Oslo to Bergen Round Trip

Day 2: Oslo
First, a  short, early morning walk to the harbor to catch the ferry to Bygdøy to the Viking Ship Museum where we will
see authentic Viking ships from the 800’s as well as the many artifacts that were buried with the ships.

We then continue with a 20-minute-walk to the Kon-Tiki, Maritime and Fram Museums, where the guide will give an
orientation talk about the three museums. Tour members will visit the museums on their own and return by ferry to
Oslo at their leisure. With Oslo cards, tour members have the rest of the afternoon for free admission to museums  
and travel by public transportation.  Within a short radius of where the ferry arrives in Oslo are the City Hall, the
Resistance Museum that chronicles Norwegian resistance during WW II  and the newly opened Nobel Peace Center.

In the late afternoon, we'll do a walking tour of the sculptures at the Vigeland Park. Travel to the park will be by trolley
car to visit this “must see” sight.

Day 4: Lofthus  
Morning departure to Rjukan, site of the most famous sabotage action of WW II, the blowing up of the heavy water
plant. We learn about this heroic act of sabotage and tour the Industrial Workers Museum at Vemork, with its power
station from 1911, the world’s largest at the time.

We continue up to the Hardanger Mountain Plateau, stopping at the old Haukeliseter mountain farm where the group
can buy lunch on their own.  Afternoon arrival at one of Norway’s finest fjord hotels, the Hotel Ullensvang. Before our
Norwegian style buffet dinner, you can swim in the pool, go rowing in the fjord, walk around the mountain orchards or
sit back and soak in the stupendous scenery .

Day 5: Bergen
Morning departure to Kinsarvik to take the ferry across  the Sørfjord to Utne. In good weather we will drive along the
Hardanger Fjord to Jondal and then up the mountain road to the Folgefonna Glacier where we will have a picnic lunch
and  snowshoeing  on the glacier. We stop at the Steindalsfossen, where the group will have the opportunity to walk
underneath the falls, before our late afternoon arrival in Bergen.

Day 7: Eidfjord
Today, we cross the Hardanger Fjord, driving across the world's longest two-lane suspension bridge, for a late
morning arrival at Eidfjord where we'll visit local sights. First is the Sima Hydro Electric Plant, located deep inside a
mountain, and learn how Norway has tamed some of its wild waters and turned it into “white gold”.

Afterwards, we drive up a mountain road to the Kjeåsen Mountain Farm where someone from the family will give a talk
about life at this incredibly isolated farmstead. A Picnic lunch will be had at a suitable spot. After checking into our
hotel, a late afternoon walk on the mountain-framed Hæreid moraine will be offered. Here, we will pass by numerous
Iron and Viking age burial mounds, farm fields and a raging river. Norwegian style buffet dinner and short after dinner
walk to a local wood workers’ shop, next to a church from the 1300’s.

Day 9: Oslo
Tour ends after breakfast.
Day 1: Oslo
We start with an afternoon walking tour in Oslo seeing
the major downtown sights.

The walking tour will end with an Oslo harbor boat
cruise to the Hovedøy Island. On the island, we will
walk through the ruins of a medieval monastery and up
to a vantage point of Oslo across the fjord.
Day 3: Gaustablikk  
Next day we depart by private coach to the Heddal Stave
Church, dating back to the 1100’s, for an inside visit. We
then continue into the Telemark district of Norway and
make our way up the Tuddal Mountain road for an early
afternoon arrival at the Gaustadblikk Mountain Hotel. A
picnic lunch will be had a suitable spot en route.

Weather permitting, we'll do a moderately difficult hike to
the top of the nearby mountain, Gaustadtoppen. On a
clear day, 1/6 of all of Norway can be seen from the
summit. The hike is about 4-5 hours long, including time
at the top to savor the view. Less challenging hikes can
be offered and those in the group who don’t want to do a
mountain hike can remain at the hotel and do a shorter
walk on the own, make use of the swimming pool and
sauna, or just relax and enjoy the view. Boats can be
rented for rowing in the lake by the hotel.
Day 6: Bergen
Morning walking tour with a focus on Bergen’s signature
sight, the old medieval wharf area, Bryggen. A visit to the
Hanseatic Museum will foster an understanding of the role
that Bryggen and Bergen has played in Norway’s history
and why this area is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage

The afternoon is free to explore the fish market and
Bergen's many charming back streets. In the evening, the
group will take the Fløibanen Funicular 1,000 feet up the
mountain to the Fløien Folkerestaurant for dinner and a
bird’s eye view of the city.

Day 8: Oslo  
This morning we leave Eidfjord and drive up the
Måbødalen mountain valley road. Near the top, we make
a short walk (optional) along the old road perched
precariously over a deep canyon. The majestic
Vøringsfoss waterfall will come into view. After the walk,
we will drive to the top of the falls and view it from an
overhanging ledge.

We continue up the desolate Hardanger Mountain
Plateau, Europe’s largest mountain plateau area.
Weather permitting, we will stop at a mountain goat farm
and learn how Norway’s unique brown goat cheese is
made (goat farm may not be inhabited in June). We
descend through the Hallingdal Valley and past the
Tyrifjord Lake before stopping at Holmenkollen ski jump
with its commanding view over Oslo.
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