Deep-blue fjords, breathtaking mountains, glimmering glaciers, and flowing waterfalls… these are natural wonders you expect to see in Norway, and on this Norway tour, you’ll experience all of this and more.
A highlight of this Norway tour is a breathtaking ride on the Flåm railway, one of the world’s most scenic train rides, which passes through 20 tunnels and climbs to an elevation of 2,833 feet (864 meters). Marvel at the hypnotic waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snowcapped mountains, rivers winding through deep gorges; farms on the side of steep slopes, and views of Sognefjord, Norway’s longest fjord.
Travel on the Hardanger National Tourist Road, carefully developed to take you through some of Norway’s most stunning scenery, and stop at Steinsdalsfossen waterfall, where you can walk behind the cascading falls without getting wet.
Best of Norway with Oslo Extension
In addition to breathtaking scenery, Norway also offers you a country steeped in history. In the Middle Ages, Norwegians built churches out of wood. Only 28 of these stave churches now remain in Norway, and in Borgund, you’ll admire one of Norway’s best-preserved stave churches dating back to 1180. Stay two nights in Bergen, founded in 1070, where guided sightseeing features the main sights and a walking tour of Bryggen. From the magnificent scenery to the vibrant cities-including a train ride back to Oslo and an extra night—this tour through Norway will delight all of your senses.
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN OSLO, NORWAY
Welcome to Norway! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
DAY 2 OSLO
A Walk in the Park OSLO Guided sightseeing includes a walk through Frogner Park and a visit to City Hall.
ART & ARCHITECTURE Frogner Park contains over 200 sculptures in granite, bronze, and wrought iron, along with fountains and bridges comprising the life’s work of legendary sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Visit the stately Oslo City Hall, with its red-brick architecture, soaring towers, and 49 bells. Here, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony takes place each year.
DAY 3 OSLO–BORGUND–FLAM
Portals to Heaven BORGUND Visit the stave church.
ART & ARCHITECTURE The stavchurches are Norway’s most important contribution to world architecture and Norway’s oldest preserved timber buildings. One of the most famous and distinctive is Borgund’s.—built around 1180—is dedicated to the Apostle Andrew. Some of the finest features are the lavishly carved portals and the roof carvings of dragons’ heads. Breakfast /Dinner.
DAY 4 FLAM–MYRDAL–VOSS–HARDANGERFJORD
Deep Blue Beauty FLAM Ride the spectacular Flåm train
127 mi / 205km
PICTURE PERFECT Get on board Norway’s world-famous Flåm train, a journey past deep ravines, cascading waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and more on one of the world’s steepest standard-gauge railway lines
Breakfast / Dinner
DAY 5 HARDANGERFJORD–STEINSDALSFOSSEN–BERGEN
Roaring Waters & A Royal Retreat STEINSDALSFOSSEN Marvel at the spectacular waterfall.
NATURAL WONDERS Visit the favorite retreat of Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany at Steinsdalsfossen. It’s believed the emperor frequenty visited the beautiful setting and its falls each summer between 1889 and the start of World War I in 1914. Breakfast.
DAY 6 BERGEN
Coastal Charisma BERGEN Orientation drive includes Bryggen, the Hanseatic Wharf, the harbor, and the Fish Market. Farewell dinner
PICTURE PERFECT Beautiful Bergen paints the shoreline with different hues of its wooden houses along the old wharf on Norway’s southwestern coast. Often called the “Fjord Capital of Norway,” Bergen will charm you with its quaint charisma and the breathtaking natural wonder between the seven mountains.
Breakfast / Dinner.
DAY 7 BERGEN–OSLO
Panoramas on the Rails BERGEN Train ride back to Oslo.
EPIC JOURNEY All aboard for some of Scandinavia’s most beautiful landscapes. It crosses the Hardangervidda National Park, onto the Hardangervidda plateau, Europe’s largest high-mountain plateau.
DAY 8 OSLO
Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
PRICE: From $2,799 per person, double occupancy
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