Magical Norway

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A remarkable journey through the land of fjords starting in the viking capital of Oslo before heading into the fjords of Norway. Experience picturesque villages, magnificent waterfalls, breathtaking mountain peaks and glaciers, and highlights such as the Geiranger Fjord which is included on Unesco´s world heritage list. This tour is bound to leave you speechless!

What´s Included

• 7 nights at hotels in standard double/twin rooms, except at Hotel Ullensvang, Hotel Alexandra & Hotel Union, where Fjord View rooms are confirmed

• 7 Breakfasts – Buffet style 

• 1 lunch (as per program)

• 04 Dinners (as per program)

• Bi-lingual tour escort from Day 2 to Day 7 (English & Spanish or Portuguese)

• All touring by private coach, with air-condition, including all the sightseeing mentioned in the program

• The long-distance bus from day 2 - 7 offers WIFI

• MONOLINGUAL Guided tours in the cities of Bergen and Oslo (For city tours with local guides, the group will be divided by languages, with their respective monolingual local guide)

• Regular Arrival Transfer, from Oslo Airport, OSL*

• Regular Departure Transfer, to Oslo Airport, OSL*

• Porter service at the hotels (excluding day 1 & 8). Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase & 1 piece of hand luggage per person


Itinerary

DAY 1
Arrival in Oslo
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Arrival in Oslo

Arrival to Oslo Airport, meet & greet by Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative, for Regular Arrival Transfer Service to the hotel* for check-in (Please see notes below for this service). Please consult the Borealis Destination Management welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in at your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your tour leader. The rest of the day is at leisure. 

DAY 2
Oslo – Lofthus
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Oslo – Lofthus

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we drive across Hoenefoss, Nesbyen surrounded by a landscape, which alternates between forests of pines and lakes to arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Just a few kilometres away, we will visit Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains and famous for its ski resorts.  In Geilo we will take the time to enjoy a delicious lunch at the beautiful old Dr. Holms Hotel (included). Afterwards the tour continues to the impressive Hardanger fjord, where we arrive at Lofthus, one of Edvard Grieg's favourite haunts, and one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. Dinner at the hotel is included

DAY 3
Lofthus – Bergen
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Lofthus – Bergen

Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart Lofthus and cross the splendid Hardanger fjord, by travelling across the Hardanger Bridge. The Hardanger Bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. Arrival at Bergen where the afternoon holds a 2-hour panoramic sightsee­ing tour during which we will delight in St. Marys Church, Haakon’s Hall (no entrances), the colorful and picturesque fish markets and the old Bryggen area. The evening is at leisure.

DAY 4
Bergen – Flaam – Loen
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Bergen – Flaam – Loen

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure from Bergen and travel to the historic town of Voss, with a stunning background of snow clad mountains. Here we board a train, which will take us across the mountain plateau to Myrdal where we change to the World famous Flaam railway, the highlight of the day.  Experience one of the most spectacular rail journeys, descending from the Mountain station of Myrdal to the quaint fjord village of Flaam located on the shores of the magnificent Aurland Fjord. Enjoy some free time in the picturesque fjord village of Flaam before we continue for a cruise on the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. Drive through one of the longest tunnels of Norway before embarking.  The coast offers very strong contrasts, sometimes you will experience rocks falling dramatically into the fjord while other stretches of the river turn into a wonderful green. Disembark after and continue by coach, through the stunning mountains of Gaula before reaching Loen, beautifully situated between mountains, lakes and fjords. Dinner and overnight at the prestigious hotel Alexandra.  

This evening we recommend you enjoy a ride with the sky lift just located next to your hotel.  The view is breathtaking.

DAY 5
Loen - Briksdal Glacier - Geiranger
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Loen - Briksdal Glacier - Geiranger

Breakfast at the hotel. After arriving at Briksdal Glacier, we will make a visit to the foot of the glacier, travelling by small motorized “Troll cars” and walking through Norwegian nature to the very snout of the glacier. Here we experience the glacier’s breathtaking blue ice. After the visit, there will be free time for lunch at your own discretion.

*It is not possible to book this excursion on site. THIS EXCURSION MUST BE PRE-BOOKED WITH TRAVEL BOOKING TO ENSURE ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

Passengers not joining the optional excursion, who prefer to enjoy the hotel and its facilities, will be picked up at around 15:00.

We leave Loen and continue our journey through the wonderful Norwegian mountains to Hellesylt to embark the ferry, crossing the dramatic and ever so impressive, UNESCO’s World Heritage listed, Geiranger Fjord, situated amongst lush mountains and wild waterfalls. Arrival in Geiranger and check-in. Before dinner, a special tour of the Veteran car collection of The Mjelva family is offered. A number of these beautiful cars were used to show tourists around the Geiranger area in the 1920’s and 1930’s and they are still in excellent condition. Dinner at the hotel is included.

DAY 6
Geiranger
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Geiranger

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we travel north to explore two of the most dramatic and visited areas of Norway; The Eagle’s road and Trollstigen or Troll’s path. The steepest section of Road 63 between Geiranger and Eidsdal is called Ørnevegen, or "The Eagle Road”, as driving along its eleven hairpin turns at 620 meters (2,030 ft) above sea level feels a little like being airborne. At the uppermost bend is the most spectacular viewpoint of the road, Ørnesvingen, offering breath-taking views over the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord. Continue to to Linge crossing the Storfjord from Eisdal and from here to the Troll’s path. 

Driving Trollstigen is a dramatic and exciting experience. Some places it's cut into the mountain; and some parts are built on top of stone walls. An impressive bridge in natural stone carries it across the Stigfossen waterfall. The road is a result of hard work and an impressive piece of engineering work dated 100 years back in time. His Majesty King Haakon VII opened the road in the summer of 1936. At top of Trollstigen there are viewpoints and steel walkways which allow you to get close to the dramatic mountains and waterfalls (Weather permitting as road closures can occur). Lunch stop en route (not included). In the afternoon, we arrive back at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel is included.

 

DAY 7
Geiranger - Oslo
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Geiranger - Oslo

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by coach to the capital, Oslo. First visit to the famous point of Dalsnibba, an observation point located 1.476 meters above sea level, with a spectacular view of the famous Geiranger Fjord, UNESCO World Heritage. (The visit to Dalsnibba is subject to climate permission - cannot be guaranteed). Continue via Lom where we can admire the oldest wooden church in Norway, which dates from the 12th Century. Late in the afternoon, we arrive in Oslo and check-in at the hotel. Thereafter you will have the chance to join the group on a 2-hour guided Walking City Tour.

 

 

DAY 8
Oslo – Departure
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Oslo – Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. A Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Oslo Airport*(Please see notes below for this service). 

*Please note! Regular Departure Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfer to Oslo Airport and only on the official end date of tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.



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