Majestic Fjords: Nutshell, Sognefjord & Hardangerfjord

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From $1,995 USD
May 1 - September 30, 2018
6 Days / 5 Nights

Sognefjord in a Nutshell tour from Oslo to Flåm and Balestrand. Scenic cruises on Sognefjord to Bergen, and on Hardangerfjord, with first class hotels.

Overview

Our majestic fjord tour takes you to the western Norwegian fjords. Begin your train journey with the scenic Bergenbanen from Oslo, through the Hallingdal Valley, across a mountain plateau to Myrdal. Change to the famous Flåm Railway, descending 2,840 feet in 12 miles into the wild Flåm Valley to Flåm. Cruise the Sognefjord to Balestrand and Bergen, where the Hardanger in a Nutshell tour begins. Cruise to Ulvik and Lofthus, via Voss by train to Oslo.

Operation

May 1 - September 30, 2018

Departure

Daily, May 1 - September 30, 2018

Price

  • from $1,995 per person in double room
  • from $2,425 single room

Included

  • 5 nights first class hotel accommodations
  • Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily
  • 1 x Buffet dinner at Kviknes Hotel
  • 1 x Buffet dinner at Ullensvang Hotel
  • Train, Oslo - Myrdal
  • Seat reservation in 2nd class (not available in 1st class)
  • Flam Railway, Myrdal - Flåm
  • Sogne Fjord cruise, Flåm - Balestrand
  • Sognefjord cruise, Balestrand - Bergen
  • Bus Bergen - Norheimsund, approx. 1,5 hours
  • Express boat Norheimsund - Eidfjord, approx. 3 hours
  • Express boat Eidfjord - Ulvik, approx. 0,5 hours
  • Bus Ulvik - Voss, approx. 1 hour
  • Train Voss - Oslo, approx. 5,5 hours
  • Taxes & services

Not Included

  • Airfare & airport taxes
  • Meals other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfers
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • This is an independent, non escorted tour. The services are based on public transportation and on an individual basis. No tour leader is provided.
  • The itinerary can be tailor-made to suit your or your family's travel needs, additional nights may be added.

Tour Options

  • Additional nights in Bergen and/or Oslo
  • Geilo Extension, $195 per person in double room:
  • 1 night Dr. Holms Hotel, including breakfast
  • 1 x Dinner at Dr. Holms Hotel
  • Train Geilo - Oslo, including seat reservation

Day 1 OSLO - BALESTRAND (D)

From Oslo Central Station board the scenic Bergenbanen through the Hallingdal Valley, via Geilo and across a mountain plateau to Myrdal. Ride the famous Flåm Railway, descending 2,840 feet in 12 miles, into the wild Flåm Valley, passing spectacular scenery of waterfalls, mountain cliffs and tiny settlements and farms. Upon arrival in Flåm you have about one hour to stroll in the quaint fjord village, or perhaps enjoy a lunch at the beautiful Fretheim Hotel, located across from the railway. Cruise on the Sognefjord from Flåm to Balestrand. Short walking transfer from the pier to the hotel (3 minutes). The Kvikne's Hotel offers a free shuttle to transport the luggage. This evening enjoy the world famous buffet dinner, beautifully prepared by the renown international Chef! Overnight at the historic Kvikne's Hotel, one of the most distinctive hotels in Scandinavia, dating back to 1877.

Kvikne's Hotel ****+

Day 2 BALESTRAND - SOGNEFJORD CRUISE - BERGEN (B)

Morning at leisure. Afternoon Sognefjord Express boat through the entire Sognefjord, out to sea, along the scenic coast line, taking you to the very heart of the picturesque Bergen harbor, with view of Bryggen, the old Hanseatic wharf, on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Individual check in at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, centrally located in the charming Bryggen area, where you will spend the next two nights.

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel ****+

Day 3 BERGEN AT YOUR LEISURE (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the day at leisure in Bergen: visit the colorful Fish & Flower Market, stroll along the Bryggen wharf with the old Hanseatic trade houses. Perhaps visit the Hanseatic Museum. Ride the Fløybanen funicular to mount Fløyen for a marvelous view over the city, the harbor and the fjord. You might join a guided sightseeing tour, or explore the sites on your own. Overnight at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel ****+

 Day 4 BERGEN - HARDANGERFJORD - LOFTHUS (B, D)

07.30 Morning coach departs from Bergen Bus Station to the fjord village of Norheimsund, with connecting fjord cruise to Eidfjord and Ulvik on the picturesque Hardangerfjord. Disembark in the tiny fjord village of Lofthus, often called the orchard of Hardanger. During blossom time in May, there are more than 600.000 fruit trees in flower in Hardanger. Overnight at the beautifully located Hotel Ullensvang, nestled on the shores of the fjord, owned by the same family in 5 generations throughout more than 165 years. A fabulous Buffet dinner is included.

Hotel Ullensvang ****+

Day 5 HARDANGERFJORD - VOSS - OSLO (B)

Breakfast and morning at leisure to explore the Hardangerfjord. Bus from Ulvik, then bus to Voss, taking you to the train station. Train Voss - Oslo, arrival 22:45. Short walk to the hotel, right next to the train station . Overnight at Thon Opera Hotel.

Thon Opera Hotel ****+

Day 6 OSLO DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast check-out and departure. End of services.

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