Glaciers, fjords, and mountains...the essence of Norway
Breakfast & 5 Dinners
20th May 2022 – 27th May 2022
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Tour code: 50800
Last Modified: 2nd September 2021
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Mountain railways…dramatic glaciers…snow-capped peaks…boat rides along deep fjords…ever wanted to see the best of what Norway has to offer but unsure of where to start? Then this holiday is perfect for you!
Norway is no doubt one of the world’s most enchanting countries and we have handpicked the best of what Norway has to offer to create an itinerary of its must see’s and hidden gems. Our holiday follows the iconic Norway in a Nutshell route from Oslo to Bergen. We explore magical scenery using fjord cruises, funiculars, bus and railway, including the iconic Flam railway. We stay in four centres to capture the essence of Norway. We stay in en suite hotels, handpicked for their ideal location.
We start in Oslo, where we explore the sites of the capital with a local guide. Our journey takes us to the small scenic village of Flam located in the picturesque Aurlandsfjord. We’ll discover Flam and the incredible fjords by foot and boat. A ferry will take us to Balestrand, one of the most beautiful villages in Norway where we explore a remarkable glacier museum and a local cider house. Our Norwegian journey finishes in the heart of the fjords, Bergen.
This really is the finest way to travel and the best of Norway.
What's not included?
All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind.
There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants.
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions or changes beyond our control. Distances, ascent/descent and timings are all approximate and refer only to the countryside walking element of each day.
Welcome to Norway
Scandic Oslo City Hotel
We fly to Oslo airport and transfer to the city centre. We spend the first evening dining in the hotel.
Transfer Time = 40 minutes
Scandic Oslo City Hotel
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bare in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.
A local guide will spend the day with us showing us the sites of Oslo. We are treated to a private panoramic city bus tour before stepping off to continue exploration by foot. We will see various sites including the Vigeland Park, Holmekollen Ski Jump and the Royal Castle.
The afternoon is free for you to continue your exploration independently. Perhaps walk along the tranquil Akerselva River through the city. Dinner is not included tonight to allow you to explore Oslo’s culinary delights independently.
The Flam Railway
Breakfast & Dinner
We travel through mesmerising valley scenery by rail on the spectacular Bergen line through the scenic Hallingdal Valley and across the impressive Hardangervidda Mountain plateau. We reach Myrdal where we change to the famous Flam Railway. Time to unwind and capture spectacular mountain scenery, cascading waterfalls, and glacial rivers. We’ll meander through valleys and past tiny village farms before arriving in picture perfect Flam. We have an orientation walk of Flam in the afternoon before dinner in the hotel.
Today we follow delightful trails to discover the wild Aurlandsdalen valley by foot. Rich in plant and animal life, this spectacular valley decorated with unique geological features is known as Norway’s Grand Canyon. A wonderful day in wild Norway!
Dinner is not included tonight so you can explore Flam’s delicious delicacies and restaurants independently.
Breakfast & Dinner
A boat sails us across the magnificent Aurlandsfjord to one of the narrowest fjords in Europe, the Naeroyfjord, a UNESCO world Heritage Site. We’ll be surrounded by dramatic mountains rising 1,800m. We capture incredible views of the cascading Stalheimsfossen and Sivlefossen waterfalls before taking a ferry to Balestrand, known as one of the most beautiful villages in Norway, to our next hotel. We dine in the hotel this evening.
Glacier Museum & Cider Tasting
Breakfast & Dinner
We take a beautiful fjord cruise from Balestrand to Fjaerland where you will visit the glacier museum. We cruise back to Balestrand and take a break in a local cider house for a short tour and delicious cider tasting before returning to the hotel for dinner.
Breakfast & Dinner
Zander K Hotel
A private coach will take us along the beautiful Sognefjord to Lavik where we catch a ferry across the fjord. We hop on a private coach to the capital of the Fjords, Bergen. A local guide will take us on a city tour where we will see various sites including the fish market, the fortress of Bergenshus and the Hanseatic Warf. We are whisked up by the Floibanen funicular to dramatic views at the summit of Mount Floyen. A trail will lead us through to panoramic viewpoints before we follow the route down to Bergen. We celebrate our last night together in a local restaurant in beautiful Bergen.
It is time to bid farewell to Norway, but you’ll be back! We take a transfer to Bergen Airport for the return flight home.
Walks & Excursions
We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.
Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
In currency used in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). Credit and debit cards are widely accepted. Norway is a virtually cash free country, so we recommend bringing very little cash with you. ATMs are widely available in most of Norway’s cities, towns and villages.
We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.
We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.
An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights. They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people. They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
Leaders Evening Briefing
Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.
Getting to your Holiday
We fly from London to Oslo and return from Bergen to London. The flights take approximately 2 hours.
Our transfer from Oslo airport to Oslo city centre is by private coach and takes approximately 40 minutes. During the week we’ll travel on foot, private coach, boat and ferry, by rail and funicular.
If you intend joining the party in Oslo and leaving the party in Bergen, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at our hotel in Oslo. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements
If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Tickets
When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements.
Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Where are we going to stay?
