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13th January 2019
One highlight after another awaits you on this trip through one of the world's most spectacular landscapes.With deep fjords, glaciers, picturesque villages and majestic mountains, the fjords of Norway are a highlight of any tour to Norway.
This incredible journey will combine the inspiring Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord, with a visit to the foot of one of the most accessible glaciers in Norway: Nigardsbreen glacier which is an arm of the large Jostedalsbreen glacier, the largest glacier in Northern Europe.
This tour is ideal for those who enjoy being part of a group (max. 20 people) and wish to explore the dramatic scenery that Norway carries in abundance. You'll be travelling at a relaxing pace and have time on your own to soak up the city life of Bergen and Oslo.
Day 1: ARRIVE BERGEN
Fly to Bergen, known as the gateway to the fjords, and enjoy this coastal city at your leisure. Why not take an evening journey on the funicular railway known as Fløibanen to the top of the nearby mountains for some stunning views? Evening welcome meeting with tour leader.
1 night BERGEN - Scandic Neptun
Day 2: BERGEN/HARDANGERFJORD/NORHEIMSUND (80 kms)
In the morning embark on a 2-hour sightseeing tour of Bergen, including the popular fish market, and the historical part of Bergen known as Bryggen. It's then time to depart Bergen and head into the beautiful Hardangerfjord, the orchard of Norway.
1 night NORHEIMSUND - Thon Hotel Sandven (3 star)
Day 3: NORHEIMSUND/FLÅM/BALESTRAND (260 kms)
Continue via Voss to Stalheimen, situated on the very top of the Nærøydalen Canyon with a panoramic view over the valley. Drive via the panoramic route to the idyllic village of Flåm, from where you enjoy a fjord cruise to Gudvangen. Continue in your coach to Vangsnes, crossing the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway and arriving in Balestrand for check-in and dinner.
2 nights BALESTRAND - Kviknes Hotel (4 star)
Day 4: BALESTRAND/NIGARDSBREEN GLACIER/BALESTRAND (205 kms)
Travel by ferry across the Fjærlandsfjord, before reaching Jostedal and the Breheimsenteret Glacier Centre located by the Jostedal Glacier. The Jostedal Glacier is, the largest glacier on the European mainland. The whole glacier, and also some of the nearby valleys, is protected as a National Park. In front of the glacier there is a small lake, which can be crossed on-board the passenger boat, or walk of approximately 30-40 minutes from the car park to the glacier and edge of the glacier. Unlike other glaciers, here you can get right up close. Lunch and entrance are included at the Breheimsenteret Glacier Centre.
Day 5: BALESTRAND/FLÅM/OSLO (385 kms)
Mid morning journey across the Sognefjord again, this time to Flåm, before boarding one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world, the Flåm Railway. A spectacular train journey that offers a panoramic view of some of the wildest and most magnificent nature in the Norwegian fjord landscape. The Flåm Railway is one of the steepest train lines in the world on normal tracks, where almost 80% of the journey has a gradient of 5.5%. On arrival to the mountain station of Myrdal, you change trains and travel on the Bergen Line to the Norwegian capital, Oslo.
2 nights OSLO - Scandic Olavs Plass
Day 6: EXPLORE OSLO
Enjoy a 3-hour city tour of Oslo including the Vigeland Park with its 200 sculptures, a visit to Holmenkollen ski jump for a fantastic view over the city, and a walk to admire the architecture of the Opera House and the views of the fjord from its location. Afternoon is at leisure to further explore Oslo and why not take one of the local ferries to the Bygdøy peninsula and visit one of the many popular museums.
Day 7 - Homeward bound.
Depart Oslo to fly back to the UK.
Departure Day: Sunday
Duration: 6 nights
Departure Dates: See Price Panel
Deposit Payment: £200 per person
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3 & 24 June 2018
TO BOOK: Please call us on 01274 875199 and speak to one of our Reservations Team, alternatively email your requirements to email@example.com and we will respond to you within 24 hours.
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Hotel Scandic Neptun in central Bergen has a harbour location within walking distance of Bergen's top attractions, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen. The hotel has one of Bergen's largest collections of modern art, giving you a great cultural experience during your stay.
After a day of sightseeing you can enjoy gourmet dishes served in Restaurant Lucullus. In addition, there's a continental-style bistro and a wine and champagne bar that's the perfect place to relax during the evening if you fancy a drink or two. All the rooms are spacious, en suite and equipt with modern facilities including wifi.
THON HOTEL SANDVEN (3 star) - Norheimsund
This hotel is a delightful mixture of Scandinavian historical and Scandinavian modern and despite the breadth of difference between them, they actually fit together rather nicely. The original part of the hotel was built at the end of the 19th century and was known simply as Sandven Hotel; this historical section is full of charm and history and was awarded the distinction 'Olavsrosa' by the foundation for Norwegian Heritage – a quality label for experiences rooted in Norwegian cultural heritage. Each of the bedrooms in this part of the hotel are different – in size and decoration – yet with the same quality of design and comfort as their modern counterparts.
In the modern part of the hotel the bedrooms have a more contemporary design and those who have stayed at Thon Hotels previously will be familiar with the bright and welcoming style of decoration. All Scandinavia Only guests receive a fjord-view room during their stay.
