This is an 8-day journey to the “Paradise of the North.” You will go off the beaten track and immerse yourself in the word of breathtaking fjords, snow-peaked mountains, the purest glaciers, and the authentic culture of the real mountain people. On this tour you will:
* Explore the nature of the largest glacier in Europe and its 4 smaller outlet glaciers.
* Admire views of 3 magnificent waterfalls.
* Visit an apple farm and taste the wonderful cider of the Norwegian cider route.
* Learn about mountain farming traditions and discover authentic cuisine in 3 Norwegian mountain farms.
* Enjoy the Norwegian “Cinque Terre” – a land of beautiful villages located by the gigantic Sognefjord.
* Experience gastronomic adventures in the UNESCO World Heritage city – Bergen.
* Learn about the nature of glaciers and their role in climate change by visiting the Norwegian Glacier Museum.
Arrival at Bergen, Norway’s second biggest city and a gateway to the breathtaking Norwegian fjords.
We will be happy to provide you with recommendations for a special dinner that will turn into a culinary adventure by the North Sea. Bergen is rated as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Fresh seafood, lamb and small game from Bergen’s restaurants offer mouthwatering culinary experiences for every taste.
Highlights: waterfall experience, plus a visit and dinner at a traditional farm
Today you will leave Bergen and travel to the land of fjords and glaciers. Enjoy beautiful mountain views from the your bus window on the way to one of the most popular waterfalls in Norway. It has a fall of 50 m and is special because you can walk safely behind it and stay dry.
Continue with a visit to an award-winning fruit farm where you can taste its products – apple cider, juice, jam, dried meat – and also hear about traditional farming in fjords. Moreover, you will learn about mountain pasture, fruit growing, and how they smoke meat, produce jam and preserve plums.
Finally you will enjoy a special dinner at the farm with locally produced delicacies.
Meals: B + L + D
Highlights: fruit farm of the Norwegian cider route, Voringsfossen waterfall, Hardanger Bridge
Continue the journey to the Eidfjord area – the land of fjords, remote mountain culture and fruit agriculture. The protection of the surrounding mountains creates a mild climate that makes this area an ideal location for fruit farming. Nowhere on the world is it possible to grow fruit this far in the north.
We take you along the cider route and visit one special family-run cider farm where you can experience the pride that the owners have put in their products for generations. You will learn about the history of cider production, see a production cellar, and taste different types of apple juice and alcoholic cider.
Be prepared for a spectacular journey with several special places on your way, like crossing one of the longest bridges in the world – the Hardanger Bridge.
Then stop for a scenic view of water falling from almost 200 m high by the Voringsfossen waterfall.
Meals: B + L
Highlights: scenic railway journey, local cheese tasting, the “book ghost town”
Your fjord adventure continues with a stunning railway journey in a historic train from Myrdal to Flam. The name “Flam” means “little place between steep mountains.” Surrounded by steep mountainsides, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys, this area is a paradise for everyone looking for a one-of-a-kind experience with nature.
After the train ride, be ready for a local culinary discovery in a little mountain village known for its excellent goat’s cheese. A mouthwatering lunch and plenty of cheese are waiting for you.
You will spend an afternoon in a special “book ghost town” with abandoned historical buildings filled with 2.5 miles of bookshelves. Imagine well-preserved ferry waiting rooms, stables, local banks, post office and grocery shop – all empty and offering you a chance to stop, rest with a book and imagine how life used to be here.
Meals: B + L + D
Highlights: Norwegian Glacier Museum, 3 branches of the largest glacier in Europe and lake Lovatnet
This day is devoted to exploring glaciers. You start with a visit to an award-winning Norwegian Glacier Museum. The experiential exhibition and panoramic film will tell you how glaciers are made and their role in research about the past and future of the climate changes.
After the scientific introduction, you’ll get to explore Jostedalsbreen – the largest glacier on the European continent that has several outlet glaciers flowing in many directions. You will visit 3 of them to admire a full view of the impressive icefall and many waterfalls and rivers.
Later on you will stop by the lake Lovatnet known for its emerald waters, gorgeous scenery, and dramatic history when huge rocks destroyed two lakeside villages. Today it is a pilgrimage site of the history of natural disasters.
Spend an evening in the popular holiday resort Loen, which is surrounded by glaciers, towering mountains and lush vegetation.
Meals: B + L
Highlights: journey in troll-cars to a glacier, open-air museum of farmstead life
This morning you will hop on “troll-cars” (open cars) and dive into the breathtaking nature of the Jostedalsbreen glacier. Once you get close to the glacier, you will precede the rest of the way on foot to see a spectacular sight of blue ice that has carved its way down the mountain before melting into the river.
Later on you will stop in a remote mountain farm to taste homemade food from locally produced products.
In the afternoon be ready for an educational visit to an open-air museum with historical buildings showing the day-to-day life of farmers and tenant families in the mid 18th century.
Meals: B + L
Highlights: Balestrand art village, ancient town Vik, waterfall
Spend the morning in the Norwegian “Cinque Terre” – a land of beautiful villages situated in gentle arms of the gigantic Sognefjord.
Have a stroll in Balestrand – an art village whose wonderful light and breathtaking nature has been attracting artists and aristocracy from all over the world since the 18th-19th centuries. These visitors influenced a distinctive architecture of the village.
Enjoy a guided tour in the ancient town Vik, where you will visit one of the oldest churches in Norway and an idyllic park with a fantastic view of Sognefjord.
Further drive to Bergen with a stop at the Tvindefossen waterfall – 115 m high. It is one of the most photogenic sites of Norway and your chance to make perhaps the best waterfall picture of your holiday.
Meals: B + L
Highlights: Bergen city tour, Bergen gourmet tour
On your last day, you will get to know more about the most remarkable city in Norway. Start with a guided city tour to the Bryggen area of old wooden houses that is part of the UNESCO World Heritage, as well as the traditional Fish Market.
Continue with a gastronomic adventure and explore the remarkable food culture of Bergen. The local expert will navigate you in the local cuisine. You will visit authentic food and drink locations including a local craft beer tasting.
Meals: B + food and drink tasting