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, as well as the two delightful cities of Oslo and Bergen. Travel comfortably by train, bus and ferry, for the short journey 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 - 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. Stroll along the old Bryygen wharf area, now a bustling hub of outdoor cafes, 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. Overnight in Oslo at the Thon Opera Hotel or similar.
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 - nearby, you'll find the award winning Ægir Brewery built in the style of a Viking longhouse, the Flåm Railway Museum (with free entry), boutiques and cafes. Dinner at the hotel and and overnight in Flåm at the Fretheim Hotel or similar.
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. 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. Overnight in Bergen at the Augustin Hotel or similar.
Arrangements end this morning after breakfast.
Additional nights can be added in Oslo, Flåm and/or Bergen. Our standard tour has one night each in Oslo, Flåm and Bergen, and is shown above as Option 1 (Oslo-Bergen and Option 2, Bergen-Oslo).
If additional nights are added in Flåm, optional day tours (seasonal) may be added - please enquire.
You can vary the tour with overnight in Gudvangen instead of Flåm (Option 3) or go directly from Oslo to Bergen without staying in Flåm (Option 4).
OPTION 2: 4 Day Norway in a Nutshell (Bergen-Oslo) - the above itinerary, in reverse
Day 1: Bergen arrival
Day 2: Bergen - Voss - Gudvangen - Flåm
Day 3: Flåm - Myrdal - Oslo
Day 4: Oslo departure
OPTION 3: 4 Day Norway in a Nutshell (1 night Oslo, 1 night Gudvangen, 1 night Bergen, or v.v.)
Day 1: Oslo arrival
Day 2: Oslo - Myrdal - Flåm - Gudvangen
Day 3: Gudvangen - Voss - Bergen
Day 4: Bergen departure
OPTION 4: 5 Day Norway in a Nutshell (2 nights Oslo, 2 nights Bergen, or v.v.)
Day 1: Oslo arrival
Day 2: Oslo - 4 hour city sightseeing tour
Day 3: Oslo - Myrdal - Flåm - Gudvangen - Voss - Bergen
Day 4: Bergen
Day 5: Bergen departure
It is possible to overnight in Voss instead of Flåm or Gudvangen - please enquire
Optional excursions may be booked in conjunction with additional nights:
Oslo: Fjord sightseeing 2hrs; Cruise Oslofjorden 1-2hrs; City sightseeing 4hrs.
Bergen: Osterfjord Cruise - Mostraumen 4hrs
Flåm: Stegastein viewpoint 1.5hrs; RIB Safari 2.15hrs; Aegir Brewery Vikingplanke meal + beer.
Gudvangen: Njardarheimr Viking Village entrance ticket.
Voss: Gondola ticket
Plus many more - please enquire