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8th - 30th June (22 nights)pdfdownload

 




Oslo, Bergen, Flåm and Beyond

Join us for a tour of Norway – a land of scenic and cultural wonders with so much to experience and enjoy. This tour will take you to the cities of Oslo and Bergen, to the pristine landscapes of Norway’s dramatic coastline and takes in many beautiful scenic drives en route; be captivated by all the wonderful views and Fjords that make Norway such an attractive destination.

The start of our tour is Hirsthals in the north of Denmark from where we take the ferry to Kristiansand, the largest city on Norway’s southern coast. It’s along this coast many Norwegians spend their Summer Holidays in the area of Grimstad, known for its lovely white painted wooden buildings, narrow streets and Arendal where the film “Frozen” was based upon.

If you are familiar with the film ‘The Heroes of Telemark’ and the spectacular setting of Rjukan you will picture the location, here we also visit the Industrial Workers Museum and follow in the footsteps of the saboteurs.

We spend time in Oslo – the capital of Norway. Oslo sitting at the head of Oslo-fjord is known as a city of green spaces, museums & sculpture parks. With the light nights being this far north in summer (darkness will come around 11:30pm) there is plenty of time for exploring the outdoor areas of this wonderful capital city.

Bergen is Norway’s second city and another picturesque area, surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. It’s within Bergen you will find Bryggen which features the wooden houses on the old wharf and also the Fløibanen Funicular going up Fløyen Mountain for spectacular panoramic views.

Of course, any tour of Norway would not be complete without a visit to Flåm, an area famed for the most beautiful fjords. It sits at the end of Aurlandsfjord, a branch of the vast Sognefjord and its here the dramatic Stegastein viewing platform juts out high above. Then a real highlight of Norway is the dramatic Flåm Railway where we journey by train, passing numerous valleys, waterfalls and spectacular views to climb to the Hardangervidda plateau.

Join us for a wonderful adventure in one of Europe’s most picturesque countries at a special time of year to be travelling this far north.

Day One – Saturday 8th June
The tour begins at our campsite Hirsthals in the North of Denmark. This evening we meet for a drink and tour briefing, an opportunity for everyone to meet each other

Day Two – Sunday 9th June
Our ferry will take us to Kristiansand, Norway, then we have an easy drive to our first campsite in Grimstad. This evening we have a “Welcome to Norway” Scandinavian Buffet in the campsite restaurant. 40 miles

Day Three – Monday 10th June
Free day in Grimstad

Day Four – Tuesday 11th June
Today we move to Lunde on the Telemark Canal for two nights. 95 miles

Day Five – Wednesday 12th June
We travel on the Telemark Canal today, one of the most beautiful waterways in the world, it was carved into the rock over 100 years ago and when the canal was completed in 1892 it was called the “eighth wonder”. This will be a half day tour by Boat and Coach with the remainder of the day for you to explore as you please

Day Six – Thursday 13th June
Oslo, the capital city of Norway is our destination today where we stay for three nights. We will be driving through Norway’s fruit growing region today and you may wish to stop en route at the Silver Mines at Konsberg. 100 miles

Day Seven – Friday 14th June
A full day city sightseeing excursion where we plan to visit the Ski Jump and Opera House. Lunch is included at a traditional Norwegian restaurant. In the afternoon we will visit the Fram Polar Museum and Kontiki Museum before returning to the campsite later in the day

Day Eight – Saturday 15th June
Free day and opportunity to independently return into the city, maybe visit the Domkirke and Vigeland Statue Park

Day Nine – Sunday 16th June
Travel to Rjukan. En route, we meet at Heddal Stave Church for a group tour. This is the largest of the remaining twenty-eight Stave churches in Norway. We have also included a visit the Folk Farm. 110 miles

Day Ten – Monday 17th June
Moving on from Rjukan, we meet at the Industrial Workers Museum at Vermork. Here a shuttle will be waiting to take us up the very steep hill to where we learn about heavy water and the Heroes of Telemark. Later we journey taking the Hardangervidda Road – Europe’s largest high mountain plateau to arrive at our overnight campsite in Røldal. 85 miles

