The Essence Of Norway 14D/13N (Summer Trip)

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Summary

Make unforgettable memories in this stunning country called Norway. Modern Oslo, breathtaking fjords and good food is only a small part of your journey through Norway that you get to enjoy.

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2

Fly to Oslo. Your driver will be waiting for you at the arrival hall to provide an enjoyable arrival and transfer from Oslo Airport to your hotel. The approximate transfer time is 1 hour.

Your will stay at Hotel Continental in the center of Oslo. Over four generations, the same family has built up and developed Hotel Continental into one of Norway’s finest five-star hotels, and a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Continental

Day 2 - 3

After breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a privately guided city tour of Oslo.

The tour includes such highlights as the House of Parliament, a walk on the roof of Oslo Opera House (built in 2008), Akershus Fortress (erected over 700 years ago), Aker Brygge Quay where the locals come to chill out at the many terrace restaurants, and a visit to the famous City Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize is annually awarded. The excursion also includes a visit to beautiful Gustav Vigeland’s Sculpture Park and the observation deck on Holmenkollen overlooking the whole city.

In the evening you will have time to enjoy Oslo including Oslo Pass (valid 48h).
The Oslo Pass gives you free entry to 30 museums and attractions, free travel on all public transport, free entry to outdoor swimming pools, free walking tours, discounts on sightseeing, ski simulator, Tusenfryd Amusement Park, concert tickets, climbing, and special offers in restaurants, shops, entertainment and leisure venues.

ACCOMMODATION: Continental Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast

Day 3 - 4

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. After that you will have a free day at leisure to explore Oslo.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Continental
MEALS: Breakfast

Day 4 - 5

After breakfast you will check out of Hotel Continental and will have a private transfer to the train station (which is about 10 min. drive away).

You will then enjoy a scenic train journey to Flam (Flåm).

Upon your arrival to Flam your driver is waiting for you and will take you to your hotel. Transfer time approx. 15 min

Your accommodation will be at 29.2 Aurland Hotel.

The family run 29/2 Aurland is a rare find in a beautiful rural setting. The former farm has provided accommodation for anglers from Norway and abroad for several generations. The furnishing of each of the rooms in the hotel is therefore inspired by guests with close links to the Aurlandselva river. The buildings on the farm have been restored one by one, so that the guests will hopefully get a feel for the history of the farm and the local community through the walls that surround them.

ACCOMMODATION: 29.2 Aurland Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - 6

After breakfast at the hotel you will have a private transfer to Flåm (15 min.)

Today you will join a fjord cruise in the UNESCO World Heritage landscape in one of the most popular fjord areas in Norway. The narrow and spectacular Nærøyfjord is surrounded by steep valley sides and snow-covered peaks that rise 1,800 metres above sea level, with thundering waterfalls and picturesque villages along the fjord. This area has been judged one of the most beautiful fjord landscapes in the world and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Upon arrival to Flåm you have time to visit the  Viking Valley and have lunch.

At the Viking Valley in Gudvangen you can listen to the echoes of history as you hear stories of the Vikings. Here you can understand who the Vikings were and where they came from. You can learn about what it was really like to be a Viking and experience for yourself a Viking community. You will learn more about the Vikings travels, their boats and how the Viking age and its teachings have left a deep mark in history which still affects our lives today.

Activities in the park differs during the week and according to weather conditions, but all activities will be announced at the entrance every morning.

Then you will have a private transfer back to hotel (about 15 min.)
The transfer takes around 15 min.

ACCOMMODATION: 29.2 Aurland Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - 7

After breakfast at the hotel, you will then enjoy a full-day privately guided excursion to Sogndal area with a short hike.

In the morning after a lovely breakfast hopefully outside, your driver/guide will take you on a cultural day trip visiting the authentic Hovland Farm where people have lived since ca. 600 A.D. The farm is still in full function today. The farm is located 1 hour away from your hotel 29.2 Aurland.

