Fjord Tours

Northern Highlights - 12 days

Escorted Coach Tours, Start in Oslo

Guaranteed departure (Oslo-Helsinki). This tour includes the breathtaking beauty of the Norwegian fjords; Hardangerfjord, Sognefjord & Geirangerfjord, as well as Bergen and the capitals of Norway, Sweden and Finland. Possibility to add-on St. Petersburg.

Tour details

This tour can commence in: Oslo

Day 01: Arrival in Oslo, the capital of Norway

  • Transfer from Oslo Airport Gardermoen to your hotel.
  • Recommended attractions in Oslo:
    • Vigeland Sculpture Park
    • Holmenkollen Ski Jump
    • Oslo Opera House
    • Kon-tiki Museum
    • Munch Museum
  • Meet with your guide at 19:50 hrs in the hotel lobby.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel.
    • Possibility to upgrade to business class room, for more information please see add-ons.
  • If you want to start your escorted coach tour in Copenhagen instead of Oslo, please have a look at our Grand Tour of Scandinavia.

Day 02: Oslo - Hardanger Montain Plateau - Ulvik

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo.
  • Departure from Oslo by coach.
  • Stop for lunch in the mountain village of Geilo.
  • Visit Vøringsfossen Waterfall.
  • Overnight in the fjord village of Ulvik.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Brakanes Hotel.

Day 03: Ulvik - Hardangerfjord - Bergen

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Ulvik by coach.
  • Scenic coach ride along the Hardangerfjord.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Bergen.
  • 2-hour sightseeing tour of Bergen.
    • including Bryggen Wharf, Fish & Flower Market and the funicular to Mt. Fløien
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Accommodation at First Hotel Marin.
    • Possibility to upgrade to harbour view and deluxe room, for more information please see add-ons

Day 04: Bergen - Flåm Railway - Fjord Cruise - Balestrand

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Bergen by coach.
  • Train Voss-Myrdal
  • Flåm Railway, Myrdal – Flåm.
  • 2-hour cruise on the Aurland- and Nærøyfjords to Gudvangen.
  • Overnight in the fjord village of Balestrand.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel.
    • Possibility to upgrade to fjord view room, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 05: Balestrand - day at leisure

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Balestrand.
  • Recommended activities:
    • Visiting the local aquarium and art gallery
    • Renting a bike or rowing boat from the hotel
    • Hiking in the nearest mountains
    • A walking tour of Balestrand
    • Excursion to Fjærland
  • Overnight in the fjord village of Balestrand.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel.

Day 06: Balestrand - Briksdal Glacier - Fjord Cruise- Geiranger

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Balestrand by coach.
  • Detour to visit the Briksdal Glacier.
  • Typical Norwegian lunch at Briksdal.
  • 1-hour cruise along the Geirangerfjord.
  • Overnight in the fjord village of Geiranger.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Union Hotel.
    • Possibility to upgrade to fjord view room, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 07: Geiranger - Olympic town of Lillehammer - Oslo

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Geiranger by coach.
  • Stop for lunch in the Olympic town of Lillehammer.
  • Return to Oslo.
  • Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant in Oslo.
  • Accommodation at Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel.
    • Possibility to upgrade to business class room, for more information please see add-ons

Day 08: Oslo - Stockholm

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Oslo by coach.
  • Stop for lunch in Karlstad.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Clarion Hotel Sign.
    • Possibility to upgrade to superior room, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 09: Stockholm - the capital of Sweden

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 4-hour sightseeing tour of Stockholm.
    • including Old Town, City Hall, Royal Palace and more.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Stockholm.
  • Recommended activities:
    • Sightseeing tour by boat.
    • Visit at Vasa Museum.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Accommodation at Clarion Hotel Sign.

