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Norway, The Fjords, Hinterland and Viking Capital Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Norway  
Specialty Categories: Sightseeing   Cultural Journey  
Season: May - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2900 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4450 Pound Sterling (GBP)

South Norway offers dramatic scenery. Majestic fjords to towering mountains. The Norway in a Nutshell experience; the new Loen Skylift from fjord to mountain top, six mighty fjords plus the Viking Capital Oslo. Travelling through beautiful valleys with superb mountain views and taking you from east to west if offers much of the best of Norway.

On this 11 day tour we visit Lillehammer, Bergen, Hardanger, Sognefjord, Nordfjord, Geiranger, and the many attractions in Oslo. See the Longest Tunnel in the World with its “Blue Grottos”, plus visit several UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Itinerary:
Day 1.
Arrive Gardermoen. Collection and joining our private vehicle with driver and heading north to Lillehammer with a stop en route to visit Proysenhuset Museum at Ringsaker . The unique home of one of Norway`s best loved writers and musicians. Entering the lovely Gudbrandsdal Valley heading north to the Lilliehammer - host of the 1994 Winter Olympics. Overnight at one of the several excellent local hotels with Half Board. Exploring locally in and around Lilliehammer. Visit to Maihaugen.

Day 2.
Driving via Otta /Lom to Loen. Overnight at Hotel Alexandra with Half Board. Leaving heading north before turning westwards at Otta and inland to Lom Visit the medieval Stave Church at Lom. Continuing over the mountains before descending to the Nordfjord and to overnight at the famous Alexandra Hotel (see www.alexandra.no) with Half Board. (Dinner B&B). One of my favourite hotels in Norway. Lots to discover locally plus taking the new Loen Skylift.

Day 3.
Driving to Hellesynt to take the ferry trip through the Geiranger Fjord to Geirnager. Driving to the various viewpoints to the east and west before returning by road via Erdal to return to Loen and again overnight at the Alexandra Hotel with Half Board.

Day 4.
Driving south via Skei and Laerdal to Stalheim to overnight at the Stalheim Hotel with Half Board.

Day 5 .
Drive to Voss to join train to Myrdal to enjoy the full "Norway in a Nutshell "Tour ( Voss-Myrdal- Flam then ferry to Gudvangen) .Vehicle to collect us at Gudvangen and return to Stalheim Hotel to overnight with Half Board

Day 6 .
Drive south via Voss to Bergen. Heading towards the coast to visit Bergen. Exploring locally:
• the Funicular to Mount Floyen for the ride and the views. You can wander around and there are shops and eating places and superb hiking paths• The Bryggen ( a World Heritage Site) – for centuries the nerve centre of the city and the silhouette of its ancient gables is perhaps the most familiar image from the Middle Ages in all Norway.
• The Fish Market
Just next to Bryggen you find "Fisketorget" - the Fish Market, where Bergeners have bought their fresh fish and other goods over the years. These days, you mostly find seafood and other local delicacies here. And luckily for you, you can taste it all in one of the many outlets and food stalls open during the summer season. Nothing beats fresh seafood served right next to the fjord. Afterwards, the rest of the city is on your doorstep, ready to be explored and experienced.
• Visit to Troldhaugen – a living museum which comprises the Edvard Greig Museum, his Villa, the composer`s cabin and his tomb and the Troldsalen concert hall.
Overnight in local hotel with B&B.

Day 7.
Exploring in Bergen and surrounds with visits to the above plus free time to explore in the city centre. Overnight at same hotel with B&B.

Day 8 .
Driving to Hardanger Fjord. Overnight at lovely located and magnificent Hotel Ullensvang with Half Board. This has become one of the major fruit growing areas in Norway and offers interesting culinary tours such as a visit to the Stemsto Fruit Farm.

Day 9.
Driving via Gol and Honefoss with visit to Hadeland Glassworks before reaching Oslo. Overnight in local hotel with B&B

Day 10.
In Oslo.The capital of Norway is situated by a fjord and surrounded by hills and forests.
So much to discover and do in Oslo and its surroundings.

