With their towering cliff faces, rugged rocky ledges and
waterfalls that drop straight into the sea, the Norwegian fjords
really have to be seen to appreciate their majesty. On this
fantastic tour we visit these natural wonders and cross
spellbinding landscapes to see Norway's magnifi cent cities.
Journey on the Flåm Railway, which takes us along one of the steepest railway lines in the world
Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of historic Bergen and enjoy a ride on the Fløibanen Funicular
Explore the sights of Oslo and Bergen on guided tours
Cruise on Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, admiring the soaring peaks and tiny hamlets that border the water
Travel on the Bergen Railway along northern Europe's highest altitude line through mountainous terrain
Except where highlighted in itinerary 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room (size and weight may vary)
Food & Drinks
6 breakfasts and 4 dinners, including a farewell dinner
Flights and airport transfers
Flights from London Heathrow to Oslo and from Oslo to London Heathrow
Day 1 - London and Oslo
We depart from London Heathrow on our flight* to Oslo. After
checking into our hotel, we take a guided tour, visiting the
National Theatre, Norway's main arena for theatre productions and
stage artists for more than 100 years, the Storting parliament, and
the modern Opera House situated beside the city's waterfront.
We also take a stroll through Vigeland Sculpture Park that
feature 212 life-sized human sculptures of Gustav Vigeland. The
rest of your day is then at leisure. Perhaps visit the Viking
Planet Museum which resurrects the era of the Vikings with
VR-technology or the Munch Museum that has the largest collection
of Edvard Munch's paintings.
Days 2-3 - Bergen
Today, we travel by coach to Bergen, a harbour-based city
surrounded by 7 mountains. We check into our hotel on arrival, the
Scandic Neptun in the heart of the city.
On Day 3 we take a tour, visiting the
delightful Bryggen waterfront, the city's old Hanseatic trading
wharf and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This historic quarter, with
its charming timber houses, is the oldest part of Bergen - with
some buildings dating back to the 15th century. Afterwards, we walk
to the Fløibanen station where the Fløibanen Funicular takes us to
the top of Fløyen Mountain, (1,050 feet above sea level). Here we
admire superb views over the city as well as get the chance to meet
Oslo's resident goat population.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure, and you can visit one
of the city's many galleries and museums. Bergen's Art Gallery
exhibits a vast collection of works by local Norwegian artists,
including many pieces by Edvard Munch, best known for his famous
expressionist painting 'The Scream'. Meanwhile, the city's Science
Museum provides a fascinating insight into industry and research in
Day 4 - Flåm
We cross Norway's incredible fjordland region today, travelling
through some of the country's most breathtaking landscapes on some
of the most scenic train journeys in Scandinavia. The Bergen
Railway takes us 'across the roof of Norway', and is northern
Europe's highest altitude line. We change trains at Myrdal, an
isolated mountain station, for our journey aboard the Flåm Railway
which takes us 12 miles from Myrdal to the foot of the fjord, via a
multitude of twists and turns. We cross the mighty Kjossfossen
Waterfall that plummets to a depth of more than 700 feet. During
summer gallons of water come gushing down the valley, while in
winter the entire length is frozen, making it look like a cascading
glacier. A small power station is located at the here and generates
power for our train.
At the end of the journey we reach Aurlandsfjord, where the
village of Flåm is nestled. We check into our hotel, the Fretheim
Flåm, for 2 nights.
Day 5 - Flåm and a fjord cruise
Today, we board a boat for a cruise across Aurlandsfjord, a
10.5-mile branch of the world's second longest fjord, Sognefjord.
Together with Nærøyfjord, Aurlandsfjord paints a stunning picture,
its cerulean waters snaking past rugged cliffs and sprawling
pastures. The mountains surrounding the fjords are more than 4,500
feet high in some places.
We sail north, pausing at Gudvangen for lunch. This tiny and
scenic village sits at the end of Nærøyfjord, where the
Nærøydalselvi River joins the fjord. The village itself has only
about 120 residents, and the waterway is famous for its salmon
population. It is said that Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany cruised on
its waters in his private yacht. Later, we return to Flåm by coach.
The rest of the day is free to explore Flåm at leisure; you may
wish to visit the local railway museum, complete with a full,
miniature scale replica of the old lines that once cut through this
rugged area. Perhaps enjoy a pint or 2 at the Viking-themed Aegir
Pub, whose building is inspired by Norse mythology.
Day 6 - Flåm to Oslo
We leave Flåm on Day 6, travelling by coach to
Haugastøl. Here we join the train to Oslo, travelling along
Northern Europe's highest railway line, the Bergen Railway. We
admire the natural landscapes of forests, fjords, and snowy
mountainsides as we journey south. Arriving into the Norwegian
capital, we walk to our hotel restaurant, the Egon Byporten, for a
3-course farewell dinner.
Day 7 - London
We transfer to Oslo Airport today by coach as we begin our
journey home. We fly* directly to London where our tour
*Please Note: you will need to take your luggage back to the
UK with you as opposed to it travelling via our luggage transfer
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Leisurely pace of all tours was good for older people didn’t feel rushed. Guides and Tour manager were excellent. We had a problem with smell in one of the hotels and tour manager sorted us another better room. The fiord cruise was a bit of a let down
we were squeezed onto a small car ferry with lots of others and the weather not being good there was not enough shelter for everybody. Other than that it was a good holiday. (Switzerland was better as we like old trains)
Ms E Levin
It was a good trip and I was glad to have a tour guide along to help with the train arrivals and departures. The Thon hotels left something to be desired. The tub in the 1st and the food in the 2nd.