Arctic Norway & Iceland

  • days: 24
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Countries Visited:

  • Norway
  • Iceland

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2 countries
14 cities

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1 UNESCO World 
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Rorbu (cabins in a fishing village), Lofoten

★ NEW TOUR!

Explore the dramatic landscapes and discover the contrasts of stunning Norway and Iceland. Tour northern Norway, from snow-capped peaks, through deep, narrow fjords and across lush islands. Then experience the geysers, hot springs and black sand beaches of volcanic Iceland, and travel its barren expanses, shaped by the forces of nature.

Viking Heritage

Our Scandinavian adventure begins in Norway's capital, Oslo, a melting pot of cool cafe culture and Viking heritage, surrounded by natural beauty. We learn the history of vikings and see the striking views of the Oslofjord. 

Arctic Northern Norway

We then fly north to Tromsø, the ‘Arctic Capital’, characterised by its snow-capped peaks and centuries-old wooden architecture. We explore the spectacular scenery as we make our way to the Lofoten islands and stay in a traditional fishing cabin known as a rorbu. Catch the ferry to Bodo and discover one of the world's strongest tidal currents in Salstraumen Maelstrom. 

Volcanoes & Geysers

A dramatic change next, as we fly to Iceland with its striking volcanic scenery. We start in Reykjavik where we visit the Blue Lagoon, then continue our journey to Grabok to walk atop a volcano. We also stop in Husavik the whale-watching capital of Europe to search for these magnificent creatures and visit Goddafoss and Gullfoss with their dramatic waterfalls set amongst Iceland's spectacular scenery. As our journey continues we witness breathtaking mountains, lakes and volcanic sand beaches. Our tour includes a visit via Ferry to see the volcanic archipelago Vestmannaeyjar or “Icelandic Pompeii”, with an amazing collection of islands, abundant flora and bird life. Iceland is sure to be a country you'll never forget!

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Oslo

Welcome to Norway’s scenic capital, Oslo! Surrounded by forests and situated on the edge of the Oslofjord, Oslo is full of world-class galleries and museums, and has a vibrant café culture. Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Oslo

Our morning sightseeing tour includes the fascinating Viking Ship Museum, Vigeland’s Park (the world’s largest sculpture park by a single artist), Karl Johans gate and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, where we’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Oslofjord. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 4. Oslo - Tromsø

We head to the airport this morning for our flight to Tromsø, the ‘Arctic Capital’, characterised by its snow-capped peaks and centuries-old wooden architecture. Tonight we take an evening cable car ride to the top of Mount Storsteinen for stunning vistas over the city. [B]

Day 5. Tromsø

Today we visit the iconic Arctic Cathedral, and tour the city’s museum and gardens. [B]

Day 6. Tromsø - Senja

The second-largest island in Norway, we’ll head to enchanting Senja via ferry today. We visit the wonderfully weird and wacky Senja Trollpark, home to the world’s largest (and Guinness World Record holding!) troll, standing at 18 metres high and weighing a massive 125,000 kilograms. (Accommodation room styles are varied at Mefjord Brygge) [B,D]

Day 7. Senja - Lofoten

Departing Senja we head to the port and catch a ferry, making our way to Andenes port. Keep your eyes on the water as you may be lucky and spot a majestic whale! View the incredible scenery and snow-capped mountains from our ferry, as we travel to Lofoten, known for its spectacular scenery and dramatic mountains.  [B,D]

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Special Experience:    We stay at a fishing village in traditional fishing cabins known as rorbu for the next three nights.

Day 8. Lofoten

Meet some precious reindeer today at a local farm, where conservation efforts protect the threatened species from the harsh Norwegian winter conditions. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Nyksund, a little coastal fishing village. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience:    Take in spectacular scenery as we walk a section of the incredible Dronningruta. 

