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Wonders of the Norwegian Fjords

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(7 days / 6 nights)

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Immerse Yourself in the Majestic Fjords

Picture yourself travelling through the tranquil fjords of Norway, admiring the steep peaks and shining waterfalls along the way. On this 7-day group tour, you’ll visit Bergen, Norway’s second largest city, before immersing yourself in the magnificent western fjords. You’ll do all this, and more, with the knowledge and support of a local guide and company of fellow like-minded travellers.

On other Norwegian group tours, you could also visit Oslo or add a Hurtigruten coastal cruise to your stay.

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7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

4533EUR

You save: 453 EUR per person

The amount will be charged in EUR

Approx 4080 EUR

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— Why book a small group tour with Nordic Visitor

  • Groups limited to 16 travellers
  • Tour leader accompanying the group
  • Quality & value for your money
  • Trusted local Scandinavian experts
  • 100% guaranteed departure
  • Carbon offsetting included

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— Book With Confidence

  • Optional cancellation insurance
  • Affordable deposits from 10%

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Tour Highlights

  • Experience the dramatic deep fjord of Geiranger and its surrounding beauty
  • Roam the UNESCO Heritage Site, Bryggen, in the beautiful city of Bergen
  • Visit Sognefjord, the largest and deepest fjord in Norway  
  • Board the Loen Skylift cable car, for one of the most spectacular fjord views in Norway
  • Sail along the Norwegian fjords
  • Ride the legendary Flåm railway, one of the world’s steepest railway lines
  • Explore the national Norwegian Scenic Routes through Gaularfjellet, Aurlandsfjellet and Sognefjellet
  • Stay at quality boutique or premium accommodation carefully selected by our Norway travel experts
  • Taste Scandinavian cuisine, with local, fresh ingredients
  • Enjoy a hassle-free travel experience with a designated tour guide

 

Travel style

Guided Small Groups i

Interest

Active i, Best Seller i, Classic i, Culinary Experience i, Culture and History i, Fjords i, Soft Activities i

Season

Jun - Aug

Max group size

16

Departure

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Interest

Active i, Best Seller i, Classic i, Culinary Experience i, Culture and History i, Fjords i, Soft Activities i

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your Nordic adventure.

  • Day 1: ARRIVAL IN BERGEN

    After arriving at Bergen Flesland Airport, make your way to the charming Bergen city centre, where your accommodation is located. If you arrive early, we recommend spending the afternoon strolling through the city and discovering the sights. You won’t want to miss the old wharf, Bryggen. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with centuries-old houses, a vibrant fish and flower market and an interesting range of museums. For spectacular views of Bergen, we recommend taking the Floibanen funicular up the mountainside.

    This evening, you will meet your guide and travelling group for a welcome drink. Tonight, you dine on your own in Bergen.

    Spend the night at Bergen Børs Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Welcome drink and group information meeting with your guide

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Accommodation details See Activities for this day
  • Day 2: EXPLORING THE MAJESTIC FJORDS ROUTE

    This morning your guide picks you up to start your fjord adventure! Travel north to Norway’s adventure capital, Voss, where you’ll see the beautiful Tvindefossen waterfall. Your journey continues to Sogndal by the Sognefjord – Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. You’ll then reach the beautiful Aurlandsfjord, from where you will embark on the famous Flåm Railway, or Flåmsbana. It is a steep train ride (one of the steepest in the world!) that climbs up from Flåm to Myrdal in the mountains.

    After the scenic ride, you will make a stop at Stegastein, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the fjord below. End the day with a local and fresh dinner at your accommodation. 

    Spend the night at Bestebakken or similar.

    Included:
    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation
    • Flåmsbana railway tickets (return journey)
    • Visit to Stegastein Viewpoint
    • Ferry on Lærdalsfjorden (30 minutes)
    • Dinner at your accommodation

    Estimated time with guide: 9-10 hours (including ferry and crailway journey)

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  • Day 3: SOGNEFJELLET NATIONAL TOURIST ROUTE & THE SKYWALK

    Hop aboard a ferry to visit Urnes, one of the oldest stave churches in Norway, which is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Your guide will then continue north along Lustrafjorden to the famous National Tourist Route “Sognefjellsvegen”. This route is the highest and most impressive mountain pass in Northern Europe. The landscape reveals vast, towering mountains as it crosses the Jotunheimen National Park.

