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5 days - Independent self guided tour extended with more inclusions.
The Norway in a Nutshell® Plus tour takes you through some of Norway’s most beautiful fjord scenery that includes the breathtaking experiences on the Bergen Railway, the Flåm Railway, the Aurlandsfjord, the Nærøyfjord and the steep Stalheimskleiva road (May-September). In the comfort of your train and cruise boat, watch fjord scenery with beautiful waterfalls, flowing rivers, deep valleys and mountains.
With an extended stay in a riverside lodge near Flåm, take your time and enjoy the scenery by hiking, kayaking or biking. Half board and two active experiences are also included.
This tour can be modified and extended as you wish. We have lots of little extras that can be added to make it even more special. Simply ask us for details.
- Day 1
- Arrive Oslo
- Day 2
- Depart Oslo by early train and enjoy the spectacular journey to Flåm
- Day 3
- Enjoy an organic breakfast before heading down to the lake for rowing, then a easy hike to a traditional pasture farm for lunch before an outdoors hot tub & sauna back at your lodge
- Day 4
- Start with a spectacular 2 hour cruise from Flåm, marvel at the fjords and villages then head to Bergen
- Day 5
- Departure day
- Start Place
- Oslo, Scandinavia
- End Place
- Bergen, Scandinavia
- Destinations Visited
- 5 Days
- Easy independent holiday suitable for singles & couples
Train, boat and bus. Kayak and bikes are optional.
- All accommodation in superior double/twin rooms, single supplement available
- Meet & Greet at hotel in Oslo
- Private guide in Oslo (3 hours)
- Private return transfer to your riverside lodge
- Daily breakfast and two dinners at the boutique riverside lodge
- Norway in a Nutshell train/ferry/bus ticket from Oslo to Bergen or vice versa
- Half day waterfall guided hike and lunch on arrival at riverside lodge
- Full day activity in the fjords
- Luggage porter transfer between Oslo and Bergen
- 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 - Arrive Oslo
Arrive to Oslo and make your own way to your central hotel in the heart of Oslo. The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer for the discerning traveller. If you arrive early, we can recommend a walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle & the Harbour area.
In the afternoon, meet your private guide for sightseeing by car. The program is flexible depending on what you would like to see as Oslo has a wide variety of museums to explore. Our guide can offer speciality architecture tours if desired.
Overnight in Comfort Hotel Grand Central Superior room or similar with breakfast.
Optional Add Ons
Day 2 - Depart Oslo by early train and enjoy the spectacular journey to Flåm
Catch an early morning train from Oslo to Myrdal. The train journey over Northern Europe’s largest mountain plateau is spectacular. In the comfort of your train, watch fjord scenery with beautiful waterfalls, flowing rivers, deep valleys and mountains. On arrival, private transfer to your boutique riverside hotel in the Aurland valley.
Experience the heart of the Norwegian fjords in this terrific spot. Enjoy a bowl of hot soup, local organic bread and fresh apple juice in our converted Smokehouse. To top it up and to get you ready for the hiking adventure, we serve a lovely home made dessert. After dessert, we head on to a lovely waterfall hike to Turlidfossen. Here we enjoy a nice cup of warm coffee or tea and a cinnamon roll while we take in the view. After our hike, relax in the calm and quiet garden before dinner is served in our converted Smokehouse.
Overnight at a boutique riverside lodge.
Porter service included to transfer your large luggage from Oslo to Bergen.
Day 3 - Enjoy an organic breakfast before heading down to the lake for rowing, then a easy hike to a traditional pasture farm for lunch before an outdoors hot tub & sauna back at your lodge
The day starts out with a breakfast of champions, giving you a taste of the magic that is local, organic ingredients. After breakfast it is time for a calming and mindful session at the lake, trying your skills in a traditional Norwegian rowboat. After testing your skills at rowing we leave the boats and go ashore for a small hike to one of Aurlands traditional pasture farms.
The region has a long and proud tradition with cheese, and up on the summer farms, Norwegians have been spending their summers producing cheese and taking care of livestock for generations. The tradition continues through hard working farmers and their love for natural and organic produce. On the summer farm you have a rich lunch in rustic surroundings, whilst enjoying the fantastic view. After the farm visit, the wood red hot tub and sauna awaits you. Sit back, relax and enjoy your surroundings with a glass of local drink before sitting down in the converted Smokehouse for dinner.
Overnight at a boutique riverside lodge.
