Fjords Cruise & Historic Cities of Norway FJS21
|Resort:||Fjords Cruise & Historic Cities of Norway FJS21|
|Operator:||Great Rail Journeys|
Explore the historic cities and dramatic topography of Norway as we travel from its capital to its fjords and mountains. Travel on the Flm Railway, described as one of the most beautiful railway journeys of the world.
Day 1 – Oslo
We depart from London Heathrow on our scheduled flight* to Norway. We arrive in Oslo and transfer to our hotel, the Thon Opera. After checking in, we take a guided tour, visiting the National Theatre, Norway’s main arena for theatre productions and stage artists for more than 100 years, the Storting parliament, and the modern Opera House, the home of Norwegian opera and ballet situated beside the city’s waterfront.
We also take a stroll through Vigeland Sculpture Park, whose 80 fascinating acres were designed by Gustav Vigeland and feature 212 life-sized human sculptures. The rest of your day is then at leisure. Perhaps visit the Viking Planet Museum which resurrects the era of the Vikings with VR-technology or the Nobel Peace Centre, dedicated to those who have won this prestigious award. The Much Museum has the largest collection of Edvard Much’s paintings, while the Nordic Bible Museum houses more than 3,000 different editions of the bible. Alternatively, why not take a scenic cruise on Oslofjord?
Days 2-3 – Bergen
Today, we travel by coach to Bergen, a harbour-based city surrounded by 7 mountains. We check into our hotel on arrival, the Scandic Neptun in the heart of the city. On Day 3 we take a tour, visiting the delightful Bryggen waterfront, the city’s old Hanseatic trading wharf and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This historic quarter, with its charming timber houses, is the oldest part of Bergen – with some buildings dating back to the 15th century. Afterwards, we walk to the Flibanen station where the Flibanen Funicular takes us to the top of Flyen Mountain, (1,050 feet above sea level). Here we admire superb views over the city as well as get the chance to meet Oslo’s resident goat population.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure, and you can visit one of the city’s many galleries and museums. Bergen’s Art Gallery exhibits a vast collection of works by local Norwegian artists, including many pieces by Edvard Munch, best known for his famous expressionist painting ‘The Scream’. Meanwhile, the city’s Science Museum provides a fascinating insight into industry and research in the area.
Day 4 – Bergen to Flm
We cross Norway’s incredible fjordland region today, travelling through some of the country’s most breathtaking landscapes on some of the most scenic train journeys in Scandinavia. The Bergen Railway takes us ‘across the roof of Norway’, and is northern Europe’s highest altitude line. We change trains at Myrdal, an isolated mountain station, for our journey aboard the Flm Railway which takes us 12 miles from Myrdal to the foot of the fjord, via a multitude of twists and turns. We cross the mighty Kjossfossen Waterfall that plummets to a depth of more than 700 feet. During summer gallons of water come gushing down the valley, while in winter the entire length is frozen, making it look like a cascading glacier. A small power station is located at the here and generates power for our train.
At the end of the journey we reach Aurlandsfjord, where the village of Flm is nestled. We check into our hotel, the Fretheim Flm, for 2 nights.
Day 5 – Flm and a fjord cruise
Today, we board a boat for a cruise across Aurlandsfjord, a 10.5-mile branch of the world’s second longest fjord, Sognefjord. Together with Nryfjord, Aurlandsfjord paints a stunning picture, its cerulean waters snaking past rugged cliffs and sprawling pastures. The mountains surrounding the fjords are more than 4,500 feet high in some places. We sail north, pausing at Gudvangen for lunch. This tiny and scenic village sits at the end of Nryfjord, where the Nrydalselvi River joins the fjord. The village itself has only about 120 residents, and the waterway is famous for its salmon population. It is said that Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany cruised on its waters in his private yacht. Later, we return to Flm by coach.
The rest of the day is free to explore Flm at leisure; you may wish to visit the local railway museum, complete with a full, miniature scale replica of the old lines that once cut through this rugged area. Perhaps enjoy a pint or 2 at the Viking-themed Aegir Pub, whose building is inspired by Norse mythology.
Day 6 – Flm to Oslo
We leave Flm on Day 6, travelling by coach to Haugastl. Here we join the train to Oslo, travelling along Northern Europe’s highest railway line, the Bergen Railway. We admire the natural landscapes of forests, fjords, and snowy mountainsides as we journey south. Arriving into the Norwegian capital, we walk to our hotel restaurant, the Egon Byporten, for a 3-course farewell dinner.
Day 7 – London
We transfer to Oslo Airport today by coach as we begin our journey home. We fly* directly to London where our tour concludes.