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Walking tour of Bergen including the Hanseatic Wharf
Travel on the famous Bergen - Oslo railway and one of the world’s steepest standard-gauge railways from Flåm to Myrdal
Spectacular fjords, seen from land and boat
The Boeya and Supphelle Glaciers
Sightseeing tour of Oslo plus a visit to the famous Viking Museum - entrance included
Although most of us may be aware of Norway’s remarkably spectacular fjords, few appreciate how much more this country on the edge of Europe offers, some of which is explored on this superb tour. Lovely Bergen, its ancient capital and important Hanseatic port, spectacular scenery, sparkling glaciers and two stunning rail journeys combine to forge a tour of great variety and interest. Added to that is the capital, Oslo. At the head of its own fjord, this sophisticated city enjoys a wonderful location, seemingly surrounded by water and has some terrific sights including the amazing Viking Museum as well as a spectacular new opera house, built to resemble a glacier with a unique walk-on roof, Royal Palace and superb galleries and museums befitting the capital city of the world’s 7th richest nation and the best country to live in, according to a recent study.
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Bergen.
On arrival in Bergen, transfer by coach to your hotel in the heart of lovely Bergen. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2: Morning guided walking tour on Bergen with the afternoon free for your own exploration.
This morning a local guide will take you on a two-hour walking tour of Bergen, including the colourful wooden houses and warehouses that comprise the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf. Originally built in the 14th century for German merchants, these characterul buildings have been converted into atmospheric shops, bars and restaurants. A free afternoon offers a wealth of options: visit the house of the city’s most famous son, Edvard Grieg, beautifully located on a promontory just outside the city, take the Floibanen funicular railway for a spectacular view of the city, visit one of the many museums and churches or simply stroll the historic streets.
Day 3: Bergen – Balestrand
Transfer by coach to the pier to board the ferry from Bergen up the Norwegian coast, through stunning Sognefjord to Balestrand, offering peerless fjord scenery all along the way. Sognefjord is the longest fjord in Norway, extending 128 miles from west to east, reaching a depth of more than 4,000 feet. The ferry ride is one of the most scenic anywhere in the world. Upon arrival transfer on foot to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Jostedalsbreen Glacier area
Another wonderful day of scenic wonders as we transfer on foot to the pier to take the ferry from Balestrand through Fjaerlandsfjord to Fjaerland, with wonderful scenery all the way. Fjaerland is known as the Norwegian book town with lots of secondhand bookshops in a variety of abandoned buildings. Here, we transfer by bus to see the Boeya and Supphelle Glaciers, which form part of the Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacial area in Europe, measuring 62 miles long by nine wide. Set in the stunning national park, the award-wining “activity” Norwegian Glacier Museum is devoted to all aspects of glaciers with a panoramic film that takes you on a virtual glacier tour. Return to the pier for the return ferry back to Balestrand, with the scenery viewed from a different angle in a different light.
Day 5: Balestrand – Oslo via Flaam
Walk to the pier to take the ferry through Aurlandsfjord, a branch of the Sognesfjord to Flaam, again with spectacular scenery en-route. At Flaam walk to the station to take the train on the historic Flaam Railway to Myrdal. The world-famous Flam railway takes you from the fjord to the mountain-top as it climbs 865 metres over a 20km route to Myrdal through 20 tunnels carved through the mountainside and is one of the world’s steepest standard gauge railways offering some of the wildest, most dramatic and magnificent scenery in Norway. At the high mountain station of Myrdal, the rack railway meets the Bergen railway line which connects Bergen to Oslo, which we board for the no less stunning railway journey to Oslo. Your bags are taken from the hotel at Balestrand and will await you on arrival in Oslo this evening.
Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Oslo and visit to the Viking Ship Museum
This morning, a guided tour will show you some of the many sights of Norway’s prosperous, cosmopolitan and attractive capital, located at the head of its own fjord. Our tour includes entrance to the famous Viking Ships Museum which houses three of the world-s best-reserved Viking shops from the 9th century. Found in three large burial mounds, they are considered one of the country’s greatest cultural treasures. The afternoon is free to continue your personal exploration of the city – a walk along Karl Johans Gate, the city’s main thoroughfare will take you to the Royal Palace, National Theatre, University and National Gallery which houses Munch’s iconic “The Scream.” Elsewhere, the stunning new opera house resembles a glacier sliding into the fjord. Those familiar with the Harry Hole novels of Jo Nesbo will love spotting landmarks featured in the books.
Day 7: Fly from Oslo to London Gatwick.
Day free until transfer to the airport for return flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 40 passengers.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Bergen
Four-star hotel in a superb location in the Brygge UNESCO area of the city, offering a high standard of comfort and service in a traditional setting. Facilities include bar, restaurant and social club “26 North”, gym, sauna and very comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities.
Kviknes Hotel, Balestrand
Beautifully-located right on the Sognefjord, the Kviknes is a local landmark in its own right, built in the “Swiss” style as the hotel say and has been operated by the Kvikne family since 1877. With atmospheric public areas oozing charm, four generations of the owner’s family have welcomed a host of distinguished guests for more than 140 years. Facilities include a bar and restaurant and light, airy, very comfortable bedrooms with balcony, with all modern amenities, most in a recently-built annexe.
Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo
Located opposite the stunning new opera house and close to Karl Johans Gate, the four-star Thon Hotel Opera is perfectly situated to explore the sights of central Oslo. Facilities at this stylish, modern hotel include the “Eufemia” Bar, which serves casual food and has an extensive gin menu, Scala restaurant and comfortable, well appointed bedrooms with all modern amenities.
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