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Kristian & Brenda's 11 Day Norway/Iceland Adventure

September 5th – September 15th, 2019

ONLY $4299 PP In DBL

(Including Taxes & R/T Airfare from Orlando)

Day 1, Sept 5: Depart for overnight flight to Oslo, Norway

Departure from Orlando Intl Airport at 11:05 Pm Direct to Oslo Norway on flight DY7052

Day 2, Sept 6: Arrive Oslo  

Arrive early afternoon in Oslo at 12.30 pm as our guide will meet us at the airport. .  The rest of the afternoon is at leisure with a Welcome Dinner at the hotel this evening.

Overnight at Comfort Hotel Grand Central – Oslo.

Day 3, Sept 7:  Oslo [B]
After breakfast, a local English-speaking guide will escort us on a half day of sightseeing in Oslo.
We’ll visit the Holmenkollen Ski Jump Museum, the oldest of its kind in the world, presenting over 4,000 years of skiing history and Norwegian polar exploration.  The new modern Ski Jump is an Oslo landmark and the observation deck offers panoramic views of Oslo.  This afternoon venture across the street from the hotel to the new Oslo Opera House, built to resemble a glacier.  Its sloping Carrara marble roof is a public pedestrian plaza, revealing different angles of the inner city and the picturesque Aker brygge harbor. You’ll visit Vigeland Sculpture Park where impressive bronze sculptures can be viewed. You’ll also see City Hall, the waterfront, and enjoy a visit to the Viking Ship Museum. At the Viking Ship Museum, an impressive collection of 1000-year-old ships and ornate sledges and carriages makes history come alive. Overnight at Comfort Hotel Grand Central – Oslo.

Overnight at Comfort Hotel Grand Central – Oslo.

Day 4, Sept 8:  Oslo [B]

Breakfast is served at the hotel in the morning.  The rest of the day is free to explore on your own arrangements.

Overnight at Comfort Hotel Grand Central – Oslo.

Day 5, Sept 9:  Norway in a Nutshell [B]
 

Starting from Oslo, you first set out on a westbound train journey through scenic mountain terrain on the Bergen Railway. Upon arrival in Myrdal, you disembark and change trains to the legendary Flåm Railway. The Flåm Railway offers spectacular panoramic views to some of the wildest and most magnificent nature in the Norwegian fjord landscape.

Overnight at Fretheim Hotel in Flåm.

Day 6, Sept 10:  Free day in the Fjords + Optional Activities [B]
Spend a full day free to enjoy the relaxing nature.  There are plenty of activities to include such as kayaking, fjord safari’s hiking etc.

Overnight at Fretheim Hotel in Flåm.

Day 7, Sept 11:  Norway in a Nutshell Continued [B]
Your journey continues from Flåm with a fjord cruise on the magnificent Aurlandsfjord and on the and dramatic and narrow Nærøyfjord. The Aurlandsfjord is a picturesque fjord that offers stunning views, while the Nærøyfjord is a dramatic fjord surrounded by high mountains. Nærøyfjorden is one of the narrowest fjords in Europe and included on UNESCO's World Heritage List. After your fjord cruise, you arrive in the small village of Gudvangen, nestled in the innermost part of Næryfjorden.

From here the journey continues with a bus trip through the valleys, with its charming villages and scenic nature landscape. From May-September the bus travels down the steep hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva. The bus will arrive in Voss, where you continue the tour by train on the Bergen Railway to Bergen. Perhaps cap the day by riding up the funicular to the top of 2,000-foot-tall "Mount" Fløyen for city and fjord views.

Overnight at First Hotel Marin - Bergen.

