The rich landscapes of southern Norway, including Sognefjord—the longest and deepest fjord in Norway—are the ideal addition to your adventures. Thundering waterfalls and snowy peaks offer wonderful photo ops.
Fly from Newark to Bergen (via Copenhagen) on an overnight flight.
Arrive in the Hansa city of Bergen. The powerful Hanseatic League once ruled the seas of Northern Europe. Check in to the Hotel Norge by Scandic, or similar. Dinner is served at the hotel. (D)
Today we visit the town center and its colorful fish and flower market and the Hanseatic Museum, which details the history of the Germanic merchants. Venture into St. Mary's Church and the rebuilt Fantoft Stave Church as well as composer Edvard Grieg's home. After lunch, we ride the funicular to the city's apex for an extraordinary view. Dinner is on your own. (B,L)
A must-do on any exploration of the fjordlands, a thrilling ride on the Flam railway. We will start our day with a drive to arrive in Voss. From Voss we will embark on a train journey to Myrdal, from where we will change over to the Flam Railway which ascends 2,900 feet in less than an hour with spectacular scenery. After lunch in Flam, we will continue to Gudvangen sailing from Gudvangen through the fjords of Naeroy and both arms of the Sognefjord. From Gudvangen, we will continue the drive via Stalheim Canyon through the Naeroydal Valley with breathtaking views, and ferry across from Bruravik to Brimness. We will arrive in Loftus late evening and check into the Hotel Ullensvang for two nights. (B,L,D)
Set on the shores of Sorfjord, our hotel offers a day of relaxing activities. Enjoy kayaking or canoeing in the fjord, go on hikes (there are various hikes marked with maps available), and or spend the day enjoying the idyllic setting of the hotel with a view of the fjords. We also have the chance to visit the Hardanger Folk Museum and also the Ullensvang church while in Ullensvang (B,L,D)
Nature has carved quite a portrait in Norway. The Tvindefoss Waterfall and Lake Oppheim are today's opening act. Stop at Voeringsfossen Waterfall. Continue the drive to Torpo Stave Church between Al and Gol, with lunch in Gol. After lunch, we continue our drive to Oslo and arrive in the late afternoon and check into The Bristol Hotel or similar. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner is on your own. (B,L)
This morning is at leisure to explore Oslo. This afternoon you will meet the main group for an afternoon tour of Oslo.
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