This tailor-made program is ideal for first timers to Norway looking to explore the country's two biggest cities and also experience the main highlights of the Fjord Norway region with an overnight in picturesque village of Balestrand, on the shores of the King of the Fjords itself, the spectacular Sognefjord - all in just one week!
Stroll through the hundreds of statues at Vigeland Park in Oslo, ride through impressive landscapes on the Bergen Railway and along the one of the steepest tracks in the world on the Flamsbana Express. Marvel at the idyllic Sognefjord as you sail across its deep blue waters and get up close to the majestic Jostedalen Glacier. Finish your holiday off with some of the freshest seafood you've ever had at Bergen's fish market and a trip up the funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen to watch the sunset across Bergen sprawling centre, historic Hanseatic buildings and into the fjord and mountains beyond.
Experience all of this and more on this whirlwind trip to the heart of Norway.
*You will travel the region using railways, ferries and panoramic trains. As such, we recommend packing light.
Today is free for you to explore Oslo at your leisure or to book an optional activity. Norway's capital is an energetic and modern hub which is easily explored by foot. Take a stroll through the city's harbour front and past the iconic Opera House or explore one of the many museums or art galleries on offer in the city (the National Museum and the Viking Ship Museum are both excellent options). Vigeland Park, filled with over 200 sculptures, is also well worth a visit on a sunny day. (B)
Get ready for a whirlwind day which will sure to be a highlight of your time in Norway. Starting with a spectacular train journey that offers a panoramic view of some of the most magnificent landscapes of Norway as you travel on the Bergen Railway to the mountain station of Myrdal. Here, change trains for the breathtaking Flåm Railway for an exhilarating ride on one of the steepest train lines in the world. In Flåm, you'll get your first glimpse of the magnificent Sognefjord which you'll soon get up close and personal with during a ferry ride across its deep blue water to the charming village of Balestrand, which offers a welcome retreat from the crowds that swarm the tiny village of Flåm. When you dock in Balestrand, your hotel is just a short walk away. (B,D)
Experience incredible fjord landscapes and see both the Bøyabreen and Supphellebreen glaciers (two arms of the mighty Jostedal Glacier) all in one day. Sail in through the beautiful Fjærland fjord to Fjærland, where the glacier meets the fjord, and take the shuttle bus to the Norwegian Glacier Museum. Afterwards, continue up to Bøyabreen glacier and see how the glacier presses itself into the landscape - an impressive sight to behold and well worth snapping a few photos. Returning to Balestrand by boat. (B,D)
This morning, board the express boat to Bergen for picturesque morning spent travelling across the fjord and ocean to Norway's second biggest city. The journey starts first by cruising along the majestic Sognefjord until it opens into the skerries and narrow straits that are characteristic of the coastline north of Bergen. Pass by tiny fjord-side villages and then the summer houses belonging to Bergen city dwellers as you near your destination. Upon arrival into Bergen, make your own way to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore.
Today is free for you to explore Bergen on your own or book an optional excursion. We recommend taking a stroll through Bryggen, Bergen's atmospheric Hanseatic old town located on the harbour front, where you can also find some of the freshest seafood around at the Torget Fish Market. There are plenty of museums to captivate your attention, or escape the city on the funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen for sweeping views of the fjord-side city and the seven mountains that famously surround it. (B)
Enjoy some leisure time until it is time to board the airport bus to take you to the Bergen Airport for your flight home. (B)