Visit two of Norway's impressive fjords; the Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord. Overnight in the charming fjord villages of Balestrand and Ulvik, join an optional glacier excursion and travel between Oslo and Bergen on the spectacular Bergen-, and Flåm Railway.
This tour can commence in: Oslo
Arrive in Oslo, the capital of Norway, according to your own itinerary. 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. Morning departure by train from Oslo to Myrdal, part of the Bergen Railway. The Bergen railway connects Norway’s two largest cities and shows the diversity of the Norwegian landscape and scenery. It is classed as one of the finest train journeys in the world. At Myrdal you will change to the Flåm Railway, passing through wild and beautiful mountain scenery with waterfalls and steep mountain sides from a height of up to 900 metres and down to the Sognefjord. There is no other adhesion railway in the world running on normal tracks that is so steep over a long distance. You will have one hour at leisure in Flåm, before embarking on a cruise on the Sognefjord, the world’s longest and deepest fjord, to Balestrand. However, by adding an overnight in Flåm, you will have the possibility to join a tour to see the Nærøyfjord. The Nærøyfjord is the narrowest fjord channel in Europe, and has been added to UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites (please see add-ons for further details). Accommodation in Balestrand (room with fjord view).
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we recommend an optional excursion to Fjærland and the Glacier Museum (June-August. See add-ons). Cruise along the Fjærlandsfjord and experience one of the most beautiful fjord arms in Norway. Along the fjord, the old hamlets and farms are reminders of the struggle for existence in past times. Local busses will transport you to the Glacier Museum, where you will learn more about the glaciers and how the fjords were formed. From there you will continue to two different extensions of the Jostedal Glacier; Supphellebreen and Bøyabreen glaciers. Return by ferry to Balestrand. Accommodation in Balestrand (room with fjord view).
Breakfast at the hotel. Cruise along the Sognefjord and then along the west coast of Norway in southern direction to Bergen – the Gateway to the Fjords. 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 Wharf, Fløibanen Funicular, Edvard Grieg's home 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 is at your own leisure in Bergen. We recommend joining one of the sightseeing tours of Bergen, either by boat or bus. Or perhaps you would like to have you own Bergen expert showing you around? Please see add-ons for sightseeing options in Bergen. Accommodation in Bergen.
Breakfast at the hotel before departing from Bergen by bus. Just before reaching Norheimsund you will pass the impressive Steindalsfossen Waterfall. From Norheimsund you will depart on a 3-hour cruise on the Hardangerfjord to Eidfjord. The Hardangerfjord is the second largest fjord in Norway, and famous for it’s fruit orchards. The contrast created by green hillsides, orchards in blossom and snow-clad mountains has inspired many, and among them the well known Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg with his famous composition «Spring». If travelling in May you will have the possibility to see the lovely blossoming of the fruit trees.
In Eidfjord you you will go on a 2,5 hours sightseeing tour by bus to visit the Hardangervidda Nature Centre and the spectacular Vøringsfossen Waterfall, Norway’s highest waterfall. The last part of today’s journey is a 30-minute cruise to the small village of Ulvik, beautifully located by the Hardangerfjord. Accommodation in Ulvik.
Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at leisure in Ulvik before departing by bus to Voss in the afternoon. During the bus ride you will pass through attractive farmland. In Voss you will change to the Bergen Railway, bringing you back to Oslo (evening arrival at 22:45 hrs).
Accommodation in Oslo.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Oslo according to your own itinerary.