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From the Fjells to the Fjords

Oslo, Finse, Flåm & Bergen
 
This memorable journey takes you from Norway’s cosmopolitan capital to its captivating second city, featuring the iconic Flåm Railway and a boat trip through UNESCO-protected Nӕrøyfjord along the way, to reveal magnificent fjords and remote mountain wildernesses.
From the Fjells to the Fjords. 7 nights
From the Fjells to the Fjords. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter touring holiday in Norway

through fjords and over fells
This unforgettable winter journey by rail and boat leads you from Norway’s cosmopolitan capital to its fissured western coast, revealing a land that is as diverse as it is dramatic.

In the course of just one week, you’ll experience not only Norway’s first and second cities, but also thrillingly remote-feeling mountain moorland – an ‘Antarctica in miniature’, where Shackleton once trained – as well as awe-inspiring fjord scenery. 
Linking these special places are equally memorable journeys by rail and boat, including the iconic Flåm Railway and a boat trip along UNESCO-protected Nærøyfjord.
 

Our expert says

“Incorporating all the elements of the classic ‘Norway in a nutshell’ tour so as to give you a good introduction to this amazing country, this is a very special journey – all the more so in the quiet of winter.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
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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 (where you spend one night).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Oslo to Finse 
    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 fells 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. (Journey time: 4hrs 15mins)
  • 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.
  • Finse to Flåm 
    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. (Journey time: 1hr 50mins)
  • Explore 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.
  • Flåm to Bergen 
    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. (Journey time: 4hrs 15mins)
  • Explore 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.
 

Accommodation

The very different settings of your hotels is part of this holiday's charm.
 
Prices & travel
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  • 7 nights: 04 January - 05 April 2020

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

    Starting Adults
    04 Jan - 31 Jan £1395
    01 Feb - 29 Mar # £1495

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    # Supplements apply on 15 & 16 Feb; please contact us for details

    Single room: add £390 until 31 Jan; add £400 thereafter

    Included travel: Norwegian out Gatwick-Oslo (2h05) (dep 0920; hold luggage included), rail to Finse (4h15), rail to Flåm (1h50), boat/bus/rail to Bergen (4h15), Norwegian home Bergen-Gatwick (2h) (arr 2010§; hold luggage included) 
    §Saturday arr 0800

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

  • Extra nights

    Hotel Bristol (B&B) Double room Single room
    04 Jan - 30 Jan 2020 £115 £155
    31 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 £120 £160
    01 Apr - 05 Apr 2020 £125 £171
    Prices include a 24-hour Oslo City Card
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Fly to Oslo, return from Bergen (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

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

    This list of alternative 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 stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 4 dinners
    2 lunch packs
    7 breakfasts
  • 24hr Bergen City Card
  • city maps and notes for Bergen city walking tour
  • detailed cultural information
  • flights from Gatwick (regional flights available)
  • itinerant rail, boat & bus journeys
 
Reviews

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FAQs

  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • 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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