Winter Rail Tours

Coast & Fjords of Norway - 9 days

Independent Rail Tours, Start in Oslo

See the fjords, mountains and coastal scenery of Norway. Travel by train on the spectacular Bergen- and Flåm Railway, enjoy a fjord cruise and visit Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Kristiansand.

Tour details

This tour can commence in: Bergen or Oslo

Day 01: Arrival in Oslo, the capital of Norway

  • Arrival in Oslo according to your own itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Oslo.

Day 02: Travel by train from Oslo to Myrdal

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Bergen Railway from Oslo to Myrdal.
  • Flåm Railway from Myrdal to Vatnahalsen.
  • Afternoon at leisure at Vatnahalsen.
  • Dinner at Vatnahalsen Mountain Hotel.
  • Accommodation at Vatnahalsen.

Day 03: Vatnahalsen - Flåm Railway & Fjord Cruise - Bergen

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Flåm Railway from Vatnahalsen to Flåm.
  • Time at leisure in Flåm.
  • 2-hour fjord cruise on the Nærøyfjord.
  • Bus from Gudvangen to Voss (Stalheimskleiva).
  • Bergen Railway from Voss to Bergen.
  • Accommodation in Bergen.

Day 04: Bergen - day at leisure

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day 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 05: Bergen-Stavanger

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Bus from Bergen to Stavanger.
  • Accommodation in Stavanger.

Day 06: Stavanger - Lysefjord & Pulpit Rock (optional excursion)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Stavanger.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Stavanger Old Town
    • Stavanger Cathedral
    • Norwegian Petroleum Museum
  • Recommended excursions, summer:
    • Lysefjord cruise
    • The Pulpit Rock
  • Accommodation in Stavanger.

Day 07: Travel by train from Stavanger to Kristiansand

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Train from Stavanger to Kristiansand.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Kristiansand
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Baneheia recreational area
    • Boat trip in archipelago
    • Seafood restaurants
  • Accommodation in Kristiansand.

Day 08: Travel by train from Kristiansand to Oslo

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Train from Kristiansand to Oslo.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Oslo.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Vigeland Sculpture Park
    • Viking Ship Museum
    • Oslo Opera House
    • Kon-tiki Museum
    • Munch Museum
  • Accommodation in Oslo.

Day 09: Departure from Oslo

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

Day 01: Arrival in Oslo, the 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. Arable fields, vast forests and the untouched nature areas surrounding the city are only twenty minutes from the centre. They provide recreational opportunities that are frequently taken advantage of by the city’s inhabitants, as well as increasingly by visitors. 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.

Day 02: Travel by train from Oslo to Myrdal

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure from Oslo by train. The 5 hour journey from Oslo to Myrdal is part of the Bergen Railway, classed as one of the finest train journeys in the world. This railway connects the two largest cities in Norway and shows the diversity of the Norwegian landscape. In Myrdal you will change to the Flåm Railway which, only one stop later, will arrive at Vatnahalsen Mountain Hotel. The family owned hotel offers a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, as well as a spectacular location 820 metres above sea level. Please note that Vatnahalsen Hotel is a tourist class hotel, but included in both of our hotel categories due to it's breathtaking location. Here you can breath in the fresh mountain air, relax or go for walks in a completely car free environment. Dinner and accommodation at Vatnahalsen Mountain Hotel.

Day 03: Vatnahalsen - Flåm Railway & Fjord Cruise - Bergen

Breakfast at the hotel, before continuing down the Flåm Railway to Flåm. The Flåm Railway passes through wild and beautiful mountain scenery with waterfalls and steep mountain sides reaching 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. Time at leisure in Flåm before continuing by boat on the Nærøyfjord to Gudvangen. The Nærøyfjord is the narrowest fjord channel in Europe, and has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. From Gudvangen the journey continues by bus through the Nærøyfjord Valley and up Stalheimskleiva Road, with its 13 steep hairpin bends (Stalheimskleiva is only open during the summer). The last part of today's journey will be by train from Voss to Bergen, Norway’s second largest city and the world’s only city surrounded by 7 mountains and 7 fjords. Accommodation in Bergen.

Day 04: Bergen - day at leisure

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure in Bergen. Sights of interest include the Hanseatic Bryggen Harbour, Fløibanen Funicular, Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum). Please see add-ons for information and prices for sightseeing tours in Bergen.
Accommodation in Bergen.

Day 05: Bergen-Stavanger

Breakfast at the hotel before departing by bus. The 5-hour bus journey to Stavanger includes two ferry crossings, underwater tunnels and beautiful coastal scenery. Stavanger, Norway’s forth largest city, has a fine collection of gabled houses, cobblestone streets, winding alleys and busy markets. One of Stavanger’s highlights is the Old Town (Gamle Stavanger), with well preserved early 18th-century whitewashed wooden houses. Accommodation in Stavanger.

Day 06: Stavanger - Lysefjord & Pulpit Rock (optional excursion)

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure in Stavanger. When travelling during the Summer we recommend an excursion to the Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock. Accommodation in Stavanger.

Day 07: Travel by train from Stavanger to Kristiansand

Breakfast at the hotel. Today your Norway journey continues by train along the Southern Line to Kristiansand, southern Norway's largest city (3-hour train ride). With its weathered old homes and pulsating summer atmosphere this is a very charming coastal city. Afternoon at leisure. While in Kristiansand we recommend enjoying a seafood dinner at one of the many restaurants. Accommodation in Kristiansand.

Day 08: Travel by train from Kristiansand to Oslo

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will travel the last part of the Southern Line by train, returning back to Oslo (5-hour train ride). Accommodation in Oslo.

Day 09: Departure from Oslo

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

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