Day Eleven – Tuesday 18th June
Our next campsite is at Kinsarvik where we stay for three nights. 70 miles

Day Twelve – Wednesday 19th June
Today we take a boat to Eidjord where we pick up a bus to take us to the Vøoringsfossen Waterfall and the Norwegian Nature Centre. We return to Kinsarvik by boat giving another opportunity to enjoy the scenery all around

Day Thirteen – Thursday 20th June
Free day, an opportunity to catch up on some chores, enjoy a stroll by the lake or a more adventurous walk to the local waterfall

Day Fourteen – Friday 21st June
We move to Laerdal where we say for three nights via some amazing scenery and Europe’s longest road tunnel. 95 miles

Day Fifteen – Saturday 22nd June
Today we take a boat from near our campsite via Nærøyfjord to Gudvangen, where a shuttle bus will take us to Flåm ready for a journey on the world famous Flåm Railway, all the way to the high mountain station of Myrdal. Following a picnic lunch of local foods, we return to Flåm by train where our bus awaits to return us to Lærdal Camping via the scenic “Old Snow Road”.

Day Sixteen – Sunday 23rd June
Free day, Laerdal is situated at the end of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sognefjorden. The picturesque Old Quarter with its wooden houses and the Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre will fill your day

Day Seventeen – Monday 24th June
Travel to Bergen. 130 miles

Day Eighteen – Tuesday 25th June
Coach and Guide for a morning tour of Bergen along with free time for your own exploration in the Old Town. This evening we have a group meal in a local restaurant

Day Nineteen – Wednesday 26th June
Moving to Haugesund and the place where Norway began. There is a short ferry crossing today which is payable locally. 90 miles

Day Twenty – Thursday 27th June
Free day. Our campsite is situated adjacent to the cliff top path. Take a walk into the interesting town with its art deco architecture and a fascinating harbour and a connection to Marilyn Monroe!

Day Twenty-One – Friday 28th June
Travel to Avasdnes for a tour of the Viking Farm and Musuem, we can also see St Olaf’s Church. Continuing on, we’ll need to take a ferry today, pay locally at the booth, before arriving at Ølberg Camping. With a good restaurant next door this evening we will enjoy our farewell to Norway Dinner and an opportunity to remember many of the great places visited throughout the tour 95 miles

Day Twenty-Two – Saturday 29th June
With a relatively short journey today there is no need to rush off after last night, as we make our way to Mandal, ready for tomorrow’s return ferry crossing to Denmark. Our last Norwegian campsite is situated by one of Norway’s most famous fishing rivers. 120 miles

Day Twenty-Three – Sunday 30th June
Make our way to Kristiansand for our return ferry to Hirtshals in Denmark where our main tour comes to an end. 30 miles
Howerver, no need to go home just yet as we have put together an add-on to the tour for a further seven nights of exploration in northern Denmark. Accompanied by our Tour Directors, enjoy a number of included interesting visits and quality group meals as we make our way south, back towards mainland Europe in a relaxed manner. Full details follow on the next page after the optional travel from the UK with Tour Directors package.

PRICE                                  TOUR DEPOSIT       £400

Motorhome with 2 people = £2249 per person
Motorhome with 1 person = £2999

Second deposit of £600 due 15/01/2019 to secure ferry places
Balance payable 8 weeks before start of the tour

INCLUDED IN PRICE

  • 22 Campsite nights with electric hook-ups
  • Transport for Excursions/Events as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees on Excursions/Events as per the itinerary
  • Tour information pack with suggested routes & GPS Co-ordinates
  • Services of Tour Directors throughout the tour travelling in their own motorhome
  • Local Maps
  • DK Guidebook to Norway

