Day 1 - September 10th - This morning we will meet at our Bergen Airport Hotel and make our way north to Sandane
traveling alongside the
North Sea on Norway's Coastal Highway. This road is extremely varied as it runs from the city of
Bergen through rugged land, across and along fjords and through deep, often gorge-like valleys. There are countless lakes and
waterfalls along the way with several steep hills between
Bergen and Ytre Oppedal where we take a short ferry across the
Sogenfjord to Lavik
. Today will be mostly about spectacular scenery and we will make a few stops along the way including a
Lunch Stop in Førde as well as some wonderful photo stops! One of those stops will be at Huldefossen Waterfall at
Mo
. From the parking area we walk about 500 meters across a wooden bridge and up along the river to the falls which have
about 90 meter long drop. It is one of the most photographed waterfalls in Norway. It is just a short distance from here to our
accommodation where we find dinner waiting.
Welcoming Dinner and Overnight Sandane. (B,L,D)

Day 2 -
More spectacular scenery today as we make our way further north to Ålesund. Just north of Sandane there is a
short ferry crossing of the great
Nordfjord to Nordfjordeid. At Nordfjordeid we will visit the Sagastad Museum to see
the
Myklebust Ship, the largest Viking Ship that has ever been found traces of in Norway! The museum provides a
fascinating insight into the way of life and the worldview of Norse society living in Nordfjordeid over a thousand years ago!
Leaving Nordfjordeid behind, we drive east along the shores of
Lake Hornindalsvatn, the deepest lake in Europe and one
of the deepest in the world! Most of the lake's volume is under sea level and on average water takes more than 15 years to
pass through the lake. At
Hornindal (Grodås Village) we will stop for lunch before continuing west towards the alpine
landscape of
Volda and Ørsta Villages traveling alongside Geirangerfjord, one of the jewels of the Norwegian Fjords.
With its
Characteristic S Shape, High Waterfalls and Abandoned Mountain Farms, the fjord landscape is included
on
UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Then onto the Festøya to Solevågen Ferry for a short crossing to
Ålesund. Ålesund and suburbs sits on an archipelago connected to the mainland by short bridges. We then get checked into
our accommodation before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Ålesund. (B,L,D)

Day 3 -
Ålesund, where Mountains and Fjords Meet the Ocean! The town of Ålesund has a beautiful setting across
several islands stretching out into the
Atlantic Ocean, and is known for its architecture in Art Nouveau Style, as it was
rebuilt in 1904 after a devastating fire. We will discover the
City’s Highlights on a Walking Tour, and tick off top
attractions including the
Art Nouveau Town Center, the Hellebroa Bridge, and the Scenic Town Park. We will stroll
the streets with our guide for an intimate insight into the town’s ancient past and modern culture. We will then explore the city
further on our own before lunch. After lunch we will make an excursion to the
Town Mountain of Aksla and the Fjellstua
Viewpoint
. From the viewpoint there is a Panoramic View of the Archipelago, the Beautiful Town Centre, and the
amazing
Sunnmøre Alps. You can either walk the 418 steps up from the Town Park or take the City Train up to
Fjellstua. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free for more exploration and to find some dinner on your own.
Overnight
Ålesund. (B,L)

Day 4 -
Today we discover the majestic Sunnmøre Alps from the magnificent, 35 kilometre long Hjørundfjord in Møre
and Romsdal
between Ålesund and Øye. You will travel through unspoilt nature in a dramatic, rugged, varied and
historically rich fjord landscape. The Hjørundfjord is surrounded by steep mountains that rise up vertically from the fjord with
peaks stretching 1,700 metres above sea level. The fjord splits the Sunnmøre Alps in two with small villages along both sides of
the fjord, some without any road connection. Some of these villages remain unspoilt and have kept their authenticity, as the
boat has been the only form of transport for centuries for the people who live here. After our roundtrip journey we return to
Ålesund where you can find some lunch before we drive a short way to the
Alnes Lighthouse which lies in the fishing
community of
Alnes on the Island of Godøy. The lighthouse dates from 1876 and is a relic of Norwegian Coastal
Culture.
The lighthouse is home to Historical Exhibitions, Local Souvenirs and Handcrafts. You can climb the
steep steps up to the top of the lighthouse, and be dazzled by the striking view of the ocean and coastline. End your stay with a
visit in the original main building, where you can savour one of the
Famous Traditional Cakes the lighthouses own
housemother makes!
Dinner and Overnight Ålesund. (B,D)

