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5 days - Enjoy staying at boutique hotels and touring in our premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach between Oslo and Gothenburg.
Sweden’s west coast stretches from Oslo right down to Gothenburg and travelling on a premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach, this tour follows the coast down. This Bohuslän region of Sweden is a place you will want to visit again and again. Along this gorgeous coastal region with its rocky isles feast on some of the world's best seafood, spot seals from traditional boats, have a floating sauna and soak in a seaweed bath at a spa as desired.
Wander through the Vigeland Sculpture Park and explore the hidden gems of Norway’s capital, Oslo. Discover the Akershus Fortress and the many harbour side restaurants along Aker Brygge. Train from Oslo to the old fortress town of Fredrikstad and join a Glomma River cruise. Travelling along the coast in our premium mini-coach with driver, you’ll find quaint red fishing sheds, ocean front manor houses and gardens that haven’t changed since the 19th century. Join the local fishermen on an optional seafood hunt for lobster, oysters, and mussels. Visit ancient sites, the Gjellestad Ship, Blomsholm Stone Ship, Tanum Rock Carving and Vitlycke Museum.
For a novel crime-scene setting, visit the dream-like fishing village of Fjällbacka, made-famous as the setting for Camilla Läckberg’s crime novels. Set out on an archipelago boat trip on the M/S Mira and Kungskalyftan Walk before heading to Gothenburg via seafood restaurant, Salt & Sill for a leisurely final group lunch.
- Day 1
- Arrive in Oslo and transfer to your centrally located hotel
- Day 2
- Train to Fredrikstad, Glomma river crossing and explore this fortified town
- Day 3
- Mini-coach to Fjällbacka via UNESCO World Heritage Tanum Rock Carving/Vitlycke Museum
- Day 4
- Day to explore Ingrid Bergman summer house town - boat trips, island hopping or explore Camilla Läckberg's novel locations
- Day 5
- Mini-coach to Gothenburg via Salt & Sill seafood lunch
- Start Place
- Oslo, Norway tours
- End Place
- Gothenburg, Sweden tours
- Destinations Visited
- Norway tours
- Sweden tours
- 5 Days
- Group Size
All transportation (by buses, trains, and boats) between destinations is included in the price. This includes travel between Fredrikstad and Gothenburg by premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach, which will accommodate spontaneous photo stops, as well as food and rest stops.
- 4 nights’ hotel accommodation in shared double/twin rooms with private facilities
- 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
- All transport between destinations by buses, trains and boats
- Premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach (or similar). You may have only yourselves onboard or up to 10-12 people in addition to the driver. Stop along the way for unexpected photo opportunities, tourist highlights or quick rest stops.
- Archipelago boat trip on M/S Mira
- Visit the Tanum Rock Carving/Vitlycke Museum
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
International flights, lunches and dinners that have not been detailed in the program, and items of personal nature. A small tip for the bus driver will be appreciated.
Please note there is no guide for this tour. Your coach driver will offer help and answer questions when possible.
Day 1 - Arrive in Oslo and transfer to your centrally located hotel
Arrive in Oslo, the beautiful Norwegian capital by the Oslofjord. Make your own way to your centrally located hotel in the heart of Oslo, an easy direct express train ride away from the airport. The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer for the observant traveller. We can recommend a walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle, and the Harbour area.
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 Mathallen food hall for local specialties. Lastly, visit the new National Museum of Norway down by the harbour before finding a spot in one of the local fish restaurants for dinner.
Optional Add Ons
Day 2 - Train to Fredrikstad, Glomma river crossing and explore this fortified town
Train from Oslo to Fredrikstad takes around an hour, with regular services. Self transfer to Fredrikstad's old town, Gamlebyen, one of Northern Europe’s best preserved fortified towns and was founded in 1567 by King Fredrik II. Fredrikstad is thriving with history, shops, galleries and cafés. This afternoon, you can take the free ferry across the Glomma and explore this compact Norwegian harbour town.
Your accommodation tonight is in the heart of this old town in a small, historic hotel. Small restaurants surround the hotel, head out for a wander and enjoy the peaceful setting of this old fort.
AccommodationHistoric hotel, Gamlebyen Hotel.
Day 3 - Mini-coach to Fjällbacka via UNESCO World Heritage Tanum Rock Carving/Vitlycke Museum
After breakfast, meet your bus driver and any of your fellow travellers in the reception. Depart and drive south towards the Swedish border. First stop will be a walk around the Red Manor House and Garden in Halden before lunch at Strömstad, right on the Swedish/ Norwegian border. Drive past the Gjellestad Ship evacuations - what is on view depends on the university as this is an active Viking longhouse and ship evacuation. Then stop at the impressive grave fields and magnificent burial mounds, one of Sweden's biggest stone circles, and the country's third largest stone ship, Blomsholm Stone Ship.
