Pristine nature of the north (15 Days)

Norway & Iceland

2019/02/06
  • Price: $6,411
  • AGE RANGE: 8 to 80 year olds
  • ACCOMMODATION: Hotel
  • MAX GROUP SIZE: 36
  • TRANSPORTATION: Coach / Bus, Ship, Boat, Plane, Ferry
  • TRAVEL STYLE: Discovery, Adventure

 

Highlights

 
Start in Oslo and end in Reykjavik! With the discovery tour Scenic Norway with Iceland, you have a 15 day tour package taking you from Oslo to Reykjavik and through Oslo, Norway and 24 other destinations in Europe. Scenic Norway with Iceland includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

 

 

Tour Itinerary

 
Gorgeous fjords, breathtaking mountains, serene lakes, gleaming glaciers, and thundering waterfalls... this is Norway, and on this Scenic Norway & Iceland tour, you’ll experience Norway's exciting cities and spectacular scenery, as well as the stunning beauty of Iceland.

In Oslo, guided sightseeing includes the famous Frogner Park with over 200 extraordinary bronze and granite sculptures. In the Telemark region, visit the Heddal stave church, the largest of Norway's remaining medieval wooden churches. In Bergen, you'll hear about the city's 11th-century origins on your orientation tour. And in Loen, we have arranged a very special experience for you: Norway’s latest spectacular tourism project, the Loen Skylift.

You'll also spend time in the Hardangerfjord region, where you'll stop at thundering Låtefoss twin-waterfall, one of Norway's best known waterfalls; take a ferry; and see Hardangervidda mountain plateau, one of Europe's largest and home to Northern Europe's largest stock of reindeer. In this area, you’ll also taste apple cider from a family-owned farm, where you’ll meet the family and hear about their history and how cider is made—a special experience.

But that's not all… you'll also enjoy a cruise on the Sognefjord, Norway's longest fjord, with its Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a stop to see one of the mighty branches that radiate from Jostedal Glacier, Europe's largest glacier. Another tour highlight is a cruise past the famous "Seven Sisters," the most photographed waterfalls in Geirangerfjord, then, travel above the tree line to 5,000 feet for breathtaking panoramic views of the fjord and the surrounding peaks from the mountaintop lookout at Dalsnibba.

Then, fly to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, for a six-day Iceland tour to experience Iceland’s gems: watch whales in their natural habitat, see the area where the most spectacular scenes of the James Bond movie Die Another Day were filmed, and much more! These are just some of the many highlights on this Norway & Iceland tour. It’s an amazing vacation!

 

Day 1: ARRIVE IN OSLO, NORWAY
Welcome to Oslo! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2: OSLO
Today gives you a proper introduction to Oslo, the country’s hub of trade and industry. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, considered the home for Ibsen’s plays; the unique Storting building, seat of Parliament; and the Royal Palace, residence of Norwegian monarchs since 1849. Stroll through magnificent FROGNER PARK with Gustav Vigeland’s extraordinary sculptures; and visit the CITY HALL, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held each year. Afterwards, an optional excursion is available to see relics of Norway’s glorious seafaring past—including 1,000-year-old Viking ships!

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Day 3: OSLO–HEDDAL–VEMORK–TELEMARK
In and around Vemork, Heddal

Start your tour of the land of fjords, lakes, mountains, thundering waterfalls, and gleaming glaciers with a visit of HEDDAL STAVE CHURCH, the largest of the country’s remaining medieval wooden churches. Follow the narrow Rjukan Valley via Lake Tinnsjø, where saboteurs sank a ferry loaded with heavy water, dashing Nazi hopes of winning the race for the atomic bomb. Next is VEMORK, scene of the daring sabotage action celebrated in The Heroes of Telemark and recently registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn all about the dramatic events of 1943 from your Local Guide, and gain an insight into the technology of hydroelectric power generation, one of the pillars of Norway’s economy. Arrive in rustic, unspoiled Telemark.

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Day 4: TELEMARK–LÅTEFOSS–BERGEN
A day of scenic delights: the wild Hardangervidda mountain plateau, where Fridtjof Nansen prepared for his polar expeditions, and the thundering Låtefoss twin-waterfall. Drive through the orchards along Sørfjord, whose tranquil splendor inspired composer Edvard Grieg’s Morning Mood, and cross Hardangerfjord by FERRY. Meet the family that has owned the STEINSTØ FRUIT FARM for eight generations and hear all about their history. Taste home-made apple juice and cider, and enjoy lunch. Continue to Bergen, known for its associations with the Hanseatic League.

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Day 5: BERGEN–VOSS–STALHEIM
In and around Voss, Stalheim

Time this morning to explore the narrow lanes of ancient Bryggen on your own and discover the colorful Bergen fish market. Later, travel toward the popular lakeside resort of Voss, where you can join an exciting optional Flåm train ride. Arrive in Stalheim, overlooking the beautiful Nærøydalen Valley.

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Day 6: STALHEIM–SOGNEFJORD–FJAERLAND–LOEN
In and around Fjaerland

Start today with a relaxing CRUISE on spectacular Sognefjord and Nærøyfjord. Next, visit Fjaerland’s excellent NORWEGIAN GLACIER MUSEUM and watch a thrilling 5-screen film. Then marvel at Bøyabreen, one of the branches that radiate from Jostedal Glacier into the surrounding valleys, and enjoy the rugged mountain scenery as you approach the tunnel underneath mainland Europe’s largest glacier. After pristine Lake Jølster and the Våtedalen Valley, follow the shoreline of the innermost branch of Nordfjord and arrive in peaceful Loen.