Day 5 -
Leaving Alesund behind we travel eastward along the coast to Åndalsnes and then to Dovre. We will take the
scenic route going through
Valldallen and Trollstigen which means Troll’s Ladder and is also called the Troll Route.
Along this route is a viewing platform,
Trollstigheim, where you have a beautiful view of both Stigfossen and
Trollfossen Waterfalls
. We then continue on to Åndalsnes, nestled between fjords and mountains, the mountaineering
capital of Åndalsnes is one of the highlights of the area! The
Magnificent Valley and Wild Mountains on the way to
Åndalsnes is well worth this short detour we will take through the
Romsdalen Valley. The valley is well known for the live
performance of the
Emerald Green River Rauma, Lush Waterfalls, Steep Mountains and Magnificent Bridges.
We will stop in the mountain village of
Dombås where you can take a stroll in the Historical Memorial Park, and also
visit
Dombås Church before we continue our drive to Dovre where we find our accommodation and dinner
waiting. Dinner and Overnight Dovre. (B,D)

Day 6 -
This morning we we make our waythrough the Dovre National Park to just outside of Hjerkinn where an
Architectural Viewing Pavilion
overlooks the Tverrfjellet Mountain at Hjerkinn. The building was designed by
Snøhetta Architects and opened in 2011. It was commissioned by the Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre North. The
last remnants of
Wild Mountain Reindeer can be fond here, and the areas are rich in cultural relics from the end of the Ice
Age up to the present day. We then take a fantastic ride on the wonderful
Rauma Line, an Experience-Packed Train
Ride
through the Romsdalen Valley, with the most Spectacular Mountain Formations in Norway!  The Rauma
Railway
offers regular train departures between Åndalsnes and Dombås passing well-known attractions such as Kylling
Bridge and the Trollveggen Wall
, and through the remote wilderness area of Reinheimen National Park. We will
have three hours to spend in Åndalsnes to find some lunch and do some exploring before taking the train back to Dombås. A
20 minutes walk from the town centre and you find
Nebba Lookout Point. It’s a gentle climb, and a steel walkway will lead
you almost all the way to the top. Or a gentle walk by the beautiful
Rauma River is balm to the soul. Dinner and
Overnight Dovre. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
This morning we make our way toward Heggenes driving through the Rondane National Park. We will make a
stop at
Ringebu to visit our first Stave Church, the Ringebu Stave Church, built in approximately the year 1220. This
distinctive and much-photographed stave church is one of just 28 which remain in Norway. Once common, over 1000 dotted
the countryside, with their unique style of architecture and construction, and they are
Symbolic of Old Norway. Set
amongst hills and farmland, the church and its surrounding cemetery are strikingly beautiful, with immaculate grounds. We
will have lunch in Ringebu before continuing to
Auelestad to visit the home of the Nobel Laureate Bjørnstjerne
Bjørnson
who lived here with his family from 1875. The home is one of the Best Preserved Artist Homes in Norway.
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson was a great cultural personality of his time. He fought for freedom and justice for the oppressed and for
the small nations’ right to freedom and independence and wrote
Norway's National Anthem. Dinner and Overnight
Heggenes. (B,L,D)

