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NORWEGIAN FJORD CRUISE TOURS

Sognefjord NorwaySOGNEFJORD CRUISE TOURS

SogneFjord NorwayBERGEN to BERGEN
or
BERGEN to OSLO

SOGNEFJORD CRUISES

4 DAYS

Enjoy a relaxing Sognefjord cruise that will take you through some of the most scenic parts of the Fjords. You will pass waterfalls, steep mountainsides and small picturesque communities. We sail between idyllic skerries and small islands on the majestic "King of the Fjords", the Sognefjord.

OPTION 1

BERGEN to BERGEN

Saturdays/2006:
Jun   03, 10, 17, 24
Jul    01, 08, 15, 22, 29
Aug   05, 12, 19, 26

SATURDAY   BERGEN
Individual arrival in Bergen. Check in at the centrally located First Marin Hotel for overnight and breakfast.

SUNDAY  BERGEN - SOGNEFJORD - LEIKANGER
Meet you tour escort and depart from Dreggekaien Pier at Bergen's central harbor near your hotel at 9:00 am. Sail north on your private fjord cruiser towards Sogne Fjord, with lunch en route. The stretch of coast between Bergen and the Sogne Fjord consists of thousand large and small islands and is considered Norway's most beautiful coastal archipelago. Sail into Sogne Fjord to visit Finden Goat Farm with insights into new and old traditions. Your trip goes on past beautiful Balestrand to Leikanger which is the largest fruit-growing community in this region. Dinner and overnight at Leikanger Fjord Hotel or Sognefjord Hotel.

MONDAY  LEIKANGER - GUDVANGEN - BERGEN
After breakfast, your private fjord cruiser awaits to set sail further into the Sogne Fjord to idyllic Undredal where there will be time to stop and visit the smallest Stave Church in northern Europe.  We continue to the beautiful and narrow Naeroy Fjord and on to the tiny settlement of Styvi for a guided tour of the farm.  At the end of the fjord is Gudvangen where we disembark our private cruiser and continue by coach back to Bergen. Lunch en route.  A stop is made at the fascinating White Caves - a short tour into a mine cavern for an experience of colors, lightness, darkness, music, silence and meditation.  This is followed by majestic waterfalls along the way up and over the Stalheim Canyon Road -one of Europe's most famous  - to Voss and on to Bergen arriving around 5:00 pm.  Your tour escort will bid you farewell at the First Marin Hotel. You have the evening free to explore this fascinating city on your own.

TUESDAY  BERGEN
After breakfast, your tour arrangements end.

FROM:
$1055 per person double
$  240 single supplement

OPTION 2

BERGEN to OSLO

Saturdays/2006:
Jun  03, 10, 17, 24
Jul   01, 08, 15, 22, 29
Aug  05, 12, 19, 26

SATURDAY   BERGEN
Individual arrival in Bergen. Check in at harbor located Radisson SAS Royal Bryggen Hotel for overnight and breakfast.

SUNDAY  BERGEN-SOGNEFJORD - LEIKANGER
Meet you tour escort and depart from Dreggekaien Pier at Bergen's central harbor right across from your hotel at 9:00 am. Sail north on your private 
fjord cruiser towards Sogne Fjord, with lunch enroute. The stretch of coast between Bergen and the Sognefjord consists of thousand large and small islands and is considered Norway's most beautiful coastal archipelago. Sail into Sognefjord to visit Finden Goat Farm with insights into new 
and old traditions. Your trip goes on past beautiful Balestrand to Leikanger which is the largest fruit-growing community in  this region. Dinner and overnight at
Leikanger Fjord Hotel or Sognefjord Hotel.

MONDAY  LEIKANGER - GUDVANGEN - OSLO
After breakfast, your private fjord cruiser awaits to set sail further into the Sogne Fjord to idyllic Undredal where there will be time to stop and visit the smallest Stave Church in northern Europe.  We continue to the beautiful and narrow Naeroy Fjord and on to the tiny settlement of Styvi for a guided tour of the farm.  Lunch en route. At the end of the fjord is Gudvangen where we disembark our private cruiser and continue by private coach.  A stop is made at the fascinating White Caves - a short tour into a mine cavern for an experience of colors, lightness, darkness, music, silence and meditation. From here, you leave the tour by taxi to Flam in time for the famous Flam Mountain Cog Railway up the mountain. At the end of the Flam line, connect with the express train to Oslo arriving about 10:30 pm. Across the street from the Railway Station exit is the Thon Hotel Opera - your home for the night.

TUESDAY  OSLO
After breakfast, your tour arrangements end.

