Cities Featured: Oslo, Røros, Ålesund, Loen, Balestrand, Bergen, Os
Price: from $5,369 USD per person* * Based on double occupancy; Single occupancy requires a $750 USD supplement.
All Overnights at Historic Hotels
Maximum of 12 People per Group
Gourmet Homemade Norwegian Cuisine
Highly Experienced Tour Directors and Local Guides
Tremendous Exposure to the Norwegian History, Culture, Folklore and Way of Life
If you’ve ever wanted to see this part of the world through the eyes of its citizens, this is the tour to take. Becoming a Norwegian, even for a short period, can give you a new perspective on both its history and current affairs. Experience the thrill of mining underground, view the country from the top of a mountain, and taste the dishes that have been made the same way for hundreds of years.
Our Escorted Tours of Norway are designed with explorers in mind, not tourists. Every aspect of these tours focuses on travelers interested in understanding the essence of the country and enjoying the most authentic experiences that Norway has to offer.
If you arrive before dinner-time, you’ll have the day to explore the capital city. The tour officially starts with a kick-off dinner at the Lysebu hotel in the Vestre Aker district in Oslo. Connect with your Tour Director and fellow travelers while sampling the cuisine of the region. This relaxed 3-course meal is the beginning of your adventure, and the perfect antidote to a long flight.
Welcome to your Norwegian adventure!
DISCOVERING RØROS, A UNESCO TREASURE
Røros is rooted in the mining industry, but its history is far more complex than that. Come along on a private tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site that ends with one of the largest churches in all of Norway. If you’re feeling a little parched after all that walking, the Røros Beer Tasting in our local brewery may be able to help. Snack on reindeer meat and mash bread with each of three beers on offer, but save room for the 6-course dinner at the magnificently-authentic Vertshuset restaurant tonight!
MAIN ATTRACTIONS: Guided Tour of Røros, Guided Tour of the Church of Røros, Røros Beer Tasting
ACCOMMODATION:ErzscheidergardenB & B
COPPER MINES & GORGEOUS RAILWAYS: DOMBÅS AND ANDALSNES
Complete your exploration of Røros with Olav’s mine, a destination more than 350 years in the making. Walk the 500 meters of underground tunnels inside the Røros Mountain plateau and plunge 50 meters down into the cavernous Miner’s Hall. After the mine, we’ll drive from Røros to Rauma Railway in Dombås. Get ready for a wild trek by train as we speed through the rugged (and beautiful) countryside on your way to Åndalsnes, the train’s final destination. Then, experience the National Tourist Route Trollstigen as we drive to our last stop: Ålesund. A 7-course dinner awaits you at the restaurant Apotekergata 5, one of the trendiest in town.
MAIN ATTRACTIONS: Olav’s Mine Tour, The Rauma Railway
EXPLORING THE ÅLESUND ARCHIPELAGO IN STYLE
One of the more striking features of Ålesund is its colorful Art Nouveau buildings. On your private walking tour, you’ll learn more about the photogenic architectural style and how it came to shape this port town. Learn its secrets on foot before getting an open view from the water. On the Ålesund Archipelago by boat, you’ll see the Borgundfjord before visiting the city of Devoldfabrikken. Enjoy an included lunch before doing a little shopping in one of the many designer outlets or local stores. Dinner is on your own, tonight.
MAIN ATTRACTIONS: Private Walking Tour of Ålesund, Ålesund Archipelago by Boat
VIKING HISTORY AT THE SELJA MONASTERY AND ARRIVAL IN LOEN
From Ålesund, we make our way to Selja, a special community and a place of pilgrimage for over a thousand years. From the Viking Age to the Middle Ages, Norwegians would travel to this small island on a sacred journey. Visit the ruins of the Selja Monastery, first built in the early 1100s by Benedictine monks. From Selja, travel to Loen and end with dinner at the Hotel Alexandra.
MAIN ATTRACTIONS: Excursion to Selje and the Selja Monastery
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Alexandra
LOEN SKYLIFT & BRIKSDAL GLACIER
In Loen, you’ll bear witness to the Briksdal Glacier, a dramatic beauty rising 1,200 meters and dropping directly into the Briksdalen Valley. This tour includes an easy hike through stunning scenery as well as a ride on a traditional “troll car.” You’ll also have a chance to experience the Loen Skylift, a cable car that will allow you to soar over the Nordfjord. Travel up 1,011 meters to see the fjord landscape from Mount Hoven, and toast to a truly incredible day. Get ready for one more feast at the outstanding Hotel Alexandra before departure.
MAIN ATTRACTIONS: Briksdal Glacier Adventure, Loen Skylift & Toast Atop Mount Hoven
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Alexandra
BALESTRAND, A SOGNEFJORD GEM
Travel along the scenic roads of Central Norway to Balestrand, a town that specializes in the art of cider-making. Visit the Cider House and its organic orchard, and learn the unique secrets that give the Norwegian ciders its distinctive flavors. Sample all five kinds to get a feel for each variety. This tour also includes St. Olaf’s Church, dragon-style villas, and a little lecture on King Bele along the way. Your hotel tonight is the famous Hotel Kviknes, and trust us when we say its facilities and cuisine do not disappoint.
MAIN ATTRACTIONS: Balestrand Historical Walk & Cider Tasting
DAY 8 – FJORD CRUISE & BERGEN
The first part of your day continues your exploration of Balestrand, this time by RIB boat. Zip along on this adventurous tour and discover the Kvinnefossen waterfall before stopping at a 13th-Century church on the island of Kvamsøy. You’ll leave Balestand for Bergen where you’ll tour the harbor, wharf, parks, and museums of the second-largest city in the country. Dubbed the ‘gateway to the fjords’, this city is one of the most charming places in the world. Get ready for a night of rest and relaxation at the Solstrand Hotel & Spa, starting with a satisfying 3-course dinner.
MAIN ATTRACTIONS: RIB Boat Fjord Safari in Balestrand, Private Walking Tour of Bergen
ACCOMMODATION: Solstrand Hotel-Spa
EXTREME R&R AT THE SOLSTRAND SPA HOTEL
The Solstrand Hotel promotes wellness and inner peace through its spas, so you can slow down after your incredible Norwegian adventure. Explore the day on your own time, at your own pace. Whether you want to travel a short 35 minutes to Bergen, take a dip in the fjord, or just relax in the many pools of the spa (their infinity pool is out of this world!), there’s something for everyone. Take a quick boat trip to one of the many other local destinations, but be back in time for the group dinner at the hotel!
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing. If you need any help with transportation to your next destination, your Tour Director would be happy to give you suggestions or arrange a transfer through Discover Scandinavia Tours.