Oslo, Norway Bergen, Norway

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Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

Day 1
Arrival | Arrival

Arrival into Oslo where your driver will meet you outside of baggage claim to transfer you to your hotel located right on the harbour.

Perched on the Oslofjord, the warmth and compactness of Oslo are a large part of its attraction. The Norwegian capital is a harmonious blend of stunning landscapes and cutting-edge cuisine and design. Norwegians take a long-standing pride in their Viking heritage. Oslo was established in 1000AD as a trade post and continues to be the center of the country’s economy. Friendly and welcoming, it has been ranked first among the best cities to live in Europe.

This afternoon and evening are at your leisure. Your welcome package will include 72 hour Oslo Cards. These give you free access to all the top museums and unlimited access to the public transportation system.

New Nordic Cuisine is a hot restaurant trend and all the best restaurants in Oslo book up months in advance. To avoid disappointment, we recommend reserving space for dinner nightly. We would love to help you design the perfect culinary adventure during your stay!

Exeter Services: Arrival Transfer 
Hotel: Continental

Day 2
Oslo | Oslo

This morning, your guide will meet you for a visit to City Hall to view the ceremonial hall with its beautiful murals, including the largest oil painting in Europe. This is the location of the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony every December.

Enjoy a stroll down Karl Johans Gate, the main thoroughfare of Oslo. This street contains many shops and places to eat. Storinget (the Norwegian Parliament), the University and numerous parks line the street. The street ends at the Royal Palace, which prominently sits on a hill.

Meet your driver for the journey out to Vigeland Park. The park, named after sculptor, Gustav Vigeland, contains 212 human sculptures, depicting all the stages of life. The main focal point of the park is the 56 foot tall monolith, comprised of over 100 human figures all molded into one another.

Continue onto the charming peninsula Bygdoy to explore the Viking Ship Museum where three of the largest ships, the Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune are housed. Found in royal burial mounds of Oslo, these well preserved ships were used to carry the dead over to “the other world”.

Exeter Services: Half Day Guide, Vehicle & Driver  
Hotel: Continental

Day 3
Oslo | Oslo

Enjoy today at your leisure in Oslo. You can use your Oslo Card to explore any of the many sites the city has to offer.

You may want to visit the Fram Museum which houses the Polar Ship Fram; used for three arctic expeditions by Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup and Ronald Amundsen. No other sailing vessel has been further north or south than the Fram. One can explore the entire ship from top to bottom. Also on display is expedition equipment and photographs of the explorers.

Alternatively, you could visit the museum of Thor Heyerdahl, Norway’s most famous explorer of the 20th century, the Kon-Tiki museum. Thor believed that the Polynesians first came from the America’s and because of this he built a balsa raft in 1947 to sail from Peru to Polynesia. His journey, with a five man crew, lasted 101 days, before they landed on a remote island in Polynesia. A raft from another adventure is also on display.

If you’d like to explore some of Oslo’s art, the National Museum’s collection of Edvard Munch contains many of the artist’s most significant creations.

Exeter Services: None  
Hotel: Continental

Day 4
Oslo - Balestrand | Oslo - Balestrand

This morning you will be transferred to the train station to catch the high-speed train to Myrdal. Your luggage will be picked up prior to your departure and sent on to Bergen.

Upon arrival into Myrdal, you will board the historic Flamsbana train. The train will take you up some of the steepest train tracks in the world, passing by waterfalls, steep mountain sides and, of course, the famous fjord.

Arrival into Flam, where you depart via express boat through the Sognefjord to Balestrand. Cruise among the towering mountain tops dotted with tiny villages.

Your boat will arrive right to the Kviknes hotel set on the edge of the fjord.

Exeter Services: Station Transfer (Oslo) & Norway in a Nutshell  
Hotel: Kviknes Hotel

Day 5
Balestrand - Bergen | Balestrand - Bergen

Today is at leisure in the spectacular Sognefjord region. You may wish to spend the morning relaxing on the hotel’s terrace, breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the spectacular views.

For the more active at heart we suggest hiking, bicycle rental or row boat rental – all available from the hotel and payable locally.

Later this afternoon, you will depart by hydrofoil for Bergen. Your journey will take you continuing through the Songefjord and out into the ocean, through the archipelago along the coast and into the charming town of Bergen.

Upon arrival into Bergen, you will be met on the pier and transferred to your hotel.

Exeter Services: Norway in a Nutshell & Station Transfer (Bergen)
Hotel: Clarion Havnekontoret

Day 6
Bergen | Bergen

Today, your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby for your tour of Bergen. You will visit the Old Bryggen, the original settlement of Bergen. Here just ten of the original gabled houses on the harbour still stand. The Hanseatic Museum showcases a merchants’ home, providing a great example of how they lived and worked in the 1700s.

The fish market is a few steps away and can be quite lively with locals. This is the place to sample different types of fish and meats. Try to taste the difference between wild or farmed salmon or maybe sample some reindeer sausage.

Afterwards, your guide will take you on the funicular to the Fløv Mountains for a truly spectacular view overlooking the city. You may choose to ride the funicular back down or you can hike down the mountain.

Exeter Services: Half Day Guide
Hotel: Clarion Havnekontoret

Day 7
Bergen | Bergen

Today is at your leisure in Bergen. If you didn’t get enough of fjords and glaciers, you could explore the Hardangerfjord region with a full-day exploration. You will see majestic mountains, roaring waterfalls and idyllic orchards.

Alternatively, you could head outside the city to visit Troldhaugen, the former home of composer Edvard Grieg. In the summer, musicians from Norway and abroad perform works by Grieg and others at daily concerts.

If you want to explore more of Norway’s musical heritage, you could journey outside Bergen to visit Lysoen, the Island of Light. On this island, Ole Bull, one of the greatest violinists of his time, built his summer home. The home is built with Norwegian pine and features many different architectural styles, including a Russian onion dome and a Moorish door. The 175 acre island features many footpaths with ponds and gazebos.

Exeter Services: None
Hotel: Clarion Havnekontoret

Day 8
Departure | Departure

Your driver will meet you in your hotel lobby for your transfer to the airport to meet your departing flight.

Exeter Services: Airport Transfer

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