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Vestland County

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From Bergen: Scenic Fjord Cruise to Mostraumen

1. From Bergen: Scenic Fjord Cruise to Mostraumen

Discover the stunning natural beauty of the Norwegian fjords on a scenic fjord cruise from Bergen. Board a modern and comfortable boat and catch views of Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as you set sail from the city center. Venture through the majestic Osterfjord with striking mountain landscapes and waterfalls. The further into the fjord you get, the steeper and more powerful the mountain landscape becomes. Enter the sun deck as the captain steers the boat’s bow so close to a waterfall that you can feel its refreshing spray. Sit back and relax on the sun deck or inside the warm and comfortable cabin, and remember to look for eagles along the fjord's shores. Stop by the kiosk for some tasty locally baked treats to enjoy as you take in the wonderful scenery. On the coldest days, there may even be ice in the fjord, adding its own special thrill. The captain then chooses an alternative route that gives you the same magical fjord experiences in winter scenery.

From Bergen: Mostraumen Fjord and Waterfall Cruise

2. From Bergen: Mostraumen Fjord and Waterfall Cruise

Experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of traveling through the majestic Norwegian fjords on a scenic boat tour departing from Bergen. Admire the verdant or ice-covered cliffs depending on the time of year and take in the mirror-like reflections from the water. Sail out from the city center of Bergen for a great view of the iconic Bryggen from the water. Float along the 27-kilometer-long Osterfjord surrounded by steep mountains and watch it narrow down into the shallow Mostraumen strait, with powerful currents. Sit back and relax on the sundeck or purchase refreshments from the kiosk.

Geiranger: Dalsnibba, Flydalsjuvet, Eagle Bend & Fjords Tour

3. Geiranger: Dalsnibba, Flydalsjuvet, Eagle Bend & Fjords Tour

Embark on a guided tour of Dalsnibba, Flydalsjuvet, Eagle Bend, and the Fjords tailor-made for cruise passengers arriving in Geiranger. Relax on board a comfortable bus and listen to live commentary as you admire landscapes, mountains, waterfalls, and lakes. After meeting the guide and boarding the bus, begin your guided tour of Geiranger and the UNESCO World Heritage area. Sit back and relax as you make your way to Flydalsjuvet, one of Norway’s most photographed viewpoints. Continue to the spectacular Djupvatn Lake and reach the top of the famous mountain Dalsnibba, at an altitude of 1,500 meters above sea level. Make a stop at Eagle Bend and soak up the breathtaking views of Geiranger village, the Geirangerfjord, and the Seven Sisters Waterfall. Drive up the serpentine Eagle Road for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities of the Geirangerfjord. As you explore, your guide will provide insightful commentary about the area and its history. Finally, enjoy a punctual return to the terminal in time for your cruise departure.

From Bergen: Sightseeing Fjord Cruise to Alversund Strait

4. From Bergen: Sightseeing Fjord Cruise to Alversund Strait

Sail from Bergen to the Alversund Streams with this group boat tour. Set off from Bergen's famous Fish Market and marvel at views of the medieval fortress Bergenhus, St Mary's church and the colorful Bryggen Hanseatic wharf. Glide through beautiful Western Norwegian scenery at the City Fjord, Salhus Fjord and Kverna Fjord as you make your way towards the stunning Alversund Streams. Snap breathtaking photos of this amazing scenery. Relax, as the captain safely steers the boat through narrow sounds, deep fjords, a maze of islands and the powerful currents of the narrow Alversund channel.

Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present

5. Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present

Join us for an unforgettable journey through the historic streets of Bergen, the most beautiful city in Norway. Our tours focus not just on the history and highlights of Bergen, but also the off-the-beaten path hidden alleys and stories of everyday life. All our guides are locals who call Bergen home, and this tour was designed by them to show you Bergen’s history, everyday life, and favourite local spots. The first half of our tour focuses on the history of Bergen. We wander the fortress complex, covering Bergen’s medieval history and short period as the capital of Norway. Meet King Håkon Håkonsson, whose coronation is the first historic description of Bergen being a rainy city and learn how he built up the fortress (and Norway) as a European powerhouse. Learn about Norway’s period under Denmark, Sweden, and Nazis during occupation, and see how we use the fortress today. After this crash course in Norwegian history, we make our way to Bryggen – Bergen’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you learn about 1,000 years of trade history and the reason for Bergen’s founding and growth. Get to know the Hanseatic League – the German trading organisation that operated here for 400 years – as we wander the 300-year-old alleys. Our historic overview finishes at St. Mary’s Church, the oldest building in Bergen. The second half of our tour is about life in Bergen. We leave the ‘touristy’ part behind and wander into the neighbourhood surrounding Bryggen. Your guide chooses the path based on their own interests and local experience, and as you explore Bergen’s best kept secret, you’ll learn about everyday life: house prices, work, what we do for fun, how we handle the rain, and more! This is also one of the most picturesque parts of the city. Be sure to ask your guide as many questions as possible and be sure to say hi to all the local cats that may follow us for part of the journey. The tour ends by passing by our favourite cafes, restaurants, with recommendations for ways to explore Bergen independently. Our walking tour focuses on giving you both the highlights but also our favourite places in Bergen. We pride ourselves on being locally owned and operated and use authorised guides who live in Bergen all year round. Don’t miss an opportunity to uncover the treasures of Bergen on this captivating walking tour. Whether you’re a history buff, nature lover or simply seeking an authentic experience, our tour will leave you wish a lasting memory of the best city in Norway. We limit the group size as this is a tour partly through a residential neighbourhood. We also want you to ask as many questions as possible!

From Eidfjord: Vøringfossen Waterfall Nature Tour with Guide

6. From Eidfjord: Vøringfossen Waterfall Nature Tour with Guide

Discover the beauty of Norway's natural landscapes on an easy-going guided nature tour with transportation from Eidfjord. Drive through Hardangervidda National Park and the Måbø Valley, admire the Vøringfossen waterfall from a mountain plateau, and walk across a bridge suspended over a gorge. After pickup from the pier in Eidfjord, start the scenic drive along one of Norway's most beautiful routes. Follow the Eio river and enter the Måbø Valley, passing rugged mountains and crossing over stone bridges. Arrive at the Hardangervidda mountain plateau to take in vast views over the awe-inspiring National Park. From here you'll also get unobstructed views of Vøringfossen, an impressive 182-meter waterfall thundering into the Måbø Valley. Enjoy leisure time to take in the panorama, stop for a slice of homemade cake at a local hotel, or join the guide for an easy hike via a 47-meter-wide walking bridge over a gorge. Continue the tour to the uniquely impressive Sysen Dam, where you can also catch sight of Norway's second-largest glacier. Take one last stop on a mountain plateau to appreciate the scenic landscape, before heading back to Eidfjord.

Bergen: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

7. Bergen: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

For almost one thousand years Bergen has been the destination of travelers from all around the world and is Norway’s second largest city, with over 250,000 inhabitants and is estimated to have been founded in 1070. Located at the west coast of Norway some of the most popular attractions include the Funicular, Aquarium, the Hanseatic Museum and, as the birthplace of the hugely popular composer Edward Grieg, the Edward Grieg Museum which receives thousands of visitors from all over the World. Even the local Tourist Information Centre is an attraction in its own right- housed in The old Bergen Exchange, built in 1862 and containing the famous Fresco Hall with murals painted by Axel Revoid that have been long recognised as a national treasure. Bergen resounds with music and as well as one of the world’s oldest symphony orchestras, has some of the country’s best choirs, jazz musicians who improvise through the night and operatic singers - it also has the country’s first national theatre and is host to many international festivals. Each ticket is valid for a 1-day period and may be used at any hop-on hop-off bus stop going to all of the top visitor attractions. Tour stops: Stop 1 – Skolten Cruise Terminal Stop 2 – Bryggen and Hanseatic Museum Stop 3 – Tourist Information, The Fish Market, The Flower Market Stop 4 – Tollbodkaia Viewpoint Stop 5 – Bergen Aquarium Stop 6 – Fredriksberg Fortress Stop 7 – The National Stage Stop 8 – Jektevikten at Cruise Terminal Stop 9 – Bergen Museum (Museplass) Stop 10 – The City Park (Festplassen) Stop 11 – The Fish Market Stop 12 – Mount Floyen Funicular Station Stop 13 – St Mary’s Church, Bryggen & Bergenhus Fortress

