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Fjords of Norway

(Tour code: NCV17)A tour that captures the essence of Norway.

Immerse yourself in the atmospheric cities and idyllic fjords of Norway on a holiday that incorporates a spellbinding Hurtigruten cruise and a collection of magnificent railway journeys. Experience the famous 'Polar Express', the Saltstraumen and Norway's Viking capital, Trondheim - on a tour that captures the essence of Norway.

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Tour Highlights
  • Bergen and Bryggen
  • Hjørundfjord & Sognefjord
  • Hurtigruten cruise
  • Saltstraumen and the Norwegian Aviation Museum
  • The ‘Polar Express’
  • Trondheim
  • The Rauma Railway
  • Oslo & Bodø
  • Fjord-side stay in Balestrand
What’s Included (Full details)
  • The ‘Polar Express’
    The Rauma Railway
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    7 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Fly Options

Regional Departures Available

To make your travel arrangements even more convenient for you, we are excited to announce that we are now offering some regional airport options outside London for this tour.

To view prices and flight options, please click the 'View Dates & Prices' button and select the departure that you are interested in as options may vary. Alternative, click the image on the left to see flight options and call us on 01904 734 111 to book.

Bergen
Day 1

London to Bergen

Our Norwegian adventure begins at London Gatwick, where we take the mid-morning flight to fascinating Bergen. This naturally beautiful city resides in the shadows of seven mountains and is famed for its proximity to delightful fjords and the wharf of Bryggen. On arrival we transfer from the airport and enjoy a captivating sightseeing tour of this marvellous city. We begin at Troldhaugen, the former residence of Romantic composer and pianist Edvard Grieg, and continue to Bergen's popular harbour-side fish market. We then move on to one of Bergen's most historically important areas, Bryggen. Here we see the former offices of the Hanseatic League which were originally erected in 1360. The earliest pier constructions date back even further, to around 1100. Because of Bryggen's remarkable heritage it was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979, and has long been one of Bergen's most popular attractions. Following our tour we are dropped off at the Hurtigruten quay for the beginning of our cruise, departing this evening.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Hjørundfjord
Days 2-3

Hjørundfjord and at sea

Today we take a 'Taste of Norway' shore excursion through the sensational Hjørundfjord*. Along the way we see a number of small settlements that include idyllic Urke, and make a visit to the historic Hotel Union Øye, where we taste local specialities Day 3 is spent sailing as our ship cruises serenely towards Rorvik via Trondheim. You are free to enjoy the ship's excellent facilities as the beautiful scenery passes by.

*For departures between 1st June and 31st August, we instead enjoy an excursion through Geirangerfjord.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
  • Day 3 - Free Day on the ship
Bodo
Day 4

Saltstraumen and the Aviation Museum

We arrive in Bodø this afternoon. Situated just inside the Arctic Circle, it is the capital of Nordland County. Attractive Bodø is home to Saltstraumen and the Norwegian Aviation Museum, both of which we visit. We begin our excursion from the Hurtigruten quay, first to eye-opening Saltstraumen. Located about 6 miles southeast of Bodø, this strait is home to the strongest tidal current in the world, dramatically seen through its whirlpool. The maelstrom here has existed for an estimated 2-3 thousand years, and the surrounding waters are popular with anglers because of the wide array of different fish species that make their home here. We continue to the superb Norwegian Aviation Museum which is home to an excellent collection of former civilian and military aircraft, including an example the infamous American Lockheed U-2 spy plane, one of which was shot down over the former Soviet Union amidst heightening Cold War tensions.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
Trondheim
Day 5

The ‘Polar Express’ to Trondheim

We take the coach from our hotel today for a trip on the spellbinding 'Polar Express', also known as the Nordland Railway, to the Viking capital of Norway, Trondheim. This incredible railway journey is rightly one of the world's most famous, passing unconquerable landscapes that are a delight to experience. Vast, ever-changing environments as far as the eye can see stretch out from our comfortable carriages as we strike out across Norway's dramatic landscape, watching as clear blue lakes, sparkling fjords and the spectacular Svartisen Glacier roll by our windows. On arrival in Trondheim, we transfer to our hotel enjoying a late dinner together.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Trondheim
Day 6

Exploring Trondheim

This morning we have some time at leisure in historic Trondheim. As Norway's former capital, this historic city is home to an abundance of heritage. Be sure to see the famous Old Town bridge as you wander through this city's winding streets. This afternoon we embark upon a sightseeing tour with two main focal points. The first is magnificent Nidaros Cathedral, a fusion of Romanesque and Gothic styles that bring the façade of this holy building to life. Built in the 11th century over the burial site of Olav, the 11th century King of Norway, this unique building has been an important pilgrimage destination for centuries. Bakklandet is our next stop, an attractive neighbourhood of Trondheim with colourful wooden houses and narrow streets.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Oslo
Day 7

By train to Oslo

We board the train bound for Oslo today. Along the way we stop at Dombås to join the Rauma Railway, known as one of Norway's most spectacular railway lines. The train passes through varied and dramatic scenery, crossing 32 bridges, including one that traverses the flowing River Rauma, with its clear glacial water. We also ride past the thundering Verma Waterfall. Our train pulls into Oslo, Norway's capital city, and after disembarking we walk to our hotel, where we enjoy a late dinner.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • The Rauma Railway
Oslo Royal Palace
Day 8

At leisure in Oslo

Your entire day is dedicated to exploring Oslo at leisure, a fascinating city which is a joy to discover. Be sure to visit the striking State Opera House, an impressive and award-winning example of modern architecture. Alternatively, you could take in the 19th century Royal Palace, or the 20th century Oslo City Hall, home to the Nobel Prize ceremony. Oslo also boasts a collection of attractive city parks and a variety of museums for you to discover. Tonight you are free to sample the city's local cuisine.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Flam
Day 9

The Flåm Railway and Fjordboat to Balestrand

We take the train from Oslo to Flåm today, stopping at the mountain station of Myrdal for spectacular views of the surrounding scenery. In Flåm you enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace, before we take the express boat across stunning Sognefjord to the village of Balestrand. On arrival we check in to our hotel for the night.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Homeward Bound
Days 10-11

Free time and across the Sognefjord

We begin today with free time in Balestrand before taking the fjord express boat back to Bergen along Sognefjord, Norway's largest fjord. On arrival in Bergen we transfer to our hotel. On Day 11, enjoy a free day before our evening flight back to London Gatwick.

Includes:
  • Day 10- Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11- Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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