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    8 days - Independent visit to the mountains, fjords and valleys of Norway. Enjoy staying at boutique hotels and touring around in our private 50DN minibus.

    "It's the best of both worlds. It's touring without really being on a tour, so all the minor details are taken care of, allowing you the freedom to get on and enjoy the holiday."

    Wander through the Vigeland Sculpture Park and explore the hidden gems of Norway’s capital, Oslo. Discover the Akershus Fortress and the many harbour side restaurants along Aker Brygge. Travelling on a private 50 Degrees North minibus, cross the mountains to visit the traditional Stave Church of Lom and the magnificent Luster and Sognefjord. Experience the valley of Gudbrandsdalen, surrounded by national parks, an abundance of locally produced food, old architecture, and good hiking trails.

    Visit the stunning Geiranger fjord and enjoy the mountain landscape of Sognefjellet which makes its way up to the summit at 1,434 metres. Our minibus will take you along the stretch of breathtaking mountain roads between Lærdal and Aurland before reaching the Aurlandsfjord, one of the most picturesque fjords in the world, where you will stay fjordside! Read about visiting Northern Europe's highest and arguably the most striking mountain pass, along the road over Sognefjellet here.

    The trip runs weekly from May to September with fixed departures from Oslo every Saturday. The trip can also run in reverse starting from Bergen every Monday between May 2019 to Sep 2019. It isn't a group tour as such but for a few days during this itinerary, everyone shares the same minibus, you make friends and enjoy the company of our Norwegian bus driver!

    Read here for reviews from the 2018 'Beautiful Norway' tour.

    Highlights include

    • Take a ride on the steep Flåm Railway full of hairpin turns
    • Travel on a private 50 Degrees North minibus through the Norwegian mountains
    • Visit the stunning Geiranger fjord
    • Visit Northern Europe's highest and arguably the most striking mountain pass, Sognefjellet
    • Discover Bryggen, the old Hanseatic wharf in Bergen, and take the funicular to the top of Mt Fløien.
    Day 1
    Arrive in Oslo and transfer to your centrally located hotel.
    Day 2
    Train to Lillehammer - visit the impressive Garmo Stave Church, open-air museums and the Olympic museum.
    Day 3
    Join 50 Degrees North's private minibus to travel to Lom, a small town encapsulating the very essence of the Norwegian countryside.
    Day 4
    Day tour to Geiranger and join a fjord cruise before returning to Lom to visit its famous Stave Church
    Day 5
    Continue your minibus journey together to the heart of the Norwegian fjords
    Day 6
    Spend your day relaxing, hiking and taking in the views in the peaceful little town of Aurland. Enjoy the harbour area with unspoilt views of the fjord and gardens.
    Day 7
    Get your private transfer from Aurland to Flåm, and step aboard the world famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal Station with several stunning lookout points along the way, then express boat to Bergen.
    Day 8
    Depart Bergen
    Start Place
    Oslo, Norway
    End Place
    Bergen, Norway
    Country Visited
    Norway
    Duration
    8 Days
    Suitability
    Easy
    Code
    NCH002

    Details

    Transportation

    All transportation (by buses, trains, and boats) between destinations is included in the price. This includes travel between Lillehammer and Aurland by private 50 Degrees North minibus, which will accommodate spontaneous photo stops, as well as food and rest stops.

    Included
    • 7 nights’ hotel accommodation in shared double/twin rooms with private facilities
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
    • All transport between destinations by buses, trains and boats
    • 50 Degrees North minibus (or similar) which travels weekly between Lom and Aurland. This minibus works like a hop-on, hop-off bus and may have only yourselves onboard or up to 10-12 people in addition to the driver. Stop along the way for unexpected photo opportunities, National Tourist Route monuments or quick rest stops.
    • Geiranger day tour with fjord cruise. (Available from late May, subject to change due to weather/snow conditions on the mountain).
    • Flåm Railway excursion
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees

    Beautiful Norway premium option:

    • Hotel Continental Deluxe Room
    • Røisheim Historic Hotel included 2 x 4 course meals
    • 29|2 Aurland
    • Added inclusions: Waterfall walk, hot tub, sauna and day tour to local farm during your 29|2 Aurland stay.
    Not Included

    International flights, lunches and dinners that have not been detailed in the program, and items of personal nature. A small tip for the bus driver will be appreciated.

    Please note there is no guide for this tour. Your bus driver will offer help and answer questions when possible.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive in Oslo and transfer to your centrally located hotel.

    Arrive in Oslo, the beautiful Norwegian capital by the Oslofjord. Make your own way to your centrally located hotel in the heart of Oslo, an easy direct express train ride away from the airport. The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer for the observant traveller. We can recommend a walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle, and the Harbour area.

    Accommodation
    Comfort Hotel Grand Central
    Restaurants
    Maaemo
    Restaurant options in Oslo
    Optional Add Ons
    Summer night on Oslo fjord

    Day 2 - Train to Lillehammer - visit the impressive Garmo Stave Church, open-air museums and the Olympic museum.

    Board your train at the Oslo Central Station and head towards Lillehammer, the small town that rose to international fame when it hosted the Winter Olympics in 1994. Check into your central hotel.

    Spend the day at your leisure: Browse the local shops, visit open-air museum Maihaugen, the Norwegian Olympic Museum, and do not miss the impressive Garmo Stave Church.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Clarion Collection Hotel Hammer or similar

    Day 3 - Join 50 Degrees North's private minibus to travel to Lom, a small town encapsulating the very essence of the Norwegian countryside.