Shortly before you arrive into Fjällbacka, visit the 3,000-year-old Tanum rock carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage site. These Bronze Age petroglyphs, number in the thousands. About 600 panels are included in the UNESCO World Heritage site, once the coastline of a fiord thousands of years ago. Many of the glyphs show boats, humans with bows, spears or axes, rituals and hunting scenes.
Day 4 - Day to explore Ingrid Bergman summer house town - boat trips, island hopping or explore Camilla Läckberg's novel locations
Love seafood and islands - included today is a cruise on M/S Mira to explore the islands today. Be sure to enjoy the seafood stars of the region, when they are in season, locally caught lobsters, oysters and langoustine. The regulars are herring, cod, salmon and a big, fat prawn sandwich.
Love Swedish crime novels - check the schedules for Camilla Läckberg – Murder Mystery Tours as an option. At times during the year, Camilla herself is actually the tour guide! You can also hike up to Kungsklyftan walk with a terrific view over the coastline.
A 5-course dinner is included tonight at the hotel restaurant.
AccommodationStora Hotellet - please let us know if you wish to book the relaxation package with pool and spa treatments.
Day 5 - Mini-coach to Gothenburg via Salt & Sill seafood lunch
Continue your drive along the coast to your lunch spot, Salt & Sill. Once a sleepy fishing isle and Sweden's largest herring producer, Klädesholmen is now home to a Scandinavian-minimalist “boatel” floating on a pontoon, which means you can jump into the sea for a pre-lunch swim. Be sure to order the excellent pickled herring, paired here with Aquavit (the caraway compliments the smokiness of the fish).
Join the driver for your final leg of the journey into Gothenburg. Gothenburg is the city where you can go shopping and visit a museum on the same day as you explore the car-free archipelago. The distances are short and public transport brings you from café-lined streets and sights to barren cliffs and deep forests. The city centre is shopping-friendly with lots of small independent shops as well as malls like Nordstan and Arkaden. You can also enjoy opera, theatre, concerts and an array of museums exploring everything from the local maritime history to arts and beyond.
Accommodation here is optional - you can either catch at late afternoon train to Stockholm (approx. 3 hr journey) or spend the night in one of our favourite Nordic cities, Gothenburg.
All prices listed are per person. This itinerary starts from Oslo every Monday between 5th June and 18th September 2023.
18 Sep 2023
18 Sep 2023
Optional train journey to Stockholm can be included - 3 hours by express train.
The trip runs ever second week from May to September with fixed departures from Oslo. It isn't a group tour as such but for a few days during this itinerary, everyone shares the same mini-coach, you make friends and enjoy the company of our Norwegian bus driver!
This tour is the newest instalment of our mini-coach tours, with five tours covering the highlights between Oslo, Northern Norway and Stockholm. 'Beautiful Norway', 'Western Fjords of Norway', 'Scenic Norway' and 'Arctic Circle Traverse' slot together, an epic month of travel through the best of Norway.
As a Nordic specialist we are keen to show travellers the hidden gems of the countries we visit, and as an anti-dote to over-tourism to reduce the environmental pressures on the traditional and busy routes that most travel companies will take. This itinerary has been designed to do just that.
Our premium mini-coach tours are one way in which we are looking at how we can reduce carbon emissions over all styles of travel that we offer, not just on our group tours which by their nature have shared transport, but also on our private options. This tour is a private tour however the transport 'mini-coach' between destinations is shared (with more of our clients doing the same tour, max 12 pax), therefore reducing the overall carbon footprint for each traveller.
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Restaurant options in Oslo
In Oslo you find restaurants in all price categories and genres.
Norwegian cuisine in its traditional form is based largely on the raw materials readily available in Norway and its mountains, wilderness and coast. It differs in many respects from its continental counterparts with a stronger focus on game and fish. Many of the traditional dishes are results of using conserved materials, with respect to the long winters.
Here is few of our favourites to Oslo's wide variety of restaurants:
Lofoten Fish Restaurant
Nedre Foss Gård
De Fem Stuer
Frognerseteren Restaurant: Finstua
Continental Hotel Oslo
For less expensive restaurants, head to the Grunerlokka district. It is great place to take in the city's pulse in the city's more ethnically diverse east. In this once working-class area, the vital signs of budget Oslo are most apparent, with low-cost restaurants, second-hand clothes shops and student bars grouped around the streets Markveien and Thorvald Meyers Gate. Among them, the café bar Fru Hagen has a legion of blond locals seeking cheap eats. On a Sunday evening, when much of the city is almost deserted, Fru Hagen is heaving.
When in Oslo try these local cuisines:
Smoked Salmon or Røkt Laks
Kjøttboller - Meatballs
Krumkake - waffle-like pancake, which are then filled with whipped cream