- Check out Oslo's up-and-coming neighborhoods and restaurant scene
- Ride on the Flåm Railway—one of the steepest train rides in the world
- Explore the hilly, cobblestoned streets of Bergen, loaded with cozy cafés
- Let a private guide teach you the ropes (literally) of dogsledding
- Ride Tromsø's cable car to get the best view of this modern little city
|Day 1||Arrive in Oslo||Oslo|
|Day 2||Oslo - Train to Flåm||Flåm|
|Day 3||Fjordcruise on Nærøyfjord -> Voss -> Bergen||Bergen|
|Day 4||Explore Bergen with a Local||Bergen|
|Day 5||Bergen - Flight to Tromsø||Tromsø|
|Day 6||Dogsledding in Tromsø||Tromsø|
|Day 7||Depart Norway|
Day 1: Arrive in Oslo
Welcome to Oslo! Norway's rapidly growing capital is still considered a small city, helped by the fact that it's surrounded by mountains and sea. Not only is the city center made for walking, but outlying neighborhoods—filled with charm and character—are easily accessible by public transportation, so jump on a tram, train, or bus and explore all of what Oslo has to offer.
Suggested activities include:
- Take a half-day and wander around Aker Brygge, an area on the Oslofjord made up of beautiful, modern buildings where you can find bars and abundant nightlife. It acts as a sort of courtyard for the city of Oslo and brings together both tourists and locals alike to enjoy the great food, atmosphere, and entertainment.
- Spend the afternoon visiting the Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Open-Air Folk Museum by way of public transportation. Both museums are in the same area, so they pair well together!
- Walk along the Havnepromenaden (harbor promenade)—a new five-and-a-half-mile waterfront park, which combines sightseeing, history, art, architecture, and a little bit of adventure.
- Visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park, where 200 larger than life sculptures are placed throughout this green lung in the middle of the city.
For dinner, explore the city's historic core buzzing with restaurants and cafés that stay cozy in cold weather, with several options that offer outdoor seating during summer months.
Day 2: Oslo - Train to Flåm
This morning, you'll have breakfast in Oslo and catch your train west to Flåm.
When you arrive in Myrdal, you will change trains and jump on the Flåm Railway. This is known as one of the steepest railways in the world, with spectacular views of mountainous peaks and fjords. Be sure to watch for the Kjosfossen waterfall (the train will stop here for photographs before departing again for Flåm.)
Once you arrive, you'll have the rest of the afternoon to explore this small village along the Sognefjord. You may want to set out on a nearby hiking trail, visit the Flam Railway Museum, or tour the Flåm church — constructed from wood in 1667.
Be sure to sample traditional Norwegian cuisine at one of the many cafes, pubs or restaurants in town.
Day 3: Fjordcruise on Nærøyfjord -> Voss -> Bergen
After breakfast, get ready for a picturesque two-hour cruise on the fjord. This trip takes you into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nærøyfjord, where the passageways are so narrow, you can practically reach out and touch the mountainside.
After arriving in Gudvangen, continue your journey on land as you transfer to Voss -- a town known for its outdoor adventure activities and traditional culture. Stop by Smalahovetunet for lunch and experience traditional Norwegian fare in an ancient farmhouse, or check out one of the many winter festivals.
From Voss, take the train to Bergen and arrive in the afternoon with time to explore the city's restaurants and nightlife.
Day 4: Explore Bergen with a Local
After breakfast at your hotel, meet up with a local resident for a custom private tour of Bergen. Your guide, who was born and raised in Bergen, will find the right tour for you based on your interests. Here are a few walk or hike ideas that past travelers have enjoyed:
- Walk through History: This walk starts from the city center and travels through narrow streets up to the mountainside known as “Sandviksbatteriet” with spectacular views over the city. From here, the trail takes you to a small, hidden cabin rich in World War II history. During the walk, your local guide will offer local stories of Bergen's history and culture.
- Explore Bergen's Parks & Architecture: This easy walking tour visits notable exteriors and city parks starting with the largest church in Bergen: St. Johannes. From there, you will walk through the botanic garden and onwards to Bergen`s largest and most beautiful park: Nygårdsparken. You'll then walk through the city's narrow streets lined with traditional Bryggen houses and eventually visit Nordnes, another great park. Your guide will share stories of life in Bergen, as well as offer lesser-known activity and restaurant recommendations not frequented by tourists.
- Hike Mt. Sandviken: This hike heads to Mt. Sandviken, one of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen, including a visit to Stoltzekliven—a local favorite consisting of 900 steps built by sherpas from Nepal. This trail is home to the steepest race in the world and features spectacular views from the top!
The rest of the day is yours to continue exploring the city on your own. If you get a 24-Hour Bergen Card, that will allow you free bus travel and free admittance to most museums (as well as other attractions), so take advantage!
Day 5: Bergen - Flight to Tromsø
This morning, you'll take a flight to Tromsø, the largest city in Northern Norway!
When you arrive, get to know the "Gateway to the Arctic." Surrounded by snowcapped mountains, Tromsø is a lively place with 65,000 inhabitants. The city has a large student population and is famous for its robust music and film culture.
A good place to start is taking a ride on the cable car, which runs up to a mountain ledge in just four minutes. The two gondolas, known as Seal and Polar Bear, each have a capacity of 28 passengers. From the viewing platform at the upper station, you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Tromsø and the surrounding islands, mountains, and fjords.
Here are a few suggested tours and activities that can be arranged with local guides:
Walk Through History: Meet your local guide and set off on a three-hour walking tour of Tromsø. Visit the largest city in the north -- street by street -- and take in its rich culture and beautiful architecture, including historic wooden houses dating as far back as 1789. View relics and buildings dating back to medieval times, and learn about the city’s extensive fishing culture, which was established when trade in Norway was at its peak. You will also tour the stunning Arctic Cathedral.
Northern Lights Chase: In the evening, get ready to chase the Northern Lights*! Your guide will pick you up in Tromsø and take you on this fun after-dark excursion as they find the best locations away from the city lights for viewing and photographing this spectacular natural occurrence. Throughout the evening, your guide will offer interesting information about the Northern Lights, including why and how they occur, as well as legends and folklore of the indigenous Sami people. Your guide will even be able to assist you in adjusting your camera settings for the best photographs. If the weather allows, there will be a campfire with hot chocolate and marshmallows to end your night.
Day 6: Dogsledding in Tromsø
After breakfast, get ready for an active day of dogsledding in the Norwegian countryside. (This is a half-day trip, lasting about 4 hours)
There's no better way to see the Arctic terrain than by sled. Once you arrive at the dog sledding camp, you'll be briefed on the art of mushing with your partner. Together, you will share a sled and take turns driving and riding along the way. Professional guides will sled alongside you and offer any instruction you may need.
You'll sled along a 2.4 mile (4km) trail and have a meet-and-greet with 300+ huskies and their puppies. Stop for hot coffee, tea, and biscuits along the route and have time to hear more about the history of dog sledding from experienced guides.
At the end of your journey, you will sit around a campfire and have a traditional Norwegian meal of Bidos—a hearty stew made of reindeer meat with broth and veggies (vegetarian meals are available upon request.)
Day 7: Depart Norway
After breakfast, head to the airport and catch your departing flight. Although it's time to say goodbye to Norway, the memories from your trip will surely stay with you forever!