Norwegian Fjords… And the Perfect Dose of History + Culture

+ Embark on the world’s most spectacularly scenic overland journeys including the Flåm Railway – famed for their vistas of fjords, glaciers, mountains and waterfalls.
+ Delve into Nordic history at the Viking Ship Museum, regarded for its collection of artifacts including two 9th-century sailing vessels.
+ Learn about Bergen’s medieval sea faring history as you sample Norwegian specialties like salmon, reindeer, cheeses and sweets.
+ Visit the 12th-century Borgund Stave Church, set in a peaceful valley with lavishly decorated timber portals and roof carvings of dragon’s heads.
+ With expert instruction and all necessary gear, you’ll join our glacier guide to explore the ice caves, crevasses and towering pinnacles of the Nigardsbreen Glacier.
+ Spend time on a family-run farm high above the Aurlandsfjord and delight in an al fresco lunch featuring their farm-fresh organic fare and artisanal cheeses.
+ Includes 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Day 1 – Welcome to Oslo, Norway

    On arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the Saga Hotel Oslo. Set in an elegant 1890’s landmark, out intimate boutique hotel enjoys a privileged location by the Royal Palace. You’ll have time to refresh and relax before a Welcome Dinner hosted by our engaging Trip Leader.  Meals D
  • Day 2 – Discover Oslo + The Bygdøy Peninsula

    After breakfast, you’ll join our in-the-know Norwegian Trip Leader to explore the highlights of the capital, a truly charming city surrounded by nature and boasting a striking architectural landscape. Among these highlights are the 19th-century Royal Palace and the Opera House which opened in 2008 with a unique marble-embellished roof that slopes directly down to the waterfront.
     
    Leaving the city center behind, you’ll head out to the Bygdøy Peninsula, a leafy residential district home to several of Oslo’s most important cultural institutions. At the Viking Ship Museum, you’ll behold some of the most important Viking artifacts ever found including two magnificent longboats from the 9th century. Your morning sightseeing ends with a guided walk through Vigeland Park, a beautifully landscaped outdoor museum with more than 200 sculptures of bronze, granite and wrought iron. Back at your city-center hotel, the rest of your afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore at your own pace.  Meals B
  • Day 3 – To Myrdal + The Flåm Railway

    Ascending from sea level to nearly 3,000 feet in elevation, this morning’s rail journey transports you from Oslo to Myrdal, a mountain railway junction inaccessible by road! You’ll have a chance to take in the surrounding alpine landscapes as you change to the Flåm Railway, hailed as one of the world’s most scenic train rides! This is also one of the steepest standard-gauge railway lines in the world and it makes the dramatic descent to the spectacularly beautiful Aurlandsfjord through 20 tunnels and past numerous viewpoints overlooking waterfalls, streams and deep mountain valleys.
     
    For our active guests, we can provide bicycles and helmets so you can make the 12-mile descent from Myrdal along one of Norway’s most spectacular cycling routes. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure will take you about two hours, but of course you can stop as you wish to take in the spectacular natural scenery. This route covers the last section of the historic Rallar Road that was built at the end of the 19th century as part of the construction of the Bergen Railway.
     
    At the end of your rail or cycling journey is the tiny village of Flåm, cradled by steep mountains at the end of a narrow fjord that branches off from the world’s deepest and second-longest fjord. Check in to the historic Fretheim Hotel, where you’re free to delight in this magnificent setting at water’s edge.
     
    Our hotel is also home to one of Norway’s finest micro-breweries, and this evening’s 5-course dinner features hand-selected beer pairings and fresh cuisine inspired by Norse mythology and Viking history!  Meals B+D
  • Day 4 – The Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord

    After breakfast, stroll with our Trip Leader down to the waterfront to embark on a thrilling safari that will take you along the full length of the captivating Aurlandsfjord! In our modern 12-passenger open-air boats, you’ll have breathtaking views in every direction as we make the journey to the point where the Aurlandsfjord meets with the Nærøyfjord, celebrated for its archetypal fjord landscapes. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fjord’s exceptional natural beauty is derived from the narrow, steep-sided crystalline rock walls that rise up more than 4,500 feet from the sea and plunge another 1,600 feet below water! As we make our way into Nærøyfjord, you’ll have inspiring views of the Sagfossen Waterfall. Visible only from the water, this breathtaking cascade drops almost 2,000 feet from a plateau high above the fjord!
     
