City sightseeing in Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim • Atlantic Ocean Road • Geirangerfjord Cruise • Hardangerfjord Nature Center • Flåm Railway • Excursion to Briksdal Glacier by Troll Cart • Ergan Kystfort • Nidaros Cathedral
ITINERARY – 11 DAYS
DAY 1 JUNE 29 / JULY 13 / AUGUST 5
Mpls/St. Paul – Oslo: Depart the USA on your transatlantic flight. To request alternate dates or for estimated airfare supplements from other US cities, please note on application.
DAY 2 JUNE 30 / JULY 14 / AUGUST 6 [D]
Oslo: Arrive at Oslo Gardermoen Airport. Transfer to hotel. Balance of day free to relax and adjust to time change. Welcome dinner and overnight at the classic Grand Hotel.
DAY 3 JULY 1 / JULY 15 / AUGUST 7 [B]
Oslo: Morning sightseeing tour of Oslo includes a visit to Vigeland Sculpture Park and the Norwegian Folk Museum featuring Gol Stave Church. Afternoon and evening free for shopping and independent explorations. Dinner on own. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 4 JULY 2 / JULY 16 / AUGUST 8 [B,D]
Oslo – Eidfjord – Voss: Drive through the Hallingdal Valley. Cross the Hardangervidda, the largest high mountain plateau in Northern Europe, to Hardanger. In Eidfjord, visit the Hardangerfjord Nature Center reflecting Norway’s love and respect for nature. Continue to Voss. Dinner and overnight at the historic Fleischer’s Hotel.
DAY 5 JULY 3 / JULY 17 / AUGUST 9 [B,D]
Excursion to Bergen: Travel to Norway’s second largest city, Bergen. City sightseeing tour includes a guided walk through the historic Hanseatic Wharf. Time on own to stroll through the colorful Fish Market or take other independent explorations. Return to Voss for dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 6 JULY 4 / JULY 18 / AUGUST 10 [B,D]
Voss – Flåm – Loen: Board the Oslo/Bergen Railway. At Myrdal, transfer to the famous Flåm Railway, ranked as one of the top 20 train rides in the world. Within 13 miles, descend 2800 feet to Flåm. Drive through the world’s 2nd longest tunnel from Aurland to Lærdal. Ferry across the mighty Sognefjord. Proceed to Skei. Opportunity to purchase quality crafts and woven products at Audhild Viken’s Weaving Workshop. Drive to Loen. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Alexandra.
DAY 7 JULY 5 / JULY 19 / AUGUST 11 [B,D]
Loen: Morning excursion to the sparkling Briksdal Glacier. Ride the “Troll Cart” to view the glacier and feel the icy waters of the river below. Return to Loen. Afternoon free to relax at the hotel or experience the Loen Skylift for a view of the surrounding fjords and mountains. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 8 JULY 6 / JULY 20 / AUGUST 12 [B,D]
Loen – Geiranger – Molde: Cruise the renowned Geirangerfjord from Hellesylt to Geiranger. Travel the “Golden Route.” Ascend the Eagle Road and continue to the famous Troll’s Path with its steep and narrow hairpin bends. Proceed to Molde, the “City of Roses,” for dinner and overnight in seaview rooms at Scandic Seilet Hotel (Tours A & C) / Håholmen Havstuer (Tour B).
DAY 9 JULY 7 / JULY 21 / AUGUST 13 [B,L,D]
Molde – Trondheim: Drive the Atlantic Ocean Road with the vast ocean on one side and snow-clad mountain peaks on the other. Travel to the fishing village of Bud. Tour Ergan Kystfort, a defensive bunker built by the Germans during the occupation of Norway during World War II. Salmon lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Trondheim. Dinner and overnight at Radisson BLU Royal Garden (Tours A & C) / Scandic Nidelven Hotel (Tour B).
DAY 10 JULY 8 / JULY 22 / AUGUST 14 [B,D]
Trondheim: Morning sightseeing tour of Trondheim includes a visit to the Nidaros Cathedral, one of the most splendid cathedrals in Scandinavia. Afternoon free. Farewell dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 11 JULY 9 / JULY 23 / AUGUST 15 [B]
Trondheim – Depart: Tour ends following breakfast. Transfer to Trondheim Værnes Airport for return flight. Longer stays may be requested upon registration for a minimum charge of $250.