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Norwegian Coastal Voyage & Nordic Capitals (23 days)

50 Degrees North

Stockholm, Sweden To Helsinki, Finland

Valid for Departures Now Through: 28 Oct 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Stockholm, Sweden
Hotel Nobis, Hotel Rival or Hotel Victory None

Day 1: Arrive Stockholm


Arrive in Stockholm any time and make your own way to our centrally located hotel.

Day 2
Stockholm, Sweden
Hotel Nobis, Hotel Rival or Hotel Victory Breakfast

Day 2: Charming Stockholm, explore the museums, castles and alleyways.


Sweden's Capital is charming, vibrant and surrounded by beauty and water - hence its nickname, Venice of the North. Stockholm offers interesting museums and castles & charming small alleyways. Be sure to make time for the new ABBA museum, opened May 2013, if you are a fan.


There are many great guided walks to do in Stockholm - ABBA walking tour, Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, ghost walks, Viking walks and even a walk that guides you to the best places to take photos.

Day 3
Copenhagen, Denmark
Admiral Hotel or similar Breakfast

Day 3 & 4: Wonderful Copenhagen


In the morning catch a 6-hour train ride through the Swedish countryside to the Danish capital. Copenhagen has a long history, and many delightful attractions and sights - you will never run out of something to see or to do. The city is small and cosy, an ideal way to explore the city is by foot, and public transport. You will have a Copenhagen Card on hand allowing you to free travel on buses and trains within the city metropolis, as well as free entrance to over 70 museums and attractions.

Day 4
Copenhagen, Denmark
Admiral Hotel or similar Breakfast

Day 3 & 4: Wonderful Copenhagen


In the morning catch a 6-hour train ride through the Swedish countryside to the Danish capital. Copenhagen has a long history, and many delightful attractions and sights - you will never run out of something to see or to do. The city is small and cosy, an ideal way to explore the city is by foot, and public transport. You will have a Copenhagen Card on hand allowing you to free travel on buses and trains within the city metropolis, as well as free entrance to over 70 museums and attractions.

Day 5
Oslo, Norway
Twin cabin with sea view and private facilities Breakfast

Day 5: Overnight ferry to Oslo, enjoy the views leaving Copenhagen...and the islands as you approach Oslo.


The morning and early afternoon is free in Copenhagen before boarding the overnight voyage to Oslo. Accommodation in seaside cabins with shower/WC.

Day 6
Oslo, Norway
Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz or similar Breakfast

Day 6 & 7: Oslo - the most beautiful capital in the world.


Arrive Oslo in the morning. The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer the discerning traveller, and you have two full days to discover the city with the help of an Oslo Pass. We can recommend visiting some of the Oslo highlights, including the Viking Ship, Kontiki & Fram museums, the Vigeland Sculpture Park and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum. A walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle, the Harbour area and the new Opera House is well worth it.

Day 7
Oslo, Norway
Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz or similar Breakfast

Day 6 & 7: Oslo - the most beautiful capital in the world.


Arrive Oslo in the morning. The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer the discerning traveller, and you have two full days to discover the city with the help of an Oslo Pass. We can recommend visiting some of the Oslo highlights, including the Viking Ship, Kontiki & Fram museums, the Vigeland Sculpture Park and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum. A walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle, the Harbour area and the new Opera House is well worth it.

Day 8
Flåm, Norway
Summer: Fretheim Hotel, Flåm - Winter: Fleischer Breakfast

Day 8: From Oslo to the Mountains & Flåm Railway


Over the next couple of days you will experience Norway’s most popular round trip; Norway in a Nutshell. The excursion takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Norway's fjord region.


After breakfast transfer to the Oslo Central Railway Station and depart Oslo by train across the Hardanger Plateau, with its highest point at Finse (1222m), and to the village of Myrdal. At Myrdal you will change trains and board the Flåm Railway taking you from a height of 900 metres above the Sognefjord, through wild and beautiful mountain scenery with waterfalls and steep mountainsides to the fjord village of Flåm. There is no other adhesion railway in the world running on normal tracks that are so steep over a long distance.


Wander along the edge of the fjord, pick apples growing wild along the village roads or climb to the local waterfall.


NOTE: Your luggage will be transferred from Oslo to Bergen, so please bring a 1-night overnight bag for this exclusive fjord experience.  

