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4 days - Independent tour by train, boat and ferry.
The Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, extends more than 200km inland to the foot of Jotunheimen mountains. The area is said to be one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world. The tour combines a beautiful boat journey on the Sognefjord, with an impressive train journey on the Flåm Railway.
The trip by express boat offers views of majestic mountains along the Aurlandsfjord where you can see small Norwegian farms on the mountainsides. On the way out to the fjord the boat stops at the beautiful village of Balestrand. Enjoy the amazing coastal landscape and small islands before arriving in Bergen.
Independent and easily modified to suit your needs.
- Day 1
- Discover Oslo, the greenest city in Europe
- Day 2
- Travel from Oslo via Flåm to Balestrand
- Day 3
- Enjoy the amazing views as you depart Balestrand to Bergen
- Day 4
- Depart Bergen
- Start Place
- Oslo, Norway tours
- End Place
- Bergen, Norway tours
- Country Visited
- Norway tours
- 4 Days
Train, ferry and boat.
- Accommodation in shared double/twin room, single supplement available
- Breakfast and dinner at Kvikne´s Hotel
- Sognefjord in a Nutshell® train/express boat ticket from Oslo to Bergen or vice versa
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
International flights, lunches and dinners not detailed in the program and items of personal nature.
Day 1 - Discover Oslo, the greenest city in Europe
Arrive Oslo and transfer into the city via the airport train. Oslo is a nature centric city, with greenery and wooded areas never far away. Besides enjoying these spaces, it is recommended to take the ferry down to the island Bygdøy to see the many museums there and stroll through Vigelandsparken, the largest single artist sculpture garden in the world.
Discover the new area of Bjorvika with the new Opera House and Munch Museum and then explore the charming shopping streets, cosy cafés and exciting eateries of Grünerløkka. After going shopping at numerous design boutiques, vintage shops and flea markets, head to the Mathallenfood hall for local specialties.
Day 2 - Travel from Oslo via Flåm to Balestrand
Catch an early morning train from Oslo to Myrdal, and continue by the Flåm Railway to Flåm, and express boat to Balestrand. Check into Kvikne´s Hotel in a historic room with fjord views.
Explore the village of Balestrand, or just laze around the this beautiful historic hotel. Hiking up in the mountains is also possible or you can visit the museums, aquariums and churches of Balestrand.
Dinner is a Scandinavian buffet style in a large room with glorious fjord views from many tables. Be sure to have a wander after dinner to enjoy this incredible historic hotel and its reflections on the water at night.
Day 3 - Enjoy the amazing views as you depart Balestrand to Bergen
Take the morning or afternoon express boat out of the Sognefjord and south towards Bergen. With 5 - 6 hours on the water, you have plenty of time to soak in the atmosphere and the fresh air. There is a cafe on board with simple options. You can sit out on the deck on the upper floor with room to move. The boat moves pretty quickly and there are several stops along the way.
Precipitous mountains, thunderous waterfalls and small homesteads that cling to the mountain sides are the framework of this boat tour.
Arrive into Bergen and check into your fjord side hotel.
Day 4 - Depart Bergen
Before departing, head out for some sightseeing in Bergen. A hike or Fløibanen Funicular journey up to the top of Mount Fløyen is a must for first-time visitors to the city. There is great shopping in the old Hanseatic wharf Bryggen, as well as numerous fascinating museums and historic sights.
Independent transfer to airport.
All prices listed are per person, based on two people sharing a room. 2023 prices are indicative due to the current uncertainty across Europe with increasing energy and volatile fuel costs.
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Practical information about Scandinavian Hotels
- Hotel rooms in Scandinavia are normally furnished with twin beds, which can be moved together to form a double bed or placed separately. Please note that single rooms are generally smaller than doubles, and are often equipped with a shower instead of a bath. Purpose-built triple or family rooms are likewise unusual in Scandinavian hotels. Whilst it is possible for 3 persons to share a room, this will normally be a double room with an extra bed, with correspondingly less space to move about in.
- It is also unusual to have a porter at hotels to carry your luggage.
- There is free wi-fi in many hotels in Scandinavia.
- Unexpectedly, all forms of Scandinavian accommodation rarely provide tea and coffee facilities in their rooms. If you are lucky, a kettle will be supplied but nothing else. Please ask at reception for some provisions when you arrive or just carry a small selection from home.
- Please also note that in Scandinavia - in particular, during winter - the included lunch will often be a hearty warm soup with bread.
- More remote hotels in Lapland will offer dinner at an additional cost. In some spots, there will be limited choices else where. Generally, you get a very nice home-cooked Scandinavian dinner. However, you may sometimes find only one or two choices only for your main course.
- In Scandinavia, it is normal for washing and laundry facilities to be in the basement. If you are staying in apartment type accommodation, check downstairs or ask for assistance.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/
Practical budgeting information before your departure to Norway
Norway has a few items that typically surprise travellers when visiting Norway for the first time. Alcohol and luxury items are heavily taxed and therefore prices are higher than you would expect. On the other hand, necessities such as bread and milk, are taxed low and therefore are great value.
We recommend that you bring all the alcohol you’re allowed to bring into the country when you arrive. There are many lovely parks and balconies where you can enjoy your duty free. However, be sure not to bring more than you’re allowed!
As of May 2014, the allowances according to Visit Norway are:
Minimum age: 18/ 20*
1 litre of beverages with more than 22% up to and including 60% alcohol per volume as well as 1½ litre with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume or three litres with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume
2 litres of beer with more than 2.5 % or other beverages with more than 2.5% up to and including 4.7% alcohol per volume.
This means that you may for example bring with you five litres of beer provided you do not have any other alcoholic beverages with you.
*For importing alcoholic beverages with more than 22% alcohol per volume the minimum age is 20.
It’s illegal to bring extra alcohol into Norway and can end up costing you. Another thing you should bring and not buy in Norway is razor blades. Good razor blades in Norway are expensive.