Everything about Geirangerfjord is dramatic: a great slice of deep blue, snaking like an ‘S’ between sheer rock walls and cascading waterfalls. This is just one highlight of this eight-day tour from Oslo to Bergen. Even among Oslo’s terrific shops and restaurants, you’re just a ten-minute boat ride from Oslofjord’s beaches.
From Oslo journey north to Ålesund, relaxing en route on the Raumabanen Railway, one of the most beautiful rail lines in Norway. Ålesund is worth at least the day we’ve planned here; a base for fishing, hiking, cycling and swimming. It’s also the gateway to Geirangerfjord, which you’ll see from the water on a Hurtigruten day cruise.
Complete the journey by cruising overnight down the rugged Norwegian coast, arriving in Bergen for a final two nights in the old Norwegian capital.
PRICES & DATES
Price is based on 2 people sharing and includes return flights to Oslo and back from Bergen, 2 nights at Hotel Thon Oslo Panorama in Oslo, 2 nights at Scandic Hotel Alesund, 2 nights at Augustin Hotel in Bergen, breakfasts every morning, Oslo – Alesund journey and and Alesund – Bergen journey (overnight on Hurtigruten in standard cabin inc. breakfast).This itinerary is also available as a round trip Oslo-Oslo or Bergen-Bergen incorporating the famous 'Norway in a nutshell' excursions from Bergen to Oslo.
Departures daily from May-September 2012.
Day 1: Arrival
Fly to Oslo with SAS and check into Hotel Thon Oslo Panorama for 2 nights.
Day 2: Day at leisure in Oslo
Day at leisure to explore Oslo. Oslo is a very compact capital and most sights are within walking distance. Vigeland Sculpture Park is a must as well as Aker Brygge for those who want to experience Norwegian and international culinary master pieces.
Day 3: Oslo - Alesund
Depart Oslo at 08:07 for the first part of your journey to Bergen incorporating some of the spectacular highlights of Norway. You will take the train from Oslo-Dombås (approx. 4 hours) then you will board The Raumabanen train from Dombås-Åndalsnes (approx. 1,5 hours) this incorporates one of Norway’s most beautiful and wild stretches of railway and finally the bus from Åndalsnes-Ålesund (approx. 2 hours). You arrive approx 15:55 ready to check into the Scandic Hotel Alesund for 2 nights.
Day 4: Alesund - Geiranger
Day at Leisure in Alesund which known around the world for its unique Art Nouveau architecture with towers, spires and imaginative ornamentation of house facades.
Day 5: Alesund – Geiranger – Alesund - Bergen
Board the Northbound Hurtigruten ship from Alesund which will take you to Geirangerfjord & back to Alesund. During the journey you will pass close by some magnificent waterfalls, such as the Bridal Veil and the Seven Sisters. In 2005 Geiranger was included in UNESCO's World Heritage listing and in 2006 it was voted first by National Geographic Traveller Magazine among all National Heritage sites world-wide.
Spend early evening in Alesund and then board the southbound Hurtigruten ship at 00:45 for Bergen. Overnight on board.
Day 6: Alesund – Bergen
Enjoy the rugged coastal archipelago en route to Bergen arriving at 14:30 and check into the Augustin Hotel for 2 nights.
Day 7: Bergen
Day at leisure. Bergen was one of the major Hanseatic cities in Europe and it has been a great centre of trade throughout the ages. The Bryggen area is nowincluded on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Take a trip on the Floibahn for a fantastic view of Bergen & the surrounding area.
Day 8: departure
Morning at leisure before flying home with SAS.