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Norway in a Nutshell®

  • Sample platter on Oslo food tour | Photo: Food Tours EU | Scandinavian American World Tours
    A sample platter on the Oslo food tour


Itineraries from Oslo - Bergen or Bergen - Oslo
Available All Year Round*

This unique journey is an expanded version of the traditional Norway in a Nutshell®: you’ll explore the spectacular route from Oslo to Bergen through a series of railways, fjord cruises, and charming hotels. Traverse the side of the Sognefjord with a ride on the Flåm Railway, and then gaze in awe at the majestic height of the Aurlandsfjord and UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed Nærøyfjord from the deck of your express boat!

NOTE: All of our Norway in a Nutshell series itineraries are sample itineraries with suggested number of nights. Tour nights and locations can be added or subtracted from each tour as needed. Tour can be done Bergen to Oslo, Oslo to Oslo and Bergen to Bergen.

Itinerary

Route 1: Oslo to Bergen

Day 01: Arrive Oslo

Arrive at Oslo Airport today and transfer to your hotel on your own for check-in. After settling in, the rest of the day is at leisure to explore this exciting Scandinavian capital!

Also known as the Viking capital of Norway, Oslo is a diverse mixture of modern and ancient. There are so many options for exploration and discovery: the fascinating Viking Ship Museum—which houses Viking ship findings from Gokstad, Oseberg, and Tune—is located here, along with the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Akershus Fortress, and the World War II Resistance Museum.

Overnight at your hotel.

Hotel Opera or similar

Day 02: Oslo

A traditional Scandinavian buffet breakfast greets you early this morning at the hotel. After breakfast, the day is free to wander the city and get a feel for the Nordic atmosphere. Today you’ll have the opportunity of taking one of our optional tours and excursions, such as the Oslo Food Tour, listed at the end of this itinerary.

Overnight at your hotel and prepare for your next adventure: the fjords.

Hotel Opera or similar

Day 03: Oslo - Flåm 

You’ll leave Oslo Station this morning aboard the train, taking in the incredible mountainscapes around you as you journey 5 hours to Myrdal and embark for a special 1-hour journey on the world-famous Flåm Railway. Descend 2,838 feet down the side of the Sognefjord, gorgeous views of the surrounding nature and wildlife at every turn.

Arrive in the enchanting fjord town of Flåm, located at the tip of the Aurlandsfjord. Waterfalls cascade down the side of the mountains, colorful cottages dot the hillside, and snow lines the roof of the world above—even in summertime! The remainder of the day is free to settle in and do some short sightseeing around the town.

Accommodations and dinner tonight are at an outstanding four star hotel with panoramic views of the fjord.

Fretheim Hotel

Day 04: Flåm - Bergen

After a sprawling buffet breakfast this morning, you have the morning to enjoy the historic fjordside village of Flåm on your own. There’s a lot to see and do in this tiny village, such as biking the Rallarvegen road or taking a fjordsafari to explore the Nærøyfjord region from the docks (activities available for purchase locally).

In the early afternoon, stroll along the pier to catch a fjord cruise amidst the peaks and deep crevices of the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, reaching the breathtaking harbor town of Gudvangen in the midafternoon. In Gudvangen, you’ll wind your way through the striking Stalheim Canyon by bus on the path to Voss, and then head onward to Bergen by train.

After an hour and a half train ride, you’ll arrive at Bergen Station and disembark in the stunning gateway to the fjords. Transfer on your own to your three star hotel, located in Hanseatic-era Bryggen Harbor—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and enjoy an overnight in the city.

Hotel Rosenkrantz or similar

Day 05: Bergen

This morning you’ll enjoy another delicious Scandinavian buffet breakfast. On your last full day in Norway you can take advantage of one of our optional tours and excursions—such as taking a Bergen city walking tour—listed at the end of this itinerary.

You’ll have a free afternoon and evening to enjoy a last night in Norway and shop for souvenirs. Overnight at your hotel.

Hotel Rosenkrantz or similar

Day 06: Depart Bergen

This morning, enjoy a final Norwegian buffet breakfast at your hotel before departing for Bergen Airport on your own.

Route 2: Bergen to Oslo

Day 01: Arrive Bergen

Arrive at Bergen Airport today and transfer to your hotel on your own for check-in. After settling in, the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the stunning gateway to the fjords and home to Bryggen Harbor, the Hanseatic-era UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight at your city-center three star hotel.

Hotel Rosenkrantz or similar

Day 02: Bergen

After your first Scandinavian buffet breakfast this morning, your first full day in Norway is spent enjoying the small-town atmosphere of this harbor city. Walk the town on your own and shop for souvenirs, discover local dining spots, and visit the historic Bryggen Harbor. There is also an option to take a guided city walking tour of Bergen, listed at the end of this itinerary.

Overnight at your hotel and prepare for your next adventure: the fjords.

Hotel Rosenkrantz or similar

Day 03: Bergen - Flåm 

After another delicious Scandinavian buffet breakfast this morning, you’ll transfer early to Bergen Station to catch a train into Norway’s famous fjord country, arriving at Voss Station in about an hour and a half. Board the local bus in Voss and wind your way through striking Stalheim Canyon to Gudvangen, a breathtaking harbor town located at the very tip of the UNESCO World Heritage Nærøyfjord.

