Coastal and Capital Explorer, Norway

Coastal and Capital Explorer

7 Nights: 2 x Oslo, 2 x Bergen, 2 x Hurtigruten Ship, 1 x Trondheim

This tour features three of Norway's most important and impressive capital cities: however, it is also the journeys between destinations that are a huge part of what makes this holiday so special. From Oslo your journey to Bergen features two of Norway's most famous excursions; 'Across the Roof of Norway', the rail journey across the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau to Myrdal, and 'Norway in a Nutshell', the world-famous excursion featuring the Flåm Mountain Railway and the Nærøyfjord. These two journeys alone feature in countless 'Top 10' lists featured in the folds of the world's most prestigious travel magazines.

But there's more... A leisurely 2-night journey onboard one of Hurtigruten's coastal ships carries you from Bergen to Trondheim via the magnificent Geirangerfjord (from 2 June) and the beautiful Art Nouveau town of Ålesund. Since 1893 Hurtigruten has carried passengers, cargo and the mail the full length of the Norwegian coastline and, although the ships now offer a much greater degree of comfort and service, the essence of the journey is still much the same - timeless.

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Oslo, Bergen, the Flåm mountain railway, Nærøyfjord, Hurtigruten coastal cruise, Ålesund, Geiranger, Trondheim... Need we say more?!

Prices from: £1785

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Day 1 - Arrive Oslo

Arrive Oslo by air from the UK. Independent transfer to your hotel. Remainder of day and evening free.

2 nights OSLO - Comfort Hotel Børsparken***  Hotel Bristol **** (B)


Day 2 - Getting to know Oslo

Explore Oslo! Highlights of the city include the Edvard Munch Museum (come face to face with 'The Scream'!), the stunning view of the Oslofjord from The Opera House, The Viking Ships Museum, The Vigeland Sculpture Park and Aker Brygge, Oslo's picturesque harbour area full of cafes, restaurants and shops.


Day 3 - Rail journey from Oslo to Bergen

Morning departure by rail across the roof of Norway to Myrdal then by Flåm Mountain Railway and fjord cruise to Gudvangen, continuing by rail to Bergen. Your luggage is being transferred for you directly from your hotel in Oslo to your hotel in Bergen so there's no need to worry about carrying it yourself between modes of transport.

2 nights BERGEN - Augustin Hotel *** or Clarion Hotel Admiral **** (B)


Day 4 - Getting to know Bergen

Explore Bergen; how about the funicular railway to Mount Fløyen, the old Hanseatic harbour Bryggen with its colourful shops, restaurants and cafes, the Hanseatic Museum, the cable car to Mount Ulriken or a leisurely stroll around the fish and flower market?


Day 5 - Onboard Hurtigruten

Evening transfer from your hotel to the Hurtigruten Quay. Sail at 2000.

2 nights ONBOARD - Hurtigruten Ship (B,D)

Meet the People... Hurtigruten


Day 6 - Cruise from Ålesund to Geiranger

Brief early calls at Florø and Måløy before passing Stadthavet, the most westerly point of Norway. Arrive into Ålesund after breakfast and then continue into the magnificent Geirangerfjord (2 June onwards only) before returning to Ålesund. Continue onwards to Molde and Kristiansund.


Day 7 - Arrive Trondheim

Morning arrival in Trondheim. A visit to Gothic Nidaros Cathedral is a must, it is Scandinavia's largest medieval building, followed by a stroll alongside the timber warehouses lining the riverside to Torvet, the main city square.

1 night TRONDHEIM - Thon Hotel Gildevangen *** or Scandic Nidelven **** (B)


Day 8 - Departure

Independent transfer to the airport for return flights to the UK.

Departure: Daily
Departure Dates: 1 May - 30 September 2017
Duration: 7 nights
Price:  Prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room with shower.

