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  • Oslo to Bergen

8 days - Independent visit to the mountains, fjords and valleys of Norway. Enjoy staying at boutique hotels and touring in our premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach.

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. Travelling on a premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach, cross the mountains to visit the traditional Stave Church of Lom and the magnificent Luster and Sognefjord. Experience the valley of Gudbrandsdalen, surrounded by national parks, an abundance of locally produced food, old architecture, and good hiking trails.

Visit the stunning Geiranger fjord and enjoy the mountain landscape of Sognefjellet which makes its way up to the summit at 1,434 metres. Our premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach will take you along the stretch of breathtaking mountain roads between Lærdal and Aurland before reaching the Aurlandsfjord, one of the most picturesque fjords in the world, where you will stay fjordside! Read about visiting Northern Europe's highest and arguably the most striking mountain pass, along the road over Sognefjellet here.

The trip runs weekly from May to September with fixed departures from Oslo every Saturday. The trip can also run in reverse starting from Bergen every Monday between May 2023 to Sep 2023. 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 first instalment of our mini-coach tours, with four 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.

Highlights include

  • Take a ride on the steep Flåm Railway full of hairpin turns
  • Travel on a premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach through the Norwegian mountains
  • Visit the stunning Geiranger fjord
  • Visit Northern Europe's highest and arguably the most striking mountain pass, Sognefjellet
  • Discover Bryggen, the old Hanseatic wharf in Bergen, and take the funicular to the top of Mt Fløien.
Day 1
Arrive in Oslo and transfer to your centrally located hotel
Day 2
Train to Lillehammer - visit the impressive Garmo Stave Church, open-air museums and the Olympic museum.
Day 3
Join our premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach to travel to Lom, a small town encapsulating the very essence of the Norwegian countryside.
Day 4
Day tour to Geiranger and join a fjord rib boat tour before returning to Lom to visit its famous Stave Church
Day 5
Continue your mini-coach journey together to the heart of the Norwegian fjords
Day 6
Spend your day relaxing, hiking and taking in the views in the peaceful little town of Aurland. Enjoy the harbour area with unspoilt views of the fjord and gardens.
Day 7
Get your private transfer from Aurland to Flåm, and step aboard the world famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal Station with several stunning lookout points along the way, then express boat to Bergen.
Day 8
Depart Bergen
Start Place
Oslo, Norway tours
End Place
Bergen, Norway tours
Country Visited
Norway tours
Duration
8 Days
Group Size
12
Suitability
Easy
Code
50DN0125

Details

Transportation

All transportation (by buses, trains, and boats) between destinations is included in the price. This includes travel between Lillehammer and Aurland by premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach, which will accommodate spontaneous photo stops, as well as food and rest stops.

Included
  • 7 nights’ hotel accommodation in shared double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
  • All transport between destinations by buses, trains and boats
  • Premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach (or similar) which travels weekly between Lom and Aurland. This mini-coach works like a hop-on, hop-off scheduled weekly bus and may have only yourselves onboard or up to 10-12 people in addition to the driver. Stop along the way for unexpected photo opportunities, National Tourist Route monuments or quick rest stops.
  • Geiranger day tour with fjord rib boat cruise. (Available from late May, subject to change due to weather/snow conditions on the mountain).
  • Flåm Railway excursion
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees

Beautiful Norway premium option, staying at different properties than the standard version:

  • Amerikalinjen Superior room or similar
  • Røisheim Historic Hotel included 2 x 4 course meals
  • 29|2 Aurland
  • Added inclusions: hot tub, sauna and day tour to local farm during your 29|2 Aurland stay.
Not Included

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.

Itinerary

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.

Accommodation
Clarion Hotel, Oslo
Restaurants
Maaemo
Restaurant options in Oslo
Optional Add Ons
Summer night on Oslo fjord

Day 2 - Train to Lillehammer - visit the impressive Garmo Stave Church, open-air museums and the Olympic museum.

