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Christmas Markets of Oslo, Flam and Bergen

Christmas in Scandinavia is all about creating a cosy atmosphere among loved ones. Why not begin Christmas this year in true Nordic style, by visiting Oslo’s capital city during Christmas market season. Taste, touch and smell Christmas cuisine in the markets and foodhalls which are fast making Oslo a destination of choice for foodies. Board your very own Polar Express to the fjords visiting frozen waterfalls surrounded by steep mountains. Learn about Viking and Norse mythology before continuing to the city of Bergen where a city built from Gingerbread awaits. 

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ITINERARY

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN

DAY 1:

Arrival to Oslo and transfer to your hotel. You’ll stay at the formidable Amerikalinjen Hotel next to the bustling central train station, close to the city’s festivities. Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail, “Christmas Boat”, in the hotel’s bar Pier 42. This smart brasserie is named after the iconic New York pier where many Norwegians first stepped onto North American soil in search of new opportunities in the early 20th Century. This evening absorb the festive atmosphere of the city and explore our recommendations for places to eat, from food halls to Michelin starred restaurants.

DAY 2:

After an abundant breakfast in the hotel’s covered courtyard, meet with your private guide for your Christmas tour of the city. You’ll soon be filled with the Christmas spirit as you learn how the Norwegians create the feeling of cosiness and Hygge in the run up to Christmas. You’ll see candles flickering in storefront windows, hear Christmas songs resonating the air and smell the scent of mulled wine served from wooden kiosks. You’ll explore the Norwegian concept of ‘Julebord’ and find out how Norwegians serve Christmas fare in the weeks leading to the big day. The tour concludes with a cup of hot mulled wine, “Gløgg”, at the Christmas market Spikersuppa.

The open air market offers a taste of Nordic festive cuisine and local delicacies as well as an outdoor ice rink. Enjoy browsing the traditional and modern handicrafts which are perfect for Christmas gifting and for adding a Nordic twist to your Christmas decorations. Return to your hotel where we recommend booking a table for the Christmas Jazz lunch served amidst gorgeous Norway-meets-New York Christmas decorations.

This afternoon, we suggest visiting the Norsk Folkemuseum. Christmas is a special time to visit this cultural treasure with its stave church, traditional buildings and folk art. Time your visit to coincide with the museum’s much-loved Christmas fair with its bountiful market stalls selling crafts, baked good and decorations. Enjoy a coffee and a gingerbread cookie before admiring the old houses depicting Christmases past in Norway. Visit Santa’s workshop and witness some festive choral music and folk dancing.

If you have time, or would like to extend your stay in Oslo, we’d recommend venturing to the Hadeland Glassworks where you can learn how to blow your own festive ornament to bring back home.

This evening, why not return to the Christmas market at night to witness the twinkling lights and enjoy another cup of hot Gløgg.

DAY 3:

After an early breakfast, it’s a short walk to the train station opposite to join the Bergen railway to the fjords and mountains. This incredible rail journey from Oslo to Flam takes around five hours and traverses rolling countryside, forests, and lakes. You’ll witness endless miles of Christmas card landscapes as you eventually arrive to the mountain station of Myrdal to board the Flamsbana route. This impressive feat of engineering cuts through the mountain side and brings passengers to the foot of the fjord below.

Your accommodation for the next two nights will be at the atmospheric Flamsbrygga Hotel located at the shoreline. Admire the snow-topped mountains and glassy blue Aurlandsjord from your hotel balcony before stepping outdoors for an evening excursion. Discover the fjord village by night on a guided walk in the cool winter air. You’ll wander by headlamp along paths that encircle the village and end at the beach.. Here you’ll listen to local stories about trolls and witches as you sip a warming drink.

Dinner is served in the Aegir brew pub, a traditional building inspired by Norse mythology reminiscent of a stave church. You’ll enjoy platters of smoked reindeer, shellfish, white fish, pork shanks and dark chocolate cake, enjoyed alongside a plank of locally brewed beers to match your food.

