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Norway in a Nutshell | 14 Days

Day 1: USA – Oslo

Transatlantic flight to Oslo 

 

Day 2: Oslo

Upon arrival at Oslo at about 2:45 pm, take the Airport Express train to the central station and a taxi from there to The Hotel located near the famous walking street. Recommend that you walk to the waterfront Bryggen and enjoy a nice dinner at one of the many restaurants there. Overnight at Grand Hotel, one double room on the 7th floor, with a Balcony.  Dinner on your own.  Overnight at Hotel. 

 

Day 3: Oslo 

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. 

After breakfast, join the Oslo Grand Highlights Tour, this is  4 hours.  This will take you on a drive through the city center with inside visits to the Viking Ship Museum, Kon - Tiki Museum,  the Polarship Fram as well as a stroll through the Vigeland Sculpture Park and pass the Royal Palace.

Spend the afternoon exploring Oslo’s walking street Karl Johan and waterfront, and perhaps visit the National Gallery and Folk Museum.

Dinner on your own.  Overnight at Hotel. 

 

Day 4: Oslo – Balestrand

After breakfast take a taxi to the train station for an early morning departure for Myrdal.  

Approximate times (subject to change with April Schedule)

0811 depart Oslo by train with reserved seats

1253 arrive Myrdal - change trains

13 27 depart Myrdal by the Flam  Railway

1 425 arrive Flåm

1 530 depart Flam by Fjord Express  catamaran boat 

1655 arrive Balestrand

Check in at the nearby KVIKNE HOTEL, a beautiful hotel by the fjord, a member of the Historic Hotels of Norway. Dinner and overnight are included.

 

Day 5: Balestrand – Sogndal – Geiranger

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. A rental car will be delivered at the hotel so you can start out directly from Balestrand in order to arrive in Hellesylt to catch the last ferry to Geiranger.  (schedule to be verified)

Start driving this morning along the fjord to Vetlefjord. Ascend the winding road to the Gaular mountain and continue via Förde. From here drive along the Jölster Lake to Skei. Make an optional stop to browse the Viken Handicraft store there, before continuing across the Utvik Mountain to Nordfjord.

If you want to see more glaciers, make an optional side trip from Olden to Briksdal and walk from the parking lot to the actual glacier or buy seats on the special mountain cars which will bring you close to the glacier. Since you have already seen other glaciers, this may not be of interest.

Arrive at the ferry point at Hellesylt. Here board a ferry for a 1-hour cruise on one of Norway’s most famous fjords the Geirangerfjord now on UNESCO’s Heritage List. Pass the 7 Sisters and the Bridal Veil waterfalls before arriving at Geiranger.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 6: Geiranger - Ålesund

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Start the day by driving along the Eagle’s Road offering spectacular views of the Geirangerfjord and the surrounding mountains. Continue to Eidsdal and board a ferry for a 20 minutes’ crossing of the Storfjord to Linge. From here ascend into the Trollstigen Mountain region and make a stop at the Horgheimseidet, the viewpoint for the Troll Wall, surrounded by majestic mountain scenery. The Troll Wall is the highest overhanging mountain wall in Europe, which has a vertical drop of 1,000 meters and an overhang that is 45 meters off the vertical - a most spectacular sight.

After the stop here, continue down the Giant’s Road via 11 sharp hairpin bends on the steep mountain side before arriving in the little town of Andalsnes.

From here drive along the Romsdalsfjord past Sjøholt and arrive in the coastal town of Ålesund.

Check in at the Brosundet Hotel, bed/breakfast basis.

Spend the remainder of the day exploring this charming “Art Noveau” town.  Dinner on your own. 

Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 7: Ålesund – Molde – Trondheim

 Buffet breakfast at the hotel. 

After breakfast, continue the trip to Molde 

Drive to the ferry point at Vestnes and board a ferry for a 20 minutes’ crossing of the fjord to Molde.

Spend some time in Molde - the Town of Roses. Make an optional visit to the Molde Folk Museum where they will be able to see a Stave Church, before continuing north via Bud and along the Atlantic Road - a spectacular road which is a chain of bridges from island to island.

Arrive at another ferry point at Bremsnes and cross over to Kristiansund - another coastal town which was completely destroyed during the 2nd World War, but has since been reconstructed and rebuilt and is now a nice town on 2-3 islands.