Board your train at the Oslo Central Station and head towards Lillehammer, the small town that rose to international fame when it hosted the Winter Olympics in 1994. Check into your central hotel.

Spend the day at your leisure: Browse the local shops, visit open-air museum Maihaugen, the Norwegian Olympic Museum, and do not miss the impressive Garmo Stave Church.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Clarion Collection Hotel Hammer or similar

Day 3 - Join our premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach to travel to Lom, a small town encapsulating the very essence of the Norwegian countryside.

Join the premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach to Lom, a 3-hour scenic drive from Lillehammer. This bus trip takes you through some of Norway’s most beautiful highlands and lush valleys. Experience the valley of Gudbrandsdalen surrounded by the national parks, an abundance of locally produced food, old architecture, and good hiking.

Lom is a small town encapsulating the very essence of the Norwegian countryside. Situated in the famous Jotunheimen National Park, Lom is surrounded by majestic nature. Check into your charming historic hotel and then browse design shops, local cafes and galleries. Dinner is included this evening.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Fossheim Hotel or similar

Day 4 - Day tour to Geiranger and join a fjord rib boat tour before returning to Lom to visit its famous Stave Church

Day tour to Geiranger, which is 1.5 hours’ drive away from Lom. On arrival, join a fjord rib boat cruise and experience the Geirangerfjord UNESCO World Heritage site. The scenery here is absolutely breathtaking. Take a closer look at the “Seven Sisters”, “Bridal Veil” and “Suitor” waterfalls, the majestic fjord cliffs and abandoned mountain farms. Perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to see porpoises playing in the fjord.

Travelling back from Geiranger, the mini-coach can stop at the famous Lom Stave Church, constructed in Norman-style in 1170. It still operates as the local church today.

Please note that the Geirangerfjord visit is subject to change due to weather and snow conditions. The mountain road from Lom to Geiranger normally opens from end of May. Alternatively, have a day to yourself in Lom. We suggest visiting Brimi Bue, a popular Lom hot-spot for fresh local produce and traditional Nordic flavours, owned by renowned chef Arne Brimi -the lunch time slot has good value options to try. Indulge yourselves in the historic atmosphere of Lom open-air museum and its houses dating from the early 1600s and experience the old farmer culture. The Norwegian Mountain Centre is also worth a visit.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Fossheim Hotel

Day 5 - Continue your mini-coach journey together to the heart of the Norwegian fjords

Depart Lom for another scenic journey through the spectacular mountain and fjord country of Breheimen and Jostedalsheimen. Be amazed at the old, narrow mountain highway as you share the roads with wandering sheep. Stop at Sognefjellshytta (approx. 1 hr drive) for a coffee/tea break, then sit back and enjoy the scenery until your next stop at the cubist stone at Mefjellet. The final stop before descending down the mountain is at Nedre Oscarshaug – another fantastic spot for photos and great views.

After an early lunch at Skjolden Hotel, drive approx. 20-30 mins to Feigumfossen and continue to the charming Urnes Stave Church (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest church in Norway). Catch a ferry to Solvorn and continue over Aurlandsfjellet. Lastly, enjoy a stop at Stegastein before arriving to the peaceful village of Aurland.

Read about today's drive along Northern Europe's highest and arguably the most striking mountain pass, the road over Sognefjellet.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Vangsgården Gjestegiveri or similar

Day 6 - Spend your day relaxing, hiking and taking in the views in the peaceful little town of Aurland. Enjoy the harbour area with unspoilt views of the fjord and gardens.

Spend your day relaxing, hiking and taking in the views in the peaceful little town of Aurland. Enjoy the harbour area with unspoilt views of the fjord and surrounding gardens. Optional visits to local mountain farms, guided hikes or a fjord safari can be pre-booked (at additional cost).

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Vangsgården Gjestegiveri or similar

Day 7 - Get your private transfer from Aurland to Flåm, and step aboard the world famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal Station with several stunning lookout points along the way, then express boat to Bergen.

