Winter Rail Tours

Royal Norway - 8 days

Independent Rail Tours, Start in Oslo

The Norwegian monarchy dates back more than one thousand years. Visit Oslo, the residence city of Norway's Royal Family, travel by train via the Olympic town of Lillehammer to Trondheim, the coronation city of Norway, and cruise with Hurtigruten to Bergen.

Tour details

This tour can commence in: Oslo or Bergen

Day 01: Oslo, the royal capital of Norway

  • Arrival in Oslo according to your own itinerary.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Vigeland Sculpture Park
    • Viking Ship Museum
    • Oslo Opera House
    • Kon-tiki Museum
    • Munch Museum
  • Accommodation in Oslo.

Day 02: Travel by train to the Olympic town of Lillehammer

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure in Oslo.
  • Train from Oslo to Lillehammer.
  • Accommodation in Lillehammer.

Day 03: Travel by train acoss Dovre Mountain to Trondheim

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure in Lillehammer.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Maihaugen Open Air Museum
    • Olympic Museum & Arena
  • Dovre Railway from Lillehammer to Trondheim.
  • Accommodation in Trondheim.

Day 04: Trondheim, the coronation city of Norway

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Trondheim.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Nidaros Cathedral
    • Kristiansten Fortress
    • Trøndelag Open Air Museum
    • Ringve Museum
    • Bakklandet
  • Accommodation in Trondheim.

Day 05: Cruise with Hurtigruten to Bergen

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning cruise departure with Hurtigruten.
    • Embarkation/check-in commences at 06:30 hrs
    • Check-in at least 30 minutes before departure
    • Departure from Trondheim at 10:00 hrs
    • Dinner onboard Hurtigruten.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 06: Arrival in Bergen, the Gateway to the Fjords

  • Breakfast onboard Hurtigruten.
  • Day at sea. Arrival in Bergen at 14:30 hrs.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Bergen.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Bryggen Wharf
    • Fløibanen funicular
    • Edvard Grieg’s home Troldhaugen
    • The Fish and Flower market
    • Old Bergen Open Air Museum
  • Accommodation in Bergen.

Day 07: Travel by train from Bergen to Oslo

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Bergen Railway from Bergen to Oslo.
  • Optional detour to Nærøyfjord & Flåm.
  • Optional overnight in Flåm.
  • Accommodation in Oslo.

Day 08: Departure from Oslo

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Oslo according to your own itinerary.

Day 01: Oslo, the royal capital of Norway

Arrival in Oslo according to your own itinerary. The Norwegian capital is beautifully situated at the head of the Oslo Fjord and surrounded by forested ridges. Oslo has been the capital of Norway since the mid 11th century, and became the royal residence around year 1300. The Royal Palace, situated in the heart of Oslo, is the residence of the Norwegian monarchs: King Harald and Queen Sonja. Norway is a constitutional monarchy, which means that the King is formally the head of state but that his duties are mainly representative and ceremonial. Oslo offers many well know sights such as the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum, the Munch Museum and the new opera house. Accommodation in Oslo.

Day 02: Travel by train to the Olympic town of Lillehammer

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure in Oslo, followed by afternoon departure by train to Lillehammer. The 3-hour train journey follows past Oslo's main airport Gardermoen and along Norway's larges lake, Mjøsa. Just before reaching the train station in Hamar you will get a glimpse of "Vikingskipet", the well known ice skating rink which was built for the 1994 Winter Olympics and has the shape of a turned-over Viking ship. Arrival in Lillehammer late afternoon. Accommodation in Lillehammer.

Day 03: Travel by train acoss Dovre Mountain to Trondheim

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure in Lillehammer. We recommend a visit at Maihaugen Open Air Museum, which tells the story of people in the Gudbrandsdalen Valley the last 300 years, of life between the wars in the inland town of Lillehammer and of homes and domestic environments in the 20th century. Also recommendable is a visit at the Olympic Museum and the Olympic Arena (Lysgårdsbakken). Departure from Lillehammer by train to Trondheim. The 4,5 hour journey on the Dovre Railway will bring you through the Gudbrandsdal Valley and across the Dovre Mountain to Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city. The city was founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997, and occupies 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. Arrival in Trondheim at 21:00 hrs. Accommodation in Trondheim.

Day 04: Trondheim, the coronation city of Norway

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure in Trondheim. 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.

Day 05: Cruise with Hurtigruten to Bergen

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure with Hurtigruten for a cruise along the spectacular Norwegian coastline. Hurtigruten is often referred to as the world’s most beautiful sea voyage, and it is a journey through history and maritime culture. The cruise follows through the Trondheimfjord and along Trondheimsleia channel, before continuing southwards to Kristiansund and Molde. Kristiansund is the home of dried fish production while Molde is known for its breathtaking location with panoramic views of the 222 partly snow-clad mountain peaks (Romsdal Alps). Dinner and accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 06: Arrival in Bergen, the Gateway to the Fjords

Breakfast onboard Hurtigruten. The last part of the cruise includes magnificent fjord- and archipelago scenery, before the ship arrives in Bergen in the afternoon. 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, the Fløibanen Funicular, which takes you up to a height of 320 metres above sea level where you are presented with a great view over the city, Grieg’s home Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower Market or the Bergen Aquarium. We also recommend a visit at Gamlehaugen, the King’s official residence in Bergen. Gamlehaugen is framed by a beautiful English-landscaped park, adorned with a lush, varied selection of shrubbery, flowers and trees. The park is open to the public and is a popular recreational area used for swimming and walking. Accommodation in Bergen.

Day 07: Travel by train from Bergen to Oslo

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure from Bergen by train. The 7-hour train journey from Bergen to Oslo is classed one of the finest in the world. The railway connects Norway`s two largest cities and presents the variety of Norwegian scenery.
As an alternative to the direct train from Bergen to Oslo we would recommend a detour to experience the Nærøyfjord and the Flåm Railway. Possibility to book an additional night in the fjord village of Flåm. Please see add-ons for further details. Accommodation in Oslo.

Day 08: Departure from Oslo

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure according to your own itinerary.

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