Cross deep fjords, traverse stunning mountain passes and travel through small fishing villages in southern Norway to reach heaving glaciers. This group tour journeys through the nature’s northern European playground, boards the Flam Railway and spans some of Norway’s most iconic and dramatic landscapes, while also delving into the culture of the capital city, Oslo.
Fly to Bergen, known as the gateway to the fjords, transfer on your own to the hotel and enjoy a day at leisure. Reach the top of the mountains overlooking the city on the Fløibanen funicular railway (supplement applies) for sweeping views across Bergen – particularly spectacular as the sun sets. (B)
Spend the morning exploring the sights and sounds of Bergen, with a tour visiting the popular fish market and historic old town area of Bryggen. Head into the striking, glacier-carved walls of Hardangerfjord, the orchard of Norway. (B, D)
Continue via Voss to Stalheimen, situated on the very top of the Naerøydalen Canyon. Drive the panoramic route to Flåm, an idyllic village from where you can embark on a scenic fjord cruise to Gudvangen. Return to the road to reach Vangsnes, cross the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway and arrive in Balestrand in time for dinner. (B, D)
Get right up close to the immense Nigardsbreen Glacier*, an arm of the Jostedal Glacier, reaching it on foot or by a small passenger boat. Travel by ferry across the Fjærlandfjord to reach the Breheimsenteret Glacier Centre located by the colossal Jostedal Glacier – the largest glacier on the European mainland. The whole glacier and nearby valleys are protected as a National Park. (B, L, D)
*Please note that the glacier actually involves a hike over large rocks and boulders so it is not suitable for those with walking difficulties.If you decide to go for the boat, this only takes you part of the way to the glacier. The boat also only runs from about 07 June otherwise it has to be hiked both ways.
Cross the Sognefjord once again to reach Flåm* and hop board one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world, the Flåm Railway. This spectacular route offers a panoramic view of some of the wildest and most magnificent nature in the Norwegian fjord landscape. On arrival to the mountain station of Myrdal, change and travel Oslo. (B)
*Please note that on arrival in Flam there is usually a couple of hours spare time (it varies depending on the ferry and train times). If you want to leave your luggage in a secure storage place this will cost you 50 NOK, about £5 per bag.
Discover Oslo in depth with a 3 hour city tour that includes exploring some of the 200 ornate sculptures of Vigeland Park, rising to the dizzying heights of the Holmenkollen ski jump for a fantastic view over the city and a visit to the Opera House. Do as you wish with an afternoon at leisure in the town – take a local ferry to the Bygdøy peninsula or stop into one of the many popular museums. (B)
After breakfast, transfer on your own to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)