Norway: Vikings, Trolls & Fjords

Trips & Tours // Europe // 10 Days

Culture/History, Summer Getaways


Experience the breathtaking fjords that Norway is famous for!

Your tour starts in Bergen with the historic Hanseatic waterfront. Along our journey, you will see many of the breathtaking fjords that Norway is famous for. Some of the unforgettable sights you will see are the world famous Flåm train, Troll's Highway, Winter Olympic game sights and a Viking ship Museum. You will bring home memories of some of the world's most beautiful scenery, centuries old buildings, and the history of the Vikings!

TAP Rating: TAP Exceptional


Highlights include:

  • Hanseatic Waterfront
  • Troldhaugen
  • Norway’s fjords
  • Stalheim Canyon Road - hairpin bends
  • World famous Flåm train
  • Cruise on Geirangerfjord
  • Troll’s Highway
  • Frogner Park and its Vigeland Sculptures
  • Kon-Tiki Museum
  • Viking Ship Museum


DAY 1 - Depart
Our journey begins today, as we board our trans-Atlantic flight to Bergen, Norway. We will try to rest and prepare ourselves for our breathtaking journey. Lutefisk will not be served on board. 
 
DAY 2 - Bergen 
We arrive in Bergen this afternoon, where we meet our driver, and travel a short distance to the heart of the city and check into our hotel. After some time to freshen up from our flight, we will have time to explore the beautiful and historic Hanseatic Waterfront, right outside our hotel. A stroll to the fish market will be a perfect way to stretch and relax after our flight, and perhaps you may want to try some fresh whale meat! Scandic Strand Hotel or similar, Bergen (D)
 
DAY 3 - Bergen 
This morning a local guide will meet us at our hotel, and take us on a panoramic tour of this amazing city. We will be formally introduced to the Hanseatic Waterfront, learning about its fiery history, and profound impact on the city. We will also travel through a portion of the city by bus to see other sights, and to travel to Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s beloved composer Edvard Grieg. We will then have the balance of the afternoon free to enjoy Bergen on our own, including a chance to explore one of the many restaurants on our own. Scandic Strand Hotel or similar, Bergen (B)
 
DAY 4 - Balestrand 
We depart Bergen after breakfast this morning, traveling into the beauty of Norway’s fjords. Today will be a good day to watch for trolls, as we pass under mountains through dozens of tunnels, and cross a few bridges. Our first stop will be in Voss, for a chance to have a mid-morning coffee, or perhaps pay homage to the memorial to Knute Rockne, who was born here. We will then continue on toward Stalheim, and ascend the narrow hairpin turns of the Stalheim Canyon Road to the Stalheim Hotel. This historic hotel boasts perhaps the finest view in Norway, and is a nice stop for lunch. We will then continue on to Flåm, on the shore of the Aurlandsfjord. Here we will board the world famous Flåm train, and enjoy a round trip ride on one of the world’s most scenic railways. Late this afternoon we will travel through the Lærdal Tunnel, the world’s longest road tunnel, and cross the mighty Sognefjord, en route to one of the most beautiful hotels in all of Norway. Kvikne Hotel or similar, Balestrand (B,D)
 
DAY 5 - Geiranger 
Our first stop this morning will be at the Jostendalsbreen, a scenic stopping point to get close up to the fastest moving glacier in Norway. We will then continue up the Fjærland road to Skei, where we will stop at the best souvenir shop in Norway, run by the kindest shopkeeper, who we consider a good friend. With our pewter and sweaters stowed in our bags, we will then continue north to Hellesylt, where we will board a ferry and spend one hour cruising on the most breathtaking fjord in Norway – the Geirangerfjord. We will spend the night on the shores of the Geirangerfjord tonight, and after dinner, those who are willing, are welcome to join our guide for a traditional swim in the fjord. Others are welcome to photograph Gary’s breathtaking plunge – and reaction. Villa Utsikten or similar, Geiranger (B,D)
 
DAY 6 - Vinstra
In order to depart Geiranger this morning, our driver will have to ascend the steep, winding slopes of the Eagle’s Road, into the mountains overlooking the Geirangerfjord. We travel across the beautiful, rugged mountain plateau leading to the Troll’s Highway, where our driver will be even more challenged to descend this steep, winding road down a nearly sheer mountain face. We take in more beautiful fjord scenery en route to Vinstra, and a breathtaking panoramic view. Fefor Hoyfjells Hotel, or similar, Vinstra (B,D)

