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Fly into: Oslo Fly out of: Oslo
Total Duration: 12 days

This itinerary goes up Norway's famed west coast, all the way to the Europe's northernmost point. Fjords, bears, sea eagles, arctic cathedrals, and shipbuilding—you'll find it all on this wild voyage.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • Architecture
  • History
Days 1-2
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1 Bergen

Norway's Charming Second City

  • Walk along the 14th-century wharf
  • Visit St. Mary's Church, one of Norway's Romanesque delights
  • See the little garden hut that was home to Edvard Grieg, Norway's most famous composer
  • Museums
  • History
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Day 3
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2 Ålesund

Bird Rocks and Beautiful Buildings

  • The Åleunds Museum highlights the city's past, from handicrafts to its efforts for the resistance during World War II
  • Take the catamaran to Runde, Norway's southernmost bird rock, 31 mi/50 km outside the city
  • Amble the winding streets and see the colorful Art Nouveau houses
  • History
  • Museums
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Days 4-5
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3 Trondheim

Harbors, Forts, and Universities

  • Built in 1778, the Siftsgarden is Scandinavia's largest wooden palace
  • The Kristiansten Festning, or fort, saved the city from the Swedes in 1718
  • Monk's Island is a popular swimming and recreation area
  • History
  • Architecture
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Days 6-7
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4 Bodo

Flying Airplanes, Flying Birds

  • Bodo's oldest building, the Salten Museum, covers regional history and the Sami culture
  • The Norwegian Aviation Museum has flight simulators, a U-2 spy plane, and more
  • See the sea eagles on a trek by Landego Lighhouse
  • Natural Beauty
  • Museums
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Days 8-9
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5 Tromso

Home of the Arctic Cathedral

  • Check out the iconic Arctic Cathedral
  • The Tromso Museum is dedicated to the nature and culture of the region
  • Go hiking or kayaking at the Tromso Villmarkssenter
  • Natural Beauty
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Days 10-11
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6 Honningsvag

Europe's Northernmost Point

  • Hike to Europe's northernmost point, the Knivskejelodden
  • The North Cape Museum documents this region's history of fishing
  • Explore the tundra in the nearby North Cape
  • Natural Beauty
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Day 12
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7 Kirkenes

Capital of Finnmark

  • See the Savio Museum, dedicated to the Sami artist
  • Look for bears in the Pasvikdalen, wedged between Norway and Russia
  • Visit Norway's only Russian Orthodox church
  • Natural Beauty
  • History
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