Day 8, Sept 12: Bergen [B]

A UNESCO World Heritage city, ancient Bergen looms large in Viking sagas. Until the 14th century, it was the seat of the medieval kingdom of Norway.  In 1360, the German Hanseatic League set up one of its import and export offices at Bryggen, dominating trade for almost 400 years. This history comes alive as we join our English-speaking guide for a walk along the historic Bryggen wharf and visit the Hanseatic Museum, in an old merchant house. Seafaring Bergen has given the world two cultural icons – playwright Henrik Ibsen and composer Edvard Grieg. Late morning, drive to Troldhaugen, the home of Edvard Grieg and his wife.  This typical 19th century residence with a panoramic tower and large veranda overlooks Nordas Lake.  Visit the house where Greig spent his last 22 years, the museum, the graveyard, and the hut where he composed music. After time for a light lunch (on own) at the Troldhaugen Café, enjoy a concert of Grieg’s music in a special concert hall. Tour ends at the hotel and the remaining of the day is at leisure to explore the old city. Stroll through the narrow alleyways and overhanging galleries of a bygone era, from the lively Fish Market to the Bergenhus Fortress, with cafés and boutiques selling traditional and unique crafts. Perhaps climb Rosenkrantz Tower for a panorama of Bergen's seaport

Overnight at First Hotel Marin - Bergen.

Day 9, Sept 13: Bergen to Reykjavik [B]

Today it is time to say farewell to Norway and take a 3.40 pm flight to Reykjavik, Iceland. We will arrive at 4.05 pm and be met by a local guide and coach for sightseeing tour of Reykjavik. Visit National Museum of Iceland, pass by Christ the King Cathedral. In the afternoon, drive to the famous Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, a natural geothermal pool in the middle of a large and dramatic lava field and an oasis that owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant, looming large over the aqua tinted waters. We stop for 1 ½ hour for a refreshing bathe or a swim in the inviting, rejuvenating and pleasantly warm mineral-rich water (36°C-38°C/100-110°F), reputed for its healing properties. An indoor pool and geothermal sauna are also on the site. Bathing in this surreal environment is a unique experience no one should miss. The Blue Lagoon’s warm water and natural active ingredients like mineral salts, silica and blue green algae help you relax and escape the stress and strain of daily life.

Overnight at Hotel Klettur – Reykjavik.

Day 10, Sept 14: Reykjavik Golden Circle [B]

Today you will have a free day to explore the beautiful local surroundings on your own. Check out the Golden Circle Tour which is an optional trip if you are interested. GOLDEN CIRCLE TRIP - a highlight of Icelandic nature experiencing the” Golden Circle.”  This route takes in three of the most visited attractions in Iceland: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) and the world-famous Geysir.We’ll drive towards Haukadalur, a geothermally active valley where the hot spring Geysir and it´s little brother Strokkur are located. It’s a quite magnificent spectacle standing close to the Strokkur, watching it bursting up in the air every 5-10 minutes. We also visit one of Iceland‘s most renowned waterfalls, Gullfoss, created where the Hvita river plunges into 32 meters (105 feet) deep crevice.  Lunch at a local restaurant on your own. On our way to Thingvellir National Park, we’ll make a short stop by Laugarvatn Geothermal Bakery. Guests can experience the geothermal bakery first hand and have a demonstration of how rye bread can be baked in the boiling grounds at Laugarvatn. Guests are offered to try the bread, served hot from the ground with Icelandic butter which melts easily on top. Over a scenic route we reach Thingvellir National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. We stroll around the country’s most sacred site, home of the oldest existing parliament in the world, the Althingi, and major events in our history. Thingvellir is a place of fascinating natural beauty, one of the most geologically spectacular, set on a vast plain flanked by large fissures, right on Iceland’s largest lake, Thingvallavatn. The Great Atlantic rift is clearly visible; a rift that is slowly pulling Iceland apart along tectonic plates and you can literally walk between the American and Eurasian continental plates.

Overnight at Hotel Klettur – Reykjavik.

Day 11, Sept 15:  Departure [B]

After breakfast you can enjoy the last day before our transfer to the airport. 5 PM Flight with Icelandair/Jetblue.