    Join the 50 Degrees North private minibus to Lom, a 3-hour scenic drive from Lillehammer. This bus trip takes you through some of Norway’s most beautiful highlands and lush valleys. Experience the valley of Gudbrandsdalen surrounded by the national parks, an abundance of locally produced food, old architecture, and good hiking.

    Lom is a small town encapsulating the very essence of the Norwegian countryside. Situated in the famous Jotunheimen National Park, Lom is surrounded by majestic nature. Check into your charming historic hotel. Dinner is included this evening.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Fossheim Hotel or similar

    Day 4 - Day tour to Geiranger and join a fjord cruise before returning to Lom to visit its famous Stave Church

    Join the 50 Degrees North minibus for a day tour to Geiranger, which is 1.5 hours’ drive away from Lom. On arrival, join a fjord cruise and experience the Geirangerfjord UNESCO World Heritage site. The scenery here is absolutely breathtaking. Take a closer look at the “Seven Sisters”, “Bridal Veil” and “Suitor” waterfalls, the majestic fjord cliffs and abandoned mountain farms. Perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to see porpoises playing in the fjord.

    Travelling back from Geiranger, the minibus can stop at the famous Lom Stave Church, constructed in Norman-style in 1170. It still operates as the local church today.

    Please note that the Geirangerfjord visit is subject to change due to weather and snow conditions. The mountain road from Lom to Geiranger normally opens from end of May. Alternatively, have a day to yourself in Lom. We suggest visiting Brimi Bue, a popular Lom hot-spot for fresh local produce and traditional Nordic flavours, owned by renowned chef Arne Brimi. Indulge yourselves in the historic atmosphere of Lom open-air museum and its houses dating from the early 1600s and experience the old farmer culture. The Norwegian Mountain Centre is also worth a visit.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Fossheim Hotel

    Day 5 - Continue your minibus journey together to the heart of the Norwegian fjords

    Depart Lom for another scenic journey through the spectacular mountain and fjord country of Breheimen and Jostedalsheimen. Stop at Sognefjellshytta (approx. 1 hr drive) for a coffee/tea break, then sit back and enjoy the scenery until your next stop at the cubist stone at Mefjellet. The final stop before descending down the mountain is at Nedre Oscarshaug – another fantastic spot for photos and great views.

    After lunch at Skjolden Hotel, drive approx. 20-30 mins to Feigumfossen and continue to the charming Urnes Stave Church (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest church in Norway). Catch a ferry to Solvorn and continue over Aurlandsfjellet. Lastly, enjoy a stop at Stegastein before arriving to the peaceful village of Aurland.

    Read about today's drive along Northern Europe's highest and arguably the most striking mountain pass, the road over Sognefjellet.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    Accommodation
    Vangsgården Gjestegiveri or similar

    Day 6 - Spend your day relaxing, hiking and taking in the views in the peaceful little town of Aurland. Enjoy the harbour area with unspoilt views of the fjord and gardens.

    Spend your day relaxing, hiking and taking in the views in the peaceful little town of Aurland. Enjoy the harbour area with unspoilt views of the fjord and surrounding gardens. Optional visits to local mountain farms, guided hikes or a fjord safari can be pre-booked (at additional cost).

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Vangsgården Gjestegiveri or similar

    Day 7 - Get your private transfer from Aurland to Flåm, and step aboard the world famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal Station with several stunning lookout points along the way, then express boat to Bergen.

    Get your private transfer from Aurland to Flåm, and step aboard the world famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal Station with several stunning lookout points along the way. Thanks to its steep incline (from sea level to almost 900 meters above sea level in a short hour), the train-ride is rated as one of Europe’s best rail journeys and has become a real highlight for visitors in Norway.

    Return to Flåm to board the express ferry to Bergen. Take in the fresh air on Norway’s longest fjord, the Sognefjord, during this 5-hour ferry-ride towards Bergen. Check into your centrally located hotel at the end of the day.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Clarion Hotel Admiral

    Day 8 - Depart Bergen

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport or extend your stay with a short Hurtigruten voyage.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    All prices listed are per person.

    The trip runs weekly from May to September with fixed departures from Oslo every Saturday. First departure is 18th May 2019.

    Dates
    Valid From
    Valid To
    Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    18 May 2019
    21 Sep 2019
    18 May 2019
    21 Sep 2019
    USD 2,333
    Limited availability
    Standard
    18 May 2019
    21 Sep 2019
    18 May 2019
    21 Sep 2019
    USD 727
    Limited availability
    Extra for Single
    18 May 2019
    21 Sep 2019
    18 May 2019
    21 Sep 2019
    USD 4,293
    Limited availability
    Superior

    Important Information

    Short of time? It is possible to join this tour in Lillehammer on the evening of Day 2. There are direct trains from Gardemoen airport (1.5hrs). This tour also runs in reverse, departing in Bergen.

    The side trip to Geiranger travels over mountains and is available late May, subject to change due to weather/snow conditions on the mountain.

    An premium version of this tour is available - please ask us for details.

    Our 'Beautiful Norway' and 'Beautiful Norway Express' tours work as a hop-on, hop-off bus for a certain section so depending on the date, you can be travelling with potential 2 - 8 people. This is a great option for a solo traveller.

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