Bergen: City Tour on Foot

8. Bergen: City Tour on Foot

Appreciate why many people consider Bergen to be the most beautiful city in Norway on a relaxing walking tour through the city. As well as receiving fascinating details about the city’s 950-year history, your local guide will provide a true insider's perspective on its inhabitants, known as the 'Bergenser'. Starting from the city center, be enchanted by the maritime charm of the harbor bay, Vågen. Then navigate through the city's narrow wooden lanes as you get to know the most important sights of Bergen. Walk past the fish market, the theatre, and the old fire station and hear how historical residents, such as Edvard Grieg and Henrik Ibsen, helped shaped Bergen. Continue to the Bryggen district to see its iconic colorful wooden houses. This World Heritage Site is popular with both locals and tourists, housing many lively cafes, restaurants, and bars. Here, learn about how 400 years ago dried cod was stored in Bryggen and exported to throughout Europe, making Bergen the most important trading metropolis in Scandinavia during that time. Discover what the Hanseatic League was, the influence it once had on trading, and how life for the visiting German merchants played out here.

From Bergen: Flam Full-Day Cruise to Sognefjord

9. From Bergen: Flam Full-Day Cruise to Sognefjord

Enjoy a full-day cruise from Bergen to Flam and explore the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the country. Pass through coastal villages, sail through the Sognefjord, and make stops along the way for free time. Depart from Strandkai Terminal in Bergen in the morning and cruise through Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, offering you stunning views of Sognefjord whilst the hills cascade on either side. The cruise passes 11 stops in total, from the quick port, stops at small stunning villages along the shoreline of Sognefjord through to Flam. You'll depart Bergen and into Flam port. Once in Flam, you have free time to explore this amazing area and visit the famous Flam Railway. There are few sights in the world that can match the beauty of this return trip from Bergen to Flam. As you head down the tranquil waters ether side of you will be amazing views from the rocky shores, gushing waterfalls, and jaw-dropping mountains. There are some great opportunities for photos to remember your day. If you are staying in Bergen and want to visit Flam for the day there is no better way to do it than on a Sognefjord cruise. Book early to avoid disappointment and enjoy the fairy tale scenery in style.

Flam: Guided Shore Excursion with Port Pickup and Drop-Off

10. Flam: Guided Shore Excursion with Port Pickup and Drop-Off

Explore the top sights in Flam on a guided shore excursion complete with return transport from the cruise ship port. Meet your guide and get ready to set out on your Flam adventure as you board an air-conditioned vehicle. Not long after starting your journey, you'll travel through the longest road tunnel in the world, the Laerdal Tunnel. Listen as your guide entertains you with interesting and surprising stories as you journey through the 24.5-kilometer-long tunnel lit by blue and yellow lights. As you exit the tunnel, you'll enter the picturesque Laerdal valley. Drive alongside the river and pass by numerous fruit farms known for their delicious stone fruits before the winding road brings you to your first stop of the day, the Borgund Stave Church. As you arrive in front of the Borgund Stave Church, prepare to be captivated by its magnificent exterior, a true architectural gem in the heart of Norway. our guide will share fascinating stories and facts about the church's unique design and historical significance, making this a perfect photo opportunity. Next, we explore Lærdalsøyri, a national 'heritage village.' As you stroll through its streets, you will be transported back in time, surrounded by 161 wooden houses dating from the 1700s to 1800s. A great opportunity to get up close with preserved traditional craftsmanship or to enjoy a coffee break in this historical setting. Our journey from Laerdal Fjord to Aurlandsfjord takes us along what is known as the Snowy Road between the fjords. Our stop allows you to immerse yourself in the mountain landscape and to breathe in the crisp, fresh air. After we descend with the bus, you will experience another highlight of your guided shore excursion, a stop at the famous Stegastein viewpoint. Step onto a viewing platform that extends 30 meters out from the side of the mountain and take in panoramic views of the UNESCO listed Aurlandsfjorden. Finally, hop back aboard the bus and settle in for the return journey to the port, admiring the landscape as you wind your way along more of Flam's scenic roads.

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Excellent tour which we were lucky to have to ourselves, our guide Martin was knowledgeable and friendly. We didn't feel rushed whilst gaining so much information on everything and he recommended great cafés/restaurants and things to do. We really loved that Martin had lots of pictures from the past to reference with the information he told us. Would definitely recommend! Thanks Martin!

great tour, unfortunately you cannot steer nature so no animals for us. but the view was great and also the Guide

amazing hike and the dog was the highlight. Medi was awesome funny a d very helpful and took great pics

That was a great cruise. It is mandatory activity when you are in Norway. Highly recommended!!

Absolutely wonderful! What an amazing experience, the scenery was stunning! :-)