Norwegian Pearls

Norwegian Pearls– Norway –5 days / 4 nights, Bergen - Myrdal - Flåm Railway - Flåm - Balestrand - Fjærland - Glacier Museum - BergenNorwegian Pearls, a magnificent combination tour of rail and sea. Depart Bergen on the Bergenbanen, along the Sørfjorden, across a snow-capped mountain plateau to Myrdal. Ride the famous Flåm Railway, one of the most spectacular train rides in the world, descending down the Flåm Valley to Flåm. Cruise the Sognefjord to Balestrand, stay at the historic Kvikne's Hotel. Cruise to Fjærland, visit the Norwegian Glacier Museum, cruise out to sea to Bergen.

Operation June 1 - August 31, 2017
Departure Daily, June 1 - August 31, 2017
Price from $1,435 per person in double room
from $1,675 single room
Included 2 nights accommodation Augustin Hotel, Bergen
2 nights accommodation Kvikne's Hotel, Balestrand
Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily
2 x dinner at Kvikne's Hotel
Train Bergen - Myrdal, standard class
Flåm Railway, Myrdal - Flåm
Cruise Flåm - Balestrand - Bergen
Fjærland cruise and glacier tour including:
Ferry Balestrand - Fjærland - Balestrand
Bus Fjærland, Norwegian Glacier Museum,
Supphellebreen Glacier, Bøyabreen Glacier, Fjærland
Entrance Glacier Museum
Tax and service fee
Not Included Airfare and airport taxes and customs fees
Transfers to/from hotels
Gratuities
Personal insurance / personal items
Alcoholic beverages
$25 Service fee
Please Note This is a non escorted tour. The services are based on public transportation and are on an individual basis. No tour leader is provided.
Tour Options Additional nights in Bergen, Stavanger or Oslo
Flaggruten Cruise Bergen - Stavanger

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Day 1 BERGEN Individual arrival in Bergen and transfer to your hotel on your own. Accommodation at Augustin Hotel, or similar centrally located.

Augustin Hotel

Day 2 BERGEN - FLÅM RAILWAY - SOGNEFJORD - BALESTRAND (B) Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning transfer to the train station on your own. Leave Bergen by train, along the beautiful Sørfjorden, to the town of Voss. From there, you start the climb to the great mountain plateau which separates the western fjords from East Norway.

In Myrdal, you change trains and then go down the many sharp curves on the famous Flåm Railway, known to be one of the most spectacular train rides in the world. You will pass lofty, snow-capped mountains, thundering waterfalls and peaceful green meadows on your way to the Flåm Valley below.

In Flåm you can explore the Flåm Railway Museum before taking the express boat Flåm to Balestrand – a 1½ hour peaceful tour on the Auerlandfjord and the Sognefjord. In Balestrand short walk from the boat to Hotel Kvikne's located next to the pier. Dinner and accommodation at the historic Kvikne's Hotel, dating back to 1877, superbly located on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains.

Kvikne's Hotel

Day 3 BALESTRAND - FJAERLAND - GLACIER MUSEUM (B) Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy a cruise tour to the Fjærland Fjord & Glaciers (included). Short walk to the pier, next to the hotel, for a cruise along the Fjærland Fjord, a 30 km long branch of the Sognefjord. Take the 1½-2 hours boat from Balestrand to Fjærland.

Arrive in Fjærland and depart by the glacier bus: first stop is the Norwegian Glacier Museum, learn about the flowing ice and how it has sculpted the landscape, the fjords and mountains. Included is a stunning multiscreen presentation on Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier on the European continent (474 km2).

Second and third stop is the Supphellebreen Glacier and the Bøyabreen Glacier: The glaciers - Supphellebreen and Bøyabreen - come down to the valley floor in Fjærland, both are branches of Jostedalsbreen. The ice of the glaciers is gliding down the mountain side with a speed of 2 metres per day - among the fastest in Norway. Supphellebreen, at an elevation of 60 m, is the lowest lying glacier in Southern Norway. Parts of Fjærland lie within Jostedalsbreen National Park. The National Park covers 1230 km² and is characterized by great variation within short distances, from fjords and lowland, to mountains and glaciers.

Return to Fjærland and take the boat back to Balestrand. Return to your hotel later afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne's Hotel.

Kvikne's Hotel

Day 4 BALESTRAND - BERGEN (B) After breakfast at the hotel depart by boat from Balestrand along the fjord of dreams and the west coast of Norway. Arrive in Bergen and spend rest of the day at your leisure in this charming city. Accommodation at Augustin Hotel, or similar centrally located.

Hotel Augustin

Day 5 BERGEN (B) After breakfast, check-out and end of program.

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