- Flights*: direct flights to Bergen are included and based on Loganair (regional departures including: Newcastle, Southampton, Edinburgh, Exeter, Norwich, Isle of Man) or Norwegian Air (London Gatwick). Please note regional departures using direct flights are only available until late August
- Transfers: return airport transfers and return transfers from Bergen to Flåm via catamaran and train (c.15th May – 30th September) or train both ways
- Accommodation: 2 nights at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in a standard double/twin room, 1 night at Flåmsbrygga Hotel in a standard double/twin room
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch
- The following activities are included in the holiday: RIB Fjord safari, Flåm Railway journey, Bergen guided city walk (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
*A note on flights: Loganair operate regional departures from May until late August, departure dates from September onwards will be based on direct flights from London Gatwick. Regional departures may be available with other airlines with a connection in Oslo. Our Travel Experts will happily discuss all available options with you at the time of booking
Journey to the gateway to the fjords to experience the best of Norway’s offerings; superb nature, bustling city life, and the country’s famed fjords. On this three-night trip, you’ll enjoy the perfect mix of vibrant culture with peaceful natural surroundings as you stay in both Bergen and Flåm.
Starting your trip in Bergen, at the UNESCO heritage site Bryggen, you’ll be immediately immersed in the fantastic history of the city. Later in your trip, you’ll get a chance to soak up the culture as you take part in a guided city walk to Bergen’s most iconic spots, listening to stories and soaking up spectacular views.
It wouldn’t be a Norwegian break without getting up close to the fjords that draw so many travellers here and once you see their striking beauty, you’ll see why they garner such attention. To see the fjords in all of their glory, you’ll journey to the picturesque village of Flåm with sensational views right from your hotel, but it doesn’t stop there. You’ll also experience an exciting RIB safari where you’ll speed along the fjords, discovering cascading waterfalls and looking out for wildlife along the way.
This trip is available year-round - if you’re travelling during the summer months (c.15th May-30th September), your journey from Bergen to Flam will be via catamaran and then returning on a railway journey through the mountains, which includes the scenic Flåmsbana route. If you are travelling outside of this time, you’ll enjoy the stunning railway journey both ways from Bergen.
Image Credits: Flam Guide Service, Bergen Tourist Board & Girish Chouhan, Bergen Tourist Board & Nordlandblog.com, Bergen Reiselivslag & Robin Strand, Lost in Norway.
Arrival and Welcome
Following your arrival at Bergen Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in the city, approximately 25 minutes away.
You’ll check into the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, located on the UNESCO heritage site Bryggen. You could stay in the hotel for your dinner tonight or your central location puts you in the perfect place to discover one of the many restaurants in the city.
We recommend arriving on an early flight today (our Travel Experts can arrange this for you), so that you can enjoy Bergen and prepare for tomorrow’s trip to Flåm, which departs early in the morning. We can of course arrange an extra night in Bergen, or Flåm, should you wish.Included Meals: None
Bergen to Flåm and Fjord RIB Safari
This morning, following an early breakfast, you’ll check out of your hotel to transfer to the picturesque village of Flåm. If you are travelling during the summer months (c.15th May to 30th September), you’ll cruise along the longest fjord in Norway, Sognefjord, on a catamaran, departing at 8am. This crossing, taking approximately five and a half hours, is a spectacular way to experience the fantastic nature here. If you’re travelling outside of summer, you won’t miss out on the views as you travel via rail from Bergen to Flåm, changing at Myrdal to enjoy the scenic Flåmsbana route, through the high mountains and into the valleys, with extraordinary scenery along the way. The train journey from Bergen to Flåm is approximately 3.5 hours.
Bergen train station is a 15-minute walk away from your hotel, and you can add on a taxi as an optional extra if preferred - please let us know at the time of booking, or alternatively, you can arrange this directly with the hotel when you arrive in Bergen.
Once you arrive in Flåm, you’ll check into the Flåmsbrygga Hotel, situated right on the harbour for a quiet and peaceful spot with views of the fjord.
This afternoon, you’ll get the opportunity to see even more of this breathtaking nature during an exciting RIB safari. You’ll go through the Aurlandsfjord and to the entrance of the spectacular Nærøyfjord - a UNESCO World Heritage Site with steep mountainsides and cascading waterfalls. For 1 hr 30 minutes, you’ll be on the lookout for seals, porpoises, and eagles as you hear stories and tales from Norwegian history, all while experiencing some of the most beautiful nature in the world.
Following your time on the water, you’ll have the evening free to spend as you please in Flåm.Included Meals: Breakfast
Flåm Railway, Return to Bergen and City Walk
Following breakfast, you’ll check out of your hotel and return to Bergen on the Flåm Railway, one of the world’s steepest train rides taking you through the Flåm valley and up to the high mountains in Myrdal station. Take in the panoramic views of some of the wildest and most magnificent nature in Norway. Changing at Myrdal, you will then take the train straight to Bergen. Arriving in Bergen, your hotel is a 15-minute walk away, or we can arrange a private taxi for you if you wish. There are also plenty of taxis on arrival at the station.
Returning to Bergen, you’ll check into your hotel before meeting with your local guide this afternoon to take a history and culture walk around the city. As you stroll through the streets of Bergen, you’ll gain an insight into the city’s fascinating history and hear stories from your knowledgeable guide. Finishing the tour on top of Mount Fløyen, you’ll enjoy a hot drink, a traditional Norwegian lunch box and one of the best views of the city.
You’ll be staying in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, the same as your first night and right in the heart of the city to enjoy your final night here.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Today it is sadly time for your Norwegian adventure to come to an end.
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before we transfer you to the airport for your flight home. If you have an early flight time, we will box up breakfast for you to take with you.Included Meals: Breakfast
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Dates & Prices
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 1 person; maximum 24 people
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum and maximum age
If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.
Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com
The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.
Medical History and Advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
The UK Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Booking activities locally
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
Brexit information for British Passport holders
For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Terms and Conditions
Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.artisantravel.co.uk/booking-conditions