Magical Norway

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May 28 - September 3, 2020
8 Days / 7 Nights

Magical Norway, deluxe journey through the Land of Fjords. From Oslo via Hardangerfjord, to Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord. Stay in fabulous fjord hotels.

Overview

Magical Norway, a deluxe journey through the Land of Fjords. Start in the Viking Capital of Oslo before heading into the fjord region. Experience quaint villages, thundering waterfalls, mountain peaks and glaciers, and highlights such as the Hardanger Fjord, Sogn Fjord and Geiranger Fjord, included on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. Enjoy fabulous, historic hotels nestled onto the shores of spectacular fjords. This tour is bound to leave you at awe!

Operation

May 28 - September 3, 2020

Departure

Guaranteed Departures 2020:
May 28
June 11, 25
July 9, 23
August 6, 20
September 3

Price

  • New favorable rates!
  • from $3,045 per person in double room
  • from $4,150 single room
  • from $2,875 third person in triple room
  • from $2,675 child (7–12 years), when sharing room with parents

Included

  • 7 nights hotel accommodations, standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • Ullensvang Hotel, Hotel Alexandra and Hotel Union in Fjord View rooms
  • Buffet breakfasts daily
  • 1 x Lunch
  • 4 x Dinners as per program
  • Bi-lingual tour escort from Day 2 to Day 7
  • All touring by private coach, with air-condition
  • All sightseeing as per program
  • The long distance bus from day 2 - 7 offers WIFI
  • Visits, excursions and entrances as per program
  • Monolingual guided city tours in Bergen and Oslo
  • Regular Arrival Transfer, from Oslo Airport, OSL*
  • Regular Departure Transfer, to Oslo Airport, OSL*
  • Porter service at hotels, excluding days 1 and 8
  • Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase & 1 piece of hand luggage per person

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Personal insurance / personal expenses / incidental extras
  • Beverages & extras
  • All services not mentioned in the program

Please Note

  • Regular Arrival Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfers from the airport in Oslo & to the airport in Oslo and only on the published official date of beginning & end of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur. This transfer service is not valid for passengers with pre/post nights or passengers who require private transfers – for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved for these passengers.
  • For city tours with local guides, the group will be divided by languages, with their respective monolingual local guide.

Day 1 OSLO (B)
Thursday

Breakfast on board. Arrival to Oslo at 09:45. We will meet our local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour of the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by the fjord. We will enjoy the view from the Opera house before heading off to Bygdøy Island. Here we will visit one of the most popular museums, the Viking Ship Museum (entrance included), with its three Viking vessels.

The Vigeland Park, one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures, will welcome us with sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, who dedicated his life to his artistic works. We will also pass by the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan Boulevard. The tour ends at the hotel, from where you will be free to explore the Viking capital at your own pace.

Clarion Hotel the Hub****+

Day 2 OSLO - LOFTHUS (B, L, D)
Friday

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we drive across Hønefoss, Nesbyen surrounded by a landscape, which alternates between forests of pines and lakes to arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Just a few kilometers away, we will visit Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains and famous for its ski resorts. Lunch stop en route (included). Afterwards the tour continues to the impressive Hardanger fjord, where we arrive at Lofthus, one of Edvard Grieg's favourite haunts, and one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. Dinner at the hotel is included.

Ullensvang Hotel ****+ Fjord View room

Day 3 LOFTHUS - BERGEN (B)
Saturday

Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart from Lofthus and travel back along the fjord until reaching Brimnes where we will cross the splendid Hardanger Fjord, by traveling across the Hardanger Bridge. The bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. After reaching Bruravik on the other side, we will continue by coach, along the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund and crossing through forests of birches until we arrive in Bergen.

Bergen is the capital of the fjords, Norway's second largest city and one of the three university cities in the country. Early in the afternoon, we meet our local guide at the hotel, for a 2-hour panoramic sightseeing tour during which we will delight in St. Mary's Church, Haakon's Hall (no entrances), the colourful and picturesque fish markets and the old Bryggen area. The evening is at leisure.

Radisson Blu Royal****

Day 4 BERGEN - FLÅM - LOEN (B, D)
Sunday

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure from Bergen and travel to the stunning village of Flåm where you will have the opportunity to board the world famous Flåm Railway. You may also choose to drive to the extraordinary and spectacular Stegastein Viewpoint 650 meters above Aurlandsfjord or simply stay in Flåm and enjoy the area at your own leisure. Before leaving Flåm we embark on a short ferry trip along the Sognefjord – the longest and deepest fjord in the country. In the afternoon we will drive through the impressive mountains of Gaula, to get to Loen at the end of the day. Loen is a town beautifully situated between the mountains, lakes and fjords. Dinner and accommodation in the prestigious Hotel Alexandra.