Get your private transfer from Aurland to Flåm, and step aboard the world famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal Station with several stunning lookout points along the way. Thanks to its steep incline (from sea level to almost 900 meters above sea level in a short hour), the train-ride is rated as one of Europe’s best rail journeys and has become a real highlight for visitors in Norway.

Return to Flåm to board the express ferry to Bergen. Take in the fresh air on Norway’s longest fjord, the Sognefjord, during this 5-hour ferry-ride towards Bergen. Check into your centrally located hotel at the end of the day.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Clarion Hotel Admiral

Day 8 - Depart Bergen

After breakfast, depart Bergen or extend your stay with the Norwegian Coastal Voyage

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

All prices listed are per person. All 2023 listed departures are guaranteed, accommodation is subject to availability.

Please note the following date 24 June 2023 is not available as an independent departure but can be booked with our Best of Norway Escorted Small Group Tour 2023

Dates
Start Date
End Date
From Price
Status
Accommodation
27 May 2023
3 Jun 2023
27 May 2023
3 Jun 2023
NZD 3,958
Available
Standard
27 May 2023
3 Jun 2023
27 May 2023
3 Jun 2023
NZD 1,128
Available
Extra for Single
27 May 2023
3 Jun 2023
27 May 2023
3 Jun 2023
NZD 7,278
On request
Superior
3 Jun 2023
10 Jun 2023
3 Jun 2023
10 Jun 2023
NZD 3,958
Available
Standard
3 Jun 2023
10 Jun 2023
3 Jun 2023
10 Jun 2023
NZD 1,128
On request
Extra for Single
3 Jun 2023
10 Jun 2023
3 Jun 2023
10 Jun 2023
NZD 7,278
On request
Superior
10 Jun 2023
17 Jun 2023
10 Jun 2023
17 Jun 2023
NZD 3,958
Available
Standard
10 Jun 2023
17 Jun 2023
10 Jun 2023
17 Jun 2023
NZD 1,128
On request
Extra for Single
10 Jun 2023
17 Jun 2023
10 Jun 2023
17 Jun 2023
NZD 7,278
On request
Superior
17 Jun 2023
24 Jun 2023
17 Jun 2023
24 Jun 2023
NZD 3,958
Available
Standard
17 Jun 2023
24 Jun 2023
17 Jun 2023
24 Jun 2023
NZD 1,128
Available
Extra for Single
1 Jul 2023
8 Jul 2023
1 Jul 2023
8 Jul 2023
NZD 3,958
Available
Standard
1 Jul 2023
8 Jul 2023
1 Jul 2023
8 Jul 2023
NZD 1,128
Available
Extra for Single
1 Jul 2023
8 Jul 2023
1 Jul 2023
8 Jul 2023
NZD 7,278
On request
Superior
8 Jul 2023
15 Jul 2023
8 Jul 2023
15 Jul 2023
NZD 3,958
Available
Standard
8 Jul 2023
15 Jul 2023
8 Jul 2023
15 Jul 2023
NZD 1,128
Available
Extra for Single
8 Jul 2023
15 Jul 2023
8 Jul 2023
15 Jul 2023
NZD 7,278
On request
Superior
15 Jul 2023
22 Jul 2023
15 Jul 2023
22 Jul 2023
NZD 3,958
Available
Standard
15 Jul 2023
22 Jul 2023
15 Jul 2023
22 Jul 2023
NZD 1,128
Available
Extra for Single
15 Jul 2023
22 Jul 2023
15 Jul 2023
22 Jul 2023
NZD 7,278
On request
Superior
22 Jul 2023
29 Jul 2023
22 Jul 2023
29 Jul 2023
NZD 3,958
Available
Standard
22 Jul 2023
29 Jul 2023
22 Jul 2023
29 Jul 2023
NZD 1,128
Available
Extra for Single
22 Jul 2023
29 Jul 2023
22 Jul 2023
29 Jul 2023
NZD 7,278
On request
Superior
29 Jul 2023
5 Aug 2023
29 Jul 2023
5 Aug 2023
NZD 3,958
Available
Standard
29 Jul 2023
5 Aug 2023
29 Jul 2023
5 Aug 2023
NZD 1,128
Available
Extra for Single
29 Jul 2023
5 Aug 2023
29 Jul 2023
5 Aug 2023
NZD 7,278
On request
Superior
5 Aug 2023
12 Aug 2023
5 Aug 2023
12 Aug 2023
NZD 3,958
Available
Standard
5 Aug 2023
12 Aug 2023
5 Aug 2023
12 Aug 2023
NZD 1,128
Available
Extra for Single
5 Aug 2023
12 Aug 2023
5 Aug 2023
12 Aug 2023
NZD 7,278
On request
Superior
12 Aug 2023
19 Aug 2023
12 Aug 2023
19 Aug 2023
NZD 3,958
Available
Standard
12 Aug 2023
19 Aug 2023
12 Aug 2023
19 Aug 2023
NZD 1,128
Available
Extra for Single
12 Aug 2023
19 Aug 2023
12 Aug 2023
19 Aug 2023
NZD 7,278
On request
Superior
19 Aug 2023
26 Aug 2023
19 Aug 2023
26 Aug 2023
NZD 3,958
Available
Standard
19 Aug 2023
26 Aug 2023
19 Aug 2023
26 Aug 2023
NZD 1,128
Available
Extra for Single
19 Aug 2023
26 Aug 2023
19 Aug 2023
26 Aug 2023
NZD 7,278
On request
Superior
26 Aug 2023
2 Sep 2023
26 Aug 2023
2 Sep 2023
NZD 3,958
Available
Standard
26 Aug 2023
2 Sep 2023
26 Aug 2023
2 Sep 2023
NZD 1,128
Available
Extra for Single
26 Aug 2023
2 Sep 2023
26 Aug 2023
2 Sep 2023
NZD 7,278
On request
Superior
2 Sep 2023
9 Sep 2023
2 Sep 2023
9 Sep 2023
NZD 3,958
Available
Standard
2 Sep 2023
9 Sep 2023
2 Sep 2023
9 Sep 2023
NZD 1,128
Available
Extra for Single
9 Sep 2023
16 Sep 2023
9 Sep 2023
16 Sep 2023
NZD 3,958
Available
Standard
9 Sep 2023
16 Sep 2023
9 Sep 2023
16 Sep 2023
NZD 1,128
Available
Extra for Single

