This independent and leisurely tour starts with two nights in Oslo, then takes you on the "Norway in a Nutshell" journey on the Flåm Railway to lovely Flåm, where you will celebrate the New Year and stay for two nights. Then on to Bergen for another two nights. Enjoy stunning scenery - mountains, fjords, lakes and verdant countryside, as well as the delightful cities of Oslo and Bergen. Travel comfortably by train, bus and ferry, for the trip of a lifetime!
Welcome to Oslo, the delightful capital of Norway. Make your own way to your hotel for overnight. Time to enjoy the city sights including the many fabulous museums - perhaps visit the Viking Ship Museum, the Fram Polar Exploration Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, the Munch Museum, Maritime Museum and many more. Two nights in Oslo at Comfort Grand Central Hotel or similar.
Day at leisure - maybe stroll along the old Bryygen wharf area, now a bustling hub of outdoor cafés, bars and restaurants. Visit the fantastic architectural masterpiece that is the stunning new Opera House and perhaps take a guided tour of the Royal Palace. 2nd overnight in Oslo.
Make your own way to the Oslo Central railway Station for the scenic Bergensbanen train to Myrdal, travelling through the countryside of mountains, valleys, rivers and farms. Change trains at Myrdal mountain station (just cross the platform) to join the world famous Flåm Railway. This iconic 20km journey offers wild and beautiful scenery, through tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountain - manifestations of the most daring and skilful engineering in Norwegian railway history. The train ride finishes at the charming fjordside village of Flåm, nestled deep in Aurlandsfjord and surrounded by steep mountains. Disembark and walk the short distance to your hotel, which hosts the award winning Ægir Brewery built in the style of a Viking longhouse. Enjoy an aperitif then a Viking feast 3-course dinner, before an unforgettable evening with a fjord cruise with live entertainment, a New Year's toast and of course fireworks. Two nights in Flam at Flåmsbrygga Hotel or similar.
Today, relax and enjoy the peace of this little village. Or you might like to add an optional snowshoe walk. 2nd overnight in Flåm.
Today take the short walk from your hotel to the ferry wharf, for a spectacular two hour cruise on the Sognefjord, Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord from Flåm 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. Two nights in Bergen at Zander K Hotel or similar.
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. We recommend visitng the Fish and Flower markets, taking the funicular up Mount Floyen for amazing views, and exploring the shops, cafes and centuries old wooden houses of the old wharf area. 2nd overnight in Bergen.
Arrangements end this morning after breakfast.