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Oslo to Bergen Rail & Hike Holiday, © Flåm Utvikling as/Morten Rakke
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Highlights

  • Travel from Oslo to Bergen on the scenic "Bergensbanen" Railway.
  • Walking in the mountains and fjordlands of Norway.
  • The mountain village of Finse, located 1222m above sea level.
  • The beautiful Flåm and Aurlandsdalen fjord valleys.
  • Hardangerfjord, the "Orchard of Norway".

Travel on one of the world’s most scenic railways from Oslo to Bergen, hopping off to enjoy fantastic walking along the way. With stops in the mountains at Finse and Geilo, the Flåm valley by the picturesque Aurlandsfjord, and the famous Hardangerfjord, this is a journey which captures the true essence of Norway.

Starting with a night in the capital city of Oslo, travelling by rail allows you to admire the unfolding scenery in comfort, as well as getting out on foot to explore the extraordinarily beautiful landscapes which Norway is so famous for. Finish your journey with a night in the World Heritage City of Bergen, the perfect end to an amazing trip!

Day 1: Arrive Oslo

Home to world-class museums, stunning architecture, beautiful parks and numerous art galleries, the capital city of Norway is a fascinating place, which is easily explored on foot or by bike. We recommend a visit to the Opera House, National Theatre and Vigeland Sculpture Park but take your time to explore yourself and discover what this wonderful city has to offer!


Overnight: Oslo


Day 2: Train to Geilo, Walk around Ustedalsfjorden

Board the famous Oslo to Bergen railway or “Bergensbanen” this morning and get ready to enjoy one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. Your first stop is Geilo, one of the most famous mountain resorts in Norway.


Disembark here and enjoy a gentle walk around the Ustedalsfjorden surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery.


Train: 3.5 hours


Walk: 10km, 2-3 hours, 75m ascent/descent


Overnight: Geilo


Day 3: Train to Finse, Optional Glacier Hike or Klemsbu Hytte Walk

Travel to Finse, located at an elevation of 1222m above sea level, located on the edge of the Hardangerjokulen Glacier and between the Hardangervidda and Hallingskarvet National Parks. This place is steeped in alpine history and there are some fine walks. Today's trail takes you to a small summit known locally as Sankt Pal, from which you gain stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the nearby glacier. 


An alternative option is to take a guided hike to the nearby  glacier which we recommend booking in advance with us.


Train: 1h 10m


Walk:  11 km, 417 ascent, 417 descent, 4-5 hours.


Dinner & Overnight: Finse


Day 4: Train to Myrdal/Walk to Flam

Disembark and enjoy a walk down the “Old Navvies Road” to the charming village of Flam on the innermost reaches of the Sognefjord. This winding downhill path passes by a mountain farm and provides wonderful views of the surrounding valley. Stop off at the Kardal mountain farm to sample some local goats cheese.


Train: 30m


Walk: 20km, 1505m descent, 4-5 hours


Overnight: Flam


Day 5: Walk along the Aurlandsdalen Valley or Short Walks around Flam

The wild Aurlandsdalen Valley is often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of Norway” due to its jaw-droppingly beautiful landscapes of untouched nature, fjords,  roaring rivers and paths cut into the steep mountainside. Your walk today is one of the classic hikes of fjord Norway from Østerbø to Vassbygdi.


Take a bus from Flam to Østerbø (1h) The bus runs until the end of August only, after this time a taxi will be required (payable locally). Then follow the trail cut into the cliff face along the Nesbø-vatnet lake, with an optional detour to the Vetlahelvete cave. Expect amazing views every step of the way! Arriving at Vassbygdi, take the bus or taxi back to Flam (25min).


Alternatively, take your pick of a number of short walks around Flam. We
suggest two routes— one to a pretty waterfall not far from Flam or
another to a nearby farmstead dating back to the 17th century.  There
are also a number of other short walks you can take around Flam itself.


Walk: 18 km, 470m Ascent, 1208m Descent, 6 hours or


6 -8 km, 400m Ascent, 400m Descent.


Overnight: Flam


Day 6: By Train and Bus to Lofthus

Today is a travel day, so sit back, relax and take in the views as you travel by train on to Voss, before catching a local bus to Lofthus, located on the wonderful Hardangerfjord.


