THE HEART OF NORWAY | FJORDS AND MOUNTAINS TOUR
August 11-24, 2016
The Heart Of Norway
Norge Mitt Hjerte, Fjord og Fjell Tur
This spectacular fourteen-day tour is back by demand and was completely full for 2015. Please contact Go Norland tour director, Linda Spencer if you’re interested in the 2016 trip. This tour is a 14-day, inclusive, privately guided tour.
Places that we will visit are: Trondheim, Vinstra, Bergen, Os, Grotli, Dovre Mt, Sogndal Valley, Hardanger, Telemark, Rjukan, Oslo, Hardanger Music, Museums, Norway’s Biggest Craft&Cultural Festival, Land And Boat Travel, Spa Hotel, Mountain Cabins, Farm Stay, and more. The complete 2016 itinerary will post soon.
Discover Authentic Norway At ‘Off The Beaten Track’ Locations. The total cost for this trip is $3490.
The complete 2016 itinerary will post soon.
Day One, Wednesday August 12
We meet at the hotel in downtown Copenhagen where your tour guide will welcome you as you arrive. Our overnight stay will be at First Hotel Kong Frederik. Settle in your bags and have some time to walk the downtown streets and explore the surroundings. Nyhavn, by the canal, is the perfect place to end a long day. This was a busy port where ships from all over the world would dock. Today the old houses have been colorfully renovated. Hans Christian Andersen used to live in #20. #9, Nyhavn, is the oldest house in the area dating back to 1681. Dinner on your own-suggestions provided.
Day Two, Thursday August 13
This is a day for exploring Copenhagen city. After your filling buffet breakfast, join us on a 3 hour tour at 11 am around the center of Copenhagen (A Certificate of Excellence 2014 Award Winning Tour) Visit Tivoli, museums, palace, shopping, and then more Copenhagen by exploring on your own. More ideas to come.
We will meet up at the hotel at 3 pm sharp from where we will be transported to the Copenhagen Pier. We will be boarding the DFDS Seaways Cruise Ship with an overnight cruise to Oslo, Norway.
This evening we Feast on the fantastic 'all you can eat' buffet in the Seven Seas Restaurant with a large selection of Scandinavian foods. Swimming and jacuzzi is available for a fee. Nightclub with a casino and duty free shopping is available all night long.
Day Three, Friday, August 14
It is a stunning view of Oslo Fjord scenery as we approach Oslo along with the morning sun. We arrive at the Oslo Harbor, landing as true “Vikings” at 9:45 am just after filling ourselves from Seaway Lines generous buffet breakfast. On our arrival, we depart on a delightful private 3 hour tour of the city center, Radhuset (the City Hall), Bygdoy visiting the Fram and Viking museums.
The bus returns us to our place of stay, right in the heart of downtown Oslo, at the Best Western, Karl Johan Hotel. Once out of the hotel doors, you are walking distance to the National Art Gallery, shopping, the parliamentary building, and the Royal Palace. You have the rest of the day to explore the harbor and city as you wish. Information about activities, sights, and special places of interest will be provided as well as a city pass which gives you discounts for shopping, museums, eateries, and points of interest.
We're staying here two nights. Dinner on your own. (Suggestions provided)
Day Four, Saturday, August 15
Today after breakfast, you will have the majority of the day on your own to catch more of the Oslo city sights. Many ideas, maps, and your Citypass will allow you to expand your exploration and activities. I will provide personal information as well as group information to you so that I can give you the best Oslo city experience. (More information later)
We will meet up in the afternoon for a tour of Famous Vigeland Park and the new and innovative Holmenkolllen ski area. We will conclude our day to Frognersetern for a wonderful traditional Norwegian evening dinner and Folkedans entertainment.
Day Five, Sunday, August 16
After another Karl Johan Hotel breakfast, we travel north for two hours up towards the Olympic town of Lillehammer visiting Maihaugen Museum, the largest open air museum in Norway. Here you will see historic buildings and displays of homes from the Gudbransdalen area showing their way of life. In addition, you will see Bjerkabaek, author Sigrid Undset's home which is now a museum. I encourage you to read the trilogy Kristin Lavransdatter, which is one of Sigrid's famous writings.
We then journey north 30 miles to Sor Fron (Gudbransdalen area) for a very unique cultural overnight experience at an old farmstead rich in history. We'll immerse ourselves in this place, sleeping where Kings have traversed–it's a part of the old Pilgrimage. Our host will share old historical stories of Sygaard Grytting in the oldest building dating back to the twelfth century. Each stay location has an attachment to Norwegian history that will be shared. Hilde will be preparing a most wonderful local style dinner for us. This has been truly a highlight for all of my travelers in the past. (A signature event)
Day Six, Monday, August 17
After a leisure breakfast time, and then visiting with the sheep, we travel over the beautiful Rondane mountain range, in Osterdalen. We may stop at Doralseter, which is in the heart of Rondane for a breath of fresh and clear mountain air and maybe time for a short hike, we will see.
From here our travels take us to Roros, in Sor Trondelag County, a historic copper mining town listed as a World UNESCO preserved sight. We will overnight at the preserved historical Rica Bergstadens Hotel. There, we are a five-minute walk to Roros Tweed wool factory and their outlet store. This is an amazing place to shop for highest quality Norwegian woven items and great bargains. Traditional area dinner will be served. The rest of the day is yours to explore the town.