Day 9
Bergen, Norway
Clarion Hotel Admiral or similar Breakfast

Day 9: The Capital of the Fjords


This morning, continue by boat to Gudvangen and further by coach up the steep and spectacular hairpin bends to Voss.


Train to Bergen, the capital of the fjords with a free day to explore this old Hanseatic harbour city. Recommended sights of interests are the Hanseatic harbour ‘Bryggen’, Fløibanen Funicular, Edward Grieg’s house at Troldhaugen and the Fish & Flower market.

Day 10
Bergen, Norway
Hurtigruten Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: The Coastal Voyage begins


After a leisurely breakfast on the harbour, it is time to explore the historical centre of Bergen where you'll be transported back to a time when Bergen was the centre of political power and trade for the entire North Atlantic. It was the Capital of the Kingdom of Norway for a short period, before the capital was moved to Oslo in 1299, and the town grew to become the largest in Scandinavia. The Hanseatic League established itself here in 1350 and had a trade monopoly that lasted 200 years.


While in Bergen you might wish to visit the UNESCO heritage listed historical area around the harbour known as the Bryggen district, and the home of Edvard Grieg, Troldhaugen, Norway's internationally famous composer.


Representative Service in Norway

Hurtigruten's representative service in Norway in based in Bergen and may be contacted on +47 9094 6905

24-Hour Emergency number +61 280 695 866


Getting to your ship:

Your Hurtigruten ship will sail from the Hurtigruten Terminalen, located at Nostegarten 30, 5010 Bergen. This is not far from our hotel. Telephone +47 5554 3631. Please ask us about the Hurtigruten transfer shuttle.


Embarkation:

The terminal is staffed from 13:00 (1pm) and is open from 15:00 (3pm) for baggage check-in. If you are in the harbour, you can watch as your ship arrives from the north and passengers disembark around 2pm.


Embarkation takes place from 16:00 (4pm) and your cabin will be available from approximately 18:00 (6pm). Dinner (buffet style) will be available from 18:00 (6pm). There are no restaurant facilities (there is a simple cafe) in the terminal should you arrive early to the terminal. Please note you carry your own luggage onboard from the pier to your cabin.


Your ship departs at 20:00 (8pm).


An information meeting is usually held on the evening of departure from Bergen and includes details of safety onboard. There is an information folder in each cabin and safety procedures are illustrated on the back of your cabin door and in public areas. The Tour Leader on board will assist with general information and the shore excursion programme.

Day 11
Ålesund, Norway
Hurtigruten Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Sail through Skerries and Islands


Ports visited today: Florø, Måløy, Torvik, Ålesund, Molde.


Your ship navigates the skerries and islands further north before reaching Ålesund. Marvel at the inspiring architecture in the Apotekergate and Kongensgate pedestrian precinct, perfect examples of the Art Nouveau style. Don’t miss out on the view from Mount Aksla but beware, there are 418 steps to the top! In the summer months, the next destination will be the spectacular UNE SCO-listed Geirangerfjord. En route to the end of this beautiful fjord you pass sheer, 800m cliffs and impressive waterfalls.


In Autumn, you will explore the Hjørundfjord, amidst the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. Its seclusion and unspoiled natural landscape are what give this fjord its special character.


Optional Excursions depending on the season: Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass, Art Nouveau Tour and Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount Aksla and the A Taste of Norway which visits the historic Hotel Union.

Day 12
Trondheim, Norway
Hurtigruten Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: The Royal City of Trondheim and then thousands of islands towards Rørvik.


Ports visited today: Kristiansund, Trondheim, Rørvik.


When visiting the old royal city of Trondheim, be sure to get a good view from the Gamle Bybrua (“Old Town Bridge”). Dating from 1861, this neo-gothic wooden bridge used to be the only way into the town centre. Nidaros Cathedral, built between1070 and 1300, is Norway’s largest Gothic religious edifice. In the neighbouring Archbishop’s Palace, the Norwegian Crown Jewels are kept. In Trondheim itself, the Hanseatic, waterside storehouses built on wooden stilts are just as charming as the Rococo-style Stiftsgården, the largest wooden building in Norway and residence for the Royal Family when visiting Trondheim. New optional activities will have you kayaking on the river Nid and into the city's smaller channels or during winter time, you have the opportunity to try typical Norwegian winter activities such as skiing, tobogganing and sledding.


