The Golden Route

Explore Oslo, Bergen and Ålesund. Travel with the impressive Rauma- and Bergen Railway and enjoy a cruise with Hurtigruten on the Geirangerfjord and along the dramatic coastline of western Norway.

Duration

9 days

Transportation

Train, Boat, Bus

Season

Summer

Tour Type

Self-guided

Itinerary - Day by day

  • 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.

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 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.

Add extra nights in Oslo - From EUR 89 per person per night

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Train from Oslo via Dombås to Åndalsnes.
  • Travel the Troll Road by bus to Geiranger (possible from June 25 to August 19)
  • Accommodation in Geiranger
    • Possibility to upgrade to fjord view room, for more information please below.
  • If you travel outside the operation period of the bus, you will go directly by bus to Ålesund and spend the night there.

Breakfast at the hotel before taking the Dovre Railway in northern direction through Gudbrandsdalen Valley to Dombås. Here, you swap to the spectacular Rauma Railway along the Rauma River all the way to Åndalsnes. The railway is 114 km long and offers amazing views of the passing scenery. One of the highlights of the tour is the Kylling Bridge, the most famous and photographed railway bridge made of stone in Norway. Before reaching Åndalsnes you will see the Troll Wall on your left hand side. From Åndalsnes the journey continues by local bus to Geiranger. The journey goes up the Troll Road, one of Norway’s best known tourist attractions. The road has 11 turns and the highest point is 858 meters above sea level. Dramatic, exciting and the ultimate nature experience - this is the best way to describe it. A short ferry crossing will take you to the Eagle Road and Geiranger. Accommodation in Geiranger. Possibility to upgrade to fjord view room, for more information please see below. If you travel outside the operation period of the bus, you will go directly by bus to Ålesund and spend the night there.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure in Geiranger.
  • Hurtigruten cruise on Geirangerfjord.
  • Accommodation in Ålesund.
    • Possibility to upgrade to business class room in Hotel Category 1, for more information please see add-ons.
  • If you stayed this night in Ålesund, you will go on a day trip by Hurtigruten from Ålesund to Geiranger and back to Ålesund.

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning is at leisure in the small fjord village of Geiranger. We recommend a visit at the Norwegian Fjord Centre, where you can learn how people lived along the steep edges of the fjords. The area also offers great hiking possibilities. At 13:30 hrs you will board Hurtigruten for a cruise on the Geirangerfjord. The 4-hour cruise to Ålesund follows the well known 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. Evening arrival in Ålesund. Accommodation in Ålesund. Possibility to upgrade to business class room in Hotel Category 1, for more information please see below. If you stayed this night in Ålesund, you will go on a day trip by Hurtigruten from Ålesund to Geiranger and back to Ålesund.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Ålesund.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Art Nouveau style town
    • Art Nouveau Museum
    • Atlanterhavsparken aquarium
    • Mount Aksla
    • Fjord or Lighthouse excursions
  • Accommodation in Ålesund.

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure. 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 include 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 and its surrounding mountains, islands and fjords. Accommodation in Ålesund.

Add extra nights in Ålesund - From EUR 65 per person per night

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Ålesund.
  • Evening cruise departure with Hurtigruten
    • Check-in from 00:30 hrs
    • Cruise departure from Tromsø at 01:00 hrs
    • Hotel Category GOLD: You will keep your hotel room until departure
    • Accommodation on board

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure in Ålesund. Late in the evening, you will board a Hurtigruten ship for your cruise along the coast in southern direction. Accommodation on board.

Cabin types included during the cruise

  • Breakfast buffet on board.
  • Hurtigruten cruise to Bergen.
  • Arrival in Bergen in the afternoon.
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • Guided city sightseeing in Bergen (only bookable on board)
  • Accommodation in Bergen.

Breakfast on board. Today's part of the cruise includes magnificent fjord- and archipelago scenery, before the ship arrives in Bergen. Bergen is Norway’s second largest city and the world’s only city surrounded by 7 mountains and 7 fjords. Sights of interests include the Hanseatic harbour Bryggen, 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.
  • 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.

Breakfast at the hotel. This day at your own leisure in Bergen. We recommend the visit to Edvard Grieg's home, Troldhaugen. Accommodation in Bergen.

Add extra nights in Bergen - From EUR 69 per person per night

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

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Bergen by train to Oslo. The Bergen Railway is classed as one of the finest train journeys in the world. The railway connects Norway’s two largest cities and shows the diversity of the Norwegian landscape and scenery. As an alternative to the direct train from Bergen to Oslo we recommend a detour including a fjord cruise on the Nærøyfjord and the Flåm Railway (please see below for further details and additional costs). Accommodation in Oslo.

Add extra nights in Oslo - From EUR 89 per person per night

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

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

Tour category

Scandic Hotel Oslo City

Silver

Accommodation at good tourist class hotels equal to 3 to 3+ stars according to Scandinavian standard.

Inside cabin included during overnight cruises.

See Silver accommodation

Thon Hotel Opera

Gold

Accommodation at 4 star hotels or at unique properties, like historic hotels or manor houses, selected for their atmosphere.

Outside (seaside) cabin included during overnight cruises.

See Gold accommodation

Services included: 

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation in a standard room with private shower/WC, including breakfast
  • 1 overnight on board Hurtigruten from Ålesund to Bergen in an unspecified inside cabin (twin beds) with private shower/WC, including breakfast
  • Train from Oslo via Dombås to Åndalsnes
  • Bus from Åndalsnes to Geiranger (only operating June 24 to August 18, see below for alternative outside this period)
  • Train from Bergen to Oslo
  • Electronic travel documentation, including a detailed travel itinerary and travel vouchers.
  • Additional services included for Tour Category GOLD only:
  • Category GOLD hotels (accommodation in standard rooms)
  • Hotel room in Ålesund until cruise departure after midnight
  • Outside cabin on board Hurtigruten (unspecified category, twin beds)
  • NSB Comfort/1st class on the train from Oslo to Dombås
  • NSB Comfort/1st class on the train from Bergen to Oslo

Please note - alternate start locations:
This tour can also commence in Bergen and Ålesund. Please specify your preferred start location in the remarks field when submitting the reservation (if other than Oslo).

Travelling outside June 21 to August 15 2018:
The bus from Åndalsnes to Geiranger via Trollstigen only operates from approximately June 22 to August 16 (= day 2 of the itinerary); correct dates still have to be confirmed by the bus company. If you travel outside this period, we will book the bus from Åndalsnes to Ålesund for you, one extra night in Ålesund instead of Geiranger and a day cruise with Hurtigruten from Ålesund to Geiranger and back to Ålesund. The tour price will be the same.