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.
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.
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 the area.
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.
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.
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.
We transfer to Oslo Airport today by coach as we begin our journey home. We fly* directly to London where our tour concludes.
*Please Note: you will need to take your luggage back to the UK with you as opposed to it travelling via our luggage transfer service
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Widely regarded as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world, this high-altitude trip through southern Norway links the old Hanseatic city of Bergen and the Norwegian capital, Oslo. The harsh climate experienced in this part of the world has produced a landscape that is breathtaking and wild, and the Bergen Railway enables us to soak up the spectacular views whilst relaxing in warm, comfortable carriages.
A branch line of the Bergen Railway, the scenic Flåm Railway takes passengers on a wonderful 12.5 mile (20km) journey up one of the steepest railway lines in the world. On its journey from Flåm, located at the innermost corner of the Aurlandsfjord, the train negotiates horseshoe curves, twists, turns and 20 tunnels - 18 of which were drilled by hand.
The scenery is truly spectacular, with rivers and waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and remote farms passing by the window as you travel towards Myrdal at 2,838 feet (865m).
A five minute ride to the top of Fløyen mountain on the Fløibanen Funicular affords magnificent views of Bergen, Norway's second city. 320 metres above sea level, Fløyen is the peak of a spectacular short rail climb.
Our accommodation in Bergen is at the 4-Star Scandic Neptun, just a stone's throw away from the city's harbour area. There are three restaurants on site, as well as Champagne bar and a modern art collection to admire. Rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions.
The Fretheim Hotel in Flåm is a long-standing favourite with Great Rail Journeys' customers. Built on an old farm, the villa is picturesquely located by the cobalt blue waters of Sognefjord, set in a valley alongside cliffs that rise sharply into the clouds. The interior is tastefully decorated with glazed floors and wood panelling, while the in-house bar offers exclusive views of the fjord - the perfect spot to unwind after an exhilarating day.
The modern Thon Hotel Opera is perfectly located next to Oslo Central Station and just a short walk from Karl Johans Gate, the city's main pedestrian thoroughfare. The hotel has a restaurant, a bar serving snacks and light refreshments, a sauna and fitness studio. The rooms are comfortably furnished and facilities include climate control, a television, telephone, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
To arrange for a second suitcase to travel door to door, just let us know when you book. Prices start from £65 per bag (size and weight allowances may vary depending on airline polices), Please call for more details.
Flight upgrades are available. Please see the information regarding the types of upgrades offered by the various airlines we use in the Add-ons section of 'Things you should know' or call us for details.
Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a
difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the
capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager
the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West
End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your
return to London, you would like to break your journey with an
overnight stay before continuing home.
We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.
|Hotel||Room Rate From Price|
|The Ambassador Hotel||From £65 per person|
Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805.
Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.
We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.
For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.