You then set a course for the northwest, past the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and thousands of little islands and picturesque rocky outcrops. In autumn, you will learn more about navigation and lighthouses along the Norwegian coast during the Captain's talk. After passing through the narrow Stokksund, the ship will arrive at charming Rørvik.


Optional Excursions depending on the season: Nidaros Cathedral and Ringve Museum, Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral, Munkholmen boat trip & the new cycling and kayaking tours. During winter, you can experience Winter Games.

Day 13
Lofoten Islands, Norway
Hurtigruten Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands


Ports visited today: Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Nesna, Ørnes, Bodø, Stamsund, Svolvær.


This morning, between Nesna and Ørnes, you pass a globe on a small islet, which heralds your crossing of the Arctic Circle. The Arctic Circle marks the border of the the Arctic reiong. In summer this means 24-hour daylight - often referred to as the 'Midnight Sun'. During autumn and winter, being above this degree of latitude gives you the best chance of experiencing the Northern Lights.


Passengers sailing in Arctic waters for the first time are given an Arctic Circle baptism by Njord, the ruler of the Seven Seas. This comes in the form of an ice cube down your front or back, but is entirely optional. This ceremony is tremendous fun to watch on the deck.


In the afternoon, your ship gradually closes in on the 3,280 feet high Lofoten Wall towering above the tiny and colourful fishing villages of the Lofoten Islands. This is an extraordinary place to disembark and take a stroll.


These islands are renowned for their small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere surrounded by majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches. Complete your visit with a stroll between the stockfish racks and ‘rorbuer’, the traditional, red fishermen’s residences. The Lofoten Islands are a truly extraordinary experience.


Optional Excursions depending on the season: Glacier Adventure, Winter Hike, Rib Safari to Saltstraumen & Meet the Vikings.

Day 14
Tromso, Norway
Hurtigruten Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Tromsø - Gateway to the Arctic


Ports visited today: Stokmarknes, Sortland, Risøyhamn, Harstad, Finnsnes, Tromsø, Skjervøy.


During the night the ship navigates the narrow Raftsund strait. After a stop in Harstad, situated on the largest island of Norway, Hinnøya, you continue via Finnsnes to Tromsø for a prolonged stay. Many of the epic Arctic expeditions used Tromsø as a starting point; the famous explorer Roald Amundsen sourced both crew and supplies here. With the presence of the Norwegian Polar Institute, the city has cemented its position as the Polar Capital of Norway.


Ishavskatedralen, the Arctic Cathedral, is the most famous landmark with its modern design and extraordinary stained glass window. Tromsø is also home to the world’s northernmost university and the large number of people arriving here has created a vibrant cultural scene with numerous restaurants and cafes constantly teeming with life.


After Tromsø, we continue our northbound journey. In winter the Captain invites guests to taste stockfish on deck. The ship now sails inot the area along the coast where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights between September and March, and we gather on deck to search for this breathtaking phenomenon.


Optional Excursions depending on the season: Wilderness Adventure Camp, the Arctic Capital Tromsø, Dog Sledding, Scenery and Huskies, Mountain hiking, Polar History Walk, Whale Watching and Kayaking.

Day 15
Honningsvåg, Norway
Hurtigruten Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Honningsvåg and the North Cape


Ports visited today: Øksfjord, Hammerfest, Havøysund, Honningsvåg, Kjøllefjord, Mehamn, Berlevåg.


Following the scenic sailing through Magerøysund and after an early stop in Hammerfest, you arrive in Honningsvåg. This small port is the gateway to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape which rises 300m from the ocean, and at 71° 10’ 21” north it puts you a mere 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole.


Standing atop the North Cape Plateau you’ll get the eerie feeling of being at the end of the world. The area is also known for its birdlife, and Gjesværstappan, a bird sanctuary with up to 250,000 seabirds is home to some High Arctic species that can only be observed here on the Norwegian mainland, including the ever cute puffins. In summer, you might see herds of reindeer and campsites belonging to the indigenous Sami people. In winter, experience the snow-clad valleys, the fresh winter air and your best chances to see the mesmerizing Northern Lights.


During winter and spring, if you are lucky, local fishermen from the village of Kjøllefjord visit us to share their catch of the day (King Crab & cod).


This evening, as you approach Kjøllefjord, you pass a rock formation that is sacred to the indigenous Sámi people, Finnkjerka.


