Pearls of Norway & Sweden
Itinerary for a bus trip cross the Scandinavian peninsula:
Bergen/Norway– Stalheimskleiva – Gudvangen – Flåm – Oslo – Sunne/Sweden – Karlstad – Stockholm
- Bergen is known for Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, the Fish Market, and surrounding mountains and fjords, such as the Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord. Explore Bryggen – the Hanseatic wharf. A stroll through the UNESCO protected Bryggen harbour area will take you 800 - 900 years back in time and provide an intimate image of Bergen as a medieval town, where Hanseatic traders maintained one of their four European offices. Bryggen is a living example of the formidable status that Bergen enjoyed as part of the Hanseatic League. The old wooden houses which still survive and happily snuggle into the hillside, make wandering along the narrow passageways called "smau", a truly unique Bergen experience. To do in Bergen; a guided sightseeing with your bus and a local guide, a visit at the Edward Grieg museum, take a walk in Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, Fløibanen is a funicular cable car that takes you 320 metres above sea level. In just a few minutes you find yourself on top of a mountain with a perfect view of the city and its surroundings. You have not seen Bergen before you have taken Fløibanen.
- Bergen – Stalheimskleiva (140km) Northern Europe’s steepest road. / Excursion full day
- On the way from Bergen – Voss we pass about 38 tunnels. Experience Stalheimskleiva on or round trip Norway in a nutshell®. The 1.5-km-long stretch of road that winds its way up the mountainside from the end of the Nærøydalen valley to the top at Stalheim. Here we take a brake and experience the magnificent views of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Nærøydalen valley and the drive down the steep and winding road Stalheimskleiva passing the waterfalls Sivlefossen and Stalheimsfossen.
- Stalheimskleiva – Gudvangen (15km) A tour on the fjords. / Excursion full day
- The boat tour between Gudvangen and Flåm winds around precipitous mountains, mighty waterfalls and small homesteads that cling to the mountain sides. Along the way you can see Aurland, the centre of the municipality with the stone church from the 1200's. You pass by the village of Undredal, which hosts one of the world's smallest churches. Way up on the mountain side lies the Stigen homestead, whose name comes from the fact that people had to use ladders (Nor. stige) to get there. Soon you will also reach the Nærøyfjord, a minor fjord branching off from the Sognefjord, which is the world's narrowest fjord at only 250 meters at its narrowest point. The Nærøyfjord was also added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2005. From here you can view the majestic Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the world. The fjord is framed by mountaintops of up to 1800 metres. In the early summer, the waterfalls roar over the mountain sides and breaks in a white foam when the water hits the fjord.
- Flåm – Hönefoss (280km) We pass the Ski resorts Geilo, Gol. / On the road
- After a long day with magnificent sights and experience we finely reach the hotel and dinner.
- Hönefoss – Oslo (60km) / On the road
- After breakfast at 9am the bus slowly heading for Oslo. A local guide will make a citysightseeing and guided tour at 10-12am. Time for a walk in the city and at 3.30am the bus departs again heading for Sweden over the border from Norway.
- Oslo – Sunne (190km) in Sweden
- Sunne is small town with only 10.000 inhabitants. The most known cultural sight, The authorin Selma Lagerlöf's old home - Mårbacka. Well worth a visit and you can enjoy a guided tour in English. Selma Lagerlöf, one of the best known authors in the world was born and grew up at Mårbacka. Her debut novel, Gösta Berling´s saga in 1891 was a tremendous success, as were Jerusalem 1902 and The Wonderful Adventures of Nils 1906. To crown these achievements, she became both the first woman and the first Swede to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1909, followed in 1914 by her election, as the first woman to the prestigious Swedish Academy. She was also a businesswoman, a farmer and an active local politician. We experience a guided tour and a nice storytelling about the legend from Mårbacka.
- Sunne – Karlstad – Stockholm (360km)
- After a guided tour at Mårbacka we start the trip to Stockholm. We leave the countryside and the woods of Värmland.