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9 Days / 8 Nights

Day 1 - Oslo - Holmenkollen
Cosmopolitan style meets natural beauty in Oslo, our starting point. A city tour takes in the avant-garde Opera House, where terrace views reach across the fjord. Next stop, Bygdoy Island and the Viking Ship Museum. Discover the world's best-preserved wooden Viking ships - plus all sorts of centuries-old artefacts. Swapping history for art, we visit the world's largest
sculpture park dedicated to a single artist, Gustav Vigeland. And there's still time to pass by the Royal Palace and City Hall, site of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. We take time for lunch
at leisure at Akers Brygge. This afternoon we rest our legs. But we won't be staying still thanks to a fjord boat trip, around narrow sounds, idyllic bays and tiny islands. Back on dry land
we drive to Holmenkollen and share a welcome dinner. (D)
Overnight: Scandic Holmenkollen Hotel (or similar)

Day 2 - Holmenkollen - Lillehammer - Lom - Grotli
First stop: Lillehammer. In 1994 the world's winter athletes bobsledded and slalomed their way across this snow-dusted town. Lunch is up to you, but dessert will be a guided tour of Maihaugen Open-air Museum - a sublime place to discover Norwegian life, then and now. A detour to Lom shows us one of Norway's biggest stave churches, with 12th century roots. Dinner tonight is in our Grotli hotel. (B, D)
Overnight: Grotli Hoyfjellshotel (or similar)

Day 3 - Grotli - Geiranger - Grotli
Weather permitting, we begin at Dalsnibba Summit, Europe's highest fjord that promises as-faras- the-eye-can-see views across UNESCO World Heritage-listed Geirangerfjord. After lunch, we take a closer look, cruising to the middle of the fjord to see the captivating Seven Sisters, Bridal Veil and Suitor waterfalls. By dinnertime, back in Grotli, we'll have sensational photographs to compare. (B, L, D)
Overnight: Grotli Hoyfjellshotel (or similar)

Day 4 - Grotli - Kjenndal Glacier - Balestrand
In Sande we uncover a hiddenaway gem: Lovatnet Lake, leading to Kjenndal Glacier. Taking to the water, we cruise past Utigardsfossen - said to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world - to the end of the lake. Changing to four wheels, we drive to the Kjenndals, Glacier fringes and take a short walk through the valley that rewards us with an extraordinary perspective of Norway's nature at its dramatic, untamed best. Later in Balestrand, we sit down to a hotel dinner. (B, D)

Note:
Today's itinerary depends on the season - weather conditions in May and September mean we visit the world-famous Briksdal Glacier instead, set between the roaring waterfalls and towering peaks of Jostedalen Glacier National Park.
Overnight: Dragsvik Fjordhotell (or similar)

Day 5 - Balestrand - Fjaerland - Boya Galcier - Balestrand
Our adventure continues in Fjaerland, a village on the sublime Fjaerlandsfjord. Today is for nature-lovers as we delve into the Boyaoyri estuary, home to over 100 bird species. The award-winning Norwegian Glacier Museum is next, with a fascinating insight into this region - from the ice age to today's climate change challenges. Don't miss the mammoths that ‘roam' outside either. We're then back outdoors at Boya Glacier, part of Jostedal Glacier. A warming dinner welcomes us back to our Balestrand hotel. (B, D)

Overnight: Dragsvik Fjordhotell (or similar)

Day 6 - Balestrand - Undredal - Myrdal - Voss
In Undredal, an enchanting village on the Auerland Fjord shores, we find the littlest stave church in Northern Europe. But this isn't the only tucked-away gem here. A local goat cheese producer shares samples of tangy cheese, introducing us to the slow food movement with a locally-sourced lunch. Then, there's a once-in-a-lifetime experience in store. We embark on the Flåm Railway, one of the planet's steepest and most spectacular train lines that runs through film-set-worthy scenery. Through twists, turns and tunnels we trundle past white-tipped
mountains, timeless farms, waterfalls and rivers. At Myrdal, we switch to the scenic train that takes us to Voss. Tonight's dinner restaurant is your choice. (B, L)
Overnight: Fleischer's Hotel (or similar)

Day 7 - Voss - Bergen - Voss
A drive along Hardangerfjord, the globe's third longest fjord, brings us to a family-owned Norwegian fish farm. These fish are destined for restaurants from Tokyo to Paris, but we see them at the source thanks to underwater cameras. Following their journey to the rainbowhued market stalls of Bergen, we then stop at Bryggen's UNESCO protected Hanseatic Wharf. There's time to explore and enjoy lunch by yourself before a local guide invites us on a city tour. After a busy day, your evening is all yours. (B)
Overnight: Fleischer's Hotel (or similar)

Day 8 - Voss - Voringsfossen - Geilo
In Syse Gard we meet a local farmer for a tour that reveals day to-day life and includes samples of home-made cider and smoked meats. Crossing Hardanger suspension bridge, we reach Voringfossen - Norway's most famous waterfall. There are grabyour- camera views to savour, before the final stretch of our journey to Geilo, where we come together for a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Overnight: Dr. Holms Hotel (or similar)

Day 9 - Geilo - Hadeland - Oslo
Pausing in Hønefoss, we tour Hadeland Glassverk. The lakeside setting is just as exquisite as the glasswork craftsmanship on display inside this contemporary space with 18th century roots. Reaching Oslo, our tour comes full circle. (B)

Pick-Up & Drop-Off
This tour commences from Best Western Karl Johan Hotel, Karl Johans gate 33, 0162 Oslo, at 8.30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure. The tour finishes at 1:00pm at Best Western Karl Johan Hotel, Karl Johans gate 33, 0162 Oslo,

                     
    2017                
                     
    Departure: May to September, 2017              
                     
    Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ            
    May 18 $4,865 $5,825            
    Jun 08, 23 $4,865 $5,825            
    Jul 07 $4,865 $5,825           '
    Aug 03, 17 $4,865 $5,825            
    Sep 07 $4,865 $5,825            
Inclusions:
  • 8 nights' boutique hotels accommodation
  • Experienced tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Local guides in Oslo and Bergen
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • 6 x evening meals (D)
  • 1 x lunch (L)
  • Steinsto Fishing Farm tour
  • Fjord cruise in Oslo and Geiranger
  • Undredal cheese tasting
  • Flam Railway
  • Included Entrances: Viking Ship Museum, Norwegian Glacier Museum, Syse Gard Farm and Hadeland Glassverk, Dalsnibba viewpoint (weather permitting), Lom Stave Church & Maihaugen Open Air Museum.
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