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Oslo, the start- and endpoint of this spectacular multi-day roundtrip, is Norway’s capital and largest city. A modern city with medieval roots, Oslo offers all the comforts and venues of a vibrant, urban capital. Yet echoes from Oslo’s rich past are everywhere, ready to be explored. Situated only 20 minutes from Norway’s main international airport and home to many renowned hotels, Oslo is a popular destination for international travellers. It is also an ideal starting point for our 10-day journey which will let you experience the essence of Norway.
After exploring Oslo, we venture inland and visit the picturesque Olympic town of Lillehammer, before travelling through the fertile Gudbrands valley to the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund. We follow the coastline to beautiful Bergen, home to the UNESCO- listed quarter of Bryggen. On our way back to Oslo, we cross the high mountain plateaus next to Hallingskarvet National Park. Bask in the sight of beautiful fjords, idyllic villages and pristine nature along the route.
“Meet and greet” in our hotel in Oslo, the capital of Norway. You will be welcomed by your tour leader, meet your fellow travellers and receive information about the tour before our Norwegian adventure starts.
*If you arrive early and want to explore Oslo on your own, please feel free to contact our office before the start of your multi-day tour for more detailed information about things to do.
**Overnight stay in the city centre of Oslo.
We leave Oslo behind as we travel inland towards the small town of Lillehammer, host to the 1994 Winter Olympic games. You get to explore the picturesque centre on your own before we drive through the fertile Gudbrandsdalen valley to a traditional mountain farm. The owners of this enchanting moose farm will warmly welcome you, show you around and introduce you to their moose and other farm life. After a visit to the moose farm, we drive down the mountain and follow the Sjoa-river to Otta.
*Overnight stay in the region of Otta.
We leave the green, rolling hills of Gudbrandsdalen, heading into the rugged and wild landscape of the Romsdal Alps. You will find yourself surrounded by some of Norway’s highest and most impressive peaks. After navigating the infamous Troll Road with its 11 challenging hairpin bends, we arrive in the strawberry village of Valldal, famous for its orchards and salmon fishing. From there, we follow the beautiful Storfjord to Ålesund.
*Overnight stay in the city centre of Ålesund.
In Ålesund you will have a day of free time to explore the city on your own. Situated where the open sea meets the deep fjords and famous for its Art Nouveau architecture, Ålesund was understandably named “the most beautiful city in Norway” by Times Magazine. Climb the stairs to the spectacular scenic point on Mount Aksla or you want to try the local maritime “klippfisk” cuisine? Ålesund offers it all.
*For more detailed information about what you can do in Ålesund, please feel free to contact our office before the start of your multi-day tour.
**Overnight stay in the city centre of Ålesund.
We leave Ålesund in the morning, following the Storfjord to the stunning UNESCO-listed Geiranger fjord. In Geiranger, you will have free time to explore the village and buy some local craft and food. Then, we cross the winding mountain roads to visit the Kjenndal glacier, a branch of mainland Europe’s largest glacier, the Jostedalsbreen. After that, we head towards the region of Jølster.
*Overnight stay in the region of Jølster.
We cross the beautiful Nærøyfjord, another UNESCO-listed wonder of nature, by boat. Remember to have your camera ready, as this beautiful voyage of about 2 hours offers a truly breathtaking scenery. After the fjord cruise we visit Gudvangen, a small village with proud Viking roots, before the journey continues towards the city of Bergen.
*Overnight stay in the city centre of Bergen.
Enjoy your free day in charming Bergen, Norway’s second largest city. Home to the UNESCO-listed Hanseatic quarter of Bryggen, the medieval Håkonshallen fortress, and a renowned fish market, Bergen is a cultural treasure box ready to be explored.
*For more detailed information about what you can do in Bergen, please feel free to contact our office before the start of your multi-day tour.
**Overnight stay in the centre city of Bergen.
We depart Bergen by train on the world-famous Flåmsbanen railroad. This scenic route, recently named the world’s most incredible train journey by Lonely Planet, is truly an experience you’ll remember for life. Our driver will welcome us again in the village of Flåm, ready to drive us over the high mountain plateaus bordering Hallingskarvet. This area, home to reindeer and eagles, was turned into a national park in 2006 to protect its pristine and untouched nature.
