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Bustling Cities & Serene Fjords

Oslo, Bergen & Sognefjord
 
Contrast Norway’s first and second cities with Sognefjord – ‘King of the Fjords’ – on this week-long, self-guided adventure by express boat and train. This unforgettable journey includes the famous Flåm railway, four high-quality hotels, and 24-hour City Cards to explore stylish Oslo and beautiful Bergen.
Bustling Cities & Serene Fjords. 7 nights
Bustling Cities & Serene Fjords. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday in Norway

Home to the world’s longest ice-free fjord – Sognefjord – and Europe’s largest glacier, Norway is a land of superlatives. By the end of this justly popular holiday, you’ll have used many yourselves to describe the country’s enthralling first and second cities, Oslo and Bergen; the unforgettable boat and train rides – including the famous Flåm Railway – that work like clockwork and make travelling across Norway such a pleasure; and, above all, Sognefjord’s astonishing scenery.
Not for nothing is this 200-plus-kilometre waterway known as the ‘King of the Norwegian Fjords’. Stand on its shores and all you can see in either direction is a succession of hazy blue mountain headlands descending into the deep, sapphire-hued water; look on a map and you can appreciate how the water writhes through the landscape, creating an extraordinary number of fingers, some of which you explore on this holiday.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Oslo
    Night 1: at Hotel Bristol (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Oslo
    Spend your first day exploring Norway’s flourishing capital, using our self-guided walking tour to take in some of its many sights. Stroll around the bustling harbour, see the fortress on the headland overlooking Oslofjord or take advantage of the discounted entrance fees offered by your included 24-hour City Card to visit attractions such as the sculpture park, and fascinating museums such as that devoted to Viking ships. You could also admire the ship that took Amundsen all the way to the South Pole in 1911; visit the Nobel Peace Centre; or Aker Brygge, the waterfront district which typifies the Norwegian capital’s bold sense of style. Here, you can ascend the 90-metre Tjuvtitten Tower (the ‘Sneak Peak’) for sensational views over the city.
  • Oslo to Balestrand
    Leaving Oslo, you embark on an unforgettable full day’s journey by rail and boat. From the capital, the train traverses rolling farmland and forests, rising steadily to reach an altitude of 1,222 metres as it passes the hotel once used as a training camp by Shackleton and Nansen. After crossing the rugged mountain moorland of the Hardangervidda Plateau, it pulls in at Myrdal, where you alight. The next leg of the journey on the world-famous Flåm Railway is a real highlight, as you descend some 800 metres from the mountains to steep-sided Aurlandsfjord, a finger of alluring Sognefjord, passing lush woodland, thundering waterfalls and deep ravines. You then travel up Aurlandsfjord by express boat, for two nights at the elegant Kvikne’s Hotel in Balestrand, a quiet village set by the fjord amid apple orchards, with wooded mountains rising behind.
  • Explore Balestrand
    There’s plenty of choice for you day here: enjoy a bike ride, or stroll along Balestrand’s heritage trail to learn about the artists who have visited the village. You could also pay a visit to the local aquarium, or seek out the fjord-side Cider House, a distillery and restaurant run by a Norwegian-Turkish couple amid over 100 varieties of fruit trees. Other options are to walk up the slopes behind the hotel to gain a different perspective on the splendid scenery, or to visit one or more of the area’s remarkable ‘stave churches’ – elaborate, 12th-century wooden structures, often topped with dragons’ heads, much like the prows of Viking longships.
  • Balestrand to Fjærland
    Today features another boat journey up one of Sognefjord’s most picturesque spurs to Fjærland, for an overnight stay at the Fjærland Fjordstue. Here you are a mere stone’s throw from Jostedalsbreen – which, at 487km², is Europe’s largest glacier – so it’s no surprise to find the impressive Norwegian Glacier Museum here. What you might not be expecting, however, is a wealth of second-hand bookshops – 14, at the last count – that makes this farming village as appealing to bibliophiles as to lovers of the great outdoors. If you fall into the latter category, you might find time to hire a bike and cycle along the shores of the fjord, or to simply take to the water in a rowing boat.
  • Fjærland to Bergen
    Today’s fabulous final leg of your holiday, again by express boat, takes you to the mouth of Sognefjord, from where the boat hugs the fissured coastline down to Bergen, where you spend two nights at the Clarion Hotel Admiral.
  • Explore Bergen
    Our self-guided walking tour (again with an included 24-hour City Card) takes in various museums, and streets which have changed very little since medieval times. Equally, you may prefer to linger in the Bryggen, Bergen’s atmospheric, not to mention very photogenic, Hanseatic harbour district. Wander amid its brightly painted shops and warehouses, and peek into the large, glass-sided Fisk Torget (fish market) – a riot of sound and colour, especially when the catch comes in.
 

