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29th October 2018
This holiday in Norway combines the classic Oslo to Bergen rail journey with the picturesque town of Voss, overlooking Lake Vang.
Voss is situated between the two great fjords Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord overlooked by and amongst snowy mountain tops, valleys and forests, rivers and waterfalls. The village itself overlooks Lake Vang and is actually quite large with a mixture of old and new. Whilst Voss is an excellent destination for tourists it is still a living community with a good selection of shops, cafes, restaurants and local businesses and is an excellent centre for those wishing to explore using the public transport system.
The base station for the Hangursbanen Cable Car is within walking distance of the town centre and from here you take the cable car up to the top of Mt Hangur (660m above sea level) where the café offers a panoramic view of Vossevangen and the surrounding mountains. The restaurant on Mt Hangur is the starting point for a number of way-marked routes and mountain walks in excellent hiking terrain.
Voss's new cultural centre is located in beautiful surroundings by Lake Vangsnatnet, adjacent to the railway station. Attractions include a panoramic film of Voss and art exhibitions and is home to the Tourist Information Office, where you will find walking maps and further information regarding things to see and do.
Day 1 - Arrive Oslo
Fly from the UK to Oslo Gardermoen Airport. Take the airport bus to Oslo City Centre (transfer time approximately 40 minutes). It is then a short walk to your hotel.
2 nights OSLO - Comfort Hotel Børsparken (3 star) or Hotel Bristol (4 star)
Day 2 - Getting to know Oslo
You have the full day to yourself to explore the wide offerings that Oslo has to offer. Highlights of the city include the Edvard Munch Museum, the stunning view of the Oslofjord from the Opera House, and finally but by no means least, Vigeland Park, which is the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist.
Day 3 - Across the Roof of Norway to Voss
Morning departure by rail for the spectacular journey 'Across the Roof of Norway' from Oslo to Voss (duration approx. 6½ hours). This is one of Norway's most famous railway journeys.
3 nights VOSS - Fleischer's Hotel (4 star)
Day 4 & 5 - Getting to know Voss
Voss has an enchanting landscape filled with waterfalls, mountains, valleys, rivers and forest; and you'll have the day free to explore it at your leisure. As well as the scenic there's a lively hub of shops, cafes and restuarants for you to discover.
Day 6 - Rail to Bergen
You now continue your journey by rail from Voss to Bergen (duration approx. 1¼ hours).
2 nights BERGEN - Augustin Hotel (3 star) or Clarion Hotel Admiral (4 star)
Day 7 - Getting to know Bergen
Today is your chance to explore Norway's second biggest city - a bustling and charismatic city that still manages to have a small-town charm and atmosphere.
Day 8 - Depart Bergen
Transfer to Bergen Airport for return flight to the UK.
Departure Day: Daily from UK
Departure Dates: 1 May - 25 Sep
Duration: 7 nights
Price: On request, please call 01274 875199 to speak with a member of our reservations team.
HOTEL BRISTOL (4 star) - Oslo
Hotel Bristol is a very traditional, historical hotel. As soon as you enter the main lobby area you experience the unique style that characterizes the hotel and an air of elegance which has been maintained since the hotel welcomed their first guests in 1920. Perfectly located just off Karl Johan’s Gate, the citys main street, with the Royal Palace at one end and Storting (Parliament) at the other. The hotel has 251 rooms (10 of which are suites) all equipped with TV, mini-bar, hairdryer, trouser press and telephone. The hotel has a spa and gym, bar, conference centre, garage, room service and wireless internet access. The hotel also has two restaurants; Bristol Grill, focusing on international and Norwegian dishes using local produce and Hambro’s Cafe, a popular Italian bistro.
COMFORT HOTEL BORSPARKEN (3 star) - Oslo
Located in the heart of the capital, Comfort Hotel Børsparken is surrounded by beautiful neo rennaissance and art nouveau architecture. This hotel provies perfect location for exploring the wonderful city of Oslo. Only two blocks from the popular shopping street Karl Johan and within walking distance from the central train station and airport shuttle. Rooms are spacious and can be accessed via an elevator, they are also equipped with cable television, wifi and ensuite bathroom.