*Overnight stay in the Hallingdalen area.
We start the day with a visit to the medieval stave church and museum of Borgund. Famous for its traditional carvings and “Viking style” architecture, this church has become a renowned symbol of Norwegian heritage. From Borgund, we travel across wild mountain plateaus and through lush forests, until we reach the buzzing urban area of Oslo, where we started our journey.
*Overnight stay in the city centre of Oslo.
After spending the night in a comfortable hotel in Oslo, the tour has now come to an end and time has come to say goodbye. You are free to go for some last-minute shopping or explore Oslo on your own, depending on the departure time of your flight.
*Transportation from/to the airport can be arranged upon request.
The itinerary may be subject to changes in the unlikely case of unforeseen events such as closed roads, massive ferry delays, etc.
The weather in Norway can be very unpredictable. Especially in the mountain areas, it can be colder than on sea level or in the cities. We advise all our guests to bring appropriate clothing, including a rain jacket, and shoes, but don’t forget to bring lighter clothes for the warm sunny days.
The local currency in Norway is Norwegian Kroner (NOK). While most shops and venues accept Credit/Debit cards, and in some cases EUR or USD, we do recommend you have some local currency in cash as well.
Please be aware that most residents of countries outside the EU/EEA area need a visa to visit Norway. To see if this applies to you, and for further information regarding the application process, visit the link below or contact your local embassy.
Yes, absolutely. We have a back-in-time guarantee for guests travelling on cruise ships. To this end, we kindly ask you to fill in the name of your ship during the booking procedure.
That depends on the date of your arrival, and the kind of tour you are looking for. We kindly ask you to contact us per e-mail with specifics.
Rest assured that in such cases, you are entitled to a full refund.
Yes, we always have staff (wearing bright yellow jackets with our company logo) ready to welcome our guests on the Cruise Terminal, just outside the security gates. Our buses will be parked on the Terminal, or as close by, always within walking distance.
Our staff (wearing bright yellow jackets with our company logo) will be just outside the security gates of the Cruise Terminal. Our buses will also be parked on the Terminal, or as close by, always within walking distance. The address of each meeting point can be found on our website under “Contact Us”.
Our staff members (wearing bright yellow jackets with our company logo) will be waiting just outside the security gates of the Cruise Terminal, carrying the logo of Norway Excursions. Our vehicles also carry the logo of Norway Excursions. Should you not see our staff members on the pier immediately, rest assured that they will at the meeting point at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure of the tour.
We always ask our guests to pay in advance/upon booking. Tickets can also be purchased on the spot if there are available seats on the day of the excursion. However, our excursions tend to sell out and unless you have booked in advance, availability cannot be guaranteed. Please note that any promotional offers or discounts are not applicable to sales on the spot.
It is possible to pay the full amount at once. If preferred, it is also possible have each couple/participant of your group pay their own share. Should you prefer to split the payment, we kindly ask you to contact us and we will follow up accordingly.
We kindly ask you to contact us by phone in such cases. The phone number can be found on your ticket or our website. However, rest assured that we do not start a tour without going through our guest list. If anyone is missing, we will also try to call/contact them, using the contact information provided during booking. Please make sure to enter a phone number you can be reached on, with the correct country code.
In most cases, yes. We will always do our very best to accommodate guests with food allergies or restricted diets due to religious or other reasons. We kindly ask you to make a mention of your dietary restrictions during booking, or to send us an e-mail to inquire about your specific wishes.
The size of our groups depends on the number of bookings we get for a given tour. We do adapt the size of the vehicle to the final number of participating guests. If a small group/vehicle is important for you, we can also gladly arrange a private tour for you.
We always strive to welcome guests with mobility- or other issues. We kindly ask you to contact us via e-mail to discuss the specifics.
It is possible to pay in the currency that is related to your credit card. When you arrive on the payment page, you can select that option. We always recommend using our default setting. For live currency rates you can visit www.xe.com.
NB: When it comes to foreign currencies, your bank might charge a fee. For more information, we kindly ask you to contact your bank directly.