Day 10: Stockholm - Helsinki (overnight cruise)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Stockholm.
  • Overnight cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki (dep. 5pm).
  • Dinner and accommodation onboard a cruise ferry from Silja Line.
    • Possibility to upgrade to deluxe or commodore cabin, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 11: Helsinki - the capital of Finland

  • Breakfast onboard.
  • Morning arrival in Helsinki.
  • 3-hour sightseeing tour in Helsinki with local guide.
    • including Senate Square, Uspenskij Cathedral, Sibelius Monument etc.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Helsinki.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Haven Hotel.

Day 12: Departure from Helsinki

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Airport transfer to Helsinki Airport Vantaa.
  • Optional tour extension St.Petersburg, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 01: Arrival in Oslo, the capital of Norway

Transfer from Oslo Airport Gardermoen to your hotel. Dinner and accommodation at Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel, centrally located close to the railway station, the Opera House and Karl Johan shopping street. Your tour escort will meet you at 19:50 hrs in the hotel lobby. Possibility to upgrade to business class room, for more information please see add-ons. If you want to start your escorted coach tour in Copenhagen instead of Oslo, please have a look at our Grand Tour of Scandinavia.

Day 02: Oslo - Hardanger Montain Plateau - Ulvik

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the famous Viking Ship Museum before departing Oslo. You will drive via Hønefoss along the charming Halling Valley to the mountain village of Geilo. Buffet lunch at Bardøla Mountain Hotel. After lunch the journey continues across the wild Hardanger Mountain Plateau to Fossli, where you will make a stop to view the thundering Vøringsfoss Waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 metres, the highest in Norway. Descend the amazing Måbødal Canyon to the idyllic Hardangerfjord and cross the fjord over Norway's longest suspension bridge. Dinner and accommodation at Brakanes Hotel, ideally located on the banks of the fjord.

Day 03: Ulvik - Hardangerfjord - Bergen

After breakfast at the hotel, you leave Ulvik and follow a scenic drive along the beautiful Hardangerfjord, famous for its many fruit orchards. You pass by the towns of Øystese and Norheimsund before arriving in Bergen around midday. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon you will experience Bergen on a 2-hour sightseeing tour, including a visit to the popular Fish and Flower Market, the famous Bryggen Harbour with its gabled pack houses, and the old Hanseatic Quarter. A ride with Fløibanen cable car up to Mount Fløyen will show you the best views of the city and the surrounding mountains and fjords. Dinner on your own. Accommodation at First Hotel Marin, a first class hotel ideally located next to the Bryggen harbour. Possibility to upgrade to harbour view and deluxe room, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 04: Bergen - Flåm Railway - Fjord Cruise - Balestrand

Breakfast at the hote. Departure from Bergen and drive via Dale to the town of Voss. Continue on the famous Bergen railway from Voss to Myrdal. Board your train for an exhilarating ride on the amazing Flåm Railway, a masterpiece of engineering descending 2.838 feet in less than one hour. The descent from Myrdal to fjord village of Flåm offers opportunities for photo shots of some exciting waterfalls and mountain scenery.
After a short rest in Flåm, the tour continues with a 2-hour cruise along the narrow Aurlands- and Nærøyfjords, both branches of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the world. From the sun deck or the comfortable lounge, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of cascading waterfalls, sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks, and a variety of wildlife. After disembarking in Gudvangen at the head of the Nærøyfjord, your coach will be waiting for you to take you up through the amazing Stalheim Canyonand the Nærøy Valley. Continue across the Vika Mountains to Vangsnes for the short ferry crossing to the beautiful resort of Balestrand. Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel, superbly located on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains. Possibility to upgrade to fjord view room, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 05: Balestrand - day at leisure

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding beauty and nature of the fjords. The day starts with a traditional Norwegian buffet breakfast in the hotel’s elegant dining room. You may want to spend the morning relaxing on the hotel terrace, breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the spectacular views. We can also recommend a visit to the local aquarium and art gallery, or you may prefer to rent a bike or rowing boat from the hotel, or even go on foot up to the nearest mountains. A walking tour of the village of Balestrand with its historic buildings and other interesting sites or a boat tour to Fjærland and the glaciers nearby can also be arranged by the tour leader. Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel.

