a leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 4

Balestrand

Breakfast at the Hotel. Thereafter, you will proceed on an excursion Fjaerland and the Glacier Museum (Between June and August). Travel along the Fjaerlandsfjord on board the motor vessel “Fjord Lord” and experience one of the most beautiful fjord arms in Norway. Steep forest clad mountain sides surround the narrow Fjaerlandsfjord, which takes you into the Jostedalsbreen Glacier. Along the fjord, the old hamlets and farms are reminders of the struggle for existence in the former times. The village of Fjaerland is at the innermost point of the fjord. From here you will continue by bus to the Norwegian Glacier Museum, where you can learn about the glaciers, the aim of the Norwegian Glacier Museum is to collect, create and communicate knowledge about snow, ice and glacier. What is glacier and how were the fjords formed ? The museum answers all the questions with the help of advanced film techniques, interactive models and your own experiments with ice, you can experience the interaction of natural forces. You will then continue by bus to visit the Boyabreen and Supphelle Glaciers, which is part of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier. It will not be possible to walk on these glaciers during the excursion. You will spend a few hours in Fjaerland before you return to Balestrand by ferry. Fjaerland is referred to as the Norwegian book town as all over the village you will find second hand books in quaint bookshops. You will alos find an old stable, a boat house and a waiting room, all changed into bookshops with a unique atmosphere. Return to your hotel in Balestrand. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 5

Balestrand – Flam

Have your breakfast at the hotel. You will then embark on a morning cruise to Flam, situated in Southwestern Norway, it is Norway’s only fjord village with train connection. It sits at the end of Aurlandsfjord, a branch of the vast Sognefjord. On arrival at Flam, transfer to your hotel and check in. You will later proceed on an afternoon cruise to Naeroyfjord and Aurlandsfjord – During this heritage fjord Safari you will discover the World Heritage areas of Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord by RIB- Boat. The Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord and two of the many fjordarms in the 204 km long Sognefjord, “The King of Fjords”. Naeroyfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage site and Aurlandsfjord is a part of the World Heritage area surrounding the Naeroyfjord. You will head out through the World Heritage Aurlandsfjord, further into the stunning Naeroyfjord – which is only 250 mtrs at the narrowest and more than one 1km at the widest. The depth varies between 10 and 500 mtrs. The surrounding mountains which offer a spectacular view are more than 1400 mtrs high. The boat will turn in Gudvangen, the end of the fjord. From there the boat will continue on the other side and you will have a different view of the fjords. On the way the boat will make stops to spot for seals, porpoises and eagles. Your guide will tell you everything about the fjord, local history and the wildlife as well as share stories, tales and legends from various places of interest. Return to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 6

Flam – Oslo

After your breakfast today, you will proceed to the station to board The Flam Railway to Oslo. The Flam Railway passes through wild and beautiful mountain scenery with waterfalls and steep mountain slopes from the Sognefjord and reaching up to a height of 900 mtrs. There is no other adhesion railway in the world running on normal tracks that is so steep over a long distance. From Myrdal the journey continues by train to Oslo, the capital of Norway on the Bergen line, known to be one of the finest railways in the world. This railway connects the two largest cities in Norway and shows the diversity of the Norwegian landscape. On arrival at Oslo, you will transfer to your hotel.
The Norwegian capital, Oslo, beautifully situated at the head of the Oslo Fjord and surrounded by forested ridge, is particularly known for its green space and museums. The city was founded in 1040 and established itself as a trading place in 1048. The city is home to many shipping companies, ship brokers and maritime insurance brokers. The city’s surroundings provide recreational opportunities which are enjoyed by the city’s inhabitants and increasingly by visitors as well. On arrival at Oslo, you will transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is free for you to explore the city. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 7

Oslo

This morning after your breakfast you will proceed on a tour of the important sights – Akershus Fortress – Rising above the Oslofjord is the majestic Akershus fortress built in the 13th century by Hakon V. Wander on the grounds and get beautiful views of the harbor and explore the quaint chapel with its tomb. The Museum of Norwegian Resistance is also located here where you will learn about the German occupation from 1940 – 1945, and also the Norwegian Armed forces Museum; Visit Oslo Cathedral – with its decorated bronze doors as well as ceilings paintings, the Baroque pulpit and altar and the stained glass by Emanuel Vigeland. Visit the Oslo Bazaar along the church walls; the City Hall is a great landmark of Oslo, one of the towers houses 38 bells that can be heard chiming throughout the harbor area; Aker Brygge – built around an abandoned shipyard, this is the heart and soul of the city, bustling and vibrant day and night – its stunning architecture that is a magnificent blend of new and old complements Norway’s stunning natural beauty. With a seafront board walk, shopping, restaurants and cafes Aker Brygge attracts many visitors. Oslo’s National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design is a must see; Vigeland Sculpture Park – an iconic park of Norway is Gustav Vigeland’s life work and contains 650 of his dynamic sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron; and many other museums. Oslo is a small city and can be explored on foot or by public transport. You could also take one of the boats departing from the city centre of Oslo to Bygdoy peninsula where many Oslo museums are located. You can visit Fram – learn about the stories of Norwegian Polar exploration; Viking Museum – part of the museum of Cultural History of University of Oslo and houses archaeological finds from Tune, Gokstad, Oseberg, and the Borre Mound cemetery and the Kontiki Museum – houses vessels and maps from Kontiki expedition as well as a library with 8000 books. Return to the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 8

