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Norway in a Nutshell

Oslo to Bergen through the fjords, with the Flåm Railway
Flåm Railway, Norway © Sverre Hjornevik, Visit Flåm

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.


OPTION 1: 4 Days (1 night Oslo, 1 night Flåm, 1 night Bergen or v.v.)

Day 1 Oslo Arrival

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 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 Opera House and perhaps take a guided tour of the Royal Palace. Overnight at Thon Opera Hotel or similar.

Day 2 Oslo - Myrdal - Flåm: By Train including the Flåm Railway

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 (free entry), boutiques and cafes. Dinner and overnight at Fretheim Hotel or similar.

Day 3 Flåm - 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 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 at Zander K Hotel or similar. 

Day 4 Bergen Departure

Arrangements end this morning after breakfast.

2024 departures: daily all year

All Norway in a Nutshell itinerary options can be done in reverse.  Additional nights can also be added.

OPTION 2: 4 Days (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 3: 4 Days (1 night Oslo, 1 night Voss, 1 night Bergen, or v.v.)
Day 1: Oslo arrival
Day 2: Oslo - Myrdal - Flåm - Gudvangen* - Voss
Day 3: Voss - Bergen
Day 4: Bergen departure

OPTION 4: 5 Days (1 night Oslo, 1 night Flåm, 1 night Voss, 1 night Bergen, or v.v.)
Day 1: Oslo arrival
Day 2: Oslo - Myrdal - Flåm
Day 3: Flåm - Gudvangen - Voss
Day 4: Voss - Bergen
Day 5: Bergen departure

OPTION 5: 5 Days (2 nights Oslo, 2 nights Bergen, or v.v.)
Day 1: Oslo arrival
Day 2: Oslo - 3 hour city sightseeing tour
Day 3: Oslo - Myrdal - Flåm - Gudvangen - Voss - Bergen
Day 4: Bergen
Day 5: Bergen departure


Fjord hotel overnights include dinner, except in Gudvangen.

Luggage transfer service between Oslo hotel and Bergen hotel is included. Please pack an overnight bag for fjord hotels stays.

Optional excursions may be booked in conjunction with additional nights (seasonal):
Oslo: Fjord sightseeing 2hrs; Cruise Oslofjorden 1-2hrs; City sightseeing 4hrs
Bergen: Walking tour & funicular ride 2hrs; Osterfjord Cruise - Mostraumen 3hrs; Food & Cultural Walk 3-4hrs
Flåm: Stegastein viewpoint 1.5hrs; Heritage RIB Safari 2hrs 15mins; RIB Safari to Undredal with goat cheese tasting 3hrs; Ægir Brewery Vikingplanke meal + beer
Gudvangen: Njardarheimr Viking Village entrance ticket
Voss: Gondola ticket
plus many more - please enquire

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