Wonderful fjords, awe-inspiring mountains, pristine lakes, shimmering glaciers, and majestic waterfalls - this is Norway, and on this Picturesque Europe vacation planner, you’ll experience Norway's enthralling cities and splendid scenery, as well as the spectacular beauty of Iceland.
(DAY 1): Arrival in Oslo
(DAY 2): Exploring Oslo
(DAY 3): Traveling to Vemork and Telemark
(DAY 4): Telemark Exploration and Heading to Bergen
(DAY 5): Tour of Voss and Stalheim
(DAY 6): Tour of Sognefjord and Loen
(DAY 7): Loen Exploration
(DAY 8): Venturing to Lillehammer
(DAY 9): Returning Back to Oslo
(DAY 10): Fly to Reykjavik, Iceland
(DAY 11): Exploring Reykjavik
(DAY 12): One Day Tour of Geysir
(DAY 13): Lake Jokulsarlon Sightseeing
(DAY 14): Returning Back to Reykjavik
(DAY 15): Departure Back Home
Oslo, Telemark, Bergen, Voss, Stalheim, Sognefjord, Loen, Lillehammer, Reykjavik, Geysir, Jokulsarlon
Today, you’ll arrive at Oslo. In the evening, you’ll get to meet your traveling companions over a welcome dinner at your hotel.
This morning, get ready to get a proper introduction to Oslo, Norway’s hub of trade and industry. Sightseeing accompanied by a local guide will feature the National Theater, which is considered the home for Ibsen’s plays; the seat of Parliament; the unique Storting building, and the Royal Palace, the residence of Norwegian monarchs since 1849. Walk through majestic Frogner Park with Gustav Vigeland’s exceptional sculptures; and head to the CITY HALL, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held each year. Afterward, embark on an optional excursion to see relics of Norway’s distinguished seafaring past including 1,000-year-old Viking ships!
Today, start your journey of the land of fjords, mountains, lakes, thundering waterfalls, and shimmering glaciers with a visit of Heddal Stave Church, which is the largest of the remaining medieval wooden churches of Norway. Venture through the narrow Rjukan Valley via Lake Tinnsjo. Next stop is Vemork, scene of the daring sabotage action lauded in The Heroes of Telemark and also registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site recently. Know all about the dramatic events of 1943, and gain insight into the technology of hydroelectric power generation, which is one of the pillars of Norway’s economy. Later, arrive in rustic, unmarked Telemark.
Today is going to be a day of scenic delights - the thundering Latefoss twin-waterfall and the wild Hardangervidda mountain plateau, the place where Fridtjof Nansen prepared for his polar expeditions. Wander through the orchards along Sorfjord, whose serene grandeur inspired composer Edvard Grieg’s Morning Mood, and pass Hardangerfjord by ferry. You’ll also get an opportunity to meet the family that has owned the Steinsto fruit farm for about eight generations and learn all about their history. Sample home-made apple juice and cider, and relish a delicious lunch. Continue your journey to Bergen, famous for its associations with the Hanseatic League.
Today, explore the narrow lanes of medieval Bryggen and find the lively Bergen fish market. Afterward, traverse toward the famous lakeside resort of Voss, and join a thrilling optional Flam train ride. Reach Stalheim, overlooking the gorgeous Naeroydalen Valley.
Today, you’ll start with a relaxing cruise on splendid Sognefjord and Naeroyfjord. Then, visit Fjaerland’s amazing Norwegian Glacier Museum and watch an exciting 5-screen film. Later, marvel at Boyabreen, which is one of the branches radiating from Jostedal Glacier into the surrounding valleys, and relish the rugged mountain scenery as you reach the tunnel beneath the mainland Europe’s largest glacier. After the Vatedalen Valley and pristine Lake Jolster, venture through the shoreline of the innermost branch of Nordfjord and reach in peaceful Loen.
Prepare for Norway’s latest splendid tourism project: the LOEN SKYLIFT, which is a cable car that brings you from the fjord to the top of Mount Hoven in just a few minutes. Enjoy the awe-inspiring views of Lake Lovatnet, Jostedal Glacier, Mount Skala, and the Nordfjord. Uncover one of the hiking trails at your own pace.
Venture north today via Lake Hornindal to Hellesylt to board for a leisurely cruise on Geirangerfjord past the popular Seven Sisters cascade. Later, climb above the tree line to 5,000 feet for spectacular views from the Geiranger Skywalk, Mount Dalsnibba’s latest platform above the fjord. Continue your journey to Lom and capture pictures of its lonely stave church. Travel through the wide Gudbrandsdal Valley, the lush dairy and timber land of Ibsen’s drama, Peer Gynt and reach Lillehammer, which was the proud host of the 1994 Winter Olympics.
Begin your day with a scenic stop at the Olympic ski jump. Embark on a guided walking tour of the unique Maihaugen Open-Air Museum, which is going to be an encounter with the country’s culture and history and a captivating collection of houses and farmyards. Enjoy a fun drive along adorable Lake Mjosa to Eidsvoll, the place where Norway’s democratic constitution was signed in 1814 before you return back to Oslo. Celebrate the success of your journey tonight with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Today morning, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Reykjavik, Iceland.
Today’s optional excursion to the Blue Lagoon needs to be purchased in advance and is not available locally. This includes an afternoon excursion by boat to observe whales in their natural habitat and an evening excursion by coach to witness the Northern Lights.
After a day in cosmopolitan Reykjavik, continue your journey to Thingvellir, which is a geological paradise. Wander through the rift valley that marks the boundary between the North American and European tectonic plates. Later, stop at the hot springs at Geysir for a real treat - you’ll meet the chef of the Geysir restaurant in the geothermal areas. Sample freshly baked bread, cooked using the heat from the hot springs, with some delicious Icelandic butter, boiled eggs, and herring, together with a glass of Geysir schnapps, served at the freezing point. Wonder at the mighty Gullfoss waterfall.
Venture through the national park at Skaftafell and stop at Lake Jokulsarlon, where some of the most splendid scenes of the James Bond movie Die Another Day were filmed. Witness how Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull, flows into the lake, thus forming icebergs. A thrilling optional boat trip through the icebergs is also available, weather permitting before you return back to your hotel.
Enjoy a splendid drive along Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls and witness the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, famous for the eruption that produced the enormous ash cloud in 2010. Reach Hellisheioarvirkjun and visit the geothermal heat and electric Power Station. Return back to Reykjavik and enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the city’s fine restaurants in order to celebrate the success of your Icelandic journey.
Your vacation ends today with breakfast this morning.
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