This tailor-made journey perfectly contrasts Norway’s rural delights with the rich variety of its towns and cities. You’ll begin with Oslo’s impressive array of museums, galleries and world-class restaurants before heading out on included train and boat journeys that bring you right into the heart of the country’s famous fjords. Then, it’s time to compare the historic delights of former capitals Bergen and Trondheim before a ride on the Rauma Railway to Andalsnes. Here, scenic walks and fjord dips will introduce you to the beauty of the Romsdalen Valley before a final train hop back to Oslo.
Days 1-2: Oslo
Fly out to Olso and take the airport express train or shuttle bus to the city centre. It’s then just a short stroll to your hotel, ideally placed for exploring Norway’s capital, with the Karl Johans Gate – Oslo’s main thoroughfare – right on your doorstep. We’ve included a free day to take in the sights, from the city’s superb array of museums and a world-leading contemporary arts scene to its excellent array of restaurants; while a light evening meal is included in your hotel stay, you’ll certainly want to head out to eat, perhaps splashing out on dinner at Maaemo, the world’s northernmost three-Michelin-starred restaurant. Just be sure to book well in advance.
Stay: Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret
Day 3: Flåm
Make your way to the central railway station this morning – a convenient three-minute stroll from your hotel – where you’ll board the train to Myrdal, the departure point for your journey on the Flåm Railway. As the world’s steepest standard gauge railway, this marvel of engineering will see you wend between verdant cliffs and plunging waterfalls on a spectacular 20-kilometre ride to the village of Flåm on the pretty shores of Aurlandsfjord. On arrival, head to your hotel, whose wood-panelled rooms look out to views of the fjord and its mountainous surrounds. It even has its own brewery, conveniently located in the next-door Ægir brew pub, where a full range of hoppy delights are perfectly paired with traditional Viking-influenced small plates, served in the form of a five-course tasting ‘plank’. Tonight, we've included a three-course dinner at the hotel.
Days 4-5: Bergen
Board a scenic cruise along Aurlandsfjord and into the connecting Nærøyfjord – a UNESCO World Heritage site. This 17-kilometre-long branch of Sognefjord is arguably the region’s most beautiful waterway, framed by snow-dusted mountains and dotted with waterfalls and farm buildings that cling to the near-vertical cliffs. You’ll disembark in Gudvangen at the fjord’s southwestern tip, where a bus will see you along hairpins and switchbacks of the Stalheimskleiva to the mountain village of Voss where you’ll rejoin the main railway line to Bergen. Once arrived, make your way to your hotel before enjoying a free day to take in the historic charms of this former Hanseatic trading post. Indeed, between its colourful old wharf and winding cobblestone streets, this is urban Norway at its most beautiful. Be sure to head to the fish market – a meeting point for merchants and fishermen since the 13th century – and take the funicular the summit of Fløyen Mountain for sweeping views across the city.
Days 6-7: Trondheim
Make your way to the airport this morning for the short flight to Trondheim. Steeped in history – the city served as Norway’s capital during the Viking age – Trondheim is a delight to explore, its wide streets and pedestrianised centre inviting gentle strolls in the summer sunshine. Take in the Gothic severity of its iconic cathedral – the most northerly in Europe – and spend a lazy afternoon hopping between the cafes and restaurants hidden among the colourful warehouses that line the Nidelven River.
Day 8: Andalsnes
Today’s ultra-scenic journey brings you first to the small mountain town of Dombås and then along the Rauma Railway to Andalsnes in the Romsdalen Valley. A real trip highlight, this hour-and-twenty-minute journey sees you plunge between soaring cliffs, rushing rivers and glacial valleys dotted with waterfalls. On arrival in Andalsnes, you’ll check into your hotel before heading out to explore. Hikers will be spoilt for choice, with a range of walks taking in the spectacular Romsdalsfjellene Mountains. Or, for something closer to home, the pretty beach, just a short stroll from the hotel, offers bracing fjord dips and gorgeous valley views.
Stay: Grand Hotel Bellevue
Day 9: Oslo
Returning along the Rauma Railway, you’ll again change trains at Dombas, this time heading back to Oslo for a final night in the capital. After dinner, perhaps venture out to experience the city’s famed nightlife, with late-night party spots ranging from cosy and traditional to wild and grungy, and utterly cutting edge.
Stay: Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret
Day 10: Depart for UK
After breakfast, catch the express service to the airport in time for your flight home.
*It may be possible to extend your trip with a Hurtigruten coastal cruise from Bergen to Trondheim. Supplement and additional nights will apply and this is subject to availability at the time of booking - do check with your travel expert.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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