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Fjords to Glaciers

(7 days / 6 nights)

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So many natural wonders in one tour

This round-trip journey from Oslo to Bergen includes travel by train on the popular Norway in a Nutshell® route and by ferry along some of Norway’s most beautiful fjords. On the way, you’ll enjoy a scenic ride over Norway’s “mountainous rooftop”, incredible views from the famously steep Flåm Railway, free time for city sightseeing and a day tour to the Bøyabreen Glacier.

Type

Independent Train

Interest

Fjords

Season

1 June - 31 Aug

Departure

Daily

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Highlights Just a few of the majestic sights you’ll take in while in Norway.

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

  • Day 1: The Capital of Norway

    Arrive to Gardermoen Airport in Oslo. For an easy and comfortable way to get to your hotel in central Oslo, we are happy to arrange a private transfer for you.
    If you arrive early, we suggest buying an Oslo Pass for free travel on all public transit along with free admission to over 30 museums and attractions plus special offers on entertainment, restaurants, shops and more. The pass can be purchased at tourist information centres or at most hotels and major attractions in the city.

    Spend the night at a hotel in central Oslo.

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  • Day 2: Over Norway’s Rooftop

    Early in the morning, head to Oslo Central Station, where you’ll commence the Norway in a Nutshell® railway journey towards Flåm. This train ride, voted one of the 20 best in the world, takes you over Norway’s “mountainous rooftop” and through charming villages like Gol and Geilo. In Myrdal, you’ll switch trains to the Flåm Railway for an incredible 20 km ride with a 900-metre descent to the beautiful village of Flåm. Here, you’ll have free admission to the Flåm Railway Documentation Centre, located right beside Flåm Station, where you can learn about the construction of the world’s steepest railway line.

    From Flåm, your journey continues by boat to Balestrand, where you will spend the night. 

    Departure from Oslo: 08:11 
    Arrival to Flåm: 14:25 
    Departure from Flåm: 15:30 
    Arrival to Balestand: 16:55 

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  • Day 3: Majestic Fjords & Glacier Views 

    Start the day with an exciting day tour to a glacier! The first part of this excursion takes you past waterfalls and steep mountainsides on a boat ride along the Fjærlandsfjord to Fjærland, known as the village beneath the glacier. From there, a shuttle bus takes you the rest of the way to the amazing Bøyabreen Glacier and the Norwegian Glacier Centre. Those who choose the early departure will also be able to visit the Supphellebreen glacier.

    Afterwards, you will make the return journey to Balestrand, where you will spend another night. 

    Depart from Balestrand: 08:05 or 11:50 
    Return to Balestrand: 16:50 

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  • Day 4: Sail from Balestrand to Bergen 

    Today it’s time to head to Bergen, and what better way than with a scenic ferry ride along the Sognefjord, the deepest (1,309 m) and longest (204 km) fjord in Norway. Those on the early ferry will get a good head start on sightseeing in Bergen, one of the most important cultural centres in Norway. For a relaxing overview of this historic city, we recommend the Bergens Expressen mini-train tour, offering such sights as the Maria Church, the Rosenkrantz Tower and King Håkon’s Hall as well as amazing city views from Fjellveien (“the mountain road”).

    Spend the night in Bergen. 

    Depart from Balestrand: 07:50 or 16:55 
    Arrival to Bergen: 11:40 or 20:40

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  • Day 5: Highlights of Bergen 

    Despite being a major cruise port, Bergen has retained the atmosphere and charm of a small town and most attractions are easily visited on foot. Here you’ll find the old wharf of Bryggen—a UNESCO World Heritage site, centuries-old houses, a vibrant fish and flower market and an interesting range of museums. Or, for a bird’s eye view of the city, take a ride up the Flöibanen cable cars to the top of Mount Fløyen.

    Spend another night in Bergen.

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  • Day 6: Journey Back to Oslo 

    Get an early start to Bergen Central Station and board the train for your ride back over the mountains to Oslo. On arrival to the city in the afternoon, you have the opportunity to dive deeper into attractions like the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Ski Museum, the Viking Ship Museum, the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Royal Palace, the Polar ship “Fram”, Akershus Fortress and others. You can also check out the local vibes on the main shopping street, Bogstadveien, or just relax in one of Oslo’s many peaceful parks.

    Spend the night in Oslo. 

    Departure from Bergen: 07:58 
    Arrival to Oslo: 14:23

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  • Day 7: Goodbye Norway

    For transportation to Oslo-Gardermoen Airport, you can take the Flytoget express train from Oslo Central Station or a taxi directly from your hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon, take the opportunity to do some last-minute shopping or visit one of Oslo’s museums before heading home from this amazing holiday.

Map

Here’s a map of Norway, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Donald, Australia

Fjords to Glaciers, August 2013

No concerns or worries

The help and professional manner in which Helena conducted our business was greatly appreciated. All her arrangements proceeded perfectly and we had no concerns or worries during the course of our holiday.

Sharyn, Australia

Fjords to Glaciers, June 2015

Exceptional service

Kolbrun was wonderful. She answered all my questions and more up front and provided exceptional service. We spent 5 weeks in Scandinavia and this last week finished it off beautifully in a calm and relaxing pace in wonderful places.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort

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Quality

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Everything about this tour

This is an independent, self-guided tour. All accommodations, day tours and train / ferry tickets (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor, but travellers are ultimately responsible for getting to hotels and to any day tour meeting points or train / ferry departure points by the specified times.
 
Note: Please note that some museums and activities in the countryside might only be available between 15th of June and 15th of August. 
 
JOURNEY DURATIONS: 
  • Oslo - Flåm by train: approx. 6 hours and 15 minutes 
  • Flåm - Balestrand ferry: approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Balestrand - Bergen by ferry: approx. 4 hours 
  • Bergen - Oslo by train: approx. 6 hours and 30 minutes
Optional
We can arrange a meet-and-greet on arrival at the airport in Oslo plus private transfer by luxury car to your hotel for an additional fee of € 195. Contact us for details. Read more about private transfers in Oslo. 
 
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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