(Oslo, Flam, Balestrand, Bergen)
Enjoy exploring Oslo - Norway’s capital city before spending a number of days along the beautiful Sognafjord, known as the "King of Fjords". Take the scenic railway journey between Myrdal and Flam and see some of Norway's wildest and most magnificent scenery with rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains and mountain farms clinging dizzily to sheer slopes. Having left Oslo, the connections between the different means of transportation are very convenient, and trains and ferries have departures and arrivals almost within walking distances of each other which make an unescorted tour very easy. Enjoy time in Oslo and Bergen taking in any number of private tours.
** This is available from May to October**
Relax on a private Airport transfer with private vehicle and English speaking driver in Oslo.
Upon arrival at your hotel, you will be provided with an itinerary and vouchers, as well as a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful.
Thon Hotel Opera (4*) is located close to the Airport Express Train Terminal at Oslo Central Station. The hotel offers 434 well-equipped rooms in various sizes, 2 of which are magnificent suites on the 9th floor and fabulous views of Oslo Fjord and the new opera house in Oslo.
Oslo is widely known as "the big-hearted city". Oslo was founded in 1048. In 1536 Norway became a Danish province through a royal marriage until 1814 where Norway seceded from Denmark, went into a union with Sweden and made Christiania the capital of Norway. The new constitution required some official buildings. In the year 1624 fire destroyed most of the city which was later rebuilt by the Danish King Christian IV and named Christiania. In 1925 the city reverted to its original name of Oslo. The city is surrounded by magnificent scenery with the fjord lapping its shores and forested hills encircling it. Together the fjord and the forests offer outdoor recreational opportunities with which no other capital in the world can compare. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city with your private escort. No entrance fees are included.
Thon Hotel Europa (3*) is a modern city hotel right in the heart of Oslo. It is only a short walk from the hotel to Oslo's main street Karl Johans gate, the Norwegian parliament and its ministries, the Royal Palace and the Museum of Cultural History. Oslo's theatres and cabaret theatres are all within easy distance of the hotel. Nor is it far from the shops in Bogstadveien and Aker Brygge. The hotel has 168 well-equipped guestrooms. Café Europa's bar, coffee bar and restaurant can be found on the corner of Thon Hotel Europa. The hotel adjoins Treningshuset, and as a guest at their hotel you can enjoy its facilities. A daily pass can be bought in the hotel reception.
Take a train from Oslo to Myrdal this morning. The Bergen Railway is a unique experience on Northern Europe's highest-altitude railway line. One of the greatest challenges is the harsh and changeable weather. The line is exposed to deep low-pressure centers from the west, which can mean strong winds and heavy snow for part of the year. Keeping the railway open demands great effort and technical expertise. Today, skilled workers, effective equipment, tunnels and snow tunnels make the Bergen Railway one of the safest and most comfortable ways of travelling between Oslo and Bergen. The line was voted one of the 20 best railway experiences in the world in 1999.
Take a cog railway from Myrdal to Flåm of the Flåm Railway. (open seating). The scenic 20-kilometre (12 mi) route between Myrdal and Flam is one of the steepest railway tracks at 1 in 18 (not counting rack railways) in the world and provides some of Norway's wildest and most magnificent scenery. On the ride you can see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascade down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains and mountain farms cling dizzily to sheer slopes. There are also a few spirals along the route which allow trains to rise on a steady curve until it has completed a loop, passing over itself as it gains height, allowing the railway to gain vertical elevation in a relatively short horizontal distance.
Enjoy dinner at the Fretheim Hotel this evening.
Fretheim Hotel (3*) is a beautiful wooden building situated at the head of a scenic fjord arm of the famous Sognefjord. Our hotel dates back to the 1870s. We believe in honouring its long traditions, while making sure we have modern amenities and comfort that are well suited to today's guests. The newest wing of our hotel was added in 2000, with the most visible distinction being the glass façade. In the historic wing of our hotel, we have made every effort to preserve the old feel of Fretheim Hotel – in fact it appears much the same now as when it greeted travellers in the 19th century.
