Embark on a 2-day cruise with Hurtigruten from Bergen to Trondheim, including the Geirangerfjord. A cruise with Hurtigruten is considered as the world's most beautiful sea voyage. Travel on the Bergen-, Flåm- and Dovre Railway and enjoy a fjord cruise on the spectacular Nærøyfjord. Visit Lillehammer and Oslo.
Arrival in Bergen according to your own itinerary. Bergen is Norway’s second largest city and the world’s only city surrounded by 7 mountains and 7 fjords. Attractions in Bergen include the Hanseatic Bryggen Harbour, Fløibanen Funicular, Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum).
Accommodation in Bergen.
Breakfast at the hotel. This day at your own leisure in Bergen before departing with Hurtigruten/The Norwegian Coastal Voyage. Two nights and one full day onboard the ship. Dinner and accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.
Breakfast onboard Hurtigruten. Today you have the choice between exploring the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund or to follow Hurtigruten on a cruise along the well known Geirangerfjord/Hjørundfjord (the detour is possible on cruises starting from Bergen between June 1 and October 31). Ålesund was completely destroyed by a devastating town fire in 1904, and rebuilt again in the Art Nouveau style, making it a truly unique town in Europe. The town centre reveals a lively urban scene with pleasant restaurants and cafés, and the picturesque Brosundet canal with its fishing boats. Sights of interest are the Atlantic Sea-Park, one of the largest aquariums in Northern Europe and the Sunnmøre Museum, an open air museum with an impressive boat collection and more than 50 old houses in beautiful surroundings (entrances not included). The beauty of the town can be appreciated from Mount Aksla, with a breathtaking view of the town. If you take the detour to the Geirangerfjord (possible on departures from Bergen between June 1 and August 31) you will cruise along the Geirangerfjord, with its waterfalls and mountain farms situated high up on the mountainsides, in places you will be amazed that people and livestock could survive. The Geirangerfjord has been included on UNESCO's World Heritage list. On departures from Bergen between September 1 and October 31, the detour goes to the Hjørundfjord instead. Surrounded by the majestic Sunnmøre Alps with unpolished nature and steep rock walls, the Hjørundfjord is one of the most long-standing and stunning fjords in Norway. Evening departure from Ålesund. Dinner and accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.
Breakfast onboard Hurtigruten. Morning arrival in Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city. The city was founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997, and holds a special place in Norwegian culture and history. Trondheim was Norway’s first capital and continues to be the coronation city where Norway's Kings from Harald Hårfagre (10th century) to King Harald V (1991 -) have been crowned and blessed.
We recommend a visit at the Nidaros Cathedral, built over the grave of St. Olav. Next to the cathedral you will find the Archbishop’s Palace, the oldest secular building in Scandinavia. Other sights of interest are Kristiansten Fortress, the Monk’s Island, Trøndelag Open Air Museum and Stiftsgården – the Royal Residence in Trondheim. We also recommend a stroll in Bakklandet, located on the east bank of the river Nid. Here you will find old wooden buildings which were formerly worker’s dwellings but are now partly restored as homes or charming shops and restaurants.
Accommodation in Trondheim.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure by train from Trondheim to Lillehammer. The 5 hour journey on the Dovre Railway will bring you across the Dovre Mountain and through the Gudbrandsdal Valley to Lillehammer, the host town of the 1994 Winter Olympics. In Lillehammer we recommend a visit at Maihaugen Open Air Museum. The museum reveals the past of the people living in the Gudbrandsdal valley dating back almost 300 years. Experience life between the wars in the inland town of Lillehammer and of homes and the domestic environment during the 20th century. Also recommendable is a visit at the Olympic Museum and the Olympic Arena (Lysgårdsbakken). Accommodation in Lillehammer.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Lillehammer by train to Oslo. The Norwegian capital is beautifully situated at the head of the Oslo Fjord and surrounded by forested ridges. Oslo offers many well know sights such as the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum, the Munch Museum and Oslo Opera House. Accommodation in Oslo.
Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure in Oslo. The Grand Tour of Oslo will give you an excellent overview of the city and the possibility to visit several of the Norwegian capital's museum together with an English speaking guide (please see add-ons for details and price). Accommodation in Oslo.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure from Oslo by train. The 5-hour train journey from Oslo to Myrdal is part of the Bergen Railway, classed as one of the finest train journeys in the world. The train journey will bring you across Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau, with Finse as the highest train station at 1222 metres above sea level. In Myrdal you will change to the Flåm Railway, connecting the Bergen Line to the Sognefjord. You will pass through wild and beautiful mountain scenery with waterfalls and steep mountain sides before reaching the fjord village of Flåm. Flåm is Norway's only fjord village with train connection. Afternoon at leisure to explore Flåm. The area also offers great hiking opportunities. Accommodation in Flåm.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure in Flåm before you will depart on a 2-hour fjord cruise on the Nærøyfjord to Gudvangen. The Nærøyfjord is the narrowest fjord channel in Europe, and has recently been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. From Gudvangen the journey continues by bus through Nærøyfjord Valley and up the Stalheimskleiva, with its 13 steep hairpin bends (Stalheimskleiva is only open during the summer). The last part of the excursion will be by train from Voss to Bergen. Accommodation in Bergen.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Bergen according to your own itinerary.