B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Wednesday, 2 Aug 2017: Arrive Oslo; Welcome Dinner (D)
Welcome to the land of the midnight sun. Schedule your arrival into Oslo no later than 3:30pm and make your way to our Oslo hotel via the easy-to-use Airport Train. Our hotel is within walking distance of Oslo Central train station. If you arrive earlier in the day, relax or begin exploring your surroundings. Our tour begins with our Welcome Meeting at 6:00pm in lobby of our hotel. We'll get acquainted and then have dinner together. Overnight Oslo - 3 nights
Thursday, 3 Aug 2017: Full Day Oslo Sightseeing (B,L)
Today we're off for a full day of guided sightseeing in Norway's capital city. We'll visit Vigeland Park, one of Norway's most popular attractions and the world's largest sculpture park created by a single artist. Then it's up to the hills for a stop at Holmenkollen to better appreciate the daring nature of ski jumpers and appreciate the view of the Oslo Fjord from this vantage point. After a typical Norwegian lunch, we'll head over to the island of Bygdøy and stop at 3 fascinating museums—the Viking Ship Museum, Fram Museum and Kon Tiki Museum—that combined, tell the story of the seafaring history of Norway.
Friday, 4 Aug 2017: Free Day in Oslo (B)
Today is entirely free to enjoy Oslo as you wish. There is so much to see and do here based on your interests. You can visit Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle that was built to protect Oslo, or perhaps stop in at Oslo City Hall, which is adorned with Norwegian art from 1900-1950, with motifs from Norwegian history, culture and working life. Oslo's Opera House is located right at the harbor, and features an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from the water. It invites its visitors to climb its roof and enjoy panoramic views of Oslo and the fjord. Or simply take in the lively ambiance with a stroll along the main thoroughfare of Karl Johans Gate. Your WTT Tour Leader will have many suggestions of how to spend this day enjoying Oslo.
Saturday, 5 Aug 2017: Stalheim - Heart of the Norwegian Fjords (B,D)
Today we depart Oslo and head north to the famous fjord country. Sit back and enjoy the view from the window as the drive takes us through spectacular countryside as we make our way from the forested area surrounding Oslo to Stalheim, situated at the heart of the Norwegian fjords. En route, we'll stop in Borgund to see its stave church, built around 1180 and one of the best preserved stave churches in Norway. The beautiful view over the Nærøy Valley from our hotel in Stalheim is quite dramatic and has inspired many an artist and poet. After checking in, we'll enjoy dinner together tonight at the hotel. Overnight Stalheim - 2 nights
Sunday, 6 Aug 2017: Nærøyfjord Cruise; Flåm Railway (B,D)
Embark on an incredible journey today through some of the world's most jaw-dropping scenery. We begin with a cruise through one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Norway, the UNESCO world heritage-listed Nærøyfjord. This narrow and spectacular fjord, with it's steep mountainous sides and wild waterfalls is simply breathtaking. Throughout the fjord we'll glimpse tiny farms without any road access as a reminder of bygone times. We'll then board the Flåm Railway, considered by many to be one of the world's most beautiful train journeys. In the span of an hour, the train takes us from sea level at the Sognefjord in Flåm, to 2800 feet atop the mountain at Myrdal station. This is one of the world's steepest railway lines, so we're in for a fantastic ride as it twists and turns through 20 tunnels. From our windows, we'll see snow-capped peaks, remote farmsteads and cascading waterfalls. This is truly a spectacular journey that offers a panoramic view of some of the wildest and most magnificent nature. To wrap up such a wonderful day, we'll have dinner this evening in the idyllic fjord village of Undredal.
Monday, 7 Aug 2017: Travel to Balestrand (B,D)
Today we make our way across the Sognefjord, the deepest and longest in Norway, to the tiny town of Balestrand, known as the art village by the fjord. Since the early 1800s, artists from all over the world have traveled here for inspiration and to capture the extraordinary light and breathtaking scenery. As is typical for this part of the country, we'll be taking the "water highways." Ferries are a fact of life in Western Norway, where fjords cut deeply into the landscape and make it impossible–or at the very least inconvenient–to get up or down the coast without crossing the odd fjord. Overnight Balestrand - 2 nights
Tuesday, 8 Aug 2017: Fjærland & Norwegian Glacier Musuem (B,L,D)
Today is a a full-day excursion to explore another prevalent aspect of Norwegian nature: glaciers. We'll depart by ferry and make our way to Fjærland and visit the award-winning Norwegian Glacier Museum. From here, we travel to the foot of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier, the largest on the European continent. We'll stop for lunch in Jølster, situated on the dramatic yet beautiful Lake Jølstravatnet. After lunch we visit the Astrup Farm, which was the home of Norwegian painter Nikolai Astrup, regarded as the "most Norwegian" of all national artists. Today his small farm is a museum and art gallery, kept as it was in Astrup´s days, nestled among the steep but fertile slopes on the south side of the lake. We'll return to Balestrand late this afternoon and enjoy dinner together.
Wednesday, 9 Aug 2017: Ferry to Bergen; Bergen City Tour (B,L)
This morning we're up early to take the fast boat to Bergen, Norway's second-largest city. Founded more than 900 years ago, Bergen has roots to the Viking Age and beyond. Upon arrival, we'll enjoy a walking tour of this city and explore Bryggen, the UNESCO-protected Hanseatic Wharf. This was once the center of the Hanseatic League's trading empire. Today, Bryggen is home to many of the city’s restaurants, pubs, craft shops and historical museums. We'll also take the Fløibanen Funicular up Fløyen Mountain for panoramic views over the city. Overnight Bergen - 2 nights
Thursday, 10 Aug 2017: Free Day in Bergen (B,D)
Today is yours to enjoy Bergen as you wish. Your Tour Leader will have an itinerary if you'd like to join her, or simply strike out on your own. A wonderful excursion is to Troldhaugen, the home of the renowned Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Or perhaps you'd like to simply spend the day in nature the way Norwegians do. There are so many marked hiking paths among the seven mountains surrounding Bergen, you're certain to find something that appeals. Tonight we'll gather again for a delicious Norwegian meal in the heart of Bryggen.
Friday, 11 Aug 2017: Scenic Train Bergen to Olso (B,D)
Today we make our way back to Oslo via the Bergensbanen scenic train, which has been voted one of the world’s best train rides by Lonely Planet. The Bergensbanen runs between Bergen and Oslo over Hardangervidda, Europe's highest mountain plateau. It runs for 300+ miles through 180+ tunnels over some of the most inhospitable, but beautiful terrain. So, sit back and enjoy the ride. Upon arriving in Oslo, we'll transfer to our airport hotel and enjoy one last meal together. Overnight near Olso Airport - 1 night
Saturday, 12 Aug 2017: Depart Olso (B)
Today we say "Ha Det" to the wonderland that is Norway. There is a convenient shuttle bus to the airport (not included). Your WTT Tour Leader can assist with coordination of ride-sharing to the airport based on flight departure times.