One of the most beautiful locations in a country of spellbinding scenery, you’ll sail through the Nærøyfjord and the connecting Aurlandsfjord to reach Flåm, enjoying the peaks and deep crevices of the region. Waterfalls cascade down the side of the mountains, colorful cottages dot the hillside, and snow lines the roof of the world above—even in summertime! There’s a lot to see and do in the tiny village of Flåm, including biking a portion of the nearby Rallarvegen road or taking a fjordsafari to explore the Nærøyfjord region from the docks (activities available for purchase locally).

The remainder of the day is free to settle in and do some sightseeing around the town. Accommodations and dinner tonight are at an outstanding four star hotel with panoramic views of the fjord.

Fretheim Hotel

Day 04: Flåm - Oslo

After a sprawling buffet breakfast this morning, you have the morning to enjoy the historic fjordside village of Flåm on your own.

In the early afternoon, walk from the front of your hotel to Flåm’s train station, home of the world-famous Flåm Railway. Board the train and take in the incredible mountainscapes of the hour-long journey to Myrdal, ascending 2,838 feet up the side of the magnificent Sognefjord. You arrive at Myrdal Station and switch to the train bound for Oslo, which crosses the eastern Norwegian countryside for 5 hours on its way to the Viking capital.

Arrive in Oslo in the evening and transfer on your own to your city-center, four-star hotel for overnight, located directly across the street from the famous Oslo Opera House.

Hotel Opera or similar

Day 05: Oslo

This morning you’ll enjoy another delicious Scandinavian buffet breakfast. On your last full day in Norway you can take advantage of one of our optional tours and excursions—such as taking the Oslo Food Tour—listed at the end of this itinerary.

You’ll have a free afternoon and evening to enjoy a last night in Norway and shop for souvenirs. Overnight at your hotel.

Hotel Opera or similar

Day 06: Depart Oslo

This morning, enjoy a final Norwegian buffet breakfast at your hotel before departing for Oslo Airport on your own.

 

Additional Information

Price includes:

  • 5 nights’ accommodations in Oslo, Flåm, and Bergen, including daily Scandinavian buffet breakfast and 1 dinner (Fretheim Hotel), in centrally-located or first-class hotels (upgrades possible in Oslo and Bergen; all rooms with private facilities)
  • Train ride on the Bergen rail line, Oslo – Myrdal, the Flåm Railway, and Voss – Bergen (or v.v) standard class (includes required seat reservations)
  • Fjord cruise (2 hours) on the spectacular Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord (or v.v)
  • Bus tour through the impressive Stalheim Canyon to Voss (or v.v)
  • Detailed Norway in a Nutshell® tour itinerary and tour brochure with trip information

Optional excursions (descriptions can be found at end of tour):

  • Oslo Food Tour with a local English-speaking guide
  • Bergen City Walking Tour with a local English-speaking guide

NOTE: Tour nights and locations can be altered and/or additional nights are available for booking at any hotel on this itinerary, provided the required minimum of 5 hotel nights is met. There is an upgrade available on the train between Oslo and Myrdal to Komfort Class. It includes a PC jack, coffee/tea, and a Norwegian newspaper for $22 p.p. per train. This does not apply to the Flåm train or the local Voss-Bergen trains.

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2019 STARTING PRICES | DAILY DEPARTURES ON REQUEST

Departure Dates and Information
All departures are in USD. Departure is a land-only tour. Tour can be done in reverse; please contact us for more information. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed.

Train upgrade and luggage transport available! Upgrade to Komfort Class on the train between Oslo and Myrdal (does not apply to the Flåm Railway train or local Voss-Bergen trains), which includes PC jack, coffee/tea, and a Norwegian newspaper: $22. Luggage transport between Oslo and Bergen (pre-book only): $47 per piece (don't forget to pack an overnight bag for the nights in between!).

Land Only
Price

Single
Supplement

BASE TOUR FROM
Available Daily All Year Round*
*some restrictions may apply during the holiday seasons or track work.


$1324 p.p. twin


$462


Suggestions for Activities and Sights

Please ask us for more information about the tours and excursions listed below.

Oslo – Oslo Food Tour

In the late morning you have the option to meet back at your hotel and begin an Oslo Food Tour, a glimpse into the genuine cuisine of Oslo through its harbor, vibrant riverside, and market halls. The tour explores the cultural heart of Norway’s capital, and you’ll traverse the city for four hours—discovering local food gems and taking in the sights on foot. The tour ends mid-afternoon. Prices from: $188 p.p.

Bergen – Bergen City Walking Tour

Head out on a city walking tour of Bergen with a local guide! The tour will take you through both Bergen’s most famous sights and the lesser-known, including Bryggen Harbor, the Bergen Fortress area, the train station, and some of Bergen’s most historic landmarks. The guide is very knowledgeable about the history of each place you visit—from Bergen’s founding in 1070 through the Middle Ages and WWII to the present—and there will be ample time for questions. Price: $480.

Tour Information

Tour Type:Independent Tour / Norway in a Nutshell®
Price: from $1324
Duration:6 days
Cities Visited:Oslo - Flåm - Bergen
Departures: All Year Round

Tour Map

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