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Combine cool cities with jaw-dropping scenery on this Norwegian rail tour

With their sheer cliffs, stunning waterfalls and spectacular landscapes, the fjords are an unforgettable sight and home to wildlife such as seabirds and seals. Usually visited by cruise ships, on this 12-night trip you'll discover the incredible coastline by rail, experiencing a more relaxing way to travel on iconic trains such as the Bergen Line and Flåm's mountain-clinging Corkscrew Railway.

To get to Norway, you'll cross the channel by Eurostar and take some of Europe's great rail journeys, including a crossing of the 8km-long Øresund Bridge from Denmark into Sweden, then north along the incredibly scenic coastline of west Sweden to Oslo. You'll spend a night in Cologne before staying for two nights in Denmark's capital Copenhagen, then it's on to Norway.

Explore Oslo and its shopping and divine seafood restaurants, then travel to Flåm followed by three nights in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bergen, before ending your stay in Stavanger.

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  • Travel by Eurostar to Brussels and onto Cologne by rail
  • Stay for 12 nights in quality accommodation
  • Ride the iconic Corkscrew Railway
  • Take the Bergen Line 'across the roof of Norway'
  • Discover the jaw-dropping scenery of Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord
  • Sail from Bergen to Stavanger (5½hrs) along the stunning Norwegian coastline

Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Aug 1, 2021
To
Sun, Sun, Oct 31, 2021
Duration
13 days
Price per person
£1,889*

* Price is per person, based on two people sharing a room. Price fluctuates depending on departure date. Departures available August - October 2021. Deposit: £150pp. This tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Discover the World, a company wholly independent from Hearst UK. Please call for more details.

From
Fri, Fri, Apr 1, 2022
To
Mon, Mon, Oct 31, 2022
Duration
13 days
Price per person
£1,889*

* Price is per person, based on two people sharing a room. Price fluctuates depending on departure date. Departures available August - October 2021. Deposit: £150pp. This tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Discover the World, a company wholly independent from Hearst UK. Please call for more details.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    London to Cologne
    Cologne, France

    Depart London on Eurostar to Brussels and continue to Cologne, arriving by late afternoon. There's time to explore the historic centre, dominated by Kölner Dom - Cologne's grand Gothic cathedral, famed for its soaring twin spires. Overnight in Cologne.

  2. Day
    2
    Cologne to Copenhagen
    Cologne, Germany

    Travel by train to Hamburg and on to Copenhagen, arriving in time for dinner. Following two nights in Copenhagen.

  3. Day
    3
    Copenhagen
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    Easily explored on foot or by electric bike (available to rent around the city), Copenhagen's highlights include the Tivoli Gardens. Dating from 1843, this nostalgic mix of parks, lakes, historic buildings and amusement rides includes a classic wooden rollercoaster from 1914. Hans Christian Anderson's legacy can be found at various sites, including the harbourside statue of the Little Mermaid, while Viking treasures - from longboats to runic stones - can be discovered in Copenhagen's excellent museums.

    The 17th-century harbour, Nyhavn, is lined with colourful townhouses and waterfront bars and restaurants, while Denmark's ancient monarchy is evident in royal palaces and castles such as Amalienborg, Christiansborg and Kronborg. To fully experience Danish hygge, chill out in the soulful neighbourhood of Christianshavn - best known for the self-governing community of Freetown Christiania and full of cafés and restaurants serving delicious Nordic cuisine. Overnight Copenhagen.

  4. Day
    4
    Copenhagen to Gothenburg
    Gothenburg, Sweden

    Leaving Copenhagen, travel by train across the 8km-long Øresund Bridge to Sweden and continue north to reach Gothenburg. A coastal city with a real buzz, Gothenburg has a lively waterfront, cobbled streets, canals and a superb art museum.

    Explore the Haga neighbourhood with its traditional wooden houses and boutiques selling chocolates, fashion, antiques and Swedish delicacies. It's an ideal place for taking fika, a traditional Swedish coffee break - usually with freshly-baked cake or a cinnamon bun. Afterwards, walk up to the 17th-century fort of Skansen Kronan for panoramic city views. Dining options in Gothenburg range from tasty street markets to mouth-watering Michelin-starred restaurants. Overnight Gothenburg.

  5. Day
    5
    Gothenburg to Oslo
    Oslo, Norway

    Today's rail journey takes you north along the coastline of West Sweden and on to the Norwegian capital of Oslo where you enjoy the next two nights. The harbourside Opera House has a rakish roof that appears to slope out of the water and is designed so you can easily walk up the top for views of the city and surrounding fjord. For an insight into Oslo's medieval past, don't miss the Akershus Fortress.

    The outstanding museums in the waterside Aker Brygge district, meanwhile, display ceremonial Viking longships and the 39m-long schooner Fram, used by Norwegian polar explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen. Nearby, you will find Oslo's best shopping and dining opportunities, including some superb seafood restaurants. Overnight Oslo.

