Scenic Norway with Iceland


  • 15 days

  • Scandinavia

  • Steady pace

tour : ZQE

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Gorgeous fjords, breathtaking mountains, serene lakes, gleaming glaciers, and thundering waterfalls... this is Norway, and on this Scenic Norway & Iceland tour, you’ll experience both Norway's exciting cities and the spectacular scenery, as well as the stunning beauty of Iceland.

In Oslo, guided sightseeing includes the famous Frogner Park with over 200 extraordinary bronze and granite sculptures. In the Telemark region, visit the Heddal stave church, the largest of Norway's remaining medieval wooden churches. In Bergen, hear about the city's 11th-century origins on your orientation drive. In Loen, Globus has arranged a very special experience for you: Norway’s latest spectacular tourism project, the Loen Skylift, to the top of Mount Hoven.

Also, spend time in the Hardangerfjord region, and stop at thundering Låtefoss twin-waterfall, one of Norway's best known waterfalls; take a ferry; and see Hardangervidda mountain plateau, one of Europe's largest and home to Northern Europe's largest stock of reindeer. In this area, visit a fruit farm and meet the family who has owned it for 8 generations. Hear their history and how cider is made. While tasting apple juice and cider, enjoy the lunch Globus has arranged for you.

But that's not all… enjoy a spectacular cruise on the Sognefjord, Norway's longest fjord, with its Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a stop to see one of the mighty branches that radiate from Jostedal Glacier, Europe's largest glacier. Another tour highlight is a cruise past the famous "Seven Sisters," the most photographed waterfalls in Geirangerfjord, then, travel above the tree line to 5,000 feet for breathtaking panoramic views of the fjord and the surrounding peaks from the mountaintop lookout at Dalsnibba.

Next, fly to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, for a six-day tour to experience Iceland’s gems: watch whales in their natural habitat, see the area where the most spectacular scenes of the James Bond movie Die Another Day were filmed, and much more!

These are just some of the many highlights on this Norway & Iceland tour. It’s an amazing vacation!

Highlights

OSLO
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, walk through Frogner Park and visit City Hall; LF farewell dinner at a local restaurant
TELEMARK Visit the Heddal stave church; guided visit of Vemork
LǞTEFOSS WATERFALL
HARDANGERFJORD
Ferry crossing; LF enjoy apple juice and cider, with lunch at a local fruit farm
BERGEN Orientation drive
SOGNEFJORD & NAERØYFJORD
FJAERLAND
Visit the Norwegian Glacier Museum and watch the Panorama Movie
JOSTEDAL GLACIER
LOEN
LF Experience the Skylift
GEIRANGERFJORD
Boat cruise, panoramic view at Dalsnibba lookout
LILLEHAMMER Picture stop at the Olympic ski jump; guided walking tour of the Maihaugen Open-Air Museum
REYKJAVIKWelcome dinner; orientation; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
THINGVELLIRLF Walk through the rift valley that marks the separation between the North American and the European tectonic plates
GEYSIRAdmire the hot springs; LF taste local specialties and drink a glass of schnapps
GULLFOSSLF Marvel at the waterfall
SKAFTAFELLDrive through the national park
LAKE JÖKULSÁRLÓNLF See the setting of James Bond’s Die Another Day and see the largest glacier in Europe
SKOGAFOSS & SELJALANDSFOSSAdmire the waterfalls
HELLISHEIÐArVIRKJUN
Visit the geothermal heat and electric power station

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2020 Tour itinerary

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 12 dinners

ARRIVE IN OSLO, NORWAY

Day
1

Welcome to Oslo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

OSLO

Day
2

Today gives you a good introduction to Oslo, the country’s hub of trade and industry. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, considered the home for Ibsen’s plays; the unique Storting building, seat of Parliament; and the Royal Palace, residence of Norwegian monarchs since 1849. Stroll through magnificent FROGNER PARK with Gustav Vigeland’s extraordinary sculptures; and visit the CITY HALL, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held each year. Afterwards, an optional excursion is available to see relics of Norway’s glorious seafaring past—including 1,000-year-old Viking ships!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

OSLO–HEDDAL–VEMORK–TELEMARK

Day
3

Start your tour of the land of fjords, lakes, mountains, thundering waterfalls, and gleaming glaciers with a visit of HEDDAL STAVE CHURCH, the largest of the country’s remaining medieval wooden churches. Follow the narrow Rjukan Valley via Lake Tinnsjø, where saboteurs sank a ferry loaded with heavy water, dashing Nazi hopes of winning the race for the atomic bomb. Next is VEMORK, scene of the daring sabotage action celebrated in The Heroes of Telemark and recently registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn all about the dramatic events of 1943 from your Local Guide, and gain an insight into the technology of hydroelectric power generation, one of the pillars of Norway’s economy. Arrive in rustic, unspoiled Telemark.
Today’s Distance: 165 mi / 265 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