Oslo - Tromso

This morning after breakfast you will transfer to the airport to connect your fight to Tromso, the Northern Lights city in Northern Norway, situated 400 kms north of the Arctic Circle. Located right in the middle of the planet’s Northern lights belt, the Tromso area offers excellent chances of spotting the Northern Lights that illuminate the night time sky. The city’s historic centre on the island of Tromso, is distinguished by its centuries old wooden houses. The 1965 Arctic Cathedral with its distinctive peaked roof and soaring stained glass windows dominates the skyline. The city lies between the sharp craggy peaks of the Lyngen Alps and combines wild scenery with urban life. On arrival in Tromso, check into your hotel.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure or you can enjoy a winter activity like reindeer sledding or snowmobiling under the northern lights ( at additional cost). This excursion will take you to the majestic Lyngen Alps where beautiful fjords meet alpine mountains. The reindeers are waiting for you at Camp Tamok. A bus will take you from your hotel to the camp. Upon arrival, you will receive comfortable outdoor clothing and shoes. A special sami guide will meet you and bring you to the reindeers. During the trip you will be driving in pairs, with one reindeer pulling the sleigh. All you have to do is sit back and make sure you are comfortable and enjoy the spectacular view of the mountains around you. You will then have a guided tour of the Ice Domes followed by hot meal. The Ice Domes are massive structures with majestic figures made from snow and ice which are built every winter. There are two ice bars and an ice restaurant with themes ranging from local Sami culture to the Northern Lights, where you will enjoy non-alcoholic welcome shot in an ice glass. After your meal the bus will take you back to the city centre.
Return to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 9

Tromso

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure to experience Tromso, often referred to as “Paris of North” - Visit the sights of interest – Arctic Cathedral – a parish church built in 1965, the most famous landmark in Tromso and with its distinct look and situation it is often referred to as “the Opera House” of Norway; Polaria - the world’s most northerly aquarium with a five screen panoramic cinema, an “Arctic Walkway” area contain displays of polar expeditions, stuffed animals, permafrost, many conventional aquaria displaying local marine life and rock-shore animals; Polar museum; and the Northern Lights Planetarium.
In the evening you will go an excursion by bus to hunt for the magical Northern lights. With a knowledgeable guide you will find the best area for the lights and the best photography to capture in your cameras. The hunt will go wherever required to find clear skies, even to inner Tromso if needed. During the tour your guide will provide you with interesting information about the Northern lights, both the science and the folklore. The guide will explain to you how to adjust your cameras settings for the best pictures of the Northern Lights. For some fun and excitement, the guide will bring “Butt boards” (type of small toboggan) just in case you find some nice hills to sleigh down. Depending on the evening’s route you might also visit lavvo at Tromso Friluftsenter’s base camp and sit around the nice warm bonfire, and roast marshmallows. After you have experienced the magic of the Northern lights, return to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 10

Tromso

After your breakfast at the hotel today, you will embark on a dog sledding excursion in ideal terrain on the Kvaloya Island, located 30 mins from the centre of Tromso. Around 240 friendly Alaskan huskies loudly cheer you on your arrival. You can drive a team yourself, but if you prefer, you can ride on a sledge covered with warm reindeer skins and driven by an expert guide. After the Dog sledding you will taste a Sami Meal followed by hot coffee and homemade cake, served around an open fire in a traditional Sami tent. Return to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 11

Tromso – Oslo – Depart Oslo

Today morning after your breakfast, you will transfer to the airport to connect your flight to Oslo. On arrival at Oslo airport you will connect your flight for your onward destination or back home with unforgettable memories of this beautiful Norwegian Fjords and Northern Lights tour.

This is only a suggestive itinerary. Modifications on the duration of the tour or customization to the itinerary can be made to suit your preferences.

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