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    10 days - Independent - Norwegian mountains, coast and fjords.

    Our new range, Norwegian Coast, comes from the heart. With pride, we offer independent itineraries exploring secret coastal gems. These tours utilise the coastal ferries, regional trains and express boats to get around.

    On this tour, you will encounter some of the best fjord landscapes in Norway, stay at classic wooden hotels where hosting traditions have been kept alive for centuries. This self-guided itinerary has you travel by trains, local buses and ferries, making your way over mountains and across fjords.

    Easy journey with emphasis on city stays and fabulous fjord scenery, departs any day all year (Geirangerfjord only in the summer months). Norway is breathtakingly beautiful and this is the perfect trip to enjoy it.

    Highlights include

    • Mountain and fjord landscapes of the Norwegian Coast
    • Norway in a Nutshell journey
    • explore the coastal city Bergen and its old harbour Bryggen
    • Hurtigruten voyage from Bergen to Trondheim
    • Magnificent Geiragerfjord (June - August)
    Day 1
    Arrive in Oslo
    Day 2
    Explore the compact green capital, Oslo
    Day 3
    Depart Oslo by early train and enjoy the spectacular journey to Flåm
    Day 4
    Start with a spectacular 2 hour cruise from Flåm, marvel at the fjords and villages then head to Bergen
    Day 5
    Explore Bergen - head to the hills above Bergen, museums or fine dine by the water
    Day 6
    A free morning in Bergen and then board your Hurtigruten ship
    Day 7
    Ålesund and Geirangerfjord
    Day 8
    Arrive in Trondheim
    Day 9
    Explore Trondheim
    Day 10
    Board the Dovrebanen train, which passes over the Dovre mountain plateau through historic towns and nature preservations, finish in Oslo.
    Start/End Place
    Oslo, Norway
    Country Visited
    Norway
    Duration
    10 Days
    Suitability
    Easy independent holiday suitable for singles & couples
    Code
    TNC001

    Details

    Transportation

    Norway in the Nutshell® train, Hurtigruten Coastal Ferry & regional train.

    Included
    • All hotel accommodation in shared double/twin room with private facilities, single supplement available
    • Daily breakfast
    • Norway in the Nutshell® train/ferry/bus ticket from Oslo to Bergen
    • Luggage porter service during the Norway in the Nutshell® tour
    • Geirangerfjord with Trollstigen excursion (June to August only)
    • Seat reservations on trains where available
    • Norwegian regional train from Trondheim to Oslo
    • 2 nights twin outside cabin with private facilities aboard Hurtigruten ship
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees
    Not Included

    Flight tickets, any airport taxes, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive in 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.

    Accommodation
    Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret

    Day 2 - Explore the compact green capital, Oslo

    Enjoy Oslo in depth with some of our suggestions:

    WALK: Skjennungstua

    Take metro line No 1 from any subway station in central Oslo to the final stop at Frognerseteren. Then set off on foot, following the sign posted paths towards Skjennungstua – a lovely 7km round-trip through the forested hills above the city. Stop for lunch at Skjennungstua, with its fantastic view over Oslomarka, Oslo's green space.

    LAKE WALK: Sognsvann Lake

    Take metro line No 5 from any subway station in central Oslo to the final spot at Sognsvann. This lake has a 3.2 kilometre-walking track around the lake which is well lit and wheel chair friendly. Good for picnicking, swimming, running and checking out the locals. This was a regular spot for us to visit when we lived in Oslo. Very relaxing and you feel very local being there!

    OCEAN WALK: Bygdøy

    Bygdøy is a peninsula on the west side of the city centre. Here you find several of Oslo’s most popular museums. The peninsula is mainly a residential area, but in addition to the museums, Bygdøy is also a popular recreational area during summer offering beaches, a beach volleyball court and a beach restaurant at Huk. There are also several beautiful trails both for cycling and walking. Look out for strawberries for sale!

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Restaurants
    Maaemo
    Optional Add Ons
    Summer night on Oslo fjord

    Day 3 - 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. In the afternoon, you check into the cosy mountain hotel in Flåm. Overnight in Fretheim Hotel.

    Pack an overnight bag for your night in Flåm.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Fretheim Hotel

    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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Clarion Hotel Admiral
    Restaurants
    Cornelius Fish Restaurant

    Day 5 - Explore Bergen - head to the hills above Bergen, museums or fine dine by the water

    Bergen offers many attractions and sights - many within walking distance. Recommended sights of interests are the Hanseatic harbour Bryggen, Fløibanen Funicular, Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum).

    Included is a Bergen card valid for 24 hours, which gives you free entrance to the cities museums, free public transportation, free parking and so much more.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast

    Day 6 - A free morning in Bergen and then board your Hurtigruten ship

    A free morning in Bergen and then board your Hurtigruten ship.

