Independent Tour-Land Only
8 Days / 7 Nights
Daily May 1-October 31
This relaxing journey by train, bus and the legendary Coastal Steamer “Hurtigruten” leads you to Lofoten and Vesteralen, one of the most beautiful regions of Norway. Lofoten consists of mountains and peaks, wide open ocean, sheltered inlets, stretches of seashore and large virgin areas. Vesteralen, on the contrary, is green and friendly.
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5 nights accommodation all with private facilities
2 nights on the Coastal Steamer “Hurtigruten” in category selected both private facilities
Breakfast each morning
2 dinners-drinks not included
2nd class seats on train
Coach transportation from Svolvaer to Harstad
Hotel taxes and service charges
Day 1 Trondheim
Upon arrival in Trondheim self transfer to your centrally located hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. Trondheim is a city where the old meets the new. The city was founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997 BC, and occupies a special place in Norwegian culture and history. Trondheim was the nation’s first capital. Trondheim is a charming town with the river winding slowly around the city’s downtown district and the old wharves. A famous place is the majestic Nidaros cathedral. Today Trondheim is truly the nation’s technological capital. Overnight Hotel Comfort or similar.
Day 2 Trondheim-Bodo
After breakfast self transfer to the rail station where you board the Nordlands Railway to Bodo. Today`s railway journey takes you through the historic Trondelag and Steinkjer areas and further to Grong by the famous salmon river of Namsen. The tour goes further over Mo I Rana by the Ranafjod. After continue through the Dinderdalen Valley and over the Saltfjellet mountains to Fauske. From here it is not far to Bodo. Upon arrival self transfer to your hotel. Overnight Hotel Nordlys or similar.
Day 3 Bodo-Svolvaer
This morning is free to explore Bodo. We recommend a visit to Saltstraumen, the world’s strongest tidal current, which is located a few miles from Bodo or visit the Norwegian Aviation Museum. Around 3pm embark the Coastal Steamer and depart for a fantastic trip to Svolvaer, the “Capital” of Lofoten. Upon arrival self transfer to the Hotel Lofoten or similar.
Day 4 Svolvaer
Today is free to experience the island with all its beautiful attractions. We suggest visits to “Loftr.” the Viking Museum of Borg which offers a reconstruction of the only Viking chieftain’s homestead to be found in Norway. In Kabelvag you can visit the Lofoten Museum, the Espolin Gallery and the Aquarium. Henningsvaer, the “Venice of Lofoten,” is one of the most important fishing places on the island and offers a very special atmosphere. Overnight Hotel Lofoten or similar.
Day 5 Svolvaer-Harstad
Continue your journey by local bus. After a ferry crossing from Fiskebol to Melbu you will reach Vesteralen and Harstad. Sights of interest are the Trondenes Church, dating from about 1250, the Adolf Canon and Harstad Church, a magnificent modern construction boasting unique architecture, stained-glass windows and a beautiful alter piece. Hotel Harstad or similar.
Day 6 Harstad-Coastal Steamer
Today sail out of Harstad, The impressive Trondenes Church dating back to Viking times is on your port side. Sail through the Toppsund sound before some precise maneuvering through the narrow and shallow Risoyrenna channel. If you look over the rail, you can see the sandy bottom through crystal clear emerald water! After a brief stop in Risoyhamn you are on the way south once again towards Sortland, where the fishing fleet and the processing industry have made their mark on the village. Have a short stop here before you sail through the Sortlandssund sound with the 1,262-meter high Moysalen mountain on the port side and the jagged peaks of Lofoten ahead. Your next port of call is Stokmarknes, a trading post since 1776 and the birthplace of the Norwegian Coastal Voyage. This is where Richard With founded the Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab AS operating company in 1881. The picturesque narrow Raftsund sound awaits you and perhaps the ship will make a quick detour to the famous Trollfjorden if time and weather permit. Then it’s on to Svolvaer, the undisputed capital of the Lofoten islands, easily identified by the towering Svolvaergeita mountain. Your last stop for the day is Stamsund, a fishing station built into the rock, almost in defiance of nature. It is now one of the largest fishing stations in Lofoten. Dinner and overnight on ship.
Day 7 Cruise
Arrive in Ornes at breakfast. Look forward to a whole day exploring the scenic coast of Helgeland. Cross the Arctic Circle, see the Hestemannen mountain on the island of Hestmanna and catch sight of the unique archipelago of Traena out to sea. People first settled out here 5,000 years ago! Protected by the large island of Tomma is Nesna, an idyllic, peaceful old trading post. Head into the archipelago to the larger island of Donna and the town of Sandnessjoen. You couldn’t wish for a better location. To the west the Donnamannen mountain which rises 858 meters above sea level, to the east the elegant Helgelandsbrua bridge with a main span of almost 400 meters. ‘Park” right in the center, why not take a wander around the streets on a short shopping trip? The picturesque skerries continue. Numerous legends and stories are associated with these islands and the mainland. One such story is about the Seven Sisters and Torghatten mountain and how they came to be such unusual shapes. A myth about the beautiful sisters tells of how they ran away from their father, Suliskongen, and danced naked in the waters of the fjord. Vagakallen, who lived in Lofoten and was in search of womenfolk, rode through the night to reach the seven girls. Unfortunately, the sisters forgot that when the sun rose they would all be turned into stone. But what stones! Now they stand there, all in a row, as captivating and lovely as never before. After a brief stop at Bronnoysund’s narrow harbor, head south again toward the 500 million year old red mountains of the large island of Leka. In 1932, a three-year-old girl was taken by an eagle up to its eyrie in the mountains, but was fortunately rescued. After a day enjoying the sights, arrive in Rorvik in the evening where you also meet the northbound Hurtigrute. Dinner and overnight on ship.
Day 8 Cruise-Trondheim
Morning arrival in Trondheim. After disembarking the tour ends. You can add hotel nights in Trondheim or continue to Oslo, Bergen and/or the fjords.
Additional nights in Trondheim available