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Norway Tour

8days from
£1,799*per person

Overview

8 Days - Classic Escorted Tours

Although most of us may be aware of Norway’s remarkably spectacular fjords, few appreciate that this oddly-shaped country on the edge of Europe offers so very much more. Sophisticated and cosmopolitan Oslo, is superbly located at the head of its own fjord and seems surrounded by water. From its amazing Opera House built to resemble a glacier at the water’s edge, to its Royal Palace, art galleries and Maritime museums, this is a city which will surely surprise and delight you. We also enjoy two of Europe’s most breath-taking rail journeys: the Oslo to Bergen plus the celebrated Flåm railway – one of the world’s steepest standard-gauge railways, operating without cogs or cables. Then there are, of course, the majestic fjords and our tour includes a cruise on the unforgettable UNESCO-listed Naeroyfjord. And finally, typically Nordic Bergen – a member of the medieval Hanseatic League, crammed with charming cobbled streets and colourful buildings lining its delightful quayside.

Itinerary

  • You will take your flight to Oslo where you will be met and transferred by coach to the hotel.
  • After breakfast we embark on a guided tour of Oslo.. Norway’s capital is a beguiling mix of old and new, featuring world-class museums, contemporary architecture and beautiful open spaces. We’ll see the imposing Royal Palace, the nearby Ibsen Museum and the famed Vigeland sculpture park. The tour will end at the fascinating Kon-Tiki Museum and the museum dedicated to the polar exploration ship Fram, used in the race to reach the South Pole, which also includes the Gjøa, the first vessel to transit the Northwest Passage. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this charming city with an Oslo Pass, which allows free entry to the city’s main museums and galleries, plus travel on public transport. Signature Experience: Dine on typical Norwegian cuisine at a cosy local restaurant this evening. The delicious dishes showcase the unique flavours and cooking techniques which have placed Norway firmly on the food map.
  • Today begins with a journey west to the picturesque Telemark region made famous by the Norwegian resistance, whose heroic actions between 1942–44 helped prevent the occupying German forces from developing the ‘heavy water’ needed to further their atomic bomb-making capabilities. We visit the site of the processing plant at Rjukan that was destroyed by a team of Norwegian saboteurs in February 1943, then travel to Lake Tinnsjø. It was from here that the Germans planned to transport their remaining stocks of processed ‘heavy water’ back to Germany but the ‘Heroes of Telemark’ as they became known (you have probably seen the film of the same name) blew up and sank the steam ferry carrying the heavy water. We travel back through this stunning landscape finishing with a visit to the country’s largest ‘stave’ church at Heddal, a spectacular 13th century wooden structure that looks like something straight out of a fairytale and return to our hotel in Oslo.
  • After breakfast we depart from Oslo on the fabled Bergen Railway. Often cited as one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys, Oslo-Bergen is the highest line between any two cities in Europe, peaking at 1,222m. One moment you are speeding alongside lakes and forests that seem to stretch as far as the eye can see and then as the railway climbs further you are past the tree line and on to the barren Hardangervidda plateau where patches of snow linger well into July. Just over five hours later you arrive at the mountain resort of Voss, where you check into the historic four-star Fleischer’s Hotel for two nights with breakfast and dinner.
  • There’s a real treat in store today – a trip on the world-famous Flåm Railway. From Voss we head to Myrdal, where we change trains for Flåm, a 20-kilometre journey that sees us descend 865m on one of the world’s steepest standard-gauge railway lines, deemed ‘the world’s best train ride’. You will marvel at the engineering feat of 20 tunnels carved through sheer mountainsides, you will be left speechless at the beauty of the sheer cliffs and cascading waterfalls and you will be in awe as you eventually reach the mouth of one of Norway’s most spectacular fjords, Aurlandsfjord. Your hour-long journey ends in Flåm, where you board a two-hour ferry for Gudvangen across the UNESCO-listed Naerøyfjord and its jawdropping vistas. From Gudvangen you take a coach for the return journey to Voss.
  • We leave Voss for the pretty village of Eidfjord, which is nestled on the banks of Norway’s second-longest fjord, Hardangerfjord – known as the ‘Queen of Fjords’. Our journey takes us across Norway’s longest suspension bridge and we continue up the valley to Voringfossen, the country’s most renowned waterfall. As it drops almost 600 feet into the sheer-sided gorge below, you may be lucky enough to see its rainbow from the viewing point that offers sensational views of this magnifi cent natural spectacle. We continue our journey along the fjord on a scenic drive by coach to Bergan where we stay for two nights at the historic Grand Hotel Terminus, a classic art deco hotel dating back to 1928. The atmospheric oak-panelled bar – voted the best in Norway for whisky – offers over a thousand different labels and is an ideal place to relax with newly made friends at the end of the day.
  • After breakfast we take a morning walking tour of this beautiful coastal city. Bergen has a long fishing heritage and we will walk around its famous fish market before strolling along the colourful wooden houses and warehouses that make up the UNESCO site of the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf. Originally built in the 14th century for German merchants trading out of the city, these beautiful waterside buildings have been converted into characterful shops and restaurants that wonderfully evoke Bergen’s medieval past. The afternoon is spent at your leisure. A wealth of sightseeing opportunities include the house of Bergen’s most famous son, composer Edvard Grieg, or a ride on the Fløibanen funicular up to the summit of Fløyen for a breathtaking view of the city. If that all sounds like too much effort, simply stroll around the narrow, cobbled streets with their pretty archways before settling down in a café or restaurant to order a plate of fruits de mer or even the local speciality of herring. They are guaranteed to be as fresh as the air, water and panoramas that you have experienced over the past six days that make Norway so wonderfully invigorating and unique. Signature Experiences: Take a scenic ride on the Floibanen funicular, which starts from the centre of Bergen and reaches the summit of Mount Floyen. Soak up spectacular panoramic views over the city and follow a walking trail leading to one of the many viewpoints overlooking the magical landscape of fjords, lush green forests and mountain peaks. This evening a unique experience awaits with a visit to Magic Ice. Enter a sub-zero winter wonderland, constructed by renowned ice carvers. Once inside discover the ice-art gallery inspired by famous Norwegian and international artists and enjoy an icy aperitif in the Ice Bar - of course served in an ice glass.
  • Transfer to Bergen airport for our return flight home.

