Day 1: Arrive Oslo. Transfer from Oslo Airport to hotel in connection with your flight arrival. Dinner and accommodation at Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel, located in city center.
Day 2: Oslo. Morning 3 hour guided tour of the Norwegian capital, including visit to the world-famous Viking Ships, the Polar exploration ship Fram, and the amazing Vigeland Sculpture Park. Afternoon excursion by coach to Holmenkollen for panoramic views of the city and fjord. Dinner and accommodation at Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel.
Day 3: Oslo-Hardanger Fjord-Bergen. After breakfast departure from Oslo, driving to the mountain resort of Geilo for a delicious buffet lunch at Bardøla Mountain Hotel. The tour continues across the wild Hardanger Mountain Plateau, stopping at Fossli to admire Norway's highest waterfall, Vøringsfoss, with a vertical drop of 180 m. Descend to the lovely Hardanger Fjord. Short ferry crossing, before continuing via Voss and Dale to Bergen, capital of Western Norway and gateway to the fjords. Dinner and accommodation at Clarion Hotel Admiral, perfectly located overlooking Bergen's harbor in the center of the city.
Day 4: Bergen-Balestrand. After a delicious buffet breakfast, start of 3 hour guided tour of Bergen, including a visit to the popular Fish and Flower Market, the famous Bryggen Harbor with its gabled pack houses and the old Hanseatic Quarter. You will also ride on the funicular to Mt. Fløien, for panoramic views of the city and fjords way below. Lunch at the Bryggeloftet Restaurant. Afternoon departure to the the town of Voss. Stop to view the enchanting Tvindefoss Waterfall, believed to the source of eternal youth. Continue across the Vika Mountains to Vangsness for the short ferry crossing crossing to the beautiful resort of Balestrand. Dinner and overnight at Kvikne's Hotel, one of Norway's finest hotels, superbly located in private grounds on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains.
Day 5: Balestrand. A whole day relaxing and enjoyable the delights of the fjords. After breakfast depart from Balestrand by coach to Slinde to board our own private sightseeing boat for a 2 hour cruise on the Sogne Fjord and Naeroy Fjord to the village of Gudvangen for lunch. After lunch ascend by coach to Stalheim for breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains peaks and Stalheimm Canyon. Continue via picturesque villages of Flam and Aurland to Sogndal and take the ferry to arrive back in Balestrand in late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Kvikne's Hotel.
Day 6: Balestrand-Nord Fjord-Geiranger Fjord. Departure from your hotel on a one hour fjord cruise to Fjærland. Continue by coach along the scenic route passing under the Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe to the village of Skei. Descend to the beautiful Nord Fjord making a detour at Olden to visit the famous Briksdal Glacier. The journey up to the glacier will be made in open cars to give you the best view. A typical Norwegian lunch is served in sight of the glacier. During the afternoon the tour continues via Loen and Stryn to the picturesque village of Hellesylt. Here you go onboard the ferry for the one hour cruise along the spectacular Geiranger Fjord, possibly the most impressive of all Norwegian fjords. During the cruise you will pass close to some magificent waterfalls such as the Bridal Veil and Seven Sisters. Dinner and accommodation at the famous Union Hotel, overlooking the Geiranger Fjord.
Day 7: Geiranger-Lillehammer-Oslo. More magnificent scenery today, as your tour crosses first the Grotli Mountains to Lom, then following Lake Vågå, descends the majestic Gudbrands Valley, renowned for its old farmsteads and beautiful river, to the world-famous town of Lillehammer for lunch. After lunch time to visit the Olympia Park, before continuing alongside Lake Mjøsa, to arrive back in Oslo during the early evening. Dinner and accommodation at Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel.
Day 8: Oslo departure. The tour ends after breakfast, with transfers to Oslo Airport to connect with individual flight departures. Or, you can continue on the tour to Stockholm, Helsinki and Copenhagen.
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