The Best of Norway Tour - Globus® Escorted Travel

Best of Norway (ZM)

7 Day Tour from Oslo to Bergen

2018 Tour Details

Deep-blue fjords, breathtaking mountains, glimmering glaciers, and flowing waterfalls await you on this Norway escorted tour of a lifetime.

A highlight of this Norway tour is a breathtaking ride on the Flåm railway, one of the world’s most scenic train rides, which passes through 20 tunnels and climbs to an elevation of 2,833 feet (864 m.). This out-of-the-ordinary experience lets you witness hypnotic waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snowcapped mountains, rivers winding through deep gorges, farms on the side of steep slopes, and views of Sognefjord – Norway’s longest fjord.

You’ll stay at the historic Hotel Ullensvang, which offers views over Hardangerfjord – the world’s fourth-largest fjord. Travel on the Hardanger National Tourist Road, carefully developed to take you through some of Norway’s most stunning scenery, and stop at Steinsdalsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the cascading waterfall … without getting wet!

In addition to breathtaking scenery, Norway also offers you a country steeped in history. In the Middle Ages, Norwegians built churches out of wood. Only 28 of these stave churches now remain in Norway. In Borgund, you’ll admire one of Norway’s best-preserved stave churches dating back to 1180. Stay two nights in Bergen – founded in 1070 – where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour. In Bergen, you’ll visit the Fløibanen funicular, where magnificent views of Bergen and the fjords await.

From the magnificent scenery to the vibrant cities—including Oslo—this guided tour through Norway is sure to delight all of your senses.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

OSLO
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, walk through Frogner Park and visit City Hall
BORGUND
Admire the stave church
FLÅM
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Ride the spectacular Flåm train
MYRDAL-VOSS
By train
HARDANGERFJORD
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Overnight stay at the Ullensvang Hotel
UTNE
Ferry crossing
STEINSDALSFOSS
Marvel at the spectacular waterfalls
BERGEN
Orientation drive; guided walking tour of Bryggen; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite ride the Fløybanen funicular

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

  • 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.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Bryggen

Transportation:

Motorcoach, train ride, ferry crossing, funicular ride. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full Scandinavian breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Oslo and a farewell dinner in Bergen

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN OSLO, NORWAY

Welcome to Oslo, ancient capital of Norway! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 OSLO

Today gives you a proper introduction to Oslo, the country’s hub of trade and industry. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, considered the home for Ibsen’s plays; the unique Storting building, seat of Parliament; and the Royal Palace, residence of Norwegian monarchs since 1849. Stroll through magnificent FROGNER PARK with Gustav Vigeland’s extraordinary sculptures; and visit the CITY HALL, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held each year. Afterwards, an optional excursion is available to see relics of Norway’s glorious seafaring past—including 1,000-year-old Viking ships!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 OSLO–BORGUND–FLÅM

Depart the city and drive northwest through Hallingdal, a large valley with rich traditions in iron production, cattle trade, and typical folk art, music, and dance. Marvel at the Borgund stave church, dating back to 1180. Then, travel through the world’s longest road tunnel (15 miles) to Aurland, and arrive in the picturesque village of Flåm, situated at the head of Aurlandsfjord. You may wish to join an exciting optional cruise on the famous Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Day 4 FLÅM–MYRDAL–VOSS–HARDANGERFJORD

This morning, experience a breathtaking ride on the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite FLÅM RAILWAY, which passes through 20 tunnels and climbs to an elevation of 2,833 feet. Along the way, stop for pictures at Kjosfossen waterfall. At Myrdal mountain station, change trains and continue on the scenic Bergen Railway to Voss. Here, board your coach and head south, crossing Hardanger Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. Continue along the shore and arrive at the historic Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Ullensvang Hotel in its idyllic setting between the mountains and the Hardangerfjord. It was here that composer Edvard Grieg wrote his most famous pieces—and his cabin still stands in the hotel gardens.