Arriving to Hovland Farm, 180 meters above sea level, you will have a beautiful view over the Sognefjord and Balestand and be greeted by the owners Kjersti and Geir. Your hosts will show you around the farm, tell you about its history and show you what they are working on. You will also be met by their small sheep herd, which loves attention and will very willingly accept a piece of bread or two.

Next you will be invited into the smoking house where you will see and learn about the different activities the farmers did in the evenings and in the winter like carding wool, spinning yarn, and carving different tools and furniture out of wood. Your hosts will give you an insight into how people used to live at this farm from the 1700 to 1900s. If you are interested, you are more than welcome to try out some of the activities.

The day will be concluded with an authentic, old-fashioned Norwegian lunch, either outside overlooking the view or inside one of the farmhouses if the weather is bad.

If you are interested, your hosts will take you down to the little village of Vik and show you the Hopperstad stave Church. Your host has long worked as a guide for this church and will be happy to give you an interesting tour.

In the afternoon you will take the little ferry across the fjord to Hella. From here your guide will take you to the village of Solvorn. You will arrive to Solvorn and you will board the little ferry taking you across the fjord to Urnes.

Urnes Stave Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and this remarkable wooden structure with its unusually rich fixtures, wood carvings and intricate construction is a most stunning contribution to the history of world architecture. Built in the 1130s it is the oldest in Norway - hence also in the world, as the stave church as such is a particularly Norwegian phenomenon. Set in the wall on the north side you will find a portal from an earlier church. With its wonderful winding ornamental carvings curiously alluding to pre-Christian Norse religion, it is certainly one of a kind.
A local expert guide will give you a guided tour of the church.

Day ends in Auralnd 29.2 hotel. The journey to your hotel includes two ferries: Ornes – Solvorn and Mannheller – Fodnes.

ACCOMMODATION: 29.2 Aurland Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - 8

After breakfast at the hotel, you will check out of it, and then enjoy a scenic drive to Bergen.

A scenic journey through a breathtaking landscape of Norwegian mountains, spectacular waterfalls, and blooming fruit gardens during a full-day tour. This is a way of experiencing the harsh and raw beauty, that will leave even the most experienced travellers speechless. You will visit Stegastein, Stalheim and Tvindefossen Waterfall.

You will then arrive in Bergen and be accommodation at the hotel Opus XVI. Located in the very heart of Bergen, Opus XVI is perfect for travelers who wish to explore the culture and nature that the city offers. Opus XVI offers you 65 unique and luxurious rooms, each room is individually designed with classic yet modern design and interiors. The unique architecture allows to have an excellent variety of rooms and room layouts facing different streets and sights in Bergen.
All Deluxe rooms are individually furnished with a dedicated sitting area, work desk and everything you could possibly need for an enjoyable stay.

ACCOMMODATION: Opus XVI
MEALS: Breakfast

Day 8 - 9

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, after which you will have a privately guided Bergen city sightseeing tour.

Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and proceed to sightseeing tour.

Bergen is Norway's second largest city and known as the gateway to the fjords. It is called ‘the city between seven mountains’ because of the many mountains that surround it. At 624 meters, Mount Ulriken is the tallest of them.
Bryggen is one of Bergen's and Norway's main attractions. It is now part of common heritage and has a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and the city of Bergen is a designated World Heritage City. The world heritage site consists of the old Hanseatic wharf and buildings, and one of the best known urban areas from the Middle Ages in all of Norway.

During this sightseeing tour you will see the main sights of Bergen. Bergen city center offers plenty to see: the fish market and the Aquarium, ascent to the observation deck by funicular, medieval churches Domkirken and Korskirken, Bryggen wharf and narrow crooked streets of the old town and Troldhaugen.

In Troldahugen the Troldsalen concert hall is situated right next to Grieg’s villa and is constructed particularly with chamber music in mind. In the concert hall you can listen to Edvard Grieg’s music while enjoying the very scenery that once inspired him in his work. Through the large window that adorns the stage you can see the little cabin where many of Grieg’s pieces were composed.

