While you’ll enjoy a three-night stay among Bergen’s second-city heritage, this short break is also an ideal introduction to the Norwegian fjords. Indeed, after you’ve taken in the city’s historic wooden houses and mountain funicular, you’ll head out to explore fjords and mountains with a range of included activities. You’ll cycle down pretty valleys, kayak and ride boats along spectacular waterways and, with the Flåm Railway, you’ll enjoy one of the world’s greatest rail journeys.
Day 1: UK/Bergen
Flying out to Norway’s second city, you’ll make your way to your handpicked accommodation. The Thon Orion is a slice of Scandi modernism among Bergen’s rich heritage; the city’s timber harbourfront and the pastel architecture of the town square are just a stone’s throw away. They’re views taken in by your hotel’s rooftop terrace, where you might want to take your complimentary breakfast and dinner buffets. Expect everything from just-caught fish to made-to-order eggs.
Day 2: Bergen
Between your included meals, you’ll have today to explore Bergen at your leisure. Of course, the UNESCO-listed Bryggen wharf demands the most attention; it’s a vestige of the centuries-old Hanseatic trading league whose pretty wooden warehouses are now given over to boutiques and art galleries. Otherwise, get yourself warmed up for tomorrow with a trip on the Fløibanen. It’s a funicular that brings you up to spectacular views of the city and its fjord frame, best paired with a gentle hike along the summit. The cable car to Ulriken is equally scenic, and a favourite for its accompanying mountain-top restaurant.
Day 3: Fjord active adventure
You’ll begin your exploration of the surrounding fjords and mountains with a scenic rail trip, winding along a verdant valley before arriving at the remote mountain station of Myrdal. Here, you’ll change for the famous Flåm Railway, descending alongside rushing waters and dense forests to arrive at Berekvam, where you’ll cycle downhill to Flåm’s village idyll as your guide points out the best viewpoints as you go. There’s then the chance to explore the dramatic fjord setting with a boat safari, bringing you past sheer granite walls to arrive at Gudvangen and your sea-kayaking adventure. Slipping along shimmering fjord waters, you’ll pause only for a barbecue lunch before your bus transfer to Voss along the famed Stalheimskleiva Road. Its beautiful, hairpin views of the valley are then followed by your return train leg back to Bergen.
Day 4: Depart for UK
After a final breakfast, make your way to the airport for your flight home.
* Minimum age for the activities is 12. You do have to be physically fit for the cycling segment.
* White water rafting can be added for a supplement
Please note: direct flight from Liverpool are available for this programme 12 August - 30 September 2019
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
** If you see this next to a price, a specific price in your currency has not been provided, this is an estimated-only price based on a currency conversion, the price you pay may be different to that shown
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