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Day 5 HARDANGERFJORD–UTNE–STEINSDALSFOSS–BERGEN

Nature’s splendor is on full display today, as you travel south around Sørfjord and then north to the peaceful village of Utne. Cross the fjord by ferry, and continue your journey on the Hardanger National Tourist Road to Norheimsund and stop at the majestic Steinsdalsfoss waterfall, where a trail leads you behind the cascading falls without getting wet. Later, arrive in lovely Bergen, the “City of Seven Mountains.” An orientation drive introduces you to this city that was founded in 1070. See Bergenhus Fortress with its medieval Håkon’s Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower; the charming Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the harbor; and the famous Fish Market. Tonight, why not sample regional dishes at a traditional restaurant?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 BERGEN

Step back in time and explore Bryggen on a guided walking tour, along narrow, cobblestone alleyways past colorful wooden houses. Also see the 12th-century St. Mary’s Church, where Hanseatic merchants attended religious services until the 1870s. For a bird’s-eye view of Bergen and its magnificent surroundings, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite ride the Fløibanen funicular up to Mount Fløyen. Tonight, celebrate your unforgettable vacation at a farewell dinner at your hotel.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 7 BERGEN

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

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

Escorting tours for more than 20 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."

Tour Director - OIVIND FURE

 Accommodations

Oslo
Flam
Hardangerfjord
Bergen

Oslo

Scandic Oslo City

First-Class

Scandic Oslo City Europaradets Plass 1, Oslo,   Norway

Europaradets Plass 1
Oslo, Norway

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A centrally located 175-room hotel with a 24-hour reception, cozy lobby bar and gym. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property and breakfast, lunch and dinner is served daily in the chic restaurant.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television

Flam

Fretheim

First-Class

Fretheim Postboks 63, Flam,   Norway

Postboks 63
Flam, Norway

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Four-story Hotel located at scenic Aurlandfjord (a branch of the Sognefjord) with mountain backdrop.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Hot Tub
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Gift Shop

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board

Hardangerfjord

Ullensvang

Superior First-Class

Ullensvang Eastern shore, Lofthus,  Norway

Eastern shore
Lofthus, Norway

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A 148-room family owned, resort style hotel with breathtaking views and a unique location directly on the magnificent Hardangerfjord. A buffet restaurant serves rich breakfast and dinner spreads with a focus on home-made traditional Norweigian dishes, there is also a wine cellar and stylish lobby bar that serves light meals and drinks. Leisure facilities include heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, indoor tennis courts, fitness room, wellness area and Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Ice Machine
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Window Opens

Bergen

First Hotel Marin

First-Class

First Hotel Marin Rosenkrantzgatan 8, Bergen,   Norway

Rosenkrantzgatan 8
Bergen, Norway

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

First Hotel Marin is a classic hotel situated very centrally in Bergen. The hotel is located at the famous "Bryggen" in Bergen which is on UNESCOs world-heritage list. Marin holds 152 well equipped rooms.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Ice Machine
  • Business Center
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Oslo
Flam
Bergen

Oslo

Treasures of Norway

Treasures of Norway

Admire relics from Norway's great seafaring past.

Price Range: $$

Panoramic Oslo and Dinner

Panoramic Oslo and Dinner

Enjoy the breathtaking view of Oslo and the Oslofjord before you savor a delicious dinner in a fine restaurant.

Price Range: $$$

Flam

Fjord Cruise and Undredal Village

Fjord Cruise and Undredal Village

Enjoy an amazing cruise along the fjord between Flam and Gudvangen and be welcome in the beautiful village of Undredal, in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage area.

Price Range: $$

Bergen

Dinner in Bergen

Dinner in Bergen

Discover Old Bergen and Bryggen with the Hansa Quarters as you criss-cross the charming narrow streets and the beautiful leaning wooden houses. Enjoy a delightful traditional Bergen meal after your free time for shopping.

Price Range: $$

Edvard Grieg's House

Edvard Grieg's House

Nobody has described fjord scenery more beautifully than composer Edward Grieg did through his music. Visit his unique home and experience a remarkable journey through his life and music.

Price Range: $$

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