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5 days - Highlights of 'Beautiful Norway' - compacted version.
Wander through the Vigeland Sculpture Park and explore the hidden gems of Norway’s capital, Oslo. Discover the Akershus Fortress and the many harbour side restaurants along Aker Brygge. Travelling on a private 50 Degrees North minibus, cross the mountains to visit the traditional Stave Church of Lom and the magnificent Luster and Sognefjord. Experience the valley of Gudbrandsdalen surrounded by national parks, an abundance of locally produced food, old architecture, and good hiking trails.
Visit the stunning Geiranger fjord and enjoy the mountain landscape of Sognefjellet which makes its way up to the summit at 1,434 metres. Our minibus will take you along the stretch of breathtaking mountain roads between Lærdal and Aurland before reaching the Aurlandsfjord, one of the most picturesque fjords in the world, where you will stay fjordside! Read about visiting Northern Europe's highest and arguably the most striking mountain pass, along the road over Sognefjellet here.
Take a ride on the steep Flåm Railway full of hairpin turns and catch a train to Bergen, the capital of the fjords. Discover Bryggen, the old Hanseatic wharf in Bergen, and take the funicular to the top of Mt Fløien.
The trip runs weekly from May to September with fixed departures from Oslo every Sunday. It isn't a group tour as such but for a few days during this itinerary, everyone shares the same minibus, you make friends and enjoy the company of our Norwegian bus driver!
- Take a ride on the steep Flåm Railway full of hairpin turns
- Travel on a private 50 Degrees North minibus through the Norwegian mountains
- Visit the stunning Geiranger fjord
- Visit Northern Europe's highest and arguably the most striking mountain pass, Sognefjellet
- Discover Bryggen, the old Hanseatic wharf in Bergen, and take the funicular to the top of Mt Fløien
- Day 1
- Arrive in Oslo and transfer to your centrally located hotel.
- Day 2
- Train to Otta to join 50 Degrees North's private minibus to travel to Lom, a small town encapsulating the very essence of the Norwegian countryside.
- Day 3
- Day tour to Geiranger and join a fjord cruise before returning to Lom to visit its famous Stave Church.
- Day 4
- Continue your minibus journey together to the heart of the Norwegian fjords.
- Day 5
- Get your private transfer from Aurland to Flåm, and step aboard the world famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal Station with several stunning lookout points along the way, then train to Bergen.
- Start Place
- Oslo, Norway tours
- End Place
- Bergen, Norway tours
- Country Visited
- Norway tours
- 5 Days
- Group Size
- 1 - 12
- Easy independent holiday suitable for singles, couples & families
All transportation (by buses, trains, and boats) between destinations is included in the price. This includes travel between Otta and Aurland by private 50 Degrees North minibus, which will accommodate spontaneous photo stops, as well as food and rest stops.
- 4 nights’ hotel accommodation in shared double/twin rooms with private facilities
- 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
- All transport between destinations by buses, trains and boats
- 50 Degrees North minibus (or similar) which travels weekly between Lom and Aurland.
This minibus works like a hop-on, hop-off scheduled weekly bus and may have only yourselves onboard or up to 10-12 people in addition to the driver. Stop along the way for unexpected photo opportunities, National Tourist Route monuments or quick rest stops.
- Geiranger day tour with fjord cruise. (Available from late May, subject to change due to weather/snow conditions on the mountain).
- Flåm Railway excursion
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
International flights, lunches and dinners that have not been detailed in the program, and items of personal nature.
Day 1 - Arrive in Oslo and transfer to your centrally located hotel.
Arrive in Oslo, the beautiful Norwegian capital by the Oslofjord. Make your own way to your centrally located hotel in the heart of Oslo, an easy direct express train ride away from the airport. The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer for the observant traveller. We can recommend a walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle, and the Harbour area.
Optional Add Ons
Day 2 - Train to Otta to join 50 Degrees North's private minibus to travel to Lom, a small town encapsulating the very essence of the Norwegian countryside.
Train to Otta and then join the 50 Degrees North private minibus to Lom, a 1.5 hour scenic drive. This bus trip takes you through some of Norway’s most beautiful highlands and lush valleys. Experience the valley of Gudbrandsdalen, surrounded by the national parks, an abundance of locally produced food, old architecture, and good hiking.
