Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Norwegian Coast & Helgeland (13 days)

50 Degrees North

Bergen, Norway To Bodo, Norway

Valid for Departures: 01 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Bergen, Norway
Clarion Hotel Admiral - DC None

Arrive Bergen

Arrive and transfer to your hotel.

Bergen offers many attractions and sights - many within walking distance. Recommended sights of interests are the Hanseatic harbour Bryggen, Fløibanen Funicular, Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum).

Day 2
Bergen, Norway
Hurtigruten Norway Breakfast, Dinner

A free morning in Bergen and then board your Hurtigruten ship

A free morning in Bergen and then board your Hurtigruten ship.

Representative Service in NorwayHurtigruten's representative service in Norway in based in Bergen and may be contacted on +47 9094 690524-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. 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. 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 in the terminal, and should you arrive early to the terminal, you are free to explore Bergen independently until embarkation time. Leftluggage lockers are available in the terminal, however, you will need local currency (Norwegian Kroner) to access them. 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 3
Bergen, Norway
Hurtigruten Norway Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ålesund and Geirangerfjord

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.

Included is the Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass (June - August).

Other Optional Excursions depending on the season: Art Nouveau Tour, Hiking in Hjørundfjord, Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount Aksla and the A Taste of Norway which visits the historic Hotel Union.

Day 4
Trondheim, Norway
Grand Olav Breakfast

Arrive in Trondheim

Arrive into Trondheim after breakfast and transfer to your hotel. Discover the sights of this medieval city, including Norway's only catherdral Nidarosdomen and Bakklandet, an idyllic neighbourhood full of charm, history and culture.

Your hotel, the Grand Olav is centrally located in the city centre of Trondheim, walking distance from OlavsHallen concert hall and a ten minute walk from the Hurtigruten terminal.

Day 5
Foldereid, Norway
Historic farm accommodation near Leka Breakfast

Pick up your car and start your Norwegian Coastal exploration in detail

Pick up your hire car and get familiar with the Norwegian roads. Your drive this morning includes optional local ferries, a great way to experience the real Norway (total drive approximately 5 hours depending on the travel).

Your destination tonight is Leka and a waterfront pier hotel. You will be driving through very diverse landscape, from the wonderful fishing villages to the windswept islets and reefs in Hortavær and Sklinna and the most incredible rock formations, forests and mountains.

People have lived here for more than 10,000 years and Sagaøya can offer, among other things, cave paintings in Solsemhula, Norway’s second largest ship burial mound from the Viking era Herlaugshaugen, and Skeisnesset cultural heritage trail.

Optional activities can be arranged:

Sea fishing at Leka is marvellous, with many different species and opportunities for big fish. You can rent out modern and stable boats for sea fishing.If you would like to see Leka from the seaward side, you can arrange for sea kayak guided tours with an instructor. This must be booked and agreed upon in advance.A Sea Eagle guided tour - experience the majestic Eagle snapping up fish just a few metres from the boat.
Day 6
Bronnoysund, Norway
2 nights in Vega - Standard room Breakfast

Vega - World Heritage Island

After breakfast, drive along the coast to Vega (approx. 4 hours), the World Heritage listed island. In 2004, the archipelago's cultural landscape was inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Natural and Cultural Heritage as representative of "the way generations of fishermen/farmers have, over the past 1,500 years, maintained a sustainable living in an inhospitable seascape near the Arctic Circle, based on the now unique practice of eider down harvesting."

Consider a climb up the Torghatten Mountain, which you get to by driving to Brønnøysund and across the Brønnøysund Bridge and over to the island. The walk up to the famous hole takes about 30 minutes each way along a nice path.

Settle into your small family run hotel located on the north-west coast of Vega, at Viksaas between forests, mountains and seas. Dinner is a highlight tonight - consider local produce such as World Heritage lambs for lamb ribs, cured meat, lambroles and fillets comes from Solveig and John Kåre Aasved at Nes. Wildmeat such as deer, elk, goose and duck from local hunters who supply the restaurant.

Day 7
Bronnoysund, Norway
2 nights in Vega - Standard room Breakfast

Day 6 & 7: Vega - World Heritage Island

Day 8
Lovund, Norway
Big fisherman's cottage over the water. Breakfast

Visit Lovund - one of the most spectacular Helgeland islands

Explore Lovund, one of the most spectacular islands of the Helgeland coast. The island is located west of the Solvær islands and southeast of Træna. Lovund is notable for the large puffin breeding colony located on the rocky north slope of the island.

Kayaking, fishing, bird tours or just sitting on the balcony eating prawns are options this afternoon.

Day 9
Oresvik, Norway
Standard Fisherman's Cabin (Rorbu) Breakfast

Tonnes - Hire fishing boats and outdoor saunas along the coast

This morning, follow the coast to Tonnes (approx. 4 hours).

