- Stroll through the blazing autumn colors of Oslo's Akerslacka River
- Ride the world's steepest railway to the tiny village of Flåm
- Cruise along the UNESCO-listed fjords of Nærøyfjord and Lysefjord
- Explore one of Europe's oldest ports in beautiful Bergen
- Take a full-day hike to the floating boulder of Kjerag
|Day 1||Arrive in Oslo, Fjord Dinner Cruise||Oslo|
|Day 2||Explore Oslo's Hidden Gems with a Local Expert||Oslo|
|Day 3||Mountain Train Journey to Flåm, Floating Fjord Sauna||Flåm|
|Day 4||Fjord Cruise to Gudvangen, Train to Bergen||Bergen|
|Day 5||Explore Bergen with a Local||Bergen|
|Day 6||Scenic Bus Ride to Stavanger||Stavanger|
|Day 7||Kjerag Autumn Hike||Stavanger|
|Day 8||Day Trip to Flørli||Stavanger|
|Day 9||Fjord Cruise to Lysefjord & Pulpit Rock||Stavanger|
|Day 10||Fly to Oslo, Akerselva River Walk||Oslo|
|Day 11||Depart Oslo|
Day 1: Arrive in Oslo, Fjord Dinner CruiseWelcome to Oslo! You'll catch the scenic train from Oslo Airport to the city center upon arrival. Pass picturesque countryside and tidy suburbs before pulling into the station, where you can arrange for a taxi or private transfer to your accommodations. Surrounded by mountains and sea, Norway's rapidly growing capital still feels like a small city. Its charismatic center is made for walking, and as long summer days give way to the first chills of autumn, you'll find crowds thin, and Oslo is yours to discover.
As evening falls, you'll board a dinner cruise to glide silently past the stunning Oslo skyline and landmarks like the Opera House, Akershus Fortress, and the new Munch Museum—all of which are best viewed from the water. As you leave the busy city behind, you'll enter the calm waters of the Oslofjord, dotted with small islands and reflecting the colorful foliage of the surrounding forests and mountains. Enjoy a delicious, locally-sourced dinner inspired by Nordic traditions and contemporary trends, paired with carefully selected wines to compliment the meal.
Day 2: Explore Oslo's Hidden Gems with a Local ExpertGet to know the real Oslo in the most authentic way possible today: with a local expert guide. The city is known for its rich history and plentiful museums, which feature the macabre works of the Norwegian expressionist painter Edvard Munch, recount the fascinating maritime history of the Viking Era and celebrate music and even ski history. For an open-air experience, the Vigeland Sculpture Park showcases over 200 sculptures scattered throughout a peaceful greenspace in the middle of the city.
Your guide will tailor the experience to your preferences and interests, or you can defer to their expertise as they lead you around the city on an impromptu adventure—perhaps starting with a stroll along the atmospheric cobbled streets of Damstredet, a historic road lined with well-preserved wooden houses dating back to the late 17th century.
Day 3: Mountain Train Journey to Flåm, Floating Fjord SaunaToday, you'll wind through Norway's countryside as you embark on one of the steepest and most scenic train journeys on earth. Sit back and enjoy the ever-shifting vistas as you cross Hardangervidda, Europe's highest mountain plateau, and pass nearly every iconic Norwegian landscape you can think of—mountains, rivers, valleys, hamlets, and fjords. Your adventure ends in Flåm, an idyllic village nestled at the innermost corner of the tranquil Aurlandsfjord.
Day 4: Fjord Cruise to Gudvangen, Train to Bergen
If you're feeling adventurous this morning, start the day early with a moderate hike to the Brekkefossen Waterfall. This special spot is a favorite of the locals, affording breathtaking panoramic views across the Aurlandsfjord, Flåm, and the surrounding valley. Your guide can tailor the hike to your interests and entertain you with stories and history from this remarkable area between the fjords and the mountains.
Day 5: Explore Bergen with a LocalMeet up with a local resident today for a private tour of Bergen. Your guide will customize the day to your interests and lead you on a memorable journey through this vibrant, walkable metropolis. For an in-depth introduction to the city's highlights and hidden corners, opt for a leisurely walking tour that starts with the largest church in Bergen: St. Johannes. From there, stroll through the Botanical Gardens and onward to the vast Nygårdsparken. Continue through narrow streets lined with traditional Bryggen houses as your guide shares life stories in Bergen and recommends the best local hotspots and restaurants.
Day 6: Scenic Bus Ride to StavangerLeave Bergen behind this morning as you take a bus headed south along the coast of Norway toward Stavanger, the gateway to the famous Lysefjord. The trip will take approximately four to five hours, and you'll want to keep your camera close—there's much to see on this scenic route. Views of the rugged Norwegian coast are interspersed with tiny fishing outposts and, eventually, a ferry and undersea tunnel. Stop in these picturesque hamlets for coffee, traditional fares like fiskesuppe (a seafood soup), homemade Norwegian bread, or locally-cured meats and cheeses.
Eventually, you'll arrive at the port of Stavanger, a lively university city with a compact size that makes it easy to explore. Start in the historic center, where you can wander charming narrow streets, or head to the peaceful quayside neighborhood of Skagenkaien. Don't miss a stroll down Stroll Øvre Holmegate, where quaint, wooden buildings in shades of green, turquoise, and pink house trendy bars, cafés, and boutiques. Make sure to stop for coffee and baked goods to experience some authentic Norwegian koselig—a feeling of coziness and contentment.
Day 7: Kjerag Autumn HikeLace up your hiking boots and fuel up with a hearty breakfast before setting out on a colorful autumn hike to the famed Kjerag boulder. Your journey begins with a transfer to the trailhead as you take in the area's dramatic fjord scenery. Your guide will navigate over the Sirdal Mountains en route, where you can experience a moon-like, glacier-scoured landscape. This demanding, full-day trek leads you up to a mountain plateau at over 3,000 feet (1,000 m). Along the way, enjoy views of the village of Lysebotn, which sits at the head of the Lysefjord, and sweeping vistas of the fjord and its surrounding mountains.
Day 8: Day Trip to FlørliMore outdoor adventure beckons today, starting with a boat cruise deep into the Lysefjord toward Flørli. This roadless hamlet is best known for its tough climb to the top, via 4,444 steps up a steep mountain on the longest wooden stairway in the world. Flørli is also famous for its hydropower history, and you can learn more about this in the Power Hall, which hosts an interesting exhibit. Pack a picnic for this journey or take advantage of the on-site café for lunch; better yet, finish the climb with a rewarding beer at the pub.
Day 9: Fjord Cruise to Lysefjord & Pulpit RockToday's popular fjord cruise takes you on a day trip through the dramatic scenery of Lysefjord to see Preikestolen (Norway's famous Pulpit Rock), towering 1,981 feet (600 m) above the water. Pass small islands and cut through deep fjords to admire the magnificent sheer mountain walls created by retreating glaciers. Along the way, you can sit back and relax on the comfortable boat, which features panoramic viewing points from inside the cabin and on the deck.
Make a stop at Vagabond's Cave, a secret cove named for a local legend involving outlaws hiding out from the authorities in this sheltered sanctuary. Before returning to Stavanger for the afternoon, you can also try a taste of the clear mountain water of Hengjanefossen (Hengjane Falls).