Europe

Norway Highlights Itinerary

Duration
12 Days Itinerary
From
USD $4,195 Dates/Prices
Day
Day 1
1

Oslo

Welcome to Norway and its capital Oslo. Situated between the mountains and the sea, the contemporary city is home to modern architecture, a thriving cultural arts scene, a number of large public parks, and delicious food.

We meet our small group this evening for a welcome dinner.

[Dinner]

Day 2
2

Oslo

Norway’s biggest city, Oslo has been the country’s capital since 1814. The city is surrounded by a host of stunning natural sights and is favored by outdoor lovers, hikers and trekkers.

This morning we commence a sightseeing tour passing the Opera House and Royal Palace. We visit the Holmenkollen ski area, home to the world’s most modern jump facility. Jump competitions have been hosted here since 1892 and the museum is home to a pair of skis that date from 600AD. We next visit the Folk Museum and Viking Ship Museum before free time for lunch. We continue to Vigeland Park, a sculpture installation of more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron.

[Breakfast]

Day 3
3

Oslo to Wadahl

En route to Wadahl today we spend time touring the Atlungstad Brenneri, one of Norway’s four remaining distilleries. Set on Lake Mjøsa, we enjoy a tour and tasting, visiting the distillery, the distillery museum and the barrel room. After free time for lunch in Atlungstad we continue to Lillehammer where we see the 1994 Winter Olympic venue. Gain further insight into the Norwegian way of life as we visit the open-air museum of Maihaugen and some of its 200 historic farmhouses, some dating as far back as the 15th century. We then continue on to charming Wadahl, our home for the night.  

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 4
4

Wadahl to Molde

We journey through Norway’s scenic countryside today as we travel from Wahdal to Molde. We pass through some of Norway’s spectacular countryside along the way, including the Snøhetta viewpoint, a unique, award-winning architectural pavilion with stunning panoramic views of the Tverrfjellet mountain. If we’re lucky, we might even see wild reindeer and musk ox grazing in the distance.

Special Experience

Named Europe’s most beautiful railway journey by Lonely Planet, we take the Rauma Railway from Dombås to Åndalsnes through some of Norway’s most dramatic landscapes. The train moves slowly, giving you ample opportunity to take in the incredible views and snap the perfect photo.

[Breakfast]

Day 5
5

Molde to Geiranger

We embark on one of the world’s most beautiful drives today when we make our way to Geiranger along the Atlantic Road. Connecting the island of Averøy with the mainland, the Atlantic Road twists and turns through the stunning scenery of the islets of Norway and is made up of no less than eight bridges and the impressive Atlantic Tunnel, a 5.7km long tunnel, reaching a depth of 250m below the Bremnesfjorden.  Our travels today also take us along the famous Trollstigen, ‘The Trolls Road’, a winding mountain pass that provides spectacular views of surrounding mountains like Kongen, Dronningen and Trollveggen as we zig zag our way down. We continue to Geiranger along the Eagles Road, which provides more breathtaking panoramic views before we arrive at this picturesque village.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 6
6

Geiranger

Today we enjoy a guided walk through the village of Geiranger before visiting Dalsniba viewpoint and enjoying a drive along Stryn Road and Country Road 258 for some of Norway's best views. In the afternoon we embark on a cruise on Geirangerford. A UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, it’s not hard to see why it is one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. Along the sides of the fjord we’ll get to see some impressive waterfalls cascading down the steep cliffs, as well as a number of picturesque abandoned farms.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 7
7

Geiranger to Leikanger

En route to Leikanger today we stop at Briksdal Glacier, one of the most accessible arms of the larger Jostedalsbreen Glacier.  Interestingly, this is one of Europe’s few glaciers that is not constantly receding, with its size having fluctuated significantly since the start of the 20th century. Its size continues to change today, depending on the temperature and precipitation levels. Here we’ll take a troll car up the mountain and enjoy a short stroll to see the glacier up close. We then continue on towards Leikanger, spotting Jolstravatnet, the deepest lake in Europe, on the way.

[Breakfast]

Day 8
8

Leikanger to Bergen

Today we journey deep into Norway and the Fjordlands.

Special Experience

We take to the water this morning for a cruise of Norway’s fjords, from Kaupanger to Gudvangen. We continue to Undredal where we indulge in a local cheese tasting and are served a delicious lunch before continuing to Flåm.

Special Experience

Each year, travelers from the world over visit Flåm to journey along the Flåm railway. On the 19-kilometre ride we see rivers cutting through deep ravines, cascading waterfalls and snow-capped mountains. The railway’s steep tracks twist and turn through mountain passes, a feat of Norwegian engineering. This incredible train journey from the Flåm station through to the mountain station of Myrdal provides some of Norway’s wildest and most magnificent scenery. We continue from Myrdal to the town of Bergen.

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 9
9

Bergen

Bergen is Norway’s second largest city and is situated among a group of mountains known as ‘De syv fjell’. During the 13th century Bergen was Norway’s capital and played an important role in the Hanseatic League’s trade empire from the 14th to 16th centuries.

Today we embark on a walking tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed area of Bryggen. We explore the old wharf area, see St Mary’s Church and visit the local fish markets.

We take the funicular railway up to Mount Fløyen, a popular hiking spot and are treated to fantastic views over the city. The rest of our day is at our leisure to explore.

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 10
10

Bergen to Vrådal

We say farewell to Bergen today as our small group travels to the charming town of Vrådal, crossing the Hardanger fjord on the way.

Special Experience

As we drive to Vrådal we stop at several towns including Ulvik for a visit to a juice and cider farm. We’ll learn how the beverages are produced and enjoy a delicious juice tasting here.

Continuing to Tyssedal, we visit the Hydropower Plant that was first established in 1906. No longer in operation, it now serves as a museum providing rich insight into Norway’s history with hydropower.

En route to Vrådal, we stop at the impressive twin waterfalls of Lattefoss.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 11
11

Vrådal to Oslo

This morning we journey to Ullefoss, cruising along the Telemark Canal to Lunde. We then continue to Hedall to visit the Stave Church, one of Norway’s most famous. Our final stop on the way to Oslo is at the Kongsberg Silver Mines. Work first began in these mines in 1623 when some local cowherds discovered silver under some moss. The mines which descended down as far as 300m remained in operation until 1957.

Tonight we enjoy a group farewell dinner in Oslo.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 12
12

Oslo

Our tour concludes after breakfast this morning. We say goodbye to our new friends and to the splendour of Norway.

[Breakfast]

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