FROM:
$1285 per person double
$  300 single supplement

INCLUDES:
3 Nights at First Class and Fjord Resort Hotels
Daily Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner 
Transportation and Shore Excursions per itinerary
Tour Escort, except during arrival day/on train

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SOGNE FJORD CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS:
Since the 1800s, when the aristocracy and the wealthy sailed their yachts here each summer, the Sogne Fjord has been a “must see” for the world traveller. This grand fjord is called the King of Fjords because it is the longest (204 km or 126 miles) and deepest (1308 meters or 4200 feet) fjord in the world. You will see the fjord at its widest and explore its most explore narrow passages. The scenery will vary from wild and rugged mountains masses, straight into the fjord, to verdant farmland with storybook villages. Our modest-sized fjord cruiser can go into narrow fjord arms that the larger boats can only view from a distance. Maximum capacity on our cruisers is 100 but tours rarely exceed 40-60 passengers.  Unlike the scheduled public boats, ours have the flexibility to make scenic detours and stop to take a closer look at wildlife and sea life.  All cruises are manned by a crew who know the local fjords inside and out and by a professional guide who will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance.

LEIKANGER - Leikanger is situated in a beautiful region in the heart of the Sognefjord. It is an excellent base from which to reach everything this part of Norway has to offer. At the same time, enjoy the mild climate allowing peaches, apricots and walnuts to thrive here. In 1840 the first steamboat began regular traffic in the Sognefjord. As a result, small pensions and hotels sprang up at the stopping places. One of the so called coaching stations was located at Leikanger. In a travel guide from 1896 you can read: “Leikanger is a smiling, beautiful beach along the main fjord, located 260 km from Bergen. Charming place. Rooms available."

STYVI -
Styvi is located on the east side of the well known Nærøy fjord. People have lived here at least since the Viking Age, living primarily off farming domestic animals. Styvi has traditionally been an important link to both the local mail and the shipping routes. The 6 kilometer long "King's Post Road", running along the fjord between Bleiklindi and Styvi, is a part of the old mail link between Oslo and Bergen. The foot path was built around 1660 and was used until the advent of the steamboat in 1860. The path was traditionally used when there was unsafe ice on the fjord. Styvi farm is today a farm museum were you can see a large collection of agricultural artifacts. It is possible to visit the old farmhouse and other existing farm buildings. It is primarily the rugged, untouched wilderness that has led to official protection. Styvi is accessible only by boat.

UNDREDAL -Undredal is located along the Aurlands Fjord, a branch of the massive Sogne Fjord. It is very scenic and home to the smallest stave-church in Northern Europe. Lovely Undredal lies wedged in between high mountains. The village has a population of 130 people and 500 goats. Undredal is renowned for its goats' cheese, which is still made in the traditional way. Historically, Undredal was first mentioned when the Bishop of Bjørgvis (Bergen) placed Pål Bårdson, a known scholar, there as a representative of the church.  Pål Bårdson was the Chancellor to King Magnus' court, and later Archbishop of Nidaros (Trondheim) during the years of 1333 to 1346.  The chapel can be dated back to 1147. 

WHITE CAVES - In Gudvangen, a new attraction that is a bit different. Enter into the bowels of the earth on a soft carpet, listen to Norwegian Edvard Greig's music as you pass running and dripping water, see specially lit caverns and ponds that contrast the white mine galleries.

FINDEN FARM - You will visit the Finden Farm - a hidden gem on the Sogne Fjord. Finden farm is a small settlement off the beaten track, without any road connections.  The farm is set in a fantastic landscape and the guided tour will afford you a unique experience still undiscovered by most tourists. Our hosts, the only family living here, will show you round the farm and give you a good picture of life there in old and modern times. Light refreshments and goat’s cheese tasting can be included. This isolated goat farm can only be reached by boat and your visit here will give you an insight into the farmers’ tradition and way of life.  

STALHEIM CANYON ROAD - A 1.3 km long, extremely steep road with 13 hairpin bends.  Built in 1842-48 to improve the trans-mountain mail route, it has seen few improvements since.  It is one of Northern Europe's steepest roads and is framed by two beautiful waterfalls, Stalheimsfossen and Sivlefossen.

FLAM RAILWAY  - The world famous Flam Railway is a marvel of engineering. The only thing lacking when the railway line between Oslo and Bergen was opened in 1909, was a branch line to the Sognefjord. In order to assure a transport route to the fjord, work was begun on the Flåm Railway in 1920. It was to take 20 years to complete.
The most time-consuming work was on the tunnels. These were excavated manually. By regular gauge track it ascends 865 meters (about 2,900 ft) in less than an hour, going through 20 tunnels and making a photo stop at the mighty Kjoss waterfall. You will hear a chorus of "oohs" and "aahs" as the incredible scenery shifts from one side to the other. The views on the train varies from the wild, barren inhospitable Hardanger Plateau at the top to the green and fertile Flam Valley that meanders down to the fjord.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a multilingual tour and is organized and operated by our Associate Office in Oslo.

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