RELIGION & PILGRIMAGE TOUR
pILGRIMAGE TOUR OF NORWAY
There will be a short orientation sightseeing tour prior to transferring to the hotel in Bergen.
Depart after breakfast for a sightseeing tour of Bergen, Norway's second largest city and so-called 'Capital of the Fjords', including the Hanseatic Bryggen harbour-side district, a Unesco world heritage site with many buildings dating from the 17th century and earlier. Also visit St. Mary's Church, the oldest existing building in Bergen. Built between 1130 and 1170, St. Mary's Church was used by Hanseatic merchants from 1408 and German services were held in the church until the middle of the 19th century.
A funicular ride up to Mount Floyen will give outstanding views over the city and coastline.
This afternoon visit Troldhaugen, the home of famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, near Bergen.
After breakfast, depart early for the Hardangerfjord area. Cross by ferry to Brimnes and drive to Eidfjord, where there will be a visit to the Hardangervidda Nature Centre, set in beautiful and dramatic countryside at the foot of the Voringfossen waterfall. This is perhaps the most modern natural history museum in Norway, with interesting inter-active displays about geology, botany, glaciology, zoology etc, and a panoramic cinema. There will be the opportunity to purchase lunch here.
This afternoon enjoy hiking or similar outdoor activity in the Hardangervidda National Park.
Depart after breakfast for beautiful Sognefjord region. Cross over to the north of the Sognefjord and proceed to the area of Leikanger where there will be a visit to the Leikanger stone church dating from the first half of the 13th century. Located in the middle of the parish, close to the Vicarage garden, this is the only Middle Age church left in Leikanger
This morning depart via the Gaular Mountain Road past Lake Jolster to Nord Fjord.
Lunch at the Olden Fjordhotel.
Depart for an afternoon cruise along the beautiful and spectacular Geiranger Fjord from Hellesylt to Geiranger.
Depart early today for Trondheim travelling through spectacular and rugged natural scenery en route.
Arrival in Trondheim in the early evening
A full day available today for sightseeing and pilgrimage activities in Trondheim, probably the most important pilgrimage destination in Northern Europe. Today we will include a visit to famous Nidaros Cathedral.
Located on the west central coast of Norway, the town of Nidaros was the most visited Christian pilgrimage site in the Nordic countries during the late Middle Ages. Long a regional trading center for products from land and sea, Nidaros (now called Trondheim) became the first capital of Norway when King Olav Tryggvason established a royal fortress on the banks of the river Nidelva in 997. The real impetus for cities fame however, resulted from the life and death St. Olav, Norway's most well- known religious crusader.
Depart the hotel this morning and take a scenic train journey from Trondheim to Roros. A morning train transports you from Trondheim to Røros, a scenic two-and-a-half-hour journey that follows the River Gaula (which remains frozen for much of the winter) before rising up into the highlands. Røros a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many of the historic buildings retain their dark-wood façades and cluster around small courtyards, lending the town an almost medieval feel
Continue in the afternoon to Lillehammer, setting for the winter Olympics and surrounded by spectacular countryside.
Depart Lillehammer travelling down the west side of Lake Mjøsa where you can visit the birthplace of Saint Olav at Bønsnes, and The Sister Churches at Granavollen. Continue through beautiful Hadeland and finally visit the Old Aker Church before arriving in Oslo
Depart this morning for a sightseeing tour of Oslo including City Hall & the Viking Ship Museum
Other options: attend service at St Edmund's Anglican Church. Visit the American Lutheran Congregation Church.
Free time for the remainder of the afternoon.
Transfer to Oslo airport for flight back to USA.
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