If you enjoy boat trips and fishing, we suggest hiring a boat for the day on arrival at Tonnes(NOK 950 per day). You can also enjoy a sauna available for rent near the shoreline, by the cabins. The sauna is in a separate cabin, with shower and wardrobe. The sauna costs 300 NOK to rent.

Settle into your traditional fisherman's cabin over the water and either dine in or visit the restaurant offering coastal food and other delicacies.

Details: Breakfast only available during the peak summer season. Self catering available outside this period.

Day 10
Stott, Norway
Director's Choise Breakfast

Day 10 & 11: Be charmed by the Norwegian Coastal outpost, Støtt - a step back into the past

Move today further north to be beautiful coastal village of Støtt (approx. 4 hours). The tiny island community of Støtt, with 35 inhabitants, offers gourmet food in historic surroundings, and accommodation in old beds under down duvets. Støtt has always been a port of refuge for fishermen, but now the old trading post has become a refuge for stressed city folk searching for peace and quiet (perfect for your last night).

If you can pull yourself away from the balcony restaurant, a walk around the island is a must. During the Second World War, little Støtt was overrun by 200 German soldiers and Russian prisoners of war who built gun emplacements facing out to sea from the ridges. From here, the guns controlled the shipping lanes north towards Narvik. Most were dismantled after the war, as the people of Støtt preferred not to be reminded of that terrible time, but you can still see some walls and crumbling concrete. The most fantastic thing out here is the view – straight out to sea are the contours of Værøy, Røst and Lofotodden. To the south are Helgeland's fairytale mountains of Rødøyløva, Hestmona and Træna, and to the north are the peaks of Fugløya in Salten.

Settle into your accommodation this evening and enjoy the evening!

Day 11
Stott, Norway
Director's Choise Breakfast

Day 10 & 11: Be charmed by the Norwegian Coastal outpost, Støtt - a step back into the past

Day 12
Bodo, Norway
Clarion Collection Grand Hotel Bodø Breakfast

Head to Bodø

A short drive today gets you to Bodø, the traditional gateway to the Lofoten Islands. Bodø, the northernmost point of the staggeringly beautiful Kystriksveien Coastal Route is the gateway to Norway's true north.

Along the way, you can stop to see the Saltstraumen Maelstrom. Saltstraumen is one of the strongest tidal currents in the world and it is possible to walk close to the whirlpools as the strait is very narrow in this section. It is a ten minute drive to your finishing hotel in Bodø.

Day 13
Bodo, Norway
Clarion Collection Grand Hotel Bodø Breakfast

Departure day

After breakfast, transfer to the airport or continue on further north.

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Description

Our new range, Norwegian Coast, comes from the heart. With pride, we offer independent itineraries exploring secret coastal gems. On this tour, you will encounter some of the best fjord landscapes in Norway, stay at classic wooden hotels where hosting traditions have been kept alive for centuries. This self-guided itinerary has you travel by hire car, Hurtigruten coastal ferry and transfers, making your way around the coast and across fjords.

Highlights along the route include: famous landmarks, such as Torghatten, De Syv Søstre (The Seven Sisters mountain range), Svartisen glacier and Saltstraumen (world’s strongest whirlpools). Easy journey with emphasis on Norwegian coastal exploration and fabulous fjord scenery. Norway is breathtakingly beautiful and this is the perfect trip to enjoy it.

Day 1: Arrive Bergen

Day 2: A free morning in Bergen and then board your Hurtigruten ship

Day 3: Ålesund and Geirangerfjord

Day 4: Arrive in Trondheim

Day 5: Pick up your car and start your Norwegian Coastal exploration in detail

Day 6 & 7: Vega - World Heritage Island

Day 8: Visit Lovund - one of the most spectacular Helgeland islands

Day 9: Tonnes - Hire fishing boats and outdoor saunas along the coast

Day 10 & 11: Be charmed by the Norwegian Coastal outpost, Støtt - a step back into the past

Day 12: Head to Bodø

Day 13: Departure day

Important information

Glacier walks, cave exploration and Svartisen glacier tours can be arranged on request.

Driving in Norway during the peak season (July - early August):

Europeans love driving in Norway and during the summer months, the more popular tourist roads becomes crowded with European vans. This can slow the roads down, as it can be difficult to pass these vans. Norwegian country roads are often quite narrow. Having said this, these roads are incredibly scenic and have lots of picnic & photo spots.

If you are going to be using ferries during your drive, depending on the size of the ferry, this might involve a wait to get on. The ferries are reliable and regular but you may need to arrive early to secure a spot in the line. On some of the ferries, consider catching a ferry outside of the peak times. Your accommodation hosts will have the most up to date local information on hand so ask them for suggestions for your following days travel.

However, please note that the route of this self-drive takes lesser-known roads. This route does have a quite a few ferry journeys (10 mins to 60 mins long) and we will provide you recommended ferry times to catch. We have a prepared driving timetable and recommended route for you to ensure your holiday goes seamlessly. This route is off the beaten track and designed especially by our Norwegian product team.

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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