DAY 7 - Oslo 

We depart later this morning for our drive into the capital of Norway. We do some sightseeing in Hamar and then continue on. We enter Oslo, the capital of Norway, to begin our three days of sightseeing. Today we visit the Holmenkollen ski jump from where we have a beautiful view of the city. Rica Holmenkollen Park Hotel or similar, Oslo (B,D)
 
DAY 8 - Oslo 
Today we visit Bygdoy Island where we see the Kon-Tiki Museum and the Viking Ship Museum.  We also visit the Holmenkollen ski jump from where we have a beautiful view of the city. Rica Holmenkollen Park Hotel or similar, Oslo (B,D)

DAY 9 - Oslo

After breakfast this morning, we continue to view the highlights of Norway’s capital city. A highlight will be Frogner Park and its famous Vigeland Sculptures, and a visit to the Viking Ship Museum. We will have the afternoon free in Oslo, perhaps to buy that last souvenir or gift. This evening we will have our farewell dinner at our hotel. Rica Holmenkollen Park Hotel or similar, Oslo (B,D)

DAY 10 - Return
Sadly this morning, we must bid our driver farewell, after we are transferred to Oslo’s Gardermoen International Airport, where we will board our flight for the return across the Atlantic to Minneapolis. We bring with us memories of some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, centuries-old buildings, the history of the Vikings, and the friends we have met along the way. (B)

Departure Date: Tour Status: Price Per Person (U.S. Dollars):
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June 14, 2019 Available Scheduled$3,129$3,804Call

Arrival Instructions

Arrive to Bergen, Norway by 11:00 AM via Bergen (BGO)


Departure Instructions

Depart from Oslo, Norway after 11:00 AM via Oslo (OSL)


Payment Policy

Deposit: $ 500.00 per person due at time of booking - final payment due 100 days prior to departure


Cancellation Policy

From deposit to 100 days before departure, $100 penalty (unless replaced or tour is filled); 99 to 14 days before departure: $300 penalty plus unrecoverable deposits to suppliers and airlines (if applicable); less than 14 days: no refund.

Note on pricing:  Price is land only (price is estimated due to the value of dollar and inflation) and includes VAT (value added tax). Airfare is available - see us for assistance or to coordinate flights!

Triples are available but are not advised.

Your Tour Includes:
Land transportation via private, deluxe motor coach
Double occupancy accommodations in superior three and moderate four-star hotels
Meals as indicated in the itinerary (8 breakfasts, 7 dinners)
Admission for all attractions mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a professional tour guide throughout the tour
Local step-on guides for city tours and main attractions
Handling of one piece of luggage per person at hotels

Not Included:
Air transportation and any related taxes and fees
Meals not indicated on itinerary
Beverages, except with breakfast
End-of-tour gratuity for tour guide and coach driver
Items of a personal nature, such as passport fees (must be valid for 6 months beyond return date)

Optional trip cancelation and interruption insurance is available for an additional cost.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Depart
Our journey begins today, as we board our trans-Atlantic flight to Bergen, Norway. We will try to rest and prepare ourselves for our breathtaking journey. Lutefisk will not be served on board. 
 
DAY 2 - Bergen 
We arrive in Bergen this afternoon, where we meet our driver, and travel a short distance to the heart of the city and check into our hotel. After some time to freshen up from our flight, we will have time to explore the beautiful and historic Hanseatic Waterfront, right outside our hotel. A stroll to the fish market will be a perfect way to stretch and relax after our flight, and perhaps you may want to try some fresh whale meat! Scandic Strand Hotel or similar, Bergen (D)
 
DAY 3 - Bergen 
This morning a local guide will meet us at our hotel, and take us on a panoramic tour of this amazing city. We will be formally introduced to the Hanseatic Waterfront, learning about its fiery history, and profound impact on the city. We will also travel through a portion of the city by bus to see other sights, and to travel to Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s beloved composer Edvard Grieg. We will then have the balance of the afternoon free to enjoy Bergen on our own, including a chance to explore one of the many restaurants on our own. Scandic Strand Hotel or similar, Bergen (B)
 
