Norway is a favourite destination for cruise lines, weaving along the jagged coast, but Norway’s beauty knows no bounds and is certainly not confined to the shoreline. We are delighted to offer this opportunity to explore Norway by coach and by train, travelling over spectacular mountain plateaux, twisting through valleys, catching glimpses of glaciers and pausing to appreciate the magnitude of waterfalls crashing into clear rivers and peaceful fjords. Norway’s natural spectacles are so vast it is impossible to comprehend, even when they are right in front of you. As well as experiencing the magnificent Flåm Railway, the world’s steepest rail track, this tour also shows off man’s capabilities - from the modern architecture of Oslo to the old wharf of Bergen and the wonderful Heddal stave church. Plus, there are opportunities to fill your time surrounded by the works of Edvard Munch or visiting the home of Edvard Grieg - this comprehensive itinerary is an enthralling way to experience this incredible country.
7 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Gatwick Airport for a direct, scheduled Norwegian Airlines flight to Oslo. On arrival we transfer to the Scandic Oslo City (4T), Clarion Hotel The Hub (4T) or Scandic St Olavs Plass (4T).
Day 2 Oslo
Oslo has caught the imagination of modern architects and made them a glorious reality, creating a fresh capital city with an air of sophistication. Spend your day at leisure meandering amongst eye-catching architecture to find an abundance of world-class museums. Oslo is home to cultural institutions that include the National Theatre and the Norwegian Opera and Ballet, where you may like to take a tour or spend your evening, or climb the gently sloping roof of the Opera House for fabulous views of Oslo and the fjord. The city is also entwined with Edvard Munch, who spent much time here. A large portion of his artwork can be seen here. Alternatively you might like to delve into the past with a visit to the Vikingskipshuset, a museum housing impressively preserved Viking ships, used as the tombs for nobility, and a large collection of artefacts that were buried within them. Or the open-air Folkemuseum holds over 140 traditional buildings from around the country and an exhaustive exhibition on Norwegian life.
Day 3 Oslo - Telemark - Oslo
Today we embark on a guided excursion to explore the Telemark region, including magnificent Heddal, the most beautiful of Norway’s remaining stave churches, built entirely of wood and decorated with rose paintings and ornate carvings that tell the pagan story of Viking Sigurd the Dragon-slayer. We also cross the mountains to see Rjukan, a town deep in a valley which relies on groundbreaking technology to bring sunshine and electricity, and a town that became the centre of one of the most daring sabotage missions in WWII. It is here that the Norwegian resistance prevented the Germans from making heavy water to develop their atomic bomb, as portrayed in the film ‘Heroes of Telemark’. We visit the Vemork powerplant and the Folk Museum before returning to Oslo through stunning landscapes.
Day 4 Oslo - Voss
Today we make the journey from Oslo to Voss by train. The Bergen Railway is considered one of the world’s most scenic train routes, carrying you across high mountain plateaux and capturing breathtaking views of the Hardangerjøkulen glacier. The hours will fly by with the mesmerising scenery. On arrival in Voss, we transfer to the historical Fleischer’s Hotel (4T), idyllically situated by the beautiful Vangsvatnet Lake.
Day 5 Voss - Flåm Railway - Voss
Today we embark on a tour highlight - an adventure on the spectacular Flåm Railway. Starting from Voss, we travel by train to Myrdal where we board the famous Flåm Railway to Flåm. This 20km long track is one of the world’s steepest and most spectacular railway lines, taking you through some of Norway’s most magnificent scenery of mountains and waterfalls as we follow the Flåmselvi River to the beautiful Aurlandsfjord. On reaching Flåm, we transfer to the port for a cruise on the placid waters of stunning Aurlandsfjord and UNESCO listed Nærøyfjord, Europe’s narrowest fjord contained within unbelievable steep mountains. Disembarking in Gudvangen, we return to Voss by coach.
Day 6 Voss - Bergen
Our scenic coach journey today takes us on twisting roads, via popular Steinsdalsfossen and alongside the magnificent Hardangerfjorden, to Bergen, where we check into the Best Western Plus Hotel Hordaheimen (3T), Scandic Ørnen (3T+) or Scandic Neptun (4T).
Day 7 Bergen
Bergen was founded over 900 years ago by Olav Kyrre, King of Norway. The small settlement became a capital within 150 years. The title didn’t last long but its location ensured it continued as an important trade city and it continued to grow (despite many devastating fires) within the constraints of the surrounding mountains. We have an included tour of this modern city, taking in important sites including the modest cathedral dedicated to ‘Olav the Holy’, Norway’s patron saint, and the gorgeous Bryggen, lined with colourful wooden buildings which draw the attention of artists and craftspeople. The afternoon is free to explore - why not visit Troldhaugen, Edvard Grieg’s charming house, with its meticulously preserved Victorian clutter including the composer’s rimless spectacles which still lie where he left them by an open book. Alternatively, take a funicular ride to the top of the 1,000ft Mount Fløyen where the views of the city and the glittering fjord spread out below.
Day 8 Bergen - London
We transfer to Bergen Airport for a direct, scheduled Norwegian Airlines flight to London Gatwick. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.