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Tour through fjords across the 'roof of Norway'

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About the tour

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.

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Days 1-2 - Oslo guided sightseeing and free time

Fly from your chosen airport to Oslo Airport, on arrival make your way to the Thon Hotel Opera where you will spend the next two nights.

On the afternoon of Day 2 you will meet the rest of your group at the hotel, where your tour will begin with a guided coach tour of Oslo 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 are also introduced 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.

Royal Palace, Oslo
Day 3 - To Bergen

We depart the hotel after breakfast and start our journey by coach to Bergen. En-route we stop off at the Fantofte Stave Church. On arrival in Bergen we head to our hotel the Hotel Oleana.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Bergen
Day 4 - Exploring Bergen

Today you will transfer by coach to Bergen via Fantoft stave church. Later, 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast
  • Guided Walking Tour of Bergen
  • Journey on the Fløibanen Funicular
Bryggen, Bergen
Day 5 - Bergen to Flåm

Today we cross Norway's incredible fjordland region, traveling through some of the country's most breathtaking landscapes on some of the most scenic train journeys in Scandinavia. The Bergen Railroad 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 Railroad, 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 railroad 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.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Flam Railroad
Flam
Day 6 - Flåm and the Fjords Cruise

This morning 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.

The afternoon is then free to enjoy Flåm, exploring the sights of the area at leisure. You may wish to visit the small railroad museum, complete with its full miniature scale replica of the old lines that once cut through this rugged area.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Cruise on the Fjords
Aurlandsfjord
Day 7 - Flåm to Oslo

We leave Flam by coach to Oslo where we overnight at the Thon Hotel Opera, located close to the Opera House, Oslofjord and Karl Johans Gate.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Oslo Opera House
Day 8 - Journey Home

Your tour ends today and you are free to make your own way home.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Flights

Additional information

Recommended Airports

We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to and from Oslo Gardermoen airport, approximately 30 miles from your base in Oslo.

Airport waiting room
Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00you will meet your tour manager and group at dinner at approx  18:30.

Hotels

Hotel Oleana

Hotel Oleana, Bergen

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Fretheim Hotel, Flåm

Fretheim Hotel, Flåm

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Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo

Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo

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Trains

Bergen Railroad
Flåm Railroad
Fløibanen Funicular

Reviews

97% of travelers would recommend this tour

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Mrs R Clare

Submitted Jul 08, 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 vacation. (Switzerland was better as we like old trains)

Ms E Levin

Submitted Jul 02, 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.

Anonymous

Submitted Aug 13, 2018

The tour was interesting but we felt that the tour group was rather standoffish with those who came from Gatwick not mixing with ties who camped from Man

Anonymous

Submitted Jul 02, 2018

Norway is a beautiful country

Mr T Clague

Submitted Jul 02, 2018

Well organised from start to finish.

P Lovell

Submitted Oct 09, 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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