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Exploring the Fjord's of Norway

From $3568 Per Person

Guided, 8 Days/7 Nights
GUARANTEED Departure dates: May 28; June 11, 25; July 9, 23; August 6, 20; September 3, 2020

Join this 8-day guided Norwegian journey through the land of fjords starting in the Viking capital of Oslo before heading deep into the fjords. Experience picturesque villages, magnificent waterfalls, breathtaking mountain peaks and glaciers, and highlights such as the Geiringer fjord, which is included on UNESCO’s world heritage list. This tour is bound to leave you speechless!

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GUARANTEED Departure dates: May 28; June 11, 25; July 9, 23; August 6, 20, September 3, 2020

Day 1: Arrive Oslo

Arrival to Oslo Airport, meet & greet by English-speaking representative, transfer to your hotel. A short welcome meeting will be held in the evening, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation at Clarion Hotel Hub

Day 2: Oslo - Lofthus

Breakfast at the hotel. Today drive across Honefoss, Nesbyen surrounded by a landscape, which alternates between forests of pines and lakes to arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Just a few kilometers away, visit Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains and famous for its ski resorts.  Lunch stop en route (included). Afterwards the tour continues to the impressive Hardanger fjord, where you  arrive at Lofthus, one of Edvard Grieg's favourite haunts, and one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. 

Dinner and accommodation at Ullensvang Hotel

Day 3:  Lofthus - Bergen

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from Lofthus and travel back along the fjord until reaching Brimnes where we will cross the splendid Hardanger fjord, by travelling across the Hardanger Bridge. The Hardanger Bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. After reaching the other side, Bruravik, continue by coach, along the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund and crossing through forests of birches until you arrive in Bergen. Bergen is the capital of the fjords, Norway’s second largest city and one of the three university cities in the country. Early in the afternoon,  meet your local guide at the hotel, for a 2-hour panoramic sightseeing tour during where you will delight in St. Marys Church, Hakon’s Hall (no entrances), the colorful and picturesque fish markets and the old Bryggen area. The evening is at leisure.

Accommodation at Radisson Blu Royal

Day 4: Bergen - Flam - Loen

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure from Bergen and travel to the stunning village of Flam where you will have the opportunity to board the world famous Flam railway.  You may also choose to drive to the extraordinary and spectacular Stegastein Viewpoint 650 meters above Aurlandsfjord or simply stay in Flam and enjoy the area at your own leisure. Before leaving Flam, embark on a short ferry trip along the Sognefjord – the longest and deepest fjord in the country. In the afternoon you will drive through the impressive mountains of Gaula, to get to Loen at the end of the day. Loen is a town beautifully situated between the mountains, lakes and fjords.

Optional excursion on the Flam Railway this afternoon (2 hrs): Flamsbana is one of the steepest train lines in the world on normal tracks. The 2-hour train journey runs through fantastic nature, past the Rallar road, steep mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, 20 tunnels and offers a multitude of views. In the span of a single hour, the train takes you from the ocean level at the Sognefjord in Flam, to the mountaintop at Myrdal mountain station on Hardangervidda, 863 meters above the ocean.

Or, Optional Excursion Stegastein Viewpoint (2 hrs): An unmissable sightseeing trip for any visitor to Flam.  The Stegastein Viewpoint is part of the Norwegian Scenic Route that runs from Aurland to Laerdal. This structure, which juts out 30 meters from the mountainside, 650 meters about the fjord, offers and unparalleled panorama. A more amazing view of the fjord, mountains and surrounding is hard to imagine.

The traditional and family-run Hotel Alexandra will be your home for the night and this evening we recommend you enjoy a ride with the sky lift just located next to the hotel.  The view is absolutely breathtaking.

Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Alexandra

Day 5: Loen - Briksdal - Geiranger

Breakfast at your hotel. For passengers not joining the optional excursion below who prefer to enjoy the hotel and its facilities, will be picked up at around 3 pm .

Optional Excursion Briksdal Glacier, an arm of Europe's largest Glacier Josterdalsbreen (3 hrs): After arriving at Briksdal Glacier, visit to the foot of the glacier, travelling by small motorized “Troll cars” and walking through Norwegian nature to the very snout of the glacier. Here we experience the glacier’s breathtaking blue ice. After the visit, there will be free time for lunch at your own discretion.*It is not possible to book this excursion on site. THIS EXCURSION MUST BE PRE-BOOKED WITH TRAVEL BOOKING TO ENSURE ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

Leave Loen and continue the journey through the wonderful Norwegian mountains to Hellesylt and embark the ferry, crossing the dramatic and ever so impressive, UNESCO’s World Heritage listed, Geiranger Fjord, situated among lush mountains and wild waterfalls. Arrival in Geiranger and check-in. Before dinner, a special tour of the Veteran car collection of The Mjelva family is offered. A number of these beautiful cars were used to show tourists around the Geiranger area in the 1920’s and 1930’s and they are still in excellent condition. 

Dinner and accommodation at Union Hotel - fjord view room

Day 6: Geiranger 

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning travel north to explore two of the most dramatic and visited areas of Norway; The Eagle’s road and Trollstigen or Troll’s path. The steepest section of Road 63 between Geiranger and Eidsdal is called Ornevegen, or "The Eagle Road”, as driving along its eleven hairpin turns at 620 meters (2,030 ft) above sea level feels a little like being airborne. At the uppermost bend is the most spectacular viewpoint of the road, Ornesvingen, offering breath-taking views over the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord. Continue to to Linge crossing the Storfjord from Eisdal and from here to the Troll’s path.

Driving Trollstigen is a dramatic and exciting experience. Some places it's cut into the mountain; and some parts are built on top of stone walls. An impressive bridge in natural stone carries it across the Stigfossen waterfall. The road is a result of hard work and an impressive piece of engineering work dated 100 years back in time. His Majesty King Haakon VII opened the road in the summer of 1936. At top of Trollstigen there are viewpoints and steel walkways which allow you to get close to the dramatic mountains and waterfalls (Weather permitting as road closures can occur). Lunch stop en route (not included). In the afternoon, arrive back to the hotel. 

Dinner and accommodation at Union Hotel - fjord view room

Day 7: Geiranger - Oslo 

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by coach to the capital, Oslo. First visit to the famous point of Dalsnibba, an observation point located 1.476 meters above sea level, with a spectacular view of the famous Geiranger Fjord, UNESCO World Heritage. (The visit to Dalsnibba is subject to climate permission – therefore it cannot be guaranteed).

Continue via Lom where we can admire the oldest wooden church in Norway, which dates from the 12th Century. Late in the afternoon, arrive in Oslo and check-in at the hotel. Thereafter you will have the chance to join the group on a 2-hour guided Walking City Tour.

Accommodation at Clarion Hotel Hub

Day 8: Depart Oslo

Transfer to the Oslo airport. 

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Your Trip Includes the following:

Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase & 1 piece of hand luggage per person

Single supplement $1192

* Arrival and departure transfers in Oslo are for days 1 and 8 only. If you wish to have transfers on alternate days, and/or pre or post tour arrangements we will gladly assist you and provide the additional package cost. 

This package is priced LAND ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare, let us know and we will be happy to help you.

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