Photo courtesy of Visit Norway /Innovation Norway / Photographer Morten Helgesen / Visitnorway.com
Duration: 8 days
Itinerary: 3 nights Oslo, 1 night Flam, 3 nights Bergen
This Norway itinerary is ideal for those with limited time seeking to experience the best of Norway while lingering a little longer in the beautiful city centers.
On arrival Oslo International Airport, meet & greet private transfer from airport to hotel. **On Request – Pre-registered for immediate occupancy upon arrival.
HOTEL CONTINENTAL*****double deluxe king, breakfast included x3 nights
The elegant Hotel Continental is centrally located in Oslo, only 493 feet from Oslo’s main street, Karl Johan. It is the only 5-star hotel in Norway, and offers free in-room Internet access. The individually decorated rooms at Continental Hotel include a cable TV, minibar and an in-room safe. Bathrooms include amenities and a separate shower and bath. Leisure options include a free 24 hour gym on the 5th floor and a lobby lounge featuring Edward Munch lithographs. Guests can enjoy fine dining at Restaurant Eik Annen Etage. The historic Theatercaféen has been the Oslo’s most popular dining and meeting place for over 100 years. Drinks and snacks can be enjoyed at the maritime-style Steamen Café. The National Theatre is located just across the street. The Royal Palace is a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
Fjord Sightseeing – Duration of tour: 2 hours
For visitors to Oslo wishing to see a bit more of the city’s summer life such as the swimming and sailing, this two hour tour through narrow sounds, idyllic bays and a maze of islands with pretty summer houses is highly recommended. Refreshments are available on board the boat but are not included in the price of the tour.
Includes: Transportation by boat and services of a local guide.
The Essential Oslo Private Walking Tour – Duration of tour: 3 hours
See Oslo’s top sights and attractions on a fascinating walking tour. Set out from City Hall―home of the Noble Peace Prize―to explore Norway’s bustling capital, taking in such local landmarks as Parliament, the Royal Palace and the University of Oslo. Marvel at Akershus Fortress, wander through Aker Brugge―a revitalized waterfront area now home to a bevy of stores, bars and restaurants―and visit the Tjuvholmen District, a foodie haven that also boast numerous art galleries. Get expert tips on the best spots to drink, eat and shop in the area. The “Essential Oslo” walking tour Visit Oslo’s primary sights and attractions while getting a lay of the local land See such landmarks as the Royal Palace and Akershus Fortress, overlooking Oslo Fjord Explore the vibrant waterfront districts of Aker Brugge and Tjuvholmen, home to shops, restaurants, and more Receive tips on where to find the best fish soup or browse for souvenirs
Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country’s southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord. It’s known for its green spaces and museums. Many of these are on the Bygdøy Peninsula, including the waterside Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Viking Ship Museum, with Viking ships from the 9th century. The Holmenkollbakken is a ski-jumping hill with panoramic views of the fjord. It also has a ski museum.
Day at leisure to linger through the streets, museums, elegant shops and food halls or for an Optional Specialty Tour.
The city offers many sightseeing possibilities, set your own Private Itinerary with a visit to Oslo’s new opera house, or go beyond the city center to the soaring Holmenkollen ski jump and the famed Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslofjord, the old town of Drøbak, and Oscarsborg fortress or visit the Munch Museum (home to the world-famous painting The Scream), the Nobel Peace Center, and the Kon-Tiki Museum, the striking Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art.
Or opt for a “Taste of Oslo Walking Tour” or “Gourmet Food Tour” – Oslo is one of the best places in Norway to sample traditional cuisine or the gastronomic revolution taking place in the Nordic food scene cuisine, if you know where to look. Led by a local guide, these tours provide an insider’s perspective on the best spots to try Norwegian dishes, snacks, and drinks—plus an inside look at local sights, history, and culture. The choices are endless, and all yours to choose!
1st class train from Oslo to Myrdal – Departure at 8:25am, arrival at 12:59pm
The 5-hour train journey from Oslo to Myrdal is part of the Bergen Railway, classed as one of the finest train journeys in the world. The train journey will bring you across Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau, with Finse as the highest train station at 1222 metres above sea level.
In Myrdal you will change to the Flåm Railway, connecting the Bergen Line to the Sognefjord. You will pass through wild and beautiful mountain scenery with waterfalls and steep mountain sides before reaching the fjord village of Flåm.
Departure at 1:27 pm, arrival at 2:25 pm
Balance of your day at leisure to relax at this charming hotel, amble through the quaint town village of Flam to have lunch, or take an Optional Cruise at 3pm on arrival.
