The unique and spectacular Norwegian Fjords are a “must see” – with snow covered mountains, beautiful colours and spectacular fruit tree blossom in spring –scenic in the summer season and exotic in the winter season. The Naeroyfjord – a narrow branch of the Sognefjord and the Geirangerfjord are both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
During the ice age both the ice and the rivers carved deep valleys in the mountains. As the climate changed, most of the ice melted, and the valleys were gradually filled with salt water from the coast, thus creating the Fjords. Not all of the ice melted though, leaving parts of the mountain areas covered with ice, thus creating glaciers. The Sognefjord is the Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, and considered the main fjord of Norway, with many branches - such as the narrow Naeroyfjord, the Aurlandsfjord, The Fjaerlandsfjord and the Lusterfjord. Due to the fjords cutting through the western country the car ferries crossing the fjords are considered parts of the road system in Norway. The climate in the western Fjord areas is excellent for fruit growing, with the spectacular spring fruit blossom you have ever seen. Gaeirangerfjord carves its way from the coast and the Alesund coastal town to the fjord village of Geiranger, with spectacular waterfalls and tiny mountain farms clinging to the mountain sides. The famous “Golden route” mountain road with breathtaking Trollstigen hairpin road offers marvelous views of the Geirangerfjord. You will experience a spectacular journey on the Flam Railway with views of the breathtaking waterfalls and dramatic mountain peaks – one of the world’s steepest rail lines from Myrdal mountain station to the sea level and the Flam Village by the Sognefjord. The journey on the Bergen line between Oslo and Bergen across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau and National Park, with its altitude at 1222 mtrs above sea level will also hold you in awe.
The Northern lights are bright dancing lights formed by collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as “aurora borealis” in the north and “Aurora australis” in the south. Auroral displays appear in many colours – shades of red, yellow, green, blue and violet, but the most common being pale green and pink shades. The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow. The Northern lights can be best seen in Greenland, Iceland and the Northern coast of Norway and over the coastal waters of north Siberia.
This tour begins in Bergen, known as the gateway to the Fjords of Norway and as you experience the beautiful landscape all around, you will visit some important sights, including the Bryggen Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that was a significant trading port from 14th to 16 century. You will proceed to Balestrand, the fjord village along Sognefjord – the world’s longest and deepest fjord and from the comfort of your hotel room or outside along the coast, you can simply admire the beauty of the magical fjord, or embark on an excursion to Fjaerland and the Glacier Museum, on board the motor vessel “Fjord Lord” and experience one of the most beautiful fjord arms in Norway. In Flam, you will enjoy the heritage fjord Safari where you will discover the UNESCO World Heritage areas of Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord by RIB- Boat. Your journey from Flam to Myrdal on the Flam Railway, will be one in a lifetime experience passes as the train through wild and beautiful mountain scenery with waterfalls and steep mountain slopes from the Sognefjord and reaching up to a height of 900 mtrs. Further from Myrdal to Oslo you will travel on the Bergen Line known to be one of the finest railways in the world. Visit the many interesting sights in the Norwegian capital including the Vigeland Sculpture Park and the Akershus Fortress, and the many popular museums. As you arrive in Tromso, the city of Northern Lights, your search for the Northern lights begins with lot of excitement and fun. And as you enjoy the reindeer sledding, dog sledding and the visit to the Ice Domes, your evening is focused only on spotting the lights and capturing the photos in your cameras. As you experience the unforgettable moments, you savour the Sami meal around an open fire in a Sami tent, bringing your tour to an end.