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

7 days From £1,495 £1,345 per person
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2023 Tour code: FJS23

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 aboard 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 scenery.

Day 2 - The Bergen Railway

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. Other highlights throughout the journey to look out for include the Trollkona tunnel, the longest on the line at 5.5 miles, the pretty Hallingdal Valley and Hallingdalselva River, which flows to Lake Krøderen, and Norefjell mountain.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Bergen

We set out on a guided city 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. 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.

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  • Breakfast
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 and through leafy canyons, we witness some of the finest Norwegian landscapes on offer. Running along several mountains, the Flåm Railway is a particularly impressive feat of 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.

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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 out be-fore 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 Norway's most popular destinations 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 take a bus to one of the nearby towns for a touch of shopping or a drink and snack at a local café.

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  • Breakfast
Day 6 - Oslo

We return to Oslo today by rail, where we take a guided tour, visiting the National Theatre, Norway's historic playhouse which has been producing plays 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 much of the last millennium. In the evening, we take a 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. We glide by Hovedøya Island and see the Dyna Lighthouse before navigating our way across narrow inlets and into sheltered bays, skirting close to the peninsula of Bygdøy - home to Huk Bay beach, the Maritime Museum, with its veteran sailing ships moored outside, and the impressive Fram Museum.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - London

After a final breakfast, we check out of our hotel and transfer to the airport for our flight back to London Heathrow.

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  • 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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Reviews

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C Olsen

4 stars

Submitted 28/Sep

Beautiful but very expensive country. A lot of time travelling though.

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G Taylor

5 stars

Submitted 27/Sep

The scenery was spectacular,the accommodation good. Rail journeys were comfortable and on time. Also we had the services of a very good tour guide

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Anita Barnes

4 stars

Submitted 20/Aug

A well organised and interesting trip.

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Robert Wells

5 stars

Submitted 20/Aug

Excellent itinerary and stunning scenery. The tour manager was very efficient. Looking forward to my next journey.

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J Boyd

5 stars

Submitted 31/Jul

The Highlights of Norway's Fjords and Cities was a very enjoyable trip. From the start it was well organised and everything went smoothly with Philip Wade, the guide, who was always on hand with daily information on the app. The only change we would suggest to enhance the tour would be an extra day at the end in Oslo to give more time to explore the city.

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H Gill

5 stars

Submitted 29/Jul

This was our first trip with Great Rail Journeys and we had an incredible time from start to finish. Norway was spectacular. Laura (our Tour Manager) was exceptional - she had anticipated every eventuality and moving from place to place was seamless. Any issues that arose were dealt with calmly and professionally. We enjoyed travelling with a group of interesting people and have made some new friends. We are busy planning our next trip with GRJ!

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