This tour includes many highlights in Norway starting in Oslo, the capital of Norway. Then into the heart of the fjords to Flåm. And finally Bergen, the capital of the fjords. We offer you our idea of charming Norway and hope that you will be back for more.
At a Glance
Day 1 Arrive Oslo. Day free to explore the city
Day 2 Oslo city, visit various well known sights
Day 3 Oslo – Flåm on the famous Flåm Railway
Day 4 Active day – hike to Stegastein viewport
Day 5 Flåm – Bergen by boat and coach
Day 6 Free day in bergen to visit Bergen’s attractions
Day 7 Bergen-Oslo by train, one of the finest train journeys
Day 8 Breakfast at hotel and trasfer to Oslo airport
Oslo is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, with a population approaching 700,000. You will find new neighbourhoods with striking architecture materialising almost by the minute.
This is Norway’s largest city. It is transforming into a cosmopolitan hub with world-class museums, restaurants and various arts, while still maintaining the “feeling” of a much smaller town.
The Oslofjord and hundreds of square kilometres of forested hills surround the city. The compact city centre is easy to explore on foot or by bike, and an efficient public transport system makes the whole of the city accessible without a car.
Norway’s capital since 1814, Oslo is home to the Norwegian government and the Royal Family. Oslo is also home to the country’s largest cultural institutions, which include the Norwegian Opera & Ballet, the National Theatre and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. All present first-rate art exhibitions and opera, ballet and theatre performances.
In short, Oslo is an easy-going city with a family and children friendly atmosphere in combination with a diverse nightlife, including a prospering gay scene. All this is flanked by a full range of other venues that are there to match your personal tastes and interests.
The small village of Flåm can be found on the innermost bank of the Aurlandsfjord. Thundering waterfalls and narrow valleys are surrounded by steep mountains, and farms.
It is easy to reach by train, boat, bus or car and in the spring and summer months. You will see large cruise ships gliding in the Sognefjord with their course set for Flåm harbour. From there, it is just a short walk to the hotels, hostels and camping ground.
Lonely Plant named the Flåmsbana (the Flåm Railway) as the world’s most incredible train journey in 2014. The journey takes you from Flåm by the fjord to the top of the mountains.
During the 20-kilometre train ride you will see rivers cutting through deep ravines. With waterfalls cascading down the sides of steep, snow-covered mountains. You will also see mountain farms clinging to steep hillsides.
From Flåm you can go on various hiking trips in the nearby mountains, or explore the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord.
The narrowest fjord in the world, Nærøyfjord is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. At one point it is only 250 metres wide, with mountains towering on each side.
The Stegastein Viewpoint, which gives you a panoramic view of the Aurlandsfjord, is an attraction in itself. The platform protrudes 30 metres out from the side of the mountain. It has amassed attention well beyond the borders of Norway.
It has gained a reputation for its breathtaking architecture.
Several restaurants serve local and traditional foods such as cured ham, game, lamb, salmon, goat cheese, fruit, and berries. The local brewery, Ægir is one of the most successful handcraft breweries in Norway.
On a Norwegian scale, Bergen is a large city, but one with a small-town charm and atmosphere. Its passionately patriotic inhabitants are proud of their city and its history and cultural traditions.
The inhabitatants are always happy to direct visitors to their favourite local attraction, coffee-shop or restaurant.
Around 10 percent of the population in Bergen are students. This adds a fresh and youthful mood to the city’s vibe.
Alongside its offerings of museums, art galleries, cultural events and dining opportunities, as well as the possibilities offered by its accessible sea and mountains, this contributes to making it a lively and vibrant city.
Founded more than 900 years ago, Bergen has its roots in the Viking Age and beyond. As one of the main offices of the Hanseatic League, Bergen was for several hundred years the centre of prosperous trade between Norway and the rest of Europe.
Bryggen, (“The Hanseatic Wharf”) is the most obvious remnant from this time. Today it is home to many of the city’s restaurants, pubs, craft shops and historical museums.