7 DAYS ROUNDTRIP – ESCORTED TOUR
One highlight after another awaits you on this trip through one of the most spectacular and fascinating sceneries in the World – with deep fjords, glaciers, picturesque villages and majestic mountains. The fjords of Norway is a highlight of any tour to Norway and this incredible journey will combine the Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord, with a visit to the foot of one of the most accessible glaciers in Norway: Nigardsbreen glacier which is an arm of the large Jostedalsbreen glacier, the largest glacier in Northern Europe.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL BERGEN
Own arrangements on arrival and remainder of day at leisure in Bergen, the gateway to the fjords. Evening welcome meeting with tour leader. Why not take an evening journey on the funicular railway known as Fløibanen to the top of the nearby mountains for some stunning views (supplement applies).
DAY 2: BERGEN/HARDANGERFJORD/ NORHEIMSUND (80 KM)
Morning 2 hr sightseeing tour of Bergen, including the popular fish market, and the historical part of Bergen known as Bryggen. Depart Bergen and head into the beautiful Hardangerfjord, the orchard of Norway.
DAY 3: NORHEIMSUND/FLÅM/ BALESTRAND (260 KM)
Continuation via Voss to Stalheimen, situated on the very top of the Nærøydalen Canyon with a panoramic view over the valley. Drive via the panoramic route to the idyllic village of Flåm, from where you enjoy a fjord cruise to Gudvangen. Continue in your coach to Vangsnes, crossing the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway and arriving in Balestrand for check-in and dinner.
DAY 4: BALESTRAND/NIGARDSBREEN GLACIER/BALESTRAND (205 KM)
Travel by ferry across the Fjærlandfjord, before reaching Jostedal and the Breheimsenteret Glacier Centre located by the Jostedal Glacier. The Jostedal Glacier is, the largest glacier on the European mainland. The whole glacier, and also some of the nearby valleys, is protected as a National Park. In front of the glacier there’s a small lake, which can be crossed on-board the passenger boat. Unlike other Glacier’s, here you can get right up close. Lunch and entrance are also included at the Breheimsenteret Glacier Centre.
DAY 5: BALESTRAND/FLÅM/ OSLO (385 KM)
Mid morning journey across the Sognefjord again, this time to Flåm, before boarding one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world, the Flåm Railway. A spectacular train journey that offers a panoramic view of some of the wildest and most magnificent nature in the Norwegian fjord landscape. The Flåm Railway is one of the steepest train lines in the world on normal tracks, where almost 80% of the journey has a gradient of 5.5%. On arrival to the mountain station of Myrdal, you change trains and travel on the Bergen Line to the Norwegian capital, Oslo.
DAY 6: OSLO
Enjoy a 3 hour city tour of Oslo including the Vigeland Park with its 200 sculptures, a visit to Holmenkollen ski jump for a fantastic view over the city, and a walk on the Opera house (no entrances). Afternoon is at leisure to further explore Oslo and why not take one of the local ferries to the Bygdøy peninsula and visit one of the many popular museums.
DAY 7: OSLO – DEPARTURE
Own departure arrangements.
6 x overnights in good superior tourist class hotels including daily breakfasts and private facilities
Additional meals including 3 x half-board dinners and 1 lunch.
Entrances and activities as mentioned in the program.
Local guide for sightseeing in Bergen and Oslo.
Services of an English speaking tour leader day 1 – day 6 inclusive.
Coach transportation day 2-4 according to program.
Ferry crossings Flåm /Gudvangen, Vangsnes/Dragsvik, Dragsvik/ Hella/ Dragsvik, Balestrand/Flåm.