Ultimate Fjord Experience
From $2313 Per Person
Independent, 9 Days/8 Nights
Departure Dates: Daily, May 1 - September 30, 2018
This eco-friendly trip will allow you to discover Norway in the most intimate way. We have combined the splendor of the fjords to hotels full of history to create your dream holidays in Norway. Enjoy the delightful Norwegian scenery, local delicacies and the warm and friendly welcome at charming hotels. Breathe the fresh air of the fjords, listen to the birds, and experience the flavors of local cuisine – just feel, this is Norway.
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Dates: Prices are valid May 1 – September 30, 2018
Day 1: Arrival in Oslo
Arrival according to your own itinerary. Spend your day at leisure in the Norwegian capital. We recommend Vigeland’s park, the city center with the Royal Palace and the pier, Aker Brygge, from where you can take a boat to Bygdoy and visit the Viking museum.
Accommodation at Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion or similar
Day 2: Oslo – Myrdal – Flam - Balestrand
Today, you will leave Oslo and take the train to Myrdal and then the famous Flamsbana to Flam. Flamsbana is a spectacular train journey that offers a panoramic view of some of the wildest and most magnificent nature in the Norwegian fjord landscape. It is one of the steepest train lines in the world on normal tracks, where almost 80% of the journey has a gradient of 5.5%. You will then take the boat to Balestrand and discover Sognefjord, the longest open fjord in the world. Upon your arrival check in and enjoy the surrounding before dinner.
Accommodation at Kvikne's Hotel or similar (2 nights) Dinner buffet included this evening!
Day 3: Balestrand
After breakfast, you will have your day at leisure in one of the cutest villages in the fjord– calm and serene, Balestrand will charm you. Go for a walk or visit the Glacier (excursion not included – can be booked in addition) and relax in your hotel which has so many stories to tell. You can also stop by The Cider House for a sample of local specialty. Dinner buffet included this evening!
Accommodation at Kvikne's Hotel or similar
Day 4: Balestrand - Bergen
After breakfast, you will depart by boat to Bergen, the capital of the fjords. You will spend the day at leisure. What has made Bergen known around the world is its charm and atmosphere. It really must be experienced! Bergen is worth exploring. Wander along the Fish Market and mingle with the masses as they go about their daily life. Stroll leisurely to the Aquarium to see the fish, the penguins, and the seals. Walk the length of Bryggen to the old fortress of Bergenhus. Get to the top of Mount Floyen (town center funicular), or Ulriken, or any of the seven mountains that ring the city.
Accommodation at Det Hanseatiske Hotell or similar
Day 5: Bergen - Lofthus
After breakfast, you will leave for Lofthus, first by bus to Norheimsund and then by boat to Lofthus. Depending on the timetable, you might spend your afternoon in Norheimsund – situated at the heart of Hardanger, the natural starting point for your stay in Hardanger. Try your hand at rope making and boat builder at the internationally reputed Hardanger Fartoyvernsenter (entrance not included) or wonder in the main street where you will find some interesting shops. In the afternoon, you will take a boat and will arrive in Lofthus where a dinner and a room with fjord view will wait for you.
Accommodation at Hotel Ullensvang or similar (2 nights)
Day 6: Lofthus
After breakfast, you will have your entire day at leisure. We recommend you to visit the church from where you will have a beautiful view on Folgefonna glacier, have a look to Edvard Grieg’s Composer Cabin in your hotel’s garden or wander in the fruit tree fields. Fruit blossom in Hardanger is an experience people never forget! Ullensvang is a known fruit farming area, and in spring thousands of fruit trees are breathtakingly white during blossom.
Day 7: Lofthus - Rosendal
Today, you will travel by bus to Rosendal via Odda. You will check in at Boroniet Rosendal, which represents an important center of culture in the region. A visit to the Barony Rosendal is a walk through the different styles and epochs. Rooms and halls have been decorated by various owners over the course of 250 years, and the castle is preserved as a home as the last owners left it in 1927. Visit the new Folgefonn Center near the harbor and learn about the Folgefonn glacer and National Park as well as the aquatic life in the Hardangerfjord (center open from May 2-Sept 15, 2017)
Accommodation at Rosendal Fjord Hotel or similar
Day 8: Rosendal - Bergen
After breakfast, it is time to return to Bergen by boat or bus where you will spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Accommodation at Det Hanseatiske Hotell or similar
Day 9: Departure from Bergen
Transfer to airport on your own for your flight home.
OR stay an extra night! Please inquire!
NOTE! This itinerary is customizable. Call us for suggestions or click here for our Custom Trip Planning Form
Possible to extend with extra nights; rates on request
Single Supplement: From $835
Your Trip Includes the Following:
- 1 night hotel accommodation at Clarion Collection Bastion or similar in Oslo in shared double room and breakfast
- Transportation by train, bus, cruise, including historic Flam Railway (Oslo-Myrdal-Flam-Balestrand-Bergen)
- 2 night hotel accommodation at Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand in shared double room with breakfast and dinner buffet
- 2 night hotel accommodation at Det Hanseatiske Hotel or similar in Bergen in shared double room and breakfast
- Transportation by bus, boat (Bergen-Lofthus-Rosendal-Bergen)
- 2 night hotel accommodation at Hotel Ullensvang in Lofthus in shared double room and breakfast
- 1 night hotel accommodation at Baroniet Rosendal or similar in Rosendal in shared double room and breakfast
Accommodation at good tourist class hotels (3-4+ stars). If any of the quoted hotels are fully booked, we will find alternatives of equal standard. Half board possible at some hotels; rates on request.
Children: 04-12 years, in an extra bed 75% of adult price
Price per infant 0-3 years in own bed 50% of adult price
Price per infant 0-3 years sharing parents’ bed free of charge
This package is priced LAND ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare, let us know and we will be happy to help you.