Enjoy the morning at leisure in the pretty little village of Flam, perhaps take a walk by the fjord, before your activity this afternoon. If you feel like doing something active, consider taking a kayak tour or a tour with the RIB boat. Alternatively, you may like to visit the Flam railway Museum or the Flam Panorama.
Take an express boat from Flam to Balestrand . On the journey out the Sognefjord you will see tall, impressive mountains along the Aurlandsfjord. Out towards the sea, the scenery becomes more open and there is a teeming and varied bird life. The Sognefjord is Norway's deepest (1.309 m) and longest (204 km) fjord.
Beautiful Flåm is situated in the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the 204 kilometers long and up to 1308 meters deep Sognefjord. Surrounded by steep mountainsides, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys, Flåm is a paradise for everyone looking for a one-of-a-kind experience with nature. With nature-based activities, many nearby attractions, exciting culture and historic traditions - Flåm is a perfect holiday destination for those looking to experience the rugged beauty of Norway.
The history of Kvikne’s Hotel (3*) extends back to the Holmen Inn in 1752. The Kvikne family bought the hotel, renamed Balholm, in 1877, and is running it to this day. Norwegian tourism was revolutionized in the latter half of the 19th Century, and has been developing steadily ever since. The original hotel was built in the traditional "Swiss" architectural style and despite many waves of expansion and restoration, the appearance of the building remains true to the original concept. As a result, Kviknes is a modern hotel with personality and "soul" and with the atmosphere of centuries.
Take a boat ride from Balestrand to Bergen. Balestrand is a municipality in the county of Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Sogn. The administrative center is the village of Balestrand.The municipality is situated at the junction of the Sognefjord and Esefjord, the major industries are tourism and farming. Balestrand became popular early due to the interest of artists, such as Hans Gude, Alfred Heaton Cooper, Hans Dahl and Johannes Flintoe. Their paintings of the scenery around Balestrand inspired visitors, and Balestrand maintains its connection with art.Besides tourism, farming is one of the traditional sources of income. Other industries include made-to-order kitchen interiors, local apple juice, and Nesseplast which produces industrial plastic.
When you arrive Bergen make sure you visit the Fishmarket, Troldhaugen (where the world famous composer Edward Grieg lived) and Floibanen. Floibanen in Bergen is one of Norway's most famous tourist attractions and the only cable car of its kind in Scandinavia.
Enjoy port transfer with private vehicle and English speaking driver.
Augustin Hotel (3*) has a central location by the harbour and the shopping area. The hotel is a good base for a walk around the old town at Nordnes and down towards the concert-and dance stage at the USF Warf. At Nordnes you will find the Aquarium and the beautiful Nordnes Park with views of the fjord. Augustin is now the oldest family-run full-service hotel in Bergen. The hotel, built in 1909 in Jugend style, passed into the hands of the present family ten years later, and is now run by the fourth generation. Its 1999 extension increased the capacity 109 room and a new bar in 400 year-old cellar. The Brasserie No22 has a modern rustic interior but there is nothing rustic about the food it serves – neither its light meals nor its tempting main dishes. Guests can enjoy both a pleasant "old-fashioned" lounge and modern, award-winning interiors. Its highly conscious use of colours and fittings helps make the Augustin a hotel out of the ordinary.
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city. The places along your route include the Hanseatic Museum which is housed in the oldest and best preserved wooden buildings in Bergen. The interiors date from the 18th and 19th centuries. In times past, the Hanseatic merchants traded mainly with stockfish from Northern Norway and grain from the Baltic countries. Only German merchants were allowed to live at Bryggen during the period of the Hanseatic Office. The Hanseatics were unmarried and had to live in celibacy as long as they lived in the area. The tenements in the Bryggen area each consists of several smaller trade houses, each run by a merchant with a journeyman and apprentices. The Museum depicts what one of these trade houses would have been like in the last years of the German Office at Bryggen. Your tour will also include a visit to the local Fish market and you can take a funicular ride up to the top of Fløyen mountain (320 metres above sea level). The ride itself is spectacular and the views of Bergen only improve the closer you get to the top.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and English speaking driver.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Norway for the most up to date visa information.
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