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Experience beautiful fjords, stylish cities and travel across the ‘roof of Norway’

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7 days From £1,495 per person

2022 Tour code: FJS22

About the tour

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. Visiting these natural wonders, we also cross spellbinding landscapes to see Norway's magnificent cities.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Oslo

We depart London Heathrow on our flight to Oslo. Situated beside a fjord and surrounded by forest-covered mountains, this beautiful city is referred to as the green capital thanks to its lush parks and stunning surroundings. We check into our hotel for the night.

Day 2 - Bergen

Travelling along the full length of Northern Europe's highest railway line, the Bergen Railway, we admire the natural landscapes of forests, fjords and snowy mountainsides as we journey towards Bergen, a harbour-based city surrounded by seven scenic mountains. We check into our hotel on arrival for a two-night stay.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Bergen

On Day 3 we take a guided 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 make our way to the city's time-honoured fish market for lunch, enjoying a fish tasting menu. The rest of your day is free to 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.

Day 4 – The Flåm Railway

We cross Norway's incredible fjordland region today, travelling through some of the country's most breathtaking landscapes by boat. Our cruise takes us to the shores of Aurlandsfjord, where the village of Flåm is nestled. Here, we join the Flåm Railway, taking us 12 miles to the mountain station of Myrdal, via a multitude of twists and turns. Trundling past crystal-clear waterfalls, through leafy canyons and over fjords, we witness some of the finest Norwegian landscapes on offer. Running along several mountains, the Flåm Railway is a particularly impressive feat of rail engineering as it's also one of the steepest railway lines in the world, adding to the lofty views we enjoy. We cross the mighty Kjossfossen Waterfall, which plummets to a depth of more than 700 feet, before changing trains for the service to Voss, a beautiful town nestled between Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord. We check into our hotel for two nights on arrival.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 – Voss

We make the short walk to the boarding point for the Voss Gondola, a cable car which takes us on a scenic ascent into the mountains to the summit station at Hangurstoppen. During the journey, we look out over the snow-capped peaks, evergreen forests and sparking waters of the fjords spread before us. At the top, you can visit the restaurant, head out on one of the signposted walking trails or just sit and admire the views. The rest of your day is free in one of the most popular destinations in Norway for getting back to nature. Encircled by high mountains, wooded valleys, cascading waterfalls and meandering rivers, you could stay put and relax amid your picturesque surroundings or visit the Voss Folk Museum.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Oslo

We return to Oslo today by rail, where we we take a guided tour, visiting the National Theatre, Norway's main arena for theatre productions for more than 100 years. We also see the Storting parliament, the modern Opera House, whose roof you can access for outstanding fjord views, and Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle that's protected the city for over 700 years. This evening, we take dinner cruise across Oslofjord. A traditional wooden ship takes us through a maze of green islands that make up this distinctive archipelago as we sit down to a buffet dinner of fresh, locally-caught shrimps. 

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  • Breakfast, 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 concludes.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Scandic Bergen City, Bergen

