The Best of Norway

I recently had a client ask me about the world famous Flam Railway so I did some digging and found a terrific tour that includes the railway.

Experience a breathtaking ride on the world-famous Flam Railway passing through 20 tunnels and stop for pictures at Kjosfossen waterfall.

Spend an overnight at the historic Hotel Ullensvang, dating back to 1846 and nestled ideally between the Hardengerfjord and the mountains.

 

Day 1: Arrive in Oslo

Welcome to Oslo, ancient capital of Norway.

 

Day 2: Oslo

Today gives you an introduction to Oslo, the country’s hub of trade and industry. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, considered the home for Ibsen’s plays; the unique Storting building, seat of Parliament; and the Royal Palace, residence of Norwegian monarchs since 1849.

 

Day 3: Oslo-Borgund-Flam

Depart the city and drive northwest through Hallingdal, a large valley with rich traditions in iron production, cattle trade and typical folk art, music and dance. Visit the Borgund Stave Church, dating back to 1180. Then travel through the world’s longest road tunnel to Aurland and arrive in the picturesque village of Flam, situated at the head of  Aurlandsfjord.

 

Day 4: Flam-Myrdal-Voss-Hardangerfjord

This morning, experience a breathtaking ride on the Flam Railway, which passes through 20 tunnels and climbs to an elevation of 2,833 feet. Along the way stop for pictures at Kjosfossen waterfall. At Myrdal mountain station, change trains and continue on the scenic Bergen Railway to Voss. Here board your coach and head south crossing the Hardanger Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. Continue along the shore and arrive at the historic Ullensvang Hotel in its idyllic setting between the mountains and Hardangerfjord.

 

Day 5: Hardangerfjord-Utne-Steinsdalsfossen-Bergen

Nature’s splendor is on full display today, as you travel south around Sorfjord and then north to the peaceful village of Utne. Cross the fjord by ferry, and continue your journey on the Hardanger National Tourist Road to Norheimsund. Stop at the majestic Steinsdalsfossen waterfall, where a trail leads you behind the cascading falls without getting wet. Later, arrive in lovely Bergen, the “City of Seven Mountains”, founded in 1070.

 

Day 6: Bergen

Guided sightseeing features an orientation drive to see the main sights like Bergenhus Fortress with its medieval Hakon’s Hall and Rosenkrantzz Tower, the charming Hanseatic Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the harbour and the famous Fish Market. Then, step back in time and explore Bryggen on foot along narrow, cobblestone alleyways past colourful wooden houses. Also see the 12th-century St. Mary’s Church, where Hanseatic merchants attended religious services until the 1870s.

 

Day 7: Bergen

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

 

Extend your vacation to Oslo and transfer from Bergen to Oslo by train. Enjoy a scenic ride across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau back to Oslo.

 

What a magnificent way to see the land of the Vikings! Doesn’t that just sound magical? Call us for more information. 403-340-8802