This tour gives you a real taste of the charms of winter in Norway. Spend two nights each in Oslo, Flåm and Bergen, whilst enjoying a ride on the amazing Flåmsbanan railway, a RIB fjord safari on the Nærøyfjord, a snowshoe hike into the forests and hills around Flåm* and more. You can do this tour in reverse and add extra nights in Oslo, Bergen and/or Flåm.
Arrive in Oslo and make your own way to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. Perhaps take a stroll through the old wharf area of Bryggen, now bustling with bars and cafes. Two nights at the Hotel Bristol, Oslo or similar.
Today enjoy a five hour sightseeing tour by bus through the city, which also includes a stop at the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and an then take a guided walk through the Vigeland Sculpture Park which encompasses more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. On the Bygdøy Peninsula, you will visit the Viking Ship Museum and also learn about polar exploration history in the Fram Museum (includes entrance fees). The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Breakfast at the hotel before making your own way to Oslo Central Station for your departure by train to Myrdal. Travelling on the Bergen Railway is a unique experience on Northern Europe's highest-altitude railway line. The journey takes you through towns, villages and over high mountain ranges. 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. Your hotel is located a short walk from the train station. Enjoy dinner and the next two nights at Flåmsbryyga Hotel, Flåm.
This morning enjoy a snowshoe hike, a great way to enjoy the amazing views, and experience a very traditional mode of transport! Your guide will tell you about the unique local natural environment, and hot drinks will be served to keep you toasty! The trip is suitable for beginners - general fitness but no prior experience is needed, and the trip includes transfer from Flåm by minibus to Stegastein, where the hike begins (*January-March only). After returning to Flåm, there is time for you to relax before you get ready for some fun on the fjord! Your fjord tour takes you deep into the Nærøyfjord, to the charming little village of Undredal. Along the way stops will be made where your local guide will explain about the rich wildlife of the area, the distinctive nature and the cultural history of the tiny villages and local farms scattered along the fjord. The many waterfalls will be frozen solid; the fjord is calm, the water clear and the snow lies just like frosting on the high, steep mountains. On the return from the Nærøyfjord stop at Undredal, idyllically situated on the shores of the fjord, surrounded by high mountains. With its 85 inhabitants and 450 goats it truly is a special little village. In Undredal, visit the local shop for hot drinks and hear from one of the locals about life along the fjord. *Please note: December departures will include an evening cultural walk in Flåm instead of the snowshoe hike. Tonight, dine at the nearby award winning Aegir Brewery and Pub, with craft beers and great Viking food. Sit by the fire and taste a few ales while enjoying a 5-course Viking meal.
Breakfast at the hotel before morning cruise from Flåm to Gudvangen, travelling along the narrow Nærøy and Sogn Fjords, the longest and deepest fjords in the world. From the sun deck or the comfortable lounge, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of frozen waterfalls, sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks, and a variety of wildlife. On arrival in Gudvangen, board the bus to Voss, then take the train from Voss to Bergen. On arrival in Bergen, make your own way to your hotel. Two nights at the Augustin Hotel, Bergen, or similar.
Day at leisure to explore on your own in the colourful city of Bergen, a lively city beautifully situated on the fjord and surrounded by seven mountains, with a long history as a Hanseatic trading port. Join an optional guided walking tour. Or take a walk on your own along Bryygen, the historic old wharf area with timbered houses, formerly the homes and warehouses of wealthy merchants, explore the fish and flowers markets and enjoy a meal in one of the many cafes and restaurants of this lovely historic town. And make sure you take the funicular ride up to Mt Fløien for a panoramic view of Bergen and its surroundings.
Arrangements end after breakfast.
This tour can be done in reverse. Or add extra nights along the way.