The hotel's public rooms in the historical section are simply beautiful with wood-panelled walls and antique paintings and furniture. The dining room is truly lovely and there are plenty of places to sit and relax in the equally beautiful lounge/reception area.
The hotel sits directly alongside the Hardangerfjord with gardens along one side and the village of Norheimsund on the other. This is a great location from which to explore the numerous sites and attractions of Hardanger.
KVIKNES HOTEL (4 star) - Balestrand
We have featured the Kviknes Hotel, and enjoyed a close co-operation with the Kvikne Family, since our beginnings - but not since theirs! At Kvikne's their beginnings go right back to 1752 and the best traditions of inn-keeping. The Kvikne family, who still own the hotel, started their reign in 1877, a little before our time, and today it is Sigurd Kvikne (4th generation) who heads up the hotel, with his sister Kari managing their reservations and Front Office.
Although the hotel originally started with only two rooms (yes, just two!), today the hotel has 200 guest rooms and is one of the largest tourist hotels in Norway. Graced with an extensive collection of artworks and antiques, the hotel also has a list of prominent guests; Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany was a frequent guest, along with royalty, emperors, presidents, prime ministers, film stars and artists from many countries.
The hotel was originally built in the ‘Swiss’ style and this section is now referred to as the 'Old Wing' or 'Historical Swiss Style Building'; however much new building, reconstruction and extension has taken place since, not least the addition of the 'New Wing' in the 1960s (see below). The Old Wing directly overlooks the Sognefjord and this is where you will find the beautiful dragon-style restaurant and lounge areas with a small number of guest rooms. In the public rooms you will find a fine collection of paintings from the numerous artists who stayed at the hotel (occasionally using their paintings as a way to pay for their stay!) and antique furniture in keeping with the antique, dragon-style wooden interior.
There are a number of different room categories available at the hotel. Our clients are accommodated in rooms on a high floor in the New Wing of the hotel with a view of the gardens and fjord. These rooms have twin beds, a seating area, desk, TV, telephone and bathroom with bath/shower and WC. A small number of twin rooms are also available in the Old Wing of the hotel which are simply and traditionally furnished in keeping with the old style of the hotel and have a view of the fjord. These rooms are available at a supplement. The Old Wing also has a small number of Junior Suites which have a separated seating area and bedroom and a view of the fjord. Please ask our reservations staff for applicable supplements.
The hotel serves a wonderful, traditional Scandinavian buffet for dinner with a broad selection of cold meats, fish and salad along with a good selection of hot dishes featuring meat, fish and vegetarian options. A large buffet breakfast is also served.
The New Wing – Beauty or the Beast?
It was during the 1960s, when Sigurd and Kari’s father, Per Kvikne, was running the hotel that he faced an increased demand for more rooms and plans for a new, modern building were drawn up. At the time Per came under considerable pressure to demolish the old, wooden hotel entirely and completely re-build a modern hotel in its place; however, he couldn’t bear to do this (he had an emotional attachment to the hotel and the memories and history it held) and he decided to have two contrasting buildings instead, retaining the old but building a new, and for them to sit alongside one another, both a testament to their place in history and both examples of fine architecture. This decision proved to be very controversial but it is one that we love and applaud! The New Wing is now seamlessly attached to its older sibling so that internally you pass from one to the other without even knowing you have done so, however, externally the two remain very distinct from one another and still cause something of a visual stir when approaching the hotel from the fjord.
Like it or loathe it, the New Wing is a beautiful example of post-modern 60s architecture and, without it, there simply wouldn’t be a historical, wooden building at all!
We know you will have questions about this holiday and we hope we have managed to answer a few of them with the following information. But if we haven't please just let us know - we'll find the answer for you and then add it to our list.
What is the group size?
The maximum group size of this tour is 20 people, a manageable and ideal size to ensure you get to know the guides and other people on your tour.
Who is this holiday suitable for?
That's easy - everyone! But especially those people who enjoy interacting with others and making new friends.
I have a special diet, can this be catered for?
Absolutely! Just let us know at the time of booking so that we can ensure you are served delicious alternatives throughout. Breakfast in Norwegian hotels is invariably a help-yourself buffet and there is plenty to choose from. For those with very specific diets such as gluten free, vegan etc the hotels will have been notified and will have prepared suitable alternatives though these may be more limited. In the cities you will make your own arrangements for dining out in the evening and both Oslo and Bergen have a wide variety of choices available.
What sort of clothing will I need?
The first thing to say is that there is no specific dress code in Norway. You will find most people dressed quite casually and, as in the UK, jeans are predominant! In Norway they will dress jeans up with 'proper' shoes and perhaps a shirt as opposed to a T-shirt but overall it is very similar to the UK. The point we are making is that you are not going to be refused entry to a restaurant because you are not wearing a cocktail dress or a shirt and tie. However, it has to be said that Norwegians do not dine out in the same way that we do in the UK; in many cases they will only dine out when it is a special occasion such as an anniversary, a birthday or a 'night out get-together', and they will use this as an excuse to dress up as they are not required to do so on a day to day basis! This does not mean that you have to but we know that the British often like to 'follow suit' therefore we suggest you pack something accordingly.
When it comes to being in the great outdoors you should take exactly the same type of clothing you would in the UK, that is, be prepared for the sun, be prepared for the rain. As they say in Norway 'There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing'.