    Representative Service in Norway
    Hurtigruten's representative service in Norway in based in Bergen and may be contacted on +47 9094 6905
    24-Hour Emergency number +61 280 695 866

    Getting to your ship:
    Your Hurtigruten ship will sail from the Hurtigruten Terminalen, located at Nostegarten 30, 5010 Bergen. Telephone +47 5554 3631. Please ask us about the Hurtigruten transfer shuttle.

    Embarkation:
    The terminal is staffed from 13:00 (1pm) and is open from 15:00 (3pm) for baggage check-in. Embarkation takes place from 16:00 (4pm) and your cabin will be available from approximately 18:00 (6pm). Dinner (buffet style) will be available from 18:00 (6pm). There are no restaurant facilities in the terminal, and should you arrive early to the terminal, you are free to explore Bergen independently until embarkation time. Leftluggage lockers are available in the terminal, however, you will need local currency (Norwegian Kroner) to access them. Please note you carry your own luggage onboard from the pier to your cabin.

    Your ship departs at 20:00 (8pm).

    An information meeting is usually held on the evening of departure from Bergen and includes details of safety onboard. There is an information folder in each cabin and safety procedures are illustrated on the back of your cabin door and in public areas. The Tour Leader on board will assist with general information and the shore excursion programme.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Hurtigruten Norway

    Day 7 - Ålesund and Geirangerfjord

    Ports visited today: Florø, Måløy, Torvik, Ålesund, Molde.

    Your ship navigates the skerries and islands further north before reaching Ålesund. Marvel at the inspiring architecture in the Apotekergate and Kongensgate pedestrian precinct, perfect examples of the Art Nouveau style. Don’t miss out on the view from Mount Aksla but beware, there are 418 steps to the top! In the summer months, the next destination will be the spectacular UNE SCO-listed Geirangerfjord. En route to the end of this beautiful fjord you pass sheer, 800m cliffs and impressive waterfalls.

    In Autumn, you will explore the Hjørundfjord, amidst the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. Its seclusion and unspoiled natural landscape are what give this fjord its special character.

    Included is the Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass (June - August).

    Other Optional Excursions depending on the season: Art Nouveau Tour, Hiking in Hjørundfjord, Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount Aksla and the A Taste of Norway which visits the historic Hotel Union.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Optional Add Ons
    2B Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass
    2C & 2E Ålesund Art Nouveau Walk
    2D Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount Aksla
    2F A Taste of Norway in Hjørundfjord
    2G Mountain Hike in the Hjørundfjord
    2H Hike with a visit to a Shieling

    Day 8 - Arrive in Trondheim

    Arrive into Trondheim after breakfast and transfer to your hotel. Discover the sights of this medieval city, including Norway's only catherdral Nidarosdomen and Bakklandet, an idyllic neighbourhood full of charm, history and culture.

    Your hotel, the Grand Olav is centrally located in the city centre of Trondheim, walking distance from OlavsHallen concert hall and a ten minute walk from the Hurtigruten terminal.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Superior Room at Clarion Collection Grand Olav

    Day 9 - Explore Trondheim

    Take to time to unwind in this small Norwegian city. Hire a bike & follow one of the excellent cycling paths in and around the city centre.Be sure to take the world's first bike lift, located in the idyllic old town Bakklandet. You can ride out to the outdoor recreation area Bymarka, which is wonderful for hiking & biking.

    Annual food festivals, the farmer's market, local breweries and excellent restaurants are all to be discovered.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Clarion Collection Grand Olav

    Day 10 - Board the Dovrebanen train, which passes over the Dovre mountain plateau through historic towns and nature preservations, finish in Oslo.

    Board the 8.23 am train and sit back as you travel on the second highest line after the Bergen Railway. The Dovre Railway includes great variations in terrain and altitude along with 8 kilometres of tunnels, including the steep, curvy ascent from the Trondheim lowlands up to the Plateau. The train journey is 6 hours in total, reaching Oslo in the mid afternoon. Services finish on completion of this journey.

    Ask us about stopping off along the way, either for an additional overnight in Lillehammer or Røros.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    Prices per person. Hurtigruten sector rates fluctuate daily, please ask us for a specific quote for your preferred dates.

    Dates
    Valid From
    Valid To
    Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    1 Sep 2018
    31 Oct 2018
    1 Sep 2018
    31 Oct 2018
    EUR 2,158
    On request
    Standard
    1 Jan 2019
    30 Apr 2019
    1 Jan 2019
    30 Apr 2019
    EUR 2,130
    On request
    Standard
    1 May 2019
    31 Aug 2019
    1 May 2019
    31 Aug 2019
    EUR 2,429
    On request
    Standard
    1 Sep 2019
    30 Sep 2019
    1 Sep 2019
    30 Sep 2019
    EUR 2,207
    On request
    Standard
    1 Oct 2019
    20 Dec 2019
    1 Oct 2019
    20 Dec 2019
    EUR 2,130
    On request
    Standard

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