Day 06: Balestrand - Briksdal Glacier - Fjord Cruise- Geiranger

After breakfast departure from your hotel by coach, first on a short ferry crossing from Dragsvik to Hella, then along the scenic route on the northern side of the Sognefjord to Sogndal. The tour continues to Fjærland, passing under the Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe, to the village of Skei at the northern end of beautiful Lake Jølster. Descend to the beautiful Nordfjord, making a detour at Olden to visit the world-famous Briksdal Glacier. The journey up to the glacier will be made in open cars to give you the best views. Afterward a typical Norwegian lunch will be served in sight of the glacier. During the afternoon the tour continues via Loen and Stryn to the picturesque village of Hellesylt. From here you go on board the ferry for a one hour cruise along the spectacular Geirangerfjord, possibly the most impressive of all the Norwegian fjords. During the cruise you will pass close by some magnificent waterfalls, such as the Bridal Veil and the Seven Sisters. Dinner and accommodation at the excellent Union Hotel, overlooking the Geiranger Fjord. Possibility to upgrade to fjord view room, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 07: Geiranger - Olympic town of Lillehammer - Oslo

Breakfast at the hotel. From the top of the famous Serpentine Road, you have the possibility to digest the amazing view of the fjord, before crossing the rugged Grotli Mountains to Lom, well known for its stave church. The tour continues via Lake Vågå, before descending the magnificent Gudbrandsdalen Valley to the Olympic town of Lillehammer. Stop for lunch in Lillehammer. After lunch the journey continues alongside Lake Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake, back to Oslo. Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant. Accommodation at Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel. Possibility to upgrade to business class room, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 08: Oslo - Stockholm

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Oslo by coach headed southeast towards the Swedish border. Drive through the attractive province of Värmland to Karlstad, where you will have lunch. Karlstad is located by Lake Vänern, Sweden's largest lake. After lunch the tour continues through a landscape of forests and sparkling lakes to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Dinner and accommodation at Clarion Hotel Sign, a new first class hotel, centrally located. Possibility to upgrade to superior room, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 09: Stockholm - the capital of Sweden

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will go on a 4-hour guided sightseeing tour of Stockholm. Famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, Royal Theatre, etc. You will also visit the enchanting Old Town (Gamla Stan) with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the City Hall with its impressive Blue and Golden Halls, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year. The afternoon is at your own leisure in Stockholm, with possibility to visit the famous Vasa Museum or to go on one of the popular canal tours. Accommodation at Clarion Hotel Sign. Please note that dinner today is not included in the programme, as Stockholm offers a wide selection of restaurants to choose between. Your tour escort will gladly assist with table reservations.

Day 10: Stockholm - Helsinki (overnight cruise)

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning is at your own leisure in Stockholm before the transfer from your hotel to the Silja Line terminal. At 17:00 hours you will depart from Stockholm, sailing slowly down the picturesque archipelago of numerous small islands. Dinner on board. During the cruise to Helsinki you have a wide choice of entertainment, bars, shops and casino. Accommodation is in a 2-berth outside cabin (seaside) with shower/WC. We recommend that you bring an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to bring suitcases to and from your cabin. Possibility to upgrade to deluxe or commodore cabin, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 11: Helsinki - the capital of Finland

Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into the Helsinki harbour. A local guide will meet you at the harbour to take you for a 3-hour guided tour of Helsinki. Famous sights include the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument, Underground Temple, and much more. In the afternoon you can explore the busy market place or the many souvenir shops close to the harbour. Finnish crystal and leather goods are an excellent buy. Dinner and accommodation at Haven Hotel, a boutique hotel located in the heart of the city center, close to the harbour, Senate Square and shopping area.

Day 12: Departure from Helsinki

Breakfast at the hotel, followed by transfer to Helsinki Airport Vantaa to connect with your homebound flight. As an alternative you can extend your tour to include St.Petersburg (please see add-ons for further details).

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