Best of Norway

Tales of Vikings and trolls await on this epic journey through Norway’s ethereal natural splendour on this 9 Day Best of Norway Tour. Encounter the ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ of the Fjords, Olympic triumphs and the trading heritage of the Hanseatics as you answer the call of Norway’s untamed wilderness and embrace Scandinavian sophistication.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Oslo

Prepare for a spellbinding encounter with nature – an untamed landscape of fjords, lakes and dense forests that begins in the understated capital of Oslo, set within beautiful natural surrounds. On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel. Spend the day exploring the city’s interesting architecture and exquisite open spaces, before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your journey.

Hotel: Clarion Collection Bastion

Day 2: Oslo – Geilo – Hardangerfjord

We journey along the shores of the Tyrifjord to the ski resort of Geilo with its scenic location at the foot of Hallingskarvet, before continuing across the Hardanger Plateau to Voringfoss, a cascade of water that plunges impressively into the Måbødalen Canyon below. We continue to Hardangerfjord – its title as the ‘Queen of the Fjords’ is well deserved and you’ll have an opportunity to admire its deep blue waters as you travel along part of its shoreline to your hotel in Øystese where you will dine tonight.

Hotel: Thon Sandven

Day 3: Hardangerfjord – Bergen Orientation and Free Time

A scenic drive along lakes and fjords will bring us to the ‘Capital of Fjords’, Bergen. We’ll learn about the city’s Hanseatic heritage, enjoying an orientation tour past the 13th-century Haakon’s Hall and bustling fish market. Enjoy some free time to explore this colourful city. This evening, ‘Connect With Locals’ as the Øvre-Eide family welcome us on their farm for a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner.

Hotel: Scandic Neptun

Day 4: Bergen – Voss – Sognefjord

Delving straight back into Norway’s inspiring natural landscapes, we continue to the ‘King of Fjords’, travelling via Voss, the country’s adventure capital. There’s some free time to embark on an Optional Experience on the Flåm Railway, one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world.

Hotel: Sognefjord

Day 5: Sognefjord – Valldal

Journey from Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, to Valldal. See the impressive Bøyabreen glacier, part of Jostedalsbreen, Europe’s largest glacier. Your road trip is filled with pinch-me moments as you skirt past three different fjords.

Hotel: Valldal Fjordhotell, 2 nights

Day 6: Geiranger Excursion

The Geirangerfjord takes centre stage today, as we embark on an epic adventure to explore its depths. We begin our adventure by embarking on a scenic cruise past its tumbling waterfalls and snow-capped peaks. We then make the short drive to Flydalsjuvet viewpoint for a breathtaking panoramic view of the fjord below. We return to Valldal where you can enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Perhaps, join an Optional Experience to drive Norway’s most famous road, the Trollstigen, with its eleven hairpin bends.

Day 7: Valldal – Lom – Lillehammer

We enjoy a scenic drive to Lom, the gateway to the Jotunheimen Mountains. Here, we will ‘Dive Into Culture’ and visit a 12th-century Stave church, adorned with Runic inscriptions, paintings and carved dragon figures that are said to protect it against evil. We continue through the Gudbrandsdal Valley before arriving in Lillehammer, the proud host of the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Hotel: Scandic

Day 8: Lillehammer – Oslo

We return to Oslo where we spend the day exploring several of the city’s highlights with a ‘Local Specialist’, including views of the medieval fortress of Akershus, overlooking Oslo’s beautiful harbour, the Opera and the 19th-century Royal Palace. We finish our tour with a visit to the fascinating Vigeland Sculpture Park, proudly displaying the life’s work of Gustav Vigeland. After a magnificent encounter with Norway’s epic natural landscapes, we enjoy our last evening together at a Farewell Dinner, toasting to a memorable trip.

Hotel: Scandic Solli

Day 9: Depart Oslo

Our journey through the fjords, falls and forests of Norway has come to an end. We bid our newfound friends a fond farewell and prepare to return home.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 02$4,250.00$5,020.00
May: 09, 16, 23$4,275.00$5,045.00
May: 30$4,350.00$5,120.00
June: 06, 13, 20, 27$4,350.00$5,120.00
July: 04, 11, 18, 25$4,350.00$5,120.00
August: 01, 08, 15, 22$4,350.00$5,120.00
August: 29$4,275.00$5,045.00
September: 05, 12, 19, 26$4,275.00$5,045.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords

Discover the deep fjords, glaciers and islands that line the Scandinavian coastline on this fascinating 14 Day Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords Tour. Beyond the deep fjords, glaciers and islands that dot the Scandinavian coastline, there are distinctly different cultures that will make your visit to Norway, Sweden and Denmark a fascinating journey of discovery.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Copenhagen

Welcome to Copenhagen – the enchanting Danish capital that inspired Hans Christian Andersen to share tales of mermaids, queens and ugly ducklings with the world. Spend the day embracing its quintessential hygge found throughout its charming streets before enjoying a late afternoon orientation drive and Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and travel companions.

Hotel: Marriott, 2 nights

Day 2: Copenhagen Sightseeing and Free Time

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ today for a fascinating sightseeing and walking tour of the iconic sights of Copenhagen. The Amalienborg Palace Quarter takes centre stage as you admire its 18th-century façades and equine statue of King Frederik V at its centre. We’ll see the 17th-century Stock Exchange, Christianborg Palace and the Neo-Classical Cathedral before paying tribute to the tragic Little Mermaid who was willing to give up her life in the sea to become human. Spend the rest of the day on your own, strolling through the city’s streets, or embrace your inner child in Europe’s oldest amusement park, the Tivoli Gardens. This evening, consider taking to Copenhagen’s waters and enjoying a canal cruise with stunning city views.

