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NCH001 - Norwegian Coast & Helgeland

Our new range, Norwegian Coast, comes from the heart. With pride, we offer independent itineraries exploring secret coastal gems. On this tour, you will encounter some of the best fjord landscapes in Norway, stay at classic wooden hotels where hosting traditions have been kept alive for centuries. This self-guided itinerary has you travel by hire car, Hurtigruten coastal ferry and transfers, making your way around the coast and across fjords.

Highlights along the route include: famous landmarks, such as Torghatten, De Syv Søstre (The Seven Sisters mountain range), Svartisen glacier and Saltstraumen (world’s strongest whirlpools). Easy journey with emphasis on Norwegian coastal exploration and fabulous fjord scenery. Norway is breathtakingly beautiful and this is the perfect trip to enjoy it.

Inclusions

All internal ground transport
  • All hotel accommodation in shared double/twin room with private facilities, single supplement available
  • Daily breakfast
  • Car hire, 8 days - Category C including one way fee.
  • Geirangerfjord with Trollstigen excursion (June to August only)
  • 2 nights twin outside cabin with private facilities aboard Hurtigruten ship
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
Tour Provider 50 Degrees North
Number of Days
13
Price From
AUD $4,612
Start Location
Bergen, Norway
End Location
Bergen, Norway
Age Range
Avg. 55+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
01 May 201931 May 2019On requestAUD $4,612
01 Jun 201931 Aug 2019On requestAUD $5,075
01 Sep 201930 Sep 2019On requestAUD $4,612
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - Arrive Bergen

Arrive and transfer to your hotel.

Bergen offers many attractions and sights - many within walking distance. Recommended sights of interests are the Hanseatic harbour Bryggen, Fløibanen Funicular, Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum).

Day 2 - A free morning in Bergen and then board your Hurtigruten ship

A free morning in Bergen and then board your Hurtigruten ship.

Representative Service in Norway
Hurtigruten's representative service in Norway in based in Bergen and may be contacted on +47 9094 6905
24-Hour Emergency number +61 280 695 866

Getting to your ship:
Your Hurtigruten ship will sail from the Hurtigruten Terminalen, located at Nostegarten 30, 5010 Bergen. Telephone +47 5554 3631. Please ask us about the Hurtigruten transfer shuttle.

Embarkation:
The terminal is staffed from 13:00 (1pm) and is open from 15:00 (3pm) for baggage check-in. Embarkation takes place from 16:00 (4pm) and your cabin will be available from approximately 18:00 (6pm). Dinner (buffet style) will be available from 18:00 (6pm). There are no restaurant facilities in the terminal, and should you arrive early to the terminal, you are free to explore Bergen independently until embarkation time. Leftluggage lockers are available in the terminal, however, you will need local currency (Norwegian Kroner) to access them. Please note you carry your own luggage onboard from the pier to your cabin.

Your ship departs at 20:00 (8pm).

An information meeting is usually held on the evening of departure from Bergen and includes details of safety onboard. There is an information folder in each cabin and safety procedures are illustrated on the back of your cabin door and in public areas. The Tour Leader on board will assist with general information and the shore excursion programme.

Day 3 - Ålesund and Geirangerfjord

Ports visited today: Florø, Måløy, Torvik, Ålesund, Molde.

Your ship navigates the skerries and islands further north before reaching Ålesund. Marvel at the inspiring architecture in the Apotekergate and Kongensgate pedestrian precinct, perfect examples of the Art Nouveau style. Don’t miss out on the view from Mount Aksla but beware, there are 418 steps to the top! In the summer months, the next destination will be the spectacular UNE SCO-listed Geirangerfjord. En route to the end of this beautiful fjord you pass sheer, 800m cliffs and impressive waterfalls.

In Autumn, you will explore the Hjørundfjord, amidst the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. Its seclusion and unspoiled natural landscape are what give this fjord its special character.

Included is the Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass (June - August).

Day 4 - Arrive in Trondheim

Arrive into Trondheim after breakfast and transfer to your hotel. Discover the sights of this medieval city, including Norway's only catherdral Nidarosdomen and Bakklandet, an idyllic neighbourhood full of charm, history and culture.

Your hotel, the Grand Olav is centrally located in the city centre of Trondheim, walking distance from OlavsHallen concert hall and a ten minute walk from the Hurtigruten terminal.

Day 5 - Pick up your car and start your Norwegian Coastal exploration in detail

Pick up your hire car and get familiar with the Norwegian roads. Your drive this morning includes optional local ferries, a great way to experience the real Norway (total drive approximately 5 hours depending on the travel).