Important Information

Short of time? It is possible to join this tour in Lillehammer on the evening of Day 2. There are direct trains from Gardemoen airport (1.5hrs). This tour also runs in reverse, departing in Bergen.

The side trip to Geiranger travels over mountains and is available late May, subject to change due to weather/snow conditions on the mountain.

A premium version of this tour is available, staying at different properties. The bus driver will deliver you, making several stops to these locations.

SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL:

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.

Throughout your stay we have hand-selected accommodations which are locally owned, have deep roots in their communities, and pride themselves on supporting local facilities and producers. This is done through shopping locally, and buying sustainably sourced options, so in the words of one of the chefs in the accommodation you will be staying in 'you should taste what’s here in the surroundings, from lakes, mountains and farms'

On this itinerary we also support Nordic Choice Hotels, a collection of hotels renowned for their environmental efforts. The hotels are ISO 14001 certified, have launched plastic free initiatives in partnership with WWF, where possible are powered by renewable energy and are taking great strides to reduce water consumption and reduce the use of chemicals. Even though access to water is not an issue in Norway compared to other parts of the world, this hotel group is conscious of the energy consumed for heating, and chemicals required for purification, so reduction makes up part of their overall environmental policy. In addition to this they provide sustainable, organic, fair-trade food, and only use sustainably produced palm oil.

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