    At mid-morning, we’ll step off at the dock in the tine waterside hamlet of Skjerdal. An invigorating walk will be well-rewarded with beautiful views along the length of the Aurlandsfjord and a chance to see several cascading falls. Arriving at a family-run mountain farm, we’ll learn how they handcraft a variety of artisanal goat cheeses; the adventurous might even try their hand at milking one of the goats! Retreating to the farm’s terrace, perched on the hillside high above the fjord, we’ll enjoy a delightful al fresco lunch with a sampling of their cheeses and fresh farm-grown organic fare. We’ll be back at our hotel in Flåm by mid-afternoon so you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy this idyllic setting before we gather again for dinner.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 5 – By Land + Water to Solvorn

    With roots originating in the Vikings’ great skill and passion for building their wooden sailing ships, Norway’s stave churches are beautifully constructed and often elaborately carved structures of timber posts and plank walls. This morning, you’ll visit one of the country’s most finely preserved examples - the Borgund Stave Church, built at the end of the 12th century with lavishly decorated portals and roof carvings of dragon’s heads.
     
    In the nearby riverside village of Lærdal, we’ll enjoy a guided stroll to see its beautiful wooden homes dating to the 16th and 17th centuries. Then we’ll board the ferry and cross to the northern shores of the spectacular Sognefjord, Norway’s longest, deepest and most famous fjord. Making our way up the narrow and picturesque Lustrafjord, we’ll step off the ferry in the village of Solvorn for a 2-night stay at the historic and charming Walaker Hotel. Surrounded by gardens on the very edge of the fjord, this enchanting retreat has been owned and operated by the same family since 1690!  Meals B+D
  • Day 6 – Atop the Nigardsbreen Glacier

    This morning’s drive will take just an hour, but it’s an incredibly scenic journey that will take you even deeper into Norway’s ruggedly beautiful mountain landscapes. Our destination is the massive and impressive Nigardsbreen Glacier, where we’ll meet our experienced glacier guide. With their expert instruction and all required equipment including crampons and an ice axe, we’ll set out across the hard-blue ice for a once-in-a-lifetime thrill. Ice caves, deep crevasses and towering pinnacles add to the excitement as our engaging guide shares insight into the origin of this powerful force of nature! Before returning to our hotel in Solvorn, you’ll have time to peruse the exhibits at the Breheimsenteret Glacier Center, a great way to enhance and deepen all that you’ve seen and experienced today.  Meals B+D
  • Day 7 – Along the Sognefjord and by Sea to Bergen

    A short, early morning transfer brings us to the pier in Sogndal where we board the express ferry to Bergen, a journey that will take us along nearly the entire length of the magnificent Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. Dotted by charming villages and verdant alpine pastures, the precipitous cliffs and mountains along the fjord rise to more than 5,500 feet, their rugged peaks reflected in the calm, lake-like waters. Emerging from the mouth of the fjord, our voyage continues along the western coast with stops at remote seaside communities that offer a glimpse into local life.
    Arriving in Bergen, we’ll check in to the comfortable Clarion Hotel Admiral, perfectly situated on the waterfront next to the pier with outstanding views of the city’s historic and colorful harbor.
     
    With roots dating back to the Viking Age, Bergen prospered as one of the main ports of the Hanseatic League that dominated trade and politics in the waning centuries of the Middle Ages. Today, it’s a modern university town that has preserved much of its traditional architecture, especially around the picturesque harbor. With our in-the-know guide leading the way, this afternoon’s tour has been specially designed to introduce you to Bergen’s past through its vibrant culinary scene. Many of the historic buildings along the old Hanseatic Wharf are now home to restaurants and specialty shops. We’ll introduce you to their owners and staff, and you’ll learn much about Norwegian history, life and culture as you sample local specialties including salmon, reindeer, cheeses and sweets.
     