Day 4 - Start with a spectacular 2 hour cruise from Flåm, marvel at the fjords and villages then head to Bergen
The day starts with a spectacular 2-hour fjord cruise from Flåm to the tiny fjord village of Gudvangen. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Aurlandsfjord & the Næroyfjord - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Gudvangen you change to the connecting bus to Voss, taking you through the beautiful Stalheim canyon with the Stalheimskleiven hairpin road (May to September). In Voss you change to a train that takes you to Bergen. Overnight Clarion Hotel Admiral or similar with breakfast.
Day 5 - Departure day
After breakfast, continue your journey onwards or home, or enjoy a relaxing stay in Bergen. Ask us for ideas if you want to extend your tour.
Price per person.
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There are many different options for this tour and it is advised that you contact us to discuss what suits you best.
The tour can be run from Oslo to Bergen or vice versa. You could also change your stopover point, and stay at the historic Stalheim Hotel or the Fleischer´s Hotel in Voss instead of Flåm.
The Norway in a Nutshell® itinerary runs in a variety of alternative ways;
• Bergen-Voss-Gudvangen-fjord cruise-Flåm Railway-Myrdal-Oslo
• Bergen-Myrdal-Flåm Railway-fjord cruise-Voss-Bergen
• Voss-Gudvangen-fjord cruise-Flåm Railway-Myrdal-Voss
• Oslo-Myrdal-Flåm Railway-fjord cruise-Voss-Bergen-Oslo
Travel times for the complete Norway in a Nutshell® journey:
Train Bergen-Myrdal: approx. 2 hours
Flåm Railway: approx. 1 hour
Fjord Cruise Flåm-Gudvangen: approx. 2 hours
Bus Gudvangen-Voss: approx. 1 hour
Train Voss-Bergen: approx. 1 hour
Train Oslo-Myrdal: approx. 5 hours
Train Voss-Oslo: approx. 5.5 hours
Train Bergen-Oslo: approx. 6.5 hours
• In Bergen the train departs from the Bergen Railway Station and in Oslo from Oslo Central Railway Station.
• There is no guide on the tour. You travel on your own. The connections are all within close proximity of each other for easy transfer and the stops are always announced over the speakers.
• There are places to store your luggage on all transport. Please note that you need to carry your luggage between the vehicles. If you book hotels in combination with the tour, we include a porter luggage transport between the hotels on some legs on route (Oslo-Voss/ Bergen or vice versa)
We keep updated on local conditions to benefit your holiday. This may include; a) knowledge on which areas of town have building works taking place which may affect your good nights sleep; b) knowledge of which cruise ship may be docking in small fjord villages when you happen to be there seeking peace and quiet; c) alternative transport options taking you away from the crowds.
We include a porter service which offers a safe and secure transportation of your luggage between Oslo and Voss/Bergen (the Norway in the Nutshell component of the tour). The luggage service allows you to travel between Oslo and Bergen with just a small day/overnight bag. If you have an extended stay in the fjord region, you will only have this overnight bag. Please note that 1 piece of luggage per person is included unless otherwise specified.
Interactive Tour Map
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.
Norway in a Nutshell luggage porter service
We include a porter service which offers a safe and secure transportation of your luggage between Oslo and Voss/Bergen (the Norway in the Nutshell component of the tour).
Please leave your luggage at the hotel reception before 6:30AM and the Porter service will then pick your luggage up and bring it to your destination hotel, where it will be available at 9:00PM the same day.
The luggage service allows you to travel between Oslo and Bergen with just a small day/overnight bag.
Please note that 1 piece of luggage per person is included unless otherwise specified.
Our Norwegian Destination Specialist, Ivy Thompson, on ways to enjoy and explore a vibrant Oslo.
I have just returned from a long overdue visit to Oslo in Norway, the city where I grew up. Oslo has gone through continuous and monumental change in the past 20 years; becoming less the "younger sibling"-capital of the former Scandinavian union of Norway, Denmark and Sweden, while rapidly transforming into a charming mix of classical apartment-buildings, villas, parks and shiny, contemporary architecture by the fjord.
The inner-city area on the edge of the Oslofjord is heaving with activity, life, culture and innovation: The Sorenga-precinct behind the famous Oslo Opera House is complete, the new yet iconic Barcode-buildings are gleaming and the grand Deichman Library and spectacular Munch Museum will both open their doors in 2020. Tjuvholmen and Aker Brygge continue to dazzle with indulgent food, shopping, art and people watching.