Day 8 -
This morning we make our way to one of my most favourite places in Norway, Flåm, for a three night stay. The
village in
Southwestern Norway, in an area known for its fjords. It sits at the end of Aurlandsfjord, a branch of the vast
Sognefjord
. The dramatic Stegastein Viewing Platform juts out high above the Aurlandsfjord. Along the way we will stop
to see another stave church,
Hegge Stave Church dating back to 1216 and it celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2016. The
church is still in use as a parish church in the local community. It has a
Carved Gate from the Middle Ages and inside the
church you can see the
Original Staves with Carved Face Masks. One of the staves has a runic inscription. The
Baptismal Fountain made of soapstone is from the 1100s and the Altarpiece has a unique history. We then stop in Old
Flåm
to visit the Flåm Church or Flåm Kyrkje which is situated about 2 miles down the river from the bustling
waterfront area of Flåm. The beauty and tranquillity of the verdant
Flåm Valley make it worthwhile to visit this small and
well preserved stave church, which dates back to 1667. Our next stop is near
Gudvangen to visit Kjelfossen, one of the
highest waterfalls in Norway.  With a total fall height of 755 metres, the waterfall is listed as the 18th tallest waterfall in the
world!
Dinner and Overnight Flåm. (B,D)

Day 9 -
This morning we take the Flåm Railway which has been described as one of the most Beautiful Train Journeys
in the World
and is one of the leading tourist attractions in Norway. The train runs from the end of Aurlandsfjord, a
tributary of the
Sognefjord, up to the high mountains at Myrdal Station. The journey features the finest aspects of the
stunning scenery of
Western Norway. The Roundtrip Journey is truly magical taking us through the valley of
Flåmsdalen
and connects the mainline with Sognefjord. The line's elevation difference is 2,841 feet, has ten stations, twenty
tunnels, a horseshoe curve, one bridge and has a maximum gradient of 5.5 percent. It also stops at
Kjosfossen Waterfall.
Once back in Flåm we will have lunch and then travel to the must see
Stegastein Viewpoint on a Guided Tour from
Flåm
. This scenic overlook, which extends 99.5 feet from the mountainside, rises 2,132.5 feet above the fjord offering a
picturesque view of the surrounding landscape. It’s one of the most photographed sights in the region. We will also take a
short journey to see the
Undredal Stave Church, built as a stave church in 1147 and was called St. Nicholas Chapel.
The church has white clapboard sidings and is the
Smallest in Scandinavia in regular use. Although it is small in size, it
is a great cultural treasure and well worth a visit.
Overnight Flåm. (B,L)

Day 10 -
There is no better place to take a Fjord Cruise than from Flåm, so that is just what we will do today! The vessel
will begin its journey sailing through the idyllic
Aurlandsfjord, which is also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage
List.
It ends at the Mountain Beitelen, which separates the Aurlandsfjord from the Nærøyfjord and is considered to be
one of the most picturesque fjords in the world! The boat then continues through the narrow Nærøyfjord, the narrowest and
best known of the many arms of the Sognefjord. With its
Steep Mountainsides, Hanging Valleys, Towering Peaks,
Snowfields, Waterfalls and Small Hamlets
, this fjord is perhaps the most outstanding natural attraction in Norway.
Once back in Flåm you will have some free time to wander, shop and find some lunch before we make our way down the road
to the
Borgund Stave Church, situated on the King's Road and across from the Filefjell Mountains. Built around 1180
and dedicated to the
Apostle Andrew, the church is exceptionally well preserved and is one of the most distinctive stave
churches in Norway. Some of the finest features are the
Lavishly Carved Portals and the Roof Carvings of Dragons's
Heads
. Dinner and Overnight Hemsedal. (B,D)