Day 3: Copenhagen – Odense – Randers

We leave the fairy tales behind for the Danish island of Funen, and Odense, the city where Hans Christian Andersen was born. Continuing across the pastoral landscapes of the Jutland Peninsula, we arrive in Randers, with its cosy half-timbered merchant houses and narrow medieval streets. Tonight, we stay at one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays with Stories’ – the Hotel Randers, one of the oldest hotels in the area with original artwork and a VIP-rich guestbook.

Hotel: Randers

Day 4: Randers – Stavanger

Set sail from Hirtshals across the Skagerrak to the port of Kristiansand in Norway. Drive north past fjords, lakes and forests to the port city of Stavanger, one of Norway’s oldest settlements – its heritage still evident in the beautifully preserved wooden buildings that date back to the 18th century.

Hotel: Scandic Forum

Day 5: Stavanger – Bergen

Norway’s spellbinding natural landscapes provide an inspiring backdrop for our island hop from Stavanger. Arriving in Bergen this afternoon, we delve into the city’s Hanseatic heritage, enjoying an orientation tour past the 13th-century Haakon’s Hall, the bustling fish market and colourful Bryggen Quarter. This evening, we ‘Connect With Locals’ for a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner, visiting the Øvre-Eide farm, worked for five generations by the same family.

Please Note: If your trip starts in Copenhagen on a Thursday, your ‘Be My Guest’ dinner in Bergen, will take place on day 6 of this trip.

Hotel: Scandic Neptun, 2 nights

Day 6: Bergen Free Day

Enjoy a full free day in the cultural centre of Bergen or ascend its funicular for spectacular views of the fjords and islands. Consider an Optional Experience to Telavåg, which played a significant role in the secret North Sea boat traffic between Norway and Great Britain during World War II.

Day 7: Bergen – Flåm Railway – Sognefjord

We drive east to the popular ski resort of Voss, where we’ll board a train ascending over 860 metres above sea level. ‘Dive Into Culture’ on one of the world’s most exciting train journeys, through the Flåm Valley past the Kjosfossen falls and legendary forest spirit who dances there to lure men into the mountains. Later, arrive in Sognefjord, the ‘King of the Fjords’, where we will stay overnight at one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’.

Hotel: Sognefjord

Day 8: Sognefjord – Geiranger

Norway’s incredible glacier countryside surrounds us as we follow the spectacular Sognefjord to Geirangerfjord – its deep blue waters surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks and lush green landscapes, which we will have an opportunity to explore. Tonight, we stay on the shores of the fjord at one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’ – Hotel Geiranger.

Hotel: Geiranger, 2 nights

Day 9: Geiranger Free Day

Spend a full day admiring this spectacular natural wonder. Cascading waterfalls tumble down sheer cliffs into the glacial waters below, which you can explore by kayak or boat, soaking up the crisp, clean mountain air. Consider an Optional Experience to the Trollstigen and see Norway’s most famous mountain road, travelling past steep mountain slopes, tumbling cascades and fertile valleys. After a day in intoxicating natural surrounds, we dine in our hotel this evening.

Day 10: Geiranger – Lom – Lillehammer

A scenic drive from Geiranger through high peaks brings us to Lom, the gateway to the Jotunheimen Mountains. Here we will visit a 12th-century wooden Stave church, adorned with Runic inscriptions, paintings and carved dragon figures that are said to protect it against evil. We continue through the Gudbrandsdalen Valley, the inspiration for Ibsen’s ‘Peer Gynt’, before arriving in Lillehammer, the proud host of the 1994 Winter Olympics. This evening before dinner, consider a walk along Storgata or visit the open-air museum at Maihaugen.

Hotel: Scandic

Day 11: Lillehammer – Oslo Sightseeing and Free Time

See the unusual Olympic ice arena beside the lake at Hamar as we travel to Norway’s cultural capital, Oslo. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ who will share the city’s iconic sights, including views of the medieval fortress of Akershus, the Opera and 19th-century Royal Palace. We visit the fascinating Vigeland Sculpture Park, before spending the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy a leisurely coffee in the Akker Bryge District or explore the nation’s rich seafaring heritage. Consider a visit to the Fram Polar Ship Museum and Viking Ship Museum to see the world’s best-preserved Viking ships and finds from Viking tombs found around the fjord.

Hotel: Scandic Solli

Day 12: Oslo – Stockholm

We cross the border into Sweden today and continue via Karlstad on Lake Vänern, the largest lake in the European Union. Passing Örebro, we arrive in the island-ringed capital of Stockholm for a two-night stay.

Hotel: Clarion, 2 nights

Day 13: Stockholm Sightseeing and Free Time

We meet our ‘Local Specialist’ this morning for a sightseeing tour of the waterside City Hall and see the medieval Storkyrkan, Riddarholm Church and the Royal Palace at the heart of Stockholm’s quaint Old Town. The rest of the day is free to explore as you wish. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner this evening to toast to an unforgettable Scandinavian adventure.

Day 14: Depart Stockholm

Our epic journey has come to an end. Bid Stockholm and your newfound friends a fond farewell.

2020 Dates & Prices Twin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 26$5,495.00$6,955.00
May: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$5,550.00$7,010.00
June: 04, 07, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28$5,625.00$7,085.00
July: 02, 05, 09, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30$5,625.00$7,085.00
August: 02, 06, 09, 13, 16, 20$5,625.00$7,085.00
August: 23, 27$5,595.00$7,055.00
August: 30$5,550.00$7,010.00
September: 06, 13, 20, 27$5,550.00$7,010.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 8 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach,
Ferry:Ferry Ticket: Hirsthals - Kristiansand / Mortavika - Arsvagen
Rail:Flam Rail Ticket: Voss - Myrdal
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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