DAY 4 - Balestrand 
We depart Bergen after breakfast this morning, traveling into the beauty of Norway’s fjords. Today will be a good day to watch for trolls, as we pass under mountains through dozens of tunnels, and cross a few bridges. Our first stop will be in Voss, for a chance to have a mid-morning coffee, or perhaps pay homage to the memorial to Knute Rockne, who was born here. We will then continue on toward Stalheim, and ascend the narrow hairpin turns of the Stalheim Canyon Road to the Stalheim Hotel. This historic hotel boasts perhaps the finest view in Norway, and is a nice stop for lunch. We will then continue on to Flåm, on the shore of the Aurlandsfjord. Here we will board the world famous Flåm train, and enjoy a round trip ride on one of the world’s most scenic railways. Late this afternoon we will travel through the Lærdal Tunnel, the world’s longest road tunnel, and cross the mighty Sognefjord, en route to one of the most beautiful hotels in all of Norway. Kvikne Hotel or similar, Balestrand (B,D)
 
DAY 5 - Geiranger 
Our first stop this morning will be at the Jostendalsbreen, a scenic stopping point to get close up to the fastest moving glacier in Norway. We will then continue up the Fjærland road to Skei, where we will stop at the best souvenir shop in Norway, run by the kindest shopkeeper, who we consider a good friend. With our pewter and sweaters stowed in our bags, we will then continue north to Hellesylt, where we will board a ferry and spend one hour cruising on the most breathtaking fjord in Norway – the Geirangerfjord. We will spend the night on the shores of the Geirangerfjord tonight, and after dinner, those who are willing, are welcome to join our guide for a traditional swim in the fjord. Others are welcome to photograph Gary’s breathtaking plunge – and reaction. Villa Utsikten or similar, Geiranger (B,D)
 
DAY 6 - Vinstra
In order to depart Geiranger this morning, our driver will have to ascend the steep, winding slopes of the Eagle’s Road, into the mountains overlooking the Geirangerfjord. We travel across the beautiful, rugged mountain plateau leading to the Troll’s Highway, where our driver will be even more challenged to descend this steep, winding road down a nearly sheer mountain face. We take in more beautiful fjord scenery en route to Vinstra, and a breathtaking panoramic view. Fefor Hoyfjells Hotel, or similar, Vinstra (B,D)

DAY 7 - Oslo 

We depart later this morning for our drive into the capital of Norway. We do some sightseeing in Hamar and then continue on. We enter Oslo, the capital of Norway, to begin our three days of sightseeing. Today we visit the Holmenkollen ski jump from where we have a beautiful view of the city. Rica Holmenkollen Park Hotel or similar, Oslo (B,D)
 
DAY 8 - Oslo 
Today we visit Bygdoy Island where we see the Kon-Tiki Museum and the Viking Ship Museum.  We also visit the Holmenkollen ski jump from where we have a beautiful view of the city. Rica Holmenkollen Park Hotel or similar, Oslo (B,D)

DAY 9 - Oslo

After breakfast this morning, we continue to view the highlights of Norway’s capital city. A highlight will be Frogner Park and its famous Vigeland Sculptures, and a visit to the Viking Ship Museum. We will have the afternoon free in Oslo, perhaps to buy that last souvenir or gift. This evening we will have our farewell dinner at our hotel. Rica Holmenkollen Park Hotel or similar, Oslo (B,D)

DAY 10 - Return
Sadly this morning, we must bid our driver farewell, after we are transferred to Oslo’s Gardermoen International Airport, where we will board our flight for the return across the Atlantic to Minneapolis. We bring with us memories of some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, centuries-old buildings, the history of the Vikings, and the friends we have met along the way. (B)

Pricing & Availability

Inclusions

Note on pricing:  Price is land only (price is estimated due to the value of dollar and inflation) and includes VAT (value added tax). Airfare is available - see us for assistance or to coordinate flights!

Triples are available but are not advised.

Your Tour Includes:
Land transportation via private, deluxe motor coach
Double occupancy accommodations in superior three and moderate four-star hotels
Meals as indicated in the itinerary (8 breakfasts, 7 dinners)
Admission for all attractions mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a professional tour guide throughout the tour
Local step-on guides for city tours and main attractions
Handling of one piece of luggage per person at hotels

Not Included:
Air transportation and any related taxes and fees
Meals not indicated on itinerary
Beverages, except with breakfast
End-of-tour gratuity for tour guide and coach driver
Items of a personal nature, such as passport fees (must be valid for 6 months beyond return date)

Optional trip cancelation and interruption insurance is available for an additional cost.



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