Accommodation

You stay in comfortable hotels where you will find a warm welcome. Norwegian hotels do not have star ratings, but those in our selection are typically of 3- or 4-star standard.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 June - 15 September 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 June - 31 August £1395 £310
    1 - 8 September £1360 £295
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: Oslo – Balestrand – Fjærland – Bergen by rail and boat

    Pay locally for travel to/from the airport

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Kvikne’s Hotel
    'Demi-suite' in the historic building: 01 Jun - 15 Sep 2019 £36
    Fjord view in the historic building: 01 Jun - 15 Sep 2019 £12
    Clarion Hotel Admiral
    Deluxe with fjord view: 01 Jun - 15 Sep 2019 £36
    Superior with fjord view: 01 Jun - 15 Sep 2019 £25

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Kvikne’s Hotel (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Jun - 15 Sep 2019 £130 £160
    Fjærland Fjordstue (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Jun - 15 Sep 2019 £160 £190
    Clarion Hotel Admiral (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Jun - 15 Sep 2019 £90 £124
    Add £44pp/n (£68pn in a single room) if staying in Bergen Mon, Tue, Wed or Thu 1 May-19 Jun & 19 Aug-30 Sep 2019.
    Upgrade your City Card in Bergen: add £9pp for a 48hr Card or £15pp for a 72hr Card.
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Oslo (return from Bergen)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Oslo. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Oslo (Gardermoen) Loganair,  SAS 
    Aberdeen - Oslo (Gardermoen), via Amsterdam KLM 
    Aberdeen - Oslo (Gardermoen), via Bergen SAS 
    Aberdeen - Oslo (Gardermoen), via Copenhagen SAS 
    Aberdeen - Oslo (Gardermoen), via Stavanger SAS 
    Return route Airline
    Bergen - Aberdeen SAS,  Wideroe 
    Bergen - Aberdeen (via Stavanger) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Oslo (Gardermoen) Flybe 
    Birmingham - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Copenhagen) SAS 
    Return route Airline
    Bergen - Birmingham (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Bergen - Birmingham (via Copenhagen) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Durham Tees Valley - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Oslo (Gardermoen) Norwegian,  SAS 
    Edinburgh - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Return route Airline
    Bergen - Edinburgh Loganair 
    Bergen - Edinburgh (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Bergen - Edinburgh (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Humberside - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Return route Airline
    Bergen - Leeds Bradford (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Oslo (Gardermoen) Norwegian 
    Gatwick - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Stockholm) Norwegian 
    Return route Airline
    Bergen - Gatwick Norwegian 
    Bergen - Gatwick (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Oslo (Gardermoen) British Airways,  SAS 
    Return route Airline
    Bergen - Heathrow (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Bergen - Heathrow, via Copenhagen SAS 
    Bergen - Heathrow, via Oslo (Gardermoen) SAS 
    Bergen - Heathrow, via Stavanger SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Oslo (Gardermoen) Ryanair 
    Return route Airline
    Bergen - Stansted (via Copenhagen) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Oslo (Gardermoen) Norwegian,  SAS 
    Manchester - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Manchester - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Oslo (Gardermoen), via Copenhagen SAS 
    Manchester - Oslo (Gardermoen), via Heathrow SAS 
    Manchester - Oslo (Gardermoen), via Stockholm SAS 
    Return route Airline
    Bergen - Manchester Loganair,  SAS 
    Bergen - Manchester (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) SAS 
    Bergen - Manchester (via Stavanger) Norwegian 
    Bergen - Manchester, via Copenhagen SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Return route Airline
    Bergen - Newcastle Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Oslo. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 3 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • city maps and notes for city walking tours
  • detailed cultural information
  • 24hr City Cards in Bergen & Oslo
  • rail/boat travel Oslo-Balestrand-Fjærland-Bergen
 
Reviews

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FAQs

  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport with at least three months' validity to travel to Norway, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The most widely spoken language is Norwegian. The currency is the Kroner. Norwegian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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