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Travel the length of Norway aboard some of the world’s most impressive railway lines, discovering its delightful cities and island communities along the way. Experience life in the Arctic Circle and feast like a Viking on this thirteen day tour.
Following a direct flight from London to Oslo, transfer to your hotel, enjoying dinner on arrival. On day 2, enjoy a guided tour of Oslo, visiting some of the most beloved sights of the Norwegian capital, including the incredible Opera House, the City Hall, and the stately Royal Palace.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour with a guided walking tour of the city that includes the old Hanseatic waterfront of Bryggen, the narrow streets of Bergen, and the local fish market. After a seafood lunch there will be a tour of Bergen’s bridges by coach.
Today, you’ll enjoy two scenic journeys by rail, beginning with the Bergen Railway. The train makes its ascent into the rugged mountains, travelling alongside deep fjords and passing through numerous tunnels hewn out of the solid rock before arriving at Myrdal, where we board the famous Flåm Railway for an unforgettable ride along one of the steepest lines in the world. A branch line of the Bergen Railway, the scenic Flåm Railway takes passengers on a wonderful 12.5 mile (20km) journey up one of the steepest railway lines in the world. On its journey from Flåm, located at the innermost corner of the Aurlandsfjord, the train negotiates horseshoe curves, twists, turns and 20 tunnels – 18 of which were drilled by hand. The scenery is truly spectacular, with rivers and waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and remote farms passing by the window as you travel towards Myrdal at 2,838 feet (865m).
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Geirangerfjord by boat, cruising the calm waters of this UNESCO-listed site. Acclaimed for its stunning, unique landscape this nine-mile-long branch of the Storfjord (meaning ‘Great Fjord’), the magnificent Geirangerfjord boasts towering walls that overlook some of Europe’s finest scenery. Along Geirangerfjord’s shores, a number of high waterfalls – including the Seven Sisters and the Suitor – plunge straight from the lofty forests to the smooth waters below. There are also a scattering of abandoned farm buildings dotted along the steep shores.
We make the journey to Åndalsnes today along the serpentine Trollstigen mountain road*, which offers cinematic views over the mountainous valleys and their crystalline waterfalls. From here we travel on the famous Rauma Railway to Trondheim, our base for the next two nights. The 71 mile long railway line delivers a spectacular journey through magnificent, contrasting landscapes. On day 8, you are at leisure to explore Trondheim’s broad avenues, old warehouses and pretty timber dwellings.
Departing Trondheim, catch the train to Bodo, which takes you through the beautiful and varied landscape of northern Norway, past gently sloping hills and distant mountains, majestic lakes and deep forests, rocky coastline and views across small islands and out over the open sea. On Day 10, board a speed ferry to Moskenes before taking a scenic coach journey to Svolvaer, the tiny capital of the stunningly beautiful Lofoten Islands.
Continue to explore the Lofoten archipelago today by visiting the charming fishing village of Henningsvaer, the petite harbour town of Kabelvåg, and Lødingen – a scenic village surrounded by mountain scenery. On the morning of Day 12, you transfer to the airport to fly back to Oslo*. Here, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. We bid farewell to Norway on Day 13, and fly* from Oslo back to London.
The Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz is situated on Bryggen, Bergen’s historic waterfront, close to the famous fish market and the Fløibanen Funicular Railway.
In Bodo we stay at the 4-Star Scandic Bodo Hotel, located a short distance from Bodo railway station. Equipped with all the expected modern amenities with tasteful, fashionable interiors and well-appointed furnishings, this is an excellent place from which to explore Bodo.
The Fretheim Hotel in Flåm is a long-standing favourite with our customers. Surrounded by nature, the hotel has an impressive view of the nearby fjord and surrounding mountains.
Located on the edge of the beautiful Geirangerfjord, the Union Hotel features a lounge, two restaurants, three bars and a terrace serving light snacks and drinks, where guests may enjoy the magnificent views over the fjord. The hotel also has an indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath, an outdoor pool (seasonal) a spa offering various therapies and treatments (pay locally) and a fascinating vintage car museum.
The modern Thon Hotel Opera is perfectly located next to Oslo Central Station and just a short walk from Karl Johans Gate, the city’s main pedestrian thoroughfare. The hotel has a restaurant, a bar serving snacks and light refreshments, a sauna and fitness studio.
The Thon Hotel Lofoten is perfectly located in Svolvaer Harbour, within easy walking distance of the town’s attractions. The hotel has a restaurant and a bar and guests enjoy free access to a local gym 200 metres from the hotel.
The Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel is situated in the heart of Trondheim, within walking distance of its shops, restaurants and Bakklandet, the city’s old quarter. The hotel has a bar which serves a selection of meals and drinks.
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