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From the Fjells to the Fjords

Oslo, Finse, Flåm & Bergen
Holiday information
Nights: 7
Accommodation: four comfortable hotels
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners, 2 lunch packs
Start: any day
Starting point

Your adventure begins in innovative Oslo, with a night at the Thon Hotel Bristol.

Day 1
Oslo to Finse (4h15)

There’s time this morning to take in some of Oslo’s fascinating sights – the Viking Ship Museum and bustling waterfront district are both particularly worthy of a visit – before you catch the Oslo-Bergen train west. Often named as one of Europe’s most scenic railways, this iconic route offers views of vast, frozen lakes and snow-covered fjells  as it climbs through the country’s mountainous interior and crosses the rugged Hardangervidda Plateau to reach Norway’s highest railway station, Finse. Here, you spend two nights at Finse 1222.

Day 2
Day in Finse

Set in an expansive valley between the Hallingskarvet and Hardangervidda National Parks, and only accessible by rail – there’s no road – remote Finse is often described as ‘Antarctica in miniature’ and has served as a training ground for many polar explorers, Ernest Shackleton among them. You can try your hand at activities such as snowshoeing – hikes lead up onto the panoramic slopes of Jomfrunut – and cross-country skiing, either on uncut, ‘staked’ tracks marked with poles above Finse, or on the flat, easy routes on the frozen lake, where downhill skiers may also like to try ski sailing if there’s a breeze.

Day 3
Finse to Flåm (1h50)

Your next train doesn’t depart until after midday, so you have the morning to revel in the tranquillity of the mountains some more. When the time comes, you take the train for the short ride to Myrdal, where you change on to the world-famous Flåm Railway, a real highlight of your holiday. The fact that the line descends 886 metres over the course of just 20km makes for a thrilling journey – the train winds through an impressive series of tunnels and ravines, past frozen waterfalls, to reach fjordside Flåm and the Fretheim Hotel. With such a magnificent setting – Flåm is situated at the head of the steep-sided Aurlandsfjord – the village is understandably busy during the summer months, but with winter comes an unexpected serenity.

Day 4
Day in Flåm

If your previous day’s trip on the Flåm Railway has inspired you to find out more, you might like to visit the Flåm Railway Museum. For spectacular vistas, we recommend taking advantage of the shuttle bus (pay locally) to visit the Stegastein viewpoint at 650 metres above the fjord. Guided snowshoe walks start from here if you want to get higher still. If you prefer to stay at water level, another option is to hop aboard a RIB to the tiny village of Undredal, famed for its goats’ cheese. These rigid inflatable boats sit low on the water, giving you a different perspective than from a standard ferry or express boat, thus making for an exhilarating trip, which you could round off with a Viking-inspired beer from Flåm’s Ægir Brewery.

Day 5
Flåm to Bergen (4h15)

You board a state-of-the-art hybrid ferry which glides out of Aurlandsfjord, into majestic Sognefjord. As it turns into Nærøyfjord, a spur of Sognefjord that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage landscape, the engines are cut, leaving you to float silently beneath the 1,800-metre-high peaks which plunge dramatically into the icy waters. On reaching the end of the fjord after two hours, you catch the bus to Voss to connect with the train to Bergen. Norway’s beautiful second city is famously friendly, and a wonderful place to spend your final two nights. Your base is the Clarion Hotel Admiral.

Day 6
Day in Bergen

Follow our self-guided walking tour around Bergen’s historic centre, taking in the lively fish market and brightly painted warehouses of the wharf-front Bryggen. We then recommend that you ride the funicular to the top of Mount Fløien for one final memorable panorama – over the city, fjords and snow-covered countryside.

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