Scenic Norway (ZQ) - 2014 / 2015

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9 Day Tour from Oslo to Oslo


Scenic Norway
Walk along the beautiful ports Bergen
Walk along the beautiful ports Bergen
The Sognefjord is nestled alongside some of Norways highest mountains
Oslo is the capital of Norway and the most populous city
The historical city of Oslo at night
The beautiful hillside scenery of Telemark, Norway

Vacation Overview

Immerse yourself in the land of thundering waterfalls, gleaming glaciers, and charming stave churches. A full circle from Oslo to Oslo, ending with two nights in this amazing city, shows you this breathtaking country in a most scenic way. Highlights include the 1994 Winter Olympic city of Lillehammer, with a guided walking tour of the Maihaugen Open-Air Museum, followed by lunch with local specialties, cruises on the Geirangerfjord, Sognefjord, and Naerøyfjord, the excellent Norwegian Glacier Museum, Låtefoss, the star among waterfalls, Vemork, scene of the daring sabotage action celebrated in The Heroes of Telemark, Frogner Park and the City Hall in Oslo. Of course you will taste aquavit, the traditional Christmas schnapps, and the local apple cider at a Norwegian farm. Overnight stays in Bergen, the most picturesque of all Scandinavian towns, and rustic, unspoiled Telemark are included, as well as a farewell dinner in Oslo.


OSLO
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, walk through Frogner Park and visit City Hall; farewell dinner

LILLEHAMMER
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided walking tour of the Maihaugen Open-Air Museum, followed by lunch

GEIRANGERFJORD
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Taste of aquavit schnapps at the Dalsnibba lookout before your boat cruise

JOSTEDAL GLACIER

FJAERLAND
Visit the Norwegian Glacier Museum and watch a five-screen film

SOGNEFJORD & NAEROYFJORD
Boat cruise

BERGEN
Orientation

HARDANGERFJORD
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Taste apple cider at a local farm; ferry crossing

LÅTEFOSS WATERFALL

TELEMARK
Guided visits of Vemork and the Heddal stave church

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • Certain mountain roads normally used for this vacation might be blocked by snow early and late in the season. If so, your Tour Director and driver will select a different route.


DAY 1Arrive in Oslo, Norway

Welcome to Oslo! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

The historical city of Oslo at night Oslo is the capital of Norway and the most populous city 
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DAY 2Oslo–Eidsvoll–Lillehammer

Start your tour of the land of fjords, lakes, mountains, thundering waterfalls, and gleaming glaciers with a picture stop at Eidsvoll, where the country’s democratic constitution was signed in 1814. Then, proceed along lovely Lake Mjøsa to Lillehammer, proud host of the 1994 Winter Olympics, and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a guided walking tour of the unique MAIHAUGEN OPEN-AIR MUSEUM and a special lunch with local specialties. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 3Lillehammer–Lom–Dalsnibba–Loen

Drive through the wide Gudbrandsdal Valley, the lush dairy and timber land of Ibsen’s drama, Peer Gynt. Take pictures of the lonely stave church of Lom, then climb above the tree line to 5,000 feet for a breathtaking panoramic view from the Dalsnibba lookout above Geirangerfjord. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Taste aquavit, the most traditional Christmas schnapps in Norway, followed by a leisurely one-hour CRUISE past the famous “Seven Sisters” cascade. Dock at Hellesylt and head south via Lake Hornindal to peaceful Loen. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Enjoy the serene landscapes of Norway A medieval wooden stave church in Norway 
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DAY 4Loen–Fjaerland–Stalheim

Follow the shoreline of the innermost branch of Nordfjord, then cross the mountains to the serene Våtedalen Valley and pristine Lake Jølster. The mountain scenery gets more rugged as you approach the tunnel underneath Jostedalsbreen, Europe’s largest glacier. Stop to see one of the mighty tongues that radiate from Jostedal Glacier into the surrounding valleys. Next, visit Fjaerland’s excellent NORWEGIAN GLACIER MUSEUM and watch a thrilling five-screen film. In the afternoon, enjoy a two-hour CRUISE on spectacular Sognefjord and Nærøyfjord. Land at Gudvangen and continue to Stalheim, high above the majestic Nærøydal Valley. An exciting optional Flam train ride is available. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Sognefjord is nestled alongside some of Norways highest mountains 
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DAY 5Stalheim–Voss–Bergen

This morning, see the popular lakeside resort of Voss before arriving in pretty Bergen. During your orientation tour, hear about its 11th-century origins and its association with the Hanseatic League. Afternoon at leisure. Stroll through the colorful fish market and the narrow lanes of ancient Bryggen, and ride the funicular up to Mount Fløyen. (Breakfast)

Walk along the beautiful ports Bergen 
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DAY 6Bergen–Låtefoss–Telemark

Hear about fruit farming and how cider is made at the Steinstø farm and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a glass of the local APPLE CIDER. Then, cross Hardangerfjord by FERRY and drive through the orchards along Sørfjorden, whose tranquil splendor inspired Grieg’s Morning Mood. More scenic delights: thundering Låtefoss and the wild Hardangervidda mountain plateau, where Fridtjof Nansen prepared for his polar expeditions. Next is rustic, unspoiled Telemark. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The beautiful hillside scenery of Telemark, Norway 
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DAY 7Telemark–Vemork–Heddal–Oslo

Focus on VEMORK, scene of the daring sabotage action celebrated in The Heroes of Telemark. Learn all about the dramatic events of 1943 from your Local Guide, and also gain an insight into the technology of hydroelectric power generation, one of the pillars of Norway’s economy. Leave the narrow Rjukan Valley via Lake Tinnsjø, where saboteurs sank a ferry loaded with heavy water, dashing Nazi hopes of winning the race for the atomic bomb. Before returning to Oslo in the afternoon, admire the HEDDAL STAVE CHURCH, the largest of the country’s remaining medieval wooden churches. (Breakfast)

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DAY 8Oslo

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, Parliament, and the Royal Palace. Stroll through magnificent FROGNER PARK with Gustav Vigeland’s 200-plus extraordinary bronze and granite sculptures and visit the modern CITY HALL. In the afternoon, an optional excursion to see relics of Norway’s glorious seafaring past is available. Tonight, celebrate the success of your journey with a farewell dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 9Oslo

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; boat cruises; ferry crossing



Full Scandinavian breakfast daily; 1 special lunch in Lillehammer; 6 three-course dinners, including welcome and farewell dinners in Oslo


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

OIVIND FURE

Years of Experience: 25 years

I am a full-blooded Scandinavian who considers it a true pleasure to have you as my guest. I look forward to showing you my favorite places: the scenic roads and breathtaking beauty of Scandinavia, Finland, and Russia. Be ready for a fascinating journey from 1,000-year-old vibrant Viking cities, through ice-blue fjords surrounded by snowcapped mountains and thundering waterfalls, to colorful fjord villages and fruit farms. "Traverse the unique landscapes of Lapland in the ultimate north and experience the warm summer climate and a sun that does not set."

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Scenic Norway:

  • Bryggen
  • West-Norwegian Fjords (Geirangerfjord)
  • West-Norwegian Fjords (Nærøyfjord)