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Coastal Norway & Hardangerfjord

Hardangerfjord Lush Fruit Farms - Photo by Bob Engelsen

Coast, mountain and Hardangerfjord tour package in Norway – 7 nights

Enjoy the Norwegian coast from Oslo via Stavanger to Bergen on this amazing trip. Hike to the famous Pulpit Rock, cruise on the scenic Lysefjord, and see the fantastic fjord landscape in the Hardanger region.
Start with a stay in the capital Oslo. Spend nights in the the coastal towns of Stavanger and Bergen, then overnight in the Lofthus fjord village before returning to Bergen.
Highlights: Train along the southern coast of Norway. Self-guided hike to the famous Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock). Cruise on the Lysefjord and the blue Hardangerfjord. Coach along the scenic western coast. Enjoy a Fruit and cider tour, the amazing Vøringsfossen waterfall, as well as a walk behind the cascading water of Steinsdalsfossen waterfall.

• You can add extra nights and activities in the booking process
• This is an independent tour (you do not travel with a group), some activities include a guide.
• Prices: From NOK 17470 per person

Day to day itinerary:

Oslo Opera House - Photo By Bob Engelsen

The iconic Opera House in Oslo

DAY 1

First night in Oslo

Individual arrival to Oslo and check in at a centrally located hotel.
In Oslo you can visit the iconic Opera House, the spectacular Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Munch Museum, the Holmenkollen Ski Jump.
Spend 1 night in Oslo (included in the tour price)
• Read about Oslo
• See pictures from Oslo

Optional:
Add Fjord cruise or City sightseeing in Oslo

View from the train by Ole Walter Jacobsen, NSB

Southern Line to Stavanger

DAY 2

Oslo to Stavanger

Take the train to Stavanger through the lush landscape of Southern Norway. The train ride takes about 8 hours. Sørtoget (the Southern Line) follows an inner route to Kongsberg, Bø in Telemark and through Indre Agder to Kristiansand. Further west, the railway goes across the many valleys of Vest-Agder before reaching the coast of Egersund, crossing Jæren northbound to Stavanger.
Check in at a centrally located hotel in Stavanger.
Spend 3 nights in Stavanger

Preikestolen Plateau Above The Lysefjord - Photo By Bob Engelsen

The spectacular Preikestolen

Stavanger Harbour - Photo by Bob Engelsen

Stavanger harbour

DAY 3

Self-guided Hike to Preikestolen

Take the morning coach to the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge where you will start your hike to Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock).
The hike up to Preikestolen is challenging. It is 8 km (4.9 mi)  long in total and you have 5 hours to complete the round trip. You will do the hike on your own, without a guide, following well-marked trails. Make sure to bring enough food, drink and supplies to last you through your hike.

Preikestolen is the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke county, towering an impressive 604 metres over the Lysefjord. The hike consists of slightly hilly terrain with a difference of altitude of 350 metres. The prime attraction on the hike you obtain on top of the plateau with a mesmerising view of the outstanding Lysefjord. Additionally, there are nice spots to take a dip, as well as enjoyable resting areas along the path.
Return to Stavanger by coach from the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge.

Main hiking season: April – September
Duration: 4-5 hours round trip + transfer 50 min each way
Length: 8 km (4.9 mi)
Effort Level: Challenging

Lysefjord By Mattias Fredriksson, Fjord Norway

View of Lysefjord and Preikestolen

DAY 4

Lysefjord cruise

On this tour, you will be taken on a refreshing fjord cruise to the Lysefjord. The Lysefjord offers waterfalls, idyllic islands and stunning nature. Discover the “mysterious” Fantahålå (Vagabonds’ Cave), the goats on summer pasture and get a taste of the fresh mountain water from Hengjanefossen waterfall. And last but not least, see the world famous Pulpit Rock high above the fjord. Enjoy the view from the panoramic salons or outside on the sundeck on this comfortable, electric boat.

View of Bergen Harbour and Nordnes by Bob Andre Engelsen

Bergen - gateway to the fjords

DAY 5

Stavanger to Bergen

Take the Kystbussen coastal coach to Bergen. Kystbussen takes you between the south-western coastal cities Stavanger and Bergen. The two ferries, Mortavika-Arsvågen crossing the Boknafjord and Sandvikvåg-Halhjem over the Bjørnafjord, are included in the price and journey time. The bus ride takes about 5 hours, and gives great opportunities to relax and admire the beautiful coastal scenery.
Check in at a centrally located hotel in Bergen.
Spend 1 night in Bergen

Hardangerfjord Sightseeing By Visit Hardangerfjord

Cruise on the Hardangerfjord

Hotel Ullensvang on Hardangerfjord by Gunn Gravdal Elton, Fjord Norway

At Hotel Ullensvang in Lofthus

DAY 6

Bergen to Lofthus

Take the morning coach to Norheimsund through beautiful western fjord landscape. On the way you will pass Osterøy, the largest inland island in Norway which doesn’t directly face the open ocean. Continue passed Kvamskogen, a popular ski resort in winter, before reaching the fjord area and Norheimsund where you change to the connecting express boat.

