Day 1: (Oslo - ) Flåm
Arrive in the famous fjord village Flåm for check-in at Fretheim Hotel for two nights. The hotel, built in Swiss chalet style at the end of the 19th century, boasts mountain and fjord views and magnificent nature. Upon arrivial we will enjoy a taste of locally made delicacies. Flåm is located on the banks of the Sognefjord and one of the biggest cruise ports in Norway. The village is most famous for the Flåmsbana railway that takes you from the fjord up to the Hardangervidda mountain plateau.
Day 2: Flåm
Our coach takes us up to the Stegastein view point. Stegastein is situated 640 metres above sea level and offers an amazing view over the Aurlandsfjord. In the afternoon we go by rib boat on the Nærøyfjorden, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage site and chosen as one of the world’s most beautiful destinations several times running! We will make a stop in the charming village of Undredal, with a population of 80 people and 300 goats and famous for their locally-produced goat cheese. We will enjoy a presentation about the traditional cheese-making and get to taste the tasty local products. Undredal is also known to have Scandinavia´s smallest stave church, built in 1147 and seating just 40. We return to Flåm for dinner.
Day 3: Flåm - Bergen
Flåmsbana is one of the steepest railway lines in the world. The train journey passes through fantastic scenery, foaming waterfalls, and through 20 tunnels. In just an hour, the train conveys you from sea level by the Sognefjord to the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, 865 m above sea level. From here the Flåmsbana Line offers connections to Bergen, our next stop. We check-in at Grand Hotel Terminus for two nights. A classic yet modern hotel, located in peaceful surroundings in the heart of Bergen. It is widely known for its cuisine, art and and the Grand Whiskybar in an atmospheric setting with a ceiling almost six metres high.
Day 4: Bergen
In Bergen the ”Walk like a Norwegian” –tour in Mount Fløien will offer a fantastic view of the city. On the walk, we learn about the local history, the trolls, the Norwegian fairytales and Norwegian`s love of walking. A wonderful lunch is enjoyed at Fløien Folkerestaurant, 320 metres above sea level. The panoramic views from the top of Fløyen are breathtaking, covering the entire city, the bay, islands, mountains and the North Sea in the far distance.
Dinner will be served at Bryggen Tracteursted in the historical centre of Bergen. The building dates back to 1708 and is located in the middle of Bryggen wharf, an internationally renowned attraction and listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Day 5: Bergen - Tysnes - Utne
Leaving Bergen to go to the island Tysnes, for a lunch in the charming Håheim Farm, in romantic country-style designs and with a cultural garden with 1500 roses. We continue to Utne for check-in at historical Utne Hotel, overlooking the Hardangerfjord, for two nights. Utne Hotel dates back to 1722 and is one of the oldest hotels in Norway to remain open in the same building.
Day 6: Hardangerfjord - Folgefonna Glacier
We will visit the Folgefonna Glacier for a bit of snow and winter activities under the summer sun. The Folgefonna Glacier is Norway’s second largest glacier. It’s protected as a national park and serves as a popular destination for summer skiing, glacier hiking and of course kayaking. We go for a full day Glacier kayak tour – taking us up by the Folgefonna Glacier 850 mas. with lunch enjoyed in the wild. After an adventurous day we return to Utne for dinner at our hotel.
Day 7: Utne - Sandnes
We drive along the Hardangerfjord and on to the Ryfylke National Tourist Route; a trip full of contrasts. We will encounter high barren mountains, green and lush hillsides, sheer mountainsides and deep fjords. We will visit Mo Laksegård (Salmon Farm) for some amazing experiences in the river together with the salmon. Fitted out with a survival suit, snorkel and mask, we commence the salmon safari by floating freely along with the current of the Suldalslågen river. A truly unique experience! Our journey continues to Sandnes and Kronen Gaard Hotel for check-in for two nights. The historic hotel built in 1898 in Swiss chalet style focus is on good food, and locally sourced ingredients. For those who like to be outdoors, the gardens surrounding the hotel can reinvigorate the body and clear the mind.
Day 8: Preikestolen/Stavanger
We start early to go hiking to the famous Preikestolen, the Pulpit Rock, one of Rogaland’s most popular attractions and one of the most stunning photographic subjects in all of Norway. In 2011, Preikestolen was chosen as one of the world’s most spectacular viewpoints by both CNN Go and Lonely Planet. Hiking to this rock formation, which rises 604 m above the fjord, is a fantastic nature-based experience, and a highlight of the visit to the Stavanger region. We visit the charming city Stavanger before we heading back to Sandnes for a last night in Kronen Gaard Hotel.
Day 9: Farewell and home bound
Departure from Stavanger Airport or extend the stay individually.