    You will then head to Dalsnibba to visit the Geiranger Skywalk, Europe’s highest fjord viewpoint accessible by road. Enjoy the sweeping views of Geirangerfjord, as well as across to the mountains and the mighty Blåbreen glacier. The journey then continues to the village of Geiranger where you will enjoy dinner with the group.

    Spend the night at Hotel Union or similar.

    Included:
    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation 
    • Ferry to Urnes
    • Guided tour of Urnes Stave Church
    • Geiranger Skywalk at Dalsnibba
    • Dinner at your accommodation

    Estimated time with guide: 9-10 hours

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  • Day 4: EXPLORE THE MAJESTIC GEIRANGER FJORD

    Spend the morning at your leisure in Geiranger. With its fairytale landscape, Geiranger has a lot to offer for nature lovers, from wild waterfalls to lush green vegetation. You can go hiking or kayaking, hop on a rib boat safari, relax at the nearby spa or visit the chocolate factory in town.

    This afternoon, it’s back on the road! You’ll journey to Loen aboard a ferry sailing through the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord. Along the way you can spot famous waterfalls like the Seven Sisters, the Suitor, and the Bridal Veil, as well as abandoned fjord farms in the mountains. The sightseeing cruise ends in the small village of Hellesylt. When you reach Loan, you will enjoy dinner at your accommodation. 

    Spend the night at Hotel Alexandra or similar.

    Included:
    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation  
    • Geirangerfjord ferry (65 minutes) including audio guide
    • Dinner at your accommodation

    Estimated time with guide: 5-6 hours (including ferry crossing)

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Accommodation details
  • Day 5: LOEN SKYLIFT & TWISTY ROADS

    You will start the morning by boarding the magnificent Loen Skylift. This cable car will take you to the altitude of 1,011 metres (3,300 feet) with amazing views of the fjord below. Then, the tour continues towards Byrkjelo village where you will make a short pit stop.

    You will then travel south along the scenic lakes Jølstravatnet and Haukedalsvatnet, before taking the scenic route of Gaularfjellet, which is full of twists and turns with 9 hairpin bends. You’re in for some jaw-dropping scenery. You will also make a short stop at the Utsikten viewpoint to admire the panoramic views of towering mountains and lush valleys. 

    Then you’ll arrive at your accommodation for the night, where you will enjoy the last group dinner.

    Spend the night at Kviknes Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation
    • Entrance to Loen Skylift
    • Dinner at your accommodation

    Estimated time with guide: 7-8 hours

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  • Day 6: JOURNEY BACK TO BERGEN

    Start today with a visit to the Cider House, a family-run organic orchard and cider producer, located in the village of Balestrand. Here you’ll enjoy a tour of the farm and be able to sample some cider and non-alcoholic beverages.

    Later, you will start the journey back to Bergen. First is a short ferry crossing from Balestrand to Vangsnes. Then you will pass Vikøyri village where you find Hove Church, the oldest stone building in the Sogn region. You will be driven over Vik mountain to Myrkdalen, the centre of agriculture for the region featuring a beautiful cultivated landscape.  Your guide will drop you off at your accommodation and you can spend the evening in Bergen at your leisure.

    Included:
    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation
    • Cider House visit

    Estimated time with guide: 6-7 hours  

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Accommodation details
  • Day 7: Departure

    When it’s time for your Norwegian adventure to come to an end, you can either take a taxi from your accommodation to the airport or hop on the airport bus. If your flight is in the afternoon, you can choose to enjoy some last-minute shopping in Bergen, visit one more attraction or simply relax in a local café, enjoying the last few moments of this amazing journey.

    Included:
    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation

    See Activities for this day

Optional extras

We recommend adding your extra activities to the tour now for the best booking experience and to secure your spot, as activities are likely to sell out.

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Essential information

We recommend that you read carefully through the following information before booking this guided group tour in Norway. We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions here so you know what to expect. You’ll also find more practical advice and attraction recommendations in our online Norway Travel Guide.

On a small guided group tour of Norway, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery and immerse yourself in the local culture knowing all the details are taken care of. Nordic Visitor will arrange all your local transportation, accommodation and daily excursions.

