Norway : The Great Nordic Odyssey

Departures: January to April Duration: 12 nights Price: from £2,235

An epic journey through the heart of Sweden and Norway travelling by plane, scenic train and the famous Hurtigruten coastal steamer. With an abundance of stunning sea and landscapes to soak up, historic towns and cities to explore and the ICEHOTEL to marvel at, this is a very special trip indeed. And the northern lights could be a bonus!

 

Introduction

Who for? Those with a spirit for adventure!

Highlights

  • 2 nights at the ICEHOTEL
  • 3 nights onboard a Hurtigruten coastal voyage
  • train journey through Lapland
  • train ride 'over the roof' of Norway
  • 2 Scandinavian capitals
  • spectacular Norwegian fjords

On this truly amazing holiday you'll appreciate the travelling and modes of transport as much as the places visited. Stylish Stockholm, a selection of Norwegian cities, stunningly beautiful scenery, the breathtaking ICEHOTEL, time aboard a Hurtigruten coastal voyager and a scenic mountain railway make this a holiday to be remembered - sightings of the northern lights are simply the icing on the cake!

Swedish Delights
Two nights in Stockholm give you a taste of this cosmopolitan city - charming, stylish and full of places to eat, drink, visit and shop. Then fly 200km above the Arctic Circle and spend two nights at the astonishing ICEHOTEL. After a night in a Snow Room and a night in warm accommodation, and perhaps a husky sledge or snowmobile trip, it's time to board a train and head off across mile upon mile of Lapland wilderness. Enjoy the scenery as you cross the border and head into Norway.

Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage
Stay overnight in Narvik before travelling to the port of Harstad by bus. Norway's fjords and coastline are impressive at any time of year but especially so in winter, when the rugged mountain peaks are dusted with snow and literally sparkle in the winter sun. Join a Hurtigruten ship (the name given to the route rather than an individual ship) and sail past Lofoten and Vesteralen and through the narrow straits that divide the many idyllic islands. You'll enjoy three nights on board, sampling delicious food in a very relaxed and informal atmosphere, pulling into port here and there - including time ashore to explore the historic city of Bergen, where the voyage ends but the holiday certainly doesn't! If the nights are clear, there is a good chance of enjoying displays of the northern lights during the voyage.

On to Oslo
And just in case you haven't had enough incredible scenery, the final leg of the trip is on one of the world's most scenic railways - 'over the roof of Norway' to Oslo. Climb up and over impossibly high mountains, cross over a snow-blanketed plateau, then descend through forest and farmland before spending your final night in Norway's capital before you head home.


Please note
outward travel is via Stockholm, the return via Oslo. If you wish to extend your stay in these capital cities or at the ICEHOTEL contact us for further details.

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