BØRSPARKEN, AUGUSTIN, GILDEVANGEN
Dep. Date Prices from
per person
Single Supp.
1 May - 30 Sep 2017 £1785 On request

 

BRISTOL, ADMIRAL, NIDELVEN
Dep. Date Prices from
per person
Single Supp.
1 May - 30 Sep 2017 £1985 On request

Price Includes:

  • Scheduled flights with SAS in SAS Go class from Heathrow to Oslo returning from Trondheim including taxes. 23kgs of checked luggage plus one piece of hand-luggage per person. Alternative departure airports and airlines available - please ask for details and prices.
  • 5 nights’ hotel accommodation based on two people sharing a double/twin room with shower and WC including breakfast. Harbour view room included at the Clarion Admiral Hotel in Bergen.
  • The rail journey from Oslo to Bergen including the excursion ‘Norway in a Nutshell’.
  • Luggage transfer service from your hotel in Oslo to your hotel in Bergen.
  • Transfer to the Hurtigruten Quay in Bergen from your hotel.
  • 2 nights onboard Hurtigruten ship from Bergen to Trondheim based on two people sharing an outside unspecified cabin with shower and WC including dinner and breakfast.

Hotel Bristol ****

Hotel Bristol, 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 Børsparken - Oslo ***

Comfort Hotel Boersparken, 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.


Augustin Hotel, Bergen ***

Augustin Hotel, 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, 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.


HURTIGRUTEN SHIP

Hurtigruten ship

We don't like to use the word cruising for Hurtigruten since it is so much more.  This is a wonderful means of transportation and accommodation; no fancy dress parties, cabarets or days at sea with no land in sight - this is a slow, gentle exploration of beautiful scenery with local food, tradition and community involvement.  The true 'Norwegian Coastal Voyage'.

Hurtigruten ships have been a staple along the Norwegian coast since 1893. The current fleet consists of classic ships, ships built in the late nineties, and ships built after the millennium. The ships are regular service vessels carrying freight, mail and passengers along the 2,500 nautical miles of coastline from Bergen to Kirkenes. Accommodation is very comfortable in two, three and four berth cabins (all our clients receive outside cabins with porthole or window) and meals are of a very good standard with breakfast and lunch being substantial buffet meals and dinner being a 3-course served dinner.  Particular focus is placed on locally sourced ingredients from local suppliers - chefs take the opportunity, when in port en-route, to purchase quality foods guaranteed to provide a true flavour of the destinations you visit. Please note, not all our holidays include lunch and dinner therefore do check what each holiday price includes.

The public areas of the ship offer plenty of lounge seating and there is a bar (certain ships will have more than one), cafeteria and shop.


Scandic Nidelven****

Scandic Nidelven, Trondheim

This award-winning centrally located hotel offers superb service, high-quality rooms and a diverse range of facilities. All rooms have a private bathroom with shower or bathtub and are furnished with an armchair and table as welll as all modern facilities to make your stay comfortable and memorable.

The Restaurant Nidelven has been awarded Norway’s best hotel breakfast over the last several years. If you've ever experienced a Norwegian breakfast you know what a accolade this really is - the competition is extremely high! The restaurant offers a modern menu inspired by the international trends within culinary arts, and we recommend soaking up the atmosphere in the hotel's bar afterwards... 


THON HOTEL NIDAROS (3 star plus) - Trondheim

Thon Hotel Gildevangen, Trondheim

This hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Trondheim's commercial district, only a short walk away from shops, restaurants and attractions. Behind the beautiful facade lies an inviting hotel in a building that dates back to 1908. Rooms are spacious with private bathroom, with shower, hairdryer and toiletries. Free wireless internet access, phone, mini-bar and TV are all available. Breakfast is also included in your stay.

GEIRANGER PANORAMA WITH TROLLSTIGEN PASS from Hurtigruten

Your day begins with a thrilling drive up Ørneveien (Eagles Road), enjoying magnificent, incomparable views of Geirangerfjord en route to the beautiful Eidsdalsvatnet Lake. From here you take a picturesque ferry ride across the fjord from Eidsdal to Linge. Once back on dry land, you head for the stark, wild, high-alpine areas stopping en route for photos at the impressive gudbrandsjuvet (Gudbrands Gorge). One of the many highlights of your trip is the series of 11 hairpin bends winding down the narrow Trollstigen Pass. Once you've reached the bottom, it's time for a hot drink and a bit to eat before continuing into the gentler landscape of the Romsdalsfjord. You conclude with a delicious dinner in Molde before being reunited with your Hurtigruten ship again and continuing your journey northwards.

Price: £180 per adult, duration 7.5 hours.

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Who is this holiday suitable for?
Everyone! This holiday is predominately a sightseeing holiday and therefore caters for people of all ages and physical fitness. 

What is the most suitable type of luggage I should use for this holiday?
Being a public transport holiday, you will be getting on and off trains so a backpack.

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