See the wild side of Norway
See the wild side of Norway on a tour that delivers up lashings of nature's most impressive performances, from waterfalls to winding coastal roads.
Begin your tour with a flight from London to Trondheim, via Oslo. After disembarking from your flight, transfer to your hotel, the 4* Scandic Solsiden, where you sit down to enjoy a first dinner of the tour with the rest of the group.
Set out on a walking tour of Trondheim today. This Scandinavian city is one of the oldest in Norway, and is filled with a rich and vibrant history. On the tour, you have the chance to see the pretty wooden houses of Bakklandet, an idyllic neighbourhood that overlooks the Nidelva River.
After, there is included entrance to Nidaros Cathedral. This breathtaking structure was first built in 1070, and remained as a Catholic church up until 1537. Originally a smaller church built to commemorate King Olav II of Norway, who had died 40 years before, then later canonized as a saint, it has undergone a series of restorations to make it the enormous Romanesque and Gothic structure that it stands as today. Enjoy time to look around the cathedral at your own pace, before an afternoon and evening at leisure.
Travelling southwards today, depart Trondheim for a remarkable journey along Norway's rugged western coast. Taking the great Atlantic Road, regularly voted as one of the world's best 'road trips', enjoy the thrill as you seemingly drive out into the Atlantic itself.
There are a selection of photo stops along the way, as well of commentary to give you an insight as to where you are going and what you are seeing. Both of these give you plenty of time to absorb the incredible beauty that surrounds you. At some point on the route, you stop for lunch.
Your destination is the town of Ålesund, where you spend the next two nights. Upon arrival, check into your hotel, before enjoying dinner.
A large part of today is spent absorbing the beauty of Ålesund on a guided tour. You have the chance to see the towns beautiful selection of 'Jugendstil' - known throughout the rest of the world as 'Art Nouveau' - buildings.
This architectural style became the main look of Ålesund following a fire, that destroyed much of the town, in 1904.This architecture has become a large part of the town's identity, and the listed buildings serve as a reminder of what life was like back in Ålesund at the turn of the 20th Century.
After, you continue to Aksla Viewpoint. There are 418 steps which lead up to the highest point of the town to unveil a magnificent and panoramic view of Ålesund, the fjord, and its surrounding mountains. The rest of your day is spent at leisure. Perhaps enjoy it in the café that sits atop Aksla Viewpoint, absorbing the beauty of your surroundings.
Leaving Ålesund by coach, begin your journey to Geiranger along the serpentine Trollstigen mountain road, which offers cinematic views over the mountainous valleys and their crystalline waterfalls.
On Day 6 we spend the day at the incredible Geirangerfjord. Begin your time here with an excursion to Dalsnibba viewing point, before you take in the scenery from a different viewpoint with a cruise across Geirangerfjord (meaning 'Great Fjord'). This nine-mile-long branch of the Storfjord has been awarded UNESCO status thanks to its outstanding natural beauty, and you have plenty of time to enjoy it on the relaxing cruise. Keep an eye out for the number of high waterfalls that dot the shores of the fjord, including the Seven Sisters and the Suitor. Also along the sides are a series of atmospheric abandoned houses, lending an almost otherworldly quality to the surroundings. Following the cruise, the rest of your day is at leisure, perhaps to continue exploring the pretty village of Geiranger.
Transfer to Åndalsnes station for the train to Oslo, travelling along a short section of the scenic Rauma Railway. This trip is one of the most beautiful in the world, as it traverses through magnificent, contrasting landscapes. For a large portion of the journey, the track navigates the same course as the waters of the River Rauma, from which the line takes its name. The river is set within a deep and verdant valley, winding around hillsides and past with jagged mountain peaks.
Transfer from Dombas to Oslo by rail, viewing more of the expansive and untouched scenery that is abundant in this corner of the world, then disembark and check into your hotel for the night. Here, you enjoy a last dinner with your tour group.
After enjoying a final breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Oslo airport to catch your return flight to London. On arrival, your tour concludes.
Combine holidays to Norway and continue your adventure, by booking onto our Essential Norway tour. On Day 8 you will remain in Oslo, meeting your next Tour Manager and group for another 7 days in this remarkable country that includes a journey on the renowned Flåm Railway and historic Bergen. Please speak to experienced Tour Advisor for more details.
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See the wild side of Norway