The famous "Norway in a Nutshell" experience continues into Winter! Spend 2 nights in Oslo, Flam and Bergen whilst enjoying the charms of winter travel in Norway, and the amazing Flamsbanan railway. The tour also includes a day on the beautiful Sognefjord and a snowshoe hike into the forests and hills around Flam.
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Day 1 OSLO Arrival
Arrive in Oslo and make your own way to your hotel. Take a stroll through the old wharf area of Bryggen, now bustling with bars and cafes. Next 2 nights and breakfast at the Thon Hotel Bristol or similar.
Day 2 OSLO City Sightseeing: Viking Museum, Fram Polar Museum and much more
Today enjoy a guided group sightseeing tour of Oslo. This tour includes all the major and “must-see” attractions in Oslo- travel through the city centre of Oslo, to the Vigeland Sculpture Park and to the ski jump at Holmenkollen. In Bygdøy, you will visit the Viking Ship Museum and learn about polar exploration history in the Fram Museum. The last stop is the Kon-Tiki Museum, where your guide will tell you about Thor Heyerdahl’s spectacular expeditions. The tour includes entrance fees to the Viking Ship Museum, the Fram Museum and the Kon-Tiki Museum. The tour starts at 10:30am at City Hall (Kronprinsesse Märthas plass) and returns there at 15:15hrs.
Day 3 OSLO – MYRDAL – FLÅM: Bergen Railway & Flamsbanan Railway
Breakfast at the hotel before making your own way to Oslo Centralstation - the train from Oslo to Myrdal departs at 08.05am and arrives at 12.59pm. Travelling on the Bergen Railway is a unique experience on Northern Europe's highest-altitude railway line. One of the greatest challenges is the harsh and changeable weather. The line is exposed to deep low-pressure centres from the west, which can mean strong winds and heavy snow for part of the year. Keeping the railway open demands great effort and technical expertise. Today, skilled workers, effective equipment, tunnels and snow tunnels make the Bergen Railway one of the safest and most comfortable ways of travelling between Oslo and Bergen.
Change trains at Myrdal (just cross the platform) then continue on the fabulous mountain railway down to Flåm and the Sognefjord. Departing at 13.00pm and arriving at 13.50pm, the train journey provides some of Norway's wildest and most magnificent scenery. On the 20 km-long train ride you can see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains and farms clinging dizzily to sheer slopes. Marvel at the exhilarating ride on the amazing railway, a masterpiece of engineering ascending 2,838 feet in less than one hour. The descent from Myrdal to Flåm offers opportunities for photo shots of some exciting waterfalls and mountain scenery. Surrounded by spectacular landscapes & waterfalls, the train makes its way down to the charming fjordside village of Flam. Arrive in Flåm and walk across to your hotel, located a short walk from the train station. Enjoy dinner and the next 2 nights at Fretheim Hotel, Flåm.
Day 4 FLÅM- Day on the Fjords & Snowshoe Hike
Today get ready for some fun on the fjord! The tour begins in Flåm and takes you deep into the Nærøyfjord, to the charming little village of Undredal. Along the way stops will be made where your local guide will explain about the rich wildlife of the area, the distinctive nature and the cultural history of the tiny villages and local farms scattered along the fjord. The many waterfalls will be frozen solid; the fjord is calm, the water clear and the snow lies just like frosting on the high, steep mountains. On the return from the Nærøyfjord stop at Undredal, idyllically situated on the shores of the fjord, surrounded by high mountains. With its 85 inhabitants and 450 goats it truly is a special little village. In Undredal visit the local shop for hot drinks and hear from one of the locals about life along the fjord.
The fjord tour departs at 11.45am from Flåm and returns at 14.15pm. On your return, enjoy a snowshoe hike. Hike from fjord to mountain, enjoy the amazing views, and experience getting around on these traditional snowshoes. Your guide will tell you about the unique local nature, and hot drinks will be served to keep you toasty! The trip is suitable for beginners - general fitness but no prior experience needed. The snowshoe trip departs Flam at 15:00pm and takes you by minibus to Stegastein where the hike begins. Arrive back in Flåm around 18:00/18:30pm. Tonight, dine at the nearby award winning Aegir Brewery and Pub tonight, with craft beers and great Viking food. Sit by the fire and taste a few ales while enjoying a 5 course feast.
Day 5 GUDVANGEN – VOSS – BERGEN
Breakfast at the hotel before morning at leisure in Flåm. In the afternoon, cruise from Flåm to Gudvangen, travelling for approximately 3 hours along the narrow Nærøy and Sogn Fjords, the longest and deepest fjords in the world. From the sun deck or the comfortable lounge, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of frozen waterfalls, sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks, and a variety of wildlife. (*In case of an iced up fjord, this might be done by bus). On arrival in Gudvangen, board the bus to Voss then take the train from Voss to Bergen, arriving in Bergen around 20.00hrs. Make your own way from the train station to the hotel. Next 2 nights at Augustin Hotel, Bergen, or similar.
Day 6 BERGEN
Spend a day in the colourful city of Bergen, a lively city beautifully situated on the fjord & surrounded by 7 mountains, with a long history as a Hanseatic trading port. Walk along Bryygen, the historic old wharf area with timbered houses, formerly the homes and warehouses of wealthy merchants, explore the fish and flowers markets and enjoy a meal in one of the many cafes and restaurants of this lovely historic town. And make sure you take the funicular ride uo to Mt Fløien for a panoramic view of Bergen and its surroundings.
Day 7 Bergen Departure.
Arrangements end after breakfast.
Departures: Daily 30 January - 31 March
This tour can be done in reverse. Or add extra nights anywhere along the way.
Includes: 4 nights accommodation in standard double/twin room with daily breakfast at the abovementioned hotels or similar in Oslo and Bergen; 2 nights accommodation in standard double/twin room with daily breakfast and 1 dinner at Flamsbrygga Hotel, Flam; 5 course Viking dinner at Aegir Brewery, Flam; train Oslo-Myrdal-Flam 2nd class; boat Flam-Gudvangen; bus Gudvangen-Voss; train Voss-Bergen 2nd class; Winter Fjordsafari + Snowshoe hike.
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Includes: 4 nights accommodation in standard double/twin room with daily breakfast at the above mentioned hotels or similar in Oslo and Bergen; 2 nights accommodation in standard double/twin room with daily breakfast and 1 dinner at Flamsbrygga Hotel, Flam; 5 course Viking dinner at Aegir Brewery, Flam; Train Olso-Myrdal-Flam 2nd class; Boat Flam-Gudvangen; bus Gudvangen-Voss; train Voss-Bergen 2nd class; Winter Fjordsafari + Snowshoe hike