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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 bus.

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.

Take a ride on the steep Flåm Railway full of hairpin turns and catch a ferry to Bergen, the capital of the fjords. Discover Bryggen, the old Hanseatic wharf in Bergen, and take the funicular to the top of Mt Fløien.

The trip runs weekly from May to September with fixed departures from Oslo every Saturday. The trip can also run in reverse starting from Aurland every Thursday between 17 May 2018 to 27 Sep 2018.

Day 1
Arrive to Oslo and transfer to your centrally located hotel.
Day 2
Train to Lillehammer. Once there, 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 fjord cruise to Bergen.
Day 8
Depart Bergen
Start/End Place
Oslo, 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
Not Included

International flights, lunches and dinners that have not been detailed in the program, and items of personal nature.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive to 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

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 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

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, and entry is free.

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 the renowned chef Arne Brimi.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Fossheim Hotel

Day 5

Depart Lom for another scenic journey through the spectacular mountain and fjord country of Breheimen and Jostedalsheimen. You’ll enjoy a 2-course Norwegian lunch at Bestebakken in Hafslo. Bestebakken is a small boutique hotel with a proud farming history. Your lunch will be served in the beautifully restored dining room from 1910. Bestebakken’s food philosophy is to cook with local, fresh and unspoilt ingredients - often grown in their own garden; and to honour Norwegian food traditions with an added modern twist.

After lunch, enjoy a unique cave experience with a local guide, hearing about the trolls of Norway.

Continue your drive to Aurland and check into your accommodation right on the edge of the Aurlandsfjord.

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 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. 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

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 12th May 2018. The trip can also run in reverse starting from Aurland every Thursday between 17 May 2018 to 27 Sep 2018.

Dates
Valid From
Valid To
Price
Status
Accommodation
12 May 2018
30 Sep 2018
12 May 2018
30 Sep 2018
USD 2,036
Limited availability
Standard
12 May 2018
30 Sep 2018
12 May 2018
30 Sep 2018
USD 693
Limited availability
Extra for Single

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.

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