Explore majestic fjords, unique cities and towns and the best of Norway. From catching fresh salmon to a cruise through the Lysefjord, this is an unforgettable Norwegian experience. This 8-day, 7-night escorted tour provides expert trip leaders, top-notch transportation and much more!
Arrive in Bergen and check in to your hotel in the city centre (check with our trip planners for flight options!). At 19:00 meet with your tour leader in the hotel lobby. Together you will walk to Bryggen for a delicious three-course welcome dinner at a wonderful local restaurant. During the dinner you will get an introduction to the tour and your fellow travelers. Accommodations for the night at Bergen Børs Hotel, centrally located near Bryggen, the Fish market and shopping options.
After a lovely buffet breakfast, you’ll meet your long distance coach driver and depart from Bergen. Enjoy the spectacular view of “the city of rhododendrons” as you are leaving Bergen and driving towards the unique island landscape on the south-western coast of Norway en route to Stavanger. Cross by ferry from Halhjem to Sandvikvåg and short drive to Fitjar for a wild and authentic experience of a local Fish farm.
A RIB boat will take you from the mainland out to the Engesund Fish Farm, where you will learn about the Norwegian fishing industry and a sustainable fish farm. Enjoy tasting the fresh salmon and their famous fish soup for lunch before returning to the mainland and proceeding south past islands and bridges en route to Arsvågen.
Here you will board the ferry to Mortavika before you arrive in Stavanger, the cosmopolitan town of the Rogaland region and Norway’s fourth-largest city. Stavanger is known as a trading center for petroleum refinery and the building of oil platforms. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening on your own. Accommodation at Clarion Collection Hotel Skagen Brygge, a maritime pearl by the harbor front in Stavanger, which is known for its unique and beautiful architecture.
After a buffet breakfast, your will lead a walking tour of Stavanger. You’ll see the cathedral (the oldest cathedral in Norway) and Old Stavanger, where you will find Northern Europe’s biggest and best preserved concentration of wooden houses, more than 170 houses built at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century.
At 10:00 you will depart by boat for an experience to the unforgettable Pulpit Rock, an amazing flat rock formation standing out above the Lysefjord, whose sheer rock walls rise as high as one kilometre in places! On this exhilarating boat tour you will see the memorable Lysefjord, with towering waterfalls, idyllic islands and breathtaking scenery. Discover the ‘secret’ Vagabond’s Cave (Fantahålå), and taste clear mountain water from the Hengjane falls.
The boat tour roundtrip to Stavanger is three hours. You can choose to get off the boat, after experiencing the Lysefjord and viewing the Pulpit Rock from the fjord, and proceed on a guided hiking tour up to the Pulpit Rock.
Accommodations for the evening ar back at the Clarion Collection Hotel Skagen Brygge.
After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, we’ll depart by coach. Then we’ll take the ferry from Mortavika to Arsvågen and continue towards the Hardanger region, enjoying lunch en route. Net, we’ll hop on the ferry from Skånevik to Utåker and cross the Åkra Fjord. As we reach the Hardangerfjord, you’ll quickly see why it’s famous for its many fruit orchards. In May/June the fruit trees are in bloom, and the fruit blooming in Hardanger is an experience people never forget. The time of blossom depends on the temperature during spring, but they usually blossom for one month between mid-May and mid-June. First is the blossom of cherries and plums, followed by pear and apple blossoms.
We’ll drive along the scenic fjord to Rosendal and visit Baroniet Rosendal Manor House & Gardens. Step back in time during a tour of the house, dating back to 1665, and enjoy a walk through the beautiful flowering renaissance garden and landscape park. After, we’ll take a short drive to Ænes for a visit to the recreational farm retreat Gygratun. Enjoy a guided tour of the farm with animals and get to learn more about traditional Norwegian farm lifestyle.
We’ll then proceed by coach under the Folgefonna glacier and continue past the Sandvevatnet Lake for a beautiful view of the Folgefonna Glacier and further on to the thundering rich Låtefossen. Hereafter the route goes north, passing Odda and Tyssedal – both industrial towns from 19th century until today. As you are driving the scenic route along the Sørfjord, an arm of the Hardangerfjord, you will enjoy amazing views of fruit trees in blossom.
We’ll arrive to the hotel in Lofthus late in the afternoon. This unique family-owned hotel dates back to 1846, and today the hotel has found the perfect balance between rich traditions and modern facilities. Enjoy a rich buffet dinner at the hotel’s dining room “Spisesalen”, well-known for their impressive range of homemade dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.
You’ll have this day to explore at your leisure. Choose to relax at the wonderfull Hotel Ullensvang at the pool or with tennis, squash or any other of a variety of activities. Or join an impressive helicopter sightseeing tour for astonishing views of the waterfalls at the end of the valley. Finally, you can opt for a guided walking tour of the fruit tral to learn more about fruit farming and local history.
For advanced hikers there are many other optional excursions to test your limits! A buffet dinner will be served in the hotel in the evening.
After a buffet breakfast, we’ll depart from the hotel by coach. The route goes north past Kinsarvik and into Eidfjord before stopping to view the thundering Vøringsfoss Waterfall with a vertical drop of 180m. We’ll cross the Hardanger Bridge, which is among the longest suspension bridges in the world, and drive to Ulvik. Here you will visit the Hardanger Juice and Cider Factory, a traditional apple orchard that produces apple juice, cider and liquor. You will get to see the farm and production facilities and also taste the different products, before enjoying lunch in the restaurant with panoramic windows to the fjord below.
After lunch, the tour proceeds through Voss and Gudvangen until you reach Flåm, located at the most inner part of the Aurland Fjord. From Flåm you will board the express boat to Balestrand, a 90 minute peaceful tour on the stunning Aurland Fjord and the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. From the sun deck of the comfortable lounge, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of cascading waterfalls, sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks, and a variety of wildlife.
The Kvikne’s Hotel is located on banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains. Check in and enjoy a few hours at your leisure to soak in to this historical hotel, which dates back to 1752. The hotel has been in the Kvikne family since 1877, and they restored and kept this pearl for generations, and today it is a modern hotel with old-world charm and atmosphere, adorned with an extensive collection of artworks and antiques. In the evening enjoy a buffet dinner in the hotel’s romantic restaurant with a view to the Sognefjord.
After an early breakfast in the hotel’s stunning restaurant with views to the Sognefjord from your table, we’ll depart by express boat at 07:50 for a cruise along the spectacular Sognefjord, before heading south along the Norwegian west coast. From the sun deck or the comfortable lounge, you can enjoy the magnificent scenery of cascading waterfalls, mighty mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks, and a variety of wildlife.
We’ll return to Bergen at noon for lunch on your own. In the afternoon your tour leader will take you on an introduction tour of Bergen by foot including highlights such as the famous Fish and Flower Market, the old Bryggen Harbor with its gabled pack houses, the popular Hanseatic Quarter and the ancient Maria Church, which was built in the 1100s.
In the evening you will enjoy a world-class farewell dinner on a small island just outside the city of Bergen. From Bryggen you board a boat at 18:00 for a beautiful trip to the island Bjorøy. Here you’ll find the Cornelius Restaurants, one of Norway’s best seafood restaurants. Enjoy the unique setting with view to the fjord, mountains, skerries and passing boats and ships, you will be served a heavenly five-course farewell dinner, before the boat is taking you back to the mainland late evening.
After a buffet breakfast we’ll say farewell after a wonderful week.
May 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10