Lom is a small town encapsulating the very essence of the Norwegian countryside. Situated in the famous Jotunheimen National Park, Lom is surrounded by majestic nature. Check into your charming historic hotel. Dinner is included this evening.
AccommodationFossheim Hotel or similar
Day 3 - Day tour to Geiranger and join a fjord cruise before returning to Lom to visit its famous Stave Church.
Join the 50 Degrees North minibus for a day tour to Geiranger, which is 1.5 hours’ drive away from Lom. On arrival, join a fjord cruise and experience the Geirangerfjord UNESCO World Heritage site. The scenery here is absolutely breathtaking. Take a closer look at the “Seven Sisters”, “Bridal Veil” and “Suitor” waterfalls, the majestic fjord cliffs and abandoned mountain farms. Perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to see porpoises playing in the fjord.
Travelling back from Geiranger, the minibus can stop at the famous Lom Stave Church, constructed in Norman-style in 1170. It still operates as the local church today.
Please note that the Geirangerfjord visit is subject to change due to weather and snow conditions. The mountain road from Lom to Geiranger normally opens from end of May. Alternatively, have a day to yourself in Lom. We suggest visiting Brimi Bue, a popular Lom hot-spot for fresh local produce and traditional Nordic flavours, owned by the renowned chef Arne Brimi. Indulge yourselves in the historic atmosphere of Lom open - air museum and its houses dating from the early 1600s and experience the old farmer culture. The Norwegian Mountain Centre is also worth a visit.
Day 4 - Continue your minibus journey together to the heart of the Norwegian fjords.
Depart Lom for another scenic journey through the spectacular mountain and fjord country of Breheimen and Jostedalsheimen. Stop at Sognefjellshytta (approx. 1 hr drive) for a coffee/tea break, then sit back and enjoy the scenery until your next stop at the cubist stone at Mefjellet. The final stop before descending down the mountain is at Nedre Oscarshaug – another fantastic spot for photos and great views.
After lunch at Skjolden Hotel, drive approx. 20-30 mins to Feigumfossen and continue to the charming Urnes Stave Church (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest church in Norway). Catch a ferry to Solvorn and continue over Aurlandsfjellet. Lastly, enjoy a stop at Stegastein before arriving to the peaceful village of Aurland.
Read about today's drive along Northern Europe's highest and arguably the most striking mountain pass, the road over Sognefjellet.
AccommodationVangsgården Gjestegiveri or similar
Day 5 - Get your private transfer from Aurland to Flåm, and step aboard the world famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal Station with several stunning lookout points along the way, then train to Bergen.
Get your private transfer from Aurland to Flåm and step aboard the world famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal Station with several stunning lookout points along the way. Thanks to its steep incline (from sea level to almost 900 meters above sea level in a short hour), the train-ride is rated as one of Europe’s best rail journeys and has become a real highlight for visitors in Norway.
Train to Bergen from Myrdal. Upon arrival, either transfer to the airport or alternatively, check into your pre-booked hotel at the end of the day.
All prices listed are per person.
The trip runs weekly from May to September with fixed departures from Oslo every Sunday. First departure is 24th May 2020. All listed departures are guaranteed, accommodation is subject to availability.
Please note the following dates are not available as independent departure but can be booked with our Norway & Hurtigruten Escorted Small Group Tour: 4 Jul 2020, 8 Aug 2020 & 5 Sep 2020.
28 May 2020
28 May 2020
4 Jun 2020
12 Jun 2020
2 Jul 2020
9 Jul 2020
16 Jul 2020
23 Jul 2020
20 Feb 2020
27 Aug 2020
17 Sep 2020
This tour also runs in reverse, departing in Bergen.
The side trip to Geiranger travels over mountains and is available late May, subject to change due to weather/snow conditions on the mountain.
An premium version of this tour is available - please ask us for details.
Our 'Beautiful Norway' and 'Beautiful Norway Express' tours work as a hop-on, hop-off bus for a certain section so depending on the date, you can be travelling with 2 - 8 people. This is a great option for a solo traveller.