Excursions, Events & Meals

  • Welcome Reception
  • Return Ferry arrangements – Hirsthals/Kristiansand/Hirsthals
  • Scandinavian Buffet evening
  • Excursion by Coach to Telemark Canal
  • Boat trip on the Telemark Canal
  • Guided excursion in Oslo City, Lunch included in city restaurant
  • Entry to Oslo Ski Jump
  • Entry into Oslo Opera House
  • Entry into Fram Polar Museum
  • Entry into Kontike Museum
  • Tour of Heddal Folk Farm & Stave Church
  • Entry into the Industrial Workers Museum
  • Boat excursion to Eidjord & Bus to the Waterfall
  • Excursion to Flam with boat and bus
  • Journey on the Flam Railway
  • Picnic light lunch
  • Bergen City Tour with Guide
  • Group Dinner in a local restaurant
  • Avasdnes tour of the Viking Farm and Museum
  • Farewell Dinner

This tour starts in Hirsthals, Denmark but if you would like to travel from the mainland UK at the same time as the Tour Directors, please book the optional tour package so that everything can be arranged on your behalf

OPTIONAL PACKAGE

  • Return Dover/Calais ferry crossing with 60-day Flexible Ticket + Club Lounge
  • Five additional campsite nights starting in Kent on Monday 3rd June followed by 1 x Belgium, 1 x Netherlands, 1 x Germany & 1 x Denmark – please note there may be a ferry charge on the way to the final Denmark campsite for the start of the tour depending on your route
  • Group evening dinner at one of the campsites
  • Tour information pack with suggested routes & GPS Co-ordinates
  • Services of Tour Directors travelling in their own motorhome

OPTIONAL PACKAGE PRICE                                                                                                       

Motorhome with 2 people @ £289 per person
Motorhome with 1 person @ £499

Extend your stay with the following add-on to the Southern Norway tour for a further seven nights of exploration in northern Denmark. Accompanied by our Tour Directors enjoy a number of included interesting visits and quality group meals, all in a relaxed manner as we travel south towards mainland Europe.

Northern Denmark
30th June – 7th July 2019

7 Nights

Day Twenty-Three/Day One – Sunday 30th June
Upon leaving our ferry from Norway drive the short distance from Hirsthals to Skagen for a two night stop. Not far away at the tip of the headland you can see where the Skagerrak sea meets the Kattegat. 30 miles

Day Twenty-Four/Day Two – Monday 1st July
A morning visit to the local Brewery (approx. 30 mins. walk) for a tour and tasting, followed by lunch. Afternoon free to explore the local area in your own time.

Day Twenty-Five/Day Three – Tuesday 2nd July
Travel to Ebeltoft which dates back to the 12th century and where we stay for the next two nights. 155 miles

Day Twenty-Six/Day Four – Wednesday 3rd July
15 minutes walk today takes us to the stunning Glass Museum and Boat Museum where we have visits arranged. Later we take a leisurely lunch/dinner in a local restaurant.

Day Twenty-Seven/Day Five – Thursday 4th July
We move to Silkeborg which lies in the heart of Denmark’s lake district for a two night stay. 60 miles

Day Twenty-Eight/Day Six – Friday 5th July
A 20 minute walk today to the Silkeborg Musuem where we visit the world’s best-preserved “peat bog”man.

Day Twenty-Nine/Day Seven – Saturday 6th July
Our final destination, and this time it really is the end, will be to Tønder near the German border. It is Denmark’s oldest market town, having been granted its municipal charter in 1243. Here this evening we have another ‘Farewell Dinner’. 115 miles

Day Thirty/Day Eight – Sunday 7th July
Our tour ends this morning from where it is just a short hop into Germany.

FOLLOW-ON TOUR PACKAGE – INCLUDED IN PRICE

  • 7 x Campsite Nights including hook-ups
  • Entrance fees for events as per the itinerary
  • 2 x group lunches/dinners
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Tour Information Pack with suggested routes & GPS co-ordinates
  • Local Maps
  • Services of Tour Directors travelling in their own motorhome

FOLLOW-ON TOUR PRICE

Motorhome with 2 people @ £649 per person
Motorhome with 1 person @ £799