You’ll be travelling with a knowledgeable local guide and a group of like-minded travellers. The itinerary will be pre-planned and booked for you before you arrive. This means you can land in Norway then relax as all the hassle is taken out of your travel experience.

Ahead of your arrival, you’ll receive personalised information via email, including an itinerary and detailed Norway Travel Guide. During your tour, you’ll always be able to reach us by calling our 24/7 helpline.

Your tour package will include the professional service of an experienced tour leader. They will travel with your group around Norway and join you on all guided tours, transfers and activities on the itinerary.

The tour leader will make sure everything runs smoothly and help you have the best possible experience. As an expert on Norway, they’ll be a valuable resource for any questions you might have. Feel free to ask them anything you might be curious about.

Due to the nature of this tour and the activities included, it’s not recommended for families with young children. That said, it is suitable for active children aged 12 years or older. If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

To make sure you and your fellow travellers have a comfortable journey, we need to limit the size and amount of luggage in the bus. 

Each guest can bring one suitcase or large bag that can be stored in the back of the minibus and one smaller item (e.g., a backpack or daypack) to keep inside the van for daily essentials like camera, wallet, medications and so forth. Unfortunately carry-on suitcases (cabin bags) are too large to store in the van’s overhead racks. 

If you have any questions about luggage your Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be able to assist you.

As you’ll be travelling as part of a guided group tour, your itinerary for this portion of your trip is set. But you can still customise other parts of your package.

For example, you could add extra nights in the city before or after the guided tour. Ask your personal travel consultant about adding extra nights or services.

If you’re looking to extend your Nordic adventure, you could add visits to Iceland, Scotland and/or Greenland to the beginning or end of your itinerary. Contact us for more details about customising your trip.

On your Norway tour, you’ll stay in accommodation that’s been hand-picked by our travel experts. We’ve partnered with local businesses and selected hotels and guesthouses based on excellent ratings, comfort and our personal experience.

You can view the detailed list of hotels for this trip under the accommodation tab.

You will also be able to choose between single and double rooms. Please note that in Norway room types are based on European standard sizes, which means they are smaller than in North America.

For example, a double room often consists of a double bed or 2 single beds pushed together. Twin rooms are 2 separate single beds. Single rooms are often smaller than the standard double.

Your guided group tour will include a fair amount of walking as you sightsee around the country. The best way to explore the towns and cities you’ll be visiting is on foot, so this tour is ideal for people who can walk between 3-5 kilometres (2-3 miles) a day.

You’ll also need to be able to carry your own luggage at accommodation and in and out of transport.

At your booked hotels and cruises, you’ll enjoy a daily breakfast buffet for the duration of this tour. You’ll also have some dinners included throughout the guided portion of this tour, as stated in your itinerary. They will consist of either a set 2 or 3-course menu, or a dinner buffet with fresh local ingredients.

Drinks are not included with your dinners.

Please notify your travel consultant in advance of any dietary restrictions. Other meals and drinks are not included and will be at your own expense during the trip.

The amount of spending money you need will depend on the standard of restaurants you decide to go to.

That said, we recommend budgeting between 100–400 NOK for lunch per person, each day. Dinners at casual restaurants might cost between 500–1,000 NOK. Meanwhile, at upscale restaurants, you can expect to pay 1,500 NOK or more. This does not include the cost of alcoholic beverages.

By booking with Nordic Visitor, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that there’s always someone there for you throughout your trip.

For support and advice during the day, you can ask your guide or call our office. And if anything unexpected happens outside working hours, you can reach us on our 24/7 helpline.

The Scandinavia-based travel expert on call will handle any unforeseen situations for you, such as unusual weather or events.

If you have a passport from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand, you won’t need a visa to visit Norway. This visa-free entry is valid for up to 90 days.

Visiting from another country? You can find out whether you require a visa to enter Norway on the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Select your home country to view details. If you do require a visa, you will be directed to your local embassy website to learn about the visa requirements.

Your passport must also be valid for at least 3 months from your departure from Norway. It’s good to check your passport expiry date early in case you need to renew it.

