Norway: Norwegian Self Guided Rail Journey
See Norway’s most beautiful fjord scenery
This holiday very much leaves you to your own devices. There are no tour groups, no guides, just the freedom to do your own thing. We make things simple on the Norwegian Self Guided Rail Journey by booking flights, transport and superb hotels on your behalf. The rest we leave up to you. You might be interested in taking part in outdoor activities such as hiking and mountain biking, or you may prefer to spend your time exploring art galleries and fascinating museums. With the Norwegian Self Guided Rail Journey, you have the independence to enjoy your holiday in your own way. The two cities included in this tour have a lot to offer visitors. Bergen has some fabulous architecture and astonishing history, especially in the UNESCO listed Bryggen area. There are plenty of shops, cafés and restaurants too, where you can sample some of the delectable Norwegian cuisine. Oslo, Norway’s capital, possesses a completely different character. It has plenty of glorious leafy parks, and the city is surrounded by densely forested hills which are ideal for hiking.
Connecting the cities of Bergen and Oslo is a spectacularly picturesque day-long journey by train, coach and ferry. On this journey you will see the heavenly Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, as well as imposing mountains and tumultuous waterfalls. Part of the journey also includes a ride on the legendary Flåm railway, one of the world’s steepest railway lines. The Norwegian Self Guided Rail Journey is not to be missed - read on for further details.
Days 1 to 3 - Explore Bergen
Arrive in Bergen and check into the Rica Strand Hotel for the next three nights. Bergen is a delightful city, full of history and charm. It is surrounded by several impressive mountains, and it is possible to take the funicular railway from the city centre to the top of Mount Fløyen. From the summit you can enjoy magnificent views of the city and the surrounding landscapes. The Bryggen area, where the Hanseatic merchants used to operate, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site based on its historical merit, and it is well worth spending some time there. The city also has an incredible aquarium and a lively fish market that is a real eye-opening experience.
Day 4 - Journey through the Fjords
Get ready for a most breathtaking journey through Norway’s impeccable landscapes. First, take the train to Voss where you will transfer to a coach and continue to Gudvangen. There you will board the ferry for a sublime cruise across the beautiful Nærøyfjord. Arriving in Flåm, board the train for a real highlight of the Norwegian Self Guided Rail Journey – the illustrious Flåm Railway. This line takes you on a scenic journey across 20 kilometres of Norway’s most epic vistas. Pass immense mountains, thundering waterfalls and journey through 20 tunnels before arriving in Myrdal. There you will change trains for the final leg of your journey to Oslo. Check into the Rica Grand hotel for the final three nights of your holiday.Meals included:Breakfast
Days 5 to 7 - Oslo
Wake up to superb views of Norway’s capital city. Over the course of the next two days, explore all that Oslo has to offer. There are plenty of lush, green parks where you can enjoy picnics and spend lazy afternoons, and the Botanical Gardens are simply divine. The city is surrounded by hills and forests which are ideal for those with a penchant for hiking or mountain biking. During the summer months, the Royal Palace opens its doors to visitors for a fascinating guided tour of its grand interior. The Opera House, whose shape can be likened to one of Norway’s glaciers, is another fantastic place to see, having been awarded a prize for Best Cultural Building in 2008 at the World Architecture Festival. If museums and galleries are your thing, the National Gallery and Munch Museum are particularly worth a visit during your Norwegian Self Guided Rail Journey. On day seven, transfer to the airport for your flight home.Meals included:Breakfast
- Flights from London Heathrow to Bergen and return from Oslo.
- Norway in a Nutshell tour including:
Train Bergen to Voss
Bus Voss - Gudvangen
Fjord cruise Gudvangen - Flam
The Flam Railway Flam - Myrdal
Train Myrdal - Oslo
- 3 nights Bergen bed and breakfast + 3 nights Oslo bed and breakfast.
- Travel Insurance.
- Transfers in Bergen and Oslo