(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.
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.
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. Included entrance fees to Hanseatik Museum and Funicular.
Depart early morning from Bergen and travel to the historic town of Voss, with a stunning background of snow clad mountains. Here we board a train which will take us across the mountain plateau to Myrdal where we 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 we have some free time before embarking the afternoon ferry, which will carry us on a breathtaking crossing along the lovely Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. The coast offers very strong contrasts, sometimes you will experience rocks falling dramatically into the fjord and other times the river turns into a wonderful green. We disembark in Balestrand and arrival at your hotel, located on the edge of the stunning fjord.
The history of Kvikne’s Hotel 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.
Breakfast at your hotel. Depart by coach to Dragsvik, from where we will cross the beautiful Sognefjord onceagain, before disembarking in Hella. We will then continue driving via Sogndal, through several picturesque villages, forests of birches and crops, until we arrive in Skei, located at the foot of Europe’s biggest mainland glacier named “Jostedalsbreen”. After a short break we continue our journey towards the Briksdal Glacier. Here we travel by small motorized Troll cars to the very snout of the glacier and experience the breathtaking blue ice. We board the coach again, driving via Loen and Stryn and onto Geiranger, to our hotel, the stunning 4th generation run Hotel Union. Here we will spend two nights in the wonderful surroundings of mountains and fjords, and get the most out of this extraordinary part of the world.
In welcoming you to the Hotel Union, 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.
After breakfast at your hotel, we will take the ferry, crossing the dramatic and ever so impressive UNESCO World Heritage site; The Geiranger Fjord, situated among lush mountains and wild waterfalls. Travel from Geiranger to Hellasylt and be inspired by this beautiful, unspoiled landscape. After disembarkation in Hellasylt, you will travel up to the Dalsnibba viewpoint of Geiranger (Weather permitting). 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.
Drive from Geiranger over stryne mountain to Lom, visit Lom stave chuch. From Lom, drive down the valley Grudbrandsdal where Henrik Ibsens Peer Gynt came from, and onwards to Lillehammer and Oslo.
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.
Relax on a private airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
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.
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