Day 11
- This morning we will take some time to explore the small village Hemsedal in the Scandinavian Alps before
making our way further south. Near Hemsedal we find
Rjukandefossen, one of many impressive waterfalls in the area, is a
powerful two-part waterfall, falling 60 feet through a narrow gulley. Nearby
Hydnefossen is one of the highest waterfalls in
Norway, with the main fall of 508 feet. We will then drive into
Gardnos Meteroite Park where we drive into the center of
the crater! Large forces formed a crater with a diameter of 5 kilometers. The bedrock was ground up and rock flour was
squeezed into the smallest cracks. The impact created the distinctive rock called
Breksjestein. We will have a Guided Tour
of the Crate
r before making our way to the lovely village of Gol for Lunch. Gol is surrounded by forest clad valleys and
splendid high mountain areas with a beautiful view to
Jotunheimen, Hallingskarvet and Hemsedal. We then make our
way to near further south to
Vikersund where we find our accommodation and then dinner. Dinner and Overnight
Vikersund. (B,L,D)

Day 12 -
Today we make our way even further south to the very southernmost point of Norway at Kristiansand. Along the
way we will stop at
Tønsberg which is Norway's Oldest Town. From the Vikings of old times to the tourists of today,
people have always flocked to Tønsberg. After some time to wander around and do some shopping we will meet up
for lunch. After lunch we will visit
Verdens Ende “The World’s End” which is located outside Tønsberg in Færder
National Park
. Here you get majestic views to the horizon. Verdens Ende is probably best known for Vippefyret, a small
stone house built from pebbles from
Tjøme's Beach in 1932. We then continue our journey through the geographical
region of
Sørlandet whose coastal areas is known for Skerries, Saltwater and Idyllic Small Towns and Villages. We
finally arrive into Kristiansand, the largest city in Southern Norway and also the
Capitol of Southern Norway. Its
old town,
Posebyen, features traditional wooden houses. Dinner and Overnight Kristiansand. (B,L,D)

Day 13 -
This morning we make our way along the southern coast of Norway and up to Stavanger for a two night stay. It will
be another long journey, but sprinkled with spectacular scenery. We will make our way to
Lingdal and then to Farsund and
then to
Borhaug at the westernmost point of the Lista Peninsula. Here we find the Lista Lighthouse within an Oasis of
Green and Blue
between High Sky and Wide Horizon. During the autumn of 1781 a total of eight ships  were stranded
here, so in 1836, this coastal stretch was improved by means of a 34 metre high lighthouse, cut in granite. By 1853,
Lista
Lighthouse Station
was the largest in the world! There is now a collection of contemporary art by both Norwegian and
International Artists in the
Lighthouse Keepers Cottage. We will continue to Flekkefjord for a Stop for Lunch in the
Dutch Quarter
. The Dutch Quarter is a small area of the town that had a strong relationship with the Netherlands in the
1500 and 1600's. The old town is called
"Hollenderbyen", which means the Holland town and is made up of old white
wooden houses in small lane ways around the city. After some time to explore, we continue to Stavanger where we find our
accommodation and dinner waiting.
Dinner and Overnight Stavanger. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
This morning we take a Private Fjord Excursion with Lysefjord Safari Tours on a RIB Boat. When the sun
gets into the fjord, you will see why its called
Lysefjord or Fjord of the Lights! Our captain will take us as close as he
can to the vertical mountain drops to feel, smell and taste the pure water freshness of the
Hengjane Waterfall, known in
Norwegian Mythology as the 'Water of Wisdom'. One of the highlights of the journey is the narrow gap into the
Vagabond Cave with views of Preikestolen, 'The Pulpit Rock' from sea level. Have your cameras ready for some
spectacular photo ops! Once back in Stavanger, we
Stop for Lunch in Old Stavanger which has Europe’s best preserved
Wooden House Settlement
with more than 170 white wooden houses! We will take a Tour of Old Stavanger and then
the rest of the afternoon and evening are free for you to explore and then find some dinner on your own.
Overnight
Stavanger. (B,L)