From Kristiansund drive through the sub-sea tunnel system and arrive at Kanestraum. Cross the fjord by ferry to Halsa and continue driving via Orkanger and arrive in Norway’s 3rd largest city - Trondheim termed as Norway's historical capital which celebrated its millennium in 1997.

Dinner on your own.  Overnight at the Hotel

 

Day 8: Trondheim

After breakfast, spend the day at leisure, take a city tour.  Enjoy this city, see the  Nidaros Cathedral and the Arch Bishop’s Palace. In order to see a Stave Church, they may visit the Tröndelag Folk Museum at Sverresborg. Her is the Haltdalen Stave Church from 1170 - the museum’s main attraction.

Have dinner on your own in one of the many fine restaurants not far from the hotel.   

Overnight at the Hotel.

 

Day 9: Trondheim - Bodö

After breakfast take a taxi from the hotel to the pier and board the  Hurtigruten coastal steamer for Stamsund.   

The ship will depart Trondheim at 1200.

Cruise north along the coast of Helgeland with a brief call at Rörvik at 2115

Overnight on board.  Outside cabin  Category N2. Cabin number will be advised upon check-in for the port to port sailings.  This will be either deck 3 or deck 5.  Lunch buffet and dinner on board on your own, not included are in the price of the port to port sailings.

 

Day 10: Bodö - Stamsund, Lofoten Islands

You will pass the towns of Bronnoysund, Sandnessjøn,  and Nesna during the night.

At 0930 the ship will call at Ornes  - no time to go ashore. Continue to  Bodø, where the ship will arrive at 1230.

Here you can take a shore excursion 2 ½ hours to be booked and paid for onboard. 

Depart at Bodö at 1500.  

This afternoon sails across the Vestfjord and arrive in the southern part of the Lofoten Islands.

Arrival at Stamsund at 1900-1930.

AVIS rental car representative will meet you at the pier, He will give you instructions on dropping the car at Leknes Airport.  Further, he will give you directions for driving to Nusfjord for your overnight accommodations in a Rorbu  - a little house or apartment formerly used to overnight fishermen, but now with all modern conveniences.

We have booked a Rorbu with 2 bedrooms, living room, fully equipped kitchen, shower, and toilet. Self-catering. No meal is included.

Overnight.

 

Day 11: Lofoten

After breakfast, feel free enjoy a day renting fishing.

Have a look at facilities in Svolvaer…..

Overnight at Nusfjord Rorbuer.

 

Places to visit within the reach from Nusfjord 

Henningsvaer. 

The fishing village of Henningsvaer is situated on a group of islands connected by bridges. It is called “The Venice of Lofoten” because of its narrow harbor, 470 inhabitants.

 

Kabelvag

Once upon a time the biggest fishing hamlet in the Lofoten Islands. Today a village of 1920 inhabitants. Here one finds the beautiful wooden cathedral - built in 1898 with its 1200 seats it is now the biggest church in the northern part of Norway. The historical area Storvagan has situated about 1 km from the center of Kabelvag. The first medieval town in the north, Vagar, was situated here.

 

Svolvaer. 

Svolvaer with its 4500 inhabitants is considered the “Capital of the Lofoten Islands”. It became a transit harbor in 1918 and was awarded town status in 1996. One of northern Norway’s most important harbors for maritime services, Svolvaer geita - the “Svolvaer Goat”. is the town’s most characteristic feature, and it represents a challenge to climbers. 

Reine.

The fishing hamlet Reine was chosen as the most beautiful Norwegian village by a Norwegian magazine. The small and beautiful wooden houses with its tiny, well-kept gardens, in a group around the white little church, give a very picturesque impression. The view towards the high peaks and the steep mountains is impressive as well.

 

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In you can experience the activities of a genuine, traditional fishing village. 

This is the southernmost village on the Lofoten Islands.

In all the above places there are interesting small museums and local art shops. There are art collections and more traditional museums.

A piece of good advice:

It is always advantageous to see the local tourist offices for last minute advice as to what to see and experience.

 

Day 12: Lofoten - Bergen

After breakfast enjoys a day in nature, see the bird life and perhaps taking a walking tour. Of the area.   In the afternoon drive to Leknes Airport and drop off the car.  fly to Bergen

Overnight at Hotel 

 

Day 13: Bergen 

After breakfast takes a city tour of Bergen, afternoon on your own.  Overnight at Hotel 

 

Day 14: Bergen – Home

After breakfast depart for airport and flight home

 

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