ACCOMMODATION: Opus XVI
MEALS: Breakfast

Day 9 - 10

After breakfast, you will check out from Opus XVI and have a private transfer to Bergen Airport (about 30 min.)

You will have a flight to Aalesund, where upon arrival in Aalesund Airport you private driver/guide will be waiting for you at the arrival hall to provide an enjoyable arrival and transfer from Aalesund Airport to your hotel. The approximate transfer time is 3 hours and it will include a brief sightseeing tour of Aalesund as well.

You will be accommodater at Hotel Storfjord (Small Luxury Hotels of the World).

Storfjord Hotel is a secluded luxury boutique hotel situated in Glomset, on a hillside overlooking the Storfjord and the Sunnmøre Alps. Ever since it opened in 2006, Storfjord Hotel has been ranked as one of Norway's best overnight stays.

Behind the handcrafted log walls awaits an experience you will not find anywhere else. At Storfjord Hotel you will find tranquillity and relaxation. Take in the familiar scent of timber, and enjoy looking at works of art and carefully selected antiques. Sit comfortably in designer furniture while drinking coffee and enjoy the magnificent view.

The hotel stands on a wooded hillside that enjoys a splendid panorama of the Storfjord. While the view itself is well worth a visit, you will enjoy this beautiful haven from hectic life. The rooms at Storfjord Hotel are spacious and a comfortable place to stay. An inspiration where Norwegian traditions meets modern design.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Storfjord
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - 11

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and then you will have a scenic drive to Trollstigen with optional hiking.

If you dare to visit Norwegian fjords, you will enjoy majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation, Nordic seashore and bays, rapid mountain rivers and waterfalls. One of the most famous National Tourist Routes is Trollstigen also known as “the Trolls’ Path”. The road is a part of the RV63 highway. The stretch of road named Trollstigen is not particularly long, but it takes you through powerful nature, breathtaking views, steep mountain slopes and high waterfalls.

Trollstigen is a mix of beautiful nature and unique modern engineering technologies. The curvy route from Geiranger to the bottom of Romsdal valley is 106 kilometres long. Framing the experience are lofty mountains with names like Kongen (“the King”), Dronningen (“the Queen”), Bispen (“the Bishop”), Trollveggen (“The Trolls Wall”), Romsdalshorn, and Alnestind. Ørnevegen (“the Eagle Road”) is the name given to the steepest part of the road up the mountainside from Geiranger to Eidsdal, 620 metres above sea level.

The road is carved into the mountain and supported by stone walls. An impressive bridge carries the road across the Stigfossen waterfall. On this road, even the bravest can feel the adrenaline pump through their veins.

Your driver/guide will meet you at your hotel to take you to this amazing journey.

ACCOMMODATION: Storfjord Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - 12

After breakfast, you will check out of the Hotel Storfjord

Your day starts with meeting your driver/guide at the hotel. First you get to enjoy wonderful Hellesylt - Geiranger ferry, upon arrival to Geiranger you will have a small spot. You will learn interesting facts about Geirangerfjord and will see famous waterfalls.

The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. The area’s unique natural surroundings were created during a succession of ice ages, when glaciers carved out deep fjords and shaped the high mountains – and it is not a coincidence that Geirangerfjord today often appears on lists of the most spectacular places in the world. Impressive waterfalls cast cascades of thundering water from almost vertical over kilometer-high mountain sides. Among them are the famous falls De syv søstrene (“the Seven Sisters”), Friaren (“the Suitor”) and Brudesløret (“the Bridal Veil”). They tease the cliffs with feather‐ light sheer veils of mist, whose mission is to create a never‐ending display of changing rainbows to fill you with delight and wonder.

During your tour you will visit Dalsnibba Europe’s highest fjord view from a road. The spectacular platform, Geiranger Skywalk, guarantees you an airy experience. It is quite possibly the world’s finest view – 1500 m above sea level.