Scandic Oslo City Hotel
Europaraadets Plass 1 Scandic Oslo City 0154 Oslo Norway
+47 23 10 42 00
Oslo is the scenic capital of Norway and winner of the European Green Capital Award 2019. It’s a historical city full of modern buildings, restaurants and a buzzing nightlife! It is a blend of contemporary and history, with an emphasis on green spaces and parks. Walk down the road and you’ll find a mix of museums, galleries, restaurants, cafes, historical landmarks, ancient buildings and shops. Public transport is reliable, allowing people to explore the city easily.
We stay in the modern Scandic Oslo City hotel located in the centre of Oslo. This contemporary hotel includes a restaurant and bar area, perfect for sitting back and relaxing with a drink after a days exploration. There is a small gym, sauna, a laundry room and a small scandic shop.
We stay in standard twin/double and single bedded rooms. Rooms have traditional décor with modern furnishings. Facilities include:
5743 Flåm Mailbox 63 Norway
+47 57 63 63 00
Flam is a small scenic village located in the picturesque Aurlandsfjord. If you walk through its tranquil streets, you’ll see an array of pretty colourful buildings and houses set against a dramatic mountainous backdrop and deep blue fjords. It was originally a farmers village but now its home to the famous picturesque Flam Railway. This opened Flam up to tourism, and now most of the residents work within tourism or the railway. It is a very popular village to visit in Norway due to its incredible scenery and the variety of things to do here, including hiking, boat rides on the fjords, visiting the Flam Railway museum, or sitting back and watching the world go by in one of its beautiful green spaces. There are small souvenir shops, mini supermarkets, little cafes and delightful restaurants.
We stay in the traditional Fretheim Hotel, a picturesque white hotel located on the shores of Flam. Originally a farm, it is now a well-known hotel with incredible sweeping views and picturesque surroundings. Relax with a drink and a panoramic Fjord view in the bar. Perhaps discover its extensive grounds, rose garden and apple orchard. Or borrow a book from its library and relax next to the wood log fire place in the lounge area.
We stay in standard bedrooms located at the rear of the hotel. Rooms are traditional and individually decorated. Facilities are basic and include:
Kviknevegen 8 N-6899 Balestrand Norway
+47 57 69 42 00
Balestrand is a very small village with brightly coloured houses set against enormous dramatic mountains located on Sognefjord. It is a photogenic village influenced by English and German architecture. There is an art gallery, a few restaurants and cafes, plus two small supermarkets. Although this village is not so well known, it is a hidden gem of Norway and is said to be one of the most beautiful villages in the whole country. It is a haven for those wanting to experience wild Norway, incredible views and phenomenal hiking.
We stay in the family run Kviknes Hotel on the shore of the fjord. This beautiful traditional hotel is full of old world Norwegian charm. The hotel has the largest wine list in the Sognefjord with over 300 wines to choose from! There is a restaurant, a bar area and an idyllic garden to enjoy a glass whilst being mesmerised by the panoramic views across the fjord and snow-capped mountains.
We stay in standard en suite rooms located in the modern building. These are newly renovated small but contemporary rooms located on the lower floors. The facilities include:
Zander K Hotel
Zander Kaaes Gate 8 5015 Bergen Norway
+47 55 36 20 40
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway but is described more as a town with charm, character and a friendly atmosphere. It is known as the heart of the fjords and is one of the most visited places in Norway. It is a perfect blend of history, tradition and modern life. Scandic colourful houses dot the hillside above its cobbled narrow alleyways. The streets are filled with shops, galleries and cafes. Bergen is a UNESCO city of gastronomy, famous for its fish market and its legendary restaurants. Do not forget to try its famous fish, maybe even its local speciality steamed cod, known as Persetorsk. There is plenty to see and do here!
We stay in the very modern Zander K hotel located in the centre of Bergen. This vibrant hotel includes a fitness suite, restaurant and bar area. It is ideally located to explore Bergen easily.
We stay in modern standard rooms with double or twin beds. Facilities include:
As you are travelling through Norway, we’re going to make your holiday even easier. We will take care of your luggage and transport it from hotel to hotel on transfer days. Your luggage will be waiting for you in your next hotel reception. Some transfer days may require you to bring your suitcase to reception before breakfast. Your leader will be able to provide you with more details during the holiday.
All breakfasts and four dinners are included and taken in the hotel. Each hotel restaurant creates freshly prepared traditional and international dishes using sustainable and locally sourced products from the local farms.
A fifth dinner is included on our final night in a local restaurant in Bergen. Bergen is a UNESCO city of gastronomy and famous for its fresh fish, including its local speciality steamed cod, known as Persetorsk.
Two dinners are not included to allow for independent exploration of Oslo and Flam.
Lunches are not included in the holiday price and can be taken at local cafés, or as picnics.
Footwear & Kit List
Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.
General Kit List
We recommend you bring the following items with you:
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Travel Document Checklist
To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:
Maps & Guidebooks
Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful.
Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK.
Channel 5 Cruising with Jane Mcdonald – The 2019 Christmas Special explores Norway
Disneys 2013 film, Frozen, is set in Norway. Balestrand inspired the archtecture in the film.
Lonely Planet Norway Travel Guide
DK Eyewitness Norway Travel Guide
Fodor’s Essential Norway Travel Guide
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
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Visas and Passports
No Visa Required
Staying Healthy on Holiday
Further Health Advice
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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
It is a condition of booking with Adagio that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.
We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public.
In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
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