Tailormade tour Three capital fjord cities of Norway touring holiday Norway

9 nights/10 days

Oslo • Bergen • Trondheim • Hurtigruten cruise

This luxury Norway touring holiday by train and boat will introduce you to the past and present capital cities of Norway. Start in the current capital of Oslo before travelling by train to Bergen and on to Trondheim by boat with two nights spent on board the Hurtigruten ferry as you cruise along the fjord-indented coast of Norway including the Geirangerfjord.
Holiday price guide

Available year-round subject to the opening period of the hotels. From £1,810 per person.

Luxury Norway touring holiday to Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim, three capital cities of Norway, by air, rail and overnight ferry

Highlights

Oslo • Bergen Railway • Bergen • Hurtigruten cruise • Trondheim • Dovre Railway

Day by day

This holiday starts with your arrival into Oslo. There are direct flights from multiple UK airports. Check in to your hotel for three nights.

Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country’s southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord. During your time here we highly recommend visiting the Bygdøy Peninsula, home to five national museums: the Viking Ship Museum, the Fram Museum, the Norwegian Folk Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum and the Norwegian Maritim Museum. The Fram Museum displays the strongest wooden ship ever built which still holds the record for sailing the farthest north and farthest south. It is possible to board the ship and see how the crew and their dogs managed to survive in the coldest and most dangerous places on earth. There are also exhibitions on the Arctic and Northwest passage. The Viking Ship Museum displays finds from four different
Viking burial sites around the Oslofjord, whilst the Norwegian Folk Museum is an open-air attraction showcasing the diverse wooden architecture and history of the country and its traditions. Another major attraction is Akershus Castle Fortress. Completed during the 14th century, this mediaeval castle had a strategical location at the very end of the headland and withstood a number of sieges throughout the ages. Guided tours of the fortress are available during the summer. As well as museums, Oslo is known for its green spaces, the most famous of which is the Frogner Park. Within this area is the Vigeland Sculpture Park, featuring more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and iron and one of Norway’s top tourist attractions. Housed in some beautiful gardens of its own, the Royal Palace is the official seat of the current Norwegian King and Queen. Take a tour of the palace during the summer or stop by to see the changing of the guard at 13:30.

This morning board the direct train to Bergen, also known as the Bergen Railway. Leaving the capital, the farms dotted amongst the hills will become less and less frequent as you head further west. You will skirt along the northern shore of Lake Ustevtn, which can be frozen for three quarters of the year, before passing through Finse, the highest railway station in Norway. The train then passes Myrdal, the starting station of the famous Flåm Railway. Be sure to keep an eye out for incredible views down a precipice into Flåmsdal and Sognefjord. From here you ascend steeply along the tree line, soon following a spectacular canyon. Travel alongside the clear waters of the River Vossa before entering the Ulriken Tunnel, the final landmark before your arrival into Bergen. After travelling across the highest mountain plateau in Europe check in to your hotel for two nights.

Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and was the capital throughout some of the country’s most influential periods. One of your days here should start with a visit to the iconic Bryggen wharf, first established in the 14th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its colourful buildings today house a small museum, shops and restaurants. Bergen is known as the city of the seven mountains, the most easily accessible of which is Fløyen, which can be reached by funicular from the city centre and awards spectacular views of the city and surrounding area. It is possible to take the funicular back, or you may want to hike back down at your leisure. To fully appreciate the culture and traditions of Bergen, you should take the time to visit the Bergen Fish Market. Bergen has the busiest seaport in the country and the market offers an abundance of fish, shellfish, fruit and vegetables. Cultural attractions include the Troldhaugen, the former home of Edvard Grieg and today host to a museum about his life and works as well as a concert hall where you can hear his music performed. Its location in the fjords also makes Bergen an excellent base from which to explore more by boat, and there are multiple options ranging from a quick trip to an all-day experience.

On your final day in Bergen you have most the day free to continue your exploration of the Gateway to the Fjords before you board the Hurtigruten service to Trondheim which leaves from Bergen at 21.30 hrs. Start by sailing past the impressive fjords and coastal landscape as you head steadily northwards. Early the next morning you will pass the Nordfjord before getting the opportunity to see Vestkapp, Norway’s westernmost viewing point. Dock for a short while in Alesund, where you have the option to embark on a trip up to the top of Mount Alska for panoramic views of the city and its surroundings. Continue from here to explore either the Geirangerfjord or the Hjørundfjord depending on the time of year, both of which give incredible views of the narrow winding alleyways of water surrounded by imposing mountains.

You arrive in Trondheim at 10.00 hrs. If you would like us to arrange an early check-in then please ask us to arrange one or leave your bags at the hotel and start to acquaint yourself with Norway’s first capital city, Trondheim. You stay here for two nights.

