FIRST UNITED Norway

Incentives, Meetings & Conference Management, Event Management, Kick Offs, Special Interest Groups, Upscale FITs and Land Arrangements for Cruise Ships
First United incorporated Travel Planners of Scandinavia DMC & PCO and it became part of the Danish company. First United Norway's overall objective is to provide personalised services through tailor-made programs and to supply the best International Travel & Events and Professional Congress Management services money can buy.

FIRST UNITED Norway

Norway: Too expensive?

April 2014


The Fjords of Norway

Bergen is known as the «city between the seven hills» and «the gateway to the fjords». The city is a former Hanseatic port and the birthplace of the famous composer Edward Grieg. It has unique architecture, including Europe’s largest area of well-kept wooden houses still in use. The harbour front Fish Market is truly world famous and a heaven for salmon lovers! The city has also been voted one of the cleanest and tidiest cities in Europe!

As «the gateway to the fjords», the city is the natural starting point for breath-taking fjord explorations. Both the majestic Sognefjord and the charming Hardangerfjord are easily accessible from Bergen on a leisurely day trip.

Bergen is the ideal incentive destination, offering an attractive combination of nature, culture and pulsating city life. In the period from May to July, the evenings are light and pleasant. The sun sets at approximately 23.00 but it never gets truly dark! The light nights combined with the fresh air, the exciting nightlife and the historic, picturesque streets make Bergen one of the most exciting destinations to visit in the summer months!

 

Day One: Bergen

Group arrives arrive to Bergen by air. Our on-site representative will be at the airport to welcome them to Bergen and coordinate transfers into the city.

On arrival, check in at the Hotel Augustin, situated in the very centre of Bergen where we will enjoy dinner and overnight. The hotel has a lobby lounge/bar with a small library, the Brasserie No22 and the Altona wine bar in a 400 year old wine cellar. The guest rooms have the following amenities: wifi web access in all rooms, bath tub/wc and some with shower/wc, writing desk, chair(s), telephone with direct inward calling system, tv with radio, hair dryer, trouser presser - some with ironing board, some of the rooms have a makeup mirror and original artwork by contemporary artists.

 

Day Two: Bergen-Balestrand

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. This morning enjoy a three hour city tour by coaches (2) and guides (2). The tour will include a comprehensive drive through central parts passing such important historical buildings as the Hakon's Hall completed in 1262, the Rosenkrantz Tower dating back to the 15th century and the old Hanseatic warehouses at Bryggen (the Wharf) now on UNESCO's Heritage List for preservation. Then the tour will pass the bustling marketplace with the famous Fish Market.

Inside visits will be made to the Hanseatic Museum telling the history of the German tradesmen that ruled the international trade in northern Europe for about 450 years during the Middle Ages. Another inside visit will be made to Norway's famous composer Edvard Grieg's summer residence at Troldhaugen, now a museum. Lunch will be served at the hotel. Sometime will be free for shopping or individual activities after lunch.

At 1600, we’ll transfer by coach from the hotel to the pier for embarkation on the express catamaran boat for Balestrand. Depart Bergen at 1630 and cruise up the west coast archipelago before entering the "King of Fjords" - the Sognefjord. Arrival in Balestrand at 2020.

The group check in at the famous, wonderful fjord resort: The Kikne’s Hotel. Dinner in the main restaurant of the hotel.

The guesthouse traditions at Balholm extend back to 1752. The Kvikne family assumed ownership of the hotel in 1877, and have owned and operated the facility to this day. Norwegian tourism was revolutionised in the latter half of the 19th century, and has been in continuous development ever since. The original hotel was built in the traditional "Swiss" architectural style and despite the many phases of expansion and restoration work, the appearance of the building remains true to the original concept. As a result, Kvikne's is a modern hotel with personality and "soul" and with the atmosphere of centuries.

 

Day Three: Balestrand-Flaam

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Morning free at Balestrand.

At 1155 board the express catamaran boat and sail the rest of the Sognefjord. Arrive Flaam at 1325.Check in and lunch will be served at the nearby Fretheim Hotel.

Upon arrival in Flaam, walk to the Fretheim Hotel, merely 100 meters from harbour – this is a small village. Flaam is nestled in the innermost corner of the Aurlandfjord and is one of the most spectacular fjord destinations in Norway!

Fretheim Hotel, Flåm
An attractive building at the very head of the fjord. Only a glass façade separates the old and the new. The interior is modern, light, open and inviting. A place to relax and enjoy the good things of life. A buffet dinner will be served at the hotel

 

Day Four: Flaam-Bergen

Breakfast at the hotel.

Walk the 100 meters to the train station for a journey on the spectacular Flam railway line. Discover the Flam Railway - an incredible train journey from Flaam up to the mountain station at Myrdal on the Bergen Railway, The Flaam Railway is one of the world’s steepest railway lines on normal gauge. The gradient is 55/1000 on almost 80% of the line, i.e. a gradient of one in eighteen. The twisting tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountain are manifestations of the most daring and skilful engineering in Norwegian railway history. At the foot of the mountains you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Flåm Valley and admire the majestic Aurlandfjord, a branch of the world's longest fjord, the Sognefjord.

To view an informative video of Norway, the Flaam line and Flaam itself, click here: www.visitnorway.com/en/where-to-go/fjord-norway/flam/what-to-do-in-flam/attractions-in-flam/the-flam-railway/

At Myrdal, change trains for the journey back to Bergen, where the coaches will bring the group to the airport. Arrival at the airport at approximately 14:00.

 

For more information, please contact Harald Riisnaes at norway@euromic.com.
City of Bergen Harbour

Fjords of Norway

Augustin Hotel

Hanseatic Bryggen wharf

Naeroyfjord

Kviknes Hotel

Village of Flaam

Fretheim Hotel Flaam

Flaam Railway