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Norway and the Fjords Rail Explorer


Route:
  • UK
  • Bergen
  • Flam
  • Oslo
  • UK
Tour Pace:

7 DAYS from £1149pp

Tour Highlights
  • Explore charming Bergen, incorporating a visit to Bryggen's picturesque waterfront
  • Journey on the Floibanen Funicular to the summit of Mount Floyen
  • Embark on four of the most stunning rail journeys on the Flam and Bergen lines through Norway's fjordland region
  • Cruise the scenic, tranquil waters of Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord
  • City tour of Norway's capital city, Oslo

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Norway and the Fjords Rail Explorer

Discover a land of extraordinary beauty on a journey through the fjords and mountains
of Norway. Travel on some of the most breath-taking railways in the world from tranquil
lakes through verdant countryside and snow-covered peaks via dramatic mountain ascents. Explore the nation's cultural heritage in the quaint historic quarter of Bryggen and discover Oslo, a sophisticated city surrounded by natural beauty.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Bergen

Depart the UK for your flight to Bergen, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.

2
Bergen

Surrounded by imposing hills and peppered with centuries-old architecture, begin a walking tour of Bergen, a charming town, often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Fjords of Norway', first stopping to explore the popular attraction of Bryggen in the city's historic quarter. Serving as a reminder of its Hanseatic legacy, wander past quaint wooden buildings that line the enchanting waterfront, housing plentiful art studios, cafes and restaurants. Continue towards the Floibanen Funicular, soaring 320 metres above sea level, to witness breath-taking vistas of fjords from the summit of Mount Floyen, before enjoying an afternoon at leisure.

  • Breakfast
3
Bergen to Flam

Embark on two spellbinding rail journeys across Norway's fjordland region, firstly twisting along the Bergen Railway, Europe's highest altitude line. Pass the sleepy village of Dale and the adventure capital, Voss on an arresting ascent from deep valleys to snow-capped mountain peaks and change train lines at Myrdal's isolated mountainside station. Boarding the Flam line, a railway renowned for its extremely steep gradient, delight in impeccable panoramic views of cascading waterfalls and thriving forestland, before arriving in the small village of Flam, located at the head of Aurlandsfjord - an immense 17km branch of the world's second longest fjord, Sognefjord.

  • Breakfast
4
Flam

Cruise the still waters of Norway's most picturesque fjord, Aurlandsfjord, concealed within the shadows of neighbouring mountaintops, and glide through this scenic route towards the vibrant parish of Undredal. Pause to admire the colourful houses perched upon the waterside's edge, which bathe in a golden glow as the sun emerges through a narrow gap between the grandiose mountains. Considered to be the narrowest and most dramatic passage inEurope, gently sail through Naeroyfjord to the popular village of Gudvangen and return by coach to Flam for the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps visiting the railway museum to gain a fascinating insight into the engineering of its impressive track.

  • Breakfast
5
Flam to Oslo

Experience Flam railway's stunning backdrop for a second time on a tranquil return journey to Mydral and leave behind the uninterrupted views of untouched landscapes along Bergen Railway's enchanting route, on the approach to Norway's cosmopolitan capital - Oslo, a booming urban metropolis which enjoys a revitalising intimacy with nature. Upon arrival, walk to tonight's accommodation.

  • Breakfast
6
Oslo

Begin today's sightseeing tour at Oslo's revolutionary Opera house, distinguished by its accessible roof which offers all-encompassing views of the cityscape. Next, visit the official residence of Norway's Monarch - the Royal Palace, before heading to Oslo's distinctive City Hall and later the harmonious Vigeland Sculpture Park to discover over 200 unique sculptures, created by the same artist. With an afternoon at leisure, why not learn about the country's culture and history at the open-air Folk Museum or witness the world's best-preserved Viking ships in Bygdoy's numerous waterfront museums. Re-join your group this evening for a farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
7
Olso to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Your Meals

Breakfast is always western style and served in the hotel each morning. Dinner (when included) will be taken in local restaurants or at the hotel.

Important Information

Visas

UK and European passport holders do not require a VISA to enter Norway. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your initial flight is to Bergen Airport with Norwegian Airlines departing from London Gatwick South Terminal.
Each passenger is entitled to 20KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding (Max combined weight for both hand luggage 10kg - 55cm/40cm/ 23cm) in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case (25x33x20cm). Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check - in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure.
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 15, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 15 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date, then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour meaning that you will be met by a local guide in each of the cities that you visit, ensuring, that you have first-hand knowledge, at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). Visa and Mastercard, credit and debit cards are widely accepted in Norway, also in taxis and convenience stores. Cash machines are available in the major centres, but are not as prolific, as in other countries. Should you require cash-in-hand, it is recommended to withdraw a small amount of money in local currency, when in Norway. Please ask your guide for the most convenient place to withdraw money.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, any meals not included in the itinerary as well as drinks and any additional snacks; Approximately £400 - £500 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour. It is a good idea to try and maintain a supply of small notes and change in the local currency for tipping or small purchases.
Tipping is at your discretion; however, we would recommend approximately £2-£3 per day. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2019 Dates
19 Nov 201925 Nov 2019£1321.00
03 Dec 201909 Dec 2019£1149.00
2020 Dates
14 Jan 202020 Jan 2020£1149.00
04 Feb 202010 Feb 2020£1206.00
03 Mar 202009 Mar 2020£1379.00
21 Apr 202027 Apr 2020£1494.00
12 May 202018 May 2020£1609.00
02 Jun 202008 Jun 2020£1666.00
01 Sep 202007 Sep 2020£1609.00
06 Oct 202012 Oct 2020£1494.00
03 Nov 202009 Nov 2020£1379.00
01 Dec 202007 Dec 2020£1264.00
The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. The schedules of the domestic airlines in country are subject to frequent changes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction &/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Norwegian Krone

Average Flying time

3 hours

What to pack
  • Sunglasses, Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • Travel plug adapter - the electricity supply is 230V. The power sockets are of type F and C. You will need an adapter.
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Binoculars
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Small day pack for excursions
  • Waterproof, lightweight jacket
  • Lightweight clothing
  • Sweater and jacket for the cooler months
Tour Map
Norway and the Fjords Rail Explorer Route Map
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