Trondheim lies on the southern shore of the Trondheimfjord and has played a significant role in Norwegian history. As the country’s first capital city, it was the site where Norwegian kings were crowned for over 700 years, specifically in the Nidaros Cathedral. We highly recommend taking a visit to this beautiful building, which is the world’s northernmost mediaeval cathedral and started construction in 1070. South of this is the striking Archbishop’s Palace Museum, which offers an insight into the 1000-year history of the cathedral and its diocese. You will also find here the Royal Regalia, including the 200-year-old Crown of Norway. For a glimpse of the more rustic side of Norwegian life, a visit to the Trøndelag Folk Museum is essential: dominated by the ruins of Sverresborg castle, this outdoor museum consists eighty historic buildings giving information about folk culture as well as rural monuments and the Haltdalen stave church, which dates back to 1170. Another picturesque area of the city is Bakklandet, a small neighbourhood of painted wooden warehouses home to galleries, cafes and restaurants.

Holiday price guide From £1,810 per person

Holiday Code SCFR02

Luxury Norway touring holiday to Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim, three capital cities of Norway, by air, rail and overnight ferry

Holiday price guide From £1,810 per person

Holiday Code SCFR02

Our prices include ● Return flights with British Airways from London to Oslo
● Second-class travel on all trains (Plus class available on certain trains can be booked at a supplement)
● 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard double room at Hotel Bristol, Oslo
● 2 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard double room at Bergen Børs Hotel, Bergen
● 2 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Polar outside cabin on the Bergen-Trondheim Hurtigruten ferry
● 2 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Superior double room at Hotel Britannia, Trondheim
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Our prices do not include ● Early check-in or late check-out at any hotels (although we can arrange this on request at additional cost)
● Any other services not mentioned above, such as transfers and meals except breakfast at hotels
● Personal holiday insurance. This is essential and cover should be in place from when you book the holiday.
● Possible local tourist tax, usually the equivalent of £1 to £3 per person per night, and payable locally to the hotel
● Transfers in any cities

Additional information This holiday can be arranged throughout the year. Timings can vary depending on the month and day of the week.

Luxury Norway touring holiday to Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim, three capital cities of Norway, by air, rail and overnight ferry

Highlights of Norway

The numerous fjords: Eidfjord – branch of the Hardangerfjord, Geirangerfjord – precipitous, one of Norway’s signature images, Hardangerfjord – rolling hills and pretty villages, Jossingfjord – vertiginous fjord in the flatlands of the south, Lysefjord – plunging cliffs, cruises and look out points, Naeroyfjord – narrow and very pretty, Sognefjord – Norway’s longest and one of the most beautiful, Trollfjord – very steep fjord on Lofoten, Vestfjord – sheltered bays and pretty villages separating Lofoten from the mainland. The Hurtigruten ferry that covers over 2500 km from Bergen to Kirkenes with over 30 stops. The Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights. Stave churches, beautifully preserved in wood, dating from Viking times, for example at Borgund, Lom, Ringebu and Urnes. Viking ships and artefacts, burial mounds and trinkets in museums throughout the country. The red, wooden houses perched stilts over the sea on the Lofoten Islands. The modern architecture of Oslo. Picking wild blueberries, sampling aquavit made from potatoes and caraway, and tasting reindeer steak with cranberries. The charm of Oslofjorden with its pretty, arty village and towns, harbours with sailing boats, islands offshore and beaches. Hike over the Jotunheimen and relish the natural landscape of this stunning National Park.

Cultural highlights of Norway

The architecture of stave churches dating from the Viking era and Viking treasure in museums around the country. The literature of Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun. Folk tales and mythology. The music of Edvard Grieg and the art of Edvard Munch. Contemporary jazz and folk music.

Gastronomy of Norway

Norway’s gastronomy is a clear reflection of its land and sea. From the land come reindeer, venison, lamb, cured meats and potatoes of all types: boiled, roasted and fried. From the freshwater lakes and streams come salmon served grilled and smoked, and freshwater fish. Sea fish is a vast array of cod, haddock, shrimps, mackerel, fish soup, fish balls, salt cod. From the orchards particularly around the Hardangerfjord come apples, cherries and plums as well as berries of all sorts including blueberries, cranberries, bilberries and, a great delicacy, cloudberries. Cheeses include Jarlsberg and brown cheese. Coffee is almost certainly the national drink, followed by beer, of which there are all sorts of craft beers brewed locally, and Aquavit is the national spirit made from potatoes and caraway.

Facts in brief

Capital Oslo
Airport Oslo Gardermoen
Size 323,878 sq km
Population 4.4 million
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