You day ends at Hotel Alexandra, which is a family-run hotel located in the inner reaches of Nordfjord. It is renowned for its distinctive, personal atmosphere. Centuries-old traditions have been combined with modern hotel operations and an eye for style and comfort.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Alexandra
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 - 13

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Then you will meet your professional hiking guide at your hotel who will take you to explore Loen area.

Loen is a small village situated innermost in Nordfjord, below the great Jostedalsbreen Glacier. This is the home of Loen Skylift, and the perfect place for exploring the mountains.

With its dramatic and spectacular scenery, Loen has been a magnet for tourists for more than a century. Already at the end of the 19th century cruise ships from Europe began calling at Loen, and hundreds of local farmers were involved in transporting tourists in horse-drawn transport from the fjord to the valleys and glaciers. Now visitors can take the Loen Skylift to Mt. Hoven (1011 m.a.s.l.), and see the fjord landscape from above.

Loen Skylift brings you from the fjord to Mt. Hoven at 1011 m.a.s.l. in only 5 minutes. Enjoy the great panorama view of the fjord landscape, the mountains and the Jostedalsbreen National Park. At Mt. Hoven you can relax in the restaurant, or go hiking in the mountains. Several marked hiking trails for all levels are available.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Alexandra
MEALS: Breakfast

Day 13 - 14

After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel. Before heading to Ålesund, you will get to visit Runde Island with your driver/guide who will meet you at your hotel.

Runde Island is famous for bird colonies, and it is 2-hour drive away to the south-west from Ålesund. The route often goes above the waters and via numerous bridges and includes ferry Hareid- Sulasund. You will pass gorgeous mountains and colorful traditional Norwegian villages on your way to Herøy Municipality, where the bird island of Runde lies. One of such villages – Remøya – has a 428- metre long bridge to Runde built in 1982. Before the bridge was built, the only way to get to the island was by sea. The sea way is still available, but must be individually booked in advance.

Runde is the third largest and the southernmost bird national park in Norway, and has the widest variety of sea birds species in Scandinavia – 230 in total. During the nesting season from February to August every year, more than 500,000 sea birds take over the island. Around 100,000 pairs of puffins nest here, but large colonies of great skuas, gannets and shags also establish themselves here during the nesting season.

Guests can try their hand at real science by floating off a small self-named boat to study oceanic streams.

The nature areas on Runde are vulnerable, important and interesting for research. Runde has also been called "a treasure Island" because of the finds of gold coins from the wrecked Dutch ship “Akerendam” from 1725. Some divers are still trying their luck hoping to find the treasure.

Well-marked trails make your time on the island enjoyable, while you will stay safe. You can climb 300- meter high peaks, walk along the shore towards one of the oldest lighthouses built in 18th century.
The total area of the island is 6 km2. Sea trips are not safe unless guided.

Alnes Lighthouse lies in the fishing community Alnes at the island Godøy. The lighthouse from 1876 is protected, and a relic of Norwegian coastal culture. Here you can enjoy exciting historical exhibitions, and buy local souvenir and handcrafts.

After this almost 6 hour excursion you will be brought to Aalesund Airport and will have a flight to Oslo.

Upon arrival, your driver will be waiting for you at the arrival hall to provide an enjoyable arrival and transfer from Oslo Airport to your hotel. The approximate transfer time is 1 hour.

You will be accommodated at THE THIEF (Preferred Hotels & Resorts).

The hotel is located between the iconic Astrup Fearnley Museum, the canals on Tjuvholmen and the Oslofjord. Timeless elegance with clear references to contemporary art and design is the common denominator for Thief furnishing. The rooms have tailored solutions and original details, which create an intimate and personal atmosphere.

ACCOMMODATION: THE THIEF
MEALS: Breakfast

Day 14 -

After delicious Nordic breakfast, you will check out of THE THIEF and your driver will take you from the hotel and bring you to Oslo Airport for your flight back home (transfer time about 1 hour).

End of the trip!

MEALS: Breakfast

- This is a guide itinerary and can be modified to suit. It is subject to availability and price at the time of booking. Other conditions may apply -

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