Your destination tonight is Leka and a waterfront pier hotel. You will be driving through very diverse landscape, from the wonderful fishing villages to the windswept islets and reefs in Hortavær and Sklinna and the most incredible rock formations, forests and mountains.

People have lived here for more than 10,000 years and Sagaøya can offer, among other things, cave paintings in Solsemhula, Norway’s second largest ship burial mound from the Viking era Herlaugshaugen, and Skeisnesset cultural heritage trail.

Optional activities can be arranged:

  • Sea fishing at Leka is marvellous, with many different species and opportunities for big fish. You can rent out modern and stable boats for sea fishing.
  • If you would like to see Leka from the seaward side, you can arrange for sea kayak guided tours with an instructor. This must be booked and agreed upon in advance.
  • A Sea Eagle guided tour - experience the majestic Eagle snapping up fish just a few metres from the boat.
Days 6 - 7 - Vega - World Heritage Island

After breakfast, drive along the coast to Vega (approx. 4 hours), the World Heritage listed island. In 2004, the archipelago's cultural landscape was inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Natural and Cultural Heritage as representative of "the way generations of fishermen/farmers have, over the past 1,500 years, maintained a sustainable living in an inhospitable seascape near the Arctic Circle, based on the now unique practice of eider down harvesting."

Consider a climb up the Torghatten Mountain, which you get to by driving to Brønnøysund and across the Brønnøysund Bridge and over to the island. The walk up to the famous hole takes about 30 minutes each way along a nice path.

Settle into your small family run hotel located on the north-west coast of Vega, at Viksaas between forests, mountains and seas. Dinner is a highlight tonight - consider local produce such as World Heritage lambs for lamb ribs, cured meat, lambroles and fillets comes from Solveig and John Kåre Aasved at Nes. Wildmeat such as deer, elk, goose and duck from local hunters who supply the restaurant.

Day 8 - Visit Lovund - one of the most spectacular Helgeland islands

Explore Lovund, one of the most spectacular islands of the Helgeland coast. The island is located west of the Solvær islands and southeast of Træna. Lovund is notable for the large puffin breeding colony located on the rocky north slope of the island.

Kayaking, fishing, bird tours or just sitting on the balcony eating prawns are options this afternoon.

Day 9 - Tonnes - Hire fishing boats and outdoor saunas along the coast

This morning, follow the coast to Tonnes (approx. 4 hours).

If you enjoy boat trips and fishing, we suggest hiring a boat for the day on arrival at Tonnes(NOK 950 per day). You can also enjoy a sauna available for rent near the shoreline, by the cabins. The sauna is in a separate cabin, with shower and wardrobe. The sauna costs 300 NOK to rent.

Settle into your traditional fisherman's cabin over the water and either dine in or visit the restaurant offering coastal food and other delicacies.

Days 10 - 11 - Be charmed by the Norwegian Coastal outpost, Støtt - a step back into the past

Move today further north to be beautiful coastal village of Støtt (approx. 4 hours). The tiny island community of Støtt, with 35 inhabitants, offers gourmet food in historic surroundings, and accommodation in old beds under down duvets. Støtt has always been a port of refuge for fishermen, but now the old trading post has become a refuge for stressed city folk searching for peace and quiet (perfect for your last night).

If you can pull yourself away from the balcony restaurant, a walk around the island is a must. During the Second World War, little Støtt was overrun by 200 German soldiers and Russian prisoners of war who built gun emplacements facing out to sea from the ridges. From here, the guns controlled the shipping lanes north towards Narvik. Most were dismantled after the war, as the people of Støtt preferred not to be reminded of that terrible time, but you can still see some walls and crumbling concrete. The most fantastic thing out here is the view – straight out to sea are the contours of Værøy, Røst and Lofotodden. To the south are Helgeland's fairytale mountains of Rødøyløva, Hestmona and Træna, and to the north are the peaks of Fugløya in Salten.

Settle into your accommodation this evening and enjoy the evening!

Day 12 - Head to Bodø

A short drive today gets you to Bodø, the traditional gateway to the Lofoten Islands. Bodø, the northernmost point of the staggeringly beautiful Kystriksveien Coastal Route is the gateway to Norway's true north.

Along the way, you can stop to see the Saltstraumen Maelstrom. Saltstraumen is one of the strongest tidal currents in the world and it is possible to walk close to the whirlpools as the strait is very narrow in this section. It is a ten minute drive to your finishing hotel in Bodø.

Day 13 - Departure day

After breakfast, transfer to the airport or continue on further north.