Trip reference number: 161517
Trip Operator: Best Served Scandinavia
This curated itinerary combines urban charm with Norway’s natural wonders. Indeed, alongside curated stays in Oslo, Bergen and Tromso, a trio of historic cities set on pretty fjords, you’ll explore with ultra-scenic cruises and train rides. They’ll bring you right out into the fjord network. It all culminates in a flight to Norway’s Arctic north, where you might want to add snowmobiling and dogsledding to your included Northern Lights excursion.
Day 1: UK/Oslo
Flying out to Oslo, you’ll make your way to your central hotel. Converted from the city’s early-20th-century opera house, it’s an Art-Deco landmark with all of the Norwegian capital’s highlights on its doorstep. To keep you occupied, there’s everything from ultra-modernist architecture and sculpture parks to the neoclassical Royal Palace and a fantastic café culture. Back at the hotel, you’ll also be treated to complimentary afternoon sweets and an evening meal of soup, salad and main.
Stay: Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret
Day 2: Norway in a Nutshell: Oslo to Flåm
After a superb breakfast, you’ll board the train from Oslo to Myrdal. Although this is delightfully scenic, travelling over a high mountain plateau, it’s the next leg that might just linger longest in your memory. Travelling on the Flåm Railway, you’ll enjoy what is widely regarded as one of the world’s most spectacular train journeys, mapping rivers, waterfall gorges and tunnel gasps to arrive in the quiet country village of Flåm. Here, we highly recommend exploring the surrounding countryside by snowshoes or enjoying a Viking meal and craft beer at the Ægir brewery. Your rustic-chic hotel is equally delightful, all wooden floors and mountain views.
Day 3: Flåm to Bergen
You’ll depart Flåm today on a fjord cruise, admiring the towering scenery and magnificent jags of Aurlandsfjord and UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord. Then, arriving in Gudvangen, a bus and train pair will see you wind through the Norwegian countryside to Bergen for a two-night stay at one of its finest hotels. It’s a delight of marbled rooms, lunchtime concerts and ionic columns, all wrapped up in a landmark 19th-century bank.
Day 4: Bergen
After a gourmet breakfast, you’ll have a full day to explore Norway’s second city. Be sure to centre on its UNESCO-listed wharf, where painted timber warehouses remember all the might of the centuries-old Hanseatic trading league. Today it’s given over to artsy boutiques and galleries. Then, alongside the fish market and historic centre’s heritage architecture, you might also want to take the funicular or cable car into the surrounding mountains. They offer fantastic views out over the city and onto its fjord backdrop.
Days 5-6: Tromso
Flying up to Tromso, you’ll cross into Norway’s Arctic north. Here, we’ve included a Northern Lights excursion, heading out to a remote lavvu camp that’s specially chosen for its remote setting – ideal for aurora displays away from any light pollution. Further optional excursions range from dogsledding and snowmobiling to whale safaris and visits to the Tromso Ice Domes. Otherwise, back in the city, you’ll have church-town architecture and museums on Arctic exploration to keep you interested, along with an excellent bar-and-restaurant scene. Don’t miss out on the cable car’s stunning overlook of the city’s fjord setting. You’ll also stay right on Tromso’s harbour, in a charming wood-clad hotel that serves up complimentary light evening meals.
Day 7: Depart for UK
After a last breakfast, make your way to the airport for your flight home.
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