With Optional 3-Night Iceland Post Tour Extension!
Visit the intricately designed Borgund Stave Church, erected in 1180; get an up-close look at Bergen’s harbor front on a guided walk; and dine in Begen’s historic Bryggen neighborhood. Travel across the dramatic Sognefjord to the Briksdal Glacier; immerse yourself in Oslo’s rich history on city tour; and enjoy traditional Norwegian fare in one of Oslo’s oldest buildings. Embark on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise; witness scenic wilderness along the Flam Railway; and much more.
July 10-18, 2020
Highlights include Oslo, Viking Ship Museum, Stave Church, Flam Railway, Sognefjord, Briksdal Glacier, Geirangerfjord Cruise, Bergan, and more. 9 days, 12 meals, hotel, air, and taxes; passport required. $4749 Double; $5499 Single (Save $50 per person if booked by January 3, 2020)
· Day 1: Overnight Flight
· Day 2-3: Hotel Bristol Oslo
· Day 4: Fretheim Hotel, Flam
· Day 5-6: Alexandra Hotel, Loen
· Day 7-8: Scandic Neptun, Bergen
Day 1: Friday, July 10, 2020: Begin your journey to a land of mountains, glacial fjords, legends, and charming people, as you set off for Norway. Dive into the culture of the region, connecting with layers of Viking history, attention-grabbing nature, and a sense of refined traditions.
Day 2: Saturday, July 11, 2020: Arrive in Oslo, Norway’s grand capital. An up-and-coming foodie destination, Oslo combines classic tastes with modern twists. Meet your fellow travelers for a hearty and delicious welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3: Sunday, July 12, 2020: Join a local guide and begin your day at the mighty Viking Ship Museum where three ancient Viking vessels are on grand display. Venture down Karl Johan Street, passing by iconic buildings such as the Royal Palace and city hall as you take in the charming heart of downtown Oslo. Make your way to Vigeland Park, home to a collection of statues and sculptures that the legendary artist Gustav Vigeland constructed during his life. This afternoon, enjoy free time to relax or continue discovering the hidden secrets of Oslo on your own. (B)
Day 4: Monday, July 13, 2020: Heading north of Norway’s capital, enter the majestic and unique landscapes of the fjord region. Visit the Borgund Stave Church, an awe-inspiring building dedicated in honor of the Apostle Andrew in 1180. Continue to the quaint village of Flam, your gateway to the grandeur of Aurlandsfjord. Traverse the terrain on the renowned Flam Railway, one of the steepest train rides in the world, and climb 3,000 feet past rushing waterfalls, looming mountains, and picturesque valleys. Admire the scenery along the mountain plateau of Myrdal before descending into the fjord of Flam. (B, D)
Day 5: Tuesday, July 14, 2020: Immerse yourself in the striking nature of the Sognefjord before traversing the Briksdal Glacier. Surrounded by thundering waterfalls and towering mountains, the glacier is considered to be one of the most awe-inspiring in all of Norway. Climb the glacier in a traditional “troll” car (the park’s open-air vehicles), and arrive for a relaxing stay in Loen, a welcoming village situated in the heart of Norway’s fjord region. (B, D)
Day 6: Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Find yourself immersed in the enchanting landscapes of Norway’s fjord region. Soak up the mesmerizing landscape on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise in Geiranger (UNESCO). Discover Norway’s mightiest waterfalls – the Seven Sisters, the Bridal Veil, and the Suitor. Marvel at the homesteads built along the steep sides of the mountains, where farmland has endured for centuries. (B, D)
Day 7: Thursday, July 16, 2020: Norway’s impressive landscapes continue to weave their spell on you as you travel to Bergen, the portal from the fjords. The Bergen of today – charming, Old-World, and scenic – is much different from when it was founded by the legendary Viking warriors of the past. Enjoy a free evening to uncover the mysteries of this former Viking seaport, nestled against the imposing mountain range. (B)
Day 8: Friday, July 17, 2020: Stroll along the historic and iconic Bryggen harbor front (UNESCO) on a guided walking tour of Bergen. Enjoy and afternoon at leisure before reuniting with your fellow travelers at an atmospheric farewell dinner in the historic Bryggen neighborhood, home to pleasant little houses stacked side-by-side against the harbor. (B, D)
Day 9: Saturday, July 18, 2020: Say “ha det” to Norway and depart for home with incredible memories of your adventures. (B)
This tour includes moderate physical activity. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected. Some of the most unique sightseeing can mean accessing locations that restrict motor coaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend bringing walking shoes. If you require a walker or wheelchair, or have difficulty walking, you may not be able to access some of these areas and may want to consider an alternate program with Collette.
Experience it! Norwegian Fjords
The evolution of the fjords began some three million years ago, when Norway was covered by and ice cap thinner along the coast than inland. With the arrival of a milder climate, the ice began to melt and produce great waterfalls that logged the soil and descended to the sea. Valleys were filled in by the ocean, creating the fjords. Surrounded now by steep rocky mountains, dissected by cascading waterfalls, and decorated with thriving fruit trees, the fjords are among Earth’s most inspiring landscapes. You’ll often find the Fjords of western Norway at the top of annual must-see lists alongside the Pyramids of Egypt and the Grand Canyon. This dramatic masterpiece of nature is a true wonder of the world, where the air is pure, the water is clear, and nature is unspoiled. No photograph can ever do justice to the Norwegian Fjords; it is a place that must be seen to be believed.