Norway in a Nutshell, Valleys & Fjords

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From Oslo to Eggedal, then Norway in a Nutshell to Flam and Bergen
9 Days
Apr - Nov
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This tour takes you from Oslo to Eggedal, located in a valley to the west of the Norefjell mountain range. Continue to Nesbyen, followed by Norway in a Nutshell: The Flåm Railway; one of the Top 10 Train Journeys in Europe, plus beautiful Norway - mountains, fjords, lakes and verdant countryside. Enjoy time in Flam and Bergen. Travel comfortably by private transfer, train, bus and ferry, with some wonderful excursions along the way. 

Day 1  Oslo Arrival
Arrival in Oslo and make your own way to your hotel. Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country’s southern coast at the head of Oslofjord and is known for its green spaces and wonderful museums, vibrant social scene and proximity to the fjords and mountains of the south and west. Check in for 2 nights at Thon Hotel Bristol or similar.

Day 2 Oslo Sightseeing
Morning panoramic sightseeing tour of Oslo by bus, exploring the “must see” attractions. Feel the cosy atmosphere in the city centre, admire stunning views over Oslo fjord from Holmenkollen Ski Jump, stroll through Vigeland Sculpture Park. On Bygdoy Peninsula visit the Fram Museum and the Viking Ship Museum (entrance fee included). Remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 3  Oslo – Eggedal
Morning private transfer from your hotel to Eggedal Borgerstue, centrally located in Buskerud county, approx. two hours drive from Oslo. Pass the scenic surroundings in the Kunstner dalen. Check in for 2 nights at Eggedal Borgerstue, a small, family-run hotel with an intimate atmosphere. This property was originally an old shooting station with a long and exciting history.

Afternoon guided SUP (Stand Up Paddle) excursion. Boarding is suitable for most people. We use relatively wide boards, and there are few who end up in the water involuntarily. All participants must be able to swim. Paddle down the river Eggedola until reaching the wetland area and Solevatn nature reserve. End in Soletjern and take minibus back to the starting point. Time on the water approx. 1.5hrs. Tour incl.: boards, oars, dry suits, life jackets, instructor and return transport.
 
Remainder of the day at leisure. Evening dinner at the hotel.

Day 4  Hike to Statue of Madonna
Morning guided hike to the Statue of Madonna. Sherpas from Nepal have made the 3 km hike an easy trip. The history of the statue dates back to 1989 when Anne Margrethe Bugge gave an area of land to Sigdal municipality. Bugge wanted the area to be used for forestry and cabins as well as hunting and fishing by the general public. In addition, she asked that a statue of Madonna and Child be put up. In 2003, sculptor Turid Angell Eng began working on the statue in Vietnam and once it was completed, the light granite sculpture travelled to Oslo by boat, to Eggedal by car, and to Bjønneskortenatten by helicopter. In 2009, Madonna med Barnet was unveiled and the statue has been a popular hiking destination ever since.

Dinner at the hotel tonight is a Madonna burger and local Madonna beer; the signature dish for Eggedal Borgerstue.

Day 5  Eggedal – Nesbyen – Myrdal – Flam
Morning private transfer from hotel to Nesbyen station where you continue by train Myrdal, then Flamsbana train to Flam. The Flam Railway has been named one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. It runs from the high mountains at Myrdal station and downhill to the end of Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord. The journey displays the very best aspects of Western Norway's stunning scenery. Short walk from Flam station to the Flamsbrygga Hotel or similar, Flam for 2 nights.

Remainder of the day at leisure. Evening dinner at the hotel.

Day 6  RIB Fjord Safari – Viking Dinner
Enjoy a Heritage fjord safari by RIB boat and experience the spectacular nature and fjord landscape of a World Heritage site. Head out through Aurlandsfjord and further into the stunning Naeroyfjord. The turning point is in Gudvangen, the end of the Naeroyfjord. Return on the other side of the fjord surrounded by a different view. Stops along the way and and keep an eye out for seals, porpoises and eagles. The guide will tell you about the fjord, local history and wildlife.
 
Enjoy a Viking Plank Dinner at Ægir BrewPub tonight, located at the Flamsbrygga Hotel. Ægir BrewPub is steeped in Viking history, using local ingredients that would have been familiar in Viking times, with flavours to suit the modern palate. Ægir Vikingplanke signature dinner: this unique 5-course beer and food menu pairs five-course local food with five different varieties of Ægir beer. Shellfish, smoked reindeer, shellfish soup, pork belly and chocolate ganache cake or similar. Also available without alcohol or as a vegetarian option.

Day 7  Flam – Gudvangen – Voss – Bergen : Cruise the Sognefjord, “Queen of the Fjords"
Today take the short walk from your hotel to the ferry wharf, for a spectacular 2 hour cruise on the Sognefjord, Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord from Flam to Gudvangen. At Gudvangen board the bus which waits for you at the pier, and take the exciting ride up the Stalheim Canyon past waterfalls and sheer cliffs, to the lakeside town of Voss. The bus drops you off at the Voss railway station, where your train to Bergen is waiting. 

On arrival in Bergen, make your own way to your hotel. 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, take the funicular up Mount Floyen for amazing views, and explore the shops, cafes and centuries old wooden houses of the old wharf area. Check in for 2 nights in Bergen at Hotel Bergen Bors or similar.

Day 8  Bergen Bakery Tour
Morning privately guided Bakery Tour, sample a famous cinnamon bun during your visit to some well know bakeries in Bergen city. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 9  Bergen Departure
Arrangements end this morning after breakfast. 

2020 departures: daily April - November

Includes: 8 nights accommodation in standard rooms in mentioned hotels or similar (2 nights in Oslo, 2 nights in Eggedal, 2 nights in Flam, 2 nights in Bergen); daily breakfast; dinner at the hotel in Eggedal (Days 3 & 4), dinner at the hotel in Flam (Day 5); Vikingplanke dinner (Day 6); Oslo Discovery sightseeing 5hrs (Day 2); guided SUP tour (Day 3); guided Hike to Statue of Madonna 2.5hrs (Day 4); Flam RIB Safari 2-2.5hrs (Day 6); private Bergen Bakery tour 3hrs (Day 8); private transfer Oslo-Eggedal and Eggedal-Nesbyen; train Nesbyen-Myrdal-Flam 2nd class; ferry Flam-Gudvangen, bus Gudvangen-Voss, train Voss-Bergen 2nd class.


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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4353.00
Single AUD$ 6461.00

Includes: 8 nights accommodation in standard rooms in mentioned hotels or similar (2 nights in Oslo, 2 nights in Eggedal, 2 nights in Flam, 2 nights in Bergen); daily breakfast; dinner at the hotel in Eggedal (Days 3 & 4), dinner at the hotel in Flam (Day 5); Vikingplanke dinner (Day 6); Oslo Discovery sightseeing 5hrs (Day 2); guided SUP tour (Day 3); guided Hike to Statue of Madonna 2.5hrs (Day 4); Flam RIB Safari 2-2.5hrs (Day 6); private Bergen Bakery tour 3hrs (Day 8); private transfer Oslo-Eggedal and Eggedal-Nesbyen; train Nesbyen-Myrdal-Flam 2nd class; ferry Flam-Gudvangen, bus Gudvangen-Voss, train Voss-Bergen 2nd class.

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