Optional Excursions depending on the season: The North Cape, Birdwatching Safari, A Taste of Lapland, Sami Autumn and Snowmobile trip in Lapland.

Day 16
Inari, Finland
Tradition Hotel Kultahovi Inari or similar Breakfast

Day 16: Kirkenes, transfer to Inari


Disembark in Kirkenes and transfer to Inari in Finnish Lapland. Inari is a beautiful Finnish town rich in Sami Culture with many handicraft stores and places to visit.

Day 17
Inari, Finland
Tradition Hotel Kultahovi Inari or similar Breakfast

Day 17: Finnish Lapland


Enjoy the Lapp town of Inari in far north Finland where you have a chance to meet the Sami people and make a visit to a reindeer farm.

Day 18
Rovaniemi, Finland
Santa's Hotel Santa Claus or similar Breakfast

Day 18 & 19: Rovaniemi


A local bus takes you south to Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland in Finland. There is time to visit the Arctic Centre, Santa Claus Village and Provincial Museum hosting interesting exhibitions year round.

Day 19
Rovaniemi, Finland
Santa's Hotel Santa Claus or similar Breakfast

Day 18 & 19: Rovaniemi


A local bus takes you south to Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland in Finland. There is time to visit the Arctic Centre, Santa Claus Village and Provincial Museum hosting interesting exhibitions year round.

Day 20
Helsinki, Finland
GLO Kluuvi Breakfast

Day 20 - 22: Chique Helsinki


After a short flight to Helsinki you have near two full days to explore this fabulous eastern Nordic capital. We recommend a walking tour of the city, which is known for its great mixture of neo-classical buildings, orthodox style churches and chique bars and restaurant scene. You have the opportunity to visit the Senate Square, Uspenskij Cathedral, Parliament House, New Opera House, Sibelius Park & Monument and the Underground Temple. The included Helsinki card offers free entrance to almost 50 museums and use of public transportation.


Day trip to Tallinn

On one of your days in Helsinki we have included return tickets for the ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn. Your trip to Tallinn would normally take a full day departing Helsinki at 07:30 in the morning and arriving back in Helsinki at 19:30. The ferry trip each way takes 2 hours. You can also book a three hour minivan/walking tour with us for this day.

Day 21
Helsinki, Finland
GLO Kluuvi Breakfast

Day 20 - 22: Chique Helsinki


You have near two full days to explore this fabulous eastern Nordic capital. We recommend a walking tour of the city, which is known for its great mixture of neo-classical buildings, orthodox style churches and chique bars and restaurant scene. You have the opportunity to visit the Senate Square, Uspenskij Cathedral, Parliament House, New Opera House, Sibelius Park & Monument and the Underground Temple. The included Helsinki card offers free entrance to almost 50 museums and use of public transportation.


Day trip to Tallinn

On one of your days in Helsinki we have included return tickets for the ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn. Your trip to Tallinn would normally take a full day departing Helsinki at 07:30 in the morning and arriving back in Helsinki at 19:30. The ferry trip each way takes 2 hours. You can also book a three hour minivan/walking tour with us for this day.

Day 22
Helsinki, Finland
GLO Kluuvi Breakfast

Day 20 - 22: Chique Helsinki


You have near two full days to explore this fabulous eastern Nordic capital. We recommend a walking tour of the city, which is known for its great mixture of neo-classical buildings, orthodox style churches and chique bars and restaurant scene. You have the opportunity to visit the Senate Square, Uspenskij Cathedral, Parliament House, New Opera House, Sibelius Park & Monument and the Underground Temple. The included Helsinki card offers free entrance to almost 50 museums and use of public transportation.


Day trip to Tallinn

On one of your days in Helsinki we have included return tickets for the ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn. Your trip to Tallinn would normally take a full day departing Helsinki at 07:30 in the morning and arriving back in Helsinki at 19:30. The ferry trip each way takes 2 hours. You can also book a three hour minivan/walking tour with us for this day.

Day 23
Helsinki, Finland
None Breakfast

Day 23: Depart Helsinki


Our services end after breakfast.

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Combine the spectacular voyage along the Norwegian Coast with an independent tour of the charming Nordic capitals; Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo & Helsinki. This is an all-encompassing itinerary offering a variation of traditional culture, breathtaking scenery and modern city life. Enjoy a 6 day voyage on the Hurtigruten Mail ship of Norway as well as the famous Flåm Railway and 'Norway in a Nutshell' tour.


