A circle tour from the Viking capital, Oslo, through Norway's majestic fjordlands. Experience picturesque villages and waterfalls, mountain peaks and glaciers. A tour highlight is UNESCO World Heritage Listed, Geirangerfjord.
On arrival, transfer* from the airport to your hotel; time at leisure, in this lovely capital city. Situated at the head of Oslofjord, on the country's southern coast, it is renowned for green spaces and wonderful museums, while its proximity to the fjords and mountains of the South and West, is ideal. You can visit the famous Viking Ship Museum, with three Viking vessels, or Vigeland Sculpture Park - one of Scandinavia's major cultural treasures, with unique works by Gustav Vigeland. A stroll around the renovated wharf area of Aker Brygge, sees vibrant cafés, restaurants and bars. Overnight at Clarion Hotel The Hub (or similar).
We depart Oslo to drive across Hønefoss and Nesbyen, in a landscape which alternates between pine forests and lakes, to arrive in beautiful Hallingdal Valley and Gol. In Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains, fresh air and beautiful views, we take the time to enjoy a delicious lunch at the historic Dr. Holms Hotel. Continue on to impressive Lofthus - one of Edvard Grieg's favourite haunts and one of Hardangerfjord's most lovely points. Dinner and overnight at Ullensvang Hotel (or similar).
From Lofthus we return along Hardangerfjord to Brimnes and cross Hardangerbrua, one of the world's longest suspension bridges. Continue past Nordheimsund, through birch forests to Bergen - Capital of the Fjords and Norway's second largest city. Early afternoon, meet your local guide at the hotel for a 2hr panoramic sightseeing tour during which we pass St. Marys Church, Haakon's Hall, the Fish and Flower Market and also the famous old wharf area, Bryggen, with it's colourful, Hanseatic trading houses. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel (or similar).
Early this morning, we travel to pretty Flåm village, where you have time at leisure. Feel free to explore in your own time or choose between two optional excursions. A trip on the Flåm railway or a coach trip to Stegastein Viewpoint.
Optional Flåm Railway - also know as Flåmsbana, this is one of the world's steepest train lines, on normal tracks. The 2hr return journey runs through fantastic nature, 20 tunnels, past the Rallar Road, beside steep mountains and breathtaking waterfalls, all with a multitude of views. Travel from the Sognefjord in Flåm at sea level, up 863m to mountaintop Myrdal mountain station on Hardangervidda.
Optional Stegastein Viewpoint - part of the Norwegian Scenic Route that runs from Aurland to Lærdal, the viewpoint juts 30m out from the mountainside at 650m above the fjord. Offering an unparalleled panorama, it's hard to imagine a more amazing view of the fjord, mountains and surroundings.
From Flåm, it is a short ferry trip along the mighty Sognefjord - Norway's longest and deepest fjord. Our afternoon drive is through the impressive mountains near Gaula, to arrival later in Loen - an idyllic town, surrounded by lakes, mountains and fjords. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Alexandra (or similar).
The morning is free to relax at the hotel, or you can join an exciting optional excursion to Briksdal Glacier, an arm of Europe's largest glacier, Jostedalsbreen. Once there, we travel in small, Troll cars to the very tip of the glacier and experience breathtaking blue ice. Depart Loen, through wonderful Norwegian mountains to Hellesylt and a ferry trip across the dramatic and impressive, UNESCO World Heritage Listed Geirangerfjord, situated amongst lush mountains and wild waterfalls. On to Geiranger and at the local museum, we take a special tour of the Veteran car collection belonging to the Mjelva Family. A number of these beautiful cars were used to show tourists around Geiranger area in the 1920's and 1930's, and they are still in excellent condition. Dinner and two nights at Union Hotel (or similar).
This morning we travel north to explore Ørnevegen (Eagle Road) and Trollstigen (Troll's Path). The steepest section of Road 63 between Geiranger and Eidsdal is called Ørnevegen, as driving along its 11 hairpin turns at 620m above sea level feels a little like being airborne. At the uppermost bend is a most spectacular viewpoint, Ørnesvingen, with breathtaking views over Geirangerfjord. On to Linge, crossing Storfjord from Eisdal and from here to Trollstigen (weather dependent). Driving here is a dramatic and exciting experience, with some places cut into the mountain and some built on top of stone walls. An impressive natural, stone bridge then carries the road across Stigfossen waterfall. The remarkable road is a result of hard work and impressive engineering, nearly 100 years ago. Atop Trollstigen are viewpoints and steel walkways which allow you to get close to the dramatic mountains and waterfalls. Late afternoon return to the hotel. 2nd overnight with dinner in Geiranger.
Early morning departure by coach to Oslo. First we visit famous Dalsnibba (waether dependent); an observation point at 1476m above sea level, with a spectacular view of the famous Geirangerford. Continue on via Lom, to admire the oldest wooden Stave church in Norway, which dates from the 12thC. Then through Otta, leaving the fjord area of central Norway behind us. Late afternoon arrival in Oslo and a 2hr ,guided walking tour. Overnight at Clarion Hotel the Hub (or similar).
Your tour concludes today with a transfer* to Oslo Airport.
Maximum Group Size: 32 persons
All optional excursions must be pre-booked. Minimum numbers may be required.
*Airport transfers are shared with fellow arriving/departing passengers. Minor waiting times may occur.
Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase plus 1 piece of hand luggage per person.