Magic of the Fjords

from £1105
including flights
6 nights May-Aug

Overview

This escorted tour takes you on a spellbinding journey through the magical Norwegian fjords visiting some of the most scenic and popular places - with spectacular mountains, waterfalls, coastal and city culture, famous rail journeys and Viking history all part of this inclusive trip. Sit back and let the English speaking guide take you from one enchanting village to the next, passing many highlights along the way as you travel by train and boat from Oslo to Balestrand on the Sognefjord and then to Bergen, a World Heritage city.

Highlights

  • Travel on the famous Flam Railway
  • Cruise on the Sognefjord
  • Guided city sightseeing tours in Oslo and Bergen
  • English speaking guide

What's Included

  • Flight from Gatwick to Oslo and from Bergen to Gatwick
  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities
  • All breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Excursions as per itinerary

Full description

The group tour has set departures in the summer and is based on a group size between 35 and 40 participants staying in a good standard of accommodation throughout. You stay for six nights in total with two nights in Oslo, two nights in Balestrand and two nights in Bergen, all on breakfast basis and two dinners included in Balestrand. In the cities of Bergen and Oslo guests have a wide choice of restaurants available to try out some traditional cuisine, and there are opportunities each day to purchase lunch on route.

The magical journey

Travelling between the different locations is as much a highlight as each destination itself with unimaginable beauty at every turn and wonderful memories to capture at every opportunity.
Starting in Oslo with a sightseeing tour and plenty of time to explore the Norwegian capital city, you travel by train through picturesque landscape towards the fjords, changing trains in the mountain village Myrdal before joining the famous Flamsbana railway. The 20 kilometre winding track is considered to be one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world taking you to the fjord village Flam. You continue by a fjord cruise along the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest in Norway making your way to the village Balestrand where you have time to relax amidst stunning scenery.
The final leg of the tour is by express boat through fjords and down the coast heading to Bergen, the gateway to the fjords and UNESCO World Heritage City, with time to explore this lovely coastal town, and a guided sightseeing tour included.

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Prices & Dates

Prices from per person based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise

Start End Twin Price Single Price Availability
Thu 16 May 2019 Wed 22 May 2019 £1,105 £1,465 Available
Thu 30 May 2019 Wed 5 Jun 2019 £1,105 £1,465 Available
Thu 13 Jun 2019 Wed 19 Jun 2019 £1,105 £1,465 Available
Thu 4 Jul 2019 Wed 10 Jul 2019 £1,192 £1,606 Available
Thu 18 Jul 2019 Wed 24 Jul 2019 £1,192 £1,606 Available
Thu 8 Aug 2019 Wed 14 Jul 2019 £1,105 £1,465 Available
Thu 22 Aug 2019 Wed 28 Aug 2019 £1,105 £1,465 Available
Thu 5 Sep 2019 Wed 11 Sep 2019 £1,105 £1,465 Available
Thu 19 Sep 2019 Wed 25 Sep 2019 £1,192 £1,606 Available
Thu 3 Oct 2019 Wed 9 Oct 2019 £1,105 £1,465 Available

Please note, the hotels in Oslo and Bergen will be centrally located and a 3 star or higher category. The exact hotel will be advised on your travel itinerary.

What's Included

  • Flight from London Gatwick to Oslo, returning from Bergen to Gatwick with Norwegian Air
  • All rooms with private facilities: 2 nights in Oslo and 2 nights in Bergen on breakfast basis, 2 nights in Balestrand on half board basis
  • All breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • English speaking guide from day 2 to day 6
  • City sightseeing tours in Oslo and Bergen
  • Train journey from Oslo to Flam
  • Fjord cruise from Flam to Balestrand
  • Express boat from Balestrand to Bergen
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Group size:

This escorted group requires a minimum of 6 participants in order to operate, and will have a maximum of 45.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive in Oslo

On arrival in Oslo, make your way to the central hotel (payable locally). There are regular trains running from the airport to the central station or an airport coach service. The rest of the day is at leisure – walk along the city streets and explore the city of the Royal family and the main Karl Johan’s street, with many shops, bars and cafes.

