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Norway's Colourful Cities & Famous Fjords

10-day tailor-made journey from £2,285 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

A spectacular break exploring Norway's Fjord region in depth by rail, boat and cruise

Highlights

  • Sail Norway's spectacular coast with Havila Voyages
  • Take in the city sights of Bergen and Trondheim
  • Explore remote coastal communities
  • Take the train to Oslo, Norway's vibrant capital
  • End with a tour of Norway's iconic Western Fjords

In Brief

  • 1 Night Bergen
  • 2 Nights Trondheim
  • 2 Nights Oslo
  • 1 Night Flåm
  • 1 Night Bergen

About

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Ocean cruise | Rail holidays

Compare the beauty of Norway's majestic fjords with the allure of its colourful towns and cities. After a night in Bergen, set off on a three-day cruise with Havila, charting the country's iconic coastal route. With highlights around every corner, you'll stop at the likes of World Heritage Geirangerfjord, the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund and former Viking stonghold of Trondheim, with plenty of opportunities to explore on optional excursions. Your journey culminates with a scenic rail trip south to the capital Oslo, after which you'll explore the world-famous western fjords on a series of train and boat excursions, including a trip on the iconic Flåm Railway.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Fly to Bergen

Fly to Bergen from the UK, where, on arrival, you'll transfer and check in to your centrally located hotel. Depending on your arrival time, either spend the rest of the day at your leisure or opt to head out and explore the town. Make sure to pay a visit to Bryggen by the harbour, featuring a series of charming Hanseatic heritage buildings.

Stay: Clarion Collection Havnekontoret, Thon Orion or Opus XVI (Superior)

Day 2
Board Havila & overnight on board

After breakfast, your morning and afternoon is at leisure, giving you further time to explore this beautiful town before you begin your voyage later this evening. We recommend going for a stroll to Bergen's famous fish market, a fantastic opportunity to try delicious local seafood and other delicacies Norway has to offer. For stunning panoramic views of the town, head out early to one of either the Ulriken cable car or Floyen funicular. Then, in the evening you'll head to the port to board Havila, one of the most eco-friendly ships on the Norwegian coast. Havila's dedication to the environment is impressive, from a four-hour sailing capacity with zero emissions to its Jacuzzi warmed by surplus heat. After settling into your stylish contemporary cabin, you'll enjoy an included dinner in the main restaurant - offering an extensive range of culinary delights - as you begin your voyage north.

Stay: Havila

Meals: B D

Day 3
On board Havila

Enjoy a delicious breakfast accompanied by impressive views of the rugged cliffs and narrow fjords, as you sail towards the heart of Geirangerfjord. Today, you'll have the full day to explore the ship and the numerous pretty fishing villages of the region. Highlights include stops at Ålesund, Molde and of course the deep blue waters of UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord. With cascading waterfalls, lush green vegetation and striking mountain peaks, it is no wonder that it is considered the jewel on Norway's crown. You'll have the chance to explore via a series of optional excursions. Perhaps stop for a spot of e-biking in Norangsdalen, or learn more about local life with a guided cultural walk in the fjords. If you're feeling adventurous, we recommend trying out kayaking in Ålesund, before hopping back on board and sailing towards Trondheim.

Stay: Havila

Meals: B L D

Days 4-5
Trondheim

After an early breakfast, you'll dock in the historic city of Trondheim, founded over a thousand years ago. Nidaros Cathedral is the landmark of the city; as Norway's national shrine, it is one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe. But, as Norway's third largest city - and former Viking capital - Trondheim has many other highlights. After making your way to your chosen hotel, conveniently located in the heat of town, why not spend the next couple of days strolling along its many cobbled streets with small shops and cafes, paddling along the Nidelven river or tucking into the fantastic local food in one of the city’s many top restaurants. If time allows, the Trondheim Art Museum is also worth a visit.

Stay: Thon Hotel Nidaros, Scandic Nidelven or Britannia Hotel (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 6-7
Trondheim to Oslo by rail

Following breakfast, it's time for the next leg of this epic journey. Make your way to Trondheim rail station in time for your train to Oslo. During this 485 kilometre-long trip, you'll pass through scenic valleys, beautiful mountain plateaus and stunning national parks. This spectacular rail journey will take you places otherwise inaccessible by car. Early on in your journey, you will travel through Dovrefjell national park, home to some unique wildlife including round 300 wild musk ox. If you're lucky, you may even spot one from your seat. Arrive in Oslo this evening, checking in to your chosen hotel in the centre of the city. Spend the following day exploring the city's many highlights, including the fantastic new National Museum and Munch Museum. A further highlight is the iconic Opera House. For trendy shops, restaurants and bars make sure to visit Aker Brygge. if you're travelling in summer, we recommend making a trip to the Oslo Fjord small beach for some urban swimming.

Stay: Thon Hotel Opera, Clarion Hotel Hub or Amerikalinjen, Oslo (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 8
Norway in a Nutshell to Flåm

Following an early breakfast, make your way to Oslo's central station ready for one of the highlights of Norwegian rail travel. Start by taking a train to Myrdal where, after a quick change of platform you'll board the world famous Flåm Railway - one of the most scenic in Scandinavia. Meandering through the heart of the country, Flåmsbana will take you on a scenic ride, passing spectacular mountainsides, charming villages and gushing waterfalls, taking you through an impressive 20 mountain tunnels. Neatly equipped with comfortable seating and large windows, you'll have plenty of opportunity to take photos. You'll eventually arrive at the small fjord-side village of Flåm. Nestled between tall, steep mountains in innermost Aurlandsfjord, it is one of Norway's most picturesque villages, perfect for outdoor adventures and activities such as hiking and boat trips. Make sure you spare enough time for an optional trip to Stegastein Viewpoint, situated 650 metres above the fjord, it is simply an unmissable trip for any visit to Flåm. This evening, we recommend dining the Viking-inspired Aegir Brewpub - situated beside Hotel Flåmsbyrgga - offering delicious local food and home-brewed beer.

Stay: Hotel Flåmsbyrgga (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 9
Flåm to Bergen

Enjoy breakfast and your final views of Flam before sailing along the Naeroyfjord - a UNESCO world heritage site - towards Gudvangen, an old Viking village. After a brief stop, you'll continue by bus towards Voss, stopping for views of Stalheimskleiva along the way - a twisting winding hairpin road surrounded by amazing views. Once at Voss, you'll board a train for your last leg towards Bergen. Upon arrival, settle into your hotel with the afternoon and evening at leisure in town.

Stay: Clarion Collection Havnekontoret, Thon Orion or Opus XVI (Superior)


Meals: B

Day 10
Return to the UK

Enjoy a late breakfast this morning before making your way back to the airport for your onwards flight back to the UK.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

10-day tailor-made journey from £2,285 pp incl. flights

Standard

  • Return flights London to Bergen
  • 1 pre & 1 post night in Bergen at the Opus XVI Hotel
  • 2 nights on board Havila in a superior seaview double/twin room on a full board basis
  • 2 nights at the Britannia Hotel in Trondheim
  • 2 nights at the Amerikalinjen Hotel in Oslo
  • 1 night at the Fretheim Hotel in Flam
  • Breakfast throughout
  • 1 x Norway in a Nutshell tour incl. rail, boat, coach travel
  • 1 x rail journey from Trondheim to Oslo

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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