Book a 2018 holiday before 31 July and our home pick-up service is doubled to 100 miles.
Meals included: 10 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Cruise Norway’s deepest and most beautiful fjord, catch a train through misty mountains, drive to the highest fjord viewing platform in Europe, and experience Norway’s most dramatic road on this Scandinavian adventure of epic extremes.
Fly to Oslo where you will be transferred to your airport for the evening.
Drive along the shores of the Norwegian Riviera, the Sorlandet (the South Land) along the Skagerrak coast of southern Norway. The southernmost part of Norway has been the number one summer holiday destination for Norwegians for decades, while remaining a hidden gem for many international visitors. During the summer months, the picturesque towns and villages are teeming with visitors. Visit one of them, Arendal, an idyllic small town where you’ll breathe crispy salty fresh air. The area inland from the coast is rich in forests and mountains and during the winter it populates with visitors enjoying winter sports. In Kristiansand, take a walk along the Fiskerbrigga, the Fish Quay, buzzing with lively cafés
This morning enjoy a scenic drive through the Lista region, with a history of piracy dating back to the 1800's when the locals fought the invading British ships. The region has the best beaches in southern Norway for surfing and bird watching, fantastic festivals and numerous hiking possibilities. Stop in a few villages such as Mandal, or Lyngdal, or Flekkefjord and Farsund, where you’ll enjoy a privileged panoramic viewing point from Varbak. The views have mountains to the left, the guest harbour and city in the front and the vast coastline to the right. Reach Stavanger where you will have time to discover the town at leisure.
A simple ferry ride across the fjords here in Norway is like experiencing the short version of a cruise. Cross from Halham to Sandvikvag to arrive in Bergen, enjoying some time at leisure. Take a walk to the harbour and try all the different recipes available for salmon and other seafood at one of the stalls. That in itself is an experience.
Bergen is such a friendly, compact city, nestled around its harbour, that you can spend a day just wandering around on your own. However, if you wish to have a more in-depth understanding of its history, culture and quality of life, then maybe you should join the optional city sightseeing tour.
Some real treats are on the agenda today. Experience one of the most spectacular train rides crossing dramatic mountain scenery on the Flåmsbana Railway. The journey takes you from Flåm by the fjord to the top of the mountains in Myrdal, and during the 20-kilometre train ride you can see rivers cutting through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down the sides of steep, snow-capped mountains and mountain farms clinging dizzily to steep hillsides. After that, more breath-taking scenery as we board the boat cruising the Sognefjord, extending 240 km inland and containing some of the wildest and most beautiful scenery in Norway. It has been nominated “the world’s most iconic destination”.
Travel through more enchanting landscapes of untouched nature to Loen, in the Nordfjorden region where you will stop to take in more natural wonders. Experience the majestic Nibbevegen, taking you from Djupvasshytta at 1038 m above sea level, to the viewpoint at Dalsnibba which is at approx 1500 m a.s.l. This is Europe`s highest fjord view from a road, a new spectacular platform, Geiranger Skywalk, opened in 2016 - a guaranteed unforgettable experience.
Just relax and take in the beauty of Geiranger and its fjord. You can take a walk around the resort area, although the best views are actually from the water, if you take the optional fjord boat trip.
Proof of the ancient legends that still fascinate the whole world today is the Trollstigvegen, the Troll’s road. This is yet another spectacular road climbing a mountain, where you could actually imagine a Troll, creature of the Scandinavian folklore, to appear unexpectedly. Continuing to Lillehammer, discover the winter sport resort that hosted the Olympics in the past and that now is home to a lively arts scene with a vibrant community of local artists who draw their inspiration from nature surrounding them.
The lively city of Hamar is located on the east shores of Mjøsa, Norway's largest lake. Most of Mjøsa's shores are dominated by rolling agricultural areas, among them some of the most fertile grainlands in Norway. Out on a headland called Domkirkeodden, jutting out into Mjøsa, lie the ruins of the 950-year-old Hamar Cathedral. An impressive steel and glass cover was erected in 1998 to protect the ruins of the cathedral, and the protective building is the largest glass construction in Europe, with a ground area of 2,600 square metres. The ruins are a part of Hedmarksmuseet which gives an insight in the history of the Viking era, the Middle Ages up to the present time. From Hamar, continue to Oslo, where you will get to see the main highlights of the city with a local guide. Oslo is one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities, with a population approaching 700,000 and new neighbourhoods with eye-catching architecture popping up almost by the minute. The largest city in Norway is quickly transforming into a cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of world-class museums, restaurants, and art, while still maintaining the relaxed atmosphere of a much smaller town.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Oslo Comfort Borsparken or Scandic Solli
Stavanger Thon Maritim or Quality Airport
Bergen Terminus or Comfort Holberg
Sognefjord area Lindstrom or Quality Sogndal
Geiranger Geiranger or Union
Lillhammer Clarion Hammer
Tour hotels will be as specified or a similar alternative.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for- like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £50 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We've been creating holiday adventures since 1961. We are a member of ABTA and all our flight-inclusive holidays are fully protected by the CAA's ATOL scheme.