(Bergen, Balestrand, Geiranger, Oslo)
As your small safari-like vehicle creeps ever so gently over the frozen plains of Briksdal Glacier, Norway’s fabled blue ice is suddenly revealed to you in an explosion of brilliant color that appears illuminated from within.
Explore the picturesque cultural city of Bergen on a private tour that will take you to the town’s only surviving 12th-century church, the imposing royal residence and through the thriving fish market for a taste of Norway’s incredible seafood. Travel to the mountain town of Voss to board a train across the mountain plateau to Mydral where you’ll connect with the world-famous Flam railway for the scenic decent into the quaint fjord village of Flam. Here, you’ll embark on a stunning afternoon ferry crossing on Sognefjord – Norway’s longest and deepest fjord – and journey on through picturesque rural villages and birch forests to Briksdal Glacier for a thrilling expedition to the glacier’s breath-taking blue ice. You’ll also cross the dramatic Geiranger Fjord among lush mountains and wild waterfalls and take in incredible views from Dalsnibba, situated 1500 meters above sea level.
This breath-taking trip will take you deep into the majestic panoramas of Norway as you travel by road, rail and sea to explore every inch of this incredible landscape. Your experienced team of local guides and private drivers ensure you will not miss a thing, and you’ll stay at a collection of comfortable hotels that have been carefully selected for their rich local culture and commitment to quality.
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Meet your driver for a private airport transfer with vehicle and driver.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Norway in a Nutshell is quite possibly the most convenient and inexpensive way of witnessing the natural splendors of Norway in one day.
After a leisurely breakfast take the train to Myrdal and experience the highest-altitude railway line in Northern Europe - The Bergen Railway. From Myrdal you will continue your journey by train to Flam. This 55 minutes journey will let you enjoy the views of some of the most magnificent mountain scenery in Norway with an ever-changing panorama of tall mountains and cascading waterfalls. The train moves slowly or stops at the best views.
The train will stop at the picturasque village of Flam. Here you will have time to eat and to wonder around before you will be invited to the boat cruise along the beautiful Aurlandsfjord and into the Naeroyfjord, one of the narrowest fjords in Europe. The Naeroyfjord is included on UNESCO's famous World Heritage List and is surrounded by towering mountains up to 1,800 metres high. On your journey you will also enjoy excellent views of small traditional farms. If you are lucky, you will see goats grazing right beside the fjord and seals basking on rocks before the boat reaches Gudvangen.
After your cruise, enjoy a bus journey up the steep and spectacular hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva. The road up to Stalheim has 13 steep bends. After enjoying the wonderful views of the Stalheimsfossen and Sivlefossen waterfalls, you will arrive to Voss and further you will be transferred by train to Bergen.
Meet your private driver-guide which will take you to Balestrand and further on the route.
Depart early morning from Bergen and travel to the historic town of Voss, with a stunning background of snow clad mountains. Here you board a train which will take you across the mountain plateau to Myrdal where you change to the World famous Flam railway, the highlight of the day. Experience one of the most spectacular rail journeys, descending down from the Mountain station of Myrdal to the quaint fjord village of Flam. Here your vehicle driver-guide will meet you and bring you over the mountain to Vik And Vangsnes- where you cross the lovely Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. He will also take you over Stalheimskleiva to Balestrand. You disembark in Balestrand and arrival at your hotel, located on the edge of the stunning fjord.
After breakfast at the hotel your driver-guide will take you across Gaular Mountain to Jølster and onwards to Skei, located at the foot of Europe’s biggest mainland glacier named “Jostedalsbreen”. After a short break you continue your journey towards the Briksdal Glacier. Here you travel by small motorized Troll cars to the very snout of the glacier and experience the breathtaking blue ice. You board the vehicle again, driving via Loen and Stryn and onto Hellesylt Ferry to Geiranger, to your hotel, the stunning 4th generation run Hotel Union. Here you will spend two nights in the wonderful surroundings of mountains and fjords, and get the most out of this extraordinary part of the world.
This morning you can choose to drive to Dalsnibba. This is probably the most fantastic view in the world, at 1,500 metres above sea level. Return to the hotel in the afternoon where a special tour of the Veteran car collection is included at the hotel. The Mjelva family that run the hotel also own the entire collection of cars. A number of these beautiful cars were used to show tourists around the Geiranger area in the 1920’s and 1930’s and they are still in excellent condition.
Or drive to the beautiful Trollstigen over the Eagle Road, Road are the steepest stretch of road up the mountain side from Geiranger towards Eidsdal The road turns through 11 hairpin bends up from the Geirangerfjord to the highest point 620 metres above sea level. At Ørnesvingen you can take in the magnificent panorama over Geiranger, the fjord, De syv søstrene and the alpine farm Knivsflå.
Or just use the day to relax in the hotel SPA.
After your breakfast at the hotel you will drive from Geiranger over Stryne mountain to Lom, visit Lom stave chuch. From Lom, continue to drive down the valley Grudbrandsdal where Henrik Ibsens Peer Gynt came from, and onwards to Lillehammer where you will have stop and time for lunch (not included). From Lillehammer you will drive along the lake Mjoesa to Hamar and Oslo.
Relax on a private airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret (4*) is ideally located, just minutes from the Rosenkrantz Tower dating back to the 1500s. This Bergen, Norway hotel's location makes it easy to explore the city and its many attractions, this boutique hotel is the perfect hideaway, located seaside to the area known as Bryggen. This Bergen, Norway hotel takes pride in giving services with a personal touch. Guests will enjoy many amenities including free organic breakfast and a light evening buffet. Coffee, tea and fruit are available 24 hours a day for all guests. After working out in the exercise room, guests can relax in the sauna. Business travelers will welcome additional conveniences like free wireless Internet access, copy and fax services, on-site business center and computer with Internet access. Meeting rooms are available and can accommodate up to 40 people for most events and business functions. All guest rooms come equipped with hair dryers, coffee makers and spacious work desks. Whether business or pleasure brings you to Bergen, the Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret is the perfect place to stay.
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.
In welcoming you to the Hotel Union (4*), we are inviting you to share with us one of the most exceptionally beautiful landscapes in the world. The inscription of the Geirangerfjord on the UNESCO World Heritage List is relatively recent, but our magnificent natural surroundings have been an attractive destination for many generations of visitors, from far and near, who come not only to stay, but to experience something that is truly unique.
Hotel Continental (5*) is situated in Oslo, the capital of Norway. This traditional hotel is down-town, between Aker Brygge and the Oslo fjord, The Royal Palace, The National Theatre and The Parliament. Hotel Continental has a total of 155 hotel rooms, 21 of which are suites, 73 double and double deluxe rooms, and 61 single rooms. Every room has a broadband Internet connection. Some are furnished in a classic, traditional style, while others have a more contemporary look. If you want peace and quiet during your stay you can reserve a room with windows facing their tranquil courtyard. Their other rooms have views of the harbour and the Oslo fjord, the Royal Palace or the National Theatre. Hotel Continental is an extroverted enterprise, an open and generous hotel and a lively restaurant house that are the pride of the city. The kitchen represents the heart of this house. Their fitness room is open 24 hours and is equiped with all the ameneties you need for a successfull work out.
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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November 06, 2013
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October 22, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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September 24, 2013
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