Oslo is in rapid development and is a popular venue for national and international activities. Music, art, culture, science and sport: there are many events in Oslo that add life and colour to the city. During summertime the days are long with over 18 hours of daylight available for outdoor pursuits. Oslo offers many different activities to fill that time. The combination of big city life, a diverse array of cultural activities and easy access to untouched natural surroundings have made Oslo an increasingly attractive destination for travellers from all over the world. Oslo also offers professional congress facilities satisfying international requirements in regard to hotels, meeting facilities and excursion opportunities. Oslo is undoubtedly the largest city in Norway – and thus its urban centre. Nestled between fields and fjord, Oslo abounds with scenic attractions.

The Oslofjord has more than forty islands, most of which are accessible by regular boat service during the summer months of the year. We definitely recommend a trip to one of the islands for a picnic, bathing or basking in the sun. For solitude – or to see and be seen on the popular beaches. A host of sightseeing boat trips are also available for those who would like to see lakes and skerries – and all accessible with boats departing from the centre of Oslo. Oslo is surrounded by “Oslomarka”: expansive, green forests covering the hills and ridges around the city. We, the people of Oslo, are avid users of Oslomarka and are convinced that visitors will enjoy it, too. In summer it is perfect for hikes, walks or exercise, for bathing or fishing in a forest lake. In winter you can strap on your cross country skis and set out on sections of the 2600 kilometres of prepared trails. Or visit Tryvann Vinterpark with your snowboard or slalom skis.
The Holmenkollen Ski Jump - with its fantastic panorama of the entire city and fjord from the jump tower – is a must.
And all these activities are just a 20-minute subway ride from the centre of Oslo.

A visit to the Frogner Park to wonder at the famous Vigeland Sculptures can occupy an entire afternoon itself. The medieval Akershus Fortress where building started in 1299 combines a view of Oslo`s past and its present with extensive views over the city and the harbour – its cobblestone pathway pleading one to wear sensible shoes.

Bygdoy – best reached by the ferry from opposite the Town Hall as well as being one of Oslo`s most exclusive residential areas is
a popular tourist destination,hosting as it does some 5 different museums – The Fram Museum; Viking Ship Museum;
and the Kon-Tiki Museum. Not to be forgotten are the islands in the fjord. The sightseeing tours by boat take you out on the Oslofjord, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city, see the many islands and appreciate Oslo’s closeness to nature. And be amazed by the view of from the water of The Opera House which became an instant hit when it opened in
April 2008. World-class opera and ballet performances, and groundbreaking architecture have made the extraordinary marble and glass building in Bjørvika one of the city's most popular attractions. Climbing to the top for views over the city is a must to do.

Walk on the roof
From the outside, the most striking feature is the white sloping stone roof which rises directly up from the Oslofjord allowing visitors to enjoy a stroll and take in views of the city. If you see the building from the fjord you will notice a façade of solar panels. In fact, this is Norway’s biggest area of solar panels supplying the building with some of the energy its needs. Norway's Opera House took five years to complete and sits on the bank of the Bjørvika district, near the stock exchange and the central station. It is the largest cultural building to be built in Norway since the construction of the Nidarosdomen Cathedral in Trondheim at the start of the fourteenth century.
Overnight at same hotel with B&B

Day 11.
Transfer to Gardermoen for flight. Some free time in the city centre depending on your flight departure time.

Supplemental Tour Information:
High quality upmarket hotels at stops with Half Board (Dinner B&B)

Tour Guide Credentials:
Have been guiding tours around Norway for individuals,families and groups since 2001

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Given as indicative.
Tour can be extended for longer period giving more time at locations or adding new locations. Or can be amended for a shorter trip from 6-10 days.Apply for programmes.
Specific Price Quotes given for applicants depending on the final itinerary selected and dates. and PAX numbers. Early Booking and Group discounts available. Contact us for details.

Price Includes:
- All accommodation in high quality hotels based on Half Board Dinner Bed & Breakfast) sharing in a double or twin en suite room
- Supplement for Single Room
- Excursions as listed.

About This Supplier
Location: Scotland
Joined InfoHub: Nov 2006

Owner Ivor Henrichsen has worked for the UK Government for over 40 years as a geologist/musicologist and finally with the Scottish Sports Council with extensive experience in the administration of incoming groups to the UK. Member of several trade associations, the Federation of Small Business and appropriate tourist...

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