Scenic Fjords of Norway (July 16-25, 2019)

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Scenic Fjords of Norway (July 16-25, 2019)

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  Scenic Fjords of Norway 2019

DAILY ITINERARY:

Day 1 - Overnight flight from Newark or JFK to Oslo, Norway.

Day 2 - Arrival in Oslo.  After being transferred to our hotel, the remainder of the day is free at leisure to explore Oslo on your own.  Overnight in Oslo.

Day 3 - Oslo to Skeikampen.  We will depart Oslo after breakfast and drive North to the town of Eidsvoll, on the South end of Lake Mjoesa.  Eidsvoll is perhaps the most resounding name in Norwegian history, for it was here that the Norwegian Constitution was framed and adopted in 1814.  We will then continue to the charming town of Lillehammer, the location for the 1994 Winder Olympics.  You will have time to explore Lillehammer before traveling to the resort center of Skeikampen.  Overnight in Skeikampen.

Day 4 - Skeikampen to Aalesund.  After breakfast we will travel to Aalesund through the Gudbranddal Valley and along the shores of scenic Romdals Fjord with a magnificent panorama of the snow-capped peaks of the Romsdal Mountains. We will continue along the Stor Fjord before arriving in Aalesund, which is often called the "Venice of the North".  The afternoon is free to enjoy this charming town on your own.  Overnight in Aalesund.

Day 5 - Aalesund to Foerde.  We will leave Aalesund and enjoy the spectacular views as we travel to Hellesylt and sail for a one hour cruise on the world famous Geiranger Fjord.  The fjord has recently been listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list.  We will continue our impressive cruise to the fjord village of Geianger and then ascend on the spectacular Geiranger Mountain Road, where we will have a unique birds-eye view of the Geiranger area and surroundings.  We will continue across the Utvik Mountain, the deserted Vatedalen Valley and along Lake Jolster before arriving in the center of Foerde for dinner and overnight stay. 

Day 6 - Foerde to Bergen.  After departing Foerde, we will sail by ferry across the Sogne Fjord, which is the longest Fjord in the world.  We will arrive in Vangsnes, where we will see the giant 40 ft. high sculpture of "Fridjof the Bold Viking".  We will then proceed to Vik and visit the 12th century Hopperstad Stave Church.  Our next stop will be Gudvanger where we will take a two hour cruise on Naeroy fjord and sail past cascading waterfalls and steep mountain sides--an excellent opportunity for taking wonderful photos.  We will eventually arrive in the small fjord village of Flaam where we will depart on the world famous Flaam Railway, ascending more than 2900 feet in less than one hour.  We can then enjoy the breathtaking view over the Flaam Valley along with the thundering sound of waterfalls.  We will change trains at the Myrdal Station and continue on to Voss, where we will meet our coach for a short drive to the old Hanseatic town of Bergen.  Overnight in Bergen.

Day 7 - Bergen to Geilo.  We will begin our day with a tour of Bergen, which was for centuries the capital of Norway and the center of a trade network that went as far as Iceland, Greenland and Scotland.  Included in this tour is a visit to the Hanseatic Museum, which houses a restored lodging of a German merchant's guild, where we will be able to see what living conditions were like at the time.  After departing Bergen, we will travel through valleys and along fjords viewing the beautiful mountains en route to Geilo.  Overnight in Geilo.

Day 8 - Geilo to Oslo.  Following breakfast, we will leave Geilo and drive through the charming Hallingdal Valley en route to Hadeland Glassworks Factory.  We will view a demonstration of glass production and spend some time shopping for quaility glass products at bargain prices.  We will continue to Oslo for our overnight stay.  

Day 9 - Oslo.  An entire day free to relax in Oslo and to conclude any last minute shopping you might have.

Day 10 - Departure from Oslo to the United States