While parts of central part of Oslo may look busy with cranes and construction-works, there are many amazing, and sometimes hidden, gems for you to enjoy if you know where to find them. Explore this modern capital nestled amongst forested green hills with cutting-edge architecture right on the water's edge, and find your own favourite spot to feel the pulse of Oslo:
Take a stroll from the Oslo Town Hall down along the pier below the medieval Akershus Fort, and find yourself down by the new street-food-with-a-conscience hub 'Vippa'. Named after the original name of the pier itself, Vippetangen, the converted fishing-warehouse is now the thriving home of nine uniquely different street-food stalls complete with a bar, barista, outdoor seating and a sustainable ethos. In their own words:
"Vippa is a social and business model to facilitate and integrate immigrants and young aspiring food entrepreneurs into the social fabric of Norwegian culture. Vippa, strategically located in the Port of Oslo, is the host of multiple food stands offering sustainable and diverse food to Oslo's increasingly bustling foodscape. Vippa's vision is to bring together cultures through cuisines.[...] We see food as a way to stimulate dialogue amongst citizens and best agricultural practises as a best way to feed them. We feel obliged, by today's social and cultural unrest, to create a space - a common platform where these best practises could serve as links between cultures, languages and cuisines in the act of moving forward."
Enjoy a delicious lunch with a side of microbrewed local beer and treat yourself to an organic soft-serve ice-cream for dessert before walking the slow way back through the historic Akershus Fort above the fjord.
Address: Akershusstranda 25, Oslo
Who doesn't love to stumble upon the secret bars that hip locals frequent? If you consider yourself a world-class cocktail connoisseur and love exciting combinations of flavour, you cannot go past these two gems in inner-city Oslo near Youngstorvet (Youngs Square). Both bars pride themselves on local, seasonal flavours and beautiful presentation. Make sure you visit for a Nordic nightcap after dinner, there are many lovely restaurants to choose from in the area.
Don't let the unassuming front-door fool you; an exciting micro-distillery experience awaits at the cool and spacious HIMKOK. The bar distills their own vodka, gin and Scandinavian favourite aquavit and use them in bases of drinks so outstanding it's rated as one of the world's best bars.
Address: Storgata 27, Oslo
The nearby Torggata Botaniske is easier to find and smells fresh and flowery thanks to the vines and plants covering both walls, windows and the ceiling. The small but interesting cocktail-list concentrates on botanical ingredients; think drinks with fresh basil and salted seaweed powder, spicy chipotle, ginger, lemon myrtle, rhubarb or crisp Norwegian apples.
Address: Torggata 17B, Oslo
Catch the eastbound 11 or 12 trams from the city and get off at the Olaf Ryes Plass-stop to
wander through the eclectic, young Grunerlokka in Oslo's inner East. This old working-class suburb is now full of interesting restaurants, boutiques, bars and cafes. If the smell of freshly ground coffee-beans gets you going; make sure to stop by world-renowned and awarded Tim Wendelboe Espresso Bar. The tiny coffee-roaster treats brown brew as a fine art and the results are magnificent. Their Iced Latte served in a martini-glass tastes perfect on warm summer-days in the city and still is the best coffee I've had to date.
Address: Grünersgate 1, on the corner of Fossveien in Grünerløkka, Oslo.
Peckish? Take the short stroll from Tim Wendelboe down the grassy river-bank towards Mathallen. A trip to Mathallen ('The Food Hall') down by the River Akerselva offers upmarket produce from a good selection of international as well as local cuisines and products. Shop anything from artisan Belgian chocolate, French macaroons, deep-fried Hungarian bread and Italian house-made gelati to local Norwegian cheeses, baked goods and cured meats for a relaxing picnic on a nearby park-bench.
Address: Mathallen, Vulkan 5, Oslo
Thirsty? Join the locals' love for a cold, refreshing 'utepils' (translates to 'beer outside') or glass of sparkling prosecco, and cross the footbridge from Mathallen back across the river to Nedre Foss Gaard, a beautifully restored old farmhouse dating back to the 1200s. On the 2nd floor you will find Nedre Foss Brewery with no less than 30 kinds of beer on tap. Indulge in Norwegian seafood in the stylish, downstairs dining-room. Nedre Foss Gaard offers beautifully presented brunch (weekends only), lunch and dinner with carefully selected seasonal ingredients. The inviting outdoor tables under umbrellas and trees are lovely for a late summer dinner by the river.
Address: Nordre gate 2, Oslo