This tour is an independent tour with all the highlights of this region in one trip!



Day 1: Arrive Stockholm


Day 2: Charming Stockholm, explore the museums, castles and alleyways.


Day 3 & 4: Wonderful Copenhagen


Day 5: Overnight ferry to Oslo, enjoy the views leaving Copenhagen...and the islands as you approach Oslo.


Day 6 & 7: Oslo - the most beautiful capital in the world.


Day 8: From Oslo to the Mountains & Flåm Railway


Day 9: The Capital of the Fjords


Day 10: The Coastal Voyage begins


Day 11: Sail through Skerries and Islands


Day 12: The Royal City of Trondheim and then thousands of islands towards Rørvik.


Day 13: Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands


Day 14: Tromsø - Gateway to the Arctic


Day 15: Honningsvåg and the North Cape


Day 16: Kirkenes, transfer to Inari


Day 17: Finnish Lapland


Day 18 & 19: Rovaniemi


Day 20 - 22: Chique Helsinki


Day 23: Depart Helsinki


About Us

50 Degrees North is a family owned, boutique destination specialist tour operator for the Nordic region and the Scandinavian Arctic. The company’s entirely Nordic sales staff offers in-depth knowledge of all its destinations. Luxury for us means experiencing something extraordinary beyond your everyday life; immersing yourself into the local culture, nature and people and, when possible, venturing away from the well-trodden paths and into the ‘un-known’. We do things the simple and beautiful Scandinavian way. With offices in Norway, Canada and Australia, 50 Degrees North is able to provide our clients with support 24/7.

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50 Degrees North is an authentic and affordable option for the Nordics. We are NOT your luxury white glove operator. More details at https://www.fiftydegreesnorth.com/info-centre/virtuoso-agents

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By: Igofish


Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2017

Given that 59 Deveees North is in Norway, they had no presence in Greenland whatsoever. While they were able to arrange the activities we requested, we had no single point person in Greenland. We felt on our own on a daily basis. This may have been due to a lack of personal experience with Greenland and more specifically the town where we visited. Since this is a national heritage site, I would have expected greater familiarity. However, we were able to fend for ourselves when neededttt
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Great options and fast service when needed

By: patcat


Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2017

Ours was a complex itinerary and they came through. There were a few minor stumbles and one change initiated by us...but all were handled quickly and professionally. Overall a fantastic experience!
Travel Advisor:  Colette Guterson
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50 Degrees North

By: Meryl


Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2017

Did not get what we had hoped for overall on our trip to Iceland. The only part of our trip that was planned for us and we loved was at The Blue Lagoon. Did not get "guided" tours, got pick up and drop off at destinations. Planning done on own and helped put together by our agent was better than what 50 Degrees North did for us.
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Wonderful adventure

By: globetrots


Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

Terrific service all around offering plenty of options and information. Had to make last minute miodifications and all went smoothly.
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott
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Good experience

By: Jensi


Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2018

My travel agent worked directly with 50 North in planning our trip. I can say that all of our tours were professional and fun. Also, when the weather caused restrictions on some of the planned activities, the company was quick to find a suitable alternative. Everything was exactly as described to us and we had a fantastic trip!
Travel Advisor:  Ron Phillips
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Well planned, learned a lot

By: Connerss


Reviewed on: 09 Apr 2018

Hotels were very nice, tour operators were good, private guides were stellar and informative, particularly those with Mountain Guides. Would definitely use 50 Degrees North again. Only complaint was one tour operator (Artic Adventures) had buses that were so compact we all had to turn and leave our legs in the aisle, and I'm not tall. While the sites were beautiful and the tour guide knowledgeable, the long sardine-can bus ride was very difficult. Perhaps they were the only operators sending trips to our desired locations, unsure of that detail.
Travel Advisor:  Irene Quisenberry
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Trip to Finland

By: Finngirl


Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

I would definitely use 50 Degrees North again. They planned our trip, which was perfect. There were 4 people in our group and they had something for all of us, and we all enjoyed everything we did. Leena our tour guide was absolutely wonderful. She made the walking tour a lot fun and we learned a lot. Hotels they choose were great and I couldn't have asked for anything more.
Travel Advisor:  Rosemarie Spinney
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