Norwegian Pearls

Rail TourNorway

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From $1,485 USD
June 1 - August 31, 2018
5 Days / 4 Nights

Norwegian Pearls, a combination tour of Norway by rail and sea. From Bergen by Bergenbanen to Myrdal, the famous Flåm Railway and cruise to Balestrand.

Overview

Norwegian Pearls, a magnificent combination tour of rail and sea. Depart Bergen on the Bergenbanen, along the Sorfjorden, 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, 2018

Departure

Daily, June 1 - August 31, 2018

Price

  • from $1,485 per person in double room
  • from $1,725 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, Boyabreen 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
  • Day Train Bergen - Oslo
  • Night Train Bergen - Oslo
  • Flaggruten Cruise Bergen - Stavanger
  • Train Stavanger - Oslo

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 Sorfjorden, 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 - FJÆRLAND - 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 Fjaerland Fjord, a 30 km long branch of the Sognefjord. Take the 1½-2 hours boat from Balestrand to Fjæerland.

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 multi+screen presentation on Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier on the European continent (474 km2).

Second and third stop is the Supphellebreen Glacier and the Boyabreen Glacier: The glaciers - Supphellebreen and Boyabreen - 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 meters 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 Fjæerland 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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