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Day 7: LOEN
Prepare for Norway’s latest spectacular tourism project: the LOEN SKYLIFT, a cable car that brings you from the fjord to the top of Mount Hoven (over 3,300 feet high) in just minutes. Time to enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Lovatnet, Mount Skåla, Jostedal Glacier, and the Nordfjord. Discover one of the hiking trails at your own pace.

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Day 8: LOEN–GEIRANGERFJORD–DALSNIBBA–LOM–LILLEHAMMER
In and around Lom, Dalsnibba

Head north via Lake Hornindal to Hellesylt to embark for a leisurely CRUISE on Geirangerfjord past the famous Seven Sisters cascade. Then, climb above the tree line to 5,000 feet for panoramic views from the GEIRANGER SKYWALK, Mount Dalsnibba’s new platform above the fjord. Continue to Lom and take pictures of its lonely stave church. Drive through the wide Gudbrandsdal Valley, the lush dairy and timber land of Ibsen’s drama, Peer Gynt and arrive in Lillehammer, proud host of the 1994 Winter Olympics.

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Day 9: LILLEHAMMER–EIDSVOLL–OSLO
Start your day with a picture stop at the Olympic ski jump, followed by a guided walking tour of the unique MAIHAUGEN OPEN-AIR MUSEUM, an encounter with Norway’s culture and history and a fascinating collection of houses and farmyards. Enjoy a comfortable drive along lovely Lake Mjøsa to Eidsvoll, where the country’s democratic constitution was signed in 1814, before returning to Oslo. Tonight, celebrate the success of your journey with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 10: OSLO–REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
In and around Reykjavik

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Reykjavik, Iceland.

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Day 11: REYKJAVIK
This morning’s optional excursion to the Blue Lagoon needs to be pre-purchased via our website and is not available locally.

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Day 12: REYKJAVIK–THINGVELLIR–GEYSIR–GULLFOSS–KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR
In and around Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir

After a drive through cosmopolitan Reykjavik, continue to Thingvellir, a geological paradise. Here, walk through the rift valley that marks the separation between the North American and European tectonic plates. Next, stop at the hot springs at Geysir for a real treat: meet the chef of the Geysir restaurant in the geothermal areas. Taste freshly baked bread, which is cooked using the heat from the hot springs, with Icelandic butter, boiled eggs and herring, and a glass of geysir schnapps, served at freezing point. Marvel at the mighty Gullfoss waterfall.

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Day 13: Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Excursion to SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK & LAKE JÖKULSÁRLÓN
In and around Skaftafell

Drive through the national park at Skaftafell and stop at Lake Jökulsárlón, where some of the most spectacular scenes of the James Bond movie Die Another Day were filmed. Watch how the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull, flows into the lake, forming icebergs. An exciting optional boat trip through the icebergs is available, weather permitting, before returning to your hotel.

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Day 14:  KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR, SKOGAFOSS, SELJALANDSFOSS, HELLISHEIÐARVIRKJUN, REYKJAVIK
In and around Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss

Enjoy a spectacular drive along Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls and see the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, well known for the eruption that generated the massive ash cloud in 2010. Arrive in Hellisheiðarvirkjun, where you will visit the geothermal heat and electric POWER STATION. Return to Reykjavik and tonight, a farewell dinner has been prepared at one of the city’s fine restaurants to celebrate the success of your Icelandic journey.

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Day 15: REYKJAVIK
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Tour Services

 

Included

  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Meals

 

Full Scandinavian breakfast daily; 1 lunch at a local farm; 12 three-course dinners, including a dinner at local restaurants in Oslo and Reykjavik

  • Transport

Motorcoach; ferry crossing; boat cruises; flight Oslo-Reykjavik.

  • Additional Services

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies

Headsets throughout the tour except Iceland.

 
Not Included

  • Flights

International flights are not included

  • Insurance

Insurance is not included

  • Optional

Other activities and services not included 

  • Additional Services

Other activities and services not included 

 

Cancellation Policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 50 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $6411 for Norway with Iceland tour.

 

Vaccinations

These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.

  • TICK-BORNE ENCEPHALITIS

Recommended for Norway. Ideally 6 months before travel.

 

Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 3,295 km.

  • Oslo (Norway): 96 km
  • Heddal (Norway): 50 km
  • Vemork (Norway): 106 km
  • Latefoss (Norway): 85 km
  • Bergen (Norway): 66 km
  • Voss (Norway): 29 km
  • Stalheim (Norway): 37 km
  • Sognefjorden (Norway): 30 km
  • Fjaerland (Norway): 52 km
  • Loen (Norway): 32 km
  • Geiranger (Norway): 6 km
  • Dalsnibba (Norway): 72 km
  • Lom (Norway): 129 km
  • illehammer (Norway): 98 km
  • Eidsvoll Verk (Norway): 49 km
  • Oslo (Norway): 1,745 km
  • Reykjavik (Iceland): 40 km
  • Thingvellir (Iceland): 37 km
  • Geysir (Iceland): 13 km
  • Gullfoss Waterfall (Iceland): 118 km
  • Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Iceland): 61 km
  • Skaftafell (Iceland): 37 km
  • Jokulsarlon (Iceland): 95 km
  • Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Iceland): 78 km
  • Skogafoss (Iceland): 6 km
  • Seljalandsfoss (Iceland): 83 km
  • Hellisheidarvirkjun (Iceland): 27 km
  • Reykjavik (Iceland)
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