  6. Day
    6
    Oslo
    Oslo, Norway

    Take a morning stroll in Frogner Park, viewing the 212 bronze and granite works by Norway's best-loved sculptor Gustav Vigeland, including The Monolith, The Angry Boy and Wheel of Life. Explore more of the maritime treasures in Aker Brygge's museums, or admire the traditional and contemporary art in Oslo's many galleries. For a break from sightseeing, visit the The Well, Scandinavian's largest spa and bathhouse with numerous pools, saunas and steam rooms, as well as massage and treatments to indulge in. Overnight Oslo.

  7. Day
    7
    Oslo to Flåm
    Flåm, Norway

    A day enjoying two of Europe's most spectacular rail journeys, travel on the high-plateau 'Across the Roof of Norway' train to Myrdal where you change to the famous 'Corkscrew Railway' for a breathtaking descent to the fjordside village of Flåm. Overnight Flåm.

  8. Day
    8
    Flåm to Bergen
    Bergen, Norway

    Take an optional morning excursion to the viewing point at Stegastein, travelling on an electric minibus past 18th-century hillside farms before reaching the specially built platform jutting out over Aurlandsfjord. Return to Flåm and join the 'Norway in a Nutshell' tour to Bergen. Sail along Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord, falling under the spell of some of Norway's most dramatic fjord scenery. After reaching Gudvangen, travel by bus through picture-postcard villages to Voss, from where you continue to Bergen by train. Spend the following three nights in Bergen.

  9. Day
    9
    Bergen
    Bergen, Norway

    Not only is Bergen right in the heart of the Norwegian Fjords, sitting pretty between Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord, but it is also a UNESCO World Heritage City. Colourful harbourside buildings and narrow alleyways in the Bryggen district reflect its medieval past and important role in the Hanseatic League.

    Spend some time delving into its fascinating museums and perusing the craft shops, bars and restaurants. Bergen's Fish Market is another must-see. Dating back to 1276, it's where you'll find the fresh ingredients that find their way into Bergen's famous fish soup, fish cakes and persetorsk (traditionally steamed cod).

    For stunning views of the city and surrounding fjords, take the funicular up Mt Fløyen where you can stroll walking trails of varying lengths. At Fløistuen, relax with a drink and some local pastries and delicacies before heading back down to the city. Overnight Bergen.

  10. Day
    10
    Bergen
    Bergen, Norway

    With another day based in this beautiful city, perhaps take a bus to Troldhaugen, home of composer Edvard Grieg. Visit the Art Museum KODE, where works from JC Dahl, Edvard Munch and Nikolai Astrup are displayed. Bergenhus Fortress is one of Norway's oldest and best-preserved fortresses and has a colourful military past. Bergen has an abundance of gastronomic experiences and there is a great choice of restaurants to choose from - not only in the city, but also on nearby islands, adding an extra dimension to the culinary adventure. Overnight Bergen.

  11. Day
    11
    Stavanger
    Stavanger, Norway

    Leaving Bergen, relax on the stunning 5.5hr voyage to Stavanger, watching the fjords, mountains and islands of Norway's west coast slip past from the deck of your ferry. Explore the old city of Stavanger, walking among the historic, brightly painted wharf houses built in the late 18th century as storerooms and saltings for the herring industry.

    In Old Stavanger, you'll find over 170 white-washed wooden houses, many of them now used as craft shops, cafés and galleries. One street - Øvre Holmegate - is painted in a rainbow of colours. Throughout the city (Recognised as Europe's best preserved wooden house settlements) you will come across stunning street art and murals. Stavanger is also an important city for the oil industry and a visit to the petroleum museum is highly recommended. Eating out is another highlight, with options ranging from harbourside cafés to Michelin restaurants RE-NAA and Sabi Omakase. Overnight Stavanger.

  12. Day
    12
    Stavanger
    Stavanger, Norway

    On your final day in the magnificent Norwegian Fjords, perhaps take a cruise along Lysefjord, looking out for the Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) looming high above you. If you are feeling active, it is also possible to take a bus to the starting point for the hike to the Pulpit Rock (unguided and summer only), return to Stavanger in the evening by bus.

  13. Day
    13
    Fly from Stavanger
    Stavanger, Norway

    Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

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Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Aug 1, 2021
To
Sun, Sun, Oct 31, 2021
Duration
13 days
Price per person
£1,889*

* Price is per person, based on two people sharing a room. Price fluctuates depending on departure date. Departures available August - October 2021. Deposit: £150pp. This tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Discover the World, a company wholly independent from Hearst UK. Please call for more details.

From
Fri, Fri, Apr 1, 2022
To
Mon, Mon, Oct 31, 2022
Duration
13 days
Price per person
£1,889*

* Price is per person, based on two people sharing a room. Price fluctuates depending on departure date. Departures available August - October 2021. Deposit: £150pp. This tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Discover the World, a company wholly independent from Hearst UK. Please call for more details.

Call now to book 01737749197
Quote ref: HEARST NORWAY RAIL