A Taste of Norway

7 Nights / 8 Days

Oslo / Bergen / Stavanger / Kristiansand

This tour includes many highlights of Southern Norway: Oslo, the Bergen railway, the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau, famous Sognefjord, the Flåm Railway, Bergen – the capital of Western Norway – and the two charming coastal cities of Stavanger and Kristiansand. In eight days we offer you a ‘taste’ of this magnificent country.

Day 1: Arrival in Oslo

Arrive in Oslo according to your own itinerary. The Norwegian capital is beautifully situated at the head of the Oslo Fjord and surrounded by forested ridges. Oslo offers many well-known sights such as the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum and the Opera House.
Accommodation at Hotel Verdandi in Oslo city centre or similar.

Day 2: Oslo – Norway in a nutshell – Bergen (train/boat/bus)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will experience Norway’s most popular round trip; Norway in a Nutshell. The excursion takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Norway’s fjord region; you will travel by train across the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau and the Flåm Railway will take you through wild and beautiful mountain scenery and down to the Sognefjord. There is no other adhesion railway in the world running on normal tracks that are so steep over such a long distance. From Flåm you continue by boat on the Nærøyfjord, Europe’s narrowest fjord, to Gudvangen. From here you go by coach via the steep and spectacular hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva*, before arriving in Voss, where you will board a train for the last stretch of today’s journey to Bergen, the Gateway to the Fjords. Evening arrival.
Accommodation at Hotel Zander K or similar (two nights).

*The drive via Stalheimskleiva depends on the dates and the road conditions.

Day 3: Bergen

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at your own leisure in Bergen. Bergen is Norway’s second largest city and the world’s only city surrounded by 7 mountains and 7 fjords. Sights of interest are the Hanseatic Bryggen Wharf, Fløibanen Funicular, Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum).

Day 4: Bergen – Western Coastline – Stavanger (ferry)

Breakfast at the hotel. A ferry from Bergen will take you to Stavanger, Norway’s fourth largest city that has a fine collection of gabled houses, cobblestone streets, winding alleys and busy markets. One of Stavanger’s highlights is the Old Town (Gamle Stavanger) with well-preserved early 18th-century whitewashed wooden houses.
Accommodation at Clarion Hotel Stavanger or similar (two nights)

Day 5: Stavanger

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure; we suggest a 3-hour mini-cruise to the Lysefjord*, with views of the Pulpit Rock 600 metres above the fjord (Preikestolen).
*see optional tours listed below.

Day 6: Stavanger – Kristiansand (train)

Breakfast at the hotel. From Stavanger you travel by train along the Southern Line to Kristiansand, southern Norway’s largest city. With its weathered old homes and pulsating summer atmosphere this is a very charming city.
Accommodation at a 3* hotel in Kristiansand

Day 7: Kristiansand – Oslo (train)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will complete your journey by taking the Southern Line train back to Norway’s capital city – Oslo.
Accommodation at a 3* hotel in Oslo city centre.

Day 8: Departure from Oslo

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Oslo according to your own itinerary.

Optional Excursions in Stavanger:

Fjordcruise Lysefjorden and Preikestolen, 3 hours

This sightseeing tour takes 3 hours with the famous Pulpit Rock, 604 meters above Lysefjorden, in the starring role. Preikestolen is one of the most visited natural tourist attractions in Norway.

Pulpit rock cruise and hike, 8 hours

Experience the Pulpit Rock both from the fjord and from the top! You will get to see the majestic Pulpit Rock, the Vagabonds Cave, idyllic islands and magnificent scenery. On the return from the fjord, the boat stops at Oanes and drops everyone off who wants to hike to the Pulpit Rock. From here you will be transported by bus to Preikestolhytta where the hike starts. On average it takes approximately 2 hours to walk one way. After you have finished your hike, you will be transported by bus to Tau, where you will take the ferry back to Stavanger. Challenging hike without guide. Remember to bring food, good hiking boots and clothes for different weather conditions!