Scenic Norway

Oslo, Ulvik & Bergen + 'Norway in a Nutshell'
8 days
June - August
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On this fantastic tour you get to see the very best of the Norwegian fjords as well as ride on the famous Norway in a Nutshell railway to Flam. Spectacular scenery, magnificent waterways, green wooded mountains, lakes and waterfalls, the historic cities of Oslo and Bergen and much more. 

You can also do a shorter, 6 day version of this tour from Bergen to Oslo - see our Land of the Fjords tour.

Day 1 Oslo Arrival 
On arrival, transfer from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to your hotel. Your tour escort will meet you at 19:45hrs (before dinner) in the hotel lobby. Dinner and overnight at Thon Hotel Opera Oslo, centrally located close to Karl Johans Gate. 

Day 2 Oslo - Ulvik: Valleys, Mountains & Waterfalls 
After breakfast, visit the famous Viking Ship Museum. Then depart from Oslo, driving via Hønefoss along the charming Halling Valley to the mountain resort town of Geilo. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue across the wild Hardanger Mountain Plateau to Fossli, stopping to view the thundering Vøringsfoss Waterfall, with a drop of 180 metres, the highest in Norway. 
Descend the amazing Mabodal Canyon to idyllic Hardanger Fjord, then cross the Hardanger bridge and on to Ulvik. Dinner and overnight at Brakanes Hotel, ideally located on the banks of the fjord.

Day 3 Ulvik - Bergen: Hardangerfjord & Historic City
After breakfast start the scenic drive along the Hardanger Fjord, famous for its many fruit orchards and vivd green fields, travelling via the towns of Øystese and Norheimsund, to arrive in the old Hanseatic trading town of Bergen around midday. Lunch at a local restaurant, before a 2 hour tour of Bergen, including a visit to the popular Fish and Flower Market, the famous Bryggen Harbour with its gabled packhouses, and also the old Hanseatic Quarter. Take a ride on the funicular to Mt. Fløien, for the best views of the city and fjords way below. Accommodation at the First Hotel Marin, centrally located next to the old Bryggen harbour and close to the pedestrian shopping streets. (Please note dinner tonight is NOT included)

Day 4 Bergen - Flam - Balestrand: Flam Railway & Sognefjord
After breakfast, depart Bergen and drive via Dale to Voss, to b
oard the Bergen Railway train bound for Myrdal mountain station. From Myrdal, we ride on the amazing Flåm Railway - a masterpiece of engineering which descends 865 metres in less than 1 hour. The journey will take you to the charming, fjordside village of Flåm, with many photo opportunities and a few stops along the way, passing waterfalls and spectacular mountain scenery.

After a short time in Flam, enjoy a 2 hour cruise along the narrow Aurlands and Nærøy Fjords, both branches of the Sognefjord, the world's longest and deepest fjord and known as the "Queen of the Fjords". Enjoy spectacular cascading waterfalls, sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks and a variety of wildlife. Disembark in Gudvangen at the head of the Nærøy Fjord, and continue by coach through the amazing Stalheim Canyon and Nærøy Valley, and across the Vika Mountains to Vangsnes. Here we take a short ferry ride across to beautiful Balestrand. 2 nights accommodation and dinner at Kvikne’s Hotel, superbly located on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains.

Day 5 Balestrand Day at Leisure
A day at leisure in Balestrand gives you the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding beauty and nature of the fjords. Start with a traditional Norwegian buffet breakfast in the hotel’s elegant dining room, as you decide how to spend your day. This morning, you may want to relax on the hotel terrace, breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the spectacular views. Or you may like to visit the local aquarium and art gallery, rent a bike or rowing boat from the hotel, or even go on foot up the neaby mountains. A walking tour of Balestrand village, with its historic buildings and other noteworthy sites, can also be arranged. Dinner and 2nd night at Kvikne’s Hotel.

Day 6 Balestrand - Geiranger
After breakfast, depart by ferry from Dragsvik to Hella, before a scenic tour along the northern side of the Sognefjord. Continue by road to Fjaerland, passing under Jostedal Glacier (Europe's largest), then on to Skei Village at the northern end of Lake J
ølster. Descend to beautiful Nord Fjord, making a detour at Olden to visit world-famous Briksdal Glacier, then journey up to the glacier in open cars, for the best views. Afterwards, enjoy a typical Norwegian lunch, served in sight of the glacier.

After lunch continue via Loen and Stryn, to picturesque Hellesylt village. From here, continue by ferry on a 1 hour cruise along the spectacular Geiranger Fjord, possibly the most impressive of all the Norwegian fjords. During the cruise, you will pass close to some magnificent waterfalls, including the Bridal Veil and Seven Sisters falls. Dinner and accommodation at the Union Hotel, overlooking Geiranger Fjord.

Day 7 Geiranger - Oslo
Depart from Geiranger and then from atop the famous Serpentine Road, enjoy the  amazing views of the fjord
and surrounding areas, before crossing the rugged Grotli Mountains to Lom, well known for its 14th Century stave church. Then continue via Lake Vågå, before descending the magnificent Gudbrands Valley to lovely Lillehammer, where we stop for lunch. Afterwards, the journey continues alongside Lake Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake, back to Oslo. Dinner and accommodation at Thon  Hotel Opera Oslo.

Day 8 Departure
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a transfer to Oslo Gardermoen Airport.

Departures 2018 : 05, 12, 19, 26 June; 03, 10, 17, 24, 31 July; 07, 14 August 

Includes: 7 nights accommodation in standard rooms; breakfast daily; lunch Days 2, 3, 6, 7; 7 x 3-course dinners (except in Bergen); visit to the Viking Museum, Oslo; 2 hour guided tour of Bergen including a ride on the Mt Floien funicular; ride on the Bergen and Flam Railways Voss-Myrdal-Flam; 2 hour cruise on Sogn and Naeroy Fjords; 1 hour cruise on Geiranger Fjord; excursion to Briksdal Glacier; transport in modern, deluxe coach with reclining seats and seatbelts; ferry crossings as shown; luggage assistance at the hotels whilst with the group; services of English speaking tour escort throughout the tour; transfers from airport to hotel on first and last days of the tour only. Transfers to/from a different airport than the one mentioned in the tour programme may incur a supplement.

You can also do a shorter, 6 day version of the tour from Bergen to Oslo - see our Land of the Fjords tour with departures 07, 14, 21, 28 June; 05, 12, 19, 26 July; 02, 09, 16 August.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3554.00
Single AUD$ 4209.00

Includes: 7 nights accommodation in standard rooms, breakfast daily;  lunch Days 2, 3, 6, 7;  7 x 3-course dinners (except in Bergen);  visit to the Viking Museum, Oslo;  2 hour guided tour of Bergen incl. a ride on the Mt Floien funicular; ride on the Bergen and Flam Railways  Voss-Myrdal-Flam; 2 hour cruise on the Sogn and Naeroy Fjords; 1 hour cruise on Geiranger Fjord; excursion to Briksdal Glacier; transport by modern, deluxe coach with reclining seats and seatbelts; ferry crossings as shown; luggage assistance at the hotels whilst with the group; services of English speaking tour escort throughout the tour; transfers from airport to hotel on first and last days of the tour only. Transfers to/from a different airport than the one mentioned in the tour programme may incur a supplement.

 

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