DAY 4:

A very special day awaits, as you explore the fjord from the water. A RIB boat tour along the fjord starts the day, where snow-covered peaks and frozen waterfalls dot the landscape. Stop in the charming village of Undredal, where a family grocery store serves the locally produced goats cheese and warm drinks, and the owner provides insight into life in a small mountain village. Be forever on the lookout for the wildlife of the fjord.

Returning to Flam in the afternoon, you have the choice of relaxing in the village or joining another activity. During set dates in December, a special Viking Christmas market will be taking place. “Vikings” from the surrounding valleys will descend upon Flam to sell their wares and to run traditional activities and serve Viking fare.

If you’d like to explore the surrounding mountains, join a guided snow shoe walk. This trip begins with a drive along the Aurlandsfjord to the spectacular viewpoint at Stegastein, 650 meters above sea level. You’ll listen to local stories about life on the mountain farms as you pass them before strapping on your snow shoes and exploring the pristine landscapes. You’ll enjoy incredible views of the fjord below and the now tiny villages of Undredal and Flam.

Day 5:

After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to Flam, and board the cruise boat ship to the village of Gudvangen where you’ll join the shuttle bus to Voss and onwards to Bergen by train. The journey as ever will be as spectacular as the destination passing mountains and picturesque villages. You’ll arrive to Bergen in the afternoon and transfer to your hotel, the centrally located Hotel Norge by Scandic. Enjoy views over the ice bound lake Lungegårdsvann before venturing out for dinner in the city with our recommendations to hand on your personalized travel app.

Day 6:

Today you’ll experience Bergen’s special pre-Christmas atmosphere. Start by visiting the incredible “Pepperkakebyen” - the world’s largest gingerbread city! The gingerbread city is a labor of love by local people and has become a world-class attraction. The level of detail that goes into the myriad of buildings and structures is simply awe-inspiring. Many of the intricate buildings replicate their real-life counterparts in Bergen but covered in colorful candy and white icing and surrounded by gingerbread mountains and sweet filled fjords.

Your next stop will be Bergen’s impressive Christmas market, open daily in December. Browse the many tents containing hand-made decorations, knitted goods, local delicacies and, of course, the essential glogg. Listen to Christmas music and take in the convivial atmosphere.

In the evening, take the funicular railway, Floibanen, to the top of Mt Floyen for a birds-eye view over the festive lights of Bergen. Enjoy the view standing next to the giant advent candles which are lit each Sunday of advent.

Day 7:

Today it's time to depart Bergen. If you're not ready to leave just yet, then perhaps consider extending your stay in Bergen or travelling further North to experience Christmas in the Arctic.

PRICE

From £1145 per person based on two guests travelling (excluding flights).

£1145.00 GBP roughly converts to: 1,317 EUR | 1,500 USD

We accept payment in GBP, USD, EUR and NOK. You will receive a final trip quotation in the currency of your choice. Prices on the website and currency conversions are indicative only.

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Price Includes

  • Two night's accommodation at Amerikalinje Hotel including breakfast
  • Private Christmas tour of Oslo (1.5 hours)
  • Train journey from Oslo to Flam
  • Two night's accommodation at Flamsbyrgga Hotel including breakfast
  • Evening cultural walk
  • Dinner at Flamsbyrgga Hotel
  • Fjord safari
  • Snow shoe walk 
  • Fjord cruise and transfers to Bergen
  • Two night's accommodation at Hotel Norge by Scandic in Bergen including breakfast


All our trips include:

  • 24/7 emergency line and concierge service
  • Personalised travel documents
  • Exclusive access to our client website at www.arctic-collection.com where you'll find destination guides, practical tips, Arctic Library and pre-trip inspiration

Price Excludes

  • Flights  
  • Airport transfers 

Additional Info

This trip has flexible daily departures

Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.

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Oslo (OSL)

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