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6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Flights and airport transfers
Flights from London Heathrow to Oslo, and from Oslo to London Heathrow
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Day 7 - Oslo & London
Today, you bid farewell to Norway, transferring to Oslo airport
for the flight to London Heathrow.
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.
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.
Well organised. The trips were very good and we saw all the thing you needed tosee.
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
Great experience, well planned; comfortable hospitality
The trip was well managed and comfortable. The scenery was beautiful.
Mrs L Crawley
Everything is expected and more! The only bad thing was hotel in voss food wasnto up to standard.