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Oslo, Bergen and Flåm await your discovery on this week-long tour of Norway’s famed cities and stunning landscapes.

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2022 Tour code: GR-FJSA-22

About the tour

Ride aboard two scenic railways, enjoy guided sightseeing through two amazing cities, and cruise Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord on this fantastic journey through Norway. The tour commences in Oslo, where we tour the most notable sites in the city, including the 19th century Royal Palace and the Holmenkollen ski jump. Enjoy a look at a 12th-century church en route to Bergen, and upon arrival, a guided tour of the city and a ride aboard the Fløibanen Funicular Railway present the beauty of this waterside town. Cross Europe's highest altitude line on the Bergen Railroad as you travel toward the Aurlandsfjord. The fjords surrounding Flåm are simply breathtaking, and we experience them on a cruise before returning to Oslo. Natural wonders and unbelievable history collide on this memorable journey. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Oslo

Arrive in Oslo and transfer independently to your hotel, well-located near the Opera House, Oslofjord and Karl Johans Gate. Overnight Oslo.

Day 2 – Exploring Oslo

Meet the rest of your group and Tour Manager today before setting off on a guided coach tour to introduce you to Oslo's main sights, including the new state Opera House - an impressive, award-winning example of modern architecture. During our panoramic tour, we will also see Norway's magnificent 19th century Royal Palace; the National Theatre, which has been Norway's main stage for theatre productions for more than a century; and the 20th century Oslo City Hall, which is the home of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies. We will also see Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle that has protected the city for over 700 years. Overnight Oslo. 

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – Oslo to Bergen

Today, we travel along the Bergen Railway, Northern Europe's highest railway line, to Bergen. Lush panoramas of thick forests, wild fjords, and snow-capped mountains weave the scenic backdrop of your journey. After checking into your hotel, the remainder of day is at leisure to enjoy this harborside city. Overnight Bergen. 

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  • Breakfast
Day 4 – Exploring Bergen

Today we enjoy a guided walking tour of Bergen. We visit the delightful Bryggen waterfront, the city's old Hanseatic trading wharf and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The historic quarter, with its charming timber houses, is the oldest part of Bergen - with some buildings dating back to the 15th century. After our walking tour, we visit the city's fish market for a lunch featuring Bergen's famous fish chowder.

Your afternoon is free to continue exploring Bergen at leisure. It is possible to see how the merchants' dwellings on Bryggen would have looked in the early 18th century at the Hanseatisk Museum, which includes rooms furnished in late Hansa style. A journey on the Fløibanen Funicular to the top of Fløyen Mountain provides superb views over the city. Alternatively, you could visit one of the Norwegian city's many galleries and museums. Bergen's Art Gallery exhibits a vast collection of works by local and fellow Norwegian artists, including many of the works of Edvard Munch, known for the famous expressionist work 'The Scream.' Meanwhile, the city's Science Museum provides a fascinating insight into industry and research in the area. Overnight Bergen.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 - The Flåm Railway

Today we cross Norway's incredible fjordland region, traveling by boat through some of the country's most breathtaking landscapes en route to Flam, located on the shores of Aurlandsfjord. From here, we continue by train on board the fantastic Flåm Railroad, one of world's steepest railway lines. This journey that takes us 12 miles to the isolated mountain station of Myrdal via a multitude of twists and turns. Some of the most iconic Norwegian landscapes are witnessed on this journey, including tumbling waterfalls, leafy canyons and sun-dappled fjords. We cross the mighty Kjossfossen Waterfall, which plummets to a depth of more than 700 feet, before changing trains for the service to Voss, a beautiful town nestled between Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord.  Dinner this evening is at our hotel. Overnight Voss. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Voss

This morning we make the short walk to the Voss Gondola. We ascend by cable car to the summit station at Hangurstoppen. From the top, we get a bird's eye view of the sparkling fjords, snow-capped mountains, and evergreen forests. There are marked walking paths you can follow or grab a bite to eat at the restaurant. After your descent, the remainder of the day is at leisure to discover one of Norway's most popular destinations on your own. Overnight Voss. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 – Oslo

We return to Oslo by train with the afternoon at leisure. If time permits, you may want to watch the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace or take a walk through the city's shopping thoroughfare. This evening we board a traditional wooden ship for an evening dinner cruise across Oslofjord. We sail past Hovedøya Island and see Dyna Lighthouse, journey across narrow inlets and skirt of Bygdøy Peninsula, home to the Maritime Museum. Overnight Oslo.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 – Journey Home

Your tour concludes today, and you are free to make your own way home.

Includes
  • Breakfast

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Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Scandic Bergen City, Bergen

Scandic Bergen City, Bergen

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Scandic Byporten, Oslo

Scandic Byporten, Oslo

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Scandic Voss

Scandic Voss

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Trains

Bergen Railway
Flåm Railway
Fløibanen Funicular

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John

4 stars

Submitted 23 Sep 2019

Great experience, knowledgeable guide (Phil) and delicious foods along with great lodging. The only reason it wasn't 5 stars were the overcrowded fjord cruise and the Oslo visit to ski ramp which multiple tour buses visited at same time. Overall, a memorable vacation and recommend for the Norwegian experience.

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