Norway is rightly renowned for its majestic scenery and there's no better example of this than the sublime landscapes of its dramatic fjords. On this week-long journey, you will experience the renowned beauty of coastal Norway, beginning with Bergen, famed for its picturesque setting and vibrant Hanseatic wharf. After an express boat to pretty Balestrand, you'll set eyes on the breathtaking Sognefjord, and visit Flåm, packed full of charm and home to one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world.
Fjord Escape to Bergen & Balestrand
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Day by day itinerary
Day 1 » UK/Bergen
Fly to Bergen, considered to be the gateway to the fjords, and check into Clarion Havnekontoret – situated just by the wharf in one of the most historic buildings in the city. It serves as the perfect base to explore Bergen – one of the main Hanseatic cities in Europe in the mid-20th century. Enjoy your afternoon by exploring the city on foot; we recommend you visit the city's excellent aquarium, the fish market and the historic Bryggen district – designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. On your return to the hotel, a light dinner is included in your stay.
Days 2-4 » Balestrand
You'll depart Bergen today, setting out to explore Norway's sensational waterways. Boarding an express boat, you'll begin with Norway's longest fjord, Sognefjord, arriving into Balestrand around midday, giving you ample time to check into your hotel. It's a grand, 19th-century dame positioned right on the waterfront. Over the next two days, you'll be free to explore the beautiful countryside around Balestrand – a region that has attracted tourists as early as the 1800s, when artists would come to sketch and paint the mesmerising landscapes. Today, your camera will serve just as well. There are a number of activities available to you during your stay, from RIB boat safaris to more leisurely fjord excursions, cycling and hiking. However you decide to explore the region, you won't be disappointed.
Stay: Kviknes, Balestrand
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 » Flåm & Bergen
On leaving Balestrand in the morning, you will head by express boat to the idyllic village of Flåm. Situated in Aurlandsfjord, an arm of Sognefjord, the area is renowned for the gorgeous scenic railway – one of the steepest standard gauge railways in the world – and one of the most beautiful too. You'll journey through 20 tunnels (18 of which were built by hand), past Kjosfossen waterfall and towards Myrdal, where you'll board another train to Bergen. The Myrdal–Bergen route will whisk you through wild, mountainous terrains and provide jaw-dropping views of the dramatic Hardangervidda plateau. On arrival back in Bergen, head for your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. As before, light evening meal is included in your stay.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 » Departure
After breakfast at your hotel, make your way to Bergen airport for your onward flight to the UK.
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