Scandic Bergen City, Bergen

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Scandic Byporten, Oslo

Scandic Byporten, Oslo

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Scandic Voss, Voss

Scandic Voss, Voss

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Trains

Bergen Railway
Flåm Railway
Fløibanen Funicular

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avril fitzgerald

3 stars

Submitted 22/Jun

We knew the itinerary had changed to an island cruise with shrimp buffet dinner. We didn’t realise that we had a long walk to the boat, and there were guests using walking sticks due to joint replacement issues. The cruise was good, but the food was simply shrimps, lettuce and bread. One lady managed to get a pot noodle in replacement. As a tour manager, we expected John to be interacting with the guests, but he didn’t. He sat quietly at his table and when asked why, he simply said that he ‘didn’t want to intrude’. Once the cruise was over, John asked if we knew our own way back to the hotel? We had literally arrived in Oslo a few hours earlier! Some decided to hire a taxi back. Some stayed in Oslo for a while. A few of us walked with John back to the hotel. NO we would not have found our own way back! Day 2/3: John told us that breakfast would be a rushed affair and that if we couldn’t eat what we wanted in the half hour allowed, to make sandwiches for the road. This was the best advice he gave on the trip. We had a pleasant train journey to Bergen, but again, John simply sat in his seat not interacting with the guests. Meanwhile in comparison, in the next coach, another guide was walking around and pointing out the sights etc. We arrived in Bergen but were told that it was a walk of approximately 1 km to our hotel with our luggage. We followed John, but he got lost. At least 3 people checked on Google and advised him which way to go, but he dismissed them. After walking up and down streets, we eventually found the hotel and were checked in. By this time a lot of people were getting very tired and angry and voiced their concerns to John. We received no apology at all. The following morning as expected, we were taken on a walking tour. This could have been very interesting except that the guide kept turning away to point, and as he spoke very quietly, we struggled to hear him. He seemed more intent on improving his English rather than speaking clearly. We all agreed on this. There was no traditional Bergen chowder at the fish market, instead it was a fish taster menu at FISHME restaurant for lunch. We had a meat and cheese taster as you noted our request for no fish, thank you. Day 4/5: We were up very early for an early breakfast in order to leave the hotel before 8 am. Now we had the 1 km walk with our luggage to the ferry terminal to catch the Ferry to cruise Sognefjord and join the Flam Railway. The cruise was excellent, but again no knowledge offered from John as to our surroundings etc., although he did interact asking guests if they were OK. We arrived at Vos. Having told us the location of the hotel, John asked if we could make our own way there while he went on ahead to ensure that there were no issues in checking in. The train had arrived on a different platform to what he expected, and we had to carry our luggage up and down 20 or 30 steps and use the underpass, not knowing which way to go. We seemed to have a lot of free time in Vos with little to do, whereas the time could have been spent in Bergen. Day 6: We arrived back in Oslo. We checked into the hotel and had to be back in reception within 20 minutes to begin our coach tour of the city. The tour included a visit to a carved statue display within a large park. There were lots and lots of steps to climb, and the guide announced that the coach would pick us up at the other side of the park. Some people with walking sticks, simply couldn’t climb the steps and had to walk through the park, missing the carvings. The tour was good, but cut short in order to return us to the hotel in time to freshen up for our last dinner. Unfortunately, a few guests bought drinks in the hotel reception whilst waiting for the others, as the bar manager advised we could take them to dinner. This was a misunderstanding, and EGON refused us entry with the drinks, so dinner was delayed for us to stay in reception and finish them. We feel this should be noted, as the drinks would not have been bought as they cost £10 each. The return train to Olso Airport was again a local train whereby the lack of seating meant standing room only, and lack of capacity for luggage. On both occasions using this train there was the alternative Express train, but this wasn’t used. The hotels in Oslo and Bergen weren't up to your descriptions. The hotel in Vos seemed the best. Only one of 3 hotels had tea/coffee facilities and a safe.

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K Lo

3 stars

Submitted 18/Jun

Bad & cost-cutting planning. Generally the train journeys & fjords cruise were very scenic & enjoyable. The quality of hotel rooms were disappointing except in Bergen. Day 1- very long day, have to walked more than 20 minutes to the evening shrimp dinner cruise, sounds grand but food was so so, cruise was 7 to10 pm, seat on cruise got no back support but the scenery was very good. Day 2- have to go to breakfast at 07.30 & leave the hotel at 07.50 to catch the train, just imagine the mad rush.Train to Bergen was very good. Trouble started at Bergen station, you are expected to walk 20 minutes pulling your case on cobble stones to the hotel. Most of us are over 65's some were struggling, some have to take a taxi at own expense. Day 3- Guided city tour was ok, the lunch was a joke, all you got is 4 thin finger size fish, a bit of salad, water, that's it. 'Lunch' as listed on the brochure ??? Day 4- After breakfast, you have to walk 20 minutes with your case on cobble stones to the ferry terminal to catch the ferry to Flam (spectacular), train journey from Flam to Myrdal was equally good. Day 5- Gondola to the hill top after breakfast was good, after the tea & cake in the cafe you are free to explore, too much free time in Voss with nothing much to do. Day 6- Train from Voss to Oslo was good, city tour after was good, but the dinner that night was barely edible unlike the 2 dinners in Voss hotel (good).

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Timothy Horsfield

5 stars

Submitted 17/Jun

The holiday lived up to our expectations and the weather made it too. The Tour Manager did an excellent job.

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P Hetherington

4 stars

Submitted 1/Jun

Stunning scenery of mountains and fjords. Excellent tour manager. Only downside was having to drag suitcases for about 20 mins on one occasion .

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Charlotte Nanton

5 stars

Submitted 28/May

Most amazing …thank you??

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Nancy Jones

5 stars

Submitted 27/May

A beautiful clean country, Also lovely people. I would probably have liked 1 more day in each place. A country I would like to visit again.

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