2020 Tour Details
Your affordable guided tour of Norway focuses on the country’s natural beauty with its glistening mountains, fjords, waterfalls, and glaciers. Your budget travel tour of Norway starts in Oslo and explores the idyllic Norwegian landscapes and harbor towns – rich in the folklore of pirates, Vikings, and smugglers through the Napoleonic Wars. You’ll follow the southern coast of the country by coach and ferry to fascinating Bergen where you will spend two nights with plenty time to discover the bustling harbor and taste salmon at the fish market. The highlights of the tour will be the fascinating Flam train journey through the world’s most breathtaking scenery, followed by a cruise across the legendary Sognefjord to Loen – home to some of Norway’s oldest farms. Ascend 5,000 feet to the Dalsnibba Lookout to survey some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes.Spend time in the stunning village of Geiranger, where you’ll have an opportunity to cruise its spectacular fjord or just relax taking in the beauty of the landscapes. Travel to Lillehammer, home to the 1994 Winter Olympics, and also known for its exciting arts scene. Visit the town of Hamar on the shores of Lake Mjøsa – one of the deepest lakes in Europe. You’ll also visit a spectacular museum and the remains of a 950-year-old cathedral. Upon your return to Oslo, your guided sightseeing tour includes a medieval castle, royal palace, and the outdoor exhibition of the sculptures of famed artist Gustav Vigeland. You’ll fall in love with Norway’s beauty, culture, and history on your escorted Norwegian tour. Norway’s magic will stay with you long after your affordable travel adventure.
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*Book a select Europe or North America 2021 Cosmos vacation to receive the $100 per person discount on the land price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between June 9, 2020 - November 9, 2020 for travel in 2021. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Not applicable to custom tours. Combinable with all other applicable promotions. Applies to new bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time. PRMX0580
"NORWEGIAN RIVIERA" Scenic drive ARENDAL Visit the idyllic harbor townKRISTIANSAND Visit Fiskebrygga (fish market)LISTA REGION Scenic drive; Varbak viewing pointHARDANGERFJORD Ferry crossingBERGEN VisitFLÅM TRAIN RideSOGNEFJORD CRUISEDALSNIBBA Skywalk LookoutLOM Picture stop at the wooden stave churchLILLEHAMMER Visit the Olympics host cityHAMAR Visit the Open-Air Ethnological MuseumOSLO Guided city tourGuides:
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Oslo; professional Tour Director while touringScenic Highlights:
Sørlandet, Lista region,Troll's RoadNotes:
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; ferry crossing; Voss-Flam train; Sognefjord cruise
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
ARRIVE IN OSLO, NORWAY. Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring Oslo, bustling capital of this land of fjords, mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
OSLO–ARENDAL–KRISTIANSAND. Today, travel along the scenic “Norwegian Riviera”—the Sørlandet (South Land) and the Skagerrak (a strait between Norway, Sweden, and Denmark)—and visit the idyllic harbor town of Arendal. A port since the 14th century, it is known for its timber exports and its old Town Hall, the tallest wooden structure in the country. Overnight in Kristiansand, founded in 1641 and today an important industrial center. Here, you will enjoy time at the lively FISKEBRYGGA (fish market), the perfect place to watch the entertaining fishmongers or relax at one of the numerous sidewalk cafés.
KRISTIANSAND–STAVANGER. More ruggedly beautiful coastal scenery awaits this morning as you head into the Lista region, popular holiday area for the Norwegians and hot spot for surfers. Stop to visit some of the pristine coastal villages of whitewashed timber and lighthouses such as Mandal, Lyngdal, Flekkejord and Farsund. Overnight in Stavanger, where you could stroll through the Old Town to see a 12th-century cathedral and captivating collection of 18th- and 19th-century wooden buildings.
STAVANGER–HARDANGERFJORD FERRY CROSSING–BERGEN. Travel via Haugesund to board the ferry that takes you across Hardangerfjord. Have your camera ready to capture the incredible scenic vistas before arriving in pretty Bergen, the “Green Meadow Among the Mountains.” During your free time here, why not walk down to the harbor to browse the seafood stalls and sample the various salmon dishes?
BERGEN. Today is yours to explore Bergen at your own pace. You could spend time at Bryggen with its collection of colorful 14th-century Hanseatic buildings lining the harbor protected as UNESCO World Heritage Site; or consider joining one of our optional excursion.
BERGEN–FLÅM TRAIN–SOGNEFJORD AREA. A special treat today! Ride on the renowned FLÅM TRAIN and see some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery—graceful waterfalls, towering mountains, and verdant valleys. Later, CRUISE across Norway’s legendary SOGNEFJORD.
SOGNEFJORD AREA–LOEN. Reach the Nordfjorden region today and take a break in enchanting Loen, gateway to some of Norway's glaciers and home to some of the country’s oldest farms.
LOEN. EXCURSION TO DALSNIBBA AND GEIRANGER. Today, ascend above the tree line to 5,000 feet and marvel at the panoramic views of the fjord from the DALSNIBBA SKYWALK LOOKOUT. Then, reach the Geiranger fjord, one of the most spectacular sceneries in the world. Enjoy this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site, or maybe relax with a glass of traditional mjød (honey mead) or akvavit (Scandinavian liquor flavored with caraway) and bask in Geiranger’s unforgettable ambiance.
LOEN–LOM–LILLEHAMMER. Stop in Lom to see its iconic wooden stave church, which dates back to the 12th century. Continue to Lillehammer, host of the 1994 Winter Olympics and home today to a lively art scene.
LILLEHAMMER–HAMAR–OSLO. The dynamic city of Hamar is located on the eastern shore of Miøsa, the largest lake in Norway and one of the deepest lakes in Europe. Visit the fascinating OPEN-AIR ETHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM, an active archaeological site that includes ruins of a 950-year-old cathedral enclosed in a protective glass and steel structure. Later, return to Oslo for a guided tour of the medieval Akershus Castle guarding the harbor, the soaring City Hall, National Theater, Parliament, Royal Palace, Broadcasting House, and Frogner Park with more than 200 bronze and granite sculptures by artist Gustav Vigeland.
OSLO. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Escorting tours for more than 10 years
"I would like to invite you on a journey to my favorite countries in magical Northern Europe. All my passion and knowledge about Scandinavia, the Baltic States and Russia will contribute to a once in a lifetime experience. The breath-taking views of hundreds of waterfalls, ice blue fjords and lakes, rivers and snow-captured mountains are combined with the Viking history, folk tales about trolls, local culture and culinary delights in the Scandinavian Countries. Sit back, relax and have a wonderful Scandinavian vacation with us."