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Oslo
  • See the wild Telemark region and visit the power station at Rjukan and the country’s largest ‘stave’ church at Heddal, built entirely of wood
  • Walking tour of Bergen visiting the UNESCO site of Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf
  • Travel on the famous Oslo-Bergen rail line and one of the world’s steepest standard-gauge railways to Flåm – rail tickets included
  • Cruise across the UNESCO listed Naeroyfjord and experience a scenic drive along stunning Hardangerfjord
  • Visit to Voringfossen, Norway’s most spectacular waterfall
  • ‘Oslo Pass’ allowing free entry to more than 30 museums and attractions, as well as free travel on all local public transport
  • Seven nights in four-star and three-star superior accommodation, including all local taxes, with breakfast and two dinners
  • The Signature Tour option includes all of the above as well as:
  • Savour the delicious flavours of Norwegian cuisine, at dinner in a cosy and traditional restaurant in Oslo.
  • Enjoy a ride on the Floibanen funicular and marvel at the spectacular views over Bergen and the magical landscape beyond
  • Step into the winter wonderland experience of Magic Ice and experience a crystal-clear ice gallery and icy aperitif served in the Ice Bar
  • Enjoy the more exclusive atmosphere of travelling in a small group with an average of 22 guests

Our Price Includes

  • The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes:
  • Flights to Oslo, returning from Bergen
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Transfers
  • Seven nights’ in three-star superior and four-star accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and two dinners
  • All tours as mentioned
  • All local accommodation taxes
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager
  • Included excursions are a tour of Oslo, 1-day Oslo Pass, full day tour to Telemark, train to Voss, train to Flåm and cruise to Gudvangen, trip to Voringfoss and a Bergen walking tour
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Accommodation

4* Scandic St. Olavs Plass -

★★★★

About the hotel Located in calm surroundings, the Scandic St. Olavs Plass is the perfect starting point to explore Oslo city being just around the corner from Karl Johans Gate. The hotel is home to a restaurant and bar and all rooms have free Wi-Fi, toiletries and a hairdryer. Please note: this hotel is for 2024 departures only.

Comfort Hotel Bergen -

★★★

Recently renovated, the Comfort Hotel in Bergen is a great place to socialize with newfound friends. You can relax with a drink on the rooftop terrace admiring views over the city before heading to relax in your room fully equipped with free Wi-Fi, a hairdryer and LCD TV’s. Please note: This hotel is for 2025 departures only.   Location description: Bergen, Norway The Comfort Hotel Bergen is situated at the end of Bergen’s oldest car-free street and minutes away from many local restaurants and bars. It is within easy walking distance to Fisketorget and close to the UNESCO-listed Bryggen (the highly photographed colourful, harbour buildings), making this hotel a great base for exploring picturesque Bergen.

4* Scandic Byporten Hotel - Oslo -

★★★★

The four-star Scandic Byporten Hotel with breakfast, ideally located right in the centre of the city. The spacious, smart reception is welcoming and bright and there is a lobby bar where you can relax with a well-earned drink after a hard day’s sightseeing and enjoy views of city life through the panoramic windows. The light, modern rooms are furnished in typically Scandinavian calm neutral tones and are well-appointed with all the facilities you would expect for a comfortable stay.

3* superior Grand Hotel Terminus - Bergen -

★★★★

The charming and historic Grand Hotel Terminus is a classic art deco hotel that dates back to 1928 and has been recently and beautifully renovated. Relax with newly made friends in the atmospheric oak-paneled bar, serving speciality whiskeys. All the rooms have been tastefully and sympathetically furnished and all in all your comfort is assured.

4* Fleischer’s Hotel - Voss -

★★★★

The beautiful, classic four-star Fleischer’s Hotel dates back to the 19th century and is still owned by the fourth generation Fleischer family! You will be assured a warm welcome on arrival into the reception area with its lovely wooden paneling and furnished with comfortable leather chairs and sofas in rich, relaxing colours. Dine in style in the elegant restaurant before retiring to the cosy bar for a digestif. Enjoy stunning lake and mountain views from the large terrace or take a swim in the indoor pool. The rooms are classically decorated in warm tones and offer all the facilities you would expect in a hotel of this quality. 

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Holiday code

R271

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