Hardangerfjord
Board the boat in Norheimsund for a cruise on the verdant and scenic Hardangerfjord. This is the second longest fjord in Norway stretching 180 km inland from the North Sea to Odda. The shores of this fjord is lined with fruit farms with beautiful white apple blossoms in spring and juicy fruits in autumn.

Disembark in Lofthus. This small fjord village is idyllically located on the shores of the Hardangerfjord with spectacular nature from fjord to mountain.
Spend 1 night in Lofthus

Apple harvest in Hardanger - Photo by Visit Hardangerfjord

Apple harvest in Hardanger

Cider tasting

Enjoy cider tasting with a guided tour of one of the fruit and cider farms in Lofthus, and get to taste some delicious apple cider, often called “the Nordic champagne”.

Vøringsfossen Waterfall at Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau - Photo by Bob Engelsen

The impressive Vøringsfossen waterfall

DAY 7

Vøringsfossen waterfall & Hardangerfjord cruise

Norwegian Nature Centre & Vøringsfossen waterfall
In the morning, embark the boat to Eidfjord. Join the sightseeing bus to the Norwegian Nature Centre & Vøringsfossen waterfall. The Norwegian Nature Centre is an experience centre for Norwegian nature, climate and environment.
Continue with a drive up the steep Måbødalen canyon to the Vøringsfossen waterfall, one of the most famous waterfalls in Norway. See great water masses plumet 182 m from the Hardangervidda mountain plateau and to the Måbødalen valley down below.

Hardangerfjord
Return to Bergen by boat on the Hardangerfjord from Eidfjord to Norheimsund, then by bus – including a photo stop at Steinsdalsfossen waterfall. Try walking behind the cascading water of Steinsdalsfossen waterfall for an extraordinary experience.
Spend 1 night in Bergen

Hardangerfjord Sightseeing Cruise - Photo by Bob Engelsen

Sightseeing cruise on the Hardangerfjord

This trip includes:

Accommodation
4* Hotels w. breakfast buffet (+dinner in Lofthus)
in Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen & Lofthus

Transport
Train Oslo-Stavanger
Coach Stavanger-Bergen, incl. 2 ferries

Hardangerfjord Cruise and Vøringsfossen Waterfall combination ticket:
Coach Bergen-Norheimsund
Boat Norheimsund-Lofthus
Boat Lofthus-Eidfjord
Sightseeing bus to Norwegian Nature Centre & Vøringsfossen waterfall, incl. audio guiding
Boat Eidfjord-Norheimsund
Bus Norheimsund-Steinsdalsfossen
Bus Steinsdalsfossen-Bergen

Activities & Excursions
Coach transfer Stavanger-Preikestolen Mountain Lodge-Stavanger for your individual hike to Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock)
Lysefjord cruise incl. audio-guiding
Cider tasting tour

All taxes & VAT
Detailed itinerary & directions

NOT INCLUDED:
Flights to/from Norway
Airport transfers
Personal travel insurance


 

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What our customers say:

  • On behalf of the group I would like to thank you and your colleagues for organizing our wonderful tour of Norway. Everything went very well including the weather, which was spectacular. We enjoyed all the hotels, the central locations you chose and the amenities, especially the lavish breakfasts. Three extra days in Oslo allowed us to tour the city at our leisure and to enjoy more of the important sights including the newly opened National Museum. The Norway in a Nutshell tour was amazing and made much easier by using your recommended porterage service between hotels in Oslo and Bergen. Both the train journeys and the boat trip were spectacular, and combined with a night in the beautiful Kviknes Hotel made for an unforgettable two days. We were very impressed by the Hurtigruten cruise, particularly the way they combined a working ship with a cruise ship, the comfortable accommodations, the food and service. It was fascinating to visit all the various ports, islands and fjords and the two included tours were excellent and informative. In the end we were glad to have the extra night in Kirkenes, to visit their lovely museum and take a trip to the Russian border. It was a good way to end the tour. Again, thank for staying with us through 2 years of pandemic postponements and changes. We certainly will recommend Fjord Travel in the future.

    Marilyn, United States

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