Day 15 -
This morning we take the very early ferry crossing from Stavanger up to Bergen. The crossing takes five and a
half hours, but cruises through some of
Western Norway's most spectacular scenery where the distance between the open
sea to islets, archipelagos and deep fjords is minimal. As it is an early ferry, we will let you find some breakfast after we get
onboard. The ship
Sails in Inshore Waters for the entire voyage, so you’re never far from natural landscapes or
landmarks. Be prepared for
Karmsund Bridge which connects Karmøy and Haugesund and illustrates what is so
wonderful and unique about voyages in Western Norway. It’s not possible to get a closer mix of nature and man-made
structure as you will see at Karmsund Bridge. Its characteristic arch makes it popular with photographers, so have your
camera ready! You will be able to find some lunch onboard at the either the
Commander Buffet, Grieg Brasserie or
Oasis Garden Café
. Once we are in Bergen we will get checked into out accommodation and then you will have some time to
take in the sights before we meet up for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Bergen. (D)

Day 16 -
This morning we will have a Guided Walking Tour of Bergen. Bjørgvin, meaning `Meadow between the
Mountains`
was the original name of the city when it was founded in the 11th century. Now known as Bergen, the city
has developed over the centuries from a meadow into a cosmopolitan city. For many visitors, Bergen is the most beautiful city
in Norway. On our tour you will be enchanted by the
Maritime Charm of the Harbour Bay, Vågen, and the cities
Narrow Wooden Lanes. On the tour you will get to know the most important sights of Bergen: the Fortress Bergenhus,
the Hanseatic Quarter  of Bryggen and St.Mary´s Church
to name just a few. Our guide will not only bring us close to
the historical nature of the city, but also to its inhabitants, the
`Bergenser` and their lives in the here and now. After our
tour, we will have lunch in the city and then the rest of the afternoon and evening are free to explore and find some dinner on
your own. We highly recommend taking the funicular
Fløibanen to Mount Fløyen. At Mount Fløyen you will find
beautiful views of Bergen, the nearby islands, fjords and mountains surrounding Bergen. It takes just six minutes to get to the
top and I especially enjoy the walk back down, but you can take the funicular down as well.
Farewell Dinner and
Overnight Bergen. (B,L,D)

Day 17 - September 26th -
This morning we return you to the Bergen International Airport.

Our first ever 17 Day Norway Discovery Tour. This will be our trial launch with a group of clients who will give us valuable
feedback to help us to decide whether we want to add this itinerary permanently to our schedule. The present itinerary is
subject to change up to the time of departure to make sure that the itinerary flows smoothly and gives us the opportunity to
share Norway in the same way that we do with Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England and Tuscany.
The pricing is also tentative pricing and is subject to change, although we only anticipate being able to lower the price rather
than increase it. Norway is the second most expensive country in the world to visit and the price reflects this!

17 Days discovering Norway with Norway's Coastal Highway, Ålesund, Sagastad Museum and the Myklebust Ship, the
deepest lake in Europe, Lake Hornindalsvatn, Geirangerfjord, Aksla Mountain and the Fjellstua Viewpoint, Sunnmøre Alps,
Alnes Lighthouse, Valldallen and Trollstigen, Stigfossen and Trollfossen Waterfalls, Dovre National Park, Tverrfjellet
Mountain at Hjerkinn, Rauma Line, Train Ride through the Romsdalen Valley, Rondane National Park, Ringebu Stave Church,
Flåm, Stegastein Viewing Platform, Hegge Stave Church, Flåm Church or Flåm Kyrkje, Flåm Railway, Aurlandsfjord and
Sognefjord, Flåm Fjord Cruise, Borgund Stave Church, Hemsedal in the Scandinavian Alps, Gardnos Meteorite Park, Tønsberg
Norway's Oldest Town, Stavanger, Lista Lighthouse Station, Lysefjord Safari Tours on a RIB Boat, Bergen and a Guided
Walking Tour of Bergen and so much more!

As this is our trial run discovery tour, this tour will not be available to the general public until 2022.

$8495US per person. $1295 Single Supplement. $500 deposit. Sold out!
17 Day Norway Discovery Tour - The Land of the Midnight Sun!
With Fjords, Cruises, Trains, Stave Churches and Spectacular Scenery at Every Turn!
September 10th - 26th, 2021