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Norway in Spring - Flourishing and Wild

8 days
7 nights

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PER PERSON:

$ 3,275.00 (double / twin occupancy)
$ 3,870.00 (single occupancy)
$ 3,210.00 (3rd person sharing a double room)

Dates:

May 13, 2020 - May 20, 2020 
May 20, 2020 - May 27, 2020 
May 27, 2020 - Jun 03, 2020 
Jun 03, 2020 - Jun 10, 2020 
Jun 10, 2020 - Jun 17, 2020 sold

Hotels:

Bergen Børs Hotel 4*
Clarion Collection Hotel Skagen Brygge 4*
Hotel Ullensvang 4*
Kvikne’s Hotel 4*

Included:

English speaking  tour manager from day 1 to day 8

Hotels:
2 night’s accommodation in standard room including breakfast at modern superbly located hotel in Bergen
2 night’s accommodation in standard room including breakfast at modern superbly located hotel in Stavanger. The hotel concept also includes a light individual casual dinner
3 night’s accommodation in standard room including buffet dinner and breakfast at first class historical hotels in the fjords
Luggage assistance at all hotels while with the group

Meals:
3 courses welcome dinner at local restaurant in Bergen
5 courses farewell dinner at small island outside Bergen, including boat roundtrip
Buffet dinners at the fjord hotels
1 drink (wine/beer/soft drink) included for each group dinner (not included in Stavanger)
3 x lunch (2 courses) in local eateries/cafes
Wonderful Norwegian tap water for all meals

Visits:
Salmon farm visit to farm including RIB boat and tasting of samples
Entrance to Baroniet Manor House
Local farm visit with Norwegian traditions and animals
Local farm visit including tasting of homemade juice

Transportation:
Modern deluxe coach with reclining seats and seatbelts
Toll fee Hardanger Bridge
All ferry crossings as per program

Cruises by ferries:
3 hours cruise into the Lyse Fjord and view the stunning Pulpit Rock
1½ hours cruise by express boat Flåm-Balestrand along Aurland Fjord and into the Sogn Fjord
Approx. 4 hours cruise by express boat Balestrand-Bergen along the Sogn Fjord and south along the Norwegian coast

 

Highlights & Experience:

WHAT MAKES TIS TOUR DIFFERENT

  • Small groups - up to 28 people
  • English speaking tour escort throughout
  • Decreased travel by bus - 50/50 travelling by bus and boat
  • 1 drink is included for all dinners
  • Single travelers in double rooms solo use
  • Included special experiences and visits
  • Historical hotels in superb locations
  • Luggage assistance at all hotels

Cruise on the most amazing fjords in Norway

• Lyse Fjord including viewing the dramatic Pulpit Rock from the water
• Stunning Aurland Fjord
• Sogn Fjord – longest and deepest fjord in Norway

First class and historical hotels in superb locations
• Bergen Børs Hotel
• Clarion Collection Skagen Brygge
• Hotel Ullensvang
• Kvikne’s Hotel

Local experiences and visits
• Salmon farming with tastings
• Cultural farm visit
• Fruit orchards and farm visit with tasting
• Farewell dinner in one of Norway’s best seafood restaurants on a little island

 

Optional Services:

HOTEL UPGRADES

Bergen Børs Hotel
Superior room - $30 per room per night
Deluxe room - $50 per room per night

Clarion Collection Hotel Skagen Brygge
Superior room with sea view: $30 per room per night

Kvikne Hotel
Fjord view main building double - $60 per room per night
Fjord view main building single - $30 per room per night
Fjord view historical building double - $90 per room per night
Fjord view historical building single - $70 per room per night
Demi suite Fjord view historical building - $150 per room per night

Hotel Ullesvang
Standard room with fjord view - $98 per room per night
Superior room with fjord view - $160 per room per night

EXTRA NIGHTS IN BERGEN
Standard double/twin for solo use: $240
Standard double/twin for 2 persons: $270

EXCURSIONS IN STAVANGER

Hiking tour to the Pulpit Rock: $50 per person

EXCURSIONS IN HARDANGER

Helicopter ride, price per tour incl. 1-5 pax
12 min (incl. Kinsavik-Husedalen-Grubbeskard): $600 
15 min (incl. Folgefonna-Åse): $730 
30 min (incl. Folgefonna-Mauranger-Bondhusbreen-Buerbreen-Odda): $1350 

Guided hiking tour to Trolltunga, 8-12 hours hike (demanding!)+transfer: TBD

OSLO EXTENSION

Direct train Bergen-Oslo or vice versa: $120 per person
Norway in a Nutshell package Bergen-Oslo or vice versa (in 1 day): price will follow

Please note all upgrades and extras remain subject to our supplier’s availability.

