Unique Fjords & Royal Capitals

Escorted
Norway's glorious fjords + Stockholm & Copenhagen
11 days
Jun- Aug
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One highlight after another awaits you on this trip through some of the world's most spectacular and fascinating scenery - deep fjords, icy glaciers, picturesque villages and majestic mountains. This incredible journey includes Hardanger and Sognefjords, a visit to the foot of one of the most accessible glaciers in Norway, Nigardsbreen, the famous Flam Railway and the cities of Oslo and Bergen. Then continue to the wonderful cities of Stockholm and Copenhagen.

Add extra nights in Bergen or Copenhagen - please ask us.

Day 1 Bergen Arrival and Mt Floien Funicular Ride
On arrival make your own way to your hotel. The remainder of day is at leisure to explore Bergen.This old Hanseatic trading city is full of history and tradition, an international city that has retained its small-town charm and atmosphere, and offers an exciting blend of nature and culture. Visit the Fish and Flower markets, and take the funicular up Mount Floyen for amazing views. If you are feeling energetic, stroll from the top down the easy 3km track that winds through forest and into the fringes on the city and enjoy the evening light of the Midnight Sun.

This evening meet your tour leader and fellow travellers. Overnight at the Scandic Neptun Hotel, centrally located just 2 minutes from Torgallmenningen Square and within walking distance of Bryggen,with restaurants and bars in historic former Hanseatic trading buildings.

Day 2 Bergen: CIty sightseeing - Hardangerfjord - Norheimsund
Start today with a morning 2 hour panoramic sightseeing tour of Bergen, including the popular fish market and the historical wharf area of Bryggen. Then depart Bergen and head into beautiful Hardangerfjord, the fourth longest fjord in the world, and the second longest in Norway. This area is known as the orchard of Norway because of it's fertile farmland and green fields. Overnight at Thon Hotel Sandven, Norheimsund, including dinner. This historic hotel was established in 1875, is steeped in tradition, and is located in a spectacular setting on the edge of the fjord. 

Day 3  Norheimsund - Stalheim - Flam - Balestrand
Today we start by travelling along the twists and turns of the mountain road via Stalheim Canyon, past beautiful waterfalls to the very top, where there are some amazing panoramic views over the valley. Then onwards to the small and idyllic village of Flåm, nestled deep in Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the famous Sognefjord. Surrounded by steep mountains up to 1400 m high, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys, this area is a paradise. From Flam, enjoy a leisurely fjord cruise through stunning landscapes to tiny Gudvangen.

From here, we continue by coach to Vangsnes, crossing the magnificent Sognefjord, nicknamed the King of the Fjords, and the largest and deepest fjord in Norway, stretching 205 kilometres inland from the ocean to the small village of Skjolden. We reach Balestrand, beautifully located beside the Sognefjord, and Kviknes Hotel where you will stay for 2 nights. The Kvikne family have been the hosts here since 1877, when the hotel was built in the Swiss chalet style. Now a modern hotel with old-world charm and atmosphere, the hotel is graced with an extensive collection of artworks and antiques, which give it a special style.Whilst at Balestrand dinner at the hotel is included.

Day 4 Balestrand: Glacier Day
Today we visit the glaciers. Travel by ferry across Fjærlandfjord, before reaching Jostedal Glacier and the Breheimsenteret Glacier Centre. Jostedal Glacier is the largest glacier on the European mainland and the entire glacier, as well as some of the nearby valleys, all form a vast National Park. We take a ferry across a small lake to see the Nigardsbreen Glacier, an arm of the larger glacier; here, unlike many other glaciers, you can get right up close!  Then we take the ferry back and enjoy lunch and a visit to the Breheimsenteret Glacier Centre, before returning to Balestrand. 2nd overnight with dinner in Balestrand.

Day 5 Balestrand - Flam - Myrdal - Oslo
This morning we leave Baletrand and return across the Sognefjord to Flåm. Here we board the Flamsbanen Train for one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world. This is a spectacular train trip, offering panoramic views of some of the wildest and most magnificent nature in the Norwegian fjord landscape. The Flåm Railway is one of the steepest train lines in the world, with almost 80% of the journey on a gradient of 5.5 per cent. On arrival at the mountain station of Myrdal, we change trains and travel on the Bergen Line to the Norwegian capital, Oslo. Here we stay for 2 nights at the Scandic St. Olavs plass Hotel, situated in a peaceful location just around the corner from Karl Johans Gate, the Royal Palace and Oslo city centre, and just 350 metres from the airport bus stop. 

