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Christmas in the Norwegian Fjords

6 days from £962.10pp

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Norway’s winter wonderland

Spend a few unforgettable festive days in the heart of Norway’s astonishingly scenic fjordland. Enjoy the warm hospitality of a historic waterside hotel in Flåm, the pretty town at the top of Aurlandsfjord that's the starting point for the Flåmsbana mountain railway, one of the most spectacular rail lines in the world. Sit down to traditional Norwegian Christmas meals, and discover your stunning surroundings on included and optional tours to Gudvangen, Undredal and UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord.

What does this price include?

  • Five nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Fretheim Hotel
  • Four dinners at your hotel
  • Christmas lunch
  • A cruise to Undredal and Nærøyfjord
  • A return journey on the Flåmsbana Mountain Railway
  • Lunch at the Vatnahalsen Hotel
  • Return flights from the UK to Bergen
  • Return airport-to-hotel transfers
  • The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager
  • One piece of hold luggage per couple

Your Itinerary

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  • Fly to Bergen, the historic Gateway to the Fjords, and then travel by coach through the glorious Norwegian scenery to Flåm. This tiny resort shelters beside beautiful Aurlandsfjord, one of the remote corners of mighty Sognefjord, in the heart of Western Norway’s winter wonderland.

    The historic Fretheim Hotel is a beautifully preserved wooden manor house with a modern extension, just two minutes from the water's edge, and has been greeting guests since the 1870s. It's the perfect base for your Christmas stay. Settle in to your room, and later enjoy your first dinner at the hotel.

  • As the long Norwegian night dawns into a short-lived day, and the village and the fjord are bathed in beautiful blue winter sunlight, you'll wrap up warm in the cold-weather gear provided, and board a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) for an exhilarating guided cruise through the fjords. Cruise out of Aurlandsfjord and around the headland into Nærøyfjord's UNESCO-listed landscape of snow-covered mountains that plunge into still, dark waters.

    Your guide will bring to life the region's history, geology, nature and culture during your tip, and you'll also call in the beautiful Undredal, which was cut off from road traffic until the 1988 opening of the tunnel through the mountain from Flåm. Undredal is famous for its tiny, white-washed stave church and for its goats' cheese, and you'll learn about the art of cheese-making, and enjoy a tasting, before you return to your hotel.

  • Today you'll have the option to take to the water once more, this time aboard the eco-friendly, all-electric Future of the Fjords. This stylish, state-of-the-art 400-passenger catamaran will carry you up the full length of Nærøyfjord to Gudvangen. Enjoy a traditional Viking lunch, see history and myth come to life at the Viking Village, and soak up the staggering views from atop the extraordinary Stegastein viewing platform, which juts out from the mountainside 650 metres above the fjord.

    Back at the hotel, this evening, your Christmas celebrations will begin with a traditional Norwegian Christmas meal.

  • Hear stories of Christmases past and other traditional tales, this morning, as your day begins with a walking tour of Flåm. Back in the warmth of your hotel you'll enjoy a Christmas lunch, and then have the afternoon free to relax in the hotel’s comfortable lounges until dinner.

  • A memorable Boxing Day begins with a journey on the Flåmsbana Mountain Railway, which snakes its way through winter wonderland surroundings, through tunnels and over bridges, from Flåm at the water's edge to Myrdal, which nestles amid the mountains some 870 metres above. The route is one Europe’s Top 10 Railway Journeys, and was voted the best train ride in the world by Lonely Planet in 2014.

    Your day will include lunch at the Vatnahalsen Hotel, a mountain retreat in a superb setting, before you return to Flam to enjoy your final evening in Norway. Dine in the hotel (not include), or perhaps complete your wonderful Christmas break with a farewell meal at the famous Ægir Brewery, where craft beers, served in unique whole-top-opening cans, accompany a Viking-inspired menu.

  • Bid farewell to your Norwegian hosts and make the scenic return transfer back to Bergen to catch your flight home at the end of your marvellous Christmas break.

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Hotels

Fretheim Hotel, Flam

A member of Norway’s Historic Hotels and Restaurants’ organisation, this landmark property has been tastefully modernised, and stands just 200 metres from Flåm's famous rail terminus and the waters of Aurlandsfjord.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately four hours.

  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
  • The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
  • From 1 January 2021, new rules apply on travel within Europe.

    Note that these new rules do NOT apply when travelling within the United Kingdom or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You do require government issued ID when travelling by air.

    New rules apply when travelling to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure:

    Passport
    British passport holders need to have at least six months left on their passport and it needs to be less than ten years old.
    These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland where you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.
    Visa
    If you’re a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania; if you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. Travel to Ireland will not change and stays there will not count towards the 90-day total.
    Border Control
    At border control, you may need to show proof of your return journey - your travel documentation issued by us will be sufficient for this. You may also need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing.
    Healthcare Cover
    You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad. Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will no longer be valid. It’s particularly important you have travel insurance with the right cover if you have a pre-existing medical condition. This is because the EHIC scheme covers pre-existing conditions, while many travel insurance policies do not. You should understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and be happy with its cover for healthcare and travel disruption. Newmarket sell a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Ask our travel consultants for more information.
    Mobile Roaming
    From 1 January 2021, the guarantee of free mobile phone roaming throughout the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway will end.
    Check with your phone operator to find out about any roaming charges you might get from 1 January 2021.
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