Copenhagen, Oslo, Flåm, and Bergen
Take in the majestic scenery of mountain fjords, while using boat and rail connections to explore two capital cities and the small town charm of Bergen.
2 Nights Copenhagen
2 Nights Oslo
1 Night Flåm
2 Nights Bergen
Private Arrival Transfer
Copenhagen City Tour
Overnight Ferry between
Copenhagen and Oslo
Oslo City Tour
2nd-Class Norway in a
Nutshell Rail Pass
Upon arrival at the Copenhagen Airport or Train Station, meet your driver for a private car transfer to your hotel. After checking in, begin to explore the city regularly voted the happiest city in the world by taking the short walk to Strøget, Copenhagen's famous walking street, in the heart of the Old Town. LEGO, Denmark's most famous export, has its flagship store here. Select one of many fine restaurant choices for your first dinner (on your own) in Scandinavia.
This morning, enjoy The Grand Canal Tour of Copenhagen - Nyhavn, a one-hour guided tour around the harbor and through the idyllic canals where the guide will tell you about Copenhagen's beautiful churches, castles, old listed houses, new buildings and all other sights of interest.
In the early evening, consider a visit to the famous Tivoli Gardens, an amusement park in a garden setting right in the middle of the city (admission extra). There are several good restaurants in the park when it's time for dinner.
(Breakfast, Accommodations, Copenhagen)
Morning free for further exploration of Copenhagen—perhaps a castle or museum visit. In the afternoon, take a taxi to the DFDS Ferry Port to board your ferry, departing at 4:30 pm for the 17-hour overnight cruise to Oslo.
(Breakfast, Copenhagen; Accommodations, DFDS Ferry)
Arrive at about 10 a.m. and disembark at Oslo. Hemmed in by the fjord and surrounded by forests, Oslo blends old and new architecture into stunning cityscape. It's a very walkable city with lots of museums and outdoor attractions: The National Gallery of Art contains Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" as well as other examples of 19th and 20th century Norwegian art. The new Opera House on the waterfront is a bold architectural statement.
(Breakfast, Ferry; Accommodations, Oslo)
Begin with an Oslo Panorama Tour, a 2.5 hour bus tour of the city highlights with a driver and guide. The tour includes a guided walk of Vigeland Park, the world's largest outdoor sculpture park. After the tour, continue exploring Oslo on your own. Oslo's excellent public transport system will enable you to see as many of these attractions as you care to. The Viking Ship Museum, which houses two Viking Longships that were built in the 9th century and later buried in ceremonial mounds—then excavated in the early 20th century. A separate museum houses Kon-Tiki, the famous raft that Thor Heyerdahl used to cross the Pacific.
(Breakfast, Accommodations, Oslo)
After breakfast, take the scenic rail journey from Oslo to the mountain station of Myrdal. Here you'll transfer to the Bergen Railway for the scenic rail trip to Flåm, nestled on the shores of the fjord. This rail trip, although only about 12 miles long, takes you past some of the most breathtaking scenery in Europe, with views of thundering waterfalls, high mountains, and the distant fjord. The train moves slowly, and stops so you can take in the amazing views. This evening you'll overnight in Flåm. Spend some time walking around this village at the head of the Sognefjord—the longest and deepest in Europe.
(Breakfast, Oslo; Accommodations, Flåm)
After breakfast, you'll board the ferry where you can enjoy views of splendid Norwegian fjords - now on UNESCOs World Heritage List. From Aurlandsfjord and into the Naeroyfjord, the narrowest fjord in Europe. Surrounded by mountains of up to 1,800 meters high, this branch of the Songnefjord is amazingly beautiful. Then the boat moors at Gudvangen. From here you'll take a coach for the next segment of your journey, as you continue up the steep and spectacular hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva, on the steepest road in Europe. After enjoying the wonderful views of waterfalls, there is a short stop at the hotel to enjoy the views before the journey continues to Voss, the "adventure capital of Norway," surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers and fjords. Here you'll again board a train for the 60-mile trip to Bergen on Norway's western coast.
(Breakfast, Flåm; Accommodations, Bergen)
A free day to explore Bergen. Bergen is a charming city with much history; its oldest buildings are in the old Hanseatic port district of Bryggen. For 400 years, Bergen was an important part of the Hanseatic League, which dominated trade in the North Sea and Baltic Sea regions. The History Museum has several exhibits that document this period. If you're a music lover, you might visit the Edvard Grieg Museum, once the home of Norway's most famous composer.
(Breakfast, Accommodations, Bergen)
After breakfast at your hotel, continue your explorations of Bergen, or head for your next Avanti destination!
** Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change