Day 6 Oslo City Sightseeing and Time at Leisure
Today we enjoy a 3 hour panoramic city tour of Oslo, including Vigeland Scuplture Park with its 200 sculptures, a visit to Holmenkollen ski jump for a fantastic view over the city and a walk on the Opera House. The afternoon is at your leisure, so that you can further explore Oslo's many museums, including the Fram Museum of polar exploration, the Kon-Tiki Museum, the Munch Museum and many others. Or just relax in the cafes and restaurants that surround the old wharf area. 2nd overnight in Oslo.

Day 7 Oslo - Stockholm
Today we travel towards Stockholm, through the beautiful and idyllic countryside of Norway and Sweden. In the afternoon we arrive in Stockholm, where there is time for you to explore on your own. Perhaps bask in the unique atmosphere of the Old Town (Gamla Stan) and wander through it's narrow and historic streets. 2 nights in Stockholm at the Scandic Malmen Hotel. 

Day 8 Stockholm City Sightseeing and Time at Leisure
Start today with a 3 hour panoramic city tour. This glorious and ancient city is built over 14 islands and is affectionately known as the Venice of the North. Our tour will take us past major sights which include the Cathedral, Stroget Square and Fjallgatan, where you can marvel at panoramic views of the city.  

The afternoon is free - maybe take a trip to Royal Djurgården Island, an area of  lovely parkland and forest, and home to many museums and historical buildings, including Skansen, an open-air museum presenting historical Sweden, Vasamuseet (the Vasa Museum), featuring the warship Vasa, which sank in Stockholm on her maiden voyage in 1628, the imposing Nordiska Museet (Nordic Museum), a leading museum of Scandinavian culture and history. Don't forget ABBA The Museum - much  more than an ordinary museum with costumes, gold records, original items, memorabilia and much, much more! 2nd overnight in Stockholm.

Day 9 Stockholm - Copenhagen Over the Oresund Bridge.
This morning we depart Stockholm bound for Denmark and it's charming capital Copenhagen. Travel south across the lovely landscape of the Swedish countryside, via Malmo, situated on the coast and directly opposite Copenhagen over the Kattegat Straits. The 2 cities are connected by the engineering wonder that is the Oresund Bridge, one of the world's longest bridges. After crossing the bridge we arrive in Copenhagen, where the remainder of the day and night is at your leisure. We will spend 2 nights here at the Comfort Vesterbro Hotel, at a prime location just 500 metres from Copenhagen Central Station, near the city's many bars, restaurants and shops. 

Day 10 Copenhagen City Sightseeing and Time at Leisure
Today enjoy a 3 hour panoramic city tour. See the old waterfront district of Nyhavn, the Royal Palace at Amalienborg, the famous Little Mermaid statue and more. The afternoon and evening is at your leisure - you may like to visit Torvehallerne (the historic covered market halls) for a casual taste of some New Nordic cuisine, enjoy some old fashioned fun at the delightful Tivoli gardens, taste some Danish beer at the Museum of Carlsberg, or visit one of the many other art, culture, history or design museums. 2nd overnight in Copenhagen.

Day 11 Copenhagen Departure
Arrangements end this morning with your check-out after breakfast.

 2019 departures:  02, 23, 30 June;   07, 14, 21, 28 July;   04, 11, 18 August.                 

Includes: 10 nights accommodation in mentioned superior tourist class hotels or similar with private facilities; breakfast daily, 3 dinners (Days 2, 3, 4), 1 lunch (Day 4); excursions as shown; panoramic sightseeing tours in Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen; services of an English-speaking tour leader (Days 1-10); coach transport throughout, Floibanen return tickets Bergen; ferry crossings Flåm/Gudvangen, Vangsnes/Dragsvik, Dragsvik/Hella/Dragsvik, Balestrand/Flåm and train or coach Oslo-Stockholm, Stockholm-Copenhagen. 

Group size: Maximum 20 persons

Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4446.00
Single AUD$ 5454.00

 Includes: 10 nights accommodation in mentioned superior tourist class hotels or similar with private facilities; breakfast daily, 3 dinners (Days 2, 3, 4), 1 lunch (Day 4); excursions as per the itinerary; panoramic sightseeing tours in Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen; services of an English-speaking tour leader (Days 1-10); coach transport throughout, Floibanen return tickets Bergen; ferry crossings Flåm/Gudvangen, Vangsnes/Dragsvik, Dragsvik/Hella/Dragsvik, Balestrand/Flåm and train or coach Oslo-Stockholm, Stockholm-Copenhagen. 

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