(Oslo, Flam, Balestrand, Bergen)
Let the storybook beauty of the Bergen Railway flood your senses as Norway’s famous high-altitude train glides past pristine river valleys, across towering ancient bridges and climbs steeply into pristine snow-capped mountains.
Oslo is surrounded by incredible fjords and lush forested hills, which you’ll take in on a panoramic tour of Norway’s stunning capital city. The breath-taking Bergen Railway – North Europe’s highest-altitude railway line – cuts through deep ravines past idyllic rivers and climbs snow-capped mountains where cascading waterfalls and cliff-top farms offer Norway’s finest sights en route to the charming village of Flam and Norway’s deepest and longest fjord. A cruise will whisk you from Balestrand to Bergen where the panoramic cable car will reveal incredible views over the historic town that was once home to world-famous composer Edward Grieg and now boasts a thriving modern-day arts community.
This extensive tour of Norway combines rail, road and sea transport to reveal the country’s finest landscapes – from lush river valleys and soaring, snow-capped mountains, to vast frozen fjords. Your experienced team of English-speaking guides and private drivers will help you draw the most out of every experience, and a collection of modern hotels will provide a bastion of warmth and comfort as you explore the natural grandeur of one of the most beautiful countries in northern Europe.
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Relax on a private airport transfer with private 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.
Enjoy a city sightseeing tour in the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by the fjord with your private vehicle, guide and driver. You will enjoy a magnificent view of Oslo from Holmenkollen Hill, with the famous ski kimps where the Winter Games were held in 1952. Among other high lights you will visit the Viking Ship Museum, with its three Viking vessels. The Vigeland's Park, one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures, will welcome you with the sculptures of Gustav Vigeland, who dedicated his life to this Park. You will also pass by the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan as well. Entrance fee to Viking Ship Museum is included in tour cost.
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.
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.
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 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.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer with vehicle and driver.
Thon Hotel Opera 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.
Fretheim Hotel is a beautiful wooden building situated at the head of a scenic fjord arm of the famous Sognefjord. The hotel dates back to the 1870s. They believe in honoring its long traditions, while making sure we have modern amenities and comfort that are well suited to today's guests. The newest wing of their 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.
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.
The Clarion Hotel Admiral is housed in a magnificent old packhouse building that dates back to 1906. The hotel opened its doors to guests for the first time in 1987. Clarion Hotel Admiral is the only waterside hotel in Bergen with the best view to Bryggen, Vågen and Fløien. They have 211 unique rooms. Fifty of them have a balcony with a view to three sides. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Restaurant. You can also sit out on their fantastic jetty and admire the finest view in Bergen while you enjoy your meals. Lobby Bar is the ideal place to enjoy a great cup of coffee or a quiet drink. If you would prefer to eat in your room, then take a look at their 24-hour room service menu. Whatever you choose, you can be sure of culinary delights and personal service.
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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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November 05, 2013
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