Fjords and mountains in beautiful Norway
Marvel at the beauty and majesty of spellbinding Norway on this enthralling seven-day holiday. Travel from the elegant city of Oslo to the breathtaking fjords and mountains of Norway's west coast.
Your Norwegian adventure begins as you fly to Oslo, Norway's fascinating capital. On arrival, you will transfer into the city centre by rail and walk to your hotel, the modern 4* Thon Opera. Tonight enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant.
You begin your stay in Oslo with a guided walking 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 your panoramic tour you 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. Your afternoon is spent at leisure.
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, 'The Scream'.
A walk up Karl Johans Gate will reveal the Royal Palace as well as 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. Visiting the islands of Oslo's archipelago (payable locally) means you will be able to view the imposing Oscarborg Fortress. Now a museum, the mighty castle was an important bastion during World War II, and the museum offers a variety of exhibitions detailing what happened at this famous location. Cruises on the Oslofjord are available just a short walk from the hotel.
The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art is a fantastic example of modernity in itself, and its beguiling architectural design is certainly worth visiting. Alternatively, you could make a stop at the apartment of Norway's most famous literary son, Henrik Ibsen. The apartment, now a museum, is said to be laid out with furniture as an exact replica as the famous playwright had it during his lifetime
Travel on Northern Europe's highest railway today. Walk to the station and board the Bergen Railway for the breathtakingly scenic journey to Bergen, the gateway to Norway's fjordlands. Beginning in southern Norway, the train starts its ascent into the rugged mountains, travelling alongside deep fjords and passing through numerous tunnels hewn out of the solid rock to the stations at Arna and Dale.
After the Trollkona tunnel - the longest on the line at 5.5 miles - you reach Bergen, situated on the edge of Norway's fjord country. Here, you will stay at the Hotel Oleana, enjoying dinner at a local restaurant after check in.
Embark on a full day excursion that encapsulates Norway in a Nutshell today. Today includes a journey on the iconic Flåm Railway, one of the most scenic in the world, traveling along one of the steepest lines in existence. Following some free time to discover Flåm, take to the waters on a spellbinding cruise along two of Norway's tranquil fjords, Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord.
Today you begin your explorations proper of beautiful Bergen, visiting the Bryggen Waterfront, a delightful area which is the location of the old Hanseatic trading wharf as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After the tour there's a traditionally Scandinavian seafood lunch served up near the town's iconic market before the rest of your day is at leisure.
Enjoy another day at leisure in Bergen today. The city of Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains and is based around its harbour. In the Bergenhus district there are well-preserved medieval buildings. On the other side of the harbour is the Klosteret area, which has beautiful 18th century wooden houses and charming alleys, where you can take a stroll out to the Nordnes peninsula. The city centre extends from the main square (Torget) to the Nygård area, where most of the shops and restaurants can be found.
In the Middle Ages, Bergen was the largest city in Scandinavia and it wasn't until the 1830s that it was overtaken by Oslo. Bergen retains its status as an important port city. Bergen was involved in trade with countries all over Europe and was awarded its city charter as long ago as 1070, by King Olav Kyrre. Contacts with the Hanseatic League allowed Bergen to export fish and import crucial supplies of grain. In the harbour, which is called Vågen, you can still see parts of the Bryggen, the old Hanseatic Wharf.
The old wooden buildings are on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and have been damaged by fire several times. Your time is at leisure here, be sure to visit Bergen's popular Old Town.
Today, you bid farewell to Norway, transferring to Bergen airport for the flight back home.
Combine holidays to Norway and start your adventure early by booking onto our preceding Northern Fjords tour. Enjoy an extra 8 days in fabulous Norway that include a drive along the world-famous Atlantic Road, and a cruise across Geirangerfjord. Please speak to experienced Tour Advisor for more details.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.
Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
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Great experience, well planned; comfortable hospitality
The trip was well managed and comfortable. The scenery was beautiful.
Everything is expected and more! The only bad thing was hotel in voss food wasnto up to standard.
hotel was in an excellent position and the amenities were very good.Unfortunately , the meals did not appeal
Our tour manager was wxcellent and all tour arrangements went well Only one downside was the hotel bathroom in Voss was tiny
Excellent in all aspects of organisation, tour guide, travel and accommodation, food and companions and weather!!!!!!
EVERYTHING WAS GREAT,A PERFECT HOLIDAY
Everything was planned and fell into place and our tour manager handled all disasters very well, as predicted!
It was an excellent train holiday and gave us a good insight into Norway.
Great Tour Manager. Everything went to plan. Efficient, friendly, well-organised. Great scenery
Fjords and mountains in beautiful Norway