 

Day 9. Lofoten

We see more highlights of Lofoten today, including a visit to the Borg Viking Ship Museum. We will also have the opportunity to take some scenic photos of the striking landscape! [B,D]

Day 10.  Lofoten - Bodø

Today we visit ‘A’, a village with only one vowel as its name. This evening we catch a ferry to Bodø and enjoy our dinner on board. [B,D]

Day 11. Bodø - Oslo

See one of the world’s strongest tidal currents today at Salstraumen Maelstrom. Here up to 4 million cubic metres of seawater forces its way through a 3-kilometre-long and 150-metre-wide strait every six hours. We then fly back to Oslo where we enjoy a dinner to farewell magnificent Norway. [B,D]

Day 12. Oslo - Reykjavik

After a morning at leisure, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Iceland! We'll arrive in the city of Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital. The rest of the evening is at leisure to relax or begin exploring. [B]

Day 13. Reykjavik

Visit Reykjavík’s landmarks on a sightseeing tour this morning. We’ll admire the city from the viewing deck of the famous ‘Perlan’ building, visit Hallgrímskirkja Church and explore the old harbour area. This afternoon we visit the incredible Blue Lagoon for a dip in the therapeutic, mineral-rich waters. [B]

Day 14. Reykjavik - Siglufjord

This morning we discover the top of a volcano in Grabrok, enjoying scenic views over Borgarfjörður. We’ll then continue past Skagafjörður, famous for breeding Icelandic horses, and travel to the picturesque fishing town of Siglufjord, formerly known as the herring capital of the world. [B]

Day 15. Siglufjord - Lake Mývatn - Akureyri

Today we venture out and explore. The Lake Mývatn area is beautiful and home to more species of duck than any other place on earth. Highlights of this area include Dimmuborgir, the Skutustadir pseudo craters, and the sulphurous and volcanic Namaskard and Krafla areas with hot springs to relax in. [B,D]

Day 16. Húsavík Excursion

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Special Experience:    We travel to Húsavík, the whale-watching capital of Europe, and board a cruise to spot these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

As we return, we’ll stop to see Goddafoss, the ‘waterfall of the Gods’, and one of the most spectacular in Iceland! [B,D]

Day 17. Akureyri - Geysir

We head off the beaten track, travelling to Geysir through the centre of Iceland past volcanoes, mountains and lakes. An area that is off the tourist trail many movies have been made in this unique part of Iceland. [B,L]

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Special Experience:    We’ll stop for a picnic lunch in this lunar-like landscape and can then warm up with a dip in a thermal pond.

Day 18. The Golden Circle Excursion

Today we discover Iceland’s famous Golden Circle. We’ll explore UNESCO World Heritage-listed Thingvellir National Park, which lies in a rift valley that marks the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates and is characterised by mesmerising faults and canyons, as well as rifts filled with crystal-clear water. We’ll also watch as Strokkur geyser erupts in the geothermal area of Haukadalur, and visit the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. [B,L]

Day 19. Geysir - Vik

Today we take a ferry to see the volcanic archipelago of Vestmannaeyjar - the “Icelandic Pompeii”. We then travel to Vik, Iceland's southernmost village, and take a walk along the black volcanic sand beaches.  [B,D]

Day 20. Vatnajökull National Park Excursion

We travel to incredible Vatnajökull, or “Vatna Glacier”, Iceland’s largest and most voluminous ice cap that covers more than 8% of the country with an area of 8,100 square kilometres. [B,D]

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Special Experience:    We’ll enjoy a glacier cruise on Jökulsárlón Lagoon, dotted with hundreds of floating icebergs and blocks.

Day 21. Vik - Reykjavik

Today we will see the beautiful Seljandsfoss and Skogarfoss waterfalls. We will also visit the LAVA Centre in Hvolsvollur, an exhibition dedicated to the volcanoes of Iceland. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner in Reykjavik. [B,D]

Day 22. Depart Reykjavik

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 23. In Transit

Day 24. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • 3 economy-class flights within Europe
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $240pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 17 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 3 nights in a rorbu, Lofoten (shared kitchen and living facilities, private bathroom)
  • 20 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