FLEISCHER'S HOTEL (4 star) - Voss
A delightful traditional hotel, surrounded by mountains and lakes. Internationally renowned under owner managment of the Fleischer family for over 150 years. Elegant public rooms, perhaps the most beautiful dining room in western Norway inspired by swiss architecture. Indoor heated swimming pool, saunas, solarium, bars, dancing to live music six nights weekly. Rooms are accessible via a lift to every floor.
AUGUSTIN HOTEL (3 star) - Bergen
The Augustin Hotel has an extremely handy location, centrally located but in a quieter street just set back from the main harbour area. It is a short walk to most of the city's main attractions including Bryggen (the old Hanseatic harbour), the main shopping streets, the Aquarium, the express boat terminal and the funicular railway. It is actually Bergen's oldest family-run hotel now managed by the fourth generation of the Smørås family; the oldest part of the hotel was built in Art Nouveau style in 1909, however, since then the hotel has expanded, incorporating old neighbouring houses and building new wings. The hotel has a popular intimate dinner restaurant (closed Sundays) where their excellent buffet breakfast is also served, and a lovely 400-year-old cellar bar, Altona. During the summer months (June - August) you will find free waffles served between 1600 and 1800 in the lounge area next to Reception. Free tea and coffee is also available here all year round, 24 hours per day. All bedrooms are equipped with TV, phone, hair-dryer, mini-bar and trouser press. Lift to all floors.
If you are on a fly-drive holiday with Scandinavia Only, and spending a night in Bergen with your car, we will pre-book and include car parking as part of your stay. The car park is just across the road from the hotel and is outdoor.
CLARION HOTEL ADMIRAL (4 star) - Bergen
Clarion Hotel Admiral is the only true waterside hotel in Bergen with the best view of Bryggen (the Hanseatic harbour) , Vågen and Fløyen. The hotel was completely renovated in 2014 and is now an extremely stylish yet supremely comfortable and easy-going hotel. Centrally located in the heart of Bergen and within a couple of minutes walk of the fish harbour and main shopping street, the hotel is actually an old storehouse which dates back to 1904. The hotel has a lovely restaurant called Kitchen and Table and an area called the Living Room both of which are, as the names suggest, places to relax with good food, either a glass of wine, a cup of tea or just with other people or perhaps a good book - the whole point is that you should feel at home! All bedrooms included in our tours are with harbour view and are equipped with satellite TV, telephone, trouser press, mini-bar and hairdryer and free WiFi. These rooms also have a small balconette directly overlooking the water. Lift to all floors.
Please note, rooms at the Admiral have twin beds which are pushed together, each with their own set of bedlinen, but which cannot be separated.
Activities in Oslo
This is the classic Oslofjord sightseeing, passing the fortress, the Opera House and idyllic islands with small summer houses.
Duration: 2 hours
Departs: Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10.30 13.00 15.30
Price per person: NOK 269
Norwegian Evening on the Fjord
Enjoy an evening cruise on board a sailing ship. Traditional Norwegian prawn buffet is also served.
Duration: 3 hours
Departs: May - Sep 19.00
Price per person: NOK 395
Jazz and Blues Cruise
Evening cruise with live music on board a sailing ship. Traditional Norwegian prawn buffet is included.
Duration: 3 hours
Departs: 7 pm Wednesdays (Jazz evening) Saturdays (Blues evening) June 6 - Aug 15
Price per person: NOK 429 19.00
Who is this holiday suitable for?
Everyone! It especially suits those who like history, culture and nature as you have three wonderful, contrasting places to explore - with an impressive collection of museums between them and some of western Norway's most spectacular scenery.
Will I be able to get something to eat and drink on the train?
Absolutely, though the snacks available are very simple. Travelling in Komfort Class you will be provided with unlimited tea/coffee for the journey and we recommend you buy your own snacks in Oslo before departure to eat along the way. If you would like us to organise a meal for you on the train (we can pre-book something more substantial - similar to a generous airline meal) then let us know. Prices start at around £15 per person (now you can see why we recommend buying your own snacks beforehand...!).