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Essential Norway

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Fjords and mountains in beautiful Norway

7 days From £1,399 per person
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2021 Tour code: 21FNS

About the tour

Journey from elegant Oslo to the breathtaking fjords and mountains of Norway's west coast as you marvel at the beauty and majesty of spellbinding Norway on this enthralling holiday.


What’s included


Day 1 - London & Norway

Fly from London Heathrow to Oslo, Norway's fascinating capital. On arrival, transfer into the city centre by rail and walk to your hotel, the 3* Scandic Byporten.

  • Dinner
Oslo Opera House
Day 2 - A Tour of Oslo

You begin your stay in Oslo with a guided walking tour to introduce you to the main sights. The new state Opera House is situated close to your hotel and is an impressive, award-winning example of modern architecture. You also see Norway's magnificent 19th-century Royal Palace before an afternoon at leisure.

Oslo offers a good choice of museums including the Viking Ship and Maritime Museum, the Folk Museum, and the Edvard Munch Museum. The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art is a fantastic example of modernity in itself, and its beguiling architectural design make its certainly worth visiting. You could also visit Oslo's world famous Art Gallery and view Munch's most famous piece, the expressionist painting, 'The Scream'.

A walk up Karl Johans Gate reveals the Royal Palace as well as a multitude of shops and restaurants. At Akershus Castle and Fortress, you'll find the location of King Christian IV's old defences. Otherwise, you could take a scenic cruise on Oslofjord. Visiting the islands of Oslo's archipelago means you will be able to view the imposing Oscarborg Fortress. Now a museum, the mighty castle was an important bastion during World War II, and the museum offers a variety of exhibitions. Cruises on the Oslofjord are available to join just a short walk from the hotel (payable locally).

  • Breakfast
Oslo Palace
Day 3 - The Bergen Railway

Travel on Northern Europe's highest railway today, the Bergen Railway, reaching the Hardangervidda plateau at 4,060 feet. Passing through some of the wildest nature accessible by train, this is widely regarded as one of the greatest railway journeys on the planet. The harsh climate experienced in this part of the world has produced a landscape which is simply breathtaking, and you soak up the phenomenal views from the comfort of your carriage.

Beginning in southern Norway, the train starts its ascent into the rugged mountains, travelling alongside deep fjords and passing through numerous tunnels hewn out of the solid rock, to the stations at Arna and Dale. After the Trollkona tunnel - the longest on the line at 5.5 miles - you reach Bergen, situated on the edge of Norway's fjord country. Here, you stay at the Hotel Scandic Neptun.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Bergen Railway
Day 4 - The Flåm Railway

Embark on a full day excursion that encapsulates Norway in a nutshell, beginning with a journey on the iconic Flåm Railway, travelling along one of the steepest lines in existence. A branch line of the Bergen Railway, the scenic Flåm Railway takes passengers on a wonderful 12.5-mile journey past waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and remote, mountain-side farms.

Following some free time to discover Flåm and enjoy time for lunch, take to the waters on a spellbinding cruise along 2 of Norway's tranquil fjords, Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. To get closer to the nature that surrounds you, this cruise is the perfect way to discover both UNESCO-listed fjords, surrounded by Alpine meadows, charming villages, and waterfalls cascading down from the mountainsides. Even in all weathers, this cruise is delightful to experience, as you sail through the world's most beautiful fjords.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Flam Railway
Day 5 - Exploring Bergen

Today you discover beautiful Bergen on a guided sightseeing tour, visiting the Bryggen Waterfront, the UNESCO-listed location of the old Hanseatic trading wharf. Afterwards, a traditional Scandinavian seafood lunch of fish soup, a fish platter with fish burger, prawns and mussels, and salad is served up near the town's iconic fish market. The rest of your day is at leisure. Perhaps visit the harbour, which is called Vågen, where you can still see parts of Bryggen.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Bryggen Waterfront, Bergen
Day 6 - To Oslo via Hardangervidda

Today, you enjoy a coach journey from Bergen to Oslo, stopping at Hardangervidda. Here, you have opportunity for a photo stop at a stave church. During the Middle Ages, immense wooden cathedrals were constructed in many parts of Norway. The decorations featured inside each church are a fascinating combination of Christian motifs and what is often assumed as Viking themes with dragons and other animals. Today, there are just 28 churches preserved, but its believed that there were just under 2000 churches in Norway at the height of the medieval period.

Later, you transfer to your hotel in Olso where you enjoy a farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast
Day 7 - Oslo & London

Today, you bid farewell to Norway, transferring to Oslo airport for the flight to London Heathrow.

  • Breakfast
Flight home

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Scandic Neptun, Bergen

Scandic Neptun, Bergen

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Scandic Byporten hotel, Oslo

Scandic Byporten hotel, Oslo

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Bergen Railway
The Flam Railway

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80% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Mr S Janicki

Submitted 06/08/2019

great scenery and go organisation

Ms C Breach

Submitted 03/08/2019

Well organised. The trips were very good and we saw all the thing you needed tosee.


Submitted 27/07/2019

Norway in a nutshell by rail discoveries was a beautiful insight to Norway. Arriving at airport we were greeted by our holiday representative. Normally there are two, one to greet and one to help checking etc. As we had just the one we did it ourselves and met the rest of the group while at the airport or in Norway. The holiday was wonderful, well organised and a fantastic friendly group of travellers. The one issue that let it down was the food in the hotel in Bergen. Tiny portions, cool to cold food and congealed gravy. This wasnt due to one fussy eater it was a United experience. All in all would travel with rail discoveries again as I know this wasnt the usual experience with food at hotel.

Mr H Vaswaney

Submitted 22/09/2018

Great experience, well planned; comfortable hospitality


Submitted 19/08/2018

The trip was well managed and comfortable. The scenery was beautiful.

Mrs L Crawley

Submitted 21/07/2018

Everything is expected and more! The only bad thing was hotel in voss food wasnto up to standard.

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Essential Norway

Fjords and mountains in beautiful Norway


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