Itinerary:

Spring is overwhelmingly beautiful in Norway. Mountains, fjord-sides and cities are blooming with wild flowers in multiple colors, while rivers and wild roaring waterfalls come thundering down from the melting snow on the mountaintops. This tour includes Bergen and Stavanger as well as four of the most amazing fjords: Lyse Fjord, Hardanger Fjord, Aurland Fjord and Sogn Fjord

Day 1  : ARRIVAL BERGEN

Arrive in Bergen at own arrangement and check in to your hotel in the city centre.
At 19:00 meet with tour leader in the hotel lobby. Together you will walk to Bryggen for a delicious 3 courses welcome dinner at local restaurant. During the dinner you will get introduction to the tours and your fellow travelers. Accommodation at Bergen Børs Hotel, centrally located near Bryggen, the Fish market and shopping options (D)

Options: transfers, room upgrade
Day 2  : BERGEN – FITJAR – STAVANGER

After buffet breakfast meet your long distance coach driver and depart from Bergen. Enjoy the spectacular view of “the city of rhododendrons” as you are leaving Bergen and driving towards the unique island landscape on the south-western coast of Norway en route to Stavanger. Cross by ferry from Halhjem to Sandvikvåg and short drive to Fitjar for a wild and authentic experience of a local fish farm. A RIB boat will take you from the mainland out to the Engesund Fish Farm, where you will learn about Norwegian fishing industry and how ‘a happy fish’ is, how they have achieved to operate a sustainable fish farm. Enjoy tasting of their salmon and their famous fish soup for lunch before returning to the mainland and proceeding south past islands and bridges en route to Arsvågen. Here you board the ferry to Mortavika before you arrive in Stavanger, the cosmopolitan town of the Rogaland region and Norway’s 4th largest city. Stavanger is known as a trading centre for petroleum refinery and the building of oil platforms. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening on your own.

Accommodation at Clarion Collection Hotel Skagen Brygge, a maritime pearl by the harbor front in Stavanger city centre, which has been awarded for its architecture and has become a symbol of the modern Stavanger. The Clarion Collection concept is including an individual light casual dinner (no beverages included) (B)

Options: room upgrade
Day 3  : STAVANGER – LYSE FJORD – STAVANGER

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, follow your tour leader on a short introduction walking tour. Pass the cathedral (the oldest cathedral in Norway) and Old Stavanger, where you will find Northern Europe’s biggest and best preserved concentration of wooden houses, more than 170 houses built at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century.

At 10:00 you will depart by boat for an experience to the unforgettable Pulpit Rock, an amazing flat rock formation standing out above the Lys Fjord, whose sheer rock walls rise as high as one kilometre in places! On this exhilarating boat tour you will see the memorable Lys Fjord, with towering waterfalls, idyllic islands and breathtaking scenery. Discover the ‘secret’ Vagabond’s Cave (Fantahålå), and taste clear mountain water from the Hengjane falls.

The boat tour roundtrip to Stavanger is 3 hours. However you are able to get off the boat, after experiencing the Lys Fjord and viewing the Pulpit Rock from the fjord, and proceed on a hiking tour up to the Pulpit Rock. The tour leader will proceed with the hiking guests.

OPTIONAL ADD ON: HIKE TO THE PULPIT ROCK
This hike is only recommended for experienced hikers!
After approx. 2 hours cruise, you and your tour leader proceed by bus from Forsand to Preikestolen Mountain Lodge, from where the 4 km hiking begins. Hiking up to the Preikestolen gives you an astonishing view of the Lys Fjord from 600 metres above sea level. The hike up takes approx. 2 hours (one way), and is very steep, so don’t forget appropriate footwear and water! At 17:35 the bus departs from Preikestolen Mountain Lodge to Tau, from where you go by ferry back to Stavanger city centre. Return to the city approx. at 19:00.

Enjoy the evening on your own.

Accommodation at Clarion Collection Hotel Skagen Brygge. The Clarion Collection concept is including an individual light casual dinner (no beverages included) (B)

Options: room upgrade, hike to the pulpit rock
Day 4  : STAVANGER – ROSENDAL – LOFTHUS

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, depart by coach. Then take a ferry Mortavika-Arsvågen and continue towards the Hardanger region. Lunch en route. Take the ferry Skånevik-Utåker and cross the Åkra Fjord. Reach the Hardanger Fjord, famous for its many fruit orchards. In May/June the fruit trees are in bloom, and the fruit blooming in Hardanger is an experience people never forget. The time of blossom depends on the temperature during spring, but they usually blossom around mid may and for one month. First is the blossom of cherries and plums, then follow the pear and apple blossoms.

Drive along the fjord to Rosendal and visit Baroniet Rosendal Manor House & Gardens. Step back in time during a tour of the house, dating back to 1665, and enjoy a walk through the beautiful flowering renaissance garden and landscape park.

Short drive to Ænes for a visit to the recreational farm retreat Gygratun. Enjoy a guided tour of the farm with animals and get to learn more about traditional Norwegian farm lifestyle.

Proceed by coach under the Folgefonna glacier and continue past the Sandvevatnet Lake for beautiful view of the Folgefonna Glacier and further on to the thundering rich Låtefossen.