On your Norway adventure, you might be surprised by the daylight hours. The country stretches from mainland Europe up hundreds of kilometres north into the Arctic Circle. Norway is so long that it spans the latitudes of 58°N to 81°N!

Its proximity to the North Pole means Norway experiences very long days in summer, even in the south. Around Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger, you’ll experience 15-20 hours of daylight. In Trondheim, the days can be even longer than 20 hours, with very bright ‘nights’ even when the sun has set.

Norway’s long summer days give you plenty of time to explore. That said, you may want to pack a sleeping mask if you are a light sleeper or tend to wake up at dawn.

Find out what the daylight hours will be during the month of your visit in this guide to time and daylight in Norway.

During the summer months, you can expect fairly stable weather in Norway.

That said, because the country spans such a large distance from north to south, temperatures are likely to vary depending on your location. For example, the west coast is usually warmer thanks to the Gulf Stream, while the north is usually cooler.

The months of June, July and August boast the warmest weather of the year. In Oslo, you can expect average temperatures around 16°C (61°F), with potential highs of 20–25°C (68–77°F). In Bergen, it is closer to 13°C (55°F), and in Trondheim the average is around 14°C (57°F).

It’s also good to know that weather conditions are often changeable in Northern Europe, so you should come ready for sun, rain and wind. For more information on the local climate, read our travel guide page on Norway weather conditions.

Please note that sightseeing is dependent on weather and road conditions. This means that your itinerary might need to be altered if these conditions aren’t favourable during your visit.

Summertime is the most stable time of year in Norway. That said, you should still be ready to experience all seasons in one day. Especially if you will be spending a lot of time outdoors, you’ll want to pack for a combination of weather conditions.

Bring lighter clothes for the warmer, sunny days, and extra layers for chilly nights in the mountains or for taking in the view from cruise ship decks.

Here is an essential summer packing list for your trip to Norway:

  • Shorts and trousers
  • Short and long sleeve tops
  • At least one warm jumper or fleece
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Light gloves, hat and scarf
  • Comfortable walking or hiking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sun hat and sunscreen
  • Eye mask to sleep despite the long daylight hours
  • Electronic gear such as smartphone, external powerpack, and travel adapters
  • A backpack for easy access to daily essentials
  • and don’t forget your camera!

An umbrella can also come in handy. If you are a wildlife watcher, you may wish to bring binoculars. 

For more information, check out this Norway packing list.

It’s best to book as soon as you can to secure your preferred travel dates. Once you have picked your tour, check the guaranteed departure calendar to see the availability. Then, select the date you want and complete your booking.

You’ll then be able to purchase your flights with confidence.

If you like to plan well ahead, you’ll find that it’s possible to book many tours for the following year. And if you have any questions or need advice, you can always contact us.

After booking your tour package online, you will be contacted within 2 business days by your own dedicated travel consultant. They will be your point of contact for all your travel needs before, during and even after your trip. 

We aim to complete bookings within a few weeks. During this time we take care of booking your accommodation, activities, and transport, confirming all parts of your journey. Once this is done, your travel consultant will provide you with all the details of your trip. 

When we get back to you might depend slightly on how far ahead you’ve booked your travels and other tours running at the time. 

If you have any questions before your trip, you can get in touch with our Norway travel experts. The live chat option is useful for getting a quick reply as someone answers live every day during office opening hours.

Once you’ve booked, we’ll provide you with a travel guide packed full of local tips and top attractions for your visit. You can also check out our online Norway Travel Guide where we’ve compiled useful information about topics, including:

After you have booked your tour, it will only take a few days to confirm its availability. But it may take a few weeks to create your itinerary and book everything. 

Once your trip details are finalised, we’ll send you e-copies of your travel documents. This will include your personalised itinerary, our Norway Travel Guide and your service vouchers. We recommend printing your tickets and vouchers to bring with you to Norway.

So when do you check in? And what can you expect when you land in Norway?
 
After picking up your luggage, you’ll make your way to your accommodation. Public transport is easy to access and convenient in Norway. Or you could catch a taxi.
 
Check-in times vary between hotels and guesthouses, but it normally starts between 2–4 PM. 
 
You are welcome to request an early check-in for an additional fee. Although this isn’t always available, you’ll be able to store your luggage at the hotel until check-in. Please contact your travel consultant well in advance of your trip if you’d like an early check-in.