Your hotel for the next couple of nights is the beautiful Hotel Ullensvang in an area which is home to an estimated half a million fruit trees and spectacularly located on the edge of the fjord.


Train: Flam to Myrdal (1h), Myrdal to Voss (1h 15m)


Bus Voss to Lofthus: 1h 20m


Dinner & Overnight: Lofthus


Day 7 & 8: Choice of Walks from Lofthus

There are several lovely walks to choose from around Lofthus, from short walks around fruit trails to  more challenging mountain walks taking you high above Lofthus or to nearby waterfalls. We provide route notes for 3 different options and you can take your pick depending on how energetic you feel!


Walk: 9-18km, 2-6 hours


Dinner & Overnight: Lofthus


Day 9: Bus to Voss, Loop Walk from Voss, Train to Bergen

Your final day’s journey takes you from the Hardangerfjord to Bergen, with a stop off in Voss along the way for one final walk into the mountains! After visiting the folk museum, a steep footpath takes you up Mount Hanguren. Returning to the town of Voss, board the train to Bergen where you will arrive in the early evening.


Enjoy an evening stroll around the historic hanseatic wharf Bryggen and an evening meal from one of the city’s fantastic seafood restaurants.


Bus Lofthus to Voss: 1h 30m


Train Voss to Bergen: 1h 30m


Walk: 10km, 657m Ascent/657m Descent 5 hours


Overnight: Bergen


Day 10: Onward Travel

Check out after breakfast and make your way back to the airport, or speak to one of our Destination & Adventure Specialists about arranging extra nights.

Accommodation

9 nights accommodation in 3-star standard hotels is included in your trip. We have carefully chosen traditional hotels in spectacular mountain and fjord-side locations which offer great service, fantastic views and good restaurants. The accommodation we normally use is detailed below. Occasionally we may have to use different hotels than the ones named  subject to availability but they will be of a very similar standard.

The accommodation we normally use is detailed below, however is subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard may be offered.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

Unfortunately this trip is not available to solo walkers due to the remote nature of some of the walks. However we are able to offer single rooms within your party for a supplement.


Meals

9 breakfasts and 3 evening meals are included. To keep things flexible, other dinners and lunches are not included. Most of your accommodations will be happy to prepare a packed lunch or you can stop on your way at a cafe or restaurant of your choice. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodations.



 

 

 



Saga Hotel - Oslo



Saga Hotel - Oslo

A boutique hotel located in the centre of Oslo right behind the Royal Palace.Offers comfortable, stylish rooms and a charming chill-out area to relax in after a busy day's sightseeing in the capital city.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Geilo Hotel - Geilo



Geilo Hotel - Geilo

A traditional mountain hotel established in the 18th century. Enjoy fantastic mountain views and hearty meals after a day of fantastic walking.


 

 

 


 

 

 





Finse 1222 - Finse

A historic hotel, which is part of the famed Dehistoriske group. It has an outstanding location at 1222m, emerging out of the middle of nowhere on the Oslo to Bergen railway. Enjoy fantastic walking, first class cuisine and great service as well as its wonderful historical ambience.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Flamsbrygga Hotel - Flam



Flamsbrygga Hotel - Flam

A traditional family-run chalet-style hotel located by the Aurlandsfjord. Enjoy views of the surrounding spectacular scenery through large windows and glass balcony doors.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Ullensvang - Lofthus



Hotel Ullensvang - Lofthus

Hotel Ullensvang is a beautiful historic hotel which has been run by five generations of the Utne family dating back to 1846. The guestrooms have magnificent views of the Hardanger Fjord and facilities include a beautiful wellness area with heated indoor and outdoor pools and panoramic sauna.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Clarion Collection Hotel Oleana - Bergen



Clarion Collection Hotel Oleana - Bergen

A bright, friendly hotel located on the popular Torgalmenningen square in central Bergen. The building dates back to 1926, and has been lovingly converted into a funky, modern hotel with many of the original features still preserved.


 

 

 

Availability and Time of Year

For the 2018 summer season, this tour is no longer available due to Flam being fully booked. We recommend booking our Walking the Hardangerfjord trip or booking this tour for 2019. Please contact us for more information. 