Hereafter the route goes north, passing Odda and Tyssedal – both industrial towns from 1900th century until today. As you are driving the Scenic Route along the Sørfjord, an arm of the Hardanger Fjord, you will enjoy amazing views of fruit trees in blossom.

Arrive to your hotel in Lofthus late in the afternoon. This unique family owned hotel dates back to 1846, and today the hotel has found the perfect balance between rich traditions and modern facilities. Enjoy a rich buffet dinner at the hotel’s dining room “Spisesalen”, well known for their impressive range of dishes, which is mainly home made from local produce.

Accommodation at Hotel Ullensvang, in beautiful room facing the orchards on the mountain slopes (B, L, D)

Options: upgrade to fjord view facing room
Day 5  : LOFTHUS

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the day free at your leisure to explore the hotel and the surrounding area. You may simply enjoy the spectacular view from the hotel while swimming in the indoor or outdoor pool, or you can exercise in the hotel’s gym, play tennis, squash or try their golf simulator (facilities/equipments for hire at the hotel).

The hotel also offers impressive helicopter sightseeing tours (see optional tours), for unique and astonishing views of fjords, the mighty blue glaciers, roaring waterfalls and lush valleys from above.

Follow your tour leader on a walk up the fruit trail behind the hotel and get to learn more about fruit farming and local history. You may extend the walk further to the Elvadalen for close views at the waterfalls at the very end of the valley.
For the hard core hikers, you can add an optional excursion and achieving advanced hiking trails, such as the Trolltunga, a demanding full day hike (10-12 hours + transfer to Skjeggedal).

In the evening enjoy buffet dinner at the hotel. Accommodation at Hotel Ullensvang (B, D)

Options: room upgrade, Trolltunga hike (advanced)
Day 6  : LOFTHUS – ULVIK – FLÅM – AUERLAND FJORD - BALESTRAND

We recommend packing an overnight bag for your upcoming night in Balestrand (for you to avoid having to carry suitcase in and out of ferries, the large suitcases will be transferred straight to your hotel in Bergen).

After buffet breakfast depart from your hotel by coach. The route goes north past Kinsarvik and into Eidfjord before stopping to view the thundering Vøringsfoss Waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 m. Cross the Hardanger Bridge, which is among the longest suspension bridges in the world, and drive to Ulvik. Here you will visit the Hardanger Juice and Cider Factory, a traditional apple orchard that produces apple juice, cider and liquor. You will get to see the farm and production facilities and also taste the different products, before enjoying lunch in the restaurant with panoramic windows to the fjord below.

After lunch, the tour proceeds through Voss and Gudvangen until you reach Flåm, located at the most inner part of the Aurland Fjord. From Flåm you will board the express boat to Balestrand, a 1½ hours peaceful tour on the stunning Aurland Fjord and the Sogn Fjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. From the sun deck of the comfortable lounge, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of cascading waterfalls, sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks, and a variety of wildlife.

Disembarkation is right in front of your hotel, superbly located on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains. Check in and enjoy a few hours at your leisure to soak in to this historical hotel, which dates back to 1752. The hotel has been in the Kvikne family since 1877, and they restored and kept this pearl for generations, and today it is a modern hotel with old-world charm and atmosphere, and adorn with an extensive collection of artworks and antiques.

In the evening enjoy buffet dinner in the hotel’s romantic restaurant with view to the Sogn Fjord. Accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel, in mountain facing room (B, L, D)

Options: upgrade to fjord view facing room
Day 7  : BALESTRAND – SOGN FJORD – BERGEN

After an early breakfast in the hotel’s stunning restaurant with view to the Sogn Fjord from your table, you depart by express boat at 07:50 for a cruise along the spectacular Sogn Fjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway, before heading south along the Norwegian west coast. From the sun deck or the comfortable lounge, you can enjoy the magnificent scenery of cascading waterfalls, mighty mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks, and a variety of wildlife.

Reach Bergen at noon and short walk to the hotel with your overnight bag and lunch on your own. In the afternoon your tour leader will take you on a short introduction tour of Bergen by foot including highlights, such as the famous Fish and Flower Market, the old Bryggen Harbour with its gabled pack houses, which has been listed by UNESCO World Heritage side, the popular Hanseatic Quarter and the ancient Maria Church, which was built in 1130-1170.

This evening you will enjoy a world class farewell dinner on a small island just outside the city of Bergen. From Bryggen you board a boat at 18:00 for a beautiful trip in approx. ½ hour to the island Bjorøy. Here you find the Cornelius Restaurants, one of Norway’s best seafood restaurants. Enjoy the unique setting with view to the fjord, mountains, skerries and passing boats and ships, you will be served a heavenly 5 course farewell dinner, before the boat is taking you back to the mail land late evening. Accommodation at Bergen Børs Hotel (B, D)

Day 8  : DEPARTURE BERGEN

Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Departure on your own (B)

Notes:

All departures are guaranteed
Maximum group size is 28 people
Hotel upgrades are available at extra charge, see "Optional Services"