ESN Copenhagen Fjord Explorer

Come and discover Fjords of Norway with Scanbalt Experience! The landscape is truly unique - mighty fjords surrounded by majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. The fjord area is like a great playground for those who are keen on outdoor activities, as well as for those who just love nature and picturesque sceneries.
 
Tour dates: 07 - 13 May 2018
 
Duration: 7 days/6 nights (2 nights on the cruise boat, 1 night in Oslo, 2 nights in fjords area, 1 night in Bergen)
 
Departure city: Copenhagen
 
Price with ESNcard: 350 EUR (without ESNcard 355 EUR)

Included

  • Transport by bus during the whole tour start/end from Oslo
  • Ferry tickets Copenhagen-Oslo-Copenhagen
  • 2 nights sleeping on the cruise ship (place in a 4-bed cabin)
  • 1 all-you-can-eat Breakfast Buffet on DFDS ferry (Day 2 of the tour)
  • Sognefjord ferry cruise tickets Leikanger-Bergen
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in hostels or cottages (shared rooms for 4-8 persons)
  • 1 breakfast in Bergen
  • Services and guiding from Scanbalt tour manager
  • Guided city walks in Oslo and Bergen

Excluded

  • Meals, except ones listed above (we have access to the kitchens where we stay)
  • Bedlinen (possible to rent, but we suggest to bring your own to save some cash)
  • Optional activity: Glacier hike (depending on weather conditions) with professional outdoor guides and equipment – cost 50 EUR 

Highlights

  • Experience the amazing landscape with fjords and mountains
  • Ferry cruise between Copenhagen and Oslo
  • Visit Borgund Stave church (outside visit)
  • Oslo, Bergen and Fjord area
  • Adventure activities like hiking, rowing boat, walk to the glacier etc
  • Boat cruise on Sognefjord

Accommodation

Oslo: Anker Hostel http://www.ankerhostel.no/
Central location, 6-8 bedrooms with own bathroom and mini-kitchen cooking gear can be rented from reception for deposit to use in the room, breakfast available for 55 NOK. Free wifi in the lobby (a rooming list is prepared by Scanbalt in advance).
 
Laerdal: Laerdal Holiday and Leisure Park  http://www.laerdalferiepark.com/en/motel-economyroom
Laerdal hostel provides accommodation is simple but comfortable rooms right at the fjord-side and with magnificent views. Rooms have own shower/toilet. The hostel has common area and well-equipped kitchen.
Status:
Full

Tour Program

Day 1 Departure from Copenhagen to Oslo
We meet at the departure point in the evening and board DFDS ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo. We will spend a night on the ferry, 4-bed shared cabins. You will have plenty of time to get to know each other and spend a fun evening.
 
Day 2 Oslo
We arrive in Oslo in the morning and have a breakfast buffet on the ferry. We will meet our bus at the port and start our guided tour of Oslo. In the afternoon departure to Laerdal by bus, we will make stops during the drive. In the evening we will arrive at Laerdal where we stay 2 nights by the mighty Sognefjord. In the evening we gather outside and have a barbeque together, please bring your own food to cook on the open fire.
 
Day 3 Laerdal
A free day in Laerdal with possibilities to hike in the area or use the free canoe for a trip on the fjord. You can also choose to go by bus to the Nigardsbreen Glacier where you can join a guided glacier-hike to experience the most spectacular sceneries (optional activity). Hike on Nigardsbreen Glacier guided by local professional outdoor-guides. Duration of the hike is about 4 hours of which 2 hours we walk on the ice with safety equipment (crampons, ice-axe, rope). Good if you have your own hiking boots. This walk can be challenging and takes you through more difficult blue ice formations. During the hike, you will experience the most spectacular sceneries at the lower part of the Nigard Glacier. Be equipped for variations in weather and temperature from sunshine to rain.
 
Day 4 Laerdal-Bergen
After breakfast, we will leave Laerdal by bus and travel to Flåm where you can board a boat for a cruise on the Sognefjord (optional activity). A narrow part of the fjord is called Nærøyfjord and is protected by UNESCO. Or you can stay in Flam and hang have a short hike there or visit local souvenir shops. In the evening we arrive in Hanseatic city Bergen by the Atlantic Ocean.
 
Day 5 Bergen-Oslo
We enjoy breakfast in our hostel and start our day with guide walk around Bergen. Later you can explore the city on your own. You could start with the UNESCO protected Bryggen, Bergen's old waterfront where the Hanseatic traders once lived and worked. If you would like a great view of the city and its surroundings, take the Flöjbanen or walk to the top of mount Flöjen (320 meters), or take the Cable car to Mount Ulriken (642 meters). Bergen also has some great museums. We depart from Bergen in the evening and head towards Olso, where we arrive late at night. We check-in to the hostel and enjoy the sleep.
 
Day 6 Oslo-Copenhagen
In the morning we clean our rooms and check out. Today is a free day to discover Oslo on your own. In the afternoon we check-in to the DFDS ferry departing for Copenhagen. Overnight on the ferry.
 
Day 7 Copenhagen
In the morning you will arrive back to Copenhagen. We hope you gathered the memories of the lifetime!
 
*Please note there might be small changes in the tour program. The updated program will be sent to you about a week before departure.