Day 2: Oslo

After breakfast meet the local guide in the hotel reception for the start of the 3 hour sightseeing tour of Norway’s vibrant capital city. The tour includes a visit to Frogner Park with Vigeland sculptures; the museum of Viking ships showing three original examples; the Royal Palace; City Hall and Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle showing the history of Oslo. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to continue visiting the sights or relax in one of the delightful cafes taking in the city atmosphere.

Day 3: Oslo - Flam - Balestrand

An early breakfast before meeting in the hotel lobby area and proceeding with luggage to the train station. Board the train to Myrdal – a mountain railway station and junction located about 13km from the village Flam. Here you will change trains and board the famous Flamsbana, one of the steepest and most scenic rail journeys in the world. The line runs through fantastic nature and scenery with steep mountains, waterfalls and through 20 tunnels as it winds its way down to the fjord village Flam. You will have a short time to discover the small village and take a drinks break in one of the cafes.

The journey continues by express boat on the Sognefjord – the King of the fjords and the longest and deepest in Norway. The initial part of the fjord is called Aurlandsfjord, a 17km arm of the Sognefjord and considered one of the most picturesque. The cruise continues to the village Balestrand (total cruise time 90 minutes), where on arrival you walk to the Kviknes Hotel a short distance away. Dinner and two nights stay here.

Day 4: Balestrand

The day is free for you to relax and enjoy the fjord surroundings. There are several hikes in the area you can take from the village or it is also possible to join an optional full day excursion to Fjaerland (price is 110€ per person and needs to be pre-booked or in Oslo with tour guide on day 1). On this trip take a scenic journey to the small village of Fjaerland passing tiny villages and waterfalls to where the fjord meets the glacier. Dinner back at Kviknes hotel.

Day 5: Balestrand to Bergen

The morning is free to spend more time in the fjord village before embarking in the late afternoon on the express boat to Bergen (approx. 4 hours), arriving in the evening. On arrival at the quay it is a short walk to the accommodation for a two night stay on breakfast basis.

Day 6: Bergen

Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage city and a European city of Culture with many attractions in the city itself and in the region. After breakfast, meet in the hotel lobby for a guided 2 hour sightseeing tour visiting the main places of interest such as the Hanseatic Bryggen with the church of Mary; the Hakon Fortress and the famous fish market. Afterwards you have time to explore yourself, perhaps take the Floibanen funicular railway to Mount Floyen with spectacular views over the city.

Day 7: depart Norway

Time to explore the city further before making your own way to Bergen airport for your flight home (payable locally). There is a regular Flybus coach service from four locations in the city to the airport (journey time 30 minutes).

Hotel Kviknes, Balestrand

Norway

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

On the shores of the beautiful Sognefjord, Hotel Kviknes sits on an enviable position in one of Norway's most scenic areas.

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Other Information

The group tour has ten set departures in the summer and is based on a group size between 35 and 45 participants staying in a good standard of accommodation throughout. You stay for six nights in total with two nights in Oslo, two nights in Balestrand and two nights in Bergen, all on breakfast basis and two dinners included in Balestrand. In the cities of Bergen and Oslo guests have a wide choice of restaurants available to try out some traditional cuisine, and there are opportunities each day to purchase lunch on route.

The magical journey

Travelling between the different locations is as much a highlight as each destination itself with unimaginable beauty at every turn and wonderful memories to capture at every opportunity.
Starting in Oslo with a sightseeing tour and plenty of time to explore the Norwegian capital city, you travel by train through picturesque landscape towards the fjords, changing trains in the mountain village Myrdal before joining the famous Flamsbana railway. The 20 kilometre winding track is considered to be one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world taking you to the fjord village Flam. You continue by a fjord cruise along the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest in Norway making your way to the village Balestrand where you have time to relax amidst stunning scenery.
The final leg of the tour is by express boat through fjords and down the coast heading to Bergen, the gateway to the fjords and UNESCO World Heritage City, with time to explore this lovely coastal town, and a guided sightseeing tour included.

 

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