Tour through fjords across the 'roof of Norway'
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With their towering cliff faces, rugged rocky ledges and waterfalls that drop straight into the sea, the awe-inspiring Norwegian fjords really have to be seen to appreciate their beauty and majesty. On this fantastic tour we visit these natural wonders and cross spellbinding landscapes to visit Norway's magnificent cities.
We depart from London on our scheduled flight to Norway. We fly out to Bergen, nestled strategically beneath seven hills, and surrounded by fjords. Our accommodation here is the Thon Hotel Rosenkratz.
Today we enjoy a guided walking tour of Bergen. We visit 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. Your afternoon is then free to continue exploring atmospheric Bergen at leisure. It is possible to see how the merchants' dwellings on Bryggen would have looked in the early 18th century at the Hanseatisk Museum, which includes rooms furnished in late Hansa style.
A journey on the Fløibanen Funicular to the top of Fløyen Mountain (320 metres above sea level) provides superb views over the city. Alternatively, you could visit one of the Norwegian city's many galleries and museums. Bergen's Art Gallery exhibits a vast collection of works by local and fellow Norwegian artists, including many of the works of Edvard Munch, known for the famous expressionist work 'The Scream'. Meanwhile, the city's Science Museum provides a fascinating insight into industry and research in the area.
Today we cross Norway's incredible fjordland region, 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' on Northern Europe's highest altitude line. We pass through Dale and Voss as we climb towards Myrdal.
From here we continue by train on board the fantastic Flåm Railway, a journey that takes us 12 miles from the isolated mountain station of Myrdal to the foot of the fjord, via a multitude of twists and turns. This incredibly scenic section of railway provides us with stunning mountain panoramas and passes spectacular cascading waterfalls. At the end of the journey we reach the Aurlandsfjord, a huge body of water where steep-sided cliffs rise majestically from the water's edge and climb dramatically to more than 3,000 feet above the shoreline.
Located at the head of the fjord, at its southernmost point, is the fjordside village of Flåm, which occupies one of the most picturesque settings in Europe, surrounded by bare-rock cliffs, verdant forests, lush green pastures and the serenely beautiful fjord. We stay for the next two nights in Flåm at the Fretheim Hotel.
Your morning is free to enjoy Flåm, exploring the sights of the area at leisure. You may wish to visit the small railway museum, complete with its full miniature scale replica of the old lines that once cut through this rugged area. This afternoon we board a boat on the Aurlandsfjord for a fabulous cruise. Aurlandsfjord is a 10.5 mile branch of the world's second longest fjord, the Sognefjord (126.8 miles). Together with Nærøyfjord, Aurlandsfjord is one of the most picturesque of its kind in the world. The mountains surrounding the fjords are more than 4,500 feet high in some places.
Our cruise on the fjords takes us north, pausing at Undredal, a small village and popular tourist destination along our route. The village is famous for having its human population greatly outweighed by that of its goats, at a scale of approximately 1 person to every 5 goats.
For this interesting state of affairs, the village is well-known for its famous brown goat's cheese. We then leave the Aurlandsfjord, entering the Nærøyfjord. We navigate around the fjord to Gudvangen before returning to Flåm by coach for our scenic journey back to the hotel.
We leave Flam and take our second journey on Flam railway changing in Myrdal. We continue east by rail, before descending 3,000 feet across 60 miles and travelling through the country's fertile pastures before eventually arriving into the nation's capital city. Arriving at Oslo station, we walk to our hotel for two nights, the Thon Hotel Opera, located across from the station, close to the Opera House, Oslofjord and Karl Johans Gate.
We begin our stay in Oslo with a guided coach tour to introduce you to the main sights. The new state Opera House is situated close to our hotel and is an impressive, award-winning example of modern architecture. During our panoramic tour we will also see Norway's magnificent 19th century Royal Palace, and the 20th century Oslo City Hall, which is the home of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies. We will also introduce you to the museum quarter at Bygdøy and the Holmenkollen Ski jump, which rises to a height of 60 metres on the outskirts of the city. From the top you can enjoy terrific views across the city and the Oslofjord. Oslo also boasts a variety of attractive parks and we take a stroll through the Vigeland Sculpture Park, whose 80 fascinating acres were designed by Gustav Vigeland and features 212 life-sized human sculptures.
Your afternoon is spent at leisure in Norway's capital city. Oslo offers a good choice of museums including the Viking Ship and Maritime Museum, the Folk Museum and the Edvard Munch Museum, just to name a few. You could also visit Oslo's world famous Art Gallery and view Munch's most famous piece, the expressionist painting known as 'The Scream'. A walk up Karl Johans Gate will reveal the Royal Palace and a multitude of shops and restaurants. At Akershus Castle and Fortress you will find the location of King Christian IV's old defences. Otherwise, you could take a scenic cruise on Oslofjord.
We transfer to Oslo Airport today by airport express train as we begin our journey home. We fly directly to London where our tour concludes.
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Organisation and help from all the staff and tour guide was very good, but the itinerary could have been improved in terms of times of journeys
We really enjoyed our mini tour of Norway, mostly particularly the train journeys and Flam. It was lovely to have an insight into this country and travelling in May meant it wasn't too busy, and we enjoyed all weathers.
There could have been more emphasis on the fjords. 2 nights in Bergen, 2 nights in the Flam and 2 nights in Oslo meant that two thirds of the holiday was in cities whereas the highlight of the tour should have been the mountains and the fjords. A 7 night tour with an extra night in Flam or sacrificing one night in Bergen for another in Flam would have been better.
Very well organised throughout and excellent value for money. Our tour guide, Ray Ellis, could not be faulted; he was extremely conscientious and worked very hard to ensure that everything went smoothly, down to the last detail.
A well organised and thoroughly enjoyable holiday
Everything was better than we expected and the organisation was superb.
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All great except for fiasco over dinner first night, and usual trouble finding somewhere to put luggage on trains, and lifting it on and off.
The journey was good ,flight, trains & coaches were on time and clean. Our great rail leader was great, so very helpful and jolly.
Enjoyable trip with excellent itinerary and excursions. Couple of very early starts which were not ideal when one is on holiday. Hotels were very good and food was fine, though not fantastic. Tour manager very helpful.
Tour through fjords across the 'roof of Norway'