Oslo, the capital of Norway, is a vibrant city undergoing its own cultural rebirth. This cool city is creating a buzz with its exciting design and food scene. See how the new MUNCH art gallery has transformed Oslo’s skyline. It is named in honour of the Norwegian artist who painted The Scream. Round off your first day on the waterfront with a performance at the Opera House, regarded as one of the most iconic buildings in Scandinavia.
Today, tour the city with your private guide, viewing City Hall, the Royal Palace, the Akershus Fortress and the Nobel Peace Center (due to reopen in January 2024). Head to Vigeland Sculpture Park, home to more than 200 pieces by Gustav Vigeland. See inside the new MUNCH art museum with the largest collection of art by one single artist. Tonight set sail on a cruise through the Oslofjord passing the Dyna Fir lighthouse. On board dinner will be served from Michelin-starred restaurant Einer.
Today, travel to Myrdal and hop on board the Flamsbana train. During the journey you can see rivers cutting through ravines and waterfalls cascading down the sides of snow-capped mountains. The Flam Railway has been described as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. After checking into your hotel, enjoy a steaming hot sauna, complemented with a refreshing bath in the Aurlandsfjord.
Start the day with a cruise through the spectacular Nærøyfjord, surrounded by snow-covered peaks. Arrive in Gudvangen and head to the Viking village of Njardarheimr. Here, you will meet ‘real' Vikings who adopt the lifestyle. Continue to the modern Voss Gondola which takes you up to the Hangur stop in less than seven minutes to enjoy spectacular mountain views. Continue to the village of Undredal, known for its goat’s cheese which you can sample at a local pier overlooking the fjord.
Today, view the medieval architecture of Borgund Stave Church which was built around 1180 and dedicated to the Apostle Andrew. The wooden church is well preserved and is one of the most distinctive stave churches in Norway. One of the finest features is the roof carving of dragon's heads. Continue to the Walaker hotel, embarking on a short ferry ride that will take you from Fodnes to Mannheller.
Today, it’s all about getting up close to Norway’s glaciers. You will start the day at Breheimsenteret, a visitor centre for the spectacular Jostedalsbreen and Breheimen National Parks. The centre lies in the Jostedalen valley and offers a view of the Nigardsbreen glacier. Even at a low altitude of 300 metres above sea level, you get the feeling you’re in an alpine, even polar environment between the lake and the glacier tongue.
After breakfast, explore the fascinating Sogn Folkemuseum. The outdoor museum has houses dating back to the 1500s and range from a Middle Age log house to an old vicarage along with a remarkable beacon house. Afterward, you will travel by ferry through some of the most beautiful fjord landscapes in Norway, including the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord, the charming Aurlandsfjord, and the mighty Sognefjord. From the comfort of your spacious deck sit back and enjoy the sight of the beautiful fjord and majestic mountains.
Meet your guide for a tour of Bergen. Visit the famous fish market, Bryggen Wharf with the historic houses, the City Wall Gate, the Nykirken Church and the Bergenhus Fortress. Ride the funicular Fløibanen up Fløyen Mountain and enjoy views over the city before visiting the composer Edvard Grieg’s Home, Troldhaugen. This evening, enjoy a boat trip out to Holmen and once on shore visit a restaurant where you will sample an exciting meteorological menu that reflects the weather of the day.
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to the UK.