HOTEL FRETHEIM****superior double room with balcony, breakfast included x1 night
Hotel Fretheim a refurbished 1800s manor house is in Flåm, 657 feet from the Aurlandsfjord. It provides a restaurant, a large garden and free WiFi access. All rooms have fjord or mountain views. Fretheim Hotel’s individually decorated rooms feature a seating area, an electric kettle and a private bathroom. Fretheim’s restaurant serves Norwegian cuisine based on organic, locally sourced ingredients. In summer, guests can sit on the terrace. A bar, café and lobby bar are also available. Other facilities include a library, a bookable hot tub and several elegant lounges with fireplaces and antique furniture. Staff can arrange hiking and guided tours of the scenic surroundings. Flåm Station and the Flåm Line are within 5 minutes’ walk of Hotel Fretheim.
Optional Cruise – Afternoon Cruise to see the Nærøyfjord – Departure at 3pm, return at 7:45pm
The narrow and spectacular Nærøyfjord is surrounded by steep mountains with snow covered tops that stretch up to 1800 meters above sea level. Water falls cascade down the mountains and picturesque villages dot the landscape.
This area is featured on the UNESCO world heritage list and is considered one of the world’s most beautiful fjord landscapes. This summer we will launch the most innovative ship designs ever seen on the Norwegian fjords. The ferry will couple its striking appearance with cutting edge maritime hybrid solution. The vessel’s concept has been named Seasight. The ferry will carry tourists between Flåm and Gudvangen along the Nærøyfjord, a distance of around 32 km. Once it has arrived in the most scenic part of the fjord it will switch to battery power, allowing sightseers to enjoy the nature to the fullest. The fjord is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List because it remains largely unspoilt by human development and the ferry is designed with the surroundings in mind. The ferry design is inspired by a trail finding its way up a steep mountainside. It measures 40 meters in length and 15 meters in width.
Outside the ferry, passengers will be able to climb all over the boat while the inside will feature panoramic views. The new maritime hybrid vessel will cruise from Flåm to Gudvangen, or the opposite direction, in 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Flåm is a village in southwestern Norway, in an area known for its fjords. It sits at the end of Aurlandsfjord, a branch of the vast Sognefjord. The dramatic Stegastein viewing platform juts out high above the Aurlandsfjord. South of Flåm Harbor, the 17th-century wooden Flåm Church lies in the valley. The Flåm Railway offers valley and waterfall views as it climbs to a station on the Hardangervidda plateau.
Morning at leisure to relax or take in a stroll along the Fjord or an Optional guided tour of the scenic surroundings. Take a guided tour in the Flåmsdalen valley, paddle the fjord, cycle the Rallarvegen or hike in the Aurlandsdalen valley.
This afternoon, continue your journey by cruise on the Sognefjord, the world’s longest and deepest fjord, to Bergen.
Departure 3:30pm, arrival at 8:45pm (schedules subject to change) Duration: 5 hours and 25 minutes.
HOTEL CLARION ADMIRAL****double deluxe room, breakfast included x3 nights
Clarion Hotel Admiral overlooks Vågen Harbour, about 985 feet from Bergen’s fish market and 0.9 miles from Bergen Central Station. It offers harbour views, free WiFi and a popular breakfast buffet. Clarion Hotel Admiral’s early 1900s building lies directly across the water from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bryggen. The hotel restaurant Kitchen & Table is a concept created by master chef Marcus Samuelsson, based in New York. It features the flavours of Manhattan combined with local ingredients, creating unique Scandinavian cuisine. Hotel Admiral’s guest rooms have a flat-screen TV, Duxiana beds and a private bathroom with shower. Some rooms have a balcony with views of Bryggen.
Bergen is a city on Norway’s southwestern coast. It’s surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. Bryggen features colorful wooden houses on the old wharf, once a center of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire. The Fløibanen Funicular goes up Fløyen Mountain for panoramic views and hiking trails. The Edvard Grieg House is where the renowned composer once lived.
Private Day Tour of Bergen City Highlights (can also be done by Segway)
Even though Bergen is Norway’s second largest city, it has the charm of a small town. One of the most recognizable sights in Bergen is the Hanseatic Bryggen Wharf with its wooden buildings and quaint shops. Other sights of interest include Edvard Grieg’s home Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum). A trip with Fløibanen funicular, which will bring you from the city center and up to Mount Fløyen where you will have panorama view of the city and its surrounding fjords and mountains.
Day at leisure – to sleep in, take a stroll through the main Torgallmenningen Square shops; linger in a waterfront café or amble through the city gardens, hop on the historic train Bergens-Expressen on an hour ride through the city streets, between old wooden houses.
Or take an Optional Private Tour outside the city to the Arboretum and Botanical Garden at Milde or an Optional Specialty Food Tour.
Private transfer from hotel to Bergen airport for flight to USA.
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