Kick off your journey through southern Norway’s stunning landscapes in the medieval town of Bergen, where you will learn about the rich history of this former trading center for the Hanseatic League. Spend time exploring the thundering waterfalls and snowy peaks of the two longest fjords in Norway—Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord—and kayak, canoe, and hike along breathtaking lakes. Enjoy a ride on the Flåm Railway, one of world’s most scenic train journeys, then wrap up your Norwegian experience with a day in cosmopolitan Oslo.
NOTE: On some voyages, this extension runs in a reverse direction (Oslo to Bergen). Please contact an Expedition Specialist for more information.
Day 1 - Bergen
Arrive in the Hansa city of Bergen. The powerful Hanseatic League once ruled the seas of Northern Europe. Check in to the Radisson Blu Royal. Dinner is served at the hotel. (D)
Day 2 - Bergen
Today we visit Bergen's town center, its colorful fish and flower market, and the Hanseatic Museum which portrays the history of Germanic merchants. Venture into St. Mary's Church, the rebuilt Fantoft Stave Church, and composer Edvard Grief's home. After lunch, ride the funicular to the city's apex for an extraordinary view. Dinner tonight is on your own. (B,L)
Day 3 - Flam Railway/Sognefjord/Ullensvang
This morning's exploration of the fjordlands takes us on a train journey to Myrdal where we will join a thrilling ride on the Flam raliway, ascending 2,900 feet in less than an hour for spectacular views. After lunch in Flam, we will continue to Gudvangen sailing from Gudvangen through the fjords of Naeroy and both arms of the Sognefjord. From Gudvangen, we will continue the drive via Stalheim Canyon through the Naeroydal Valley with breathtaking views, and ferry across from Bruravik to Brimness. We will arrive in Loftus late evening and check into the Hotel Ullensvang for two nights. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Ullensvang
Set on the shores of Sorfjord, our hotel offers a choice of activities. Enjoy kayaking or canoeing in the fjord, go on hikes (there are various hikes marked with maps available), and or spend the day enjoying the idyllic setting of the hotel with a view of the fjords. We also have the chance to visit the Hardanger Folk Museum and also the Ullensvang church. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Ullensvang/Oslo
Nature has carved quite a portrait in Norway. The Tvindefoss Waterfall and Lake Oppheim are today's opening act. Stop at Voeringsfossen Waterfall. Continue the drive to Torpo Stave Church between Al and Gol, with lunch in Gol. After lunch, we continue our drive to Oslo, and arrive in the late afternoon and check into The Bristol Hotel or similar. The rest of the afternoon and dinner are at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 6 - Oslo
The day is at your leisure to explore Oslo or return home. (B)
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