TELEMARK–LÅTEFOSS–HARDANGERFJORD–BERGEN

Day
4

A day of scenic delights: the wild Hardangervidda mountain plateau, where Fridtjof Nansen prepared for his polar expeditions, and the thundering Låtefoss twin-waterfall. Drive through the orchards along the tranquil splendor of Sørfjord, which inspired composer Edvard Grieg’s Morning Mood, and cross Hardangerfjord by FERRY. LF Meet the family that has owned the STEINSTØ FRUIT FARM for eight generations and hear all about their history. Taste home-made apple juice and cider, and enjoy lunch. Continue to Bergen, known for its associations with the Hanseatic League. An orientation drive shows you the charming Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the harbor; and the famous Fish Market.
Today’s Distance: 202 mi / 325 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

BERGEN–VOSS–STALHEIM

Day
5

Time this morning to discover colorful Bergen and explore the narrow lanes of ancient Bryggen on your own. Later, travel toward the popular lakeside resort of Voss, where you can join an exciting optional Flåm train ride. Arrive in Stalheim, overlooking the beautiful Nærøydalen Valley.
Today’s Distance: 112 mi / 180 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

STALHEIM–SOGNEFJORD & NÆRØYFJORD–FJAERLAND–LOEN

Day
6

Start today with a relaxing CRUISE on spectacular Sognefjord and Nærøyfjord. Next, visit Fjaerland’s excellent NORWEGIAN GLACIER MUSEUM and watch the spectacular Panorama Movie – 22 meters long and 5.5 meters high. Then marvel at Bøyabreen, one of the branches that radiate from Jostedal Glacier into the surrounding valleys, and enjoy the rugged mountain scenery as you approach the tunnel underneath mainland Europe’s largest glacier. After pristine Lake Jølster and the Våtedalen Valley, follow the shoreline of the innermost branch of Nordfjord and arrive in peaceful Loen.
Today’s Distance: 112 mi / 180 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LOEN.

Day
7

Prepare for Norway’s latest spectacular tourism project: the LF LOEN SKYLIFT, a cable car that brings you from the fjord to the top of Mount Hoven (over 3,300 feet high) in just minutes. Time to enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Lovatnet, Mount Skåla, Jostedal Glacier, and the Nordfjord. Discover one of the hiking trails at your own pace.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LOEN–GEIRANGERFJORD–DALSNIBBA–LOM–LILLEHAMMER

Day
8

Head north via Lake Hornindal to Hellesylt to embark for a leisurely CRUISE on Geirangerfjord past the famous Seven Sisters cascade. Then, climb above the tree line to 5,000 feet for panoramic views from the GEIRANGER SKYWALK, Mount Dalsnibba’s new platform above the fjord. Continue to Lom and take pictures of its lovely stave church. Drive through the wide Gudbrandsdal Valley, the lush dairy and timber land of Ibsen’s drama, Peer Gynt, and arrive in Lillehammer, proud host of the 1994 Winter Olympics.
Today’s Distance: 211 mi / 340 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LILLEHAMMER–EIDSVOLL–OSLO.

Day
9

Start your day with a picture stop at the Olympic ski jump, followed by a guided walking tour of the unique MAIHAUGEN OPEN-AIR MUSEUM, an encounter with Norway’s culture and history and a fascinating collection of houses and farmyards. Enjoy a comfortable drive along lovely Lake Mjøsa to Eidsvoll, where the country’s democratic constitution was signed in 1814, before returning to Oslo. Tonight, celebrate the success of your journey with a LF farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi / 230 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

OSLO–REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

Day
10

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Reykjavik, Iceland.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

REYKJAVIK–THINGVELLIR–GEYSIR–GULLFOSS–KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR

Day
11

After an orientation drive of Reykjavik, continue to Thingvellir, a geological paradise. Here, LF walk through the rift valley that marks the separation between the North American and European tectonic plates. Next, stop at the hot springs at Geysir for a real treat: meet the chef of the Geysir restaurant in the geothermal areas. LF Taste freshly baked bread, which is cooked using the heat from the hot springs, and served with Icelandic butter, boiled eggs and herring, and a glass of Geysir schnapps, served at freezing point. Marvel at LF the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. Arrive in Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Today’s Distance: 221 mi / 356 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR. EXCURSION TO SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK & LAKE JÖKULSÁRLÓN

Day
12

Drive through the national park at Skaftafell and LF stop at Lake Jökulsárlón, where some of the most spectacular scenes of the James Bond movie Die Another Day were filmed. Watch how the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull, flows into the lake, forming icebergs.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi / 250 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR–SKOGAFOSS–SELJALANDSFOSS– HELLISHEIðARVIRKJUN–REYKJAVIK

Day
13

Enjoy a spectacular drive along Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls and see the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, well known for the eruption that generated the massive ash cloud in 2010. Stop in Hellisheiðarvirkjun, where you will visit the geothermal heat and electric POWER STATION. Arrive in Reykjavik.
Today’s Distance: 158 mi / 255 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

REYKJAVIK

Day
14

Departures April 12-September 20 include LF a morning excursion by boat to watch whales in their natural habitat. This afternoon, join an optional excursion to the Blue Lagoon. Tonight, a farewell dinner has been prepared at one of the city’s fine restaurants to celebrate the success of your Icelandic journey.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

REYKJAVIK

Day
15

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

  • Slight changes to the day-by-day itinerary cannot be excluded.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Hotels outside of Reykjavik may not always be of the standard usually expected.
  • Certain features are subject to nature’s law.

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