Joining the ship in Bergen, we embark on the classic journey that will take us from the lush green south to the wild and remote north, then back to Trondheim, allowing us to really experience this fascinating coast, and the rail journey onwards to Oslo is a fantastic way to see more of the mainland.
Our coastal voyage spends six nights travelling north and calls at a total of 34 ports from Bergen in the south to Kirkenes in the north, before returning south for a further five magical nights to reach Trondheim. This gives us plenty of time to sit back and absorb the stunning scenes that surround us, and join an outstanding range of excellent excursions along the way.
Every day offers a new highlight, and the first few days alone take us to the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund, medieval Trondheim with its Gothic Cathedral, final resting place of the founder of the city, St. Olav, and the visually awesome UNESCO World Heritage Site of Geirangerfjord (15 April – 14 September), where waterfalls cascade around us from way up high. As we travel further north we cross the Arctic Circle, visit Tromsø and have the opportunity to experience mainland Europe’s most northerly point – North Cape, before reaching Kirkenes, remote outpost of northern Europe and turning point of the voyage.
Turning south we are able to visit by day those ports that are visited during the night on the northbound voyage, and the benefits of this become clear as we take a daytime sailing through the magnificent Lofoten Islands – for many people the most strikingly beautiful part of the coastal voyage.
Arrive back in Trondhiem and disembark your ship. Spend one night in Trondheim before taking the morning train for Oslo. This is an unforgettable journey through truly stunning scenery – enjoy narrow valleys, the beautiful Dovrefjell mountain plateau, the Gudbrandsdalen valley and views along Norway’s longest lake, Lake Mjøsa. Reaching Oslo mid–afternoon and enjoy a two night stay, allowing ample time to explore this lively capital city.