The journey

On this fully escorted small group tour from Norway’s capital Oslo, ride the world’s most famous train, the Flåm Railway, before joining The Coastal Express northbound voyage.

Visit charming hamlets, sail through picturesque fjords and hopefully see the magnificent Northern Lights on this journey up into Arctic Norway.

From Kirkenes in Norway’s far north, you’ll then head south into Finnish Lapland and enjoy gazing up at the night sky inside your glass igloo.

Then discover Rovaniemi, the official home town of Santa Claus and experience a day trip to medieval Tallinn in Estonia.

Travel expert & host, Matt travels with the group, taking care of all the details, providing security and peace-of-mind, maintaining positive group morale, assisting with travel disruptions or alterations, reconfirming touring and transfers, all to maximise your holiday experience.

First stop: Norway’s thriving capital.


The city has a sheltered position deep inside Oslofjord and is surrounded by glistening lakes. Along the waterfront, there’s Aker Brygge, a popular area to eat out at, the imposing Akershus Fortress, and the gleaming new buildings around Bjørvika waterfront.

Norway In a Nutshell.


We take the train from Bergen to Myrdal station over 850 metres high in the mountains. The scenic journey takes about an hour and includes a brief stop at Kjosfossen Waterfall for you to take photos. The small power station on the waterfall is actually what powers the Flåm Mountain Railway.

Trainride to Bergen


Following breakfast and checking out of your hotel, it’s time to enjoy a two-hour boat cruise of Aurlandsfjord and narrow UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord, ending at Gudvangen. A short bus ride through Nærøydalen valley, usually fringed by waterfalls, leads us to the village of Voss where you will catch the train to Bergen, a beautiful city on the west coast of Norway.

Iconic Architecture.


Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. Enjoy wandering around pastel-coloured buildings, picking up details such as semi-circular windows and charming rounded fairy-tale-like towers.

City of Kings and Palaces


Founded by Viking king Olav Tryggvason in 997, Trondheim today is Norway’s third largest city and a mix of historic buildings and a buzzing student population.

A must-see site of the city is Nidaros Cathedral, nicknamed “Norway’s Notre Dame” for its Gothic style and considered the most sacred building in all of Norway.

Into the Arctic


Stamsund is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the islands, busy catching Arctic cod called skrei which swim from the Barents Sea in the north down to nearby Vestfjord to spawn.

Come evening, when you see rows of traditional fisherman’s huts on stilts, known as rorbuer, you’ve arrived in the pretty harbour of Svolvær, the main town of the Lofoten Islands.

Capital of the Arctic


You’ll find Polaria, the world’s northernmost aquarium, on the waterfront. Take your pick from the many shops and restaurants in the city centre. Across the fjord from where the ship docks, you should be able to see the iconic Arctic Cathedral with its beautiful stained-glass mosaic.

Norway’s Northern Frontier


This is the portal to the North Cape where a globe monument marks the top of continental Europe. The optional excursion up to the dramatic promontory is very popular, so you’ll want to make sure you pre-book early.

The Sámi Capital


The area is famous for its large Sámi population and is seen as the centre of Finnish Sámi culture. At the newly renovated Siida Sámi museum, you can see exhibits and artefacts that document the rich culture of the Finnish Sámi.

Canine Companions


This Arctic city has an intriguing history, having grown to prominence in the 19th century due to the Lapland gold rush. After extensive destruction during World War II, the city had to be rebuilt, and its footprint was redesigned in the shape of a reindeer’s head.

Finland’s Capital


Widely regarded as one of the world’s best cities to live in, Helsinki is vibrant and colourful, and offers a delicate balance of historic architecture and contemporary living. The city is also known for its incredible natural scenery, with countless nature trails nearby.


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