Call to book01904 734 939
Tour Search
#Favourites

Essential Norway

Save
4.1 stars(24 reviews)
Gallery

Fjords and mountains in beautiful Norway

You are viewing the 2022 itinerary. Select your departure year
20212022
7 days From £1,399 per person
Regional Travel Offer

Free Regional Flights: return from your local airport to tour arrival destination, available on selected Rail Discoveries European Fly:Rail holidays on flights included in Rail Discoveries' flying programme.

Terms & Conditions

2022 Tour code: 22FNS

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 this spellbinding country on this enthralling holiday.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - To Oslo

Fly from London or your local airport to Oslo, Norway's fascinating and cosmopolitan capital. On arrival, you transfer into the city centre by rail and walk to your hotel.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Oslo

Head out on a guided walking tour to introduce you to the main sights. See the new state Opera House, an award-winning example of modern architecture. You also see Norway's magnificent 19th-century Royal Palace before an afternoon to get to know the city under your own steam. Oslo offers a choice of museums including the Viking Ship and Maritime Museum, the Folk Museum, and the Edvard Munch Museum, where you can admire Munch's most famous piece, the expressionist painting, 'The Scream. The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art is a fantastic example of modernity and its design alone makes it worth visiting. A walk up Karl Johans Gate reveals the Royal Palace as well as a multitude of enticing shops and restaurants. Otherwise, you could take a cruise on Oslofjord, admiring the scenery of the city from a unique perspective.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 3 - The Bergen Railway

Travel on Northern Europe's highest railway, the Bergen Railway, widely regarded as one of the greatest railway journeys on the planet. The harsh climate 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 as you pass through some of the wildest nature accessible by train. Beginning in southern Norway, the train starts its ascent into the mountains, travelling alongside deep fjords and passing through numerous tunnels, to the stations at Arna and Dale. After the Trollkona tunnel - the longest on the line - you reach Bergen, situated on the edge of Norway's fjord country.

Includes
  • Breakfast
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 you on a wonderful 12.5-mile journey past waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and remote, mountain-side farms. Following free time to discover Flåm and grab lunch, take to the waters on a cruise along two of Norway's tranquil fjords, Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. This cruise is the perfect way to discover both UNESCO-listed fjords, surrounded by Alpine meadows, charming villages and waterfalls cascading from the mountainsides.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Bergen

Today you discover beautiful Bergen on a guided sightseeing tour. The city is nicknamed 'the heart of the fjords' due to its picturesque location nestled between seven fjords, and has the charms of a welcoming small town, with narrow cobblestone lanes and chocolate-box buildings. Head to the pretty Bryggen Waterfront, the location of the old Hanseatic trading wharf, where the old wooden buildings are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Enjoy a delicious lunch, before the rest of your day is free to explore the city at your own pace. You could pay a visit to the Bergen Museum, where you'll find one of Norway's largest collections of cultural and historical exhibits.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 - Oslo

Travel by coach today, journeying through scenic landscapes on your way back to Oslo. Pause at Hardangervidda to see the fascinating stave church here, an example of the immense wooden cathedrals built during the Middle Ages in Norway. The decorations inside are a combination of Christian motifs and what is often assumed as Viking themes. Today, there are only 28 of these churches preserved, but it's believed that there were around 2000 at the height of the medieval period.

Later, check into your hotel in Oslo for your final evening.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Home

You transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. On arrival in London, or at your local airport, your holiday comes to an end.

Includes
  • Breakfast

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.

Hotels

Scandic Neptune Hotel, Bergen

Scandic Neptune Hotel, Bergen

View hotel

Scandic Byporten hotel, Oslo

Scandic Byporten hotel, Oslo

View hotel

Trains

Bergen Railway
The Flam Railway

Enhance your holiday

Upgrades

Flight upgrades
Extend your European holiday
UK rail connections
London hotels

Reviews

4.1 stars4.1 / 5 · 24 reviews

  1. 5 stars
    (8)
  2. 4 stars
    (11)
  3. 3 stars
    (4)
  4. 2 stars
    (1)
  5. 1 star
    (0)

Mr S Janicki

5 stars

Submitted 06 Aug 2019

great scenery and go organisation

Collected by Rail Discoveries

Ms C Breach

5 stars

Submitted 03 Aug 2019

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

Collected by Rail Discoveries

Mr H Vaswaney

5 stars

Submitted 22 Sep 2018

Great experience, well planned; comfortable hospitality

Collected by Rail Discoveries

Mrs L Crawley

4 stars

Submitted 21 Jul 2018

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

Collected by Rail Discoveries

Mrs D Gourlay

4 stars

Submitted 15 Jul 2018

hotel was in an excellent position and the amenities were very good.Unfortunately , the meals did not appeal

Collected by Rail Discoveries

Mr T Pace

5 stars

Submitted 01 Jul 2018

Our tour manager was wxcellent and all tour arrangements went well Only one downside was the hotel bathroom in Voss was tiny

Collected by Rail Discoveries

Show 6 more reviews
European Escorted Holidays by Rail 2022

European Escorted Holidays by Rail 2022

The definitive guide to European rail tours and holidays by rail.

Download brochure
Essential Norway

Fjords and mountains in beautiful Norway

Call

Enquire
Lynne Broadley
Lynne
Luke Simpson
Luke
Helen Laverack
Helen
Related inspiration from our journey blog