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Lofoten Islands

The Great Norwegian Coastal Tour

18-day tailor-made journey from £2,540 pp incl. flights


Short description

An epic 18-day tailor-made tour and cruise through Norway’s fjords to the Lofoten Islands, Tromso and Kirkenes in the Arctic Circle

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Bergen
  • 1 Night Hurtigruten
  • 1 Night Alesund
  • 2 Nights Trondheim
  • 3 Nights Lofoten Islands
  • 4 Nights Tromsø
  • 4 Nights Kirkenes


Recommended for:
Activity adventure | Exploration cruise | History & culture | Natural world | Northern Lights | Winter

As its name suggests, this 18-day tailor-made tour takes in all the major sights of the Norwegian coast, including the beautiful western fjords, the Lofoten Islands, Tromso and the frontier town of Kirkenes. Accommodation throughout the tour is divided between Hurtigruten cruise ships and Thon Hotels.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Bergen in south-west Norway and check in for two nights at Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, at the heart of this historic port city. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing or exploring Bergen at your own pace.

Stay: Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz

Day 2
Norway in a Nutshell

This full-day tour takes you through some of Norway's most beautiful fjord scenery. Highlights include trips on both northern Europe's highest stretch of railway, the Bergen Railway, and the Flåm Railway, one of the steepest in the world. Also of note are the picturesque fjords, Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord, and Stalheimskleiva, an incredible road of hairpin bends running up a ridge between two cascading waterfalls.

Stay: Thon Hotel Bristol

Meals: B

Day 3
Bergen & Hurtigruten

Today is left free for you to explore Bergen and the surrounding area. For the best views, we recommend taking the funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen. Tonight board a Hurtigruten ship for a two-night cruise to Trondheim.

Stay: Hurtigruten Cruise

Meals: B D

Day 4

Navigate through the skerries and islands north of Bergen, stopping at the art nouveau town of Ålesund. Of the excursions available, we always enjoy the trip to the viewpoint at Mount Aksla from where you'll get an incredible panoramic view of the surrounding winter landscapes and town below.

Stay: Hurtigruten Cruise

Meals: B D

Days 5-6

Arrive in Trondheim at 06:00 and check in for two nights at Thon Hotel Gildevangen. The following day you'll get to explore the city, which is home to the world's northernmost medieval cathedral.

Stay: Thon Hotel Gildevangen

Meals: B

Day 7
Lofoten Islands

Continue north by Hurtigruten ship to Svolvær in the Lofoten Islands, crossing the Arctic Circle as you go. One of the options this afternoon is to attend a feast at the Lofotr Viking Museum.

Stay: Hurtigruten Cruise

Meals: B D

Days 8-9
Lofoten Islands

Arrive in Svolvaer and check in for two nights at Thon Hotel Lofoten overlooking the harbour. The next few days are left free for you to fill as you please. Optional activities include sea eagle safaris by boat, snowshoeing and excursions in search of the Northern Lights.

Stay: Thon Hotel Lofoten

Meals: B

Day 10
Lofoten Islands to Tromso

Enjoy a further day at leisure on the Lofoten Islands, re-joining the Hurtigruten ship this evening to begin your overnight journey to Tromsø.

Stay: Hurtigruten Cruise

Meals: B D

Days 11-13

Sail north to the Arctic capital Tromso and check in for three nights at Thon Hotel Tromsø. Optional activities include dogsledding, snowmobiling and whale-watching.

Stay: Thon Hotel Tromsø

Meals: B

Days 14-15
Tromso to Kirkenes

Your ship will depart Tromsø at 18:30 on day 14. A great excursion the next day is to the cliffs of the North Cape, the northernmost point of mainland Europe located just 2,000 kilometres from the geographic North Pole. Enjoy a presentation on the history of local Sámi culture, told through pictures, words and music. Later on you'll have the option to join a snowmobile tour to Mehamn, where on a clear day you might just catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Stay: Hurtigruten Cruise

Meals: B D

Days 16-17

Two nights at Thon Hotel Kirkenes, just 10km from the Russian border, will give you time to perhaps visit the Snowhotel for activities such as snowmobiling, dogsledding and King Crab fishing before retiring at your own accommodations.

Stay: Hotel Thon Kirkenes

Stay: Thon Hotel Kirkenes (Standard)

Meals: B

Day 18

Your Norwegian coastal adventure comes to an end today. Self transfer to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.


Accommodation rating: Superior

18-day tailor-made journey from £2,540 incl. flights

Guide price from: £2,165 to £2,805 per person

Valid for travel: Year round: please note excursions vary depending on time of year.

Package includes: Economy flights, accommodation, meals and touring as per itinerary, Hurtigruten Cruise in an inside cabin and use of an airport lounge in the UK (subject to departure airport and terminal)

Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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