You can start this tour on any day of the week between the start of July and the end of August subject to availability. This is the most pleasant time of the year to walk around in Norway with plenty of hours of daylight and warm daytime temperatures. Please note that depending on weather and the previous winter, there can still be some snow on the trails at the beginning and end of the season.  We recommend booking as far in advance as possible as the accommodations get booked up very quickly however we will always try our very best to accommodate your plans.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

Unfortunately this trip is not available to solo walkers. However we are able to offer single rooms within your party for a supplement.


Grade & Terrain

We grade this tour as moderate overall (with a couple of the days being moderate-strenuous). You will be walking for between 3 and 6 hours per day with ascents of up to 775m. Many of the walks are also quite easy to shorten if you don’t want to walk as much and as you are not walking from inn to inn each day, this gives you the flexibility to enjoy as much walking as you desire. 


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

Norway has an excellent system for trail-marking and all of the paths you will be following will be well way-marked. We also provide comprehensive route notes and maps so you will not have any problems finding your way.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in your itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability, there is the option to be accommodated at an alternative location. In the unlikely event that we have to accommodate you elsewhere we will advise you of this before confirming your booking.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes, and lighter clothes for the sunny days, along with a day pack.

Getting to Oslo

There are direct flights to Oslo from most major cities in Europe, and from some cities in North America and Asia. Example flight times are London-Oslo (2h), New York-Oslo (7.5h), Rome-Oslo (3h).


Getting from Bergen

By Air - You can fly direct from Bergen to a number of central destinations in Europe like Amsterdam (1h 30m), Copenhagen (1h 30m) London (2h), and Paris (2h).  You can also fly via Oslo (55m), with up to 20 flights per day between Oslo and Bergen.


By Ferry - There are a couple of different ways to travel to Bergen by ferry or boat.The famous Hurtigruten cruise line stops there. You can also arrive by one of the high-speed ferries which travel up and down the Norwegian coast with Norled. Or you can catch the ferry from Stavanger with Fjord Line.


By Train: If you are flying back from Oslo, we can book a return ticket on the train for you. Please select this as an option when making your booking. The total train journey from Bergen back to Oslo takes approx. 7 hours. 


Train Travel on the Oslo-Bergen Railway

All your train tickets as per the itinerary are included as part of this tour. This will be in a standard cabin/seat. If you would like to upgrade to first class, please let us know and this can be priced on request for you.

Included

  • 9 Nights in 3-star standard hotels
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
  • Train journeys as per itinerary
  • Detailed route notes, maps and information pack
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support from our office

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Oslo and from Bergen
  • Luggage Transfer on Day 4 from Myrdal to Flam (payable locally)
  • Lunches
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Local buses or taxis
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the trip
  • Single room supplement if required
  • Guided glacier hike

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the region is extremely popular and the accommodations do get booked up quickly. However, we will always try our very best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

We grade this tour as moderate. You will be walking for between 3 and 6 hours per day, and the maximum ascent in one day is about 775m. This trip is suited to keen walkers who are used to walking in hillier terrain.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, waterproof clothes and a day pack.

Do you move the bags from place to place or do we?

You will be required to do both on our Rail and Hike itineraries, and on some days you will be required to take your bags with you or you receive baggage handling to your next walking location! Please check and refer to your specific Rail and Hike itinerary on our website, and visit the ‘Included’ section for clarification on this.

Great scenery and accommodations

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This was a great trip, with amazing scenery and strenuous but rewarding hiking. The hikes were about the difficulty level we expected based on the info provided. We hardly ever used the provided route notes and never used the maps, as trails tended to be well marked and we had GPS maps on our phones (though at the time of writing this review, Macs didn't provide GPS maps so I made my own). The route notes had a couple of minor obvious errors and were a bit light on info regarding the luggage transfer needed on day 4, but we figured things out. We did not do the hike on the final day 9 as we didn't want to have to sit around being sweaty and tired on the train and not get to our Bergen hotel until after 7PM. The hotels were all good to great - our favorites were the Saga in Oslo, and the Ullensvang in Lofthus, though if rating by location only, the Finse hotel would be a winning tie with Ullensvang. The Oleana in Bergen was comfortable but had the smallest and oddly laid out rooms and weird decor, though the location was great. All had decent to amazing included breakfasts and the Ullensvang also included great dinners (including live harp music at every meal!)

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