POST - Snapshot of Norway
Travel throughout the dramatic, naturally beautiful Norwegian fjord country, visiting historical sites, riding Europe’s steepest railway, ferrying across Sognefjord and cruising down the arm of another majestic fjord.
After disembarking the ship, the day begins with a short sightseeing drive through Oslo before continuing to the mountain area of Gol and Hemsedal, a popular-ski resort. On the way, you will pass idyllic lakes and spectacular mountain scenery, before arriving at Borgund Stave Church, the best preserved of the 28 stave churches still remaining in Norway. The church dates back to the 12th century.
After a guided visit, you will continue down to one of the arms of Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway. Crossing by ferry, you will then follow a coastal road to the historical Kvikne Hotel in Balestrand, where you will stay for the evening.
Following breakfast, you will enjoy a ferry crossing over the Sognefjord from Dragsvik to Vangsnes. From here, the road climbs steeply and bends sharply. In time, you will see the village of Vik and the Sognefjord far below. Continuing across Vika Mountain, you will occasionally pass through tunnels before descending into
Mørkdalen (the dark valley), an area known for its goat cheese production.
After lunch at the picturesque Stalheim Hotel, you will descend the Stalheimskleivane, a road with 13 hairpin turns. It’s incredibly scenic with waterfalls plunging down the mountains on both sides.
Arriving at Gudvangen, you will proceed by boat for one of the most beautiful crossings of the Norwegian fjords through the narrow and scenic Nærøyfjord. It has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site for its towering mountain walls, beautiful waterfalls and tiny goat farms.
Upon arrival in Flåm, you will board a train for a one-hour ride (the steepest in Europe) that ascends almost 3,000 feet, from the fjord to Myrdalsberget Mountain. Along the way, you will stop at Kjosfossen waterfall, where the water cascades between dark cliffs, and then continue to Myrdal, where you will change trains. The route to Geilo passes breathtaking mountains, beautiful lakes, and quaint cabins in the woods.
You will finally arrive in Geilo and check into the historical Dr. Holms Hotel for dinner and to spend the evening.
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive east, admiring a different sort of rural landscape along the way. Around mid-day, you will arrive at Jevnaker to tour Hadeland Glassworks, which was established in 1762. Here, you will watch glassblowers demonstrate their skills, shaping molten glass into the most extraordinary items. Later, you will visit the museum at the glassworks, where more than 700 pieces of distinctive glassware are on display. The exhibits show the development of Norwegian glass making from the 1700s until today and offer a fascinating look into the Norwegian culture.
After free time for shopping and lunch, you will continue towards Oslo, passing Tyrifjord, which is actually a lake not a fjord. In time, you will arrive back in Oslo and spend the evening at the Continental Hotel.
Following breakfast, you will check out and transfer to the Oslo International Airport based on your flight time. For guests with later flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.
Land Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are approximate, given here only for general reference purposes, and are subject to change.
8:00am Disembark the ship and drive into the mountains
12:00pm Lunch at a restaurant
1:30pm Depart for the Norwegian fjords
2:45pm Tour Borgund Stave Church with coffee break
3:45pm Depart for Lærdal and enjoy a short village walk
4:30pm Depart for Balestrand
8:00pm Check in at the Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand, dinner at the hotel
Overnight at Kviknes Hotel
8:00am Drive to the pier and cross Sognefjord by ferry
11:00am Lunch at the Stalheim Hotel
12:30pm Drive to Gudvangen via Norway’s steepest road
1:30pm Depart Gudvangen by boat and cruise the narrow Nærøyfjord
3:45pm Arrive in Flåm
4:00pm Depart Flåm by train for Myrdal, switch trains and ride to Geilo
7:00pm Arrive to Geilo
7:10pm Drive to the Dr. Holms hotel for check-in and dinner
Overnight at the Dr. Holms Hotel
9:00am Depart for Geilo with photo stops en route
1:00pm Tour Hadeland Glassworks and lunch
3:30pm Depart Hadeland Glassworks for Oslo
5:00pm Check in at the Continental Hotel in Oslo
Dinner on your own
Overnight at the Continental Hotel
12:00pm Check out of the hotel
TBA Transfer to the Oslo airport, based on your flight time.
EXTRA NIGHTS: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out is 12:00pm. Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.
As the tour covers mountain areas as well as the fjords, the temperature can vary from 5° to 30° degrees Celsius (41° to 86° Fahrenheit). Weather conditions can be sunny, windy, rainy and foggy.
What to Bring:
Weather-appropriate warm clothing is recommended, including a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and flat comfortable walking shoes.
Norwegian Kroner. U.S. dollars are only accepted in souvenir shops, while credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
European standard plug
Documents and Visa Requirements:
A valid passport is required.
Balestrand: Kviknes Hotel
Geilo: Dr. Holms Hotel
Oslo: Hotel Continental
*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.
Program Includes for guests
• 2 dinners including soft drinks
• 3 breakfasts
• 3 lunches including soft drinks
• 1 coffee break
• All entrances in the above itinerary
• All ferries/boat rides in the above itinerary
• All trains in the above itinerary
• 1 night accommodation in Balestrand at the Kviknes Hotel (or similar hotel), historic room
• 1 night accommodation in Geilo at the Dr. Holms Hotel (or similar hotel), superior room
• 1 night accommodation in Oslo at the Hotel Continental (or similar hotel), superior room
Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. However, if you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.
Program Excludes for guests:
• Dinner on the last evening
• Alcoholic beverages
• Hotel incidentals including mini bar
• Gratuities to drivers and guides
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.