    Bergen is set against seven majestic peaks and just a short stroll from the city center the Fløibanen Funicular will take you to the 1,000-foot summit of Mt. Fløyen where you’ll have sweeping views of the city and the surrounding sea and mountains. You can linger here and explore the walking trails or return into town where your evening is free.  Meals B
  • Day 8 – Deep into the Hardangerfjord

    After breakfast, embark on a full-day excursion along one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives venturing deep into Norway’s second-longest fjord. The scenery is certainly breathtaking, but the region is also renowned for its history and enduring cultural traditions. The Hardanger fiddle and Hardanger embroidery, for example, are known throughout the country. In the Middle Ages, English monks settled in the region and established apple orchards and other fruit farms; today, nearly 40% of all Norwegian fruit is grown by farms in the Hardangerfjord region.
     
    You’ll experience this legacy and bounty today at the Steinstø Fruit Farm, which has been owned by the same family for eight generations. Take in the panoramic views over the fjord and sit down to a congenial lunch of seasonal farm-to-table fare, including their famous apple pie – hailed by many as the best in Scandinavia. On the way back to Bergen, you’ll stop to see the Steindalsfossen Waterfall, one of the most picturesque cascades in Norway.  Meals B+L
  • Day 9 – Cruise Excursion along the Osterfjord

    Though barely 17 miles long, the Osterfjord is one of Norway’s most dramatic to explore - with narrow straits of icy water flowing swiftly and strongly between sheer-sided mountains laced with waterfalls. Setting out from Bergen this morning, our skilled captain will even guide his coastal vessel right up to one of these cascades to collect a bucket of ice-cold mountain water for you to sample. At the very end of the Osterfjord, we’ll see Modalen, a tiny uber-picturesque hamlet with fewer than 400 residents. You’ll be back in Bergen in the early afternoon with the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy and explore as you wish.  Meals B
  • Day 10 - Depart Norway

    We’ll take you to the airport for your onward flight. meals b

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  • Fretheim Hotel - Flam, Norway

    Situated at the end of the Sognefjord, our historic hotel traces its roots to the 1800’s when a local farmer opened a guest house for English Lords.

  • Walaker Hotel - Solvorn, Norway

    Surrounded by gardens on the very edge of Norway’s longest fjord, this enchanting retreat has been owned and operated by the same family since the 1690’s.

  • Clarion Hotel Admiral - Bergen, Norway

    Our comfortable modern hotel is perfectly situated on the waterfront next to the pier with outstanding views of the city’s historic and colorful harbor.

Our Small Group Value

+ Extensive sightseeing with never more than 16 guests including all entry fees
+ 9 nights in our handpicked hotels
+ 16 meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners
+ All on-tour transportation including the world-famous Flåm Railway and the express ferry along the Sognefjord to Bergen
+ Luggage handling and all hotel taxes & service charges

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Arrive Oslo - Per Person Double

Dates   Evocative Hotels in Idyllic Settings
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6/9/2018 6/18/2018 $8999 $8499
 
7/10/2018 7/19/2018 $8999 $8499
 
7/21/2018 7/30/2018 $8999 $8499
 
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8/23/2018 9/1/2018 $8999 $8499
 

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Our Private Journey Value

+ Extensive sightseeing including all entry fees
+ 9 nights in our handpicked hotels
+ 16 meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners
+ All on-tour transportation including the world-famous Flåm Railway and the express ferry along the Sognefjord to Bergen
+ Luggage handling and all hotel taxes & service charges

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Travel Any Day - Per Person Double

Dates   Standard Accommodation
Departure Return   Regular Deal
5/1/2018 9/30/2018 $10299 $9799
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Save $1,000 per couple + $500 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you book and pay-in-full before Dec 31, 2017.
  • Travel is one life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216

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