Discover “The Land of the Fjords and The Midnight Sun” and wonderful Copenhagen.
DAY 1& 2 – Oslo
During your stay in Oslo, your centrally located hotel will make all attraction very accessible indeed. Although there are some “must be seen” whilst in Oslo.
PHOTO: The Vigeland Sculpture park
The Oslo Pass gives you free entry to many museums and attractions, free travel on all public transport within zone four, free entry to outdoor swimming pool and much, much more. The card is valid from the first time it is stamped. It is then valid for the stated number of hours.
Recommended attractions to visit in Oslo:
- Bygdøy and Viking Ships. (20 min boat voyage from the Town Hall)
- “The Vigeland sculpture park” (20 min. tram ride from central Oslo).
- Holmenkollen. The world known ski jump with a spectacular view over the capital of Norway.
- Your “Oslo Pass” with all sights, museums etc, will be given upon arrival and give you free entrance to most of the sights and local transportation in Oslo for 48 hrs.
DAY 3 –Oslo – Myrdal – Flåm – Gudvangen – Stalheim
This railway journey takes you from the southeast to the west, through agricultural valleys and over the mountains, that divides the east from the west. You are passing different beautiful sceneries on your way, but the absolute most spectacular one, we’ve saved to the end – “The Flåm Railway”.
The Flåm Railway
Discover The Flåm Railway - the most beautiful train journey in the world.
Flam Railway (Flamsbana) is a spectacular train journey that offers a panoramic view of some of the wildest and most magnificent nature in the Norwegian fjord landscape.
The railway is one considered to be one of Norway's major and most spectacular tourist attractions and the train journey provides some of the country’s wildest and most magnificent scenery. On the 20 km-long train ride that operates between Myrdal and Flåm, you can see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains and mountain farms clinging dizzily to sheer slopes. The Flåm Railway makes a photo stop at the beautiful Kjosfossen waterfall.
The twisting tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountain bear witness to the most daring and skilled engineering in Norwegian railway history and is truly a sight to behold. The end stop of the railway is the small picturesque village of “Flåm”, situated innermost in the “Aurlandsfjord”, an arm of the 204-km long and up to 1308 meters deep
Facts about the Flåm Railway:
- 20-km-long train ride
- 20 years of construction to complete the line
- 20 tunnels, 18 of which is built by hand
- Trial operations started in 1940 with small steam locomotives
- The end station of “Flåm” is nestled in the innermost corner of the “Aurlandsfjord”.
Flåm – Stalheim (with boat Flåm-Gudvangen) Gudvangen – Stalheim (bus)
Duration: 2 hrs. 27 min.
Stalheimskleiva hair pin bends
Stalheimskleiva is the name of the 1.5-km-long stretch of road that winds its way up the mountainside from the end of the Nærøydalen valley to the top at Stalheim. It is one of Northern Europe's steepest roads and offers beautiful views.
The “Stalheimskleiva” road runs up a ridge between two cascading waterfalls that can both be seen from the road. To the north, you can see the “Sivlefossen” waterfall, which has a fall of about 140 meters. To the south, the “Stalheimsfossen” waterfall with a fall of 126 meters.
The steepest gradient is 1 to 5, or 20 per cent, which makes “Stalheimskleiva” one of the steepest stretches of road in Northern Europe. On its way to the top, the road winds its way up 13 sharp hairpin bends. The “Stalheimskleiva” road where built bare hands between 1842 and 1846 in order to improve the postal road between Oslo and Bergen.
In Stalheimskleiva you can:
- Enjoy the spectacular view
- Watch two magnificent waterfalls
- Relax and enjoy the steep road
- Spend a night at Stalheim Hotel and continue your tour the next day.
A hotel with long traditions at the top of the Stalheimskleivene hills.
The views from the hotel terrace over the majestic valley of Nærøydalen, which together with the Nærøyfjord are among the natural sites on Unescos World Heritage List. This has made Stalheim an even bigger attraction. Ideal for stopovers for travelers on this roundtrip.
The hotels lounges boast a unique exhibition of Norwegian and European antiques. Ideal base for short and long excursions to the famous fjords and mountains of western Norway. Stalheim folk museum, with its range of exciting exhibits, is close to the hotel.
DAY 4Stalheim – Voss – Bergen
Duration: 2 hrs. 6 min.
DAY 5& 6 - BERGEN
Bergen is Norway's second largest city with a population of roughly 270,000. King Olav Kyrre founded the city of Bergen in 1070, and it was the country's capital from 1110 until 1299.
Bergen was one of the major Hanseatic cities in Europe and it has been a great centre of trade throughout the ages. Fish was exported from Bergen, while grain was the chief import. The first German merchants came to the city already in 1270, and the powerful Hanseatic League existed until 1784, when it was disbanded. The Hanseatic merchants operated in the Bryggen area, which is now included on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
Bergen is called ‘the city between seven mountains’ because of the many mountains that surround it. At 624 metres, Mount Ulriken is the tallest of them.
Today Bergen is an important centre for the shipping and oil industries, as well as for aquaculture, the food processing industry and higher education. Bergen is also a European City of Culture and its many museums and art galleries are well worth a visit.
- Your “Bergen Card” with all sights, museums etc, will be given upon arrival and give you free entrance to most of the sights and local transportation in Bergen for 48 hrs.
DAY 7 - Cruise Oslo - Copenhagen