Day Seven, Tuesday, August 18
Morning begins at the Rica Bergstadens hotel, where they are famous for their amazing traditional Norsk breakfast. After indulging, we take a tour of the historical copper mine. You will also have some time to explore the town on your own for a couple of hours. At 3:00 PM, we meet and travel to Trondheim where we will be staying for two nights. Destination has not yet confirmed. We hopefully will be staying in the city center, but there is a large fishing exhibition going on, so there are few rooms available in Trondheim this week. The good news is that, there will be a rare opportunity to see wonderful places of interest for those interested in all things fishing! If lodging is not available, we will be staying in the outskirts of the city in a De Historiske Hotel, which has been wonderfully accommodating to our tours in the past. Dinner on your own if we stay in the city. Dinner will be provided if we overnight on the outskirts of the city.
Day Eight, Wednesday, August 19
After breakfast it’s on to Trondheim city where we spend most of the day. The Nidaros Cathedral tour will be our first planned stop. From there, much is planned, or you may be on your own. This is up to you. There is much to see. We meet up later in the day for a possible tour to Munkholmen, an island where a historic prison is located. Dinner (not planned yet)
Day Nine, Thursday, August 20
After breakfast, We head south to Gudbransdalen again then making our way to Grotli. We may stop in Lom the location of the famous Stone museum for a visit, depending on our time. We will be in the mountains again staying in the De Historiske Grotli Hoyfjellshotell. This beautiful setting offers the opportunity to take a hike and explore the beautiful surrounding. A very special Norwegian style private dinner will be served in the evening. (Another signature event)
Day Ten, Friday, August 21
A busy day today as we travel into amazing fjord country and thru another World UNESCO sight, Geiranger. Our first stop will be up to Dalsnibba where on a clear day you can see over the whole fjord area, from peak to peak to fjords. It is a breathtaking event as we hairpin up over 13 turns. Into Geiranger for a short rest and on to the ferry from Geiranger that takes you thru the fjord. On board a tour guide will share true and tale Nordic stories and you will see the Seven Brides Falls. After the ferry ride, we travel thru breathtaking fjords to Loen where we will stay for the night, Hotel and Spa. Enjoy the quaint place and visit an old church complete with old Viking tomb stones. This is a good walking area for a short hike maybe or indulge some spa time for an extra fee. Alexandra’s famous buffet dinner is provided.
Day Eleven, Saturday, August 22
We continue to the fjords capital, in the Sogndal area, but take on a little adventure first by traveling there over the Sognefjell. The Sognefjellsvegen is so impressive with its amazing scenery, it has to be included in our trip! This is an Ice Age adventure. This is the highest mountain pass road in Northern Europe. This road passes through the Jotunheimen, the Hurrungane, and the Breheimen mountains. The mountain area is open all year for skiing, so you may want to consider enjoying a day of summer adventure in the snow. After a day at 4,700 feet we will then traverse down to sea level to our next destination in Nes, Luster County. We will stay in a private home on the Lusterfjord for two days. There are Panoramic views and famous Norwegian painters have stayed here to capture it. Stop for famous Norwegian waffles.
Day Twelve, Sunday, August 23
Stay and relax in the beautiful grounds, waterfront view, read a good book, canoe, kayak, take a trip to Walaker gallery, rent a bike for the day, visit the smallest Stav church, world UNESCO Urnes Stav kirke. Visit one of Scandinavia's highest waterfalls, explore Jostedals glacier , hike trip.....the activities here are endless! (a signature stay)
Day Thirteen, Monday, August 24
On to our final destination: Bergen. This day will be full of traveling deep into fjord country with ferry ride crossing over the Sognefjord, tunnels, bridges, capturing nature at its best. We will stay right in the heart of World UNESCO Hanseatic Bergen town. The harbor, the famous fish market, and shops and old town Bergen are within walking distance. The Funicular that takes you to the top of a mountain gives you a breathtaking view of all of Bergen on a clear day. As time allows, we will plan a few activities. This will be our last overnight of the tour. Farewell gathering.
Day Fourteen, Tuesday, August 25
After breakfast in the hotel, our tour ends. There is a shuttle bus within walking distance to the airport. The bus driver is available to take people to the airport depending on departure times.
the bus driver will be going back to Lillehammer. Anyone who wishes to go to Lillehammer can have free transportation. Train from Lillehammer to Gardermoen Oslo airport is 1.5 hours.
Please Note *The price is based on double occupancy. The single occupancy supplement charge is an added $575.00 (deductions on this price may be made with consult). As long as the currency/exchange rate stays above 6 NOK/1 USD (see currency.com site for rates.) Currency rates will be locked in 30 days prior to departure or if you have prepaid your trip by that time.
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Tour Price Includes
• 13 nights first class/superior tourist class accommodations-double occupancy in hotels (a single supplement may be available and is subject to availability).
• Daily breakfast, 2 Lunches, special mid-day Norwegian waffles, 9-10 Dinners
• First class touring coach
• City sightseeing in Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, with special local tour guides
• All ferries, DFDS Seaways Cruise, entrance fees to all sites and museums outlined in itinerary (including Nidaros Cathedral, Maihaugen open air museum, Sigrid Undset home and museum, Oslo city 24 hour pass, Bygdoy with Viking Museum, Fram Museum, Roros Tweed factory, Roros Copper mine museum, Urnes Stave church entrance, and more.
• Tour director for 14 days, 1 (meeting you at the hotel) through 14 (after breakfast)
*Genealogical assistance (Find your ancestors)
**Price does not include transatlantic flights**