Glaciers & Fjords

7 nights / 8 days

Oslo / Balestrand / Bergen / Ulvik

The waterfront in Norway is 2600km long. The coast is made up of many small islands and beautiful fjords. Fjords are the emblem of Norway and are world renowned. The fjords are divided by fjord ‘arms’ all of them offering a different type of charm.  This tour allows you to discover un-imaginable beauty, majestic fjords, snow-capped glaciers and mountains. Norway is one of the countries that still boast splendid glaciers – on this tour you can visit Norway’s largest glacier – and enjoy this country in all its splendour.

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, the Munch Museum or the Holmenkollen ski jump.
Overnight in 3* hotel in Oslo city center

Day 2: Oslo – Balestrand (train/boat)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure by train from Oslo to Myrdal, part of the Bergen Railway. The railway connects Norway’s two largest cities and shows the diversity of the Norwegian landscape and scenery. It is classed as one of the finest train journeys in the world.
At Myrdal you will change to the Flåm Railway, passing through wild and beautiful mountain scenery with waterfalls and steep mountain sides from a height of up to 900 metres and down to the Sognefjord. There is no other adhesion railway in the world running on normal tracks that is so steep over a long distance. From Flåm you continue by boat on the Sognefjord, the world’s longest and deepest fjord, to Balestrand.
Overnight in 3* hotel in Balestrand (2 nights)

Day 3: Fjærland and Glacier Excursion*

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will go on an excursion to Fjærland and the Glacier Museum. Travel on the Fjærlandsfjord and experience one of the most beautiful fjord arms in Norway. Along the fjord, the old hamlets and farms are reminders of the struggle for existence in past times. Local busses will transport you to the Glacier Museum where you will learn more about the glaciers and how the fjords were formed.
From there you will continue to two different extensions of the Jostedal Glacier; Supphellebreen and Bøyabreen glaciers (not possible to walk on the glaciers).
Return by ferry to Balestrand.
*This excursion does not run every day.

Day 4: Balestrand – Sognefjord – Bergen (boat)

Breakfast at the hotel. Continue by boat on the Sognefjord and then along the coast in southern direction to Bergen – the Gateway to the Fjords. Bergen is Norway’s second largest city and the world’s only city surrounded by 7 mountains and 7 fjords.
Overnight in 3* hotel in Bergen city center (2 nights).

Day 5: Bergen

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure in Bergen.
Attractions in Bergen include the Hanseatic Bryggen Wharf, Fløibanen Funicular, Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum).

Day 6: Bergen – Hardangerfjord – Ulvik (bus/boat)

Breakfast at the hotel before departing by bus. Just before reaching Norheimsund you will pass the Steindalsfossen Waterfall. From Norheimsund you will depart on a 3-hour cruise on the Hardangerfjord to Eidfjord. The Hardangerfjord is the second largest fjord in Norway, and famous for its fruit orchards. The contrast created by green hillsides, orchards in blossom and snow-clad mountains has inspired many and among them the well-known Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. If travelling in May you will have the possibility to see the lovely blossoming of the fruit trees. In Eidfjord you will have 3 hours at leisure which can be spent relaxing by the fjord, exploring the village or you can go on an optional sightseeing tour to Hardangervidda Nature Centre and the spectacular Vøringsfossen Waterfall, Norway’s highest waterfall (tickets for the excursion is available on board, not included in the price). The last part of today’s journey is a 30-minute cruise to the small village of Ulvik, located by the Hardangerfjord.
Overnight in 3* hotel in Ulvik

Day 7: Ulvik – Voss – Oslo (bus/train)

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at leisure in Ulvik before departing by bus to Voss in the afternoon. During the bus ride you will pass through attractive farmland. In Voss you will change to the Bergen Railway, bringing you back to Oslo (evening arrival).
Overnight in 3* hotel in Oslo city center

Day 8: Departure from Oslo

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