When you depart may depend on the time of your return flight. Check out early if you’re heading to the airport for a morning flight. On the other hand, if you’re flying home later in the day, you might like to enjoy a leisurely day or visit one more attraction.

You will usually need to check out from your room around 10–11 AM. If you’re staying in town longer, you will be able to store your luggage at the hotel reception. Simply return later to collect your bags before making your way to the airport.

Due to the inclusions on this tour, it requires a non-refundable deposit payment of 20% of the total price at the time of booking. You can view more about the deposit and cancellation fees here.

All bookings are billed in Euro (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. This means conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Incredible tour with fantastic tour guide

The sights are incredibly picturesque. Norway is amazing with its fjords, waterfalls, and nature at all. The bus tour lets you see it from the countryside and from the high peaks above the water, the ferry rides let you enjoy all that beauty from the fjords. 
 
Accommodations were great, as well meals and transportation - thank you. The best of all was our guide, Miles, who made the tour fantastic. He was exceptional: knowledgeable, with deep interests in history and culture, very professional,  curious,  and concerned about the well-being of all of us. We would do a tour with him again!

The best tour guide we have ever travelled with

Our tour guide Linn was above and beyond the best tour guide we have ever travelled with (from Iceland, Alaska, Australia and Norway).

Amazing, unflappable (despite the worst storm Norway has seen in 20 years) and us being stuck on the wrong side of a fjord with the road closed and no way to get to where we were supposed to go that night and it was already getting dark.  Then came Plan B,C, X Y Z. Linn is funny, organised efficient, great taste in jokes and music and an inspiration to us all! From our teenage children to the elderly on the trip - Linn made everyone feel welcome, appreciated, listened to and respected. She has a lovely way about her to help manage our expectations and those of the group. Her knowledge for the local areas, history, nature, hiking, photography was outstanding. Not to mention her sense of adventure. She was also very kind and intuitive to the needs of the group particularly as there were those with physcial limitations and also those of us with fear of heights.   

Lars our driver was the best. He did an amazing job navigating those single lane roads, hairpin turns, 25 km tunnels and getting us to where we needed to go. 

Best vacation we ever had!

Our family of 5 (3 adult children) loved our Norway fjord tour. We saw the most beautiful scenery and loved each hotel. The food was delicious. Something for everyone. Our guide Al and driver Chris kept things running smoothly. We will have memories to last a lifetime. Thank you Nordic Visitor. Best vacation we ever had!

Very good tour guide

Our guide was very good. He explained the history, pros and cons for Norway's salmon farming and whaling. He took care of our needs and explained what and when events were going to occur. The bus we had was very good and large enough for us to spread out. The only thing wrong was that on the last leg, the air conditioning did not work. It was very warm.

Great tour

The small tour was a great size. It was big enough for meeting new people and experiences and small enough for my own space. Facilities and tour were excellent and a great experience.

Great tour! We would use Nordic Visitor again

We absolutely loved Norway, the whole tour was great and we especially enjoyed our tour guide Linn. She was extremely knowledgeable about the history, geography and customs of the area. We would use Nordic Visitor again for other trips.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Bergen Børs Hotel, which is located by Torgalmenningen, is in an architecturally significant building, occupying the upper floors of the old stock exchange dating back to 1862. Its...

BesteBakken is a boutique hotel along the scenic Sognefjord in the county of Luster. Its buildings are modern and comfortable, rich in tradition, and offer a cosy atmosphere. The property,...

Hotel Union Geiranger is steeped in history as it was built in 1891, but it does not lack in modern comfort. The hotel, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, has 197 rooms, indoor and out...

Hotel Alexandra is a family-run hotel situated along Nordfjord, with history dating back to 1884. The hotel has an in-house restaurant, pool and spa, as well as amazing views of Nordfjord....

Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand, is located beside the sweeping Sognefjord, and has been hosting guests since 1877. Today, Kviknes is a modern 190-room hotel with old-world charm and atmospher...

Bergen Børs Hotel, which is located by Torgalmenningen, is in an architecturally significant building, occupying the upper floors of the old stock exchange dating back to 1862. Its...

Guaranteed departures

Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants.

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