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Essential Norway

Oslo Norway

Arrive in Oslo

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 along-standing pride in their Viking heritage. Oslo was established in 1000AD as a trading post and continues tobe the center of the country’s economy. Friendly and welcoming, it has been ranked first among the best cities to live in Europe.

Exploring 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. 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.

Oslo, Norway
Sunnylvsfjorden fjord and famous Seven Sisters waterfalls Norway

Journey to the Fjords

This morning you will be transferred to the train station to catch the high-speed train to Myrdal. Upon arrival at 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 in Flam, where you depart via express boat through the Sognefjord to Balestrand. Cruise among the towering mountain tops dotted with tiny villages.

Balestrand to Bergen

Today is at leisure in the spectacular Sognefjord region. We suggest exploring the Golden Circle, which has stunning views of the fjords and glaciers.

Later this afternoon, you will depart by express boat 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.

Bergen Norway


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 harbor still stand. 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 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.

Continue your journey

Want to extend your stay? Norway combines ideally with Finland & Iceland.

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