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

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20212022
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. After checking into our hotel for the night, 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 enjoy a typically Scandinavian style dinner of fresh fish at our hotel.

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 warming bowl of traditional Bergen chowder. 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 your afternoon is free to watch the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace or stroll Johannes Gate, the city's main shopping thoroughfare, before we begin an evening 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..

Includes
  • 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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Reviews

4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 26 reviews

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Mrs R Clare

4 stars

Submitted 08 Jul 2019

Leisurely pace of all tours was good for older people didn’t feel rushed. Guides and Tour manager were excellent. We had a problem with smell in one of the hotels and tour manager sorted us another better room. The fiord cruise was a bit of a let down we were squeezed onto a small car ferry with lots of others and the weather not being good there was not enough shelter for everybody. Other than that it was a good holiday. (Switzerland was better as we like old trains)

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Ms E Levin

4 stars

Submitted 02 Jul 2019

It was a good trip and I was glad to have a tour guide along to help with the train arrivals and departures. The Thon hotels left something to be desired. The tub in the 1st and the food in the 2nd.

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Mr T Clague

5 stars

Submitted 02 Jul 2018

Well organised from start to finish.

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P Lovell

4 stars

Submitted 09 Oct 2017

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

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Mr J Rose

4 stars

Submitted 02 Oct 2017

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.

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Mr S Foster

5 stars

Submitted 02 Oct 2017

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.

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