Journey beginning at Oslo, Norway tours and ending at Bergen, Norway tours
Available: 2019-07-01 to 2019-08-31 starting from $4001 AUD
Take the less trodden path and experience the Norwegian fjords and mountains the active way. Warm up with a cycling trip along the famous Rallarvegen from Finse to Flåm. The construction route known as the ‘Rallarvegen’ is a 100-year-old man-built transport road designed for the conveyance of men and materials during the building phase of the most mountainous sector of the Oslo – Bergen Railway Line.
Each night, you will stay in boutique historic hotels with many lunches and dinners included.
Day 1 – Arrive in Oslo
Arrive in Oslo and make your own way to your central hotel in the heart of Oslo. The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer for the discerning traveller. If you arrive early, we can recommend a walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle & the Harbour area. Overnight in Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret or similar with breakfast.
Day 2 – Explore Oslo – the most beautiful capital in the world
Free day to discover this modern and green city. We recommend visiting some of the Oslo highlights including the Viking Ship, Kontiki & Fram museums, the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Ekerbergeparken and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum. To make most of your stay, ask us about the Oslo Pass which will grant you free entry to many of the sights. Overnight at Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret or similar with breakfast.
Day 3 – Train Oslo to Finse, one of Norway’s most popular walking and ‘outdoors’ spot
Depart Oslo by train to the highest point on the Bergensbanen (Oslo to Bergen railway) at Finse; 1222 meters above sea level. At Finse you will disembark the train and stay at the mountain lodge for the night. If you take the morning train from Oslo you have time to enjoy Finse for local walks in the area. Finse is situated on the edge of Hardangervidda (the Hardanger Mountain Plateau) and offers great views of the Hardangerjøkulen (glacier).
Hardangervidda is one of Norway’s most popular walking and trekking areas, and if you are an active walker we recommend to extend your stay at Finse for more extended walks in the area.
Overnight in Finse with full board.
Day 4 – Active day out in Finse
Finse is the place for variety of nature-based experiences and depending on your preferences you could spend the day hiking on the Hardangerjøkulen glacier with an experienced guide, or go for an independent hike in the area. The hikes vary from routes suited to families to strenuous all-day hikes straight from your mountain lodge. Overnight in Finse with full board.
Day 5 – Cycle to Flåm across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau then downhill through the valley.
After breakfast, you will pick up your bicycle at Finse and start the cycling trip along the railway construction road (Rallarvegen) to Myrdal and on to Flåm. The trip follows a well-maintained gravel road through the Hardangervidda. Take your time to enjoy the fabulous scenery, and if you are lucky you might even spot wild reindeer in the area. You will pass by the Fagervatn Lake, which is the highest point of Rallarvegen at 1310m. In the summertime, a café is run in the Fagernut Dwelling, where you can buy freshly made waffles and coffee. Your luggage will be transferred down to Flåm and will be waiting for you at the hotel.
The terrain is reasonably flat with some up and down between Finse and Myrdal (38km). Then at Myrdal you will take off towards Flåm and follow the very steep downhill switchback path to the bottom of the Flåm Valley. These last 20km from Myrdal to Flåm offer stunning views down the valley following the Flåm Railway. Doing the trip by bike allows you to plan a leisurely trip with lots of photo opportunities that those travelling by train will miss.
On reaching Flåm you will check into your local hotel. Make sure you keep your bikes for the afternoon in Flåm to do local bike rides.
Alternative walking itinerary
If you are more of a walker than a cyclist you can chose to take the train between Finse and Myrdal, and then walk from Myrdal down the Flåm Valley to Flåm (20km) instead of biking.
Travelling with different activity levels
If you travel as a party of 2 or more, and only one (or a few) of you want to do the active Norway in a Nutshell version, then we are more than happy to arrange those who do not want to bike to do the ’standard’ Norway in a Nutshell version of the itinerary. You will still be staying at the same hotels each night, and follow the same general itinerary, just using different modes of transport. Just ask us for details.
Lunch is a packed lunch. Accommodation and dinner at Flåmsbrygga.
Day 6 – Full day active fjord excursion
After breakfast, join a fjord-safari through the stunning Aurlandsfjord and be prepared for an active day with light hiking and lunch at a local goat farm. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at the restaurant and have a beer at the local microbrewery. Overnight and dinner at Flåmsbrygga.
Day 7 – Stegastein Viewpoint and Balestrand
After breakfast, join the lovely 1,5h bus excursion to the Stegastein Viewpoint, 650 meters above the fjord. Here you’ll get a fantastic view of the fjord landscape that will give you the truly unique holiday photos. After, you have time to relax or go for short walks in Flåm before departing at 15:30 by express boat to the idyllic village of Balestrand on the Sognefjord.
In Balestrand you will stay at the historical Kvikne’s hotel where the Kvikne family have been the hosts since 1877. Now a modern hotel with all the comforts, the hotel still holds on to its special old-time character and also hosts an extensive collection of artworks and antiques worth a look. Dinner and overnight at the Kvikne’s hotel.
Day 8 – Fjærlandsfjord cuise and Bøyabreen glacier
After breakfast, join a cruise on the Fjaerland fjord, also known as "the green fjord" to Fjaerland passing tiny villages, waterfalls and steep mountains along the journey. From Fjaerland it is only a short bus drive to the Boyabreen glacier and the Norwegian Glacier Museum. Entry to the museum is included. After, return back to Balestrand and take the opportunity to explore the village and its surrounding by foot or by bike. Dinner and overnight at the Kvikne’s hotel.
Day 9 – Enjoy the amazing views as you depart Balestrand to Bergen
Take the morning or afternoon express boat out of the Sognefjord and south towards Bergen. With 5 – 6 hours on the water, you have plenty of time to soak in the atmosphere and the fresh air. There is a cafe on board with simple options. You can sit out on the deck on the upper floor with room to move. The boat moves pretty quickly and there are several stops along the way. Precipitous mountains, thunderous waterfalls and small homesteads that cling to the mountain sides are the framework of this boat tour.
Bergen is known as the "The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway" and it is a lively town with small-town charm and international feel. We recommend a walking tour via the famous fish market and along the Bryggen, the old Hanseatic wharf which is architecturally unique and listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Also worth a visit is the Fløibanen funicular which will take you to Mount Fløyen for the best views over the town. Overnight Clarion Hotel Admiral or similar with breakfast.
Day 10 – Departure day
After breakfast, continue your journey onwards or home, or enjoy a relaxing stay in Bergen. Ask us for ideas if you want to extend your tour.
- All accommodation in superior shared double/twin room, single supplement available
- Meals as specified in the itinerary (Daily breakfast, 4 packed lunches, lunch at the goat farm & 6 dinners).
- Bicycle hire and one way drop off Finse to Flåm
- Luggage transfer between Finse to Flåm
- Fjord-safari in Aurlandsfjord with goat farm visit
- Stegastein Viewpoint excursion in Flåm
- Sognefjord in a Nutshell from Oslo via Finse, Flåm and Balestrand to Bergen
- Half-day excursion on Fjærlandsfjord to Bøyabreen glacier and Museum
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
International flights, lunches and dinners not detailed in the program and items of personal nature.
To find out more or to book this incredible tour, contact Globetrotter Lifestyle today!