Day 1: OSLO
Arrive Oslo, situated at the end of the Oslo fjord. In the afternoon, we recommend a walk down Karl Johans Gate, leading to the Royal Palace, and around Aker Brygge, the beautiful harbour area with many shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Day 2: OSLO
Day at leisure to explore Oslo. Highlights of the city include the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Royal Castle, City Hall, Parliament Building (Stortinget) and many museums. Oslo has a vibrant live music scene; the city host many concerts, theatre shows and operas.
Overnight: Oslo (B)
Day 3: OSLO – MYRDAL – FLÅM – BALESTRAND
Morning departure by train from Oslo. Cross the rugged Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau, change train at Myrdal and board the famous Flåm Railway. On the 20km train ride, see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascade down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains and mountain farms that cling to sheer slopes. Arrive Flåm, beautifully situated at the end of the Aurlandsfjord. Depart Flåm by fjord ferry, cruise on the spectacular Sognefjord, the world’s longest and deepest fjord to Balestrand.
Overnight: Balestrand (B)
Day 4: BALESTRAND – BERGEN
Morning departure by fjord ferry for Bergen. Arrive Bergen, the gateway to the fjords and the only city in the world surrounded by 7 mountains and 7 fjords. Make your way to your hotel.
Overnight: Bergen (B)
Day 5: BERGEN – HURTIGRUTEN COASTAL VOYAGE
Day at leisure in Bergen. Top attractions in Bergen include Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, the Fish Market, Edvard Grieg Museum at Troldhaugen and Fantoft Stave Church. Take atrip on the famous funicular to the top of the Mount Floyen, 320m above sea level with magnificent views over the surroundings islands. In the evening, make your way to the Hurtigruten quay for embarkation.
Overnight: Hurtigruten (B)
Day 6: HURTIGRUTEN : GEIRANGER – ÅLESUND – MOLDE
Enjoy a beautiful coastal voyage that takes you along the spectacular and rugged Norwegian coastline. Some ports of call during this cruise include Ålesund, Geiranger and Molde. The Geirangerfjord (visited 15 Apr – 14 Sep) is known as the most beautiful fjord in Norway.
Overnight: Hurtigruten (B)
Day 7: TRONDHEIM
Morning arrival in Trondheim, former capital of Norway; its old heritage can still be traced in and around the city centre. We suggest a visit to the marvellous Nidaros Cathedral, the largest church of Northern Europe which towers over the city centre. Other sights of interest are the Royal Residence of Stiftsgården, the Bishop’s Palace and Ringve Museum, Norway’s national museum of music and musical instruments.
Overnight: Trondheim (B)
Day 8: TRONDHEIM – LILLEHAMMER
Depart Trondheim by train; travel through the Dovrefjell National Park and cross the snow-peaked Dovre Mountains before arriving in Dombås. The train continues through the magnificent Gudbrandsdal Valley, with its fast flowing river and waterfall. Arrive in Lillehammer, the Winter Olympic City of 1994. We suggest a visit to the Olympic Museum, Olympic Arena and Maihaugen open air museum.
Overnight: Lillehammer (B)
Day 9: LILLEHAMMER – OSLO
Travel by train from Lillehammer to Oslo Airport. (B)