Phenomenal Fjordlands

  • Admire the exterior of the architectural award-winning Oslo Opera House.
  • Explore the Viking Ship Museum, where the 9th century Oseberg burial ship is housed.
  • See the world's largest sculpture park by a single artist - Vigeland's Park, and visit the ski jumping arena at Holmenkollen for beautiful views of the Oslofjord.
  • Ride a cable car to the top of Mount Storsteinen and enjoy the magnificent views over Tromsø and the surrounding archipelago.
  • Visit the iconic Arctic Cathedral, Tromsø's most famous landmark, and the Tromsø Museum, which houses the world's northernmost botanical garden.
  • Visit the wonderfully weird and wacky Senja Trollpark, home to the world’s largest (and Guinness World Record holding!) troll.
  • Keep an eye out for majestic whales aboard the ferry from Gryllefjord to Andenes.
  • Meet reindeer at a local conservation farm.
  • Enjoy lunch in the little fishing village of Nyksund.
  • Walk a section of the spectacular Dronningruta
  • Explore the islands of Lofoten and visit the town of Svolvær.
  • Learn about viking history at the Borg Viking Museum.
  • Visit ‘A’, a village with only one vowel as its name.
  • Visit Salstraumen Maelstrom, home to one of the world's strongest tidal currents.

Geysers, hot springs and black-sand beaches

  • Discover Reykjavík’s most iconic sights. Admire the city from the viewing deck of the famous Perlan building, visit Hallgrímskirkja Church and tour the old harbour area.
  • Relax with an afternoon dip in the incredible geo-thermal Blue Lagoon.
  • Walk on the top of a volcano, affording scenic views over Borgarfjordur.
  • Tour the city of Akureyri, deemed by the locals to be the most beautiful city in the country.
  • Explore the Lake Mývatn area which was created approximately 2,300 years ago by a large fissure eruption. Stop at the Dimmuborgir lava formations, the Krafla caldera, the Namaskard hot spring area and Mt Hverfell.
  • In Husavik, enjoy a cruise to spot up to 11 species of whale in their natural habitat.
  • See the ‘waterfall of the Gods’ or Goddafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland.
  • Take an adventurous journey off the beaten track, travelling through central Iceland past volcanoes, giant glaciers, mountains and lakes.
  • Explore Thingvellir National Park, Iceland’s most important cultural landmark and where Iceland’s first parliament, The Althingi, was formed in 930AD.
  • Witness the eruption of the Strokkur geyser, which happens every 10 minutes with a spout of boiling water that can be as high as 30 metres.
  • Admire the Gullfoss Waterfalls, meaning the ‘Golden Falls’.
  • Take a ferry to the volcanic archipelago, Vestmannaeyjar, the ‘Icelandic Pompeii’, a collection of islands with abundant flora and birdlife.
  • Walk on Vik’s black volcanic sand beaches, which are consistently recognised in the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.
  • See Fjdrargljufur canyon, Kirkubaejarklaustur & Skaftafell at Vatnajökull National Park.
  • Experience an unforgettable glacier boat cruise on Jökulsárlón Lagoon.
  • See the magnificent Seljandsfoss and Skogarfoss waterfalls, where it is possible to walk behind the falling curtain of water.
  • Stop to learn more at the LAVA Centre in Hvolsvollur. A new exhibition centre that is dedicated to the unique volcanoes and geology of Iceland
  • Visit the Hellisheiði Power Plant, the world’s third largest geothermal power station.

Dates & Prices

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Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo

This hotel is conveniently located only 100 m from Oslo Central Station and 300 m from Oslo Opera House. A large breakfast buffet and a bar specialising in Gin-based drinks are featured.

Facilities: minibar; free wifi; fitness centre 

Thon Hotel Tromsø, Tromsø

The hotel is situated in the middle of Tromsø city centre, and everything the "Paris of the North" is known for is only a stone's throw away. All rooms are equipped with comfortable beds, extra pillows and a work desk. Rooms are comfortable with private bathroom, with shower and/ or bathtub, hairdryer and toiletries. In the lobby you will find free coffee and newspapers.

Facilities: free wifi; fridge/minibar; TV

Mefjord Brygge, Mefjordvær

Mefjord Brygge is surrounded by mountains in the picturesque fishing village of Mefjordvær on Senja Island. It offers boat rental, fjord safaris and brightly decorated accommodation. A well-equipped kitchen, private bathroom and seating area can be found in all apartments and cottages at Mefjord Brygge. Some also feature mountain or fjord views.

