Norway in a rush – 7 hectic days

This itinerary is for you who hasn’t been to Norway, first time visitor, have only one week in the country, and a moderate budget.  You are also here around spring to avoid the high cost of airfare in the summer.  You get to sample a little of mountain and fjord, Coastal Norway, perhaps see the Northern Lights, and get to see two of the biggest cities in Norway.    If you have any questions or need help to plan your Norway trip,  request for a quote. 

Day 1 

Oslo Opera
Oslo Opera


Land at Oslo Gardermoen and take the regular NSB train to the city.  Do buy the ticket online or through their app because it costs more to buy it on board the train.  If possible, do land as early as possible to make the most out of your first day.  CityBox in Oslo offers

Take the hop on and hop off buss.  It does save you time to take this since it stops at all the tourist places.  Try to visit as many places as you can, but not Aker Brygge or Tjuvholmen. Save that for the last day if you are pressed for time. Or visit these places by night to get a feel of Oslo by night.

Overnight in Oslo.

Day 2

Great view of Bodø
Great view of Bodø


You can use morning and noon to continue on the hop on hop off buss.  Take a flight to Bodø that leaves later in the day.  When you get to Bodø, use the rest of the day to walk around town.

Overnight in Bodø

Day 3

Rib fra Stella Polaris på vei til Saltstraumen
Rib from Stella Polaris on the way to Saltstraumen

After breakfast, leave for a RIB-boat safari to the Salstraumen.  You tour ends at Tuvsjyen with their special Viking Meal.  They cook it under the ground just like the Vikings before us.

Welcome drink at Tuvsjyen
Welcome drink at Tuvsjyen

When you get back to Bodø, you get your luggage at the hotel and then board your Coastal Cruise.  This cruise is for Bodø – Tromsø and is just one night, but you get to see Lofoten.  If you are lucky (weather-permitting), your captain will also navigate the ship into the tight Trollfjord.  The end part is so narrow that when the ship turns around, it does so on its axle.

Overnight on the Hurtigruten.  Read more about the Hurtigruten portion here.

Day 4

You arrive in Tromsø and stay at the Radisson Blu by the pier.  There are other hotels by the pier as well as some in the city center but then you lose the view of the fjord.   Check in first and take some pictures of the Polar Bear that meets you by the entrance.  Take a walk towards the Polar Museum and visit it if you want to.  Further on, you cross the bridge to visit the Arctic Cathedral.

Arctic Cathedral (Ishavskatedralen)
Arctic Cathedral (Ishavskatedralen)

After the Arctic Cathedral, follow the sign towards the mountain elevator (Fjellheisen) and take this to the top of the mountain.  Enjoy the spectacular view on top. You can also eat here if you like.  The trip takes about 20 minutes.  When you get back to town, you may want to freshen up at the hotel a bit.  Take the rest of the afternoon taking a walk around Tromsø.  If you are lucky, you will see the Northern Lights either during the day or at night.  There a lot of restaurants in the city center. For things you can do here, see my post about Tromsø.  You may want to try dogsledding.

Overnight in Tromsø.

Day 5

Bergen Bryggen
Bryggen i Bergen


There is a flight around 14.00 from Tromsø and arrives Bergen in the afternoon. The flight takes about 2.5 hours.  Go straight to a hotel. Choose a hotel by the Bryggen, which is on the list of UNESCOS World Heritage Sites.

Stroll around the town and take the Flam to the top of the mountain. Enjoy spectacular views and have lunch while you’re there. On the way down, take more pictures of this beautiful city.

Overnight in Bergen.

Day 6

Great views on the train ride
Great views on the train ride

You are going to take the Norway in a nutshell train ride from Bergen to Oslo.  Departure is at 08.43 and arriving Oslo at 22.35.  En route, and included in your ticket, are the following: train from Bergen to Voss, bus from Voss to Gudvangen, fjordcruise boat ride from Gudvangen to Flåm, Flåm train to Myrdal and back to the regular train from Myrdal to Oslo Central Station.

The Norway in a nutshell ticket costs NOK 1.770 per adult and NOK 910 for children.

Day 7

Astrup Fearnly Museum at Tjuvholmen

After breakfast, use the remaining hours to walk along Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen.  I love people-watching here and being part of the crowd.  There a lot of eating places here where you can have lunch before heading back to your hotel and leaving for the airport.

That is 7 hectic days.  A Norway sampler so help you decide where you will focus next time.  Would you like to just be on a cruise, or visit the major cities, or go on a hunt for the Northern Lights?  There are a lot of choices.  Perhaps you would like to have your next conference in Norway? Request for a quote and I can help you with that.


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