Optional: Flåmsbana (available for pre-booking)
Price: USD 97 per person, Flåm - Myrdal - Flåm
Duration: approximately 2 hours

Flåmsbana is one of the steepest train lines in the world on normal tracks. The 2-hour train journey runs through fantastic nature, past the Rallar road, steep mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, 20 tunnels and offers a multitude of views. In the span of a single hour, the train takes you from the ocean level at the Sognefjord in Flåm, to the mountaintop at Myrdal mountain station on Hardangervidda, 863 meters above the ocean.

Optional: Stegastein Viewpoint
Price: USD 42 per person | Minimum 6 persons
Duration: approximately 2 hours

An unmissable sightseeing trip for any visitor to Flaam. The Stegastein Viewpoint platform is part of the Norwegian Scenic Route that runs from Aurland to Laerdal. This structure, which juts out 30 meters from the mountainside, 650 meters about the fjord, offers and unparalleled panorama. A more amazing view of the fjord, mountains and surrounding is hard to imagine.

The traditional and family-run Hotel Alexandra will be your home for the night and this evening we recommend you enjoy a ride with the sky lift just located next to the hotel. The view is absolutely breathtaking.

Hotel Alexandra ****+ Fjord View room

Day 5 LOEN - BRIKSDAL GLACIER - GEIRANGER (B, D)
Monday

Breakfast at the hotel.

AM OPTIONAL: Briksdal Glacier, an arm of Europe's largest Glacier Jostedalsbreen.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: USD 70 per person
Available by pre-booking only

After arriving at Briksdal Glacier, we will make a visit to the foot of the glacier, traveling by small motorized "Troll cars" and walking through Norwegian nature to the very snout of the glacier. Here we experience the glacier’s breathtaking blue ice. After the visit, there will be free time for lunch at your own discretion.

*It is not possible to book this excursion on site. THIS EXCURSION MUST BE PRE-BOOKED WITH TRAVEL BOOKING TO ENSURE ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

Passengers not joining the optional excursion, who prefer to enjoy the hotel and its facilities, will be picked up at approximately 15:00.

We leave Loen and continue our journey through the wonderful Norwegian mountains to Hellesylt to embark the ferry, crossing the dramatic and ever so impressive, UNESCO's World Heritage listed, Geiranger Fjord, situated among lush mountains and wild waterfalls. Arrival in Geiranger and check-in. Before dinner, a special tour of the Veteran car collection of The Mjelva family is offered. A number of these beautiful cars were used to show tourists around the Geiranger area in the 1920's and 1930's and they are still in excellent condition. Dinner at the hotel is included.

Union Hotel ****+ Fjord View room 

Day 6 GEIRANGER (B, D)
Tuesday

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we travel north to explore two of the most dramatic and visited areas of Norway; The Eagle’s road and Trollstigen or Troll's path. The steepest section of Road 63 between Geiranger and Eidsdal is called Ørnevegen, or "The Eagle Road", as driving along its eleven hairpin turns at 620 meters (2,030 ft) above sea level feels a little like being airborne. At the uppermost bend is the most spectacular viewpoint of the road, Ørnesvingen, offering breath-taking views over the UNESCO-listed Geiranger Fjord. Continue to Linge crossing the Storfjord from Eisdal and from here to the Troll's path.

Driving Trollstigen is a dramatic and exciting experience. Some places it's cut into the mountain; and some parts are built on top of stone walls. An impressive bridge in natural stone carries it across the Stigfossen waterfall. The road is a result of hard work and an impressive piece of engineering work dated 100 years back in time. His Majesty King Haakon VII opened the road in the summer of 1936. At top of Trollstigen there are viewpoints and steel walkways which allow you to get close to the dramatic mountains and waterfalls (Weather permitting as road closures can occur). Lunch stop en route (not included). In the afternoon, we arrive back at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel is included.

Union Hotel ****+ Fjord View room 

Day 7 GEIRANGER - OSLO (B)
Wednesday

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by coach to the capital, Oslo. First visit to the famous point of Dalsnibba, an observation point located 1.476 meters above sea level, with a spectacular view of the famous Geiranger Fjord, UNESCO World Heritage. (The visit to Dalsnibba is subject to climate permission – therefore it cannot be guaranteed).

Continue via Lom where we can admire the oldest wooden church in Norway, which dates from the 12th Century. Late in the afternoon, we arrive in Oslo and check-in at the hotel. Thereafter you will have the chance to join the group on a 2-hour guided Walking City Tour.

Clarion Hotel the Hub****+

Day 8 OSLO DEPARTURE (B)
Thursday

Breakfast at the hotel. A Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Oslo Airport* (Please see notes below for this service).

*Please note! Regular Departure Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfer to Oslo Airport and only on the official end date of tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.

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