Facilities: free wifi; flat-screen TV

Svinøya Rorbuer, Svolvær

Scenically set amongst nature, this property is within 1 km of Svolvær town centre and Svolværgeita Mountain. It boasts modern accommodation with well-equipped kitchens. Some of the cottages and apartments also include a fireplace, balcony and private sauna.

Facilities: free wifi; flat-screen TV with cable channels; tea & coffee making facilities; fridge; stove with oven

Scandic Havet, Bodø

This waterfront hotel is located in central Bodø. Bodø Train Station is a 10-minute walk away. A seating area and fridge are featured in all the brightly decorated rooms at Scandic Havet. Some rooms include tea/coffee facilities.

Facilities: free wifi; flat-screen TV; hairdryer

Hotel Alda, Reykjavik

Located on Reykjavik's main shopping street and within a short walk of restaurants, cafes, boutiques and museums, the Hotel Alda is the perfect base for exploring the Icelandic capital. The property features modern Scandinavian design, fitness area, sauna and outdoor hot tub, as well as a restaurant and bar.

Facilities: free wifi; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Siglo Hotel, Siglufjord

Built on the fisherman's marina in the centre of Siglufjord, all charming guestrooms at the Siglo hotel feature a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and peaceful environment, and a charming window seat to enjoy it from. The picturesque property also boasts 3 restaurants and outdoor spa and sauna.

Facilities: free wifi; safe deposit box (at reception); tea & coffee making facilities (common areas)

Hotel Nordurland, Akureyri

Located in the centre of town, Hotel Nordurland is the perfect base for exploring the many shops, restaurants, bars and cafes within the area. Comfortable guest rooms are tastefully decorated and appointed with all the modern conveniences. The property also boasts a cosy bar and lounge area.

Facilities: free wifi; safe deposit box (at reception); tea & coffee making facilities

Litli Geysir Hotel, Geysir

Located in Geysir, in Iceland's famous 'Golden Circle' the comfortable Litli Geysir features 3 restaurants, a golf course and a bar/lounge. The lobby lounge offers a fireplace and tea and coffee making facilities.

Facilities: free wifi, heating, concierge 

Hotel Dyrholaey, Brekkur

Located in Brekkur in southern Iceland, just 9 kilometres from the main centre of Vik, the Hotel Dyrholaey offers simple icelandic charm and impressive views over the Atlantic Ocean and Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. Guests in the summer months might also be lucky enough to watch puffins nest on the Dyrholaey cliffs! The property also boasts a terrace, restaurant and bar.

Facilities: free wifi; tea & coffee making facilities

Fosshotel, Reykjavik

The stunning Art Deco-style Fosshotel is located in the heart of Reykjavik, within walking distance of Hofdi house and Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik City Hall and Perlan. The property boats a restaurant, bar/lounge, coffee shop/cafe and fitness centre.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Weather

Weather

Oslo

Summer: June to August

Autumn: September to November

Winter: December to February

Spring: March to May

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Currency

Currency

Norwegian Krone

The official currency of Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK; kr.).

  • 1 Norwegian Krone = 100 øre
  • Notes are in denominations of kr1000, 500, 200, 100 and 50
  • Coins are in denominations of kr20, 10, 5 and 1

Icelandic Krona

The official currency of Iceland is the Icelandic Krona (ISK, kr).

  • 1 Icelandic Krona = 100 Eyrir
  • Notes are in denominations of kr5000, 2000, 1000 and 500
  • Coins are in denominations of kr100, 50, 10, 5 and 1

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Special Experiences!

  • Take in spectacular scenery as we walk a section of the incredible Dronningruta.
  • Stay at a fishing village in traditional fishing cabins known as rorbu for three nights.
  • Travel to Husavik, the whale-watching capital of Europe and take a cruise to spot these majestic animals.
  • Stop for a picnic lunch in a lunar-like landscape and then warm up with a dip in a thermal pond.
  • Enjoy an amazing glacier boat cruise on Jökulsárlón Lagoon dotted with hundreds of icebergs.

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Bus, boat, funicular railway, plane & ferry.

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $240pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Visit the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo • Meet reindeer at a local conservation farm • Explore the islands of Lofoten and visit the town of Svolvær • Take a dip in Iceland’s amazing Blue Lagoon • Enjoy the incredible scenery of Iceland’s Golden Circle

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